Profile For DV ChiliMac

DV ChiliMac's Info

  • Location:
    Layton, UT

  • Driving Status:
    Rookie Solo Driver

  • Social Link:
    DV ChiliMac On The Web

  • Joined Us:
    8 months, 3 weeks ago

DV ChiliMac's Bio

Just a rookie trucker, trying to get my experience one load at a time.

Photography, sports fanatic, pitbull advocate and animal lover all around.

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Posted:  7 months, 3 weeks ago

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It’s been a month

Hey there Delco Dave,

I was set to be in Redmond l, Oregon for a load after Costco on Friday, but by the time I would be done unloading the location in Redmond would be gone for the weekend, this caused me to spend the weekend in Oregon and missing out on family time. :( Perks of the job, pointless to send me to Utah to be home just to turn right back around and get the load first thing Monday morning in Oregon.

Questions about the PTA for Old School

What happens if you get delayed at the receiver and your PTA is shot? I know you would send another message informing dispatch of the situation, but what happens to your pre planned load they had for you? Does that time get moved if possible? If it can’t, are you just stuck sitting there waiting for dispatch to find something else?

Is there more leeway on times on a dedicated account versus general company dispatches?

Posted:  7 months, 3 weeks ago

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It’s been a month

I appreciate that response, I’m appreciative of the info given and I will definitely be taking all into consideration and placing where I can.

I for sure let my dispatcher know what’s going on, but there are times it’s just one ear and out the other haha

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It’s definitely a learning curve, but I have a much better mindset, I’m doing better, now if I can only fix the way dispatch does things...probably have a better chance at trying my luck drinking the water out in Michigan than chase those dreams, right?

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Hey "Chilli Mac." I can remember as a rookie driver not understanding how dispatch did things. It seemed at times they were trying to torture me. It has been a lot of years since those days, and a lot of water has passed under the bridge. Any message from dispatch now gets me giddy and excited. Everything I get from them is considered a challenge that I am longing to prove myself on.

As a rookie, I didn't realize how much control I had over dispatch. Let me explain. There are two things that help you control how you are dispatched. The first is your record of putting forth a stellar effort and proving yourself highly productive. That is something you don't have just yet. It will come, and it will speak volumes to your dispatchers. It will speak highly or poorly of you. It will dictate the types of loads and the miles that come your way.

Secondly, you can help dispatch a lot by providing them with accurate ETAs (estimated times of arrival) and PTAs (projected times of availability). This is something experienced drivers do regularly. I never leave with one load without my dispatcher knowing exactly when I will be ready for my next load. That helps them greatly in their efforts to dispatch me efficiently. Here's an example... I get dispatched a load from Delhi, LA to Farmington, CT. The load is ready to be picked up Friday night. Once I am loaded and ready to roll or rest, I send my dispatcher the ETA of 0700 Monday. Then I send him the PTA of 0800 Monday. I am going to be there a little earlier than that, but I want to make sure I am MT (empty) by 0800. I will have time to roll after I get unloaded Monday morning and I will be using my time efficiently by being able to get to my next shipper and getting loaded that same morning.

Do you see how that works? I made sure they knew what I needed. I have been doing this for years with seldom a hiccup in my system. Occasionally dispatch may call me and want to know if I could do something a little differently so that it might be more helpful for their current disaster they are dealing with, but for the most part they know what I can do and am capable of doing. I turn some big miles this way and I get to do it on the kind of schedule I like to work with.

If I were going to need a break after getting unloaded in CT, I would just let them know with that PTA. I would put it as 1700 on Monday. That would allow me a ten hour break after unloading. That way I am in control of how they dispatch me. That allows me to get the proper rest and run the most miles I can. They have a lot of drivers they are tending to. They don't necessarily have the time to keep up with everyone's habits or available hours. If you can keep them informed of what you are doing and what works best for your schedule, you are giving them a great deal of help in keeping your hours managed efficiently and in the way you like to do things.

Build yourself a really solid reputation and keep them informed of your times of delivery and availability. It will make a world of difference in your happiness in this job and it will help you to increase your income. Always make sure you are doing what you say and executing your plans just as you have laid them out for dispatch. They will love you for it.

