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Posted:  9 years ago

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Per Diem Tax Deduction

If you take the per diem tax allowance claim, do you have to itemize the rest of your return also? ... or can you just add it to the standard deduction, per like a 1040EZ situation.

Anyone take this deduction?

Posted:  9 years ago

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Iceless Coolers and 12V Coffee Makers

Thanks for the tips....

Posted:  9 years, 1 month ago

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Iceless Coolers and 12V Coffee Makers

I'm in the market for an iceless cooler and a small wattage coffee maker to save some $$$ clams on the road.

Any recommendations ? ... or better yet, makers / models to avoid?

thanks in advance for any help....

ps ... I have a very small inverter, so I need to keep things at the 12V level for now...

grazie

Posted:  9 years, 1 month ago

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GPS Comparison - Garmin Dezi 770 vs RM TND 730

I have never owned a gps prior to trucking, so the RM730 is my first unit ever. Lots of things about it that I like a lot, I find it to be very user-friendly. It has saved my backside many times already. HOWEVER, the downloaded update has made for some crazy directions, I often have to tell GPS Lady that she's been smokin' crack and figure things out on my own.

I'm afraid RM really dropped the ball on this latest software OS / maps update. It killed my 720. Huge threads online about it. That's why I'm inquiring about the Dezi...

I'll most likely just wait until they clear the code up at RM ... I hope someone was fired over this. They need a new head of SW development.

Posted:  9 years, 1 month ago

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Not gonna lie... What The F%*K did I get into?

We all went through this, man. Just stay focused and cool. Take your time. You must stay calm so your mind can record how the movements of the steering wheel affect the rear tandem movement. The second you lose your cool and get hot and flustered the lesson is over. You may as well walk away for 15 and let another student in.

Evaluation is when the instructors find out who needs more help and who can go on to the next maneuver. Then they will pull aside the slower learners and tell you why you're being kept back.

I had never backed anything in my life prior to CDL school so I was a slow learner. Second to last in my class starting out. By the end, I was second from the top. I stayed cool and kept at it. This lesson will carry through to your first paying load and beyond.

A hot headed trucker is a menace...

Posted:  9 years, 1 month ago

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GPS Comparison - Garmin Dezi 770 vs RM TND 730

Although I'm asking about the models listed in the subject, which are the newest incarnations, I actually own the RM 720 unit.

It is currently dead. The latest maps and OS update from the RM dock hopelessly corrupted the unit. On the bright side, one of their techs that has a strong presence at the TR forum, took pity on me for a lack of robust internet access and sent me the files I need on a couple of Micro SD chips. The action has me grateful, but wary about RM releasing such horrible code to the public. Really not even a beta release , in my book.

So I'm looking at other options. The Dezi appears to be the next most popular unit.

Any takers for some comments on either?

Posted:  9 years, 1 month ago

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Looking for work in Nashville, any suggestions?

Shined shoes not required at Averitt. They do have a policy stating that beards should be no more than a half inch, but, i have seen many drivers with more.

Averitt is a great place to drive and retire from. I am going on two years here snd have zero complaints.

The Thunder Rolls! ... hope all is well with you bra. :)

It clearly stated in the orientation material I received that shined shoes / boots were required. They even said they could be purchased through Averitt with a custom supplier. It's nice to no that they don't enforce it, however.

Uniforms are still in play , I would think.

Averitt, absolutely, is a great company. This was never in question. They are certainly not excluded from my future plans, being a local company.

I just didn't want the extra headache of keeping up with a uniform while learning to drive.

Posted:  9 years, 1 month ago

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Garmin Dash Cam 20

AJ D,

Drop down to TA on I65 at the Goose Creek bypass, I bought a 4 Sight dash cam pony for about $55. A great introductory dash cam, night time video is poor though.

Thanks for the advice, brother. :)

I just picked up a DB4 from DieselBoss. I just wanted a basic unit to loop record constantly.

I don't have the time right now to shop and compare. I know this cat supports the stuff he sells, so I was in with his base unit. I just want some documentation of a crash that a pray never happens.

Posted:  9 years, 1 month ago

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Looking for work in Nashville, any suggestions?

ah ok well thats good to know. So hey you know averitt is big in our state just wondering home come you didn't chose them? Are you doing flatbed or dry van with roehl?

I'm dry van with Roehl.

I had a pre-hire with Averitt. They were in my final 3 list. I just couldn't handle the uniform and shined black shoes bit. I can barely keep up with everything else... lol

Posted:  9 years, 1 month ago

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Video of Crazy Marten driver roadrage

Thanks, Daniel for the tip... I'll start looking around

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