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    Norfolk, VA

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    Rookie Solo Driver

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    4 years, 8 months ago

Cwc's Bio

Just started looking at a new way to fund life.

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Posted:  1 week, 2 days ago

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What is a normal wait time?

Last thing I read today was that loads are dropping off. This doesn't really affect me as I pull liquid. It may in the future but for now I bet I can count more freight haulers than tankers and even less that haul food in this truck stop parking lot. But your new aka bottom of the food chain. And that really only comes into play by location. If you have a lot of your company's trucks near you that's strike one. And if you have a lot of other trucks near you strike two. No loads leaving that area.... You get the picture.

Could be as simple as a bobtail to another location or your company may have a policy against that... Weird times right now but I wouldn't jump ship just yet. Especially not solo at a couple months. Don't be afraid of picking up the phone but don't pick it up every hour. And remember they have your number also.

And now would be a good time to get out of that truck and explore... Have a little fun... Yes things are closed but... Long walks on empty trails never hurt... Just see whats near you.

Posted:  1 month, 2 weeks ago

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Eating cheap on the road?

Cwc has an idea:

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Dropping a trailer at the Pilot/Loves 2 blocks away isn't a bad idea either.

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Well, this might be a bad idea after all. Many companies have strict policies about dropping a trailer on your own. Like, it may not be there when you get back. Regardless whether you had to buy a trailer kingpin lock or not, if there's a problem since you abandoned the trailer for just a minute, you will have some explaining to do.

Yep I see the signs all the time but in my experience a quick chat with a manager has resulted in 1 "flat out no you can't drop your trailer" in four years. The rest have been "for how long?"

Guess I should've mentioned asking for permission first. But I do recall being pretty uncomfortable dragging a wagon into a parking lot full of cars.

Posted:  1 month, 2 weeks ago

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Eating cheap on the road?

Also you don't need to be at home to go to Wally world. You need google maps... And you need to really look at the parking lot before you go into it. Also dropping a trailer at the Pilot/Loves 2 blocks away isn't a bad idea either. And occasionally you can find a truck stop right next to the Wally world or even a grocery store.

And Errols recommendations about water and flavor packets will keep you away from sugar.. I used to guzzle Pepsi like they were going to discontinue it. I highly recommend getting away from sugary drinks asap. Gatorade Zero is also pretty cheap at wally world.

If you have a decent inverter, grab a microwave and don't spring for the 1200 watt model just the cheap dorm/ 700watt. Or an air fryer. I think my air fryer sees more action than the microwave.

Otherwise I grab the premade salads and as much as I shouldn't.. The flying Js have pot roast and mashed potatoes.. I haven't had it in months but it's pretty good in a pinch.

Posted:  2 months ago

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Got stuck on a dock hook this is how my day went

When I was still with CRST I switched codrivers while on home time. My new codriver picked me up after he got loaded but was out of hours. I asked if he scaled it "yep" I drove out and hit the first scale and guess what... It was a VA scale, fixed it and no ticket. Learned alot feom that driver... Told me trucks are to heavy to blow over from wind. Nice enough guy but we didn't stay together long.

Posted:  2 months, 3 weeks ago

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Trainer kicked me off the truck tonight!

Sorry I got a chuckle when "this is week two, we shouldn't be practicing you should have it down"

You'll be learning new things for years to come. Expect to be a competent backer in 6ish months sometimes more sometimes less. Until then, relax, don't hit nothing , and take your time.

And no.. Don't drive on crap tires.

Posted:  2 months, 3 weeks ago

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DL after CDL & CA motorcycle license class

Can't speak for CA Raptor ( and a few others) is from there he might be able to help. You will have one license in your home state and any endorsements are good nation wide.

I think NY has a special one for metal coils I'm sure a flat bedder can speak more on that.

Not sure that answered his question. (Also not CA) But I almost lost my motorcycle endorsement when I first got my CDL. Had it not been for a watchful teacher over an administrative person that would've overlooked it, I'd have had to retest for it.

So that *might* have been what happened.

Then again it is CA.. Again hopefully someone from the leftcoast can chime in.

Posted:  2 months, 4 weeks ago

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What would you do? (Icy roads)

Had this experience a couple of years ago in Michigan I believe. The roads were elevated on bridge type platforms. Several lanes either direction. Everyone just kinda started sliding and coming to a halt. I got to the far left lane and put my tires on the rumble strip.

