Profile For Chris M

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    Pinson, AL

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Posted:  1 week, 3 days ago

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Electric book

I'm assuming you're talking about learning an ELD? There are quite a few different systems, so there's no one stop shop for telling you what the icons and buttons are on every device. Your company will give you a lesson on their system, and also a quick reference card or booklet. All you can do is study your particular device.

Posted:  1 week, 3 days ago

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Parking at night?

The brand name truck stops will fill up faster. If I'm going through be parking later at night, I try to find a mom and pop type place because they're more likely to have spots available. I also use trucker path app.

What area will you be in?

Posted:  2 weeks, 4 days ago

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Game: Have a Trucker Pet? Pics please

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This is Jammer. He'll be 7 years old this coming August and I've had him since he was just a tiny little thing! I got him from a lady who was giving away a litter of puppies on Craigslist, and we've been best friends ever since. As soon as Swift announced their new pet policy a year and a half ago, I brought him on the truck. He's always loved going for car rides, so I wasn't too worried about the adjustment. From day one he loved it! Now when we go home, he's ready to get back in the truck the minute it's time for us to go back on the road lol.

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This is Sabrina! Her story is a little different. Due to some unfortunate circumstances with my sister, my 8 year old niece lives with my grandmother. Last year she wanted a puppy more than anything. She said that she would give up all of her Christmas presents for a puppy lol. So I decided to surprise her. When I got home the day before Thanksgiving last year, I picked my niece up, and we went to an animal rescue center that I had found near us, and adopted little 14 week old Sabrina!

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Unfortunately, we soon learned that my niece is allergic to dogs. It was tough, but we knew she couldn't stay there. I wasn't going to give her back. That would have been too unfair to her. So I went home for Christmas, and headed back out with both Sabrina and Jammer sitting in the passenger seat!

I was worried about how she would adjust, but she took to it right away and now she loves it just as much as Jammer!

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I was also worried about how Jammer would take to having a new puppy with us. I was worried about him being overly protective of his food and his toys. And him trying to prove he's the "Alpha"......

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It didn't take long for me to realize that wasn't going to be a problem!

Posted:  3 weeks, 4 days ago

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What is this trailer for?

Rainey is spot on, we seem them in New England with huge propellers on them. Imagine 1 blade per truck load lol.

Actually the wind turbine trailers are different from that.

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That trailer is just a lowboy with extra dollies for heavy loads. It could be anything from farm equipment, to large underground tanks. Basically a regular flatbed load that is too tall/heavy for a standard flatbed or stepdeck trailer

Posted:  3 weeks, 6 days ago

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Mail truck crash

Posted:  1 month ago

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Can I get wifi on my truck?

I've looked into that Jet Pack and I don't think it really serves any purpose that your cell phone can't do. It's just a hotspot. I have to use my phone for Internet full time at my house and I looked into it but couldn't find any advantage to it. If you wanted to use Verizon's cell service for Internet but didn't have a phone, that Jet Pack is what you would use. But if you already have a Verizon phone just use your phone as a hotspot for your laptop.

I have a desktop computer in my truck, hooked up to my TV, and I have a jetpack. Reasoning is that Verizon throttles your wifi hotspot after 15gb per month. So I can connect my computer to my jetpack, use the 15gb, and then still have my phone to use as a Hotspot for another 15gb if needed.

ATT is the only phone provider that uses separate channels for voice & data (so it's the only network you can talk & surf at the same time).

Rick

That's actually not true. I have Verizon and I can talk and use the internet at the same time with no problem.

Posted:  1 month, 1 week ago

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Flatbed weight distribution

Putting weight in front of the trailer axles shouldn't affect your steers. The people talking about "lifting" the drives, were talking about when you put a lot of weight behind the trailer axles. This can essentially make them act as a pivot point, if you imagine the trailer as a lever.

What does the center marking on your trailer look like? Is it a painted line, a little piece of metal welded onto the deck, or a strip of reflective tape on the deck? Or is it a sticker on the frame?

Posted:  1 month, 1 week ago

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Imagine driving this beast

That tag axle also steers lol. I've seen that truck once before as well. You would definitely have to be on top of your game in your trip planning cause that thing can't go everywhere!

Posted:  1 month, 2 weeks ago

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Dry van, Reefer, Flatbed

I've done all three personally. I prefer flatbed, over dry van, over reefer. But that's just personal opinion.

Reefer: Longer average haul, more time waiting at customer, less drop and hook. You have a lot more nighttime appointments, so that lends you to driving at night more often.

Dry van: Lower average haul, more drop and hook, on average broader pickup and delivery windows.

