Profile For Rob T.

Rob T.'s Info

  • Location:
    IA

  • Driving Status:
    Experienced Driver

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  • Joined Us:
    7 years, 4 months ago

Rob T.'s Bio

I obtained my CDL August 2017 through 160 Driving Academy in Moline Illinois and began my driving career as a local foodservice driver for Performance Food Group (PFG) out of Des Moines, Iowa. After roughly a year and a half I decided to hang up my 2 wheel dolly and take a job easier on the body. I made the switch to deliver to grocery stores in Iowa and the 7 surrounding states. As of 1/21/22 it'll be 3 years and overall still happy with the change.

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Posted:  2 days, 22 hours ago

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Done with Schneider after 3 months

Hey bro i've been following this thread and was wondering how did everything workout for you ?

According to his YT channel he was going to spend the winter in Des Moines IA with one of his kids then go to the east coast. His last video 4 months ago mentioned a trucking interview or that he'd just applied. His videos he talked alot but also gave out a bit of inaccurate info in my opinion. I don't think it was intentional, it was more so just not knowing due to lack of experience and falling for the idea of owning/leasing paying so much more.

Hopefully his dream of owning a small trucking company works out, however it doesn't appear that way.

REV if ya see this we want an update!

Posted:  1 week, 2 days ago

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2022 Operation Road Check

Days off are overrated.

Im off for 2 of the days smile.gif. Strangely enough I've had my CDL going on 5 years and have not had the "pleasure" of being inspected....yet....

Here's a sheet my employer sent us showing exactly what they're most focused on this year

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Posted:  1 week, 3 days ago

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MAJOR ANNOUNCEMENT

With the way things are right now (inflated truck prices, parts shortages, diesel at an all time high among many others) and you're considering now is the time to jump in? I'd say you're definitely not thinking about this logically.

Posted:  2 weeks ago

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Past driving experience reporting help

Have you held a valid CDL, including keeping medical card up to date, all this time?

Regardless, that experience isn't going to amount to anything. You're going to most likely need to go through training again even if they could verify experience because it's been 5 years that you've been out of the truck. Fortunately most companies the training will be shorter if you have kept the skills.

Posted:  2 weeks, 2 days ago

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Should I be concerned if I never drove a 10 speed but got my CDL A in a 6 speed?

Did you let them know you haven't driven a 10 speed before? They may be more lenient if you let them know your only experience was a 6 speed. You demonstrated to the state you can operate a manual its just a matter of learning the shifting pattern for the 10 speed. Easiest way is for your higher gears add the digits together (15 mph is 6th, 25 is 7th etc.) It may not be perfect but it's close enough to give you a ball park range. When I attended school learning on a 10 speed we started in 4th gear and came to a stop in 6th. Of course the higher you start the easier it is to stall. Some drivers prefer to start out in 1st gear even empty it just gets trickier in my opinion because the speed for each gear is so close.

Posted:  2 weeks, 3 days ago

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People who spam the CB

It amazes me the crap people do on the CB. Last week I was in Council Bluffs picking up at Tyson and turned off my radio because the nonstop racism and dropping racial slurs. After about an hour I turned radio back on to communicate with their shag driver and the idiots are still going at it. Left about another hour later and they're still at it. Is that what drivers do? Park at the truck stop and run their mouth all day????

In Kansas City I tend to pickup 2 different guys around town from their home base starting at 4am. One guy is preaching about god and quoting Bible verses blaming people that lead alternative lifestyles for the world's problems. The other guy just keeps repeating weather/traffic info and to stay safe on the highways and by-ways.

You do gotta admit though, sometimes you hear some real funny crap on there. I80 truck stop in Walcott is real good for that, and saying that Biden is the greatest leader we've ever had never fails to get them going....or so I've been told by a friend smile.gif . Thankfully the children playing around on the radio seems to be far less during inclement weather when the CB is even more important.

Posted:  2 weeks, 5 days ago

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Sent home from Melton flatbed

Victor I agree with the others. This was all you and NOT Meltons. I recall you being over the top excited about how Melton was so great. You're now saying that about the other 2 companies that you checked out down the road. Did you end up getting hired by either or what's currently happening in regards to your trucking career? The first thing you should have done is trip plan, which likely would have revealed you were about to head the wrong way. Even if it didn't, knowing your destination was EAST of your current location all the signs saying WEST should have been a red flag that something wasn't right. You were injured early on with them as well. Were you doing something incorrectly that resulted in the injury?

When it comes down to it they likely considered you an experienced driver because you've had your CDL for so long. When they look at your past accidents, number of companies you've driven for your mess ups that occured here. I really hope you're able to get this figured out.

To the OP have you tried applying to Prime, TMC, or maybe Roehl? Those companies train, and atleast with Prime and Roehl if you dislike flatbedding you don't need to quit, you could just transfer divisions within the company.

