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Posted:  5 years, 7 months ago

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Long-haul driving and boredom

"..have been to 47 of the lower 48 and crossed from coast-to-coast 16 times ... haven't been bored yet ..."

That's awesome! Who do you drive for, if you don't mind me asking?

Posted:  5 years, 7 months ago

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Long-haul driving and boredom

Cracking and eating sunflower seeds breaks up the monotony a lot of the time for me, drinking coffee, listening to news talk shows on SiriusXM and sometimes the Spanish and French music stations, I don't know either language but sometimes it helps to break things up a little bit. Talk on the phone or CB, audio books, podcasts, and sometimes I'll stop to get out of the truck and walk around to refresh myself. Oh, and sometimes I'll pick a topic, usually a religious one and contemplate on it. It's fun to play devil's advocate with that too...anyone else do that?

Posted:  5 years, 7 months ago

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Any drivers for Gordon, Bay & Bay, or Interstate?

I've been with Interstate in the Reefer division for almost 9 months now. I can honestly say I've had no complaints about the company so far. Nice, well-maintained equipment, good miles and pay, good benefits, and everybody I've dealt with from the company has been great.

Thanks! Trying to gross around $700/week solo. I'm doing team runs from NC-CA now and getting tired of teams...

Posted:  5 years, 7 months ago

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Any drivers for Gordon, Bay & Bay, or Interstate?

Considering going Solo with one of these companies, wanted some information on them.

Posted:  5 years, 7 months ago

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Heading to Gordon

Gordon still working out for you? Thinking of going there at the end of April.

Posted:  6 years, 1 month ago

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Well, i did it. In my own truck now

Just got off the trainer's truck and into my own here at Melton. I'm sure guys can tell I'm a rookie driver and I would think they'd give me the stink eye or look down on me, but the opposite has been true. The guys are really helpful, friendly, and quick to offer up advice.

I'm waiting on my first load to take me up to Tulsa to finish up the administrative part of my training. I'm pretty anxious to see what load I'll be getting lol. After Tulsa they should route me towards the house in North Carolina. Can't wait to show off this purty truck to family lol.

Posted:  6 years, 1 month ago

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A couple securement questions for the flatbedders on the forum

Have you looked into Cypress truck lines or CT transportation? I'm pretty sure both are based out of Florida. They will get you home on the weekends too. Also look at McElroy, I'm not sure if they operate in your neck of the woods or not, though.

Posted:  6 years, 1 month ago

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On the trainer's truck at Melton!

Well, I'm not real sure if anyone is reading this thread, but in any case, I've been at the Tulsa yard for a couple of days. My trainer is getting a brand new KW T680 and it should be ready tomorrow.

Hopefully I can kick these nervous jitters and get on track with my driving. I know I'm capable of doing better, but for some reason I've had a mental block. I'm ready to get back out there and set the road on fire! lol

I think a lot of this company and really wanting to get my own truck and be successful. I'll let y'all know how it goes. Thanks everyone again for the kind words.

Josh E.

Posted:  6 years, 1 month ago

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On the trainer's truck at Melton!

I think you're right about drinking plenty of water. I haven't been drinking much. I've driven about 3 days so hopefully the next or the following day things will start to click.

What does the trainer look for to pass you and say, "hey this guy's ready for his own truck" ?

Thanks man, Josh E.

Posted:  6 years, 1 month ago

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On the trainer's truck at Melton!

Congrats on making it to the trainers truck, Josh! That's awesome! I'd be willing to bet, it's just nerves as far as your driving is concern.

I'm really interested in how you like Melton. They're one of my top picks, along with TMC. But, there's something about Melton that really seems to appeal to me. Can't quite put my finger on it yet, but it's there. Know what I mean?

Anyway, Let us know how it goes.

Best of luck, my friend!

Tarren

From what I've seen so far I really like Melton. The other drivers here seem to be happy as well. The office people are really nice and helpful, and I ran into the owner of the company and he's a super nice guy. I like the culture of this company, it is kind of like a family. But, that might be with any company of this size, I don't have anything to compare it to lol. Hopefully I can get on track and pass the training and get my own truck.

I wish I could tell you more but my experience is limited. I've heard good things about TMC as well. They don't hire from my part of NC so I didn't research them.

Good luck man and let me know what you decide.

And thanks for the advice Tarren, Josh E.

Posted:  6 years, 1 month ago

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On the trainer's truck at Melton!

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I'm totally sucking at driving. In school I thought I was a decent driver. I didn't grind gears, my downshifting was pretty good, I took turns well and wide enough, and I could back up decently...

Being on the trainer's truck is a totally different story. I don't know if it's nerves or what but I feel like it's my first time driving almost. I forget to take turns wide enough, I grind gears frequently and screw up backing in truck stops.

