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Posted:  6 days, 20 hours ago

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What would you do?

I'm not a driver yet but can I guess? If confronted with this, that the arms are more or less up but the lights and bells are going I'd sit there for a couple of minutes to see if the train does in fact come by. If it doesn't then I might figure that the signal is possibly being triggered by a train or other vehicle down the way out of my sight distance and give it a couple more minutes. OR perhaps the signal is malfunctioning... If I can't readily see down the track in either direction from my cab and wish to still proceed, I might physically get out of the tractor cab and if safe to do so step into the intersection and proceed to look both ways??? If I see a train or something in the distance then I'd stay put, but if I didn't I might chalk it up to a malfunction and quickly try to cross.

Did I pass teach???

Posted:  6 days, 23 hours ago

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It looks as if a railroad strike is still a possibility

Well yeah... The deal that had been reached was only tentative and still needed to get voted on which the Feds got put off until after the midterms so they could tout it as a feather in their cap. I mean they've failed at enough things, they didn't need to add this to their pile so they got it put off. But I think the unions have the railroads over a barrel and will get what they want.

Posted:  1 month ago

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For all you 1980’s babies, look at my new mascot!

I used to have just a slew of those Transformers when I was a kid growing up in the 80's... My brother did Star Wars, I did TF. I can remember leaving them behind when I moved out of my family's house as my family broke up and I got my first apartment. My brother kept the house and cleared everything out when he wanted to move a bunch of roommates in. I'll forever kick myself when he asked me what to do with all them and I nonchalantly told him to get rid of them, the one time he listened to me. Some of the ones I had are collectors items now. Never had Prime, but a mint G1 Prime with accessories can go for a several hundred bucks at auction.

Posted:  1 month, 2 weeks ago

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First new truck

Nice!!! Way to go man, congratulations...

Posted:  2 months, 1 week ago

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Say a Prayer for a Trucker Who Passed During a Very Bad Crash...

Not sure if this is appropriate, but this happened in Allen, TX north of Dallas yesterday. There's dashcam footage included with the video. But couldn't help but say a prayer as this trucker didn't make it out and isn't coming home to whatever kind of family he may have had...

https://www.wfaa.com/article/news/local/one-dead-semi-truck-flies-off-us-75-overpass-collin-county-allen-texas/287-7c55fff0-d5e1-4022-b177-eb07f7601fdb

Posted:  3 months ago

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Truck Stop Follies and Assorted Stupidity

I'd say he didn't pull into the pumps straight as has been previously mentioned. I've known for a while but have seen it in turns, that the tractor and the trailer axle turn on two separate and unique radiuses. The tractor will turn on an outside radius while the trailer axle will turn on an inside radius. Because it's articulated it doesn't have a single turn radius like your car does. His tractor was straight, he got his fuel and pulled through but the trailer wasn't straight and he smacked the pump as it straightened out.

Posted:  3 months ago

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Truck Stop Follies and Assorted Stupidity

Wow! Just wow! I'm not in a truck, may be by the end of the year we'll see, but right now I'm just a lurker. But I took time to clean up my employee breakroom and shoot some pictures of the mess some employees had left behind just yesterday... Sent a snarky text along with the pics talking about taking pride in one's workplace. You're truck in addition to being your home is also your workplace. You should take pride in both. This is why truckers have a bad reputation...

Posted:  3 months, 1 week ago

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Traffic Alert in Dallas/Ft Worth - Highway Closure!

While admittedly I'm largely a lurker, I do enjoy reading the posts and have been very informed by the variety. That being said, I just learned from a coworker that where we're located in the Dallas/Ft Worth area they're planning a large highway closure for this weekend as part of an ongoing project to provide highways 360 and 30 with a proper interchange.

As quoted, "Work continues placing steel girders for future connector ramps within the interchange. The addition of the steel girders is changing the look of the interchange bringing the future direct connectors in view. Placing steel girders and concrete bridge beams requires road closures for motorist safety. Upcoming major highway closures are:

SH 360 Northbound and Southbound – Closed between Avenue J and Six Flags Drive Friday, Aug. 19, 8 p.m. through Monday, Aug. 22. 5 a.m. Southbound traffic will exit Avenue J/Lamar Boulevard and re-enter from the Six Flags Drive entrance ramp. Northbound traffic will exit Six Flags Drive and re-enter from the Brown Boulevard/Avenue K entrance ramp.

