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    Norfolk, VA

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    Rookie Solo Driver

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    3 years, 6 months ago

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Just started looking at a new way to fund life.

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Posted:  4 days, 2 hours ago

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Stuck in Pendleton Oregon

Yep... Cabbage might not be fun about now.

Posted:  4 days, 3 hours ago

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Ask for new trainer, or suck it up?

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Drinking a lit of water cures many ailments. It's just too bad that that means more bathroom runs.

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A full bladder is a way to help stay awake if you start zoning out. Staying hungry helps, too.

This stuff... However funny it's also true and should be made a sticky somewhere in the HighRoad.

Posted:  4 days, 3 hours ago

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Any Sirius XM users here?

I heart radio app, it's free. Bluetooth phone to truck radio. YouTube music app it's free also but your phone will stay unlocked (screen on) for the entire time unless you pay for a month subscription. Both of them you more or less shape your station by adding artist names or songs.

Posted:  4 days, 3 hours ago

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CRST Exit Oppurtunities???

Hi All,

If I end up at CRST, how easy is it to get on with a company where I can become solo OTR? I really don't want to team, however, I'm willing to stick it out for the ten month contract as my options are limited.

As others have mentioned, you might wanna look eslewhere. I worked for CRST and did just fine. I spent some time reading about what I was getting into. And it really blew me away to hear everyone talking about how to "get out of the contract" once I was in the facility at Cedar Rapids.

You just rode a bus to get to a job you don't even want? Now... All those people just got trained and were put into trucks with other drivers that want to be there.

Case in point my first codriver drove himself home while I was asleep. He woke me up and I drove myself some place to park and sleep for the rest of my off time.

Now I'm on a team load by myself. Just save yourself some time and money by getting a job you want. Not to mention the same for someone else.

Posted:  1 week, 2 days ago

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Mistakenly took one of my wife Adderall thinking it was one of my aspirants. Failed drug test.

I'm curious now, I thought to test for something specific like Adderall you would have to get tested for that specific drug. Another thing is you said you got tested the same day you took it. I thought i read somewhere that it takes time for a drug to breakdown. Wouldn't appear in your urine right away?

No specific testing for Adderall. It's pharmacy grade Cocaine (sorry amphetamines)so it will show up on pretty much all of them. Ever seen a pink Asprin? Me either.

Posted:  1 week, 2 days ago

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Gps guidance

Really the biggest difference I can tell between the two is that Rand Mcnally shows more stops like truckstops. Some are pretty small but it seems to just have more listed. I've had both of the larger brands. I'd still be using the Rand but it died on me so I'm back to using the Dezl. They do use different routes sometimes. And the Dezl does seem to be off mileage wise sometimes by a pretty sizeable amount. And it should go without saying... Follow none of them blindly.

Posted:  3 weeks ago

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Food grade tankers

I'll also point out that I more or less started a conversation in that post... Read the replies as they have lots more info.

Posted:  3 weeks ago

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Food grade tankers

Richard I started a topic that was called (Here is what it's like pulling a tanker)

Search bar at the top of the page. And I think that is about all I can help with. Your other question about buying a truck is not really what we do here. But I'll also point out that not many people run O/O pulling food grade. And I would highly suggest you not become one of the few that do. Unless you know all the products that can be top loaded after each and every other product. What kind of wash you need for all shippers. Not to mention if you only have 1 trailer your gonna be waiting for it after each load. And they don't hop to it as soon as you pull into the tankwash.

And if your thinking about buying another trailer you should price them first.

Work for a food grade company for awhile. Pass on buying your own truck and trailer.

Posted:  3 weeks, 2 days ago

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*sigh* Western Express

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Brett we really need a popcorn smiley on here.

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You are ready to bust out the popcorn already? You need at least 30- 40 replies to consider picking all of those hulls out of your teeth!

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Nah I'm with CT, popcorn smiley seems appropriate for this post.

Posted:  1 month ago

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Cb alternative

My bad. I fully missed it thinking it was a paid app. From Google store.

Posted:  1 month ago

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Here Is What It's Like Pulling A Tanker

Yeah Rob I'm not sure I'd wanna pull a tank with an auto. And thanks for the write up... Two birds with one stone. I've always wanted to know more about food grade doubles. I've seen fuel and food on twins but never really seen anyone talk about it. And it makes sense that the full forwars trailer would dampen it alot.

Posted:  1 month ago

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Cb alternative

I'm curious when you say app how does such a thing work? Synced from your phone to the cb? How widely used is it among drivers?

Have you ever heard of it before now? Ever heard of a CB channel 19?

If you answered no and yes like everyone else then what's the point? You need everyone on the same page otherwise you miss out on important updates like Turtle pointed out.

Posted:  1 month ago

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Canada crossing Help!!

Thanks... False alarm.. sorry. As it turns out I'll be back and forth from Atlanta to Arkansas cause... well it's cold up north.

