Profile For Leslie M.

Leslie M.'s Info

  • Location:
    Memphis , TN

  • Driving Status:
    Preparing For School

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  • Joined Us:
    4 years, 10 months ago

Leslie M.'s Bio

Started trucking literally by the time I was old enough to reach the pedals and still see out the windshield. I spent my summers working on farms and after high school we were running watermelons from Florida across to Texas up north in a 10 wheeler. After I was old enough I did OTR for nearly 10 years on dry boxes reefers and flatbeds. I even have about 6 months hauling milk in tankers. I'm still not sure which had the highest "pucker factor " swinging beef or milk!! Of course there are two big "F"s that make or break your driving career, females and finances!! My wife at the time wanted me home and making more money! Now I have 3 college degrees, a retirement check and a different wife! I'm going back to where I should always have been!

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Posted:  4 years, 10 months ago

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Advice, owner operator?

I agree wait till you get lots of time out here to decide what you really want to do or if you really want to stay in trucking. Second thing from my perspective is never take a lease purchase through a company. If you want to be an OO then save up and buy your own. There is really very little more money to be made driving your own truck over what you can make as s driver. The "money" to be made is in the first couple of years that are mechanically worry free. You take the "extra" then and invest it in something that will allow you to show a positive return while being able to draw against it when you start shelling out $10-15,000 repair bills. I used to have my own and I've driven for OOs. One woman owner said you had to have five trucks to make any money. One will be broke down, one will need a driver and hopefully the other three would pay for the two!

Posted:  4 years, 10 months ago

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On-Duty Downtime question for the OTR Reefer Tuggers

Can't say what it is like now but it depends a lot on what you haul and where you haul it. If you get frozen food out of someone like Con-Agra you will normally get loaded pretty fast. But then you may end up waiting for a specific dock time to unload at the other end or with 5 different stops. From what I understand drivers don't have to "fingerprint" loads like we used to so that may be different now. It also used to be that the dock foreman often got a kickback from the lumpers and if you didn't hire the right crew or wanted to do it yourself you could set for hours and or days! Meat ships mostly in boxes these day and not as much swinging but meat has to "cool" for 3 days before it can be put on the shelves or cut up so the shippers and receivers used to count trailer time as part of that cooling time. So if you got to Miami in two days out of Iowa then you would set a third day while they used your reefer fuel to cool it. Then going back north you'd get corn out of the Okeechobee area. Corn had to be iced and the you couldn't run the reefer unit. And or course sometimes split loads where you had to control the temp with the reefer in front and ice the corn in back. Also trucking companies used to buy loads of bananas off the central American boats and when you were loaded they would try to sell the. "Head north and call me from Atlanta"! LOL Typical dispatcher statement on "roller" loads. Named because they would roll you north till they had your load sold or it rotted! Not unusual with bananas.

I made a lot of money with reefers but after spending time on flatbeds and tankers I wouldn't pull one of the damn things across the street! dancing-dog.gif

Posted:  4 years, 10 months ago

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The cabover truck

Yes, I drove a cabover condo for CRST back in the day and the ride could be brutal if you were on a not so smooth road... your seat is located pretty much directly over top the front axle of the cab.

Do you remember those old "walking beam" suspension systems Yellow Freight and Roadway had on their company trucks? No springs whatsoever on the drive axles!! I can only imagine how bad that ride would have been!!

Posted:  4 years, 10 months ago

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President signs restart rollback bill: Here’s what the law requires of FMCSA

I'm sure it will be up to the trucking companies. Not enforcing a law is much different than repealing a law. If it is a "law" this ****head can't "repeal" it. If it is just a DOT requirement he could pressure them to get rid of it. Either way "no enforcing " doesn't make it legal.

Posted:  4 years, 10 months ago

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Suspended Lic 22 years ago. Red flag on getting HIRED?

The only one who will care or remember anything that happened 22 years ago will be your wife or girlfriend! LOL

Shiny side stays up!!

Posted:  4 years, 10 months ago

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The cabover truck

The new lengths are what happened to them. Back when the total length of a rig could only be 55' the cab overs allowed for more trailer.

I drove for nearly 10 years and never drove a "large car" but from what everyone told me they ride better. (The conventional)

Posted:  4 years, 10 months ago

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Pulled the trigger today I guess

After being off the road for 35 years I guess I'm going back. It is something for me to go to "driver school" because I was on the road when these schools were just coming into vogue and had some "pre-conceptions" to over come. I've seen some "training school" drivers I'd swear could only drive a 10 speed RoadRanger because they couldn't count to 13 to shift a 13 speed Ranger.

But from what I've seen on here the "quality" seems far better than drivers were before. If these practice tests are anywhere near accurate I can see why they have to be better. Some of these things can be real butt kickers.

