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Trucking Equipment Related (8)
I only drive a truck until it reaches a maximum of 500,000 miles. After that, I turn it in to be sold wholesale. The truck still has plenty of life in it but it gets sold because it at 500,000 miles the manufacturer warranty runs out. I am sure tons of other folks buy them and run them a million or more miles as long as they take care of them, they should last several million miles.
I have always driven manual transmissions up until things started going to automatics. I didn’t like it at first but now I REALLY like it! I don’t give up the control I thought I would since I now can have the best of both worlds switching between auto or manual at any time! Here is a quote from Detroit the manufacturer
The DT12 automated manual transmission (AMT) delivers smooth shift performance, durability, and ease of operation. It combines a traditional clutch-actuated manual gearbox with a computer-controlled shift actuator and clutch, providing optimal power and fuel efficiency.
Actually, no I do not. I know the truckstops all sell them but all that will tell you is if the tire is flat. You should be able to see a flat tire by looking at the ground to tire contact, or looking to see if the tire is seated on the rim snug. If you are looking at the tires that closely, it is just as easy to stick the tire pressure gauge to it and make sure you have the full PSI required to check proper inflation and that you don’t have a small leak.
Bobtail simply means I am driving just the tractor with no trailer attached. This happens when I drop a loaded trailer at a customer and they do not have any empty trailers available for me to take back out. If they don’t then I usually bobtail to another customer or dropyard to find an empty trailer.
I have two 100 gallon fuel tanks for the tractor, one on each side for a total of 200 gallons. The trailer has either a 50 or 100 gallon fuel tank mounted near the landing gear. The 50 gallons are for standard highway use while the 100 gallon tanks are called rail trailers for use on trailers that get transported long distances on the rail network.