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    5 years, 9 months ago

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Posted:  5 years, 2 months ago

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C B Radio

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Thank you Guyjax. Now what's a good antenna? I want to get out there.

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It's going to depend on the swr's and the type of reflection there is. Those can only be measured with a meter. The lower the swr (standing wave ratio) the better. Mine is 1 and 1.2 that is the swr for channel 1 and channel 40 respectively. About as good as you can get.

Antenna type does not matter so much as long as it gets low swr's. Steel whip of course for better reception.

Never use anything that can with the truck. Seriously. Even run your own power cord to the batteries. And that includes the antenna coax.

What's better the Wilson trucker 2000, 5000 or that Big open air coil by K40?

Posted:  5 years, 2 months ago

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C B Radio

Thank you Guyjax. Now what's a good antenna? I want to get out there.

Posted:  5 years, 2 months ago

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Flatbed alleydock

If any flatbed guys out there wanna give me some tips on alley docking a flatbed trailer for there cdl test. I would be so happy I'm having a hard time with it.

I drive reefer for prime but I practiced and tested out on a flatbed and pulled alley dock. Alley dock was and still is a pain for me, but I did it and only got 3 points. Just have to practice. If you have an instructor, ask them for points to look for while backing, they help. To me reefer is easier to alley dock cause the walls help to guide you.

Posted:  5 years, 2 months ago

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C B Radio

I have a CB question as well. Assuming everything is peeked and tuned and mounted correctly, what's best a single or dual antenna setup? I like the looks of a dual setup but will go single if that's best. Also, whats a good antenna? I have seen many with open air coils like the 20,000 watt one from K40. I been looking at those or the Wilson trucker 2000/5000. Need new antennas fast. I could be heard before just have short range both TX and RX. I can hear but cant be heard now. Also by chance is there a CB shop in the Little Rock area?

Posted:  5 years, 7 months ago

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My update with Prime Inc.

I finally have net access since coming to Prime. My phone is not very smart, can't access this site from it.

Currently there is a couple week back up on PSD students here. I got here on the 17th and went through the normal first few days of things, drug test, physical and such. I was haveing to wait for my doctor to fax in my record about my recent back surgery and also to sign job requirement forms to allow me to do the job. That took till Friday, but by the end of it I am cleared and have a 2yr DOT card.dancing.gif While out on the pad yesterday watching one of the instructors go through the pre-trip, another instructor asked me and another guy if we were bored, then pulled us off to his truck and allowed us to do a couple backing manuvers. I was going second on each new thing he was having us do. While I was doing the lsat one, it seemed as if every one dissapeared to lunch. The trainer and myself stayed out on the pad talking for a bit. Then he took me out to an area to work on shifting, we did that for a while, then came back to the terminal got himself some fuel and we were going to have dinner. While in line he asked me if id like to roll with him for training, of course I said yes smile.gif I expected to have to wait at least another week to get a trianer, so I count myself as very lucky not having to wait.

Posted:  5 years, 7 months ago

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Just saw the Story about the Utah Trucker

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If they are tied up or even drugged it can easily go unnoticed for months. Bathing is not an issue.

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Yea... Not for truckers at least.

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Trust me brother, it doesnt seem to be an ussue for students either. Some if these folks who im in class with are already getting a headstart. wtf.gif

Working in the receiving department in my previous job, I had a few "fragrant" drivers come in. I know that a daily shower is not always able to be achieved, but at least get one every 2, 3 days tops.

Posted:  5 years, 7 months ago

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Any trucking jobs w/o experience in Phoenix?

My opinion would be, its best to get yourself 1-2 yrs OTR experience under your belt, then try for an LTL gig.

Posted:  5 years, 7 months ago

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Old News And Still Gets Me Everytime!

Since when does "Underground parking" and "18 wheeler" equal a good idea??

Posted:  5 years, 7 months ago

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Question about (21) year old driver?

My suggestion.... apply to companies. While you are applying and waiting, study the High Road CDL training on here. One you have decided on a company or school then go test about two weeks before you go to school. The reason being, a CDL learner's permit is only good for 6 months in most states. If you do the High Road training on here, you will pass all your test first try. Don't worry about hazmat endorsements. You can not have a hazmat endorsement on a learner's permit.

