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Posted:  2 weeks, 3 days ago

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First year solo. Knight Flatbed

Great to read that you have stuck with it in flatbed for an entire year. That's a major accomplishment! Sean still your DM?

How did th hose two tires problem happen?

Thanks Pack. Yes Shawn is my DM. I remember when I first started and drivers were telling me bad things about him. I ignored them because I thought they were disgruntled drivers but now I see the truth.

I have no idea how the tires blew. Maybe I ran something over in the street?? I was on US-30 in Indiana carrying 40k. I heard two consecutive pops. The second being louder than the first

Posted:  2 weeks, 3 days ago

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First year solo. Knight Flatbed

I have been driving for a year now and what is funny to me is that everytime I hop in my car to go home I still think its the truck. I have noticed on many occasions that I keep a healthy following distance. Something I have never done before. I also stay in the right lane on the turnpike and I reach for the jake break that isn't there when I slow down. All I end up doing is turning on my wipers which makes me laugh.

Well, it is now time to put this thread to rest. Thank you all for following my journey and for the support. I appreciate all of the advice I was given throughout the year. This site has been a major help to me. Again, thank you all!!!!

Ah, almost forgot about backing.... My backing has greatly improved. In the beginning I couldn't get in between two trucks and now I can't park straight unless I am parking between two trucks.... go figure....

Happy New Years everyone. Stay safe out there. Shiny side up!

Posted:  2 weeks, 3 days ago

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Well the first year is now completed. It went by faster than I thought. A little late with the post because I was sick last week. Not sure if it was Covid because I never got tested but I felt horrible. Feeling much better now, just have a runny nose.

The end of the year didn't end in a good way. I got into a argument with my DM before the New Year because he gave me a backhaul on my scheduled hometime. I put in hometime for Dec. 29th, 2 weeks prior to that date. I was in Illinois on the 28th and when I completed my run he gave me a load assignment for a pick up on the 29th in WV. I refused to get it. The entire time of working here he always gave me a backhaul on the day I requested to be home. I never complained about it. I just did the backhaul and went home the following day. But since this was the holiday, I had plans with family and I told him no. I told him he never respects my hometime requests and his response was "because I never give a specific time I wanted to be home" He also said I only stay out for 2 weeks and my production is low. I lost my cool after he said that. The truth is, I stay out for 4-5 weeks. I was able to pass 100k miles before my year anniversary, I average 10k miles a month and I netted a little over 80k. I don't think those numbers are possible only staying out 2 weeks at a time, doing flatbed... I refused the load and he threatened to remove me from the flatbed division and said I wouldn't get paid if I came back empty. At the time it was fine with me because I will always pick family over this job. His threats were obviously bull**** because I got paid those empty miles and I'm still on the flatbed division. My DM is a condescending, arrogant, selfish A-hole. I can no longer work with him. This week I will be actively putting in applications to other companies. My time here is quickly coming to an end.

But on a brighter note.... This year was very interesting. I have learned a lot and there is still much more to learn. There have been good days and of course not so good days. There have been days I felt proud of what I was doing and days where I wanted to quit. But overall this experience has been good. Flatbed is a different kind of animal. I'm always dirty, my truck has to be cleaned everyday and the weather can make working unbearable. The rain and snow make the tarps 10 times heavier. The cold freezes the tarps and they are hard to fold. The wind will disrespect the progress you made when folding the tarps and the summer heat makes it feel like hell on earth. Can't ask for anything better haha.

I should have posted pictures while posting but I will do it now.

0244089001673304328.jpgBig thanks to Chief Brody and others for introducing me to the fold technique. I can say with confidence that this is the one thing I have mastered...

Now onto my tarps. They are hit and miss some days but I have gotten a lot better as time went on. The taller loads still give me some problems with air pockets though.

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Posted:  2 weeks, 3 days ago

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First year solo. Knight Flatbed

Sometimes I think if we aren't hearing from TwoSides11 then he's doing fine. I hope that's the case.

