Pretrip your trailer!!

Discussion in 'Experienced Truckers' Advice' started by aaronpeterbilt3787, May 20, 2020.

  1. AModelCat

    AModelCat Road Train Member

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    Only 50%?
     
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  3. FozzyNOK

    FozzyNOK Road Train Member

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    Completely agree... A lot of O/O's (or whatever they call themselves) "buy" their own trucks because they have little to no interest in any of the "rules" that the industry requires of them.. They are also going to make double the money and stay home twice as long as those suckers who work for "the man"... They are at least if not worse that company drivers for neglect, ignorance and generally laziness in all the areas of their supposed craft.
     
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  4. Chubby Fly

    Chubby Fly Medium Load Member

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    southeast pa dump truckers. is what it is brotha. Cash cow for dumpers. So people just get on the train and shoot from the hip
     
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  5. Chubby Fly

    Chubby Fly Medium Load Member

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    x100
     
  6. aaronpeterbilt3787

    aaronpeterbilt3787 Light Load Member

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    Nope....so that tells you how long it’d been blown.
     
  7. aaronpeterbilt3787

    aaronpeterbilt3787 Light Load Member

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    For the record, it very well coulda been one of our city owner ops. All I said is it was a city guy. There’s good and bad in company drivers and o/o’s.
     
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  8. aaronpeterbilt3787

    aaronpeterbilt3787 Light Load Member

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    I own my own truck cuz I could never be dictated to on how to run. When it’s time to go home I go home. Don’t care what “the man” says. I own the truck. Not him. That’s the privilege of being an o/o. But more often than not, I’m the one out rescuing trailers and loads while company guys sit at home.
     
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  9. Shawn2130

    Shawn2130 Medium Load Member

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    Just today. A newbie driver that was just hired 2 weeks ago and learning was told by the Boss’s son to grease his dump truck that he drives for him. Then he drives off to work at a construction site.

    I walked over to see how the new driver is doing with the greasing.

    I noticed the yoke on the power divider is is a touch loose.

    “Time to fix the truck” I told the newbie. Loose yoke. No good. I’ll help.

    The driver comes back after being at a construction site for the day. Sees his drive shaft disconnected.

    I said it needed to be fixed. New U-joint too.

    I told my boss’s son to stop being so hard on the shifter. :D
     
  10. FozzyNOK

    FozzyNOK Road Train Member

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    Yep, never said different.. but there is a huge difference in people, ability, desire and professionalism. I have been screwing around in this industry for over 30 years.. my last straw was working safety and training for a fleet of up to 200 drivers.. a mix of O/Os and Company drivers.. and between the two, there is little to no difference anymore between the two groups as it relates to the areas I mentioned. The abject ignorance of the drivers anymore is just rather sad and pathetic. The difference here is that the stakes are higher for those who jump to ownership.. they are jumping way to soon and well before establishing whether or not the job is even something they like. They jump with barely enough knowledge of the equipment they are supposed to be caring for.. There are far too many examples of people who are not even able to operate the equipment they supposedly own. One example is a fairly young O/O (supposedly a trainer) who complained that his students were "always getting better fuel economy than he was"... He was running around all day in 9th gear to "keep his RPM's up".. He had no idea what a the term "peak torque" was nor that he wasn't supposed to be running between 1000 - 1500 rpms rather than the 1700 - 2000 he was running.. Another O/O came thru and we checked his trucks out. (Pete).. he had no turn signals/markers on the front of his truck... He was "waiting to get to the shop".. He didn't even own a short screw driver.. we had his lights back working in about 10 minutes.. Now there is a mountain of idiotic things that the company boys do, but they usually have an army to steer them into compliance... because the company ultimately pays for their sloth and ignorance
     
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  11. aaronpeterbilt3787

    aaronpeterbilt3787 Light Load Member

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    Then whatever company you worked for hired the wrong ppl as owner ops. Where I come from, and work, us owner ops are all 20+ yr drivers. Minimum. And have all owned multiple trucks. Guess that’s why I’m infuriated when I see crap like the pics I started this thread with. Furthermore, I didn’t start this thread as a company driver vs owner op issue. In fact the city guy who loaded said trailer is just one of many to blame, probably the least to blame actually. Cuz the shape of those shoes and drum tells me that seal had been leaking long before him. According to my safety guy, he is being reprimanded just the same, as he failed to do a proper pretrip. But as far as I’m concerned they should go back at least 3 last drivers to pull the trailer and give them a talking to as well. Whether they’re company guys or owner ops!
     
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