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Richard F.'s Comment
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Hey everyone 👋. So I just moved to British Columbia from Toronto on Monday basically on a whim but with a job lined up so I figured I’d give an update/ start a personal log? So any whooo. I landed Monday afternoon and Tuesday morning I was driving a 94’ Mack dump truck 18 speed. My cousin delivered 3-4 loads of dirt and gravel then I just hopped behind the wheel and drove her. It’s just how I learn lol. I just go for it and figure it out as I go. I’ve only driven an automatic semi but have driven a manual vw golf for 6 years so the basic concept of shifting is not that new to me. It’s more of learning at what rpm to shift. Btw I’m floating gears not double clutching lol. I’m loving this truck. What is probably the most difficult/different part of this new job is going from big city driving to rural mountain driving with lots of hills curves and sharp corners. I am enjoying my cousin complaining about 3-5 cars ahead that he considers “traffic/rush hour” lol 😂. I’m loving BC vs Ontario in every way 👌. I’m getting the hang of driving a dump truck just need to get a bit better at down shifting and learn to split gears but so far so good👍. My cousin wants to get a tractor with a dump trailer to haul coal so hopefully he can get it soon so i can get back behind an semi. But for now a dump truck will do. Btw I love this old Mack truck. Ya it has qwerks it has character 😍

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Floating Gears:

An expression used to describe someone who is shifting gears without using the clutch at all. Drivers are taught to "Double Clutch" or press and release the clutch twice for each gear shift. If you're floating gears it means you're simply shifting without using the clutch at all.

Double Clutch:

To engage and then disengage the clutch twice for every gear change.

When double clutching you will push in the clutch, take the gearshift out of gear, release the clutch, press the clutch in again, shift the gearshift into the next gear, then release the clutch.

This is done on standard transmissions which do not have synchronizers in them, like those found in almost all Class A trucks.

Double Clutching:

To engage and then disengage the clutch twice for every gear change.

When double clutching you will push in the clutch, take the gearshift out of gear, release the clutch, press the clutch in again, shift the gearshift into the next gear, then release the clutch.

This is done on standard transmissions which do not have synchronizers in them, like those found in almost all Class A trucks.

Anne A. (and sometimes To's Comment
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Hey everyone 👋. So I just moved to British Columbia from Toronto on Monday basically on a whim but with a job lined up so I figured I’d give an update/ start a personal log? So any whooo. I landed Monday afternoon and Tuesday morning I was driving a 94’ Mack dump truck 18 speed. My cousin delivered 3-4 loads of dirt and gravel then I just hopped behind the wheel and drove her. It’s just how I learn lol. I just go for it and figure it out as I go. I’ve only driven an automatic semi but have driven a manual vw golf for 6 years so the basic concept of shifting is not that new to me. It’s more of learning at what rpm to shift. Btw I’m floating gears not double clutching lol. I’m loving this truck. What is probably the most difficult/different part of this new job is going from big city driving to rural mountain driving with lots of hills curves and sharp corners. I am enjoying my cousin complaining about 3-5 cars ahead that he considers “traffic/rush hour” lol 😂. I’m loving BC vs Ontario in every way 👌. I’m getting the hang of driving a dump truck just need to get a bit better at down shifting and learn to split gears but so far so good👍. My cousin wants to get a tractor with a dump trailer to haul coal so hopefully he can get it soon so i can get back behind an semi. But for now a dump truck will do. Btw I love this old Mack truck. Ya it has qwerks it has character 😍

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That's totally AWESOME, Richard!! Love it ~ and the 18sp Mack...added bonus! You and G'Town have been making this aspiring trucker jealous, haha! PJ always HAS, lol.

I've NEVER personally driven an 18 myself, either. PJ's 'explained' it to me, and I've watched Tom do it a time or 100, and still... don't get it, really. I'm thinking the gist of what it all is, is that you have to JUST DO IT, as you are!

