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    Virginia Beach , VA

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    Experienced Driver

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    1 year, 2 months ago

Grinch's Bio

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Posted:  1 week, 6 days ago

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Happy new year! How slow are you?

Hasn’t slowed down a bit in my flatbed work. Still running 2500- 3500 miles a week

Posted:  1 month, 1 week ago

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How to give advice to a friend that doesn't take advice?

Davey, you gave the best advice you could, that is all you can do. “ you can lead a horse to water, but you can’t make him drink. Reminds me of one of my last students. Decide he could study better, and do things better him self. I showed him everything he needed to be successful. So I could sleep at night. He is an overconfident impatient individual. I Voiced my concerns to our driver qual team and our driver leader. Last month he left a terminal without the bol’s. The result was him delivering the wrong product to 2 stops and out of order. It took him an extra 2 days and 600 miles in the snow to correct that. The other day I get the” i jackknifed the truck” text. Slow spin at least minimal cosmetic damage and no other vehicles involved. But when we talked on the phone I realized he had his Jake’s on in the snow with an empty step deck trailer on an off ramp at a faster speed than I would have been for sure. I know we specially had the snow / Jake conversation while he was in training when we hit early season snow. Some will learn the hard way unfortunately and there is nothing you can do.

Posted:  3 months ago

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I've applied to attend driver training at Swift Academy Phoenix

Micheal update for the group since he has been silent again. He has been texting me every couple of days. He is currently on his trainers truck, doing a dedicated Target account in the southwest. He has been doing good so far with only a couple of missed turns as he put it. He will be on his 3rd week this week and sounds like he is hitting his stride.

Posted:  3 months, 2 weeks ago

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Have things been slow for the rest of you?

I Haven’t slowed a bit or my running mates overall. We have a couple of slow down areas / clients but others have picked up. I just pulled 3200 miles in the past 7 days. For perspective I’m running general flatbed loads.

Posted:  3 months, 2 weeks ago

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First year solo. Knight Flatbed

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.

I spoke with the wife, found out she pulled them off of Pinterest. So I will check those out when I get home next week. I had also done some looking and found this which has some I will try. Prep them at home and freeze in gallon bags and just drop in during the day.

https://www.delish.com/cooking/g3849/best-slow-cooker-recipes/

Posted:  3 months, 4 weeks ago

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First year solo. Knight Flatbed

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.

Two sides glad you are doing better, I run swift flatbed, I usually pack / prep for 3 weeks plus and store in a alpicool freezer that is about a 36 qt. It sides behind my passenger seat in front of my cabinet in my kenworth. You can find it on Amazon. It works great. I just slide it out if I need to get in the cabinet. My air fryer is built into my microwave, saves space, and getting cooler I will start using the crock pot more. I’ll still hit a Wally World about every 2 weeks to get fruits or veggies coffe creamer etc. I just time those Walmart trips so i am at a terminal doing a 34 usually and bobtail to it. I allow 1 cheat fast food meal a week. And I force my self to eat in a actual restaurant once aweek as well to get out of the truck and interact with other humans and be civilized. Tonight’s menu is honey bbq chicken strips, steamed and seasoned broccoli and a salad for me and my student

My other half found a bunch of new prep crockpot recipes for me, I’ll get her to send me the link and get it over to you.

And stay with knight flatbed… or do a transfer over to our side of flatbed. Knight swift is a great company with a lot of great people supporting us. I know we have quite a few drivers that have left knight and swift that come screaming back because the grass wasn’t greener on the other side.

Posted:  4 months ago

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I've applied to attend driver training at Swift Academy Phoenix

Anne, We forgot the selfie.. Mike found me this morning as he was walking to the range. While I was getting a replacement tarp, since one of mine decided to shred this week. Chatted for a few hen and we had lunch on his lunch break. We had a great chat and he got to meet one of my mentors as well that ran a similar load here as well.

