Profile For Cwc

Cwc's Info

  • Location:
    Norfolk, VA

  • Driving Status:
    Rookie Solo Driver

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  • Joined Us:
    3 years, 11 months ago

Cwc's Bio

Just started looking at a new way to fund life.

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Posted:  2 weeks, 1 day ago

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Can I Buy A Truck With 5 Months Experience?

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I put my paints on 1 leg at a time

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I prefer to put my paints on with a brush and roller, occasionally I'll use my airless sprayer.

I don't really care which method I use... As long it doesn't get on my legs.

Posted:  1 month ago

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Why you should post trip AND pre trip

R E P L A C E

Missing rubber aside, it doesn't even look legal minimum depth. Do you have a depth guage?

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Speaking of tire issues I noticed this today after I had to unhook while being loaded, what yall think ok or replace? It's a rear axle inside drive tire btw.

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You use a tread depth gauge on tread... That's the casing... That's what they put the tread on... Lol yes... Replace... Really quickly.

Posted:  1 month, 1 week ago

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Cursed Living in South FLorida

OP same boat as me....

I am in S Florida. Haven't look at any of the megas because they are all OTR and that is not my 1st choice. Surprised swift or Prime won't hire it odd some people I know have went through Prime. My Buddy tried CRST and hated it!

Jacksonville is about 8 hours north.

Trucking may not be good for s Florida.

Starting to hate I moved to this state.

I don't think the OP demands to be hone every night.

Posted:  1 month, 1 week ago

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Cursed Living in South FLorida

I cant find any companies that want to bus me out to a In house CDL school , my only option is CRST and Im really not feeling the team driving for 10 months. I understand team driving for training but after some time solo would be nice. SWIFT,PRIME refuses to hire from Florida so Im stuck with CRST or CRENGLAND which Im reviewing in not solid choices ...anyone have any ideas ? still giving wiltrans and jim palmer a chance

Try looking up Raven Transport in Jacksonville. I don't know if they are still doing it but at one point they were hiring straight out of school students. I don't know where from so you'd need to ask but.... They run alot in FL. That Dominick sugar factory/plant would surely get you a load home.

Posted:  1 month, 1 week ago

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My progress so far week Six solo

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I couldn't get the Emergency supply line to stop leaking I connected and disconnected the gladhand four times before I found the sweet spot

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When this happens to me i take a bit of grease off the tounge of my trailer with my finger and rub it around the outside of both glad hands and it seals right up.

Sounds like you are doing pretty well, for most part keep it up!

Could also be another good time for my shameless plug for PB Blaster... Get a can and spray the seals. Keeps your hands or gloves clean for when you hop back in the truck. It also will help release the pins on the tandem or spray the track to help slide them. It'll fix almost everything but an HOS violation. "Try" and keep those down to a low monthly or bimonthly number. Gets easier with time. Then again your not exactly working in the easy area... So your doing just fine!

Posted:  1 month, 1 week ago

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New tractor

I'm about to buy my first house. Closing is the 28th of this month... Since I'm not going to be home often for the first year and my wife is going back to school. I'm opting for a less involved mower.

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Posted:  1 month, 2 weeks ago

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Cannabis Testing, Swift, NYC Ban on Cannabis Testing

As the old Rapper Afroman once said... "I was gonna go to work. But I got high. Now I'm unemployed and I know why.... Because I got high because I got high because I got hiiigghhhh."

Posted:  1 month, 2 weeks ago

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Stinky Trailers

I had recently delivered some foul (pardon the pun) bits of chicken. The reefer reeked afterwards. I had it washed and it still smelled awful. What do you do in that situation?

Had it washed where? I see reefers getting washed out at tanker farms. I also drag some foul smelling tanks into these places. But they sure don't leave stinking.

I'm not a reefer guy but I would think they should still be on the hook for the clean out if it still stinks.

Posted:  1 month, 2 weeks ago

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Find a Job

Depends.. How long have you been driving?

Posted:  1 month, 2 weeks ago

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Parkland coward during shooting

Simply the wrong venue.

Posted:  1 month, 2 weeks ago

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Best Mattress For OTR Driving

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I already did that, no help.. I’m just going to replace it

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Josh, go to Amazon and order the Lucid 3" Lavender infused memory foam mattress topper. Twin XL size. Mine cost $48.59 with free Prime shipping. Absolutely a difference maker for sleeping in your bunk.

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Josh, you tried to buy one, or you tried sleeping on one? I don't understand why it won't work for you.confused.gif

If I had to guess I would say a 3 inch topper only fixes so much. My last mattress was kinda like that. I could lay down and for several minutes I could listen to the springs.

I wanted a new mattress but I knew I was getting a new truck with a different sized bunk area.

Posted:  1 month, 2 weeks ago

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2019 DOT Blitz

Happens every yearembarrassed.gif I will be taking time off. Some states are better than others, but I have seen some with crazy wait times. I don’t mind the inspections, but I do mind waiting extended time in line to get inspected. The states that roll one out, then one in are the best. Just my opinion

Funny you mention time off... Me too I came into my home shop today for work on a trailer I got loaded lastnight. Another driver had spent a week up in the northeast without many miles to show for it. So since I'm moving soon and wanted to skip the Blitz I let him have my load and I headed home to help pack.