Anyway as the plan sets now I'll do the 4 week Delta Tech training starting the end of January and then 3 weeks of Schneider National training. Pretty cool to end up running solo that soon. Drawback is running the "dirty side" but don't want to run teams again.

Thanks for the practice tests Brett.

Posted:  4 years, 10 months ago

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Are trucking companies switching to automatic transmissions?

Funny you should mention "floating"! Talking to me Schneider Recruiter today I was told that "school" would teach me to double clutch because they didn't allow floating! LOL You do what they tell you to get the check!

Posted:  4 years, 10 months ago

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How to spend downtime....

Many moons ago when I was running 48 + Canada I used to stop at the Union 76 truck stop directly opposite the old Ontario Speedway in California. Seems like every time I was hung up for a weekend there they had no races. Or I'd get there on Wednesday and see the signs for a big race but they'd load me for the east as fast as I was empty!!

Such is life on the road!!

Posted:  4 years, 10 months ago

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Schneider Income potential for new drivers and budgeting tips for newbies.

I would definitely appreciate that! Thanks! Do you know if they send drivers out to the West Coast or is it basically East of the Mississippi? I meet the area SNI recruiter next month when he sits down with us 1 on 1, but when it comes to budgets and $$$ or the lack of, I rather be ready and have more time to figure things out.

I spoke with an SNL recruiter today about starting on the Regional Vans. Their "region" is basically the eastern half of the US South of I-80. Not much into NYC or Boston. (Break my hillbilly heart ;-)) Anything west of the states bordering the Mississippi require teams.

It may be different with tanks but I doubt it. Running to the west coast is a 4 or 5 day run at best for a single.

Posted:  4 years, 10 months ago

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Driving Footwear

Years ago I knew a guy who drove an old "Bulldog" Mack. It was just the cab that was original and underneath it was all up to date (for that time). He kept the cab immaculate. He kept a pair of slippers behind the seat and after cleaning his shoes on a piece of carpet he used, He would put his shoes behind the seat and drive with the slippers on. I don't see anything "dangerous" about it if you want to put up with the extra hassle!

Posted:  4 years, 10 months ago

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Am i too old to get into trucking?

I was looking at Schneider National in west Memphis and the even have a special program for older drivers. I'll be 65 next week and I'm going back to driving! Should have stayed when I was there!

Go make smoke and tire noise!!

Posted:  4 years, 10 months ago

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Split Sleeper Berth Provision

I think I know the answer to this but just checking. Back when I was driving 35 years ago (if we were running teams) we would drive 4 hours and spend 4 hours showing in the sleeper or "off duty" setting in the jump seat.

From what I am seeing now you can't do that but would have to spend 10 hours in the sleeper. If you are riding the jump seat are you allowed to count that as "off duty" time? Technically you are being "paid" because the wheels are spinning but you have no "responsibility" as the driver in the "responsible" person. I guess it 's kind of hard to run 2 or 3 logbooks with e-logging too! LOL So much for the "good ole days"! LOL smile.gifsmile.gifrofl-3.gif

Posted:  4 years, 10 months ago

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The good, the bad, and the ugly about women in trucking

Whoops! I just noticed I wasn't supposed to post here!! Despite the name I am a male! Advice still holds though. You can't let anyone else run your life and you can't use it for a crutch!! "Peddle to the metal and let it roar"!!

Posted:  4 years, 10 months ago

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Brett?

Yeah those "excepts" will bite your ...... score!!

Posted:  4 years, 10 months ago

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The good, the bad, and the ugly about women in trucking

I have a question for everyone. I am interested in truck driving, but before I try to invest in this new career, I would like for everyone to be honest about the good, the bad, and the ugly about driving trucks. I am a former teacher and I found out that it was not for me. I even tried to go into nursing, but it had its own politics and all it did was drain my bank account and I have nothing to show for that investment. I've always liked to drive and take long trips, so being away from people would not be a problem for me. In fact, it would be something that fits me. I'm not antisocial, but when it comes to doing a job, I don't see myself socializing too much and would prefer to keep being social to a minimum. I heard that going back to school for this would cost too much money and has its own issues, but I would like to talk to people who are already in this field to tell me, if you were talking to someone, like me, who was interested, what would you tell them? I'm not asking for an easy career nor a hard one either. Also, with the CDL test, is it very hard? I looked at some practice test questions and I didn't do too bad on them considering I had no training and based my answers on what I've seen other truck drivers to while on the road. I am not here to offend anyone, but I really do need to know these things because I cannot afford to invest into something else only to repeat it in failure. :(

Its a decision you have to make about "what to do"! I grew up on diesel smoke and road tar and drove OTR for nearly 10 years. After I left the road I earned two B.As and an MS. degrees. I'm retired from being a computer geek now and going back to driving school to get back on the road. Given what I know now and what I've done for the last 30 years it was a mistake for me to ever leave the road. But I can only speak for me! Maybe we'll meet at a Flying J one of these days!

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