New driver with car hauling company having trouble get out of window!!

Discussion in 'Car Hauler and Auto Carrier Trucking Forum' started by Apaige1989, Feb 13, 2020.

  1. Apaige1989

    Apaige1989 Bobtail Member

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    Recently received CDL and got a position with a car hauling company,I’m a bigger guy (375lbs 5’10) and is having trouble getting a good position in the unit to be able to see my rails! Any advice!?
     
  2. Tropsnart

    Tropsnart Heavy Load Member

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    I've seen guys use mirrors like a young girl would have in their purse.
    Also, always stay close to the side your on.
     
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  3. Apaige1989

    Apaige1989 Bobtail Member

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    That’s good information thanks,in training they having us use beat up cars and such,i doubt that let me us that trick in training,it’s difficult to get out the window to see it’s frustrating
     
  4. pavrom

    pavrom Road Train Member

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    Just loose weight and do 100-200 push ups per day ...and in couple months you dont need to get out of the car , push them in and pull them out from the outside :)
     
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  5. MooneyBravo

    MooneyBravo Heavy Load Member

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    Nutrisystem LOL
    This is not a good division for big big guys.
    I have the seat up close enough to where I can put all my weight on my forearm and elbow on the door. I've seen some guys use the mirrors on cars but good luck doing that with big trucks. You're also going to have to be able to get out of the second last unit where the stairs are above the tandems. It's a big enough struggle if you're skinny.

    I don't have any magic cures and I haven't heard of any. Wish I could be more encouraging.
     
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  6. x1Heavy

    x1Heavy Road Train Member

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    I saw a little red RX convertable from Mazda at the store today. The #### thing did not even sit close to my belt in height and i am about a 32 leg.

    I realized at that point its very possible that I would not physically be able to fold myself into that itty bitty thing. Even if I did why would I want such a car that I can almost store in the trunk of the chevy or into the back of my tahoe? In fact some full sized pickup long beds have the capacity in both volume, length and cargo weight ability to carry one of those along.

    The one Small car I enjoy out of most of them (Two rather) is either the M3 from BMW configured for Autobahn at 150+ or the Honda S2000 model car hardtop that is essentially all engine up front. ANything else would just have to be a larger vehicle and a different model more able to accommodate me.
     
  7. MooneyBravo

    MooneyBravo Heavy Load Member

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    The only other thing that I could suggest is finding an auto auction and paying a visit on auction day. Watch other drivers as they load and maybe talk with them. Maybe they would have some ideas.
     
  8. Nobroker

    Nobroker Light Load Member

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    6 months of hauling cars and you wont be able to afford those big meals and snacks. You can actually lose weight on loves 2 for $3.33 hot dogs per day and one free hot or cold drink per 50 gallons.
     
  9. Tobytob

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    Slide that seat back forward and use it as a brace to get yourself out the window. I wouldn’t suggest using mirrors this early on in the process. Especially if you going thru a highrail. Before backing find you a comfort spot and then back up. It get easier as you go but definitely put that head out the window. Anything can happen when I’m the ramps. When all else fails always pull up and adjust.
     
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  10. MooneyBravo

    MooneyBravo Heavy Load Member

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    Maybe consider a different division.
    Ever thought about heavy hauling?
     
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