Profile For Parrothead66

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  • Location:
    Tyler, TX

  • Driving Status:
    Experienced Driver

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  • Joined Us:
    3 years ago

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Father of two & married to the greatest woman I know

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Posted:  1 week, 4 days ago

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Is my trucking career fked?

Old age is hell ain’t it

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Have you tried Western Express?

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I knew there was a third one I wanted to mention but I couldn't think of it. Geez!

Posted:  1 week, 5 days ago

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Never hurts to ask

Well as many on here have stated in some form or another. There’s $$ out there to be made it’s just a matter of who’s gonna make it. So I had a load of lumber coming out of Arkansas to deliver in Ennis TX that was due this morning. Since I knew I would be getting there last night I emailed my dispatcher and politely ask, “You think you might have anything in the yard I could run in the morning while I wait on my next trailer is loaded.” Reply: Come see me at 07:30. So I show up and he says there’s a concrete barrier company about 10 miles away and we need 4 loads from there to our new terminal site (about 35 miles round trip). So I run 4 loads of 3 30’ barriers, takes about 4-5 hours. I called a little later to let him know I had finished & would drop off the paperwork for him tomorrow. As these were basically in house loads there wasn’t really any set pay for them but he did let me know that for my efforts this morning I made an extra $243.00 today. Now I know there’s not always something available for you but it never hurts to ask.

Posted:  2 weeks, 1 day ago

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Let's put some faces to names

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Posted:  1 month, 1 week ago

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Pet Peeves about fellow drivers

Tailgating, especially other trucks doing it. Also is it that hard to clean up after yourself at the coffee island or just wipe up around the sink after you use it. Maybe just ocd but just wipe up the water

Posted:  1 month, 1 week ago

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Long hair policy

Not sure how strict TMC is, I’ve seen plenty of their drivers with long hair

Posted:  1 month, 3 weeks ago

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McElroy Truck Lines

Yes they are making the switch to all automatic. The only new 10 spd are trainer trucks and that’s just because they can’t guarantee what truck assignment you will get. Also is someone is doing great on everything but the shifting then a decision by safety and training could be made to train them in the automatic for further evaluation and possible assignment to and automatic, with a company restriction to automatic only. No set rule who gets what truck but most of the new guys end up in a 15-17 which are 10 spd.

Posted:  1 month, 3 weeks ago

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Flatbed newbie.

McElroy is a good company but we too are switching to automatics as most of the big companies are.

Posted:  1 month, 3 weeks ago

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Ya know you've had a long day when...

You know you’ve had a long day when your Qualcomm is flashing red and the lady is screaming at you about you’ve exceeded your time. Or the following guy (pictured) knows he’s going to have a long day.

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Posted:  1 month, 3 weeks ago

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Flatbedder’s....a little help please

That makes me feel good also. If I’m doing things the way they OS would do them then I’m probably doing them right.

Posted:  1 month, 3 weeks ago

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Flatbedder’s....a little help please

Not a problem at all. I was at home in my living room so I had plenty of time.

Thanks Parrothead66, you did exactly what I was wanting to do. I had just made a quick stop to tighten my load up and I took a quick look at the forum, but I didn't have the time to go into it.

Posted:  1 month, 4 weeks ago

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Flatbedder’s....a little help please

2nd tier or 6 ft whichever is higher

https://www.fmcsa.dot.gov/regulations/cargo-securement/drivers-handbook-cargo-securement-chapter-4-dressed-lumber-and-similar

Posted:  2 months, 1 week ago

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Leave Tomorrow

Good luck, breath deep and relax

Posted:  2 months, 2 weeks ago

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Updated my Profile----Completed Training!

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Posted:  2 months, 2 weeks ago

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Updated my Profile----Completed Training!

I know your load information says 07:00 but Charles will be out to unload you at 05:00. So as long as there’s no rain have your tarps off and ready at 5:00. If you haven’t been to Shawnee pull in between Lowe’s and (I think it’s) Office Max....You’ll park and unload right about where the trailer is in this picture. Gate will be on your left

Posted:  2 months, 2 weeks ago

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New Truck!

We have one at home but on the road I have just used my thermos and filled it up each night. But I’ve been thinking about getting a mini and carrying it with me on the truck and just making it fresh each morning.

Posted:  2 months, 2 weeks ago

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New Truck!

Nice ride and congratulations. Is that a Keurig mini in the pic? How do you like it?

Posted:  2 months, 2 weeks ago

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McElroy minimum pay loads

Thanks for your service. I can’t say much about what minimums they have out there. But I can give you a couple of examples we have in Texas and what I assume is how a lot of companies do it. For instance we have a lumber company that we run lumber to the Lowe’s DC, it’s about a 170 miles but pays either $135-145 can’t remember for sure. Also have some sheetrock runs that pay $145 minimum. Now if that load is long enough that you’d make more off the mileage they’ll pay you that. So for instance that run for me would pay minimum on anything under 280 miles. Over 280 and they pay me .52 a mile. Hope that helps a little.

Posted:  2 months, 2 weeks ago

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Hello

Congratulations on your success and sticking it out.

Posted:  2 months, 2 weeks ago

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McElroy minimum pay loads

First off welcome to McElroy. Where do you live? What home terminal will you be out of?

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