Profile For Stevo Reno

Stevo Reno's Info

  • Location:
    Cebu City, Philippines, CA

  • Driving Status:
    Experienced Driver

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  • Joined Us:
    8 years, 6 months ago

Stevo Reno's Bio

Started as diesel tech back in early 80's Engines were my specialty natural talent. Worked as mechanic over 40 years. Auto n truck tech. Did forklift tech job 2 years for Nissan. Did a few stints for myself, doing mobile mechanic work between jobs. Know every facet on home building and repairs too. Jack of all trades lol

Spent last 3 years trucking, until reaching 62 and retired to move and live part 2 of life in the Philippines, after coming here twice before and being kind of adopted by 3 of my Filipino friends families. Currently living in the mountain jungle province of the 1st family I spent 3 months with in 2016.

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Posted:  3 days, 17 hours ago

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Truck washes

CRST's Riverside, Cali had a drive thru truck wash, IF you can even call it that ! lol ya got the shop to activate it and you used your trucks last 4 numbers to start it. That thing was a total P.O.S ! half of it was broken, the water was recycled and stunk to high heaven after going thru. Didn't really do much of a "wash" only used it twice!! Once, I was on hometime, so after my Honda Civic sat for 3 months n got filthy, I ran thru it on my way out the gate lol......

Posted:  1 week, 2 days ago

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Alley Docking and Impatient Motorists

Had same type issue in Los Angeles, Calif (am a native) 1 gate in and out of small clothing place. Where I had to use the center lane at first. Looked around for my best option getting a driver side 90 back into their dock. Well, being such a tight fit, I had no other choice but end up blocking a total of 5 lanes to set up and back. In front of me was a long line of cement mixers parked at the curb. 1 driver got a chance to pull up leaving me room to go to that curb to back in. And then also traffic was not as crazy as yours was lol. Still, I just told myself " they're just gunna have to wait on ME" got into the dock within minutes, but the cars waited, unlike those for you sneaking behind your trailer AND using the sidewalk......Where's a cop when ya need em huh lol

So YES you were in the right, people are in too much of a hurry to get 1 car ahead of everyone else. Friggin ridicules nowadays, makes ya winder how many even got a license to start with.....

Posted:  2 weeks, 1 day ago

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I love my company, but I think it's time...

Like you BK, my stint with Legends, in my new 2022 FL came with 2,648 miles on the clock. I put another 46,000+ on it, in my 4 months there. Bit averaged around 14,000 a month, because my route ran back n forth Calif-Tx/Ok just about 3,200+ miles RT. A lot of times I also would call a reciever to see if I could get in and drop early, no problem....Hearing and seeing how things back home, are "Circling the drain", haha I'm not missing that grief.....I kinda do miss driving with Legends, had I not already set in motion, mentally and reality of retiring young enough to enjoy life, I think, I would've stayed with Legends for many years (things remaining as they kinda were) People were great, DM's were good, pretty much left it in my hands doing what I had to do to get things done. Always kept my DM in the know of what I wanted to do, or if it was cool to do so.Pretty much kept me rolling constantly......Truly have to say trucking provided me with the biggest income of my life, turning wrenches NEVER saw north of $40k in a year.....

Ya'll stay safe out there this winter, and ALWAYS !! NO loads worth your life!

Posted:  2 weeks, 3 days ago

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Share Your Numbers From 2022 - How Did You Do?

Well, I only drove from Jan, until March 22rd of 2022, before retiring early at 62. I grossed "purposely" $19,300, to stay under the thresh hold for earnings to not affect my Soc Sec $$......So about 11 weeks of '22 driving for Legends,(started Dec 2nd 2021) Was able to save another $16,000 of that in cash, for my new start, out here in the Philippines

Posted:  3 weeks, 1 day ago

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Mileage Pay?

CRST gets plenty of "free miles" using zip-to-zip mileages. My mentor has a dedicated route pulling R&L freight, from Cali-to-Dallas. Same exact miles everytime, yet they keep getting shorted more and more over time. As much as 80 miles less, when he asked his longtime DM, who's been there 20+ years, he gets the same BS lame excuse, "Oh they changed their mileage(R&L) or whatever he blows up their skirts as a reason. They are constantly having to fight for some pay. Both are HM etc, sometimes, they don't get the 5 cpm HM add on, and have to fight to get it back.

Even though they are still making bank every week, my mentor don't worry bout money, he's loaded hahaha

Posted:  3 weeks, 1 day ago

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Headlights on or off?

