Profile For Jopa

Jopa's Info

  • Location:
    Truckee, CA

  • Driving Status:
    Rookie Solo Driver

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  • Joined Us:
    4 years, 3 months ago

Jopa's Bio

At that age (62) where I have lots to contribute but most employers are not interested or are if you are willing to make what you made in your 20's per hour. I do work for myself in the woods around here (firewood) and it is a good life but barely pays the bills. I have always driven on average much more than most people so I figure I might as well get paid. Looking into getting a CDL and a job and hitting the road. I am single with grown kids and 4 grandkids so no one will miss me all that much if I am gone for weeks at a time. Might appreciate me more if they don't have to see me all of the time, yes?

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Posted:  3 years ago

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What's your opinion on Volvo trucks

Newer automatic I drove it for maybe an hour. How does everyone else think about these trucks are they the Cadillac of trucks?

No, they are the Volvo of trucks ... mostly driven by Russians in Adidas Sweat Suits with their feet on the dashboard and way too fast ...

Jopa

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Posted:  3 years ago

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Prescription Narcotic

If you use ANY pain medication that contains a narcotic of any sort, you must take 30 days OFF before you can drive ... DOT regs (I got torpedoed by that one when I first went to Prime's orientation) ... there may be other drugs with similar restrictions but my particular drug was Norco (sp?) for an elbow injury just before I went to Springfield ... I told them ahead of time (before the drug test) and even though it was out of my system the DOT mandated I had to complete 16 more days off (it had been 14 days at the time) before I could begin my training - driving! So, keep this in mind ...

Jopa

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(This was my response to a previous post ... so if you take Norco daily then you will be precluded from driving as per DOT regs ... that was my personal experience ...)

Posted:  3 years ago

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Surgery question

If you use ANY pain medication that contains a narcotic of any sort, you must take 30 days OFF before you can drive ... DOT regs (I got torpedoed by that one when I first went to Prime's orientation) ... there may be other drugs with similar restrictions but my particular drug was Norco (sp?) for an elbow injury just before I went to Springfield ... I told them ahead of time (before the drug test) and even though it was out of my system the DOT mandated I had to complete 16 more days off (it had been 14 days at the time) before I could begin my training - driving! So, keep this in mind ...

Jopa

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Posted:  3 years ago

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So tell me... Am I delusional?

Yes ...

Jopa

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Posted:  3 years ago

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Woo Hoo!

(your $29.99 is in the mail, however it might take 4-6 years for postage to clear so be patient)

I'm a patient guy ... I'll waitrofl-1.gif

Hey, now the real fun begins ... good luck with all of the adventures ahead and don't forget you still have a bunch of people here who want you to succeed in your truckin' career ...

Jopa

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Posted:  3 years ago

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Best truck for big and tall driver

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Hi folks, What is the best long haul truck for big and tall drivers (I'm 6'7" and 330 lbs) regarding driver's seat, legroom, bed size and general comfort? Thanks Richard

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My husband is 6'2" and 295. He's a bit smaller but in his opinion the volvo was more comfortable than the freightliner and the kenworth was the most comfortable. We were only in a freightliner (2014) a volvo (2013) and a kenworth (2015). All three were brand new but the kenworth was the only one that was not part of a large fleet. It was custom for us.

You're too big for the Volvo because Volvo drivers wear Adidas track suits, drive with their feet on the dashboard and speak with Russian accents ... unless they don't, in which case they drive Freigtliners (the Lite Version) and have no accent even though they are still Russian ... it's just the nature of things ...

Jopa

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Posted:  3 years ago

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Starting at Roehl this month

You went with "Roehl transportation"??? Oooo, bummer ....

JUST KIDDING!

Jopa

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Posted:  3 years ago

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SPARE TIRE CARRIER

Thank you Jopa, I wanted just a confirm from an expertise. Is this regulation about California only? Also, do you think that the Spare Tire Carrier is useless, even if my company came out with a brilliant and ergonomic idea?

