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    Denver, CO

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    Rookie Solo Driver

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    3 years, 9 months ago

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Posted:  6 days, 10 hours ago

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First Beer Load

I prefer placing them on the front myself because then there's no for the corner to slip out and the shield falling into that triangular space between the straps and the pallets. If you place it front side it's secured by the entire length of the strap across it's width instead of just the corner.

Posted:  6 days, 11 hours ago

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First Beer Load

Ahahaha yep that should do the trick.

If they have the pallets against each wall is when you need the load bars instead of straps.

Those black plastic shields can also be placed on the front of the pallets, I don't know off the top of my head if they prefer them a certain way, but the important thing is that the corners of the pallets are covered so that the straps don't crumple the boxes

Posted:  6 days, 14 hours ago

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It could have been worse...

I had a similar dry trailer in Denver. I ended up having to slowly limp the trailer to level ground to get a level lock with the landing gear almost all the way down in case the trailer slid out like yours did. It's nerve wracking

Posted:  6 days, 18 hours ago

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First Beer Load

Jamie, it depends on how it's loaded & who the shipper is. If you don't have load bars already you'll want one or two.

The Anheuser DC in Fort Collins, CO usually centers the last two pallets and gives you black plastic shields to protect the cardboard from load straps

The MillerCoors DC in Golden, CO usually squeezes the last two pallets against the wall and puts an airbag in the middle so reaching the ratchet slots on the wall is a nightmare.

Posted:  6 days, 19 hours ago

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First Beer Load

Watch your corners. Too much stress and the cases at the bottom of pallets will crumple, then the whole pallet likes to slip loose.

Posted:  1 week, 3 days ago

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Career advice/direction

Right now I've got a line open with a local trash company, and a tractor-trailer end-dump job (that the employer will pay for training)

I'll be able to take all of my general studies online, but I'll be living close enough to the campus that I can try and squeeze in some physical classes for cost & I think it'll also help me do a little better. Job wise I may have to, if I can't find an employer who has part time work or can modify a schedule, consider moving into warehouse work or something similar and work part time like Brett suggested, since the degree I'm going for isn't very online friendly yet.

Right now it seems like all the resources are there, but it definitely will not be a short order to make it happen, even given it's going to take me more on the order of six years to do this.

Posted:  1 week, 5 days ago

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Career advice/direction

I've logged just about a year and a half OTR accident free with Knight and I'm not sure it's my cup of tea in that I don't particularly want to do it anymore. I think I'd still like to drive A-class but I'm having a difficult time finding something that might work with my desire to go back to school eventually. I can't afford to not work, and nothing else out there will pay as much with my skillset as commercial driving.

Anyone have recommendations for companies or types of driving I can do A-class? Most of the local positions I've found in Denver are either going to eat too many of my hours in a day for me to be sure I'll have enough time for school, or I can't get good information on their wages and payscale. Or am I reaching too far/asking for a little too much here? Failing finding something driving tractor-trailer I was planning on making my way to driving a trash truck again.

Posted:  4 weeks, 1 day ago

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Mileage bonus

Knight has 4 tiers for mileage, and a safety bonus. Paid monthly.

First tier is @ 8750mi in the month, 2nd is @9500, 3rd is at 10250, 4th is at 11000-- one additional penny per mile on all miles run, for each tier, plus 1cpm for getting safety bonus (no reportable incidents over $2000, one safety test completed, and a smart drive (Knight's dash cam company) score under 25)

So total of up to 5cpm every month. If you clear all the tiers and get safety it comes out to around $600

Posted:  1 month ago

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Trooper sideswipes truck driver, cites him anyway (dashcam!)

Both Utah and California highway patrol, at the least, not sure of other states (and I don't see it very often in Utah at all), do this rolling block.

Truth be told, despite the fact that the LEO hit the truck (somehow???)-- I think this is almost entirely the driver. He should *not* have been that far forwards relative to the trooper until absolutely positive the trooper had returned the highway to a normal status. Flashing lights were still on and by this point the officer had to have been cutting across lanes for a little while.

Posted:  1 month ago

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Autonomous trucks on USPS test run

I just keep getting stuck that the company is named "Too Simple"

Posted:  1 month ago

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CO CMV Interstate "Crackdown" rest of May

I'm surprised it took them that long to announce it, I was expecting a crackdown before the end of April.

Posted:  1 month ago

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One more thread on losing weight.

I find it particularly difficult to disconnect from work and use what free time I do have to seek out healthier foods and use that free time to get a little exercise in.... I don't know how to build a habit that isn't ground into me by work. I have all the conceptual knowledge but can't get it to stick in the real world. Any tips there?

Posted:  1 month, 1 week ago

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Under-21 interstate drivers getting serious look by FMCSA

I remember what I was like at 18 and absolutely no way no how would I want to see more like me out there. I was just as stupid and unwise as the next, and even now, six years later, sometimes I'm still a little shocked anyone would let me drive their equipment.

Posted:  1 month, 1 week ago

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Breakdowns

I picked up a loaded trailer at the Proctor & Gamble DC in Corinne, UT. It had two tires with patches worn off the tread almost down to the base of the tire (would attach a picture but not sure how).

Long story short I went to the Loves about five miles away and got here around... 6? 630pm (maybe 7). Took them three hours to get into a bay and I've been waiting on them just to start the work since (round 9 or 9:30 I think? Maybe 10?

Haven't been able to catch a nap at all since we can't be in the truck while it's in their bay and I have a hard time sleeping when I'm still at "work" regardless of whether or not I'm actually doing anything. At this rate it looks like I'm gonna be up till 1 or 1:30 (its 12:15 right now). Do y'all have any good tips for dealing with this... specifically that I should have been asleep three or four hours ago but I still have a full day to log tomorrow-- I won't be late but I'm going to be groggy all day. Half of this is... frustration and whinging but it's an issue I've had to deal with before but I don't know if there's any better way to do it because shorting myself on sleep is getting harder to do.

Posted:  1 month, 2 weeks ago

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Storm breaks out from Rockies, slams into Midwest, South

I don't know about the loading time, I relayed it out of Denver to Hazlewood. unload time was very nice though, I was the first appointment of the day, out of there in under an hour

Posted:  1 month, 2 weeks ago

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Storm breaks out from Rockies, slams into Midwest, South

Tractor, Crown Cork and Supply? I did a Worland to Hazlewood just last week

Posted:  1 month, 2 weeks ago

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Dispatcher Wants To Talk To Me

It's probably to not give guys any sort of advance warning they're going to be tested-- which ideally wouldn't be a problem because theoretically you should be able to pass a drug test any given day of the week buuuuut....

Posted:  1 month, 2 weeks ago

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I just moved from Boise, ID to Lawton, OK.

It won't clue you in on nearly everything but short of doing the job yourself, or riding along for a couple of weeks, you've gotten about as close as you can get. XD

Posted:  1 month, 2 weeks ago

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Truck Crash Colorado - With Videos

Amazingly well said Brian

Posted:  1 month, 3 weeks ago

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Split Sleeper Break

I've still got time on my 11 as well (3:30). I just need some time back sooner in order to be on time, Donna.

That makes perfect sense, Chris, thanks!

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