One more thing I want to point out. I always try to have available time left to drive after unloading. That way I can get my next load started. Did you notice if I needed a ten hour break after unloading at 0700 in CT, that would put my PTA @ 1700. That is a terrible PTA. It is too late in the day. I would probably end up waiting until the next morning before they could have me picking up. Always try to plan out your loads so that you can be ready for your next load as early in the day as possible. This is especially important on a Friday. You don't want to be forced into a 34 hour break over the weekend if you still have available hours to work and drive. You can accomplish this same thing by unloading late in the day and then taking your ten hour break overnight. As long as they have an accurate PTA at a decent time of day, they can do their best to keep you moving efficiently.

Keep them confident in you with your performance record and your accuracy at providing them proper ETAs and PTAs.

Posted:  7 months, 3 weeks ago

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It’s been a month

Good Morning Sir,

You are correct, right side of the trailer, indeed it was. I’ll definitely give that a read. I’m just happy I’m not alone in this venture.

ChiliMac, welcome to the world of rookie OTR driving. The one big thing you know now is you can't feel anything in your seat from a bump or crash from the tandems. Let me guess - your boulder got caught on the right side of the trailer?

The first week or so is Hell Week for a rookie solo driver. Here's my TT diary of my first week adventure in the asphalt jungle: My First Week Adventure As A Swift Driver.

Later I backed my trailer to a dock but I accidentally ripped a hole in the sheet metal wall of the warehouse I was backing up to. It was on the right side. Yes, I soon had a face-to-face meeting with the Safety office, but I was soon on my way with a dispatched load.

Posted:  7 months, 3 weeks ago

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It’s been a month

I currently sit at 11,615.9 miles.

Can’t sleep, second weekend in a row being away from home, perks of the job as I tell my fiancé, it’s just perks of the job.

Started trucking March 11, 2021...this career path has been a very challenging and difficult process, but I’ve been through worst scenarios...I take the mistakes that I’ve made and continue driving forward... I will be very honest in these posts of mine, I won’t leave nothing out because then how am I to learn, I love constructive criticism because it helps pave the way.

My first week, I drove from Selah, WA, to Denver, CO, took myself to the wonderful TA truck stop, where I clipped a trailer with my driver side hood mirror, Smooth Move DV Chilimac...Rookies, I tell you

Second week, up in Washington again, now, this is where I’m going to get a lot of crap, and that’s fine, I’ve learned from it...you ready? I took out a fire hydrant, I kid you not, I wondered the same thing, who put that there?!? Now, stupid me, I left to go fix my tire and wheel, because apparently, I took that hydrant out with a very large sized Boulder, at the local Commercial Tire, dispatch calls me up, I gave the story that I thought I had only hit a large rock, had no idea I dragged the Boulder into the hydrant, and he tells me, that I’m wanted back because I did in fact, take out a hydrant...

Week three, I’m still recovering mentally, because that hydrant incident, I came away very, very lucky. Just a warning, thank you Officer, you’re a a good man in my book. Now, week three, wasn’t so bad, no incidents, well, not to that extremes measure, but I did get cited for skipping on a weight station, now stupid me again, I didn’t know I had to go inside because I was overweight by 400 pounds on my tandem, Wyoming personnel told the highway patrolman that stopped me about 5 miles down the road to cite me...$440 later, I should have told weightmaster I had his old lady back there...

It’s definitely a learning curve, but I have a much better mindset, I’m doing better, now if I can only fix the way dispatch does things...probably have a better chance at trying my luck drinking the water out in Michigan than chase those dreams, right?

DV ChiliMac signing off...hoping to get home to see my family next Wednesday...fingers crossed.

Posted:  7 months, 3 weeks ago

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It’s been a month

Can’t sleep, second weekend in a row being away from home, perks of the job as I tell my fiancé, it’s just perks of the job.

Started trucking March 11, 2021...this career path has been a very challenging and difficult process, but I’ve been through worst scenarios...I take the mistakes that I’ve made and continue driving forward... I will be very honest in these posts of mine, I won’t leave nothing out because then how am I to learn, I love constructive criticism because it helps pave the way.

