That is my favorite part of the country, I want to retire there. Different strokesI have done the cross country trip 2 times from Seattle to Philadelphia. I found Idaho through montana to be the worst trip. The scenery is nice, but it gets old quickly and there are no cities to go through. Plus the deer are killer!
I do like the whole thing in general, it's just that my trainer wasn't, shall we say, a very reasonable or logical person, but I'm done with him and I'm gonna get to go out on a truck with a guy I know from training, so I bet I'll enjoy that a lot more.How do you like the gig so far? I still have days where I question my sanity for doing this, but I doubt I could go back to a 9-5.
Ddi you find that how you drive your car has changed?
Probably not, there's way too much shifting to do to be able to just floor it and peel out.173080 said:Without a trailer attached, could you do a burnout?
I haven't actually counted, but w/o a trailer it probably only takes slightly longer than a car. But with a decent sized load, it takes 1/2 mile or so.0-60 time?
The speedometer in the trucks I've been in (Freightliners) only goes up to 85, but the fastest I've gone is about 75 and that was only because it was downhill.What is the top speed?
If you're on a hill, you absolutely have to floor it to use as much power as possible to get you and your loaded trailer up the hill. There are a lot of times where the highest gear won't get you up the hill because you'll slow down to where you have to downshift, at which time you'll be using more power but at a lower constant speed. If you're on a particularly steep hill and you're going slower than 45mph, then you have to move to the far right lane and turn your flashers/hazard lights on to let other people and trucks know to go around you.How often do you floor it? Do you really get to use all the power often?
I've gone from Seattle (well, Kent) to York, PA, and Idaho/Montana definitely aren't my favorite states to drive through. That continental divide is a bitch, isn't it? I was pulling 42,000 lbs through there and I was going about 25mph uphill and downhill.kellen said:I have done the cross country trip 2 times from Seattle to Philadelphia. I found Idaho through montana to be the worst trip. The scenery is nice, but it gets old quickly and there are no cities to go through. Plus the deer are killer!
Nice pictures. The wreck ones are always intersting to see.Yesterday I threw together a photo album of pics I've taken over the last two years of OTR driving. The pics are in chronological order. I started with a Gen1 iPhone and this year upgraded to a Canon, the pic quality improved greatly with the upgrade.
Yes, it has disc brakes too! I think it is an '04 or '05. I'll be heading out on a ride through Salt Lake City in about 30 minutes.Also is that a Specialized Hardrock I see on the back of your truck.
No, you pretty much have three options for getting a CDL in the states.GGGUUUYYY said:Most of them get there licenses through loop holes and can barely drive. Is it like that in the states?
Well, here I am quoting myself again. From my blog post awhile back:I LOVE this new truck. I just sent this message to the owner: "You'll have to club me over the head then cut the truck from around me to give this thing up."
I was coming down Cabbage Hill today with "Touch, Feel and Lose" by Ryan Adams playing on the radio and I had the urge to write, something I apparently haven't done since early October. Wow has a lot changed since then.
In late october I flew up to Seattle for Allie's birthday and got to visit with quite a few friends. After seeing Allie I knew I had move back and started to make plans before I even flew back to Colorado. I decided the best thing would be to continue to run on the Dollar Tree account until it closed up shop in January or February then move and try to find another dedicated account to run out of the Seattle area. A couple good friends of mine were moving while I was visiting and needed another person for their house and I had already lived with them before so I knew it would be a great fit. I struck a deal with them and locked it up by paying rent before even moving.
Then things with Alan took a turn for the worst, in early December when I (once again) woke up to find that I hadn't been paid when I should have been. Then, pissed off, I started my day and it just got worse, some events unfolded that nearly ended my career. Hours later I informed my boss and Alan that I was quitting and that they needed to get me home. That afternoon I picked up my last Swift trailer and headed from Salt Lake to home.
