Profile For Gladhand

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  • Location:
    Albuquerque , NM

  • Driving Status:
    Experienced Driver

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    3 years, 6 months ago

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Posted:  1 month ago

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Short Load

2 miles round trip. Deliver a dry grocery load at the Walmart down the street from the DC, go up the street to get water, then head back to the DC. Get paid $70 to do that load haha. Only takes 30 minutes give or take.

Posted:  1 month ago

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Another Blood Pressure Question

Obviously let them know you take it and no it won't be a problem. This industry runs on caffeine and blood pressure medication. I take 40mg Lisinopril. I got hbp at a young age (23), hypertension runs in my family.

Only annoyance is due to the meds we have to renew our physical every year, we aren't allowed the 2 year physical due to having to take hbp meds.

Posted:  1 month, 1 week ago

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Stuck in Pendleton Oregon

Enjoy, just cold and windy in New Mexico / West Texas.

Posted:  1 month, 1 week ago

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Does living near a terminal allow for more hometime?

I think it's beneficial when it comes to getting home on time along with local/dedicated opportunities.

Posted:  1 month, 3 weeks ago

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What do you love about trucking

I like that I am given my assignment then left alone. As long as I do my job right, I am not told how to do anything. It's being your own boss without the headaches of being a boss.

I basically get paid to drive around my state and listen to music. It's not necessarily that simple but in essence it is. I see myself doing this for a long time unless something else in life happens. Regardless I don't regret getting into this industry.

Posted:  1 month, 3 weeks ago

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Planned Protest in Illinois Today...

I don't feel bad for any of these owner operators or lease operators. Business is business. If you can't compete, you lose.

Posted:  2 months ago

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Tractor Man is Back!

Thanks Big Scott, Raptor and Packrat.

Gladhand! I am Happy to see you are still in the Trucking game. You were a couple of classes ahead of me at the Academy, so you must be real close to the 3 year mark. I'm sure those debts you had are long gone by now, and your bank account is healthy. I'm sure your number is still in my contacts. I'll hunt it down and shoot you a text.

Be 3 years in April. Had a couple roadblocks here and there, but been going strong. Been dedicated Walmart for a year. It has it's days but I don't miss otr haha. Anyways good luck and keep the shiny side up.

Posted:  2 months ago

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Tractor Man is Back!

Welcome back. If you ever find yourself in Albuquerque or Los Lunas let me know.

Posted:  2 months ago

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Advice from company drivers

Being that most big companies are the same I would look at one that does a lot of business around where you live or even has a terminal near by. You don't need to live near one but it can be easier to get home when you do as well as give more opportunities in the future to get onto a dedicated account or even do local work.

I been at swift for almost 3 years and don't have much to complain about. I did OTR for a while but most of my time has been on Walmart dedicated.

Also look into Crete, notice not a lot of people talk about them and they are one of the top paying companies out there.

Posted:  2 months, 1 week ago

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Schneider vs us xpress

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I saw this store yesterday on my way to a Walmart supercenter in Albuquerque. This is a busy Street and I imagine it can be hell trying to get backed into this parking lot. Walmart definitely has easier stores, but we have about 3 that can be quite the headache especially during the day.

Posted:  2 months, 3 weeks ago

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How Do I Know If Trucking Is For Me?

You never know until you get into the driver's seat and spend time on the road.

Best part of this job is all the different types of driving jobs available. I found out after driving for a while that driving all over the country living in the truck wasn't for me.

I do dedicated delivering to Walmart stores throughout New Mexico, southern Colorado, El Paso, and west Texas. Some weeks I am home everyday and some weeks I may be out the whole 6 days till my day off. I like knowing the area I am running as well as going to the same places often. I am less stressed when I don't have to worry where I will be sent to next. Also with the area I run being fairly rural it's nice not having to deal with as many urban enviroments.

I hope to eventually get on with a ltl carrier pulling doubles in the future. My current position doesn't offer much when it comes to time off. One day off isn't enough (for me anyways).

Being that I don't know how old you are or where you live I can't offer much advice. I got into this job for the money and to get out of my bummer of a small town. Thankfully I already like to drive so being paid to do it is a true plus. Also being a loner introvert this job is perfect for me, ever since I was little I have tended to do things alone.

