Profile For Tarren W.

Tarren W.'s Info

  • Location:
    Old Forge, NY

  • Driving Status:
    Rookie Solo Driver

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  • Joined Us:
    5 years ago

Tarren W.'s Bio

41 y/o flatbedder with Melton Truck Lines. Married, 2 kids, 2 grand kids. Always wanted to get into trucking, just had to get other things out of my system first! LOL

Graduated from Sage truck driving school in Rome, NY 11/14/2014

Have a couple of friends who are/were in the trucking industry.

Any wisdom and advice will be greatly appreciated!

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Posted:  3 years, 2 months ago

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Backing Practice 07

My answer is:

I'm a Flatbedder! I don't bump docks!!!!!

Just kidding!

I tend to agree with the others. Get turned around either in the dock area up by your arrow, or in the parking area before the parked rig. I would assume that kind of turn could be done with a regular van trailer. However, should not be attempted with the spread axel trailer I haul all of the time.

Posted:  3 years, 2 months ago

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Website for purchasing trucking needs?

Yup! Amazon!!! Unless I'm in full on "instant gratification mode" then, if I can't get it at Wally World or a truck stop, I have been known to go to Camping World for a few things! That's where I got my satellite dish and receiver.

Posted:  3 years, 10 months ago

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Taking a load to New York..

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I've only been to New York once, but it's a beautiful place if you avoid the city! I'll definitely be going back sooner rather than later!

(I was actually up there when the two prisoners escaped and within 20 miles of where they were. What a time to go vacation, right?)

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You wanna travel through a nice area take a detour through lake placid and the Adirondack mountains. Very nice scenery.

I actually live in the Adirondacks! I love it (when I'm actually home, lol). Tourist season can be a bit stressful when I roll into the village of Old Forge with a 53' split axel flatbed and there's tourists popping out from between parked cars, that are too far away from the curb, and they are jaywalking!

I also had someone who was renting from one of my neighbors, call my company and complain to my DM that my truck being parked in my driveway was blocking his view of the lake! He said he's paying $1000 a week, and I was ruining his 4th of July vacation! My DM told him as nicely as possible, to stuff it! As long as there was no town ordinance that prohibited me from parking my truck in MY OWN DRIVEWAY, I was good to go! And I wouldn't hear another word about it from my DM! (There is no ordinance that says I can't park there, BTW)

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Posted:  4 years ago

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Woo Hoo!

Passed my DMV exam today! dancing.gifdancing-banana.gif

So relieved that I am done with that experience. I really would like to thank TT and Brett for helping me to waltz right through the permit test and endorsements so I could focus on the actual driving. Thanks to Old School for being an all around mentor and for always calling it as he sees it. Jopa for keeping things humorous (your $29.99 is in the mail, however it might take 4-6 years for postage to clear so be patient) Also thanks to Daniel B for the pre-trip. While I could only use your pictures, because Virginia has different names and phrases they have to hear from us, the parts are at least nearly the same. Thank you for that resource.

I'll be starting orientation with Melton on May 25th. Can't wait. Also want to thank the folks on here from Melton for giving great information to help me make a decision especially on the flatbed variety thread. (Wilson, I sent you a PM, your photos and comments sold me).

Again thanks all and looking forward to seeing many of you out on the road shortly! thank-you.gif

Congrats on passing your exam! WGT!!!

And welcome to Melton! As you probably already know, there's a few of us on here! It's a great place to work! I'm currently in Tulsa on "light duty" but I should be getting my doctors clearance to get back in a truck on the 18th. If you have any questions, please feel free to PM me as well. I'm not on here as often as I'd like, but I'm always willing to help out when I can!

Congrats again! And I look forward to seeing you out there in a Melton blue truck!

Tarren

Posted:  4 years, 2 months ago

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CDL in hand

Congratulations, Scott!!!!! WTG!!!!

Welcome to the wonderful world of trucking!

Tarren

Posted:  4 years, 2 months ago

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To TMC, or to Melton? A wannabe flatbedder inquires!

Tarren, your Melton Truck Lines story is more than ten times better than those "We treat you with respect! Earn up to $75,000 per year! All the mileage you want! Best benefits!" ads. Thank you!

You're very welcome, Errol.

....and Old School is so right about flatbedders. You will run across one or two that can be real jerks. But for the most part, we help each other, no matter who you drive for.

Tarren

Posted:  4 years, 2 months ago

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To TMC, or to Melton? A wannabe flatbedder inquires!

Awesome info, thanks guys! I was kinda wondering how true the "Truckers Marine Corps" gag was for TMC, Old School.... honestly, all the info I've acquired for Melton from Tarren here, and Wilson's old blog posts, have helped propel Melton forward in my mind.

Also, I just got an offer from Melton! I'll be heading there in early April for a 5-day orientation :D By the time that's done, I'll be getting a truck and starting out with them! :)

Awesome news, my friend! I'm Hopeful that by the 5th I'll be back in a truck, and back out there. So, you'll have to keep us posted on how it goes!

