Profile For Rob T.

Rob T.'s Info

  • Location:
    IA

  • Driving Status:
    Experienced Driver

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  • Joined Us:
    5 years, 6 months ago

Rob T.'s Bio

I obtained my CDL August 2017 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 currently deliver to grocery stores in Iowa and the 7 surrounding states

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Posted:  17 hours, 3 minutes ago

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Slip seating during this pandemic

I slip seat a different truck every day. I just use basic hygiene practices. The company has provided sanitizer, wipes, masks and gloves if you choose to use them. I feel I'm more likely to pick it up at a truckstop or shipper/receiver than in the cab.

Posted:  19 hours, 17 minutes ago

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The more I ask the less I know

Rob D have you found the weights shippers provide you to be pretty accurate? Its not uncommon with reefer loads I've picked up paperwork claims its only 30,000 pounds of product but I'm pushing 80,000 gross. How do you ensure you have atleast the minimum securement required? I'm just referring to the weight side of the securement formula.

Posted:  20 hours, 25 minutes ago

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In Private Trucking School

You can do it! Just pretend it's just another day of practice and you'll do great.

Posted:  20 hours, 54 minutes ago

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The more I ask the less I know

I've never done flatbed so I cant speak from personal experience but it seems for most that do it's something they really enjoy. Personally I'm not a big fan of the idea of tarping a load in 50 mph wind gusts in a snow and ice storm (like Old Schools picture). Some guys take pride over how well their load looks tarped going down the highway and the challenge involved in securing it with enough straps that will hold that weight. Hopefully some of our flatbedders can chime in later with some of the things they enjoy about it.

Posted:  21 hours, 12 minutes ago

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The more I ask the less I know

Prime CRST Wilson Logistics Roehl Transport TMC Transport Millis Transfer Veriha Trucking PAM Transport are the companies your application goes out to. There are other companies that hire CDL grads such as Swift, Schneider, CR England, CFI, Werner that you can apply to separately. Wait for some offers to roll in then compare your options. Keep in mind CRST is ALL team, and TMC is ALL flatbed.

Posted:  21 hours, 17 minutes ago

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Blew a tire!

I ended up sitting there for 2:59 from the time I called it in until I was rolling again. It turns out when the tread peeled off it knocked the inflation system off the tire behind it which caused that tire to leak air and come off the rim. He replaced the front tire then took the rear one off to get it back on the rim. Turned what I thought would be a super easy route into a 13 1/2 hour day.

Posted:  21 hours, 21 minutes ago

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Backing practice - Store Deliveries

This is primarily for rookies and those considering a career to get thinking about different dock situations and how to best approach it. Here is the dock for one of our Omaha NE stores. I approached from the right of the picture on Center Street. Although I'm in a daycab I've seen guys with sleepers get in as well.

0449649001594639406.jpg Red X marks the dock area, today I took the dock between the staged trailer (not there today) and the compactor. Here is the view after I was in the dock to give you a better idea of the room available

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Delivery time was just before 4am and the store is closed. It was previously a 8am delivery time but due to congestion with other vendors it was changed. You need to commit to how you arrive before getting there because your view is blocked from the road and it's a busy area the later it gets.

Posted:  21 hours, 49 minutes ago

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Company Sponsored CDL Training in Canada

I cant give you any specific companies but check out craigslist under transportation jobs, or any job board to see if any companies have posts up for paid CDL training. Here in the states it seems those places are flooded with different opportunities. With how beneficial paid training is I'm sure theres quite a few options. It appears Schneider operates a few schools along the US Border by the great lakes but I have no other information about them.

If you find any companies that offer it please let us know

Posted:  22 hours, 4 minutes ago

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Well I screwed that up. Accident and lessons learned.

You're doing great. it's always best to report everything and leave it to the company to decide if it's a big deal or not. Unfortunately many drivers wouldn't even bother reporting that. It's never a fun call to make it will make you a better, safer driver. I'm not saying it's the case in this instance but many times drivers get over confident and get sloppy around 6 months to 1 year of experience and have far worse incidents. What's done is done. Move on from it but try not to forget the lessons learned. I'm glad to hear things are moving along quite well for you.

