Profile For Robert B. (The Dragon) yes, I breathe fire and other sideshow tricks

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    Indianapolis, IN

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Robert B. (The Dragon) yes, I breathe fire and other sideshow tricks's Bio

Flatbedder with ELS on their heavy haul division.

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Posted:  2 days, 13 hours ago

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Trying to ID year/model. Older rig.

The thing that helps give away the year model on that one is hard to see on a side profile picture but you show just enough of the front to see the really large logo on the front above the grill. The old style Freightliner is like the one next to the step but since it was White Freightliner at the time, it needed a huge emblem.

Posted:  2 days, 16 hours ago

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Trying to ID year/model. Older rig.

73-74 year model and GTown was absolutely correct on the history.

Posted:  5 days, 14 hours ago

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Supreme Court rules in favor of truckers

As for the driver who filed the original suit, people can call him an idiot or whatever else but I beg to differ just a little bit. By the judge giving him just that little bit of an opening, it now opens up the door for a class action suit similar to several which have been filed against multiple companies regarding lease operators and the company's lost in every case and had to pay out to those drivers. Granted, the attorneys in those cases are always the real winners but it still costs the companies money. I'll be curious to see if in the near future, a class action suit follows and the driver from this one isn't the originator or involved with the class action.

Posted:  1 week, 4 days ago

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Always Important to check the 5th wheel

Check around the locking mechanism itself for a buildup of grease. If there is, your problem made just continue to worsen, especially in freezing weather.

Totally agree with this. I don't think it gets stressed enough about keeping those jaws clean and free of buildup. I also notice a lot of drivers with dry, rusty 5th wheel plates. For those of you newer drivers who do a lot of drop and hook, keep a tube of grease and a putty spreader handy. You don't need to apply a huge amount, just enough to keep it slick between the plate and the trailer. A dry 5th wheel plate can cause various issues if left unchecked.

Posted:  1 week, 4 days ago

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Lease operator question

As was mentioned, OOIDA will be the best resource for the information you're seeking out. Just based on your question, I'm going to suggest that you don't even worry about what those two other drivers are doing for the simple fact that you don't even understand what it is that they're doing. They're already owner operators who have leased their trucks on with that company and are not the lease operators which are commonly talked about here and in other forums. They own the trucks (or the bank does) and they have the freedom to move that truck wherever they see fit. The lease operators normally talked about are beholden to the company they work for. The company owns the truck and the driver is renting the truck from the company at a ridiculous price. Owner ops will often lease a truck on so that they don't have to run under their own authority which saves them from buying plates, insurance etc and will often give them access to fuel, tire and maintenance discounts and some other perks but everything is still on them in the grand scheme of things. Trucks break, newer trucks break down much more than they used to and all the new electronic systems and emissions controls will absolutely bury you in down time and additional expenses. Engines don't last as long, wait time on repairs, loss of revenue etc and you quickly learn that one breakdown can break you. Are there owner operators who have made and continue to make a good living in trucking? Sure there are but there aren't all that many and they'll tell you that it's a lot of hard work and there's much more involved than just getting behind the wheel. Now. For an answer to your 90k question. That truck will have to generate at least 250k gross revenue per year to keep you in that 90k range.

Posted:  1 week, 6 days ago

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Can't get hired due to government shutdown.

If I had to guess, the delay is due to the E- Verify site being down due to the government shutdown. In regards to DOT foods, they're an excellent company. I have a good friend who has been with them for going on 13 years now and has never driven for any other company. Great benefits, money and very solid miles.

Posted:  2 weeks, 4 days ago

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How to check my CSA,PSP points on my DL?

You're more than welcome.

Posted:  2 weeks, 5 days ago

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Many drivers like to use an old-fashioned road atlas.....and the telephone....but...

As a few others have mentioned, every single thing you've brought up and over analyzed has been talked about before in numerous threads which can quickly be found in the search bar. I've said it a couple times already that I'm a firm believer that you're really not interested in trucking, you're a troll who lives for the sound of your own voice.

Posted:  2 weeks, 5 days ago

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How to check my CSA,PSP points on my DL?

Most states bmv websites give the ability to purchase that information in a download and printable form. The fees vary but you'll be able to view everything on your driving record. Oh and just for future reference, drivers only accumulate PSP points, CSA applies to companies.

