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  • #@$%^&*&!!!! Tow Truck Driver!!!!!!!!!



    Ok here we go.

    I'm in Cowpens SC at the Mr Waffle truck stop scanning the internet looking for a load. When I finally decide there is nothing worth putting onmy trailer I decide to drive home.

    I Put the truck in drive (I have an automated shifter) and nothing happens. I call Freightliner and talk to a tech who walks me through the process of checking codes andchecking the clutch to find out that I'm screwed. I have to have the truck towed to Frieghtliner in Greenville SC.

    I call the dealership and they tell me to use XYZ Towing. No I am not using their name until I have my truck back from the dealer.

    My XYZ shows up and immediately starts trying to boss me around. Wait a sec. I thought I was paying for this?

    Well I'm not one to be bossed around so we get off on the wrong foot.

    Once the truck is hooked up we start rolling on I85 south to Greenville.
    At 85 and 90 mph. This guy is zigging and zagging and riding peoples arses and flashing his headlights to try and move people out of the way. I can't tell you how many times he had to slam on the brakes to keep from piling up.

    And if any of you have ever traveled 85 through SC you know it is no picnic on a Friday afternoon!

    Then I'm on the phone with my leasing company arranging payment for the wrecker. When peckehead hears me mention faxing the bill he starts yelling that his bill goes up 30 dollars if he has to wait for a fax at the dealership.

    It was all I could do not to have him pull over and drop the tractor on the side of the road.

    I guess it's age catching up with me but I never told him off or cracked him in the head with a winch bar. I pick and choose my battles and with a week of downtime staring me in the face and bills due I chose not to add bail money to my problems.

    But Jesus man I can;t even begin to describe how badly I wanted to feel the skin tearing and the bone crunching as I crushed his face with a well placed elbow. Or the satisfying thud sound there head makes after you kick them in the balls and then knee them in the face as theyt bend over in pain.

    The guy rambled on and rambled on aout what a bad arse he is and how all these truckers smart off to him and how he shuts them up by threatening to shoot them. Or how the military trained him to KILL KILL KILL!

    Yeah well buddy they trained a lot of us. Give it a rest cause' you definately ain't alone.

    Some sick sad little man who is so insecure he gets his rocks off by screwing around with people who have bigger problems than him.

    But he had no idea how close he came to having a much much bigger problem than whatever had him in such a hurry on Friday.

    Sometimes I wish I were just a little less responsible and a lot more violent.

    Know what I mean?

    Last edited by LYKOS; 02-13-2006, 07:54 AM.

  • #2
    I luckily never had such an experience, guess I wouldn't have stayed that calm man! I can't understand why people act that way, I mean, it's that guy's job to HELP. You're the customer, he should be happy you picked his company instead of an other one.
    A friend and I used to "tow" trucks during one winter when they got stuck at hills around my hometown. I just took my 8x8 (with an extra 10ton concrete weight on the back for better traction) and he his Caterpillar with tracks to help those guys one by one up the hills around the place, the town paid us for the service since they had no proper equipment to even get all the snow removed. All the trucker were happy to have that fast help since their bosses left them alone.

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    • #3
      Man...

      Lykos, sorry you had such a bad time in the home state, man. You got first hand experience with a trucker that drives the way some of the members are talking about when they go on 'trucker rants' here on the forum. Guys like that make things rough for trucking's public image. I feel confident that this guy will get his. I just hope it doesn't involve too many innocent people.

      Here is the bright side. I saw that pic of you not too long ago and you look very uh... 'capable'.

      But what you did was eat it and take the high road. It's not the most pleasant route when one knows how much fun the alternative could be, but it certainly is the wisest and most gentlemanly. And Lykos, we ain't got that many gentlemen left.

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      • #4
        Lykos, I am just curious. How does that automated shifter work? I assume you still need to clutch to get it going. Can you turn it off and shift manually? If you use it, does it run thru all the gears or will it skip some if you have a light load? Like I said, just curious.

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        • #5
          Jose' Cuervo mad me double post so I deleted it.


          Man I love me some Jose'!!!


          I am not even going to try to explain how hard it is to proofread a post when innebrat... inebreeat... ahhh heck with it. I'm drunk.
          Last edited by LYKOS; 02-14-2006, 10:04 PM.

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          • #6
            My transmission is an Eaotn ten speed.

            No different then virtually every other company truck on the road.

            The shifter is an Eaton auto shift.

            It has an and Y axis in the ****er mechanism that mecahanically manipulates the transmission.

            I have a seelctor in the cab.

            It has the following positions.

            R reverse

            N Neutral for parking

            D the shifter has it;s own computer that communicates with the engines ECM. It knows road speed and RPMs. SO it shifts the transmission automatically at prestet rpms. This can only be changed via lap top and the approporiate software. It automatically drops the rpms for upshiftsd and revs the engine for sownshifts.

            H this is hold. The transmission will not shift gears automatically. You can howeve shift gears manually, sort of, by using a gear up and gear down button on the selector handle. They will only shift though if the engine an road speed match preset parameters.

            L this is low. The computer will only downshift if this is selected. It does so at different shift points which are higher in the RPM range. This is the selction you make when using engine braking or when climnbing a grade.

            My truck has a clutch and clutch pedal. You have to use the clutch for stopping and starting.


