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  1. Trashtrucker1265

    Trashtrucker1265 Road Train Member

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    Chaining is a way of life over here in the Marcellus Shale, I chained 3 times just last week but it's out of necessity in my opinion. I'm a flatlander from Florida and not ashamed to admit that, there are definately some super truckers up here who don't believe in chaining to get in to these well pads, it's funny though they're the ones spun out on a hill waiting for the dozer, I take the 15 minutes to throw my chains and just creep right on through. Yes it's cold and dirty work to get them on, but I refuse to spin out and start sliding backwards on some of these hills.

    Interstate travel is different in my opinion, I can't really see the sense in chaining out there. Like it has been said, if the conditions are that bad on the traveled roads, it's probably just best to shut down for a bit and let the state do their thing.
     
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  3. Giggles the Original

    Giggles the Original Road Train Member

    well i guess he should have clairified...he meant interstate....not in the oilfield......altho where we are...we dont encounter chaining in either environment....we dont run in mud out here and need to use them to get to the sites....
     
  4. JimDriv3r

    JimDriv3r Road Train Member

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    We finally made it back to Sacramento this morning from Atlanta. Between Reno to the bottom of the hill near Grass Valley there were probably three other trucks that I've seen traveling the mountain pass at 0330 this morning. Most of the highway was a freaking ghost town. The roads weren't that icy but they were plowed very well. I've seen more than enough snow for the entire winter from NE to CA, and most of WY was completely blanketed. Due to me being such a psychopath I volunteered to drive nights when I got hired here, but thankfully the roads haven't been that icy this year. I've probably ran into more than my share of ice driving through Canada than I do here in the States. But that's just how things are, eh?

    I'm waiting for my boss to show up while I'm chatting with another team headed to Rialto for home time. And it's back to work on Thursday for me where I'll be able to do the entire thing all over again. Hopefully we're back in town for the upcoming holiday this Sunday...

    And safety meetings seem to be amongst the few types of meetings where people of various ages gather to participate in "dicussions" that make you feel more stupid before you arrived. Simply sign off on an attendance sheet that putting metal objects in electrical sockets is a bad idea and then go home. Don't forget your hard hat!

    Enough about that. Where's the party?!!
     
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  5. Giggles the Original

    Giggles the Original Road Train Member

    LOL....CB knew that was ur post( i read it to him) even before i told him it was you...I just read the part about safety meetings....
     
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  6. Logan76

    Logan76 Crusty In Training

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    Geeze louize your changing jobs AGAIN?!?!?!?!?!?! :biggrin_2559:

    So what's a belly dump like, just open chutes on the bottom like a hopper bottom? no pto required?

    good luck with the job change gigs.
     
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  7. Giggles the Original

    Giggles the Original Road Train Member

    Logan...if i didnt like ya...i would kick you rear....LOL...i have never pulled a hopper bottom so i cant say...but no, i dont have a pto..i have 2 switches on the dash that are air powered that open the gates at the bottom of the trailer to dump....
     
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  8. Logan76

    Logan76 Crusty In Training

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    I'm one to talk, I change jobs like some truckers change their whitie tighties...

    Does it always empty completely out or does that stuff stick inside? does it have vibrators on it?

    Sorry for all of the questions but we don't have very many of those dumps up here, just your typical end dump.
     
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  9. Giggles the Original

    Giggles the Original Road Train Member

    depends on what we haul...somes times it sticks some...it also depends on what setting you have ur gates to open....if you have them set to not open very far, then yeah, the material sticks....but at the end of the day while you are still on site...you open your gates and ride with them that way for a few minutes..(going over the bumps usually will knock the rest out)..if not you can open your gates, and we have long handled scrapers that we can clean the gates..its not hard..no big deal...when we load hot mix, you have to spray the inside of the trailer with soapy water...it keeps the hot mix from sticking.....we also have to wash out the trailer if we have been hauling something else, then go to load hot mix...it has to be clean....if you dump hot mix, and it has dirt in it, the reject it....(never had it happen just heard about it)...but i really like belly dump...a lot...CB wants me to do end dump...but i like my trailer to stay on the ground, heck it was hard enough getting used to that lean...LOL
     
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  10. JimDriv3r

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    You still have yet to mention what exactly "hot mix" is! :biggrin_25525:
     
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  11. Giggles the Original

    Giggles the Original Road Train Member

    oh, and i dont mind the questions. thats how you learn...i am excited about going to work where CB is...cuz his boss is VERY knowledgable (sp)...the woman that trained me to do belly dump was nice....but didnt know a lot of stuff...its not hard...but i like to know how stuff works and why, when it comes to driving, and how to do things the right way, etc...the drivers where i am are VERY hard on their equipment...i am not like that...i am excited to learn more about pulling a belly dump from CB's boss....the tricks of the trade, if you will
     
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