Profile For SeaDog

SeaDog's Info

  • Location:
    Guyton, GA

  • Driving Status:
    Considering A Career

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  • Joined Us:
    11 months, 1 week ago

SeaDog's Bio

Navy Veteran. 35 year electronics technician looking for a change in career paths compliments of my soon to be former employer. ZERO experience with a big truck, so training is a must have. I have some fond memories of picking up two truckers that worked for Wolf Coast to Coast, they put my vehicle in the rocking chair and they took us coast to coast from Oakland, CA to Gettysburg, PA. These guys gave my two girls their CB handles. I wish I could remember the other driver's name.... great guys! I know there are good drivers out there! It is really a toss up between flatbed with TMC or reefer with Stevens Transport or tanker with Prime. I know that tanker operations with a rookie can be a challenge! Never been one to back away from a challenge. My concern with TMC is slinging those tarps over the load. Can this 56 year old "carcass" handle that kind of exertion? Each has it's pros and cons and all constructive criticisms are welcomed. Just do me a favor and be truthful with me. Recruiters have the job of making their company look like they walk on water; the drivers know better. Hence, truthful exchanges appreciated: Good, bad and ugly! This is something that I have been wanting to do for a number of years, so with the shortage of drivers and the career change being eminent, I figure why not go for it. Been married for 36 years, so the wife is aware...as well as supportive.

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Posted:  8 months, 1 week ago

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Nurse to Trucker

I can relate to the new job change CB. I have been an electronics technician for 35 plus years and I, too, am looking at a major career change. Been looking at several companies (reefers, dry bulk and flatbeds and just don't know if this 56 year old carcass can handle slinging tarps. ZERO experience with big trucks other than following them out on the interstate in my 4 wheeler LOL. Got some fond memories of two drivers that picked up my family in Reno, NV and drove us completely across country to make my grandfather's funeral days later. Lot of respect for the "good" drivers out there. These guys gave my girls their CB handles that many years ago. Let's keep in touch! Scott AKA SeaDog

Posted:  9 months ago

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Will You Take The Jab?

Anyone see this?:

Trucker's NOT Exempt; January Mandate.

Thoughts?

~ Anne ~

Unenforceable IMO

Posted:  9 months ago

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CB tuning

The radio comes set up from the factory although many will spend a few extra bucks to have it fine tuned which will improve overall performance. The antenna is relatively unimportant as the coax cable is generally the culprit when a radio isn’t working to full potential.

I have to disagree with you RobertB. The antenna is more important than the coaxial cable. Being an RF technician for the past 35 years, I know the value of a good antenna! If you have a choice, you want the best antenna you can afford. The radios are tuned and tested at the factory, so there is no need to have it retuned unless there are issues with reception (which are extremely rare). There really isn't much difference given the length of RF cable involved in a truck installation. I would assume you have less than 100 feet of cable (more like 25 feet or less). Cable losses are minimal at these distances. You will start seeing issues over 100 feet of cable depending on the cable type (RG-8 vs. LMR400 for example). Don't believe in a truck installation that would be an issue. Go with the good antenna! You won't regret the decision! I do agree that if you do have a problem, the first place I would look would be the RF cable for connector issues on either end (moisture) and smashed dielectric or breaks in the cable.

Posted:  9 months ago

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COVID Mandates and trucking companies

ps: Sorry your company is doing this to you. I don't remember your field of work.

Anne, My "current" employer is Honeywell Aerospace for now. January 8th, that may change provided the Supreme Court doesn't do anything about the mandates. I am an electronics technician with 30 plus years and looking at a major career change.

Posted:  9 months ago

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Any homeless Truckers out there?

I've been wondering about this topic too. One question not addressed already is how do you maintain an address if you're truly "homeless?" You have to have an address for a bank account, filing income taxes, credit card, voting, cell phone etc.

Get a Post Office Box in a town where you have "family" of some sort and in one that you may pass through on occasion.

Posted:  9 months, 1 week ago

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Percentage Pay Versus Mileage Pay

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So I would be much better off reading this vs reading my Georgia CDL manual?

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Absolutely. Our program is based off the Illinois manual simply because it was the most thorough of all of the state manuals but 98% of the various state manuals are identical. So you can read through your Georgia manual if you like but it's not necessary. If you use nothing but The High Road you'll get awesome scores on your exams and you'll retain the information far better than simply reading through the manual.

