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Posted:  6 years, 9 months ago

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Help with switching company.....

I am just getting back into trucking myself. Back then I always informed them that I would be leaving when I knew something and some even after a year or so would call to check in on me and ask if I would be interested in coming back. It's always nice to not burn a bridge, but somethings it happens. When I left Prime I'm sure they were not happy with me, but have never had a company(dispatcher) do what they did to me and then sending me a survey and the last question being along the lines of what could we do to get you to reconsider or something like that, sure I could have talked with the upper management and thats why I have always disliked the bigger company's, but anyway always give the 2 week notice and give them 2 weeks, I don't know what you mean by treating the driver poorly, but that has not happened to me when I gave one. Sure, I was going to be leaving in two weeks and some didn't run me as hard and some kept running me hard up until that point.

Posted:  6 years, 9 months ago

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Can any Newbies tell me if this is your experience?

I would ask about layover and detention time pay. Also possibly asking for a new dispatcher, but right now is the slow time for flat bed, how much OTR experience do you have? and when I wasn't happy anymore I would always talk to other drivers about how they liked who they were working for and what the perks were. You could also try ATS.

Posted:  6 years, 9 months ago

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How the older engines compare to the new ISX and DD series engines

I never got to play with one either, the best engine I think in my time was the Detroit 60 series. This other company I'm trying to get on with still runs pete's(TMC) with cats and some of the newer trucks I believe have the pacaar engines in them but not sure.

Posted:  6 years, 9 months ago

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How the older engines compare to the new ISX and DD series engines

Was just thinking of starting a new a topic that would be lite and airy and see how some like the newer model engines compared to the the older ones?

Posted:  6 years, 9 months ago

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In Cab cameras on the driver

A lot of mixed views on this one and wasn't going to say anything but ran out of popcorn, yes the privacy issue was discussed, companies being sued and put out of business, was covered and for the Kimball(Flexcell) driver I know he probably would have welcomed having a camera in his truck. His wife died because she was driving in a manner that caused the accident. So while the talk has been all about my privacy or this or that. The husband of the wife that was killed, for three years took the Kimball driver to court over and over again not to sue Kimball, but to sue him and permanently end his driving career and it was the Judge who put a stop to it and informed him that the driver should sue him for harassment. You can take this for whats its worth, but if all one is concerned about is privacy and you have an accident and nothing to back up your side of the story, the end result shouldn't be a shocker.

Posted:  6 years, 9 months ago

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Cb radios and box truck drivers

Absolutely not, lol. Sure why wouldn't we talk to someone else on the cb. I've talked talked with some of the pickups hauling stuff and even a pickup truck where the driver was using a little hand held radio.

Posted:  6 years, 9 months ago

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Getting hazmat endorsement

Tomorrow I will be retaking some of the written tests to transfer my CDL to my home state and have been wondering about a couple of things. The DMV is closed today and after reading a little about it was wondering how this works. If i'm correct I will transfer my licence to my home state, take the hazmat test, and other tests, then I have to wait around four weeks and get finger printed and pay $86.50. I do have a TWIC card and from what i'm reading it all sounds like I'm applying for another TWIC card or I have just gotten confused some where?

Posted:  6 years, 9 months ago

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When not on the clock!!

I don't know if they offer the service anymore, but some truck stops had people who were willing to shuttle you around town.I remember one out west who went by shuttle bug, you just had to give her a yell over the cb. I hear ya on the pictures though, it wouldn't be the same as stopping to enjoy it but a couple of dash cams could catch all the scenery as well.

Posted:  6 years, 9 months ago

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Hey Hey Hey

Well hello there, just coming back huh? Well then you have some catching up to do. lol.

Congratz on becoming G-pa.

Posted:  6 years, 9 months ago

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TMC

My biggest question is when your out with a trainer for five weeks, I was looking at their site and they don't offer much for teams. So I was wondering if they run you and trainer as team or basically seeing how you would perform solo. You do all driving, and trainer gives pointers and helps with load securement and tarping basically so when you do go solo you are well prepared.

Posted:  6 years, 9 months ago

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TMC

Thanks for the replies, I was wanting to know more about TMC orientation, what they have the student do from a day to day basis and then the 5 weeks your out with a trainer. I have spoken with 2 recruiters and really like the equipment, but want to know more about it in depth.

Thank you Old School. I will check that out.

Posted:  6 years, 9 months ago

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Covenant

I have been wondering what happened to Covenant? No, these are not the white trucks you always see, I had always seen them only at night running across PA and once when coming out of Chicago. Even though it was back in 2000 I had a hard time finding their phone number and don't even remember how I got it back then. They are based out of Ohio and I was thinking it was Lima, but I don't think that is correct. They were a blue steel color and the name on the trailer was in a reflective white in old english type.

Posted:  6 years, 9 months ago

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TMC

I have been looking through some of the forum posts and have been wondering if anyone has completed TMC orientation and has any more information to offer?

Have looked through a few posts and even read Old School's post and have been wondering if there are any TMC drivers on the forum?

Posted:  6 years, 9 months ago

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Just a funny trucking picture to brighten your day

I had tried typing funny flatbed pics but I was hoping to find pages of pics unlike using the search tab and then clicking images. The pics weren't so much funny and real good ones seemed far and few between I was expecting something similar to pages of pics without having to use the images tab. I will will try those out. Thank you

Posted:  6 years, 10 months ago

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Just a funny trucking picture to brighten your day

Nothing, I don't even know how to respond. I was just amazed at how funny some of them where and figured a majority of them were being made. I'll do a google search. Thank you!

Posted:  6 years, 10 months ago

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What's so bad about the Northeast anyway?

One thing I do like the North E is the scenery, and me personally Maine is just awesome

Posted:  6 years, 10 months ago

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Single, no kids and OTR

Well, here is something to put into perspective, not trying to be the party pooper here. I did just exactly that which was mentioned, I lost my job, had to drop school, paid everything off that I could, and had enough time to get my stuff back in storage in IN.

I was told that getting my CDL out of state was no biggie when transferring back to your home state which in my case was going to be SC. It was a good plan really good plan, until checking to see what all I would have to do since they stamped void on my SC driver's license. So now providing residency in SC has turned out to be quite a challenge, since I have no utility or rent bill that can be verified and no mail.

So anyway that was the last thing I thought would happen. Luckily I did happen to find out that all that is taken care of in IN, but none the less. I guess really that only applies if you will be getting your CDL from school in another state.

Posted:  6 years, 10 months ago

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What's so bad about the Northeast anyway?

I believe it's in brett's book where he was telling his story about his trip to NYC don't quote me on that, but it's interesting, exciting and though not funny if your in the seat, but its a good read.

Posted:  6 years, 10 months ago

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Single, no kids and OTR

Yep, that would be me.

Posted:  6 years, 10 months ago

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When to know its time to go.

They take out the slack, but I have seen people driving with them(bungy cords on)and still the chains look like there gonna fly off the tire. Put them on in a cross pattern.

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