Posted:  2 weeks, 6 days ago

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ELD violations question

Tim, do you have Personal Conveyance? If so you might be able to use it to avoid HOS violations. Any experienced drivers want to comment whether PC could help with this particular situation?

If Tim had gone over his 14 hour clock while logged on duty there's no violation. You just can't drive after your 14 hour clock expires or you'll be in violation.

Whether or not PC would help in these situations depends on the reason he would have continued to drive after his 14th hour. Going to the store/restaurant, running out of hours at a shipper/receiver, or moving after being ordered to by law enforcement are all acceptable reasons. The biggest thing is its not meant to advance the load. It's also no excuse for poor trip planning (like running your clock empty THEN start looking for parking)

Posted:  3 weeks, 5 days ago

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Need advice on managing hours

But I wonder does sleeper birth mean I could stay in a hotel for 7 hours? Then pick back up and I would have the hours to make it home.(I think)

No. On top of that it'd take out a nice chunk of your revenue making it nearly pointless to snag a return load.

I dont know anything about the rules for B, Are you guys allowed to split Berth like we can?

If they have a sleeper they can. Only box trucks with sleepers I've seen have really only been Panther or Fed Ex Custom Critical.

Posted:  3 weeks, 5 days ago

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Hello fellow drivers!!!!!

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Great job!

Posted:  3 weeks, 5 days ago

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Where One door closes another one opens and with the help of the safety director!

Personally, I wouldn't be mentioning to potential employers my plans of quitting in the fall for school. It's almost giving them an excuse to not hire you. I mean this in a nice way but given your track record with past employers you need all the help you can get. A potential employer is going to see you need additional help. Most won't be willing to give it knowing you're going to quit for school in 3 months.

I sincerely hope you're able to achieve your dreams whether it's trucking or military.

Posted:  3 weeks, 5 days ago

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Why did you get started in trucking, and what were your biggest concerns?

1) Why did you decide to become a truck driver? What did you hope to get from it?

I needed a career and I always enjoyed driving. I was tired of doing warehouse jobs tearing my body up and dreading every day. For the 7 years or so before i got my CDL I was a order picker in freezers. With us just having had our 2nd child I knew I needed to get started or I'd keep putting it off like I'd done for the previous 5 years. Growing up we had what we needed but didn't have extra money for anything else. Our idea of vacation was going to my grandpa's house 2 hours away. I wanted to give my kids more than I had growing up, especially a house with a big backyard. Apartments suck!

2) What were your biggest doubts, fears, and uncertainties?

Failure.

I went about getting my CDL different than most. I tried to get it through Sysco in Tampa (Palmetto, shout out to Anne!) But they kept dragging their feet about it. We moved to Iowa and they wouldn't help me get my CDL until after I had an offer from PFG for a driver apprentice program. My wife was supportive but skeptical at the same time of my decision. If I stuck with Sysco I'd attend a local school for 8 hours a day, then work the warehouse 4 hours a night and be paid for 40 hours of work roughly $920 a week for 8 weeks. I was accustomed to making close to $1700 a week in Florida and couldn't survive off $920. If I didn't like driving I could fall back to the warehouse. PFG terminal/warehouse is over 2 hours away. They put me up in a hotel out there Sunday night through Thursday night (commute home Friday after class), school for 4 weeks, and paid me $600 a week. If I couldn't pass my test or like the job I would need to quit completely and be on the hook for a few thousand dollars. In the end choosing PFG worked out well. Leaving my wife at home with our 2 kids (2 year old and 6 month old) with no vehicle during the week was terrifying. Knowing that we are a single income family and we're completely screwed if I fail was very stressful. I needed to cash out my 401k to keep us afloat for those 4 weeks.

Other than pulling a 12 foot uhaul trailer with my van 3 months before CDL school I'd never backed a trailer. So of course the struggle I had with that little trailer made me constantly questioning if I'm even capable of backing something much bigger. Come to find out the bigger the trailer the easier it is to maneuver.

Posted:  3 weeks, 5 days ago

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Advice on an HOS situation, please

Rob T. ~ Is all okay??? Unless I've MISSED something... you seem to not have posted lately. Our 'close knit' community is MISSING you, up in here! In actuality, the post that I've 'tagged' you in (lol...) and I figured you of all people can help with, is directly related to THIS thread, haha!

All is well on my end just busy. Couple months ago we brought another puppy (pictured above....siberian husky/German shepherd mix...a shepsky) home so we've been working on training her and keeping the other 2 big dogs from getting 2 hyped up. 2 yr old is great Pyrenees/newfoundland mix, 3 yr old is great Pyrenees/springer mix both about 80 pounds.

Weather's been nice so getting lots of projects done. Got 3 big trees I gotta take down, shopping around for new windows and helping get the wife's garden up and going. Somehow find time for the kids and sleep with everything else going on. I've been exercising to get some of the weight off that I gained after leaving PFG but that's been neglected the past few weeks unfortunately.

