Profile For TreeTheTrucker

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  • Location:
    New Castle , DE

  • Driving Status:
    Experienced Driver

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  • Joined Us:
    3 years ago

TreeTheTrucker's Bio

6'7, former B-ball player. most of the friends I have drive trucks and I've always wanted to drive a big rig. Into all things Trucking, motorcycles, Apple and technology related(I'm a Techie,gadget freak)....anything else just ask

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Posted:  1 year, 5 months ago

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**TruckingTruth's 10 Year Anniversary!!!**

Happy anniversary!!!! I appreciate this site for everything it has given me, taught me, and showed me. Proud to be here. I wish you many decades to come.

Posted:  2 years, 4 months ago

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Time to "park up" questions #rookieblues

As a new solo driver I find myself always getting to the truck stops at the wrong time and when I do make it(surprisingly)at a decent time I find myself caught between parking beside two drivers who can't keep it between their lines.(super tight parking spots)What seems to be a good time to park up for the night? I usually run until my 14hr clock is about to run out. Anyone have any tips for me? I'm adamant about parking at a truck stop because I'm not too keen on the idea of parking for ten hours on the side of the road....

Posted:  2 years, 4 months ago

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Freightliner cascadia question/problem

Finally done my training and had a horrific time yesterday(ask me and I'll tell) after I finally got my truck. The truck in question is a 2015 Freightliner Cascadia I aptly named "Free"... I want to know if anyone knows how to get this truck into auxiliary mode so that the outlets in the sleeper work?(I miss that good old international I trained in, one button press and all outlets were working)(the heat works tho!!! Thankfully!!!)I see the knob on the floorboard to the left of the driver seat and it's on auxiliary but is there something else I need to do cause none of my outlets work. I even have the drivers/maintenance manual and still can't figure this one out. I'm currently stuck in Maryland until they dispatch me a load heading toward my house in Georgia for my few days of home time, so it's pretty slow without plugs for my Tv and PS4. And solutions??

Posted:  2 years, 4 months ago

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Am I too tall to be a driver?

Well I'm 6'7 and drive an International...I wish it was a bigger truck. Hard to work the clutch(I don't like to float) without hitting the steering wheel with my knees. And wearing a size 18 shoes doesn't help either. So I can dig what your saying. The sleeper tho....lol lets just say it's alway a curl up into a ball situation(the fetal position)as my legs are to long.

Posted:  2 years, 5 months ago

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Air brakes test....ugh

When all else fails, YouTube it....and using the cruise control is fine or just ask whoever is giving the test can you assist with building the pressure back up.(worked for me when the cruise control didn't) but when in doubt, break YouTube out...I'm no pro but it worked for me. Just my opinion.

Posted:  2 years, 5 months ago

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Best trucker gps

I'm still with my trainer and I use a Rand McNally TND 80 tablet gps. My trainer likes mine so much he stopped using his own rand mcnally(older one) and just uses mine. He's gonna be mad when I'm done cause that tablet gps is coming with me when I'm done!lol

Posted:  2 years, 6 months ago

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Should I go with an OTR Trainer???

@michael I understand and I didn't take it the wrong way. My trainer said the mountains were named "black mountain".(I think it was in Asheville,NC) Probably nothing like the mountains you guys who've done it before for so long have come across in the Midwest and all, but it was pretty hairy for me!lol but I didn't panic. And I've thought about what you said all day. I've advised my advocate to put me with a otr trainer because of the very things you mentioned. I'm not trying to rush it at all, I want to be safe and efficient. I do want my own truck but I'm not in a rush to get there.

Posted:  2 years, 6 months ago

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Should I go with an OTR Trainer???

Thanks for the replies guys I appreciate them a lot. I've told my advocate to try to get me an OTR trainer when I eclipse 5k miles(I have about 2500 as of now). And I have experienced traffic and the mountains(had my first experience with overheating brakes, and engine braking this week!). But I pick up what you guys are putting down, and I greatly appreciate your input.

Posted:  2 years, 6 months ago

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Should I go with an OTR Trainer???

I've been doing local runs with a trainer because my company(Celadon) doesn't have any OTR trainers available at the moment. In order to get in my own truck I have to complete 10k miles with a trainer. Here's my issue, I feel as though I'm good with the local trainer because I drive everyday and we deliver loads for Lowes(various locations). So Im backing every day at least 5 times a day to a dock somewhere(averaging about 300-350 miles per day). I spoke to an OTR trainer and he said he might bump a dock once a day if he's lucky. Should I stay with my local trainer where I can polish my skills, or is it something I'm missing not training with an OTR trainer?

