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Posted:  21 hours, 11 minutes ago

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First year solo. Knight Flatbed

Continued.....

It's Friday and it's not due till Monday and Tuesday so I do have time to have this figured out. I'm not too excited about this load and tarping it. And this is what I mean about plan A never working out haha. I got this load as a pre-plan on my way back from Illinois and had an idea of how I was going to run this weekend. But of course nothing ever goes as planned, it's always something haha.

But I have been trying to enjoy my time out here. For the past two weekends me and three other drivers from Knight have gone to a Olive Garden that is about 15 min away from the terminal. It has been a lot of fun hanging out with them and we have given each other nicknames. One guy name is "12'6" because he tried to go under a 12'6 bridge with a Conestoga. According to him the tractor fit but halfway through, the Conestoga hit the bridge. No real damage was done because he said he was going 5 mph and was able to back out from under it. He did rip the fabric on the trailer though and almost got terminated for his decision. There is "Roger buddy" aka "Roger" because he always says roger buddy haha. Another guy we call "Hibernation" because he spends 15hrs in the sleeper and I'm called "Quarter tank." The reason is because I'm always at or below a quarter tank of gas when I get to the fuel pump. In my defense, haha, I am using the company's fuel solution spots. I don't know who is recommending these places but it's coming close to me running out of fuel trying to get to them. We are trying to make this a tradition, that every time we are all at the terminal on a Friday or Saturday we will go to that Olive Garden. This weekend we couldn't make it. Roger went home, 12'6 is in Illinois and hibernation is in Virginia.

It has been fun out here so far with its share of headaches of course but I'm enjoying my time. Always learning and trying to become a better driver. My backing is coming along very well. I still remember the days I got frustrated not being able to park this spread axle trailer haha. But there was one time a few weeks ago at a flying j on 280 where I got a little too ****y. I tried to fit in a tight spot and my ambition was greater than my skill to say the least. There were multiple empty spots available but I was determined to try that spot. At the end of it all I ended up aborting and chose another spot to park. I will be honest and say my feelings were hurt a little haha.

This has been a long post so I will end it here. For those wondering, yes I am still alive and well and running hard haha. Just been a bit busy lately but I will try my best to update more frequently.

P.s....For Momma Anne or any other OTR driver that reads this....., is it possible for you to send me links to posts about cooking food on the road? I know there are some in this site but I can't find them and I don't want to make another thread about it.... I'm staying out for 6 weeks this time and the most I have ever done was 4. I usually cook 4 weeks of food at home and bring it to the truck. But I have ran out of food on week 4 right now and I'm already tired of eating this truck stop garbage. I do have a microwave on the truck and I was thinking about bringing my air fryer and/or crockpot to the truck. Also I will need another freezer for the extra food, if anyone has any ideas on which one I should get.... Thanks.

Posted:  21 hours, 16 minutes ago

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First year solo. Knight Flatbed

Can't believe it's been over a month since my last post. Time is definitely flying out here. I'm almost at 9 months now and I'm shocked at how time has flown by. I started this journey in winter, made it through the spring, summer is ending and now onto fall. The one year mark is definitely coming quick. I'm still learning out here and taking it one day at a time. The one thing I have realized in trucking, is that nothing ever goes as planned, nothing! I start my day having a plan but something always comes up that makes me go to plan B. Then something else occurs then it's plan C and on to plan D smh. A good day for me is when I can stick to plan B or C. When things get to plan D then that's a bad day lol.

I'm really not sure we're I left off so I'll just start with what is fresh on my mind. I have been doing a lot of different type loads lately. I had one load a few weeks ago that went to a military facility in York, PA. I don't want to say the name of the place in fear of being hunted down haha. I picked the load up in Romeo, MI unaware of the place I was taking it to. I took pictures of the weird shaped metal but erased them because they didn't come out nice. I planned to take another picture of them when I dropped it off but that wasn't possible. Arriving at the facility, I had to check in at the security gate and get a badge which I was told to wear at all times while on the property. The guard also told me the strict 5 mph speed limit and no pictures were allowed or I will be prosecuted. I was a little upset that I couldn't take pictures of the load I had because it was something I have never seen before and quite unique. I transported 3 long sharp metal plates that did a number on my tarps. I had V-boards for the straps but nothing to protect my tarps. The aftermath looked like wolverine went crazy on them. I had a lot of fun patching them in the blistering 93 degree heat that day lol. Something else weird about that run was my DM calling me when I put my loaded macro in. He told me the broker wanted me to download an app so they could track me. I refused, the other option was to call him every 3 hours with my location, I chose that. But after I put in my empty call I received a txt from a number saying thank you for the delivery. So I was being tracked the whole time anyway...

