Profile For Travis T.

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  • Location:
    Phoenix, AZ

  • Driving Status:
    Rookie Solo Driver

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  • Joined Us:
    5 years ago

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Posted:  3 years, 8 months ago

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Maps or GPS?

No, altough 90% of the time that route would work fine there are all kinds of things that change before technology can keep up. My company has never said anything about not exactly following their route but i dont go 50 miles out of the way either haha. At the end of the day its your career and if you get in an accident you're responsible and not only will you be paying the ticket but if serious enough your career could be over. Try to get another job driving after you run into a low bridge, it hasn't happened to me but i'm sure it wouldn't be easy lol

Posted:  3 years, 8 months ago

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Driving in the N.E. ?

I've driven a lot up to Maine, Mass and Connecticut and honestly i havn't had any trouble with low bridges but more problems with tight turns. Word of advice is to get your tandems as far forward as you legally can while driving up there, it makes a huge difference to keep from hitting things haha

Posted:  3 years, 8 months ago

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Advice

I had a really long day once and unhooked my air lines but left my electric line plugged in... imagine my surprise when i pulled out and saw that thing pop off there haha

Posted:  3 years, 8 months ago

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Maps or GPS?

Never Never Never solely rely on a GPS, always correlate that to an Atlas and i also use Google maps to find the correct entrance to a customer. GPS can and will lead you into a field or down a street to a cauldesac or somewhere else not accesible for trucks. Now if we're talking Interstate then by all means GPS is awesome. I use the newest Rand Mcnally (whatever model number it is) and I will say it works decent. BUT it has tried to take me a few places where there is specifically a sign that says "No Trucks Allowed" especially in the North East, things are all wacky up there.

Posted:  3 years, 8 months ago

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Jeep Wrangler

Not sure what year youre looking at but make sure it's a 4.0L engine. Yes the gas consumption will be nothing to brag about but you can't destroy those engines. I have a 99 Grand with 166,000 and just made a cross country move from WV to Phoenix, AZ and it purred like a kitten. 300,000 is very average for these vehicles as long as it's been maintained.

Posted:  3 years, 11 months ago

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Roehl drivers, do you like it?

I will be moving to Phoenix in less than a month and would like to find a company there where I could get more Hometime than OTR gets. I noticed Roehl Transport has a southwest "regional" than mostly runs from Phoenix to Souther Cal and around the area... Anybody in this division or drive for Roehl? If you drive for them do you like it? Pros, Cons?

Posted:  4 years, 2 months ago

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One Thing I'm Both Mystified and Amused About: Why the AVERSION To NYC Runs?

I was pretty surprised the first time I drove across the whole NY Thruway, it took forever haha much bigger than I expected, my trainer was from south of Rochester a bit and didn't have very many good things to say about NYC or the people there :-p

As for driving there, luckily I've never had to deliver in the city just around it, but to me LA is just as bad or possibly worse, but that could just be me personally

Posted:  4 years, 2 months ago

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Anyone from Phoenix/Tucson area?

So here in a few months me and the ole lady are moving from the hills of West Virginia out to the desert of Arizona. I've got 6 months OTR experience but my question is how many regional/dedicated kind of opportunities are out there? I know back east there's a million jobs to have for the picking, so do things run the same out west? I know it's a little different story since everything is so spread out. I've been with US Xpress and they've been good to me so far, let me run good and hard, but I'm thinking them, probably like most companies, only want team drivers out west. Anyone have any recommendations for good companies to look into out there?

Posted:  4 years, 2 months ago

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Ever drive a super 10?

We had super 10 and straight 10s back when I was in truck driving school, I actually preferred the super once I learned what I was doing. I drive a straight 10 now and would gladly switch, maybe I'm just an oddball though haha

Posted:  4 years, 2 months ago

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Idle laws

I know just about every state has some sort of Idle law limiting the amount of time we can idle. However, has anyone actually had any problems with being told to shut off or received a ticket? With summer just around the corner this has peaked my curiosity as I've been all over the country and have never once seen or heard of anyone getting "in trouble" for idleing.