If you are the type that blames everyone for your problems and does the bare minimum to get by I wouldn't recommend driving a truck. This job takes a lot of dedication and hard work. If you think it will be easy just cause we sit on our butts all day think again. If anything like most things in life it is what you make of it. I recommend doing a lot of research before committing.

Posted:  2 months, 4 weeks ago

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Night shift

Some things that help are keeping the dash brightness at the lowest level, taking more regular breaks even if it is just a couple laps around the truck, and caffeine tends to work better for me if I wait to have any until around the middle of my shift.

Posted:  2 months, 4 weeks ago

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Working during the holidays?

I always had Christmas off when I was OTR, saw no sense in being out there when I could be home instead.

Now doing Walmart dedicated I'll be working on Christmas. I work at night doing meat and produce. Due to Walmart closing for Christmas I won't have a run tonight, but on Christmas day afternoon I will because the Walmart night crew is back at it the night of Christmas.

Wish if my family wasn't far away or I would go visit them today. I just got off now so I'll be sleeping most of today then staying up all night so I can keep the night schedule. Sounds like a bummer but I like nights, less people in Walmart parking lots the better. I just gotta get my dac cleaned up and I'll be able to get a better schedule in the future. If anything, I hope everyone has a good Christmas whether at home or on the road.

Posted:  3 months ago

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Swift just called

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I just got my driver number for Swift. So now I wait for the mentor. Because I use the CPAP, I have to wait on a CPAP mentor. I don't know why but that is policy.

It has been a long haul to get to this point. But now I might be going out tomorrow????? I have to be ready to go. So anyway, I'll know tomorrow they say.

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Swift doesnt have ApUs or inverters so maybe you need someone with the inverter. perhaps not everyone has one for the cpap?

thats my guess

but YAY!!!

17 and newer all have inverters now. 1000 watt. Don't really have use for them now that I am home more but it was a definite plus when I was.

Posted:  4 months, 2 weeks ago

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Walmart

Weird all the pallets matched besides two, but it had the correct route number and store number with the date.

That usually happens. A pallet or two will be in a different spot or a stacked pallet may be listed with one pallet but be on another. Always check the ones after you finish if you don't see a sticker for the next stop. Plenty of times I have left and another pallet that wasn't on the paperwork was put on the trlr and I end up having to back track to the previous store.

Unless I'm misunderstanding g town. The top sheet I have is the seal record with store numbers and the second page is the pallets.

Posted:  4 months, 2 weeks ago

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Walmart

follow the directions printed on the trip sheet (top one in your packet of paper work).

G town I remember you mentioning this before. Must be a thing at your dc cause Los Lunas doesn't have any directions on our paperwork. We just have the seal record for security and the page for stickers. We do have a binder that shows how to get to a dock though.

It was confirmed yesterday that it would be a Walmart trailer as I messaged them regarding dropping my current empty.

Have fun and take your time. Most stores are easy but some you gotta bully some 4 wheelers to make your turn into the store.

Posted:  5 months ago

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Walmart DC swift pay

My Husband just got on the walmart account in pottsville pa. We love it here everyone is very nice and we are only 4 hours from home now. I was under the impression he would be paid cpm plus $15 per stop pay. We just got his first few loads in on the account and the stop pay makes no sense at all. One day it only pays $12.50 the next $13.33 he made more on stop pay not being on the account. Is this accurate or does he need to talk to someone? He hates making a fuss over things... any advice would be appreciated.

G town will chime in soon, being he works at that dc. I work out of the dc in Los Lunas, New Mexico. Pay on a dedicated account is different from pay as an OTR driver. On my account we are paid .42 a mile and 10 dollars a stop, with the first stop not being paid.

Posted:  5 months, 2 weeks ago

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Legal purposes for doing both a Pre-trip and Post-trip

A couple things. Someone could have pulled your 5th wheel, a slow leaking tire deflated, and someone could have a tied a poop bag to your trailer (believe me or not this actually happened).

Posted:  5 months, 2 weeks ago

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1 year down

Here is to many more years behind the wheel. Keep the shiny side up!

Posted:  5 months, 2 weeks ago

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CNM graduate looking for work

That is awesome to hear. Are you team driving out to California, Oregon, or? I live on the westside so I live near all the LTL barns. Hope to get on with one of them when my record clears up (hit some stuff my first year).

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