No IRP/IFTA, under 26,001 State specific permits

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  1. Xray4

    Xray4 Light Load Member

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    Thank you. I'm mechanically inclined.. but not trained or certified by any means. Used to restore classics and am a pilot.. so I can generally tell if the propeller's on backwards :D but yes I'll ask a friend to join me.

    My biggest concern is not having a network of friends or anyone to call when you break down in the middle of nowhere. I guess you fix what you can, and call an expensive tow. But then the load, how to get it going to it's destination if you're shutdown in service for days.
     
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  3. Brandonpdx

    Brandonpdx Road Train Member

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    That’s just part of the deal in trucking. You’ll get stranded somewhere and it will be a nightmare. You just have to have enough money in your truck account at all times to cover that stuff. The more the better. Most of the time it is minor stuff like tires or stuff you can fix yourself at home later.
     
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  4. Xray4

    Xray4 Light Load Member

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    I figured that :/
     
  5. clausland

    clausland Road Train Member

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    For most folks when they start out, it's learning as you go, what works and what don't. If you turn wrenches on your rig, you'll know that rig inside & out. It's hard to explain, but it's like you become one with the truck. Most times, but not always, you'll know when there's a potential problem and fix it before a roadside breakdown. A thorough pre-trip inspection goes a long way.

    I've had alternators go out in NM & VA, blew an airline in a plum orchard in CA while there to load, gelled up after midnight in -20 temp with a load of tomatoes, lost two trailer recaps in a row in NC & VA, with only one spare, blew a head gasket coming across west TX. The list goes on and on, but that's truckin.

    Most things mechanical, I can diagnose & fix myself, hence my like for old iron. I take a strong dislike to the modern equipment with most everything "electrical."

    If you're under load and can't get someone to help you out, there's always the option of renting a power unit to get you by, while yours is getting repaired. Sometimes you just gotta play the hand you're dealt, and hafta think outta the box. Many guys though have no $$$ reserve and operate one breakdown away from bankruptcy...
     
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  6. Xray4

    Xray4 Light Load Member

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    Outstanding tips and comments here, thank you @clausland . I hope these tips help others that may read this just getting started. Thankfully, I have had good luck with most things mechanical (except one of my outboards most recently...). +1 If you pay attention to your equipment, inspect, and get the feel for it, it does become part of you and you can in fact spot issues in sound, smell, feel before they become major problems.
    +1 thank you
     
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  7. DouletTheDriver

    DouletTheDriver Light Load Member

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    Dang, you’re heavier than I am.
    I’m 17,200 with Silverado 3500 DRW and 40’ load trail.
    But I don’t have extra fuel tank and only 1 tarp.
     
  8. Lite bug

    Lite bug Road Train Member

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    True That
     
  9. Xray4

    Xray4 Light Load Member

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    Yep. I went back and scaled three times. Once as I was, then without the trailer, and lastly with the trailer, but took everything out of the bed that wasnt bolted down and put it over the axles of the trailer. Either which way, this aluminum truck is heavy... and this trailer hits 8400 lbs all day.

    I plan to run the fuel out of the aux tank and picking up the lightest loads possible for now. Try not to push over 8k cargo with the aux tank empty, or no more than 6k with the aux tank full, see what happens. Those are conservative numbers.

    Will likely upgrade to a single screw in short order..
     
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