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May 26, 2016 at 07:31 PM CST
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I would like to suggest to every one to invest in a dash cam. I had a driver involved in a accident recently that a lady blew through a stop sign in front of him. The camera shows the car coming from a distance and never slowed down at all. The lady didn't know what hit her. Prayers to her family. The trooper said that the camera was a very valuable piece of evidence that they down loaded on to there computer. The said they wish every driver had them. On the other hand be sure you are legal on weight,logbook,and equipment is all kept up with all dot requirements. They go through everything with a fine tooth comb. No matter that it was obvious that the car was at fault. The truck and trailer were impounded and inspected before they released it to me. Thank God we passed with every thing. The driver was blood and alcohol tested with in an hour of the accident which is the law. Safe trucking and take care.
Replied on Thu, May 26, 2016 at 09:01 PM CST
We added them this year too. Had too many close calls with the trucks so we invested in them. Too many careless drivers. Most times it was people on their phones. Always love it when I meet a vehicle on highway 81 and the driver is looking down at their steering wheel. Hell sometimes they hold their phones with both hands above their steering wheel while they drive using their wrists.
Replied on Fri, May 27, 2016 at 08:56 AM CST
I have been wanting one and I'm tired of hearing my wife complain that I don't have one so please tell me which is the best and where it is the cheapest thanks Clint
Replied on Fri, May 27, 2016 at 11:15 AM CST
The one we have Motorola mobile spec. Got at loves for around 100.00 Nothing fancy but did the job.
Replied on Fri, May 27, 2016 at 11:59 AM CST
Originally Posted by: JASON WEAST
Quote: "I have been wanting one and I'm tired of hearing my wife complain that I don't have one so please tell me which is the best and where it is the cheapest thanks Clint"

http://www.amazon.com/gp/aw/d/B00N8BM0BU/ref=mp_s_a_1_8?qid=1464367215&sr=8-8&pi=AC_SX236_SY340_FMwebp_QL65&keywords=dash+cam&dpPl=1&dpID=41GEOZJ9aSL&ref=plSrch

Jason,
These are what I got for our trucks. At the time we bought these had the best reviews. They seem to work good and the view angle is good. We run big nose Peterbilts and mount them in the top left corner of the windshield. Seems to show the position of the truck in between the lines the best. We bought the bigger memory cards for longer recording time but you probably don't need it. Once you get them set up you just plug it in when you are ready to roll. Bought from Amazon since we have prime we got free shipping. The view angle is what you need to pay attention to. The bigger the angle the more you can see. Just a reminder that when you get a dash cam, your speed is recorded too so if you are speeding it might not be good when an accident occurs
Replied on Fri, May 27, 2016 at 12:00 PM CST
I dont know what kind of quality they are but ive seen them at Verizon stores..
Replied on Fri, May 27, 2016 at 12:08 PM CST
Originally Posted by: CLINT WEYHRICH
Quote: "http://www.amazon.com/gp/aw/d/B00N8BM0BU/ref=mp_s_a_1_8?qid=1464367215&sr=8-8&pi=AC_SX236_SY340_FMwebp_QL65&keywords=dash+cam&dpPl=1&dpID=41GEOZJ9aSL&ref=plSrch Jason, These are what I got for our trucks. At the time we bought these had the best reviews. They seem to work good and the view angle is good. We run big nose Peterbilts and mount them in the top left corner of the windshield. Seems to show the position of the truck in between the lines the best. We bought the bigger memory cards for longer recording time but you probably don't need it. Once you get them set up you just plug it in when you are ready to roll. Bought from Amazon since we have prime we got free shipping. The view angle is what you need to pay attention to. The bigger the angle the more you can see. Just a reminder that when you get a dash cam, your speed is recorded too so if you are speeding it might not be good when an accident occurs"

If the link doesn't work just go to Amazon and look up dash cam and the brand is KD Links and it has 165 degree viewing angle
Replied on Fri, May 27, 2016 at 12:08 PM CST
Originally Posted by: CLINT WEYHRICH
Quote: "http://www.amazon.com/gp/aw/d/B00N8BM0BU/ref=mp_s_a_1_8?qid=1464367215&sr=8-8&pi=AC_SX236_SY340_FMwebp_QL65&keywords=dash+cam&dpPl=1&dpID=41GEOZJ9aSL&ref=plSrch Jason, These are what I got for our trucks. At the time we bought these had the best reviews. They seem to work good and the view angle is good. We run big nose Peterbilts and mount them in the top left corner of the windshield. Seems to show the position of the truck in between the lines the best. We bought the bigger memory cards for longer recording time but you probably don't need it. Once you get them set up you just plug it in when you are ready to roll. Bought from Amazon since we have prime we got free shipping. The view angle is what you need to pay attention to. The bigger the angle the more you can see. Just a reminder that when you get a dash cam, your speed is recorded too so if you are speeding it might not be good when an accident occurs"

If the link doesn't work just go to Amazon and look up dash cam and the brand is KD Links and it has 165 degree viewing angle
Replied on Fri, May 27, 2016 at 07:31 PM CST
The same thing happened to a friend of mine a few weeks ago. A car swerved into his Lane and hit pretty much head on, there was witnesses that all told the same story. But they kept his truck and trailer for over a week. So why is it that when you're clearly not at fault do they have to investigate you like that just because you happen to be in a big truck???? Just saying....
Replied on Fri, May 27, 2016 at 08:08 PM CST
It took only for three days for me but they told me it was just as much for our good that they do it. They even documented the serial numbers of the tires he told me this morning. They look for pre accident violations and after accident problems that our documented. It is a eye opening experience to document all maintenance done on your equipment. Over all I have good experience with the Kansas dot.with this accident.
Replied on Sat, May 28, 2016 at 03:52 PM CST
Originally Posted by: MARLIN EBBERS
Quote: "It took only for three days for me but they told me it was just as much for our good that they do it. They even documented the serial numbers of the tires he told me this morning. They look for pre accident violations and after accident problems that our documented. It is a eye opening experience to document all maintenance done on your equipment. Over all I have good experience with the Kansas dot.with this accident. "

Dash cams are good protection for you. Beside them impounding the equipment, which does vary depending on the severity and injuries in the accident. Here is what is really messed up about the deal for us. Your Safer Score will now show that accident, even though it was not your fault. A lot of brokers and shipper do not realize this and they see an accident listed on you record and believe it is your fault. We had two incidents that showed up on our record and neither one was our fault.

If your equipment gets impounded then make sure you file a down time claim for the lost revenue. It will take a little while but you will indeed recoup the losses.
Replied on Sat, May 28, 2016 at 07:44 PM CST
Thanks Alford for the advise on down time. Unfortunately were not sure if she had insurance. The trooper at the accident told me she was driving on a suspended license and the car had temporary plates on it and he said do the math.
Replied on Mon, May 30, 2016 at 04:51 PM CST
I just bought the Falcon Zero F170 HD+ on Amazon. It also had high reviews. I like the fact it comes with a 32 GB SD Card and an 11' power cord. I am currently looking into building a 4 cam system with a 250 GB Solid State hard drive and mobile DVR. 1 cam each on the mirrors facing backwards and 1 each facing forward in the corners of the windshield. I do power only work so a backup cam would not work well for me. Those systems run around $1100-$1500 but I think you can piece one together for $700-$800. Just a suggestion.