I appreciate the concern. All in all I am well. Of course I have those frustrating days but I try to push through. Happy New Years to you all

Posted:  1 month ago

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I have not been keeping up with this on a regular basis. Didn't realize a month went by since my last post. Time is definitely flying by out here. I'm staying busy and running hard. Possibly running too hard because I feel drained at the end of the day. I am running my 11 all the way down between 21 minutes and an hour each day. My days consist of loading, driving, eating, showering, sleeping and repeating. I'm so tired at the end of the day that I crash hard. Maybe I should change that routine.

But all is well for me out here. To date I have 102,405 miles for the year. I didn't think I would reach 100k before Dec 28th. It's a good feeling knowing I accomplished that. The last time I posted my smart drive score was through the roof and I have it at 2 right now. Feels good getting the safety bonus again haha. Right now I'm in VA finishing up a 5 stop run. I delivered to 3 stops today and have 2 more in Atkins tomorrow. This is on a Conestoga so it's not bad but to be honest I wouldn't mind if it was on a flatbed. The extra tarp pay would have looked nice on my settlement haha.

Not sure what else to add here as to not be repetitive. The days are all the same. I get loaded, drive, get unloaded, do a backhaul, if any then repeat the next day... Ah, I did go to a new place. Last week I went to Minnesota for the first time. That is the farthest West I have been. Did a back to back delivery to the same place in Blaine. Yesterday my DM called because he thought I got back to Cressona too fast. I had a 6 am appointment on Monday and was finished by 7am. I received an empty load assignment back to Cressona and arrived the next day, Tuesday around 1:30pm. When I put my empty call in he called and interrogated me haha. I was expecting a good job or something but no, he didn't believe I did that trip legally. I guess the only illegal thing I did was not go on duty while getting unloaded. I parked there the night before and didn't start my clock until I received my next assignment. Yes, I am aware thats a no no and I have to be on duty while working.

My first year is quickly approaching. In a few more days I will have completed my first full year solo. Its been fun, it has definitely been frustrating and its been interesting. Hopefully I will be on time for my last post for this thread in 6 days haha. Hope you all enjoy the holiday and stay safe out there on the road

Posted:  2 months, 2 weeks ago

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Still out here making runs and going hard. It's a few days away from the official 11 month mark for me and I have learned a lot throughout these months. I still have much to learn but I'm feeling more comfortable in certain situations than my first months starting. I have 10,083 more miles to go for 100k. I want to reach 100k before my first year is up but with the holidays coming I don't think that will happen. Hopefully I will get there by the second week of January.

I have been going to new places the past couple weeks. My DM is mixing up runs to the South in GA, KY, and SC. I usually do runs in OH to WI. It's a nice change of scenery from the North Central Region and warmer this time of year. But driving in the Southern states has shot up my smart drive score smh. Atlanta, to put it nicely is a freaking mess! My drive score is at 55 right now down from 82. I didnt receive a safety bonus last month and it will be the same for this month, which sucks.... The DDM called me in the office to review some videos and I disagree with all of them. All of my violations are from 4 wheelers and truckers cutting me off and not resetting my following distance fast enough. It's clear as day in those videos that I am braking and slowing down but apparently not fast enough for their liking. Of course I expressed my opinion on the matter and asked how can I fix that. The only way I see is to slam on the brakes which is something I will not do. I try to predict what the other driver will do when they pass me but I'm not psychic... Drivers cut me off, I slow down, reestablish my following distance and keep trucking... I don't know what else to do....