I had another different load come out of Michigan which were Pods 0102348001664062043.jpg they were going to Cinnaminson, NJ. I have to say that I do not enjoy driving in Michigan or New Jersey at all lol. Both of those states can get crossed off my list of places to travel.... The 3 Pods weighed 10k, 8k and the end was 10k. Since this was a new load for me and being a bit nervous, I put 4 straps on the front and back Pods. And for the first time put a twist in the straps 0280173001664062467.jpgnot sure if I did it correctly but the straps did not budge. No movement, no flapping in the wind, nothing at all. They weren't even loose during my load checks. I tightened them so tight that I even broke a strap. 0280750001664062788.jpgIt was funny when it popped because I went stumbling across the parking lot. The winch bar went one way and I went the other, I had a good laugh over that. The only problem I had was trying to get the straps off the winch. I tightened them so much that I had to put everything I had into getting them loose.

Ah, also had a blow out in the trailer tire. 0302606001664063805.jpgI was on 80w in Ohio near Hubbard when this happened, I have a CB now that I bought off a Knight driver for $60 because he found a local gig, While driving, a driver behind me came on the radio and told me that my tire has blown. This CB has been useful, a few weeks back I was on 78w and a driver came on the radio and said "There's a big gator on the zipper at exit 16" I had no idea what that meant and I was coming close to exit 16. There was a truck in the left lane and a truck in front of me in the right lane. They both went to the outside of their lanes and opened the view for me where I saw a big piece of tire laying on the dotted lines. Ah!, gator on the zipper haha, now I understand. That sucker was big too, it was half way in both lanes.

Right now I'm sitting at the terminal because I have a little situation with my load going to Georgia. 0775668001664067074.jpgThis monstrosity is weighing in at 35k and there are only 5 winches on this trailer. No way in hell I'm pulling this with only 5 straps on it. My DM left early today so when I sent him a message, the terminal manager responded saying call back in the morning when my DM is in... I already know this load is going to be a headache because it has to be tarped. Also it's a 5 stop run. The 1st stop is only getting one piece which I'm guessing is on the back section at the top of those tubes. The tubes are for the 2nd stop and the 3rd stop is sitting in the front section on top of the 2nd stop haha. I wonder how that's going to play out. Not to mention, how in the world will I be able to re-tarp that after the first stop?

Posted:  1 month, 4 weeks ago

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First year solo. Knight Flatbed

Thanks George and Momma Anne. Yes I think that vacation was the reset I needed....

Well that easy care free day didn't last long.... It rained all day Thursday delivering in VA. Luckily my first stop was indoors but the tarps were soaked. The second and final stops were unloaded outdoors and it was a joy un-tarping and folding the tarps in heavy rain. When that run was completed I received a load assignment for a four stop Texas trip. One stop in Alabama two in Arkansas and finishing in Fort Worth. I'm excited about that because 1. That's a lot of miles plus stop pay! lol and 2. It's new places I would travel to. I didn't have enough time on my clock to make it back to Cressona so I parked at the flying j exit 80 on 81.

Arrived at Cressona Friday 11am. I received a call from my DM saying something went wrong with that Texas run so he is sending me on a two stop Milwaukee run. That sucked, I was looking forward to doing that trip. So I drop my empty trailer, get the paperwork for the Milwaukee load and go around to this Conestoga trailer. I check it out and notice the hub seal is leaking 0526814001659116221.jpg Now I know things breakdown in trucking but everytime I get to a Conestoga trailer there is always some type of issue. Whether it be major or minor, it's always, always something with these trailers...