Hey, I am (obviously) no expert ... if your company has a more ergonomically friendly design, I'd say "go for it" as it took both myself and the tire guy a great deal of effort to get the bad tire and rim into the carrier ... of course it was a VERY EXPENSIVE "Super Single" on an aluminum rim that we had to muscle under that trailer which also had the air dam "wings" under it ... an impossible task for one person to do ...

Jopa

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Posted:  3 years ago

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Split Sleeper Berth Case Study

@Daniel.B, where are you? I need you on this! lol

Last I heard he's rolling east on I-80 out of Reno ...

Jopa

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Posted:  3 years ago

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Teacher to Trucker????? I need some thoughts and advice I am sick of my job and am 27

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What? Common Core got your tongue?

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Jopa, truckers have words not used in polite company, like "weigh station", " detention", and "DOT inspection". Teachers do, too, like the annual test (STaR (CA), TCAP (TN), CSAP (CO), NPEP (NV)) - all four letter words in their own right, and Common Core is one of them. Please be careful what you say here.

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... oops - wash my mouth out with soap ...

Jopa

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Posted:  3 years ago

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DOT Physical & Medications

Hey Old School ... quit sugar coating it and say what you REALLY think ... I love how you and Brett both pick these posts apart and really get to the heart of the matter ... great advice if a person will only listen and follow it ... geez, I never realized that Nazis hang out in " every little cubby hole of the interstate" ... good to know ... I will avoid all cubby holes in the future ...

Jopa

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Posted:  3 years ago

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Automatics VS Manuals

I feel perfectly comfortable going down a 8% grade hill in the rain at 65mph with the low beams and no jake brakes in 10th.. But I still try to remember to put it in 9th and hover from 45-55mph.

Real nasty habit I've got to break early (pun!).

I'm going to assume you are joking because i don't want to assume the obvious if you aren't - that you are a complete idiot ... if that seems harsh then reread what Brett said above because it is only a matter of time (and not very much of that) before you are crushed to death in a accident that (hopefully) doesn't involve others ... you need to get a job with FedEx if that is truly how you approach 8% grades ... how does your "team" member feel about your "bad habit?"

Jopa

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Posted:  3 years ago

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Anxiety about drug tests (Not because of drug use)

Jessica, there is no requirement that someone watch you produce a specimen. There are situations where watching is required, but for a regular, "every day" sample, you have some privacy.

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CFR ยง40.63 (d) Direct the employee to go into the room used for urination, provide a specimen of at least 45 mL, not flush the toilet, and return to you with the specimen as soon as the employee has completed the void.

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(Gee, legal language is just so .... dry!)

YES! You must have been in a "high security" situation to have someone "watch" you produce a specimen or else you just encountered a "pervert" who abused their authority ... no trucking company (or DOT approved doctor's office) is going to require someone to observe you urinating into a cup so don't let that worry you for a second ... now, there are lots of other things that may cause you anxiety but bring them to the forum and get your questions answered before you stress yourself out ...

Jopa

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Posted:  3 years ago

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SPARE TIRE CARRIER

I live in Los Angeles and I see that most of the truck trailers don't have it , I would like to know if the law says that it is required or not.

Kinda answered your own question, no? since most trucking companies are very GOOD at following the letter of the law and since most trailers (according to your own observations) don't have one - doesn't that convince you that it may not be a requirement? I know every trailer I have pulled has a rack under it but the only time I ever used it was to place a ruined rim & tire onto it AFTER the road service guy came out and replaced the damaged rim & tire that needed replacing ... who knew moving the tandem to the very rear of the trailer caused said trailer to "cheat" a lot more than before - rookie mistake that resulted in the trailer rolling "over" one of those big rocks often placed along the edge of driveways to "prevent" driving on the grass ...

