Profile For Daniel B.

Daniel B.'s Info

  • Location:
    Sacramento, CA

  • Driving Status:
    Experienced Driver

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  • Joined Us:
    5 years, 2 months ago

Daniel B.'s Bio

I started in this forum sitting in my old apartment dinner table browsing the forums day and night thinking if I wanted to pursue trucking. Long ago. I was under heavy financial burdens that prevented me from attending school. I moved back in with my parents with my wife, I dropped all my bills including the apartment. When we finally had some breathing room I quit my job and attended Central Refrigeration Services school. A class of 7, only me and another person survived. Put in a truck with a complete stranger for a month, I was expected to exceed and force a friendship with this stranger. Sweat, tears, long nights and days, anger, frustrations, and being away from the family were a common thing in my life. I finally graduated! Assigned a Black 2012 Freightliner Cascadia and thrown into the wilderness. I survived that first month and things were still challenging. I came on this site not knowing a damn thing about trucking and here I am! I been where you/'re at right now. I've had my share of doubts, and I've asked millions of questions on this forum. I know how it is being new to the industry. I made it through and I have been driving for 4 years now.

After over 3 years of OTR, I finally landed a cushy local job driving double tankers delivering to gas stations. Home daily, 2-3 days off per week with hourly pay. If you work hard, the sky is the limit! Now who wants some gasoline!?

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Posted:  5 days, 8 hours ago

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My update from the Prime Inc Tanker division

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Icecold...

do you pay for hoses like the tarps and load locks? How much?

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No we do buy our fittings. They are $500 I think and come out at $30 a week. Very reasonable. Actually I even snagged some extras for free at the Decatur tanker terminal.

No, that's not reasonable. You're a company driver you shouldn't be burdened with having to buy your own equipment.

Posted:  6 days, 21 hours ago

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Small companies..what to look for?

Most likely its as a 1099. I would avoid.

Posted:  1 week ago

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Mentor is out of control. Is this stuff typical?

We were at a stop-light, and he was ****ed off about something the Office said to him. So he picked a fight with another driver over the radio, they both pulled over, and they both went at each other like rock-em-sockem robots, shook hands and he just goes back to driving. I had never seen any **** like this before.

As a fellow Russian this is completely normal behavior. Have you ever Youtube'd fights on the side of the road? Or road rage videos? All those videos are Russians. In my culture it is totally normal and understandable to pull off the side of the road abruptly and fist fight.

In fact, if you didn't tell us this, then I would be very worried.

Posted:  1 week ago

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Leaving after contract

Yes i had few months training pay last year, but also took it easy the rest if the year lol.

call Lance in SLC reefer company division and he should be able to confirm hazmat is $50 more per load. I know Christian on here ran Hazmat at Prime reefer and he can confirm as well if he pops on. I thought Diver Driver had it??? Adam has Hazmat and i think his first load was hazmat, and i believe he said it is $50 bonus as well

Who in Prime told you to go lease? Couldnt have been your FM...he would lose a good driver. that wouldnt make sense.

did you try calling the tanker division? they would have better answers than any reefer manager.

Brian Singleton is the terminal manager for SLC. email him. all in house have their first inital last name @primeinc.com (i didnt want to put it here in case of spiders/bots).

we do have a select few of tankers running the west. i have seen them.

I love Lance Brightshue. He was my FM for a long time. I earned multiple 'Company Driver of the Fleet' awards under him. By far the best OTR dispatcher I have ever had the pleasure of dealing with.

Posted:  1 week ago

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Please Update Your Avatar

Is he an African Grey, Daniel?

Yes

Posted:  1 week ago

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Please Update Your Avatar

Yeah, something unique is very helpful. Makes it quick and easy to recognize who it is.

Yes, that's why I have my gorgeous parrot as my avatar. He's barely over 1 year old and he can already say multiple words and noises clearly. I dare to say, he's doing much better than a human at that age!

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Posted:  1 week ago

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Leaving after contract

When I left Prime about 3 years ago they paid $50 for hazmat. I was also told they won't let you transfer to tanker if you live in CA because its extremely difficult to get you home.

