The Video From The Cab

 

In his most recent podcast, Dave Carter described his new truck in great and humorous detail. But that wasn’t enough for me and his legions of fans — we wanted to see it. So for weeks, I’ve been bugging Dave to use that fancy phone of his to give us a video tour (as if he doesn’t have anything better to do). Yesterday the video finally appeared along with this note from Dave:

“After no less than 10 minutes of careful analysis, I’ve concluded that the person who first coined the phrase, “A picture is worth a thousand words,” was just trying to weasel out of a writing assignment. But I’m not above adding to his evasions by saying that a video must be worth at least three thousand more words. So please consider the following video tour of my new truck as a temporary substitute for the more substantial post I have been meaning to write for the last several days. Besides, there are enough people who have expressed interest,….even a touch of occasional envy at the thought being a long haul truck driver, to give me hope that you might find this guided tour of some interest. So c’mon in, won’t you? I just dusted the place.”

Thanks, Dave. Now the next time you’re in Southern California, I want to drive the beast.

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  1. Profile photo of Duane Oyen Member

    That is cool! If you are stuck driving all the time (when we take a trip, Rubber Duckie drives the first 14 hours each day, than I pitch in), this is the way to do it.

    But I’m glad that there are people who live this life so I don’t have to.

    • #1
    • April 7, 2012 at 11:17 am
  2. Profile photo of Dave Carter Contributor
    Duane Oyen: That is cool! If you are stuck driving all the time (when we take a trip, Rubber Duckie drives the first 14 hours each day, than I pitch in), this is the way to do it.

    But I’m glad that there are people who live this life so I don’t have to. · 7 minutes ago

    Hold up a sec. You mean there’s another way to live?

    • #2
    • April 7, 2012 at 11:25 am
  3. Profile photo of Matthew Gilley Member

    Keep Leilani away from tornadoes, Dave.

    • #3
    • April 7, 2012 at 11:26 am
  4. Profile photo of Dave Carter Contributor
    Matthew Gilley: Keep Leilani away from tornadoes, Dave. · 4 minutes ago

    My goal in life is to do nothing that would wrinkle her skirt.

    • #4
    • April 7, 2012 at 11:31 am
  5. Profile photo of KCRob Member

    Wonderful. Thanks for the tour. Good to see you have a few comforts on the road.

    • #5
    • April 7, 2012 at 11:34 am
  6. Profile photo of Tom Lindholtz Inactive

    My name suggestion: The Great Pumpkin.

    Thanks for the tour, Dave. I have another friend who is a long haul trucker. Your video brought back memories of a real time tour of his rig. It’s amazing how many of the comforts of home can be squeezed into those things.

    • #6
    • April 7, 2012 at 11:54 am
  7. Profile photo of Tom Jones Inactive

    Sitting here trying to force myself to do taxes (they don’t know how to spend our money!) and using Ricochet as a wonderful diversion. But I couldn’t have anticipated your tour this afternoon — what a lovely thing to find and thank you so much! Felt like a mini vacation, and I have always been fascinated by big trucks. Really cool for a tax-avoidance afternoon in gorgeous sunny Savannah! Happy Easter to you.

    • #7
    • April 8, 2012 at 1:01 am
  8. Profile photo of Maureen Rice Inactive

    Thanks, Dave.

    • #8
    • April 8, 2012 at 1:02 am
  9. Profile photo of Whiskey Sam Inactive

    Were those the Kissology DVDs in that second cabinet? These things are great!

    • #9
    • April 8, 2012 at 1:28 am
  10. Profile photo of Dave Carter Contributor
    Tom Jones: … Really cool for a tax-avoidance afternoon in gorgeous sunny Savannah! Happy Easter to you. · 25 minutes ago

    Happy to oblige. And Happy Easter to you as well.

    • #10
    • April 8, 2012 at 1:30 am
  11. Profile photo of Dave Carter Contributor
    Whiskey Sam: Were those the Kissology DVDs in that second cabinet? These things are great! · 3 minutes ago

    Some of them, yes,..plus a couple of Alive DVDs. I have a couple of Ted Nugent concert DVDs up there as well. It’s a wonder I can hear anything these days. I SAID IT’S A WONDER I CAN HEAR ANYTHING!!!