Posted:  1 day, 22 hours ago

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Blew a tire!

I'm guessing you ran over something since it was 1 tire and then the one directly behind it.

that's what I'm thinking too, I didn't see any debris lodged in the rear tire it just looks like it came off. It had to be pierced in some way though to cause it to come off the rim. I've been sitting about 1:50 and have about 1 more hour to go before their ETA. When I called it in I told them I'm I-35 SB on ramp in Holt MO, about the 34 MM. The company providing service called me acting very confused because it's actually the 33 MM. I'm sure they need everything to be exact so nobody can potentially dispute any charges but it just struck me as odd that he knew where I was but needed to call me to say I was off by 1 mile

Posted:  1 day, 22 hours ago

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Friday the 13th All Week!!

How did the rest of the week go for you? Hopefully it got better!

Posted:  1 day, 22 hours ago

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Keep water on your truck.

That sounds MISERABLE! Any idea how long it's going to be down?

Posted:  1 day, 23 hours ago

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Blew a tire!

About 40 miles from the store I was headed to the trailer inflation light came on

0678964001594546292.jpg. Rather than sitting on the side of the interstate I opted to slow down and get off at the next ramp as it'll be safer to inspect and see what's going on. Sometimes when we hook up to a trailer the light is lit if it's been sitting a while especially in cold weather but it's rare to come on and stay on while driving unless theres an issue. And an issue there was! I'm not sure exactly what happened but both of my inner trailer tires on the passenger side need to be replaced. The rear most tire appears still fully in tact just off the rim and the inflation system disconnected which is what likely tripped the light to come on. 0093943001594546708.jpg The tire in front of that was about ready to go completely.

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The remaining bits of the tire are wrapped around the axle. The ride felt a little bumpier than normal a couple minutes before the light alerted me to an issue. I've been sitting here about 45 minutes so far and waiting to hear back an ETA of when to expect them to come out. So much for turning and burning this route in 9 hours

Posted:  2 days, 9 hours ago

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Truck flips, crushes SUV

That's why I always say, "Don't make the news!"

Surprisingly the local news didn't even mention it despite shutting down a busy ramp. Atleast the brakes will be remedied before blitz week!

Posted:  2 days, 11 hours ago

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Unsure of my better option

Go with Paid CDL Training Programs. Chances are if you get your CDL through a private school you'll still likely end up going to a company that has their own school anyways. Unfortunately there's only a dozen or so companies that are willing to take the risks involved with hiring a rookie. If you're trying to avoid a contract don't worry about it. We've had members that despite paying out of pocket for their schooling they still needed to sign a contract due to the time and resources spent on road training. We always tell people to stick with your first company for a minimum of 1 year. After that if you have a clean record and on time deliveries you can pretty much write your ticket to any job you want.

Posted:  2 days, 11 hours ago

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Truck flips, crushes SUV

From the Iowa DOT regarding a truck from a large LTL carrier

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I'm absolutely amazed the SUV driver was relatively unhurt. If they had passengers I'm not so sure they'd still be here. Hopefully the investigation uncovers what exactly happened. Whether they neglected to connect it or if something happened on the road that caused it to come loose. Either way, they're probably out of work.

Posted:  2 days, 12 hours ago

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Be careful at the truck stops

Its unfortunate for all those involved. This is why you never stand between ANY vehicle and a fixed object. Also the person moving the vehicle is supposed to stop immediately if they lose sight of the spotter.

Posted:  2 days, 13 hours ago

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Progression as a rookie

We may not have anything to add to what Packrat has already said. 500 miles a day is a solid number. If you're only doing that 5 days a week and not being assigned loads over the weekend I'm not sure what else you want us to say?

Posted:  3 days, 10 hours ago

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I'll Be Live On Road Dog Trucking Radio This Thursday

Hopefully you're able to get your hands on it and post it so those of us that missed it are able to listen. I was hoping it would be available on demand in the sirius app but so far it's not there =(

Posted:  4 days, 2 hours ago

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Swift Debt

Unless they've recently changed the contract, I recall others saying that they took our a certain amount of money each week for 1 year. After 1 year you can leave without penalty and they will begin paying you that money back. So if you stay for 2 years your schooling was free.

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