Posted:  2 weeks, 5 days ago

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I've just received an unsolicited email message from a CDL recruiter.

You inquired, they responded. Something tells me you have zero interest in this industry and are nothing more than a troll.

Posted:  2 weeks, 6 days ago

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New Year, New Moderator!

Congratulations !!!!! Well deserved too.

Posted:  2 weeks, 6 days ago

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Do sleepers have microwave ovens in them?

My father was a retired Army Colonel, prior enlisted who did 3 tours in Vietnam. He earned his pension / retirement. 7 years and an injury doesn't provide with an actual pension and it is most definitely paid for by taxpayer dollars. Myself, I served in the Air Force. Desert storm vet and saw time in Bosnia as well. I declined my disability because I knew what it would mean for my future. My suggestion to you is to get over your damn pity party, put your testicles back on and get to work. That is, if you're really serious about this profession and not just being a troll.

Posted:  2 weeks, 6 days ago

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Which companies have actually ACCEPTED you without any immediate

Guess what Todd? When you first start out trucking, you are a nobody, you will effectively make below minimum wage. It takes time to establish yourself and build your reputation. Learn some humility, roll with the punches and get your arse in gear because I'll just flat out say it. As you are right now, you won't last a month and I'll put a paycheck on that.

Posted:  2 weeks, 6 days ago

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Which companies have actually ACCEPTED you without any immediate

“Do I have to take some crappy job like being a janitor for a year or flipping burgers at McDonalds for some time to go from disability to trucking?”

You’re your own worst enemy. You think certain jobs are beneath you. That kind of thinking frustrates employers. I’ve been an employer, an employee and yes, served in the military for many years.

If you think any job is beneath you, when you haven’t worked outside of home in more than a decade, you are the definition of clueless.

You say you’re tired of being poor. Well not tired enough. The most successful people are willing to do WHATEVER it takes. You think you’re poor? Watch the real life story portrayed in The Pursuit of Happyness with Will Smith. You apparently have plenty of time for it.

When you are willing to scratch and claw your way out of the depths of despair. Willing to leave your comfort zone and step into the unknown, heed the advice of experts and do everything it takes, you’ll begin to appreciate those who ARE willing to do “crappy” jobs. Those people will never be dependent on the handouts of others.

Get up, dress up and show up. Otherwise...

This and exactly this. Todd, with just about every post you become more and more pretentious. People are legitimately trying to help you out and then you come out with some statement that certain things are beneath you. I think you'll find that becoming a professional driver is beneath you too and should probably go find something else to dream about. Brett, OS, other moderators, I apologize but this guy, man ohhhhh man am I biting my tongue.

Posted:  3 weeks ago

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My Student is now an ice road Trucker.

They must have gotten them cleared up pretty quick. I honestly stopped checking after around 1130 because they hadn't changed since early morning and were listed to be closed until this evening.

Posted:  3 weeks ago

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My Student is now an ice road Trucker.

Congrats and get ready to shut down if you're going through Wyoming. Wyoming 511 has everything closed north of Casper. My pickup for today gets bumped to Wednesday morning due to the closures.

Posted:  4 weeks ago

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Truck drivers and their non truck driving (like cars)

I pretty much follow the same safety habits as inside the truck but prefer to be in the truck to be honest. One of the daily drivers is a six speed and the wifes car is an automatic but neither get driven much. When I do get the chance to go racing, that's a completely different story though lol. I'm hoping to do a bit more of it next season but it's hard to say what will happen.

Posted:  4 weeks ago

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Working during the holidays?

Always moving but definitely Happy Holidays to everyone. Driving over the holidays is probably the easiest time of the year to get around, unless you're in the big cities. Traffic isn't nearly as bad as it normally is and there's always somewhere to park.

Posted:  4 weeks, 1 day ago

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Driver Legal Plans: This one looks good to me...

If you're driving smart and safe, doing the things you're supposed to be doing, you'll never need it. The company you work for spends insane amounts of money every year to do exactly what some snake oil sales person is trying to get you to spend your hard earned money on. If you get a chance to go into a truck stop, you'll see these same folks set up with a small podium trying to sign you up while you're there. Most drivers are male, so the sales people are almost always a very attractive female showing a little leg and some cleavage, just to reel you in and then the sales pitch begins.

Posted:  1 month ago

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Driver Legal Plans: This one looks good to me...

Huge waste of money

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