Called breakdown and they asked if I could bring it to a Loves shop to get fixed. Yea, no problem. I back under the trailer, do a tug test, then like I always do, I look to see if the locking jaw is actually locked on the kingpin. While doing that I noticed there is a space between my fifth wheel and trailer on the right side 0930672001659116699.jpg It's weird to me because it's only on the right side. The other side is fine. I'm thinking maybe its on uneven ground, let me raise the legs and maybe it will even out?? If not I would move the trailer to a flat surface, drop the legs and hook back up. While I'm cranking the handle I noticed only one leg is going up. Hahaha that's the problem. The trailer wasn't on an uneven surface, the one leg was higher than the other.

I call breakdown back and told them the new problem with the landing gear. I saw that there was a bolt missing and told him that may be the problem. He asks if I could find a bolt to temporarily put in there so the legs can lift and take it to a Loves shop. I get a bolt, which is not the correct size but it holds, and try to lift the trailer. It's a no go, I get two good turns and that's it. This load is 36,484 Lbs. I'm not about to strain myself on company equipment. I did however ask a forklift guy to lift the trailer so I can have a better go at it but they are all too busy. Now I'm waiting 3hrs for a Loves guy to come out. Hopefully this gets fixed so I can get to my relaxing weekend drive. This load isn't due till Monday but I don't want to have to rush to get it there.

Also I'm not sure if I should go off duty or use the sleeper berth split. What I have learned so far about the split, I think it is best to use it. So I will see how that works out...

Posted:  2 months ago

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First year solo. Knight Flatbed

First day back from vacation. I went to the beach in Destin, Florida with my family and had a wonderful, relaxing time. Went to the beautiful beach, did Go-Karts, Jet skiing, and a boat tour. It's nice down there. Came back home Monday but took Tuesday off to recover, now it's back to the real world.

Got my load assignment and it's a 3 stop run to VA on a flatbed, not a Conestoga. Even though it's on a flatbed and tarped it's an easy run, straight down I-81s. The week off did not make me soft. I did a decent tarp0326944001658962530.jpg and backed between 2 trucks here at Pilot in Greenville. There were spots with multiple empty spaces but I chose this one to continue practicing. Needed 1 pull up with this and a little close on my left but it's fine with me. First day back is going smooth so far, wishing the rest of the week emulates this day....

Posted:  2 months ago

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8/2 or 7/3 Sleeper Berth Explained

Excellent, Excellent video!! Thanks for sharing. Thank you for your dedication teaching us rookies and sharing your knowledge with others. Much appreciated!!!

Posted:  2 months, 1 week ago

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One year of driving as of today

Congrats on a year driving BK. Hopefully many more safe and profitable years to come

Posted:  2 months, 1 week ago

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First year solo. Knight Flatbed

Completed my weekend run on Monday. The first stop I had in Elkhart did not have overnight parking so I'm glad I followed my gut and stayed at that Pilot in Fremont. I did show up earlier than my 10am appointment time and there were two trucks in front of me, ended up getting unload at 0900. Headed into Illinois for my other two stops. My second stop needed an appointment time. I didn't call my DM that morning but instead called the receiver before I left out to my first stop and made the appointment for 1300. I arrived there at 1240. The last stop was first come first serve so no problems there. Came back empty to Cressona and arrived there Tuesday evening.

Was given a load assignment to Port Newark in Elizabeth, NJ for Wednesday. Only 120 miles smh. Wasn't even one of Knights customers, it was for this company AIM. I did have the pleasure of pulling one of their Conestogas and it was delightful. It rolled back with ease and had a properly working string to lift up the back flap.

Did a thorough trip plan and glad I did. The GPS did not know what to do at the Port. Had no problems with that but was amazed at how busy it was over there. Container trucks everywhere! Traffic was heavy and I thought to myself, these drivers have to spend most of there clock just trying to get in and out of there.

Came back to Cressona empty again and now I have a three stop run in Ohio for tomorrow. Warren, Canton and Bolivar. I've been to those places before but not recently. Matter of fact, the place in Bolivar was where I got into my second incident back in March and hit a street sign making a right turn lol. My first stop isn't until 7pm Thursday, which is weird because I never had an appointment time after 4pm. Hopefully it won't throw me off my routine. The second stop is for 8am Friday and the third stop doesn't have a time yet. This is loaded on a Conestoga and I miss the other companies trailer already. I would rather tarp and re-tarp a five stop run than have to deal with these Conestogas.

