Ok To Run With No Brake Lights Or Turn Signal On Trailer.

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crazy rebel's Comment
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Wow if a company won't put it on qualcomm yes id call safety and nicely explain the situation with them and also let them know I tried to reason with dispatch with no forward movement and see what they would say but I'd keep a level head ,BC the only true friend and support ya really have as a driver is another driver.

and that's even getting scarce anymore.I'm even starting to throw out my old school ways BC I'm tired of the treatment from some these new breeds as we call them.

Qualcomm:

Omnitracs (a.k.a. Qualcomm) is a satellite-based messaging system with built-in GPS capabilities built by Qualcomm. It has a small computer screen and keyboard and is tied into the truck’s computer. It allows trucking companies to track where the driver is at, monitor the truck, and send and receive messages with the driver – similar to email.
Starcar's Comment
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When we've had lights go out, or like when we lost our alternator at nite, we get on the cb, and try to get a couple of trucks to "sandwich" us, until we can get to a truck stop. We've had to run without headlights that way...I know its not legal, but a O/O just has to do what they have to do sometimes...kinda like "dimeing a line".shocked.png ..I'm sure some of the old timers remember doing that. I have a lovely set of ear rings made from a set of those dimessmile.gif

HOS:

Hours Of Service

HOS refers to the logbook hours of service regulations.

DWI:

Driving While Intoxicated

crazy rebel's Comment
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When we've had lights go out, or like when we lost our alternator at nite, we get on the cb, and try to get a couple of trucks to "sandwich" us, until we can get to a truck stop. We've had to run without headlights that way...I know its not legal, but a O/O just has to do what they have to do sometimes...kinda like "dimeing a line".shocked.png ..I'm sure some of the old timers remember doing that. I have a lovely set of ear rings made from a set of those dimessmile.gif

I remember hearing that saying from my dad but cnt remember what he said it is

HOS:

Hours Of Service

HOS refers to the logbook hours of service regulations.

DWI:

Driving While Intoxicated

Brett Aquila's Comment
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dimeing a line

I never heard that one before. Was that from back in the day when they referred to tires as "dimes" because they were made of metal? shocked.png

Ok, it probably wasn't from that long ago. rofl-2.gif

crazy rebel's Comment
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Its something to do with the airlines if i remember correctly ,when a grommit is bad ya used a washer,or it was with the gladhands but i cnt remember goin to try and get in touch with my dad on it again

Starcar's Comment
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Brett....you wound me...... ok..BACK IN THE DAY, WHEN WHEELS WERE STILL ALL WOODEN...When you had a brake chamber blow out, or leak, you backed that brake all the way off. THEN, to keep the air from going into that brake, you take the brake line off, and put a dime in it(they fit snug)then put the brake line back on. You can drive it like that forever,,but when you take the dime out of the line (when you finally get it fixed) they are concave from the air pressure !!! And yes....only us old farts and hairy legged heifers would know what diming a line means...the new brake lines are smaller, so you can't dime them anymore.

Traffic Jam (SunnyWalker.'s Comment
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Wondering here, can a driver carry along some spare bulbs to replace stop lights etc., when caught like that? I don't know if this is feasible as I don't know how much these bulbs cost and work involved. Just asking and thanks.

Brett Aquila's Comment
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Wondering here, can a driver carry along some spare bulbs to replace stop lights etc

Yap, most definitely. Some of the lights, like trailer lights, are pretty cheap and easy to carry around. Some of the lights like headlights have gotten pretty expensive.

Sometimes you can ask the mechanics at your company shop for some spare bulbs and fuses. They may give you some, they may not. If a company has 8,000 trucks and they hand out spare parts, it's going to cost them a fortune. So it may depend on the mechanic you speak with or the company policies.

I always carried around at least one spare headlight and a few trailer lights.

Starcar's Comment
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All the "plug and play" stuff, light bulbs, especially headlights, the company mechanics will give you to have on the road. And it can save you a ticket, or hours wasted waiting to get it fixed somewhere. Headlights, and all the marker lights,etc are easy to change.

Dave D. (Armyman)'s Comment
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Brett....you wound me...... ok..BACK IN THE DAY, WHEN WHEELS WERE STILL ALL WOODEN...When you had a brake chamber blow out, or leak, you backed that brake all the way off. THEN, to keep the air from going into that brake, you take the brake line off, and put a dime in it(they fit snug)then put the brake line back on. You can drive it like that forever,,but when you take the dime out of the line (when you finally get it fixed) they are concave from the air pressure !!! And yes....only us old farts and hairy legged heifers would know what diming a line means...the new brake lines are smaller, so you can't dime them anymore.

Would that be the same as the army mechanics "caging" the brakes (with a bolt) to get the brakes to release?

Dave

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