Profile For Trotter

Trotter's Info

  • Location:
    Dallas, TX

  • Driving Status:
    Experienced Driver

  • Social Link:
    Trotter On The Web

  • Joined Us:
    3 weeks, 3 days ago

Trotter's Bio

I read Brett's book and decided to sign up. Been driving for a year and a month. Worked for the same company for 15 years, started driving for them (53' dry van), they wanted me back in the warehouse and kept cutting back on my hours until I was barely making it. I had to leave for steady work and pursue my new career. I had seven months there and seven months with the company I am now with. All considered local, looking for a change. I am interested in tanker and I am fully endorsed with a twic card. I enjoy overcoming the daily challenges and the attention to detail and not being stuck inside in one place while missing the beautiful day.

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Posted:  2 weeks, 3 days ago

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Hand held CB Radio?

Handhelds just never seem to have the range, at least not that I've heard of.

Hey turtle, I would use it mainly to listen for traffic information from other tickets around me too. But just not sure if the signal will be strong enough.

Notice how long the cab-mounted antennas are.

I think Errol is right that the antenna length is what will increase the signal but with advances in technology I am wondering if they might have a hand held that can do a decent job.

Hoping somebody with experience using one will see this and let me know how it is, or was, working for them. Thanks guys. I appreciate the reply.

Posted:  2 weeks, 3 days ago

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One year down.. now what?

"Check out Bay and Bay."

Thanks for the suggestion Daniel, but they require 1 year OTR and mine is all considered local.

Posted:  2 weeks, 3 days ago

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Hand held CB Radio?

Is there such thing as a good hand held CB Radio? I thought there was more involved with the dialing in and antenna set up etc.

Does anyone know of a good hand held CB radio that has a good range?

Any ideas on how a company driver in a slip seat situation can utilize a CB if there is not one in the truck and one cannot be installed?

I believe having access to one would be great but not sure if the hand held version is worth the money. Anybody have experience with these?

Any advice, tips, or suggestions will be greatly appreciated. Thanks!

Posted:  3 weeks ago

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One year down.. now what?

Have you looked into LTL?

Hi bobcat, yesr I have looked at LTL, are you with Old Dominion? I have been trying to get on with them for a while but it seems like you might have to know somebody to get on over there. Positions fill up faster than I can apply. They have a terminal very close to my house and I here they pay well with good benefits.

Posted:  3 weeks ago

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One year down.. now what?

To get to your target, on just CPM alone is going to take 60 to 65 cpm total including bonuses, with 3000 to 3500 miles per week.

Thanks Davy for the detailed advice on the target goal. Much appreciated. I am with Estes still but I am looking. I do not get paid by the mile, it is a flat rate and for the work that I do and risk that's involved it is just not worth it. I just applied to a combo driver position within the company. I'm going to see how that goes. If I get the job I could add OTR to my resume because most of the time I would be local/regional but their will be times when I will need to take loads OTR.

Posted:  3 weeks, 1 day ago

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One year down.. now what?

Thanks pianoman! Target annual income is at least 90,000. I can stay out 8-10 weeks as long as I can get home on the days I request for home time. Would like to drive tanker but willing to drive dry van, flat bed, reefer, car hauling, hazmat, port. Not much I am not willing to drive. Talked with BK yesterday about Helwig and Talking with Marten, Ashley, and Ryder. Ryder is local, doesn't pay much, about $1200 a week. I need to make $2000 a week which is why I am looking OTR. Is that realistic? Whatever I need to do to make that happen is where I would like to go and what I would like to next. Thanks for the reply. Any help I would greatly appreciate.

Posted:  3 weeks, 2 days ago

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One year down.. now what?

Thanks Bruce, I sent you an email this morning.

Posted:  3 weeks, 3 days ago

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One year down.. now what?

First, let me say that I really am thankful for Brett's book and I could not stop reading it. I read the entire thing in one sitting this morning. Even though things have changed since he wrote it the principles are the same. Thank you Brett! I recently made it past my first year with no accidents or damage to equipment or property. I am fully endorsed but I have found out that no tanker that I talked with will give me a chance. I am seriously considering going otr with Marten. I am local right now and I have not found many high paying jobs with no otr experience that will give me a shot. In the past year I have hauled 53' vans, flatbeds, and reefer trailers all through Dallas Fortworth and surrounding cities. I am a great driver and I enjoy my job but my wife stays at home with our 4 sons taking care of the house and their education; they are getting older and I need to make more money. Does anyone know of a great company with great pay for a driver with a squeaky clean record (personal and professionally) that is fully endorsed with a twic hiring in my area? Should I relocate? My family and I would greatly appreciate any answers, advice, tips, suggestions

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