Worst job/truck you started in when you got your cdl?

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  1. Lepton1

    Lepton1 Road Train Member

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    Did you finally figure out how to hit high range?
     
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  3. okiedokie

    okiedokie Road Train Member

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    Actually had an old farm truck with floppy fenders do that.
     
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  4. AModelCat

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    I usually drive smaller, medium duty trucks. My first truck was an '06 GM 5500 with 250k hard bush and mine kilometers on it. It was beat. I put probably 50k on it before I quit and the truck became the shop spare. That particular truck is my avatar at the moment.
     
  5. WitchingHour

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    Flat and fork for a sod farm called Southwest Farms out of Pueblo, CO. The truck wasn't so bad.. T600.. the guy was just a real #### to work for, not to mention it wasn't worth the 54 mile commute either way.
    Delivering brick and other construction supplies in an old GMC Astro cabover wasn't particularly great, either... which is why I'm convinced that those saying they want a return to cabovers are either people who can't back to save their life, or old timers who are ############ the rest of us (and perhaps themselves) for the sake of machismo. Even running 6x6 off road units never left me pissing blood at the end of the day.
    I did some side work for a horse farm in NC... they had what I believe was an old Consolidated Freight truck.. 95 Freightiner FLB or FLC single axle cabover with a seven speed synchromesh transmission and an air start... it wasn't a bad side gig, but that truck was a total POS. We kept a gas fired compressor with us because the tank for the air start never held air. This one did have an air ride seat, which I'm assuming is the reason the truck didn't play hell on my urinary tract the way the Astro did.
    Pioneer Sand... the job itself wasn't terrible, and the equipment was pretty good, but management there were some backstabbing mother####ers.
    In another "I don't like synchromesh boxes" note, when I ran a service truck for M&M Hauling and Repair out of Commerce City, CO, I had a 4x4 FL70 with a six speed.. really wish it had either a twin countershaft or else an auto. The owner of that company was a bit of a backstabbing ########, as well, although the work itself was interesting, and I did enjoy it.
     
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  6. kw600

    kw600 Road Train Member

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    How were they?
     
  7. REO6205

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    Worst job? Hauling live turkeys into a slaughter plant just before Thanksgiving in 1971. We had to help load and my leather boots got soaked with turkey crap. Never did get the smell out so I left them outside one night and somebody stole 'em.
    The trucks were Internationals with 250 Cummins and ten speeds.
     
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  8. Lepton1

    Lepton1 Road Train Member

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    Somebody stole your boots covered in turkey crap?

    Serves them right.
     
  9. REO6205

    REO6205 Trucker Forum STAFF Staff Member

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    That's kinda what I thought. They stunk so bad my wife wouldn't let me wear them in the house. After turkey season I just ignored them. Somebody must have really needed a set of boots.
     
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  10. spyder7723

    spyder7723 Road Train Member

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    I have never been a company driver unless you count the times my dad put me in a truck when a driver didn't show up.

    I bought an old pos and was pulling loads barely a week after turning 18. My piece of crap was a 25 year old gmc astro with a screaming 238 detroit. I can't remember what i paid for it but it was no more than an even grand. It only lasted 6 months but considering what i paid for it, i made a fortune on that truck.
     
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  11. desperado75

    desperado75 Medium Load Member

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    ran my ### off paid % a lot of lumping home weekends and holidays if I remember never took home less then $900 any week. for the 9 months down side old equipment they still have the centuries they had when I was there. I just got burned out spent 8 years otr and left them for a day cab at toys r us in Flanders,nj ....
     
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