Ok...we had the question asked regarding what your favorite truck was. Now, let's hear about the truck that was your worst nightmare. Whether it was driving it, breakdowns, or just something that didn't click with you and your iron steed, let us know what truck you couldn't wait to trade off for something else...
For me, probably one of the worst trucks I ever drove was a mack DM800. I hated the ride and overall feel of that truck. I never felt comfortable driving that rig and I was always on edge behind the wheel of that thing. When I got done driving that truck for a day I was worn out, both physically and mentally simply because I couldn't get comfortable driving that thing. There wasn't anything wrong with it, I just hated the driving and handling characteristics of that thing. Surprisingly, alot of other guys who worked with me also hated that truck and did all they could to keep from climbing into the seat of that thing. Eventually it went to reserve status and only was taken out when a dedicated truck was in for PM or unscheduled maintenance.
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IH Emeryville. That truck was the worst. One of the local trucking companies had one. Thats when you only needed a Chauffers license to drive rigs. Nowadays you can't touch them without a CDL. That truck would not turn to the right. The brakes would grab with the slightest pressure and it kept overheating. When they got the predicessor (4070-A) in to replace the Emeryville everyone had a party. That truck was just a rolling nightmare (Emeryville). It now sits behind a empty building rusting away. I don't know what happened to the Transtar 4070-A.
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Post by DoubleBarrel on Mar 27, 2007 2:47:37 GMT -5
The worst truck I ever drove was for a hazwaste company it was a KWT600 when it started out its life it had a sleeper but when it got rolled on to the passenger side the sleeper was scrapped then the 2nd time it got rolled they replaced the hood and put the stack behind the cab the 3rd time they rolled it it was on the drivers side the step was torn off and the front fender was held on with lots of duct tape and you had to tie the drivers door shut with a bungie cord and it would not make a right turn with out using both arms and you had to keep in a slight left turn to keep it in your lane. All this happend before I worked there they made me drive it for a month because I was the new guy till I said I would quit before I would get in that death trap again, they put me in another truck that was not much better so I only lasted a couple of more weeks.
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I presently own it. I drove T600's for 4 years and loved every minute. Then I bought this one. I never met a KW, or a Cummins I didn't like, but this one, OH BOY!!! What a lemon. At least it's roomier. Which is why I bought it. I even have room to work on my models in here. Maybe after my overhaul I will feel differently. It's had some engine work done, but it was warranty work so you konw how that is, a job 1/2 done. It was trouble free for 2 months anyway, although it didn't pull hills the way my Pete did. I don't hate it, but if there was ever a truck I dreaded driving, I'm sitting in it. It's a 2002 T600 with an ISX 400, 13 spd, and 3.55 rears, old Melton Truck Lines tractor. I can walk up a hill faster than this thing will go.
I notice that a lot of trucks do that . All my T600s did(including this one), my pete 379 did, the Classic I drove leaned a little as well. It wasn't a lean you would notice in the cab, but stand in front of it, and you can see the lean. I wonder why that is. Always seems to be to the right, too.
I drove an old GMC dump truck for awhile, it had a detroit, 318 I think with an alison auto trans! The truck was amazing, you could hold it to the floor (empty) and it would sit on the govenor and never shift, it would just stay in 2nd or what ever gear you were in and you would be cruising along at about 15 MPH. You had to let off the fuel and wait till it went clunk and then you could ease back into the fuel. Around here it is nothing but hills so it was a real blast! Jim
"72 Diamond Reo cab over (White compact style cab) converted from a Gold Comet gas engine with 13 spd. to a Cummins 555 V-8 and Sunstrand automatic. Single axle fuel truck with a 3400 gallon tank. P.O.S. !!!!!! Next would be an '88 Mack Midliner (Renault) MS-300-P single axle fuel truck with 3000 gallon tank. Great truck for hauling cotton balls or air, but sucked with liquids!
My worst truck is one that's not maintained or kept clean, I don't like saying this but I hate driving rigs that have been used by out-of-countrypeople if you know what I mean. (I'm trying not to be too racist as I hate doing that). We all try our best but some just don't try hard enough that's all I have to say.
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That's easy! A 1972 Mack COE. It was brand new and we had started a new company with the Mack and a Freightliner. I was given the Mack and made it from Tacoma, WA to Olympia and turned around and took it back. I'm 6'5" and I had to open the door to roll down the window as my knee was in the way and the sleeper curtain was like a shower curtain hanging on hoops and rattling. I drove the Freightliner after that and amassed 183,000 miles in the first year on it.
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Post by plastictrucker on Feb 27, 2008 14:11:00 GMT -5
Not ever being a professional driver I can only comment on the repair and maintenance side of things.My least favorite is my dads low profile 4700 international.You can't even get a jack under it without driving up on blocks.Nothing is easy on that thing.I overheard someone commenting on there new mack once saying "junk...they even rattle when new" that story makes me chuckle
Last Edit: Feb 27, 2008 14:12:05 GMT -5 by plastictrucker
I'd have to say the least favorite truck was a R model Mack,Tri axle dump truck. That thing rode like a farm tractor. Talk about being beat to death. The only good about it was I gained dump truck experience.