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    Big rigs

    Anybody ever drive one post injury? Lots of the newer trucks have fully automatic transmissions, so wouldn't be much different than a car/truck...

    I've climbed up in a semi at least a dozen times just this year alone. Not impossible, but a challenge. They do have commercially built lifts for semis avaliable. Just thinking I could drive one over the road and make some $$ instead of sitting at home doing nothing during the winter.... Had a class A cdl till I got hurt, and drove big trucks for awhile during spring planting/spraying season
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    Nope, but I'm interested in seeing what lifts are available for them.

    If the numbers work out to make a little cash on the side after adapting a rig, I say go for it.

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    These lifts would darn near bolt right onto any semi without much work.
    http://www.coachlift.com/farm-equipm...dicapped-lifts

    Heres another one that looks pretty slick:
    http://www.accessunlimited.com/html/other.html

    Next hardest part would be finding a place to put your chair... I think a folding one might be the easiest to stow away. But a lot of companies are paying >$1000/week to drive, so adapting one shouldn't be to big of a deal, especially if voc rehab gets involved...
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    Heres a youtube of the 2nd link in action:
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=I2pPOuzmyzM
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    Right on. Those lifts (and sites) look a little dated, but I understand now. I was thinking "how/where do they mount a lift inside?"

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    I drove a couple dump trucks. Mack and a Volvo. Air assist clutch, so I used that instead of automatic. Lots of sitting waiting to be loaded, so not hard on your back, pounding down the road. I got in by climbing a chain. After a couple months the guys found out I could weld, kicked me out of the truck to do that.

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    Quote Originally Posted by baldfatdad View Post
    I drove a couple dump trucks. Mack and a Volvo. Air assist clutch, so I used that instead of automatic. Lots of sitting waiting to be loaded, so not hard on your back, pounding down the road. I got in by climbing a chain. After a couple months the guys found out I could weld, kicked me out of the truck to do that.
    Wear leathers I've caught fire twice, once last Friday to be exact. Didn't feel a thing, still don't, and it's not good!

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    Lol.. I got a nice big scar from where I burnt myself after torching off a bolt from a receiver hitch... Didn't feel or even know about it till like 12 hrs later after I got home. I'd love to weld again for a living, but don't see that as a legitimate option. Unless I was building stuff on my own...
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    Never wore them prior, now I'm going Friday for pants. 2x too many.....

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    I saw a truck with a sleeper, lift behind it, and and a door in the back where a chair could roll right in. It was somewhere in PA when I was traveling. Should've got a picture.

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