Posted:  4 months ago

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Scale That Loaded Trailer

Yes weigh everything. I repowered a load from another driver the other day to run from Martin’s burg, wv to Elkhart Indiana. That driver handed me the shipper scale ticket. Which was handwritten.. it had his empty weight at an even 30,000. He never scaled it separately at a cat scale. That’s about 1100 lbs light for our truck/ trailer combination right off the bat. Looked at the load of pipe on the trailer and it looked too far forward to me. In the am we drop down the road to a pilot . I was right front heavy. But I had 50 lbs legal leeway on my steers still. But we could only run 1/2 tank of fuel or less all the way to Indiana. Made it there and got it unloaded with out issue.

Posted:  4 months, 1 week ago

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I've applied to attend driver training at Swift Academy Phoenix

Micheal, I will be there in Pheonix all day Monday doing a reset. Let’s get together with you and your buddy. I put my number in my bio. Shoot me a text when you see this so we can connect up.

Posted:  4 months, 1 week ago

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I've applied to attend driver training at Swift Academy Phoenix

Anna, I have been here just lurking and falling asleep with the tablet some nights. Life of flatbed ya know. Honestly just been running a lot and training keeps me busy, most eves are discussing the day with the student cooking dinner and helping them study what they need to know. So usually I fall asleep 10 min after I start a show or troll the internet.

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Wow, it's awesome to see YOU back around; it's sure BEEN awhile!!

Thanks for stopping in; that's awesome of you, man.

~ Anne ~

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Micheal great thread. You have gotten some great advice from everyone in here so far. I may bump in to you early next week as I’ll probably be dropping into Pheonix for a load, groceries and a shower. I’m a swift flatbed mentor. Keep your spirits up focus on each step of the processes and don’t overthink things too much, before you know it we wil be running down the road together. Swift is a great company overall with a lot of great people working hard for the drivers in the background supporting us. One of the keys is building relationships with those you work with. For example I communicate well with my planners and driver leaders they know how I like to run, and I know what they expect. As you develop the relationships it makes it easier for you. If I can help or answer a question feel free to reach out.

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Wow, it's awesome to see YOU back around; it's sure BEEN awhile!!

Thanks for stopping in; that's awesome of you, man.

~ Anne ~

Posted:  4 months, 1 week ago

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I've applied to attend driver training at Swift Academy Phoenix

Micheal, We just loaded here outside of chicago. Heading to Nogales south of you. Will then most likely be inpheonix Sunday afternoon to get a load on Monday. Can’t miss my kenworth it is the only flatbed in the fleet that is always flying a 3x5 American flag of the back. If I’m there Monday and not rushing out. I’ll try and sneak over to the range and meet up with you for a few at least

Hi Grinch, keep me posted on your Phoenix plans. We are in class Monday through Friday from 8 am to 5 pm with an hour-long break for lunch at noon. I can meet up on the lunch break, or before or after class as I live locally (Mesa, Arizona). There is one student in my class who intends to do flatbed. It would be great if he could meet you! I agree that building and maintaining relationships can make or break a driver's success. I intend to make my driver manager and planners happy to hear from me, not annoyed to hear from me. I hope to see you soon!

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Micheal great thread. You have gotten some great advice from everyone in here so far. I may bump in to you early next week as I’ll probably be dropping into Pheonix for a load, groceries and a shower. I’m a swift flatbed mentor. Keep your spirits up focus on each step of the processes and don’t overthink things too much, before you know it we wil be running down the road together. Swift is a great company overall with a lot of great people working hard for the drivers in the background supporting us. One of the keys is building relationships with those you work with. For example I communicate well with my planners and driver leaders they know how I like to run, and I know what they expect. As you develop the relationships it makes it easier for you. If I can help or answer a question feel free to reach out.

