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Largest vehicle you've operated?
« on: June 26, 2019, 11:25:45 AM »

More an exhibition than a competition, as David Letterman used to say. What's the biggest machine that moves where you've been behind the wheel?

For me, not that big: on Grandpa's farm in NW Iowa when I was 8. He probably worked the pedals, but I definitely steered. It was in the grass, not among the crops. (This photo is same make, but not the same tractor; as close as I remember)

(Also, some moving trucks might have been bigger, but the tractor's more interesting)

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Re: Largest vehicle you've operated?
« Reply #1 on: June 26, 2019, 11:48:40 AM »

I drove a couple Mack Trucks around a race team automotive garage back in the 1990s.  Essentially they were trying to teach me so I could eventually apply to get a CDL...which I didn’t want to do when I turned 18.  I did try armored cars for about a week in Arizona in between jobs in my career field which had a similar feel to the Mack Trucks I drove before. 
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Re: Largest vehicle you've operated?
« Reply #2 on: June 26, 2019, 11:52:39 AM »

In 2007, I drove a 22' Ryder van from Jackson, Mississippi to Los Angeles, via Amarillo and Albequerque.
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Re: Largest vehicle you've operated?
« Reply #3 on: June 26, 2019, 02:39:33 PM »

26' box truck
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Re: Largest vehicle you've operated?
« Reply #4 on: June 26, 2019, 04:06:28 PM »

A bulldozer.
Not a huge one, but it could move some dirt.
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Re: Largest vehicle you've operated?
« Reply #5 on: June 26, 2019, 04:14:06 PM »

U-Haul moving van.  I believe it was a 20-footer.
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Re: Largest vehicle you've operated?
« Reply #6 on: June 26, 2019, 05:08:41 PM »

The driver of an 18-wheeler once asked me if I wanted to drive his rig in the Chicago suburbs.  I worked the dock, he saw me walking back to work from lunch while he was on his way to make a delivery to us, and he gave me a ride to work (he was one of my regular drivers).  He offered to let me drive, but I turned him down.  I can't remember now if it was FedEx Freight or Roadway or Yellow (the latter two are now one company but weren't back then).
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Re: Largest vehicle you've operated?
« Reply #7 on: June 26, 2019, 05:30:17 PM »

A 17ft. Ryder that I drove in 2009 when moving from Goldsboro, NC to Farmville, VA. I hated it. The transmission was fucked up and the engine drank diesel like a baby drinking milk from a bottle.

There was a bumpy ass bridge on I-95 near Emporia (I think it was the one over the Meherrin River) that literally threw me out of my seat with each bump. My poor grandma was riding with me and it didn’t do her any favors, either.
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Re: Largest vehicle you've operated?
« Reply #8 on: June 26, 2019, 06:05:38 PM »

30-foot U-Haul.
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Re: Largest vehicle you've operated?
« Reply #9 on: June 26, 2019, 09:24:52 PM »

I drove a 20 foot U-Haul a couple times while moving my mother in law. I also worked a summer job on a golf course on the grounds maintenance crew for a few summers during college. I drove a 1-ton dump truck a few times. Also just while on the course I drove a couple different tractors, John Deere, don't remember the exact size or model. One was pulling the Bush Hog rough mower, and the other had a loader bucket, along with a Cat end loader. Unfortunately I didn't get to use the backhoe part of it.
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Re: Largest vehicle you've operated?
« Reply #10 on: June 26, 2019, 09:36:30 PM »

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Re: Largest vehicle you've operated?
« Reply #11 on: June 26, 2019, 10:27:59 PM »

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Re: Largest vehicle you've operated?
« Reply #12 on: June 26, 2019, 11:19:53 PM »

A Thomas Saf-T-Liner HDX passenger bus.(About 40ft long) They're most commonly used as school buses, however I'm not a school bus driver. The ones I drive are customized for transit.
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Re: Largest vehicle you've operated?
« Reply #13 on: June 26, 2019, 11:42:08 PM »

I think the largest I've operated is a 52-passenger streetcar

(Local trolley museum...)
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Re: Largest vehicle you've operated?
« Reply #14 on: June 27, 2019, 02:39:30 AM »

Big rig in trucking school.  Unfortunately, I couldn't pass the class.
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Re: Largest vehicle you've operated?
« Reply #15 on: June 27, 2019, 07:39:28 AM »

A Penske rental truck from Brooklyn to Fairfax County in 2001 moving some furniture. Don't remember which size, but it was not the smallest size truck they offered.
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Re: Largest vehicle you've operated?
« Reply #16 on: June 27, 2019, 08:48:06 AM »

26' box truck for stadium work
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Re: Largest vehicle you've operated?
« Reply #17 on: June 27, 2019, 12:41:56 PM »

Back in 1994, I drove a Ford F350 utility truck with a bucket arm attachment.  We were doing overhead sign structure inspections on a section of I-95 (128).
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Re: Largest vehicle you've operated?
« Reply #18 on: June 27, 2019, 12:56:48 PM »

26' box truck.

In terms of regular operation, I used to drive a 15 passenger van around Tacoma and Seattle for work. I got quite good at navigating it in tight spaces

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Re: Largest vehicle you've operated?
« Reply #19 on: June 27, 2019, 05:25:07 PM »

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Re: Largest vehicle you've operated?
« Reply #20 on: June 27, 2019, 05:38:28 PM »

Some sort of armored personnel carrier.
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Re: Largest vehicle you've operated?
« Reply #21 on: July 05, 2019, 01:59:42 PM »

53' semi. I drove for Prime Inc. over-the-road for about 3 years total.
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Re: Largest vehicle you've operated?
« Reply #22 on: July 05, 2019, 05:54:39 PM »

Once when I was a kid the captain of a paddlewheel steamboat (you know, the kind that used to be used as riverboats on the Mississippi and whatnot) let me play with the steering wheel for a bit. Does that count?
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Re: Largest vehicle you've operated?
« Reply #23 on: July 05, 2019, 05:59:49 PM »

Largest (by footprint) that I've operated multiple times... 36x27ft...

(ok its a 2400lb plane :bigass: )
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Re: Largest vehicle you've operated?
« Reply #24 on: July 05, 2019, 06:02:22 PM »

26-foot box truck from Penske.

 


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