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Posted:  3 years, 9 months ago

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5 min cali idle shutdown AND temp sensor

Why would you leave the truck running while your not in it. Isn't that dangerous?

Teammate sleeping, and I doubt he wants to get woken up everytime the truck shuts down, I know I dont. Or lock the door with your other key, then where is it going to goconfused.gif

Posted:  3 years, 9 months ago

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GPS trucking apps

I bought the garment dezl570 and so far it has been awesome, but as stated above you still need to double check your route. NOT a good idea to just put in your trip and press go, still need to check your atlas, use your eyes and most importantly your BRAIN good-luck.gif so far I have enjoyed the dezl570, it's voice activated as well so if u need to add a location like a fuel stop, or any other you can do it hands free, also Bluetooth to your phone for calls, works pretty good but sometimes on rough roads of too much engine n o se and gets hard for people on the other end to hear u, so just stick to my hands free for that. Works great though when you are stopped on break or reset and hanging around the truck, no problems at all then. There are lots to choose from but phone apps I would def avoid, they also may blip out on occasion if the service is spotty. Just my .02 and a review if your interested in a great trucker gps, by my opinion. Be safe

Posted:  3 years, 9 months ago

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5 min cali idle shutdown AND temp sensor

No optimized idle, only the Cali Clean Idle and temp sensor. I've tried every "trick" from YouTube but they don't work. It's not that irritating this time of year cause I don't need to idle but it is a PIA when u stop fir a few minutes and it shuts off on u. Stop to go in guard shack, come out its shutdown and the list goes on, now that gets irritating wtf-2.gif

Posted:  3 years, 9 months ago

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5 min cali idle shutdown AND temp sensor

One more thing, I have been looking everywhere for a compact fridge to put in but the only thing I've found that will fit is the ones made for it at 500-800 bucjs. Was going to put in a dorm fridge but everyone I've found is over 16.5 inches (cabinet width even without trim is 15.5) as too tall (height is 25 inches and that with about 2 inches of it being the bottom cabinet door coming up higher than the shelf) any suggestions. All the short 1.5 cubic feet range are also too wide and can't really put much in them. Seems about 2.6 cubic feet is closest to the size but still little too wide. Already ordered tv/dvd combo that fits perfect with wall mount, just no luck on the fridge. Have mixed emotions about the iceless coolers as I've heard some say they work pretty good, others say with 40 below ambient not really keeping things "cold" just cool. With the ice I've bought I could have already paid for a fridge, twice lol.

Posted:  3 years, 9 months ago

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5 min cali idle shutdown AND temp sensor

Hello everyone, been awhile but has been alot of miles driven since school and not much time for conversation. Do have a question, I have a 2013 cascadia, although in the beginning to me it was my least favorite as far as to me it was just plan looking but it is def growing on me. Ride us smooth, not rattles (although I do plan to tighten panel screws from time to time just to keep them firm) PLENTY of room in thus truck and not bad looking now that I've had to look at it everyday. Any how, it is equipped with the dreaded Cali idle system that's shuts down after 5 mins, AND it also has sensor at rear of chassis that shuts it down between 20-70 degrees. Now if it's below 20 or over 70 after 5 mins when the engine lights flash I can push my override button 3 times and it will run forever (as long as the outside temp stays below 20 or over 70 and I don't touch the throttle after pushing the override button) BUT if the temp outside is between those, you quessed it, it shuts off in the next 5 mins regardless unless I push ghe override everytime. I've tried the YouTube trick of unplugging the temp sensor but that doesn't work, did the cruise set trick, still shuts down. Anybody been around this truck enough to know what keeps her hit and bothered confused.gif thanks for any "tricks if the trade" other than that I'm starting to think this cascadia is becoming my truck of choice.

