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Posted:  9 months, 3 weeks ago

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Freightliner headlights go off twice at night while driving

Was driving my 2022 Freightliner 130k miles at night. 40 mins into my trip my headlights went off twice in a fast sequence and then back on. It didn't completely freak me out since a car was coming at me, was more of what the heck was that about.

I can't remember if all lights went out or just the headlights. Anyone know what could have caused that?

Posted:  11 months ago

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Front end shimmy

Had this happen twice each time around the 65k mark. Have a tire bank 3 miles from my drop yard. I guess thats one good thing about schneider you can just show up at any tire bank without needing approval. The guy said it was an alignment issue. I guess Schneider doesnt care to do that.

Here is what has happened so far.

I was sent to the Paulsboro, NJ, TA and waited 8 hours to get in the shop. They only have one technician on duty and he only does tire changes. Got a new Goodyear tire installed. The company is routing me back to our shop to check on wheel balance and to do a three axle alignment.

Posted:  11 months, 1 week ago

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Best paying hand unload jobs?

Looking at the Schneider Costco reefer account. Having 2 years of experience under my belt in a few weeks, I feel better about trying something like foodservice for the 15k sign on bonus and bail quickly if need be. Of course finding something else might be hard immediately.

I consider myself a delivery driver. Just looking where I want to go when I want to become a trucker. lol.

Your issue is you have very little experience. I'd stay or look at switching accounts within Schneider to get 1 year under your belt.,

Where are you going to work at next? I just had an interview with Sysco and their hourly pay is underwhelming right now ($26/hr). They're supposed to renew the contract with the union in September and change the pay though. They told me the pay didn't change for 5 years. I guess that's a downside of being unionized. Still giving employees pre-covid pay is crazy... Most non-union companies have increased their pay several times since covid to compete for hiring and retaining employees.

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Teams and trainers are the only ones that come even close to top pay.

I made 103k my first full year on the dg account with Schneider . However that was doing 9, 12 day stints and doing every unload off duty to be able to get more loads. Then the new pay structure came and I'm making way less. Going to stick it out another month to get my 80 hours of pto and Im done.

Papa was getting a crazy mid 60's a mile. He was in a great area.

I'd stick it out for a full year, or transfer to another account.

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There is food service which is a lot of night unloading using a ramp and hand cart. Depending on the area of the country you live in it may pay better. I live in the south and when I was pulling dollar general i was making more than most of the guys i know that did food service. It depends on what company you work for and what area of the country you are in. And to be honest believe it or not dg is way easier than most of those jobs

How long have you been pulling and unloading at dollar general? Which company are you with? After you are established , get your technique down you should be able to pull around 2000 a week.

I can’t answer anything about owner op. Not my forte

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I've been working with Schneider out of Lebec, CA for about 4 months. $.50 cpm max, $15/hr and $100 per load. The math doesn't work out that a solo driver would average $2K a week... Unless you get all one stop loads at markets off of interstates and don't wait at the DC for loads ever. I've been told that Schneider pays the most out of the 3 companies working for DG. My manager showed me a spreadsheet of the average pay of all the drivers when I started, but I figured out that every single driver around or above $2K a week was a trainer. They have a real racket going: they get all the aforementioned pay, $100 per day for each trainee (up to 2) and the trainee(s) help them unload.

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Posted:  11 months, 3 weeks ago

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Best paying hand unload jobs?

Teams and trainers are the only ones that come even close to top pay.

I made 103k my first full year on the dg account with Schneider . However that was doing 9, 12 day stints and doing every unload off duty to be able to get more loads. Then the new pay structure came and I'm making way less. Going to stick it out another month to get my 80 hours of pto and Im done.

Papa was getting a crazy mid 60's a mile. He was in a great area.

I'd stick it out for a full year, or transfer to another account.

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There is food service which is a lot of night unloading using a ramp and hand cart. Depending on the area of the country you live in it may pay better. I live in the south and when I was pulling dollar general i was making more than most of the guys i know that did food service. It depends on what company you work for and what area of the country you are in. And to be honest believe it or not dg is way easier than most of those jobs

How long have you been pulling and unloading at dollar general? Which company are you with? After you are established , get your technique down you should be able to pull around 2000 a week.

I can’t answer anything about owner op. Not my forte

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I've been working with Schneider out of Lebec, CA for about 4 months. $.50 cpm max, $15/hr and $100 per load. The math doesn't work out that a solo driver would average $2K a week... Unless you get all one stop loads at markets off of interstates and don't wait at the DC for loads ever. I've been told that Schneider pays the most out of the 3 companies working for DG. My manager showed me a spreadsheet of the average pay of all the drivers when I started, but I figured out that every single driver around or above $2K a week was a trainer. They have a real racket going: they get all the aforementioned pay, $100 per day for each trainee (up to 2) and the trainee(s) help them unload.

