Profile For Cwc

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  • Location:
    Norfolk, VA

  • Driving Status:
    Rookie Solo Driver

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    4 years, 1 month ago

Cwc's Bio

Just started looking at a new way to fund life.

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Posted:  1 week, 3 days ago

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Misdemeanor Who will hire me

I don't really see you having a problem getting employment. Just be sure and list it if they ask.

Posted:  2 weeks, 3 days ago

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Postcards from the Road! (Post Yours Please!)

0973591001567690230.jpg Taking a walk on my last trip out west. 0491306001567690324.jpg Well... Now thats over with.

Posted:  2 weeks, 5 days ago

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Hurricane

Last I saw this morning, Dorian is not going to make landfall anywhere in Florida. Unless of course it turns again to the west, which is unlikely at this point. The east coast will still have some strong weather, but I wouldn't anticipate it being anything near what the Bahamas is getting hit with.

Just bought my first house near Columbia,SC... That thing can take it's butt right back out to sea.

Posted:  2 weeks, 5 days ago

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Back in the USA and going to SAGE driving school in Muncie , Indiana

I grew up just down the road from Muncie in Anderson. Long since moved away. Although I occasionally deliver to Hershey's from Perdue farms in ?Delaware I wanna say. Which is right across the street from Carter's Anderson terminal.

Also as other might have mentioned home daily isn't as easy as it sounds. Often just long enough to shower, eat, sleep, and repeat.

Also keep in mind those home daily positions usually require really good time management skills and backing..

And since your in the area make sure you hit Art's Pizza for a roast beef sandwich. And Pizza King for a Royal feast with BBQ sauce .... Sounds horrible but you'll thank me while your eating it.... Not so much later that evening.

Posted:  3 weeks, 4 days ago

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Fatality Due to Apparently Improperly Secured Flatbed Load

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So, how do you three suggest a load like this be secured to prevent movement in a hard brake?

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Personally, I would make sure I was safe by pulling a dry van so someone else had to haul that.

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First thing I thought. Safest way to do it... Get someone else to do it. I'll stick to driving my tanker like granny.

Posted:  1 month ago

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Should I Request A New Trainer At Swift?

I forgot to add, he is on a dedicated route with about 4 warehouses. Do you think that is enough variety?

Sure, you need to learn to punch the correct macros on the Qualcomm, manage your time, and a little backing, route planning.

All backing is different and you just need to learn the jist. 1 don't hit anything, 2 go slow and get out and look. 3 see number 1.

Posted:  1 month ago

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Should I Request A New Trainer At Swift?

The first load you talked about was 750 miles. A person with a bit of seat time can run a 65mph truck over 600 miles in 10 hours provided you don't run into any major snags. Giving the second leg 3-5 hours to run that last 150 miles. Giving a noob a little cushion and a less stressful time constraint seems like a pretty good move don't you think?

Posted:  1 month ago

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A moment of shear panic

Alright time for me to come clean in my moment of panic. I was trying to forget it but Packrats post reminded me. Couple months ago I worked an extra day and it resulted in me laying over in a hotel due to a 4 hour delay at backhaul. I laid down around 4pm and awoke at what turned out to be 730PM. I quickly got dressed, used the restroom and went downstairs to check out. It wasnt until I climbed into the truck getting ready to login that it occurred to me I still had 3 hours until I could get started! I was far too embarrassed to go back inside so i just slept across the seats in the truck (we have wooden crates between the seats in daycabs to store chemicals, etc). The lady at the front desk looked at me a little weird when checking out but didnt ask any questions. I paid out of pocket nearly $200 for that room (company reimbursed me) only to actually sleep about 3 hours. Yikes!

I've never sprang for a room but totally guilty of the rest. I find when I do the split sleeper for a couple of days in row I'll wake up after only a few hours thinking it's time to roll. If I'm not doing the split sleeper however, I find I probably don't need an alarm. Like I will wake up just in time to shut the alarm off without it ever going off. But strangely enough single digit minutes till it does go off.