Posted:  4 years, 2 months ago

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Starting school tomorrow

Well its been good so far, alot of hurry and wait the first day plus papers to sign. The rest of the week was basically the in class instructor reading and going over the general knowledge, air brakes and combinations sections of the manual. NOTE: GO OVER THE HIFH ROAD COURSE, YOU WILL BE AGEAD OF YOUR CKASS. Had 14 in my class to start and seems no one thought to study before starting school. I basically did online test on my phone through out the whole week because everything he went over I had already studied 10+ times, literally. I did However pay attention when he was explaining every detail because of course it's not EXPLAINED in the manual. When taking classroom quizzes I missed 2 on general knowledge and none on the other two. STUDY THE HIGHVROAD, YOU WILL BE WAY MORE ADVANCE THEN ANYONE IN YOUR CLASS. Thanks to all that put the high road together, it really was a life saver. Far as practice testing I advise to download CDL Study Buddy app, it's great practice and really helps when you go to DMV for testing. Went home over the weekend (father's day and I surprised my little ladies and the wife when I was sitting on the porch when they came home, had a blast with them this weekend) BTW, to the father's out there, HAPPY FATHER'S DAY, little late but there you go :) Before leaving friday we went to DMV and I missed 4 on general knowledge, missed none on air brakes and combinations. Niw the proud owner of a brand new CDL-A Permit :) :) Started backing maneuvers today and doesn't seem to be awfully hard as of yet. Anyways, school can be a little boring, the motel here in Fletcher, N.C. is no where near as bad as I was expecting and so far has been an awesome experience. I will post again as the days go on. Be safe for you already on the road, to the ones getting ready for school, STUDY THE HIGH ROAD, IT'S FREE abd I'm sure with all v the hard work Brett and the otg er s put into it they are glad to know it helos. Take care till I post again.

Posted:  4 years, 2 months ago

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Starting school tomorrow

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I'm a week ahead of you at Alliance. I think you'll enjoy it. I would advise bringing some fruit, preferably some rotten tomatoes, to deal with Mr. Carpenter's groan-worthy jokes but all the instructors are very good.

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That's good to hear, haven't seen much on the school so wasn't sure wgat to expect. I pull in to the school today after checking in but other than the backing yard and cones I was kinda lost on where to go. Seems there are a few other operations going on there as well. Turned around at the guard gate. Hopefully see you around tomorrow.

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Just go right past the guard shack (no guard) and take a right to park in front of the building or in front of the fence on the opposite end from the shack. School doesn't start until 7, even for CRE students as far as I know, so if you get there at 6 I don't think anyone will be there but I could be wrong about that. Probably easiest to go through the glass doors in the middle if they are open and then follow the signs to the offices. Or, if somebody is there and going in they can guide you through the maze that you will use to get to the classroom. Yes, there are a few other businesses operating out of that complex.

Thanks for the info. The papers I have say 6-430 mon-sat and possibly some sundays, but that could be because of the shuttle in the mornings, not sure yet. Also noticed my papers saying 5 week course but recruiter and someone that posted on here about the school a few months ago are saying 3 weeks. Guess we will find out :) I have read about alot of this stuff being unorganized to an extent. Just ready to get started. Still have yet to see anyone here at the hotel.

Posted:  4 years, 2 months ago

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Starting school tomorrow

I'm a week ahead of you at Alliance. I think you'll enjoy it. I would advise bringing some fruit, preferably some rotten tomatoes, to deal with Mr. Carpenter's groan-worthy jokes but all the instructors are very good.

That's good to hear, haven't seen much on the school so wasn't sure wgat to expect. I pull in to the school today after checking in but other than the backing yard and cones I was kinda lost on where to go. Seems there are a few other operations going on there as well. Turned around at the guard gate. Hopefully see you around tomorrow.

Posted:  4 years, 2 months ago

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Starting school tomorrow

Hello to you all, going to start my journey tom and wanted to try to keep a post of how it's going. For starters I am starting tom at Alliance Tractor Trailer Training Center in Fletcher, N.C. I arrived today at the hotel with is being paid for by the company I am sponsored with, hotels not bad at all and seems to be good so far. Aside from the fact I was told by front desk I was the first to arrive, when I got to the room someone obviously left all their stuff here besides clothes, maybe they had more than they could take on the bus, idk. Besides that the room is clean so not sure if housekeeping thought someone was still here. I decided to drive myself here mainly because I will be on a tight budget and couldn't bring too much food if I rode the bus, and it was only 4 1/2 hour drive for me versus bout 12 by bus. I was the first here so haven't meet my roommate yet. School starts at 6 am so the rest of this night will be studying and trying to rest up. The hardest part of course was leaving my BEST half and my beautiful little kad u es but we knew it had to happen and it would be sometime before I return. Anyway I will try to keep you posted on how things are going on a daily basis and as always will be as informative as possible and give my honest opinion of my own experiences. Anyone here ever been to thus school that would like to drop in please do. Kinda nervous but excited and ready to get this going. Thanks fir all the help TT and I'll post back later. Be safe

