Profile For Steve L.

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    FL

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    Experienced Driver

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    7 years, 7 months ago

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stevelitton@bellsouth.net

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Posted:  4 days, 21 hours ago

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Force of habit

I drive a Volvo with the Jakes on a stalk. Can’t tell you the number of times I’ve tried slowing down our Toyota Sequoia using Jakes. 😆

Posted:  1 week, 3 days ago

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Return to the Pumpkin Patch (Schneider)

Congratulations and good luck!

Posted:  1 week, 3 days ago

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MAJOR ANNOUNCEMENT

Well, it says you’re a reader. So, read more and I think you’ll have plenty to chew on.

Posted:  1 week, 4 days ago

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New chapter in my life

Congratulations PJ!

I love going through your Granite Capital! Twice this week as a matter of fact. I often go through there on my way to Greenwood, SC. I sort of hope your little town never grows up, but never loses the industry it has. I think I get your point about taking the road less travelled. You're certainly cut from rare cloth and it's good to have that fabric in our nation's life.

Drive ON!

Posted:  1 week, 4 days ago

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Truck

Volvo VNL 760. Got it with <2,000 miles, currently have 546k.

My favorite was the 2016 Cascadia Evolution with automatic. Not sure if Schneider still does this, but at that time, they had their trucks outfitted for resale. So, the sleeper was good size and I loved, loved, loved the automatic.

Posted:  1 week, 4 days ago

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Truck parking

I don't know where/when you drive and/or where you pick up/deliver. But, in two years of driving OTR for Schneider, I only parked at a Walmart once.

Schneider, and many other large companies, have trailer drop lots we don't think about because we don't know. You can ask around at the company.

Florida scales have great parking and clean restrooms available. Some other states do too. Some Georgia scales have parking. South Carolina has some "truck only" places (along I-95) although they have no facilities. I think Kentucky and/or Tennessee has some also. Ohio turnpike has some really nice locations with large truck parking lots.

Sometimes, I'll call a delivery location and ask if they have/allow onsite parking. Some have plenty of parking. One time, after delivering in the northeast, the customer said I couldn't park onsite, but that I could park right down the road at a picnic area. They assured me there'd be no problem and this appeared to be in the middle of nowhere (like a Steven King novel). Sure enough, it was quiet all night long.

Some home improvement stores have plenty of parking in the rear. Many will leave you alone, even out front, as long as you're only there overnight. Currently this is where I park most, since we deliver to lots of Lowes.

If you're accumulating lots of points at Pilot or Loves, be willing to occasionally use some for reserved parking. My points rarely drop below $200 worth, so why not?

Be willing to consider the smaller, not so well known, truck stops. The lot may not be pretty, but if it works...

I once parked at a TA in Jessup, Md, where they charged for parking. But, if you had $25 in receipts, parking was free. Well, I scaled the load there (which was covered by the company) and the restaurant had a $13 fish plate deal. voila! Free parking.

I'm not a fan of paying for parking and I avoid it if I can. I just think you sometimes need to be creative and also ask other drivers at your company. Sometimes other drivers have been where you're going and can help out.

Posted:  1 week, 4 days ago

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Diesel shortage especially out east

I’m just wondering where are all the people so happy for “Democratic Socialism?” 🤔

Posted:  1 week, 6 days ago

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Sleeper berth splits

I only plan to use it (Will Pair) when I expect I will need to extend my 14. E.g. when I am waiting at a delivery for >2hrs.

When I have done this to extend my 14 and I stop at the end of my driving for the day, I always follow it up with a full 10hr break. This way I get a full clock to start.

If this makes it confusing, I apologize. I do mostly regional so I don’t need it much.

Posted:  2 weeks, 4 days ago

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Attitude

You can’t do anything about someone else’s attitude. So, try to ignore it. Now, if that means they’re yelling or refusing to adjust the load, that’s behavior and you can address that.

I’ve had shippers say; “we never had an overweight come back.” Hmm riiight. Well, if their scale is of by a half pound and they have 20 pallets (of 20 bags each) of 20lb bags of dog food, that could mean they’re giving away 4,000lbs of product for free.🤔 Yes, I had that scenario.

I know a driver who avoids every scale he can, just so he doesn’t have to scale a load. But, some states (especially Alabama) like to use portable scales.

DRIVE ON!

