Profile For Stevo Reno

Stevo Reno's Info

  • Location:
    Oak Hills/Hesperia, CA

  • Driving Status:
    In CDL School

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  • Joined Us:
    5 years ago

Stevo Reno's Bio

Nearly 40 years as auto/truck mechanic. Started as diesel tech on trash trucks, then to big rigs/trailers for Pepsi n hazmat tanker place. Engine repair & overhauling specialist.....Heavy Line Tech for Ford dealer, and a Chrysler/Dodge dealer

Time for a change of careers, no small kids, no wife to hold me down. Wanted to drive trucks for few years now, but life's been in the way. Family deaths , broken leg etc lol.

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Posted:  6 days, 7 hours ago

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Swift hair follicle test

Well, don't let my hair grow to 1.5 inches lol hate pillow head hair.....I shave it down to a #1 attachment.... And no hair on legs or arms, and can't grow whiskers/beard either......Man scaped so Pit hair might be barely enough to test hahahaha just not a hairy monkey.........Not like I have anything to hide, I don't even drink, much less use any form of drugs..... Have never even gotten pain killer prescriptions filled, when given....Aleve's work just fine

Like they say "don't do the crime, if you can't do the time"

Posted:  6 days, 18 hours ago

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Using The Throttle While Letting Out On The Clutch

Yeah I have a bad habit of wanting to keep m right hand on the shifter. Need to break this quick lol learning these 10 speeds at school in crappy trucks don't help. Road time isn't even as much as I want or need, I NEED more road time, my DMV test is on 25th @ 7 am, and I don't wanna fail the road part !!

This school actually sucks too many students, not enough trucks. Seeing the given advice here to go thru company sponsored training is best, now that I've been thru this private joke of training....1 of 2 test trucks while in neutral, the splitter acts like you're trying to grind it into gear, and you're not even touching the shifter !! Young trainer said thats how this truck is pfffft.......Sure not worth their $5,000 price, hell $2,000 is too high !

In the best of 2 trucks, I do better actually, "faking" double clutching, and floating into the next gear , up or down! Feels like all the trucks 5th wheels are sloppy on the king pin, I swear seems and looks like about 1 1/2- 2 inches of slop between trucks n trailers (worn out junk with NO real maintenance lol I have got in touch with Werner last week, since I have my permit, that shaves a week off starting there, where hopefully can get better REAL training....

This whole WIOA process has wasted, taken too much time, and I need to get my butt earning a living ! hahaha

Posted:  1 week, 1 day ago

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How A Strong Woman Deals With Offensive Behavior From Men - New Article By Rainy

Junkyard Dog, funny so was I, and I preached to my little girlall the time what dogs boys are ! lol Musta stuck in her head, she didn't have a baby til she was 33 lol, she's 36 now

Posted:  1 week, 1 day ago

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Storm

Yeah, come out to the exciting West lol...... We've had like 3 earthquakes in a week or so, all 3, in or around Ridgecrest/95 miles away.....Sitting here I felt a small 1 roll by softly this morning @ 6:10 am Probably related to the 6.4, then the following next day a 7.1....That was a longe,r rolling ride here in my 5th wheel....I kept waiting for stuff to fall on the floor lol

Posted:  1 week, 6 days ago

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Met up with Bruce K.!

On the negative... I don't sleep in moving vehicles!

Oh suck it up Buttercup.......LOL

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Posted:  2 weeks ago

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Turn on your CB!

Grew up with CBs at home and in the cars lol . Dad was a buff liked "shootin skip" to Aussieland etc.....His last base station was a Galaxy big ole thing fm bands etc sliders and a 1000 watt linear beside it. They came in handy back before we had beepers, cell phones ....Once on way home from work at Pepsi in Torrance, 12 am I stopped at our local 7-11 for a coffee, when 2 sheriffs pulled in behind me to check me out lol I locked my cb mic "ON": since I was talking to mom at the time, so she could "hear" all that was going on, "just in case"

Eh they were bored with nothing better to do, ran their checks , looked thru my car and went on their way. 1 played bad cop other good cop was kinda funny, white dude in the "Hood, is my guess.

