I'm really tired of this, Ready to go on my own

Discussion in 'Ask An Owner Operator' started by Tez, Jul 23, 2011.

  1. G/MAN

    G/MAN Road Train Member

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    Have you considered calling safety? You could send them a photo of the tire.
     
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  3. Calve

    Calve Light Load Member

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    lol

    bad advice is bad
     
  4. CarlLegend

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    I hear you but that's not what I was meaning, infact mention names, atleast the bad eggs get exposed.

    What I was meaning: if I look at your earlier posts you where asking if there was an opertunity to take over a truck from some1 and pay them back.
    Now just human nature people will tend to think less of your abilities if you are dissing the company even if you are rite wich I think you are.
    So I'm just saying you will probly get further by promoting yourself
    Rather than dissing them, that can be done later if you feel its necassery.

    Just advise based on my personal experience I could be wrong.
     
  5. CarlLegend

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    That controler sounds like a chop!
    Do diff tyres get inflated with super man breath or what???
    And yes a blow out on the tractor can cause catastrophic damage.
    In that situation if you really get forced to move with that tyre I would make sure I have it writting from him. (Email,sms or whatever) but that won't save you ##### when DOT gets hold of you.
    Shame I feel for you, its not a nice position to be in.
    Let us know what happens.
     
  6. BigJohn54

    BigJohn54 Gone, but NEVER forgotten

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    And just get yourself another job if you can find anyone to hire a vindictive driver.

    If any of you drivers had to pay the cost of operation for a truck, you would toughen up a little bit. You'd quite your whinning and figure out how to get the load delivered and then when you were sitting you'd fix the problem.

    That looks like a virgin tire - drive it. I can tell you from experience it hit something. I can also tell you it will run fine if you don't fly low.
     
  7. G/MAN

    G/MAN Road Train Member

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    I agree with BigJohn54. It looks like you hit something. In looking at the photo again, I think you could make it as long as you don't hit anythiing else or run hard. If you keep your speed down you have a good chance of making it back to your terminal. As long as it is holding air I would not worry too much about it. It is an inside tire. If it blows you probably won't do too much damage. You could take out a mud flap or bend a hanger if it is on the rear axle. If it is on the front axle, then it should not do much damage, if any, to the truck. You have plenty of tread on the tire so the damaged area won't be in contact with the road. If you have to buy a tire on the road, it will cost more than the cost of labor. It can cost $100 or more for a tire on the road than can probably be purchased locally.
     
  8. BigJohn54

    BigJohn54 Gone, but NEVER forgotten

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    With all due respect to those who deserve it, too many of the posts I see from drivers anymore seem to indicate the drivers feel they and the DOT are calling all the shots.

    Sure there are idiots at the company. Sure the DOT is meaner than ever. Sure you have a license to protect. And yes if a company expects you to run illegal all the time you should find another job.

    You choose to work for said company and as part of that deal there is a written or implied agreement to follow their instructions. They are calling the shots. You do what you are told, document it and try to make the outcome as successful as possible. If you don't like what you have to do, you give notice and move on. If you don't feel their actions warrant notice, you make the delivery, return the truck and move on. You document their incorrect actions and your correct actions.

    I can tell you from personal experience that if that tire were on my truck I would run it since I have. I can also tell you it would make it because I would take it easy on it and I have made it. I can also tell you that you can avoid being caught with it if you wish to apply yourself because I have done it. Everything in life is not a bowl of cherries.

    You do not bad mouth the company. You do not post their name publicly and slander them. You do not try to get them in trouble with the law. We are supposed to be professionals not juvenile delinquents. For heaven's sake act like you want to be treated or be treated like you want to act! I hope anyone that tries to get a company in trouble with the DOT soon finds they can't get a driving job anymore. And IMHO that is not punishment enough for being vindictive.

    If you were paying all the costs of repairs, you would learn how to use bungee straps and make do. You would learn to run the load when you had one and do the repairs while waiting or at a less expensive location. You would learn to defer repairs until the truck was stopped for another reason. I speak from the experience of owning a truck or two. I like everything perfect and I am as OCD and anal retentive as a human being can be. Still it didn't take long paying for all the repairs for me to adapt to a different style of doing things.

    Trucking is a tough business. The best skill a driver can have besides his driving skill is his ability to adapt to changing situations. Think this over. If you own the truck, the problems don't change, the way you approach the problem is all that changes. I can guarantee when you approach the problem with your wallet in hand, you perfect equipment mentality will change. I can also guarantee that if it doesn't the driver's (your) wages will take a beating.
     
  9. 123456

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    Good Post John !!

    Thank You !!
     
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  10. popmartian

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    Something simple like turning too short and the trl tandems go into a hole can cause the trl to lean hard to the turn and the bottom of the tlr can rub down on the drives. there are plates and holes on the front of the trl that will contact the drive tire (usually the outside edge of a rear outside drive. have seen it and have to say even found a piece of the drive still stuck in a hole on the trl. fortunately for me the company gave the ok to replace the bad one with a steer because the inside was worn half down, until I got back to the terminal and had both replaced.

    Any how it is drivable and if you check it during your trip you can save the company the extra expense and be the hero. I would also document the name and time you were told to forgo any repair for the DOT should you get inspected.

    Like the early post mentioned, your are the driver and are told to follow their instructions unless it is clearly a hazard which could result in a breakdown. So now you have to make a decision, do what they said, or put the tractor out of service until it gets fixed. Remember, if something really bad happens it will always fall on you the driver for not taking appropiate action.
     
  11. CarlLegend

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    I agree that that tyre will make it, I've been through some real tough times and run similar tyres to that until they where nearly smooth but out here we don't have to worry about things like "points" on our CDL,
    From what I've heard of your system I'd be terrified of getting cited for somthing like that but that's just from what I've heard.
    I'll even run a single wheel to get home if I have to.

    But 1 thing I woudnt want is a recap any where on my diffs and not even on my trailer if I can help it but that being a virgin I see very little chance of It doin any damage if it did happen to blow.

    But ya my worry is the DOT and maybe I've heard exaggerated things about it. In hind site I should have just shut my trap coz I'm in no position to comment.
    Hmm feel like a bit of a dumb ### now.
     
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