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Old 01-09-2015, 09:36 PM   #15
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I will ask my brother, he a trucker.

And his answer was: I did not know they did.

So maybe they dont, maybe its just the person your dealing with...

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Old 01-09-2015, 09:50 PM   #17
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Due to a collision that halted traffic on I40 for a few hours we met a trucker; hard working American trucker and family man. My wife made him a huge Rv sandwich and he shared some of his load of strawberries. The driver said he respected Rvers as a majority shared that mutual respect. Due unto others and enjoy life ��.
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As being a over-the-road driver, Owner/Operator, and a MH owner most of my life here are my two-cent's, that statement is not true! There are two classification's of truck drivers out there today, Old school, "seat of the pants" driver's, the ones that learned how to do the job by doing it!
And the other group, "steering wheel holders", that learned how to drive the truck at a school, and did not, and do not have the experience or the know how to get the job done properly! That said, most of the Company owned trucks, have very good drivers behind the wheel, that have the experience to do the job. But some of the company's hire the rookie, just out of the school driver's, and put them with a trainer, till they are deemed ready to go on their own! Be very carefull around these truck's as the driver may not have the experience to handle the truck correctly! You can tell these truck's by the signage on the back, "you too can own and be a truck driver" or " lease, own, drive" are just a few!
Ok, with that said, most of the truck's and MH's are driven safely and correctly, but there are always a few bad apples and the under experienced out there on the roads now days.
As for the flash of the lights, there two are two ways to do it, one correctly, one not so much! Years ago, the truckers, turned off the headlight's to signal the truck passing, it was clear to pull back over in front of the truck being passed. Then the flash of the clearance light's from the passing truck as a "thank you"!
Now, with the daytime running light's, most of the Company owned trucks, cannot turn off the headlight's to signal when it is clear to pull back over, so the new drivers flash their bright's to let the passing truck know it is clear! Is it right? No! But many do!
I got to where I do not look in my mirror anymore because I do not want to be blinded by that bright light flash, and see spots for the next 10 miles or so! I just wait for my cab to light up from the flash, then look, and make my lane change!
Now you know a little of the history about the type of drivers out there, and the light flash, and these are just my opinions, and I am sure there are many that will disagree with what I said!
As for the statement, Why do the truck drivers hate us? (80%) do not! The other (20%) hate everyone, because they hate the job they have been forced to do because of downsizing, and the declining job market!
I, myself, owned my truck and trailer, loved my job, and did it well for well over 35 years, was well respected, well paid, and I enjoyed almost ever min. of it! I now am retired, sold my business, and am enjoying life, traveling and MH'ing!
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Full time OTR trucker here, just adding another two cents! Most fleet owned trucks are governed at a certain top speed (62, 65, 68, etc) & passing can be very stressful when passing another vehicle, being it a passenger vehicle or an RV. The truck more than likely isnt passing you that slowly by choice, it simply can't go any faster unless gravity is pulling it down a hill! Say I'm passing a truck pulling a fifth-wheel on a two lane road, pedal to the floor topped out at 65, & you the guy enjoying your trip to the campground has locked your cruise at 64. Time is money, and trust me, that trucker will be trying to pass even though it may take a mile to do it! That is a stressful maneuver, but the RV driver that simply taps his brakes and loses 5 mph for 7seconds so the truck can get around him is a truckers best friend! JMHO
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I also flash the trucks as they pass me and only about a third of them acknowledge me. Of the few trucks that I pass I mostly do not get a flash to let me know when to come over. I think a lot of this has to do with the drivers age and experience. I would most likely bet that the ones that do acknowledge are the older ones. I don't think (IMHO) the training of the drivers now days are as good as it used to be.

I respect the truck drivers and will usually help them out as much as possible if they are locked in behind me and need to pass.
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I won't flash and don't expect a flash. I use my mirrors, time and my camera to determine where and when to cut back. Often when I have given a flash for trucker passing me they very professionally take their time to increase the distance between us. now when they do pull back in line we have safe distance so I won't be up his butt.

I don't think that they hate us but rather as some said, there is a percentage of both truckers and MH operators that are just simply of questionable intelligence or character.
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I would say that "light protocol" seems to have changed over the decades, and that's true regardless of if I am in a car OR a motorhome... I honestly don't think it's an "RV" thing at all.

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I have the unique perspective from hauling a big 5'er with both a pick-upp truck dually and a semi tractor. Hauling with the semi, I got many more head nods, lights flashed, thumbs up, and more space...... which is funny considering that hauling the 5'er with the Volvo is alot safer than hauling it with the pickup. Maybe when the other truckers see the RV behind the big truck they realize that its a heavy trailer and give room they same that they do with each other.
I don't think that the general, driving down the highway public- either truck drivers or car motorist, realize how heavy some of the combinations of trucks and RV's are, Or how close to the edge or over the edge we are on our weight limits.
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Old 01-10-2015, 06:19 AM   #24
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All I can say is from recent experience on a 4 month, 9,000 mile cross country trip. We had few, if any, bad experiences with OTR trucks. I had friendly conversations with several drivers at truck stops while getting fuel. I had many wave at me when they passed. There were a few who crowded me a bit when passing but I am always aware when a truck passes and try to give them plenty of room.

As noted, I know that many of the company trucks are governed and respect that the drivers are on a tight timeline. I generally set my cruise at 63-64 so if I see one struggling to pass, I disengage to slow and let them get by as quickly as I can. I would expect truckers to be no different that other segments of our society.... many good folks and a few bad apples.

At least those drivers are out there trying to make a living and not sitting on their butts letting the government (you and me) take care of them.
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Truckers don't dislike us, everyone needs to look in the mirror. The key word is "respect" for both the trucker and the RV'er. If a trucker or an RV'er has any respect for themselves, they will show respect for the other. Flashing lights equal liability. But we don't live in a perfect world.
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But some of the company's hire the rookie, just out of the school driver's, and put them with a trainer, till they are deemed ready to go on their own! Be very carefull around these truck's as the driver may not have the experience to handle the truck correctly! You can tell these truck's by the signage on the back, "you too can own and be a truck driver" or " lease, own, drive" are just a few!
Good information. Kinda like pulling up next to a "Reserve America" RV. Not anywhere you want to be for too long.
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I also disagree with the basic premise based on my experiences. I had a trucker chase me down at a truck stop once because I left my fuel cap on top of the fuel pump.

There was one situation I found myself in though, that I will always wonder about. I was approaching the Tappenzee Bridge from the east completely surrounded by big rigs. As I recall, the lanes were necking down. I slowed to allow a trucker on my right to merge into my lane, but he began to move over before he cleared me. His trailer caught the passenger mirror and put it out of commission. It wasn't as if he narrowly misjudged. My mirror collided with his trailer a good 10 ft up the side from the rear doors. He kept going as if nothing had occurred. Thankfully, that was all that happened. I will always wonder if that was accidental or something else.
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Old 01-10-2015, 08:24 AM   #28
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I've only had positive experiences with truckers, as well. Maybe it's a Golden Rule, thing? YMMV, \ken

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