I have to agree Brett! The TT High Roads Training Program is awesome! Easily digestible chunks of information broken down into a useable format! I love the quizzes that reinforce stuff you've already learned! Much better than the Georgia CDL manual! I may go to that manual for state specific stuff, but it isn't the primary source HRTP is!

Posted:  9 months, 1 week ago

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COVID Mandates and trucking companies

This has been discussed at nauseum. Scroll through the site and you'll find all of the information and opinions you can handle.

That is fine! I am new to the website.... If the Moderator would prefer to delete the thread, I am good with that!

Posted:  9 months, 1 week ago

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COVID Mandates and trucking companies

Since my employer is enforcing the COVID 19 mandate, this brings up a question. Are the trucking companies enforcing the Covid19 mandates? Yes, the courts have determined they are unconstitutional and yes, one of the courts (don't remember which Circuit Court) reinstated the mandates; however, I REFUSE to take an experimental EUA jab for anyone! The politics aside, I would like to know if I change professions, will I have to comply with these shots? Thanks folks!

Posted:  9 months, 1 week ago

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Met my 1st "Karen" today @ gas station

Had a woman the other day come over and start getting nasty with me because my big truck was blocking one side of the gas pumps. I pointed to the large hoses leading from my truck into the ground, "Ma'am I'm delivering gas, and this is where the tanks are."

You just can't fix STUPID!

Posted:  9 months, 1 week ago

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Driving for TMC, let's hear it Drivers!

"I don't remember where you're from... it's not in your profile (sorry!)"

Small town northwest of Savannah, Georgia: Guyton.

Posted:  9 months, 1 week ago

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Driving for TMC, let's hear it Drivers!

All, I would like to hear from TMC Drivers (and former TMC drivers) regarding their experiences. I have got my list down to two or three companies and TMC is at the top of the list. I am going to do the same thing here with the other two companies, but not in any sort of order. It is looking like I am going to have to make a career change from an electronics technician of 35 plus years. Sheesh, hate the thought of starting over, however..... Bring on the comments guys and gals. All I ask is that you're honest with me, no flowery BS unless it is the truth. I recently went on a trip to CT with my wife to my son's wedding and I was amazed at the number of TMC trucks on the road up and down I-95. Just this morning, I saw a TMC Driver out of Savannah, GA (home), so I know they are out there! If you prefer, you can also email me. KG4QIQ at Gee Mail dot com. I am looking forward to what you've got to say: Good, bad or otherwise!

Posted:  9 months, 3 weeks ago

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Thinking about driving for Prime and/or TMC

Share what you've got Anne! I'm listening! smile.gif smile.gif smile.gif

Posted:  9 months, 4 weeks ago

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Thinking about driving for Prime and/or TMC

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Howdy, Scott E. ~!! (aka: Scotty, LoL!)

Did you try this? Apply For Paid CDL Training.

Also, start here:

If you want to learn more about flatbed, read some of Old School, Turtle, and Chief Brody's diaries. Old School drives for Knight, other 2 Prime; our flatbed guys. (Turtle is now with WMPF.)

Tanks, look at some of PJ's posts. So many more on BOTH ends of that spectrum; just the few that came to mind.

Wish you well!

~ Anne ~

Oh yes, Anne, I have seen these posts. Nothing like the feeling from those that have "been there and done that" for an honest answer to your questions. I wouldn't be adverse to reefer or dry goods; I was just looking for where the "needs" were and go there. I can agree that the new guy shouldn't necessarily start out with tankers given no experience, I can respect that. What I would like to go is talk with Prime drivers and talk with TMC drivers (not necessarily recruiters).

Posted:  9 months, 4 weeks ago

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Thinking about driving for Prime and/or TMC

All options are open! I am not tied to an "either/or" situation

Posted:  9 months, 4 weeks ago

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Thinking about driving for Prime and/or TMC

Okay folks, new guy here. I am debating between Prime Tankers and TMC Flatbeds. I've done the research, but I would like to hear from those that are in the field. Pros and cons of each. I know Flatbed is very hands on (tarping and securing, etc.). If I were to ask where is the need; the flatbed company would say flatbed and if I were to ask the tanker company, of course they'd say tanker. It really boils down to what I want to do. This is a major change in career path for me; I am a 30+ year electronics technician getting out on the road. Constructive comments are appreciated.

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