Hopper, Dump O/O's & Drivers

Discussion in 'Ask An Owner Operator' started by wheathauler, May 31, 2009.

  1. wheathauler

    wheathauler Trucker

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    True, 84" is usually not as high as tractor but many times they then want you to back into the elevator. There's some can't even back in to because of height. There's been a few elevators that 72" wouldn't work. In my area you see very few big condo trucks pulling hoppers. I can get my T-6oo with the high top in most places, have to take off the air deflector though.

    However in your case I would think 84 would work. Didn't you buy a trailer? I can't remember what the sides were.
     
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    I bought a 45x96x78 Haven't picked it up yet :biggrin_2553: Not sure if my leesee is going to switch over to hoppers. If so then we don't want to both have to pay $1000 security on the same trailer. If he's not ready by next week I'll be heading to Beatrice, NE to drop this one and bobtail to WI for mine. We were trying to work it out so he met me in WI and I could save the bobtail running.
     
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  4. kajidono

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    I dunno why I didn't mention this before, and at least some of you know about it, I'm sure, but if you mount another set of round convex mirrors on the top of your mirror brackets, you won't believe the difference. You can see the chute, the guys waving at you from above, the top of your hopper, even your own stacks. Much less strain on your neck trying to figure out what's going on behind you.
     
  5. wheathauler

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    Great advice Kajidono, I've done that for years but never thought about mentioning that. Now how to see when the loader is on the passenger side. Never tried a convex there maybe that would work.

    On my T-600 it's extremely hard to see anyone when loading on passenger side. The truck has lower mirrors than other trucks. I usually just about have to empty the drivers seat of air and try to look in the mirror.
     
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    kajidono Road Train Member

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    Yeah, it does help on the passenger side. I had to turn the mount over so the mirror hung down over the top of the flat mirror so I wouldn't have to duck down to see it but it works fine either way.
     
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    Good ol' Lamar MO I go through there about everyday though I dont much care for the stop with the wash. I eat at dennys there pretty regular but all in all it is the most overpriced truck stop I know of but I love that wal-mart across 71 it has the most convenient truck parking of any walmart I know of it was actually DESIGNED THAT WAY which is impressive usually buy fuel in Nevada on average its the same or cheaper and folks just seem a little friendlier and I was having a lot of fuel filter issues buying from the stop on the west side by walmart

    I haunt 71 quite a bit give a holler if you see me

    be safe
     
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  8. wheathauler

    wheathauler Trucker

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    Just got some safety literature from insurance company today. Talking about CSA 2010 which goes into effect July 2010. Looks it may change some things, maybe get some bottom feeders out.

    Checking drivers for prehire will go back three years instead of two. Will monitor the carrier and the driver. Sounds like things will be getting stricter. I hadn't paid much attention to this but could be interesting.
     
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    Ya our safety department has been talking about this for about 6 months now. Theres alot to it basicly you want to be working for a decent company, because any violation you get when your getting an inspection, not only goes angainst carrier but you will receive so many points on the driver.It stays with you three years even if you leave that company. There also talking about mandatory onboard recorders which we already have them and have electronic logs aswell, we have had all that inforce for three years. Its nice to beable to run legal and still make a $1000 a week. Plus home everynight lol. I think it will weed the cut throat companys out we hope anyway.
     
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  10. RW.

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    Our T-8 had a small convex mirror on top of the drivers side when we got it, I left it on there and you guys are right, its handy as can be. Wheathauler, does your T-6 have aero mirrors? How did you mount a convex on it? I like the aero mirrors, esp since they're motorized, different drivers can change them to how they want them. I never realized they were lower until the first time we had our 8 and 6 parked side by side.

    I think I was reading the same stuff. I figure as long as I am safe and play by the rules like I always have, CSA 2010 shouldn't affect me too much. Unless it somehow adds more paperwork, I'm not a fan of that. :biggrin_25513:
     
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    wheathauler Trucker

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    Yes, it has aero mirrors. On the drivers side I took off CB antenna and bolted a convex mirror in that hole. Works pretty good that way. Put CB antenna on passenger side. Might be able to drill hole on passenger side haven't thought how to do it yet. Those mirrors are definitely lower on the 600.
     
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