Always ran with em on too. Hated them idiots who think a million lights on their truck looks impressive pffft. When they run them off road LED light bars etc, always blind ya. I turn out my drivers mirror, until they pass on by. Lack of common courtesy, much less common sense, is sorely missing in the new age.

Yep BK I too used that button to let em know they can come back over. Sadly, maybe 20% actually acknowledge ya after lol

Posted:  3 weeks, 3 days ago

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Just about ballistic over a safety issue

Chief, I did that on my trainers old 2016 FL, the lights were going nuts, it would derate at times etc. He was rattled and dealt with dispatch awhile then we parked and slept. So being who I am I played around with the steering wheel buttons to find how to bring out the codes. Then looked up said codes for the cause(s) were all related to failing/failed DEF sensors.

Next day we get to the OKC yard shop. I gave my trainer my diagnosis to give the mechanics to save em time. Of course, NOT knowing me or my background, the shop guys STILL, wasted 3+ hours doing what I'd already done for them! HAHA, so eventually, after another 3+ hours, they replaced the sensors, and we were on our way by 9 pm. Trainer was fast asleep in the lounge, so I went n got the truck, hooked us back up to our load, and went and woke him to tell him we're good to roll now. Dunno why he was a bit shocked I got things ready lol. Told him "well, you were sleeping so good I didn't wanna wake you until we were good to go"

Happened again once I was teaming headed to WA state. Plugged fuel filters, talked to maintenance, was told to detour to Gardner's Salem, OR. 600 miles away, yard shop. Got filters changed, were totally plugged up. Found out CRST doe NOT replace fuel filters every 50k pm. Which is stupid as hell, every PM I ever did, we changed, ALL the filters, so less chance of a failure duhhhh......All to save a couple bucks on filters smh.

Posted:  4 weeks ago

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I didn't pass my skills test in Vermont

Yes it happens a lot, I too failed at the DMV 3 times, 1st was airbrakes DUH fogot what to say. 2nd time truck failed, bad governor wouldn't go past 100 psi, no ding on me. 3rd time, I got thru to in cab, finished THEN lady says I failed air brakes??? WTF then why did she let me go thru in cab, I was ticked off, told her she was crazy hahaha (she failed 95% of everyone !) seen her my times there, waiting my turns. 2nd training school I went to CRST, I passed it all and had CDL on day 10. Hindsight I shoulda went there to start with not some local POS , WIOA paid "school" (more self taught training than real training)

Good luck Darlene finding your way to "git r dun"

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Posted:  4 weeks ago

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Suspended license

Had that issue at the Fontana Cal. DMV office, IN PERSON!, Gave them my new medical at the counter. Well, THAT day, just so happened their WHOLE system crashed !! They told me they would input it once their system was back up and running. Not knowing better, they never gave me a receipt for the paperwork, and told me I was good to go.

Fast forward a week or so, and my DM call's me to tell me my med card wasn't showing renewed. We were in Texas, so I had to get ahold of the DMV by phone, which took hours. Finally, I get an answer, and just MY luck, my papers got lost on the bottom of the pile somehow. It took a supervisor to do some hunting to locate my med card papers. They got it fixed right up THEN lol. Also that crash day, everyone out on the testing pad etc so they couldn't get their stuff entered. Funny out of how many others MINE happens to get misplaced HAHAHA.....

Hope yours get you fixed up SOON BK, it's now costing you money, not making it sitting.

Posted:  4 weeks, 1 day ago

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I-80 California/Nevada Mess in Sierra

Interesting weather, here in the Philippines, it's "winter" never thought I'd need a hoodie or sweats haha.

Rainy season actually, and it's been raining a lot last 2 weeks. Days at a time, past 2.5 days, finally stopped. It rained solid from light to HEAVY for 18+ hours. Just makes it muddy as heck, glad I/we don't need to go nowhere. Even with my Yokahama 70% off road tires, I can fishtail downhill at idle in 4low/1st gear....

"It's MORE fun, in the Philippines" (Their tourism slogan) haha

Posted:  1 month ago

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New security at Walmart

Highly unlikely it's actually got someone inside.....It's their "Scarecrow" haha was a old Wal-Mart in Victorville, Calif. Was always something goin' down....A couple murders even, was closed once the Super WM was built closer to the I-15.....The city is called "Victim-Ville" by locals.....Actually there are like 3 Super WM's in the area, 1 on east side of 15 in Hesperia, 1 on west side bit north opposite side of I-15, other 1 I forget, never went there....

