Profile For Andy F.

Andy F.'s Info

  • Location:
    Randleman, NC

  • Driving Status:
    Rookie Solo Driver

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  • Joined Us:
    8 years, 11 months ago

Andy F.'s Bio

I'm a former U.S. Marine. Honorably discharged after a successful completion of a tour of duty from 1977 to 1982. Single father (didn't start out that way) but have remained as an integral part of my childrens lives full time. Love my younguns. Christian, patriot, former rock and roll hair band guitarist (back in the 80's and 90's). Still playing on my acoustic, mainly praise and worship. Blues harmonica player. Been self employed for the last 25 years as a painting contractor. Losing out now to the flood of painters coming across the border, signed in by our current idiot in chief. Thanks Mr. Obama. I'm currently changing careers and joining the ranks of Americas truckers, and am excited to do so. Always loved trucks, the idea of driving them. So, I hope to be welcome in your industry and am gonna try my best to make you all proud to have me as part of your industry.

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Posted:  8 years, 6 months ago

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Driver Staffing Companies - have you guys heard of this?

Not sure if it was Transforce, bit I have spoken to a couple of other companies that do this same thing. They are like a temp service for drivers I believe. However, they do require at least a year of driving experience. At least the ones I talked with do.

Posted:  8 years, 6 months ago

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What kind of GPS are you using?

I also use the rand McNally atlas, but also use the Garmin Dezl 760. Lot of good features, Bluetooth capable. I like it purty good I reckon. MmmmHmmm (spoken like Slingblade).......

Posted:  8 years, 6 months ago

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You know what's worse than laundry day?

Those alligators can be really expensive to maintain. I think I'd rather be a company alligator handler than an owner operator. Know what I mean Vern?

Posted:  8 years, 6 months ago

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'Tis the season for Berries

Aw don't worry bout the worms. They're pretty small, you won't taste em, and they provide a good source of protein with those berries. They grow everywhere here in NC. My mom used to make us pick them in the dead summer heat when I was a kid. Sucked but nothing beats homemade blackberry jelly. Or cobbler. I would advise though, before burying yourself in a patch, put on some bug juice. Them chiggers will eat you alive.

Posted:  8 years, 6 months ago

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Just too picky?

Yeah I wouldn't even consider reporting them. I certainly would have nothing to gain in doing that. I just parted knowing I did the right thing. I wish them all the best

Posted:  8 years, 6 months ago

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Just too picky?

Well you might remember, Persian C. I posted about this guy a few weeks ago. My first run with his company. Hauling frozen chickens. The reefer unit stopped and it was about 11 p.m. on a Saturday. When I finally got him on the phone, he said just leave it overnight and bring it to the yard first thing Monday morning. Even after telling him the temp inside the reefer was approaching 52. Yep. And I'll tell ya, last Saturday he wanted me to bobtail a truck to N Wilkesboro, about 1 1/2 hour drive, to a mechanic there who was going to bypass all the computer stuff in the engine. The truck had absolutely NO tail lights, brake lights, or signals. The entire wiring harness was missing. NOPE. But that's just me being picky.

Posted:  8 years, 6 months ago

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Just too picky?

Alright I like my vehicle that I'm driving to be in good working order. So, this small company I went to work for, one month ago, sent me out in a truck that drove like grandpa's old 41 pickup. Barely could keep it in the lane. And would pull the trailer over 35 mph unless you were going downhill. I posted about this experience. So, I've been working around the shop, waiting for a truck, and no obvious rush from the owner to get me on the road. Running parts, tearing down a greenhouse, washing trucks, etc. Being told " your truck will be ready next week" every week but nothing. I approached him a couple of times, expressed my concerns, and my need to make a living. So, last week he fired a driver. I cleaned out his really nasty truck. Nice truck thought after the thorough cleaning. A long nose, freightliner classic xl. 1999. I found out this Monday that it would be my truck. I was very skeptical because I really haven't driven a longnose. I drove it around some. The speedometer doesn't work, or the horns, and the tractor ABS light stays on. Defroster doesn't work. Can't get in or out of the driver door. And, with no experience in a long nose, was gonna be sent to pick up frozen chickens in SC and deliver in NY. I really felt in my gut that this wasn't a good idea. I don't think NY is a good training ground for a rookie in a long nose for the first time. But, I wanted the safety issues addresses. Owner said I am picky, that he's wasted his money on me (400 a week for busting my ass) and said goodbye. So, picky? I think these are DOT issues that I would be ticketed for, let alone hurting someone or something trying to learn to turn a long nose truck in NY. Am I picky?

Posted:  8 years, 6 months ago

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More about drug testing. sorry

I've seen the list that has been put together on who does UA and follicle. Does anyone know about Celadon testing?

Posted:  8 years, 6 months ago

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Celadon

Considering a position with Celado and am wondering if anyone has any experience with them? I assume all ate basically the same and your experience with them is pretty much what you make of it, but there are exceptions. So, anyone? Anything?

Posted:  8 years, 6 months ago

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If you were to...

Maybe consider reefer. There will always be a need for shipping food. At least, in my limited knowledge of the industry, it seems to make sense.

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