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Posted:  1 week, 3 days ago

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First encounter with an Electric semi.

As President Trump likes to say about EVs “They don’t go far”

Posted:  1 week, 3 days ago

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Close Encounter with a Bear

I had a close encounter with a large Black Bear this evening in central KY. I was driving west from London to Horse Cave on Cumberland Pkwy.

About sundown a large bear ran across the Hwy from left to right at full speed. I managed to slowdown enough with an empty trailer to just “barely” miss it.

It was a close call. I was excited to see a bear, but also scared that I’d hit it.

No traffic behind me and I didn’t swerve to left lane to avoid it. Just braked to slow down.

Posted:  2 weeks, 2 days ago

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Roehl or halvor paid cdl?

I did my paid CDL training with Prime because Prime was the only company out of 11 applications that gave me the chance. Fortunately Prime was my first choice company anyway.

I Had a 12 months obligation to drive for Prime to “pay” for the training cost. I’m still driving for Prime after 2 years.

Posted:  1 month ago

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Prime presented me an Excellence Award Tonight!!

Way to go, Kearsey! Thanks for the help and support that you’ve given me at Prime, even though I’m not one of your students.

Posted:  2 months ago

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One Million Safe Miles Reached!!!

Congratulations Kearsey! 7- 8 years per million safe miles! Way to hang in there with Prime.

Posted:  4 months ago

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Run it or wait it out?

I sat in a rest area on east side of Des Moines heading west to Denver from 01/08 11:30am to 01/10 07:00 due to winter storm Finn(?).

The 511 map looked like the one you posted. About 9 inches of snow and high winds.

I parked about 3 hours before the snow started at that location. It was already snowing west of Des Moines where I was originally targeting to park closer to Omaha. It was a good location.

I ended up getting to my delivery on Thursday morning about 25 hours later than originally scheduled for Wednesday morning.

No big deal. The appointment was changed based upon an ETA that I provided.

My company Safety Dept put out a message on Tuesday morning suggesting to drivers to park and let the storm pass plus give DOT crews time to clear the road rather than take risks on snow & ice covered roads. They were already dealing with several accidents with trucks slid off the roads.

Later I passed 4 tractor-trailers in the ditch. Two were rolled. Plus several cars.

Posted:  4 months, 1 week ago

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How far back can your tandems go and be legal to drive?

These are handy references for king pin laws by state. My company’s trailers have stickers on them listing the states with max hole back rules.

I run in the Midwest a lot so frequently use 12th hole back as maximum. I find that 12th hole usually provides good balance between drives and tandems weight distribution.

Be careful about Indiana rule on state highways being 7th hole max back rather than 12th.

I have had to have 3 trailers reworked by one shipper running from Michigan to Tennessee when tandem was overweight in the 12th hole max back. Usually take a couple pallets off.




Posted:  4 months, 2 weeks ago

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How was your 2023?

2023 was my first full 12 months driving without a disruption. Grossed $74k with ~112k+ paid miles.

I’m happy with it.

Posted:  4 months, 2 weeks ago

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Rookie year Recap

Way to go Sandman J getting through the first year!

Posted:  4 months, 2 weeks ago

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When do you all think the market turnaround will happen

A lot of the work that I did as a Petroleum Engineer managing and studying data for abnormal trends will and is being replaced by AI.

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