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Old 04-29-2009, 06:16 PM   #841
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My driving life started in Wellington, New Zealand. I basically taught myself to drive my fathers mini minor, then into an Austin cambridge.

At age 12, I was driving the Austin about 40 miles to our beach house every Friday night after my parents shut their hardware shop. Friday being late night shopping then. I got my drivers license three days after I turned 15 years.

At 18 years I got my heavy truck license by renting a truck and driver for one hour, then renting it again a couple of weeks later and taking my test. I did the same thing about six months later to get my artic (semi trailer) license.

A lot of commercial buildings around Wellington were very old at that time with dockways designed for a horse and dray. We had to get an 8 ton truck into them, by pulling the mirrrors in and leaning out the window. As long as I could see daylight between the dock and the truck there was plenty of room.

This experience helped me immensely when I moved to Oz and started driving semi`s. At the moment the longest railer I pull is 49 foot and getting these things onto a supermarket dock without bringing a wall down or ripping the side out of the pan can be quite difficult.
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Old 04-29-2009, 07:17 PM   #842
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Old 04-29-2009, 09:06 PM   #843
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Now I could back five 100ft trailers, all connected with pintle hooks, up hill, in the dark, lights off, drunk. Easy. No shit!!
Yeah, well...maybe not....
you forgot the round a corner, between a couple of buildings and illegally parked cars, onto a dock.. in one hit ;)

dont worry, id give the bloke who could do it a medal as well!
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Old 04-30-2009, 12:24 AM   #844
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Like most farm kids I learnt to drive early , used to get into a bit of trouble though . We lived 20 miles out of town & during the wheat harvest I would sometimes take a load of grain to the wheat depot on the way to school I would have been about 11 at the time & if I didn't beat the school bus to town , park he truck at the wheat depot & get back to the main road before the bus got there I had to walk the last 2 mile to school . The bus driver used to get pissed of when an 8 ton truck with 12 ton of grain on it & a kid sitting on 2 pillows to see over the dash would overtake him in the table drain . On those days he would drive straight past me & make me walk to school .
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Old 04-30-2009, 03:25 PM   #845
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Wow!

This is not original, I was just emailed it today. Pretty cool though....

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Old 04-30-2009, 05:49 PM   #846
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This is not original, I was just emailed it today. Pretty cool though....

That looks like a bailey bridge.

And I didn't think they were rated for that gvw.

Guess they aren't.
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Old 04-30-2009, 06:10 PM   #847
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That looks like a bailey bridge.

And I didn't think they were rated for that gvw.

Guess they aren't.
Just did some reading about them.

If set up in a 'double-double' configuration, they're rated 75 tons. Can't tell from the pic which that one is (someone edumacated might be able to).

Looks like his load is more than that anyways, if using the tractor cab as a size reference is anything.

You know, we just re-decked two short baileys last week with concrete.
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Old 04-30-2009, 07:18 PM   #848
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Hey, Ben, just wanted you to know that this non-trucker is still on this thread. I've learned a lot. I know what a hammer lane is now!!! uhm, I now know that super Bee's are not just an awesome chrysler/dodge that I will never afford. I love the super bee wrap. thanks for the education y'all.
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Old 04-30-2009, 09:27 PM   #849
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We aim to please, Jenna! Thanks to the rest of youse who've been chiming in, too. I'll do another installment this weekend - still a few more trips to write up yet. Non-truckers (by definition smarter than those who do truck!) are just as welcome.


Drif - in that pic, it appears that his load hasn't shifted, which I find rather impressive...
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Old 04-30-2009, 09:29 PM   #850
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Sweet!! Thanks bud.
Glad you're still around, galute. Thought I might have lost you. I have more equipment pics for you yet.
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Old 05-01-2009, 05:07 AM   #851
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Drif - in that pic, it appears that his load hasn't shifted, which I find rather impressive...
Chain it down proper, and it shouldn't. Looks like he passed that part of the test.

Curious to know what the bridge rating was, and what his load weighed out at. If he was careful enough to chain it like he did, it doesn't seem likely that he'd run a bridge that wasn't rated proper.
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Old 05-01-2009, 06:13 AM   #852
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Chain it down proper, and it shouldn't. Looks like he passed that part of the test.

Curious to know what the bridge rating was, and what his load weighed out at. If he was careful enough to chain it like he did, it doesn't seem likely that he'd run a bridge that wasn't rated proper.
True, dat - but the pic was one of about 40 that were part of a slide show I was sent, one of those ones that just gets forwarded on and on so it'd be impossible to know now where it came from unfortunately. Unless a bit of poking around on the 'net sheds any clues...
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Old 05-01-2009, 06:47 AM   #853
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True, dat - but the pic was one of about 40 that were part of a slide show I was sent, one of those ones that just gets forwarded on and on so it'd be impossible to know now where it came from unfortunately. Unless a bit of poking around on the 'net sheds any clues...
And everybody uses baileys, hard to track where it was. Looks like north america for starters based on the tractor, and from the foliage I'd guess Ontario or Quebec.
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Old 05-01-2009, 12:00 PM   #854
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And everybody uses baileys, hard to track where it was. Looks like north america for starters based on the tractor, and from the foliage I'd guess Ontario or Quebec.
I'll email the buddy that sent it to me and ask him if he knows anything, anyway. Can't do any harm.
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Old 05-01-2009, 07:52 PM   #855
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Glad you're still around, galute. Thought I might have lost you. I have more equipment pics for you yet.
We are working some long hours these days so I don't get to stop by and check on ya as often as I would like so I get a few days behind but I do catch up. Good stuff as usual, keep it up!
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