>Air Leaks Edition
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>How do I into CDL?
Community college, independent schools. Get a grant or loan before you sign a contract with a company offering to pay for school.
>Good rookie companies?
>Bad rookie companies?
Anything not in the pastebin
>fire up muh ingun
>airs up fine
>release trailer brakes
>needles sitting at 80
>all the bags are getting air and there are no leaks
>bags won't lift over the cups
>pull up to go to a spot that isn't full of ice to check it out
>POP POP PPPOP
>get out and look
Three of the airbags were frozen to their cups.
>Needles siting at 80
How do the air brake pressures work in a truck? All I know is that if you release the brake pipe pressure, the brakes apply, like in a train. What is the full release pressure?
Snowed yesterday in Michigan and Ohio. Got into the single digits around Chicago, but it was in the teens near Detroit. Saw about two dozen trucks broken down between Toledo and Detroit this morning, so I'm guessing it's the guest cold snap of the season out here.
That was my tank pressure. It was dumping air as fast it was compressing it so the pressure wouldn't build. Usually stop with the application needle around 30psi, but it goes as high as pic related. (Middle gauge in the second column from the right)
Southern Indiana for me. It was 51F and a steady rain just before midnight Saturday night. By 0600 Sunday the temp was in the teens and there was about four inches of snow on top of about an inch of ice. Sunday was not fun.
>30 psi for a normal stop
Holy crap, I'm flipping out when it takes 20 at 80k.
I read the graduation on my gauge wrong. Usually run 20psi into a stop.
The rain in northern Indiana was shit at night on Friday and Saturday night. Of course I ran rt2 across so I couldn't see shit. Ended up staying in Angola, and oversleeping until it was dark again.
I was in NE and it was in the singles. Drove through IA, for several hours it was between 0 and -2. Now in OH, 13 degrees.
Speaking of Ohio, I got pulled over on the Ohio turnpike. The guy was pretty nice, no violations, but he complained about my windshield cellphone mount. He also asked me if I had any shotguns, which leads me to believe that he that my guitar case was a gun case... which was probably why I got pulled to begin with. He checked my logs and let me go pretty quickly.
pic related is how i feel right about now
Smelt some burning Friday transmission was going dry kek telebelt driver here btw bow down long haul cucks
Just ordered a herd texas 4 post with vertical grill tubes, tow pin, eyebolts, and turn signals. They have to make it as they don't have any vertical tubes on stock.
So do companies and owner/operators even use cb radios on the road anymore or is that something that got played up in convoy and smokey and the bandit?
Asking because when I was working with a hauler company doing tomatoes (I was the guy who set out markers on where to turn in the dirt roads and direct the drivers on where to drop the empties and which set had been sitting the longest) and I got issued a cell phone with ptt and inacurate phone numbers.
Also what's your record haul that you delivered without getting over weight? Iirc we had one trailer set that made it to the cannery ring in at 126thousand.
I've got my radio on all the time and it's helped out a lot by giving me advance warning of problems ahead. Occasionally you run across good conversations between trucks heading your way, and not long ago a particularly gregarious driver got I65 karaoke night going, but most of the time it's just verbal dreck spewed over the airwaves.
Does anyone know if someone can be a seasonally employed pilot car driver? I've tried looking it up with no good results. I was thinking that it would be a cool way to spend the summers.
Ah, was just curious because the only truck that had a cb in it still when I was working for that hauler was the mechanic's field repair rig and an older cabover with a coat hanger being used as an am/fm antennae since they'd pulled all the cb's and replace them with a small mountain of cell phones.
>forklift driver misplaces paperwork
>spends 45min looking for the paperwork
>mfw it's 4:00pm, trailer full of boxes and place I was delivering to closed
If they're making us switch to elogs, something has to be done about the warehouses taking for fucking ever on trivial shit
Non trucker here, what's the standard procedure when shit like that happens? Do you take it back to the loaders or do you have to basically park and gaurd it like an angry goose till you can deliver?
If you have to guard it do you get extra hours, or is it a situation where your docked pay for not being on time despite it being entirely the fault of the forklift drivers?
This is why super singles are shitty for anybody but mega carriers who don't give a fuck if their driver sits on the side of the road. Last time I blew a tire I drove 120 miles back home and threw an old steer tire on for free
Wasn't this the guy that would also hide behind the seat when she was driving and jack off to her farts?
Left on Saturday.
Neat. What'd that set you back?
A 53' can't go in two different directions at the same time.
CB was life before the Internet. Hit the right town and you won't hear a dead minute on 19. Set up a shit radio with shit components and you won't get out more than a few thousand feet.
Yep. Always a mega company looking for a warm body to suckle on that sweet $1.25/mi teat.
Why? Your company gets paid $20/$100 per hour your truck is sitting at the dock. It's pretty much free money.
I tell the dumbass to print another copy and charge his company $100/hr for the pleasure of doing business with them.
There's been shit like that going on for a long time. There was a big lawsuit against Pepsi awhile back because Naked Juice said "Organic" or some shit and contained GMOs.
Whole Foods still sells it. When I deliver to Whole Foods, I'm not supposed to wear my Pepsi shirt in the store because it isn't natural and wholesome enough.
I got it from the dealer I got the Pete from. They said the price was 5k even. But the one sales rep came out and said to the parts guy " you know who this is is right he bought that flat top" she has been trying to get my dad to get the other one they got.(not happening) anyway they rang it up for 4,200$ and gave me a hat.
They are very bi-polar over there. Last time I was there they charged me 55$ to set Jakes to come on 3mph over cruise. And couldn't make any time to give me an inspection 2 months after they sold the truck and their 6 month sticker ran out.
But ya I'm excited. I will be a monkeys uncle if I hit a deer waiting for that fucker
I ended up watching this guy instead of getting lunch today.
I think $4500 would have been fair. Good deal. I'll probably end up getting mine used. Got a sweet hookup at LKQ.
