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Posted:  1 week, 3 days ago

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How would you approach this back?

Hey Papa Pig. It's in the middle of nowhere North Dakota. No trailer restriction or FD delivery. I slid my tandems forward all the time in the beginning but stopped due to gaining backing experience. I was overloaded and didn't even think of that.

A couple weeks back Schneider started a new pay structure. $100 a trailer. .48 cents a mile and $12.00 on duty pay. Got rid of the $100 3+ load a week bonus ,stop off pay, and $85 load pickup. They're doing a lot of 5 store runs and Pickups now of COURSE!!! I used to do a crap ton of off duty unload, thus allowing me to recap or get an extra load a week. I'm looking at earning around 103k this year. With this new pay structure I'd be lucky to hit 90k next year.

Is that store a mandatory and does it have a restriction size on it. To me that should be a 45 or 48 foot restricted trailer. It should say on the stop line of your paperwork. From looking at the overhead and then Seeing street view they either remodeled that store and changed the parking lot because I bet that they designed it originally to be driven around. I would not be surprised to see if that store wasn’t supposed a front door delivery at one point due to the safety reasons and that the dms weezled their way out of it. There isn’t FD anywhere on the paperwork is there?

Definitely the previous gentlemen have the correct advice for how I would approach it. But I would definitely bring it up to safety. That stop should be a front door mandatory delivery.They put those boulders there because trucks were having. I choice but to pull up in that area. I wouldn’t be surprised if many drivers hadnt ripped off a bumper there.

Posted:  1 month, 2 weeks ago

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How would you approach this back?

I had flatted out when my tandem s were at the store curb, then I pulled forward to get more straight and then began turning my tractor. Probably should have done several pull ups when I entered to store to get my trailer closer to the store for my setup.

This is where I ended up doing that the second time. Rocks were 2 inches from my passenger side tractor panel.

That curb is tempting to ride. Manager said fresh was there earlier and I saw his tandem marks on the curb. Wasn't taking the chance because with my luck I would have blown a tire.

I looked at google earth and I agree. That main entrance is nice and wide. Pull in turn right at the store and get the trailer started at an angle to get around the corner. If you don’t start the angle early you may not have enough front swing room for your tractor. Always always ask people to move vehicles that may be in the way. If they are parked in a manner as the white pickup back there, it is usually an employee.

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Posted:  1 month, 2 weeks ago

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How would you approach this back?

Thank you for your great advice. My downfall is I get overloaded and forget things. Never thought of going straight in and then trying to create a better angle. I guess that's why you're the vet and I'm the rookie. lol

The first time there was an employee car in that first spot and another to the left of the white pickup. Second time it was all clear. It's like they knew I was coming or something? LOL.

First. There’s be no pickup parked there and if there were I’d ask them to move.

Then I think I’d straight back all the. Way in (staying close to the corner of the building….but not to close) and try to create a better angle to get around the building.

That eliminates the two rocks and if done correctly should get you closer to the doors.

The only other option is one of those “bendable” trailers…lol.

I had a back at a Target in Stamford CT. Early 6 am delivery so traffic wasn’t an issue.

I backed in off the street. Stopped. Got out and surveyed the dock area, the area around my tractor. We do double drop and hooks so I came up with a plan on where to drop everything while I switched trailers.

Then I proceeded to back in. It’s an underground parking/access road to the mall so there are curbs and pillars. I GOALED 4 times to make sure I was online with what I picture.

All this to say. 1. Develop a plan. 2. Execute said plan 3. Don’t do it fast, do it safely.

P.S. the landlord is a idiot to put those rocks there.

Posted:  1 month, 2 weeks ago

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How would you approach this back?

Yes, Off of main. . fiddled with getting it angled and close to the curb. Was already nervous because of the first time so I didnt want to jump the curb.

Your coming in off S Main, not Prospect correct? And backing around the back of the store where the white truck in your pic is?

Posted:  1 month, 2 weeks ago

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How would you approach this back?

DG in Velva North Dakota

What’s the address?

Posted:  1 month, 2 weeks ago

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How would you approach this back?

