Cabovers

Discussion in 'Questions From New Drivers' started by stacks, Jul 21, 2021.

  1. JRut

    JRut Light Load Member

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    Well I may be one of the weirdos who prefers cabovers. Im a young guy just 32 and one of the first trucks I drove was an International 9600 cabover for the oilfield back in 2011. They got rid of it in 2012. After that in all my previous companies I drove conventionals of all kinds.. I always wanted a cabover since I was a kid and would see all the JB Hunt and pumpkins going down the interstate. So it was a dream come true driving that 9600 for a bit. Now I finally own one. I just bought this daycab Argosy to be an owner op after being a company driver 10 years now. Got a pre emissions Cat C12 with 640K on the clock. Can't wait to start running it. I'll be pulling containers, dry van and possibly flat bed semi locally home every night. Just had it painted and did all maintenence on it myself. It rides rough bobtail on bumpy roads but I can live with it! Haven't had it hooked to a trailer yet but I love it so far. Finally got my dream truck and don't see myself going back to a conventional. This thing is too fun to drive and I get lots of looks. 20210803_092746.jpg
     
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  3. Brettj3876

    Brettj3876 Road Train Member

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    Now that's pretty cool. There's a black one running around me, sleeper not a day cab. Stretched out to probably 220wb or abouts. Looks really good
     
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  4. kemosabi49

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    Nice looking truck.
     
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    While it may have new looking features, you are going to drive a truck that has the longest history of any truck, the CO Freightliner, introduced in 1948. It most surely has stood the test of time. Hauled more of Americas freight than any other truck ( CO IH comes close) You say you can live with it, check back in a few months. Cabovers are known for the worst ride in the industry, mostly coming from the steer axle, but for getting around, or a pesky spot at the truckstop that largecars can't get into, none better. For the record, some ball busters in containers, and a truck bobtail behaves entirely different than one pulling 48K in a trash can. The most important thing, is you found your dream truck,,,for now. Good luck.
     
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  6. SmallPackage

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    Growing up as kids there were only two kinds of “real” trucks. In these parts we called them flat nose and long nose. Lol!
    The real drivers at that time drove the flat nose trucks. They were the “big” trucks of the day cause they were the otr coast to coast trucks. Most of the long nose trucks were local and regional. With very few sleepers. If you saw what later became a “large car” like a late 70’s W900 or 359 come in from the west that was a rarity and a treat. For the most part this was White and White-Westernstar country down here when it came to long nose. K100’s and IH Transtar for flat nose. Hooded Petes were rare until the move to Denton.
     
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  7. 201

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    Same in Wisconsin. Cabover central, or cab forward conventionals, but never a large car. I backed into places right next to large cars, all going to the west coast. I didn't drive a long nose until I bought my own.
     
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  8. TheLoadOut

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    Bring the K100E Aerodyne back with a completely flat floor and I think I might order one.
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  11. TheLoadOut

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    For sure! They were the best looking roof tops ever!
     
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