At the terminal now doing much needed laundry and waiting to roll out tomorrow. I will be coming back empty on Friday and cut my time out on the road short because I'm going on vacation next week. A much needed vacation at that. I have to say my DM looked out for my interest by giving me this run. I will be able to get back to the terminal at a decent time and get home. I thanked him for that...

Posted:  2 months, 1 week ago

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First year solo. Knight Flatbed

As I recall, you were towed once, then hit two poles. Incidents and accidents both can end up on a DAC.

Dang Mr. Pack. I hit two poles?? Lol. I only have two incidents. The first one was taking a right turn to wide and slid into a ditch on the other side of the road. The second incident is where I hit the pole on a right hand turn, and I never got towed.. Maybe you have my story confused with someone else?? It's all good, I know you are reading a lot of drivers threads... I will look into them like Chief said and call the safety department here to see what they put on my DAC. Hopefully it's just the one I got the citation for which was the second incident...

Davy, I have thought about changing terminals but I only know of OS terminal and mine that do flatbed. My attitude does stem from a lot of small things that build up then on top of that my pay is habitually incorrect.

I am an over thinker, also a perfectionist. Every Minute detail has to be in sync for me to feel comfortable with doing something. Being here has really tested that trait and that is one of the reasons for my constant frustrations. Not having the proper training and being thrown out to the wolves is definitely not what I'm use to or was expecting.

Old School, Shawn's defense at first was that payroll isn't putting it in. Then when I got Ashley involved he acted like it was an honest mistake. The most recent one he said " you should have received x amount for tarp and stop pay and that's what it shows you were paid for" Those were his exact words. Usually he just asks for the trip number but this time was different. Shawn can be condescending at times so I took offense and responded in a not so nice way. I'm always professional and cordial with him but my response was anything but.

I know sometimes my tarp pay or stop pay gets paid before my mileage and other times it may follow on the next week's check. Those things depend on when my DM enters them. Is that happening? 

That happens sometimes, but in most cases I'm waiting 2-3 weeks to get my tarp or stop pay. Now if he was to say, sometimes it gets paid out slow, like detention and layover, then I would respect that. But when I ask him why tarp pay isn't in a check, he blames payroll....

Posted:  2 months, 2 weeks ago

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First year solo. Knight Flatbed

Say you do decide to leave, do you think your three incidents there at Knight will show on your DAC Report?

No no, not three. Just tworofl-2.gif and I assume you are telling me they will show on my DAC report.... I'm well aware that one of them is on there, the second one I got the citation for and would be surprised if the first one is on there. Seeing how I didn't receive a ticket or citation. But I do get what you're saying Pack....

If I have to stay a full year or more then I will do so. If there's a possibility another company will accept me, then most likely I will move on....

Posted:  2 months, 2 weeks ago

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First year solo. Knight Flatbed

Made it to the Pilot in Fremont, IN this afternoon. There definitely isn't 130 parking spaces like the app says, it's closer to 50. The place was half full when I got here and after taking a shower and coming back to the truck I see the number of trucks has grown significantly. My plans of going to the receiver in Elkhart are scratched due to the fear of not being able to park there overnight, then returning to the Pilot without having a spot to park. The perfect scenario would have been to park at the receiver today so I would have an early start tomorrow with no time coming off my 11. But that's my fault for not calling on Friday to confirm if they allow overnight parking. Not a big deal since it's an hr away, but that will be a hr off my 11.... I have a 10am appointment time but I'm going to show up when they open at 7am. Hopefully to be the first driver at the door and they unload me.

My other two stops don't have an appointment time even though the B/L says an appointment time is required for delivery. Let's see how that works out. My DM comes in at 7am so I will communicate with him before going to those stops.

Now I want to address my attitude so far and vent a little... I feel myself getting frustrated out here and I'm not sure what the root of it is. Could it be normal rookie frustrations? Am I home sick? Is it my DM? Could I be burning myself out? Maybe all of the above? I know for sure one of the causes is my pay check consistently being wrong..... I stay out for 3 weeks and go home for a 34. When I'm out, I end up running on recaps and only slow down for weekend driving. Which could explain why I enjoy Saturday driving as much as I do.

