Unpopular Opinion

Discussion in 'Experienced Truckers' Advice' started by flightwatch, Mar 11, 2021.

  1. freebeertomorrow

    freebeertomorrow Heavy Load Member

    Mar 19, 2016
    bs. i just watched a video of an 8v71 running wide open with no governor for like 3 minutes after it puked all of its coolant out. heat isn't even what killed it. it dropped a valve after floating them for 8 minutes.

    you must have an inferior cummins engine...

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  3. jason6541

    jason6541 Road Train Member

    Mar 5, 2012
    Omaha, NE
    I hate to see those videos, what is with people destroying perfectly good equipment and engines.
    I love a good 2 stroke Detroit especially while under load with straight pipes. I guess 2 many years rebuilding them.
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  4. Ridgeline

    Ridgeline Road Train Member

    Dec 18, 2011
    Well if you break down, then put the four ways on and triangles out, that is how you tell. If you don’t then you’re not broken down. You have a time limit to put out the safety equipment and this is where you need to hustle to get them out first.

    I have been involved with a car that hit a trailer that was right parked with the truck on the white line on i94 before the airport. The driver was stupid because he decided it was time to get his ten hours in, while he claimed to be broken down because the engine went into a stop engine mode, it was obvious he wasn’t too bright to lie. the tow truck driver who moved the truck said it started right up, they moved it with no problems and the engine light didn’t come on, the car that hit the truck was so badly damaged it was hard to see what it was, parts flew everywhere when the guy hit the trailer, my truck was hit with an halfshaft, brake assemble and wheel.
  5. God prefers Diesels

    God prefers Diesels Road Train Member

    Jun 26, 2020
    South Texas
    All great points. And the point I was making, is as OP passes these trucks on the shoulder, did he stop and ask them how long they'd been there? They could've just finished setting the parking brake 45 seconds ago for all he knows. There's just a lot of crying on this site about any little thing that might be annoying to a trucker. People need to take a tablespoon full of cement, and harden the #### up.

    If any of us have had to park on the shoulder for a reason we deemed legitimate, then there's a large possibility that driver in question is parked for the exact same reason. No need to bag on someone until you've walked a mile in their shoes, and got both sides of the story.

    I've stopped at rest areas to use the bathroom and tighten my straps. Then had to pull over on the shoulder with the rest area so close it was still in my mirrors, because I forgot to grab a couple more bottles of water from under my bunk. Humans gonna human. Maintain your lane, and there won't be a problem.
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  6. striker

    striker Road Train Member

    Aug 8, 2009
    Denver, Co
    When dealing with crappy railroad chassis and tires older than Methuselah, I'm constantly stopping on the shoulder to make sure they are intact and not smoking, sure I'll hit a ramp when I can, but it's not always practical.

    The other side to this, are the inconsiderate drivers who won't give an inch to that truck on the shoulder, you have no knowledge why that truck is there or what the situation is, but most drivers just blaze on by inches away when they could simply move over, even if they split the lanes, or if on a two lane, slow the F down
  7. God prefers Diesels

    God prefers Diesels Road Train Member

    Jun 26, 2020
    South Texas
    I split lanes if there's traffic. Four wheelers will try to get in between me and the shoulder truck if I don't. No point in me getting over if I'm just going to let a car kill the trucker anyway.
  8. Truckie6674

    Truckie6674 Bobtail Member

    Jan 10, 2021
    Try finding parking after 6:30 pm while still having 5 hours left to drive,

    Do you stop to get the last space a the truck stop?
  9. snowwy

    snowwy Road Train Member

    Jul 6, 2009
    ALL trucks these days shut down..

    You're not going anywhere anymore if there's a problem.

    The 07 cat i last drove shut down if the radiator was 2 quarts low..
    It also shut down at 225*

    Lose your belt and see how far you get with no fan. Possibly waterpump. Possibly.
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  10. JonJon78

    JonJon78 Road Train Member

    Jul 1, 2018
    I'm not moving over for all these Amazon trucks I see parked several times a day on the shoulder, not happening.

    Have seen many near wrecks because Amazon is taking his break on the shoulder and some brain dead steering wheel holder at the last minute force's his way into the left lane instead of just staying put in the right lane.

    The state police needs to be moving these guys along with tickets and violations.
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  11. MACK E-6

    MACK E-6 Moderator Staff Member

    Sep 19, 2005
    Baltimore, MD
    You know how you stop that?

    Pay well, demand a lot for it, and weed out the idiots that don’t measure up.

    Unfortunately most companies regard that as a potential HR nightmare though.
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