Profile For Daniel B.

Daniel B.'s Info

  • Location:
    Sacramento, CA

  • Driving Status:
    Experienced Driver

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  • Joined Us:
    10 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:  4 months, 3 weeks ago

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Balancing axle weights

From a safety and ride comfortability standpoint its very important to have balanced axle weights. You always want the drive axles to be slightly heavier than the trailer axles if at all possible. In addition to this, your Steer axle is too light. I always keep mine right at 12,000 but first double check the rating on the steer tires. Remember you can only reach 80,000 gross if your Steer Axle weighs 12,000 (12+34+34) so you are essentially limiting yourself to 79,000 gross by having your steers at 11,000lb unnecessarily.

How much weight shifts per pin depends on the distance between each pin. I generally average it out to be 500lb per pin.

Here is your current weight:

Steer weight: 11,040

Drive weight: 30,480

Trailer weight: 33,660

I would move my fifth wheel to add weight to the Steer Axle first making your new weight:

Steer weight: 12,040

Drive weight: 29,480

Trailer weight: 33,660

Now I would move the tandems 5 pins away from the Drive Axle to provide more weight to the Drive Axle. At 500lb per pin that would make a 2,500lb difference. Leaving you with:

Steer weight: 12,040

Drive weight: 31,980

Trailer weight: 31,160

Of course, do make sure that you are legal with your tandem placement for any states you are driving through.

I would always aim to balance yourself as much as possible for the sake of safety. It's difficult to do this in the LTL world because a lot of our tractors are single axle so we are limited to 20,000 on the Drive Axle. We find ourselves loaded at 18,000 on the Drive Axle and 33,000 on the Trailer Axle when hauling a longbox. Its not a comfortable ride to say the least but this is where experience helps.

Posted:  9 months ago

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My fastest yet

I feel bad for my car if I push 80mph

Posted:  9 months, 1 week ago

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Our long-time-ago member Jopa has passed away

Not sure how many folks are here that have been here for 8+ years but if you have been you probably remember Jopa! He was our resident old man who went to Prime but experienced a ton of hardship getting into the program due to medications. He was always cracking jokes and had a great personality (albeit a bit grumpy but that comes with age).

Unfortunately he passed away last week. He's in Heaven now.

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Posted:  9 months, 2 weeks ago

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ODFL annual pay increase

We will be at .7688 if my math is correct.

Are you guys staying busy? Our P&D guys are struggling to get 40 hours a week at times. They are granting a lot of unpaid days off right now as well if you want one.

Yeah we are busy. At least I am. I'm #11 Seniority but my start time is at 0900 (for family reasons) so I'm starting with the rookie, low Seniority guys. Needless to say they always have 2-6 stops and I get the 12-18 stoppers + pickups. So I'm busy I don't know about them. Our Lead Driver Trainer stepped down so I'm running the ODTDT program now so I'm constantly having to check up on students and trainers and manage all of that.

As far as freight we are busy but not slammed. Its nothing like it was in the past few summers but its busy enough to easily get all the hours you want.

Posted:  9 months, 2 weeks ago

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Six Months Driving LTL. Time to get LCV Certified!

Learn and study the "crack the whip effect". Also, know when you can and cannot haul triples and where you can and cannot before you begin.

Posted:  9 months, 2 weeks ago

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ODFL annual pay increase

Every August Old Dominion hosts a Wages & Benefits meeting for every terminal. In these meetings they reveal new pay raises they call "cost of living raise" as well as any (if any) changes to the benefits package.

These meetings are hosted by people very high in the company which is amazing considering how large OD has become. This year our Regional Manager hosted it. In the past we have had fine folk like David Bates (Senior VP - Operations) host it. I have personally met him a few times as well as others. In my opinion its unheard to actually meet the top guys for a company with 25,000 employees. One of the many reasons every OD driver will tell you with absolute confidence that this is the best carrier.

New Pay is as follows (CA)

Linehaul will top out at .80cpm!!!

P&D Drivers new top pay is $35.35 per hour!!!

Dockworker new top pay is $30.05 per hour!!!

Posted:  9 months, 4 weeks ago

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So you Want to run local???

I run a lot of mountain cities around Sacramento. Just today I was exiting a residential delivery and I was literally an inch from the guys post on his driveway on my exit and the ground was uneven. If I went fast the trailer would have swayed left right and it would have hit his post. So I had to move 2 inches at a time to prevent the trailer from swaying too hard to avoid hitting the post. I would move 2 inches forward and stop to let the trailer settle down. Rinse and repeat to exit. Yeah don't go local unless you secretly like this kind of stuff. We are used to it though. 1" is still technically enough room to work with.

Posted:  10 months ago

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Just for fun, what would you want to do?

This is actually my reality. I am successfully working towards becoming a Regional Safety Coordinator for OD.

Posted:  10 months, 3 weeks ago

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One year of driving as of today

Hopefully many more to go!

Posted:  10 months, 3 weeks ago

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2022 Truck Driving Championship

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Blast from the past! How yah been Six String?

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Great to see you're still around helping people out G-Town! I see Old School is still helping new drivers out too. That's awesome to see.

I've been well. Hope the same w/ you! Are you still driving distribution for Wal-Mart? And were you always based out of DE? We hit the DE beaches almost every year for vacation.

Wish there was a way to pm members on the forum. I'm hoping Daniel checks the site so he can see I didn't forget about him.

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Howdy, Six String!

I was mostly a 'reader' back in your day; pretty sure I've read every. single. post. of yours!!!

I gave Daniel a FB shout. . . . hope it works!! I sure hope you'll stick around, this time. You've done so much to help the folks in here, back in the 'days'.... MUCH APPRECIATED!

~ Anne ~

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Howdy back Anne! Thank you for the kind words and the fb message to Daniel. I don't go on fb and I don't have Daniel's number anymore, so that's very helpful of you.

Good to hear from you again sir. Send me an email and I'll message you my number so we can catch up.

Truckerdan44@yahoo.com

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