The City of Arlington has partnered with Waze to give drivers the best experience possible to get around town. Drivers can download Waze for free at www.waze.com/get for iOS and Android and see real-time traffic, find optimal routes, avoid road closures and more."

And the URL of a handy article from the City of Arlington, TX is - https://www.arlingtontx.gov/news/my_arlington_t_x/news_stories/i30_update_2022

So drivers passing through the Dallas/Ft Worth mid-cities this weekend should use caution and possibly an alternative route!

KB

Posted:  7 months ago

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What Do You Say To The Naysayers???

Thanks everyone, I really needed to hear all your responses. I should really practice what I preach, because I pretty much think to myself that one should live their life as they care to so long as they aren't bringing harm to others, to themselves and being able to provide for themself. I don't think I'd want anyone else living in my house as a renter or a B&B. But yeah, after having given it a lot of thought I'd arrived at treating my house as an investment. Considering it's due to be paid off in 2045, when I'd be seventy-three I figured if trucking can be as profitable as you're led to believe (assuming you're willing to put in the work obviously), then why not work at paying it off as quickly as possible so you can enjoy it and not be making mortgage payments into your elder years? And for the query about how much I make that someone touched on... I work in hospitality for now, I had been making $33k annually as an Executive Auditor overnight which I enjoyed but left my financially wanting. After getting laid off I got a new job making $40k as a Front Office Manager at another hotel, which I don't enjoy and am already looking to make a change.

Posted:  7 months ago

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What Do You Say To The Naysayers???

So since I've thought about getting into trucking, I've met many folks who actually do drive trucks - some company drivers and a very nice couple that were Owners/Operators - and they each had nothing but good things to say about trucking. They weren't plugging their companies, didn't give me any references so I felt that they were being honest. Contrast that however with a family member and also a close friend who are darn near adamant about me not getting into trucking, that it's not all I'm pinning my hopes and dreams on. So what do you or have you said to the naysayers? Cause I'm not naive, I don't expect trucking to be some kind of golden ticket, that all that's wrong with my life will be magically resolved, but I'm looking at it being better then where I am in life now. I'm looking at it as the funding for a good financial future, as I'm having direct experience with an elderly parent who didn't save anything and seeing how he's having to live. My naysaying family member calls to my attention a house, which I purchased years before I thought about getting into trucking, and how I'll be paying on a house that I won't be living in save a few days a month. That at least I say, I see the house as an investment. It's a cheap mortgage, less than a thousand a month and I'm already a third of the way into it on a thirty year mortgage. I could choose to see it as an opportunity to travel while making enough money to plow into the mortgage and get it paid off sooner, saving however much interest to boot.

But I'm curious if you've had to deal with family naysayers...

Posted:  7 months, 2 weeks ago

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Anyone Work for Roehl?

Well okay, what do you like or dislike about Roehl? What do you think of their equipment? Do they give their drivers good equipment to drive? How are they about getting you time off and/or getting you home? What about freight in the direction you care to go geographically? What are new drivers realistically making?

Posted:  7 months, 2 weeks ago

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Anyone Work for Roehl?

Okay, I know I can find information here at TT about Roehl and I already have. But I'm looking at them amongst others and wonder if there's anyone on the boards that works for Roehl and may have any inside scoop?

Posted:  7 months, 2 weeks ago

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Weird / Interesting Truck Stops...

Okay, so I've just seen the thread that a fellow board member posted about your first load, a weird load you may remember and now I've got the gumption to post this... I've been lurking, been reading what I can, watching videos about trucking and I've read and watched a few about truck stops. Most truck stops are just some gas pumps, a store and a parking lot to park in and that's fine, no judgements. But some, such as Iowa-80 and others are attractions unto themselves. I can't seem to find it, but I remember reading a list I found of the best truck stops in the country, more than one of which featured night clubs with concerts.

So any weird truck stops you've spent the night at? Any you happen to remember for a particular reason, nothing terrible but something that made it noteworthy?

Posted:  7 months, 2 weeks ago

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Guess When You're Sure?

So I like Pinterest, I've got an album dedicated to both Conventional and Cab Over Engine trucks (admittedly a guilty pleasure). So Pinterest knows I like big semies and sends me pics in my feed. Saw this and this is the one place I wanted to share it...

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Posted:  7 months, 3 weeks ago

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Am I nuts?