Posted:  4 years, 2 months ago

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Prime is a no go. (for me at least)

Mariah, don't get bummed out. I too was rejected, MANY times. I do know Swift will take references and statements from anyone you are working under the table for (they took mine as I gave been under the table for over three years) Also CR England which is the only one at the time to give me a chance due to some issue 16 years ago with not so much as a traffic violation since then (wrong place at the wrong time with the wrong people) I know there are alot of bad things about CR (if you look up ANY company you will find negative comments and the ones on CR seemed to be majority newbie lease purchase which many suggest not doing when starting out anyways) but if that's all I can get to prove myself now I am trying to go all the way with them, when my time is up on the tuition contract then we shall see what happens. But keep in mind, filling out applications is not like a credit app, it's not going to hurt to fill out every last one you can, someone will take the bait, may take some time (and I have done ALOT of running around to court house and everywhere else to get needed documents and has taken over two months) but I am now heading off to school June 14th. I was about to give up as well but keep applying yourself and you will see the bobber blung under water :) GOOD LUCK Get what you can now and prove yourself, then watch many doors open in front of you later.

Posted:  4 years, 2 months ago

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Finally got accepted today

Got a call today from drivers solutions recruiter (for PAM) said that pam now has all they need for final assessment and should hear from them by Tuesday. If all goes well I will be needing to make a choice soon. Just wondering if I decide on CR England and something happens (heard slot of stories of students going to school and before it was complete they were let go for some reason or another, recruiter swears I am in as long as I pass the course, drug test and get cdl) would PAM accept me after the fact that I chose to go elsewhere without going through the whole process again, or would I be able to Judy call them up and go from there. Any thoughts or experience from anyone on a situation like this. Not really worried about passing the course, and no worries on drug test, just never know what else could happen. At least with PAM I belive your in once you are accepted to take the course. England recruiter said background and everything else checked out good and accurate to what I told so just have to pass and get cdl.

Posted:  4 years, 2 months ago

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Finally got accepted today

Well finally got the call I've been waiting on but still may have one more option. The call was from C.R. England, recruiter said I have been accepted and am scheduled to start school at Alliance in Fletcher, N.C. On June 15th, but also got an email from PAM this morning asking for additional info so they can do a final Individual Assessment to see if I am accepted there as well. To tell you the truth I was floored, after all this time, applied at all the training sponsored companies, sent countless fax, emails, ect and someone is giving me a chance. BUT I am in a way not really sure on the company with all the negatives ( I know you all say not to listen to the gibberish) but who can help but be nervous, after all I do have my fair share of bills and the wife is going to be squeezed for the first couple months, and at the pay england starts out I'm just hoping I can prove myself and move up before I'm living in my truck (with the wife and 3 kids :) crammed in with me lol ) Pam starts out around the same as well but if these are the ok nly companies working with me, then I'm going to take the wheel and drive like hell :) Now my first thought was going with pam between the two (still considering I get accepted) until the recruiter told me you are required to team drive after being with a trainer for 6 months before solo, so then I was leaning more to england but for any other newbies looking to go with either, I was informed today england now does the same thing. She did state that it could be cut short if after being with a trainer one happens to land a dedicated, regional or intermodal position, but said you would have to be up on your game and really learn alot from your trainer, but it was possible. Anyway I feel like I could go on and on but I will say for future reference I will be keeping you all posted on the process, school, training and how which ever company I decide to go with actually is in my personal, honest opinion from my own perspective and experience. Have heard alot of negative on CR England, mixed reviews on PAM (mainly Internet reviews) but haven't heard much on PAM here, and git a few comments on england hrrr. So With THAT Said I will do what I can to fill the void fir either one. Anyone else here have any additional info please fill free to chime in. thanks to all and can't wait to be on my way dancing-banana.gifdancing-banana.gif

Posted:  4 years, 3 months ago

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Getting CDL on my own

Not sure how this keeps happening but I reply to a post and it ends up inside the others paragraph like all mixed in together :) sorry if its confusing

Posted:  4 years, 3 months ago

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Getting CDL on my own

A. Meggs, I don't like this option at all. For several reasons.

For starters, you won't have a certificate from a truck driving school so none of the major carriers would consider hiring you unless you get 6-12 months of safe, verifiable OTR experience. Now say you go this route, have a falling out with the truck owner, and he denies you ever worked for him. You're almost certainly in the same spot you're in now...you'll be looking for a school or hoping to land a job with some mom-n-pop company who isn't worried too much about verifiable experience. And if they're not worried about such things you know they're desperate for drivers, and you can probably imagine why. They can't be a great place to work.