Ya I was pleasantly surprised considering I priced toolboxes there last year for 1,700ea and 120$ for the angle iron brackets. 700.00 each online max.
You gettin a herd? Or whatever they got laying around that looks the best ? Ali arc is alright
Tanking is for the older driver. Got his truck paid off years ago. Dont want to break his back and wants a nice solid schedule. Of course his exp and patience makes him a perfect candidate
The smart trucking guy comes to mind.
I'm >>14219510. Know any people hiring seasonal pilot car drivers? All I see are ones that mention it as a long term career. Should I call or email one of the local ones around me and ask, or will I seem like a tard for doing that?
Waiting for a herd to come in. Ali Arc is garbage.
Most of the wind turbine specialists only operate in the summer. Ask if they're looking for help with the summer rush.
How do you guys keep up with seasonal anime on the road? Crunchyroll?
What's a good phone company
Was that originally a dual tyre setup they changed to a super single?
As whenever I had a flat with super singles the rim was no where near the ground as a proper setup has travel limiters on the axle so the rim doesn't drag and you can keep driving.
>Tanking is for the older driver. Got his truck paid off years ago.
Drive max of 400km/day
12hr days usually
$24/hr with overtime after 8hrs
lifes good desu senpai
Sliding tandems and the spring got wrecked by the previous driver.
What I do is wait till the 12/24 episodes are done, download them at home, and watch them on my Surface tablet on the road, but you can use a laptop
If you want to stream Sprint is the best data-wise because of unlimited data, but has shit service, Verizon has the best coverage, and I'm pretty sure you can buy bigger data packages
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I usually download what I want before I leave, usually whatever is done airing. When something is currently airing I just use my hotspot to watch it.
I have Verizon and it's $140 a month for 30GB, it's pricey but you'd be hard pressed to find better coverage.
I'll take another shot...
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Had better luck with Hulu.
Be honest. That spring has been rekt for 3 years and none of you lazy shits took it in for repair.
Not the worst.
I do, but only for the trailer.
Driving any car is kind of like a game now.
lol, this was me a few days ago
I don't think hes trying to adjust his tandems... I think his tandem brake shoes are frozen to the drums and his trailer brakes aren't disengaging. Or perhaps his trailer air line is frozen.
I believe he is trying to jostle his tandem wheels free from the brakes, but because he's on ice, the wheels just slide.
I learned some valuable lessons that weren't covered during my OTR training from doing this:
>never set your brakes in freezing conditions, find a level spot to park so you won't roll
>always carry a hammer so you can bang on your brake shoes to get them to disengage when frozen
I set my brakes and passed out. 10 hours later its 5 degrees and I'm stuck, parked on a slab of ice. I poured alcohol into the air line, onto the brake shoes, tried rocking back and forth, banging on my shit with a hammer etc. Six hours later, I was still stuck, even with my locking differentials. Never again, I said.
Got into my 1981 5-spd corolla station wagon after I had been training/otr for 3 months.
I felt like I was hugging the ground
I drove 60mph in the far right lane, all the time on the highway
I never used my center rear view mirror
I was obsessively glancing at my side mirror (only had one back in the early 80s)
I kept a ridiculously long following distance
When I rode with other people, I was honestly frightened by how close they would follow other cars, and how rapid an d careless they were when braking.
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Not a trucker but when I'm driving across the country I get super horny. Should I go to the adult place outside of Memphis on i40 next time I'm going through there? Last time I passed by around 1 in the morning and the place looked packed with trucks.
Survive driving through a blizzard from a lvl 100 articuno only to hear the shipper say 'lol, we weren't expecting you for another 4 hours'
Fuck this shit.
Wish I could attach a picture of mah dick in my detention pay request form. (Itll 100% get paid, just need to fill out the paperwork for it)
For me it was almost 9 months before I got back to my shitty 5 speed focus
First thing I did was slam the clutch down as I had gotten used to putting all my weight on the pedals the second was I got too used to being governed at 65 so when I looked down and saw I was going 90 I about shit myself. Those little mirrors and visibility are garbage on the cars once you get used to trucking
My first ride was with my sister in cali rush hour traffic I'm almost positive I fainted from fear.
Short of farm work I think you are out of luck
Grab up a few dozen when I'm home on a spare HD or I use t Mobil unlimited data plan
>spent 10 minutes looking at this.
I still don't get it.
When I fairy trucks around our little yard, the first day I did this it was almost all 10-18 speeds I was driving around. First time using a tractors clutch, first thought was holy hell it's like moving a cinder block on pavement, second thought was why in gods name do they grab at the fucking top.
Anywho, got back in my 6 speed Camaro and coudln't feel my clutch for a while. Like I couldn't feel the grab point at all, stalled right away on flat ground and had to get use to driving it again.
That was after 8 hours
come on it's satire broski
>>never set your brakes in freezing conditions
Don't Kenworth trucks cut air to the trailer when the parking brake is applied and as such it applies the trailer brakes?
The ones I have driven always applied the trailer brakes, unlike the freightshakers which only applied the truck brakes.
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So, I have an interview with a smaller midsize trucking company Friday. They train new drivers without a CDL from Tennessee for free without a contract. 2 weeks to get the CDL and 3 weeks otr. The company is RE West. I have heard mixed reviews about them, so I dunno.
>get load to alcoa
>they're super anal about appointment times
>only receive 6am-10am with an appointment slot every half hour
>roll in at 06:55 for my 07:00 appointment
>now 07:20 and there isn't anyone at the new scale
Oh. I guess I'm getting some detention today since it takes 45 minutes for them to unload a truck. I'm third in line and there are 6 more trucks behind me.
The tractor and trailer have different wheel sizes.
Sweet jesus. That poke.
Never heard of them, but their training program sounds horrifying.
>Never heard of them, but their training program sounds horrifying.
It's a 133 truck company, so I am guessing either the training will be one on one and great, or the direct opposite. Probably direct opposite.