Had a little hiccup last week. I got too ****y and missed the closing time of one of my stops. This happened on Thursday last week. I had a two stop run in Alliance, OH and in Salem. Alliance is where I had my first incident and got the steers stuck in a ditch leaving. Now that the ditch wasn't covered in 5 ft of snow I was able to see how deep it really was. All I can say is wow... But I got loaded Wed. evening for the open deliveries on Thursday. It was only 300 and something miles so I decided not to drive that night and wait until the morning. That was my first mistake. I had time on my clock so instead of relaxing, I should have driven. The second mistake was hitting the snooze button the next morning. The plan was to leave at 4 am but that snooze button is the devil. Ended up leaving around 7 am instead of 4. Then I got to the first stop and they took damn near 3 hours to unload me... My last stop closes at 3:30 and is only 30 min away but by the time I left my first stop it was 3:20... Obviously didn't make it to the last stop that day but the worse part of it all is they only receive M-TH.... I had to sit for 3 days in Ohio because of my screw up. Very very disappointed at how that turned out. I messed up my earnings for that week and the following week and I haaate sitting...

When I finally finished that run I came back to the terminal Monday because my Zonar was acting up and I needed it fixed. While I was there they decided to do a B service on my truck. Now that day was shot, it took them all day to complete that. When i finally got my truck back, my DM gave me a run going to Rochester, NY that was due Wed. I dont understand why he gave me that on a Monday but whatever. I stayed at the terminal that night and left to Cressona Tuesday afternoon-ish. Arrived at Cressona only to find out it wasn't ready. It was done getting loaded Wed around 4am so that's when I picked it up and started the drive. That was probably the easiest run I have done other than the Ohio runs and the scenery was beautiful, a lot of hills but beautiful. I took US-15, 99, 86 and 390 up.... I was able to complete that and return to Cressona the same day for my next load going to Richmond VA for a Friday appointment at 9 am. Got to Cressona late afternoon, early evening only to find out the load wouldn't be ready until Thursday between 9-11 am. It's going on 1pm and the load still isn't ready....

Now I'm annoyed. I'm annoyed that I have to wait everytime I come to Cressona and also this is the 3rd run in a row under 400 miles. Now I don't know if this is a punishment for my mistake last Thursday or if it's in my head. He knows the type of driver I am and to give me runs under 400 miles with a day in-between is not cool. I get assigned a 300 mile run on a Wednesday for a Friday delivery. That is not cool at all. There are runs in there going to Missouri, Indiana, Oklahoma, Illinois but he gives me these BS runs.... I been out here for 4 weeks now so I tell him after this Richmond run I'm going home. Maybe after I rest up and reset things will get better the following week...

Oh Old School if your reading this, hello to you to good sir haha. Tim gave me your message. I saw him today while I'm sitting here waiting at Cressona...

Posted:  3 months, 2 weeks ago

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First year solo. Knight Flatbed

Now Friday and I'm on my way back to Cressona for my next load going to Northwood, OH and Montpellier that is due Monday. Earlier today I delivered those 3 missing pieces back to GA when I was done in Orlando. Everything has calmed down now haha and I had no issues dropping them off or the ride back up. I made it to Virginia on 81n exit 80 at this flying j. I will leave very early from here and plan to arrive in Cressona at 1pm at the latest. I want to get loaded and have some time to relax before driving again. I'm only going to Ohio so I will probably start driving Sunday morning.

The weather has drastically changed haha. It was 90 degrees in FL and I come back to 65 degree weather. The Florida heat was brutal having to untarp and retarp 5 stops. I remember saying in an earlier post that I would rather untarp and retarp a 5 stop run than deal with the Conestoga trailers Knight has..... well that was a lie haha. After actually doing it, I can say that I would rather struggle opening those Conestogas than going through the tarping at 5 stops haha. Be careful what you wish for... it might come true hahaha.

Posted:  3 months, 2 weeks ago

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First year solo. Knight Flatbed

Ryan, that makes sense about the parking issues. I haven't thought about the shippers/receivers being backed up due to the Hurricane. I was so frustrated those days that I didn't think of that.

Old School, how are you? Hope you are doing better than me hahaha. Thank you for that advice, it beats going over to the Loves on 78 to get weighed. It's not far but it's far enough to have to go back and forth. For now on I will definitely do that procedure you mentioned, thank you for that!

