By Unkle Bonehead

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A podcast for those who are interested in getting into or already are in the trucking industry from a 20+ year veteran driver.
20 episodes · since Sep, 2017
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June 3, 2018
I know its been nearly a month since a real show. But I have been extremely busy. I had to put Clifford out to pasture. Well, not him per say but the truck part of him. We are in a rental truck from Ryder till at least August or September when the new trucks start rolling in. The one I get may not be brand new because I am still kinda down on the totem pole in seniority but at least it will be a Peterbuilt. I was promised. I’ll just be glad to get out of this Volvo. Goodbye ol’buddy. I already miss this truck! I am trying a different way of recording this week. I just got a Zoom R16 mobile recorder/interface/control surface and have been playing with it all day. I got this so I can record in the truck during the week. It can act as an interface to your computer to get audio in and out of the computer and it can also record straight to an SD card. It will also work as a control surface for your DAW so you can control the faders, pan, start, stop, etc without having to use the mouse or memorize keyboard shortcuts. And just for my nerdy Linux friends it works 100% with the latest AV Linux 2018 straight out of the box. Nothing to install nothing to download no kernel to recompile. Its just frickin awesome. Oh its got a ton of effects built into it. I can go more in depth at a later time. Lets just say that my workflow just got a major improvement. I will be recording on the Zoom and then importing the files into Ardour, Reaper or Studio One to master and convert to mp3. I’m also going to share a song with you at the end. It’s called “Hammer On Down”. It’s an original song from me and is a work in progress. It will eventually have lyrics. It’s kinda different than what I usually write being its somewhat countrified. I call it Hybrid Country. Its hard rock but still has that back woodsy, grab a beer and lets do something stupid feel to it. Working lyrics for the chorus is as follows. Fire up that engine Get that truck a runnin Roll in another town Time to move along now Hammer on down. Lets get this thing rolling! Heres the links. Providing real-time counts of parking spaces Hours flexibility OK’d to park after leaving shipper or receiver
May 20, 2018
It’s a sad and happy day for me. I have to say goodbye to a great friend but it wont be all bad. I am saying goodbye to Clifford tomorrow. His last ride was last week and I am cleaning him out this afternoon and taking him to the yard for the last time. Sadly he his going to be put out to pasture. No more pavement pounding for him. He’s too old and worn out to keep sinking money into him. The thing that sucks the most is that I have to drive a short term lease till my new truck arrives in August or September. But I will gladly wait for it because I am told it’s going to be a Peterbuilt 587. I don’t know what I will be driving in the meantime. I just hope it’s not a Volvo. I’ve never been a fan of those. Don’t get me wrong they are good trucks but they just don’t suit my taste. But I will tell you about it. Trucker tips waitress $2,000 on Mother’s Day More than 500 truckers participate in annual Make-A-Wish Mother’s Day Convoy  My Playlist on Listen Notes    
May 6, 2018
**EDIT** I didnt realize when I hit the post button that I hadnt uploaded the mp3 yet. So if you dont see it refresh your feed. I also need to throw out a NSFW warning. There is cussing in this episode! Its good to be back. I didn’t get to record last weekend because I took the family to see Avengers:Infinity Wars. I won’t spoil it for you but I will say its like the comics only different. Awesome movie though and it contains more than a few curveballs but still retains enough of the comics to keep people satisfied. In this episode I’m gonna get a couple gripes off my chest, play a couple of videos and have a good laugh. I hope I don’t end up rambling your ears off too long and I will try to keep it around a normal episode. Also I got a new cover song for you. Its Boy in Love by BTS, a kpop group that is really starting to go HUGE worldwide. My daughter is a huge fan (they are called “Army”) and approves of my cover so that means a lot to me. I’ll play it at the end as always. Now lets do some bitching!   Stay out of the left lane! Slower traffic keep right is a law in EVERY state. If you can’t do the speed limit be professional and courteous. Don’t pass when there is a bunch of traffic backed up already. Wait till it clears. Not just being professional here but I’m thinking from a safety pov here. The longer that 2 trucks are side by side the more things can go wrong. Breakdowns on the shoulder, deer, somebody crosses the median, etc. Help other drivers back up when in a tight situation. Not only for protecting your equipment but also if you are waiting for them to back in so you can get going. Back to being a professional. Don’t drive stupid. 