Profile For Magoo

Magoo's Info

  • Location:
    Wagoner, OK

  • Driving Status:
    Considering A Career

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  • Joined Us:
    4 years, 4 months ago

Magoo's Bio

I spent 6 years in the USAF in the early 90s. Since then have mainly been employed in retail Management, HR or Loss Prevention. Moved to Oklahoma in 2011 and did not want to get back into retail management and considered Driving then. I ended up being talked out of it by people who, while in the know, hated the industry. I have been kicking around in a warehouse job the last year and a half and am looking into Driving again. This time I'm doing the research and asking those in the know who have know personal stake in the decision.

I am happily married for 24 years with 2 kids,13 and 10. The kids have given me the green light to go for it, and to my surprise the wife is too. Just need to dot my I's and cross my T's to get her 100% behind it. After all "happy wife, happy life".

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Posted:  3 years, 8 months ago

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You A'int No Real Truck Driving Man!

As long as you not one of those...

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Posted:  3 years, 8 months ago

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My weight loss my lifestyle changes

Love it.

It is amazing how just cutting out processed foods and replacing with FRESH (or frozen) can make a difference! I am down from 340 to 285 and all I've done is cut out processed foods. Sodas and my sugar intake is next...that's gonna be real hard.

I look forward to reading more, Brian!

Posted:  3 years, 8 months ago

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Has anyone read Brad Thor's books? An off duty activity.

If you haven't read any of Tom Clancy I'd recommend to start with "Red Storm Rising". Most of his writing has centered around a cast of characters that flow thru the years, this one is not that way. "Red Storm Rising" is about a third world war.

If you like it you could then start the whole series involving Jack Ryan and friends. All in all I say he is worth the read.

As to the OP's suggestion, Brad Thor is a good read as well. At least the first 2 books listed are smile.gif

Posted:  3 years, 8 months ago

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So I think I know...

HA!

I think I know too. Leaning towards Flatbed. Little bit better pay (everything being equal, that is), some physical activity and what seems like a bit more planning needed.

My self imposed decision date is 30 days away, so I need to get my ducks in a row. Time to start the High Road training. Good luck with your decision Vamp.

Posted:  3 years, 8 months ago

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Officially got a new job hauling fuel tankers. Goodbye Prime/OTR

Congrats to you sir! I'm happy for you and your family!

Posted:  4 years ago

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Officially Solo :)

Grats Sunshine, so cool to hear your stories! Keep it up!

I do have a question for you, though. Are you glad you went straight to Flatbedding? I know I would love to do it, or possibly Tanker, but I keep thinking I should drive van or Reefer first. I should be starting in Feb or March, just need to narrow down all the particulars. Thanks!

Posted:  4 years ago

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Favorite YouTube trucker

Allie for me. It's fun to watch someone who loves what they do.

Posted:  4 years ago

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Happy Birthday Brett!

Happy Birthday, Brett!

Posted:  4 years ago

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Tips for hopefuls about choosing a company

Really appreciate this post man, looking in to driving here is the near future. It is such a big decision and I have been spending every day online researching. It is an intimidating thing to get started, but I know I can do it!

Funny thing about that intimidation feeling. The only 2 times I felt that way before now, was when I was planning on getting married and when I was joining the USAF. I got married and enlisted and they were the 2 best decisions I have ever made. I'm certain this will be the third.

Thanks for the thoughts Logan. I'm one of those who strives to get off on the right foot, and this decisions on who to try and drive for, should I go to school or do Company, are driving me nuts, LOL.

Posted:  4 years ago

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How Can You Do That? A Puzzler for New and Future Drivers

Thanks for this Old School.

I can read information and retain it, but I do so much better when I see it in practice. I learned something about the clock that makes complete sense, yet I wasn't looking at it correctly. I had always assumed once your 10 or 14 is over the other one immediately starts no matter what. I see now that is more the case after being on duty but not neccessarily the case when coming from off duty.

Thanks again.

Posted:  4 years ago

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Talking to the Random Trucker

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So, on this forum, those of us researching the career, are often told to ask a Trucker from the company we are interested in about said company. Awesome advice. Except for one thing...how? And, not the literal how, but more like how do you want to be approached.

I live of HWY 69 in OK. I have a Love's about 8 miles north and a Pilot about 18 miles south. In between is a Walmart with a McDonalds that sees a lot of Truckers. I have plenty of resources I could pull from, just not sure on the approach, LOL.

" Oh...hey there, I see you drive for Prime. I'm interested in driving, what are they like?" "Uh.. Sorry Pal, I'm just here to take a dump!"