Yes, on multiple stop loads I triple check each part and write them on a notepad. Many months back I made that mistake and had to untarp the whole trailer, never again will I do that. The tags on those bars were not visible so I assumed they belonged to the last stop since everything else around it was for the last stop.

I'm not beating myself up about it but I really should have caught the weight issue just by looking at the placement of the load. It was 40,997 and was loaded towards the rear.... rookie or not, I should have noticed that immediately.

Posted:  3 months, 2 weeks ago

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Continued.....

Now onto my 4th stop, I was very much turned around and confused. It was going to a job site in Beverly hills but when I got to the place I saw that the way in was not accessible for my big ass truck. So I pulled past the place and found somewhere to pull over. I called the number provided to me but noone answered. I'm not having a good day at that point and I decided to stop for the day and try again tomorrow. I go to a nearby Pilot but it is completely packed, it is 230 pm. I'm perplexed. How is it full at 230 in the afternoon? So I have to find another place to park. I find a TA several miles away and it's almost the same issue. How is 215 parking spots almost full at 3 pm? Does the South not do any work? How is this possible haha. I was able to find a spot there and did the most horrific back I've done in a while. This has been a terrible experience so far and I can't wait to be done with this run and out of hot and humid Florida.

I wake up Wednesday morning and call the place again. The guy answers and tells me how to get into the site. I'm glad I waited because the way he explained was a lot easier then what I was about to do yesterday. I get there and it takes them forever to unload 3 pieces. I have an appointment for my last stop which is looking like I will be late. Finally get unloaded from there and onto my 5th stop. They also take their sweet time unloading me. I am now late for my appointment for my last stop. When they were finally finished I called the last stop and told them I was running late. They said I had to reschedule for tomorrow because they stop unloading at 1pm. That's great, now I have to spend another day in Florida haha. So I go to a Pilot and it is the same issue as yesterday. It is 1pm at this time and the parking lot is almost full. Seriously, do Southern drivers not drive or do they have all night appointments? This is weird to me... Im waiting for this to be over at this point. Right now im just going through the motions, it doesn't even matter anymore. I have one more stop to do which will be done at 6am tomorrow then I can worry about these 3 extra pieces on my trailer....

Posted:  3 months, 2 weeks ago

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I can't wait until I'm done with this run haha. It has been one headache after another... On Sunday I called my DM and let him know the situation, needless to say he wasn't happy. He gave me two options, either drive 200 miles back and get the load reworked or keep going.. I want this load delivered just as much as he does and told him my concerns about the weigh stations in Tennessee. I don't usually drive the Southeast so I had no idea if they are open Sundays. He made a few phone calls, called me back and said they would closed. So I made the decision to keep going, probably not a smart decision but I took the risk anyway.

Made it safely through Tennessee and got within 20 miles of my first stop that night. I am 1,100 over on my trailer and the first stop is taking 17k off the rear, whew I'm in the clear. Still I will say it's not something I would do on a regular basis but I'm glad it worked out and I was able to save time and miles....

I wake up Monday and arrive at my first stop at 730 for an 8 am appointment. Everything is going fine until I realize they don't have enough pieces coming off... They are suppose to get 15 pieces but I only counted 12 as the forklift operator was unloading. They are missing 3 6x6 aluminum bars and the only places getting those bars are this stop and my last stop. While he was taking his stuff off I noticed that the bottom 3 bars had another companies name on it. I just shake my head at this point because I realize now that this was loaded incorrectly. The forklift operator says to me, "I bet the missing bars are underneath the tarps in the front, go ahead and untarp the rest so we can take a look" I politely declined that request and told him I know exactly where they are. I know where every stop on the trailer is. I go to the front and lift up the tarp.... 0106115001665611735.jpgThey are sitting smack dab in the middle of everything on the bottom haha. That is just wonderful. I tell the forklift operator that those must be yours and he questions me about it. The tag is not visible so he is not sold on the idea that they belong to them but I'm pretty sure those are the missing 3 bars...

