Parked Here for the Night

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  1. Rocks

    Rocks Road Train Member

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    I once drove an ungoverned truck in my former co. He had over 500 thousand miles but he was the best truck I have ever driven.... :yes2557: Don't remember how many horse powers but it had a strong engine... I cried so much when co. sold it... :biggrin_2553: and moved me to another one...
    In 2013 my former co. gave me a brand new Freightliner... it had just come from dealer... with 10 miles on it and the plastic seal still on the driver's seat... It smelled all new everywhere... :biggrin_25519: It was a good truck... I drove it for about 4 months and then left co. because my account ended...
    My current co. bought some trucks last year... but they all have this new technology that makes sounds if truck gets close to zipper and other crap... :biggrin_25512: I definitely don't want to drive one like that... I still miss that "old" ungoverned Freightliner Columbia...
     
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    The truck I drove for my former employer was a 2004 Columbia. it was ungoverned as well and I have a video somewhere of it changing over to 1,000,000.

    I'd still be there if the transmission destroying itself in Eloy, AZ didn't put them out of business.

    It was an Eaton lightning 10 and when Marcos called Eaton to inquire about getting a replacement, Eaton told him they no longer supported the lightning 10 due to habitual issues with the electric range change system and recommended owners have an air shifted Super 10 installed in its place or go for a regular 10.

    Basically when your lightning 10 died, it was your golden opportunity to get rid of it.
     
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    Rocks Road Train Member

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    Were you in Mexico? In a passenger vehicle? Nice weather down there...
     
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    Just across the bridge into Juarez. On a hunch I decided to see if pharmacies away from the border had my medication cheaper. Found it for $20 cheaper, well worth the time to drive into Juarez. [emoji4]

    I was only in line for about a half hour. Has some hothead cut in line in front of me and almost hit my car. Got even by moving into the lane he jumped from and getting through customs first.

    My car is a 1997 Toyota Camry so I wasn't too worried about any potential bumps and scrapes. [emoji14]

    The pharmacy was at the Rio Grande Mall which has 24 hour security in the parking lot so your car is safer there than at most parking lots in El Paso.
     
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    You must be really close to the border then... :yes2557:

    Medication... Whenever I have the opportunity to visit Brasil, I visit doctors, have exams and if need medication, I stock up on whatever I need...
    Not only cheaper but also, no control like here in the USA...
    This is a drug store in Brasil...

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    There are no pharmacists... :biggrin_25512: You show doctor's prescription and they sell you as many boxes as you can pay... and also give you discount depending on quantity you buy... :yes2557:

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    My dad has been taking a lot of medicine... so, they buy in quantity to get better price...

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    Guess I shouldn't have been so happy to have the night off. Got to hook to a box and head for Boise in the morning:biggrin_25516:
     
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    Yep, I live in El Paso. My location says El Chuco, which us a popular Spanish nickname for El Paso. It's reference to the "pachuco" style of dressing (zoot suits, etc) which originated here.

    Mexican pharmacies are the same way. Non controlled substances can be purchased without a prescription. The US Border patrol usually won't question bringing back quantities less than 90 days worth.

    On the other hand, controlled substances require 2 prescriptions to bring back. One from a Mexican doctor to satisfy Mexican regulations and one from a US doctor to satisfy US Customs.

    My type 2 diabetes medication Januvia 100mg costs $270/month through Walmart. At Farmacia Benavidez in Juarez I got two months worth for $104.
     
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    Kind of off topic but it does deal with parking. How do you handle a delivery that is close to the end of your hours. If you deliver u may run out of hours. Do you just tell your company that youll deliver after break ?
     
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    If I'm not leaving the geographic area, I just draw a line down to On Duty, do my delivery, then go park. Then pencil in my break.
     
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