Taking the plunge. My journey as an O/O.

Discussion in 'Ask An Owner Operator' started by Farmerbob1, Jan 7, 2019.

  1. snowwy

    snowwy Road Train Member

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    Personally I think it's ignorant leaving the lights on. Specially the leds. At least cover them up.

    Wouldn't running the batteries down shorten their life.?
     
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  3. Farmerbob1

    Farmerbob1 Road Train Member

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    I could have, but the problem is that the idle timer is part of the opti-idle system. If I turn off the idle timer completely, I also disable opti-idle.

    Not doing that on a DPF equipped truck. My filters would be #### in a week of idling.
     
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    Farmerbob1 Road Train Member

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    I have two credit cards with limits over 10k that I can use for maintenance if needed. I am willing to take a risk that they will need to be used, rather than be guaranteed to pay interest on a truck loan for an extra year.

    I am also expecting between six and nine thousand dollars in tax refunds once I gather all my 2020 tax crap and send it to the accountant.
     
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  5. Farmerbob1

    Farmerbob1 Road Train Member

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    I have intentionally left my lights on half a dozen times in several years driving this truck.

    Yes, it is more wear and tear on the batteries, but I will happily put wear on my batteries to avoid cold starting the engine at -10F.
     
  6. DUNE-T

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    My yard neighbor who is leased to PAM, expects to get the same amount in refund. His jaw dropped when I told him that instead of getting a refund, I get to pay at least $25k each year.
    He is an old red neck American guy and thought that all immigrants get special care and don't have to pay taxes, IRP fees and all that stuff. I think he can't comprehend that he makes less money driving a 3 years old KW leased to a big company vs me with old Volvo and no name trucking company.
    Some people are so ignorant and uneducated, it's not even funny
     
  7. ready2truck

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    Who does your taxes?
     
  8. DUNE-T

    DUNE-T Road Train Member

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    An accountant
     
  9. TallJoe

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    I would not turn the truck off in that cold. I keep it idling at less than 20F - over the weekend, if I know that I have delivery on Monday but if it is a pick up for a load that is not too exciting, I'd take chances. But on the road at -26 F like yesterday in Northern Wisconsin ... shutting off is suicidal. No auxiliary system will guarantee you the restart of the engine. The old school rule is that you don't shut off the diesel engine in extreme colds.
     
  10. Farmerbob1

    Farmerbob1 Road Train Member

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    That is a feature I will definitely be looking for in a new truck.
     
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  11. ready2truck

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    I ask because 25k is a whole lot to be paying year after year (assuming that's for one truck). Before I pay that much in taxes I'd have a shipping container full of tires, a building to park my truck in, and a new stainless steel reefer.
    Is that an accountant that specializes in o/o?
     
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