Profile For George M.

George M.'s Info

  • Location:
    Pembroke Pines , FL

  • Driving Status:
    Experienced Driver

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  • Joined Us:
    5 years, 10 months ago

George M.'s Bio

Retired Military 22yrs. As an aircraft Structural Mechanic. Ready to do something different. I'm itching for a deployment so what a better way to cure the fix than driving a truck for a few weeks.

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Posted:  5 years, 5 months ago

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Getting exercise as a truck driver

I'm a car hauler so I get all my cardio by jogging to get my cars in the yard, I get to the gym at least 3 times a week. but I found that eating healthy while on the road can suck. so I'm using an all natural super food system that gives me all the nutrition I need fills me while driving and it give me a butt load of energy, I lost 62lbs in four month before I started driving. I also prep simple healthy meals to take with me when I'm out for 6 days or so. I also use the tension bands to work out with.

George

How many of you work out? Do you walk around the truck stops? Just wondering when and where

Posted:  5 years, 7 months ago

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Batt Jumpers??????

Another similar thread was started recently which will contain much of your answers HERE

But basically, these trucks have multiple batteries and strong charging systems and battery tenders usually, so you should never need a jump start unless something is very wrong with the truck or the batteries are much too old and proper maintenance has not been done. In either case you'll be needing repairs or full battery replacement at that point which your company should provide, but in any case having a battery jumper box or even jumper cables will almost be of no use to you other than giving a jump to someone else in a broken down 4-wheeler (car or light truck). I would still keep a pair of good jumper cables on board myself, but mainly just so I can be a good Samaritan if someone breaks down and I know I can help.

Thank thats what i figured. thanks for the input..

Posted:  5 years, 7 months ago

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Batt Jumpers??????

Question is even worth getting a Batt jump starter pack for my truck? I'm thinking that it might be better to just isolate two batt for starting and the rest to run everything else. i driving a Day cab frightliner. Opinions please.

Posted:  5 years, 8 months ago

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Its Official

Hey that's awesome! Glad to hear it!

Thank you

Posted:  5 years, 8 months ago

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Its Official

That's awesome. I'm excited for you. Do you find car hauling fun? I've done some personal car hauling, but never on a trucker's scale. Does it pay well?

I love it, its fun so far, you bust your but for an hour or so then get in the truck and drive, and their isn't a tight time frame to stick too. But that could also be that 1 its all new to me. lol the truth is you know when your not going to like something. And i like this I'm sure ill have days that it will suck and the weather is poop. but then again I've been thru worse. The pay isn't bad I'm working with an OO that it contracted with Fleet car services, so we get all the GM cars going to the dealers and car rentals. So i get 30% of each load. figure if i stay local i can do up to 4 or 5 loads and thats about 100$ per load in a day give and take a few $. this is the busy season for us I'm told with the rental one of them is expecting up 7000 car by yr end , I'm told will see. The best part is i work when i want. meaning if i want to start at 6AM or 12 noon or just pull one load or as many as i can in my 12hrs.

Posted:  5 years, 8 months ago

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Its Official

Yes get cut loose this week, Car hauling. My trainer said he has never seen anyone pick up the basics of driving and loading cars, strapping them and all the paper work that goes with in such a short time, 3 weeks. I guess my attention to detail and discipline from being 22yrs in the military paid off. Im really enjoying this type of work. The best part is i work my own schedule.

Not bad from Aircraft mechanic to car hauler.

Posted:  5 years, 8 months ago

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Used Parts

Fellow trucker need a good site for used Frightener parts. The back of my driver seat broke in the middle, i haven't had time to pull the cover off to see if i can tac weld it. so in the mean time I'm looking for a replacement seat. i just need the seat not the base. Help

Posted:  5 years, 8 months ago

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Non compete agreement

If they are training you this is a common thing, and typically is for 2 years. If you're worried about it then don't sign it. Its just a way to make sure you don't get trained then go work for a competitor. And as others have stated its rather rare for anyone to take you to court over it even if you did get trained at one place then go work for another.

Phil

I was told that the OO had trained a driver he learned the car hauling biz. Then he went bought his own truck and got hired as an OO by the same company that the OO he trained with in the same terminal. I'm learning that the companies don't care about anything but the $$$$$$. I'm good I'm not being asked to sign one the OO is my wife cousin. lol

Posted:  5 years, 8 months ago

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Non compete agreement

I have a question on non compete agreement. Can an owner operator have a new driver sign a non compete agreement for a specific amount of time? I have heard of drivers getting trained i.e. car hauling then getting their own truck to go work for the same company that the owner Operator they were working for was contracted with. Insight on this?

Thank you

Posted:  5 years, 10 months ago

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Suggestion on choosing a company that supports Veterans

You won't find many in Florida. Not enough money to be made from Florida so most companies avoid that area.

Thanks Guy. I'm not to worried about finding a company out of FL, more focused on the pay and being able to bring my truck home when i have my home time. I'm retired so the medical benefits aren't a big deal for me.

Posted:  5 years, 10 months ago

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Suggestion on choosing a company that supports Veterans

I do know that Prime hires from FL. They have a really good benefits package and I know for sure they like veterans (I did my training through Prime).

I am retired USN, I know lots of either veterans or military retirees at Prime.

Ernie

Thanks for the info ill look into it.. I'm Retired Coast Guard Aviation, Metal bender 22 years.

Posted:  5 years, 10 months ago

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Suggestion on choosing a company that supports Veterans

I'm new to this sight and i have learn a bunch, thanks for the great info you folks are putting out their. so I'm a week away from completing CDL school in Miami, passed my pre trip now the rest next wk. I'm thinking of going with Werner because they offer tuition reimbursement and have the apprenticeship program thru the VA. They offer 30CPM to start after 275hr of driving with trainer.I haven't found another company that has those benies and is paying more than 30cpm. ill take any advise i can get. I know that i have to pay my dues, but if i have choices why not look.

Thanks George

Posted:  5 years, 10 months ago

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Best trucking company for Military Vets starting a new Career. or best recommendation.

I retired last Sept with 22yrs. I'm on my final week of CDL school. Sat i tested for my Pre Trip and passed Wednesday i take my last two skills and the drive. I live in South FL so I'm leaning towards Werner. They seem to have the best benefits for Vets . Please feel free to enlightening me on any other companies. Werner is offering 37CPM to start. The only Exp i had was for one full tour (4yrs) they sent me to get my Military CDL, it was a collateral duty. to be able to flat bed a helicopter home when a pilot jacked it up.

Thanks

Posted:  5 years, 10 months ago

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Military Veterans & Resources

Got this off of Averitt's page... "Did you know that if you are or were employed within the past year (12 months) in a military position requiring the operation of a military motor vehicle equivalent to a Commercial Motor Vehicle (CMV), you are eligible for a waiver to apply for a CDL without skills testing? "

Waiver form

Yes their are a few guys in my class that fall into this cat, they have already been hired by a carrier. the carrier sent them to the school as a civilian refresher. its a great deal for a lot of guys. i never converted mine so it expired 6 years ago.

Posted:  5 years, 10 months ago

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Military Veterans & Resources

All this info is great. I retired last Sept with 22yrs. I'm on my final week of CDL school. Sat i test for my Pre Trip and skills. I live in South FL so I'm leaning towards Werner. They seem to have the best benefits for Vets. Please feel free to enlightening me on any other companies. Werner is offering 37CPM to start. The only Exp i had was for one full tour they sent me to get my Military CDL, it was a collateral duty. to be able to flat bed a helicopter home if the pilot jacked it up.

Thanks

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