Learnt that if ya wanna screw with someone's base station thats tearing up the channel's to put a straight pin in their coax cable, next time, they key up the mic it fries their finals.... Or like pop's and few his buddies, they tracked this guy down using some looped doo hickey, hooked a chain to his crank up tower, and yanked it out of the ground, dragging it down the street a ways lol

I ran a tweaked Cobra LT 29 w/ 100 watt kicker in my car....worked great

Posted:  2 weeks, 3 days ago

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What have you learned from Trucking Truth?

I've learnt loads by reading the forums. And gathering the tips and tricks from those of you out there,DOING IT !! lol

And it helped me refresh my memory on big trucks and all they entail. Can say it helped some bit as well on the testing stuff too. Knowing trucks has helped me greatly at school doing the whole pre-trip inspections....Just needed really, to get the air brake stuff down how the DMV wants to hear it said lol.....

Even though my bad attitudes been in moth balls 25 years, still good to read things here, to remind me to have a GREAT attitude once out there dealing with everything ya'll deal with!!!

Posted:  2 weeks, 5 days ago

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Waiting patiently, hoping for advice.

Lol Rainy, yes, it turned out to be $1,507 fine since I FTA with broken leg/no ride to court. But I did get set up on a payment plan with the Az court. I wasn't trying to get out of it at all. And after coming back to Calif, I kept on paying them right up until I lost my job here in 10/18.....And without any income source, I couldn't pay until I could sell off some excess crap I no longer need.....

Besides, the ticket was actually kind of a fluke, radar does NOT turn corners to read your speed (his reason for stopping me he claimed, why argue and make it worse) ............... The Police were looking for a little red car in the area, for a guy who ran off with friends 8 year old daughter. I happened to be IN a little red toyota, so guessing copper thought he had the guy.....They did days later once they caught him, and sadly they found the girl in shallow grave not too far from her home

hahahaha am lightening my load, getting down to bare minimum of "stuff" Less to deal with selling it all off later when I am ready to move to Asia to retire....

Only tickets I used to get in my youth were equipment violations....the CHP loved nailing me for my VW's in 1 city by a huge mall, especially my red '66.....For being too low, modified engines/ tail lights, exhaust, or as simple as beads hanging from the mirror lol (fix it tickets) Easy fix, quit going to that area = no tickets, lol

Posted:  2 weeks, 5 days ago

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Legalities of having a rider

Posting here since its here. This topic actually showed up on my cell phone a bit ago !! lol Seems T.T. Shows up quite a bit now, when I am reading trucking related articles/stories !!

Thought it was funny, as well as, hella cool, TT is becoming more mainstream "online" in its niche

Posted:  2 weeks, 5 days ago

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Roundabouts are becoming popular; but are they best for trucks?

Ehhh lol California still has em all beat,, with way more Idiots per capita good-luck-2.gif

Posted:  2 weeks, 6 days ago

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Waiting patiently, hoping for advice.

Suspensions say that you're irresponsible.

NOT always lol......I had a ticket in Sept 2014, while living in Arizona, I going home from work. Well, @ the end of Sept. I broke my shin bone in 1/2@ work.3 months later in December, my license was up for renewal, but since I was in a full leg cast etc I let it lapse.. I figured I would be out of service 9+ months and didn't need it, and since was off work, didn't have funds to renew it.....Fast forward March 2017 , went to renew my Calif license, when i found out I had this "suspension" looming. Went to ADOT/Az court made a deal pay off fine for ticket in payments. Kept up to date every month on paying it down, nd moved back to Calif. Well when I lost my last job, I couldn't keep paying on it, and once again, now my Valid license was on suspension from Arizona court, but had not reached Calif DMV yet, so it never showed up as suspended the 2nd time. Which I sold my custom '68 Beetle to pay it off, and fix my license once again.....

Thought it was kinda weird how could they suspend something, that wasn't even valid @ the time hmmmm......Besides all that, I had never since I was 16 had my license suspended, or ticketed .

Posted:  3 weeks, 1 day ago

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Finally Gunna get started @ this new chapter of life

Well, Rob, their lot has "maybe" 1 acre of use-able space, its long and narrow......very back of the lot is like 6 + tractors in different states of dismembered.....a few junk trailers. along the north fence sits old pete sleeper, attached to junk 48 ft trailer, truck is just used for air brake/in-cab practice, since it's not been licensed in 3 years (a junker too)......