After that I got to watch the oncoming traffic do the same thing except they had a steady stream of people that were in to big of a hurry and had to go. So 1 by 1 you could watch cars get a good slide going and slam into a jersey wall, either the one in the middle or the one on the far side of me. After a good couple of hours a salt shaker showed up and we got moving again.

But I'll never forget people watching others wreck and then deciding they can do better on an ice covered embankment in a turn.

Posted:  3 months, 2 weeks ago

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Contract buyout

I got my CDL from CRST. The easy part is the testing. After that the real trucker training begins. Learning all the little ins and outs. Like finding your own empty when you're in areas that have few. Or making sure you read the messages before delivering or picking up to make sure you're taking the right route. Don't be a thorn in your DMs butt.

Also they do a lot of drop and hook, which is good for a newb. A lot of FedEx, UPS, Amazon. Most of those places are pretty big and easy to navigate. Get that down in your first year before you jump ship. And before you do ask if they have anything you might want like a dedicated route. Even though they don't advertise it I know of more than one driver who ran solo on a dedicated route. But... They won't give it to you while you're still new and under contract.

Stick that first year out. I know I remember hearing everyone talking about who would get out of their contract, and how, instead of how they would work their butt off.

Posted:  4 months ago

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This was weird

It's been awhile back but an oversized passed me and a little while later I passed him while he was pulled over. A bit later he passed me again so I got on the radio and asked him how his visit with the road pirates went. He said they were just checking permits. Since then I've had similar experiences with chemical tankers. Not myself with just a food grade. They seem to leave me alone. But it does make you think... Would I really want that kind of attention. I recall Brett mentioning chemical or hazmat not being worth what little if at all extra money that comes with it. And I think I'd have to agree. Although I have spoke with a person that said they ran local and was home each night and made 1500.00 a week while dragging a "pipebomb" or cryogenic tanker. That I might consider as I have been OTR for awhile now and I have a few goals for 2020.

I spent some time in the wind tunnel yesterday and I won't lie... It hurts today. So... In 2020 I plan on more skydiving and less worky work.

Posted:  4 months, 1 week ago

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Poor ride with newer trucks?

Generally the lighter the truck the more rocking and jumping it will do Freightshakers aren't the best riding trucks to begin with in my experience.

Jump into a heavy Volvo 780 and you can leave a drink open and on the rear table and finding sitting where you left it after your driving shift. Which I've done. A Pete 579 (I think?) Was just a little less in quality as far as ride then the Volvo. Kenworth T880 - T800 And for me the Freightliner is kinda at the bottom of the list as far as trucks I've driven in terms of ride quality.

And I've never driven an FL classic so I can't really compare but I wouldn't imagine that's a light truck. So it probably does ride pretty smooth.

Posted:  4 months, 2 weeks ago

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Got accept to PAM transport

Hopefully he does some fast talking with PAM or start with the dry van division. This is a bad time of year to learn to drive a truck with an olympic sized swimming pool behind it. Or best case scenario I'm completely wrong and they do have a dry bulk division. That would be great.

Posted:  4 months, 2 weeks ago

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Got accept to PAM transport

I think he might be in the dry bulk division. Country boy, are you hauling dry goods in the bulk tanks?

I'm not sure they have a dry bulk division.

Posted:  4 months, 2 weeks ago

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Backing help needed: turning front vs. back of trailer

I would also add that you don't need to feel like you have backing down 100%.

I say that because awhile back I made a comment to another here about the way I "passed backing skills" and they took that as I was given my CDL.

But I really feel like as long as you have a decent grasp and your good with GOAL. You should be good to go. Learn different ways/angles cause they will come in handy. Different ways of setting up. And each time you get a new tractor... Guess what you get to learn even more caise they are all different.

Posted:  4 months, 2 weeks ago

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Stupid Question About Doubles & Triples

Enjoy!

Posted:  4 months, 3 weeks ago

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Vent & Brag for the week

Finally out of the Best Western....sittin in a 2019 cascadia with 214k on the odom.....Lady driver dropped it off at Garners so we got it assigned to us now......She did a year now moving over to drive for Gardners.....

Camped at Love's here early morning empty pick n drop for load headed out to Bedford PA.....got lots time on it delivery on 23rd.....We should be there plenty early n drop .....Then bug DM for outbound load fast !! Weekend DMs really dont get much done.....Found out other truck rhat died out on me was prior driver got canned so put like 60 gallons water in left tank.....Guess they didnt get it all out......So it aint going out anytime soon.......Glad we are !!