Got into somewhat of a heated debate with my DM two weeks ago over my pay. I was missing $300 in tarp pay and a detention pay. When I bring it to his attention he says I'm wrong. That is where the heated exchange occurred. I have been solo for 6 months now and my check has been correct a total of 4 times. 4 weeks out of 6 months, and yes this weeks check was missing tarp pay and a stop off.

I'm always missing tarp, stop off, detention, layover and breakdown pay. On 2 checks the mileage was completely off. Like only getting paid for 60 miles on a trip that was 729 miles. It's a bit annoying to always go through this. I have talked with payroll, my terminal manager, my DM and his boss. Still same thing every pay period. I remember doing a thread about it when I was 2 weeks solo and some members said I was overreacting. Hmm, wonder if I'm still overreacting. I can't say it's personal because 1) its been happening since the very first check and 2) I'm not the only driver having this issue.

Right now I have 59,210 miles solo under my belt. I would love to stay here for a yr to reach 100k but with my pay issues and some other minor issues, I can say I'm just about ready to leave and look for another company.

Posted:  2 months, 2 weeks ago

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Having Fun With Your Logs

This is a great thread. I have learned a lot from reading through this, for example the break in the 14hr clock from using the split berth. That will help me out now that I understand what it actually does. Please continue to share how you guys/gals manage your clocks. I hope no one will feel like they are being "one upped" or being a "one upper" We are all in different divisions and what works for a flatbed driver might not be as productive for a Van/reefer/tanker driver. Also being OTR or regional. But with all the info on the table maybe we can use some different tactics from each other.

As a rookie I can say this has been very helpful and I want to thank you all for engaging in this conversation. Also like Brett said, please share the real world factors you guys face and possible solutions for coming across them. Stay safe out there drivers!

Posted:  2 months, 2 weeks ago

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First year solo. Knight Flatbed

Yo Davy, it's going. Been doing some, I guess, self reflection lately. My attitude/morale is going sour. Didn't realize it's been 3 weeks since my last update. Time is flying out here....

I'll start where I left off at from that heavy 2 stop run going to Sidney, OH. All went well with that and when I got back to Cressona for my next assignment I was given that 3 stop run into Salem, OH that wasn't ready before. That was on a flatbed and needed to be tarped. So for 2 stops I had to re-tarp the load. That was fun, plus it was super hot that day smh. Did a backhaul into Friendly, WV and picked up some ingots going to Cressona. Ingots are my favorite because they are the easiest and fastest load to secure. After that, I went back to Sidney for another 2 stop run. Racked up a lot of miles that week with those 640 mile runs and back. Then to finish off the week got a 4 stop run into Chicago, finishing in Dekalb Illinois.

Seeing that my next assignment was going in Chicago I was not too thrilled. Still a rookie and major cities are intimidating, not to mention the load was on a flatbed and not a Conestoga. So I will be doing some work with a few un-tarping and re-tarping at the stops. The first stop was on Ashland ave in downtown Chicago. Doing my trip plan I see a bunch of 13'2, 13', 11'4, etc, bridges around. One wrong turn and it would be disastrous. Not going to lie, I was nervous starting the trip but once I got there it wasn't bad. It was right off of 290 about 10 miles down the street and to the left. I did have to go under a 13'6 bridge which always makes me uneasy.

The 2nd stop was on 51st in Chicago, which again wasn't bad at all except the traffic. The 3rd stop was out of the city in Addison, IL. Had to drive through the town there but it was way better than Chicago city streets. The last stop was in Dekalb, Illinois. Beautiful scenery driving on 88w with open roads and no traffic. I was proud of myself that I survived Chicago lol. In reality, it wasn't as bad as I was thinking it would be. Although that first right hand turn off of 290 was very very tight, there wasn't any real problems delivering to those places.

Came back to Cressona empty and did runs in Ohio and a new one in Atkins, VA that week. All simple, easy, quick runs. No backhauls, so I was able to do a little over 2500 miles that week which is the most I've done so far. Definitely worked for them though. I usually get around 22-2300 miles a week and around 83-8500 a month staying out 3 weeks at a time. Following that I went to Lafayette, IN. I haven't had that run in a looong time. Felt good going back there. Empty run back to Cressona and now on a 3 stop run to Elkhart,IN, Northlake, IL and Northbrook, IL.

