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  • Location:
    Fort Worth , TX

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    Experienced Driver

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    3 years, 6 months ago

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Posted:  3 years, 6 months ago

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Dollar general

Averitt runs dedicated with Dollar General. They even offer us bonus $$ if we will volunteer to run a route for a week or two. Not this dude. Nothing against it, just not my flavor of trucking.

Yeah I think those Averitt guys got paid more too, LOL. I like the fact I didn't have to wear a uniform or shave though.

Posted:  3 years, 6 months ago

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Dollar general

Hey Coby, Great job on this topic! and the pics are super. There have been so many wondering about these runs and now there is a great post thanks to you. Take care.

Thanks, I'm glad I can help. When I started out, I tried to find info like this online, and couldn't.

Posted:  3 years, 6 months ago

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Dollar general

Does this pretty much apply to any dedicated stuff? Like for grocery chains and such?

Pretty much, yeah

Posted:  3 years, 6 months ago

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Dollar general

So it works like this you do the training after the training with the mentor, then they put you on a dedicated?

You do the training, then you get put on the account you chose when hired. I chose to do the training on the Dollar General account, because that's the job I wanted with the company. I highly suggest training for the account you choose. When you get hired, they will ask you want you want to do. With Werner, I could have chose OVER THE ROAD, FAMILY DOLLAR, or DOLLAR GENERAL.

Posted:  3 years, 6 months ago

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Dollar general

The Dollar General trailers are fairly maintained. When you pick up the trailer, there is an inspection sheet to fill out. You want to list every scratch, you don't want to be responsible for damage someone else caused. Sometimes lights and lift gates don't work, or you have flat tires. There is a shop on site. You drive to it and have them fix it. You want to check the charger, don't want a dead lift gate. Some trailers have the charger in front of the tandems and some have the chargers behind the lift gate. You want to fully operate the lift gate before you leave, to make sure it works. Especially the kick plates that stop the rolltainers from going off the edge. Now FAMILY DOLLAR and DOLLAR TREE, use rollers. They touch every package by hand.

Posted:  3 years, 6 months ago

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Dollar general

Here's one where you gotta get the lift gate on a concrete slab. the gate extends about 7 feet. dollar general trailer with lift gate

Posted:  3 years, 6 months ago

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Dollar general

Thank you to you all who responded means a lot guys. That's what I'm into something that you can get a ok work out from doing. I'm not sure if you mention it but do you still drive for werner & do you train new drivers? Make it a safe day

No, I don't drive for them anymore. I liked working for Werner and the Dollar General gig. It was my first trucking job. The hardest part was being in training for 2 months ( fresh out of driving school ). Once I got out there on my own, I loved it. I learned a lot along the way, but could never find enough info on it online, so I am happy to share what I learned.

Posted:  3 years, 6 months ago

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Dollar general

Cool .. thanks! Another concern I'd have would be the ability to get a shower at the end of each day spent unloading a trailer. Is this an issue?

Oh boy, LOL. It depends, I usually got a shower every 2 to 3 days. So about 3 a week. I would shower at the Distribution Center. You will have your next trailer waiting on you when you get back. I would drop my empty, get a shower, pick up new one and take off. Depending on when my 11/14 ran out, determined where I was going to stop. Sometimes a rest stop down the road or stay at DC. Best thing to do is, make it to the store and sleep there, so you can unload in the morning with a fresh 14 hr clock. If you get a loyalty card at a truck stop, you can rack up free showers and merchandise when you fuel. I found it not very time efficient to shower at truck stops, due to not enough parking and long waiting for a shower.

Posted:  3 years, 6 months ago

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Dollar general

A tip that helped me a lot, If there is a row of parking on each side of the side of the building, you can do a u turn. Granted there are no cars and you turn TOWARDS the building, avoiding tail swing into the wall. sometimes there might be something on the other side, you will want to avoid swinging into. Like a planted tree.

