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Old 08-30-2015, 08:52 AM   #1
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Is anyone else unimpressed by semi-truck drivers?

Since I've been towing a TT and more aware of them, I'm convinced they are out to kill us.
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Old 08-30-2015, 08:53 AM   #2
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And no offense intended to the semi drivers here.
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Old 08-30-2015, 09:10 AM   #3
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I suspect the truckers feel the same way about 'lesser' motor vehicles as they zip in front of them just to make an immediate exit.

Vehicle manners have been on a long decline.
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Actually, I have noticed many semi-truck drivers being considerate, at least in my experience.
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Old 08-30-2015, 09:23 AM   #5
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Many differences between those of us who are towing TT's, 5ers, or driving MH's. While many of the principles such as making wide turns, being hampered by steep upgrades and downgrades, passing vehicles, having people cut us off etc, are the same there are also some very big differences. We are towing primarily for fun and recreation. They are working. We have four brakes on our TV's and many have brakes on our TT's. Many of the big semi's do not have brakes on the front wheels. Normally, our loads rarely ever meet or exceed 20,000 pounds with both the TT and TV. They may have that much weight on one axle, often times their loads hit 40, 50k and higher. Often times their tractor trailer rig is longer than we deal with, yet they have to maneuver through the same traffic and turns we do. Get that much weight traveling 65 MPH and add in that you are on the clock both by the company your hauling for and restricted to the number of hours you can put on the road at any given day by regulations, you tend to be focused on your job. The driving test for a CDL is a lot more involved than most of us ever deal with and they are usually allowed to excuse of "not knowing" the laws and regulations from one state to the next.
I know they are not out to kill us.
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Some T drivers are bad and beyond annoying. Most are good and can be your friend in many cases. If you drive with them in mind, you may find they will respond in kind. Good habits are 1] Blink you lites when a truck passes you to signal they're clear and can safely merge, 2] Coming to a long grade up, get into the right lane so you don't inhibit their progress. Heavy loaded trucks need to get up a head of speed to make the climb easier. 3] Don't tailgate them and 4] after a pass, don't merge until safely ahead [watch for a lite blink]

A couple of the above will almost always be reciprocated. These guys have radios so pissing one of them off can trigger problems for you ahead. I've found that being respectful of professional drivers will get you down the road with fewer issues with truckers.
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Old 08-30-2015, 09:41 AM   #7
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And no offense intended to the semi drivers here.

I don't see how you reconcile your first post from your second.
It is like calling someone stupid, and then saying "no offense intended."
You make a generalization, which, in my opinion is FAR from being true or supportable by facts, and then you exclude people on the forum that may be drivers...makes a lot of sense?

I find most truck drivers are professional. Of course there are some jerks. There are in any group of people. I would venture to say that professional drivers have much more to complain about with how RVers drive and put professional drivers in harms way than vice versa.

And how serious about safety is someone who calls themself "dangerdave"?
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You missed the tongue in cheek reference. Obviously they aren't trying to kill us.

And I should have said "no offense to the safe and professional semi drivers here. The rest can take offense."

But in keeping with the highest standards of political correctness and today's warm and fuzzy feelings-based communications..... I apologize on every level for having offended you or anyone else that may read this.... or even hear about someone who read it..... or who doesn't even read it. I was wrong to say anything and will refrain from any future such postings.


You have of course offended me (not really) with the stab at my username, but I will cry quietly and not make a big deal about it.
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Old 08-30-2015, 10:10 AM   #9
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I tend to stay out of conversations that talk about how "EVERY motorcycle rider is a moron, every truck driver sucks, every person pulling a TT should get off the road" because, guess what, I do all 3.

I was going to say more, then I almost deleted this post because I know nothing I say will change other people's opinions. Even when they are wrong.
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Old 08-30-2015, 10:21 AM   #10
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Yeah as I was typing the original post I was wondering how many people would jump on it like I was trampling the flag or something.


I was half kidding around, but really do need to remember you can't really say anything these days. This board is very valuable, so I need to just stick to business.
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