Profile For Chris V.

Chris V.'s Info

  • Location:
    Yorktown, VA

  • Driving Status:
    Preparing For School

  • Social Link:
    Chris V. On The Web

  • Joined Us:
    6 months, 1 week ago

Chris V.'s Bio

I have worked in the corporate world most of my life in technical service for large corporations. After working for years I was laid off. I say back and looked at what I have done in life and while I loved my job I have never done what I want to. I am looking to do something I know I will enjoy for a change.

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Posted:  3 months ago

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Almost ready

I had a major set back at the end of the year. Failed my dot physical. Vision, sleep study and a1c test results. Sleep study done and I do not need a CPAP. Contacts finally here ssi I will have 20/40 vision in my left eye. A1c is also good. Will be back in school soon!

Posted:  3 months, 3 weeks ago

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Lumpers are a pain....

I deliver to Sysco in Pokemoke MD. Every week and it is the same thing like you just stated. Typically 3.5 hours for under 10 pallets. 100.00 lumper fee

Had a delivery to the Sysco in Lincoln NE on Monday after 3 store deliveries that took stupidity to a whole new level. I made it there at roughly 6:15am for a 8 am appt. No big deal I figure ill have to wait. I was told "you're just delivering 1 pallet of 17 cases we'll get you a door in a couple minutes". Hour and a half later around 750am I receive a call telling me what door to hit. After they lock me in and light turns red, then green I pull out. I am then to pull out of the door and wait for an additional text telling me what the lumper fee is. That text for the lumper fee took an additional 1:30. Within 5 minutes I had the comchek code written down (as they required rather than a physical check) and went inside. It was then an additional 30 minutes standing there waiting for them to verify the funds before allowing me to go.

Total time spent at Sysco was nearly 4 hours from the time I pulled in until I pulled out all for 17 cases (10 of one product, and 7 of another). Lumper fee was $25. The day ended up being 15.5 hours with only 420 miles. Heres the kicker : It WASNT Capstone doing the unloading shocked.png can we just be done with the covid rules so I can rip that tiny pallet off myself and get on with my day? Or better yet, do away with lumper fees!

Posted:  4 months, 2 weeks ago

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Need help with issue

He is feeding off of your feelings gay and flamboyance.

Thanks for the replies. I don’t think good training for 30-45 days is worth me being this uncomfortable when I could get good training and be comfortable. I would be more comfortable with a trainer that has a bad temper than be in this situation. Also, a woman trainer would be just fine, I don’t care. I don’t agree that this is the same as politics and religion because your normal can’t see somebody’s politics or religion. You can definitely see this as it’s being flaunted in my face daily. In today’s culture with the SJW and the “if you don’t agree with me then you’re wrong” crowd I’m a little hesitant to ask for a new trainer when the reason is obvious. The problem is the over the top flamboyance, daisy dukes, flirting, and just the in general man trying to be a woman. It’s absolutely disgusting. If I say one wrong word to him or to my driver manager I could be seen as being homophobic. This ultra sensitive world we now live in makes things more tricky. I just can’t call my driver manager and honestly tell him how I feel. I have to carefully craft my sentences which is ridiculous.

Posted:  5 months, 1 week ago

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Cooking on Board

What about coffee? I drink it 24/7

Posted:  5 months, 4 weeks ago

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Stranded I-80 AGAIN

Gave fun and safe trip. Crappy and raining in Hampton Roads

I’m stuck here at the Petro in York Nebraska for my first Midwestern winter storm as a truck driver.

Call me crazy but I’m loving it. I can imagine it won’t take me long at all until I’m singing a different tune, though!

Posted:  5 months, 4 weeks ago

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UPS Freight Sold

Silly nubie question but who is yrc?

Woah this is big news. I wasn't even aware that they were in that kind of trouble. I'm still amazed that YRC and Holland havent gone belly up. It will be interesting to see how this all plays out.

Posted:  6 months ago

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CB Radio and hands free laws

Thank you!

Chris, we had a discussion a good while back on this subject. I looked it up for you. Take a look at it, you might find something informative in it. I've never heard of anyone being ticketed or fined for using a C.B. radio.

Hands Free C.B. Use

Posted:  6 months ago

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CB Radio and hands free laws

Looking at CB Radios and wondering how the hands free laws agency the use of one.

Posted:  6 months ago

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Off to Stevens Transport on Monday the 10th, after 20+ years off the road

Great to hear! Iam 57 and my CDL Chris

Off to Stevens Transport on Monday the 10th, after 20+ years off the road

First of all, for those who thought you may be to old to start a driving career, go for it. I am in my late 60's. I drove during the 70's, 80's & 90's but had a desk job for the past 24 years. Now that I am retired, I going back on the road for a few years.

I know there are a couple of people in these forums that suggested I might want to keep looking for another place to start and I appreciate your opinion. But Stevens was the only place in the past 2 to 3 months that would take me with no recent experience and since since I have my CDL the recruiter said, if you can believe him, the refresher course would only be a few days to maybe a week depending on my skills training.

I have to find out if I can still do it. Not all the bull crap stuff the company may ask me to do but the driving, dealing with the traffic, the hours behind the wheel, waiting to get loaded/unloaded, working with dispatchers, truck stop parking etc... those kind of things.