Posted:  1 month ago

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Recent weigh station experience

Only got inspected twice in 3 years. !st with CRST, 2019 truck newish trailer, level 1 pass. The 2nd was while at Legends (2022 truck), of course, New Mexico, a level 3. Just so happens that my trailers left tail light decided to stop working. So I pulled out to park,after he was done and gave me the papers,I fixed the light, filled out the paperwork,signed it off as repaired, and went to the window showing officer it was fixed, said "Ok you're good to go".

Turned out the pigtail wiggled loose at that time as I had to make the tight u-turn from the scale, to inspection bay 2. lol,Turned our it was a little sloppy fit in the socket, so I used a wooden stir stick to jam in and tighten/fix connection. Even left the 4 ways on so the officer could see it NOW worked fine.

New Mexico's scale on I-40 almost always, got the pull in sign, east or west bound. Which usually, was for nothing, as there rarely was a body in the booth on left lane. If they were actually "working", I got the wave thru. My trainer taught me right off, to drive into the scale like you've been doing this for years, don't look scared/nervous hahaha that always stuck in my head.

Posted:  1 month ago

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Well, it has been fun

Congrats Don, get some hobbies to keep ya busy lol. I couldn't wait to retire early and fly away to live in SE Asia.

Best thing ever did, besides trucking lol....Now having a newly built house,for my new little family, I got plenty to keep me busy, doing finishing touches the workers left half-assed lol painting, adding more cement to porch entry, plenty to be busy for awhile lol.......Just sucks aint a Lowes/Home Depot around lol heck aint really any real auto parts stores here. Dang I miss my tools back in Calif lol

Posted:  1 month ago

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How long of a hiatus.

I took 5 months off, from my 1st company after close to 2nd year. Got hired for solo gig without any questions, or mention refresher, at a different company. Of course that was before this fuel crisis came into full effect, back @ December 2nd, when I was hired, and assigned a brand new truck lol

Posted:  1 month, 1 week ago

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At a Crossroads

Agree on the above. I was pretty much staying out 3-6 weeks, then home a few days. Last company before I retired at 62, I was at 60 cents mile (2nd year), where I was able to save up just over $20,000 nest egg to leave the country. If I'd stayed (before this economy crap) I was in line to make at LEASt $80-85k a year, IF my 3000+ miles a week remained constant. But we KNOW, in trucking, NOTHING can remain the same too long, with the way the economy can nosedive at any given moment, like it currently has over the last 9 months or even more for some trucking companies

Posted:  1 month, 1 week ago

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No CAT scales between shipper and weigh stations

I loved those drive axle air gauges !! Most of the time, if the load was a hair under or over 60 psi, it scaled good. Few times I did have to slide a hole or 2 to balance it even better.....

Posted:  1 month, 2 weeks ago

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What's wrong with this picture

AND, the mudflaps touching the ground, which I shouldn't be. Unless the trailer has deflated air ride and it dropped lol.

Posted:  1 month, 2 weeks ago

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Passage of time

As Laura said, having back up loads in que makes time go by faster it seems. Team or when solo, my DM's always had me/us 2-3 loads in line after the last. Luckily,sometimes, not always, we got those next loads, and weren't taken off of them.....Hated when planning, or a relief DM would unassign us/me from ANY load, which didn't happen too much lol

Posted:  1 month, 2 weeks ago

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Merry Christmas. Thank you Trucking Truth!

Right back atcha' George, have a happy and safe holidays out there !! And to everyone else, you ALL have a great n safe holidays. This will kinda be my first "Real" xmas year, now with my little "ready made" family here of 4, here in the Philippines!! We been living in our new house now, 2 weeks, and be as 1, not living in 2 houses next door to each other HAHA....

Had no real reason to be too festive in many years before, was just another day.. And I too, stayed out on the road during those days, the last 3 years. hahaha....We been living in our new house now, 2 weeks, and be as 1, not living in 2 houses next door to each other HAHA....

So Happy Holidays, to 1 and ALL, that celebrate them smile.gif

Posted:  1 month, 2 weeks ago

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Currently Going to Truck Driving School But the School isn't so great

I'd like to know what area of Cali you're in/from Luis. Almost sounds like the 1st "school" I went to in the High Desert, near home LOL. WIOA paid for it, but it was a joke in the end, and a big waste of my time.....They were, (name starts with, "Sky") lol

I ended up going with CRST in Riverside after the other place, even though I wasn't keen on team driving. Which didn't turn out that bad, eventually, just took 4 tries to find a partner, who was on the same page, and same work ethics as myself.

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