Profile For Paul W.

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    GA

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    Rookie Solo Driver

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    4 years, 2 months ago

Paul W.'s Bio

I'm an Army veteran and current Air Force reservist. Just starting out in trucking driving and working for a great company Roehl. I've been considering driving a truck for a long time now and am now finally getting it started.

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Posted:  6 days, 1 hour ago

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Transport America

Hey folks,

It's been a long while since I've last been here and or posted anything. I am a former trucker so to speak. Got out of it to settle down and have my daughter but now that I'm getting divorced am seriously considering weather to go back to it. Was wondering if anyone could tell me anything about Transport America. Such as how their orientation works. What kind of trucks they have, and weather they are 10 speeds or automatics. I much prefer the manual although I keep getting told that those are being fazed out to strictly automatics. I hope not but I suppose I'm in the minority. Haha

Transport America seems to have some good options such as 14 days out 7 days in and so that is why I have been looking at them. Do they allow drivers to take a companion or friend from time to time? Any pointers and or advice for one who is looking tog et back in, would be greatly appreciated.

Thank you

Posted:  1 year, 8 months ago

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Intermodal

Shiva, I’ve just recently been offers a local intermodal position at J B Hunt. Are you still on a local position with them? I was wondering because I’ve heard different things as far as making money on these. Do you get held up quite often at rail yards? About how many loads do you live load/unload and drop/hooks do you do per day? They quoted me an average of $45k per year with rope performers being able to make around $55k per year. Another driver stated on another form that due to being held up at the rail yard in combination with trying to find the container he’s supposed to pickup, he stated that he’s basically starving and isn’t making enough to support his family.

Can you offer any input and what has been your experiences with J B Hunt intermodal thus far?

Thank you

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Now that I've got a better understanding of dry van and tanker divisions can someone elaborate on the intermodal opportunities? Do trucking companies reserve these positions for experienced drivers only or is it something a new driver can jump in to right out of school?

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Intermodal is where the $$ is at! I was running Otr with Henderson trucking and my miles started to dip, I got tired of doing a 34 reset over the weekend away from home, so I started applying to regional jobs JB Hunt being 1 of them. I applied for intermodal regional with JB. after 6 weeks my fleet manager called me. Local intermodal had a position open and they wanted to know if I was interested the rest is history. Doing regional intermodal for 6 weeks gave me the training for the rail yards, so when I went local my trainer just had to show me how to make the $$. I liked regional intermodal, but I love local intermodal with JB. Most $$ I have ever made and I am home every day and off 2 days a week.

Posted:  2 years, 10 months ago

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Stay with Roehl? Or go elsewhere???

Were you actually told that that they don't have routes into Canada? Because I used to drive for Roehl and I've been into Canada twice. I don't know if they lost the customer or what not but my trainer has gone to Canada a few times. Now the Canada routes are not constant but I think they still have them. I've driven 76000 miles for them. The thing with Roehl is that they are a great company for sure. I've enjoyed my time there but the fact of the matter is that Roehl ' s customers are mostly in the Midwest to the northeast. They really don't have any customers or freight in the west. I'm not getting this from my experience but from the drivers who've been there a while and as well from different FM's. They just don't have any freight in the west.

I appreciate all the great feedback. I will be moving to a new Fleet (Driver) Manager in a few days. My current FM is moving into a new role. I will be having a conf call with him, my new FM, and my new FM's boss. Seems like a perfect time to share with them how I'm feeling about my time with Roehl so far (very positive), and what my goals are.

I've gotten positive feedback from my FM in my time working with him. I haven't had a missed appointment since my first month. I almost always get to the shipper early and I'm often able to get loaded/pick up the trailer ahead of schedule. I've had some weeks where I've done over 3000, but that's been unusual.

I will be asking for their help in achieving the goals listed below. I want their feedback on how feasible these goals are. If they say, for example, "We're simply not going to be able to get you out west, or up into Canada. Roehl just doesn't have the routes there.", that will be a deal-breaker for me. I wouldn't be upset with Roehl, but that will be a clear indicator I need to look elsewhere.

Goals 1. Increase my avg miles per week to 2700 by end of January. 2. Ensure I have a clear understanding of anything I need to do to grow my CPM (it's all performance-based). 3. Travel the 48 states and Canada. 4. Ensure I have a clear understanding of anything I need to do to facilitate prompt payment of detention time.

I'll let you know how that conversation goes.

Posted:  2 years, 10 months ago

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Background Check from Previous Truck Companies

I'm with you on the fact that driving on the grass is seen as an incident and even more so since there was no damage. Basically when I called my FM about a week later his almost exact words were, the safety manager upon seeing the grass in the photos automatically wrote it up as an safety incident. I'm not in any way trying to excuse myself or my mistakes but because they are categorizing it as 2 incidents, it has caused some doors to close for me unfortunately.

I don't see how it could hurt anything to ask but I doubt they're going to change anything.

I also don't understand how driving onto someone's grass got recorded as an incident. Someone had to have called your company and reported damages or something.

From now on when you apply somewhere you're probably just going to have to let them know that your last company is going to report two incidents that there are no record of and explain what happened. I'm not sure what else you can really do.