Those 2 rocks are now on the edge of pavement, fyi. lol

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This has been my most difficult back while on the DG account for 14 months. I don't say that simply because this has been my only accident while on the account. Went back to store 2 weeks later and it still baffled me and I ended 150 feet from back door. So what would be your setup and thought process?

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Posted:  1 month, 2 weeks ago

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How would you approach this back?

This has been my most difficult back while on the DG account for 14 months. I don't say that simply because this has been my only accident while on the account. Went back to store 2 weeks later and it still baffled me and I ended 150 feet from back door. So what would be your setup and thought process?

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Posted:  1 month, 2 weeks ago

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How would you approach this back?

This has been my most difficult back while on the DG account for 14 months. I don't say that simply because this has been my only accident while on the account. Went back to store 2 weeks later and it still baffled me and I ended 150 feet from back door. So what would be your setup and thought process?

Posted:  2 months ago

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Preventable accident.

I know. Guy's hit the building, dumpster fence, light posts, and cars. I hit a fricken boulder. It's just crazy.

I'm not too worried about this accident. My concern is what happens with next store or roadway accident? I could take a drop and hook job and skid into someone on ice in the coming months. It just feels like I used my only get out of jail free card and I'm axed with any future accident. I guess It will make me be extra caution with store backs however with winter coming I don't see any easy job with a semi.

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Had 12 months with 0 incidents in my rookie year and of course ending my 13th month I get a preventable accident. It was in a DG parking lot. Watching the store, parked car to my left and right, forgot there was a boulder protruding slightly beyond the curb. I made the stupid decision to jump the curb and tore off my front bumper. Some cosmetic damage on passenger rim and 2 lugs.

I get so angry with myself since I set up bad and turned it into a tight 90, when I could have simply pulled forward and hugged the building on my sight side while backing up.

Is this considered minor? Pretty depressed about it.

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Larry, Larry, Larry.

I'm sorry if I sound like I'm admonishing you, but ... On behalf of TT, you were warned!

Remember when you asked Papa Pig, to stay on the DG, when he decided to move on from Werner? It's when shx happens....or soon after. You get to where you feel some pride, I mean... a year is huge!! .. and whoosh; you breach your comfort zone. . . with the "I got this" persona ..

Here's the thread: Werner's 1 year, DG Review...

As I've gleaned from 20 years in and around the industry, Schneider does, in fact .. appear to be more strict than some. Admit your faults, your shortcomings, and agree to watch some videos . . . and ask for a different dedicated route, or tell them you are sorry, eat crow, go another year accident/incident free, and THEN ask for a raise!

All I've got, Larry. But yet once and again, Papa Ray (Pig) was with Werner; two different approaches, perhaps. His contact info is in his profile.

Wish you well, sorry . . as well.

~ Anne & Tom ~

Posted:  2 months ago

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Preventable accident.

Had 12 months with 0 incidents in my rookie year and of course ending my 13th month I get a preventable accident. It was in a DG parking lot. Watching the store, parked car to my left and right, forgot there was a boulder protruding slightly beyond the curb. I made the stupid decision to jump the curb and tore off my front bumper. Some cosmetic damage on passenger rim and 2 lugs.

I get so angry with myself since I set up bad and turned it into a tight 90, when I could have simply pulled forward and hugged the building on my sight side while backing up.

Is this considered minor? Pretty depressed about it.

Posted:  2 months, 3 weeks ago

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Schneider unveils new all electric truck at Green Bay headquarters

This was reported by WFRV local 5, t.v. news. Short video. I don’t know how to post a link, maybe Anne can help.

Schneider Electric Semi

No thanks. I can only imagine the extra hassle trying to find a charging station and not to mention the 220 miles on a full charge. I guess that's why it's a day cab.

Posted:  3 months, 2 weeks ago

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1 year anniversary with Schneider on Dollar General Account

Come on back to DG man! Don't you miss when you have 1200 pieces and you arrive to a backroom like this?

Or packed with clothes, tiny boxes and fragile crap that falls to the floor and breaks?

What a week. Started Sunday with my first tandem tire blowout 15 miles of Fargo. 3 hours for a clown to show up from a Loves in Fargo. It was a Sunday so expected I guess. Monday the Manager was 2 hours late to open the store. Tuesday a manager wouldn't let me unload at 7pm(they close at 10pm).

