Not my winter

Discussion in 'Experienced Truckers' Advice' started by newbietrucker91, Jan 20, 2020.

  1. newbietrucker91

    newbietrucker91 Medium Load Member

    Oct 16, 2015
    Havent even been a week since my trailer line broke and was broke down and now I had another breakdown.

    Made my delivery and went back to my truck as usual, turn my key and....nothing. the usual click and gauge resets like usual but when you turn it the only sound you get is the turbo running and that's it. Had to sit for 5 hours with no heat in -12 weather till a mechanic could get to me, battery power was only able to run the bunk heater for 1 hour till it failed.

    When they got here they tried jump starting it and still nothing. Then one started hitting the starter with a hammer while I turned the key and after a bit it turned over. Drove it to a dealership and am now sitting waiting on the repair.

    Just needed to vent and to warn about breaking down in winter. Had a lot of covers so managed to maintain my body heat but the inside of my cab got below 0 by the time they got to me. Make sure you have water some dry food and plenty of warm clothe to wrap yourself in in case you have to survive for a bit without heat.
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  3. wis bang

    wis bang Road Train Member

    Jan 12, 2011
    Levittown, PA
    Had a guy who did two loads a week to Bucksport, Me who told of one breakdown.

    He was so cold he was gona' start tearin' the seats out to build a fire when a snow plow came by...nice warm ride to Dysarts and he was OK.....
  4. not4hire

    not4hire Road Train Member

    May 16, 2012
    You should always have a reliable, alternate heat source, like a large candle in a can (make sure to crack the windows though, or all they'll find is your corpse). Along with sufficient clothing and/or blankets, it will keep you warm into sub-zero temperatures. Lots of survival information in the Internet.
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  5. x1Heavy

    x1Heavy Road Train Member

    Mar 5, 2016
    White County, Arkansas
    Was near bayonne one icy morning, #### it can get cold there. chopped up some pallets, got the fuel out of the tank tossed a highway flare on there.

    I think they docked me pay for 10 pallets that week. Yelled and screamed. However more people showed up and added a little to the pile burning in that corner and I guess for lack of a better word camping time.

    Yes they got the tractor out of there, but what I picked up on human terms that morning was far more interesting than any old broken down tractor. The food, story telling and maybe a few drinks here and there as the people came and went after getting warm.

    Valley Forge PA is my personal Bermuda Triangle. I have had three perfect trucks just fail there. poof. Dead. Tow time. I learned not to go back there ever again. I used to visit as a child for the historical winter camp that GW created in the Rev war but not for big trucking. Not anymore. No one could tell me why those trucks died, only that yep they were dead.
  6. clausland

    clausland Road Train Member

    Dec 5, 2014
    North Woods
    So you were at your delivery site and no way to get back inside out of the weather, seems odd?

    Back in the days of common sense, a couple shouts on the radidio would have likely resulted in another driver stopping to help you out, especially in the extreme cold.

    Short of that, anyone running up in the north country in the winter had better be prepared for such happenings.....
  7. newbietrucker91

    newbietrucker91 Medium Load Member

    Oct 16, 2015
    I deliver to walmart stores. One I was at was not a 24/7 location, just a drop trailer pick another up type of deal but I made the mistake of turning the truck off to do a quick 30 min.
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  8. magoo68

    magoo68 Road Train Member

    Jun 11, 2011
    st malo mb canada
    I noticed in your other thread you pulled reefer trailers.. get yourself a jumper wire you can hook to the reefer batteries to keep truck batteries fully charged when using bunk heater..
  9. newbietrucker91

    newbietrucker91 Medium Load Member

    Oct 16, 2015
    Good advice. Also learned to never turn the reefer off in winter even when empty. Turned it off to sleep and all that greeted me was a low voltage warning on the reefer come morning. The dc likes them running 24/7 so they can put them right back in the dock.
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  10. mustang190

    mustang190 Road Train Member

    Jan 18, 2011
    Florida Panhandle
    I carry a few MRE’s. Got a couple cases when Hurricane Michael hit.
    They do come in handy. Also a couple of candles help too.
  11. zaroba

    zaroba Medium Load Member

    Aug 28, 2012
    South East PA
    Winter is when everything breaks.
    Patched a bad coolant leak in december.

    Now 2 days ago I was idling my truck at home and found a bad fuel leak on the engine. Luckily not on the turbo side, but it dumped maybe a gallon of fuel over the course of an hour.
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