My first week, I drove from Selah, WA, to Denver, CO, took myself to the wonderful TA truck stop, where I clipped a trailer with my driver side hood mirror, Smooth Move DV Chilimac...Rookies, I tell you

Second week, up in Washington again, now, this is where I’m going to get a lot of crap, and that’s fine, I’ve learned from it...you ready? I took out a fire hydrant, I kid you not, I wondered the same thing, who put that there?!? Now, stupid me, I left to go fix my tire and wheel, because apparently, I took that hydrant out with a very large sized Boulder, at the local Commercial Tire, dispatch calls me up, I gave the story that I thought I had only hit a large rock, had no idea I dragged the Boulder into the hydrant, and he tells me, that I’m wanted back because I did in fact, take out a hydrant...

Week three, I’m still recovering mentally, because that hydrant incident, I came away very, very lucky. Just a warning, thank you Officer, you’re a a good man in my book. Now, week three, wasn’t so bad, no incidents, well, not to that extremes measure, but I did get cited for skipping on a weight station, now stupid me again, I didn’t know I had to go inside because I was overweight by 400 pounds on my tandem, Wyoming personnel told the highway patrolman that stopped me about 5 miles down the road to cite me...$440 later, I should have told weightmaster I had his old lady back there...

It’s definitely a learning curve, but I have a much better mindset, I’m doing better, now if I can only fix the way dispatch does things...probably have a better chance at trying my luck drinking the water out in Michigan than chase those dreams, right?

DV ChiliMac signing off...hoping to get home to see my family next Wednesday...fingers crossed.

Posted:  7 months, 4 weeks ago

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List of fines or points

Passing through Wyoming, I misunderstood the sign, my mind was foggy, but no excuses, I didn’t go in when the light was yellow, which states I had to park and go inside with my paperwork, well about 15 mins later I was cited for “not stopping at a weight station”, $440 Ouch... Read your signs...best advice I’ve got. I was overweight too by 400 lbs on my rear axle.

Posted:  7 months, 4 weeks ago

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Wait time...

Curious on how long one has waited to be unloaded: or loaded.

Currently at the Walmart Distribution Center, 3-4 pallets I had left in the trailer, appointment time was 3:30pm, and I’m still waiting for that trailer to be unloaded.

Posted:  8 months ago

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Thinking about Prime Inc.

Out of curiosity, with one speeding ticket, and 2 citations for overweight on tandems. Are my chances slim with getting on with Prime?

No man at Prime EVER got fired just for taking on a female trainee. Period. That is just stupid. There are lots of men who train women and are professional. I had 2 males and 1 male to female transgender. You have to sign a paper saying you will or will not accept the opposite gender. Sorry...if it is the one I am assuming it is .there was way way more to that story and he was no victim.

But I digress..... Watch my videos on "Prime Promotes Women" parts 2 is about our female driver program... Parts 3 and 4 talk about our classes and programs..driver health and fitness with physical trainers and dieticians for free...the 2nd year they pay us quarterly to park take. There are others in my channel called "why prime"

Trust me....if ANY student has a problem they can come to me 24/7....and for women we have a female driver liaison to contact as well. Rob, Donna and others here can attest to that.

Posted:  8 months ago

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Citations

Good evening fellow truckers,

It’s my fourth week as a Class A driver, and holy ****....

Now, I had a misunderstanding at a port of entry in Wyoming. Got cited, and I am now at 3 violations in this month of trucking. Is there a maximum that goes against our CDL?

Thank you.

I Really need to pay attention to detail...

Posted:  8 months, 2 weeks ago

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Tandem troubles

Took a bungee, rocked the trailer, and it was ready to go!

Thank you for the advice and help!

If it's a bar that you have to lift, get two large black bungies from truck stop. Stretch as tight as you can from the support beams under the trailer under the handle. Handle must be unlocked. I put one about where the trailer tire closet to me starts, down under the bar and up as far forward as I can stretch it. Then with the trailer breaks engaged rock the trailer hard. I put in reverse, slowly press the gas, as the rear of the trailer rises a little, take foot off gas and let it come forward hard. Then get out and check. Once or twice and it should come out.

When you have a chance get a two foot piece of PVC pipe. 2" diameter is good. That can slip over the bar for some leverage.

Hope that helps. Good luck.

Posted:  8 months, 3 weeks ago

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Tandem troubles

Hello everyone,

So I am having an issue with my trailer. I have a manual lever to release my tandem pins, but on occasion, the thing will not lift up to release the pins. I’ve tried looking into diagrams online but haven’t gone extensive into the research, wanted to get advice or tips first on what this issue could be, before i start digging into articles.

Thank you.

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