tired of automatic trucks

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  1. Big Duker

    Big Duker "Don Cheto"

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    Who told you that??? What do you do on long grades? Just let it free wheel?? Try that in mountains in auto and see what happens. In Fl it may be fine. Steep terrain you better get into manual mode and have it in a gear that will keep you from running away.
     
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  3. DrtyDiesel

    DrtyDiesel Road Train Member

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    That's no different than driving a manual and making sure it's in the right gear.
     
  4. w.h.o

    w.h.o Road Train Member

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    Guess you didn't hear my sarcasm. I drove both and it doesn't matter if I get a manual or auto
     
  5. bubbaray30

    bubbaray30 Light Load Member

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    lol, auto is too advanced for me, i like that thats funny and maybe you guys are right about the autos as far as driving them, but at least i can control what gear im in instead of hoping that the electronic buttons work and will change it into the right gear when it needs to. i am glad though that other people have this problem and not just me. never been in a volvo but i have driven a pete and a freightliner auto and they both acted the same way. call me what you want but i dont see the point of risking my life and someone elses when the shifting mechanism fail in an auto on a 13% grade. oh yea and to answer chinatowns question, mds hauls dry van and reefers. havent seen any flatbeds so far though.
     
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  6. Dark_Majesty_06

    Dark_Majesty_06 Road Train Member

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    Where is mds out of? We have a trucking company around southeast mo called mds that hauls dry bans but they are petes with coffin sleepers. Some are the 387s but most are a older Pete with a coffin sleeper. The trucks are black with a gold stripe I think. At least here, if you want on at that company.. You have to apply through a temp agency
     
  7. bubbaray30

    bubbaray30 Light Load Member

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    I am based out of Crossville Tennessee and our trucks are white and they are petes but have plenty of room in the sleeper. I didn't use a temp agency, just went in and filled out an application and as far as I know they only have three terminals Crossville and Morristown Tennessee and somewhere in South Carolina.
     
  8. Big Duker

    Big Duker "Don Cheto"

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    That is a skill in either one. Don't do it and wind up on runaway truck ramp if you're lucky and bottom of gulch if not. And just because you are in a manual you can't downshift any better once you have gone over what a gear will take. The Volvo will always let you go down one and then downshift itself as long as you don't hit the brakes. With #3 jakes and auto down shift you can get off freeway and it will go right down to light and you just lightly apply brakes to stop. I came from an 18 and never thought I would want another auto as I had driven some yrs before. But I've got 14 months and about 84,000 miles in Volvo and am a big believer in theirs. Long haul I might want the 18 again. But there's no money OTR like tanker money I've seen and be home every night.
     
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  9. DrtyDiesel

    DrtyDiesel Road Train Member

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    I'll surely agree with you about the tanker money and being home every night. If we didn't have a 14 hour clock or a 70 hour limit I'd be making some real good money.
     
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