Or even better they start to walk some other way when they see me approach.

Seriously though, I've been wondering for a while what was the proper approach.

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We also have various companies represented here by members of the forum. Our members either work there or have worked there. Are there any specific companies that you are interested in? We may be able to help you out right here and save you the truck stop conversation.

Well, since you asked 😃

I get a lot of info on Prime and Roehl here so I feel good there. Drivers I interact with at my warehouse have suggested Schneider, Steven's and Melton. And finally Knight. Seems to be one that has the most check marks for what I want.

I would say I hope to have pre hires from those 6 to choose from.

Posted:  4 years ago

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Talking to the Random Trucker

Wow, yeah I didn't even consider knocking at doors, nor would I. never thought of the fuel island...

I'll have to give these a try. I've been fortunate in that I work at a warehouse and have received lot's of info from the 7 regular drivers I see. Sadly, only one started with one of the companies I have considered, and none currently drive for any.

Posted:  4 years ago

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How Can You Do That? A Puzzler for New and Future Drivers

I was thinking his DM was being courteous. I'm guessing that once he starts his 70 driving at night he's kind of stuck there until a reset? Old School might prefer daylight driving and his DM may know that?

/shrug

Posted:  4 years ago

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Talking to the Random Trucker

Not really worried about the rejection, I've been married 24 years, I hear No alot rofl-1.gif

It's more of a courtesy question. I'd rather not come across as a nuisance.

Posted:  4 years ago

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Talking to the Random Trucker

I figured the cup of coffee wouldn't be bad. I was just thinking if it was me I'd be looking as if I'd hurt you if you talk to me! SO I wasn't interested in that happening to me!

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Posted:  4 years ago

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Talking to the Random Trucker

So, on this forum, those of us researching the career, are often told to ask a Trucker from the company we are interested in about said company. Awesome advice. Except for one thing...how? And, not the literal how, but more like how do you want to be approached.

I live of HWY 69 in OK. I have a Love's about 8 miles north and a Pilot about 18 miles south. In between is a Walmart with a McDonalds that sees a lot of Truckers. I have plenty of resources I could pull from, just not sure on the approach, LOL.

" Oh...hey there, I see you drive for Prime. I'm interested in driving, what are they like?" "Uh.. Sorry Pal, I'm just here to take a dump!"

Or even better they start to walk some other way when they see me approach.

Seriously though, I've been wondering for a while what was the proper approach.

Posted:  4 years ago

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How Can You Do That? A Puzzler for New and Future Drivers

I love these type of threads. I'll shut up and not give away the answer to let the folks figure it out!

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I'm glad you like it. I don't have any hair and I'm trying to pull it out waiting for the answer.

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Posted:  4 years ago

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How Can You Do That? A Puzzler for New and Future Drivers

Ah! Great questions Michael!

I finished a 34 hour reset earlier in the day Saturday, I'm parked close enough to the plant so that I don't have to start my clock to get there, and the load assignment was given to me on Friday evening, but they did not realize it would be so late to get loaded at that time.

All of that, except maybe when I got the assignment are all pieces to this puzzle.

I'm starting with a fresh seventy hour clock.

So with that info I'm guessing you were able to stay in Sleeper Berth for an additional 8 hours after your reset thus pushing your 14 hour start time until after you were loaded? Then it was a 11 hours from say 2200 - 0930, take a 10, start back at 2000 on Sunday and get to your destination at 03-0330? I think my math works. Again just not sure if I have used the 8 hour sleeper berth rule correctly.

Posted:  4 years ago

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How Can You Do That? A Puzzler for New and Future Drivers

I have to agree with Michael, It has to be your clocks.

So to go the full 1200 miles at 62 you need 19.5 hours of driving. From time of pickup to drop off you had 34 hours.

Now, how did you do it is tougher. I'm guessing you didn't start your clock on Saturday at 2100, or else you wouldn't have posed this question as you would have been fine. In order to drive 769 you had to drive for 12.5 hours, then the remaining 431 in 7 hours. I'm guessing it had something to do with split berth logging or getting hours back when day 1 drops off of your 8/70?

You could only have had one 10 hour down time or it wouldn't have happened. I admit I get a bit confused with split berth and returned hours. I'll be interested to see how you did it, if it wasn't a straightforward starting of your clock at 2100 :)

Posted:  4 years, 1 month ago

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I DID IT!!!! OFFICIALLY A COMPANY DRIVER!!!

Nice! Knew you'd get it! Hope you have a great start to your new life tomorrow!

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