4 times this week I was cut off by another truck who either didn’t look in the mirror, just figured I would slow down and let them out or they just didn’t care if they got ass packed by me. Contrary to what most people think its not a race on the interstate. No matter if you lost time in construction zones or heavy traffic. Once you lose time you will never gain it back. The best thing to do is stay consistent and keep the left door shut. Every time you stop you will lose an average of 15 minutes just getting off and back on the interstate. Plus the time you were stopped. STOP DRIVING THROUGH THE TRUCK STOPS LIKE YOU ARE EXITING PIT ROW! Don’t take your 10 off at the fuel island. Saw a driver do this with my own 2 eyes at the Loves in Ina, IL. Either take a stand against paid parking and bitch at the assholes throwing trash on the lots or pay for the parking and shut up. I’m personally against the paid parking but when guys throw their piss bottles and trash on the ground instead of walking the length of the trailer to
April 23, 2018
TN-014 I’m a hypocrite, Clifford broke down and more truckin newz Updates I’m trying out Mewe as a replacement to Facebook. I never took the time to create a Facebook page for TuckinNutz but there is a TrucinNutz group over at Mewe. I admit its kind of hard to get started because all your friends are on Facebook but it is so nice to not have a ton of stoopid thrown in your face the minute you log in. I’m starting to like it. I broke the 221 mark finally. I weighed in at 219 this morning. Daily sugars are awesome and I did an A1c 2 months early and it already shows that I dropped 3 points! After last weeks episode about CB’s I ended up having to drive a rental truck for the week. And there wasnt any place to hook it up!?!? WTF? A truck not set up for a CB? Thats heresy! Clifford is fine though. He had a couple of oil leaks I was worried about and needed a B service. But he is back this week and chomping at the bit to get rolling.   I quit the band Slight Case of Death. I cant ever seem to get home in time to go to practice and with writing new songs I wont be able to keep up in time for shows. So I just gave up on it. I will still be the number one fan and will be involved in the recording and other behind the scenes stuff. I’m working on more cover songs. They just may end up turning into a full fledged album with other musicians from around the mid Michigan area. May end up giving it away for donations to charity. Most likely be Kick the F**k Out of Cancer. Hopefully you guys have noticed the better audio quality here on the show. I am applying everything I’m learning from doing these cover songs into the podcast production. So lets get into the news! Even DOT cops are crooked You heard of Kim Dot Com? Well, meet Diesel Trailer Truck First quarter of 2018 truck sales hit a 12 yr high Schneider creates company app for drivers Safety groups seek to end roadway fatalities Compilation of brake checks on trucks is a must watch. H/T Truckers
April 15, 2018
The Importance of a CB Radio Intro I got to be careful what I say. Not only is my family listening now, HI PEGGY! But I have a couple people from my safety department, possibly the big boss (Hi Dave) as well as a couple of our drivers listening to me, lol. This should be fun. So just a disclaimer if this is the first episode you’ve ever heard there is most likely a cuss word or two that gets thrown out once or twice. But I do try to keep the show family friendly.   Link to buy this CB on Amazon **Not an affiliate link** I get no money if you buy it but I highly recommend you buy one anyway! This week I’m going to talk about a well documented and well proven piece of technology called the Citizens Band Radio. It can help you with your daily work better than any app on any phone operating system. It’s better than a GPS or even Google Maps. It can help you maneuver in tight spaces, on the road at highway speeds and can even get you out of a very dangerous situation.    