Yellowknife ice trucking

Discussion in 'Shiny Things' started by squonker, Sep 18, 2007.

  1. ChazCable

    ChazCable Mechanic

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    So you truckin' full time now Squanker?
  2. jonboy29

    jonboy29 Adventurer

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    he might be flirting with the dark side, you know..... those unspeakable drivers up there not pulling flatbeds.:eek1

    We need lots of pics of the western star!!!!!!!! Please?
  3. squonker

    squonker Eat my shorts

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    Ha, the dark side! I didn't know there were any trailers other than flat decks!

    I will write more in a few days, but my season is starting early, yes.

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  4. gsd4me

    gsd4me 90% bluff

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  5. ChazCable

    ChazCable Mechanic

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    beautiful truck, Nice to see it decked out with a bucket of sand, lol. great traction on pure ice hills
  6. Unique458

    Unique458 Been here awhile

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    Good luck this winter Ben..........Drive Slowwwwwwwwly
  7. jonboy29

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    nice truck buddy!
    but where do the hoses go?:freaky

    Is it an ex-carron western star?
    Just curious, is it harder to keep a condo or stand up warm, as opposed to a flat top? Or is that really a non issue? Just a guy from warm S.W. Ontario wondering.... wink,wink.

    Is this your first trip across the new bridge? Bring lottsa $$$$
    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Deh_Cho_Bridge
  8. Unique458

    Unique458 Been here awhile

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  9. squonker

    squonker Eat my shorts

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    The truck is from an Abbotsford, B.C. company and was repossessed. I got a good deal on it (although nothing exceptional).

    The hoses are purely for decoration. No practical purpose whatsoever :)

    Yes, a high rise sleeper is harder to keep warm but mine is a flat top with a fairing on the roof so it looks taller than it is. Still plenty of room in there, believe me! My friend's five yr old went to have a look in there last month and hasn't come out yet. Does anyone have a number for Lassie?

    It will be my first time over the new bridge, but thankfully that toll is covered by the peeps I'll be working for.

    I thought I'd have left by now - if I'd known it was going to take this long to get my truck plated I'd have started working on it two weeks ago. Four days and approximately six phone calls to get a fax sent from Vancouver, now I need my own NSC number and that will take until Friday to be processed. Assuming I can get plated that day, the guy I need to speak to at dispatch only works Mon to Fri so that is a few more days...crazy! It had better all be worth it!
  10. gsd4me

    gsd4me 90% bluff

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    Best wishes for the upcoming season, Ben and hoping the truck works well for you. Looking forward to any posts you can manage. Drive safe (I know you will).


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  11. B50Paul

    B50Paul Been here awhile

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    Good luck Squanker
    and a Xmas carol for you, Let it snow, let it snow , let it snow ;-)

    Anybody who lives beyond Hope is beyond hope .
  12. Mercenary

    Mercenary Mindless Savage

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    How in the HELL did you guys manage your logs running those ridiculous hours? If I recall correctly anything on the Ingram trail has to be logged properly, right?
  13. gsd4me

    gsd4me 90% bluff

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    Of course it does.


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  14. Unique458

    Unique458 Been here awhile

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    My books were always legal, it helps a lot that sleeper time can be split 4 and 4.
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  15. Rutabaga

    Rutabaga Been here awhile

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    I have a question about truck behavior in strong crosswinds. If driving West to East and the wind is howling out of the North what effect does it have on the tractor and what effect on the trailer? Do you have to counter steer the tractor to account for the wind on the trailer? Reason I ask is recently I was on the highway riding my G650 in a very strong cross wind. I had read of other riders in strong crosswinds and their description of the required technique did not relate to anything I ever had to do. Seemed natural when I leaned the bike into the wind and then counter steered to off set the lean. As I was approaching trucks on the road I wondered what effect it was having and what they had to do to offset the wind effect. Thanks for any info.
  16. squonker

    squonker Eat my shorts

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    Rutabaga, I can't say that I've ever driven a truck in winds so strong that I had to adjust my driving accordingly. Someone with more experience than me (i.e. someone with some experience!) might be able to tell you...:1drink

    Thanks everyone for the good wishes. Last time I was went up there I had a rotary dial mobile phone and a typewriter. Now I have a smartphone and a shiny new laptop so I'll try and post the odd...post! Have a good winter (or summer, depending on which hemisphere you're in) y'all!
  17. jonboy29

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    so I'll try and post the odd...post![/QUOTE]



    squonker, no need to be so hard on yourself! Your posts haven't been that 'ODD'.

    best of luck!
    In the meantime, I'm re-reading this ginormous adventure from the start. Studying you could say......lol.




    P.S. notice the handle instead of the nickname....... wasn't fitting anymore!
  18. Pro Mover

    Pro Mover Truck Pilot

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    Hey fellas (and Ben with his early start) -- be safe, take care.

    Yeah, the whole NSC thing is a real bitch, just another $200 cash grab -- of course, what they don't tell you is that if you get written permission from another NSC holder to use THEIR authority, you can do that for registration purposes (a lot of NSC code holders though are reluctant to do so, as anything you do ends up on THEIR record). This goes all the way down to even registering/plating a local truck over 5000kg fer chrissakes!

    Hope to see some cool posts/updates from the usual suspects in the coming weeks ... take care all who are heading out/up!
  19. squonker

    squonker Eat my shorts

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    Hope everyone is doing well, Happy New Year!

    There are going to be two other inmates on the ice this year, but I'll leave it them to introduce themselves. I'm hoping that one of them will be happy to write up their account of the season, because I haven't taken a single note yet!

    I've been running between Edmonton and Yellowknife which is a trip I enjoy, but I have been spending more time in the shop than I had hoped. I'm there right now, but these are the last problems that I know about being taken care of as I write, so I hope that I'll be able to pick up the pace a little when I get going again in a while. Currently bobtailing back to Edmonton - that ain't fun!

    Adios....
  20. Unique458

    Unique458 Been here awhile

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    Hey everyone, just as some of you are gearing up for the winter road i have just got back from my "long awaited " vacation, we went to Florida for X-Mas and New Years, it was great to get away from all the cold and snow for a bit :clap.



    As we arrived in Tampa Dec 24 / 13

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    A day at the beach....this is Sunset Beach


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    Best of all Clearwater Beach


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    And we even took in a game at the Tampa bay times forum: Lightning and Canadians front row seats !



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    We did end up getting caught up in that mess, Toronto Pearson international airport, on our way home.

    We were delayed leaving Tampa, our flight was cancelled upon arriving in Toronto, spent 2 days in Toronto before being very! lucky getting on a flight home, we were a party of 3, and there was 4 seats available, if my daughter was not with us, we would have been stuck there until at least Sunday, we had arrived Tuesday.

    Anyhow too many things went wrong on our way home, it would take too long to explain it all, but you get the picture.......


    A well deserved vacation after an Ice Road adventure.....it was the first thing i bought after I got back.

    Talk to you soon everyone....................