Posted:  2 weeks, 5 days ago

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Looking at different companies

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I had a look at Knight but it doesn't look like they accept applications from my area based on the information here.

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Many of the company profiles are probably out-of-date, so it'd be good to talk with recruiters about details like that. I checked here on Hirschbach after reading about them on Freightwaves; the profile says they have 700 trucks and require one-year experience, but now they have 2000 drivers and their own in-house paid CDL training. Their website says they pay during orientation and training as well, so search for them too, in threads here people said they're great.

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I hadn’t thought about the info being out of date.

I’ll give Knight a call and some others and see what’s current. Thanks!

Out of date info…get used to it. ESPECIALLY with navigation, shipping/receiving locations…😆

Posted:  2 weeks, 6 days ago

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Have an opinion? I know.. the dang FMCSA again.... but ?!?

The questions don’t even look like they’re asking for driver input, just logistics on how to implement.

It looks to me like an attempt to say they tried to engage drivers before they ram some idiotic plan down our throats. Typical government bs. ☹️

Posted:  2 weeks, 6 days ago

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Looking at different companies

CRST also seems good, and being mostly teams from what I have read is definitely a nice way to keep learning from someone with more experience.

When you talk to recruiters, you might want to ask what requirements their drivers must meet to be a Trainer. Some, such as Prime, are very particular about their Trainers.

Driving teams is no guarantee that other person is gonna be well-experienced AND give good advice. Heck, that person might be expecting YOU to give the advice. 😆Just kidding, it might not be like that.

My point is just be as sure as you can, that you choose a company that’s professional enough to be a career, since that’s what you want.

I hope this helps.

Posted:  3 weeks, 1 day ago

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Maybe this isn’t that great of a gig? Not sure

Just not sure if im impatient or if this is something alot of new drivers go through. Cuz its not a passion of mine or a life long dream or anything . I just wanted to do it for awhile and try it. But just seems like a lot of hassle for such little reward. So kind of just looking to see other point of views before throwing in the towel

If you’re still here, YES! Yes I’ve been frustrated and dealt with people that pluck my last nerve. And YES, you’re being a bit impatient. BUT, it can work AND IT DOES have bigger rewards.

Everything, EVERYTHING, in trucking (at the beginning) seems slow-motion. As well, the rewards. 7+years in now and someone offers me a job; home every night, most holidays off, structure. Pay; <$50k. WHAT?! I bring home over $50k. I have three weeks vacation. Blah, blah, blah. My point is; the real benefits come in time. Most jobs used to be that way.

I’m sure that corrections job wasn’t easy. But, depending on where you live, that money sounds pretty good, maybe good enough $ to go back.

I hope this helps.

Posted:  3 weeks, 3 days ago

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What Do You Say To The Naysayers???

And now for something a little different...

Kevin, I see your question and raise you a few. You've already gotten enough responses on the naysayers part, to confirm what you already knew. But, I'd like to offer the possibility that some naysayers are really advisors in disguise. I.e. maybe their questions are legitimate and they offer the opportunity to consider that which we are don't.

I'm guessing there's no Wife or kids living in the house, that you're single. The following is based on that;

1. Will any of the naysayers be expected to take care of your house? If so, you'd better have a plan B for caring for the house.

2. While the house may be a great investment, will keeping it up while you're on the road, negatively impact your ability to do your job of driving?

3. Is there a better investment than the house?

When people come into this forum, asking if they should keep an apartment or rental house, most of us encourage them to ditch the expense and headache. If you're truly OTR, you will rarely be there and it's money down the drain. While a mortgage is going toward a purchase, it should still be considered that the house will need repairs and upkeep. It's often been observed that houses not lived in, deteriorate quicker than those that are occupied.

I'm not a financial advisor and I'm not telling you to sell your house. But, please consider all options, keeping your end goals in context. If the current real estate market is hot in your area, would you be better selling, putting the profit somewhere safe and pulling it back out when you get ready to retire?

Of course, there's no guarantee you'll be successful as a driver. We've seen very tenacious people not continue. If driving is your desire, I wish you great success. I don't give in to naysayers, but just make sure that's what they really are.

Posted:  4 weeks ago

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Burnt out, 2 weeks notice, what do y'all think?

While I respect your need to take care of stuff at home and your desire to take a hiatus, you have a good enough relationship with your company AND apparently your performance is strong, so...DON'T GIVE UP.

If you can work it out with the company to take time off and come back, I recommend you do it.

