Profile For Mountain Matt

Mountain Matt's Info

  • Location:
    Wheeling, IL

  • Driving Status:
    Preparing For School

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  • Joined Us:
    6 months, 2 weeks ago

Mountain Matt's Bio

I've had my Class B CDL for about 10 years now. I'm a librarian, driving a bookmobile and supervising 4 other bookmobile drivers and operations. As time goes on, I realize I enjoy the driving and learning about the diesel engine, but I'm less and less interested in supervising others. I'm taking my time, doing my research, and learning from all you good folks as I contemplate a change!

matt2020@hey.com

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Posted:  2 days, 23 hours ago

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My dog was hit by a car

Man, sorry to hear! Hope all turns out ok for your dog...

Posted:  2 days, 23 hours ago

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Wilson Logistics - Missoula MT

Vicki,

Thanks for the post and the pics. Both help give clearer picture of "a day in the life" for you these days. I respect your tenacity in the midst of those challenges and complications!

Posted:  3 days ago

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PSD/Orientation With Prime Inc., Springfield MO

Thanks for the diary, Mark--I'm reading with interest! I've been wondering how well Prime has been doing with finding enough trainers for all the incoming students.

Posted:  4 days, 23 hours ago

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Will You Take The Jab?

I tested positive for Covid and am now restricted to my truck for 7 days more in Angola, Indiana. I'm one of those so-called "breakthrough" cases. I'm not sure what is worse, having the virus of the prospect of spending the next 7 days in the sleeper berth.

Bruce, so sorry to hear you're sick! I'm not sure how you're expected to properly isolate in a truck with no bathroom (obviously)... nor does it sound like any fun. Best wishes for a quick rebound for you!

Posted:  2 weeks, 3 days ago

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I dunno, I just don't know.

Maybe you wrote it up elsewhere, but good to hear more of your story, NaeNaeinNC! Prime mentions that they hire from all 48 states, but it's interesting to hear that they could only offer your flatbed while you were still living in Montana. I guess they don't specify *what* they offer to people from each of the 48 states. I assume you run reefer now?

Posted:  2 weeks, 3 days ago

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Flatbed Variety

I imagine there would be extra security parameters around hauling military equipment, no? Or are these decommissioned?

Posted:  2 weeks, 4 days ago

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Paths To Making GOOD money as a truck driver?

There is a good saying in Russian: everyone is a blacksmith of his own happiness.

I like that a lot, Andrey! Everyone can shape their own life and happiness in the way they choose, but it takes effort (like blacksmithing). The discussion in this thread show some of the choices and trade-offs to be made with different jobs and ways of running.

Posted:  3 weeks, 5 days ago

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Establishing residency in Nevada or Washington

To Art's point, you do have to consider whether your company hires/has employees that live in those states, whether or not you intend to be there very often or not. It would still be your "home," technically.

Because I can't resist a bit of research sometimes, here's some residency info for Washington state (read it through, but it seems like you have to either register to vote or get a license to be considered a resident, but both of those seem to require having an established residence in the state):

Washington State Residency Definition

Become a Washington Resident

Nevada has kind of a strange definition, but it does seem to require a street address.

Nevada New Resident Guide

3 Steps to Nevada Residency: This blog has lots of info and seems to indicate that you have to establish an address and stay there for at least 30 days before you can get your license and residency. I would make sure to verify all this before you make the jump.

Posted:  3 weeks, 5 days ago

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Establishing residency in Nevada or Washington

My disclaimer is that I haven't done this yet, and it's not Nevada or Washington, but I'm seriously considering doing something similar in terms of establishing residency in South Dakota once I'm out on the road. There are no state taxes, it's easy to establish residency in SD, and there are services that will handle your mail digitally. Since I'm planning on living in the truck too, I see no reason to pay high Illinois state taxes.

Check out these services/websites:

South Dakota Residency Center (I talked to them on the phone, and they seemed very helpful and accommodating.)

Dakota Post

I think establishing residency in other states is typically more complicated. For many, you have to show that you have a residency there (owned or rented) for a certain period of time. You can usually google what the specific requirements are for a given state. South Dakota just requires an address (an address with a mailing service works) and one night spent there with your South Dakota address listed on the bill.

Posted:  3 weeks, 5 days ago

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Old School

I hadn't realize this, Old School, and I'm sorry hear. All the best for your continued recovery and for the options you want to continue to open up for you. I'm sure the waiting is hard.