So behind that they do straight back practice along the fence, the spot next to that, is the 2 coned lanes for offset practice.... Opposite side east side fence is spot for parallel practice, then closer up front is where 90 deg alley dock practice is.....when not used for alley docks, will bring a truck up in shade for outside pre-trip practice.........

So yeah lot size is goofy, long & narrow and the back half the lot is about 60-70% of open space, would be unsafe using 53' trailers....Sometimes, some students get so jackknifed in a 28' it's scary in itself!

Posted:  3 weeks, 1 day ago

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Finally Gunna get started @ this new chapter of life

Ok, down to just a couple days left at school to go, boy did time fly !!!.....I need to get smoother shifting in these 10 speeds..... Just enough to pass the DMV road test, which my appointment is not until July, 25th @ 7 a.m. due to their backlog, plus the 24th of July, ALL DMV offices will close until 1 pm, to retrain their staff on this new Real I.D. thing, seems some have not done it right.... I don't need 1, since I have a passport good til 2026 ;) The 2 newest trucks here that are used for the road and the dmv tests, 1 shifts smooth as butter (newest of 2) other not so smooth lol, and the splitter, when you flip while in neutral, before a shift, it makes this god awful grind noise, IN Neutral yikes, I drove that yesterday truck around city streets, hopefully not the 1 I get on test day!

Air brake part of test, I am working on the most, pretty much have that down.....Pre-trip inspection, well my prior truck experience is a great help, and that part won't be a problem.....Heard the DMV picks n chooses which part of the pre-trip they ask you to do A= nose of cab & engine bay only, B= firewall back to 5th wheel, C=5th wheel to back of trailer, and F= is the Whole Enchilada inspection......(We have the sheet the examiners will use) the governor cut-out part , will soon be eliminated from DMV tests

So a lot of guys and the gals have no clue on engine etc, so since I know more, I have been helping them, to learn the engine bay and such. Now that the newest class has finished 1st week inside, they too are out in the yard learning clutch work, and start on straight backs first. Newest class I seen has 2 or 3 over 40's females also in it.

Since DMV in Fontana is the ONLY 1 testing CDL people, from ALL over, has created a month plus backlog. So even when I finish the "class" I'll go in after lunch a few days a week, to work on my driving, and really nail down my air brake test part. My 90 degree alley docks, off-sets, & straight backs are pretty good, I just need some more work on the 2 parallel parking manuevers from both sides.....

These 28 ft pups used to train, the slop etc in the kingpins/5th wheel jaws seem wore the hell out , from all the banging back n forth lol 1 I can see daylight between the apron.......Of course in a dirt/gravel yard, a 53' can't be used..... A few the students I have been in truck with doing the 90 offset etc hold brake pedal as well as clutch, trying to break em of that as it just spins wheels digging more ruts and messes em up when the truck jumps around lol I use the clutch alone, only the brake if I really have to......they're getting it slowly but surely too....

Not to mention 1 trailers 2 inner tires, well not much tire left on em, treads gone, cord wire plies flop around, barely even touch the ground......At least none of these training units will never see a road again, just become another parked in the back of the lot with rest of the junk parts trucks / trailers.......

Ok pretty much sums it up , lol I just kept it all posted here, to not clutter forums ....... May trucking is "waiting" in the wings, soon as I get the CDL , I can be in Oregon for orientation, we'll see

P.S........Their starting cpm is now @.39, not .35 lol

Posted:  3 weeks, 2 days ago

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Delayed for the dreaded quality control

I think you have found your new calling Bruce rofl-1.gif At least til your butts back in the driver seat lol........Just don't spend all that cash your poems make in 1 place lol

Posted:  1 month ago

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Why Small Trucking Companies Are Often A Disaster Waiting To Happen - article by Brett Aquila

Funny since I've been in school, too many these youngsters are talking about just this topic! They know so n so who owns and runs, makes bank,wants me to join em yada yada yada!

I try to telling them the reality, even though I haven't even driven yet, I still know enough, to know better than fall for some he said, he knows someone, who knows someone else who'd doin' great as O/O rofl-3.gif

Again today a couple newer students talking about this as well. I give up trying ! Just let em find out for themselves the hard way...... Same as those "thinking" they are ready to DMV test for CDLs......8 went last week (5 failed ALL on air brakes) 8 again tested yesterday, only 1 or 2 of those passed!

