For Sale: 2006 Volvo VN780 with 2004 Trans-Craft 51′ Step Deck trailer. The tractor has a VE12 465 HP engine with 10 speed auto shift. 748,000 miles and doesn’t burn any oil. It has had a study use of Motorkote Oil at 1 gal per every other service and a ½ gal in between.
Michelin Super Singles and Michelin Steering tires, all in good shape. Has Filtakleen oil system, Dynasys APU, Refrigerator, Microwave , Power inverter, Rand McNally Intelliroute 720. Seats are a little worn but still comfortable. Upper bunk has memory foam mattress. Just passed Mercer Inspection in mid January.
The 2004 Trans-Craft 51′ Step Deck trailer with 17.5 tires and sliding rear axle. Has a 41′ lower with container locks, rear axle lift. Heavy Duty Ramps that work as Load Bridge with all the components. Included also are enough straps, chains and binders to secure practically anything. There are 2 six foot drop tarps which have extenders to make them 8′ and 9′ sides.
This truck was my pride and joy and I hate to sell her but I am unable to continue to drive.
Beginning Monday March 24, 2014 at 8:00 p.m. and continuing through Sunday March 31, 2014 until 8:00 p.m., truck parking in all lots will be restricted. All in-bound Mercer units must arrive via 11th Street and stop at the guardhouse (Gate 6) for parking instructions. All lot gates will be closed and each driver will be directed to the appropriate lot for parking. In addition, all drivers and passengers will be signed in for C-TPAT security purposes and provided with ID bracelets prior to parking in any lot.
**THE FOLLOWING LOT ASSIGNMENTS APPLY **
1) LOADED UNITS HERE FOR TWENTY-FOUR HOURS OR LESS:
Unit will be parked in Lot 1 (Main Lot) as space permits.
2) LOADED UNITS HERE FOR THE TRUCK SHOW:
Truck & Trailer will remain coupled in Lot 1 (Main lot).
AFTER LOT 1 IS FULL
3) EMPTY AND LOADED UNITS HERE FOR THE TRUCK SHOW THAT WISH TO DROP AND BOBTAIL TO LOT 2:
Trailer must be dropped at Lot 5 (15thStreet lot with access via Rowan St off of 15thSt), See below for directions to lot 5.
4) LOT 2 (DRIVERS LOUNGE) IS BOBTAIL PARKING ONLY:
Tractors must be doubled in each lane on EAST side of the lot and tripled in each lane on the WEST side of the lot.
NO PERSONAL VEHICLES, NO SAVING SPACES
5) DRIVERS HERE FOR ORIENTATION:
All drivers here for orientation, please park in Lot 3 (Recruiting Lot) only.
In the event more truck parking is required, certain employee spaces may be utilized. These decisions will be made nightly and appropriate barricades posted. Car lots will be used for truck parking as needed in the following order:
Employee lot on east side of Building 1 (11th and Main).
Employee lot between west side of Building 1 and east side of Building 2 (Main Street).
Alternate employee parking will be available in the employee lot of Building 5 (12th Street, Gate 11) and lot 4 (Derby City lot) entrance is located at 12th St. and Rowan St.
All lots will have twenty-four hour access and will be patrolled by Security personnel. Along with restroom facilities in Buildings 6, portable toilet units will be placed at various convenient locations on the lots. No alcoholic beverages of any type are allowed on Mercer property at any time. Drivers who do not comply with the parking policy will be subject to disciplinary action. Everyone’s assistance and cooperation is appreciated.
After lot 5 (15th St. Lot) is full, we will start parking trucks with empty trailers behind the flood wall. Access to the flood wall lot is at the end of 12th Street. Mercer leases this property during truck show. The owner of the property allows us until 8:00pm on 3-24-13 to exit the property. All trucks & trailers MUST exit behind the flood wall by 8:00pm on 3-24-13, those who have not, will be subject to a $125.00 daily rate.
Directions to lot 5.
1) From Mercer: Head West on Main St., after going under the RR bridge, turn right on to 15th St. then take the 1st right on to Rowan St.. Entrance is on your right. (Gate 23)
2) From lot 5 (15th St) to Mercer: Exiting the lot on Rowan St., head West on Rowan St. to 16th St. turn left, go two blocks to Market St, turn left, Mercer is two blocks up on your left.
3) From lot 5 (15th St) to I-64: From Rowan St., turn right onto 15th St. continuing around to I-64 East or West.
** RR Bridge on Main St. 14′ 6” **
** RR Bridge on Market St. 13′ 9” **
** Everyone’s assistance and cooperation is appreciated **
To our Contractors, if any of you are still interested in talking to someone about Health Insurance, Tom Smith will be in the Drivers Lounge March 18th through March 28th. He will be available to answer your questions and sign up (enrollment). Open enrollment will end on March 31st. Thank you guys. I look forward to seeing alot of you at the Truck Show. Be Safe and GO MERCER!!!!
