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    3 years, 5 months ago

Decanuck's Bio

Just starting out with my new career path.. spent a number of years in retail and food and beverage along with resorts...I should have my full AZ /class1/CDL ( in ontario its AZ other provinces they call it a class 1 and of course down south in the US its a CDL-A ) Not yet sure where I will end up driving but I have a couple options open to me so far....I'm almost 40 and have grown children ....always wanted to do this and now going after it...Keep It Shiny Side Up

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Posted:  3 years ago

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Oh well

RV I'm currently in and older style Freightliner Classic....... with a bunk.... it also has a fridge there is lots of storage and I'm 6'2" and can stand and move around quite comfortably.... Some sales people are really only there for the money vs there to help grow the business... it sucks but its part of it ...most of the truck guys probably have few and far between sales and its probably worse now as many "fleets" are in a holding pattern ..... As suggested I would check with a used guy or even an auction site...... Sue once the winter is over I'm moving to a newer Western Star and its one of the damned nicest trucks Ive ever driven to this point in my exceptionally young career.... Really looking forward to it as the power package is a big CAT as well ...

Posted:  3 years ago

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RPM and upshifting question

Its actually at 450 mercedes ..... very little low end torque really nothing until about 1400 pulls good then..... like I said they are all different.... the cat I was driving before would be screaming at you at 1500+

Posted:  3 years ago

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RPM and upshifting question

If you tried shifting the truck I drive now at 1500 with a full load on the truck drops to 1100-1200 and the engine laughs at you and you have to shift again..... it needs to run around 1750 before you shift and likes to be around 1400 to really pull...... the previous truck I was in was a cat and if you had it over 1500 it would be screaming at you to shift it..... they are all different but I would wonder if like the previous poster said maybe you have a problem with the truck mechanics themselves

Posted:  3 years ago

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Snowbound

I'm at home with my feet up with some fast internet and a nice vodka..... dont go back until Monday but I run through the top of NY and PEN all the time snow is not a huge problem ya just have to slow down a bit, ice is another story all together but as I'm home I wont worry about it until Monday ...... we will see what happens then but I hope you are all safe... drove through Indiana on Friday but only had a little dusting of snow not even enough to really mention.... Duncannon PA is now finished with its advisory but its not pretty out there for sure

Posted:  3 years, 1 month ago

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How many miles do rookie drivers get?

The other thing to factor in here is your ability to turn the miles...... even when things are going well there are things out of your control that will test you ..... if you are still learning as a rookie ( im doing this myself) there are many things that will prevent you from turning the miles... Ive spent the day waiting for a load to be ready in Wilmington De that was confirmed last week..... when I showed up today it was surprise all around... so tomorrow morning when its ready Ive spent a day not turning miles..... I'll get paid my layover but this week was looking like a 3000+ week ( sunday to friday) but now that is not as likely..... look for the others perks and determine all that is important its a big ol new ball of fun out here in the winter as well ( 3 hours to go what normally takes 1 eats your clock fast)

Posted:  3 years, 1 month ago

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I am stalling the truck from standstill

Start in a lower gear.... even with the empty trailer its easier on the truck and you.....the other part is that you just have to be more gentle on the clutch ..... in 4th from a standstill with a empty trailer it should hold as long as you dont 'POP' the clutch out but gently "roll" out of the pedal...... holding the brake wait until you "hear" or feel the truck start to "pull " against the brake..... let go of the brake and the truck will slowly start to roll .....slowly continue to roll out of the clutch....... stay patient it comes with time and good luck

Posted:  3 years, 1 month ago

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Downshifting

Every truck engine has a different "sweet spot" for shifting I had previously only drove CAT engines ( really love the low RPM torque ) however I currently have a 450 Mercedes Engine and it really does like a higher RPM for its sweet spot.... the engine talks to you though and you can find it with a little patience and practice... just stay with it and I would say if youre learning a quick stab of the gas when you 2x clutch will help but as you progress you will want more of a steady smooth application of fuel for downshifting as you "find" the gear( it will pretty much pull it into gear for you when you get it right)

Posted:  3 years, 1 month ago

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Does Having An APU/EPU Really Matter?

1) Do you have an APU?

nope but I have a bunk heater and an inverter for "other things" ( my truck also comes with a fridge)

2) Do you get to idle as much as you like? Yep I work for a small company and the rule is "do what you need to do." just bump the idle so it doesnt run so hard on the bottom end of the truck

3) Does it cost you anything if you idle above a certain amount? nope ...now I'm sure if it was crazy excessive I might get talked to about what we can do differently but the reality is the other rule applies

4) When choosing a company to work for do you consider whether or not they have APU's as one of the factors? No... now as previously stated if there was no apu and a restrictive policy then Id be looking at something else but again I am fortunate to work for who I work for and they were my first choice. I dont see me changing any time in the future.

Be comfortable ..... the "lifestyle" is difficult enough without adding extra stress to the days or nights with worry about temperature control. That's the attitude of my bosses ( brothers run the company started by their dad) If I need something I ask for it and I have thus far been provided with a solution.