How far of a move was that for you, anyway? Is it true, your prior company had some 'perilous' situations going on? Do they speak more French in BC, and do you know any?

Hey, that ole' Mack is cool as heck, to me. Multiple experience opportunities are more for the resume, for sure. Share more photos, as you are able, please. Thanks for the update!

~ Anne ~

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Floating Gears:

An expression used to describe someone who is shifting gears without using the clutch at all. Drivers are taught to "Double Clutch" or press and release the clutch twice for each gear shift. If you're floating gears it means you're simply shifting without using the clutch at all.

Double Clutch:

To engage and then disengage the clutch twice for every gear change.

When double clutching you will push in the clutch, take the gearshift out of gear, release the clutch, press the clutch in again, shift the gearshift into the next gear, then release the clutch.

This is done on standard transmissions which do not have synchronizers in them, like those found in almost all Class A trucks.

Double Clutching:

To engage and then disengage the clutch twice for every gear change.

When double clutching you will push in the clutch, take the gearshift out of gear, release the clutch, press the clutch in again, shift the gearshift into the next gear, then release the clutch.

This is done on standard transmissions which do not have synchronizers in them, like those found in almost all Class A trucks.

Richard F.'s Comment
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Thanks Anne 😎 sorry for the late response. Busy day haha. It was about a 2500 mile move west. Basically buffalo to Washington. I’m loving it here. I haven’t seen any French here lol as for my knowledge of French it comes from reading the back of shampoo bottle 😂. As for my old company they’re just trying to adapt to changing business ways. I’m so glad I went from living in a crowded city to living on a mountain side 😁

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Bobcat_Bob's Comment
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My grandfather drove dump trucks for 35 years in the Chicago area. He had a 20 speed no ac no air ride no power steering for years. Probably why he bought himself a nice conversion van with big comfortable seats lol.

Hopefully you will continue to enjoy it!

Richard F.'s Comment
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My first day solo was good I think I got the hang of floating gears 😎. Just hauling dirt from one pit to another across town👍

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Floating Gears:

An expression used to describe someone who is shifting gears without using the clutch at all. Drivers are taught to "Double Clutch" or press and release the clutch twice for each gear shift. If you're floating gears it means you're simply shifting without using the clutch at all.

Anne A. (and sometimes To's Comment
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My first day solo was good I think I got the hang of floating gears 😎. Just hauling dirt from one pit to another across town👍

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Thanks Anne 😎 sorry for the late response. Busy day haha. It was about a 2500 mile move west. Basically buffalo to Washington. I’m loving it here. I haven’t seen any French here lol as for my knowledge of French it comes from reading the back of shampoo bottle 😂. As for my old company they’re just trying to adapt to changing business ways. I’m so glad I went from living in a crowded city to living on a mountain side 😁

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Heck of a MOVE, man! I'd have done it for the terrain, as well....BUT for the upcoming winter...hehe!

Love the pics; keep on keeping on. It actually looks FUN! Kinda like G'Town; getting to play in the dirt lot with TONKA toys, always a fun thing! I didn't want a Betty Crocker Instant Oven as a kid, but I sure had a great Matchbox and Tonka collection!! (And here come the 'Anne can't cook' digs...hey, I made great MUD PIES, tho!)

Keep up posted; LOVE the pix. Impressive. Pretty sure you got out of your 'prior' company in good time, also.

Stay safe, make money, enjoy!

~ Anne ~

Floating Gears:

An expression used to describe someone who is shifting gears without using the clutch at all. Drivers are taught to "Double Clutch" or press and release the clutch twice for each gear shift. If you're floating gears it means you're simply shifting without using the clutch at all.

