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Old 01-24-2015, 04:19 PM   #1
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I was reading and posting in another thread and there were alot of other retired truckers commenting on there.
Most of my career was local hauling but occasionally I ventured out further afield.
Now retired I like to get out with our coach and see things and stop and enjoy.
I thought I would start this thread and see where it goes. I am sure there are some great stories to be told or if nothing else some good BS!!
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I'd love to tell you some of my trucking stories, but still to this day, they scare the HELL out of me. Ahhhh to be young again with no fear.
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I have been off the road for about 25 years (I am 59). I do miss it a bit, but not enough to try it again for a living. Besides I can't pass a DOT physical anymore. In one year I was in 47 states and 4 provinces of Canada by myself! I did see lots of great scenery from the big road and and am looking forward to seeing it again plus a lot more now that I am retired.
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Who did you pull for Tom. I've been out of it for a long time myself but I'll bet we saw a lot of the same places.
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When I got the most miles on was when the truck said International Transport on the side. I left there about the same time Schneider bought them out. I actually enjoyed being on the road with them. I got to pull lots of oversized loads. Anywhere from 9' wide onto Long Island to 14'10" high, 14' wide and have the trailer stretched out to 60' with an 8' overhang from Mississippi to Ohio and 122,000 lbs gross to Thunder Bay, Ontario.
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Yellow and green flat beds hauling equipment. I always wondered what happened to them.
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Myself I mostly hauled logs and equipment. There isn't too many things that I haven't tried at one time or another. Propane , fuel, milk tankers, lumber, wood chips among many others. I didn't get out there on the real long hauls across the country, so now is our time to explore. I retired in 2004 but have always worked part time for someone.
I worked all last summer hauling Gravel and rock and will again this summer. I am 66 so sooner or later I will hang it up.
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If the plug in doesn't work, click on the web address.
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They remind me of the Diamond T's I use to drive and took two hands to shift.
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Thank you!! Some of those trucks look like the ones My dad used to drive, but the newer ones in the video are just like a few i have driven! Tha last one I drove while there was a 1975 Freightliner conventional with a 350 Cummins and a 13 speed. I really liked that old truck........
BTW, I really like the song that is on there too!
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My first five axle was a 1947 KB11 International with a 5 spd and a three speed browning. Hook your arm through the steering wheel and shift with two hands. Later we had Freightliners with four by fours.
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You're welcome Tom. We come to Duluth every summer. Meet you for coffee someday.
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You're welcome Tom. We come to Duluth every summer. Meet you for coffee someday.
Sounds like a plan!!
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