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Posted:  5 years, 4 months ago

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Advice on heavy load please

When you're going to slide your 5th wheel you should wait until you're empty. Even then, put the trailer legs down and crank on the arm in low gear to get pretty much all of the weight off the 5th wheel. If you try to slide that thing with a lot of weight on it you'll have a heck of a time getting it to move.

I couldn't get it to slide, the pins wouldn't release for nothing. I was able to take everyone's advice and delivered 44,000 pounds of.... Nuts for Hershey to the forwarder in Laredo. That's gonna make alot of candy bars 😁 . I really appreciate everyone's responses, means alot to have somewhere to go and ask for help.

Posted:  5 years, 4 months ago

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Advice on heavy load please

Yeah Nick, you'll be just fine. Just remember that you have to anticipate things a bit more and do some things a bit earlier than you would with a heavier load. I haul more water and paper loads than anything and they come in at 45-46000 on a regular basis. I just tend to go a bit easier when pulling them and realize too that it takes longer to get up to speed. The real suckfest is the climb up 470 out of Wheeling WV with a water or Gatorade load, it doesn't seem like the top of that hill is ever going to come lol.

I appreciate the advice. I can only imagine going up a decent pass with this much weight. Or even better going down.

Posted:  5 years, 4 months ago

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Passed my permit today

Congratulations!

Posted:  5 years, 4 months ago

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Advice on heavy load please

That's completely normal. You'll get used to it. That's a lot of weight to slow down.

By the way, you really should slide your fifth wheel forward one hole. Your Steers are way too light at 11,440. If you slide it one hole forward it'll look like this:

S- 11940 D-33460 T-33860

Your awesome. I tend to over think and worry alot lol. I'll slide my 5th wheel when I do my pretrip. Never had a load over 40,000, feels like I can't get enough following distance

Posted:  5 years, 4 months ago

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Advice on heavy load please

Picked up today in Dublin, tx. After sliding my tandems finally got the load legal. 11,440-steers 33960-drives and 33860-tandems. When I'm trying to come to a stop or slow down in having to get on the breaks like I never have before. Am I worrying too much? Gross weight is 79260

Posted:  5 years, 4 months ago

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Day one werner dollar tree!

Good luck!!!!!!!!

Thank you! I'll be needing it

Posted:  5 years, 4 months ago

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Backing-up Anxiety

Nothing to be embarrassed about. I'm the same exact way. In the very beginning on my own id get myself so worked up about backing to a shipper or spot at a truck stop before even getting there. I still stress it, especially when a handful of other drivers are watching. I've asked for help so many times, mostly everyone doesn't mind. Had a few guys gimme a hard time and can only imagine the cb chatter.

Posted:  5 years, 4 months ago

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Parking a Truck In The Northeast

I learned this the hard way last night! That would be an app I'd use daily. I refuse to be the guy that parks directly next to the large "no parking" signs, although I've never seen them get told to move. I stopped to scale a load and a fella shutdown on the scale! Said he didn't expect anyone to be scaling a load at 4am

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Day one werner dollar tree!

Hello all, after 5 months at Cr England I moved on with Werner dollar tree dedicated. Relocated to Connecticut for this position from Tacoma WA. Crazy I know lol. Was supposed to have a ride along for my first day or so but here I am on my own 😁. Got to my first store a few hrs ago, unload appt is 7am. I know these first few weeks are going to test my attitude, both physical and mental shape, as well as my driving skills. I welcome the challenge! Wish me luck!

Posted:  5 years, 4 months ago

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Truck Driver Training Stabbing

Wow I guess Werner doesn't do a hair follicle test on their new hires.....😞😞

This right here is a good example why hair follicle testing on new hires would help prevent something like this happening again.

Not to say the fella was a tweeker but that kinda uncontrolled violence is an example of that type of habitual drug users reaction to stress and confrontations in close quarter confined spaces.

I said a prayer for the trainers family.

I don't know how you figure that at all. The guy was probably severely mentally unstable. A mental health evaluation maybe

Posted:  5 years, 4 months ago

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Werner Driver Stabbed to Death by Trainee

I heard about this from the office While waiting for a rental car to go recover a truck in Utah. Sad.... Especially since the trainer acted on his gut and called voicing his concerns. Feel terrible for the guys family.

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DOT Drug Testing: Urinalysis or Hair Follicle?

Cr England hair tests like four out of a whole class "randomly". I only had to do a ua for Werner.

Posted:  5 years, 4 months ago

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Advice on maneuvering long nose pete

Just checked my post. Thanks for the advice and a great laugh 😁😁

Posted:  5 years, 4 months ago

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New grad out of southwest truck driving school in tucson

I haven't heard too much and never spoke to a recruiter. I seen the same pay as you on Craigslist I believe. Also seen they have tvs n direct or dish on the trucks lol which would be cool but other than long loading/unloading times and 34 hr resets I wouldn't have the time to watch tv. Just call and speak to recruiting and take everything with a grain of salt 😊

Posted:  5 years, 4 months ago

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Advice on maneuvering long nose pete

I am new also but I was in a long nose pete and now I am in a frightliner and I had a easier time in the pete peterbilts don't turn as sharp so you have to make ur turn wider and go deeper before you start ur turn if I am making sense I am sure some more guys can help you more and I hope I helped a little

Absolutely! Thank you for your response. I guess I just got comfortable with the freightliner and sometimes we all have to step out of our comfort zone 😊

Posted:  5 years, 4 months ago

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New grad out of southwest truck driving school in tucson

well im ready to goto school. what are the best companys to go for right out of school in the tucson area? im thinking alot of terminals will be in phoenix area. i see all this advertisement for western express paying 36cpm for grad drivers?is that true?any help would be great.

I believe knight is out of phoenix. I was looking at western express as well before leaving Cr England. Alot of companies have drop yards and terminals in that area. I just did orientation for Werner in phoenix. Good luck 😊

Posted:  5 years, 4 months ago

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Advice on maneuvering long nose pete

Hello new member here. Been driving for 6 months total now and loved even the tough days. Recovered a 2012 386 long nose Pete yesterday. Before this I've only driven freightliners. Not sure if I'm over thinking it or what but driving this thing on tight turns has been very stressful. Any advice would be awesome!

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