Posted:  1 month ago

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Here Is What It's Like Pulling A Tanker

You kinda get used to the long sleeves but the summers do get warm. Long sleeve, pants and steal toes every day. Except for the quarrys I can pull the sleeves up a little. You also dont realize how much heat a safety vest can hold in until you take it off.

I do mostly feed mills, chicken farms and waste to energy plants. The smell can really get you on those warm days. Chicken farms are one of the worst and the flies are insane. I cant leave without having at least 3 in my truck just from opening the door twice.

Kind of like flatbed it takes a certain person to actually enjoy the work. Were our here getting dirty and in the weather every day too.

You can keep your tarps though. I'll just watch as you guys do your thing.

I go to a Tyson chicken plant in Arkansas so... I know what you mean. And when they kick on those fans to blow out the coops... Well I was hungry a few minutes ago but not so much anymore.

Posted:  1 month ago

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Canada crossing Help!!

Anyone have any words of wisdom for the border crossing into Canada?

Posted:  1 month ago

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Here Is What It's Like Pulling A Tanker

I’ll say it again, really good stuff CWC, & all. Enjoyed reading it.

Thanks G-town! We needed a little more than XXX Don't do it!!XXX That always made me want to do something even more as a kid.

And Danielsahn pulling liquid ranks right up there with holding four corners of a parachute... or a tarp as you call it. It the wind.

Posted:  1 month ago

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Here Is What It's Like Pulling A Tanker

I guess nobody else really mentioned that we actually get to unload. I like getting out of the truck and working for the most part.😁 And flatbedders are going to groan that I said hooking up a few hoses is work but hey.. It gets me out of the seat and I'm not about to tarp anything.

Posted:  1 month ago

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Here Is What It's Like Pulling A Tanker

Totally spaced the lack of sliding the tandems. Along with being able to fit almost anywhere.

I'll tell on myself since it applies to the above. You know most people can't tell a difference between a fuel tanker and a food grade at a gas station... this comes in pretty handy when your way off the interstate and out of hours. Yes I did. And nobody said a word to me.

Thanks guys. This is an excellent thread and should be required reading for any future tankers.

This is why I started it. We have how to everything... But tanker. And I get it that it's not where you start but like I said in the beginning. When I was thinking about making the switch I couldn't find much.

I still don't really know anything about cryogenics, fuel, or milk hauling. They all seem kinda cool and different in their own way. I'm not to sure I'd wanna haul fuel but it would be different to hear about them all.

Chemicals are out for me... I get irritated when I go to places like Dupont Chemical division and they tell me I've gotta have long sleeves. So the thought of wearing a full on suit... takes that one off the list.

Heavy gloves and a face shield for cryogenics... Might be doable for the right price😎

I'm just curious about milk cause I deliver to a few places that always have milk trucks in the bays next to me.

Posted:  1 month ago

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New food tanker driver

Google tanker crash flagstaff Az. It is a 3 compartment tank and was overturned on I-40. That can give you a visual of what we are talking about.

This brings up another point. When I pulled a dry van I passed wrecks and never really thought more than "man I hope they're ok."

Now when I pass I wrecked tanker I don't look. Not really sure what that says about me but.. on the rare occasion I do happen to see it.. It sticks with me for awhile.

Posted:  1 month ago

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New food tanker driver

Again, thank you all for your input. I know the other day I came off bull headed about this situation and even became argumentative. I sincerely apologize about that. I completely understand where you all are coming from and understand that you all have my best interest in mind. I really do appreciate that and that is why I first posted this post. Currently I am going to look in to other options. Driving a tanker is still something that intrigues me but clearly I need to get better experience first. The tankers aren’t going anywhere! Lol. Although I’m not sure what route to take next, I will look into something not quite as dangerous. Thank you all again, and once more , I apologize for the attitude earlier. Safe travels!

Honestly dry van or reefer is the way to go and I say that because if you go flatbed I don't think the spread axle is going to handle nearly the same. Just put in a solid year and reevaluate rather you even wanna change after that. You lose money making company jumps.

If I change companies again it will be because I move out of our hiring area and I'm really hoping they work with me cause I really like the company I work for and the people I work with.

And just try this for the last few months before the move to tanker. Try slowing down before every turn in the mountains. If you got a cb you might wanna turn it off cause nobody else will be slowing down. For me this took some getting used to. I got pretty good at going down the hills at pretty high pace. So just going slower than everyone else seemed unnatural. If that's something you can relate to fix early cause it's a bad habit. Along with following distance. Start making a habit of leaving enough room to see around the truck in front of you (who's probably tailgating the truck in front of him) All those are habits that if you can relate to you might actively try to change before the jump.

Everyone knows tankers are dangerous cause they roll over easy right? I have a permit in my book for having a short axle lenght... let that marinate.

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