Profile For Steve B.

Steve B.'s Info

  • Location:
    Rochester, MN

  • Driving Status:
    Rookie Solo Driver

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  • Joined Us:
    5 years, 4 months ago

Steve B.'s Bio

I now have a regular Fleet Manager and I'm out of the training phases - Not sure if this is a good thing or not?

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Posted:  4 years, 4 months ago

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1Year ago-I was preparing to leaving for orientation-UPDATE

Favorite Highway – I really enjoy I80 in PA, run this a lot. The company I’m with doesn’t usually send you west of Denver until you’ve had a year behind the wheel.

Best memory – Seeing my Brother In Law on the toll-way in south Chicago. He works for a local company out of S. WI and they use day cabs. Needless to say we caught up for a coffee at one of the the oasis. I had left from I69 in Indiana that morning. 2nd best: Shutting down in northern MS on I55 and had a chance to run into another driver I went through orientation with.

Biggest challenge – for me it is the alone time in the evenings when I am shutting down, esp when I have some wait time on a delivery the next morning. When I'm working, no problem, but being away on a weekend night or missing a family event is a challenge.

Close mistakes – Missing a sign for “low bridge” but it worked out, I stopped and watched another 13’6” truck make it under. I also came close to taking out some utility lines once, remember to always look up. Oh and G.O.A.L. saved me many times, I never wanted take the chance, I really don't want the paperwork.

Best Meal – X69 in I94 in Wisconsin. There is a family run restaurant across the street from the Pilot. Homemade bakery and the best steak at a great price.

Best purchase for the truck – Rand McNally GPS. This saved me many times when trying to find a place to shut down. I still never use it for local directions to a customer. 2nd best: the “lunch box” oven. I make my own bagel egg sandwiches at home, freeze them and warm up one each morning for breakfast. Also great for warming up leftovers from home when spending the night at a customer and there is no place to purchase supper.

I am amazed at how much I've learned and I'm still learning. I'm home this weekend but leave out again Wed morning. This site continues to be a source of some good reading and encouragement.

Posted:  4 years, 10 months ago

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Lost my truck...

It took a few days to set up the appointment b/c safety wanted 7 consistent nights on the auto-pap machine, I was just below the 70% compliance. All said and done I lost 5 work days. Got a very new truck & I'm on the east coast getting loaded as i type this! (The trailer is getting loaded NOT me - LOL)

Posted:  4 years, 10 months ago

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Lost my truck...

Long story short I lost the truck I had b/c of glitch in my DOT med card. I was put on "dispatch hold" until everything was sorted out and I was able to get my new card, that happened yesterday. The company paid for a rental car for me to get home (that's why I lost my truck) after leaving it at a terminal. So today I'm waiting for the call and the details of where I'll pick up my "new to me" truck! The whole process took only a week to figure out. OH well such is life. They also paid for the DOT physical.

Posted:  4 years, 10 months ago

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No BS Truth about Trucking Video

This country is soft. We're like spoiled little marshmallows.

...and some of us are those big marshmallows you use when making smores over a campfire (I haven't gained any weight since starting, but there is a lot of big 'ol guys out there driving)

I won't watch the video. I won't listen to all the drivers out there complaining about their company, about their dispatcher, about the customer -- complain complain complain, just go with it and be thankful you have a paycheck or grab that sign and stand on the street corner. If you want to work, you can find a job. Everyone one of us here in the USA needs to be thankful.

Posted:  4 years, 11 months ago

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CB question what fuse?

So I wasn't careful in hooking my CB up this past time starting out, reversed the POS & NEG - I blew the protection diode. I was able to get some help replacing the diode. I'm going to put in an inline fuse on the pos lead. Do I need a 3amp or should I go w/ a 5amp? I'm not doing anything crazy with this radio, just plugging it. It is a Corba 29 ltd.

Posted:  4 years, 11 months ago

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CDL Training (Roehl Specifically)

At roehl they are there to take the best and discard the rest. the training is mental as well and being able to drive and maneuver the truck. If you make it into their school it doesn't guarantee you a job a roehl. I've heard of people ended up with at other companies after doing the RDTC school. Also at the end of each day you're not done - there will be homework. Be prepared to work hard - but in the long run it is worth it.

Posted:  4 years, 12 months ago

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Hello TT! It's been awhile, but this amazing thing happened...

Great to hear from you. Thanks for your encouragement a while back. Wondered about you glade things are good for you. I'm also enjoying the 7/7, felt like it took a bit to get here, but it has been worth it! Say hi when ur in Gary, I know I get there a lot - truck 8012 -Steve

Posted:  5 years ago

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May I Have Your Attention Please!

So by now you've gotten you're 1st load w/ your NEW truck - WAY TO GO!!!

Posted:  5 years ago

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Am I required to CLOCK OUT to satisfy new 30 minute break rule???

Yep got to be on line 1 or 2 for 30mins in an 8hr period of on-duty time. My e-log will now only give me 8hrs and reset that 8hrs after a 30min break. After I've done my break and there is only less than 8hrs on my 11/14 hr day the clock will give me what is left to drive for the day.

Posted:  5 years ago

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And the journey continues;-)

Great to hear how things are going. Yeah this holiday weekend has been tough with planners/dispatch keeping me going. Sitting on a load that won't deliver until 4pm today & I'm 50miles away. Got here last night at 5pm - they won't take me early, so I'm chalking it up to just a fluke holiday weekend- staying positive and being patient, saying thank you & communicating goes a long way with the dispatcher. I do like red box when it is close by to enjoy cheap entertainment!