Flatbed: Closer to dry van in terms of average length of haul. Lower drop and hook percentage, more daytime/Monday-Friday appointments. More opportunity for accessory pay.

Posted:  1 month, 2 weeks ago

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If coming to Swift Denver

Exact same thing at the Gary terminal right now. They're apparently making a push to update all of the older terminals which is nice. Can't wait to see the new look

Posted:  1 month, 3 weeks ago

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Tandems Won't Slide

You can chock the wheels but if the brakes aren't holding you need to get it in the shop so they can be adjusted

Posted:  2 months ago

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11000 lbs one piece

Man in my opinion that load should be illegal. That's a flatbed load all day long.

Be extra careful on turns because that load will be top heavy and those straps are doing nothing to hold it upright.

Also, if you're in mt Vernon going to Huntsville, you're not going through Chattanooga.

Posted:  2 months ago

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Swift new recruits

The Swift terminals do have free showers and free laundry. However, the showers leave a lot to be desired. I use them as a last resort. They are also in the process of upgrading the drivers lounges in the older terminals.

As far as the silver and gold awards, I'm assuming you're talking about the quarterly bonus program. It is paid on the first pay period after the quarter ends. It's really simple honestly. As long as you don't hit anything, and you make your appointments on time, you'll be fine. If you're not going to make an appointment, and it's for a legitimate reason, if you send a Mac 22 notifying the company, you'll be covered. I'm platinum level and I don't have to do anything out of the ordinary to maintain that. It's as simple as just doing your job, honestly.

I will say though, some of the dedicated accounts are not eligible for the bonus program. There are way way more accounts than I can name, so I can't tell you which ones are not eligible, but I know there are some.

Posted:  2 months ago

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Fired from Swift

Did you actually go to the instructor after the drug test and ask if it was ok to leave for the dentist? Sounds to me like you left before they were finished. Just because you thought they were done doesn't mean that they were.

Posted:  2 months, 1 week ago

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Trailer parking break out when parked not at a door

And yeah I've seen trailers on our yards that have a tire with a groove cut in it all the way around where a driver pulled away before the air bags inflated and had a winch grinding into the tire

Posted:  2 months, 1 week ago

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Trailer parking break out when parked not at a door

I have never set my trailer brakes when parking. Our trailer air bags deflate when the brakes are set, and some of our trailers drop enough to jam winches into the tires.

Because Rick mentioned it twice: I don’t know the state of everyone’s equipment, but I do not lose enough air on a break or even on a 34 for my brakes to pop. If they do, I’m out looking for an air leak.

Same here. If I ever lose enough air for the brakes to pop while I'm parked at night, then there's an air leak somewhere. Its been probably two months since the last time I had that happen.

Also, my truck has spring brakes on all 4 drive sets. I haven't driven a truck that only has 1 spring brake. I can't see how that wouldn't be considered a safety issue.

Posted:  2 months, 1 week ago

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Trailer parking break out when parked not at a door

I never pull the trailer brake when I park. And I'm not a "super trucker" to use your words.

Exactly how do you think the tractor brakes would all fail at the same time, causing the truck to "careen down the hill in to a home filled with widows and orphans"? When your brakes are set, it is a mechanical brake. You would need each of the 4 springs (1 on each set of wheels) to break, before the truck would start rolling.

Also, did you know that in wintertime, truck drivers are encouraged to not set the trailer brakes, due to the brakes freezing? Why would it be OK in the snow and ice, but not OK at other times?

Posted:  2 months, 1 week ago

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Clock Management Question.

I would say it depends on what you're getting back in the upcoming days, not just tomorrow night. If you're consistently getting 9-10 back over the next 4-5 nights then you can be comfortable running recaps. But if you're only getting 2-3 hours back on say Saturday or Sunday night, you may be better off taking the reset now and being ready to run for next week.

Posted:  2 months, 3 weeks ago

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Split Sleeper Break

At the end of the 8, you'll have exactly what you had on your clocks when you started the 8. After the 2, you'll have a full day, MINUS whatever you do between the end of the 8, and the start of the 2.

I hope that makes sense

Posted:  2 months, 3 weeks ago

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Walmart Pickup Is Awesome

I usually make a list of things I need and then leave the damn list in the truck.

I had a wonderful habit of doing the same thing until one day a light bulb went off. Now I just type the list out on my phone which I always have on me in case of emergency lol.

The pickup is a great idea that I've never tried. I usually end up having to do my shopping on my 30, but there are a few Walmarts on some of my regular routes that I know I can park overnight so I always go in and get whatever I'm running low on. Much easier than rushing through on the 30 minute break. I'll definitely be trying the pickup option though.

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