Profile For G-Town

G-Town's Info

  • Location:
    Pottstown, PA

  • Driving Status:
    Experienced Driver

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  • Joined Us:
    5 years, 7 months ago

G-Town's Bio

Retired from a 30 year career in computer technology. Finally realized that it was the journey I really enjoyed and not the destination. So in January of 2013 I fulfilled my lifelong love of trucks and driving by enrolling in Swift's Richmond Academy. Graduated, passed the CDL test, and went OTR for 240 hours with a mentor. Once that was completed, I was re-tested by Swift and offered a job. Overall a great experience. I wish I knew about this website while I was contemplating this as a career and while I was in school. Great information exchange.

Fast forward to the current, I am working for Swift as a dedicated driver assigned to the WALMART account in north central PA. Best job I ever had.

Happy to truthfully answer any questions about Swift and/or my experience in school and training.

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Posted:  7 hours, 23 minutes ago

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Finally....... I have solod out with MAY

Congratulations Moe!

Posted:  1 day ago

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Probably the best way to improve backing skills :-)

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Audrey

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Andrey, not Audrey, it's Russian for Andrew :-)

Sorry for the typo.

Posted:  1 day, 22 hours ago

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Wait time...

Cicero, IL., Walmart. 2 hours 5 minutes for 6 pallets to be unloaded. Ended up having to spend 10 hours parked in a reserved spot at a truck stop.

Rang both outside buzzers with no answer. Called the main phone line 12 times, trying every extension. No answer. Walked around to the front of the store and proceeded to the dock area. Was told I cannot enter thru the store, "We'll call security if you don't go back to the rear of the store. Someone will let you in."

Over an hour later I hear a voice say "Someone will be with you in a minute." Fifteen minutes later I was on the dock. Twenty minutes later the first pallet came off.

Reported this to the chain of command. I was told "That's typical of that store." No detention pay.

The next time that happens; get authorization from your chain of command to enter through the front of the store. Have them send it on your QC so you can present it to the person who threatened you with security. You should have an ID badge; use it to prove you are legit. You are pulling a Walmart trailer... security should not bother you. You entered through an open door.

Be professional, but assertive.

Posted:  2 days, 3 hours ago

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My experience with Wilson Logistics training program

I read and reread this thread.

One thing I want to emphatically add...

You need to thicken up your skin. Your trainer recognizes your sensitivity...and is perhaps adding a little more zest to his critique. Trucking is a tough business, very unforgiving and considered a commodity. Job satisfaction must come from within. Please remember that.

Focus on getting better and learning from all of your mistakes. As you progress, your trainer might lighten up.

I also suggest investing time in the blog section of Trucking Truth. There is a plethora of solid, well written content in training. Stay focused on your goal.

Peace

Posted:  2 days, 3 hours ago

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On Board with Knight Transportation, Squire School started 03/22/21

Well done Davy!

Posted:  2 days, 3 hours ago

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Swift/knight split break

Swift Dedicated. I’ve used it a couple of times handling slow loading at a back haul at a vendor. The QC log status page allows for it.

Posted:  2 days, 3 hours ago

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Is there a general process, guideline or best practice for picking up from shipper and dropping at reciever?

All good information.

In keeping with the theme of “treat others the way you want to be treated”;

Realize that many of our trucking brethren believe it’s their God Given right to project their miserable attitude onto every professional they come in contact with.

Most of the people working at shippers and receivers expect to be treated poorly. Approach them as suggested in this thread and over time you’ll be know as professional and pleasant to interact with. Reap what you Sow!

Great question Davy! Really good stuff in this thread.

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Posted:  2 days, 3 hours ago

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Probably the best way to improve backing skills :-)

I’m in complete agreement here. Nothing beats real-world repetitions.

Good luck Audrey!

Posted:  4 days, 20 hours ago

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Wrapped it up

God bless. Thank you for your selfless contributions to the is forum.

You will be missed.

Peace.

Posted:  6 days, 21 hours ago

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Moe's May Trucking Journal

Confidence will come Moe...reps, reps and more reps...

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Persistence overcomes Resistance.

Good luck!

Posted:  6 days, 21 hours ago

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On Board with Knight Transportation, Squire School started 03/22/21

Good stuff!!!

When backing... think “arc”, not hard angles.

Posted:  6 days, 21 hours ago

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Wilson Logistics - Missoula MT

Good luck!

Let the journey begin... and never forget:

Watch Your Wagon !!!

Posted:  1 week ago

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Why does the WesternStar 4900 SB, (And SX1) Look like a Kenworth T800?

Welcome Shane.

I’m a total truck geek.

Although there are similarities, IMO these two trucks do not look alike, distinctly different. Do a pictorial comparison and you’ll begin to see the differences.

Biggest difference? The KW hood slopes down at a steeper angle. Narrower driver/passenger compartment. That’s just a couple that for me are obvious spotting differences.

Posted:  1 week, 1 day ago

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So How Is Your Day Going?

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About the same as yours...

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Holy bleep, G! Ripped your landing gear right off?!

Bobcat, My brother had a similar issue with a tooth (one of his molars cracked). He only had to wait one day. He was pacing around and pounding his fists into the couch cushions when the pain would spike. Hopefully you can get some relief asap.

Mudflap hanger is what was destroyed; caused damage to underside of trailer. Yeah... that quick.

Posted:  1 week, 1 day ago

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So How Is Your Day Going?

About the same as yours...

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Posted:  1 week, 4 days ago

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Does being a school grad increase chances of being hired?

Garrett the best thing you can do to prepare is study and take the tests found in this link:

High Road CDL Training Program

Good luck!

Posted:  1 week, 4 days ago

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Walmart Dedicated Finale Review

Steve points out...

Hey, CONGRATULATIONS on accomplishing all that you have! Especially the debt thing.

Whatever was not for you, I hope it’s behind you now. What’s waiting for you at the new gig, I hope is all you wish it to be.

Focus on the positives that came from that Walmart gig. For whatever you didn’t like, it DID allow you to accomplish a lot.

Congratulations!

You’re right Steve ; he has accomplished a lot in 1 year. Thanks for pointing that out and shifting the tone to something more positive.

Posted:  1 week, 4 days ago

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Walmart Dedicated Finale Review

I’ve been running Walmart Dedicated in the Northeast for 7 years and haven’t experience near the issues you have.

Cop an attitude with a planner, and they’ll pass you over.

Act miserable with a Walmart unloader or team lead expect them to move at a snails pace.

Top performing truck drivers understand the importance of relationships, especially with the people who can directly effect your income potential. LTL, TL, local... doesn’t matter the net result is going to be the same.

I’m a firm believer that you reap what you sow...

The one thing I do agree with you on is that Walmart is not for everyone... clearly you are in that camp.

Good luck.

Posted:  1 week, 5 days ago

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Starting My New Career With Prime Inc.

Reading along Victor... good stuff!

Posted:  1 week, 5 days ago

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Moe's May Trucking Journal

Good luck Moe.

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