This is my weekend run and I do enjoy Saturday driving. Less stress and time to really plan out my driving. I'm currently at Blue heron service plaza on 80w in Ohio and decided to stay here. I wanted to get to the Pilot in Freemont, IN but didn't want to take the chance of there not being any spots left. The app said it had 130 parking spots but I did a Google satellite view and saw a lot less lol. I'm only 1hr and 20mins away so I'll make my way there tomorrow. The Pilot is about a hr away from my first stop so I was planning on staying there till Monday morning. But I will also drive down to my first stop tomorrow and check it out to see if I can park there which would be better. Google satellite shows me there is a dirt lot in the back but cannot see if it's gated. Will definitely find that out tomorrow....

Posted:  2 months, 4 weeks ago

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Having Fun With Your Logs

So to my understanding running recaps or doing a reset is not a bad way of handling the clock? I'm glad this is in discussion because I had a question on the best way to manage the clock for optimal performance. I do run on recaps and only do a reset on my hometime.

Turtle said:

But a driver running resets can exhaust his 70 in five or six days, reset on the 6th and 7th, then have an additional 14 available on the 8th day. Therefore, a driver running resets can have 84 hours available in which to drive in 8 days, a clear advantage.

Never knew about that... I guess my route doesn't allow me to do this but I wasn't even aware of being able to have 84 hours available in a 8 day span.

I have more questions but its time for me to get some sleep. Probably should have waited when I had time to explain the way I run to get some insight.

Posted:  2 months, 4 weeks ago

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Pattern Recognition

Davy I know exactly what you are saying about the company. Everything you said happens at this terminal also. Before trucking, I was a small business owner for 15 years. Realized that my eyes are still as a owner of a company. I get frustrated and confused at times on the way our company does business. It's slowly fading now that I'm accepting the fact that this is not my company lol..

My thoughts on rookies having difficulty because of their lack of pattern recognition is what Brett said:

Many people go through life without paying close attention to things around them. They never develop real sharp pattern recognition skills, and they don't learn as well as they could.

BK I agree with the multitude of patterns related to driving a truck. I'm 6 months solo and I can say I have noticed a lot out here on the road. My advantage in driving has been this website with members helping me with questions, also being a vigilant and observant driver from the day I got my drivers license. Had a couple of incidents with my right turns lol but learned from them quickly. Still have a lot to learn though.

And stop picking on us rookies lol. Yes, this job requires a lot of focus and awareness but I think if a new driver has decent situational awareness and are observant, they will have an upper hand out here on the road

Posted:  3 months ago

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Having Fun With Your Logs

Just want to ask my rookie question...

Does the recap/reset hold more value to what division the driver is in? Tanker, Intermodal, Dry Van, Flatbed etc.... And if they are on a dedicated account or not??

Posted:  3 months, 1 week ago

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First year solo. Knight Flatbed

Continued from yesterday..... The truck was finally done at 0120 Thursday... I get the invoice for the job and see they only put tires on the trailer and a plug on a drive... I'm confused and ask the guy, what about the trailer?? He tells me the tech went home and they will look at it in the morning when he gets in. The tech went home??.... He was the one that called me and told me to come into the bay. I start to question the guy on why it took so long for the tires. 5 hrs for 5 trailer tires and a plug on a drive. I'm a little annoyed that it took so long. He starts to answer me but I cut him off and thanked him. I realize he was the only one in there. I see in his eyes he is exhausted and there was no need to question him. It is what it is at this point.

The Loves is super tiny and at 0130 there was definitely nowhere to park. Not even on the side or anywhere, it was full to capacity. There is a flying j 14 miles down 78 so I left to try my luck there. Before leaving I thought maybe I should hop on the Cat scale and get weighed. Just curious on how illegal I really am....

0112212001655429101.jpgCrazy heavy on the trailer axles. Now knowing my actual weight I'm torn between driving 14 miles or staying where I am. The only options I have at the time are blocking the parking lot, sitting duck on the shoulder of 78, or the flying j 14 miles away. There is only on choice I really have. I leave and go to the flying j taking it slow. I get there and it's like this one perfect spot was waiting just for me. I'm happy something went in my favor that night.