Jopa

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Posted:  3 years ago

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Teacher to Trucker????? I need some thoughts and advice I am sick of my job and am 27

I am still teaching. 3 weeks left this year. I have my contract for next year signed...we are a private school. but would be no problem to get out of this. I just can't stand showing up each day. the best part of my day is my drive. Everything else sucks now. I don't know how to get into trucking i have read so many suggestions online and hope that you all have some help for me

What? Common Core got your tongue?

Jopa

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Posted:  3 years ago

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Female: NO truck knowledge-where to begin without going to a CDL class

There was an app for my tablet that I purchased that I loved on the air brakes. For the past week I spent hours and hours studying it. Today, i was studying in and realized some of the answers that had were completely wrong...very frustrating.

Funny how one can read something and not get the meaning until rereading it again ... I think I misunderstood you to be referring to High Road when you were - in fact - talking about an app you "purchased" ... the High Road training program is FREE (normally $29.95 Check or Money order payable to Jopa - that's just a stupid joke I have typed here multiple times) as is the whole website ... in this case you get a WHOLE LOT MORE than you paid for ... enjoy ...

Jopa

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Female: NO truck knowledge-where to begin without going to a CDL class

Thanks, Tom. I've checked it out but I just skimmed through it. There was an app for my tablet that I purchased that I loved on the air brakes. For the past week I spent hours and hours studying it. Today, i was studying in and realized some of the answers that had were completely wrong...very frustrating. This site looks awesome, I just can't stay logged using up as my wi fi while on the road....I guess, Ill have to just study when I'm home.

Dawn, you will find that sitting at home with no distractions is the best environment for doing the High Road CDL Trining program ... you mentioned "some of the answers that had were completely wrong" ... are you saying that the TT program has answers that are completely wrong? or a different application you found somewhere else? I took the High Road course (as has hundreds of others here) and found it to be completely accurate ... I also experienced (as have countless others) the joy of blowing through the test at the DMV with 100% correct answers and having the clerk be amazed (not to mention the quizzical looks on my fellow - struggling - test takers who were there when I sat down and still there when I got up to leave) ... you may come across a formatting error or a misspelled word here and there (I did and notified Brett who immediately corrected the problem) but I doubt you will find answers that are completely wrong ... this is only ONE of the many tools you will find to your benefit if you take the time to really explore this site ... there are countless posts over the last year where people have commented on how much the information on this site has helped them to accomplish their goals ... explore, utilize and enjoy!

Jopa

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Posted:  3 years ago

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Where to set the tandems ?

I'm in a Volvo if that helps.

That's the problem ... say, you don't wear an Adidas track suit and drive with your feet on the dash do you? Are you Russian?? Just checking ... the Freightliner gauge usually reads in pounds so I don't know what Daniel was talking about (he IS Russian ... ) but if your's reads in psi then there is probably a conversion chart in your owner's manual ... if you are really worried about the load, most trailers in the 6th hole will be OK but head for a CAT scale ASAP and get the actual weight ... some trailers also have a built in scale under the rear tandems and while you are near the scales with the correct weight in hand (the report they give you) you can calibrate your gauges so they are more accurate later ... just takes a skinny bladed screwdriver and you use the adjustment screw on the face of the gauge to set the needle ...

Jopa

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Posted:  3 years ago

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World's first self-driving truck

The problem with any computer is human error... All computers are perfect they do what they are designed to do problem is that humans told them what to do and we all know that all humans have errors.... Lol so if they can take the human error out of the equation then it's possible but I don't see it happening...

Huhhhh? What bush have you been living under ... ever heard of parity errors, surges, out of bound memory instructions? How about "Windows" blue screen of death? ... all computers are made by humans (as is all of the software) and contains the same imperfect architecture ... no such thing as a "perfect" computer ... not even "Apple" ...

Jopa

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Posted:  3 years ago

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Owning my own truck

Old School, it's good to see your smart a$$ side. I think JOPA is wearing off on you.

HEY! I resemble that statement ....

Jopa

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