You don't have to be a newbie to do this...

Discussion in 'Questions From New Drivers' started by Gears, Nov 18, 2010.

  1. Gears

    Gears Trucker Forum STAFF - Gone, But Not Forgotten.

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    I'm posting here because even with plenty of experience, a guy can have an accident like this. Nope, these bonehead moves aren't reserved just for you new guys.:biggrin_25522:
    So here's your humble owner-operator that caught his front bumper on a fence pole while backing and not paying attention. It's at a place I've been to over and over. Truck didn't even shrug, post survived with no damage whatsoever. This knuckehead maneuver will cost me upwards of $700 to repair/replace. I'll either get a replacement or have a custom one built. Needless to say, I'm out of service until repaired which really hurts the 'ol pocketbook.

    You bet I'm embarrassed as hell to post this, but just proving a point...we all make mistakes.
    Sucks to be me:biggrin_25523:
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  3. canuck in da truck

    canuck in da truck Road Train Member

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    awww cmon out of service?
    just find another pole and bend it back in--without hittin tire
    2 guys with a sledge hammer each could make it kinda presentable so you dont lose money then change it out on days off
     
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  4. canuck in da truck

    canuck in da truck Road Train Member

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    i have done same thing on kinda a high curb/wall while backing in--it really does suck when it happens
     
  5. MackDaddyMark

    MackDaddyMark Medium Load Member

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    Gotta agree with Canuck Id get a buddy and beat the hell outta thing untill I can get it replaced!!
     
  6. Gears

    Gears Trucker Forum STAFF - Gone, But Not Forgotten.

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    Well I figured out of service today since it is my birthday (nice present eh?).
    I plan on hammering and bending it back temporarily until the replacement arrives.
     
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  7. MackDaddyMark

    MackDaddyMark Medium Load Member

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    Happy Birthday Sir.... Hope Ya can get yourself a good cooked meal and a cake for B-day..lol


    *sidebar* Do you have a thread about you buying that Pete like the specs how much it costs etc etc? Im looking into purchasing the same model and what was wondering whats a good ballpark figure
     
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  8. Texas-Nana

    Texas-Nana Princess Drives-a-Lot

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    I personally think that you posting this makes you .........DA MAN!!!!


    :biggrin_25514::biggrin_25514::biggrin_25514:
     
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  9. Rerun8963

    Rerun8963 Road Train Member

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    back in "the old days" the ends of bumpers were cut off to prevent animal strikes from forcing the bumper corners into the steer tire and blowing them out, causing an even MORE catastrophic accident. in fact the insurance companies were telling trucking companies to do that, and actually get a reduction in premiums as i was told by a former TM i worked for.

    just cut the darned thing off, it's already "aesthetically challenged".

    you may even end up having the hammer slide up the bumper and striking the headlight assembly/fender, then where will you be...???
     
  10. Winchester Magnum

    Winchester Magnum Road Train Member

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    gears, just drive it back into that pole. Straighten her right back out like new....grins
     
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  11. Bumpy

    Bumpy Road Train Member

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    Did do that once,-company driver dontcha know,and the company was happy to leave it that way for 15 months.:biggrin_2559:
     
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