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Posted:  1 week, 6 days ago

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What percentage of the time do you "enjoy" trucking?

Most of time. I don't like being cold and wet. I've had days where it seems I'm in and out of the truck all day in freezing rain. Turn the heat on full blast and start getting dry just to get out and get wet again.

Posted:  2 weeks ago

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Parking Shortage Research

For safety, I have seen other truckers use something like this https://www.airbrakesecurity.com/page.php/Sleep_Safe_Strap or other homemade devices to keep from having unwanted guests enter while they were sleeping.

Posted:  2 weeks, 1 day ago

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Sick Days

About 5 years ago I was sick and kept pushing through it. One morning while doing my pre-trip I ended up passing out. Got taken to the hospital and ended up staying like 5 days in the hospital with Pneumonia. So my advice is if you feel really bad go to the doctor before it gets to be too late.

Posted:  2 weeks, 5 days ago

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Do local drivers of trailer trucks make the most money?

If you are having all those health problems you may want to see if you can get yourself in better shape. I ended up losing a lot of weight to get my A1C under control. In the process my bad back got much better from strengthening it.

Posted:  2 weeks, 6 days ago

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What are you looking for in a company?

That sounds really good. I can only think of 3 reasons why it would be hard to hire applicants. Steep experience requirements. You all are based somewhere that nobody wants to live. Or lastly you guys haul nuclear waste that drivers get routinely exposed to. Oh 1 more. There is some hardcore manual labor involved.

Posted:  2 weeks, 6 days ago

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Is $60k a year Midwest Regional in year 1 realistic?

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Walmart is probably the first place I'll apply once I get my physical sorted out. The smart trucking YouTube channel always advertises for GP Transco. I'll have to see if they have a terminal near me.

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Unless you have 36 months of safe operation/experience, WMPF is not an option.

Depending on your location, Swift, Schneider, Smiths Transport, and US Express (others) all run Walmart Dedicated which can be a springboard to getting a job with Walmarts Private Fleet.

Thanks for letting me know that. I doubt I would qualify then. I've have my CDL A for several years but for my job I don't haul equipment and supplies every day with the flatbed trailer. I end up driving the dump truck and the boom truck a lot too. I'm also guessing they probably want some type of dry van experience which I don't have. So yeah I already was planning on checking out swift. I'll add the others to my list.

Posted:  2 weeks, 6 days ago

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Do local drivers of trailer trucks make the most money?

Fwiw one local straight truck job that isn’t particularly labor intensive (from what I’ve seen anyways) is hauling roll off containers. I imagine it doesn’t pay particularly well but I don’t know

Where I live it pays 25.00 an hour. We just had a guy quit to go do it. He liked that there was no physical labor and that they got to work 12 hours a day. We get paid more but generally only work 8 hours a day.

Posted:  3 weeks, 5 days ago

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Portable Toilets? Good, Better, Best

I have this one. https://www.amazon.com/Camco-Toilet-Seat-Proof-Waste/dp/B07NM39V51?source=ps-sl-shoppingads-lpcontext&ref_=fplfs&psc=1&smid=ATVPDKIKX0DER

Seals tight. I once went to throw the bag in the trash dumpster and I accidentally tossed it in the recycling dumpster. I'm guessing whoever was sorting that day was awfully mad.

Posted:  3 weeks, 6 days ago

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I really could use a few recommendations

Looking back I should have utilized a free program. I paid out of pocket because I got it in my head that there was only one company that I wanted to drive for, and they didn't have a school anymore. I would hear their commercials on the radio all the time and think how great a company it must be. Now I know all the starter companies operate pretty similar. So don't be like me. Take the free training and get on where you can.

Posted:  3 weeks, 6 days ago

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Weighing my options

There are plenty of type 1 db drivers. Some on this forum.

I'm hypoglycemic so have to watch diet closely as well. With a high protein, 1 to 1.5 grams of protein to 1 lbs of bodyweight, a bodyweight workout using the armrests for dips, pikes, diamond push-ups, coupled with kneeling pull-ups from the top bunk, declined push-ups from the bed down and utilizing the bags of chains for squats, curls and lat pulls, I've been able to consistently put on Lean muscle and reduce stubborn fat. I lift for progressive failure. I'll never be huge, but will definitely stay trim and lean with great core strength while putting on some size.

I alternate my workouts with a half hour of brisk walking on rest days. No hard-core cardio as it isn't needed for my body type and metabolism.

Absolutely no soda, no fast food, rarely eat out. Water only. I have a bit more latitude on fat, but even then, I keep it light. Organic clean protein.