Posted:  1 year ago

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Training

I left Roehl gycdl program after 2 weeks. They agreed to charge me nothing and pay me minimum wage for my 2 weeks. My classmate failed part 2 out with trainer and they didn't charge him. However not sure if they made him downgrade his license, he drives a school bus.

I would imagine if you got your cdl through the company but failed out with trainer they'd want to be paid or at least prevent you from driving for another company for a year or paid back before they would release you.

After training if you don't pass the driving test do you have to pay the company back?

Posted:  1 year ago

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Back In The Saddle.

Good luck on your new adventure.

I was hoping to see you were back to slinging those rt's. lol.

I was set up for new hire orientation with McLane foodservice. However being 44 and a bigger guy, going up and down a ramp with a hand cart spooked me and I ended up balking at it.

Looks like I’m in stores for some new adventures!

I left the Werner DG account at the end of 2021 and started a training as a cdl instructor. Overall instructing was a very rewarding experience. Like any job it had it’s ups and downs with more ups than downs. I really enjoyed helping people to build the confidence and provide training and feedback to take the test and get their CDL. But the whole time I really missed actually driving a truck. I think once driving gets in your blood it’s kinda hard to let it go. So after awhile I decided to start looking around and if I found the perfect setup I would get back on the road! It took a few months and I was doing it casually at first and then I found it!I won’t say the name as yet because I’m not sure of their policies but it’s a food service company that is not Sysco, us foods, or pfg. Did a working interview and background and now have an orientation date scheduled next week.

Shuttle driver! I made sure to verify that I was in no way interested in touching freight or being a delivery driver lol! Essentially it’s running empties double from a drop yard to the dc. Picking up full ones and bringing them back so the young and strong guys can deliver. The schedule seems nice. 2pm till about 9-11pm Depending on the warehouse. I’m really excited to get back into the swing of things and will do an update after I’m on the job for a few weeks!

Posted:  1 year ago

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What Questions Should I Ask During An Interview?

That's part of it. 3+ years of experience and you should be around or making more than a dollar account. So why do 100% unload when you can do drop and hook?

Dollar accounts are HELL! For starters you better LOVE doing labor. Be prepared for lazy store managers and employees. A lot consider you a nuisance, bringing them crap they don't want and have to stock. Packed back rooms, having to bring stuff to the sales floor.

Recruiters are just looking to get their commission. enough said there.

I made around 103k my first full year which ended around 15 months of experience. So you can make good coin coming out of the gate, but its pretty tough mentally and psychically, Unless you're a super hard worker and have your head on a swivel being an extremely defensive driver its probably not wise to start out on a dollar account.

The recruiters that come to my school have made it seem like the dollar accounts are hidden gems that the experienced drivers don’t want because of the manual labor. One recruiter showed us a video of a driver unloading a dollar general trailer and kept saying “doesn’t look like he’s working very hard to me” lol

Posted:  1 year, 1 month ago

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DOT Physical

Nothing disqualifying. Weight, blood pressure around 138/87, and a small hernia. I couldn't get myself to lose weight with the expiration coming up. Maybe a 6 month card will get me motivated.

I'm just paranoid they'll find some reason to not give me one, would suck since I'm still working for current company, and doing a pre hire dot exam.

Larry, what makes you think you might not pass? Even if you only get a 6 month card, it still gives you time to work on the issues that concern the examiner.

I got a 90 day card several years ago because I had a blood clot that kept me grounded for 3 months and then I could only get that 90 day card because the examiner wanted me to get re-evaluated sooner rather than later. Now I have a one year card and that’s the longest I’ll ever get.

Posted:  1 year, 1 month ago

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DOT Physical

For a top Dollar account driver.. lol.

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I'm sort of an anomaly. Everything is good except my weight and I'm a smoker.

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I found that comment very funny! Most of the truckers I know fit that description. You are no anomaly.

By the way, tens of thousands of truck drivers sleep with a C-PAP. Most of them have improved their health by it.

Posted:  1 year, 1 month ago

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DOT Physical

I'm sort of an anomaly. Everything is good except my weight and I'm a smoker. I managed to get lucky and had a extremely trucker friendly NP that gave me a 2 year card.

I changed it to her however I just found out this place doesn't do them anymore so I had them change them back to the original.

I went to this place twice and each time she only gave me a 6 month card because she wanted a sleep apnea test. Trucker friendly NP was really ****ed that she did that. She was preachy about my weight and being a smoker which I didn't like.

This is a new hire screen. If for some reason she fails me, does that void current med card and I can't drive a semi?

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