So, if somebody picks a bad company that screws with their dac report when it is not legitimately warranted, how bad is this likely to damage the driver's career?
I had 8 weeks of one on one training with Werner after CDL school and that really only scratches the surface of everything you need to know to be cut loose solo.
Unless you're willing to go after companies too small to be arsed with DAC, it can be a career ender.
Hmm. I was really wanting not to be in a truck with a trainer over a month, but I might have a totally different opinion when/if I am horrified and driving such a big vehicle in fucking February alone in Michigan or some shit.
I was really leaning towards them for the contract-free CDL, but this has really made me pause. I've seen some that recommend them and some that say they like to flunk you out of training if you don't catch on quick and/or mess with the DAC.
>Wake up last night at 10:00
>shower and hook up to trailer that's going to Fort Worth
>everything looks fine
>do a little snake to make sure that brakes aren't frozen
>make left turn down pitch black road
>look in window a few moments later as I hit 35mpm
>panic and pull over
>climb under trailer
>can't find anything wrong
>maybe something is wrong with the axe
>turn around and head back to the yard to have it looked at in the morning
>suddenly feel trailer limping
>get out again
>brakes on one of my tires locked up and rubbed out my tire in less than 1/2 mile
>was trying to go home too
Caught this shit every other time except for last night. Shamefur dispray.
>>Thirty five miles per minute
Well, that's why!
I've also had it where there are three set of lights right after our yard and even though I leave with all my tires rotating with no issues - I'll have to stop at the lights and when they turn green, tires are seized up again.....at all 3 lights.
About a 1/2 mile stretch but takes me 15 mins to get through on the colder days :(
>shipper is less than a 3 minute walk to a Pilot
>there's a gate and security won't let me out till they're done
>didn't get to eat breakfast
>been here since 8am
Man, fuck these people
I went through Gary, so it might be a little different.
Accommodation, lunch and dinner are provided. They pay you $90 for every 8+ hour day and $45 for anything less than that.
You do 7 days of on site training.
Day 1 you do your medical test and a bunch of in processing stuff
Day 2 you do trip planning and backing
Day 3 you do backing and short drives
Day 4 you do backing and short drives
Day 5 you do backing and slightly longer drives
Day 6 you do backing and mostly highway driving
Day 7 you do flatbed securement if you're flatbed and then wait to do a DMV style test.
After that you go out with a trainer for ~2 weeks, when he says you're ready you'll go back to the terminal do another DMV style test and you're in.
At this point you they try to find you a truck and you can start working.
What division did you sign on to?
>get a call from dm that if I get another violation Ill lose my job
The first was not driving 200mi without stopping for a high value load, second for leaving my load unattended in a high value area. But really I was only a block away at my house
Is this a really serious thing or are they just trying to scare me?
Very serious, folks will steal a whole trailer and truck if there's a hint of value. Generally the closer you are to a border the higher the risk. A lot of the time I had to check in with an entirely different set of people whose whole job was to watch me as I drove. I even had an escort leaving San Bernardino. Granted he was probably a very hopeful thief who got dissapointed after my 6th hour driving
But I've heard stories of folks getting out to piss on the wheels and turning around
To see their rig vanish.
I graduated in December and just signed up for orientation that lasts 3 days. $58 dollars per day of orientation and then $70 for each day spent training. I am supposed to drive 175. My question is how good a company U.S. xpress? Do they pay well? I read in the op comment that its a good company for rookies, anyone has any experience on them?
And you didn't stop him? cunt
They'll harp on about pre trip and logging, but I don't remember there being an actual written test.
For van they'll probably have a greater emphasis on getting your weight legal, but I don't know anything about that. I've never slid tandems before in my life.
They can freeze up holding the brakes at a stop sign. That's why I always go forward, stop, go back, then do the snake.
US Xpress is more of a team outfit. They give the good long runs to teams so if you're solo you'll end up with tons of shitty Dollar Store runs. Look elsewhere.
I'd try Magnum out of Fargo ND, they look really good and hire CDL grads. Reefer only tho.
Why didn't you tell him to steer clear of those cunts BEFORE he started CDL training?
Literally 5 seconds of googling would tell you that CR England is a scam run by the Mormons.
So basically, you use air pressure to apply your service brakes. That is, you push the brake pedal, air shoots down the brake hose which acts on a diaphragm which pushes a pushrod which moves the slack adjustor which turns the S cam which pushes the shoes and linings against the drum. HOWEVER the park brake works the other way around. When the park brake is applied, there is no air pressure in the park brake circuit and a spring pushes thru the service brake diaphragm and pushes the pushrod in to apply the brakes. When you release the park brake you fill the rear half of the brake chambers with air which pulls the spring back and holds it captive so that it can't apply the brake anymore. there are a few slightly differing versions of this system but that's how the guts of it works.
So basically it needs a certain range of pressure to help keep both valves closed, otherwise a at least one valve opens.
Too much psi above range (Braking), the brakes apply, too little psi below range (Park Brake), they apply.
Dunno if this helps others understand a bit more clearly, but here.
dollar general or family dollar account
you either have to roll carts on and off the truck or hand unload loose cases.
its shit , some companies pay ok on those but its not great by any means and a lot of those stores are in shitty small locations.
its one way to get experience at least.
They probably would be my top choice if I wasn't trying for home weekends regional.
I think Schneider can me a mediocre okay starter company from what I read, but I'd avoid any dollar store accounts. If they have bulk openings near you, that could be good for experience from what I read. It's hazmat tanker, so I'd keep that in mind as far as risk and complications go.
I've read good things about Abilene, Magnum, and Freymiller for otr. Abilene also has regional, but their training program is really long, for better or for worse.
Ah thanks for replying. Well experience is what I need right now but I'll wait and see if fedex calls me back. I applied for their student driver position for tractor trailers. It sounds really really good cause it's in my own city but we'll see.