Posted:  1 month ago

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Does “American Truck Driving School” Drug Test?

Yeah I let my hair grow out before heading to school, "Just in Case" they did hair testing @ DOT Phys./Drug test

Since I keep mine down to a #2 shave lol I Didn't want them thinking I shaved my head to avoid any follicle test. We only took a pee test for the CLP. So that night I shaved my head to my normal cut...I will just let it grow out again for any hair test later, once hired on, since they probably WILL do hair follicle testing......

Then I can re-shave back down to #2 Since I'm not a hairy gorilla to get hair anyplace else from......hahahaha

Posted:  1 month ago

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Throwback Thursday - Photos From Back In The Day

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hahahaha O.S. lol Too True but she bought it, and heck we were both 30.....

Why I always told MY Daughter, boys are DOGS !, and, don't believe ANY "sweet things", they may try to woo her with Maybe that's why she didn't have her 1st baby girl til she was 33 hahahaha Like to think my words stuck in her head quite some time lol

Posted:  1 month, 1 week ago

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Finally Gunna get started @ this new chapter of life

Turns out the 1 "kid" actually is hahaha 19 years old, he's getting a CDL to work for electric company driving big trucks as lineman. the 1 guy I know he will be headache like we see here with dispatch etc. Thinks the world should change to fit his needs! This guy, has a bad attitude. I asked him this morning "Hey where you been the past week??, said he was in the yard, uh no you wasn't because I have been, and never seen you! He was sent home his FIRST DAY in the yard, because of his bad attitude! hahaha He was upset today about 2 pm said *@&@^&%# this I'm goin' home, and did......Whatever!

I've been doing 90 alley docks, some paralells, offsets, and straight backs last 2 days. They had few of us stay home Wednesday, some who finished had appointments for drive tests in Fontana today, so they came to get in last minute practice. 8 went to test 4 failed, ALL on Air Brakes! Air Brake is the MOST Important part I need to remember/memorize, all the outside inspection stuff is probably the easiest to me, just using the right Verbage to the examiner...... lol

To few trucks for the gang, that showed up Tuesday, figured rest of us would be cut loose early.... 1 truck has a stiff clutch, wears my left leg/thigh out in 4-5 maneuvers, as it does everyone elses even them young bucks!

1 guy from class I aint seen in a week, heard he too failed eye test and needs glasses. Hell I ran all over town and spent my last $$ to get mine same day! not waste another week! Another guy from Egypt having hard time so I try n calm his nerves he did better, as did the 19 year old LOL my 1st 90 alley dock I made in 1 shot, actually got a few fist bumps lol then 4th or 5th clutch killing my knee so got bit twisted needing reset, told the kid "See don't pay to get over confident over a couple good "puttin it in the box" then kid did his better, then told me stay in cab with him he did better with me sitting there lol

Egyptian guy was having problems, because when he was in the truck with the 2 young guys they were hogging up all the seat time, he got 2 tries only in couple hours. He told main trainer bout this, which did no good. So today, with me he was trying to hurry his 2 turns, and not take up my turns/time. I told him, look take your time,relax, don't worry 'bout me, I'll get my turns too! (he didnt wanna be like other 2 were with him) Seemed to help him relax, and he did way better than he had been. I told him dude, we got ALL day, don't feel like you have to rush!

As yesterday I told him he has to be more aggressive, speak up and not let whoever keep him from his turns at the wheel, and that he was there for HIS CDL, NOT theirs, don't be scared to tell em he wants HIS turn just as well, it's teamwork in a way for now.

So, week 2 in the books 2 to go , BUT I heard possible drive appointments not until July 20-ish.......So am kinda seeing 1st hand what a pain a private school can be like !! Was my ONLY choice at the time, will just make best of it all in the end!

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Posted:  1 month, 1 week ago

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Throwback Thursday - Photos From Back In The Day

NeeklODN lol that was the girlfriends little car lol, I'd never own 1 myself.......Hated that huge center console, got it the way

Posted:  1 month, 1 week ago

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The intersection of handyman work and trucking...

Lol Marc I have 2 MW I put away in my shed I wasn't using thought 'bout sellin' to someone who could use em but NOT now! 1 black Sony? i think other a off white Panasonic perfect truck sizes, so I better just hang on to em now, might be needin' 1 soonish ! lol

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