I'm now in 100% agreement with the vets on here. No newbie should be doing this. lol.

Anne, Yeah I just decided to stick it out. Figured I would hang out with the kids and wife for awhile longer. I work with a great bunch of guys, and stills get that good feeling when I see the lightbulb go off above a students head when they finally grasp a maneuver. Plus I didn’t really want to skip seat and the position wasn’t home as often as I would have hoped . With that being said Spartannash seemed like a great opportunity for someone just doesn’t fit my current needs

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Posted:  3 months, 3 weeks ago

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1 year anniversary with Schneider on Dollar General Account

Pretty satisfying getting to the one year mark. Had my annual Schneider review road drive last week.

A couple days ago I was at the Dollar General in Peru, Illinois. I was on route 6 coming to Peoria Street. Super tight right turn. I set up with a massive buttonhook or was it a jug handle? lol. Once I began coming around I notice the NO TRUCKS sign and the left lane was full of cars. You would need to get close to the curb in the oncoming left lane to make it so I bailed. Took a side street and had 3 super tight right turns but I made it without curbing.

30 mins into my unload I notice a cop car in front of my truck about 20 feet. He was there for over 20 mins. Kind of baffled me. I go to the right side to grab a u-boat and notice there were 2 cop cars behind a DG trailer. A few minutes later the manager comes out for a smoke and tells me that's my fresh truck. He was ****ed last night and refused to front door deliver and went back to DC. He just came back and took out the stoplight at route 6 and Peoria Street. Both of his outer right side tandem tires and rims were destroyed.

Goes to show how being angry and rushing to make up lost time can bite you in the ass in a heartbeat no matter what type of job you do with a semi.

Posted:  4 months, 1 week ago

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Navigation for newbies (emphasis on parking lots)

Hussle is coming back to DG in the fall. If that dude can't handle food service and is coming back to DG that should tell you how much more difficult food service is compared to the DG account even with all the problems he had with the DC and poorly loaded trailers.

Backing is the easy part. Dealing with poorly loaded trailers, getting crappy assignments, dealing with employees and managers that couldn't care less, packed backed rooms. It's the mental toll that may get to you.

I finally took a week off a month ago because of the mental aspect was getting to me. Then of course three weeks later I'm ****ed because of that crappy $550 pto paycheck I got. lol

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Cones won’t help. You won’t have time for them and 4 wheelers would just run them over anyways Just go slow and if there is not enough room to get straight in the parking lot do NOT nose in. That’s when you back in off the highway. Managers won’t help and the ones that do have no idea how to back a truck. More than likely they will give you the wrong corrections if they do help.

I did all of my training with Werner on the dollar general account and I had a very good and thorough trainer so that helped a lot.

Good luck if you decide to go that route . As others have said there are easier options out there. It was a great job for me but it is not for everyone. The unload gets easy after awhile but at first it is a bit harder than you think it will be

Larry . That’s a great unload time for your trailers. I told you when you started that you would get faster. Keep it up!

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I was watching Hussle.Motivate like someone suggested on here and they got out of DG because of shipments consistently being late or being loaded very sloppy. Have you experienced any of that? And do you think you could make more with Sysco or U.S. Foods getting paid hourly?

Posted:  4 months, 2 weeks ago

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Navigation for newbies (emphasis on parking lots)

Dakota's, Nebraska, Iowa, Minnesota, Wisconsin, Upper Michigan, Illinois.

I will admit I'm in the area that gives noobs the best chance to make it. I do a ton more rural newer stores than congested city stores.

5.5 days out. I will stay out for 2 weeks if there is weekend work. Hasn't been any for 7 weeks.

I know the day cabs that do Chicago will use cones at times.

It's also getting out to slow you down and relax. Not rush. You're going to have idiots jumping in front and back of you, but if you're crawling with your back a lot easier to stop on a dime.

What's your schedule and in what areas do you deliver? I get that you GOAL to check your clearances and etc, but you could have a car right on your azz the second after you get back in the cab. Have you ever use traffic cones on your blind side?

Posted:  4 months, 2 weeks ago

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Navigation for newbies (emphasis on parking lots)

I wouldn't even think about doing family dollar or dollar tree with the roller system. I would lose my crap so fast relying on slow workers.