My friend Dave Lande #12568 called me yesterday and asked me if I had heard about an accident in Oregon or Washington involving beams going through the cab of a truck. Dave has some wrecker experience in his past: He and I speak often about various cargo securement problems. Sometimes he makes them up just to bug me. Don’t let the “zip code” number fool you. Like many Mercer hands, he is a “repeat offender”…..he used to be #8021. Sometimes the grass is greener, sometimes it’s just more grass and back to the Mercer Family you come. Anyway, he knows how strongly I feel about headache racks and gave me one to check out. So I did.
The accident involved a flatbed with a load of steel channel that had to make a quick stop. The load went through the sleeper and through the right side of the cab and out the windshield. Incredibly, the driver survived. Had the load gone through the left side, the driver’s head could have very likely been lying on the street with the windshield glass. Check it out at: http://www.columbian.com/news/2014/mar/05/steel-beam-tears-through-vancouver-truck-tualatin-/
You know, we always hear the same old line, “You can’t put a price on a human life.” Well, this driver and the motor carrier he works for both did. At Mercer, that price would be $940. That’s the price of a headache rack, the installation kit and the installation labor. The price goes down about $100 if you install it yourself. That’s the cost that is “saved” when risking a driver’s life in this type of accident. While I don’t know exactly how many pennies I’m worth, I do know that every driver at Mercer is worth considerably more than $940. Considerably more.
The DOT lets you put an extra chain or strap on the front instead of requiring a headache rack. Really? It sure didn’t do much good with steel channel. Here’s a newsflash: It doesn’t work well with I-beams or coils or lumber or poles or pipe, either. It also doesn’t work real well with plywood or trusses. In some forty years in this business I’ve seen all of that stuff go through cabs, and some of it through drivers. These days, you can be labeled unsafe for having a light out, or an oil leak, or a chaffed air line, but you’re safe without a headache rack. That does not make sense to me and it is certainly not how we do business. Here’s some simple Uncle Lennie math: If you amortize the $940 over just two loads per week at 50 weeks per year it is an expense of $9.40 per load. Do it for five years and the expense reduces to $3.76 per load. That’s 188 $5 Wendy’s or McDonald’s lunches. Weighed against a driver’s life, $940 is about the cheapest insurance you can buy.
At Mercer, and at most leading open deck carriers, a headache rack is required. Our policy allows only two exceptions: 1) An RGN with a gooseneck or disabled top deck; 2) A custom sleeper with a reinforced back wall for which I have reviewed the shop fabrication diagram. Anyone else running an unprotected cab is subject to immediate termination. It is that important. Each of you is that important.
We can talk all day about compliance with safety rules and company policies and getting all the details right. All of that is important and it is all part of our job. However, at the end of the day, the most important thing is that we didn’t hurt anybody and that each of you returned home safely to the ones you love. That, my friends, is a good day. Think safe, act safe, be safe. You are the best.
Well, ladies and gentlemen, it is that time of the year again. We are nearly a month away from the Mid America Truck Show here in Louisville. We have all of our plans nearly wrapped up, and I wanted to pass along our itinerary, along with some other announcements.
The past few year, we have seen a huge increase in the number of visitors at Mercertown for the Truck Show. Mostly thanks to Uncle Lennie’s safety seminars. As always, we have a lot going on during Truck Show week.
Currently, we are busy remodeling the entire lower level of the driver’s lounge. I think you all will really like what you see when it is complete. We’re working overtime to have that completed by Truck Show week.
Also, our safety department has a pretty big prize for any of our contractors that has or will install an ELD (Electronic Logging Device) by March 28th, 2014. Here is their message:
Tired of filling out paper logs and sending them to Louisville? If so, we have the solution, an ELD (electronic logging device). Sign-up before the Friday of Truck Show week ( March 28, 2014) and Mercer will pay for the hardware, installation and monitoring fee. Any contractor that has the ELD installed prior to March 28, 2014 will be entered in a drawing for a $4,000.00 gift certificate to the Chrome Shop Mafia. This includes all of the contractors that have already installed an ELD in their truck. Contact the Log Department for more details.
Wow! If that doesn’t get you pumped up, then here is the itinerary for the entire week of the truck show:
Wednesday, March 26th, 2014 (All events take place in the warehouse)
9:00 AM – Driver Forum with General Management Group
The driver forum is an opportunity for our contractors to meet with our General Management Group, along with other Management personnel at Mercer.
11:00 AM – Safety Seminar # 1 (Worth a 10 point deduction of your Mercer safety score)
12:00 PM – Lunch Catered in by Famous Dave’s
2:00 PM – Safety Seminar # 2 (Worth a 10 point deduction of your Mercer safety score)
3:00 PM – Safety Seminar # 3 (Worth a 10 point deduction of your Mercer safety score)
5:00 PM – Driver Appreciation Cookout
Plenty of fun, food, and prizes for the whole family!