Main Topic For some of you new drivers your company may have a policy that you cant have a CB in your truck. If it were me I would tell them I quit and go drive for someone that allows it. For the number one reason that a CB can save a life. Yours or someone else’s. I know that some use the “its distracted driving” argument and I will argue with them till I turn blue. These are mostly the same people (who most likely have never been inside a moving truck let alone drove one) that has convinced a bunch of other people who make laws that we should have a computer in the truck to tell us when we are safe enough to drive. They say don’t use a CB but yet they stick a tablet on the dash that a driver has to constantly take his or hers eyes off the road to check to see if they have enough time to make it to a stopping point. One thing about these elogs that don’t make sense is the warnings of when you are close to end of hours. Each company has them set up at different times but nearly all of them has a bright screen overlay either in red or white accompanied by flashing lights and they all want you to touch a button to acknowledge that you see it. While your driving? But the CB, phone, GPS is a distraction. Hello? Pot meet kettle, guess what color both of you are? Lets list some reasons you should have a CB in the truck. 6 Important Reasons to have a CB and use it! BRAKE CHECKS! STOPS THE PILE UPS!!!! Ease of maneuvering a 75’ long 13’6” tall 8’6” wide truck at highway speeds Communication of road conditions and weather Communicate with shippers and receivers
April 8, 2018
TruckinNutz 012-TruckinNewz and Coverz   Welcome to TruckinNutz episode 12! I’m back from my short hiatus. I was planning on releasing an episode about elogs but I’ve decided to wait on that because I want to have my companies elog specialist on the show to talk about it. He is way more knowledgeable than I am in that department. I’ve had a great 2 weeks. I spent one weekend in Indianapolis visiting my family and then had an awesome Easter dinner of bbq ribs with the in laws last week end. One thing I seem to be getting interested in lately is VR. I’m stealing one the kids headsets this week to watch some movies on it in truck this week. Do any of you guys watch movies in VR? Where do you get them at? Do you put them on your phone? I know there is free app on Steam to mirror your desktop in the headset but I don’t want to install steam just for that. I wonder if you could broadcast that through OBS and do a live stream podcast in VR? How frickin cool would that be! You can contact me at [email protected] I’m also on Voxer, Google+, Facebook and Twitter Links are in the sidebar of!   Diabetes Update While I do have two news stories that is under this topic heres a quick update on my battle. My doctor has put me on Trulicity 3 months ago. In those 3 months my sugars have been cut in half. I’ve gone from 238 to 221 lbs and went from a BMI of 42 down to 38. So as it stands right now I’ve been disqualified from getting bariatric surgery. Which kind of sucks because I wanted to get it. But it is also a relief because I didnt want to go have major surgery. Doing it this way means I’ll most likely be taking drugs for a rather long time but at least I wont be cut open.   Other Updates I’m still writing and working on The Organix. I’ve got a very cool and long story arc developed and I’ve written a great Prologue and Epilogue. The story itself has 5 major battle scenes and 9 main characters. I’ve got 7 of my real life friends written into the story. With 5 of them being included in the 9 main characters. So that means that 2 of them are going to be killed! One is a particularly gruesome death. But it is a pivotal point in the story for the main character. In case you dont know what The Organix is its going to be a muti part ebook that I am going to release as a podcast. Set in a year span of 2017-2018 a truck driver and his friends teams up with an artificial intelligence sent back in time from the future to stop other AI’s changing the timeline of the future. I originally wanted it to be strictly a sci fi story but it is turning out to have a lot of trucking in it. Perhaps the second book will be more sci fi but this one is definitely a cool trucking story. There is even a scene that goes on in a weigh station that is hilarious but shows just how stupid laws can be in the industry. I c
March 18, 2018
Finally we get to throw it in gear and go truckin. But wait, we have a couple of important things to go over before we finally release the brakes. Nothing new to update on the diet. I have a doctors appointment on Monday and will give an update next week. Up a couple of pounds to 228 lbs. You can find all of this series by clicking here. The parts are as follows: You The Approach Raise the Hood The Fifth Wheel – All of these steps are important but this one is crucial and overlooked by most drivers. Around the Trailer Inside the cab-This episode Get in and start the engine if it isn’t already running. Check all the gauges. Some newer trucks dont have very many but older ones such as Clifford has 14 or more. Are they all working? Is the air pressure building? If air was low was the warning lights and buzzer working? Oil pressure good? Etc. Press the brake pedal and hold it down. Is the pressure staying steady and the pedal firm? Now pump the brakes till the pressure drops and the warning lights and buzzers go off. They should’ve started around 90-100 psi. Check the mirrors and make