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    Carmichael, CA

  • Driving Status:
    Experienced Driver

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  • Joined Us:
    2 years, 10 months ago

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Posted:  3 weeks, 4 days ago

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Chuck Norris Jokes You've Heard

If you can see Chuck Norris, he can see you. If you can't see Chuck Norris you may be only seconds away from death

Posted:  1 month ago

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The Web Of Lies And Misinformation

One parting thought (shot) on surveys. Who has the time and motivation to respond to a "survey"? Think about that,…for just a moment. I am not a mind-reader, but I believe most employees who are relatively happy with their job and company, especially truck drivers, do not have the time or motivation to respond to a survey. The former employee, terminated for multiple safety infractions, policy violation, accidents, or just a basic lack of work ethic are typically the people with both the time and motivation to respond to a survey. "Lawyer-up, let’s take down the evil trucking empire!"

Amen to that. When I was starting to look where to train and drive for all I saw was how bad Swift was. Well I went with to Swift anyway because Swift had the opportunities I was looking for. I thought, "What am I thinking? Are they not the worst ever trucking company?"

The two years I worked for Swift was great.

I had a real good DM he helped me so many times when I started.

Then after a year he helped me get into the dedicated run that I wanted and why I went with Swift to begin with. If it wasn't for the great offer I received to own my own truck and have a contract with a manufacture I would still be with Swift.

long story short great article G-town

Posted:  1 month, 1 week ago

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Unloaded some baggage

Once back when I was Target dedicated I had a guy flip me off near the dock area and when I didn't respond he came back and threw a unopened beer can at me. I just looked at him and thought to myself what a horrible life he must be living. Went on my day it happens.

Posted:  1 month, 1 week ago

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Need help from the swifties

Used to have to send mac 39 for GOAL some required it some didn't. When OTR didn't know about it. Just before I left swift the Target dedicated required the 39.

Posted:  1 month, 2 weeks ago

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Creep mode. In a automated truck not the other creep thing

I drove a F-Liner daycab with that auto-shift for over a year. I never used or figured out "creep mode" beyond seeing that "aborted" message.

As for backing & hooking under a trailer, there's nothing wrong with a decent BUMP into the kingpin. Don't worry waking the neighbors.
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LOL it isn't the neighbors I'm worried about it is more the whiplash I am getting

Posted:  1 month, 2 weeks ago

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Creep mode. In a automated truck not the other creep thing

I forgot to mention I don't having a problem with backing to a dock with it.

Posted:  1 month, 2 weeks ago

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Creep mode. In a automated truck not the other creep thing

Unfortunately due to my truck being in the shop for awhile I am using a 2016 Cascadia with a DT12 auto. I have very limited experience (like none) driving an auto. Well doing ok with it so far, backing and driving it not a problem. My problem is backing under a trailer. No matter how I try to ease it I can't seem took get locked into the kingpin without a bang most of the time. There has been times where it is smooth. Other times it is so dang jerky and hit it too hard. To all that drive an auto shift truck I hear of the creep mode but how does one get to it. Only time I see anything on dash is when it says creep mode aborted. So what is the best way to ease my truck to the trailer? Thanks I need to get better at this because I will be using this rig for a couple months and I drop and hook to 4 to 6 trailers a day. Thanks

Posted:  3 months ago

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Damaged Freight Refused

confused.gif Nothing here. Must be doing something wrong.

Posted:  3 months, 3 weeks ago

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Explain Trucking To Your Spouse

I hijacked my husbands account to add my 2 cents..... I am a truckers wife.... I'll admit him being otr was difficult at first.... Then I went to Las Vegas for our daughters 21st birthday... Was sitting by the pool talking to 3 sisters from Ireland... Told them my truth.... He's gone for 6 weeks... He comes home we **** like monkeys....... We're in the phone constantly.... When we see each other its soooo damn good. Like being young and newly in love again... One of the sister's sat up pulled off her sunglasses and stated "You lucky b***h" I realized right then.... Yeah I was lucky... I had a wonderful husband that is away from home because he loves his family. It's what you make of it.... If wives think they have it hard... Sit back and think of hubby alone, tired, eating crap food, using public showers, and being away from home.... Thank your man...

Posted:  4 months ago

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Feeling honored

You will be just fine, I only trained one person my wife now that's another story all together.

Posted:  4 months ago

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NY 75 to NY 5 from I-90 Truck Legal?

I want to extend a word of caution when dumping the tractor airbags to shimmy under a 13'6" overpass. Although this will definitely lower the nose of the trailer, it will however raise the end/roof of the trailer by an inch or more depending on weight distribution and relative set-position of the tandems.

I use this technique to raise the height of the trailer floor deck to better align with some of the older/higher Walmart store docks (Boothwyn PA in particular). Tandems are set in the one hole and tractor air bags are deflated, raising the tail an inch or more.

What if your trailer has air ride you can drop that too

Posted:  4 months, 1 week ago

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Share A Cool Moment From Your Day

I was heading home yesterday. All the lights light up on my dash engine starts running like a dog. Start smelling rotten eggs rut roh batteries are overcooking. As everything is shutting down I roll off the freeway on a get off ramp. 93 miles from home dead truck batteries are swollen and hot. Get towed to shop needed 4 batteries alternator and a wire harness. Nice times but then I get to the hotel wife my bride luckily she went with me this trip. Hotel turned out real nice as was the jacuzzi, with a great Mexican restaurant across the street. So even though the truck burnt a hole in my wallet along with it's batteries it was a very cool afternoon and night.

Posted:  4 months, 2 weeks ago

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How often do you interact with your dispatcher and boss in person?

I know this is rare buy when I was with Swift my DM and I hit it off quite well. We talked every couple of days on the phone. Every time I got the terminal I'd stop in and say hi. Still now after a year or so we still get together to go deer hunting twice a year. Even though he lives in Nevada and i live in California.

Posted:  4 months, 3 weeks ago

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How can I contact a member here directly?

I believe that with Swift you have to be an O/O or a L/P to be able to have a pet. Company drivers can't have pets.

Posted:  4 months, 3 weeks ago

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How to get a suspended CDL reinstated

We are in a new episode of "The twilight zone"

Posted:  4 months, 3 weeks ago

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Home Time

As Daniel said When I was at Swift my hometime load would get me to where I parked truck. Then I'd cal my DM and we would set the start and my PTA. It helps to have a great rapport with your DM

Posted:  4 months, 3 weeks ago

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Snow, please stop following me.

I run over Donner twice a day. Last year by this time I had chained at least 10 times. This year 0. I'm not hating this lol although my boat my night see any water. So I am kinda conflicted.confused.gif

Posted:  4 months, 3 weeks ago

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Almost Embarrassed to Post Picture

I got that beat I hauled "an envelope" that was taped to the wall from Ford in MI to CA with a bolt seal and a cable seal watched me lock it. Always wondered what was in that envelope

Posted:  5 months ago

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Wagging double 28

Was the rear trailer heavier?

That is one of the main things to keep a wiggle wagon from wiggling. You want the rear trailer to be lighter if at all possible. And as OS said smooth on the steering and braking manuvers.

Posted:  5 months ago

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Information from the Pool of wisdom

When I was trained at Swift it was in Fontana CA academy. They had really good trainers there at least that is what I found. There were students there that didn't think the trainers where good but then those were the people that didn't work hard at learning. So as said above you get back what you put into it. If you work hard and try the trainers will work hard to get you on the right path.

I drove a 2015 Cascadia when I left there never ever got backlash for idling. Which I always did when temps got 80 or higher for A/C you have to be comfortable to sleep, a rested driver is always safer.

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