Posted:  2 years, 6 months ago

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Im in ga what company offers training that has a school close to me

You can try TDI in Forsyth Georgia, they're not company sponsored but there's a few in georgia, mostly near or outside of Atlanta

Posted:  2 years, 6 months ago

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Sleeping in the truck without being bothered?

Well I'm training with a trainer doing local runs before They can find me an OTR trainer, and I sleep in the truck at the truck stop every night with no problems. The only sounds I hear are the cars and trucks on the highway next to me and the trucks coming in at night either to park or to get gas no cops, and no lot lizards. The only problem I had was the headlights but a simple curtain fixed all of that. So while it won't be as comfortable as your bed back home, it's feasible for a good nights rest(comfortably. Just my opinion in my experience tho...

Posted:  2 years, 6 months ago

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My second week of driving with a trainer...

@Errol, I'm trying man. They said it's more to trucking then just driving and I am sure finding that out to be true! But it's not bad. Might be a little tedious but I'm sure once I get a hang of it all, I'll be good. Now if I can just figure out these log books and hours of service part,lol!!

Posted:  2 years, 6 months ago

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Henderson Trucking Academy

Congrats man!!! I know that feeling an it's an awesome one!!! Well wishes and safe travels to you driver.

Posted:  2 years, 6 months ago

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My second week of driving with a trainer...

So it turns out that since the company doesn't have otr trainer they sent to train with a local driver on local routes...at first I was hesitant thinking how is this preparing me for an OTR career? Well it turns out It's preparing me ten fold it seems. !!! I've driven(and backed) into some strange situations but my Trainer assured me I was good. He taught me how to float(which I'm not too fond of) and how to deal with shippers and receivers properly. Most of this is probably nothing major to most of you but to me it means the world because the company sponsored training program didn't teach us the basic things we would be using every day like, DEF, sliding tandems(still not too clear on the whole adjusting weight but I'll get it), sliding fifth wheels, hours of service and etc. so while I was a little uneasy about the whole sleeping in a sleeper berth at the truck stop for two weeks(Bills truck stop North Carolina), this experience to me is invaluable. Today I drove 407.2 miles(didn't know you drive that much on local routes)(we deliver loads for Lowes and RJ Reynolds)(also never knew they were that serious about a truck load of tobacco!). I can honestly tell you, I'm having fun. Might not be a word you would associate with trucking but to me, I'm having the time of my life behind the wheel of a big rig, and the best part? I know it only gets better. So in 4 days of driving with a local trainer I've driven 1,045.2 miles. Not much by most of your standards but for me it means so much more. Living my dream and loving it. Just had to share with you guys.

Posted:  2 years, 6 months ago

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What did you do before becoming a truck driver?

I was/still am, a certified motorcycle mechanic.

Posted:  2 years, 7 months ago

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Hardest Part of Being Out Here

Sending massive hugs your way driver... :)

Posted:  2 years, 7 months ago

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No trainers..???? Need help with this please..

@jeffry t.

I can dig it. It is a little crazy sounding especially considering that there are guys going out with local trainers here in Indy. So I can overstand the part about being short on trainers, and even this being(possibly) a better learning experience, I just think they could've done better. But I do feel better with you telling me this isn't unheard of. Everyone I know that drives is telling me i should be in a hotel at night and not in the truck at a mom and pop truck stop. I'm just hoping I have a good trainer and hoping he can teach me a lot about this industry because the school didn't.(found out yesterday via PowerPoint, how to slide my tandems, and the fifth wheel) but I'm 50/50 on optimism about it at this point. I just wanna learn so I can be a good truck driver, and hopefully despite these obstacles, I'll get there.

Posted:  2 years, 7 months ago

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No trainers..???? Need help with this please..

@old school I can dig that. I see the upside in it all despite what I may feel. After all it's still people waiting on trainers for weeks so as I said I'm fortunate in that regard. And true it may not be what I want right away but it's something. I'm just eager to learn. Didn't think it would be this way but I'll take it, I've been thru too much not to. I appreciate your response.

Posted:  2 years, 7 months ago

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No trainers..???? Need help with this please..

@the Persian conversion Lol now I can totally dig that!!!

Posted:  2 years, 7 months ago

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No trainers..???? Need help with this please..

@errol I can dig that because some people are just sitting here waiting around for trainers. Some have been waiting for 3 weeks for a trainer. So I guess I'm fortunate in that right.

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