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Posted:  1 year, 3 months ago

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To Idle Or Not To Idle

I purchased a small "as seen on TV " swamp cooler or as they put it, cooler and humidifier. As long as I'm in low humidity it freezes me out, and I sleep like a rock! (Think Phoenix, W. Texas, N.M., Nevada, Wyoming...but other places too when humidity is low)

When it's hot and muggy I run the truck. I've never been bothered. Sure beats sleeping like a baby-waking up sh**ty every 2 hrs.

Posted:  1 year, 3 months ago

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You Might Be A Super Trucker If...

If you forget to set your brakes and your loaded rig goes tumbling down the hillside THEN you tell safety that you "set the whammy bar trailer brakes and must have bumped it with your knee".

Posted:  1 year, 3 months ago

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What Does It Take To Be The Best?

Man life is a yo-yo! Haven't been here to see this in a few weeks. Flexibility and patience at play lately. There's changes a brewing! Forgiveness is another one we forget. Mistakes happen.

Last week I had a sweet deal coming back to Oregon from near Morris, Illinois. I made my delivery early, and arrived at the shipper 5 hours early. They were more than happy to load me that early, but I had hauled onions 2 loads ago and the could still smell them. I had spent a night with the doors open and spread coffee to kill it. I am unable to smell it when it is that faint because I'm hauling onions every time I go East. So, I just let them do their thing and when they said they smelled garlic, I knew it was there.

I went down and got a washout and returned, they had me sit about 4 feet off the dock with the reefer running and the doors open for 2 more hours. They tried, but the manager could still smell it so after a few calls and more sniffing they finally just rejected it. In total I was there for 8 hours. I.was.HOT!

My DM found another load for the next morning out of Indianapolis and gave me the choice to try again with the next shift at the place I was or take Indy, so I boogied on Indy. Turns out they rejected 6 more trailers. Everything worked out fine for me though.

Because of the whole debacle I got a phone call from someone and got to learn more about how our freight actually moves for our company, and a few more bits about what's going on behind the scenes. It was good for me to get that info. It helped me be able to forgive the situation and leave it behind, be fair in asking for detention, and get on with it. All in all, I ended up gaining an extra 100 miles, and had that bummer day to talk to a realtor and my loan officer. Looks like I'll be buying a house real soon 😬🏜

Posted:  1 year, 3 months ago

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What Does It Take To Be The Best?

This is FANTASTIC! Thanks for starting this up. I asked a question and everyone gets to be involved 😁 Great answers too!

One I've noticed a lot PREPAREDNESS

This applies to many facets.

Mental- let's do this thing!

Physical- Eat well, sleep well(when you can), park a bit further and get some exercise. They'll all help with the mental.

Tools- Appropriate attire, a broom or a blower, hammer, screwdriver, flashlight, vice grips so on.

The note on the tools is this, I speak to many drivers who think the company should supply it all. My tool collection is long, diverse and I've used every single one at one point or another. If I waited for road calls, or always had to hit a shop for the little crud, I'd never move. ( Even the brand new trucks have a few loose nuts )

These drivers who don't want to push a broom need to get a leaf blower for example.

Finally, accountability, each of us only controls ourselves. Mess ups happen, learn and move on. Rarely is there anyone to blame for our unhappiness out here except ourselves. Expecting anything but the unexpected is going to leave you disappointed and unsatisfactory out here.

Side note- I'm an introvert, so all the long haul time lets me build the energy to be pleasant when I have to deal with people. It's not that I don't like people, it's just exhausting 😉

Posted:  1 year, 3 months ago

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Growing pains HURT! Life at a startup.

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This is perfect! Simple and practical. I will definitely be printing and handing it out. The discussions get a bit overwhelming when it's all about the "buts".

Posted:  1 year, 3 months ago

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Sexism In Trucking From A Woman's Perspective

Oh Rainy, you found the words I could not. I have with one outlandish exception been treated with respect out here. And when I'm not, maybe I just ignore it.

I had a couple of student who just couldn't understand how I was so comfy out here. I've had the company give me ladies numbers to help coach, and I can't handle the freak outs about a guy looking or whistling or asking if they need help. I've never felt like "every man who talks to me out here wants in my pants" yet plenty of women I've talked to seem to throw that out there. It's frustrating.

Posted:  1 year, 3 months ago

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Growing pains HURT! Life at a startup.

I've been busy!! On a slow month...

The latest struggle has been running blocker with all these other drivers who complain about the company. I work my arse off and only sit if I need it. To my benefit last month was a pretty slow one for me. I'll get to that in a bit.

