Roll off truck for a new driver? Whats it like?

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  1. street beater

    street beater Road Train Member

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    Rolloff is a little more specialized, like tanks or flats, more attention to detail ect..
     
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  3. Darracq

    Darracq Light Load Member

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    I think that only for starting with a very heavy load, maybe on an upgrade. Ive never used one though. I see someone already answered this.
     
  4. Goodguy88

    Goodguy88 Medium Load Member

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    How it went today,

    Learned the hook,

    Backed into a bin, stalled the truck 3 times cause I didnt know what the hell I was doing

    Then guy broke it down to me, this company has a high turnover rate, people come and go. Didnt seem like a great thing to say

    Boss yelled at me after, talked to me like a degrading manner. Of course ive never even shifted let alone used a clutch before. Couldnt even find gears. Total driving time lasted about 5 minutes

    Boss daughter doesnt seem so nice either. Know it all and hard to reason with

    ####ty day

    Oh, the truck passenger door opens half wat....have to do some spider man stuff to get in and out...slammed the door shut on my hand. Small cab, big guy, door open half way....makes it hard to get in and out
     
  5. street beater

    street beater Road Train Member

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    Buck up driver, if it dont work out, #### em. If it does, you learn a great skill. It takes the right kind of guy to teach, ive taught dozens of drivers over my years. You dont sound like a wash out to me. It will come.
     
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  6. Goodguy88

    Goodguy88 Medium Load Member

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    I notice the enviornment is pretty crappy... The only guy I really like is the mechanic. Guy teaching me was nice.

    Broke down how bad the company is at keeping drivers.

    The door opening halfway was quite annoying.
     
  7. Goodguy88

    Goodguy88 Medium Load Member

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    Thanks.
    This is the second truck ive been in now where rpm gauage and dont work...the other none gauage worked, boss was slamming the dash. I bet theyre all like this. :/
     
  8. street beater

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    Well, you dont need the tac. You can feel the dog around 1000, and figure a hair under reved out for the top. Just listen to the truck. Knowing where ya want to go, (gear wise) is more important than the tac. You can play with the gas to fix rev's but if your picking the wrong gear for your speed it wont matter..
     
  9. burnsey

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    Roll off work is worth learning, stick with it and don't be discouraged. One tip, if you have a REALLY heavy can, or one that's in very soft ground, learn how to pull the truck UNDER the can.... In other words, hook you cable, release your parking brake, pull the cable tight then lift the rails just a few inches off the ground. Wind the cable in and let the truck pull itself underneath the can. After the front rollers pass the rail's pivot point, slowly lower the rails as you continue winding in the cable. Once it is about ¾ on the trucks rails, the back of the can should come up off the ground..... Be ready to tap your foot brake, the truck is liable to roll at this point. Apply your parking brake and finish pulling the can completely onto the truck. I've worked for a scrap yard where we load cans with heavy steel, if they are too heavy or stuck in the ground you can snap a cable if you don't load them this way.

    We've had an old Mack DM for the ten years I've been at my company, similar to the red one you posted the photo of. They're bullet proof trucks, but they WILL have little quirks like the tach that won't work.....
    After you drive them for a little while those stupid little things bother you less and less.
     
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  10. lexmark

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    Are you sure about that? I live in Quebec and have a specific endorsement for manual on my license. I would think it would be like that across the country.
     
  11. Goodguy88

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