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    Lake Worth, FL

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    2 years, 9 months ago

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22.

I play a lot of music in my free time. Started with the drums, moved on to folk guitar, and picked up the banjo and harmonica along the way. Mixolydian and Major Blues are the best, so talk theory with me.

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Posted:  2 years, 3 months ago

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Worked for Roehl, questions concerning their contract (75k+ miles)

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Locally, if I make $12.50 and work 60 hours, I'll make $1000.

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Actually, working 60 hours at $12.50 would yield $750. Unless you're getting time and a half for hours over 40, in which case you'd get $875. Or do live somewhere where you get double pay for overtime or something?

Oh wow, yeah it comes out to $875, I'm just bad at math haha Some jobs give double time, though it's rare. A position with the county or city would be more likely to offer it, considering my father works a gov't job and is offered double time and a half several times a month, though he's got quite some tenure with a cushy county job.

@Brett, I already acknowledge all of that. I'm not sour about it, but obviously the best thing to do before sending a business money is figuring out if that amount can be reduced. I was told by a seasoned driver that these sorts of contracts are in fact not legal, so I figure I'd scour the internet and find out whether or not he was correct in that statement. A little bit of research beforehand helps.

And yeah, I make a ton of impulsive decisions, but don't go thinking I'm not gonna go through with the consequences. OTR was never the long term goal either way. I'm not in a worse position, I'm actually living quite comfortably with what I've saved up.

Posted:  2 years, 3 months ago

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Worked for Roehl, questions concerning their contract (75k+ miles)

Out of curiosity, what happened at Roehl that you weren't able to complete your 75k? A roehl recruiter came to my school today. Although I knew most of the info, he only briefly mentioned the contract however. I plan on staying at my company for a year or 2 regardless.

Nothing "happened", but after doing the math and comparing it to other professions, I figure it wasn't worth the pay.

32 cpm at 2000 miles comes out to $640, 2500 = $800, 3000 = $960. I could get 3000 a week with a bit of effort, though my goal was 2800 and my dispatchers kept me moving. With our 70 work hours: if I run on recaps and use 65 of those hours (legally) while maintaining my goal, I'll make roughly $13.78 an hour, with no over-time of course. Granted, you don't make that if you don't conserve your clock, and that's if you don't mind getting zilch while sleeping in subzero temperatures on the other coast, literally across the country. My diet is very limited, no bed, no human contact, adverse weather on a constant basis, I'm making very little money, and my free time is still limited to the cab (still AT work regardless of duty status).

Locally, if I make $12.50 and work 60 hours, I'll make $1000. I was good driving OTR, and I actually enjoyed it. I made appointments early, never turned down a load, and was generally treated well by Roehl. I don't hold it against them with this breach in contract, but when you work for three weeks at a time and make out with such a dismal amount of money, you start to consider other types of CMV work. Plus, I'm only 22 so I really don't mind the physical aspect of local work.

Anyway, if I don't have an out with this contract, I guess I'll just have to pay it. If you guys have questions, feel free to ask, regarding Roehl or OTR work in general.

Posted:  2 years, 3 months ago

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Worked for Roehl, questions concerning their contract (75k+ miles)

It's a little late in the day for me to go calling them, but how legally binding is this contract exactly? I've received a bill from Alliance Collection Agencies to the tune of $4,630.

No, I did not complete the 75k miles, and yes, I acknowledge that housing me for training and all does cost money. I understand that the company is trying to recoup losses, but I'd like to collect as much info as possible before I go sending anyone money.

So, does anyone have any experience with this? I'm back home for good, trying to get into local work, and this sizable bill will definitely be a set back.

Posted:  2 years, 7 months ago

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Is this common???

It happens in some areas. We have a spot near East St Louis that's shared with Werner I believe

Posted:  2 years, 7 months ago

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Sometimes the Grass is Not Greener on the Other SIde .........

An older guy tried explaining why I was wrong in not going straight into flatbed. His one deal-breaker was the extra money.

Everybody likes a certain aspect of their type of freight. Yeah, I could very easily get into flatbedding, but I don't see it as worth it. Others beg to differ, but that's their opinion.

Posted:  2 years, 7 months ago

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Driving in the N.E. ?

