Monday, August 13, 2007

Google fails me once again

Have any of you ever driven a 24-foot truck? And if so, what was it like? Any tips?

Thank you in advance,



Anonymous Carrie said...

I drove a truck that size from Madison to Brooklyn many years ago. I was very young and foolish. It was slow and very scary in high winds. My advice would be to assume a lot of extra time, and figure out where the truck-stops are along the way. Also, think about exactly where you are going to park the thing when you are not loading or unloading, if that will be necessary. I remember issues such as low overhangs over driveways, etc. And we had to stop traffic in the street in order to back it up into the driveway.

Between this and the book post (we had to reuse boxes for the books, so that I lost count, but we had overlap between the two places) I've now lost any desire to peruse for quite some time...

1:51 AM  
Anonymous rachel said...

We drove one from Chicago to Philly. One of us would drive the truck, and the other one drove our car right behind. I do recommend having someone to caravan or switch off with, if you can swing it. They can watch your ass and help you change lanes by blocking traffic for you.

Otherwise, my biggest advice is: you know how the speed limits on off ramps always seem ridiculously slow? Those are for YOU.

6:00 AM  
Blogger susan said...

We drove a rented truck from west Texas to Indiana once (although I forget how many feet). Politica did most of the driving, and we used walkie talkies to keep in touch (pre-cell phones, although the walkie-talkie was easier to use than dialing cell phones would d have been). When I drove, I had a moment in Oklahoma where I couldn't get over to a highway interchange fast enough and then I panicked when Politica (in the car) was on a different highway from me. So I picked up the walkietalkie and screamed "POLITICA!!!!" repeatedly and didn't take my hand off the button long enough for her to actually respond. Not my finest moment. But I pulled off into a shopping center and she looped back around for me (the big truck being quite, well, big, she saw the whole thing behind her).

So it wasn't the most fun thing I ever did, but all our stuff got from Point A to Point B.

6:00 PM  
Anonymous chasmyn said...

Call us, Josh can give you some pointers :)

8:50 AM  
Anonymous Backpacking Info said...

Wow, what timing. I just drove a 24 footer from L.A. to Salt Lake City last week. It was a diesel from Budget and it was fairly new, about 30,000 miles. I thought it drove just fine. I was towing a car behind it as well and didn't have any issues. I took it through L.A. traffic and then up and down the mountains in Utah and other than not being all that smooth(avoid rough roads), I enjoyed it. Once you make a couple of turns to get used to the radius, you'll be a pro!

1:36 AM  

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