The HAZMAT part is not totally true, I have mine on a permit in my state, well I mean as far as being able to test for it while testing for permit. I still have to do the TSA and fingerprinting before its completely official, so it would depend on your state. And yes, you can pass the tests first try if you study the High Road Training Program here, I did smile.gif

Posted:  5 years, 7 months ago

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My update with Prime Inc.

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I leave for Prime training tomorrow. I hope I'm not sitting long past orientation.

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Right now the waiting period is about a week. You will be joing about 100 others this week. We still have about 30 or 40 PSD students waiting on instructors.

If that holds true, I hope I will be ok then.

Posted:  5 years, 7 months ago

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My update with Prime Inc.

I leave for Prime training tomorrow. I hope I'm not sitting long past orientation.

Posted:  5 years, 7 months ago

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Prime Inc and sleep apnea

Is that an expense thay they cover up front and you pay it back when you go solo or is that out of pocket? Do you know of you can do the test somewhere else prior to going to Prime? I'm looking at going to Prime training in August. I'm hoping to lose a bunch of weight prior to leaving but need a backup plan just in case. It seems like they are hustling people. That's my fear. Showing up and not being able to afford the study and then get sent home where I already quit my job.

Any one have an answer to the payment question?

Posted:  5 years, 7 months ago

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SRT

Just look at the requirements on Prime 's website. It may have change in the last 6 months since I looked. But hazmat and Fast Pass/passport was required.

It may be required for flatbed, since the tanker division is only food grade, and I don't think they would put hazmat into the reefers due to hauling mostly food products in them. I could be wrong on that one. They don't have a dry van division.

Posted:  5 years, 7 months ago

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SRT

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Example....Prime is a great company to work for. Well maintained equipment and excellent starting pay but I won't work for them. They require hazmat and the ability to cross into Canada. I don't want to get my hazmat again and I refuse to leave the country.

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When I asked my recruiter at Prime about needing to have HAZMAT he said it wasn't required. But then that could be just the "give the answer they want to hear to get them here" answer. Either way, I'm prepared to have my HAZMAT.

Posted:  5 years, 7 months ago

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Great news!

If all goes well on tests, do you typically go back out for second phase of training with the same trainer?

Posted:  5 years, 7 months ago

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Crete Carrier Corportation 2ยข Pay Increase

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Its 6:45AM over here....

Where's my morning news?

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Well let's see...we have a huge airplane that has mysteriously vanished, a building that exploded in NYC with a death toll of 8 so far, and a drunk driver that crashed into a crowd killing 2 at the SXSW festival in Texas.

That's why I don't ever watch the news. Always bad news.

Posted:  5 years, 7 months ago

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I DON'T want to mess with CB Shops, so...

I can answer #2 for you.

It is how the other driver has their echo set. The only way to stop that is to turn off your radio or, if you can find the idiot, slap him upside the head and tell them to adjust it down to a level where they could be understood. smile.gif

As far as the noise you get while running your windows, there is whats called a filter that is placed on a wire somewhere. I am not sure where, maybe on the power wire?

Posted:  5 years, 7 months ago

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Driver Pay - Small or Large companies

First off, welcome to TT.

Second, research, research, research. That's the only real way to find out who pays what, and it also boils down to what your personally looking for. OTR, regional, local, type of freight you want to haul, the list goes on and on.

Posted:  5 years, 7 months ago

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When to get endorsements

I recently obtained my CDL A permit. While I was talking to the officer administering the test, she asked me what endorsements I wanted to test for. I told her everything but the HAZMAT since I had not taken care of the TSA background check and fingerprinting part yet. She said I could go ahead and take it now to see if I would pass (which I did) and do that part before I got my actual license. So like Old School said, it depends on your state for the HAZMAT endorsement. Otherwise get all the ones you can now, it will save you time and hassle later.

Posted:  5 years, 7 months ago

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What Is It Like Pulling Chemical Tankers?

Another thing to think about with tankers. The difference between chemical and food grade tankers is, generally the chemical tanks have baffles in them helping to reduce liquid surge. With food grade tanks, they don't have them. You would have to fight the truck while going down the road more than you would be fighting traffic. That's where the extra OTR experience that Brett mentioned comes into play, learning to fight the truck and win.smile.gif

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