Profile For Dave Reid

Dave Reid's Info

  • Location:
    Baltimore, MD

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    Experienced Driver

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    4 years, 1 month ago

Dave Reid's Bio

My first career was in the insurance business...did a 20 year hitch. After getting burned out with that, I drove a taxi for 3 years, then was hired to be a manager with the company...ultimatedly I became president, coo, and a partner in the company that owned about 100 vehicles - taxicabs, limousines, paratransit vans, small buses, etc. I also obtained my class B CDL around 2004, and drove various buses and so forth part time.

The business got into financial troubles...loss of the major paratransit contract and the uber/lyft cancer. So, I upgraded the CDL to a Class A and became a trucker. I wanted to get away from it all, so to speak.

I was with Roehl for a minute but had a family issue to help with so I locally drove limo coaches, buses, and motorcoaches for a year or so, then got back to OTR with Pride Transport pulling reefers. I became a trainer for Pride and worked with a few students. Now, I'm an O/O leased to Schneider and I'm loving it.

I don't really live anywhere, so I can go wherever the wind blows.

I enjoy taking a day off now and then, staying at the home of a relative or friend. Now and then, I get a motel room.

I list my city as Baltimore since something needs to go in that box, but I don't really have a city right now and don't expect to for quite some time. I am saving my $ for retirement.

I was born in Baltimore and spent my first twenty years in Harford County, Maryland. Then, I moved to Jackson, Michigan...from there to Ann Arbor. I lived in Michigan most of my life, until I was about 57. Now, I live on the road, and take my time off in various locations where my friends and relatives live.

I'm a big fan of the Detroit Tigers, and also the Detroit Red Wings.

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Posted:  1 month, 1 week ago

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Time to Say Goodbye...

Rainy, you've been an inspiration to many and provided a treasure trove of valuable advice. I wish you all the very best.

Dave

Over the last 4 years, I have made some awesome friends, learned to surpass other drivers on my fleet, had quite a few laughs, and hope I have inspired a few.

I have been neglecting some seriously time consuming issues in my life, and a new chapter is on the horizon. I will try to continue writing the blog articles and pop in from time to time. Unfortunately, I won't have the time to dedicate to the forum as I always have. Those of you who know me well, know I am always "all in".

Stay safe and be good to each other! And thank you for some great years!

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Posted:  1 month, 2 weeks ago

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Anyone use a Hot Logic Mini in the truck?

An advantage of the Hot Logic - it will hold food well for at least 12 hours

The lunchboxes are pretty quick but will burn your stuff if you dont stay on top of them

Posted:  1 month, 2 weeks ago

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Anyone use a Hot Logic Mini in the truck?

I have one and love it....works better than one might imagine. I think it works better than the similar thing from Roadmaster sold in truck stops.

It isn't really comparable to a microwave. It is much slower and can't do everything a microwave can do. On the other hand, what it does do, it does better. It is ideal for reheating previously cooked food. Sometimes, I'll order a large meal at a restaurant when I'm by a good one, and put half of it in a foil container of the proper size and stick that in the fridge. In fact, I've just done that very thing. There was a good steakhouse across the street from the truck stop for the night, so I took one of my containers with me and put half in it. The day after tomorrow, I'll be parking at my consignee, so that morning I'll stick the meal in the Hot Logic and it will be ready whenever I am. I microwave would ruin the meal.

I also sometimes dump a can of stew in it, or beans and franks.

I have been inundated with ads and glowing reviews about this Hot Logic Mini for use in the truck. I do not currently have anything to cook or reheat with in the truck. I have never cared for microwaves but am not opposed to them but this product sounds like it would be nice if it really works as it says. I am not opposed to paying $40 to find out if it is any good or not (have spent more money on worse things) but just curious about anyone who has actually used one. Thanks.

Posted:  1 month, 2 weeks ago

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The Proper Way To Merge?

As soon as I know what the thru lane is, I get into it at the next good opportunity. It's safer and less stressful, so long as you don't let others stress you out.

So what do you think? Is it better to merge early when you see that sign in a construction zone that says, "right lane ends merge left". Or do you think it is better to ride the lane until it ends and then merge at the last minute? I've seen it argued both ways. For the record, I get over ASAP...but that doesn't mean it's right.

Posted:  2 months, 1 week ago

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Companies with Best Trucks

Most of the companies that hire students are huge outfits all running new trucks less than five years old. You will have top notch equipment wherever you start.

There are some minor differences:

-some include refrigerators -some provide invertors -some have APUs

Of those that don't provide APUs, some allow idling when temps are outside a specified range, others employ a cycling system to run a/c and charge batteries.

Want to join a company paid training, what I Iearnt here is they all the same. So which company has the best and latest trucks with high tech stuff.

Posted:  2 months, 1 week ago

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Free shower every day

TA/Petro doesn't have a similar program, but they do give a shower credit for each fill of 60 gallons or more. I fuel every day at one of their joints, buying either 60 gallons or only the amount over that I'll burn that day. They used to allow us to pump 60 then stop and buy another 60 for two credits, but they now prevent that.

