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    Bothell , WA

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Posted:  3 days, 22 hours ago

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Dry Van, Reefer,Advantages and Disadvantages

Driving for a company that does both, I've pulled both, and I much prefer reefer. As others have mentioned, reefer trailers ride smoother, so there's that. Also (and these are pure nit picking), dry vans seem to rust out and "rot" faster. By rot I mean that nasty black mildewy corroded nastiness around the hinges where they're bolted to the doors, and where the paint on the doors is starting to chip and crack. And I don't like the way the walls of a dry van wibble and flex going down the road. It makes me nervous, because it looks like there either is or is about to be a problem with the structural integrity of the box, and one slight twitch is going to send a pallet flying through the side like it was made of rice paper.

Oh, one more bonus to reefer: extra rewards points. You get points for reefer fuel too. That extra 15 or 20 points every day or two adds up.

Posted:  1 week ago

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When Written Directions & GPS unit BOTH fail?

You can't really trust that GPS knows what is and is not a truck route. The GPS only knows what it was programmed by humans to know, and we all know about human error.

Example: there is an Americold in Victorville, CA. The truck route to and from the place is to take Nisqualli Road to Enterprise Way (and vice versa). Every time I go in there, my GPS (Rand McNally) howls about truck weight violation, despite it being clearly signed as the designated truck route, as well as the return route to I-15.

As far as the whole "exit lane blocked" thing, I would pull over (if it was safe to do so) and check two things: is that exit open going the other direction on the highway, and how far to the next exit to get turned back that way? Better to go a couple miles out of route and still be on track than end up playing Follow the Yellow Brick Road trying to figure out how to navigate surface streets.

Posted:  1 month ago

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Truck Stop Advice: Fiance' driving from San Antonio to Tacoma, WA

With all due respect, please ask your fiancee to not park overnight at truck stops. Truck parking is extremely limited, and his parking in a truck stop can and will deprive a driver who needs it a place to park for the night. There are plenty of places he could park a pickup towing a boat that trucks are forbidden. Your fiancee has the dual luxury of not being hamstrung by either federal regulations on how many hours he can drive, or various municipal codes against truck traffic or parking. Please leave the allocated truck parking areas for those of us who need them.

Posted:  1 month, 2 weeks ago

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Werner hit with 90 million dollar lawsuit

The verdict will likely be thrown out on appeal, based on the legal precedent from the suit that hit Bhandal Bros. several years ago. Cliff's Notes version: a minivan with a family of 4 plowed into the back of a truck parked in a wide turnout on the side of >-210 in SoCal late at night. The kids were able to get out from the back seat, but the parents were trapped, the car caught on fire and the parents burned to death. CHP investigation found zero fault on the part of the Bhandal driver, but the surviving daughter was awarded a $150 million judgement when a lawsuit was filed. The award was subsequently found on appeal to be excessive and based on both animosity toward truck drivers and sympathy for the child, rather than on any kind of fact or merit, and was summarily dismissed in its entirety.

Posted:  1 month, 3 weeks ago

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Do Real Truckers Drive Automatic Transmissions? - article by Old School

Honestly, all the "you ain't a real trucker unless/if" nonsense torques me off to no end. I am no more or less of a truck driver for being a company driver, pulling a reefer, driving a manual, managing my clock efficiently, being polite and courteous, driving safely, or any of the other myriad reasons people come up with for that particular scenario. Do you drive a truck for a living? You're a real truck driver. The end.

Posted:  1 month, 3 weeks ago

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What Does It Take To Be The Best?

Man life is a yo-yo! Haven't been here to see this in a few weeks. Flexibility and patience at play lately. There's changes a brewing! Forgiveness is another one we forget. Mistakes happen.

Last week I had a sweet deal coming back to Oregon from near Morris, Illinois. I made my delivery early, and arrived at the shipper 5 hours early. They were more than happy to load me that early, but I had hauled onions 2 loads ago and the could still smell them. I had spent a night with the doors open and spread coffee to kill it. I am unable to smell it when it is that faint because I'm hauling onions every time I go East. So, I just let them do their thing and when they said they smelled garlic, I knew it was there.

I went down and got a washout and returned, they had me sit about 4 feet off the dock with the reefer running and the doors open for 2 more hours. They tried, but the manager could still smell it so after a few calls and more sniffing they finally just rejected it. In total I was there for 8 hours. I.was.HOT!

My DM found another load for the next morning out of Indianapolis and gave me the choice to try again with the next shift at the place I was or take Indy, so I boogied on Indy. Turns out they rejected 6 more trailers. Everything worked out fine for me though.

Because of the whole debacle I got a phone call from someone and got to learn more about how our freight actually moves for our company, and a few more bits about what's going on behind the scenes. It was good for me to get that info. It helped me be able to forgive the situation and leave it behind, be fair in asking for detention, and get on with it. All in all, I ended up gaining an extra 100 miles, and had that bummer day to talk to a realtor and my loan officer. Looks like I'll be buying a house real soon 😬🏜

I've had similar experiences with leftover odors. I pulled a load of frozen crab from the Oregon coast to a place in Sacramento a couple years ago. Even frozen solid, as soon as I opened the door the stank of fish hit me so hard I dry heaved. My next load was coming out of a bakery in Lodi, so I ran through the Blue Beacon there to get the box hosed out in the hopes that the smell would be gone. I ended up an hour late to my pickup because of the line at the truck wash, and they started to give me grief about it...until I pointed out that I didn't think they wanted their frozen rolls to smell like crab cakes when they got to their destination. Oddly enough, their attitude did a complete 180. Funny, that.

Posted:  2 months, 2 weeks ago

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What Does It Take To Be The Best?