Posted:  2 years, 10 months ago

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Background Check from Previous Truck Companies

So my question is this. Is it a wise decision to call and ask a company to change an event that they are calling an incident when there was no damages involved to other trucking company inquiries? After driving for about 10 months with one company and 76,000 miles, I decided it was time for me to leave a company that I originally started with. I already had my CDL when I started with them but I didn't really have any experience. I left on what I deem as good terms. Have them more than 2 weeks advance notice. Did not ever cuss anyone out. Only bad thing I did was I had one non injury accident back in January where I damaged the side market and skirt of the trailer, minor damage. The light was still fully operational. And caused damage to 2 yellow poles on a city property. Nothing major. Coupe of hundred dollars worth total maybe. I also called the local Sheriffs department to report myself and I only bring that up to state I'm not one who hides from my faults. Since that one I had what this company referred to an another incident' which really was a mistake on my part and could have caused damage but no damages were done and no injuries. I drove the front of the tractor onto a another company' S property in an attempt to backin to a very tight dock. There was some grass in the area but it was mostly dirt and gavel. The owner himself actually stated that all the grass had actually been destroyed by drivers of another company that deliverd to that shipper regularly. So the company I first drove for has reported it 2 serious incidents within a 12 month period and any and all inquiries that come in to them, they do not hesitate to say that I've had 2 serious incidents already. Nothing is on my DAC report and my driving record is clean. Not even the accident in January is on record anywhere. One employer who I spoke to suggested that maybe I could call this company and ask them since I no longer drive for them, if they could stop reporting it as an incident as it sounds much worst that what really happened. Can this even be considered as a good idea to call them and ask that or would I just be opening the door for more trouble? Thanks guys.

Posted:  3 years, 1 month ago

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Cooking and refrigerators in your truck?

Not to sound stupid, but can you pretty much run a ice less cooler and the 12 volt lunchbox at the same time without blowing a fuse? I have a Coleman ice less cooler and was just basically wondering if I need to unplug it before I plug in the lunchbox thing?

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I too am also curious about the subject. I had no idea there were companies that did not allow inverters. Is it because they are seen as a fire hazard? How well does a 12v cooler work? Do they require ice or anything?

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The 12 volt coolers work good. They basically keep the temperature about 45 degrees cooler than the temperature in your truck. They don't work as well as an actual mini fridge but they work fine, they're cheaper, and they're 12 volt so you don't need an inverter. They do not require ice, nor do they have an ice maker the way the mini refrigerators often do.

Almost all companies allow inverters. I know Swift has some sort of a policy against them but I don't know any other companies that do offhand.

Posted:  3 years, 2 months ago

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DAC Report Quit Under Dispatch

I appreciate it guys.

Posted:  3 years, 2 months ago

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DAC Report Quit Under Dispatch

If a driver quits one company to work for another without telling the current company a reason for quitting, can the truck company legally file a bad DAC report on the driver and this prevent future hiring to another company? I have been driving with a company I started with for about 8 months now and am currently looking to switch companies. Nothing bad about the current company I work for but rather I found another company that pays a little bit better and has a regional that better suits my needs. I initially gave a 2 weeks notice but it was due to me taking an overseas assignment, government related. I was then told since I'd be gone for over 30 days I'd have to resign but upon my return they would rehire me and I'd be ' fast tracked.' Since that initial notice they have received inquiries from other companies I've applied to and I've been asked what my intentions were but I have failed to give any reasoning or information other than what I gave them two weeks ago. When another trucking company contacts the current or former company, are they obligatied to give the information regarding verifiable miles driven and all? What if they also gave a bad report on my DAC? Do I have any options if I lose out on an opportunity due to a bad DAC?

Posted:  3 years, 2 months ago

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Percentage Pay Versus Mileage Pay

I know this topic was mileage pay vs. percentage pay. I do t know if this topic was covered already, I didn't see it. My question is what about practical mileage pay. Like for example, Roehl pays miles based upon zip code to zip code while there are a couple of other companies that pay practical route miles. What is the difference between the two? Is one better than the other or does it all kind of depend?

Posted:  3 years, 2 months ago

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C.B. Radio

Just had a CB installed in the company truck. I've been meaning to get one for awhile but timing as well as cost, was a limiting factor. Do you or anyone else have any advice for a rookie with the CB?

Thanks

I am merely trying to point out the importance of communication to the new drivers out here. Learn how to use the radio and you will not here all of the garbage.

Posted:  3 years, 4 months ago

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Air leak in the manual transmission

They did have to get under it at first to locate the source of the leak but then they plugged it from inside the cab. From under the the rubber boot at the bottom of the shifter.

