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    Massillon, OH

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    3 years, 9 months ago

Stephanie D.'s Bio

Wife to a driver in training, doing my best to take care of everything at home while my guy is taking care of things across the country <3

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Posted:  3 years, 1 month ago

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How large of an LED TV can fit in a typical sleeper? Can Sprint wifi tether stream over a smart tv?

The secret to free wifi is a yagi wifi antenna. I paid 20$ for mine off ebay, I have it hooked to a cheap 50$ windows 8 tablet that I use as a "brain" hooked to my tv. It can pick up a signal within a half a mile and there are free wifi spots everywhere. All you have to do is point it in the direction of the wifi. I pick up internet at every truck stop from mcds,bk,wendys,dennys, even the indoor free wifi at pilot. Like I said, there are free wifi spots everywhere, you just need an antenna to pick them up

Posted:  3 years, 1 month ago

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Nick Strimbu Inc

Anybody know anything about this company? Was offered a job, reefer 44cpm and home every weekend. Ive looked online but cant anything really.

Posted:  3 years, 6 months ago

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Finishing school on Thursday

Is it common for rookie drivers to go out to team drive with other rookies? Is that generally company specific? That seems kind of backwards to me. I understand it's a learning experience but how are you supposed to learn from someone as green as you?

Posted:  3 years, 6 months ago

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Male trainees requesting female trainers

Yes, but "chapel" in the sense of a place of worship, not a place to get married (not that I've personally seen anyways). They're pretty common in larger truck stops, although they tend to be very small. I imagine not more than twenty people could attend at once at most of the ones I've seen, and even that would be pretty tight. Many local churches also offer shuttle service on various days from truck stops.

Oh that's really nice that they have that. I had never even considered anyone trying to practice their beliefs while on the road.

Posted:  3 years, 6 months ago

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Male trainees requesting female trainers

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...press an unconventional (men wanting women trainers, truck stop chapels) or irresponsible (beer in the truck) point.

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What's wrong with a truck stop chapel? I see them all over the place.

Dave

Is that really a thing?!?

Posted:  3 years, 6 months ago

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Having Trouble Learning How To Backup

Nicole, keep trying. You'll get it. Don't focus on the trifecta, it is pretty much a myth even for a good amount of the guys. Hang in there!

Posted:  3 years, 7 months ago

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Prime Inc - The Journey Begins

Congratulations and good luck!

Posted:  3 years, 7 months ago

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Friendly reminder (the trucker wife's version)

It's clear how difficult this is for you right now and that just sucks. I feel for you and your entire family....it's tough on everyone, no doubt about it. I wish there was something I could think of to say that would help.

Brett, I am doing a lot better than I was. We're all adjusting. I just wanted to give you men folk a fresh perspective from the other side of trucking. ;)

Posted:  3 years, 7 months ago

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Friendly reminder (the trucker wife's version)

Stephanie, I can tell you are a great wife and mother, and I am positive that your man does appreciate you, even if he doesn't express it as well as he should. We men are just crappy at stuff like that. I'm sure deep down he has these feelings like, "I can't live without you," "you are the love of my life," I appreciate you so much and am so thankful that I found you," etc. But it's very difficult for men to actually express these sentiments for some reason. It's just the way we're wired I guess. But rest assured, he loves you.

So on behalf of your husband, let me just say that your hard work and commitment are incredibly appreciated. Thank you for everything you do to keep the house running smoothly and for taking care of the children so well. You are the other half of the team and it could not function without you at all.

Now if I could only find some way to express these feelings to my own wife...

Just say to her what you just said to me lol. Thank you for your kind words. <3

Posted:  3 years, 7 months ago

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Ride Along On The Road With Old School

Love this post! How adorable!

Posted:  3 years, 7 months ago

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Oh How I Despise Team Driving

Suck it up cupcake. Isn't that what you told me?

Posted:  3 years, 7 months ago

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Friendly reminder (the trucker wife's version)

I think the light conversation will come easily enough. I know you know you have family business to deal with - that needs to be covered in phone conversation if you two call each other. Just don't make it that your Driver "needs" to get home to handle everything right away.

We had the water heater (in the attic!) spring a leak. Fair enough, I got home ASAP. But you will be holding the Fort for several weeks without much reinforcement. Mowing lawns, getting the brakes fixed, taking care of school, etc. on your own as much as possible. And your guy needs to be in on this news. He has a job where they will not take kindly to having to high-tail it home every few weeks for some "emergency". (Think Pioneer Woman)

Errol, I have handled everything that has come my way, to the best of my ability. Him being home or not home has not really changed a lot on the "crap that needs done" list. Now it's just that we're going to have to hire someone and pay more instead of him doing it. I am not the kind of woman that needs constant affirmation, all I'm saying is that if women are lead to believe they are supposed to constantly praise their men for being on the road then the men should keep that in mind when talking to their women and reciprocate. Women go nuts for reciprocation lol

Posted:  3 years, 7 months ago

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Friendly reminder (the trucker wife's version)

There's definitely a fine limit in communication. If either partner is calling the other with just complaints, well, I wouldn't want to listen to it. When partners aren't together they miss out on all the positive stuff that they would normally experience together. I don't think "Oh don't tell him these things he's stressed" is applicable because no, neither partner gets to just not have to hear about the troubles just because they aren't there. But, people complain about the silliest things. Being mindful of what is being complained about and being supportive are both needed. I really recommend that the other partner find a hobby or even a job of their own if they want or can. Something that gets them out of the house around others instead of just dwelling on the same problems all day. I'd rather hear my partner tell me that they went out and walked dogs at a shelter than I'm lonely, I miss you, and all this negative stuff happened at home day in and day out. It's tedious to hear the same complaints every day. Likewise, I'd rather a trucker tell me about the area they drove through and things they saw versus the company did this to me everyday.