That's the great thing about the DG account. You do 100% of the unload yourself. Product are in Rolltainers, and the toppers you put on u-boats. I average about 3.5- 4 hours to unload a full trailer of 3-4 stops.

Check out Hussle.Motivate on youtube. He did tons of videos of unloading/backing/ and training new DG drivers.

I did Dollar Tree for two weeks right after mentoring. Made 2k a week but worked 12 to 15 hours a day 7 days a week. You have to be off duty or in the sleeper while unloading, even then having enough time to get a shower at the end of the day is a struggle.

15 hours in a 110 degree trailer isn't fun, throwing 20 tons of boxes on rollers gets old, quarter will fall off. You can bust ass but the bottle neck is minimum wage employees working in their air conditioned stock room.

Getting into the stores was challenging and fun but risky, almost rolled the trailer once. I miss it but don't regret quitting, especially with the temps we're having now.

Posted:  4 months, 2 weeks ago

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Navigation for newbies (emphasis on parking lots)

6 weeks until my 1st year anniversary with Schneider on the DG account. I came out of the Schneider Academy in August of last year. It is my first Class A job. I was at Roehl's GYCDL program spring of 2021 but parted ways because I made no improvement with backing. Which makes me chuckle considering what I'm doing currently.

Take your time. GOAL. Take your time. GOAL! The morons who back into the building, light posts, dumpsters, cars, etc are drivers who are careless, don't take the time to GOAL or get effected by cars coming, beeping, drivers getting mad and they rush the back. You're the one with the HUGE tractor trailer, Most are terrified and will stop or get out of your way. The others you control by getting out to GOAL and taking your time slowly backing watching your surroundings like a hawk. First few weeks were rough, A lot of thoughts of who needs this crap, can't wait until 3 month's is up so I can transfer. Then by the end of month two I loved it.

I would venture it's the actual job of unloading is why people quit. You have to be a hard worker busting your butt to earn the wages I feel is deserved doing DG.

I had about a 6 week learning curve before I was making decent money. My first 12 month's I'm on pace for 90k. Year to date is 57k, so I'm looking at breaking 100k this calendar year. Not bad for a rookie Trucker? lol.

I just finished my 3rd week at CDL school. I currently have a conditional job offer from Schneider for a Dollar General dedicated account. I decided to do some more research on this job position and found that it's not exactly friendly to new drivers. I have 10 years in warehousing, so I can handle moving freight. I guess it's because of the parking lots you have to navigate? The only navigation training I've been given is reading an atlas to go from one major city to another. I want to get down to brass tacks here and learn how to navigate these parking lots, which apparently can be the most perilous part of a truck driver's journey.

I will give examples of stores in my area and it would be great if experienced drivers could give feedback on how they would navigate them and avoid getting into an accident.

1. 5155 E Lake Mead Blvd, Las Vegas, NV 89156 -This is a Dollar General location. This store two entrances and this one seems one of the easiest to navigate in my area. I think the best way to get into unloading area (south of the store) would be to take a right from Meikle Ln going Westbound and alley dock. The unloading area is long enough so you wouldn't be blocking traffic. Exiting the unloading area looks very easy too.

2. 3325 Las Vegas Blvd N, Las Vegas, NV 89115 -This is a Dollar General location. This store only has one entrance. When I looked at Google Street View, I saw two tractor-trailers in the parking lot near the unloading area pointing towards the street entrance. I'm guessing the drivers took a right from Las Vegas Blvd, turned left going along the South side of the store and alley docked along the West side. My question is how you avoid backing into traffic during that alley dock? Do you get the store manager to come out and help you?

3. 6371 N Decatur Blvd, Las Vegas, NV 89130 -This is a Target in a very busy parking lot. I saw a tractor-trailer going southbound on Decatur Blvd today trying to get into the entrance directly South of El Pollo Loco. They blocked the right lane and waited to turn. It looks like you can pull forward through the parking lot and get turned around behind the store (North side).

4. 6455 N Decatur Blvd, Las Vegas, NV 89131 -This is a Best Buy in another very busy parking lot. I think the easiest way to get to the dock would be to go down Thom Blvd and take a left, but that way is blocked with a locked metal gate... Can the store manager open up something like that or would you have to go through the parking out? You would apparently have to pull into the dock area from the West side, because I don't see how you could turn around.