>Do I have to unload or something? It says it's for a dollar store
Oh, to fully answer your question, I believe you will handle every box on that truck. I think truckerfag had that account on Werner.
That might be great if that's what you are looking for. They're a meme for running off the road I suppose because they are pushed hard.
You can research other ltl companies in your area that take student drivers if you want.
I was on Family Dollar. Floor loaded with rollers to offload with. 2-5 stores per truck, and you had to haul their used packaging back. It was a fucking nightmare, but if you bent your elogs you could pull $60,000 a year and be home every weekend damn near killing yourself in the process.
I think YRC, Conway Freight, Old Dominion, and a few others have new driver programs, but you might have to be a warehouse fag along with it. Old Dominion is supposed to be god tier if you can get on with them, albeit union nazis.
Fuck Family Dollar. I hate those stores. I don't understand how those companies make the drivers unload the trucks.
Same with us merchandising certain stores. Don't stores have employees to do this? Whenever drivers have to touch freight, they are always going to half-ass it anyway.
Thanks for the advice. I typically only do that when leaving. Most of my driving has been during the winter so far and I'm no stranger to brakes freezing. Yet, I didn't expect them to refreeze after pulling from a stop sign.
Company wasn't upset, but I wish that I could have been more careful. Retreaded super singles are still $300.
>be me, parked 3 hours away from receiver for my 10 hr break
>delivery at 7:30am
>preplan for my next load comes in
>live load, no washout at shipper
>scheduled for 2200 lmao
>shipper is 3 hours away from my current delivery destination
I waited 1 1/2 hours at the blue beacon to get my shit washed, while my 14 was ticking down. Ended up with 3 hours and 30 minutes to get from new jersey to bumfuck delaware. 160ish miles, mostly backroads with stoplights and little bullshit towns.
>get to shipper at 5:30pm with 7 minutes on my 14 hr
>"go park somewhere out of the way anon, it wont be ready til 10"
>cant even sleep cause I'm paranoid about getting another violation when I back into the dock later on
>KNOCK KNOCK KNOCK
>"there is a dock on the other side of the building, we need you to back in there"
>its a blind side back, down a slope with no lighting and not enough room to do a u-turn for regular setup
>takes me like 30 minutes to get it in because going at snail speed from paranoia
>Qualcomm: "YOU HAVE 0 MINUTES DRIVING TIME. CONTINUING TO DRIVE WILL RESULT IN AN HOS VIOLATION"
>repeating every 10 seconds the ENTIRE time
>get loaded, leave at like 2:00am-ish
>low fuel light on
I had to skip my recommended fuel stop to get to the shipper without violating hos
>forget to slide my tandems forward... they were alllll the way back
>cross the bay bridge into md paranoid af about getting pulled over for some stupid tandem bridge law
>low fuel light burning my corneas from my periphery
>tired as fuck
>don't see a rest stop until almost to PA
>pull in, don't even park in a space and pass out for 2 hours from exhaustion
made it to fj in smithton PA.
>getting ready to hop in shower
>phone rings, my company
>lady I've never heard of asks me why I'm gonna be late...
>am totally confused, my trip plan had me there a day early
>she tells me her "computer says I'm THIRTY SIX HOURS behind"
>"what the hell are you talking about, I just GOT this load this morning??"
>tells me her driver in ohio wants the load
>no thanks, your computer is wrong I'm good kthxbye
Yeah, funny thing. I've never noticed a Class 8 Volvo tow truck.
It's weird because Volvo only builds Class 8 tractors for the NA market, they don't have any light duty trucks like Paccar or Freightliner do.
Well, half the problem is Volvo's are such a pain in the ass to tow period. Nobody wants to drive what you hate the most. I'd bet if they decided to make a medium chassis like an M2 they'd never get anywhere in the market.
Honestly? You dont. There's a few workarounds that give mixed results one that worked for me was setting it up and then pulling the sensor off the rear to confuse it. Otherwise the bunk heater only works when the truck is off. So you get to decide. Be frozen or need a jump in the morning
>Arrive at home yard
>Swapping load from dry van to reefer because receiver wants empty reefers
>Hook to reefer, check everything as per usual, all clear
>Pull out of hole, sweeping right turn for U-turn to other side of yard
>Stop a moment to close doors
>Continue U-turn, careful not to bring trailer close enough for ass end to slap sleeping co-worker's truck
>Oh fuck I just slapped that truck's shit. It's a new KW T680 and probably a veteran driver, I'm about to get my ass kicked
>Step out to assess damage and apologize and beg for my life
>FUCKING TRAILER IS DANGLING OFF THE ASS OF MY TRUCK
>IT CAME THE FUCK OFF AFTER I TUG TESTED IT TWICE AND CHECKED THE LOCKING JAW
>Pissed/scared as fuck about possibly getting fired
>Four other drivers show up out of fucking nowhere (but not the sleeping guy I thought I woke, damn he's a heavy sleeper)
>We take turns cranking the landing gear
>Trailer is tilted nearly 45°
>Kingpin snagged on rear crossmember, loud bang when force applied to it shears a bolt head
>Manage to get my truck out, slip in the day cab
>Day (and my ass) is fucking SAVED, no tow truck is called
Well that was about ten years off my life span. Now let's hope I don't get fired tomorrow.
I dropped a fucking trailer. I thought everything was kosher - it fucking LOOKED kosher, I couldn't even tug the truck out from underneath the trailer after hooking it. The other drivers are pretty sure my fifth wheel wasn't 100% locked and the sharp U-turn pulled the lock jaw open.
If like he said, checked the locking jaw and pulled twice, the locking jaw must've become undone, pulled out under the trailer without the landing gear down and fell on the chassis
I did the coupling correctly - the only likely mistake on my part is that the locking jaw may not have been 100% in place, but it sure as hell looked like it was. From now on I'll be sure to tug hard enough to damn near scoot the trailer forward, and remember to trailer brake check every time (get up to ~5mph and pull trailer brake lever).
