Mudflaps on my Truck - New to pulling Containers

Discussion in 'Intermodal Trucking Forum' started by Lunchman, Aug 31, 2014.

  1. Lunchman

    Lunchman Bobtail Member

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    [QUOTE="semi" retired;4437622]Hi lunchman, btw, keep the light bar so it can go back on when (not if) you get tired of intermodal.:yes2557:[/QUOTE] Wife says am local guy now until our new born is much older.. Haha, so am kinda stuck for a number of years..
     
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    Hi Lunchman, that's cool, enjoy the little one. Before you know it, they're out the door (like my kids) Not sure where you are, but I hauled intermodal for almost 5 years out of Chicago, and honestly, that was the worst part of the job, not the intermodal so much. I did it with the old Pete below, and it clearly wasn't the truck for the job, so it was either get a different truck, or sell it and get a company job, which I did.
     
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    [QUOTE="semi" retired;4439076]Hi Lunchman, that's cool, enjoy the little one. Before you know it, they're out the door (like my kids) Not sure where you are, but I hauled intermodal for almost 5 years out of Chicago, and honestly, that was the worst part of the job, not the intermodal so much. I did it with the old Pete below, and it clearly wasn't the truck for the job, so it was either get a different truck, or sell it and get a company job, which I did.[/QUOTE] Kansas City area - I don't think I could handle Chicago - Just running Refer through there was bad enough. I don't mind it all too much, just very time consuming for the pay. Am lucky enough that the company I work for doesn't "stage" our trailers, so I get to go pick the chassis's and such (blessing and a curse).. I also run the longer routes and don't hang out in the city all that much. Usually average 400-500 miles a day on just one trip. Looking at that Pete in your sig, I've no idea how you used that for Intermodal. =)
     
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    [QUOTE="semi" retired;4217186]Hi Lunchman, welcome to the wonderful world of containers, it ain't reefer hauling. 1st, I don't know how you can get by with a fixed 5th wheel, I thought only tankers can get by with those, and 2nd, I got those angled ones and they worked fine, Also, I never bought a mud flap in my life, as there was a wide assortment to choose from at the rail yards behind the trailers.[/QUOTE] Well, I thought I'd have to switch out to a sliding 5th as well.. But now that I've got 6+ months into it.. I've not really had a need for it. My truck is light on the front, 10,800 pounds bobtail, 10,800 pounds with 45k in the box. Nuts. What I found though is am never close on weights, its either legal, or its so far over a sliding 5th wouldn't change anything. My truck is also an Ex-CFI truck, so it has all the aluminum cross members and underside of the cab, etc. Its light weight for a T6, I also have the CM570 Cummins motor in it (no EGR).. Some of the guys I run with have the C15 Cat and the steel cross members, etc. and they have a much harder time with weights then I do, specifically on the front end. They also seem to eat the steer tires, something I've not had a problem with yet. Put new Steer's on when I started this and the wear is just fine (crosses fingers, knocks on wood, watches for black cats, etc.. lol).
     
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    Hi Lunchman, actually, the equipment has gotten better, my biggest gripe was the tube tires. The Pete I only did that for 6 months, but had an '82 Western Star that I hauled RR cans for almost 4 years before the Pete. I bought the Pete on a whim,as I love old trucks. It wasn't so bad at the rail yards, but delivering to places was a pain, with no power steering. I regret to this day selling the old Pete, and that was 20 years ago.:biggrin_2553:
     
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    [QUOTE="semi" retired;4441373]Hi Lunchman, actually, the equipment has gotten better, my biggest gripe was the tube tires. The Pete I only did that for 6 months, but had an '82 Western Star that I hauled RR cans for almost 4 years before the Pete. I bought the Pete on a whim,as I love old trucks. It wasn't so bad at the rail yards, but delivering to places was a pain, with no power steering. I regret to this day selling the old Pete, and that was 20 years ago.:biggrin_2553:[/QUOTE] No Power Steering... That says it all right there.. =)
     
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    FLATBED Road Train Member

    it was called ARMSTRONG STEERING :) came as standard equipment on a lot trucks
     
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    [QUOTE="semi" retired;4441373]Hi Lunchman, actually, the equipment has gotten better, my biggest gripe was the tube tires. The Pete I only did that for 6 months, but had an '82 Western Star that I hauled RR cans for almost 4 years before the Pete. I bought the Pete on a whim,as I love old trucks. It wasn't so bad at the rail yards, but delivering to places was a pain, with no power steering. I regret to this day selling the old Pete, and that was 20 years ago.:biggrin_2553:[/QUOTE] What sort of fuel mileage did you get with that thing? I've always been anal about fuel, took a huge hit with the intermodal. I always say, if you don't like my speed, there's a jar on the side of the truck, it only takes bills, put some in if you want more speed.. lol. Am the guy everyone ####### about going 60mph down the freeway!
     
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    It had a Big Cam Cummins, and every BC I drove seemed to get high 5's or even 6. But that was when fuel was $1.20, so it wasn't an issue. Actually, for driving down the road, I liked the manual steering, but many times, when I was assigned a dock, I'd have to request 2 empty docks, as I just couldn't turn the wheel fast enough. You had to be moving to turn the steering wheel.
     
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    'olhand Cantankerous Crusty

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    Lol semi...83..359...first ride I had w/power steering.....went down the road like a drunk for 6months...skeerid the #### outta me....lmao
     
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