ESTES Express (1 Year Review)

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  1. KaoMinerva

    KaoMinerva Road Train Member

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    I've been driving trucks almost 5 years. Before estes, I had a combined 2 weeks of REAL WORLD manual experience. All that time came from Werner. Once you learn it, you don't forget it. Take it slow on the road, and you'll get it back in no time.

    While I was out with the trainer at Estes, I stalled the truck like 5 times that whole week lol. I've even stalled em since I've driven some here now. No big deal. You're going to be rusty getting back in them. Sometimes I take manuals just to stay fresh. You can't let the automatic spoil you.

    If you know the basics of driving a manual (double clutch lol, typical shift ranges, down shifting, taking off, stopping etc), you're fine. Never tell them you can't drive a manual. You simply express to your trainer, you're rusty. Once you're hired, then you worry about that.
     
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  3. BeHereNow97

    BeHereNow97 Medium Load Member

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    Ahhh hell man, #### that sucks. I would be applying and being in basically the same position you are. So I guess whenever I make up my mind what moves I want to make for 2021, I'll put in an app and maybe the terminal needs will change 4 months from now. Very discouraging to hear though. Guess it's not really a drivers market in that area. Glad you are pursuing other opportunities though Gamecock Taylor, hope everything works out good for you!
     
  4. KaoMinerva

    KaoMinerva Road Train Member

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    Just for the old heads that will try to ride me, I always stall the truck taking off lol. Sometimes I forget to ease off the clutch. Driving manuals, I will admit I'm way more cautious. I don't eat while I'm driving or anything lol.
     
  5. jmz

    jmz Heavy Load Member

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    I went a few months without driving one and I forgot 6th gear existed. That truck was NOT happy when accelerating and going from 5th to 7th. And I had a hell of a time downshifting getting off the highway. No matter how hard I revved, I couldn’t get it to go from 7th to 5th! Had to bail and leave it in neutral til I got to the bottom of the ramp.

    Took a full day before I remembered where 6th gear was and figured out why I was having so much trouble.
     
  6. KaoMinerva

    KaoMinerva Road Train Member

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    I thought that was the norm? When I'm coming off the ramp, I ride it in neutral to a stop, put it in 3rd, and then assess my next move lol. I don't ever stop in gear. Less clutch touching, the better!
     
  7. jtaran06

    jtaran06 Road Train Member

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    When I get back in one I forget to put it in neutral coming to a stop at a light and the truck jumps all over and dies. You sure get used to just putting it in drive and forgetting about it.
     
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  8. Muskie

    Muskie Medium Load Member

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    Good news and bad news,
    The good news is that I can't go any further West. The bad news is that I can't go any further West.
    In Seattle, 223
    Like Spokane 232, nice yard, plenty of space.
     
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  9. KaoMinerva

    KaoMinerva Road Train Member

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    Dude, that's ALL GOOD NEWS LOL. I hate you :mad:
     
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  10. jtaran06

    jtaran06 Road Train Member

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    Until another month and it's snowing on all the passes and you gotta sit it out or chain and keep going.
     
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  11. Texas_hwy_287

    Texas_hwy_287 Road Train Member

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    @jtaran06 how long til you finally off the road.
     
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