Fuck that scared the shit out of me though.
I tug as soon as I hook, before getting out to do everything else. Then I test trailer brakes after doing all the coupling procedure.
We're getting that looked at ASAP tomorrow, before I head out.
Ask your fleet manager how to grenade your engine.
The joke is that Volvo's are shit, because they are.
Have the stop rod adjustment on your 5th wheel checked. That's a lot of slop. What's the model of your 5th wheel?
Tug testing won't solve anything. You need to learn what the locked distance on your 5th wheel is based on the distance between the inside of the handle and the outside of the top plate. Measure that, and check it along with the visual inspection of the locking jaw, and the stop rod adjustment. Unless the kingpin is worn, all of these measurements being in spec with no ice or debris in the locking jaw will ensure proper engagement of the wedge and jaw.
My recommendations are for Fontaine 5th wheels from ~1975-2012.
Hey I'm in the licking county ohio region, just got my CDL-A and tanker endorsement in November last year, I'm trying to find a trucking job, prefer local, but I realize it's not likely, my biggest roadblock so far is I have a reckless driving from 3.5 years ago. Anybody know companies that will still hire with that?
Depends entirely on the model.
Freightliner's own parksmart is great.
Webastos have a retarded method of operation but will roast you out of the truck, their biggest problem is they don't seem to have a mode lower than "blowtorch".
Espars are pure trash.
Don't know about make/model of the fifth wheel, it's whatever a Pete 386 comes with these days.
>Shop is looking at it now
>Guy snags the kingpin with the frame, shears another bolt off
Well the shop reckons too much grease gummed up the jaws. They scraped a load of the stuff out and shot the fifth wheel with some WD40. At first when they tried to unhook, it wouldn't even let go, even after the lever was in the full unlock position.
>he doesn't even know what kind of 5th wheel he has
Then how the fuck do you know what to look for when you're doing your visual test?
anyone else rolling in a kw t700 paccar w/cummins?
I keep having to add coolant and I can't see that its leaking. Started with the cold weather, and I've encountered another driver with same problem.
I don't think there would be a huge demand. Anything smaller is probably going to be a fleet truck, and they want cheap shit that can get fixed fast. I rarely even see Kenworth straight trucks. Always Internationals or Freightliners. Or Sterling (RIPIP).
There are a handful of companies that run Volvo daycabs. Some have single rear axles.
That sucks. I have seen that happen (or heard) a few times in our yard. Always in the morning when I am half asleep. Wakes me up real quick. They just use 2 forklifts to pick up the front of the trailer.
It's crazy seeing those "Turnpike Doubles". I have been seeing them a little bit lately since I have been way out west and on the toll roads more. Two 53' trailers. Hopefully the warehouses aren't too far from the highway. I wonder what the laws are like concerning when the drivers inevitably have to get off the highway.
The driver's side front turn signal has been burnt out for like 2 weeks on my tractor. Just too lazy to write it up. I should've done it today since I had to down my truck today anyway since the reefer is busted.
The windshield probably cracked from the hood being pushed back a little and all that stress. I doubt that truck even slowed down much if he was loaded. I can't even tell what the Pete is pulling tho. Is that a flatbed or no trailer at all?
I can't stand when I see truckers driving like assholes. You're supposed to be extra-cautious driving something that big. Sometimes in the afternoon when I'm trying to get home, I will change lanes and pass a little more often. But some of these dudes ride the bumpers of cars. They're going to kill somebody.
Also, I wonder exactly how that Pete crashed into the front of a car. Or if the car hit the truck.
Forgot to share this with u guys
Picked up paper filters and other random paper products from OH a few days ago and the shipper legit couldn't give a rats ass.
I took the pic and sent it to dispatch who forwarded it to receivers and they seemed cool with it so no harm no foul.
Total weight was 4068 lbs. Lol
Hmm, so they have to either leave the trailer right at the exit or have another tractor meet up and grab it? Either way, I wouldn't want to make too many turns at stoplights and stuff with two 53' trailers.
I have been seeing them a bit on the Sawgrass Expressway recently, which is another FL toll road like the Turnpike.
Maybe a Kenworth. The Internationals have those awful leaf springs. I would fracture my spine from bumps like 10min in.
Railroader here, just passed my Class A driving and skills tests today. Went to a private school, wasn't too terribly expensive. Most of the time I won't be towing, but I'll occasionally tow a backhoe behind an International WorkStar. Feels good man (minus the International part).
Are the roehlfags still around? Any thoughts on your company, specifically running flatbed? I'm about to test for my cdl this week, and a roehl recruiter was making a good sounding pitch to me. But I'd love to hear more from actual drivers
Buffet's New Santa Fe. Shame you never heard back. I'd keep checking anyway. All the class 1s seem to be on a hiring freeze with carloads being down and less shale being shipped from North Dakota.
Yep. Usually just make a right turn after the cash box and the drop yard is right there. I've seen one road going from the NY turnpike to an industrial park, but it was a straight 2 miles into a dropyard.
I'm not too worried about it....currently locked out from my job. Union paid for CDL training. I'm just considering this since my kids are older and it's not that big of a deal. The railroads also require some travel, I'd assume. Your job is track maintenance, right?
You may be disappointed.
We're mostly a midwest company, and I know for a fact that our flatbed freight is starving out west right now. They just flew a few guys into Wisconsin to borrow trucks so they could keep working.
You can make it work, but for your benefit I'd recommend finding a company that operates in your area.
>Also, I wonder exactly how that Pete crashed into the front of a car. Or if the car hit the truck.
He hit the back of the car and pushed it into something else. Look where the side view mirror is on the car's door. That's what I meant when I said he was another tailgating Pete driver.
Yessir, track maintenance (MOW). Travel is required, but some people get lucky (or already have a CDL before they hire on) and can hold close to home after they hire out. On average I'd say it takes about 4-5 years of seniority to hold close to home.
