Profile For Wile E.

Wile E.'s Info

  • Location:
    New Bern, NC

  • Driving Status:
    Considering A Career

  • Social Link:
    Wile E. On The Web

  • Joined Us:
    1 year, 2 months ago

Wile E.'s Bio

Greetings! I'm John and I'm an old fart (sounds like I'm introducing myself at some sort of AA meeting), a grandfather of 6, still working in the plastics industry (vacuum forming) as a mold builder/CNC programmer. I drove a truck for 5 years, back in 1978 - 1983, for a local corrugated container manufacturer. Day runs only, dispatching from 1:30 AM to 6:00 AM Mon - Fri. Home every night and weekends.

I wanted to go over the road for the better money, but with 2 little kids at the time it just didn't fit. So, I went in a different direction. Tried sales, ended up swinging a hammer building houses. Went from there into the plastics industry. I knew the manager of the company and he thought my woodworking skills were a good fit for a tool (mold) builder. Been there 30+ years.

But I never got the road out of my system. Thinking about giving it another go.

Since there's no private messaging here, I can be reached at jbwillard56@gmail.com. Or, the "My Social Page" link is my Facebook page

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Posted:  1 month ago

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Diesel Supply Shortage?

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I think Biden forgets that on day one he stopped new federal leasing and banned fracking.

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I think they would love for people to forget that and instead focus on Russia, Russia, Russia causing all this.

I've said this many times - we are living through the deliberate destruction of our economy, our laws, and our culture. Ultimate control for those who seek it will come in the form of a digital central currency and the elimination of physical currency. Once our currency is digital, the government will then have complete control over every facet of our lives.

To make this happen, they must first destroy the dollar completely, take us into a deep depression, then "build back better for our own good."

Harrison Bergeron?

Posted:  1 month, 2 weeks ago

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New Guy Taking A Leap

Marc L,

I have spoken with one company that has a requirement along the lines of what you mentioned. I'll share the company name, and by doing so, understand that it is NOT meant negatively. In other words, I think they're a solid company, and they have a way of finding/hiring drivers that works for them. My info is not hearsay. I spoke with their recruiters multiple times, and they're very responsive on Messenger as well.

KLLM. They have their own school in three states, requiring that you have your permit, and they'll help you get your CDL. Those schools can only train students from those states, and a few other adjoining states. Their schools, as with many companies that offer company training, requires a year commitment.

If you don't live in one of their approved states (I don't), you must get your CDL through other means. For a new driver, that means a private school. After you get your CDL, they will then require you to go through their refresher course, which is only 8 or 9 days, and yes, you'll sign a contract for the cost of that refresher course, but it's only for 6 months, not a year or more.

At the time I was looking, their director of recruiting called me one day and said he was aware I was talking with their recruiters and wanted to update me on a change in their situation. He very politely went on to tell me they were temporarily hiring inexperienced drivers from their schools only. The reason was that they were struggling to have enough trainers to cover their own school graduates, and simply didn't have enough to also work with refresher course students. He said they only required 3 months experience to get you into your own truck, suggested I give them a call when I had earned that experience, and wished me well.

I've not spoken with them since July of this year, so I'm not aware if their situation has changed.

Anne is also correct about the new ELDT mandates. There is a list of schools that are in compliance with the mandate, and if the school isn't on that list, very likely a trucking company will not be interested in anyone coming from such a non-approved program.

Posted:  2 months, 1 week ago

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Intro and a few newbie questions

Welcome aboard! As you're finding out, this site is a fantastic resource!

Posted:  2 months, 3 weeks ago

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Truck Stop Follies and Assorted Stupidity

This happened earlier in the week in my home town of New Bern, NC, on the Trent River bridge. The driver survived, still in the hospital. The truck was not speeding, but thought to have been at or near the speed limit, which is 60 at this point, during heavy rain, tanker was empty.

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Posted:  3 months, 3 weeks ago

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Chuck Norris Jokes You've Heard

Chuck Norris never has to trim his beard. It won't grow without his permission.

Posted:  3 months, 3 weeks ago

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Road test tomorrow

Congratulations!!