Posted:  1 month, 2 weeks ago

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I have hit the 1 Year OTR mark

Good job tractor supply, I mean Tractor Man. Sorry....

I have a question concerning on time deliveries. My company is smaller and doesn't have the same structure as some of the companies y'all drive for. Ok so you pick up a load and have just enough time to get it to receiver at appt time the next day. Now let's say you hit traffic in a non expected place. Like an accident. Let's say you call and let dispatcher know. Would that count against your %100 on time deliveries?

NeekIODN from my experience, smaller companies sometimes run the schedule a bit tighter than the larger companies. So where you might only have 9.5 -10 hours (drive time) to get 600 miles. Someone working for a larger carrier may have an extra 4 or 5hours. Not always but.. When you have more trucks to cover loads you can give them a bit more breathing room.

With that said a little traffic shouldn't throw you off to much. And mechanical issues out of your control shouldn't go against your ontime record. (Like picking up a neglected trailer.)

What messes with your ontime record is poor use of hours, too much downtime (12hrs in sleeper) or bad route planning.

Reading the load messages should have you well aware of any routing issues. Other than that... From reading some of your other posts you seem like the kinda person that need not worry about your ontime record... I think you'll do just fine.

And I share Tractors sentiment on there needing an in between step for Rookie solo to experienced driver.... I'm coming up on 4 years and still... Rookie status. I've meet to many 20yr veterans and just can't seem to call myself experienced.

Posted:  1 month, 3 weeks ago

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Kiss it Goodbye

Might be time to become a yard jockey for a year or two.

Posted:  1 month, 3 weeks ago

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Tandems Won't Slide

Along with those rocks you got in the tractor, stop and get a can of PB Blaster. Next time spray it in the channel for the tandems. That stuff fixes everything... Dry gladhand seals? Spray it.. Something won't move? Spray it.. Pins won't retract spray it... Then beat it with a hammer. Step two will still work but it's easier if you spray it first. A little lube goes a long way.

Posted:  1 month, 3 weeks ago

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Shifting patterns while approaching a Stop Light. PLEASE HELP!

“Time to roll again? Clutch neutral, clutch rev, gear down and go.”

CWC thanks!

It’s so clear now I have no idea why this didn’t occur to me before? I’d panic and literally just start hitting pedals and trying to get that dam shifter into anywhere possible! Lol it’s so stupid it’s funny looking back at the couple times I did this!

Sorry I didn't get back with you till now.. Seen you had some other questions but others seem to have answered them.

I'm in a 9 speed now also and empty and loaded are two different things. Others have said 5th gear for the stop and go. Which is fine for empty but my 9 speed is a little more finicky about it when loaded. My low side gear is pretty tall. So learn what is easy to shift while at school but be ready to change things as needed when you start running heavy. I recently went from a 10 speed back to a 9 (first truck after training... On a 10 speed was a 9) it's been a bit of an adjustment. Especially what you describe. That leaving from stale red light I wanna leave in 5th or high range. And I'm either empty at 30k lbs or loaded at 78-79k lbs... It doesn't like it

Posted:  1 month, 4 weeks ago

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Shifting patterns while approaching a Stop Light. PLEASE HELP!

Also if your dragging around an empty trailer and your moving at all you should be ok in 4th. If your in 5th and on the brakes one foot is already on the clutch. Time to roll again? Clutch neutral, clutch rev, gear down and go.

When I started I always said in my head what to do for shifting. Up shifting was Clutch neutral clutch gear Down shifting was Clutch neutral ,clutch rev gear.

Posted:  1 month, 4 weeks ago

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I95 breakdown

Good... Seen your post and wanted to help but I'm in AR.

Posted:  1 month, 4 weeks ago

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Shifting patterns while approaching a Stop Light. PLEASE HELP!

First and foremost... Relax. Second good question on skipping gears and the short answer is yes you can skip them. But the better question is do they want you to skip gears. Where I went to school one instructor wanted you to if you could While another just wanted you to run numerically. Both are right.Looking at If from either perspective is this. If you can do it without killing it or messing up your ahead of the game.

If you run numerically it will get ingrained in your head what gear to go to at what speed. Sounds like you might be the latter. No big deal it just takes a little time. Down shifting early? Or while traveling at a higher than prescribed speed for that particular gear. Rev high.

Just takes a little time to get the pattern and the timing right. They know this... So... Relax. Your not going through anything the rest of us haven't.

Posted:  1 month, 4 weeks ago

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Throwback Thursday - Photos From Back In The Day

I'm right there with ya OS

Circa 1988. I'm the one in the middle.

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And more recently, 2011 ish. Note the custom drink holder in front of me :)

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Turtle that must have been one crappy 🍺😁 Please tell me I'm wrong and that's not a plunger. Or at least not a used plunger... Points for creativity.

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