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Dan01041986  
#1 Posted : Sunday, January 12, 2020 7:00:49 PM(UTC)
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Hello all, ok so short story. I was injured and been out for awhile because of my restrictions. Well I was in dropping off my paperwork and my manager said he was putting in for the 2 ton truck training so I can do collections. My question is how long and how hard is the training on the 2ton truck?
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#2 Posted : Sunday, January 12, 2020 7:39:24 PM(UTC)
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Treat it as another vehicle. LLV, ProMaster, 2 Ton. A couple carriers and a supervisor got the training last year. Well, 2018. We had it for a few months, then it disappeared. We're chronically short of vehicles, so they gave us that one. A couple carriers used it for their routes.

That must be one hell of a collection for you to use a 2 ton. I've done collections in an LLV and had plenty of room. Even when picking up parcels.
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#3 Posted : Sunday, January 12, 2020 8:05:16 PM(UTC)
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Originally Posted by: Dan01041986 Go to Quoted Post
Hello all, ok so short story. I was injured and been out for awhile because of my restrictions. Well I was in dropping off my paperwork and my manager said he was putting in for the 2 ton truck training so I can do collections. My question is how long and how hard is the training on the 2ton truck?


It was one day or less for me. How hard it is really depends on your driving experience and aptitude. If you mean how hard is doing collections physically, it really depends on the pickups. Most of our guys have had an easier time on the collections route than carrying mail though.
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#4 Posted : Sunday, January 12, 2020 9:01:35 PM(UTC)
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It's several hours. First you just drive around to get the feel of the size of the truck. Then you practice backing up. Having the mirrors adjusted so you can gauge your distance is key. After you practice then you do an actual test. Now the newer 2tons have backup cameras. That makes it easy to backup. If you are in an older 2ton you have to judge when you have backed up to a dock. You know you are close so you easy the truck back till you feel resistance. That's the bumper making contact.

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Roger.D  
#5 Posted : Sunday, January 12, 2020 9:12:47 PM(UTC)
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Have you ever driven a Uhaul truck?

Don't stress over it.

ETA: Are you back to work without restrictions? Doing collections can be a physical job. Make sure you do not violate any restrictions you have.

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#6 Posted : Monday, January 13, 2020 3:11:39 AM(UTC)
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In Richmond, VA, 2-ton training is at least 4 hours. It's the same course as LLV and Promaster training, then you drive around town.

Don't hit the cones and park between the lines. No sweat. The USPS has excellent trainers to guide you.
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#7 Posted : Monday, January 13, 2020 7:25:53 AM(UTC)
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Originally Posted by: Dan01041986 Go to Quoted Post
Hello all, ok so short story. I was injured and been out for awhile because of my restrictions. Well I was in dropping off my paperwork and my manager said he was putting in for the 2 ton truck training so I can do collections. My question is how long and how hard is the training on the 2ton truck?


you need to make sure you do not work outside what ever restrictions you are under.

there could be lots of lifting and bending getting in and out of a truck.
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