Profile For Wile E.

Wile E.'s Info

  • Location:
    New Bern, NC

  • Driving Status:
    In CDL School

  • Social Link:
    Wile E. On The Web

  • Joined Us:
    9 months, 2 weeks 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:  2 weeks, 1 day 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:  2 weeks, 5 days 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:  2 weeks, 6 days 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:  2 weeks, 6 days 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:  2 weeks, 6 days 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:  3 weeks, 2 days ago

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Keep That Thang on Me(Got my CDL)

Congratulations!

Posted:  3 weeks, 2 days 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:  3 weeks, 6 days 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:  1 month, 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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Posted:  1 month, 1 week ago

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What do you call it when you stump the "Pros from Dover"? (long post)

Sorry to hear of your health issues...

One of my best friends has RA. At first, he thought it was just the fact that he was getting older, but it kept getting worse. At the worst point, it would take him an hour each morning to fight through the pain and be able to stand up straight, take a normal looking step, get his fingers to bend and move. He said if he even touched one of the fingers that wouldn't move, it was like someone shoved a red hot needle into it. After the docs figured out the problem, they put him on steroids for a while, I don't remember how long, but it was a few months at least, until the inflammation calmed down, and they slowly reduced the dosage. It was not a fast process. He's been on a few different medications since then, currently on Enbrel (sp?) self injected. That stuff is super expensive, but the drug company has an assistance program, coupled with his work insurance, I think he pays around $50/mo for what would otherwise cost about 3k a month.

He told me later, after the docs had gotten it under control, that he finally understood why some people with chronic severe pain choose to end their life. He said at the worst of it, it was that bad, and he's a pretty tough guy.

But the good thing for him is that now he moves easily, continues to work a full schedule at his job, plays golf, in short he's active and doing well. He said there is still some pain some days, but it's low level and he can live with it. Hope your outcome is the same or even better!

Posted:  1 month, 1 week ago

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Creepiest experience ever

Not a driving experience, but I was out walking my dog in the neighborhood, about to cross the street. Standing briefly on the corner, checking to make sure no cars were coming, I suddenly caught the scent of pipe tobacco. Not just any pipe tobacco, but my Dad's. My Dad had passed more than 10 years before this happened. He smoked a custom blend from a small pipe shop back in SC. I never knew anyone else that smoked it.

I froze, slowly looked around as the scent lingered a few moments. No one outside in sight, no one on their porch or getting out of a car, no car passing by. Nothing. Made the hair on the back of my neck stand up. Still can't explain it to this day.

Posted:  1 month, 1 week ago

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Companies to avoid?

What is leasing?

Brief answer: similar to leasing a car. Your payment will be less than purchasing, may have a buyout at the end of lease. YOU are responsible for fuel/maintenance on the truck. Definitely NOT recommended for a new driver just starting out.

The trucking industry is moving toward automatics. Many of the mega carriers, and a lot of smaller carriers, are already fully auto or nearing fully auto in their fleets. If you test out in an automatic, that "E" restriction means you cannot drive a truck with a manual transmission. It isn't nearly as big a concern now as it was even a few years ago, and there is a pathway that you can get the restriction removed later if you need to.

We had a driver in our class, who was a current driver for a large carrier, taking a refresher course to test out in a manual and get his "E" restriction removed. He had gotten some experience at his current job, had found another company he wanted to drive for, that only ran manuals.

Posted:  1 month, 2 weeks ago

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New chapter in my life

Steve you should have hollerad at me. We have a nice little town for sure. I’m out in the country with plenty of truck parking…. Greenwood is a bit off the beaten path for sure… Shout out if your coming through sir!!!!

It's been a long time ago (1978 - 1983), but I used to make a delivery in Elberton. Can't remember the name of the place, but it was on 72, just on the edge of town. We used to come across the old narrow bridge from the SC side before the lake was filled, and I can remember driving across the new bridge, looking down on the old one, before it went under water.

Posted:  1 month, 3 weeks ago

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Tips On Choosing Private Or Company Sponsored Trucking Schools_ Any Tips Would Be Appreciated

Rick C.

The overall consensus here favors the company sponsored training path. There is absolutely nothing wrong with that. I'll go further and say that it is likely the best route for the majority of prospective drivers looking to get into this industry.

For some, the private school is the way to go. I chose that path, for a number of reasons that I won't go into in this note, but it was the better fit for my situation. I do not mean this note to discourage you in any way from company sponsored training. It is your decision.