7:00 PM – Stand-up comedy Magician, Matthew David Stanley
Thursday, March 27th, 2014
12:00 PM – Lunch will be served in the warehouse
1:00 PM – 6:00 PM – Show hours
Friday, March 28th, 2014
10:00 AM – 6:00 PM – Show hours
12:00 PM – Lunch will be served at the Mercer Booth (Mercer Contractors & Employees only)
Saturday, March 29th, 2014
9:00 AM – 4:00 PM – Show Hours
12:00 PM – Lunch will be served at the Mercer Booth (Mercer Contractors & Employees only)
So there you have it folks! It’s gonna be a great week at Mercertown. I will be posting parking instructions, and other information soon, so be sure to keep an eye out on the blog and facebook. Stop by and visit with us if you can! Have a great day, and GO MERCER!
For sale 2008 peterbilt 386 with 97in bunk.870,000 mi.29inch t.v satelite bathroom shower microwave.New tires new apu in dec.new egr and egr aftercooler in dec.new shocks new cam just put in.have very good records on everything that’s been done.Seats replaced year and a half ago.Truck #8511 call Russ or Debbie Brown 405-816-8043. Only selling cause new truck on the way.Thanks for looking. $65,000
Below is a listing for a truck that is for sale, that belongs to one of our finest Mercer Contractors that is having to come off of the road due to medical conditions. It belongs to Rodney Veltkamp, and the equipment is located here at the yard in Louisville. You can reach him at 210-232-4507.
2006 International 9400
500 isx, 662,000 actual miles
10 speed trans.
$25,000 – cash – no payments please
2002 Utility 48′ Flatbed with fixed Canadian Tandem Axle
By now, most of you know that you are now required to self-certify your medical qualifications with the state that issued your CDL. This is a Federal requirement that was pushed down to the states. Its intent is to phase out the requirement of having to carry a medical card: If you have a current CDL, it will be presumed you are medically qualified. For now, through at least all of 2014 however, you still have to carry your card.
Most drivers at Mercer have received a self-certification letter from their state DMV. The questionaire contained four questions and boxes to check. Mercer drivers should check box #1, which means you are “non-excepted interstate.” That questionaire, with a copy of your medical card, should be sent to your state. Different states have different procedures. Some must be mailed, some faxed, some can be done electronically. Florida has one of the best electronic systems out there, pretty quick and painless.
Some drivers have still not self-certified, or if they did, have since gotten a new physical and have not submitted their new card. If you are not current on your medical self-certification, your state may suspend your CDL or otherwise disqualify you. If that happens, it will show on your MVR. If you receive a roadside inspection you will be shut down and placed out of service until corrected, loaded or not. In addition, you get the CSA points (30) for driving while disqualified.
On February 1, the state of Indiana disqualified 7,160 drivers with Indiana CDLs that had not self-certified their current medical cards. So far this month, Mercer has placed nearly sixty drivers out of service when it was discovered on the annual review MVR that they had not self-certified. Mercer will not load or allow to operate any driver that has a suspended or cancelled CDL. If it happens to you, you are dead in the water until it is fixed, loaded or not.
It is important to note: MERCER WILL NOT DO THIS FOR YOU. The maintenance of your CDL is your responsibility. Having your CDL suspended for any reason is something you must deal with directly with your state DMV. It is just like a suspension for an unpaid ticket, no insurance on a personal vehicle or delinquent child support. These things are your problem, not Mercer’s. If you get placed out of service for a suspended CDL, you jeopardize your continuing relationship with Mercer, so guard it diligently. My staff has been instructed not to handle medical self-certs for drivers. Don’t ask. If we discover one, they, or me, will be calling you. You contact your state DMV. If you haven’t sent your medical card in, or you have had a new physical since you sent your previous card in, you should get in touch with your state DMV as soon as possible, like TODAY, to stay qualified. Don’t wait till the last minute and expect your state to get in a hurry for you. It probably won’t happen. Tax dollars at work. Enough said about this.
Several guys have asked about the twitter account and if it replaces the blog. The answer is that the blog will continue. It is just that some weeks I have very little time to blog, but can get something out fast on twitter. If you want to follow along, it is @MercerTrans_Len
On a different note, the ELD project is picking up steam. A lot of guys that were afraid of it have taken the plunge and found out that it isn’t the end of the world after all. More than 140 running now, another 100 on the waiting list. And Mercer is paying for it currently.If you are interested, call Rob Curry. He is running that project. Drivers with log violations are learning that not only do they have to come in for log orientation within thirty days but they also get to see me. Once. Multiple log violations earn a driver the choice of ELD or Alumni Society. The Mercer standard is cleaninspections. Anything noted on a DOT Driver/Vehicle Examination report other than “no violations” is a problem with CSA, and with Mercer. ”Just a warning” is a problem. DOT inspections with violations noted have consequences for drivers at Mercer.
Remember, Mercer drivers are the best. But being the best carries an enormous responsibility to remain the best. You have to work at it every day. Polish your craft. Be safe.