adjustments. All interior lights working Air conditioner, heater, defroster and fans working? The defroster must be working or you can get a ticket. It is actually in the FMCSA rule book! If its a sleeper is there bedding? ie sheets and blanket. Yes that is in the FMCSA rulebook as well. Needing to be white is a popular myth. Not sure if a sleeping bag is considered bedding. If you have a microwave and fridge are they strapped down and secure? Do you have groceries? Check the floor. Is there anything that can roll around? Pop, coffee cups or beer cans. LOL! In the sidebox do you have enough antifreeze, oil and washer fluid? Diesel treat for winter time? If its winter you should plan on keeping extra gallons of water and extra blankets in case of a break down. I also keep protein bars for energy. Plan your route including where you will stop for your 30 minute break, fuel stop and plan now on where you will stop for the night. I see so many guys that drive right up to the 10 hr 59 min mark and park on a exit ramp. Thats ridiculous and stupid. Not only is it pretty much asking for a ticket in just about every state but you are setting yourself up for a lawsuit if Joe Blow is on his way home f
March 11, 2018
Intro Welcome back today we continue the Pretrip series with the trailer. And its probably going to be a quick episode this week. But first some self serving banter. We have a Patreon page if you would like to support me with the podcasts and upcoming ebook/podcast. Its at I’ve decided to end NTROradio and no longer podcast about music. It was a hard decision for me to make because its what got me into podcasting and I really do love music. But my life just seems to get more and more busier every day.So in order to free up some time and make my life easier I decided to end that era of my podcasting career. What made choose the music? The download numbers and the amount of production. TruckinNutz is getting more than twice the downloads than NTROradio is currently. And it’s not so much the amount of production for NTROradio as it is the pre production that I have to do for it. Reviewing music, contacting artists, etc. It really needs to be done by someone with a lot of time available or an assistant. Diet update. I’m still holding at 226 this week. I’m going to incorporate some exercise starting this week. I’m going to commit to walking during my 30 minute break and start implementng some sit ups, push ups and some minor strength training with exercise bands. Now as a wise knight of podcasting says, lets get into the meat of the matter. Main Topic Pretriping the trailer is just as important as your truck. Probably even more so if you are constantly doing drop and hooks. Since each trailer is unfamiliar to you dont seem to gain a sense of comfortableness with it. As with trucks they all seem to have their quirks that are different from each other. Start on the drivers side of the trailer. Check the landing gear and braces for cracks or damaged welds. If a reefer check the fuel tank for any leaks or damage. Check the reefer unit itself. Remember this is a diesel engine and should be pretriped the same as the trucks engine. Check oil, water, belts hoses, etc. Look at the underside of the trailer floor. Are all the cross members in good condition? None broken? Check the lights on the bottom and top of the trailer. Turn signals. At the tandem do it just like on the truck. Tires condition and air pressure? Loose or missing lug nuts? Brake chamber intact? No hissing air leaks? Brake pads good condition? Plenty of pad thickness? Mudflaps missing? Bent or broken brackets? Rocker arm and hanger. Shocks and air bags.The tandems slide rail. Bars engaged? Locking bar handle. Bent or broken. Air lines look good and secure. Are they at least 18 inches off the ground? Slack adjuster look good. S cam good? The DOT bumper good? The lights on top and bottom of back of trailer? Turn signals? Brake lights? License plate? License plate light? The DOT reflective tape? If the trailer is NOT sealed. Open the doors. Do they operate correctly? Hinges intact and not damaged? If the trailer is empty check the inside. Are the walls intact? No light shine through in floor walls or ceiling? If the trailer is loaded. Is the load secured with load bars and/or straps? Now do the passenger side just like the drivers side but start at the rear of the trailer and go to the front. Conclusion Next week we get to jump in the truck and fire it up. Believe it or not there are quite a few things to pretrip inside the truck before you start driving. Not only do you need to know how to read the gauges but you have things to check in the sleeper and passenger compartment as well. Dont forget to subscribe to us on itunes, Google Play Music and Stitcher. You can reach me at [email protected] and Till then keep it between the ditches and the sunny side up.