Know this: the school training will get you your CDL. No more than that. That is true with either path. You won't know much about the actual job from the basic school training, and you'll know just enough of the laws, rules, and basics of handling the truck to get your CDL. The training of being a truck driver comes on the road with a trainer, and each company has their way of doing that. But that period will be where you learn the daily ins and outs of life on the road, and that education will continue after you're solo. How do I know this as a student driver? I read and listen to the men and ladies that have been doing this for many years. A LOT of those people are here on this forum. Also, I drove for 5 years a long time ago, and decided I wanted to get back into driving for the last years of my working career.

As to your question about schools requiring you to appear in person: I considered 6 different schools in my search, looked them up on line, searched through the info on their websites. I contacted 3 of those schools. All three provided info regarding tuition/fees via email. Two did ask me to come in and meet with them face to face before signing up, but again, they provided their fees before asking me to meet with them. I got the distinct impression when meeting with them that they were sizing me up, getting a read on me, whatever you want to call it. No worries, just the way they do things.

You mentioned driving local. Some LTL companies have a dock to driver program, but not knowing where you are, I can make no other suggestions.

Posted:  1 month, 3 weeks ago

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My Journey Continues - The Latest Gig

I would so want to go over and play with those toys every time I was near them..

Me, too!

Posted:  1 month, 3 weeks ago

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Cape Fear Community College Truck Driver Training Log

I signed up for the online HazMat training with my school as apparently you also need to pass an approved HazMat course before you can sit the state/DOT hazmat endorsement exam at the DMV.

Not certain, but I think you also have to be fingerprinted for Hazmat. There's only a couple places in NC that are approved to do that. Maybe check into it, if you haven't already.

Posted:  2 months ago

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Edema problem in my leg

Definitely get your doctor to check it out.

I'll second the compression socks recommendation already made by several others. Wife and I wore these on our trip to Uganda a few years ago:

Compression socks

Found those on a website that talked about the socks many pilots and stewardesses wear. They offer significant compression, but not quite as much as some designed more for medical applications. Neither my wife nor I have ever had any issue with swelling, but reading up on long distance travel we thought they were a good idea for prevention. We had no issues on our trip.

However, since you're already having some swelling, you may need more compression than those I've linked. Your doc will be your best source of info.

Posted:  2 months, 1 week ago

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Why did you get started in trucking, and what were your biggest concerns?

I drove for 5 years, many years ago, day cab, for a private fleet. To this day, I tell people it was the most fun I ever had, and still got paid for doing it. Sure, there were bad days, aggravating docks, a grouchy customer (rarely), sharing the road with the occasional idiot that thought he could do a U turn right in front of me (he did, and I missed him, somehow), whatever...but it was great!

Wife and I started raising a family, and I needed more money, but didn't want to go OTR and miss time with the family. So, I tried a few other jobs (sold cars, managed an office, swung a hammer for a couple of years), ended up in manufacturing in the plastics industry, where I've been for over 30 years now. Wages stagnated, the job getting more and more frustrating for a number of reasons, I decided it's time to make a change.

Wife and I talked about it off and on for months, and decided to give truck driving another go. I'm in school now, should graduate in a few weeks, and I'll be applying soon.

What are my concerns? Brett pretty much nailed them. Can I still drive one of these things? Can I pass all the tests? These trucks are a lot bigger than when I drove before! Trailers were max 45' and overall max was 55' back then. Now, these things are HUGE! What if I mess up and hurt someone? Or cut a corner too close and rip down a telephone pole? That hole doesn't look big enough for this truck...how the heck am I going to back this thing in there?! How hard is it really going to be, being away from home? What is life on the road really like? Am I going to understand and learn how to use HOS properly? Can I sleep well enough on a truck? Food prep? Can I be one of those drivers that my dispatcher can count on to get the job done? What about all the electronics (logs, cameras, etc.) I have more questions than answers...I'm just trying to take 1 step at a time.

Posted:  2 months, 2 weeks ago

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New cdl federal requirement

When you took the test didn't they give you a paper to take to the DMV? Even though the scores are recorded electronically, that paper says you only have 30 days. Perhaps it is because my company tests out of state drivers so if you test within the state perhaps you don't so that.

Again... Go ask the DMV.

I had to show my med card at the DMV before I could take the permit tests. Permit is good for 60 days (North Carolina). Maybe other states do it differently?

Posted:  3 months ago

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Multiple Licenses

According to the NCDMV website, The State-to-State Verification Service (part of the Real ID Act) should have cancelled your NC license when you got your AZ license. If your NC license still shows as active, then when you get to NC, I would carry both licenses into the DMV office and get them to confirm your NC license is still valid, then turn your AZ license in and let them get it cancelled.

Real ID Act info on NCDMV website

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