I don't think Donna is nuts for considering going back to OTR because she finds regional boring. I'm looking at getting into trucking quite possibly as soon as I get my father squared away as he's elderly and needs an facility. I've spent since graduating high school in '91 steadily working, going from home to work, work to home and back to work. Quite frankly it's boring and while I'd consider a regional offer if it was made when I were to get in, going from A to B and back to A just in a truck sounds just as boring. I've got a friend who before retiring used to run regional from Dallas to Shreveport and back five days a week. Sounds boring as all heck, seeing the same stretch of road day after day after day. I'd go OTR if nothing else just for the change in scenery and who knows what's going on when you have to shut down for the day/night...

Posted:  9 months, 2 weeks ago

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I have a terrible driving record, drug user and criminal record …………,

I can second that... I work in hospitality and we're having trouble hiring because folks have a record that precludes them from being considered. I mean I'm not saying you can't have a little fun if that's your thing, but know how to keep it under control and to a minimum. And for goodness sake, eventually just grow up. I'm a professional now and looking back at my youth just makes me want to shudder sometimes... Maybe if folks thought about their future a bit they'd not do some of the stupid things they do that prevents them from having a good future.

Posted:  9 months, 3 weeks ago

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How Is Illness Handled On The Road When It Lays You Up?

Okay, so I'm a hotel manager and this past Thursday I got a phone call from my boss, the GM, at 6.30am. Now when the GM calls you at 6.30am it's never good as you can imagine. He told me that the 7am girl had just called in and I needed to get to work ASAP to relieve the auditor. From then on it was a really !@#$ day. I hadn't been meant to go in until 9am so I had to hop out of bed, get ready and get to work quickly.

Now I'm not talking the sniffles or a lite cold, I'm not talking you've got an upset stomach and it's just a matter of stopping every so often to hit some restroom. I'm talking something that lays you out, in the case of the girl who called in it was "supposedly" food poisoning. But do you soldier on if you can? Do you call and say the shipment is going to be late cause your sick? Does the company send out someone to drive you and your truck on in? Does someone send another driver with their own tractor to take over your trailer and continue on while you sit at wherever until you feel better?

I mean you're by yourself unless you drive a team. So when you're doubled over you can't exactly drive. I'm a very healthy guy, just a few sore joints and such and rarely if ever sick. But I'm kind of curious as you can't exactly call into the office and whoever else is there just carries on without you.

Posted:  10 months ago

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End of Month for Truckers...

Sounds positively divine... In hospitality, and I'm sure elsewhere, end of month is usually a pretty big deal. A big rush to get numbers in and problems fixed. And the night's work has to be just perfect lest you have a problem in January and the fix in February so to say, then have to explain to corporate why your numbers are going to be out of whack in whatever for two months...

Posted:  10 months ago

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End of Month for Truckers...

I'm curious what, if anything, truckers have to do for end of month? End of month is a big deal with many business, mine included. I'd imagine you'd have to turn in receipts, maybe some logs, but I'm curious what else if anything?

Posted:  10 months, 1 week ago

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Phone charging cords

Bruce, if you've got an iPhone then you've likely got wireless charging. Can you not just buy a wireless charging pad and then use it to charge your phone? Alternatively, what's wearing out exactly? The cord itself or the plug? Plugs are notorious for flexing and slowly coming apart, I've had a few come apart over the years as the plastic comes apart. Also the socket on the phone gets dirt and stuff in it. Reason I say is they make magsafe cords, it's got a little magnetic tip on the end of the cord that attaches itself to a magnetic piece that you put into the socket of your phone and you leave it there. Then all they have to do is touch each other and power is transmitted, that they're both magnetic keeps them from coming apart but you can easily pull them apart when necessary leaving the piece in the phone's socket.

So far as I know it's originally an Apple thing. They debuted it on some of their desktops and laptops so as to affect cord management. No one wants to walk by a desk or a table and trip over a cord pulling an expensive computer off a table to crash on the ground. If that were to happen the cord would just separate at the magnet and no harm no foul. Also are you using just a cable sheathed in latex or rubber or a braided cable? Reason I ask is that braided fabric cables can have more flex to them if you say roll it up around your knuckles which can kink the wire inside. Something to think about in both cases however...

I'm not plugging this as a purchase, but this is what I'm talking about - https://www.dynx.co.uk/magnetic-charging-cable-usb-adapter-charger-for-ipad-iphone-55s-66s-77-plus

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