On the other hand, you have guys that will spend an entire career on the road, but that is their choice.
I love working with MOW types and curve crews. They give zero fucks and just want to get the trucks the fuck out of there so they can check into their hotel rooms, get trashed, or start their 20 hour drive back home for the weekend.
We may see electric trucks in our lifetime, but it'll require some serious strides in battery technology and maybe motors too. I understand modern trains are Diesel engine + electric motor but I don't know if their electric motors are small enough to be adapted to a truck
3300+ miles logged in my 8 day summary
I remember the naysayers all throughout cdl school and otr training saying that you'd be lucky to get 2500 miles a week, realistically, yet my first 2 weeks have each been over 3k
I spoke to a transam driver while doing laundry... he was a nub just like me. Said his otr training lasted 13 days. He said he had been stuck there for a day because he didn't know how to move his tandems back. A dock worker helped him move them to the rear for loading. Also he said he has never scaled a load before and he didn't know how.
As much as I freak out about shit, and as much as I've fucked things up even after my 3+ months of training, I can't BELIEVE a training program could be that short.
You buy like 5 of these:
and a couple of these http://www.walmart.com/ip/37212678
Electric buses in Seattle have run on overhead wires since the 1940's. They just bought a new batch that have enough batteries for a couple miles of off-wire maneuvering (although most of the fleet is older buses could only coast or be pushed when off-wire). Most of these buses would otherwise have been powered by Cummins ISL diesels or M11's before that, which is what they run on the non-electric routes.
Why would you ever suggest someone try to make 13cpm?
There are already class 6 hybrids. Electric motors are ideal for starting from a dead stop, but only ultracapacitors have enough juice to do anything within a reasonable weight at this point, so they only push for a few seconds before the ICE has to take over.
I'm in line to start with RE West prettymuch as soon as I get my permit. Contract free paid CDL training and then 3 weeks OTR with a trainer, then I will be a freshly minted OTR steering wheel holder.
It's happening, trucker senpai.
Ty anon, much appreciated.
Christ, if it's that bad why are they in the OP paste bin link? I'll still look though, I'm trying to look at everyone that runs through my area
Everytime I see those headlights, U always think of pic related.
>Christ, if it's that bad why are they in the OP paste bin link? I'll still look though, I'm trying to look at everyone that runs through my area
If you read the pastebin, I included any company that has the possibility of being good. That means I either knew little about them to knowing they are good. Research to your discretion. I don't know much about Navajo, but I do know that there is info on the forums out there.
do you guys have vacuums in your trucks? I got this dirt devil on amazon last year and it seemed like half the dust going in went righ tout the back which is fuckin annoying, thanksfully someone stole it out of my truck while I was on vacation. Anyone got a vacuum they're pretty happy with?
Noob can make negative pay by being scammed by a lease to 60k by getting into a good company and working his ass off.
Generic otr company driver can make 50K easy with a little experience. Add 10k-40k for the better companies, private fleets, unions, or special niches. If you're a smart owner op like truckerfag (read: not average) you can make well over $100k.
Then there's various low paying local shit and/or class b stuff that really doesn't pay all that much, like $30-$50k.
Disclaimer: not an actual trucker yet.
Yeah, fucking ridiculous. Use every part of the animal! Even the hooves and the hair can be turned into Bovril, and that's trucker fuel. Keeps the economy moving through winter.
Although they're probably just going to filter it to get any fat out.
Word on Amazon is it's one of those boiler room type places, even for the proles in the warehouses. The only positive comment I've seen about Amazon is "It looks good on your resume!". I can just imagine what they're trucking division is going to be like.
Get some sleep and try retyping that post when you wake up bro, that was kind of hard to understand. Try rereading >>14236260 too, he explained it accurately and you may have misread it
Driving a truck for Amazon:
- You get a fleet spec cascadia
- Forward collision mitigation system
- no cruise control
- lane departure warning system
- driver facing cameras, running at all times
- no riders
- cell phones are not allowed in company trucks
- no truck modifications allowed, including (especially) CBs
- radios are removed for your safety
- you are not allowed to have any kind of food in the truck (it's a loss prevention thing, you understand)
- no books (amazon sells books, you know)
- trucks are governed at 55 and you better make those next-day appointments you little shit
- sitting in the cage with other drivers is the most exciting part of the job
Thank god Amazon doesn't have trucks.
Well, we're all fucked now.
Because OP never listens.
>that wooden leveler
I have an armorall 2.5hp 120VAC model I've been using for about 4 years now. Works great, and I only have to empty the bucket about once every 6 months.
All of your numbers were off by about $20k one way or another.
It's probably going into animal feed.
Nah, they bought some trailers which led to some people speculating that they plan to buy their own trucks.
The reality is that a company as big as Amazon probably just wants trailers for extended mobile storage purposes and can't be assed to run their own trucks.
If anything they'll contract a dedicated carrier to move the trailers that they own, so you'll see a truck with Amazon in big letters on the door and "operated by wat truking llc" in small letters below it. Amazon has no influence on how wat truking runs their drivers off of Amazon property, so on a dedicated Amazon account you'd still have your ass in a cage at both ends.
alot of them are because they have 3 kids with 3 different baby mommas and the only way to pay child support is to truck unless they want to go to jail
but if live with your parents and don't have alot of bills, you can save alot of money up quick
>Word on Amazon is it's one of those boiler room type places, even for the proles in the warehouses.
I work in a FC . It can often be. It's either really intense with long hours or mind boggling boring to me. I've read that some of the white collar tech side is even worse. Good benefits, though.
Hahaha. I think you got the truck spec and cage part right (minus the no radio part), but the rest is a bit of a caricature.
If they would pay like they pay us warehouse plebs, it will be slightly above average with great benefits but little room to move up. Probably a lot of hurry up and wait to satisfy muh customers.
