Profile For G-Town

G-Town's Info

  • Location:
    Pottstown, PA

  • Driving Status:
    Experienced Driver

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  • Joined Us:
    6 years, 1 month 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 month, 3 weeks ago

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The Sad Loss Of Our Friend "Rickipedia" Rick Stern

In shock...

RIP Rick. Prayers and condolences to his family.

Posted:  2 months, 1 week ago

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Mom died tonight

Deepest sympathy. Thoughts and prayers.

Posted:  2 months, 2 weeks ago

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Old DUI's off my DMV report

Yes they do... and most have a lifetime limit of 2 DUIs.

Posted:  2 months, 2 weeks ago

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Reddaway

Invest in a truckers Atlas. Use it in combination with a trucker’s GPS. Know your routes and write them down in the event the GPS goes wonky, and “it will” at the worst time. Have a plan that supplements GPS.

Posted:  2 months, 2 weeks ago

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I Need Some Help Deciding Between KLLM And Pam

Michael I suggest investing some additional time to look at all you options:

Paid CDL Training Programs

Apply For Paid CDL Training

Most of us have been in your shoes at some point...trying to decide the best path, each of us having a personal bias for the choice that was the springboard into our trucking careers.

Good luck!

Posted:  2 months, 2 weeks ago

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Old unpaid tickets prior to cdl

Mike in order to eliminate any risk, settle your tickets. The background checks conducted by potential employers are thorough and comprehensive.

Posted:  2 months, 2 weeks ago

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The Necessity of Parallel Parking

Yes, there is no doubt, it is an important skill. You never know whether there will be empty space, and even if you lucky with that, there will always be some dumpster or just a pile of trash, ruining your day... I remember one delivery to a small sheet metal shop, the yard was so full with trash, that I had to get out and move it away from my tires couple of times. A very tight dock. So I was struggling for about ten minutes, the shop guys were looking and laughing at a free show, then finally one of them came up and told me that drivers don't back to the dock here, they just stop in the middle of the yard and get unloaded with a fork lift :-)

You should have asked for an entertainment fee!

Posted:  2 months, 2 weeks ago

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Old unpaid tickets prior to cdl

Pay them.

Posted:  2 months, 2 weeks ago

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Birthday Shout Out!!! IDMtnGal !!!!!!

Happy Birthday Laura!

Posted:  2 months, 2 weeks ago

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The Necessity of Parallel Parking

Yes, there are many older docks in Massachusetts which have their doors either parallel or at a small angle to the building. Often times though there is enough space in front, so it is more of a backing at a slight angle rather than a true parallel parking.

I understand you point. However thus was a true parallel due to trailers parked in close proximity to the dock.

I do not want to diminish the importance of the parallel backing skill.

Posted:  2 months, 2 weeks ago

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The Necessity of Parallel Parking

Heck yeah it is! I do this stuff about every fifth store delivery out here in the west at their Walmarts, so it is definitely a skill worth having, just like blindside backing.

Great point, G!

*like !!!!

Posted:  2 months, 2 weeks ago

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The Necessity of Parallel Parking

Here is a real-world, parallel park required to dock for a Walmart Store delivery. Pictures are worth a thousand words... for the students who wonder why parallel parking is taught and tested.

Manville NJ Walmart.

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Posted:  2 months, 3 weeks ago

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Queen of the Road winners named by REAL Women in Trucking

Congratulations Rainy! Well deserved!!!!

Posted:  3 months, 2 weeks ago

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Weighing at scale and sliding tandems

So I'll ask the obvious question! Have u been asking the same question on here for 5 years?

At least twice before this time...

So “Duane”... what’s the deal ? You are either a very slow learner or a very boring Troll.

Posted:  4 months, 1 week ago

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The TruckingTruth Meet Up Thread

Enjoyed meeting you Rob!

Posted:  4 months, 1 week ago

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G-Town? Allentown?

Parked on your left.

Posted:  4 months, 1 week ago

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G-Town? Allentown?

Can't miss me.

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13:30 ish. On my way

Posted:  4 months, 1 week ago

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3 dot non recordable accidents

Leeva has an opinion...

It’s amazing how mega’s will do everything to stop a rookie from even improving.

That is pure BS. Where do you come off making a foolish statement like this?

Posted:  4 months, 1 week ago

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Anyone nosy, read previous drivers outbox?

Rob has it right...

I'll share my experience how never refusing a load has helped build my relationship with my FM.

I've had a lot of loads that I suspect were refused by several different drivers but I took them anyway. And I never said anything to my FM other than a casual remark about it took me awhile to secure and therefore affected my time.

I've even had a load as short as 123 miles but I never complained. My FM adds pay on those short loads.

As a result, when I came off my home time I got a load from Calipatria, California to Boston. 3,000 gravy miles. On my next home time my FM will swing me through St. Louis to pick up my son, get me to Salt Lake City for my home time in Moab, and then swing the back through St. Louis to drop off my son after home time.

After having some time pass, those nightmare loads don't seem that bad. In addition, I generally get a lot of good loads. So, in my personal experience, never refusing a load has paid dividends with my FM.

As in most every aspect of life; you gotta give a little, to get a little. Unless there is a safety reason, don’t refuse a load. Per Rob’s experience, over time it will work to your advantage.

Posted:  4 months, 1 week ago

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G-Town? Allentown?

I'm in the southbound lot. When you get close I'll go inside.

Look forward to meeting you.

I’ll also be in the southbound lot. ETA is later now, likely noonish. DC is really slow loading right now...

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