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Old December 6th, 2008, 11:36 AM   #101
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Yeah, that's another story we haven't heard about in the series: the transport to Yellowknife. The roads leading there may be good, but the distances are huge. They delivered 10,000 loads in the season of the series, imagine all that heading to Yellowknife.
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Old December 6th, 2008, 03:02 PM   #102
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That's the risk if you wanna drive there.
And not just the driving on the ice. I thought I heard one driver say he drove up to 18 hours a day. He could barely keep his eyes open. That's totally insane. (would be impossible here in europe btw, due to strict work- and restlaws for truck drivers).
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Old December 6th, 2008, 03:03 PM   #103
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Actually they have to drive 18 hours a day, but if you can do that for the two months, you earned enough money to sleep the rest of the year.
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Old December 6th, 2008, 03:18 PM   #104
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but if you can do that for the two months, you earned enough money to sleep the rest of the year.
One moment of inattentiveness and you'll be able to sleep the rest of your life.
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Old December 6th, 2008, 04:23 PM   #105
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That's the problem these guys have to deal with, yes. And certainly not everyone is suitable for this job. It's only a select group that is good for that. Most guys try is once and never return to the ice road.
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Old December 6th, 2008, 05:11 PM   #106
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Actually they have to drive 18 hours a day, but if you can do that for the two months, you earned enough money to sleep the rest of the year.
...or you can mate up with a buddy, and do it in shifts...
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Old December 6th, 2008, 05:17 PM   #107
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Don't you think you'd be fed up with somebody after you spent two months in a truck with that guy?
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Old December 6th, 2008, 06:16 PM   #108
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...or you will be very good friends. intimate friends.

there are longer (or more longer) periods spent in a prison cell.
(and you even cant choose your cell-mate... )
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Old December 6th, 2008, 06:31 PM   #109
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It's not that uncommon, though. There are quite some companies that put 2 drivers on one truck to make it more profittable (especially on loads where time is a big issue).
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Old December 7th, 2008, 12:19 AM   #110
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Don't you think you'd be fed up with somebody after you spent two months in a truck with that guy?
When one drives, the other one sleeps.

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Old December 7th, 2008, 01:56 AM   #111
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When one snores too loud it can get annoying

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...or you will be very good friends. intimate friends.
....if you sleep at the same time

But too much OT
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Old December 7th, 2008, 03:08 AM   #112
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Are you Jay?
Out of the billions of names in this world... the answer is...

NO. lol.

Jay is a guy's name... and I'm a girl... lol
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Old December 7th, 2008, 04:32 AM   #113
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Apparantly, some Renault Magnums can reach 140 km/h in the Netherlands
Other trucks can do it too. You just have to do some modifications. Most of the trucks have automatically limited speed limit when sold. In Germany automatic limit is 85km/h (even if speed limit on roads is 90 km/h) but if you service your truck in Spain there is no obligation for automatic limits and device can be removed. Then you can go back to Germany and drive 90km/h as is max speed limit for trucks on Autobahn. Most big companies do their servicing outside Germany. You gain 5km extra distance per hour about 50 km per day, 18000km per year. It is all when driver never brakes speed limit.
At least it's how it used to be few years ago.
I used to hitchhike a lot in the past.
Once I was going from Worcester towards Wales on M50 with really cool trucker. I couldn't understand 80% what he was saying, so strong was his Welsh accent. He took 4 of us plus 4 rucksacks into the truck. Of course it is illegal itself. Then at one point he asked me to open little cover on dashboard in front of passenger seat and remove one of the fuses. It was automatic speed control. Speedometer in his truck had max speed at 130 km/h but going down the small hill we went well over that. Pointer touched end of the dial.
I had similar situation with Polish trucker in Germany. I also had to remove one of the fuses and then all of his dials went dead. It was all to stop tachometer from registering speed and distance. Officially this driver was sleeping He did it because he spent previous 12 hour waiting at the border.

I love hitchhiking with truckers. They have millions of stories to tell. It is fascinating subculture.
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Old December 9th, 2008, 03:51 AM   #114
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Old December 9th, 2008, 10:18 AM   #115
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Imagine crossing a Dutch roundabout with that
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Don't you think you'd be fed up with somebody after you spent two months in a truck with that guy?
Depends how cute he is.
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Old December 9th, 2008, 02:14 PM   #117
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Old December 9th, 2008, 02:15 PM   #118
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Do you also have in NL those "flat" roundabouts which you can basically cross going straight through them?
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Old December 9th, 2008, 02:17 PM   #119
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Yes, but only a few. But I guess that a truck like this can go straight through any roundabout without noticing
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It reminds me of those huge mining harvesters crossing roads. What happens is they close the road for a couple of hours and build a temporary sand dune or rail tracks to get it through.
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