He goes to get his supervisor and I call my DM. Surprising to me when I call someone else answers and says my DM is out for 2 weeks and he will be taking over his board for that time. This is bad timing for my DM to be out. I explain the situation to the substitute and he asks me 101 questions. It's understandable because they want to get this situation handled correctly. I take pictures and send them to him. He tells me to sit tight while he figures it out. Meanwhile the supervisor comes out and I show him the bars underneath everything and in the middle of the trailer. I tell him they belong to him but he doesn't want to be responsible for unloading then reloading basically the entire trailer.... He signs my paperwork for 12 pieces and tells me to have a nice day haha. Now I'm thinking my backhaul is a wash because I will have 3 extra pieces on my trailer. I don't leave yet because I'm waiting on a return call from the replacement DM.

After sitting there for 3 1/2 hours the forklift operator comes over to me and says I have to leave. So I put the tarps back on and leave. 20 mins into my drive the DM calls me and asks why am I driving. I tell him I have been sitting there for over 3 hours and they told me to leave. I tell him they refused the load and signed for 12 pieces. Apparently I did something wrong because he tells me to pull over and stop driving, so that's what I did. I wait another 2 hours and call back, no answer. I wait another hour then call again. This time he answers and says he hasn't heard back from operations. I'm now frustrated and tell him I have an 8 am appointment in Jacksonville tomorrow and I haven't made it past Atlanta yet. We get into somewhat of an argument and I told him I'm going to finish this run while they figure it out. I don't understand why I should sit when that place signed for what they received and refused to take the remaining load. I can't force them to unload the trailer to get to their 3 pieces. I have 5 other stops with 2 appointment times. I have to get rolling...

Now Tuesday comes around and I make it to my 2nd stop at 8. That went fine then went to my 3rd stop. It is now that I am able to see the tag on those bars and as I already knew, they belong to the first stop... I call it in and the DM tells me I will have to go back now and deliver them. I'm in Ocala, FL now and I ask him to explain to me why that is a good idea. He tells me because I need to do a backhaul, so I ask him will I get paid for those extra 300 plus miles to go back to Ackworth, GA then from there to my next stop in Beverly hills, FL?? His response to that was the company will lose money if I don't do a backhaul. Oh I see, nevermind the fact that the trailer was obviously loaded incorrectly and this was not a driver error. Make the driver do 700 more miles for free as long as the "company" doesn't lose money.. ok I get it. I can't say I politely declined that request. I told him I wasn't going to do that, this is something corporate will have to figure out, I'm going to continue the run I'm on. I know my attitude maybe out of hand but there is no way I'm doing 700 miles for free. For any company....

Posted:  3 months, 2 weeks ago

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Pack, to answer your question itbwas a rookie mistake and also bad advice from other drivers here. But I will make no excuses, it was a rookie mistake on my part that I have learned from....

Momma Anne, glad you are back and thank you for those links. I knew I could count on you haha. I tried looking but wasn't able to find what I was looking for, so thank you much!!

About that load, I sent a picture to 2 seasoned drivers here at Knight and an O/O guy I met a while back. I didn't explain anything to them, just the picture and told them the weight of the load. All I asked was for their thoughts on it. The guys from Knight said nothing was wrong with it but the O/O guy said it will probably be overweight on the trailers. I was impressed by his answer. A little disappointed I didn't notice that given the placement and weight, that is something I should have caught before driving...

Posted:  3 months, 2 weeks ago

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I have learned a valuable lesson today. I will get to that shortly...

My first day back from home time Im assigned a six stop run going to FL. First stop is in Acworth, GA and the other five are in FL, from Jacksonville to Orlando... I get to the trailer and as usual I don't like how it is loaded.... Side note.... I really do not like going to that Hydro plant in Cressona. It is a total cluster ****. That is our main account and where all the loads come out of. You would think I would have gotten use to it by now but no.. Seems like there is always a problem when I go in there, very rarely does everything run smoothly.... but anyway, while securing the load I hit myself in the face with the winch bar while tightening the strap. Not hard enough to break teeth or anything but i do have a fat lip now, that **** hurt haha. After im done securing the load I have to wait to tarp. There are drivers everywhere blocking everything, it's chaos. Starting to lose patience I quickly calm down. It's Friday and the first appointment is Monday so I have time, everything is fine.

