Profile For scorchednuts

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  • Location:
    Hyrum, UT

  • Driving Status:
    Rookie Solo Driver

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  • Joined Us:
    1 year, 1 month ago

scorchednuts's Bio

I'm a 40 year old who decided to ditch the office life for good and hit the open road.

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Posted:  1 month, 1 week ago

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Don't touch another driver's equipment

Messages drawn in dirt are very simple to remove. Wash it!! No damage will occur.

No! I already have enough to worry about in this crazy job. I gotta go dirty up one of my towels? I instructed the artist to clean it off to avoid further problems, which he did, with the sleeve of his nice jacket.

Don't touch my equipment unless you're in the sleeper bunk. 😏

Posted:  1 month, 1 week ago

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Don't touch another driver's equipment

I stand by what I said. I'm trying to represent myself as a professional on the road, not to mention representing my company. I don't want to show up at the receiver with that childish crap. I don't deserve to become the target of a complaint, or worse, road rage because of some other jerk's graffiti. Don't touch my stuff, plain and simple. Write whatever the hell you want on your own trailer.

Posted:  1 month, 1 week ago

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Don't touch another driver's equipment

I'm at a truck stop in Burns, OR. I happened to be looking at the tandems when I caught another driver writing "FJB" on my trailer doors. First off, don't touch my trailer, especially back there near my load seal. I'm not a huge Joe Biden fan, but I don't want to drive around the country with YOUR stupid political take on my equipment. Don't touch my stuff. He was lucky to not end up with my fist in his mouth.

Posted:  1 month, 3 weeks ago

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Not enough chains citation - Oregon

A few weeks back I was rolling through the weigh station on I-84 between Ontario and Baker City, OR. It was a beautiful blue sky day, and there were no chain laws in effect, although I guess that is irrelevant. I was pulled aside into the inspection area and asked by the officer to show her my chains. I went ahead and showed her the 4 sets I currently had, which I thought was the acceptable minimum (covering 1 drive axle, 1 trailer axle).

Apparently I was mistaken. Oregon requires a minimum of 6 sets, and she also informed me that Washington state, which I was headed for, requires 8 sets. I received a citation for $165 and was instructed to pick up more chains ASAP.

I'm just throwing it out there as a warning, some good information to relay. You should probably make sure you have 8 sets of chains on your rig.

What do you guys think about bringing it up with my carrier and trying to get reimbursed? Things like speeding, parking, etc., those are behavior violations. Is it not the responsibility of my employer to ensure that their trucks have the legally required safety equipment for the states they will travel in? Wondering if it would be worth the hassle, or if I should just eat it and move on with my life.

Posted:  1 month, 3 weeks ago

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What's your shortest work day?

Just last week I woke up at the Flying J in Patterson, CA, drove within sight distance to the Kohl's DC, about a mile, did a drop and hook for a preloaded, and went back to the Flying J because the consignee was in Modesto, 30 miles away, and couldn't deliver until next morning. Don't worry, I got layover. Total workday was about 45 minutes.

Posted:  1 month, 3 weeks ago

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How was your 2023?

It's interesting to hear how great everyone is doing in these "troubling times". Just goes to show how a media narrative can take hold and obscure reality. This was my first (half) year in trucking. Went solo in May and made $40k, so probably woulda been on pace for about 75-80. And that's with a "starter company". Can't wait to hit my year experience and get a higher paying job. Loving the lifestyle. Been from Bellingham, WA to Miami, FL to San Diego, CA. Cheers to you all.

Posted:  7 months, 1 week ago

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Ramp parkers

I'd much rather see a ramp parker than an in front of the enyrance of the only cat scale in a 40 mile radius parker.

Posted:  7 months, 1 week ago

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3 months in OTR musings / observations

Support smaller mom n pop truck stops when you can!

I end up at a lot of Pilot/FJ'S because it's where my company wants me to fuel, ergo, I get free showers, but I hate them. Signs everywhere "Truckers keep America fed" and "Have you hugged a trucker today?" And then they want $8 for a tube of Crest because they know they got you trapped and they can. "Premium parking", "Premium wifi", etc.

Meanwhile, there's a sadly dwindling subset of smaller places with better food, usually better parking, where they just seem to care more about the lifestyle, that you're going to miss because their results on Google searches get pushed out by the 2 big boys.

I can't believe people actually did this job before GPS directions and Google satellite view. Seriously unbelievable. Like you just went in to these tight shippers with some written down directions and no clue what you were getting into? Hats all the way off.

There's a small contingent of us that suck real bad, and gives us all a bad name. Do better. I almost got in a fistfight last week after watching a dude place a bag of his feces on the ground, then proceed to dump out his ashtray next to it at a Pilot in Evanston, WY. The trash can was 10 feet away. I couldn't let it stand. I went and banged on his door and was like "WTF did you just do?" He cleaned it up.

Posted:  7 months, 3 weeks ago

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Have to lock differential when bobtail

Yeah the airbags aren't the issue. They're all properly inflated. And anyways, if they were deflated, that would make the drive tires sit lower, not higher, right? Thanks for the advice guys. I just let the shop know. They're having me bring it in. I just hate being out of commission for a while. Been running hard and raking it in. Was hoping there was something I could do myself.

Posted:  7 months, 3 weeks ago

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Have to lock differential when bobtail

Yeah, they're all the same size. Like I said, this is a recent development, things were fine before.

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