            The cost of operation savings involving an automated transsion should be obvious.
            THe comuter never ever grinds a gear. It shifts at exactly the same point every time. This saves fuel and wear and tear on the driveline. My truck has 720,000 plus miles on the original clutch, u-jointxs, carrier bearing and rear ends. Transsmission life is increased, as is carrier bearing, u-joints, and rear end life. This is becaiuse there is no "jamming" the truck into gear.

            A worse case scenario with an automated transmission is the one I'm in now. Im looking at about a $1000 repair plus towing bill. Still much less than I would pay over the life of the truck with a regular shifter. Once the cost of bearing kits for the tranny, carrier bearings, clutches, and rear ends are figured in.

            From a safety standpoint the automatic is preferred because the driver has one less thing to think about when driving.


            From a drivers standpoint it is a much easier truck to drive. I fell inlove with mine the first time I hit a traffic jam.

            Since it is basically a ten speed that shifts itself there are no load weight limitations. My only complaint is that I cannot split gears. But a ten speed can't so the fact my shifter is automated makes no difference anyway.

            So unless you have a small penis and just have to have a regular shifting truck to feel like a man I can;t see why anyone would really want a regular shifting transmission.


            Ok well maybe that's a bit harsh.

            But they are really cool. And if you are a trucker and want to drive it someday just tell me where ya live and I'll PM you if I'm coming through.


            LYKOS <------ I've had one margarita too many.

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            • #7
              That auto-shift sounds cool, would like to drive one of those and compare it the ones in use over here.
              In the European class 7 and 8 trucks they use 12 and 16 speed manual trannies that are computer shifted. Depending on the manufacturer the actual working procedure is a bit different. Some manufacturer use clutch pedals, some don't. I prefer the clutch version. Normally you drive in D and the computer does the rest, shifting, throttle up or down while shifting, engine brake. There are sensors that sense load, throttle position and throttle change speed and adjust shifting routine. The new systems even kinda think ahead since they shift down shortly before you reach a hill so you don't loose speed hill up. They leave out gears with less load and change gears while you brake to ensure you the right gear in case you want to accelrate again after braking. Those systems are pretty cool and great to drive.
              So the same goes for you LYKOS, when you make it over here I'll arrange a testdrive with some of those rigs. Deal?

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              • #8
                Personally I would either report him to a higher up, or report him to the Better Business Bureau. The world doesn't need more idiots out there on the road with road rage and weapons AND a huge wrecker looking for a reck.

                Just my 0.02

                High5

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                • #9
                  R reverse

                  N Neutral for parking

                  D the shifter has it;s
                  I'm pretty sure that in LYKOS' case, R is for RELOAD, N is for NEKKID CHICS, and D is for DRINK.

                  Dang man, you got a good buzz going during those postings, or what?

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                  • #10
                    TORALF

                    Those trannies are making their way over here. The new Freedom Line treannies are 12 speeds with an automatic clutch.


                    And yes if I ever make it to Germany I will definately look you up. But to heck with big trucks. I can drive them here. I wanna drive the 8x8.


                    Yes TOMSJEEP I was quite "relaxed" last night.

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                    • #11
                      Originally posted by LYKOS
                      TORALF

                      Those trannies are making their way over here. The new Freedom Line treannies are 12 speeds with an automatic clutch.


                      And yes if I ever make it to Germany I will definately look you up. But to heck with big trucks. I can drive them here. I wanna drive the 8x8.


                      Yes TOMSJEEP I was quite "relaxed" last night.

                      Yeah, I think DaimlerChrysler which ownes Freightliner brings their trannies over the big water. The engines they already offer I think as an alternative to the Detroit and Cat diesel engines.

                      LYKOS, you can ride both, test the new ones with the auto-trannies and as a contrast and to earn your German beer you can ride the 8x8. I just don't know if there will a chance of wheeling. But driving alone is fun enough. Just bring your driving license...

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                      • #12
                        I just a got a phone call from JOLLE"S TOWING in South Corlina.

                        They got my letter. Apparantly everyone who works at Jolley's is a Jolley except for the individual I had the problem with.

                        The woman who called me said she had just received my letter. (I only mailed it last week)

                        She was sincere and very apologetic. I can generally pick up on BS pretty quick. SO when told me this leeter was going in his file and he had been repremanded I believe her.

                        Maybe it will wake him up and calm him down a bit.

                        If not then I hope it's another nail in his coffin.


                        Never underestimate the power of writing a well worded letter of complaint.

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                        • #13
                          Originally posted by LYKOS
                          I just a got a phone call from JOLLE"S TOWING in South Corlina.

                          They got my letter. Apparantly everyone who works at Jolley's is a Jolley except for the individual I had the problem with.

                          The woman who called me said she had just received my letter. (I only mailed it last week)

                          She was sincere and very apologetic. I can generally pick up on BS pretty quick. SO when told me this leeter was going in his file and he had been repremanded I believe her.

                          Maybe it will wake him up and calm him down a bit.

                          If not then I hope it's another nail in his coffin.


                          Never underestimate the power of writing a well worded letter of complaint.
                          A well worded letter, hmmmmm! Coming from Lycos, hmmmmmm!
                          OK, I'll give ya that one.

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                          • #14
                            The letter I proofread if knot anyting elese.

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                            • #15
                              Dood...

                              That sig is just NOT you...

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