Profile For Chris W.

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  • Location:
    TN

  • Driving Status:
    Experienced Driver

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Chris W.'s Bio

Hi I am Chris I became a trucker at 18 didn't know what I was doing in life, did okay in school but wasn't very interested in continuing education. I knew I needed a job and I had the personality of a trucker. I loved the road and the idea of traveling for a living. So I got a scholarship that got me through my class a CDL. I then fortunately started with a private company that only had one truck. A Mack Pinnacle got about 8 months experience in the truck before left for a bigger company. UPS took me in and allowed me to have a sleeper. I got a Mack anthem truck to call my home and started driving for UPS. In trucking you ether love it or hate it since then I have loved it.

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Posted:  14 hours, 16 minutes ago

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Creepiest experience ever

I Will check it out!

If you haven't had a cursory look into "odd subjects", check out "Coast To Coast AM" with George Nory after 1:00 am on SiriusXM and on some AM radio stations. Some nights I do listen, then other nights it's way too over the top for my thoughts.

Posted:  16 hours, 43 minutes ago

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Creepiest experience ever

The feeling of someone in your truck has to be close to the worst feeling ever!

I never had an encounter like that, but I’ve had on multiple occasions felt like someone was in my truck, I remember being in NY a few years ago, driving down the high way around midnight and all of sudden I just felt like someone was in my truck, since I had stopped 10 miles back for fuel, so I pulled over on the side of the road multiple times to check my truck top to bottom, and I just couldn’t shake the feeling, went on for about 30-40 minutes before I finally felt fine again. Couldn’t explain it, but my wife is into all this paranormal stuff, and said something about how a sprite or something could’ve caught a ride with me, not sure. Til this day when I tell this story, makes the hair on the back of my neck stand up.

Posted:  17 hours, 25 minutes ago

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Interesting day!

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Posted:  17 hours, 32 minutes ago

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Creepiest experience ever

I definitely would been horrified!

Several years ago, I was making a delivery to a Sam’s Club DC at night. To get to the location there is a somewhat old and narrow two lane road. Suddenly in my headlights I saw a person on my right walking towards me. I had to swerve to miss the person and as I went by, I could see that this person was huffing spray paint. The paint had made the face look like something out of a horror movie. This was very unsettling and, also the closest I’ve come to hitting someone.

Posted:  18 hours, 23 minutes ago

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Creepiest experience ever

wow!!! I was so scared about my experience on the roads I can't even imagine how scary it would be at home.

Ohhhh Boy ! lol Well, I believe in things around us, we cannot explain from another realm. Have had a few real life experiences, myself. Not on the roads, but at home, in a couple different houses we had lived in..... 1, I actually was in rem sleep, when I felt the palm of a hand, on my left shoulder (side sleeper) that pushed me towards the wall ! Scared the bejeebees outta me, I jumped outta bed,turned on the light, and nothing was there (alone,w/ my door closed)

Which later was confirmed by dad's buddy, who had "the gift" once he came and did a walk thru. Supposedly, "she" was there watching over my dad, in a good way.......

Posted:  18 hours, 34 minutes ago

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Creepiest experience ever

for the longest time ever I didn't believe in ghost or anything paranormal but after last nights encounter I am not so sure.

Believe this or not, but I strongly believe there are apparitions or ghosts out there that could be encountered at some point by some drivers. I'm not the only one with these thoughts and/or encounters, either.

I have had two "sightings" that could not be explained. One was in NC, and the second was in AL.

Posted:  19 hours, 41 minutes ago

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Creepiest experience ever

I had a really creepy experience last night on I-99 in Pennsylvania. It was around 11 and I still had 2 hours left for the day. Then while driving I saw a person standing in the middle of the ROAD. I slammed on the brakes and pulled over because once I stopped the person was just gone. I looked around didn't see anyone and I inspected the truck because I actually thought I could have hit someone. Surely enough nothing. The person was gone and I decided to stop for a 30min. Last night I had the worst sleep ever but with coffee I made it to my drop off and picked up my next load.

I was honestly so scared last night and am still in shock. What was your scariest experience? Have you ever experienced seeing a person that wasn't there? And no I am not crazy despite how crazy this sounds.

Posted:  1 day, 14 hours ago

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Hey Love’s: it’s 10 o’clock, do you know where your truck stops are?

I use Garmin and Google maps

I use Trucker Path and my GPS to plan for parking.

Posted:  2 days, 23 hours ago

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MAJOR ANNOUNCEMENT

so not really any news. My company said that if they don't get it fixed in a few weeks then they agreed to send a new one. If my anthem returns I get it back but if they send a new one I will likely get it. But for now driving a T680 Kenworth. I do still hope to own a truck sometime but understand it's not a good time now so I accepted it.

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MY MACK HAS SOME ISSUE WITH ITS ENGINE. My truck was making some weird sounds and I took it to get looked at. They said something is wrong with it's engine and they need to send it back to Mack to fix it. I now have no truck for a bit so I am going to maybe put a down payment on a Mack Pinnacle that I found. I do want to be a truck owner some day and I may take the next step. Maybe put a down payment and start driving a pinnacle. I love my anthem but they are really expensive to buy and I do want to be a owner not just a company driver. If I decide not to go for it I can get a temporary truck in 3 days. So please tell me your thoughts. Should I go for putting a down and get closer to my dream of owning a truck? Or should I just take the loaner in a few days and just wait for the anthem to get fixed?

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Howdy, Chris!

Any news on the Anthem? Not a great time to purchase...EVEN A PINNACLE! We love ours, company paid!

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You could always look into FAB express, btw! Dunno if they do TN, could look! Guaranteed Mack; might be a tenner,tho!

Checking in... (ps: Trailer is GREEN!)