Nice! Sounds like you lucked into a nearly brand new truck!! And no, weekend dispatch is more for putting out fires than dealing with the day to day stuff. Once you have a good relationship with your DM they will probably have you set to where you'll rarely need to speak with after hours.

Posted:  4 months, 3 weeks ago

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WWYD?

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You can also click on anyone's name and it will show you the pictures they have posted if you scroll down. Say for instance they have a picture of a check stub.^πŸ™„ Of their six figures.πŸ€”

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Lol, gonna have to do better than that. That 52k picture was in reply to someone asking about FIRST year wages. That’s my first ten months and I made that clear. Those 1900 weekly stubs, that was to show what I was bringing in as a second year driver and that was to back up another flatbed driver who no one believed was bringing in those kind of numbers. 1900 a week average is pretty dang close to six figures a year. And going into my third year, the numbers keep getting better. So what’s the problem here?

None. If he looks he'll see a first year pay stub. That's kinda what he's been after.

Posted:  4 months, 3 weeks ago

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WWYD?

You can also click on anyone's name and it will show you the pictures they have posted if you scroll down. Say for instance they have a picture of a check stub.^πŸ™„ Of their six figures.πŸ€”

Posted:  4 months, 3 weeks ago

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Vent & Brag for the week

Me and my co driver finally got together once we both got back to our Riverside, Cal. Terminal

DM got us into a rental car headed to Phoenix to grab our assigned tractor here at Gardners terminal ( CRST bought them)

Supposedly our truck was ready to go.....NOT !! A mechanic was piecing the front bumper together to put it back on...Inside the cab was total crap nightmare of trash etc. (They dont/wint clean em out)

I called our DM told him we don't want this truck.....Ok so he gives me new truck there to check out...Nicer a 2018 white truck with 350k on odometer.....I check it out its ok only needs new driver seat this 1s torn to padding etc....mattresses can be replaced.

We spent all day got no service were totally ignored....Finally I tell a guy in the shop " we are taking that tractor Now we gotta get rolling so write number down and tell your boss.....Just then boss comes along replies ok take it .....

He had some smartass snicker in his reply...Truck has NO fuel so right to a Loves I go....$460 of fuel then next door to Blue Beacon for good cleaning.....2 hours in line waiting for the wash all good away we go to return rental so hopefully we get a load before our DM leaves for the weekend....

NO such luck !! I get stuck at a light, lose track of rental car, so I make my turn finally on green when all of a sudden.....The yelliw engine light comes on then 2nd yellow "check" engine light and its in limp mode no throttle response...I coast out of traffic just barely able to roll into dirt lot....3 plus hours calling for tow etc trucks towed back to where we got it from....Total miles driven since we took it until it broke=9 whole friggin miles hahaha

So here we are a 3rd night in a hotel not turning miles....And I have to wait to get reimbursed for what I have spent so far....They got the fuel n wash and hotel/rental car up to now covered.....

This too shall change soon enough,,,, just another hiccup in trucking world. lol Sorry long post lol I like to give mental images sometimes

πŸ˜† I don't mean to laugh at you... But I had a similar experience years ago. You'll get through it.

I picked up my first truck at Riverside. And my first load was out of LA. That... Was a rough day.

Posted:  4 months, 3 weeks ago

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WWYD?

I wouldn't rule out company sponsored training. I didn't spend a dime out of pocket, had a job lined up and got that all important first year of experience. The company that gave me that also assumed the risk of turning me loose in an expensive piece of equipment capable of doing some really expensive damage.

Now I make pretty good money. And I agree with what Old-school said, what others make is irrelevant to what you will make. 45k for your first year give or take is what you should plan for. More importantly... Learn the job. I still learn new things daily. After a few years it shouldn't surprise you if you make a week what you did in two. At either of the places you listed.

Posted:  4 months, 3 weeks ago

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Vent & Brag for the week

I have different dispatchers for different geographic locations and awhile back we lost one due to health reasons. She is sorely missed, due to her attitude and abilities in the position she held. And the fact that she was replaced by two people for her one position speaks volumes. But they are still new and rough around the edges so in their locations I get some extra sitting time or get a load that can't be made here and there.

My "home location" dispatcher has upper her game lol she will send me loads to pick up from ten hours and fifty minutes drive time away. Knowing I'll make it happen. I like those days now and again.

What's this fuel mileage thing you guys speak of? Is that when I run/idle the truck from the time I get loaded to the time I get empty. In transit heat.πŸ™„πŸ˜¬

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