So, congrats on the offer! Again, if you have any questions, feel free to PM me.

Tarren

Posted:  4 years, 2 months ago

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To TMC, or to Melton? A wannabe flatbedder inquires!

Will do! I've been working with Kendra, she seems really good so far. Answered all my questions, very personable and professional on the phone. Seems good with me wanting to wait until after my next home time to come aboard -- I am past due for a general physical with my doctor, and want to get it done while I'm insured.

She said she wanted to get me set up with an interviewer yesterday, but I call today, and her answering machine says she's on vacation. I'm not stressing though, as we've got a few more weeks to get everything set up before the orientation date we're shooting for, first or second week of April in Ohio.

Cool! Kendra is one of the good ones! They're all really good, but she's really nice.

Ohio is a good place to start. Eric, the terminal manager is a great guy. So is Keith, the guy who runs the shop out there. They're all really good guys out there. Pay attention, and if you're not sure about something, ask.

The hotel is pretty good too! Better breakfast there than at the hotel in Tulsa. and there's a subway in the convenience store right out in front of the hotel. You get a discount on subs and stuff from subway if you show them your room key card.

Like I said, if you have any other questions, feel free to drop me a PM!

Posted:  4 years, 2 months ago

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Have you ever wondered?

Melton Truck Lines - don't have a truck right now because I'm on "light duty". (Foot got stuck, rolled my ankle, and "Snap!"). But, I'll be back on the road in a couple of weeks after I finish physical therapy.

I'll update once I'm in my new truck!

Posted:  4 years, 2 months ago

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To TMC, or to Melton? A wannabe flatbedder inquires!

Hey, that's awesome Tarren! Thanks for the info -- I definitely hope that I can get on with Melton! :) How's the ankle coming along? Hope to see you out there soon!

You're very welcome!

My ankle is doing much better, thanks for asking! It's been really sore the past couple of days because I was doing a lot of walking the other day, and the ankle brace that I was using didn't fit right. (ouch!). But I went and got fitted for a new one yesterday and have been icing it and keeping it elevated since yesterday afternoon.

Have you talked to a recruiter yet? If not, I can give you the names of a couple of good ones!

And if you end up coming out here in the next few weeks, give me a shout!

Tarren

Posted:  4 years, 2 months ago

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To TMC, or to Melton? A wannabe flatbedder inquires!

Hey there, Snappy!

I'm a Melton driver, and all I can say for sure is, they are the real deal!!! Everything you see in their youtube videos and on the website is the way it is. It's a driver centered company. Heck even Bob Peterson, the president of the company drives! Granted it's only a couple loads a year, but he does it.

The orientation and training program are top notch. The trainers are hand picked. Not just anyone can be a trainer.

I've been with Melton since just before Thanksgiving of last year, and it's been great working here. Unfortunately, I got injured back in January. But the way that I and my family have been taken care of, is nothing short of awesome! I broke my ankle at a consignee in NJ right before I was scheduled to head for hometime. I Got taken to the local ER and caught a cab back to my truck. After I had left, one of the other Melton drivers moved my truck to a safe spot for me and left the keys in a safe place.

When I called the safety dept. (after hours) to let them know what was going on, they jumped right in to help me. The first thing she asked me was, "Are you in a safe place?" I told her that my truck was parked in a turn out, just outside the consignee's front gate. Her next question was, "Do you have access to facilities? A bathroom or shower, food and water?" The answer was no, but I had heat in the truck along with plenty of food and water. Her response was, "That won't do. Give me a few minutes and I'll call you back." And about 5 - 10 minutes later, she called me back to tell me that another Melton driver was on his way over to take me and my truck over to the nearby T/A.

A little while later, she called to let me know that another driver was going to fly out to me and take me, my truck and my trailer to our terminal in Ohio. A couple of days later, I found out that I needed to have surgery to repair my ankle. They took care of everything! Doctors appointments, hotel room, etc... They even offered to fly my wife out to be with me! (She had to work though. She's the only one in that office.). After the surgery they flew me home for 10 days and then back again for a follow up appointment with the doctor. I'm currently doing "light duty" work at the main terminal in Tulsa, OK. And everyone here is fantastic! Including the president of the company! On more than one occasion as I was sitting down to eat, he's stopped by to ask how I was doing.

I've got about 3 more weeks of physical therapy and I'll be getting back in a truck. (God willing). But, before that time is up, they're going to fly me home again to be with my family.

Just another reason that it's not always about the money! Yeah, the money's good! But how we get treated, is way more important to me! And they have treated me and my family better than I could have ever expected.

Sorry for the long post. If you have any questions, please feel free to PM me! If I don't know the answer, I know a ton of great people here who do!

Tarren W.

Posted:  4 years, 4 months ago

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Hi Everyone! I've missed you all SO much!

WTG!!! MG!! Glad to hear you're doing well, and loving it!!!

