Refusing a back.

Discussion in 'Questions From New Drivers' started by Brandson, Apr 25, 2015.

  1. ncmickey

    ncmickey Road Train Member

    Jun 21, 2013
    Durham NC
    That is a theatre in San Jose CA. Designed by the famous Frank Lloyd Wright...
    not sure what he was smoking....
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  3. Shaggy

    Shaggy Road Train Member

    Sep 21, 2006
    also has falling water about 60 minutes from me, The guy wasn't right in the head. from his designs to personal life.
    explains that stupid back in.

    Good job if that was you brother.
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  4. Sillyputty

    Sillyputty Bobtail Member

    Mar 27, 2015
    Mail box story brings back memories, we were moving 3 TS 24 scraper pans. 2 of them had flimsy sheet metal cabs, mine had a full EROPS cab.( heavy steel for rollover protection) so it was too tall to get under a one lane bridge, about a half mile from job site on a paved subdivision road. We had to unload my pan to get under the bridge They were old terex pans and brakes were questionable at best. We pinched an old truck tire between the cutting edge of the bowl and the dump gate. In the event of an emergency I could drop the bowl and drag the tire instead of putting the cutting edge into the asphalt. I was in first gear heading downhill and By now you can guess, there was going to be a problem I was gaining speed at a butt puckering rate and I'm pretty sure the brakes began to laugh at my standing on the pedal. I dropped the bowl and dragged the truck tire, and it didn't do anything. Unless you consider emitting a little bit of smoke to alert the observers on my impending doom. I tried to open the dump gate to release the tire, and maybe get the cutting edges to bite into the pavement. but at low engine RPM's there isn't much hydraulic pressure so everything moved really slow. Cutting edges finally start to grab and I'm rolling pavement into the bowl like a jelly roll. Slowing down really quickly I knew I was not going to hit the split level directly in front of me. The red brick mailbox was not so fortunate. Red bricks and brick dust everywhere, ripped a hole in that Detroit deisel oilpan. I know it's not much of a trucking story but every time I see big pieces of heavy equipment bing moved my memories go back to that day and I swear my nose fills with the smell of brick dust and motor oil
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  5. PackRatTDI

    PackRatTDI Licensed to Ill

    Jul 15, 2006
    El Chuco, Tejas
    Well in Frank Lloyd Wright's defense, trucks were a lot shorter when he was designing buildings.
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  6. Shaggy

    Shaggy Road Train Member

    Sep 21, 2006
    No excuse, That is still retarded. Fashion over function.
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  7. rank

    rank Road Train Member

    Feb 11, 2010
    50 miles north of Rochester, NY
    Great story. Worthy of your first thanks. Mailboxes are taking a beating in this thread. LMAO.
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  8. Brandson

    Brandson Medium Load Member

    Dec 14, 2013
    I just don't get some of you guys in here. Laughing about tearing up equipment or literally forcing the limits of what your rig may be able to do. Just seems ridiculous. I'm an OTR driver, the story differs for other jobs I guess, but for straight mileage pay, you better not be asking me to use skid pads or drive over curbs. It's not my responsibility to make sure a business that refuses to update can abuse drivers. Now, if you told me they paid a bonus because they know they're ruining your afternoon and it's the best they can do, that's fine. My BIGGEST problem on this site is that most of you REFUSE to work smart. I'm out here for money, not to whip my junk out and show other drivers how big it is. You'd rather cry till your red in the face to drive more miles than to demand you get paid more for staying within the new legal limits. I wish my job didn't get such a bad reputation and expectations because of guys with more balls than brains...
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  9. Shaggy

    Shaggy Road Train Member

    Sep 21, 2006
    That's because you are a steering wheel holder and will complain to your FM about the dumbest things and expect them to fix it lickity split. Get crap done. Want to whine, should of become a hollywood celebrity Mr. awesome. Welcome to trucking. Working smart is part of the job, Ranting is another part. figure it out ... dood
  10. marineman227

    marineman227 Dock Waterer

    Jan 26, 2008
    Neenah, WI
    I'm an otr driver too, 100% of my job is picking up freight and putting it where the customer wants it when they want it there. Thankfully I'm paid above the industry standard due to my understanding of the requirements, guys that think like you are the reason for the industry standards.
  11. icsheeple

    icsheeple Trailing the Herd

    Nov 1, 2013
    Kansas City, KS
    I can't recall ever refusing a back. I did tell one place that I might hold up everyone for a while unless they could get one of their shaggers to move my wagon for me. They laughed and the yard jockey came flying over and threw it in a door for me. I am not out to impress anyone. I'll gladly drop the trailer and play dumb.

    One of the places I do recall telling my company that I didn't wan to take another dispatch too was the Kroger in Houston, TX. That old place was designed back when they had smaller trucks. Couple that with long wait times on lumper services and I was done with that place.

    Can't really think of any really bad places. I live in Kansas City where we have lots of caves. Those are kinda tight. When it comes down to it though, once I switched to elogs I realized what I thought took a long time, usually only amounts to a few minutes. Seems like forever. But from when I went from driving to on duty to off duty I'm always amazed at how little time the backing actually took. I remember a really hard dock. I had to GOAL three times and I was holding up a line of traffic. Once I popped the brakes and looked at the elog, only four minutes had past.

    I've always just taken my time. Really relax and think. Another time I remember a guy hassling me telling me to hurry up at a truck stop. I just took my time and started moving even slower. Made it in the hole nice and safe. I think he was mostly irritated with me getting the last spot.

    I try to not turn my wheel when not moving. Just puts too much extra wear and strain on the equipment. Add to that a long wheel base truck and long hood, and I usually have to take an extra couple pull ups. I left the rodeo when I started buying my own steering components.
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