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Old 08-03-2012, 11:18 AM   #1
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Gravel trucks

I usually don't post in PNW but I was lurking over at the PNWR site and stumbled across this link which I found interesting:
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Old 08-03-2012, 12:29 PM   #2
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Best policy is to stay clear of dumps, esp. when they have just left the pit [202 has at least one, iirc] and loose material is still present. Sure, you can point out that operators should follow the law, but staying way back or passing asap is the best defensive policy. How often do most mc's travel next to tractor-trailers? I always drop back or speed up soon as I can; defense is best. Big trucks are esp. dangerous if you're small.

Tailgate seals leak sometimes also, tarping won't help that.
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Old 08-03-2012, 01:23 PM   #3
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Awesome! My sentiments exactly. I've sent emails to some of these companies, with no reponse from any of them.

Even though I do try to distance myself from these trucks, there's little you can do when they come past you from the opposite direction. I'm tired of getting pummeled with debris as they go past. I wish this guy well.

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Old 08-03-2012, 05:32 PM   #4
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I'm extra safe, I only ride bikes offroad.If you think writing letters to trucking co's will change anything you probly also think that bimbo in the BMW gives a shit about you and your transportation choices.
If I was to start street riding again I think I would opt for the Harley and cut the strait pipes off right under the footpegs,then you can not only be heard but felt too :)
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Old 08-03-2012, 07:12 PM   #5
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Kind of why I don't commute on mine much anymore. There are some responsible truck drivers, but many are underpaid and just don't give a shit.

Some don't even have CDL's...

The worst thing I saw was a bunch of 6 by 6 beams 2 foot long fall in front of me on the on ramp and I was dam lucky I didn't hit one. That could have been live ending.

Here is my advice when it comes to asshats. Bring a camera (go pro), then post it on all the sites that someone who might purchase gravel from them would look at and send it to the local news company's.

Me I would like to see some results against the asshats that are littering in the woods. I ran across some last weekend still camping and just making a mess. I wanted to just run my truck through their camp ground.
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Old 08-04-2012, 07:55 AM   #6
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Many years ago I drove dump trucks in joyzee, you didn't even think of operating with an uncovered load, there was very strict enforcement, and most importantly drivers typically were not paid by the load there. Unfortunately here in Washington the construction season is short, forcing companies to use part time drivers that can't get hired on elsewhere full time.
When I was laid off a couple of years ago, I drove dry bulk tankers for Gresham trucking, all the material yards have wheel wash pits and spray racks, overhead walkways with hoses and scrub brushes, there was no excuse for loose debris. From what I have seen all pits also have full facilities for prepping dump trucks for the road. there should be no excuse for uncovered loads.

That said, I'm a city P&D driver in that area, and also ride there often, IMO the person in the link is going way over the top in his "hand scrubbing", I'm on the road 8 to 10 hours a day and rarely see or hear any evidence of stray materials, perhaps the poster just needs to stop tailgating dump trucks. Any fool know you stay back from dump trucks covered or not, flatbeds carrying construction material, or equipment
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