My phone rings at 0710. It's the tech from Loves. Tells me he is ready to look at the trailer. I make my way back to the Loves and he gets to my trailer. He has me set the trailer brakes, pull forward, do this, do that and after 2 hours says it's the relay value and they don't have the part there. That's just great, he sends a message to Knights breakdown to get the part over to them and I'm waiting again. 3 hrs later, there is no part and no clue on when it will arrive. My DM messages me and wants me to come to the terminal and let the shop try and pull the axles apart. I'm a little hesitant on that because the terminal is 60 miles away and there is a weigh station I have to pass on 81. I inform him about it and he calls a driver that passed by there earlier and he said it was closed. Now off to the terminal....

I get to the terminal and we were able to get the axles spread apart. It was simple, they placed blocks at the rear axles, greased it up and had me pull forward. Worked on one try... I then pull off to the side in the yard and rework the rear of the load. I had to move two winches so they weren't over top of the tire and throw that sixth strap over the top in the back.

As I was doing that, Brad, who was my second trainer on the road who is now a trainer on the simulators and backing maneuvers in the yard, comes walking over with his class of five trainees. They stand there and watch as I was strapping the load which was somewhat awkward. Two of them are there for flatbed and they start asking questions. How do I like it? Is it hard? How to strap a load down, etc... I'm answering them and showing them what I'm doing until that one dreaded question comes up....How was the training?.... I instantly pause because I don't want to lie but I also don't want to sound like a terminal rat lol. Thankfully Brad quickly steps in and answers that question for me lol.

They leave, I finish up and head to the Loves down the street to get scaled. I want to be sure I'm legal before hitting the road. My steers are 11960, drives are 28000 and trailer is 39520. I'm close on my steers and trailer axle but I'm good to go. I head out but did not 1make it to far. Im feeling tired so I immediately pulled into a rest stop. I got maybe 5 hrs of sleep this morning and there's no need to risk anything by driving tired. I'm only going to Ohio so I will be there tomorrow

Posted:  3 months, 1 week ago

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First year solo. Knight Flatbed

What the HECK????? Why did they even LOAD that trailer, with 4 or 5 bunk arse tires?!?!?!?? No papers? Stuff like that makes me crazy. Anymore, Tom will flat out refuse to pull a loaded crap trailer. Then again, it's not steel beams, just cardboard.

Because the condition of the trailer is not there responsibility... That's what I was told when I questioned them "Hydro" on previous f'ed up loaded trailers. They just load the trailer and move on. I get it but they can at least let Knight know the trailer they load is messed up smh. I also don't like how they load the trailers for us. It's like they don't give a damn. I want to refuse a lot of loads so bad but I just throw extra straps on and pray for the best...

Have you ever run into/spoken with Old School? Man, you sure should. Somehow, he's got the 'ins' with the flatbed side of Knight. He pulls Connies a lot, too.

No, I haven't met the legendary Old School yet. Still waiting for that day lol

Sheesh; please update! If you ARE in Ohio often enough, get a hold of me!

I'm always in Ohio Momma Anne. The dedicated route I'm on has me on 70 and 80 every week... email me....

Hope when you read this, your day has gotten better, man.

I wished I had but so far its a no lol

Posted:  3 months, 1 week ago

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Today was/is a no drive go get the trailer fixed day. Momma Anne, Mon and Tues were fine but today "Wed " was a complete pause in driving. I had a backhaul from Milwaukee Mon to Portage, IN going to Lancaster Pa. 5 skidded coils. Started that Mon afternoon-ish and completed the run Wed morning. Could have got it there Tues but I overslept and didn't make it there before they closed at 1500. After that I went to Hydro in Cressona Pa for my next load.

Arrived at Cressona around 11 am. Dropped the empty trailer and came back around for my load. I was assigned a 3 stop run going to Alliance, OH and ending in Salem, OH. Easy enough, not too far and I've been to those places before. I go to get the paperwork and was told the load wasn't ready. They had no idea when it would be and was given an eta of around 1400hr. I let my DM know and he puts me on another load. This one is a 2 stop run to Sidney and Columbus OH. Haven't been to those places but still should be an easy run.

