Profile For G-Town

G-Town's Info

  • Location:
    Pottstown, PA

  • Driving Status:
    Experienced Driver

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  • Joined Us:
    4 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:  1 day, 22 hours ago

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What does a quarantine due to coronavirus mean for truckers?

Remy get's serious...

In all seriousness, it has affected freight. Right now I'm sitting on a load for 3 days because the DC it was going to is severely understaffed. Not even room to drop. They are also taking my temp at gates before letting me in. According to my FM it's really changing the way the freight lanes operate. The ones that used to be constantly busy like Walmarts and Costcos are slowing way down while ones that used to be dead are picking up.

I run Walmart Dedicated grocery; we've never been busier. Perhaps Turtle will check-in on this as well, he is WMPF based in Johnstown NY, also a grocery DC. I am assigned to the Pottsville PA DC. GM (General Merchandise), possibly not so much right now.

Posted:  2 days, 3 hours ago

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Future rookie driver from Iowa looking for recommendations on choosing a company

Mother Trucker writes:

Give Roehl a look. I’m from Des Moines and happy.

A little over 2 months ago you expressed interest in Roehl; "on my short list" is what you said. It seems like you went through their school, earned you CDL and are now a solo driver?

If so congratulations...! dancing-banana.gifdancing-banana.gifdancing-banana.gif Perhaps an update is in order, and updating your driver status.

Posted:  2 days, 4 hours ago

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Help

Opps sorry... "Demond"

Posted:  2 days, 4 hours ago

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Help

It's likely the non-disclosure is also a big issue.

2 very big things stand out here Desmond...Trust and Safety. Getting a 15+ over the limit ticket the day before orientation and failing to disclose; violate both of those things. What were you thinking?

Use this link to apply like crazy... Apply For Truck Driving Jobs

Posted:  6 days, 3 hours ago

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Road testing for Western prayers please

Congratulations Mike!

Safe travels.

Posted:  6 days, 3 hours ago

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Truck Parking; Carpe Diem

Rookie Doyenne wrote...

Nope. That is not my opinion, G-Town. I didn't write anything like that. Counting on you to be fair.

Elated to hear that is; not your opinion.

However to be fair, I didn’t say “it” was you. Did I?

Rob’s heart is clearly in the right place; parking an 18 wheeler “legally” is a challenge. At times a major PITA. And for any rookie, potentially terrifying. He is right about that. Totally right about that. He is also right that no one other than a trucker, gives a crap about the parking issue or the cascading issues it can create.

So tell me RD, where exactly did he “get it wrong?”

And to accuse him of invective posturing? How hypocritical... You turned your flavor of that on him. Please...get “real”, and attempt to be more selective with your propensity to wax poetic.

That said...

Rob is here because he obviously has a burning desire to be a trucker. I respect that, and completely relate to it. The frustration he and many others are dealing with right now attempting to start their trucking careers, is maddening. Like Groundhog Day when Bill Murray’s radio awakens him with another round of Sonny & Cher.

He is in the game...totally committed.

Understand my point?

Peace.

Posted:  6 days, 4 hours ago

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Question about temporary employment during this corona crisis

DD, I totally grew with OS and Turtle.

Be safe!

Posted:  1 week ago

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Truck Parking; Carpe Diem

Rob wrote:

If the general consensus is that my posts don't contribute to the forum or that they are too offensive, I will stop posting. I'm sure that once I'm out there driving, I wont' have as much free time to post on the forum, so it won't be a major loss to me.

That is not the general consensus Rob. One person's opinion.

Posted:  1 week ago

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Truck Parking; Carpe Diem

No matter how efficient your supply chain and interstate systems are, your freight volume capacity will be limited by its weakest link—truck parking. So developing a narrative of how important truck parking is with regard to crisis transportation logistics, would help solve the already long standing problem in trucking.

Rob, I agree truck parking is a problem in this business, especially in the NorthEast. However I honestly do not agree that it's the weakest link in limiting freight volume capacity. Most experienced drivers "plan" for parking limitations and adjust accordingly based on geography, weather, day of the week and time of day.

The human factors in trucking companies (including the driver) and equipment availability effect capacity far more than the parking shortage.

Posted:  1 week ago

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Back to square one...

Josh, did you completely disclose this surgery and the painkillers prescribed on your Medical long form? This is the one you filled-out before the DOT physical was administered.

Posted:  1 week, 2 days ago

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Got an overweight ticket and passed a level 3 inspection

Laura imparts some wisdom to Jamie...

Look at bills closer and scale if necessary .

Jamie my approach dealing with Walmart backhauls always begIns by reviewing the vendor BOL. The number of pallets together with the load weight should determine where to set your tandems and if it makes sense to scale. Until you gain more experience on the account, unless you are back hauling bagged salads or light paper products, scale it.

Remember Walmart reefers are heavy because of the 3-zones of temperature control (4 blowers). The nose weight is also higher than a dry van because of the refrigeration unit itself. 37k load in a Wally Reefer GVCW is likely 78k. I’ve never run a load over 39,000 in one of their reefers, and that’s usually out of Tropicana (OJ).

The devil is in the details.

That said, your numbers are excellent. Great job. The delayed dock out times are typical for reefer loads. Especially now...the DCs are crushed.

Safe travels!

Posted:  1 week, 2 days ago

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What does a quarantine due to coronavirus mean for truckers?

I honestly hope this “event” causes a groundswell of support mandating laws designed to require factual representation in reporting. I am all for freedom of speech...however that does not condone spinning the truth in order to increase ratings and advertising money.

The media is sitting pretty right now; fat, dumb and happy. With zero accountability for any of the unnecessary chaos they have created. No one in that industry is out of work...

Makes me sick (no pun intended).

Posted:  1 week, 2 days ago

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Jeremy... how are you?

Great news Jeremy! Safe travels.

Posted:  1 week, 3 days ago

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What is wrong with the trucking industry in USA.

How’s life in Idaho “Todd”?

Posted:  2 weeks, 1 day ago

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Proof that hard work pays off BIG TIME.

Awesome! Very happy for you Millionmiler!

Your success story is one of the best.

All of you Newbies take notice... he is with CRST and very successful. Proof that you should never judge a company based on what you read on the internet. It’s the driver inside the cab that matters most, not the company name on the door.

Posted:  2 weeks, 2 days ago

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Jeremy... how are you?

That’s great to hear Jeremy!

Posted:  2 weeks, 4 days ago

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Jeremy... how are you?

Thoughts and prayers Jeremy.

Like Brett said, try to keep moving.

Posted:  2 weeks, 5 days ago

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Tough times, tough decisions for everone.

So now we are calling this a plague?

Please,.., no.

By definition a plague is bacterial and were prevalent before water purification, food handling laws and antibiotics existed.

Posted:  2 weeks, 6 days ago

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An update!

Keith...

Seriously, this is fantastic. Sit back and take-in what you have accomplished.

You conquered the odds.

Congratulations!

Posted:  2 weeks, 6 days ago

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What does a quarantine due to coronavirus mean for truckers?

Old School wrote:

Those who orchestrated the panic will shrink back into obscurity and begin analyzing the data they've collected. The rest of us will get back to normal as best we can.

I wish that were entirely true...

The liberal media has done nothing to help this situation. They continuously fan the fires of fear, uncertainty and doubt. Only serving their Masters; ratings, advertisers and the clicks they receive on the internet. Completely unchecked. Polar opposite of what we try to do here.

Once the impeachment process ended...this became the new frenzy.

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