Posted:  4 months, 1 week ago

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Old Man Leaves Six-Figure Salary to Begin Training as a Trucker- Psychiatric Evaluation Pending

Congratulations! Wishing you all the best!

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Posted:  4 months, 1 week ago

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Old Man Leaves Six-Figure Salary to Begin Training as a Trucker- Psychiatric Evaluation Pending

Best wishes on your test! You've got this!

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Posted:  4 months, 3 weeks ago

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Need advice on manual vs automatic

Remember that the examiners are accustomed to new drivers having hiccups grinding or missing gears. Not a huge deal. They won't necessarily fail you for that. They will however judge you on how well you recover from your hiccups. If you panic and impede traffic or create an unsafe situation, you're done. Don't let it stress you out, focus on the task at hand.

^^This!^^

During my driving exam, I think I was nervous as I've been in a long time. Even so, things were going OK, I'm rolling along in 10th on the manual, starting up a grade and losing some speed. I missed the downshift to 9th, badly. Bumped the rpm, tried again, missed again. Glanced at my speed and realized I had slowed down even more, and went to 8th clean. Figured I had blown it, but tried to keep focus and get through the rest of the exam.

We got back to the range, parked, the examiner kept scribbling on his paper. He looked over at me, stuck out his hand for a handshake, and said "welcome to your new career!"

I asked about the missed gear. He said I didn't try to force it, and I recovered. He said no matter how many years experience I get, I'll probably always miss a gear occasionally. He told me the thing he dinged me for was not keeping both hands on the wheel when I wasn't shifting. He laughed and said I probably learned the bad habit of riding my right hand on the shifter when I was a teenager driving a 4 speed. I knew better, and I thought I was getting my right hand back on the wheel, but apparently I failed to do that a few times. So, I got a few points for that. More importantly, I got a tiny glimpse of how my nervousness manifests itself when I'm driving a truck, and a chance to learn from it.

Posted:  4 months, 3 weeks ago

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Need advice on manual vs automatic

Although I recently tested out on a manual, because I didn't want the auto restriction, I would have been fine had I tested on the auto. I drove many years ago, when all the trucks were manual, and it came back to me pretty quickly. The school I attended had both transmissions available, and I drove the auto on one of my road days to see how I would like it. Pretty sweet, actually! I'm talking with several carriers, and so far only one still has a few trucks w/manuals.

Many carriers' fleets are already fully automatic, or soon will be. If I'm in your place, and learning how to shift the manual was giving me issues, I would go auto without reservation. Later on, should you run into a need to get the "E" restriction removed, there are ways to do that.

Posted:  5 months ago

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Finally Passed My CDL Test!!!

Congratulations!

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Posted:  5 months, 2 weeks ago

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Starting in 2nd gear from a stop!

Instructors where I teach are split on which gear to have students start off in. I am a proponent that you get better at shifting by…….shifting. Going through each gear, starting in second. Develops muscle memory and helps you develop rpm control and smooth shift rhythm. And it kind of ****es me off when I get a student that has been out with other instructors that was trained to start in 4th and keeps stalling. Then they are resistant to trying it my way because they are scared to do something new. I have to explain that the other instructors weren’t wrong per say but to try it my way and see which one works better. By the end of our session they tend to agree that starting lower is definitely the way to go..

Bold added for emphasis. This was the opinion of the training I had back in the 70's through Ryder. Their facility in McDonough, GA had a track around the backing field and garage, and we went around that thing all day in low range. Trucks were 13 speed, we didn't use Low, so it was 1 ,2, 3, 4, then down through each gear to first. Over and over and over...

Then we got on the road, where again we were required to go through all the gears up, and when we took a ramp off the highway, or approached a stop sign, we started down shifting a LONG way before, and went down through each and every split in high range, to low range, all the way back to 1st. They told us, you won't do this on the job, but we want you to learn how to shift.

Fast forward to present school: the instructors demonstrated that you could start in 4th on the manual, but they don't insist on it. It felt like the truck was lugging a bit, so I start in 3rd or sometimes 2nd, depends if I'm on a grade or not. Just get it moving good with no strain, and I'm up into high range on the 10 speed pretty quick.