U TURN POSSIBLE ( You would pull in on the side the pic of the truck is on, turn right towards the building, and straighten out. Then back up, close to the building.) Screenshot_2014-11-18-11-15-241.png

NOT POSSIBLE Screenshot_2014-07-19-11-57-331.png

Posted:  3 years, 6 months ago

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Dollar general

Funny you ask about the age. Most people are older. I'm 39 and have no problems doing the work. I'm in good shape, but I see a lot of drivers who are not, that have been doing it a long time. The job keeps you fit, that's what I like about it. I wouldn't worry about the physical part. To do this job, you want to be good at backing up LOL!

Posted:  3 years, 6 months ago

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Dollar general

A back in from the street. you gotta get over far left (oncoming traffic) and when it's clear angle out, and back in. It's not like doing a 45 set up to get between 2 trailers. You just want to get in there. Cars are gonna hate you, I've had them honk and flip me off. But yo gotta get the job done. Seems like there's hardly any cars around when you set up to back, but as soon as you start, cars come out of no where LOL. overhead satellite screenshot of dollar general

This one was tough. Had to pull in wide (still bumped curb) turn left then right to side. Back straight up, turn sharp right, to drive out of pkng lot. Then back the truck around corner. overhead satellite screenshot of dollar general

Don't let any of that scare ya. Most of the stores are fairly easy. I would say 80% are, pull up front and back up around side, or uturn on the side. At least once a month, you'll see something tough. This one is a pull through. Gotta love those. overhead satellite screenshot of dollar general

One more tough one LOL. This one would have been easy, but it was busy with a pkng lot full of cars. So back in from a busy street. Once you do that a few times, it's just a routine. overhead satellite screenshot of dollar general

Posted:  3 years, 6 months ago

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Dollar general

To better answer your question, a trailer holds usually 2 to 4 stores. You will unload 2 to 5 trailers a week. I've only done 5 once. 3 or 4 trailers a week is the norm. On average, I spent about 6 hours unloading a trailer (all stops factored in).

Posted:  3 years, 6 months ago

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Dollar general

Sometimes at front store deliveries (Made around 4 or 5 AM) you gotta remember how to parrallel park Werner truck and Dollar General trailer delivering in front of storeWerner truck and Dollar General trailer delivering in front of storeWerner truck and Dollar General trailer delivering in front of storeWerner truck and Dollar General trailer delivering in front of storeWerner truck and Dollar General trailer delivering in front of store

Posted:  3 years, 6 months ago

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Dollar general

Unloading of groceries and loading of empty rolltainers and rolltainers with cardboard or plastic.

Dollar General rolltainers filled with cardboard and plasticrolltainers on the liftgate of a Dollar General trailerrolltainers filled with groceries on the liftgate of a Dollar General trailerrolltainers loaded with groceries in Dollar General trailer

Sometimes they fall over or fly off the liftgate. rolltainers tipped over and falling off of Dollar General trailer liftgate

Posted:  3 years, 6 months ago

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Dollar general

Google maps will give you an idea on how to get into the parking lot. This is a DG store, but the strip malls are fairly easy, drive around back. Just walk around to make sure you don't get stuck. This store, you can pull a uturn (with no cars on the side) or pull up front, then back around side.

overhead satellite screenshot of dollar general

Posted:  3 years, 6 months ago

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Dollar general

I drove for Werner. Usually 3 stores a day. Sometimes 2 or 4. Unload using a lift gate. You start your trip from the Distribution Center, then to the store. Depending on how many miles to your first stop, determins how long your gone. You could be back to the DC the same day, or up to 4 days later. With unloading, you get real close to your 70 hours.

Posted:  3 years, 6 months ago

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Dollar general

truck backed down narrow alley between two buildings at dollar general

Posted:  3 years, 6 months ago

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Dollar general

I did that out of Ardmore, OK. Some of those stores were scary, like the one in Bonham, TX. True alley dock from the street, between 2 buildings. I never had an accident, but I got nervous. Especially every time I had to back in from the street. Google Earth and maps (satellite view) is your best friend. If there was no cars on the side, you could pull in and do a u turn. (As long as you turn towards the building, don't want to tail swing into the wall). Unloading wasn't that bad, except pushing water rolltainers uphill (sometimes you gotta take half off, so heavy). The stores NOT BEING READY, is the worst part.

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