I'm sitting in Springfield, MO. waiting for my truck to get fixed at the Kenworth dealer. That happened about halfway through my very 1st solo load! But, I still love it!!!

Maybe we'll bump into each other out on the road somewhere!

Keep up the good work & the great attitude!!!!

Posted:  4 years, 5 months ago

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Trucker Humor: Trucking Company Name Acronyms

SWIFT - Sure Wish I Fought the Ticket

Posted:  4 years, 5 months ago

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Trucker Humor: Trucking Company Name Acronyms

TMC - Two Marines Cuddling

Sorry, had to bump it!

Posted:  4 years, 5 months ago

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I'm in!!! Orientation with Melton Truck Lines in Tulsa, OK

Steve,

Just finishing up my orientation at Melton. And on our break I showed Joe your picture and asked "Do you know this guy?" He said, "Wilson!!! You know Wilson?" LOL

Anyway. Hope it's going good for you! See you out there!

Tarren

Posted:  4 years, 6 months ago

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I passed my road test!!!!!

Just got my confirmation to orientation on Nov. 24th!!!!! Got my flight booked. (it would have been a 1 day, 15 hour bus trip!!!!) wtf.gifwtf-2.gif

I'm going out on Saturday the 22nd, so I'll have a day to relax and get acclimated. I can't believe this is all happening so fast! I know that my wife is getting nervous about me leaving. But we've kind of been down this road before with my outboard training classes in the past. The 1st year of our marriage I went away for 3 weeks to Atlanta. Also, for the 1st 5 years we were married we spent roughly 6 months apart at a time because of our jobs.

Anyway. Just wanted to share the update!

Is anyone else headed to Melton for orientation Nov. 24th?

Tarren

Posted:  4 years, 6 months ago

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I passed my road test!!!!!

Firstly, CONGRATULATIONS!

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Also, am a little confused about the car having to back up being an automatic fail... unless they weren't over the stop line. If the car is already there when you approach the intersection then I will wait if I can't make the turn, but if you own the intersection and a car pulls up, they have to back up.

At least that's the way I understand it.

Yeah, the car was there first. And, no, they were not over the stop line. I don't think he was really paying attention at that point. The look on the examiners face when he got out of the truck and headed toward our instructor said it all. That student was a real piece of work!

Tarren

Posted:  4 years, 6 months ago

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Well, it's official!!!!

Congratulations, Jolie & Sarah D.!!!!!!! That's awesome!

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Best of luck to both of you!

Tarren

Posted:  4 years, 6 months ago

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I passed my road test!!!!!

Congrats I hope to be in your shoes in a few months.

Thanks, my friend! I really appreciate it!!! Best of luck to you!

Tarren

Posted:  4 years, 6 months ago

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I passed my road test!!!!!

Just wanted to let you all know that I passed my road test!!!!

I don't care how old you get, it's still nerve wracking taking a road test with the brownie sitting there watching your every move. Though honestly, he was pretty cool. He understood that we were nervous, and definitely took that into account. I only had two screw ups for a total of 25 points. The 1st was right after I finished with my blind side parallel park (which I managed pretty well, a little crooked from the curb, but not too far.) I had to cross a set of railroad tracks in the yard we were in, while at the same time trying to avoid hitting another big truck backed into a dock, sticking out more than half way across the street. It looked from my mirror like I was passed the tracks. However, I didn't take into account, the angle of the tracks. I was still on them when I shifted. 15 points! Then, on the final turn of the test, I was so focused on not hitting the curb with my tandems, that I almost took out the stop sign in front of me!! 10 points!

Other than that, it all went pretty well! Pre-trip was good, though he rushed me through because it was snowing.

All in all, it went well. 3 out of the 4 students from our school passed!!! The one who didn't was kind of a arrogant jerk, way too over confident. He messed up pretty bad, he said after he got back. When he got back, he was a bit humbled. Then started beating himself up over it. He said he was having trouble shifting, cut his turns too tight, couldn't parallel park, stalled out on a different set of railroad tracks (which the instructors warned us about, repeatedly.) It's a set of tracks in the middle of the city, at a busy intersection, followed by a traffic light. If there is more than one car at the light, you can't fit the truck in between the cars and the tracks! It was drilled into our heads, over and over. But, with two cars at the light, he went for it! Then stalled it right on top of the tracks. To top it all off, on the very last turn (where I almost hit the sign) He rushed the intersection, with a car at the light on the street he was turning on. Forcing the car to back up! (automatic fail in the eyes of NY state!)

Just goes to show, there is such a thing as over confidence!!!

A few minutes after I was done and sitting in my car with the instructor, I got a call from the recruiter at Melton Truck Lines! I gave her the good news and she confirmed me for orientation on 11/24/14 in Tulsa, OK!!!!!

I'm on my way, guys and girls!!!!!!! A big thank you to everyone here at TT.com!!!!! I probably wouldn't have gotten even half way to this point without you guys!!!

Tarren

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