Secondly, as you mentioned, this guy is a veteran who runs really hard. He's going to expect you to run your brains out. Paper logs is almost the equivalent of not having any logs because you can make up anything you like. So there's nothing stopping him from pushing and pushing and pushing you to run crazy amounts of miles right out of the gate. It's extremely dangerous for a new driver to try to turn big miles right away. You just won't have the stamina or the time management skills of the veterans yet.

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Have a family member on wife's side that has been considering buying another truck and is interested in training me for the spot...Family member knows I would only be driving for him for bout a year or so till I could get with another company and he is fine with that as he will just find another driver. And who knows may decide to stay but he pays percentage, paper logs and I'm just not sure I would want to stay in that position.

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All kinds of red flags here. First of all, why would someone want to hire a driver who not only has no experience but doesn't even have a CDL yet? If you're a large company it's because finding a large volume of drivers all the time often requires taking some risks and making some extraordinary efforts. But if you're one guy with one truck, why would you have to bring in someone off the street? It's super risky, totally unnecessary, and doesn't make logical nor business sense. And on top of it he's going to take that level of risk, go out of his way to spend weeks training you, and he's fine with the fact that you're planning on leaving before you've even started? Doesn't make sense.

What if he starts going broke or isn't happy with you in some way or another and decides he's going to take over the truck or stops paying you? Without enough experience you're going to be out of a job and right back in the position you are now. And trust me, this happens far too often with owner operators. They start going belly up and everything unrav

Thanks Brett, this would be why i like Trucking Truth. For these same reasons I was concerned and feely uneasy about it myself. The though of no tuition was starting to look good but the safety of it all doesn't seem so safe. Another good point was the pay, I had already thought of that, how would I be certain what I should get paid if I don't know the original deal and we all know in business alot of times family is the first to roll you oveer. Then all the other "red flags " that you mentioned, doesn't really look all that great of an option after all. Think I'll just keep applying and waiting it out. Thanks again brett, you know how to break it down and show what it might look like Down the road.

Posted:  4 years, 3 months ago

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Drivers Guaranteed Pay for All On-Duty Hours - Transportation Bill

Brett, great point, and this is the exact reason I always paid my roofing guys by the square. When I first started it was hourly and it seemed nice (except when I would leave to do estimates or any other errands just to return to guys sitting on the ridge like a row of pigeons then hop to it when they see my truck, and all that time I'm just wondering how long they had been there and seems less was done than before I had left). Then got the news that most roofers were getting paid by the square so switched over to this system and what a difference. Also a great way to weed out the lazy guys and see who really was about the money :) From then on if I hired someone new and they didn't like the thought of production pay, I usually wouldn't hire them, unless they were new then it was to their benefit to be paid by the hour until I thought they were ready to produce a good amount. Once they were switched to pay by the square most watched their weekly pay almost double and they loved it. My thoughts, "go ahead and sit on your a$$, we both will be slack on pay this week" worked everytime lol

Posted:  4 years, 3 months ago

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Getting CDL on my own

As long as it's a fair share a percentage of the load will pay as well or better than CPM. As for paper logs they are awesome.

If you have exhausted all other options what can it hurt to go the only viable option for you? As far as working for other companies goes, as long as you have a year or so OTR and a somewhat clean driving record that can be verified you shouldn't have any problems going to another company.

Keep all your old logbooks and receipts and you will have your own verification of driving.