That's encouraging to hear how Knight is working and advocating on your behalf. More fruits of your hard work and dedication over the years! In the meantime, I know I and countless others benefit from your insight and replies on this website. A book from you would be tremendous, so do keep us posted!

Take care and be well.

Posted:  3 weeks, 5 days ago

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CDL, state residency and training schools

It really isn't all that complicated unless you are in Illinois. They are a little crazy in that state. .

Amen, brother! rofl-2.gif (from a beleaguered Illinois resident)

Posted:  1 month ago

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Mistakes I've made in trucking

My whole family was involved in trucking in one form or another. For some reason I put off getting my CDL and wasted 4 years of my life driving a cab. Probably cost myself around 150k+ in earnings while working the same or less hours than I did driving people around.

I got two graduate degrees (and the student loan debt to prove it!), the stress of supervising people, and near as I can figure, I make just a hair above what a first-year driver would make. And the growth potential seems much higher in trucking, especially right now. We didn't even get cost-of-living increases in my workplace this year.

Posted:  1 month ago

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Mistakes I've made in trucking

Great thread, Bruce, and thanks to all of you who have posted so far. Really helpful for those of us who are pre-newbies or newbies. Congrats, Pianoman, and omg, Mikey--the blue dye! Dude.

I'm also struck by how many of you said you should've started earlier. That says something.

Posted:  1 month ago

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Question about Flatbed Loads/Unloads

Chief Brody,

Fascinating to hear your stories and descriptions, and doubly so since I'm strongly considering Prime. I'm getting a better sense of the variety, from the relatively straightforward to the complex and complicated. When I looked at your pic above, at first I just thought it was all the inside floor of an industrial plant... until I saw the bed of your trailer and was like, "Oh..." Lol. Driving through the creek bed sounds like an adventure... cutting sidewalks in Brooklyn a little less fun. But so it goes, I imagine.

Do you tend to get a detailed description of the load beforehand, is it more of a vague idea, or is it a surprise when you show up at the shipper (other than knowing what kind of shipper they are)?

Posted:  1 month ago

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Question about Flatbed Loads/Unloads

Thank you, Old School, for your detailed response and the photos. That really helps me get a better sense of the work, the loads, the locations. I'll look further through the other thread you linked, which I've looked at a bit before, but that had got me wondering about the methods of loading/unloading and the types of facilities, which you just nicely answered.

As a middle-aged career changer, the variety is definitely intriguing to me, getting to see a variety of places and dealing with different types of loads. In my current work, I'm always the one talking to the construction contractors we hire, finding out more about their work, and glad when we have to take the bookmobile to some unusual place for service. On a recent roadtrip through South Dakota, Wyoming, and Idaho, I was intrigued by all the semis I saw hauling haybales and other flatbed loads through remote agricultural areas.

Anyway, your descriptions above give me a better sense. I hadn't thought about the indoor plants with overhead cranes. You got a bit of snow when you were unloading at that shed in Connecticut, eh? smile.gif

Posted:  1 month ago

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Cooking/Eating OTR

Makes sense. Thanks!

Posted:  1 month ago

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Cooking/Eating OTR

It is hard for me to understand how people eat from paper or plastic plates, drink from plastic cups and use plastic forks and spoons. It may be a Russian thing, but a good amount of pleasure from eating my meal comes from a porcelain plate, a glass pint and a silver fork. It does take some extra time to wash everything, but it is definitely worth it!

Where/how do you wash everything up?

Posted:  1 month ago

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Question about Flatbed Loads/Unloads

So, a "dumb" question, out of curiosity: For flatbedders, is the loading and unloading typically done somewhere else besides a standard loading dock? I'm thinking of some of the type of loads--aluminum, lumber, etc.--and those perhaps seem odd to go through a loading dock. Or are they typically drop-and-hook (there's probably not a "typical")? How often are you delivering directly to construction sites or unique locations?

I know this is a generalizing question, so thanks for any perspective. I'm just trying to get a better sense for it.

Posted:  1 month ago

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Been lurking but possibly soon to be ex Federal worker getting ready for the jump

Interesting program and company, Nuts. I had a recently road trip through South Dakota and Wyoming, and now that you mention them, the company name does seem familiar. I may relocate out that way, so I'm always keeping my eye out for companies in that operating area. Best of luck to you!

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Cooking/Eating OTR

Thanks to the original poster for starting this thread and to each of you so far for sharing what you do/eat. This is definitely something I'm thinking about too, and it's good to get up-to-date info!

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