huh they can move fast

Discussion in 'Experienced Truckers' Advice' started by jsprocket, Oct 26, 2014.

  1. joseph1135

    joseph1135 Papa Murphy

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    Most of the way on 95 from Idaho to Oregon is 70, and then 70 again in Nevada to the California state line.
     
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  3. skellr

    skellr Road Train Member

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    I like the ones that slow down then speed up when you pass. :-x
    no, it's not the terrain.
     
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  4. joseph1135

    joseph1135 Papa Murphy

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    I actually slow down to let people pass. Number one, common courtesy. Number 2, SAFETY. Especially on a 2 lane road. We are all out here together, working together is a hell of a lot easier than not, Ya know?
     
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  5. zmpart

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    On two lane roads make passing easy for the guy who wants to go faster than you, its safer for every one.
     
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  6. flash1994

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    I'm guilty of this, if someone is passing me 2mph faster I'll slow to let them pass then get back to my previous speed, i work for das swift
     
  7. JReding

    JReding Road Train Member

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    Just out of curiosity, how are Prime's trucks equipped? And is the low MPG's normal in OTR fleets? Maybe it's the fact of how we're set up, I work for a regional medical supply warehouse, total of 9 drivers. All except two of our trucks are 2 axles we have a Penske leased fleet of 2014 Cascadias, Detroit DD13, 10 sp., licensed for 65,000. Our routes go from 180-390 miles each night. Our voted-on goal is 7 MPG, our average is closer to 7.5, and a couple of us have reached up to 8.4. I'll guess it's due to our lighter weight, even though Penske has dialed down our power.
     
  8. 12 ga

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    Penske dialed down your trucks because your employer told them to. I have driven several Penske lease trucks and most will run 70 or better with a load on, and yes your good MPG is because of the light loads. When I run empty or light my mileage is about one MPG higher than when I haul a load that is 44K-45K. The terrain is a big factor also, flat vs mountains.
     
  9. JReding

    JReding Road Train Member

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    I probably should have clarified a little... our manager is under the impression that our engines are running at 420 HP, but based on each driver's individual experience (minimum 10 years driving, I've got 21 in), we're guessing that they're dialed down to about 325 HP, but they're still governed at 76 MPH. Also, the reason we're guessing on the HP rating is because we do experience hilly terrain, and slow down quite a bit on the climbs, even though we haul fairly light (average 13,000 on a 40'-48', 17,000 on a set of 32's).
     
  10. 12 ga

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    That is easy to determine, Penske can hook to the diagnostic port and instantly tell you where it is set.
     
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