Yellowknife ice trucking

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

  1. tacodriver

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    Dragging this one up from the past I have been told a loonie between the gladhands on the service line works to block the line.
  2. squonker

    squonker Eat my shorts

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    I had never heard that before, but it makes sense - thanks for the tip!

    And re:the pics above, David that's some good reversing! One of the things I enjoy most is when a student figures out the parallel park that he/she has to do for their test. It is really hard to teach someone how to back up a trailer - I can give them advice and tips and tell them what they should be doing/why what they're doing is wrong, but really it comes down to experience and seeing for themselves what works/doesn't. One student has his test on Tuesday and we finally nailed the parallel park this afternoon, I know that he knows what he needs to do - and more importantly - why. He'll be good :deal
  3. gsd4me

    gsd4me 90% bluff

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    I took these a few years ago on a trip to the Northern Territory.


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  4. gsd4me

    gsd4me 90% bluff

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  5. Pro Mover

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    Thanks for clarifying that. I have a fair amount of experience around Metro Vancouver (Canada) and around most of the Western part of Canada/States pushing around straight trucks; 70% in-town, and the rest highway. I know what a challenge some docks can me, and parked cars near loading zones are always a bugger--I have several parking enforcement numbers pre-programmed in my mobile, and know the right words to say to get offending vehicles moved quickly too...

    I am also not above putting out my power tailgate (tail-lift for you!) with a few moving blankets/pads on the end and picking up one end or another of an improperly parked car. Matter of fact, on more than a few household moves (removals for you!), my crew and I have "moved" illegally parked vehicles either with brute force, or lifting and using 4-wheel dollies/piano skates to be able to get situated properly.

    Almost all my iron doesn't have backup cams, so when it gets really tight and I am solo, there is a lot of G.O.A.L.

    I no longer have any pics of the unit I ran for the longest time at one employer, but it was a '04 Freightliner M2-106 with a 28' moving box (4' kick over the cab, multiple side doors) -- thing of it was, it was a single-axle, and the WB was not correct for a 28' box -- I had over 12.5' aft of my rear axle, so I know ALL about swinging the ass-end out. Take this shorty-WB truck, and throw a 20' pony trailer on it, and that is what I more or less marched all over 9 western provinces and states when they had me on longhaul.

    I have had my learners for tractor-trailers, and have a fair amount of practical time in those, but I must say, running a 39' straight truck with a 20' trailer (discounting the 3-4' "tongue") based solely on articulation points, and I think I used up more skill getting THAT rig around! I will try hard to find a pic of this, as it was humourous to see -- a bright orange ALLIED VAN LINES power unit (with lots of side doors, belly bins for my walkramps etc) hauling a DARK (almost NAVY) BLUE de-decalled trailer --- it may have looked odd running up and down the highways but I had almost as much cube as a full-on VAN setup, made for quite a few interesting long haul trips in a daycab! (on the company's accommodation tab of course!).
  6. Unique458

    Unique458 Been here awhile

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    Great thread !

    i've gotten through 92 pages so far, skipped a few to the last page to see weather or not you are gonna be trucking on the ice this 2013 season?

    I will be on the ice for the first time this year, i've been looking for a job for the past 4yrs, and finally nailed one down.
    I will be as you call them a " tanker yanker " LoL !

    Anyways, i much appreciate the effort, you have put into this thread, as a noob i have learned a lot about what it really like out there, i love your pictures and stories.

    If your out there this year, i will hopefully get to meet you somewhere, thought it is probably a long shot.

    Thanks again.........onto finish page 92 and continue.........

    I leave for Winnipeg on the 27th ( New Boss ) then bob tail to Edmonton, ( Dangerous goods ), should be in YK for about the 1st - 2nd of Feb.
  7. squonker

    squonker Eat my shorts

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    Hey man that's awesome, you'll have a great time! I'm not going to be there this year, was looking for my own truck to take but left it a little late, however I now have a full year in which to get organized and even I can't procrastinate that much! In 2014 the coffee will be on me at Lockhart! :freaky

    Enjoy your season...and maybe come back and tell us a few stories when you're done!

    Cheers. :thumb
  8. Süsser Tod

    Süsser Tod Long timer

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    Fine, you have a year to get off your behind a go trucking on the Himalayas and Bolivia's death road, you ruined the TV show for me with your fancy realistic writing. Now go trucking and write a report, the TV is boring. :deal
  9. squonker

    squonker Eat my shorts

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    :D I'll be right on it!

    I'm keeping an eye on the used truck market, saw an interesting one for sale in Ontario yesterday. A 1982 Needle-Nose Peterbilt. Rebuilt from the ground up, apparently has won a shit load of shows. 800hp! And mine for only $100,000...
  10. troidus

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    Sounds like you need to hang out with Natedog. He has a nose for deals.

    http://www.advrider.com/forums/showthread.php?t=854910
  11. squonker

    squonker Eat my shorts

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    Wow, that's a deal!

    I was just on the phone with a friend from the prairies. We met on the ice roads and he might be willing to sell me his truck for next year. The big advantage there is knowing the previous owner - I know the truck, how he drives, how he looks after it, what he paid for it etc.

    He's going to the dark side this year and hauling fuel for the first time so it'll be interesting to hear his comparisons between the two jobs. He is also trying very hard to get me to take one of the driving offers I received this year and I am very tempted. The bastard! Maybe I just need to go in to work on Monday morning and hand in my notice... :lol3
  12. Cowgirl

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    I know how much you like working there - when do you leave? :lol3
  13. fourthree

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    I have enjoyed every word of this thread so far! Thank you for the effort you have put into this. Truly an amazing part of this planet that few get to see.
  14. B50Paul

    B50Paul Been here awhile

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    I hear the ice calling your name , Squonkeeeeer
  15. Unique458

    Unique458 Been here awhile

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    Ahhhh! that's to bad that you wont be there, it would have been awesome to speak with you in person, maybe next time, :freaky

    I will be trying to keep the family at home, up to date through facebook.

    I will try to share some "first timer" stories with all of you here also.

    Leaving in 2 weeks.............mixed emotions............. never been away from home for such a long stretch.

    Maybe in a way this forum will be comforting.

    Can't wait to go though.
  16. squonker

    squonker Eat my shorts

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    Zip it, you! :lol3

    You are not helping!! :D
  17. squonker

    squonker Eat my shorts

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    I think that you should definitely share some stories here - I have a feeling that plenty of people would read them...

    Understandable to be apprehensive about leaving but I think you'll have an overall positive experience. Many guys get a fair bit of grief from their wives for the first few weeks, but then it'll be payday and a cheque will deposited in your account and suddenly you wife will be more supportive...:wink:

    I'll send you a PM with some things that I know I'd appreciate knowing ahead of time if it were my first season, and if you have any specific questions just fire away.

    Think of it as a vacation...albeit a slightly less than exotic one...!!
  18. troidus

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    You mean like be sure to pack electric socks and shave your head 'cause you won't be bathing regularly? :D

    I don't remember if it was you or one of the show guys who talked about once having no heat in the cab and the coffee in his thermos froze. That's just wrong.
  19. gsd4me

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    I tell new drivers` that there is only one rule here. "Don`t fcuk up". :lol3
  20. squonker

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