im a complaining rookie, am I wrong?

Discussion in 'Questions From New Drivers' started by TheRedskinsWay, Mar 12, 2012.

  1. Peterbeatinit

    Peterbeatinit Medium Load Member

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    Is that paint or rust o that glider driver

    OP Krooser has sen a lot of changes in this industry since 72. HOWEVER, companies look at the bottom line. They always will. They look into what is cutting into their profits and idling is a factor in that especially with diesel approaching 4 buck a gallon and 5 a gallon on the coasts.

    Is it right that they let a driver freeze or sweat to death. Kroozer was probably allowed to idle both of those trucks to keep warm and, if he's still driving today, either has a truck with an apu or still idles.

    So what do yo do a a driver wh is too hot or too cold..you mave multiple choices..

    Defeat the idle timer as has been suggested
    Get the opany to get you a hotel room every ight that its unbearable
    Find a company that has apu's or webastos in the sleepers
    and last but not least if those three options don't work..find a local driving job so you home in bed at night

    Petey
     
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  3. Krooser

    Krooser Road Train Member

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    I have an ESPAR for the winter and windows and fans for the summer. My idle time is usually around 3%. I WILL idle if it's 90F or above and I need to sleep.

    Diesel was 30 cents per gallon in '72 and idling was an accepted practice back then BUT most trucks didn't have a/c and few had good heaters, either. Around November we'd all try to find the biggest cardboard refrigerator box we could find and we'd tape and wire it to the front of the truck to keep both the engine AND the driver warm...
     
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  4. Bob The Dinosaur

    Bob The Dinosaur Light Load Member

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    imagine someone around 6 foot three or four in a cabover , or mid roof volvo I would love to have peterbuilt fella , count yourself lucky....
     
  5. popmartian

    popmartian Road Train Member

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    Ouch! Ask the man in the office to assign you a new truck, If he refuses, Drive it until you find a better company that really cares about the Driver.

    Maybe you can ask for the eco-friendly model...

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  6. TheRedskinsWay

    TheRedskinsWay Light Load Member

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    Sure its annoying being in this small Pete, but Ive already sucked it up. What im really pissed about is when it starts to get hot, I dont know what im going to do then. Setting cruise doesnt work, and when I set only the trailer brakes it will let me idle up to about 15 mins then it gets smart and shuts off, the only thing that works is to depress the clutch...if only I can find a way to keep the clutch depress....
     
  7. Ex-Con-Trucker

    Ex-Con-Trucker Medium Load Member

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    No you're not complaining too much. I have a bunk heater in my truck that never seems to be working when I wake up. I normally wake up freezing my ### off. I look at my truck as my home. (I even have my whole floor carpeted) The equipment I drive is important to me due to the amount of time I spend in it. If I were living in an uncomfortable environment, I'd probably complain some.
     
  8. Onetruckpony

    Onetruckpony Medium Load Member

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    First truck I drove had what looked like another dash behind the seat for a sleeper.
    Piece of metal about 6" wide. Truck had no insulation so the outside temp was the inside temp.
    No power steering, and suspension that would beat you nearly to death.
    You ain't got it all that bad.
     
  9. Pullin2

    Pullin2 Crusty Canuck

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    A little different but close looking to the old FWD, I think it was an early 60's, fire truck/water tanker I drove in the Army.

    And yer welcome ... that was a funny post.

    SL
     
  10. TheRedskinsWay

    TheRedskinsWay Light Load Member

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    Do you guys have anymore ideas? I tried all.of them, and still I burn to death. Last night I only got about 3hrs of sleep while I tossed and turned and wiped my sweat over and over. Im currently onthe drive at night and sleep.during the day schedule and the sun bakes me like crazy. I love otr but I dont think I can stay with this company if im treated worse than a dog.
     
  11. Onetruckpony

    Onetruckpony Medium Load Member

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    1 - Use one of the methods described to keep the truck running.
    2 - Find a new company
    3 - Find a new career.
     
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