As the title suggests, I am looking for someone with a semi-truck (preferably one with a manual transmission) that's located somewhere in Southern California. Don't worry, I won't burn your clutch (I've been driving stick for about 7 years and have driven semi-trucks before). I need a truck to practice on so I can take my behind-the-wheel for the second time. I already have my CLP and all my endorsements (HazMat, Double-Triple trailers, Tankers, etc.); I also have my TWIC card.
I already tried paying a trucking school about $800 to borrow their truck and trailer and have them train me for a couple of hours. Unfortunately, I failed my behind-the-wheel because I forgot to mention the 55-75 psi parameter when demonstrating that the warning devices for the Low Air Warning part of my Air Brake test are fully functional.
I can't afford to rent another truck and trailer, so I'm hoping someone out there in the reddit community can help a fellow redditor out. I'm even willing to ride along with you to your deliveries and or pickups, if you give me the the opportunity to drive your truck and trailer on occasion on an empty parking lot (or, if you trust me enough, on the open road, haha). I mostly want to work on my backing, parallel parking, alley dock, and Pre-Inspection (ie. pointing out every small part in the engine compartment, suspension and trailer). I think 2-3 days of practice would be sufficient for me and I would be ready to retake my behind-the-wheel.
I may not have much money to offer you, but I can buy you food here and there, or help you fix your computer or some electronic. I consider myself a tech-savy person, have built computers in the past, so I have some skills to offer.
Just in case no one responds to this post, I have already applied to Prime, since they offer free and paid training. However, I would have preferred having my CDL before working for any trucking company.
Thanks for reading :)
Edit/Update 1: I am going to go to the trucking school where I originally rented the truck for my first behind-the-wheel and take a two week course with them, which includes two trips to the DMV (hopefully I'll just need one). My parents are willing to loan me the money to help me out. I will update in a couple of weeks when I get my CDL, knocks on wood
Edit/Update 2: I passed my behind the wheel at the DMV this past Thursday, 04 October 2018 :D !!!! I am now a proud holder of a CDL A with all my endorsements (HazMat, Double-Triple Trailers, Ta... keep reading on reddit ➡
Supposedly they are different mechanically. But I thought auto transmissions are just robotized versions of manuals?
Maybe it’s just me, but afaik I haven’t seen any global developing markets except India, in which automated manuals becomes popular. Take South East Asia for example - AMT is non-existent in most countries, and cars developed specially for the region just use either 4-speed autos or CVTs.
edit: thanks for all the comments here. I can't reply to everyone here because of personal reason, but I really appreciate having so many replies here.
I want to know if you think that it would help, since I feel that manual shifting would have a couple things too many to keep track of (i.e. knowing when to use regular brakes or the handbrake when slowing down to take a tight corner while downshifting accordingly).
Just bought (or would have bought) our 2nd car through Carvana. The first experience was perfect, not a single problem, so naturally we went with them again for a car for my spouse. He drives a manual transmission car with everything in working condition. He parks the car every day on our sloped driveway.
The woman shows up with the new car, he does the test drive, all seems to be fine, she does her checkout on the car we're selling to them, says everything is fine, paperwork is signed, license tags removed, keys exchanged, goodbyes and thank you and he comes inside.
About 10 minutes later, she knocks on the door and says she can't get the car to "stay on the truck" and says unfortunately, they'll have to reschedule until he gets it "fixed". He asks her what she means because nothing is broken and she just says she's sorry, there's nothing she can do because the car won't stay on the truck.
He asks what's going to be different with a different driver coming out with a truck and she says she doesn't know what to say because it just won't stay on the truck. He asks if he could just drive it wherever it needs to go (which is 20 minute away) and she says no, because the location isn't one where people can come. (??)
So they exchange keys, get the tags back and he shreds the paperwork, she reloads his new car back on the truck and he parks his old car, in the driveway, on an angle that clearly shows that the parking brake and everything else is working fine.
He called customer service, they said they can't help with that type of problem, but they'd pass the message on to the department who handles this so we could get the car rescheduled for delivery by someone who is able to load a manual transmission car onto their truck.
It's been 4 days and we've not heard a word. We are paying cash, so I guess they aren't interested in selling us a car.
Now he's no longer interested in working with them anyway, especially since they've never contacted him. Now we need to find a similar type company who will buy our car (it's paid off) and sell us a car without forcing us to sit at the dealership but have no idea where to start.
Dumbest story ever.
UPDATE never heard back from them so we decided to just sell the car outright to them. Went through the website and they offered almost $2K more than last week. We said yes and they picked it up yesterday.
It was a different woman this time who realized that you if you try to park a car with manual transmission on... keep reading on reddit ➡
I like driving an automatic Mack Anthem in game, but what transmissions should I choose to be realistic? What transmission does automatic trucks have? Is it some special kind of transmission for automatic and does it have an impact on the game which transmission I choose for automatic truck or is it just a cosmetic change?
What happens if I set automatic transmission in control options but purchase a standard transmission in the truck shop? The truck won't run or is there no difference what transmission you choose for an automated truck?
I'm ready to move on from my 2005 Honda Civic. It's been a reliable commuter car for the past ten years but it's going to require more investment soon (tires, engine is starting to leak fluids). I'd rather put the money towards something that better fits my current situation.
I'm looking for something reliable that I can use to drive around town, commute to work once a week (30 miles roundtrip), and haul stuff like home improvement supplies, a bike or two, furniture, etc. I'd probably take it into the mountains and snow from time to time.
Our other car is a 2015 Outback which my wife drives - it covers road trips, skiing, etc where we're all in the car and heading out long distances.
My budget is between $15 and $20K, and I could maybe add another thousand or two to that for the right vehicle.
My hope is to find something with a manual transmission - I love driving stick and five of the seven cars I've owned throughout my life have been manuals. I can let this go if needed.
4WD or AWD is important as well. I'm not looking for true off-roading capabilities, but I'll be taking this to the mountains. I want to be able to explore some back roads or head out in a blizzard without worry.
I'm not worried about towing capacity as I don't have any boats or trailers I want to lug around. I'm not too concerned about gas mileage either since I expect I'll maybe put 5000 miles a year on the vehicle. That said, I'd rather not get a full-size truck.
For the longest time I've been dreaming of a Tacoma (prefer the first and second generations), but I hesitate at the thought of paying current prices on the used market given the mileage and age. Plus I'll still need to fit a teenager or two in the backseat over the next eight years, which may limit me to a club cab. Maybe a Nissan Frontier instead?
It seems like the Maverick would be a great fit, but I'm wary of the wait times, buying a brand new model, and to get something with AWD and a few options really drives the price up. Same with a Ridgeline or Ranger - they look ideal but the latest generations are out of my budget.
I've always had a soft spot for the FJ Cruiser and it checks a lot of boxes (manual, reliable, capable, around this price range) but without the cargo options of a pickup.
Anything else I should be looking at? Subaru Baja? Honda Element? Other advice or feedback? I can always keep my Civic going for another 6-9 months and hope the used car market softens up, or suck it up... keep reading on reddit ➡