Thanks, with the good responses I'm pretty confident now it's possible to stay fit while on the road. I go take a pre A1C the 30th this month. If that goes well. Below 8% I'm going to take my actual physical.

Posted:  3 weeks, 6 days ago

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Reset or recap?

That was probably me. I have actually gone over 90 days before. Stuck on the truck? Nonsense. Try doing 159 days straight at sea without a port call. Did that too in the USN.

I don't know how you don't get burned out. Do you just love driving that much? I only drive local but the most consecutive days I have had is driving is 19 and I was really ready for some days out of the truck after that. Do you stay at the terminal or motel some nights to at least take a break from that part of it? You are the ironman of trucking.

Posted:  4 weeks ago

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Reset or recap?

For those of us who have never done it I found an excellent video on it. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xjQmSMvBgV8&ab_channel=TruckingMadeSuccessful

I know of a company that has their drivers out on average 10 days followed by 4 days home time. I'm guessing they are probably doing this. I found some older threads on this topic and I read somebody used it to drive 75 days straight? I'd be going crazy stuck in the truck that long.

Posted:  4 weeks ago

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Is $60k a year Midwest Regional in year 1 realistic?

I don't know if these are accurate or not but some of these places pay really well. https://www.truckdriverssalary.com/

Walmart is probably the first place I'll apply once I get my physical sorted out. The smart trucking YouTube channel always advertises for GP Transco. I'll have to see if they have a terminal near me.

Posted:  4 weeks ago

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Weighing my options

Thanks, you know a lot about diabetes meds. I see my doctor this month. I'll run these by him.

Posted:  4 weeks ago

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Weighing my options

Would metformin and maybe a GLP-1 agonist or SGLT2 inhibitor get your diabetes controlled enough to qualify? What part of diabetes disqualified you? Is it using insulin or just at a certain a1c/fasting glucose they say "disqualified?"

As a tanker driver I use my hoses if they're clean and buckets with fittings in them and do some basic exercises. I use fitness rooms at our operating centers if I'm at one and occasionally Uber to a planet fitness.

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So here is my situation. About 10 years ago I had a job in electronics that I traveled all the time. Loved it. Longest I was gone was 4 weeks I think. I decided that I wanted to switch careers and drive a truck. So I paid for school and got my CDL. Found out I have diabetes and can't pass the DOT physical. I ended up getting a Govt Job that is Intrastate DOT exempt. It pays decent little less than 70k with great benefits but I miss traveling. I started exercising and losing weight in hopes of passing the physical. So my question do you long term drivers love being on the road as much as when you started? Are you able to maintain fitness while driving the truck? I don't want to put on a ton of weight. And be kicked off the truck. I thought maybe I could bring exercise bands and one of those bikes where you sit on the bunk and pedal? I've seen some fit trucker videos but I don't know if it's realistic. I'm hoping to exercise every other day. Also my worst fear is forced teams. Does that happen often? I enjoy lots of solitude. If they tried to force it on me I'd hop out of the truck and hitchhike home. Oh and one last question. Does management ever inspect the inside of the truck to make sure you haven't altered the truck? I'd probably immediately install an inverter and sound system. I heard some companies don't allow inverters?

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I was over a 10% A1c which is an automatic disqualifier. I went to the Dr and was put on insulin. I finally am to the point I don't need it anymore just metformin. So I'm pretty sure I can pass the physical without issue. I just need to be able to maintain my current workout and healthy diet when I'm on the road. If I start eating greasy truck stop food and not exercising I'll put on weight and it'll be game over for me being able to drive interstate.

Posted:  4 weeks ago

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Weighing my options

So here is my situation. About 10 years ago I had a job in electronics that I traveled all the time. Loved it. Longest I was gone was 4 weeks I think. I decided that I wanted to switch careers and drive a truck. So I paid for school and got my CDL. Found out I have diabetes and can't pass the DOT physical. I ended up getting a Govt Job that is Intrastate DOT exempt. It pays decent little less than 70k with great benefits but I miss traveling. I started exercising and losing weight in hopes of passing the physical. So my question do you long term drivers love being on the road as much as when you started? Are you able to maintain fitness while driving the truck? I don't want to put on a ton of weight. And be kicked off the truck. I thought maybe I could bring exercise bands and one of those bikes where you sit on the bunk and pedal? I've seen some fit trucker videos but I don't know if it's realistic. I'm hoping to exercise every other day. Also my worst fear is forced teams. Does that happen often? I enjoy lots of solitude. If they tried to force it on me I'd hop out of the truck and hitchhike home. Oh and one last question. Does management ever inspect the inside of the truck to make sure you haven't altered the truck? I'd probably immediately install an inverter and sound system. I heard some companies don't allow inverters?

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