Not yet, but their entire long term business plan is to become an ecommerce monopoly that has complete control of every aspect of their business to "have the best experience for muh customers" The only reason we have good benefits and such is to look like a good liberal company from a distance, because that's what the customers want.
>If anything they'll contract a dedicated carrier to move the trailers that they own, so you'll see a truck with Amazon in big letters on the door and "operated by wat truking llc" in small letters below it. Amazon has no influence on how wat truking runs their drivers off of Amazon property, so on a dedicated Amazon account you'd still have your ass in a cage at both ends.
They might start that way, but they will eventually want their own.
>Well, we're all fucked now.
Perhaps, but at least I will have an experience trainer as opposed to some shitty mega. Sorry in advanced, though.
Ah well. I just really know what I expect to make the next few years.
I occasionally haul spray dehydrated pork blood products to animal feed factories
Literally Khorne Flakes.
Amazon's already buying out existing trucking companies or setting up their own in foreign countries - france and china both in the news lately. They've just leased a bunch of 767 freighter jets to try and cut-out the express shippers here in the US. It's only a matter of time until they build their own truck fleet or purchase an existing trucking company.
Amazon likes to do things in-house. How much they spend on shipping really bothers them.
I was giving that kid hell about it. They have a full woodshop and he went over and made in like 2 minutes.
I told him I wanted another crossmember and to fully enclose it with a peek door so I could check the inside integrity. He thought I was serious until I said about the peek door. Than I was I like ya man. I'm gonna keep it and throw some stain on it and bring it back to you for next time.
Human consumption is one of the least important role that pigs provide.
Just be effective at doing your job. Have a can-do attitude.
Be where you're supposed to be, when you're supposed to be. If you can't for whatever reason, fucking tell somebody as soon as you know so something can be done. Waiting until the appointment time to say you'll be six hours late isn't cool.
Don't be the guy that needs his hand held through every little thing.
>They might start that way, but they will eventually want their own.
Usually goes the other way. FedEx doesn't own any tractors, but you'd never know it.
Your can live in a truck every day for the rest of your short, miserable life if you want.
Iktf. Just wrapped up a split break because of it.
>free WiFi at truck stops
>free WiFi at truck stops
>at truck stops
I like the autotragic in the Pete, it doesn't shift like a retard. The one in the Freightshaker was terribad though.
>Uphill, losing speed
>Truck shifts down to 9th, then back into 10th without even hitting the throttle, loses about 5mph doing this
>Chugs until it's about to stall
>Finally drops to 9th, for real this time
Yeah I drove in manual mode in the Freightshaker after it started doing that.
Found what appears to be the source of my coolant leak. Lost a gallon overnight. Guy parked next to me said its not that bad...
What do you think? Is it worthy of spending my hours on-duty to put it in the shop? Or will it get better when weather gets warmer?
The autotragic in the volvo ain't THAT bad. Just set it to 'power' mode when going through hills and it'll do its damn best to maintain speed. My route takes me through 3 major cities per day and just the fact that I no longer have a one leg leg-day is good enough to tolerate the automatic.
Granted, heavier loads etc deff would make use of a manual better but just letting y'all know that there are certain cases where auto becomes preferred over a manual.
I'd snug it up 1/8th turn and if it stops, coat the seam in RTV and see what it does. Might just be a cold leak. Throw it in the shop next time you're home.
All automatics degrade with time. Mine needs all new hoses, valves, servos, and wiring, but $5,000 is a bit steep for the minor nuisances it's causing. If I can get it past 6th gear in the morning without it locking up, I'm good for the rest of the day.
What do you guys think of Melton? They keep calling me and sending me emails so I finally asked to talk to a recruiter
>8 day oriention in Oklahoma (I'm in Cali)
>those 8 days are paid 500 bucks, free hotel, breakfast, lunch
>greyhound ride there is paid
>after orientation you go min 21 days with trainer and get paid 70 bucks per day
>after trainer you get own truck and 41cpm
I heard anything over 40cpm is decent. Does it sound good?
They say they refund up to 1200bucks if you bring them a receipt of the truck school you went to. Also something about loyalty program if you stay with them for like a year you get 2000.
Supposedly the recruiter said they don't record 24hrs, only when an event happens. Like accident, swerving, running over something
>winter time for newbie driver
Is getting experience right after school during blizzards, hailstorms, thunderstorms a bad idea?
>work 3 weeks home 3 days
>one week = 24hr day off
Doesn't sound too bad
Also you average 2100-2500 miles per week.
Have any of you done company road tests? Do they send you home for every little thing like always starting in 1st gear or being too close to curbs/signs?
Melton has been said to be good. Not sure if true.
41cpm for company newbs is good, so long as they give you enough miles. 2500+ miles/week is what you want.
Driver cams are a good thing in my opinion. I'm glad my company is using them now.
You're gonna be driving in winter conditions. Do you want a trainer with you on your first time doing this? Or do you want to be running solo? I'm learning this wintery shit solo, and I do NOT recommend it. I'm lucky to have not fucked up more than I already have... things are different in the winter. Any other season is probably ezpz123z compared to this shit. They say there are two seasons in trucking: winter and construction.
Im still a newb but I hope this helps
Yeah that winter stuff you said does make sense. Do you feel 21 days OTR is too short? I read your other post where 3+months isn't enough. Do the trainers teach you how to slide your tandems, etc?
Thanks, will do.
Any recommendations on a cb radio? I'd really like to have one but have no idea on how to install it. Do I need a power inverter for it? What about an antenna? I don't need to hear people in china... just a couple miles down the freeway. Also, whats with that stupid echo that everyone has? Is that intentional? It makes it very difficult to understand them. How do I avoid having that with my setup?
People learn at different rates, but I feel that there are many things I'm still learning after my long training. I'm not sure if longer training is the answer though.
