Automatic transmission with a smooth bore tanker

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  1. Dave1837

    Dave1837 Medium Load Member

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    So the company I work for is great, but lately things have been a little hectic. I started exploring some other companies just to see what was out there, as this has been my first truck driving job ever. I was contacted by another tanker company not too far from where I live and everything sounded great about it, however, all their trucks are automatics. I have never driven an automatic before, only an 18 speed. I kept trying to figure out how an automatic would work with a smooth bore tanker, especially with a heavy product like caustic where you only have 3k gallon in a 5,500 gal tank. Anyone have experience with this?
     
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  3. Lilj

    Lilj Light Load Member

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    It takes a little getting used to, I’ve been in tankers since 2002 and have always had a stick when pulling a tank. In 2017 my company issued me a automatic and the way I try and control surge is by gently mashing the accelerator, on flat grounds it works, but when I get in the mountains if I try and gently hit accelerator the truck tends to down shift when I need it to up shift
     
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    That's what I figured. The thing about smooth bore is YOU have to be in control of it, especially in the winter time. I know you can lock an auto in gear, but still, if the computer thinks it's right then it won't listen to you
     
  5. Boom Tube

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    I've been driving an auto for like two years now. It probably shifts as good or better than I do. You'll figure out pretty quick how much to push on the accel pedal to avoid surge. Plus no more chance of stalling out on hills. I love it. There's a manual mode where you push a button to change gears or leave it in a certain gear. Don't know how I ever survived shifting now lol.
     
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  6. Chinatown

    Chinatown Road Train Member

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    I did it with no problems. Ran 48 states. Sometimes the tank would only be 1/3 or 1/2 full of phosphoric acid.
    The trucks were Volvo with Volvo engine married to Volvo automatic transmission.
    The worst weather I drove in was winter time from Nashville, TN to Seattle, WA and that was pretty often.
     
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    mustang190 Road Train Member

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    It’s a pain in the ###.
    No matter how gentle you are it still beats the hell out of you. They shift when it wants too.
     
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