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Old 10-13-2015, 12:58 PM   #1
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Be Kind to Tractor Trailer Drivers

We had just left Pumpkin Patch RV Resort in Hermon, Maine (awesome place) and was headed south on I95 when a 18 wheeler pulled up beside us with his passenger window down, horn blowing and pointing to the top of our TT and then pointing to the breakdown lane. My DW caught a glimpse of the forward MaxxAir vent cover flopping in the breeze. We pulled into the breakdown lane and ....well have you ever been on top of your TT in the breakdown lane of an interstate checking things out. Fortunately Dysart's Truck Stop (great food) was the next exit where I could safely be on the roof and remove the vent cover. The MaxxAir was hanging on by one self-tapping screw the others had literately disappeared...pulled through the vent housing...the fix will be SS bolts with self locking nuts. good to those tractor trailer drivers as you pull your TT down the highways.

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Old 10-13-2015, 03:14 PM   #2
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Not as many as in the `50's and `60's, but there are still some 'Blue Knights of the Highways' out there.

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Old 10-13-2015, 03:20 PM   #3
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Of the horror stories you hear online, I've only had good experiences with truckers.
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Old 10-13-2015, 03:31 PM   #4
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As a motorcyclist (and RVer) on the super slab, truckers have always been good.
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Old 10-13-2015, 03:44 PM   #5
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Can't say as much in GA or for that matter other states. Most are rude and could care less about you. As I've been cut off several ties by them I really have no big respect for most of them now days. They are kind of like most 4 wheelers also. My road look out for me. Later RJD
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Old 10-13-2015, 05:27 PM   #6
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Originally Posted by ependydad View Post
Of the horror stories you hear online, I've only had good experiences with truckers.
And for every horror story about truck drivers they probably have 20 horror stories about inconsiderate and dangerous "non commercial" drivers

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Old 10-13-2015, 07:35 PM   #7
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I work in the shipping business and have direct contact with plenty of truck drivers. IMHO, there are plenty of both kinds. It's the ones that barely have any grasp of english that make my job miserable some days.
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Old 10-14-2015, 11:48 AM   #8
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I try to give courtesy to truckers. I am more mindful especially when I am pulling.

However, the one thing that irritates me every time, is when I am about to pass them (not pulling) clearly going 10-15 MPH faster and they pull over right in front of me and take 5 miles to pass another truck...going up a hill.
That is inconsiderate.
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Old 10-14-2015, 12:12 PM   #9
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After pulling a 5th wheel for almost 20 years (probably upwards of 150k mi) I have to respect the restraint of most big rig drivers. The 4 wheeler drivers who have never driven a big tow have no idea of just how aggravating and dangerous their "squirrel" driving really is. I try to tell those who will listen that their cars are smaller, faster, more agile and can stop quicker so stay as far away as possible from any towing rig. They have far, far fewer options.
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Old 10-14-2015, 01:27 PM   #10
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Tractor Trailer Drivers

Here's my 2 cents worth. My first five years of career were in the transport business. Owned my first highway truck at 17 and by 25 still loved it but decided it wasn't my career. Like all vocations, 90% of these guys are super and will do anything for you. The other 10% (non strategic survey 😄 ) not so much. The thing us RV folk have to remember is they are driving down the road to put a meal on the table or make thier next truck payment , unlike us who are pursuing our hobby, life long dream etc etc. ALWAYS give them a break if you can. When I'm traveling on 2 lane road ( which is most of the time ) and these guys show up, at the first opportunity I let them pass. DONT drive out onto the highway in front of the, it's unsafe and dangerous for us and at the least inconvenient for them.
Ok, if I can get down off my soapbox without putting my back out Ill be a happy guy 😃
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