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Posted:  4 months, 1 week ago

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I've applied to attend driver training at Swift Academy Phoenix

Micheal great thread. You have gotten some great advice from everyone in here so far. I may bump in to you early next week as I’ll probably be dropping into Pheonix for a load, groceries and a shower. I’m a swift flatbed mentor. Keep your spirits up focus on each step of the processes and don’t overthink things too much, before you know it we wil be running down the road together. Swift is a great company overall with a lot of great people working hard for the drivers in the background supporting us. One of the keys is building relationships with those you work with. For example I communicate well with my planners and driver leaders they know how I like to run, and I know what they expect. As you develop the relationships it makes it easier for you. If I can help or answer a question feel free to reach out.

Posted:  9 months ago

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Why Does This Crazy Stuff Keep Happening To Me?

Old school, that was a funny way to changed the narrative.. I got two buddies that are trying to get me Togo owner. Could I be a owner. Yes.. do I have the business background and skills .. yes I do. I just shut down and sold both of my businesses that I ran for the last 11 years. But this is my last career. When I am done I just want to simply clean out my truck and handover a set of keys.

Posted:  10 months, 1 week ago

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Avoiding crowed truck stops

Davey I do the same I tend to stay away from the crowded smaller chain stops. Running a 10 ft split I am always looking for a pull through when possible or a straight back.I had to do a 90 degree blindside to get in where I am tonight. A smaller loves. Blew the first approach. Circled around a second time got it in the after some wiggling and a pull forward to get it right. Had two veteran flatbeddders come over while. I Was walking the dog. Both were impressed I had enough sense to write off the first bad approach and regroup instead of forcing a bad position. They both admitted they will not blind side unless it’s for a delivery with split axle trailers. Justpractice and have patience, same thing I’m doing

Posted:  10 months, 2 weeks ago

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New job is exhausting

Hay Matt, New flatbedder that just went solo last month, and I’m only a couple of years younger, yup beginning of training I was exhausted each day. I did nothing but lumber loads the first two weeks. My body found muscles I hadn’t used in a while. Breakfast was bengay and Motrin.. as with anything as you do it more it gets easier physically. Stick with it the juice is worth the squeeze

Posted:  10 months, 2 weeks ago

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1 Year/100,000 mile checkup

Congratulations Davy. I will be in your same place in about 9 months. I agree the wealth of knowledge in here is immense. I have been out solo these past almost 4 weeks and many times I have thought about things that I had seen in these threads and suddenly I have a voice in my head guiding me. I’ve met and talked with many other flatbedders who openly helped and shared knowledge. I’ve only entcountered two that I would put in the useless human category. Ironically they both worked for the same company. There is a cammeraderie here IF you choose to be humble and embrace it. I’ve had the opportunity to help others as well. I’ve seen drivers get out of their truck in single digits to help others tarp loads. I look forward to running into you on the road some day.

Posted:  10 months, 3 weeks ago

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VA Apprentice Program

Andrew, swift is eligible for the program, I am currently in the VA program myself. And there is a terminal in Houston.

Posted:  11 months, 1 week ago

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Than you everyone- from a new flatbedder

Maybe we could meet up some time, if we happen to be in VB at the same time. I have a house off Holland Road.

Pack rat I live just off of holland as well if you are driving for NFI in a blue Volvo and park it at a church on home time then we are in the same neighborhood

Posted:  11 months, 1 week ago

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Swift upgrade test

Congratulations Nathan. I’m running flatbed out of Greer. Enjoy your home time you have earned it. I am finishing mine up truck is loaded up and I’ll be rolling this week

Posted:  11 months, 2 weeks ago

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Swift upgrade test

Nathan, Take a deep breath.. I just upgraded myself on Thursday last week for swift .if you have been rereading your hand book and paying attention with your mentor, you will be good. Your mentor won’t let you upgrade unless he or she is confident in your ability. If you have been running the tablet the. You should have most of them macros memorized by repetition. The other ones are easy to remember. Again review the hand book. As far as the planning part, if you have been involved in planning of stops and when to run to avoid traffic, and managing your time, you will be fine. You got this brother. And I’ll see you on the road

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