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Long true story-{hopefully} interesting--
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Newgen    Posted 04-14-2004 at 18:06:00       [Reply]  [No Email]
This is a true story about a combine I hauled from Illinois to Texas--a nice easy trip that didn't get off to the best start--
I loaded it late in the afternoon so decided to head out early in the morning. I had all the neccesary permits, the truck was in tiptop shape, and I was looking forward to a nice liesurly trip,. The only thing to do was check my weight BEFORE the first of the 8 weigh stations. To save time I pulled into the a truckstop that I knew was quicker to get in and out of than the one at the next exit {which I normally frequented} As I pulled up to the scale, OOPS, the combine was too wide to fit on th eplatform! So, back on the interstate and down to my regular stop. {Saved a lot of time there didn't we?} Pulled on to the CAT scale, 2200 Lb over on the drive axle. No problem just slide the fith wheel. Hit the switch on the dash, HIISSSSSSSSSS went the air! The little curley Q air line was broken. No biggie, went into the truckstop, bought a new one, put it on, fought with the fifth wheel for an hour or so, {I don't have much reason to move it often so it was a little stiff}, got it slid, re-weighed, legal!! Good to go--right?--uh--well that's what I thought. As I pulled out of the parking lot and turned to go on the interstate I heard an audible BANG, followed by an even more audible HISSSSSSSSSSS!!! followed by my body coming against the seatbelt as the trailer brakes locked up tight. In my hast I had forgotten to take the mudflaps off the tractor after moving the fifth wheel and one of the brackets had gotten into the gooseneck and torn off the main airline. So there I sat, blocking 2 lanes of traffic and an interstate onramp! With the help of a friendly state trooper {really he was, both friendly and helpful} I got the air bled off so the trailer brakes would release, and went back into the truckstop. They have just about everything one could possibly need there, with the exception {of course} of the fittings I needed. But I know the people who run the shop pretty well, so they were nice enough to loan me a vehicle to go get what I needed at the local Napa store. By the time I got going it was late afternoon, with about an hour and a half of daylight left. So much for my "nice liesurly day"
The next day went as well as the first day did bad. Never had another minutes trouble the rest of the trip.
Now for those of you have read this far, here's the real irony. Keep in mind, all the aggravation I went through was with the goal of getting the weight legal--right? And guess what--8 out of the 8 weigh stations were CLOSED!!! Oh well, as we all know, if I had decided to "wing it" they would have all been open!
If any of you found this story interesting or entertainig let me know. With 20 years in the business under my belt there's more where that one came from!!

Gene SC    Posted 04-15-2004 at 03:31:41       [Reply]  [No Email]
Good story newgen. never been a trucker
(always thought I'd like to see the US that way)
but, I DO know about Murphy's Law.
Have a good'n........Gene

Larry in CO    Posted 04-14-2004 at 19:57:50       [Reply]  [No Email]
Sounds like I'm not the only one who has days where things go a little wrong. See the Major Mission Creep story above.
Enjoyed your story. Larry

~Lenore    Posted 04-14-2004 at 19:37:11       [Reply]  [No Email]
I enjoyed it, Newgen.

Clipper    Posted 04-14-2004 at 19:35:45       [Reply]  [No Email]
Great story there I have nothing but respect for them long haul truckers...met a lot of em going cross country years ago....great bunch of guys all the way around.

donna in w.v    Posted 04-14-2004 at 19:31:02       [Reply]  [Send Email]
loved your story.grandpa was a long distance driver and growing up i would sit for hours listening to his stories so please keep writing.

Alias    Posted 04-14-2004 at 19:01:20       [Reply]  [No Email]
It's Just the sort of things that happen in life that makes it all worth living. The little setbacks that make for interesting conversation when whiling away the time with friends. It's a prime example of real-life drama being played out on the road. Newgen, you did a good job, you tell a good story. Thanks.......gfp

Ron,ar    Posted 04-14-2004 at 18:34:15       [Reply]  [No Email]
Thats a story I can relate to, real problems solved by real people. Whatever I drive anywhere, from the family car to the biggest thing around, I want it to be legal. Murphys Law is in effect 24/7

Fern(Mi)    Posted 04-14-2004 at 18:27:45       [Reply]  [No Email]
There's nothing as entertaining as the truth. LOL

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