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Rugerfan Road Train Member
- May 3, 2011
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I hauled chips for 4 years, we always operated the tippers ourselves.
Some mills had the big dumps that do the truck and trailer together while others had smaller ones you drop the trailer on or some of each at the same mill.
I've seen those B-trains unhook from the truck and dump on the big dumps,they were set up so the front trailer dumps through the back trailer so you can dump both at the same time, pretty slick set up.
I do a lot of landfill work now and we are no allowed to operate the tippers.
I'll be pulling 53' possum bottoms at first, 3 axles plus tags. I did some driving today, finally. I was straight with them about my limited experience with non-synchro manuals, and they're ok with that.
I really only missed one shift, but that's one too many, as far as I'm concerned.
The driver training me was really good about it and gave me some really good tips on how to avoid that mistake in the future.
Apparently they have a hard time finding drivers that can go into Canada and back without issue. That really surprised me, but, ok. I had no problems at the border either way, and to be totally honest, there's is one little thing way back in my past that I was nervous about, but no problem.
PS: from what I saw today, Canada had much better highways than we have here in the states.
Well I pulled a pretty heavy load from Eureka to Columbia Falls today. It went pretty well. I don't have the shifting perfected yet, not by a long shot, but I made a lot of progress today (Eaton 18 speed.) I like this transmission, it's perfect for the mountainous terrain and heavy loads (3 axle 53' possum bottom with tag axle and tags on tractor. )
My trainer also had me scale and back into the tip dump, no problem there.
I got this.
It was weird reading this because another driver where I just started working told me he had a very similar story that happened to him... he and 2 buddies were on bikes, wanted to go into Canada at Sweetgrass and come back down through to PoE by Bonners Ferry. Crazy similarities. The border guards detained them and did a high intensity search, apparently because they were bikers, the way he told the story. There could be more to it, of course.
Best of luck and be safe.
I mostly pull end dumps but been pulling possum bellies to the landfill for a couple weeks lately.
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I've been driving, loading, tarping and untarping, and dumping quite a bit last week and today. Chips, shavings, bark, and ply trim.
This has all been in a training scenario, with an experienced driver each day (3 different trainers so far.)
I've been driving 18 speeds last week and a 15 speed today. (I prefer the 18 speed, as these are pretty heavy loads.)
It's going well. My shifting is improving daily, and while I have a lot of room to improve, I'm very happy with my progress.
The safety director spoke with me today, and I got the distinct impression that they're sort of waiting for me to tell them I'm ready for them to cut me loose, to start doing runs to Canada solo.
Jazz1 Road Train Member
- May 7, 2012
Well you come to Canada don’t you been running over any of Her Majesty’s moose as they lock up foreigner and throw away the key
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