Profile For Trucktographer

Trucktographer's Info

  • Location:
    Tampa, FL

  • Driving Status:
    Rookie Team Driver

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  • Joined Us:
    9 years, 10 months ago

Trucktographer's Bio

I'm a former Marine, who after 10 years of service as a civilian contractor to various Government Agencies up in DC, has decided to finally get out of the Beltway and try something new. I look forward to the new challenges and rewards provided by long distance trucking.

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Posted:  7 years, 8 months ago

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The Impact Of The Crash Tore Off Her Underwear!

I actually drove past this accident while training with Swift. I had just left the Ocala yard with my trainer in the passenger seat. He likes to use 301 instead of I-75. I saw the wreck (empty logging truck) and he saw the woman wrapped in blankets.

I've always wondered what came of that driver. I hadn't been able to find any updates on it.

Posted:  7 years, 10 months ago

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Crossing Canada border as "Not For Hire" - what should I know?

Having crossed each direction without cargo, I'd assume you just need the documentation you mentioned. The only time I've needed other paperwork was when I was loaded. At that point wouldn't you just be considered a fancy RV?

Posted:  7 years, 10 months ago

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Blindside Backing

Another tip: Depending on your model of truck (I drive a T-680) try opening the shade on the passenger side sleeper window. It isn't perfect, but it really opens up the angle you can see from your seat.

Obviously this only works if you don't have a co-driver, or they are already up.

Posted:  7 years, 10 months ago

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Just got dispatched on my 1st HazMat load

If you do stop at the TA in Troutdale, go to the diner next door. Great pies. I highly recommend the coconut cream.

Posted:  7 years, 10 months ago

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Just got dispatched on my 1st HazMat load

It will still be backed to a dock for you to inspect, then secure, before sealing.

Posted:  7 years, 10 months ago

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Just got dispatched on my 1st HazMat load

Don't use duct tape. Must be clear.

And thank you Daniel for regurgitating the same advice I just gave.

Posted:  7 years, 10 months ago

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Just got dispatched on my 1st HazMat load

Tape. We can blame the phones autocorrect.

Yes, I'm going to advise someone to first ask a customer for the correct placards, then not use them.

Posted:  7 years, 10 months ago

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Just got dispatched on my 1st HazMat load

I've picked up from that NAPA, but haven't delivered to one in Portland. They are a pretty good customer, you shouldn't have any trouble from them at either end.

Are you picking up from the:

8914 4000 W West Jordan, UT

Location?

If so, be sure to enter from 4000 W side and not the W 9000 S side. Go all the way around the back and park next the fence. They'll probably have you drop in the corner (directly behind where I suggested you park) and hook to a pre-loaded trailer. Make sure you have some straps or load bars with you.

If you don't have the right placards with you, you can ask the customer. They should always have them on site. I recommend you take them down. They like to fly away at highway speeds.

Posted:  7 years, 10 months ago

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The joys of hauling explosives

1.1 is a pretty varied category. But sure, someone's going to be trawling the particular forum for a target. Yet they don't know where I'm starting from. The one place they know I'll be, I'll be surrounded by NYPD, FDNY, and Port Authority.

I specialize in HAZMAT with a focus on DoD. You've never seen a post from me about any of them because I do practice OPSEC. I was just trying to throw a warning to some of y'all that I'd be jacking up bridge traffic.

I'll just be keeping my info/advice to myself if that's how you want to play it.

Posted:  7 years, 10 months ago

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The joys of hauling explosives

Arrived at the airport cargo area. That was an interesting experience. Had Port Authority, NYPD, and FDNY on site to escort us through NYC. It's a learning experience. I still dislike driving this truck in the city, but at least with an escort I couldn't get in trouble for being where trucks usually weren't allowed.

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