What gives!? It's like I forgot everything I learned in school. Really getting frustrated, anyone gone through this situation? Any advice?

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It's fatigue, man, and things will get better soon. I recall that on about days 4 & 5 with my trainer, all of my skills regressed - grinding/missing gears, not squaring off turns, etc. There is a lot of mental strain, not to mention trouble sleeping and living in an over-sized closet with another guy, that affects the trainee physically and it sneaks up on you. During that time, I actually stalled out in Houston trying to merge from US 59 onto the 610 loop (could not find a gear for anything!). However, things improved greatly after this and I finished the training strongly. Drink plenty of water and try to get adequate rest. You'll do fine.

I sure hope so!

Posted:  6 years, 1 month ago

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On the trainer's truck at Melton!

I'm totally sucking at driving. In school I thought I was a decent driver. I didn't grind gears, my downshifting was pretty good, I took turns well and wide enough, and I could back up decently...

Being on the trainer's truck is a totally different story. I don't know if it's nerves or what but I feel like it's my first time driving almost. I forget to take turns wide enough, I grind gears frequently and screw up backing in truck stops.

What gives!? It's like I forgot everything I learned in school. Really getting frustrated, anyone gone through this situation? Any advice?

Posted:  6 years, 1 month ago

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On the trainer's truck at Melton!

Congrats Josh! Sounds like you're just working out the bugs. Sure you will get it a become a rock star. I was going to try flatbed at TMC but was worried about the testing. (Haha) if I didn't pass it I would be out of there. I finally decided to try flatbeding at Roehl. If I do not get through that I can just switch divisions with them. I'm so glad to hear you are enjoying flatbeding. I've been excited since I made the decision to push for flatbeding. Glad everyone is treating you well.

Stay safe out there.

I've heard really good things about Roehl and you're right, you can switch divisions, that is awesome! They also have the hometime fleets too, which is great.

I hope you like it there and thanks for the kind words!!

I'm sure you'll do just fine and I wish you the best. And if course post about your experiences at Roehl for all of us.

Josh E.

Posted:  6 years, 1 month ago

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On the trainer's truck at Melton!

Made it through orientation on Monday and now on the trainer's truck. We've done two loads so far that have been short runs and gotten some securement work in.

At this point I'm going at a snail's pace and making stupid mistakes that seem like common sense after the fact lol. My trainer assures me that speed and proficiency will come in time.

I drove for a little bit yesterday and I can honestly say that was the very first time I've been nervous about driving. I guess because it's 'for real' this time! Haha

So far I'm really liking this company. Everyone is so nice and helpful here and I think I'll be successful at Melton. Of course ive only been here a week and a half but so far so good!!

I was a little iffy about driving flatbed at first but now I'm glad I decided to. They give you a lot of tools and training to be successful here. Ready to get past training and the first 30 days solo behind me, I've heard those are the hardest.

Josh E.

Posted:  6 years, 1 month ago

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Advice for a rookie flatbedder

Some really good advice y'all, thanks!! I just got on the trainer's truck today and just looking for advice from everywhere. Once I get my own truck I want to hit the ground running...as best as possible.

Posted:  6 years, 1 month ago

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Advice for a rookie flatbedder

Any drivers out there have any advice on load securement and tarping?

Looking for tips on how to work smarter and get the job done faster.

Thanks y'all.

Posted:  6 years, 1 month ago

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Straight Backing

I usually hold my grip on the bottom of the steering wheel. That way I can steer the towards the direction I want the trailer to go.

Other than that, just like others have said, make small adjustments at a time.

Also, if you get straight, stop, and make sure your wheels are straight. I usually turn the wheel to the left so I can see my tire in the bumper mirror. Then you turn it back to the right until you think the wheels are straight and so is the steering wheel. I hope that makes sense and hope its it's helpful.

Posted:  6 years, 2 months ago

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3 weeks down as a truck driver....

Dag, dude...You are making some serious bank, wow! Good for you man, seem to be doing really well for yourself!!

Posted:  6 years, 2 months ago

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I'm in!!! Orientation with Melton Truck Lines in Tulsa, OK

OP, how's it going over there at Melton? You in your own truck now and running solo? I have Orientation at Melton this coming Monday, little nervous but excited too. I hope I can make the cut!

Posted:  6 years, 2 months ago

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Any Shaffer drivers out there?

Yeh the recruiter says they can take me on because I'm prior military and they wave the approved schools criteria, so any school is okay.

I'm trying to decide between Shaffer and Melton. I talked to Larry on here about Melton and he likes it there, now just trying to find a current Shaffer driver to talk to.

Thanks

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