California In A Nutshell

Discussion in 'Experienced Truckers' Advice' started by izifaddag, Feb 21, 2018.

  1. izifaddag

    izifaddag Medium Load Member

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    I agree with much of what you say. The climate is second to none. The scenery is amazing. Yet somehow paradise took a beating didn't it?
    In April last year a new truck to me crippled me financially and I was lucky to get out with my skin. I bailed and retired early. I took another path.
    As an example of the draconian way truckers are treated my CDL was cancelled with no warning. They just sent a letter saying you are done.
    I wait for spring and a 6 month job up north in electronics again. My first love.
    The thing that finished me was a dishonest truck sales company (Summit Trucks in both Tupelo and Springfield avoid them) and an EGR problem. Good old EGR eh? What would we do without that useless technology? Foisted on us by where else - California.
    I just couldn't afford to gamble on fixing it with the last of my savings. It went to someone who was willing to follow through. He was a quasi friend and I kept track for a while. At the $10,000 mark and counting I slinked away.
    I loved being a truck driver. It beat the hell out of working in Dilbert land. I lived free and saw the country - sort of.
    Now I hope I can take a closer look and live a little more normally. Still a completely mobile lifestyle but without the pressure. Even after a year I have to consciously stop myself driving into a weigh station. I closely monitor my fuel and speed and automatically move to the left to pass a breakdown or police officer on the hard shoulder.
    The trucking habits are ingrained. I even use the giant size Rand McNally tablet GPS I bought in 2019. Looks weird on the windshield of my minivan.
    I don't miss the cops, electronic logs or the gazillion rules and regulations that I had to juggle against trying to make a subsistence wage. My fight is over.
    My best wishes to my brothers of the fifth wheel.
     
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  3. snowwy

    snowwy Road Train Member

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    California was the first to use the pcv. Then get. And they outlawed the distributor advanced timing. And I think the speed limit for vehicles towing was 45. I think.

    This all started in the 60s.

    They're the first to implement emissions devices.

    Back in the day. Cars had to have emissions decals on the hood specifying cali or 48 state emissions certified.
     
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  4. clausland

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    Cali needs to just post huge NO signs at all their State lines. Underneath that simply put, "Don't even think about it, the answer is no."
     
  5. x1Heavy

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    Having fun is illegal. Any laugher, squealing, chasing, games, swimming etc are all subject to prosecution. "State Drip Dept"
     
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    MACK E-6 Moderator Staff Member

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    Reminds me of 40 years ago when they were giving cars away on The Price is Right, they always used the term “California emissions” when describing it.
     
  7. x1Heavy

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    We used to toss stuff at the TV set in those days during the 70's when some of those new emissions cars came up to be won. Roaring V8's ruled baltimore outside and here we are with 4 cylinders and straight 6's that had like 120 horsepower or so against a 3000 pound car as a prize.

    But hey, the people love a new car. So....

    Pa bought a little datsun 1200 I think they were called. A tiny two door with a 1200 displacment 4 cylinder. I don't know if you recall but in those days that type of engine and it's associated ignition, battery and so on was SO SIMPLE under that hood. And it was reliable to a fault. I think the clutch failed at 60000 miles and it lasted until just about 100,000. The problems with it accumulated as the frame suffered the wear and tear. Got to the point of being pretty... scary to ride down the road in that thing. Creaks, cracks, squeaks, and grinds on every little tar strip and plate.
     
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    clausland Road Train Member

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    I had one of those B210's, great gas mileage, manual transmission, easy to work on, etc. A lot better than the Vega bomb I had been driving around.
     
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    Bill51 Heavy Load Member

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    Wasn't so long ago Ogden was like that.
     
  10. kemosabi49

    kemosabi49 Trucker Forum STAFF Staff Member

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    I got one of those too. Was a relief driving something I didn't have to work on all of the time. Like that Pinto I'd been driving.
     
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    clausland Road Train Member

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    I wish I could find a nice one now, everything was mechanical and would last. They were good cars.

    The Pinto was Fords bad idea of an IED, but man they were everywhere for awhile. You likely remember the AMC Pacer too. Man, that sure was some funny looking car, looked like something from the Jetsons...
     
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