Farthest I've gone is Mass. It wasn't bad, though it was pretty bleak at 7am. Some cities you avoid at certain times of day. I drive through Chicago frequently, and never go through it unless I know traffic, crash locations, and have at least 4 hours on the clock. It might take three miles to merge into another lane simply because it's a bad place to be during rush-hour.

Also, I don't think I've ever seen Milwaukee during the day. I always hear about the bad traffic, but I've got my foot down the whole way because I check my hours way in advance.

Posted:  2 years, 7 months ago

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How DEF works in a Diesel engine

Gonna have to check this out when I have the chance

Posted:  2 years, 7 months ago

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Trip planning/Driving time

You can request to your dispatcher to be given loads that occur during certain hours. I prefer getting up early around two or three, that way I can shut down by 4 in the afternoon and I have a good four or five hours of little traffic early in the day. Additionally, shutting down midday is a lot safer and you will find it much easier to find a spot since everyone else is still out on the road. However, they might give you an assignment that conflicts with your personal schedule. Every once in a while, you will be the only driver in the area that can pick up a particular load. You might start your day at 8 at night, but they need you to load at 2pm, in which you say "no problem". It's just a necessary occurrence.

Posted:  2 years, 8 months ago

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Trucker's supplies for the road?

Windex, a spare toothbrush, a truck stop pocket guide in case you don't have a smartphone, a claw hammer (is great for prying), some old t-shirts or shop rags, etc.

Everyone has things that they find the most useful. For me, I'd rather use a claw hammer over a tire checker as they both serve the same purpose. If you don't want to pay 5 bucks for shop rags, go to Walmart and get the 18 pack of hand towels. Same price for a way bigger quantity, and they're also a lot more absorbent. Consider a clipboard case for your paperwork, they are a lot more reliable then storing everything in a folder. Some drivers will get the biggest cup they can find and fill it with free ice to throw in a cooler, as opposed to buying one with a built-in refrigeration unit. This is much cheaper and more reliable than relying on something that relies on the battery. Get yourself a hand broom and dustpan as well. It's not a good look for a truck to be covered in dust and dirt, so I sweet mine out every 2 or 3 days. Dawn dish soap or any other dish detergent works great on bugs.

Posted:  2 years, 8 months ago

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Roehl or Schneider

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I'm not trying to rain on the parade , but you guys need to call Schneider. If you have new cdl from private school they have Otr option of out 11 days/ in 3 starting at .34 cpm Orientation is only 17 days at $80 per day. And in some areas offering $5000 sign on bonus. That's a deal breaker for me

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That $5000 bonus you're referring to is most likely only for otr drivers who have some experience and if they are offering it to new graduates, well, it'd be very far and few options like that. Roehl starts off at .32 but after 3 months it goes up to. 34 and then .36 after another 3 months. Flat bed starts off at .34 or.36 I think. The same thing applies though, after 3 months .02 raise. Roehl has much better home time flexibility that Schneider doesn't always offer. Schneider has tankers though if you wanted to go that route.

I weighed my options between the two, because I really wanted to drive a tanker but I don't think there's anything else that could compete with the home time I get. I don't know what it is, but specialty haulers really draw me in, and I really wanna took a big ol tank of gas behind me. That or autos.

Posted:  2 years, 8 months ago

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The new Wal Mart truck

I would probably glue a button to the dash and put a label over it that says "warp drive", maybe request via CB if anyone has a spare flux capacitor.

It's cool, but I couldn't help but make rocket noises when I roll from a red light.

Posted:  2 years, 8 months ago

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Roehl or Schneider

Roehl pays .32 starting with dry van, plus a little bonus for short haul and normal rates for dead heading. Detention pay is $10 an hour after waiting two hours. Not sure about layover as I've never had to wait for another assignment.

I believe reefer gets .02 extra, I'm unsure about flatbed. No speciality hauling like autos or livestock, tankers, doubles, or bellyloaders. Some terminals have daycabs.

Additionally, this company goes to great lengths to hire drivers. I live in PBC, an hour north of Miami. Despite being 5+ hours from the closest dropyard in Jax, they fly me into Chicago twice a month at no cost. That speaks to us South Floridians.

Posted:  2 years, 8 months ago

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Make sure you secure it

Even as a lowly van driver, I check for bulges and tracking. I don't ever touch freight, but paranoia about the doors swinging open up a hill has got me checking everytime I pulloff the road to rest.