    • #11
    • April 8, 2012 at 1:32 am
  12. Profile photo of Whiskey Sam Inactive
    Dave Carter
    Whiskey Sam: Were those the Kissology DVDs in that second cabinet? These things are great! · 3 minutes ago

    Some of them, yes,..plus a couple of Alive DVDs. I have a couple of Ted Nugent concert DVDs up there as well. It’s a wonder I can hear anything these days. I SAID IT’S A WONDER I CAN HEAR ANYTHING!!! · 19 minutes ago

    Best concert I ever saw was KISS with Nugent opening. I think my ears are still ringing.

    • #12
    • April 8, 2012 at 1:52 am
  13. Profile photo of Dave Carter Contributor
    Whiskey Sam
    Dave Carter
    Whiskey Sam: Were those the Kissology DVDs in that second cabinet? These things are great! · 3 minutes ago

    Some of them, yes,..plus a couple of Alive DVDs. I have a couple of Ted Nugent concert DVDs up there as well. It’s a wonder I can hear anything these days. I SAID IT’S A WONDER I CAN HEAR ANYTHING!!! · 19 minutes ago

    Best concert I ever saw was KISS with Nugent opening. I think my ears are still ringing. · 11 minutes ago

    I saw that tour too. Saw a couple of concerts on that one, actually. Wonderful time had by all.

    • #13
    • April 8, 2012 at 2:04 am
  14. Profile photo of Aaron Miller Member

    How long does a TV last in one of those? A lot of bumps in the road.

    I used to have one of those little gator heads, but a dog ate it.

    • #14
    • April 8, 2012 at 2:12 am
  15. Profile photo of lakelylane Inactive

    Great tour of rig now you just have to come down fishing at Shell Beach!! Safe and fun driving to you and all…

    • #15
    • April 8, 2012 at 2:14 am
  16. Profile photo of Dave Carter Contributor
    Aaron Miller: How long does a TV last in one of those? A lot of bumps in the road.

    I used to have one of those little gator heads, but a dog ate it. · 4 minutes ago

    The last two TVs lasted a two-three years. This is the first flat screen one I’ve tried, so we’ll see how it holds up. I’ve had it about four months now.

    • #16
    • April 8, 2012 at 2:19 am
  17. Profile photo of Pilli Member

    Thanks Dave. You know any time the rest of us Rococheteers see a new orange Schneider National truck we’re going to be checking to see if it’s “our” Dave driving.

    Be safe. Happy Easter.

    • #17
    • April 8, 2012 at 2:19 am
  18. Profile photo of Dave Carter Contributor
    lakely LANE: Great tour of rig now you just have to come down fishing at Shell Beach!! Safe and fun driving to you and all… · 5 minutes ago

    Is Shell Beach accessible by big rigs? That’s the number one problem I encounter when trying to visit various places.

    • #18
    • April 8, 2012 at 2:20 am
  19. Profile photo of Dave Carter Contributor
    Pilli: Thanks Dave. You know any time the rest of us Rococheteers see a new orange Schneider National truck we’re going to be checking to see if it’s “our” Dave driving.

    Be safe. Happy Easter. · 1 minute ago

    Roll down your window and listen. If you hear Mozart, Bach, the Mormon Tabernacle Choir, or Ted Nugent, it’s probably me. That should narrow it down a bit, eh?

    • #19
    • April 8, 2012 at 2:21 am
  20. Profile photo of WalkStar Member

    Honk if you’re eclectic! So glad you’re enjoying the ride!

    • #20
    • April 8, 2012 at 10:28 am
  21. Profile photo of Jimmy Carter Member

    Dear Dave,

    On occasion, in slow rolling traffic on hot summer days some Motorcyclists will roll along the side of a trailer for shade. What’s Yer opinion on such action?

    Signed,

    Curious.

    • #21
    • April 8, 2012 at 10:57 am
  22. Profile photo of Dave Carter Contributor
    Jimmy Carter: Dear Dave,

    On occasion, in slow rolling traffic on hot summer days some Motorcyclists will roll along the side of a trailer for shade. What’s Yer opinion on such action?

    Signed,

    Curious. · 43 minutes ago

    Dear Curious, 

    In slow rolling traffic, it’s no problem at all. At highway speeds, when tires can blow out sending tread and the vehicle itself all over the place, it makes about as much sense as standing in front of an oncoming train so as to better hear the whistle. 

    Signed, 

    Dave

    • #22
    • April 8, 2012 at 11:45 am
  23. Profile photo of tabula rasa Member

    If you come through Utah, I’d like to just in the driver’s seat and play with the buttons.