Please keep in mind that your company thinks so much of you, they're asking you to come back. CONGRATULATIONS!

Posted:  1 month ago

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Manufacturer direct shipping to store

🤔 Amazing someone would come into a website the know nothing about, yet seeking advice.

Posted:  1 month ago

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I Saw An Honest Man Today

Many years ago, my Father-in-law had his car window down, pulled up to the light and there stood a man, holding a sign that said “WILL WORK FOR FOOD.”

My Father-in-law looked at him and said “don’t we all?” 😆

Posted:  1 month, 1 week ago

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Why do you stay driving for your company?

Rainy (Kearsey!) You're a riot! I gotta agree with you there; it's nice to be 'well known' for the right reasons, even if it IS for being the squeaky wheel, hahaha! We enjoy that, too.

Laura; Okay, Agreed. I know, your priorities HAVE switched up a bit; and some of us know why, hahaha!! ;) ... but if you got put in a 61 mph truck for a dent on your trailer, like May did to our Mr. CMV, would you stay ?!?

Steve L., those pix are why I 'almost' miss Florida enough to go back, but then, there's this:

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Also Steve; where DID you get that wagon?!? We had a similar yellow one (smaller, w/plastic wheels) and we used it for firewood, and we LOVED it, until the wheels gave up their 4 ghosts... totally similar design. Are your wheels real 'tires?' or just...plastic? I'd love to buy that same one.

And all y'all else.. good thread! Stay safe;

Happy Easter!

~ Anne ~

You’re right; can’t beat being around youthful exuberance.

I honestly don’t remember where we got the wagon. It’s probably 20 years old. Yes, it has real tires. Every once in a while I have to put air in them, it’s a great wagon. Occasionally I’ll disconnect the handle and hitch it to the lawn tractor for heavy loads.

Thanks y’all for engaging me. I hope your Easter is filled with JOY! 😎

Posted:  1 month, 1 week ago

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Why do you stay driving for your company?

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Thanks Anne, you’re too kind.

I certainly did not achieve what I enjoy alone. As I’m sure Tom appreciates you, I’m truly blessed to have a MAGNIFICENT Wife along for the ride. 😎

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We bought a place not far from Tampa. Moving down there in a few months. I want to stay with FXF but am open to other possibilities. Lots of jobs near Ocala so I hope to stay LTL.

Robert Bearden Inc. (RBI). I live in the FL panhandle.

I know we’re hiring, but not sure if Tampa is in the hiring area.

If you want more info, let me know what email address you use and I’ll email my phone number.

Posted:  1 month, 1 week ago

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Why do you stay driving for your company?

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Just curious to see what keeps y'all at the current company?

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I like nice things. My family likes nice things. We love our beautiful home and are able to make improvements.

When our Daughter needs something for school or dance, we can provide it.

I'm able to be home weekly, sometimes more often. That's quality time not every company can make happen.

My company allowed me to take two weeks of vacation (back to back), TWICE, to care for my Wife after knee replacement surgeries. They've also accommodated other hometime for medical procedures and appointments.

My company has seven-day freight. That might not sound like a big deal, but many regional companies don't have weekend freight. I'm able to pick if I want to leave out on Sunday, Monday, sometimes later.

I rarely have to worry about finding a truck stop for parking as many of our pickups or deliveries allow us to park on site.

Thank you for allowing me to reflect. We can all find faults, but we sometimes need to be reminded of how good we have it.

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Very VERY well said, good sir. Tom & I 100 % concur. Our daughter is out & earning on her own; still got the son, the last in the nest. Your house is awesome; SO similar to where I grew up, and graduated, in Bradenton.

Indeed, it's a good feeling, being a provider. I don't think I give Tom enough credit for same, actually.

I will try harder, going forward.

Thank you!

~ Anne ~

ps: Laura, you KNOW I totally agree w/ your 'not' top 5, right along with ya! LoL, be real ...SPEED is #1 for you! ;)

pps: There's a 'GREAT' company, for each of y'all drivers, I do believe. It's all about finding your niche, as you have. Same here. Seems the 'elusive' JYD has, as well. He's an 'inter"model!"' (j/k!!!) O.o

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Thanks Anne, you’re too kind.

I certainly did not achieve what I enjoy alone. As I’m sure Tom appreciates you, I’m truly blessed to have a MAGNIFICENT Wife along for the ride. 😎

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