Posted:  3 years, 4 months ago

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Air leak in the manual transmission

Thanks guys for your input. Apparently between the bottom of the shifter and underneath the cab, the air line came loose. How that happened I have no idea

Posted:  3 years, 4 months ago

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Air leak in the manual transmission

At first I thought it was the lever wasn't going down all the way or something. But turns out the leak is actually coming from a valve or something like what G- Town mentioned. It's coming from underneath the cab so unfortunately I cannot get to it

The range selector is air operated. I've never had leakage problems, but I hear the air if the lever isn't completely up or down. Can you look to see if the lever isn't sticking on something, keeping it from closing all the way?k

Posted:  3 years, 4 months ago

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Air leak in the manual transmission

Hi, Has anyone expierenced an air leak in the manual transmission shifter? On a 10 speed there is that lever that you select to switch from low to high and visa versa. In my case it first started as a small leak but when I got to the shipper it seemed to have increased and I have to pull the lever up in order to keep it from leaking air from my tanks. Also when I was trying to back into the door, I of course had the lever down to back in low gear and I noticed that the clutch pedal was vibrating. I had to engage the clutch brake to stop the vibration. That along with the fact that when I switch the lever down I don't hear the clicking sound it always makes but just leaking air. I bobtailed around the yard some and my speed was 10 miles even though I had it in first gear, the lever was down and leaking air. I'm wondering if it's not engaging any of the low gears now and due to the air leak?

Any thoughts or knowledge on this? Thanks

Posted:  3 years, 8 months ago

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LDS (aka Mormon) Drivers

I am a Mormon myself, been inactive for few years and am trying to get back myself. I am just starting out here in the trucking part so I don't really have any advice to give. What I have been trying to do is to study the scriptures and each time I'm home get to church. I suppose if it is possible or there is a ward nearby, then you could probably call and ask for a ride. In my case, I have never been comfortable with doing that though, just getting the ride part. It is hard for me to approach people and what not.

Posted:  3 years, 8 months ago

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11/3 plan from Roehl, maybe Schneider?

I'm currently with Roehl. One of my trainers is on the 7 days out and 7 home time and what I'm currently on is the national fleet with every 11 days out, get 72 hours home time. Depending upon the fleet manager, it usually works but sometimes they will send you a new load that you have to cut your 72 short just to make it on time.

Posted:  3 years, 8 months ago

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Bad State Inspection Notice

So I have a very dumb question to ask. I didn't receive any citations but in my failure to stop at a weigh station that I had thought was only for agriculture,( yeah pretty stupid on my part) I of course was pulled over and a brief inspection was conducted. On the sheet it states my failure to enter the weigh station but again the state trooper did not issue a citation. Now not being issued a citation, would that even matter at this point since I received this inspection? I have to send it in to the company for them to sign it and return to the state. Can this hurt me in terms of being considered still employable and such?

Posted:  3 years, 9 months ago

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I have a CB question.

You don't need anything crazy to start as others mentioned. If you want to spend a few bucks more, the Cobra 29 has stood the test of time as a solid radio that can be improved upon down the road. Or, just leave it alone and have a solid radio that will work every time you switch it on. The antenna is built into your truck, the owners manual might let you know where they run the coax for the antenna. Red = hot / black = ground.

I have a 2015 Prostar and the wires are green and white instead of red and black. So in my case what would be the ground?

Posted:  3 years, 9 months ago

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C.B. Radio

Over the years I've watched the CB save lives many, many times. I've also enjoyed a ton of fantastic conversations, gotten directions to customers, found out about traffic and weather up ahead, been warned about obstructions in the road ahead, and been notified of problems with my truck.

I personally wouldn't want to drive 50 feet in a big rig without a CB radio but that's because I know from experience how critically important they are.

Oddly enough I've found over the years there are an awful lot of people who seem to take an almost angry and passionate stand against using a CB as if their reputation would be hurt by doing so. They seem to have this serious distaste for them, but rarely do they have much experience with them either I've found.

Once you've experienced how helpful they can be and how critical they are to safety you realize you'd be a fool for not having a CB in your truck. To those people I would ask, "Are you aware of the fact that there's an on/off switch?" You might want to turn it off if you're sitting at a truck stop in West Memphis or something but wouldn't it be nice to know about the black ice on the road ahead sending trucks into the ditch, or the DOT inspections going on in the rest area 45 minutes up the road, or the cop that's sticking out into your lane of traffic around the blind curve ahead?

If you're going to drive a rig you should have a CB. You can always turn it off if need be. But if you choose not to have one in the truck at all I'd love to hear how you feel that's helping you be a safer, more informed driver.

Thanks for posting this. I'm a new driver, only been out 3 months now. I met one experienced driver who was helping me back into a space one night asked if I had my radio turned on. That was when I had just started driving solo. My trainers never had them in their trucks and so, due to that and then how expensive they are, I never got around to getting one. But I saw a post on FB where a driver posted about the huge accident pile up and how he had been on his CB trying to warn many other drivers. I then stated looking here and have been rethinking that I may need to seriously look at getting one. I have no idea how to turn one though or which channel would one need to use?

Posted:  3 years, 9 months ago

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Air brakes test....ugh

I'm talking about practice on the range...pre trip inspection of brakes.

Yea they can seem difficult. I know what you mean. For me what worked best was going through the exact steps over and over again. This test if I'm not mistaken is one where you can't go wrong on it. Each time you get into the truck, you should make it a priority to go through the air brakes test at least once if not more than once, that way come time for your test, it'll just be natural for you and you'll slide without even a second thought.

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