    • #23
    • April 9, 2012 at 2:47 am
  24. Profile photo of Dave Carter Contributor
    tabula rasa: If you come through Utah, I’d like to just in the driver’s seat and play with the buttons. · 9 minutes ago

    Kids….

    • #24
    • April 9, 2012 at 3:04 am
  25. Profile photo of nick Inactive
    Jimmy Carter: Dear Dave,

    On occasion, in slow rolling traffic on hot summer days some Motorcyclists will roll along the side of a trailer for shade….

    Dear Curious, 

    In slow rolling traffic, it’s no problem at all. At highway speeds, when tires can blow out sending tread and the vehicle itself all over the place, it makes about as much sense as standing in front of an oncoming train so as to better hear the whistle.

    Dave, I share the fascination with your profession that is evident in others’ comments here: it’s the cowboy in us. I wonder whether you might advise us more broadly on the subject of road manners, a.k.a. self defense. What sorts of things do truckers especially appreciate in “civilian drivers”? What sorts of things do they particularly loathe? For example, when passed by a semi, especially on a two-lane highway, I like to flash my headlights to indicate that it is safe for the trucker to re-enter my lane. Are there other such things we might do? Are there things we really should avoid, like pulling onto a highway at street speed in front of a barreling 18-wheeler?

    • #25
    • April 9, 2012 at 6:12 am
  26. Profile photo of lakelylane Inactive
    Dave Carter
    lakely LANE: Great tour of rig now you just have to come down fishing at Shell Beach!! Safe and fun driving to you and all… · 5 minutes ago

    Is Shell Beach accessible by big rigs? That’s the number one problem I encounter when trying to visit various places. · Apr 7 at 2:20pm

    Not too much but room much has been rebuilt since katrina, though it is very hard down Yclosky highway, sorry didn’t think about that…

    • #26
    • April 9, 2012 at 10:04 am
  27. Profile photo of Dave Carter Contributor
    nick

    Dave, I share the fascination with your profession that is evident in others’ comments here: it’s the cowboy in us. I wonder whether you might advise us more broadly on the subject of road manners, a.k.a. self defense. What sorts of things do truckers especially appreciate in “civilian drivers”? What sorts of things do they particularly loathe? …

    Now there’s an interesting question, and thank you for asking. Here’s what we appreciate: 

    1. People who let us move over a when we signal that we need to do so. 

    2. People who signal that it is safe for us to move over by flashing their lights at us (takes the guess work out).

    3. People who pass us and keep right on going, rather then getting in front of us and slowing down.

    4. People who don’t tailgate.

    5. People who don’t ride along side of us for miles as if auditioning for the Blue Angels.

    6. People who give us and everyone else some extra space to maneuver safely.

    7. People who aren’t texting.

    What do we loathe? Pretty much the opposite of the above list. (Cont.) 

    • #27
    • April 10, 2012 at 1:42 am
  28. Profile photo of Dave Carter Contributor

    (Cont. from above)

    Trucker’s Pet Peeves:

    1. People who refuse to let us move over a lane. We don’t change lanes for fun. It’s actually pretty harrowing sometimes, so we try to minimize it. However, when emergency personnel, or even a regular motorist is stopped on the shoulder, it’s the law in most states and wise in all states for us to move over and give these people room. Our vehicles are much wider. But cars can’t see what’s ahead, and so they see no reason to allow us to move over. It becomes very dangerous, and for what? Convenience?

    2. People subconsciously tend to speed up when they are being passed, so that I’ll gain on a vehicle for a mile or more,..and then when I go to pass them, they speed up. My vehicle is governed, so I can only go so fast before I have to get behind them again …at which point they slow down. I’ve traced many a family tree that way.

    3. Tailgating a big rig. It doesn’t endanger me any,..but it sure could ruin the day for the motorist behind me.

    • #28
    • April 10, 2012 at 1:53 am
  29. Profile photo of nick Inactive

    Dave, once, long ago, I was riding in a pickup, driven by an old and wise man. We had just descended a long hill on a two-lane highway, and he was preparing to make a left turn onto a country road. There was oncoming traffic. To my surprise, he pulled onto the right shoulder and stopped. It wasn’t until the semi, several car-lengths behind us, roared by, hooting its gratitude, that I understood what he had done. It was as much prudence as it was good manners. I never forgot that.

    Love your posts, in part because they are about the real world.

    • #29
    • April 10, 2012 at 3:17 am