Posted:  4 years, 3 months ago

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What did you do before becoming a truck driver?

I was a traveling musician playing in different bands touring around the country, I loved the traveling aspect but got tired of not being able to afford to eat. I worked at a truck stop a few years back and thought man that seems like a logical choice, and here I am

Posted:  4 years, 3 months ago

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Long-haul driving and boredom

Technology can really be your best friend on the road to keep you from being bored too, just take a phone for example, I have music, podcasts, audiobooks, Internet, siriusXM and most of us can communicate to our phones from our headsets. I can't tell you how many times a tune will get stuck in my head and tell my phone to open YouTube and play it... I think Indiana, Illinois, Kansas, Oklahoma are the most boring, pretty much any of the Midwest is all the same though lol

Posted:  4 years, 3 months ago

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Just got reseated

So I just started my 6th month OTR and got reseated into an International, I've had it a whopping 5 hrs and already like it better than that POS Pete I drove hahaha

Anywho is anybody here a fan of the prostars? Ive never had any experience with internationals before but so far I can't complain

Posted:  4 years, 7 months ago

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Getting very frustrated...

Thanks for all the advice everyone, sounds like it might be just another struggle of starting in the industry, maybe I'll throw some extra blankets in the truck haha or an arctic sleeping bag

Posted:  4 years, 7 months ago

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Getting very frustrated...

Its a 2012 peterbilt. Its really frustrating the shop keeps saying everything is working fine on it, but waking up every two hours to start the truck and warm it up is starting to get really old.

Posted:  4 years, 7 months ago

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Getting very frustrated...

Hey all,

Let me start this by saying this is only my second week solo driving, however I'm not an idiot ;-p. For the past two weeks I've only made two trips because my truck has been in the shop. There's a problem with the low voltage detector that keeps kicking off the bunk heater, and Of course the truck has an anti-idle on unless it's 25 or below outside. So needless to say it gets very cold in the cab without heat. So I have to wake up every hour or two to turn the truck on to warm it up then go back to bed. Everytime I bring it to the shop they keep telling me there's nothing wrong with it...I don't need all the bells and whistles some trucks have, all I ask is for a little heat when I'm trying to sleep haha.

I got into the business to be out there covering miles and making money, not sitting at the shop.

I'm thinking of finding another company but I know how important it is to stick with your first company for your first year. Any suggestions of what to do?

Posted:  4 years, 7 months ago

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Few questions from the rookie

Hey all,

So I finally got turned back in and now I'm officially a Solo driver, woohoo! They assigned me a 2012 Pete with an 8speed. I've never driven an 8speed before so how much different is it from a 10speed, and anybody have any tips on shifting, especially going up and down steep hills?

Thanks!

Posted:  4 years, 7 months ago

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Wow what a week!

So I'm about 3/4 of the way done with my trainer and we had a hell of a week this week... In a very cool way!

Too much to type on a phone but the gist of it is, ran 2800 miles around the northeast, two loads very very close to legal weight limit, hauled another load of Captain Morgan (woohoo!!) from Baltimore to Boston, Drove through NYC for the first time (talk about nerve racking), and now we're delivering a load of sand from NY to Kentucky that the owner told us will be used on the race track for the Kentucky derby next year...

How cool is that?!?

Posted:  4 years, 7 months ago

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What's wrong with this photo?

And that's why you don't buy real estate from a back alley realtor... This is where you end up

Posted:  4 years, 7 months ago

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How many miles a day during training did you guys drive?

How many miles did everyone average a day while driving OTR with a trainer? I know there are a ton of variables but just a rough guess.

I'm averaging a little over 500 a day and it feels like I'm really starting to get things accomplished. Too bad I'm only getting paid a flat rate and not cpm for training haha

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