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6. How often do we have to fuel up?
We can go around 1500 miles on a tank of fuel. I say
fuel because it’s diesel not gas! But we really watch what
we pay for our fuel and always try to fuel where we can
get it the cheapest. We have an app called Fuelbook on
our smart phones that shows us the price at all the
major truck stops.
7. How long does your tire last?
The two front tires are called the STEER TIRES.
If properly maintained they will last
150 to 175 thousand miles.
David and our oldest granddaughter, Fellicity,
rotate the tires every 20,000 miles or about every
5 weeks. The cost is about $450.00 a tire. The 8 rear
tires are called the DRIVE TIRES,
they last 350 to 400 thousand miles.
They rotate every 50,000 miles or 2 1/2 months.
Their cost is about $350.00 each. Then there are also
8 tires on the trailer. Add them all together and
that’s why Semi’s are called
8. How do you get your loads?
We are called owner/operator’s and are leased to
in St. George, UT. We don’t have to worry about
getting loads, collecting our money, figuring out
our road tax, or all that goes along with that end of it.
They also do most of the book work. It makes
things a lot simpler for us.
9. How did you learn to drive?
I went to school for 6 weeks. There I learned all the
laws and regulations, keeping a log book, how to
do an inspection and the basics of driving. Like backing up,
making turns and shifting. I needed all of that, but to really
learn to drive a semi, David taught me! The shifting was
probably the hardest part, who am I kidding,
IT WAS ALL HARD!
The truck we had then was a 13 speed.
I had drove manual 4 speeds a lot,
but NO COMPARISON! Learning to
drive a semi was probably
the HARDEST thing I’ve ever learned.
It took me about a year to really feel comfortable
and know, I‘ve got this.
David started driving ranch trucks at a very young age.
His trucks just kept getting bigger and Bigger.
10. How do you do it, being together 24/7,
in each other’s pocket so to speak?
Well, mostly it’s because we like each other.
It takes a lot of give and take from both of us.
We need to try and understand and respect each
others feelings. It’s better than him being
out on the road and me being home alone. So
it works very well for us. But really the hardest part for
me is just being on the job 24/7. Not going home after
work or the not being very active much of the time.
We have 8 to 10 hours of alone time, when the other
person is sleeping. So it can be pretty quiet, especially
for the night driver. Thankfully we have our
cell phones, with hands free…
to keep in touch with family and friends.
We have SiriusXM Radio that we can get
the same stations anytime, any place and we have each
other to talk to from time to time. So it’s better than
So there you have it, I hope this has
answered some of your questions about trucking. If
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