Abilene Motor Express....A New Place To Call Home

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  1. jarhead0311

    jarhead0311 Road Train Member

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    Reset up 0300 and headed to Jarrat BH then to Groveport then prob bobtail me home from there unless they got something to Wytheville then Ill bobtail home from there. Been a long time since Ive been sent to the Jarrat BH to pickup.
     
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  3. JohnBoy

    JohnBoy Road Train Member

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    No. Rusty.
     
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  4. MACK E-6

    MACK E-6 Moderator Staff Member

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    We had a janitor get promoted to load planner.
     
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  5. Lonesome

    Lonesome Mr. Sarcasm

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    makes perfect sense.....
     
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  6. MACK E-6

    MACK E-6 Moderator Staff Member

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    And 15 years later he still sucks at it. :biggrin_25523:
     
  7. JohnBoy

    JohnBoy Road Train Member

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    Send him to Richmond, he’ll have a perfect spot to continue his load planning.
     
  8. Finfn1372

    Finfn1372 Road Train Member

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    Dropped my Walmart load on the yard,heading to Strongsville,Oh for the morning.
     
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  9. ExtremeUnction

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    Delivered to a BH distributor in North Charleston, SC this morning. Appointment was for 8:00am, and I was 15 minutes short for making it all the way to the receiver and spending the night in the dock. If the delivery had been for 4:00am like our usual BH deliveries, I would've taken some additional steps with the ELD to make it all the way to the reciever. But since the appointment wasn't until 8:00am anyways, I didn't feel particularly compelled to do so, and instead spent the night at the Petro in Columbia. Bowled a few games, got some boneless chicken wings, rode out tornado warnings and thunderstorm warnings the rest of the evening, slept the sleep of the just, and got up this morning in plenty of time to make on-time delivery.

    Following load was to a Lineage warehouse in McDonough. Appointment wasn't until 5:30pm. I got here at 4:00pm in the vain hope that it might get me loaded quicker, but no dice. Detention clock doesn't start until 7:30pm, so I'm still on free time. Only 1hr 21min left on my 14. Fortunately this place lets you sleep on their lot, as I found out the last time I was here.

    Load delivers to Front Royal on Friday. I plan on getting up an hour early tomorrow just to get on the other side of Atlanta before the morning rush hour reaches full development. Then it's a nice leisurely drive up 77 and 81. Should have the load there Friday morning well before the stated drop time.
     
  10. JohnBoy

    JohnBoy Road Train Member

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    Ok, can someone explain to me if Volvo is now making the biggest pieces of poop on the roads today? Before I get to my issue, let me just tell everyone this, we have about 10 ‘22 Volvos in various parts of the country parked at Volvo shops with blown turbos. Not just the turbos, but the blue air intake hose and the clamp that connects it to the turbo. They’re parked because of lack of parts. Great, must have been made in China instead of Dublin Virginia.

    Now my issue. My buddy that works here for the last 24 years, recently got his new ‘22. Same turbo issue, but his is at Richmond yard waiting on parts, meanwhile, he works local and goes home every night and plays with the wife and dog. When he got his truck new in January, it was all good, since then, the right electrical components in the window shorted out and had to be replaced. Last month, with 18K on the clock, he heard a thumping and knocking sound coming out of his front end when loaded and making any turn. The issue? Both front bushings on the right and left leaf spring weren’t pressed in properly and they had to change both springs. Which now brings me to my issue. 14,403 miles on my clock right now, when I left Oregon Saturday morning, I started hearing and feeling a knock and thump in my front end. Get empty today, get to the yard for a drop and hook, stop by the shop and have Trey come out to look at the issue, and low and behold, both my bushings are wore out and need to be replace along with the springs. Mind you, this started 3300 miles ago with 11,200 miles on the clock. In the meantime, I was assured by everyone above my pay grade that I can run to Indianapolis and back without winding up in the trees. I have hometime next week so I’ll probably leave the truck at Richmond and rent a car to go home. These parts they have, the issue is it’s labor intensive, the airbags need to come off, the springs need to come off and other various components need to be removed. Brand new truck built by robots and computers, off the assembly line in January, and in April it’s being taken apart and rebuilt by humans. I’m sure I can rest easy while I’m driving the truck for the next 250K miles.
     
  11. Voyager1968

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    Well, Mack and Volvo are one in the same basically, but my company just took delivery of a new Mack Anthem a month ago. It was only on the road three days before needing to go back to the Mack dealership for repairs. The front end was so far out of alignment that the driver it was assigned to said that if he let go of the steering wheel, it would #### near take a right turn. With that fixed, the truck developed a major vibration on it's third day in service. Our mechanics think it's something mis-aligned or loose in the driveline and/or components. Mack, of course, says they can't find the problem, and still has the truck while they try to figure out what course of action to take.
     
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