Three Strikes

First Strike: i pulled a heavy Amazon 3rd party load of books 60K lbs from Baltimore to Dallas (through I-81) steep hills (I know real heavy for an Amazon load)

http://chitopeppler.com/never-ending-hills/

Almost ran out of fuel and lost power and stalled on a winding, country road. Got a flat on my drive tire then once I got back on the freeway I had to do eight Parked Regens – and that’s after not doing a single one in six months.

Eventually the truck started to beep like someone was trying to break into my car or there was a mockingbird in my cab.  Had to drive 350 miles from Dallas to Mobile constantly beeping. I got to become really intimate with my Bose headset.


Removed the beep at the Dealership in Mobile with a recommendation to replace my DOC and I booked another Amazon load to Richmond. But when I found out it was too heavy, and I was concerned that my emissions would have issues again, I cancelled the load and Amazon suspended my account in retaliation.  They eventually returned my account (after over a week of appeals but that was almost the last nail in my coffin).


http://chitopeppler.com/honest-review-of-amazons-freight-brokerage-service/

Second Strike  TA screwed up my oil change
I was sidelined for over a week because TA lost two bolts and didn’t tell me. They also improperly installed my drop pan gasket.  http://18runner.com/the-oil-change/
An oil change is pretty routine and surprised they screwed it up. Also they first refused to help me leaving me stranded at a Walmart for a few days.

This was quite traumatic because I thought for sure my engine was toast.

Third Strike. After a surprising breakdown in the worst place in the world the break down – straddling two lanes on the GW Bridge, it takes International dealership in Bronx three weeks to fix my truck.  Main cause: Air bubbles in my Fuel filter – this is pretty excessive considering the repair could have been done in less than a week. Meanwhile I had to stay in hotels and even spent money renting a car to drive home for a week unsure of when and if my truck would be fixed.


Because of the length of time I was down, this eats up my insurance which is costing me $1,600 a month.

Perhaps the good Lord is telling me something — The last 2 incidents (oil change and air in my fuel filters) were pretty routine and should have been repaired quickly – instead it dragged in the most worst time imaginable.

2020 has been a strange year. Maybe it’s time to hang it up. Thoughts?

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