Sliding tandems is easy under normal conditions. Truck driving is easy under normal conditions. The problem is that conditions are never normal. Each trailer is different. Some are new, some are old, some are bent, some are broken, some aren't broken in. Some are rusty, some are frozen, some are leaking air... you get the idea. A good trainer will take the time to explain what to do in each situation. But the reality is, you most likely won't experience every situation with your trainer. Just make sure you keep a few tools with you. Hammer, tire pressure gauge, bolt cutters (for those braided steel seals), wd40, pliers, screwdriver, socket set, duct tape... things like that.
what are you driving? as another anon pointed out most of the new trucks have plugs for a cb already installed. you'll just need to find it. freighliners have it behind the sunglasses holder drivers side.
The sheer amount of torque they endure, I'd imagine. A robotic manual would be ideal but I hear Volvo tried that before, and maybe their autos are still exactly that, but that they were finicky as fuck and prone to breaking.
They'll keep you in training as long as you need to be. 21 days is a minimum.
Ask questions. If you're shut down somewhere with a diner, sit at the bar and ask questions. Then ask your trainer about those answers. Training will be what you make of it.
Scratch together $300 and go to a CB shop. Ask for a used peaked and tuned cobra 29 with an Astatic mic installed. The coaxial cable cut from a reel and hand crimped and soldered is more important than the antenna, so if they try to jew you on it, go for the coax over the antenna, since you can swap that out yourself in 10 minutes later.
Echo boards cost about $30 installed and can be turned off with a knob.
30 or so watts barefoot will get you about a 3 mile range with a stock antenna.
Most truck automatics are manual transmissions with automated shifting. The internals are pretty much bulletproof, but the automation is what fucks the driver.
Stock CB power and coaxial is garbage.
>running on 6hrs of sleep
>play Dark Souls 2 almost all day
>get called for a load about 4pm
>driving around the time I would normally go to sleep
>start swerving on to the shoulder every couple of minutes
>eyes start getting droopy to the point were everything is blurry and only light is visible
>lights from cars start meshing together
>look like some monsters from Dark Souls 2
>moon and tress mesh to make some humanoid
>just barely make it to the delivery point which is also my yard
>dock and just walk into the back of my suv and sleep there
I stare intensely into the camera lens
I bought pic related... there was red, a blue and a green. Wasn't sure which one but the red said high temp and oil resistant. I bought a shitty socket set too. Are there any good brands of tools at truck stops? Or is it all chinese garbage?
I live in Springfield IL and I'm a poorfag, are there any companies nearby that offer paid CDL schooling or something like that so I don't have to go into more debt to become a trucker? Or are there programs that can pay for my CDL training? I have no idea where to start looking for this kind of stuff.
WV sure has backroad hills that are a pain in the ass but good lord - the receivers!
Every time I have walked into a shipping office in WV, nothing but qt3.14s working. And they all have features made from Hitler's wet dreams.
Still doesn't make up for its shit geography tho
>go to bed early so I can be fresh for work tomorrow
>missed two phonecalls asking me to come off home time early from two different dispatchers asking me to grab a midnight delivery for a hail Mary attempt at delivery.
>ignored all day today.
Really contemplating packing up and going home. And seeing who else is hiring in the area.. already know the wall mart DC is offering 4 times what I'm making now.
>even pooper duty might be better
>Arrive at consignee
>Place handles hazmat
>There's an eye flush and emergency shower station outside
>Shower pipe burst, shower is now a gigantic icicle
I wish I could take a picture of it.
>get call back from YRC
>ask about work exp, truck school
>everything looks good
>"so anon, do you have T,N, and X endorsements?"
>"I only have T and N"
>"when can you start working on getting X endorsement?"
>"I-I can't get it because I only have a work permit and TSA says only citizen or resident can get it"
>"sorry, thanks for applying. buh bye"
>lose job at the end of the summer due to lay-offs, it was construction so I got to hear a lot of dump-truck drivers talk about their pay and style of work
>envied it because I was swinging a hammer all day and hated it.
>always liked trucking and figured a class A would be useful down the road anyway
>find this truck training school nearby, talk to a recruiter and asked him if my age would be a problem, if they could help find me local jobs, etc, etc. He says yes
>forget all common sense and decide to trust someone who is paid by commission
>try to figure out how i'm going to pay for it, finally find out Workforce has a program I could join to help youths get stuff for college/grants etc
>spend 3 months going through Workforce classes and such to qualify for their program
>at the end of it all, they congratulate me and give me a $6k grant to go to the school with
>I dont even have my GED, didnt finish high school, etc. So this was literally a fucking miracle for me.
>go to the school, end up passing and getting my CDL on the first try. Throughout the 3 weeks i call literally dozens of local companies and they all shoot me down due to Insurance.
>literally told by the school that they can't help me and that I should have waited to get my CDL.
>currently on week three of not having a job, mainly due to everyone being fucked up from the holidays, however stuff isnt looking good.
>no income aside from my parents helping me out and even then, i'm reluctant to use their money.
Do you guys have any suggestions? I've got just enough money to get a rope and I found this awesome tutorial on making a noose.
If you got a grant and don't owe anything, bum off your parents while you get your GED. Then keep looking for a trucking job, but you seriously aren't going to find one, so look for other shit too. Try to get on another construction gig or get an apprenticeship with a tradesman or something.
Short of farm hand work you are boned till 21. You might get lucky with some shady moving companies or if you have any distribution centers in need of a hostler otherwise get really chummy with the dump truck guys and one might let you drive one of his beater trucks
Get another grant to the CC to get your GED.
Once you've got a GED go ahead and get an AA. GED's are worthless by themselves, but an AA/AS shows that you put in some effort towards educating yourself (and really aren't that hard to get), and tend to convince employers that you aren't a complete moron/fuckup (even if you still are). many CC's have combined GED/AA programs.
By the time you get your AA, you'll be 21 and can truck to pay off any loans you may have incurred (shouldn't be too bad, state community colleges are usually pretty cheap).