Anne A. (and sometimes To's Comment
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Hey everyone 👋. So I just moved to British Columbia from Toronto on Monday basically on a whim but with a job lined up so I figured I’d give an update/ start a personal log? So any whooo. I landed Monday afternoon and Tuesday morning I was driving a 94’ Mack dump truck 18 speed. My cousin delivered 3-4 loads of dirt and gravel then I just hopped behind the wheel and drove her. It’s just how I learn lol. I just go for it and figure it out as I go. I’ve only driven an automatic semi but have driven a manual vw golf for 6 years so the basic concept of shifting is not that new to me. It’s more of learning at what rpm to shift. Btw I’m floating gears not double clutching lol. I’m loving this truck. What is probably the most difficult/different part of this new job is going from big city driving to rural mountain driving with lots of hills curves and sharp corners. I am enjoying my cousin complaining about 3-5 cars ahead that he considers “traffic/rush hour” lol 😂. I’m loving BC vs Ontario in every way 👌. I’m getting the hang of driving a dump truck just need to get a bit better at down shifting and learn to split gears but so far so good👍. My cousin wants to get a tractor with a dump trailer to haul coal so hopefully he can get it soon so i can get back behind an semi. But for now a dump truck will do. Btw I love this old Mack truck. Ya it has qwerks it has character 😍

What's UP, Richard?!?!? I just QUOTED and CROSS POSTED your CN stuff, in a Bison (lol) thread.... and got to wondering, where the heck ARE YOU, and what's good/bad/ugly?

You SAID you'd s keep us updated; even if I might be the only 'us!'

Hope all is well, good sir. Man, the B.C. coming up in a few months...SHEESH!!!!

Stop back with that awesome MACK ATTACK!! One of my top 3 ..(like I'd have a choice, haha!) for a hopeful~!

Hope to see ya soon; it IS early there, ya know!

Best always!!! C'mon & update, tho!

~ Anne ~

Floating Gears:

An expression used to describe someone who is shifting gears without using the clutch at all. Drivers are taught to "Double Clutch" or press and release the clutch twice for each gear shift. If you're floating gears it means you're simply shifting without using the clutch at all.

Double Clutch:

To engage and then disengage the clutch twice for every gear change.

When double clutching you will push in the clutch, take the gearshift out of gear, release the clutch, press the clutch in again, shift the gearshift into the next gear, then release the clutch.

This is done on standard transmissions which do not have synchronizers in them, like those found in almost all Class A trucks.

Double Clutching:

To engage and then disengage the clutch twice for every gear change.

When double clutching you will push in the clutch, take the gearshift out of gear, release the clutch, press the clutch in again, shift the gearshift into the next gear, then release the clutch.

This is done on standard transmissions which do not have synchronizers in them, like those found in almost all Class A trucks.

Richard F.'s Comment
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Well sorry for the late late reply lol. Bit of tough luck lately. The truck I was driving broke down so I’m currently out of a job (got an interview on Sunday 🤞) and I have to redo my air brake course to get my class 1 license again even though nobody can figure out why 😑 so I’m going to redo the course on the 20th so I can get back behind the wheel. I can drive a class 3 straight truck so I’ll do that for now. It still pays good and I’ll be doing roll off dumpsters so it’s at least something for now

Anne A. (and sometimes To's Comment
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Well sorry for the late late reply lol. Bit of tough luck lately. The truck I was driving broke down so I’m currently out of a job (got an interview on Sunday 🤞) and I have to redo my air brake course to get my class 1 license again even though nobody can figure out why 😑 so I’m going to redo the course on the 20th so I can get back behind the wheel. I can drive a class 3 straight truck so I’ll do that for now. It still pays good and I’ll be doing roll off dumpsters so it’s at least something for now

Well, dang!

Sorry, man. At least you DO have a backup plan, though!

That's odd on the test (?!?) but y'alls rules are different up there, anyway. Sheesh!

Keep us in the loop; any idea who you're going with, next? Vactor Roll Off's aren't so bad; Tom did that for awhile, too; between OTR places back in the day.

Have a safe weekend; good to see ya stop in!

~ Anne ~

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OTR:

Over The Road

OTR driving normally means you'll be hauling freight to various customers throughout your company's hauling region. It often entails being gone from home for two to three weeks at a time.

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