Posted:  5 years ago

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17(+2)/88/107 - UPDATE & fleet option change

1) Benefits: I'm still able to purchase affordable health care. However, being p/t it will cost about $60 more per month. Raises will continue on performance (delivery on time, safety, fuel), however, I won't acquire vacation paid time off. Where else can you average a 3 1/2day work week and have the opportunity to purchase decent health care?

2) I'm able to continue to gain OTR experience while looking for something to open on the local market. But I can be choosey (is that a word) and not have to jump quickly.

3) The enjoyment/fun of driving OTR. There is a fun factor in driving a rig and seeing the country. I was really getting burned out driving a school bus and the pay I was making driving bus is about 1/2 of what I'll make p/t on the 7/7 plan.

4) The family is important to me. I just want to head out and spend a weekend at a campground w/ them, do a little fishing and be able to take that after breakfast nap in the tent with my wife by my side. Being home only 3days ever 11 that wasn't going to happen.

Starcar, thanks for the encouragement - these are hard choices but this is the life I have the opportunity to live.

Posted:  5 years, 1 month ago

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17(+2)/88/107 - UPDATE & fleet option change

I'm in the situation as most of you. Not semi-retired, don't have extra cash, and this company pays the same as the others. I just know my children are a priority, my marriage is something I treasure & being gone so much does have an effect on every part of that. WE can use the extra cash if I were to continue at the same pace i've been running but at what price? I just take each day now and I'm thankful for the people around me.

Posted:  5 years, 1 month ago

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17(+2)/88/107 - UPDATE & fleet option change

Slip seat - YES, you're sharing the truck with someone else. I'll have to commute from my house to a drop yard where there are others who are also on the 7/7. Not sure how far/close you need to be to a drop yard or terminal for this to work. There is also a 7/4,7/3 option. What I have been running is National and it was 11/3 or around that. Of course, at each of these levels there will be more cash that can be made so a person need to think about that. Being on the 7/7 I'm thinking right now that I'll be at the bottom of what a person can make. However, for me the trade off is worth it because of my family.

Average miles for the 7days is 3000. What the Fleet manager/dispatch is going to be doing is keeping you running hard for 7days and working hard to burn up ever bit of your 70hrs. A person has to be ok with putting in long days and driving long miles.

Posted:  5 years, 1 month ago

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17(+2)/88/107 - UPDATE & fleet option change

Since leaving for orientation I've been home 17days in the last 107days. There was a family obligation where my wife and children picked me up from a terminal and I was with them for 2days. So that means I was out trucking for 88days of the 107. This last tour I was averaged right at 400miles a day. I keep learning all the time and I am totally amazed at how much I've learned since starting CDL school back in Jan. I so much enjoyed being one of three trucks at a rest area in eastern MI for a night where I could open the windows and hear the night sounds while in the sleeper. A lot better than being in s. AL with the heat & humidity while at a dollar DC and many trucks in the staging area.

Bottom line it has been a long & challenging time to get to where I am now. One of the reasons I chose the company I chose is to eventually switch my home time option or get something local after putting in the time needed (1yr - right Brett?) So I'm home for 3days and starting next WED I'll be on a 7/7 fleet. I've got children,4, and a bunch of projects here at the house.

AGAIN, thanks for all the encouragement from this site!!!

Posted:  5 years, 1 month ago

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Man what a fast 2 weeks

Very very cool - or should I say cold.... what temp does that refer's set point need to be at? When I see the central trucks I'll be wondering if that is you!

Posted:  5 years, 1 month ago

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And this is why you pay attention

I do not have a slidding 5th wheel. What I'm understanding then is the 12,000 is the limit in almost all cases.

Posted:  5 years, 1 month ago

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And this is why you pay attention

Steer axle? Is the max based on tire rating? I had a heavy load and when axleing out my steer was just below the 12k, I think it had to do with how the trailer was loaded. If I was over the 12k I'm not sure what I would of done.

Posted:  5 years, 1 month ago

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Man what a fast 2 weeks

You are ready, just get it done & know there is a cheering section rooting for you!

Posted:  5 years, 1 month ago

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My life as a rookie driver

APPOINTMENT SET -- yeah for a time that the consignee doesn't receive loads. They only unload during bus hrs between 7am - 3PM, I showed up at 830 on a sat morn, last weekend (holiday weekend) - anyways they did have someone there trained to run the fork and got me unloaded. If that person wasn't there I was going to have to sit until Tues morning. ended up doing a lot of sitting anyways b/c of the weekend but hey "why did an appointment get set" - message given to me and they don't take appointments on weekends - again, the day and the life of a truck driver....right?

Posted:  5 years, 1 month ago

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6530 driven miles - 16days - I'm tried (an update)

I was gone from home from MAY 1 - MAY 31. I got "home-time" for a couple of days to attend a family event with my family and extended family and all worked out. So during the month of May I my daily ave was 383miles per day for my actual working days. I had a couple of ZERO days and a couple short days. One zero day was because of the memorial day weekend. I ended up sitting from 6pm on Sun until 10am Tues morn - that just was soooo frustrating. Oh well... It seems each week (if not daily) there is a small mistake or a challenging situation I learn from. The craziest thing however was hauling 44lbs of peanuts to Georgia from Arkansas. What the heck, doesn't GA grow their own peanuts?

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