However, I'm guessing Robsteeler's issue wasn't lack of free showers but rather his inability to fit one in daily due to trip schedule and park locations. I used to have that problem as well when pulling reefers with a very aggressive schedule, but seldom have an issue now that I'm pulling dry vans doing mostly open window drop and hook.

See there Junkyard Dog, I didnt know that. I'm guessing TA/Petro has something similar? I guess then what it boils down to is try to fuel at the same chain to gain the daily showers. If the biggies all have a program for daily showers how do people not get to shower as often as they want to?

Posted:  2 months, 1 week ago

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Alternating home time

I live in Oklahoma, my kids are in SoCal. If I decide to go with a big company like Swift, would they be able to alternate my home times between SoCal and Oklahoma? Thanks in advance.

Yes

Posted:  2 months, 1 week ago

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How Many Times Do You ACTUALLY UNLOAD YOURSELF?

Interesting question that you don't see asked or posted about. Many companies advertise "No Touch Freight" - and with the exception of some dedicated accounts (Dollar General comes to mind, where drivers have to shove entire loads off) most folks bump a dock and get themselves unloaded.

How many folks here have had to drag pallets or hand unload a box - and how often does this end up happening in reality?

Rick

I once helped pick up some fallen stuff at a grocery store delivery and once helped pick up some stuff at a food pantry (refused produce). So, much less than once a year average. I didn't really have to do anything either of those times, but it got my moving faster.

Posted:  2 months, 1 week ago

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How do people survive

For those with the necessary determination, getting to a decent income in trucking is actually faster than just about anything else. We earn as much or more than most college graduates, and while many truckers are college grads, it isn't required. Where else can you be trained for free (even earn bit) in just three months or so to then begin earning 40 to 60k first year, 70 to 80k second year?

I have been talking to trucking companies for almost a year now about paid cdl training. But i honestly do not know how companies expect a grown man to be able to survive doing this i say 90% of companies want you to go to there school for 3 to 4 weeks with no pay i understand that but then once you get your cdl they want to train you living in a truck 24 hours a day making 20 to 30 cents a mile even at 3000 miles that is only 900 and they tax you on top of that so i will be away from home for 4 weeks no pay in school then living in a truck for another month or so making 900 if i have a trainer that will hustle they tax that i might make 750 if i am lucky for being away from home that is 24 hours in a day x 7 days is 168 hours 750 divided by 168 is $4.46 an hour and i have to eat when i am out there sure i am not driving all those hours but i am still babysitting there truck i just do not know how a grown man with responsibilities can get into this profession without having a big bank roll to last the first year or so

Posted:  4 months ago

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Two Days With No Load

That is crazy ...seems like someone at the office is dropping the ball here ...they have plenty of loads within a half day of there.

Been sitting for two days in limestone, NY with no load, gotten a message twice about no loads being available in this area. A Swift, Knight, and another truck has also been here about the same time.

By far the longest I've waited for a load, I would figured they would deadhead me somewhere closer to freight by guess not. confused.gifshocked.png

Posted:  4 months, 1 week ago

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Hauling produce?

If you're talking about OTR produce work, I'd say that it differs from other reefer work to some extent in that there are often multiple pickups from places that load FCFS and then they may have a very time sensitive delivery with little time available between the final pick and dropoff. The driver must often need to figure out how to be at the first pick the night before, check in the minute the place opens, and hustle between the picks and then to delivery. Often the delivery will have to be made during what should be the 10. Delivery can take a long time. Obviously, the reefer unit has to be supervised closely. If product temperature has not been maintained properly throughout the journey, it will be rejected.

Lots of drivers can not/will not deal with produce runs. If one has prior experience dealing with the extra hassles yet is still applying to another produce hauling gig, the hiring folks probably feel the applicant has a better chance of sticking with it then does one that hasn't done it before.

Why do some trucking companies require produce experience? Is it more significant than regular reefer hauling , what’s all involved?

Posted:  4 months, 1 week ago

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Went over Chesapeake Bay tunnel /bridge

That's a mighty nice route....I've gone that way a bunch of times. We just need to be sure to check what the wind speed is beforehand; that bridge becomes very dangerous when it is windy, especially if we're not heavily loaded.

I took the Chesapeake Bay tunnel/bridge today, very beautiful I just say. Plus it was a nice and clear day after I got out of the fog in NJ.

Posted:  4 months, 1 week ago

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Breakdowns

If we end up missing our sleep time, we may well need to notify dispatch that we need a day added to the trip. Let dispatch know as soon as possible....they will work with the consignee to get the delivery appointment changed.

Pushing it and driving while sleepy is a recipe for disaster. Keeping an appointment is not worth causing an accident or your health.

Stay safe brother.

I picked up a loaded trailer at the Proctor & Gamble DC in Corinne, UT. It had two tires with patches worn off the tread almost down to the base of the tire (would attach a picture but not sure how).

