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  • Location:
    Norfolk, VA

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    Rookie Solo Driver

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    4 years, 11 months ago

Cwc's Bio

Just started looking at a new way to fund life.

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Posted:  1 day, 19 hours ago

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Best headset for trucker

So far I've never tried to hold a conversation on a Bluetooth headset. I've been driving for.. Awhile. And the best use I've found for one is to link it to my laptop to watch movies. Rather it's in your hand or up against your ear it's still doing the same thing.

I included a picture of what happend from wearing a Bluetooth while riding a bike. At least it was just a carbon fiber bicycle...

And not that one.

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Posted:  6 days, 18 hours ago

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Early Fireworks--Blown Steer Tire

Hopefully you were wearing your brown pants.

Posted:  1 week, 1 day ago

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New Guy Questions

I'll be the first to admit that I've never heard of a company turning a driver loose without a "finishing trainer" of some sort.

That to me just sounds like an awful learning experience. And I side with everyone else, say thanks but no thanks. Aside from the safety aspect. I felt like I learned much more on the road than on the skidpad or school driving area.

And you gotta ask yourself. If the norm is to spend a month give or take with an OTR trainer... Why are these guys not doing that?

Posted:  1 week, 1 day ago

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When to know how to start your backing

Sparky if I read it right you already have a truck right? I'm guessing they thought you are good enough. I mention that because it seems like your asking for a specific way to line up a hole in one so to speak. That's typically not the case in the beginning. It can happen but for the most part. You learn basics in a class and then with a trainer. After that it's just doing it poorly but safely till you get the mechanics done. I get the feeling your probably doing ok but just wanna skip a step... Yep people might laugh or honk but... Earn it... Laugh with them.

If I missed my mark/ I usually try and wait till my door is about the middle of the truck past the spot I wanna back into.

Also if you try and think of it as backing bobtail into the spot next to the one you want it kinda helps with your setup.

*Disclaimer* I pull a 48ft trailer, and I think I have been pulling it for longer than I've pulled a 53ft trailer?😕🤔

Posted:  2 weeks, 5 days ago

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Western Non compete contract

Brett do you work for WE? It seems like you do since you know a lot of things about how much I would be making each week. As far as what I will be doing is my business

At just about every truck stop you'll find a board with cards or pamphlets from all the big trucking companies. You could throw a dart at it and go with the company it hits and make a grand a week after some solid skills and good habits are made.

As for Brett mentioning "how good was the other offer?" A few cents per mile doesn't really mean a lot. Other things come into play. And job hopping is a very real thing in trucking. So is losing money from your own desicsions. I believe someone else already pointed out your two options. Pick up a phone and call an attorney or Western. And don't get mad when people don't tell you what you wanna hear. Deal with it and move on. I'd love to tell you I've never did anything stupid... But that's just not the case.

Posted:  1 month ago

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Need help on staying cool at night

When it's really hot you'll need the engine. Some trucks you can flip the splitter to the up position and turn on the cruise control and it may override the idle shutdown.

If that doesn't work then make sure you are on a level surface. Set the trailer brakes and push the tractor brakes in... And you should find that your tractor doesn't turn off. Please don't skip step one.

Posted:  1 month, 3 weeks ago

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Wanna save the world?? Ask a truck driver!

That would be some massively expensive fruits and veggies, sounds like to me.

But who knows? do that and sell to high end restaurants that only want exceptional quality, along with some high income customers and it might work.

Or maybe very well thought out farms. YouTube"Never Sink farms" They seem to do pretty well for a small farm.

I've been looking for some land for Black Walnut and pecans here in SC.

Posted:  3 months, 1 week 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:  4 months, 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:  4 months, 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:  5 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:  5 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:  5 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:  6 months 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:  6 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:  7 months, 1 week 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:  7 months, 2 weeks 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:  7 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:  7 months, 3 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:  7 months, 3 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.

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