Posted:  2 years, 8 months ago

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Refusing chemical test SR22

It's kinda funny how some companies work. Some seem forgiving, others not so much.

I can't give you practical advice, but I know a guy who manufactured and distributed several millions of dollars worth of cocaine in the mid 90s. Charged felon, but he still got a job with PTL and he's doing pretty good now. I believe it has to do with the time in which it occurred. After so many years, they don't consider a problem. Just depends on the company, as some look back three years, some ten years.

Posted:  2 years, 8 months ago

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Roehl or Schneider

Roehl emphasizes safety and home time above anything else. I think they're great, I maintain a positive attitude and let them know that I'd like to hit a milestone as far as mileage goes. I get at least 450 miles a day, a week off of the time, and some of the dispatchers are really good people. Recent repairs to the truck really messed up my sleep schedule, a few days later they took note and set up loads so that I could resume my normal sleeping habits, and I was even able to recover some of that lost time with slightly longer loads. They know a lot of their drivers are new, many of which are simply not confident in themselves. The company sees this and they work them in a way so that they could be broken in and shown how things are to be done at an appropriate pace. Some of the guys complain about miles and locations and how slow the trucks are, but I don't mind any of that negativity. I'm treated well, they see that I'm working as hard as I can and being as safe as possible, and everyone wins. I cannot say much about Schneider as I don't know any drivers for them and have not spoken to any of their drivers. However, they are a starter company much like Roehl. A lot of these bigger companies didn't just magically appear, they have a reputation and massive fleets for a reason. I'm sure there's a lot of good to be said about Schneider as well.

Posted:  2 years, 8 months ago

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Parking at a truck stop, back in or nose in?

I was told that it's not laziness to look for the easy spots. The less you have to turn the wheel when it comes to parking, the less likely you are to hit another driver.

I would rather spend 15 minutes the night before trying to line up my trailer with a hole, than roll out completely blind. The truck pivots on your fifth wheel, so I would imagine it's a lot more difficult with that point being so much further in the spot.

Posted:  2 years, 8 months ago

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Driving vs Animals

Deer are not particularly bright: they may run across the road, stop short, and bolt right back to where they started.

Their sight is great, as are hearing and smell, but they tend to juke trucks and cars.

Posted:  2 years, 8 months ago

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How do I float gears?

Oh, and don't do it in school. Definitely a no no

Posted:  2 years, 8 months ago

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How do I float gears?

I think Errol mentioned hitting the right rpms and then tapping the throttle to bump it outta gear. I managed to get it down nice and smooth in only a few days after figuring out the basic concept.

Get your rpms to where they need to be, tap the pedal to slip out of gear, and wait for rpms to drop/rev the engine, slide back into gear.

I found out through trial and error on some low speed roads with no traffic. I imagine it like tapping the pedal replaces the first clutch.

I wish I could describe it better =/

You can skip gears in this manner as well

Posted:  2 years, 8 months ago

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I'd say this was a good call, right?

Went from MA to WI, I-80 most of the way. Loaded heavy, but I've been getting awesome miles all week. I stop at exit 71 in Ohio, wait my ten and start rolling again at 0300, still got a ways to go on the day of the appointment.

A few miles down the road and my check engine light's on, but no difference in the ride so I find a spot to pull off and check all my fluids and whatnot. I can't find anything wrong, levels are consistent and I can't see anything dripping. I alert dispatch and am given the green light to keep at it. Some minutes pass and my radar (controls cruise, gauges distance and speed, and activates engine brakes if an object is detected) starts acting up in addition to the engine icon. I gulp and figure dispatch doesn't wanna hear this at such an ungodly hour. I let them know that I gotta stop at the terminal before I continue towards the consignee to get it sorted out. It gets "fixed" and immediately craps out a mile outta the gate. Luckily, the cons was ten minutes away from another terminal. The truck was sent to a dealership and I've got a bunk here, no complaints.

Being connected to so many functions, the radar is turning the engine light on. It's purely for convenience, and the delays pushed delivery back a whole day, but I got 2750~ miles in six days and I feel like this was a good decision.

I figure if I get pulled over, a light on the dash would prompt a more thorough inspection, despite being legal as the radar is not a primary function. Good call? I'm alright with my miles so I'm happy as can be, and I would imagine even something minor would need to be fixed quickly.

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