Profile For Paul C., Rubber Duckey

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  • Location:
    New Braunfels, TX

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    Experienced Driver

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    2 years, 11 months ago

Paul C., Rubber Duckey's Bio

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Posted:  9 months, 3 weeks ago

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Team driving

Okay havent been here in a while but had a few questions regarding team driving... 1. Is it worth it 2. Is .2575cpm really a good starting point 3. Why is the pay so low? Please advise...

Posted:  2 years, 4 months ago

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Minimum pay companies

I just left a guarantee pay company K&B transportation I realized that they were strictly a relay company Meaning I rarely ever got a long haul load that I would actually deliver. Three months of being On the road for three to four weeks at a time and I never once made more than the guarantee.

Posted:  2 years, 5 months ago

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Peters brothers trucking

Does anyone know anything about this outfit out of PA

They are looking to hire me and I was wondering if anyone here knew anything about them.

Thanks

Posted:  2 years, 6 months ago

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Is background a big issue or not?

I have a class a assault charge from 2004 no company has given me any grief about it but I did get a slow up and was scrutinized by homeland security at an army base, I delivered meat too their bx, at the guard shack.

That was in cedar falls. It was only a few minutes though and I did get a year long ID/pass badge from the guard.

In my favor though I was given two years probation but finished early after a petition to the court after only one year. Fees and community service was completed in 6 months.

Posted:  2 years, 7 months ago

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Truck driver fells 30-foot tree, drags it 2 miles, police say

Do u think he is related to the light pole hitchhiker? He at least avoided the obstacles....parked cars and road signs....or maybe it was the same guy and he figured the wood rub marks would just buff out!!rofl-3.gif

Posted:  2 years, 7 months ago

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Scale tickets

Hmmm I been through cabbage with 18,000lbs of boxed furniture And back out 90 all the way to Chicago with 43,000lbs of cider that I had secured with a load strap.....I'm not the slowest driver and I know a couple of my turns were somewhat aggressive but I scaled both loads once and did not have any issues.....

seems a little far fetched too have that dramatic of a load shift without a catastrophic event having taken place....i.e. near rollover or near collision with emergency braking having taken place.....

unless like it was suggested tandems were slid up a few holes intentionally to cause issues during your shift of driving.... wtf-2.gif

Posted:  2 years, 7 months ago

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Serious question...

Like Brett has mentioned in his book and in his postings to me and others. Attitude is a large factor in this industry. If your a determined self starting go getter you will excel, if u wait for others to fix your issues you will lose every time. Whiners need not apply....

Posted:  2 years, 7 months ago

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Serious question...

I have a guarantee pay as long as I'm available for dispatch Monday to Monday $1125.00 whether I run the miles at .45cpm or not.

So the opportunities are out there u just have to find the right one....

Posted:  2 years, 7 months ago

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Serious question...

Now in regards to the noise of the refer....my truck has a carrier apu and between the two the apu makes more noise than the refer motor....I just imagine I'm in an airplane with no earplugs flying at 20,000ft and it takes only a few minutes to knock out cold.

Now I've bought myself a SCREAMER truckers alarm clock cause I have noticed I sleep harder than when I was in the dryvan no apu with the truck idling all night.....

But hey like that hole at the other end and opinions....we all got one....but there's my two or six cents on the subject.

Posted:  2 years, 7 months ago

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Serious question...

And too put things in perspective I'm making .05cpm more running a refer than running a dedicated dryvan route.....

Posted:  2 years, 7 months ago

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Serious question...

I've run a dedicated dry van and now I'm on a refer delivering meat nationally

I sat more in the dry Van waiting to be loaded or unloaded on my back hauls from the grocery dc's and sat around even longer I.e. 24-72hrs for my dedicated loads. In sitting I'm meaning 2-4hrs past my arranged load/unload times on the grocery dc back hauls.

The refer company I'm with now, K&B transportation, almost 97% drop and hook. Zero touch. This was an issue for me at my previous dry Van company

Seriously the Walmart unloads aren't that bad just be the first to hit the guard shack an hour before your appointment time set up the truck and patiently wait in line to check in at the OCR and it goes by faster than the complaints I've heard and read. 2hrs for me on average for unload and check out. But keep in mind I mainly haul packaged meat products. Not so much veggies or fruit. Those are usually a back haul. And they do take a little longer to unload.

Checking temp takes two minutes and fueling still only takes me less than 12 min and that's cleaning front side glass and mirrors.

REFERLoads are year round no slow down like dryvan.

Posted:  2 years, 7 months ago

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Sigh, Not Every Trucker is a Gentleman or Lady.

I was in Texas last month in a 65 mph governed rig passing a 62 mph governed rig. I passed made safe return with signal to right lane. Had literally 3 seconds go by and a Schneider truck blasted by doing 80+mph. Blowing his air horn and swerving so violently back and forth I thought he was gonna rollover right in front of me. Funny thing was not 15miles later I hit the love's in Weimar tx for my 10hr reset and there he was backed in a spot sleepin.

I mean gee wiz man. Calm down. 5 min is not worth killin people over...confused.gifwtf.gif

Posted:  2 years, 7 months ago

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Change of scenery

Hello again everyone been a minute since I updated what's been happening. Last I was here with my own thread I was posting questions about Navajo express and bison logistics. I am happy to say that neither of these two companies worked out.

No fault of their own though I just did a lot of research on this site and on the net and gleaned from my findings an opinion that we would not be the best match.