By the way, apply to OD. You won't regret it. Much better than any OTR company tenfold.

Posted:  1 week, 2 days ago

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I-70 Colorado mountains

Beautiful now, deadly in winter. Avoid during winter.

Posted:  1 week, 2 days ago

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Bikes and pets

Daniel B. Bike Rides

Take a look at that long thread. I used to do the same thing for many, many months. I strapped my BMX bike on the back of the truck (page 2) and then made a video on how I had it mounted with a passed DOT inspection to prove that my way is legal (page 7).

Posted:  1 week, 5 days ago

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Jerk cut me off then slammed on the brakes bringing me to a complete stop in the middle of rush hour traffic!

I have to admit, that double lane change was reckless on your part. The vehicles on your left were slowing down and you still switched lanes. For a few seconds your following distance was literally a fraction of a second, if that car has braked you would have been toast.

No excuse for that drivers brake check, but your driving wasn't much better.

Posted:  1 week, 6 days ago

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Eye Glasses

Drink lots of homemade juiced carrots before the exam, its good for your eyes.

Posted:  1 week, 6 days ago

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Backing - learning something new every day

The daily life of a local driver.

Posted:  1 week, 6 days ago

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Asked To Leave The Facility

They think we should be fit and polished and only work 8-5 Monday thru Friday..... I've ranted enough. Truckin'up. Thanks for reading, Mr.Ed and I'm going back quiet.

Believe me I'm far from the Left, but what's wrong with being fit and "polished"? Is it a bad thing to work out and eat healthy, brush your teeth and shower?

Speaking from someone who used to be OTR (and probably won't ever go back), I work M-F 0700-1800 and I enjoy it a lot more than the nomadic lifestyle of trucking.

I just don't see where you're going with your last paragraph. But basically, you've never had this happen to you before because you've been on paper for all these years.

Posted:  3 weeks, 1 day ago

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DAC report? Need help, please!

If you did your research you would know it was driver unload and overnight shifts. The employers do not hide these facts. Your work history is really terrible and the fact that a hiring employer in an industry that is desperate for drivers isn't calling you back should tell you a lot.

Posted:  3 weeks, 1 day ago

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Warm Engine Before Driving

Letting the engine warm up until the coolant temperature is at normal operating temperature will sky rocket your idle % times and significantly decrease your overall MPG (which could get you in trouble).

Turn it on, let it idle for like 30 seconds and you'll be alright. The engine warms up a lot faster when actually driving.

Posted:  3 weeks, 1 day ago

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Mystery Trucking Company

Tri State Motor Freight. Just heard their ad on RoadDog 146. Ad states $10,000 GROSS per week, for experienced Owner Operator TEAMS. The ad sounds like a lot, but that's the idea of the advertising. It is a pretty good ad, but when you break it down as Split pay--$5000 each driver, gross, per week. Net will be about $4,100 after taxes on the high side. Figure in expenses, such as insurance, fuel, truck payments and/or trailer rentals, permits and licensing, etc., one may end up with a NET of around $1800 to $2200 per week? Not even getting into the scheduled maintenance costs, nor the unexpected costs that can pop up on any given day. Think about a busted radiator, a new alternator, a road service call after a brake canister went bad, turbo went bad, etc.

10k gross for a team O/O isn't impressive really. A few of the drivers on my wifes fleet who are O/O can do that as a solo driver with some luck.

Posted:  3 weeks, 2 days ago

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Day driver

I don't think local is the problem, nor do I think regional is the solution, I think the problem is your specific job.

There's plenty of local jobs that give you a good work/life balance. In my case, I work M-F 0700-1800 with guaranteed weekends off.

Posted:  3 weeks, 6 days ago

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Got an interview for a local position...

I'd go local, just never beer or produce distributors. Too labor intensive.

Posted:  4 weeks ago

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Let's put some faces to names

Me and my favorite dog that I grew up with. How she is still alive amazes me.

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Posted:  1 month ago

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Dirty Windshield

Spray windshield cleaner and let it soak in then scrub.

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