More examples of pain-in-the-*ss parking lots and how to safely navigate them would be much appreciated.

Posted:  5 months, 3 weeks ago

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Depressed and burnt out

Thanks Papapig. I appreciate your thoughts and advice.

Was out 7 days home 1.5 and just got back from 6 days out. Had a nice 3400 mile and 3100 mile weeks. Great thing about being on the midwest account. back to back 4 load weeks. Sure beats 5 or 6 a week for the same money. lol.

We have 80 drivers, problem is only one dispatcher for the weekdays and the boss does the weekend dispatches. I'm super nice to my dbl, but when you're the dispatcher for 80 drivers you can't always get gravy loads(800+ mile).

3 weeks ago I just finished my 5th load on Friday and was sent my 6th of the week. Worst part of Minnesota, a dock so I couldn't watch my brand new truck for an hour. I send a text right back to her to be changed. Sorry can't do it another driver already requested. I get unprofessional and text my boss. He said can't do. Can I go home? I already did 5 freaking loads this week Im about to flip out. Hold on, Dont get mad. Of course he changes it out. DBL sends me a text minutes later. You need to tell me what areas you won't work. I'm always nice to her and only requested 3 changes in 9 months and she has rejected all of them.

Kind of a weird dynamic when your boss loves you because you work your butt off and would practically do anything for you vs a DBL who has a ton of drivers to tend to and really doesnt care what load you get.

The DG account fits me to the T. and yes the independence is great. I have no interest in food service, McClane, DG fresh, etc. Flatbed, OTR/ no touch freight. I guess I'm stuck at DG for a while. lol.

Honestly man it just happens from time to time and you gotta start every day trying to pull yourself into a positive attitude. Give It a few weeks and the depression should pass. If you can afford to take a little time off , take some off. Maybe ask your load planner for a few markets or pop shelf stores.

Don’t let the warehouse dictate your mood. Take pictures, and try to get more money out of the load. Sometimes you gotta psyche yourself out and fake it till you make it. I would listen to podcasts while I was unloading. At the end of the day just get the stuff off the truck. Poorly loaded or not. It comes in phases I had those managers complain and yada yada I would just grin like an idiot and get their stuff in the back room. I’m sure you’ve found out that even if they don’t like you and “call in” nothing will be done if you are a top driver. Your fm’s and load planner knows the situation out there.

I got off the account out of a personal reason and needing to be home more . I miss it and will go back when the situation presents itself. People who haven’t done it knock it. People called Me and will continue to call You crazy for doing it But the way I see it(for me) it was the best job in trucking that gave me a lot of freedom. As long as I got my deliveries done I had freedom to do pretty much what I wanted out there. Had a good truck. And once I proved myself the fm and load planner catered to me. I tried to make unloading fun and have competitions with myself on how efficient I could be.

I hope this passes for you. Making it over 9 months is no small task. It will get easier again. Good luck and stay safe out there! Check your liftgate switches and make sure it’s in time!😂

Posted:  6 months, 1 week ago

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Depressed and burnt out

It's been a great first 9 month's being a noob trucker on the DG account. One of the top drivers, and was given a brand new truck by my boss last month.

Had a situation with a manager who basically set me back half day because she was so angry with the DC. It affected me since it made me reflect on how DG managers/employees are constantly complaining and get mad at drivers because of what the DC sends them. Setting new records money wise only gets you so far before you don't care anymore.

Other than time off anything you guys do to lift your spirits while on the road when you're down in the gutter?

Posted:  6 months, 2 weeks ago

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Any one hire after an accident

I've only been a trucker for 9 month's. All on the DG account. I worked at an Amazon sort center for 2 years before I started. For me I wanted to do manual labor and driving a semi was second.

I'm probably assuming wrong. I would imagine you work on the Dollar accounts because you enjoy unloading and learning and caring about actually driving is a second.

It does really fascinate me why people would want to do Dollar accounts, not sure why. lol.

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There has to be a mentality with people who want to do the Dollar Accounts.

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Please explain this statement to us, Larry.

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