EVERY TIME, I am near another company driver I get asked the same questions, how long have you been here and do I get the miles. I point to my founder driver sticker and say "yes". I refuse to engage in company bashing with these guys. I let them rant and tell them to take their concerns to the appropriate management staff. To which I get "that guy is such a so and so!" Well, I don't know what to tell you. I end up by the end of each of these interactions wishing I could just say " The only thing I've heard you say that the company has done wrong is hire YOU!"

I don't say that of course.

So last month was a nice slow month for me. I normally like to run my butt off and am totally burned out in time to go home and recoup. Instead, I got about 2/3 the miles and didn't even make a bonus this tour.

But I think I got some ammo for the turkeys, erm crabby drivers....and some lazy fun runs. I was able to take a few detours and see family I hadn't seen in years, I got to park in NM and wander some land I'm considering purchasing, twice :)

Awesomeness for me.

As far as ammo, correct me if I'm wrong, but I figure I had one slow month that I can point to and just tell them that, sometimes freight is slow and every load is what YOU make it. I got laid over in some not so great places but I can say I STILL had a pretty great month.

I'm debating a list of "what I do as a satisfied driver" and leaving it in our breakroom. Initially I'd ask these angry drivers if they are doing __________?

If it was: Are you making your appointments earl? the answer was "Yes!! But there's so much time on the loads I don't really try to anymore. "

If it was: are you consistently sending good early ETA's I would hear "Yes!! But they don't move appointments or give me another load any faster so I don't really waste my time with that any more."

If it was: Are you calling in to the meeting? The answers were every excuse you can think of. Phone use while driving, not wanting to listen to the b***h session, or oh, I just didn't think it was important. The last being my personal favorite to hear.

So, these drivers come to me for what? They ask what's wrong and why they're not happy, and want to know about the company, yet they can't make a phone call to the ONE place that can fill them in wholly on what our freight is doing and out finances and and and and!!!

It's kind of tough being a respected driver by the company, because drivers will tell me that they do what I do and don't get results. I'm done talking to them.

I'm pretty sad and at times mad for having to explain that I'm happy and not having the same issues.

Anyone have any lines that will shut 'em up and not be rude?

Posted:  1 year, 4 months ago

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Growing pains HURT! Life at a startup.

Again, I'm just enjoying the ride. We shall see what the future holds.

Yes, changes are going to come, but I could have missed all the learning if I were scared.

Posted:  1 year, 5 months ago

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Going hard early helps when you meet obstacles

The average driver is surprised when something goes wrong. A great driver is surprised when nothing goes wrong.

I couldn't agree more! The best days in Trucking are uneventful.

Posted:  1 year, 5 months ago

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Growing pains HURT! Life at a startup.

Based on him trying to acquire the other company back.

Posted:  1 year, 5 months ago

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Growing pains HURT! Life at a startup.

I have considered this, but minimally. The last company he started was sold at around 300 trucks, which we are quickly approaching. He had a non compete clause which he honored, and when it expired he offered to buy back the company, it had been sold again to a mega carrier, who would not make a good enough deal. So he started another.

My income increased by 33% last year, even with the lower mileage months, compared to the prior year at May (which also included training/mentoring during the summer). I'm looking at another increase of 15% above that just in the mile gain I've seen in the last 6 months. I'm trying really hard not to count the chickens before they hatch, however if these numbers come to fruition, my sweat equity will be compensated for in my eyes anyway.

I say minimally considered because of the pay, and frankly, I don't want to think about it yet. The things I've learned mechanically about the trucks and the skills I've gained otherwise are almost unquantifiable for me. I paid ( and am still paying) a large sum for a college education that I never sought employment with. I'd say I don't use it, but I do every day. So I am not ready to consider the what ifs of a sale, and my value in such.

My knee jerk reaction is he's not going to sell, he'll go to his grave trying to make this work, and that is an even scarier thought than a sale. Again, knee jerk and still just enjoying the pool of knowledge I'm gaining.

Posted:  1 year, 5 months ago

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Growing pains HURT! Life at a startup.

I suppose I should clarify the new acquisition added 100 trucks to our 75.

Posted:  1 year, 5 months ago

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Growing pains HURT! Life at a startup.

Brett. You are exactly right. I am very aware of the competition out here, that's why I am sticking this out. I used to dream of buying my own truck, and still do, but this has been a real eye opener. If I ever own more than a pickup it will be highly specialized ( though at the moment I don't know why) OR just simply a water truck during retirement to fight fires during the summer, no need to work much at retirement time.

I have been respectful of the things they've asked us to do voluntarily so most of the changes haven't hurt me yet. For example, I've used the fuel brand that they've said they get the deepest discounts at, and even check on which exit is cheaper. So when they locked down the fuel cards to that brand, I didn't know for 3 months, until they told me.

