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Edgar V.'s Comment
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what I mean to ask, were to get a cheap fridge, whats the best phone and service a CB radio, extra GPS , so many choices but...what really works for you, for a new driver with a low budget thanks

Brett Aquila's Comment
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Good question Edgar.

I'm sure you could save a few bucks looking around Ebay for some used equipment but I have no idea how you'll know if it's in good working order and all that. So that could be a great process, could be a nightmare. You have to weigh the risk/reward.

I know you definitely don't want to go a day without a GPS or a CB radio if you can help it. There is no shortage of people who do, but they're crazy and hard-headed. To me, those are the two most immediate trucking-specific electronic needs. And with both of those it's better to have a cheap one than none at all. So you might scrape up a cheap or used CB somewhere and maybe get by with the GPS built into your phone for now. You can always upgrade both later on.

The refrigerator is a tough one. You can easily live out there without it, but it can also pay for itself in short order. So you can spend the money up front and then save that money by keeping it stocked with inexpensive (and hopefully healthy) foods. Or you can hold off on it and do your best to keep your food budget tight.

HOS:

Hours Of Service

HOS refers to the logbook hours of service regulations.
guyjax(Guy Hodges)'s Comment
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Stick to the good old reliable Cobra 29. Works great. No way you would want to spend the money on the CB Radios I use. $300 to $800 dollars for the type of CBs I use and love.

I fully peaked and tuned Cobra 29 will run ya about $125 or so. And you can get them at most CB shops.

PorkChop's Comment
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$300 to $800 dollars for the type of CBs I use and love.

Alright, NOW you've done it! I just GOTTA ASK, "Hey Guy, what kind of CBs do YOU use"?

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LittleJoe

guyjax(Guy Hodges)'s Comment
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$300 to $800 dollars for the type of CBs I use and love.

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Alright, NOW you've done it! I just GOTTA ASK, "Hey Guy, what kind of CBs do YOU use"?

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LittleJoe

They are HAM radios (10 meter radios in this case) converted 5 talk on 11 meter which is the normal citizen's band everyone talks on. Mainly 27.185mhz which is channel 19.

Currently I have on my dash a Galaxy 94 (10 meter) that does 130 watts. I have a General Lee (11 meter radio) that does 45 watts. Used to have a Galaxy 98 (11 meter radio) that pushed 225 watts. One day soon, more than likely next year, I will be getting a Ranger 10 meter radio that pushes 400 watts and pretty much be a powerhouse .

I like talking and being heard over the other idiots on the CB Radio. Besides I like talking "skip" coast to coast.

Chris L.'s Comment
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When I first got my truck I was parked near inbound at the terminal organizing my headache rack and a driver came in that was quitting and sold me six almost new packing blankets for $20. He wanted more but he took my offer. Those blankets already saved my tarps, used them on some cut steel pipe with very sharp ends.

Not more than 30 minutes later another driver came in and I bought his fridge that was only 3 months old for $130 less than the new ones in the company store. It has been working great. So my advice is hang out at inbound at your terminal and catch the drivers that are quitting. You can even see that what your buying works if it is still installed.

Terminal:

A facility where trucking companies operate out of, or their "home base" if you will. A lot of major companies have multiple terminals around the country which usually consist of the main office building, a drop lot for trailers, and sometimes a repair shop and wash facilities.

DAC:

Drive-A-Check Report

A truck drivers DAC report will contain detailed information about their job history of the last 10 years as a CDL driver (as required by the DOT).

It may also contain your criminal history, drug test results, DOT infractions and accident history. The program is strictly voluntary from a company standpoint, but most of the medium-to-large carriers will participate.

Most trucking companies use DAC reports as part of their hiring and background check process. It is extremely important that drivers verify that the information contained in it is correct, and have it fixed if it's not.

HOS:

Hours Of Service

HOS refers to the logbook hours of service regulations.
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