P A T I E N C E

You can't be That Guy, losing your cool and flipping out when (not if) something goes sideways and throws a monkey in your wrench. Screaming at the receiving clerk because you don't have your bills yet, laying on the air horn because the truck in front of you at the fuel island hasn't moved, snarling and throwing your permit book at the weighmaster when he pulls you in for an inspection: these things will only do more harm than good.

Posted:  2 months, 2 weeks ago

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Let's put some faces to names

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I call F O U L!!!!

Show me the smile please!

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Posted:  2 months, 2 weeks ago

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Let's put some faces to names

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Posted:  2 months, 3 weeks ago

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How I Poisoned a Terminal Rat

Clicked on the title thinking "poisoned a terminal rat" was a metaphor for shutting down a half-assed argument. Imagine my surprise in discovering you literally poisoned someone! Ye gods.

FWIW, it's kind of her own damn fault. People with food allergies, especially severe ones that could result in hospitalization, should really order their own food. It's just common sense.

Now, pass me those shrimp egg rolls and some Thai peanut sauce.

Posted:  2 months, 3 weeks ago

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Parksmart 400lb Exemption

I just happened to come across this the other day in my permit book. You might find it useful. It doesn't answer the question of which axle(s), but it does give some insight as to states that don't play nice when it comes to APU exemptions.

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Posted:  3 months ago

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Patience at the pumps

Another one NOT to go to is the Las Vegas Pilot. Once they are two deep at the pumps, you can't even turn into the place.

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If your ever assigned that Flying J , tell your manager ...oops...I missed the exit.

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I totally agree with that one. That truck stop is tough in so many ways. I always avoid it. About four years ago I spent the night there. I heard air horns going off all night, as in "Hey buddy, you're about to hit my truck over here on your blind side!"

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There are only a handful of places I absolutely refuse to fuel at, but that Pilot in Vegas is right at the top of the list. What a fustercluck. Also, pretty much all of the old "Broadway" Flying J locations in eastern WA. Not one of them has a pump that's less than 20 years old, more than 3 lanes, or pavement that's been upgraded since the Carter administration.

Another one to be careful at is the Love's in Ellensburg, WA. Not that it's hard to get in and out of or in bad shape, but the fuel lanes are NARROW. They're only maybe 10' wide. 9 times out of 10, you're going to whang the pump when you open your door.

Posted:  3 months ago

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Pet Peeves about fellow drivers

Let's not forget the person who AFTER fueling feels the need to detail his truck while sitting in the fuel island. I'm not talking about the squeegee either. This person actually broke out the windex and started doing the inside of all his windows, instead of taking one of the many parking spots.

Or the guy who uses the squeegee to wash his truck. I'm not talking about washing of the spots where a little fuel might have splattered or dribbled, I'm talking top to bottom, nose to tail, full on squeegee powered truck wash.

Posted:  3 months ago

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Lumpers: Highest You Had To Pay

$455 for 11 pallets. Straight roll-off, no restacking. Literally less than 15 minutes to unload. If I didn't know better, I'd swear these companies were owned by the mafia.

Posted:  3 months, 3 weeks ago

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Game: Name something that scared you and how you dealt with it

Honestly, the thing that scared me the most was the first time I had to tell my fleet manager I was shutting down due to unsafe conditions. I was PETRIFIED of being labeled as a wuss who couldn't do the job, or a whiner, or something along those lines.

What did I do? I sent a detailed message on the Qualcomm explaining why I was shutting down. My fleet manager's response was simply "Okay, be safe and keep us updated." Always, always, ALWAYS make important safety-related communications via Qualcomm (or whatever electronic messaging system your company uses). That way, it's stored in writing and doesn't turn into a game of "he said, she said."

Posted:  3 months, 3 weeks ago

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Trucking truth gear?

Brett sez:

Hey Errol, that item you posted - I don't think that was supposed to be publicly available.

Unless the link changed in the last several hours, that item was started by you, and has 7 pages of replies. For something that wasn't supposed to be public, it sure got a lot of traffic...

Posted:  4 months ago

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How long did they last in trucking?

Hmm, how long have I been here...it's hard to think back that far...

I've been here since July (I think?) of 2011. This place helped me find the answers I needed when I was researching which where and how to go about getting my CDL, gave me the encouragement I needed during training when things weren't necessarily going as smoothly as I would've liked, and helped me stay focused and not get overwhelmed during that whirlwind rookie year.

And here I still am, almost 7 years later. Not with the same company, but still rockin and rollin, gettin it done, kicking names and taking ass...or is it the other way around. Some days it feels like I've been at this for a thousand centuries, some days it feels like I just pulled out with my first solo load all over again. Even now, there are still new things to learn, new challenges to face, new places to go, things to see, and people to do...or something like that. It's always an adventure.

Posted:  4 months ago

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Reefer Tips for rookies

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Rainy D, do you get trained by Prime on all these side duty for reefer? I just got accepted for orientation there.

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You will learn reefer operation while on your trainer's truck.

Also, if you have any questions on how the reefer unit operates that your trainer can't answer, just ask one of the guys at the shop. Not only will they have the answers, they may even know some secret things your trainer never even heard of.

Posted:  4 months, 2 weeks ago

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Situations Where Truckers Did The Right Thing

So many times it's not just a matter of truck drivers doing the right thing, but 4 wheelers allowing truck drivers to do the right thing. When a truck has that left blinker on, it's not just to get in the way. It's for a reason. Debris in the road, lane ending, construction, disabled vehicle on the shoulder, wreck ahead...you get the idea. The sooner people get this through their heads, the safer we'll all be.

Posted:  4 months, 2 weeks ago

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CDL invalid if not put to use after graduating CDL School!?

Bob the OP never said the recruiter stated his CDL would become "invalid".

It's the title of the post...

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