OTR Truck Drivers

Anyone currently do this, or have done it in the recent past ("recent" meaning since ABS and DOT-mandated drug testing)?

Please share your experiences, thoughts on trucks, companies, lifestyle, regional vs. lower 48, etc.(edited)

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I've been trucking for 40 years now , the equipment used today is far superior to anything we drove back in the day comfort wise . The biggest problem with the modern trucks is the reliability or lack thereof , of the emissions systems. The warranties are great but they don't help you earn revenue when the truck is in the shop. ABS is fine when it works , it's just a revenue grab for the DOT when it doesn't work.

Drug testing doesn't bother me cause I don't do them . I've always worked for small family owned companies that treat you as a person not a number . I can't tell you what it's like to live on the road because I've never been out for more than 4 nights in a row . Usually only one or 2 nights a week . When parked overnight at a truck stop , I try to park on the side of the lot upwind , so I don't have to smell exhaust all night . I'm always amazed at how many drivers idle their engines when the weather is perfectly comfortable , no need for heat or ac.

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Got my CDL in 2007 and have used it for employment on and off but always hire on to long haul positions. The first trailers pulled did not have ABS But I can only remember a couple times that I had to clamp down on the brakes and ended up locking the trailer tires. later with another company I was given a newer trailer that had ABS and pulled it for 6 months and later noticed what I thought was a marker light near the back drivers side was always lit. It was not marked ABS and I asked another driver and he said that the light means your ABS has a problem when that's lit. I never noticed any different feel in braking than that of a non ABS.

I always thought it was strange that the ABS fault light is on the drivers side and not the pass side which is the side that travels past the DOT scale window. Granted they have cameras everywhere but I thank god that DOT all across the US never pulled me in for that light.

Total agree with Rick on the DOT drug screens. If you think your going to work as a commercial driver and still have your occasional dable in weed or any other drugs AT ALL, trust me you will sooner than later be caught and loose your privileges for life.

ANY trained monkey can can get a CDL but only a true consciencius driver can keep it and still be viable to an employer.

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Drug clearing House will soon be in the industry.

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I can't think of many bigger infringements on someone's privacy than drug testing employees. What someone does in their own time is their own business.(edited)

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^ As a rule I agree with you, but when that someone is driving 80,000 pounds at 80 mph i would prefer them sober. :) I think the testing came to be as back in the day many of these guys would take some variety of speed to drive all day, and that lead to problems.

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> ^ As a rule I agree with you, but when that someone is driving 80,000

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> speed to drive all day, and that lead to problems.

If they'd only test if employees were on drugs whilst at work it wouldn't really bother me, but what you do outside of work hours is your business and no-one else's.

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I agree, but some of the harder drugs have the potential to carry over into working hours, but somehow drinking is fine, even if you come to work hungover and do a shitty job, it's a weird dichotomy, brought on by money, not health concerns. :) Alcohol lobby is very powerful!

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> ^ As a rule I agree with you, but when that someone is driving 80,000

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We load our trucks to 132,000 lbs .

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^ Wow!

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That’s a load! Typically, loads here max out at 105,500. Of course, heavier loads can be permitted, with enough axles.

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Thats awsome Rick. I admire that skill and dedication.

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> Thats awsome Rick. I admire that skill and dedication.

Thanks for the compliment

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Man, that would take a special engine and drive train I would think to handle such a tremendous load?

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Not at all when I was 12-years -old years old I would hop trains that would ha 3,000 + Hp Emd engines and only 40 cars that held Ford or Chrysler car automobiles on them! they were able to go 60 mph right in a few seconds or more One put on full throttle

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No, it's all the same as you would use for 80,000 lbs.

I do have 3.90 : 1 rear end gears , I guess that's about the only thing .

The truck just accelerates a lot slower and I lose speed anytime I hit a grade .

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Do you ever think before you post about subjects you have no clue about ...just how close to 3000 hp do you think peterbuilt will be ? They are talking trucks hauling loads...not trains..big difference..

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First time i was up.by canada and saw a log truck pulling a pintle hook trailer loaded to the hilt i had a hard time understanding how they got by with such loads knowing 80g or a tad over is max in most states..we are allowed 86,000 for log trucks in arkansas but flatbeds or reefers are 80 max... i would go nuts kicking tires for flats on all the axles they run on trucks and trailers up there..(edited)

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Didn't they even beef up the brakes? Looks like you'd need an upgrade.

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That’s one of the reasons for more axles. Every axle has brakes, so the more weight, the more axles, the more brakes.

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Okay! Thanks!

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Rick Bergsma /

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> Didn't they even beef up the brakes? Looks like you'd need an upgrade.

We spec the largest brakes available on a class 8 truck.

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It must really suck to be Ken's son;

Son: "Hi dad, i got a new girlfriend!"

Ken: "In the 70's i drove a tractor!"

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That's a good move,I'd say.Thanks! I used to drive single axle straight tank trucks for Marathon and Sohio(then). Brakes were always a problem,even later air brakes.

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Exciting to be Bas's son. `Hey,Dad, I can throw a rock 60 meters! '

` That's not far enough son, you need to hit 70 meters or you're a complete failure.'

`Next week we work on Molotov cocktails,Son'...………………….LOL!

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I would be deeply ashamed if my son would turn out to be a nazi-lover like you.

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> I would be deeply ashamed if my son would turn out to be a nazi-lover

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Hadn't been for the Supreme Allied Commander, Ike, you'd probably never have been born. Hitler got stopped.

You can keep lying now.

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You are the one who objects to getting rid of nazi's.

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> You are the one who objects to getting rid of nazi's.

See, I KNEW he'd keep lying...…...LOL! You're so predictable.

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