March 4, 2018
Intro Hi guys and girls welcome back to TruckinNutz! I’ve missed being here more than you can imagine. First my band had our first practice in 2 years, then I got sick and lost my voice for over two weeks. Then I ended up spending a weekend in Dallas and couldnt record. But alas I am back! First order of business. Since I’ve been taking Trulicity I’ve turned into the incredible shrinking man. I was stuck at around 240-250 lbs for awhile now. But as of March 3rd I am down to 226.5! I no longer have any pants that stay up. It feels awsome! Second order of business is that I created a Patreon page in case any of you care to support me. I honestly dont think I will get very many but you guys might surprise me. I didnt think I would get any of you to listen to this show but it’s got around 87 subscribers compared to the 45 of NTROradio’s. You guys blow my mind. My patreon Affiliate Link below: Are you doing a podcast? Need beatuifully simple podcast media hosting? Check out the 14 day free trial at Castos! I changed the order of the series. Today we are going to talk about the fifth wheel. Because it makes sense to talk about it before we hook up to the trailer. This may turn into a longer than usual episode but its an important part of your truck and trailer and is overlooked by nearly every driver out there. So its a very important episode. The Fifth Wheel The term fifth wheel comes from a similar coupling used on four-wheel horse-drawn carriages and wagons. The device allowed the front axle assembly to pivot in the horizontal plane, to facilitate turning. Basically a wheel was placed on the rear frame section of the truck, which back then only had four wheels; this wheel that was placed on the frame was the “fifth wheel”, hence the name. Today’s fifth wheels allow the trailers to slide into the fifth wheel and lock into it, and are a very reliable unit when maintained and serviced properly. The engagement of the king pin into the fifth-wheel locking mechanism is the only means of connection between tractor and trailer; no other device or safety mechanism is used. Couplers and pintle hooks use safety chains in the event of a trailer separation while going down the road. Trailer-to-trailer connection can also be made by using fifth wheels. Inspection and Maintence “Like any safety-related component, the fifth wheel needs to be in good operating condition to do its job properly. “It’s important to maintain the fifth wheel because it is the sole component that connects the tractor to the trailer,” says Rob Nissen, director of field sales for SAF-Holland. Fifth wheel manufacturers recommend performing fifth wheel maintenance every three months or 30,000 miles. “You need to lubricate it through all four seasons,” says Charles Rosato, field service manager for Fontaine Fifth Wheel. “That also gives you four chances to inspect it each year.” If you choose not to do that, you should at least clean the locking mechanism every six months or 60,000 miles.” “A maintenance manual from SAF-Holland sums up the importance of fifth wheel maintenance. “Failure to properly maintain your fifth wheel could result in tractor-trailer separation which, if not avoided, could result in death or serious injury.” Nissen says, “To me it is worth an hour of your time to clean the fifth wheel, look at it, check the adjustment, and relubricate it before putting it back on the street, because one failure can be catastrophic.” After clea
Feb. 26, 2018
Our Patreon Page Well. Sorry guys and gals. It’s me again. Unkle Bonehead actually started to record today but just after he hit the button two thirds of the town of saint johns had a power outage. Thats about 2600 of us that actually had to get off the internet. I cant remember the last time I saw that many people out for walks on a Sunday afternoon. I dont know what happened. But the lights all got real bright and the three here in the studio actually popped. Then the power came back at about half power. So we quickly and I mean super quick like that Flash guy from the comics unplugged everything. And I mean everything. Even the cell phone chargers that werent charging anything. I’m so glad I dont have to charge. We got the power back but now it’s time for the walking dead and Bonehead isnt going to miss it. So he told me to do some quick announcements for you. So here is the first. You probably dont even care about this but it will affect you. We changed our media host. We are no longer using the internet archive. As of saturday all our media files are being hosted at castos dot com. You should notice a huge increase in download speeds for the podcast or streams for all of our shows. We also updated the look of bonehead media dot com we a different theme. I think it looks much nicer and cleaner. Another major announcement is that there is now a patreon page for bonehead media. You can find it at patreon dot com slash bonehead media. If you dont know what patreon is it is a website that allows you to support people you like such as this one. We have 5 different levels for our patrons. We started it on sunday and already have our first patron. Thank you Door to Door Geek from Podnutz dot com. You sir are awesome! Now lets go over the levels of patronage. The first level is just one dollar and is just if you only want to support us because we are cool. But you will also get access to some content that is only produced for those patrons and not available to the general public. This will include things like a patreon only podcast feed. The second level is 5 dollars. This will get your name in read and posted in the show notes of an upcoming podcast episode. Plus the stuff from level 1. The third jumps to 20 dollars and is all about advertising. You will get your name, website or business listed on a permanent credits page on bonehead media dot com. Plus the other stuff from the other two levels. To me this seems like a great deal. Excellent cheap way to advertise yourself. The fourth level is something that I would do if I wasnt already in it. On the 50 dollar level not only do you get everything from the first three levels but the boss will name a character after you in the upcoming sci fi podio drama slash ebook The Organix. This doesnt have to be your name. It can be your podcast, business or website. And finally the big one. At the 100 dollar level you will get to be an ongoing character in the entire series of The Organix. No matter how many books there will be. This can also be your podcast, business or website. Oh and yes you get access to all the other levels as well. Another announcement is that the boss is going to start another podcast for his employer and will most likely be hosted here. It may have content that most of you wont typically find interesting but you are welcome to listen to it. Thats it for this episode. I promise that Unkle Bonehead will be back next time. He is happy healthy and ready to get back behind the microphone. Until then keep it between the ditches and the shiny side up.

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