Let me explain. Navajo express has a decent rep however they pay experienced drivers .245cpm plus .135perdiem on the miles run. Now this may not sound bad but the per diem was not spoken of at all by the recruiter. I read about it on a site that reported reviews of employees. When I brought it up to my recruiter he was surprised I knew about it. Now to put this in perspective the per diem is forced no opt out option is given and nothing would have been said about it to me till I was in orientation. In my view that's kind of like entrapment.

Now I'm an honest man I have made decisions in my life to be honest even if I don't earn as much as those willing to break or bend the rules in this industry.

Having said that. Bison logistics runs paper logs. Now Brett will tell you that's how you will be able to "work" the system and earn a better living. I will agree with that but I personally have worked 24 /7 slept in the back hell even the front seat of my trucks cause I couldn't drive another minute. And working for a company that expects me to take that risk to work their freight and earn a living is not worth it in my opinion.

So I've hooked up with K&B transport a refer company out of Sioux city Iowa and start orientation on Monday the 2nd of November.

I chose these guys cause they offered the best pay I could find. .45cpm + incentive and safe driver bonus. And have an advertised guaranteed weekly pay even if the miles weren't actually run.

Now this might sound too good to be true. The research I've done has not disproved this statement only backed it up.

The complaints I've read have been long hours, night driving and deliveries and the large amount, 2500+, miles a driver is expected to run. Now not to sound too full of myself but man I been dreaming of a driver position like this since I started this adventure in the Big Rig World.

So wish me Luck and say a prayer for me cause here I go. good-luck-2.gifgood-luck-2.gif

Now in case you wondering I was at Jacobson transport/XPO logistics. My average week on my HON dedicated route consisted of one HON load 3-8drops per load, 99.9% touch freight I.e. Driver assist on every dispatched load. And a brokered back haul to the state where HON plants where and at least 18-24hr layover till next HON load was ready for pick up. Now that load would say deliver in north Texas 4 days later. However that run usually came from Georgia. It only takes 2 days to get to Texas so yes that's another 18-48hrs standing by to deliver, no layover or detention, just hurry up and wait. During My final HON run I was able to complete 2 34hr resets before first delivery was due...

Posted:  2 years, 7 months ago

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13 months driving OTR is over!!!

I must agree with Terry

If you have the opportunity to practice in a truck with little or no cost to yourself this would be the way I would recommend to get a cdl

Now others will say you need the certificate the school gives you to get hired on at a company like prime or Werner but I've been behind the wheel of 10,000lbs trucks to 50ton wreckers since I was 21. I know this isn't tractor trailer driving but the experience I have had on the road helped me master my tractor trailer in a short amount of time.

Now like most of us newer drivers out here 4yrs experience or less I have been experiencing the challenge of finding a company that will have the miles available for me to make the living I.E. Income my family requires.

I recently left Jacobson transport/XPO logistics to try my luck with K&B transportation. Everything I've seen and read online bout the company both good and bad reviews has lead me to the opinion that we will be an excellent fit. Most of the "whining" I read was bout the long hours night driving and deliveries and "all the miles they are expected to run". Now I don't know bout u but that sounds like a job I'd kill to have.

Posted:  2 years, 7 months ago

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Truck driver stumbles into gas station after shooting

Hmmmm U just let a strung out STRANGER into your truck to perform acts upon u that which you are paying an unfair price and expect a different result than being robbed and shot when you resist.

I remember back in high school the nurse asking us before we gave blood if we had been taking part in any RISKY BEHAVIOR.

Lot lizard - There is nothing in that title that would convey a safe and risk free adventure...

Posted:  2 years, 7 months ago

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Auto Transport Trailers

What is it you lookin to know?

Posted:  2 years, 7 months ago

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Top Reasons Drivers Chose To Stay With Fleets

Tell me the truth

Pay me what you said you'd pay me.

I want to work. I.e. DRIVE. I'm not a loader/lumper/yardhand/unloader/stacker/racker. No sir none of it. They don't call me DRIVER for no reason.

Sitting idle waiting for days outta the week, NO SIR, see ya cant be wit ya. My three to four weeks away from my wife kids and cats is my time to work and earn a living. I'm not out here to hit the casinos and make friends with the truck stop employees. I'm here to turn the wheel and pay for my kiddos college.

So for me it's the idle time wondering what the heck is goin on when every guy at the flying j in the city of my former companies home terminal are on or picking up loads for the company I work for and I been sitting around with my thumb......you get the idea.

Posted:  2 years, 7 months ago

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Female drivers

In my opinion there is nothing hotter than a female drivin a big rig every time I see a 110 pounder jumpin down and checkin the load and rig I am extremely impressed.

There is a stigma surrounding truck drivers but I truly believe a female can do ANY job out here that the man standing next to her could do.

Little syster is a shining example of this. Stay tuff, bug the heck outta those recruiters. But be polite. Firm. And above all else be determined to reach your dream in trucking. It's been the best decision I've made in 18 years.

Posted:  2 years, 8 months ago

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OTL-Averitt Express Looking For Top Tier Drivers

Hmm sounds like a ploy to get some driver referrals especially the mandatory 4 months with averit without even a hint if you could even run the gig.

That said I always did want to be on tour. Seen several bands up close and in person at my cousins venue in Texas.

Just my gut is telling me sounds too good to be true. I mean that's my gut reaction.

Recruiters have said flat out lies to hire me on. Now I regret my decision.

Posted:  2 years, 8 months ago

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Love's Tirepass

NASCAR style pit stop at the fuel island now that I would definitely pay for especially if the rainexed all the glass and mirrors. man that would be a sight to see.

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