Posted:  5 months, 3 weeks ago

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J & R Schugel and others...

We run all over the lower 48, both dry and refer.

There is a pet policy with a deposit. Under 40 lbs, non-viscous breeds, shot records. Deposit can come out in installments. I can't recall the amount, though, but $400 or less?

Rider policy is any minor relative above age 8, or anyone over 18 non-relative. Insurance for a rider is $8 per day, or $39 for a month. Yeah....do the math on that.

We do have "forced dispatch", but not for NYC Burroughs. The closest I've come to the northeast is NJ and PA. My dispatcher keeps me out of there because I whine, cry, and complain so much it's not worth it to him.

Maintenance is really good, although we only have four terminals. Some shops are better than others. Some stuff I have to stay on them about.

RANDOM THOUGHTS: I had to fight with Operations and Safety to get issued tire chains. I finally won. Driver and outward cameras. Mine rarely activates because I try to drive as a professional. 65 mph pedal/67 mph on cruise. No Blue Beacon account, no fridge, no fuel bonus. I love my APU when it operates correctly (95% of the time). 1800 watt inverter purchased from the company. I got mine used for $50, including installation. We are going to ALL dark blue trucks starting now. Not happy about that. Pay is okay in that I've made more and I've made less. Loads are never paid for the actual miles. It's always from 8 to 15% short. No rhyme or reason to it, but count on 10% of your driving as a donation. I love my truck!

I like it here 90% of the time most weeks.

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Thank you for the info! Very much appreciated!

Posted:  5 months, 3 weeks ago

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J & R Schugel and others...

Shoot me specific questions because I'm not going to just randomly type out my company history, experiences, and my thoughts.

Yeah, my prior post was poorly worded, wasn't it? My apologies.

Where are their primary routes? Do they do a good job maintaining their equipment? Do they run NYC? If so, is that forced dispatch? Rider/pet policy?

Thanks!

Posted:  5 months, 3 weeks ago

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J & R Schugel and others...

Mr PackRat drives for Schugel.

Thanks! Hopefully he will see this and share his insights.

Posted:  5 months, 3 weeks ago

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J & R Schugel and others...

Does anyone here have any experience with these carriers?

J&R Schugel

A2B Synchronized Services

Butler Transport

Leonard's Express

Posted:  5 months, 3 weeks ago

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Keep That Thang on Me(Got my CDL)

Congratulations!

Posted:  5 months, 3 weeks ago

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Old Man Leaves Six-Figure Management Position to Begin Training as a Trucker: Psychiatric Evaluation Pending

Except for one little issue. I still can't get the truck driving out of my mind. I'm just a sentimental old fool I guess. Who would consider hiring an old guy with zero experience? Would there be any interest out there?

I'm 65, and like you I'm a grandfather. I'm nearing completion of my school training, and have started talking with a few companies. Yes, there is considerable interest. No one has even blinked at my age. The companies look at employment history, driving record, your health (for the DOT physical), and so forth.

I drove for 5 years, but it was a long time ago, and that experience is worthless now. Like you, I never really got it out of my system. So, for me, truck driving is going to be the bookends of my working career, with a few years trying my hand at odds and ends (sales, carpentry), before settling into 30+ years in manufacturing in between.

Best of luck!

Posted:  6 months ago

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Well, I got the 'Rona

My wife and I both had it in January 2021. We had low fever, periodic coughing spasms, I lost taste and smell and got headaches that would last about a half hour then just disappear. At that time, the media was running heavy with their doom and gloom reporting, and for us the worst of it was the unknown of waiting for the hammer to drop. The hammer never dropped, thankfully. Mild case, 2 weeks at home, bored. I devolved into watching foreign movies with subtitles.

Posted:  6 months, 1 week ago

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My Journey Continues - The Latest Gig

First truck I drove was a Sidewinder. The pic isn't the truck I drove, but it looks a lot like the one I drove, right down to the color, for the now-defunct St. Joe Paper Co.

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