I get the paperwork for that load and see the gross weight is 48,388. This by far will be the heaviest load I have done. My heaviest gross weight was 73k and some change, for sure this will exceed that. So I drive inside looking for the preloaded trailer but can't find it. My guy there at Hydro, Big John, saw me double back around and stops me... Yo bud, he says. Your looking for trailer f50077. I say yes sir, I am. He tells me it's a Conestoga... Instantly my mood changes. I overlooked the Conestogas that were sitting outside because they usually have a "1" in the number, not double 0.

I always experience some type of issue with these Conestogas and I'm thinking the worse. Found the trailer and before hooking up I inspect it, it looks fine other than the inspection is up, the tires on the left side front axle are worn and I also notice the axles are closed. No biggie, I will stop at the terminal and get tires and slide the rear axles back before I leave. Looking at the weight of the load, I know it's over weight on my trailer so I can't leave them closed... I message my DM about the inspection and tires and get no response. So I proceed to push back the curtain and look at the load.

0650568001655346495.jpgThis is a new one for me. Never had a load with 3 spaced out sections on the bottom like this. Ironically I watched a YouTube video of a guy with a similar load the other day. So I strapped it up the same way. 2 straps on each of the bottom sections and I want 6 over the top. In the pic there are 5 over the top because I want a strap where the rear axle is. But I have to slide it back. This is where the problem occurs. I hook up to the trailer, let the air build up, unlock the pins, apply the trailer brakes and move forward.... The wheels don't stay locked and roll like the brakes aren't even applied. Ahh yes, of course it wouldn't be that simple. I try it again, same result. I message my DM and let him know whats going on. I call breakdown and they ask if I can drive it 9 miles to the nearest Loves. I secure the back and head to the Loves on I-78. On the way out of Hydro I get weighed and I'm 79,700 lbs. Wow!

Arrived at Loves at 1400 and the guy says the mechanic is out right now. He comes out to look at the trailer and I explain to him what the problem is. He takes a look and says the brakes are fine but I will need 5 tires for the trailer lol. All 4 on the front axle and 1 on the rear inside. Says they will change them when the mechanic comes back. So I go across the street to this mom and pop place because this Loves is super tiny. I wait and wait and wait. Finally get a call at 2000 hrs telling me to come on over. I get there, back into the door get out and the tech shows me a flat on one of my drives...

0040223001655355849.jpgBig ass nail that I must have picked up from across the street. This is how my day went, or should I say is still going. It's now 2300 hr and I'm still here while they work on the drive tire. Starting to get the whole experience of trucking now with breakdowns, layovers and detentions. Gotta love it....

Posted:  3 months, 1 week ago

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Good thread. Although I feel your frustrations as I read thru it. Traffic from Richmond to NYC sucks sucks and sucks some more. Oh did I say it sucks. good-luck-2.gif

Thanks George, yes I agree, traffic sucks!!

Posted:  3 months, 2 weeks ago

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0942070001655084839.jpg Finally back to skateboarding... Did a whole week of van runs and am glad to be back to flatbed. Honestly this is a better look for Isabel lol.

Did a couple runs during the week that went smoothly. The first tarped load didn't look so nice and took longer than I wanted but the week turned out to be a good one. Haven't attempted a back yet with this new truck and a flatbed trailer. Haven't done a back in over two weeks with a flatbed trailer. A little concerned about that since I recently found a way to alley dock park a spread axle. Hopefully I didn't forget how and able to still get it in between two trucks....

On Friday I was assigned a 2 stop run going to Milwaukee for a 0700 delivery on Monday. I arrived here at 1600 hr, Sunday and was unaware they don't have overnight parking. Right now I'm parked outside the gate hoping noone bothers me. I really don't want to move. The closest truck stop is about 15 min away but I'd rather just stay here. If I had known they didn't have overnight parking I would have stopped at a truck stop for the night.

Driving on Saturday's and Sunday's are relaxing. Throughout the week I'm rushing to tarp, strap and get to the shipper/receiver. Weekend driving is peaceful for me. I have two drive days to get to where I need to be with no stress. Even the bumper to bumper traffic on I-94 passing Chicago, on a SUNDAY! afternoon smh, was care free...

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