I don't think this one is going to fail, there's too much history, and plenty of financial backing. We've grown in the years and added 100 trucks to our 75 trucks, and have purchased another small fleet that (I believe) had hit its breaking point and couldn't grow. That acquisition has more than doubled our fleet size and profitability. They've chosen to keep the companies working under their own names and in their own demographic. There's a bit of crossover but for the time being we look like separate entities. Some money really has to go out for equipment replacement though with the newly acquired business.

Currently, Knight Transportation has the closest benefit package I've found, bonuses are easily achievable but not as easy as my current one. 10k miles per month is what we need out of each and every truck to even justify having it on the road. The miles above that I run, probably supports the tail end of at least 3 other trucks that don't keep up their end of the bargain. It is pretty cutthroat even inside the company.

The absolute hardest part for me, is hearing drivers complain that the don't get the miles. I can't (well. I won't) discuss mine specifically with them, I have to simply say I am happy, and here's what I do. Then go on to say that I'm never late, I get there early every time if I can and the company notices. This has its own pitfalls when they believe they are gods gift to Trucking and want to argue that they do the same. I've had to eventually shrug my shoulders and walk away.

That's the same everywhere, but I don't need them going to the top playing the "but Jenny said" game. I'm not their boss. I just have a better attitude and willingness.

Posted:  1 year, 5 months ago

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Growing pains HURT! Life at a startup.

G-Town, I'm glad I could do that for you.

As I mentioned above, I'm really enjoying the challenges. I really do have it easier than most of these guys, simply because I don't have pre existing expectations. I also am fully aware that my job is to make money and save money for the company, and my compensation for that is my paycheck. My ONLY expectation is honest, and open communication in both directions about how it's going (and not going) and of course my paycheck at the end of the week lol

Posted:  1 year, 5 months ago

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Growing pains HURT! Life at a startup.

Thanks Brett, I don't mind the raining on the parade info either. It's a bit unnerving to me at times not knowing what's coming, but it's also a bit exciting.

As for being a "founder" it's really called being a member of the Founders Club. It's the first 25 drivers who took the chance on them. We get a better benefit package than the drivers who came on after us. It started with higher CPM, more splits in our bonus tiers, (we earn 1/2 cpm at 500 mile marks, and new hires only earn 1cpm at 1000 mile marks), premiums fully paid for medical and dental insurance, more input in which way the company policies will go, and just being closer to the top. Also, we get first dibs when new trucks are bought.

The insurance has changed, we have to pay part of our premiums, but the package is considerably better, and worth it.

Right now, I'm enjoying the ride, learning TONS about what I'm willing to do and not do. I also enjoy being the hero of the day. I limped a produce load, using jumpers to maintain temp (regularly stopping, not leaving them hooked up) because none of the shops had the right alternator, until I decided to call ahead, get the alternator ordered, overnight, by a shop and finally got it repaired the next day when I got there. I spent about 1200 miles fooling around with it. (Just west of Cheyenne WY to Toledo OH) while staying in contact with the broker, and the maintenance manager, basically just telling them what I was going to do next. It was neat that I solved the problem when ones I'd have normally depended on were at a loss.

Thankfully the true Founder has done this before, successfully, so some of the sting has been worked out before.

Posted:  1 year, 5 months ago

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Growing pains HURT! Life at a startup.

That is a super interesting story and tomorrow I'm going to have quite a bit to say about it. I'm about done for today and there's a lot I'd like to cover with this one. Thanks very much for sharing all that. I'll respond thoroughly in the morning.

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We lost Brett on this one PJ.

Posted:  1 year, 5 months ago

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Beauty on the road ladies

Rainy, mentioning wiping the truck down with them reminded me....

Makeup remover wipes are THE BOMB for getting grease off. Even 5th wheel grease!! I had some on my jacket and it cuts right through it. Plus they're pretty gentle on skin if you need a quick way to get it off your hands or even out of your hair.

Yes, I've had it in my hair..shocked.png

Posted:  1 year, 5 months ago

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I pay my fleet manager paycheck

Folks here say it all the time, you get why you put into it.

The guy turning down loads he doesn't like is going to sit, while guys like you will take the not so pleasant loads, and earn the gravy loads too.

Posted:  1 year, 5 months ago

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Clocks

Depends on the system. I'm on a new ELD program that only allows me to move at speeds under 5mph. It doesn't seem to matter how far I go, but the second I hit 5mph I am in drive mode. I also have PC mode though.

Posted:  1 year, 5 months ago

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Another Topic Just For Fun - What was your last load? How much did it weigh? How many miles?

Orange juice, 43k and 3174 miles 😬

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