Profile For William D.

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  • Location:
    Buffalo, NY

  • Driving Status:
    Rookie Solo Driver

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    3 years ago

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Posted:  8 months, 3 weeks ago

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5th Wheel

We had a whole shift of drivers refuse to drive and they finally fixed it we are a union shop our steward had us shutdown

Prime has stop blocks welded so we can't use the forward most hole, or the rear most hole. I can live with that, as I still have options to slide if absoloutely necessary.

As for the welded forward, I would NOT move that truck, if I could not make it legal weight. The overweight ticket goes on my license, and I'm the one getting hosed over it.

This was my response to a "ok to roll" message. Dispatch had me drop the trailer and wait on another to be unloaded before I hooked it. I do not mess around with my CDL, or other people's safety.

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Posted:  8 months, 3 weeks ago

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5th Wheel

Don’t think it does here in NYS I pleaded not guilty and I got the truck fixed and the proper paperwork for court when I gotta go

This is an intriguing problem that I have never heard of. There must be a story behind this that would explain why the company had the 5th wheel welded in the forward position.

Personally, I would refuse to drive that truck if it couldn’t be made legal. Does the overweight on the steers go on your record? It doesn’t matter if the company pays the fine. If the violation goes on your DAC or any other record, you are the one getting screwed.

This is a new one to me and I am curious as to why this situation exists.

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Posted:  8 months, 4 weeks ago

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5th Wheel

Yeah with it welded forward it overweights my steers. I work for a mining company that does fracking they just started trucking there own products when I started tried telling them I’m gonna be overweight everytime till they slide the wheel back some to take weight from my steers. They still didn’t do it so if I get inspected again just gonna get another ticket.

Looking at the photo it is not welded to the frame but to the 5th wheel track. It is no different than if it were a non sliding 5th wheel but with a broken weld. The company might not the 5th wheel to slide and that's their choice. I would have the 5th wheel re-welded and be sure of your axle weights after loading because you will not be able to shift any over weight on the drives by very much.

Posted:  8 months, 4 weeks ago

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5th Wheel

It’s also making me overweight on my steers I got Dot inspected and caught a 32% overweight ticket my company said they will pay it but they didn’t fix the issue so Im gonna be overweight everytime cause we run 107k on our permits

Is it legal to weld the 5th wheel fully forward so it don’t slide anymore my company did this ontop of that the welds are breaking

Posted:  8 months, 4 weeks ago

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5th Wheel

Here’s the picture

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Posted:  8 months, 4 weeks ago

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5th Wheel

Is it legal to weld the 5th wheel fully forward so it don’t slide anymore my company did this ontop of that the welds are breaking

Posted:  10 months, 1 week ago

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Opportunity to get my own Truck

Thank’s BK I’m still at odds but really thinking about it. My ole lady wants me to stay local or id hit the open road

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And the run to the landfill is only about 32 miles both ways

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I don’t want to discourage you in following your dream but you have left out alot of critical information.

How much experience do you have driving a truck?

How much experience do you have running a business??

What type of freight are you planning on hauling?

Are you planning on running power only or getting your own trailer??

Do you have your own potential customers?

What freight lanes are you looking at running??

Are you planning on running load boards using brokers??

How much have you been quoted for insurance??

How much cash on hand do you have for startup costs??

If you lease onto a company you run under their authority and insurance. You run their ELD. That means they call the shots.

This is just a quick starter group of questions you must have answers to before you buy a truck. If your under 5 years driving experience insurance will likely be very expensive.

Your friend wants to sell the cascadia, ok how is it setup? Is it spec’d for the work you intend to do with it. Trucks are not all equipped the same. You need the right truck for the right job.

Just some things for you to think about before making this big a decision.

Rates are in the toliet and not looking to improve in the near future. Fuel is probably going back up shortly given the saudi’s cutting production by 1 million barrels a day.

If you have any further questions just ask.

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William, that clarifies things a lot. Might just work for you in your situation.

Everybody here is very cautious about encouraging drivers to get their own authority because most plans are not very well thought out and times are tough for OOs.

If you decide to do this, I hope it is successful for you. Good luck.

Posted:  10 months, 1 week ago

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Opportunity to get my own Truck

And the run to the landfill is only about 32 miles both ways

I don’t want to discourage you in following your dream but you have left out alot of critical information.

How much experience do you have driving a truck?

How much experience do you have running a business??

What type of freight are you planning on hauling?

Are you planning on running power only or getting your own trailer??

Do you have your own potential customers?

What freight lanes are you looking at running??

Are you planning on running load boards using brokers??

How much have you been quoted for insurance??

How much cash on hand do you have for startup costs??

If you lease onto a company you run under their authority and insurance. You run their ELD. That means they call the shots.

This is just a quick starter group of questions you must have answers to before you buy a truck. If your under 5 years driving experience insurance will likely be very expensive.

Your friend wants to sell the cascadia, ok how is it setup? Is it spec’d for the work you intend to do with it. Trucks are not all equipped the same. You need the right truck for the right job.

Just some things for you to think about before making this big a decision.

Rates are in the toliet and not looking to improve in the near future. Fuel is probably going back up shortly given the saudi’s cutting production by 1 million barrels a day.

If you have any further questions just ask.

Posted:  10 months, 1 week ago

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Opportunity to get my own Truck

Well I just got my cdl again last year but had it in the past the cascadia is a day cab and I plan on hauling trash drop and hook to a landfill the truck is cheap and it’s only 37k and has 567975 miles on it I got around 47k saved and plan on financing the truck for around $600 a month my old company said they take me on if I had my own truck they pay $10 a ton and would be around $300 a load more if I run quads I haul for a mining company now that works in the fracking business my wife owns a day care and my sister is a director of tax compliance for a large company so I have both of them to help me get rolling and yes it would be just power they have own walking floor trailers

I don’t want to discourage you in following your dream but you have left out alot of critical information.

How much experience do you have driving a truck?

How much experience do you have running a business??

What type of freight are you planning on hauling?

Are you planning on running power only or getting your own trailer??

Do you have your own potential customers?

What freight lanes are you looking at running??

Are you planning on running load boards using brokers??

How much have you been quoted for insurance??

How much cash on hand do you have for startup costs??

If you lease onto a company you run under their authority and insurance. You run their ELD. That means they call the shots.

This is just a quick starter group of questions you must have answers to before you buy a truck. If your under 5 years driving experience insurance will likely be very expensive.

Your friend wants to sell the cascadia, ok how is it setup? Is it spec’d for the work you intend to do with it. Trucks are not all equipped the same. You need the right truck for the right job.

Just some things for you to think about before making this big a decision.

Rates are in the toliet and not looking to improve in the near future. Fuel is probably going back up shortly given the saudi’s cutting production by 1 million barrels a day.

If you have any further questions just ask.

Posted:  10 months, 1 week ago

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Opportunity to get my own Truck

Hello again folks been awhile been hustling and busting hump and have the opportunity to acquire a 2017 cascadia from a friend who sells trucks and cars. Would it be wise to start my own authority or lease on with a carrier ?. I’m in my 40s and wanna get started on my own business but need some advice on which way to start either my own or lease on a company with my own truck ?

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