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He had stated starting out would be 15-20% depending on the load, not sure if that's good or bad. My other concern was paper logs. seems most old school drivers prefer them but I know this guy runs like crazy and I'm sure his a little loose :) so hate to get into bad habits then get changed over at a company later to elogs. There are definitely some pros and cons. One downside that really bothers me is having 10-99 so have to keep up with my own taxes. We all hate to rake over money once it's in our hands so would really prefer a paycheck with taxes already deducted, as well as insurance (health) which of course he wouldn't provide, can you say "shade tree trucking" :)

Posted:  4 years, 3 months ago

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Getting CDL on my own

Man, if I could have gone that route and not had a big old school bill, I would have jumped on it. :)

That's the way I was thinking at first but then thought, at least going thru school would prepare me BEFORE going on the road as far as most things (logs, tandem position, basic stuff) but I kniw hands on will work great too. Although I am really liking the fact of no obligations and no tuition. My other concern is that (no offense to anyone :) ) but I know some old school drivers develop habits that nay not be so great at certain companies and may be hard for me to break when going somewhere else. Guess if I can learn to break habits from four wheel to truck, I could learn to break from independent to company standards. Suppose to hear back from PAM Tuesday so if over next couple weeks I don't get any good news then I may be on to "shade tree trucking" lol that's what I've been calling it. Anyone have any thoughts on PAM, haven't seen much about them on here and read where Brett has mentioned before that he doesn't hear too much about them as far as thru trucking truth. Thanks again

Posted:  4 years, 3 months ago

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Getting CDL on my own

Hope all is well with everyone. Have a question for you drivers that's been around for awhile. As I still sit waiting on a few companies to take a shot at me I can't help but wonder how hard would it be to obtain my cdl on my own. Have a family member on wife's side that has been considering buying another truck and is interested in training me for the spot. Of course I would go to dmv, get permit, ride with him for a time and learn the steps of driving, truck control, and all other aspects of this profession in order to obtain a cdl. I would use his truck for all testing and pretrip. If I had no other option but to go this route (trust me this would be my last resort as I would rather go through a school for this but really can't fork out the money right now and another bill would be tough as its tight as a wire at the moment) would ant other companies consider me down the road since I didn't get my training through a school or would it be just taking a refresher course to prove my worth and then on from there. Family member knows I would only be driving for him for bout a year or so till I could get with another company and he is fine with that as he will just find another driver. And who knows may decide to stay but he pays percentage, paper logs and I'm just not sure I would want to stay in that position. Maybe look for local companies after that time and if it's an option the good thing is I would have no obligation or tuition to any company. Any of you have experience in this area or know how it could work out either good or bad option. Thanks and hope you stay safe.

Posted:  4 years, 3 months ago

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In cab cooking and nature's calling

As for the restroom, everyone is assuming that your stomach is cooperating. Here is a tip that I hope you remember. Don't drink tap water everywhere. Stick to filtered or bottled water. Even in the U.S. switching water systems can cause upset stomachs in some people. And trust me, if you are one of the people that have the fortune of finding that one source of water that disagrees with you, there aren't enough rest areas in AZ or NM.

I found out that the tap water from the TA in Colorado (the name of the place just left, it was my first stop when I left Texas. I'm sure it will come back shortly) disagreed with both my husband and myself. A small wastebasket on the side of the road with a trash bag was the emergency toilet until we could get to a place where we could properly dispose of the waste. (yes by flushing it down the commode) It sucked. But not everything is going to be sunshine and roses all the time and sometimes your bowels are not going to cooperate with your delivery schedule.

Most of the time though, everything will work out. There will be plenty of time to make it to the restroom and back on the road. As a woman, my restroom stops (this included parking the truck) took me an average of 7 minutes. Btw, you learn some really random facts about yourself as a truck driver since you have to keep logs. I would have never known that about myself otherwise.

Thanks for the tip. Luckily I don't have any issues or real emergencies on a normal basis and I can usually "wait my turn" until facilities are available but was wondering some good ways you all have had to deal with emergencies :) a small bucket and a few spare bags sounds like a good idea to have around. As for the water I REALLY appreciate that tip as I drink water 90% of the time and mostly bottled. I had never thought of the water differences from place to place (aside from Mexico but that's just wgat you've always heard) but I will Def be asking for bottled or bring my own bottled water when eating in a restaurant because I am aware alot of them serve up water from tap even though most people don't know it. And we all know an upset stomach is not fun no matter where you are, I could only imagine being in no man's land and getting the erge ever so often. Thanks again and be safe :)

Posted:  4 years, 3 months ago

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In cab cooking and nature's calling

Thanks Rolling Thunder, so I'm thinking 12 volt is bad idea. Unless I just want to toss a few bills to the wind :)

Meant to ask, can those converters run a small fridge. Any suggestions on a good type/brand. Have absolutely no experience with them at all.

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