Finally after spending 5 hours in that place I'm able to leave. I get weighed and I'm 70,500 LBS. It was daylight when I went in now it is dark. I don't feel like driving that day so I head over to the terminal and rest. The next day I wake up ready to hit the road. I go to my favorite place, the waffle house! and enjoy a good breakfast. I do my pre trip, trip plan and head out... but didn't get very far...

Driving down 81s into Virginia, I get pulled into the weigh station at mm 306 which is normal, I always do. Coming up to the scale house I'm prepared to bypass the scale so I creep over to the left. But the arrow directs me to the scale. I thought that was strange because they always bypass me here. I start thinking am I over weight? Naw... I cant be, Im 70k with a split axle trailer... So I drive onto the scale and it is taking a while for them to give me the green light. Now Im second guessing life itself.... There is no way I'm over weight, no way. Buuut, I was wrong. The guy comes on the speaker and says I'm 1,100 over on the trailer. He tells me to come in to adjust the weight and if I cant, then come inside with my paperwork...My heart sinks...

During the inspection of the trailer back at Cressona I saw that it is a fixed 10ft spread. Haha, I can't fix the weight. Just for giggles and laughs I move the fifth wheel all the way forward. I drive back around and of course it didn't help anything. He then tells me to come inside with my paperwork. I am overwhelmed by my nerves at this point, my whole career flashes before my eyes. I go inside and the guy is extremely nice. He could tell I was nervous because I walked in there without my license, cab card or Ifta paper. He told me to relax and assured me that everything was fine. That my CDL was not at risk, no points were going to be given and it wouldn't go on the DAC report. That is good to know but I still have to hear from Knight and see what they will do about this situation....

After writing the fine he tells me I am free to leave. I don't understand this because I'm still overweight. I have two more states to drive through until my first stop which will take 17k off the trailer. Tomorrow is Sunday but I'm not risking driving through Tennessee hoping their weigh stations are closed. I go back to the truck and call after hours. They tell me to sit tight while they figure it out. I'm prepared to drive back to Cressona to have the load reworked. Which means that Monday appointment time in GA for 8 am is not going to happen and everything will be pushed back... After hours never called back so I drive to the Loves at exit 291. This sucks, I'm still thinking about the situation and what actions Knight will take. I don't want to down play it like it's no big deal because it is. Just have to wait and see now...

This is how the load looks.... 0202595001665283252.jpg Please do not pay attention to my crappy tarping haha. After hitting myself in the face and waiting over two hours to start tarping the load, I just wanted to get out of there. The feight is tarped, it's secure and protected from the elements, that's all that matters haha.

But in the photo you can see how the load is a good 10-12ft from the front of the trailer, everything is towards the rear. Like I said, I didn't like how it was loaded and even shook my head at how far back they loaded this but I never thought it would be overweight. In my ignorance as a rookie, I thought since the axles are split then everything is fine. Also, I have been heavier than 70k and had no issues but now I see that the placement of the load made the trailer axles over by 1,100 LBS. I know this is completely the drivers fault. I should have went to a Cat scale and got weighed. For now on, any load over 35k will be getting weighed at a Cat scale.

This really sucks, plan A went astray in Cressona, this was plan B that is now a wash. Plan C is to go back to Cressona and get reworked. Like I said previously, nothing ever goes as planned.... Hopefully it won't turn into a plan D and E.....

Posted:  3 months, 2 weeks ago

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George, I wouldn't say the military facility was "in the side of a mountain" unless you are speaking code and I'm missing the whole interpretation haha. It was off of US-30...