I still pop in to read but don't comment as frequently, I just haven't had the time. I used to take advantage of choosing routes with a backhaul I can sit for a couple hours but those stops have actually had their crap together lately and I've been needing to actually drive more miles to get my hours in. Yeaaah...I'm hitting about 1800 miles a week in my 4 days I'd say this trucking thing is getting pretty serious rofl-3.gif

Posted:  3 weeks, 5 days ago

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Need advice on managing hours

Are you able to push back the time you leave for your first run (11am)?

Otherwise Air miles rule may help in this instance. Look at this from JJ Keller:

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16 hours would give you until 3am to make it back to Huntsville. The only problem is then you need to get unloaded as well. I believe for air miles your time also needs to be documented when you start and end your day but not logging every activity. You would need to be relieved of all work and no longer moving the truck by 3am. This would then also bump the earliest you could run the next day back to 1pm.

Whatever you do its very important to leave no doubt that you're 100% legal especially before your inspection. If your business plan requires you to violate HOS or any other laws its not sustainable and needs to be adjusted.

I'm not very knowledgeable on it, but for a couple decades my uncle ran a box truck under Dynamex (formerly roadrunner) and seemed to do quite well. He's been retired over 10 years though. Perhaps it'd be more beneficial for you to run the Amazon load and try to get a return load through a load board that's NOT amazon.

Out of curiosity would you mind sharing what Amazon pays to run those loads? And what kind of profit (after ALL expenses) you're seeing? An overwhelming majority of semis I see pulling their freight are pretty beat up which makes me think it isn't a very lucrative gig.

Posted:  1 month, 2 weeks ago

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Advice on an HOS situation, please

I would've had maybe 5 minutes on my clock when I arrived. Not enough for On Duty-Unloading or vehicle inspection. So my figuring was correct.

Great job! For future reference as long as you communicate with dispatch if you would have been late it wouldn't be your fault or held against you at most companies.

Also, you can remain on duty after your 14 or 70 hour clocks are up. You just can not drive anymore until you take the required break (10/34) or have your recaps come back.

Has anybody been inspected after editing their logs this way? I rarely need to make edits in my gig and when I do they're not used in this same manner. We all find ways of skirting around the rules, I'm just curious if DOT has hassled anyone over it. Some days it's hard enough remembering what happened the day prior and technically by certifying your logs you're saying that they are correct.

Posted:  1 month, 2 weeks ago

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Pre-Trip test anxiety

In school my instructor stressed how important everything on the pretrip is. However, if you're able to memorize the entire in cab and coupling you'll have almost enough off those alone pass the test, atleast in the state of Iowa.

Posted:  1 month, 3 weeks ago

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Got rear ended.

I asked him what happened he said he was “dodging a rock”. 

Must've been a crack rock.

Posted:  1 month, 3 weeks ago

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What was your first CDL Job?

I was working at Sysco in the warehouse and was going to get my CDL through them. Instead I felt like I was getting jerked around and seen on indeed.com that PFG was hiring a driver apprentice. I was used to the physical side so it wasn't too terrible. At first I liked it but began getting burned out and found a much easier job making more money. At times I miss it just for the exercise i got. I've put on some weight over the last 3 years since I quit and it's more difficult getting it off now. They put me through cdl school about 180 miles from my home and put me up in a hotel. Average week was about 60 hours. 60 hours of unloading a 28' trailer by hand with a 2 wheel dolly. I'd highly recommend getting your start OTR or if you can get on with an LTL carrier getting on preferably linehaul.

Posted:  2 months ago

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Self driving Semis

There could conceivably be a completely separate set of roadways built out specifically for such vehicles

With what money? I can't see the general public supporting politicians that push for higher taxes to accommodate this. If they tax those using self driving equipment to maintain that road it'll decrease those that can afford it. Have you seen how terrible many interstates are currently? How would they have the space available to add extra lanes into metro areas? Traffic is already a mess in many densely populated areas that taking away an existing lane isnt the answer either. Self driving vehicles are going to cost quite a bit more than a normal truck. If they still need a driver in the vehicle they'll have trouble finding anyone if they also cut their pay so where's the incentive?

As mentioned before it's those outside, or just entering the industry that buy into this hype of self driving trucks. If you're legitimately concerned about it find a niche in the industry that can't be automated. This industry will never be 100% self driving trucks.

Posted:  2 months ago

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Starting My Own Trucking Company Advice

This forum is primarily geared towards helping prospective drivers be prepared as they begin their careers and help them through the challenges of their first year. An overwhelming majority of us are company drivers and feel leasing and O/O is not worth it but we do have a few that do so. Your more likely to get the information you seek through OOIDA.

Out of curiosity what are you being quoted for payments of truck and trailer, and what does Ryders maintenance program cost and cover? What is it that makes you want to go lease?

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