Everything Is Just Going Wrong!

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Unholychaos's Comment
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Started this week 0000 Tuesday from our terminal in Edwardsville IL with a fresh 70 and high hopes for the week. Load going to the walmart DC in spring valley IL went off without a hitch, next job is a live load at Readerlink in Romeoville IL for 0700 going to the walmart DC in Mt Pleasant IA by 2359 that night. I arrive about 45m early and have to wait until they open. No problem at all; 2h live load, get rolling by 0900, 4h drive, arrive by 1300, park at the nearby pilot by 1400 with an easy parking spot. Sounds like a plan to me!!

0700 rolls around and I go to check in, on a door immediately. After about 30m, a rookie Schneider pulls up and I assist him back in the dock (easy straight back, but no reference point). He bumps the dock and he's locked in. I look over at my light and I'm still green! I head inside to see what's going on, I was told just to keep an eye on the light; once it turns red, come on inside and you'll get loaded. A good hour rolls by, nothing. I go back in again and get a different person who said that my load is still being built... ugh...

Proceed back out to my truck and relax in bed for what feels like another hour until I finally hear the plate go down. Awesome! I look at my remaining hours, 3.5h remaining on my 14. Hell, I won't be able to make it. At least they allow over night parking. Since I had to be on the dock while they load me, I'm losing valuable sleep time at this point, as I realize that, to get the load there on time, I have to leave by 1930 at the latest. They take a good 1.5h to load what they staged, then find out that they're missing 2 pallets!! WTF!!!! Another 45m rolls by and they finally finish. I grab the ppwk and get parked to sleep. I set an alarm to wake me up at 1900, in 5 hours...

To make matters even worse, during that time I was assigned a load picking up in Hannibal MO going to Palmyra PA, a good 900 some odd mile load to be delivered by 2359 Thursday! I calculate everything really quick and, it's possible.

So I get about maybe 3h of sleep, start my "day" at 1930, easily make the walmart delivery, and drive down to the Beaver Creek something ruther in Hannibal. Drop my empty and proceed to where my load is at, a yard dog waves me down, telling me to go back to shipping. The shipping lady tells me that another driver picked up the load by mistake, apparently his trailer was loaded with my load. Great... but wait! The fun isn't over! He scaled it and it's overweight!! So he's on his way back, but we don't know how long he'll be, and the load needs to be reworked!!

Now just waiting, about to steal a few zzzz's before it's too late...

Terminal:

A facility where trucking companies operate out of, or their "home base" if you will. A lot of major companies have multiple terminals around the country which usually consist of the main office building, a drop lot for trailers, and sometimes a repair shop and wash facilities.

Pianoman's Comment
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Damn that sucks lol. Alot of people would quit after a day like that--good on you for just rolling with the punches and (as much as I despise Larry the Cable Guy), "gittin er dun!"

Now just waiting, about to steal a few zzzz's before it's too late...

Heck yeah

Steve L.'s Comment
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You’re a better man than me. I’m pretty sure I’d have gotten my DBL involved at some point in there.

Good luck and be safe.

Unholychaos's Comment
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It is what it is. Ended up getting the load under me with about 2h on my 14 and it scaled out barely legal, tandems are at 33,980 as far back as the state of IL allows. Did my trip plan as soon as I got park and I'll be able to make my delivery window while staying on 3rd shift so parking would be possible. Honestly that's all I can ask for.

Tandems:

Tandem Axles

A set of axles spaced close together, legally defined as more than 40 and less than 96 inches apart by the USDOT. Drivers tend to refer to the tandem axles on their trailer as just "tandems". You might hear a driver say, "I'm 400 pounds overweight on my tandems", referring to his trailer tandems, not his tractor tandems. Tractor tandems are generally just referred to as "drives" which is short for "drive axles".

Tandem:

Tandem Axles

A set of axles spaced close together, legally defined as more than 40 and less than 96 inches apart by the USDOT. Drivers tend to refer to the tandem axles on their trailer as just "tandems". You might hear a driver say, "I'm 400 pounds overweight on my tandems", referring to his trailer tandems, not his tractor tandems. Tractor tandems are generally just referred to as "drives" which is short for "drive axles".

Unholychaos's Comment
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Well, I just found out I have an air leak in one of the brake chambers on my trailer... seriously, if it's not one thing, it's another. Now I gotta stay up and wait for emergency maintenance to come fix it. At least I found it out after ending my day.

Errol V.'s Comment
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It's not just you. In My First Week Adventure As A Swift Driver I logged 11 "issues". Then these rarely popped up again.

Chris M's Comment
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Oh I know exactly where you picked up. I've been there a few times. Those soup loads are ALWAYS heavy.

Hate that you're having a rough day man. Sounds like you're keeping the best attitude possible about it all and that's all you can do!

HOS:

Hours Of Service

HOS refers to the logbook hours of service regulations.
Unholychaos's Comment
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The mechanic just arrived and is installing a new brake chamber now. I'm glad I'm getting this taken care of now than breaking down somewhere in the mountains, but once again I have another 10h break of broken up erratic sleep. At least I'll be on interstates all the way through IL, IN, and OH in the middle of the night so it'll be a very drowse inducing drive with little parking available to take a nap if worse comes to worse! undefined

Interstate:

Commercial trade, business, movement of goods or money, or transportation from one state to another, regulated by the Federal Department Of Transportation (DOT).

C T.'s Comment
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Ya know, typically we don't wait as much doing flatbed. Alls I'm sayin lol

Unholychaos's Comment
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Ya know, typically we don't wait as much doing flatbed. Alls I'm sayin lol

Yeah but that's physical work that I don't want to do. Plus my scrawny self wouldn't be able to lug those tarps around.

HOS:

Hours Of Service

HOS refers to the logbook hours of service regulations.
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