So I am leaving this Sunday and starting orientation on Monday. If anyone is interested, I'll try and update the blog with my experiences objectively while at Stevens. I'm excited and apprehensive at the same time,

Brian

Posted:  6 months ago

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Va DOT physical blues

Surry did not mean to come off that way. I have had my fitting for the contacts and will get them. Below is maybe a better way of asking.

The doctor was a chiropractor, that the private trucking school had come in. He would only take cash and when he mentioned the test he started he could do it for 250 cash. Is this normal?

I researched at the state level for CDL guidelines on sleep apnea testing and could find nothing starting that with me talking a test years ago that I would have to take another.

I have already checked with sentra about setting it up. Thank you!!

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Not sure of a way to find a driver friendly doctor that would notice that my vision in my right eye is 20/20 and the contacts are coming

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That's sort of an awkward way of putting that. You aren't allowed to "doctor shop" until you find someone to pass you. Trucking is a safety sensitive position. The standards are in place for reasons we might not always agree with, but we abide by them or we take up our toys and go home. To pass the physical you must have 20/40 in both eyes. As long as it is corrected you are good, but you can't expect them to pass you by telling them "the contacts are coming as soon as I can save the dough." The doctor you saw noticed that the right eye was 20/20, but that does not authorize them to pass you. Both eyes must meet that 20/40 standard.

You've had a little set back. You certainly aren't the first. Take care of it and get yourself back in the game. It's one of many things you will overcome on your path to becoming an American Truck Driver. It's all worth the effort.

Posted:  6 months ago

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Va DOT physical blues

Paid local school. I posted a better ask below.

The doctor was a chiropractor, that the private trucking school had come in. He would only take cash and when he mentioned the test he started he could do it for 250 cash. Is this normal?

I researched at the state level for CDL guidelines on sleep apnea testing and could find nothing starting that with me talking a test years ago that I would have to take another.

I have already checked with sentra about setting it up. Thank you!!

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Hello, I started school and when the doctor came in I was failed because of my vision in my left eye is not 20/40. Also that I had a sleep test 13 years ago and was told, that I did not have to use a machine my level was near the need one stage. Going to cost a in grand for contacts to fix vision, but have to save up. The CPAP thing I question, because he noted that her had a home test kit that he would say me up with for 250.00. Sounds fishy to me. Not sure of a way to find a driver friendly doctor that would notice that my vision in my right eye is 20/20 and the contacts are coming and the CPAP thing is not needed. Not trying to dodge the vision but need to make some money to pay for it. I live in the Hampton Roads area of Virginia. Any guidance would be great. Chris

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Is this a paid / local school, or company sponsored training?

Welcome to Trucking Truth, also!

~ Anne ~

Posted:  6 months ago

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Va DOT physical blues

Sorry, I did not mean to sound that way. The contacts I have already had my fitting appointment and have to get the money to order them. Below is a more accurate statement.

The doctor was a chiropractor, that the private trucking school had come in. He would only take cash and when he mentioned the test he started he could do it for 250 cash. Is this normal?

I researched at the state level for CDL guidelines on sleep apnea testing and could find nothing starting that with me talking a test years ago that I would have to take another.

I have already checked with sentra about setting it up. Thank you!!

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Not sure of a way to find a driver friendly doctor that would notice that my vision in my right eye is 20/20 and the contacts are coming

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That's sort of an awkward way of putting that. You aren't allowed to "doctor shop" until you find someone to pass you. Trucking is a safety sensitive position. The standards are in place for reasons we might not always agree with, but we abide by them or we take up our toys and go home. To pass the physical you must have 20/40 in both eyes. As long as it is corrected you are good, but you can't expect them to pass you by telling them "the contacts are coming as soon as I can save the dough." The doctor you saw noticed that the right eye was 20/20, but that does not authorize them to pass you. Both eyes must meet that 20/40 standard.

You've had a little set back. You certainly aren't the first. Take care of it and get yourself back in the game. It's one of many things you will overcome on your path to becoming an American Truck Driver. It's all worth the effort.

Posted:  6 months ago

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Va DOT physical blues

The doctor was a chiropractor, that the private trucking school had come in. He would only take cash and when he mentioned the test he started he could do it for 250 cash. Is this normal?

I researched at the state level for CDL guidelines on sleep apnea testing and could find nothing starting that with me talking a test years ago that I would have to take another.

I have already checked with sentra about setting it up. Thank you!!

Posted:  6 months ago

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Va DOT physical blues

Hello, I started school and when the doctor came in I was failed because of my vision in my left eye is not 20/40. Also that I had a sleep test 13 years ago and was told, that I did not have to use a machine my level was near the need one stage. Going to cost a in grand for contacts to fix vision, but have to save up. The CPAP thing I question, because he noted that her had a home test kit that he would say me up with for 250.00. Sounds fishy to me. Not sure of a way to find a driver friendly doctor that would notice that my vision in my right eye is 20/20 and the contacts are coming and the CPAP thing is not needed. Not trying to dodge the vision but need to make some money to pay for it. I live in the Hampton Roads area of Virginia. Any guidance would be great. Chris

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