Long story short I went to the Loves about five miles away and got here around... 6? 630pm (maybe 7). Took them three hours to get into a bay and I've been waiting on them just to start the work since (round 9 or 9:30 I think? Maybe 10?

Haven't been able to catch a nap at all since we can't be in the truck while it's in their bay and I have a hard time sleeping when I'm still at "work" regardless of whether or not I'm actually doing anything. At this rate it looks like I'm gonna be up till 1 or 1:30 (its 12:15 right now). Do y'all have any good tips for dealing with this... specifically that I should have been asleep three or four hours ago but I still have a full day to log tomorrow-- I won't be late but I'm going to be groggy all day. Half of this is... frustration and whinging but it's an issue I've had to deal with before but I don't know if there's any better way to do it because shorting myself on sleep is getting harder to do.

Posted:  4 months, 2 weeks ago

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Curtained flatbed companies?

ROEHL is a good mega that has some curtiansides

Hey y'all!

I'm new to the forum but not new to the trucking world. Been pulling flatbed since the start of my career in 2012 (not a veteran compared to some but I'm definitely not a rookie 😂). But anyways I'll cut to the chase! I love securing loads and flatbed as a whole. But my back just can't handle tarping anymore because of injuries outside of trucking. Are there any good companies that pull predominantly or only curtains? I currently drive for Maverick** and love the company but I just can't handle tarping anymore because of my injuries.

Help is greatly appreciated.

*Also if anyone has any questions about Maverick I would be more than happy to answer.

Posted:  4 months, 2 weeks ago

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Dispatcher Wants To Talk To Me

That wouldn't comply with the protocol fir testing, Mr Grump. Once told, you have to go to the testing place immediately, if not sooner.

Why didn’t they just tell you. It isn’t like you can do anything to cover it up anyway.

Posted:  5 months, 2 weeks ago

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I have a CB question.

There is an antenna in the roof of your Freightshaker. Give that a try and see if it meets your needs before adding anything else. I found that the internal antenna is adequate for me

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I cant help you but others might if you say what make, model and year your truck is just saying.

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2015 Freightliner Cascadia Evolution to be more specific.

Posted:  5 months, 2 weeks ago

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Omg, locked my keys in my truck again

Jamie, stop doing that!

I have:

1). Ignition switch key on it's ownkey chain

2). Truck key and lock* key on retractable cord belt attachment thing

3). Truck key and lock key on caribiner clip on opposite side of belt, along with my Leatherman

4). Flat truck key in wallet

5). Truck key and lock key clipped in my shower bag

6). Truck key and lock key clipped in my laundry bag

7). Truck key in magnetic case under cab

Overkill? Well...I am not going to get locked out :-)

*I have a Warlock set with padlocks, brake cuff lock, gladhand lock, and kingpin lock all keyed alike.

I swear.. I locked my keys in my truck yet for a second time since I went solo... it's terrible, I noticed it as I was shutting the door but I couldn't catch it in time... embarrassed.gif

It's weird because yet again I some how got my phone just like last time, like I knew... rofl-3.gif

Thought I had a key zipped tied outside the truck, but it's not there. So yay me.

Posted:  5 months, 2 weeks ago

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Question for you men.....

No...write on!

If I wrote an article about some of the comments/advances I have gotten from men on the road and told how I reacted, would you be offended?

I ask because I have a dry, witty, sarcastic sense of humor. Some of my immediate remarks come out naturally and are hilarious when I look back on them. But I wouldn't want it to come across as man bashing or offensive to you.

Technically, women today would call male/female interactions like this sexual harrassment. I just more or less harrass back without the sexual overtures.

I wanted to.include it in a piece on taking everything so.seriously that it affects you, and how humor can save your sanity.

Posted:  6 months ago

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Moving while out of hours?

True, however Jamie's company (Schneider) does not.

In this instance, he will just need to creep over to the parking area he mentioned.

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Keep in mind - EVEN IF your company allows "personal conveyance" driving (AKA: Line 5), you cannot drive on Line 5 with a load on.

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Actually, yes you can. As of approx 5/18, new FMCSA rules allow the use of personal conveyance to find the nearest safe parking after running out of hours at a customer, even if laden.

Posted:  6 months ago

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Tandem release pins

If your trailers have manual release handles, be sure to carry a pair of vice-grip pliers to hold the handle out in cases where you can't get the thing to stick in the notch.

If you have air-release pins, in addition to what has already been mentioned, note that you may need to give the trailer a couple of minutes to air up with the trailer air supply knob pushed in. Pretty rare that you really have to beat them in

Picked up a trailer last week and needed to move the tandems. Wouldn’t budge. I had to beat all four pins to within an inch of their lives to get things to slide. Do these mechanisms need periodic maintenance? When we get a trailer like this should it be reported for maintenance? I’d hate to think every driver who got this trailer was going to have the same problem

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