This came as a pretty big surprise to my boss because I hadn't let her know about Alan's payroll issues so that she wouldn't have yet another thing to deal with. Once I explained everything she understood my situation and even did me a huge favor. I had asked if she knew what company was running the Dollar Tree account in the Seattle area and not only did she give me the number to call but she even called them and told them that they needed to hire me. I can't thank her enough for that. As I told her the last time I saw her, she is one of the few people at that company that seems to actually give a ***** about her employees.
The only problem with moving was that I was about as broke as I had been in years. I didn't have the money for a moving truck and no longer had a car in Colorado since my pickup had been stolen from the Swift terminal last summer. I had to do something I was hoping I would never have to do, I called my dad and asked for help. He paid for the rental truck and overnighted a check for fuel. With some help from Meladee and David, on Saturday I was packed up and and heading down(up?) the road.
Like many of my adventures this one would turn out to have it's own challenges. After my first fuelup in Casper, Wyoming I learned that I wouldn't have enough money for fuel if I continued at 60mph so I slowed down to 52-53mph to try and get better fuel mileage. At my next fuelup I re-ran the numbers and I would be ok if I just kept it to the low 50's, I also discovered that I had lost the key to the padlock that was on the back of the truck. In Rocker, MT(Billings) I stopped for my only few hours of sleep on this trip. By the time I got to the passes in Washington they were requiring trucks to have chains on, and my rental truck was just big enough to require chains too, but they were locked up in the back of the truck, with no key. I found a little mom and pop hotel and with some finagling I got a discount on a room, and a glass of wine. The next morning the chains laws were lifted and I made it the last couple hours home, I made it with less than $20 left.
Over the next week I finalized the paperwork then headed to Portland for my next job at Schnieder National(SNI). I Drove for SNI on their western 11 fleet for about a month before they put me on the Dollar Tree account. Now a few months into the job and I'm finding I like the company. It isn't perfect, but the individual people seem to care, and that makes all the difference. The Dollar Tree account seem to almost operate as a separate company and my two bosses have actually done the work. They know what this account requires of their drivers and also seem to love having me on the account. My pay has been pretty steady and they haven't missed a check.
Speaking of that, I will never again let an employer go more than 14 days late on a check. One thing this whole mess with Alan taught me is to set a firm deadline and stick to it. If I walk then it is THEIR loss, not mine. Had I walked away from Alan when he first had his payroll issues almost a year ago I would still have nearly $10k in the bank instead of being broke for the last six months. People like him, who are more than willing to screw over their employees, deserve every ounce of bad "luck" that comes their way.
And, to end this on a lighter note. This biggest benefit to working for SNI on this account is that I am home nearly every weekend. In fact, last weekend was the first weekend that I haven't been home since January. Being able to play with Allie and spend time with my parents and great friends is pretty awesome. I am really looking forward to this year, I think it will be great for me on many levels.
Big trucks! Np I don't mean big pickups, I mean semi's. I'm a truck driver and in the last 9 weeks I've driven over 30,000 miles. The average person only drives around 12,000 a year.
So I thought we could have a thread where anyone could ask me, and any other professional drivers that may be on the board, any truck related question you might have.
Now folk let's keep this friendly. If you want to just complain about trucks or drivers then please start another thread. That's not what this one is for.
I think it will be a long time before the driver is eliminated. There are things like adjusting the tandems, releasing the king pin, hooking up air lines, etc, that a computer can not do. Besides all of that, have you ever heard of a perfect computer, one that doesn't freeze up or can't be hacked? Also GPS isn't anywhere close to being good enough.@LumbermanSVO
How soon do you think it will be before autonomous trucking? Do you think truck drivers will soon be obsolete or do you see situations where self driving technology cannot replace human control.
I'm thinking autonomous trucking could be a very good investment. That said, it would be sad to see so many people lose their jobs to new technology.
Dude! You were the first reply to this thread!Thanks for the update. Always loved this thread! Been following from the start.