I do try to keep it positive but life in general is not always positive. The kid down the street called me a ***** today, I was supposed to run my dad to the store and didn't, I mean it's not like it is anything that freaking major that I should be put down for.

Posted:  3 years, 7 months ago

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Friendly reminder (the trucker wife's version)

So my guy has been away for a month and a half aside from 12 hrs he got to swing by the house on July 8th. I've been coping, had to post here and get some reassurance that it does in fact get better, and in fact, it has. Anxiously awaiting his week of home time coming up in just a few days!

Anyways, I have been told in this forum and others to try to keep the conversations light, don't tell him about the stressors at home, etc.. Which I think is kind of crap because if I don't talk to my partner about it then someone else will start filling his shoes and no one wants that... I get it that you guys are out on the road, stuck in a truck, dealing with your dispatcher, loaders, etc but I feel like if you lose sight of your lady at home, that is the beginning of the end. Nevertheless, I've taken the advice into consideration and I have stopped complaining (as much) and I am really working hard at being a good trucker wife. Me and the kids are adjusting, school will be starting in the next few weeks, so it won't be quite as noticeable that dad is gone (at least that is what I am thinking)...

My whole point is, that while the wifes are at home trying to make their guy's lives as easy and "light" as possible, the guys need to also remember that while they may have their stressors and are lonely and often dirty, the ladies still need to be appreciated. We want to hear a thank you for holding down the home front. I know you guys are out there busting your ass to make a good living for your family. I know you guys need to feel appreciated too. All I'm saying is while you are out there lonely, your ladies are home feeling lonely too. It is not easy to go from being a 2 parent home to single mom status except still in a weird dynamic of a relationship.

So here I am, reading this forum and trying to be active in it, while I'm at home worrying about school supplies, and clothes, and mowing the grass and fixing the weedwacker.. I'm sure this is all stuff you guys are hearing from your ladies. Just don't forget you are not the only one who needs a little bit of gratitude.

Thank you each and every one of you for working hard to keep your family going. Thank you for working hard to keep this country going. Thank you for dealing with often times less than desirable conditions in order to provide. YOU ARE APPRECIATED. Just don't forget you're not the only one working to keep things going.

Posted:  3 years, 7 months ago

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Super Trucker Man

Anxiously awaiting your rendition via youtube, Errol!

Posted:  3 years, 7 months ago

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Shiney new CDL

Congratulations!

Posted:  3 years, 7 months ago

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Start School Monday. Have a family and need lots of home time. Roehl?

Stephanie, my hat is off to you! Your dedication and support for your guy is amazing! I'll just say "Thank you!"
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Thank you! Joining this forum has really been a big help for me to understand everything he is going through and get a better perspective!

Posted:  3 years, 7 months ago

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The Tough Reality Of OTR Team Driving

Just the way the cookie crumbles. Thanks for the advice, getting pretty dam lonely and missing my girlfriend very much. I knew this was going to be some time but I don't realize some people got better treatment due to different trainers/instructors/dispatchers.

I just am keeping my fingers crossed it's going to be worth it. Right now it's just a bit overkill with all the roadblocks so far. Thanks

Hang in there, Jeremy. I'm sure she is missing you too. :)

Posted:  3 years, 7 months ago

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Start School Monday. Have a family and need lots of home time. Roehl?

Congratulations on the career, bud. Me, I'm sort of in the same boat and my mind is in the same place. I threw in an application with Prime Inc this week, then talked to a recruiter the next day and I was in. This was yesterday. I've yet to give her a leave date for orientation, simply because I'm not sure that my mind is 100% completely committed yet for the same reasons as yourself. I asked her to give me a few days to mull it over and I'll get back with her. I've got a woman of about 2 years, whom has three boys, and I'll be honest.. if it wasn't for her, I'd be leaving Sunday.

She swears up and down she can handle it, that she's not worried and knows that OTR won't last forever (she knows I want to try to land a local LTL gig later on down the line for some more home time). She's crazy supportive, but not to excited about it. She knows I hate being in an office all day and everyday like I am currently, and she knows I've always wanted to be behind the wheel. But it's like I mentioned in another thread, I'm giving up a very good for-sure career, for an unknown. I've got no idea what this chapter will bring if I pull the trigger and call the recruiter. I'll be giving up a lot.

As a rookie's wife, I can commiserate with her. It is hard. It is a huge adjustment. My guy has been gone since June 22nd other than a 12 hr visit on the 8th. I can say it has been getting easier. Joining this forum has been a huge help to me. Best of luck to you guys!!

Posted:  3 years, 7 months ago

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The "human centipede" theory of why trainers are horrible to their trainees.

I find this post very interesting. First off I have not seen the movie based on my knowledge of the premise :) Secondly, my guy is doing his TNT as we speak and all he talks about is how many different trainers have tried to get him to go with them, with varying promises of more money, or home time, etc. Maybe he is the exception though, after reading this thread. Appreciate the insight! <3

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