Nothing worse than waking up startled your late to get moving, seeing the sun is up making you think it's later than that 0630 start time you had planned, only to find out it's 1930.

Posted:  1 month, 1 week ago

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I Got Some New Wheels Today - Brand Spanking New

Old School with new toys!! Nice!!

Posted:  1 month, 1 week ago

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Ordered a folding bike! Carry bag next!

Oh... I figure I should also mention... Dogs are evil.

My best encounter was after a rather nasty set of hills, on the final and steepest hill of my ride. While on my way back to the truck a pitbull minus the leash came to greet me.. Not good. No gas left in the tank and still traveling at 02mph uphill. That was a bad day.

My other encounter was... Self inflicted more than anything else... I have a set of Bluetooth ear buds. I were them to watch movies from the laptop while the engine/APU runs. I don't talk and drive as I'm not to big on talking on the phone to begin with.

On one of my rides I had the bright idea of wearing the ear buds and listen to music while riding.

I came around a corner,seen a dog running after me and grabed a fist full of really good disc brakes. Had I not had the headphones in I would have probably heard the chain the dog was on rattling.

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That was almost two years ago. And I just took that picture.

Posted:  1 month, 1 week ago

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Ordered a folding bike! Carry bag next!

Bruce, as for storage... dunno. Guess I was thinking in a double sleeper... upper bunk. Does Schneider do doubles or just Singles like Hunt?

Cwc... you carried that in your rig???

Sure.. No passenger seat. I've also seen others take the front wheel off and stow behind the passenger seat vertically. Double bunk is the easiest. You can also buy an axle mount and bolt/screw it to a 2x4 or whatever really. Riding the trainer doesn't even take internet if you don't want to... I've downloaded several "maps" to ride different places and also different training reps... Hill climb days, sprints, recovery day strolls. And the multiple hours in and out of the saddle endurance rides..... Which are gruelling....in a fun sort of kill yourself waysmile.gif

Posted:  1 month, 2 weeks ago

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You Know You've Been Waiting Too Long For Your Next Load When...

Old School better make sure the eggs didn't come from a bird on the Migratory birds act list.shocked.png

Just kidding... The only reason I know about that is when I took possesion of my new house I had squatters living on my front porch. Barn Swallows...

Posted:  1 month, 2 weeks ago

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Ordered a folding bike! Carry bag next!

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This was my winter ride... I take my trainer and laptop. Get parked near the showers and Zwift or Trainerroad for awhile, hop off the bike and into the shower. You should see the looks you get while wearing lycra in a truck stop parking lot.

And yes... Bikes in truckstops are scary.

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Did you mean to attach a picture there?

Didn't know they made high-vis Lycra but I bet they do!

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Yep... I sure did Marc

Posted:  1 month, 2 weeks ago

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Ordered a folding bike! Carry bag next!

This was my winter ride... I take my trainer and laptop. Get parked near the showers and Zwift or Trainerroad for awhile, hop off the bike and into the shower. You should see the looks you get while wearing lycra in a truck stop parking lot.

And yes... Bikes in truckstops are scary.

Posted:  1 month, 4 weeks ago

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Tow or Fuel or cement - part time

Another thing about towing is that can be an extremely dangerous occupation. Think about all the distracted drivers, then you're parked on the shoulder of the highway, sometimes within a couple feet of traffic whizzing by.

Not to mention that if your working on the highways as a tow truck operator then the company you work for is dispatched by police. So you'll get calls for people parked illegally. Then you get to deal with the happy folks that walk back to find you towing their car.

I pull a food grade tanker. The hoses are a little heavy but I never have to worry about them pulling a gun or knife on meπŸ™„ Plus most places I deliver to I have a representative of that company to work their equipment. I could probably ask them for help if needed.

Posted:  2 months, 2 weeks 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:  3 months 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:  3 months, 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:  3 months, 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:  3 months, 2 weeks 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!

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