Did I mention I love who I work for!!

Posted:  3 years, 2 months ago

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Wow what a week

You cross you just dont get to use the FAST lanes which are generally faster as everything is electronic and pre scanned and pre approved..so no trips to broker or anything like that and fast freight almost never gets stopped for a check etc where you might get pulled in for a none fast load

Posted:  3 years, 2 months ago

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Wow what a week

The biggest thing is no criminal record and never an "issue" when crossing the border... have all the ID forms but other then that its easy ..... most freight is not FAST approved as the "Carrier, Shipper, Receiver , Driver and the actual Freight must be FAST approved" however for auto and a few others its a requirement.... I got it so that its one more thing I have in my tool box..... my company is CTPAT certified so if we get a FAST load I'll be one of the drivers that is capable of taking it... all the info is on the GOES site just read there its easy enough

Posted:  3 years, 2 months ago

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Wow what a week

Ya mm = mile marker not millimeter and my trainer has over 20 yrs experience ....Id be scared of a trainer that had a very small amount of time behind the wheel....there's just so much to learn and know..... Got my FAST card while I was gone so now crossing will be even faster for certain loads

Posted:  3 years, 2 months ago

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Wow what a week

So first week otr with my small company and the trainer ( he has lots of experience) 3458 miles total ( I didnt drive all of them but most of them) ( no we didnt run team) From Ontario Canada down to Georgia and back up then a quick turn and burn down to Ohio and back ... from 20000lbs to 43780lbs in the box ( yep even had to scale that one) Toll roads, skinny roads ( got out of a back up in Ky by running 25w from mm25 to mm15) back roads and border crossings I'm exhausted and so happy to be out there..... now home for 36 and back out sunday and a new adventure.....Couldnt be happier with my choice to go with a small company.... If I had run the week as my own truck Id have taken home a great check.....My truck will be a couple more weeks away but I have my eyes on the prize.... Keep it shiny side up ;)

Posted:  3 years, 2 months ago

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Crossing the Canadian borders

Being able to cross the border from here allows me to get paid more I dont know if it works in reverse but it would make sense that it does

Posted:  3 years, 2 months ago

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Need sum info drivers

Need sum help drivers. If I took the airbrake test to obtain my class A permit, will I have to also get an airbrake endorsement?

If you took the "written part " of the air brake endorsement ( called the "z" portion here in Canada) then you still need to complete the practical portion... From my understanding the states seem to role it all together although the tests remain the same and there is a written portion and a practical portion. Once both are completed you will have the "air brake" Endorsment on your CDL or Class 1 or "A" Licence

Posted:  3 years, 2 months ago

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Got the start I wanted

No not challenger or bison or muskoka (now titanium) but a great family company that has been around long enough to still be here and growing and also willing to give a newby a chance..totally looking forward to it..I'll keep ya posted

Posted:  3 years, 2 months ago

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Got the start I wanted

Had my interview this past Tuesday ( first one ever for a trucking company) I had been in contact with a smaller outfit family run here in Ontario 20ish trucks ..They were my first choice and I'm happy to report that they have hired me ..I should be going out with one of the experienced guys this next week if everything works out ...Time to be a sponge and learn how to really get this done at perhaps the worst time to start...of course you have to have your first winter at some point.. Keep It Shiny Side Up Happy Turkey day ( you know it was a month ago right??) to you Americans

Posted:  3 years, 2 months ago

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How To You Know If Schools Are Certified?

Also depending on where you are there might be other qualifications you can look for, for the school... In Ontario the recognized schools are under the Ministry of Education and certificates to validate that ...they are also the only ones that will be able to provide a receipt for tax purposes

Posted:  3 years, 2 months ago

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How To You Know If Schools Are Certified?

Take it a step further ask the companies that are on your list of potentials what schools they hire from and recruit from..Some schools might not give you an accurate list " well one time john got hired by "insert truck company name here" so we can say that they hire from us" When I was doing my homework on schools here some that were not on my radar at all were mentioned as the owners of the companies recommend them ....ultimately I went with the "best score" from my list of importance ,including cost, support, equipment, validity within the industry, proximity to me, communication of answers to my questions(how long ,how complete)

Posted:  3 years, 2 months ago

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And thats how we do it

Thanks ... No Rob I went to Transport Training Centres Canada (TTCC) Barrie campus ...Humber has a great program ( and only place in Ontario with signing authority ) but it didn't work for my timeline and was a little more money.

Posted:  3 years, 3 months ago

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And thats how we do it

Passed the "AZ" tests today ( Ontario Canada CDL or Class 1 license) practical and road tests ...all done 6 weeks finished and fast card interview on monday and interview and road test with potential employer on Tuesday.... Keep It Shiney Side Up Special thanks to all the helpful people here... Brett thank you for a great site and the personal attention when you saw I had stopped the High Road course ( a few subtle differences here in Canada .. just didnt want to be confused for my tests) I hope that I will be able to give back as well....

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