Thank you Grinch for your ideas. You are a week late about the freezer haha. I ended up ordering a 10 qt freezer from Amazon. I chose this one because I didn't want anything too big and I could not find an upright freezer slim enough that could slide behind the passenger seat. It's a bit small but it works. It holds 3 bags of chicken and a LB of salmon. In the truck fridge I have another bag of chicken and placed raw spinach leaves in the freezer. Please do send over the link for the crockpot recipes.

Posted:  3 months, 2 weeks ago

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New Truck

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Muy bonita!!! Very nice. How do you like the Cascadia?

Posted:  3 months, 3 weeks ago

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Looking for a flatbed company.. Any suggestions?

G'town responded "what am I looking for" maybe I should have mentioned that in the beginning....

My goal is to get into heavy haul. I'm looking for a company that can assist in that goal. My ideal freight would be construction materials such as turbines, wind generators, transformers, etc.. The three companies I mentioned do heavy haul loads and have advancement opportunities into that field. Just wondering if there are other companies I could look into that have the same advancement opportunities...

If it helps I am located in Philadelphia, PA but I do not mind traveling or possibly moving to another state for employment. Thanks again for the responses, I will take a look at every company that was mentioned.

Posted:  3 months, 3 weeks ago

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Looking for a flatbed company.. Any suggestions?

Thank you all for your input. Pack and Davy, upon reading your responses I have requested a copy of my DAC report. I think it said 5-7 business days. I know for certain one incident will be on there. I have spoken with Wiley, Maverick and Kaplec trucking. I explained in detail my two incidents and they said it shouldn't be a problem, hopefully that is the truth...

G'town, what Robert B said is the reason for leaving Knight. I would like to expand in this industry. Getting into heavy haul is my main objective, I am only wasting time staying with Knight. Also with this dedicated account I find myself getting lazy. I am lacking with my trip planning because I have been to many of these places multiple times. I see myself forming bad habits and I have to remind myself not to be so comfortable doing this job.. Not to mention, my settlement being habitually incorrect is very frustrating.....

Posted:  3 months, 3 weeks ago

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Looking for a flatbed company.. Any suggestions?

Hello drivers, I was just looking for a little help with my decision on a flatbed company. As some know, I am currently working at Knight in the flatbed division. Knight has been my starter company and now with 9 months experience, I think its time for me to try another company. I will try and stay for a full year but it wouldn't hurt to look for my next company now.

So far I have looked into a company called Klapec aka "KTC" in Reno, PA, ATS and Wylie. Wylie stands out to me because they are strictly a flatbed company. I have spoken to drivers from both ATS and Wylie and have gotten more positive feed back from drivers that work for Wylie. Also in my research I have come across a company called Lonestar based in TX...

Just wondering if anyone has anymore info on these companies and also if there are smaller companies or other mega companies I have missed in my search... Any response would be greatly appreciated, thanks and stay safe drivers!

Posted:  3 months, 3 weeks ago

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First year solo. Knight Flatbed

Thanks Davy, I appreciate your input on the food ideas. I guess I will have to try the Uber thing to stores when I'm low on food. Yup, still with Knight... for now. I have been looking for a new company to go to soon but I will try my hardest to complete a year here. Also I'm sorry to hear about your situation. I know it must be hard but keep your head up brotha. Good things always come after the storm...

So in my last post I made an error. The day I thought was Friday was in fact Saturday. For some reason I thought that day was Friday. Maybe it was a blessing in disguise that I was held up with the trailer. I planned that trip as if that day was Friday and I surely would have missed the appointment times that was scheduled. But the load was completed without further issues and I was able to get out of Southern Georgia before bad weather hit. Had a backhaul from Gainesville, GA to Atkins, VA which was fine. Ended up coming home earlier than I planned because of the food situation. My DM didn't have a load ready for me so I asked if I could go home to regroup. So spent some time at home relaxing and getting things in order. I will get back in the truck tomorrow ready for work.

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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.

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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?

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