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Posted:  9 years, 2 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:  9 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:  9 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:  9 years, 6 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:  9 years, 6 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:  9 years, 6 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:  9 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:  9 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:  9 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:  9 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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