~ Anne & Tom ~

Posted:  1 week ago

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Weird break areas

no didn't decide to get the Pinnacle yet. Did have a hotel for a few days. And already started trucking again. On my way to a location in Georgia that I have to cross Atlanta so not looking forward to Atlanta traffic lol. But on a serious not glad to be driving! I am actively going to get ready to start driving again because I prefer night driving. Also first time not driving a Mack since CDL training. Right now got a Kenworth T680 hopefully temporary even tho the T680 is a really nice truck!

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@Anne unfortunately no I don't have the anthem back yet but I am borrowing a truck.

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Awhhhh~!! Dang. Love that truck, haha!

So, no Pinnacl'ing, no Hotel'ing, no fun ?!?!?

Oh, well.. at least you're turning the wheels, and making that de'nero! Yes?

~ Anne ~

Posted:  1 week ago

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Weird break areas

@Anne unfortunately no I don't have the anthem back yet but I am borrowing a truck.

Posted:  1 week, 1 day ago

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Weird break areas

Where was the weirdest area you took a long break at? So for me a few months ago I got in some unexpected traffic and wasn't going to make it to the truck stop in time. So I got off the interstate and went looking for a place to park for 34hours. I couldn't really find anywhere and had only 4min left on the clock so I did find a church that had free parking. I ended up that Thursday and Friday at a church for 34 hours. Glad I had some snacks packed because I was done driving. So I am interested in hearing your guys and gals stories. Also I am only on a 30min break right now so expect a delayed response.

Posted:  1 week, 5 days ago

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ok thanks for your input:)

Chris confesses…

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I don't trust myself with important decisions.

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How then can you effectively run a business? Listen to yourself Chris!

Stick with being a company driver, you’ll avoid bankruptcy court.

Posted:  1 week, 5 days ago

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thanks for advice and also thanks for being respectful when replying. :)

Trucking is a boom or bust business - there is never an even match between the number of trucks on the road and the demand for trucks to haul freight. By most accounts a major recession is creeping up by the end of the year. Freight volumes and rates are already falling. They will continue to fall until volumes creep up again (think late 2024) or enough trucks have left the road to leave only enough to meet demand. The folks who paid top dollar for a truck and bought it on credit will be the first to go. You will pay more for a three year old used truck today than it cost when it was NEW three years ago!

Right now you should focus on saving money. As others have pointed out - it's not cheap to drive a truck. Breakdowns cost money. If your truck sits idle because of a breakdown, an accident or a lack of loads you still need to make the truck payment and pay for the insurance. Many have gone broke jumping into truck ownership because they didn't have enough of a financial cushion to weather the storms. How much is enough? About $100,000. That's not for a down payment - that's money you have in the bank AFTER you have bought the truck. One breakdown can easily cost you > $10,000. What if the shop you take it to botches the job and you have to take it to another shop? Same bill. Yeah, you may be able to sue the first shop for not fixing your truck properly but that can take years and cost thousands in legal fees. What if you're in an accident? Even if the other driver was drunk it can take months to get a check from their insurance company, meanwhile your truck isn't legal to drive until it's repaired.

Posted:  1 week, 5 days ago

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feedback is important and I don't trust myself with important decisions so I 100% agree that it is a great way to make decisions.

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Ok I see a lot of people don't think I should so I won't. Thank you guys and gals for your feedback and help making the decision.

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That's how I make informed business decisions too

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Ok I see a lot of people don't think I should so I won't. Thank you guys and gals for your feedback and help making the decision.

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That's how I make informed business decisions too

Posted:  1 week, 5 days ago

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your entitled to your opinion. I called it 8 months experience because I was only counting the time I was driving full time. The moment I started trucking I wanted to own my own truck. So after about 8 months of experience full time I went to get a associates degree minoring in finance and business then got my business license. I was still driving like 2-3 loads a month.if you have any more questions feel free to ask. :)

Bio says 8 months experience with a Mack Pinnacle and then went to UPS.

I call BS on all of this.

Posted:  1 week, 5 days ago

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Ok I see a lot of people don't think I should so I won't. Thank you guys and gals for your feedback and help making the decision.

Posted:  1 week, 5 days ago

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MAJOR ANNOUNCEMENT

been a company driver for a little longer than 4 years, not first breakdown, company is paying for the repairs and my layover, not sure why 3 days, got credit, a insurance company that I can use, no workers, ik of a client, got a business license in my earlier steps of planning, and a lawyer. Not yet ready for the big company set up but would that be enough to at least get the truck?

How long have you been a company driver for? Is this your first time with a breakdown? Also, isn't your company paying breakdown pay and or layover pay? Also, why wait three days for a loaner?

Do you have your authority? Do you have credit, cash saved up? Insurance, workers comp? Clients? Business license, license fees, book keeper, accountant and lawyer on retainer? Accounts with road service and maintenance shops? Brokers? Much less who will give you business if you are new? Oh yeah, license plate and registration fees. Assuming you can get it plated?

Just a few questions o/o's have asked me to address before I buy a truck.

Posted:  1 week, 5 days ago

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MAJOR ANNOUNCEMENT

yeah this is a really bad time but it's only going to get worse so, really when would be a better time?

With the way things are right now (inflated truck prices, parts shortages, diesel at an all time high among many others) and you're considering now is the time to jump in? I'd say you're definitely not thinking about this logically.

Posted:  1 week, 5 days ago

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it wasn't all of a sudden. I been thinking about it and I had a plan that is now completely being re evaluated. Fast decision can be very bad....... But if you wait to long the fear can change your thoughts and I usually believe in the gut feeling is the right one.

Truck ownership is definitely not something to decide about in the moment just because your other truck broke down. It requires a lot more planning

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