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    2 years, 7 months ago

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Posted:  2 months ago

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New trucking career not looking good for me

About a month ago I watched a Western Express driver backing into a space, and when he got out I noticed he had two prosthetic legs. Also, it looked like he took over from the other driver who was having problems getting in to the narrow space, so it seemed he was a trainer. So Western might be another possibility if Schneider doesn't work out.

Posted:  2 months, 4 weeks ago

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NYPD COP TOOK DOWN LICENSE PLATE NUMBER

I'd vote for HUT sticker, as a couple others mentioned above. Do you have one?

Posted:  2 months, 4 weeks ago

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Trucking or College?

I agree with all of the above. There's nothing wrong with skipping college for a career in trucking if that's what makes you happy, but the opportunity to go to college can be valuable, so consider carefully before giving it up.

Here's an idea, maybe talk to your parents and tell them you want to take a year off to try it. If you love it, great. If not, maybe you'll be more focused on your course work when you return.

Someone else asked about your choice of major, is that an interest of yours? I think college can be difficult even for very smart people because it takes discipline. You need to learn things that you might not be interested in or that you think you'll never need, especially in your first years. But maybe you could change majors to something more related to the trucking industry. Then try driving and if some day you're tired of it, look to move to an office job.

Posted:  5 months ago

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CDL Grad got a call back from job, but unsure if he can do the job

If you want the job, talk to them and be honest about your skill level and your concerns. Most likely they are aware tnat they will need to train you and that it will take time for your skills to develop.

Posted:  6 months, 2 weeks ago

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Professional Driver Agency

That makes sense, I'm sure it's something like that. Thanks.

Posted:  6 months, 2 weeks ago

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Professional Driver Agency

Does anyone know anything about a place called Professional Driver Agency? I recently resigned from my driving job after 1 3/4 years due to personal and health reasons, and a few days later I got a call from someone at Professional Driver Agency saying I was on a "rehire" list of drivers who recently left the company I worked for, and he wanted to talk to me about why I left and what they could have done to keep me. Also, by coincidence last night I was cleaning up apps on my Android tablet and started the Driver Pulse app, and noticed that Professional; Driver Agency is listed as a company I applied to less than a week ago (which I'm sure isn't true).

So I'm wondering, how did they get information on me, are they somehow acting for my previous company or is this just a way of recruiting drivers? And can they create an application when I never applied?

Posted:  6 months, 2 weeks ago

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Hazmat endorsement

I have a Maine licence and I went to the location in Portsmouth NH. According to this page The Hazardous Materials Endorsement Threat Assessment Program you can go to any application center unless you live in Florida, Kentucky, Maryland, Mississippi, New York, Pennsylvania, Texas, Virginia or Wisconsin, in which case you go to your state's DMV.

Posted:  7 months, 3 weeks ago

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Cb radio ground issues mirror mount

Hey guys I'm having power reflection issues with my CB radio. Swr is 1 but power reflection is over 8. I have a firestik II, Wilson silver coax, and a cobra lx lcd radio. Cascadia 2018 mirror mount. Any ideas at all? Can I run a ground wire from the mount to the frame at all?

I'm not a CB expert or anything, but is that possible? My understanding is that the only way swr could be 1 is if there was almost 0 reflected power. How are you measuring reflected power, and what does the 8 mean?

Posted:  7 months, 3 weeks ago

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Permit test tips for remembering PSI

Sounds like you got some good answers, but I'll add my 2 cents anyway: start with 2, if you have a combo add 1, if the brakes are applied add 1.

Posted:  7 months, 4 weeks ago

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Per dium pay taken away

If your per diem plan is like the one we're offered, you're really just getting money up front that you could save off your taxes by claiming a per diem for days you're away from home. So they haven't really taken away anything. We were told that they don't recommend being on the plan if you're home every week because it won't work out to your advantage, so that may be why they took you off it. (I'm not a tax expert, you should get professional advice.)

Posted:  8 months ago

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Trailer

...although, next time you might want to put a note on it saying the patch is drying, or that it's out of service or something.

Posted:  8 months ago

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Trailer

Did you ask the shipper where it went? It sounds like maybe another driver snagged your empty. Don't see why you'd get in trouble for that.

Posted:  8 months, 2 weeks ago

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Awesome Schneider Payscale... can anyone add some info?

That's pretty sweet. I'm glad they choose to reward your service in the military, even if it isn't driving related. Anyway, my recruiter told me that I'd get fixed raises the first year, at 3 and 6 months I think? I can't remember, but it was a total of 3 cents/mile. If you weren't told that, maybe it's because they're just starting you at the full amount or something. In my case I got 3 more cents/mile at one year (so I'm making 6 cents/mile more than I started at), but no one explained why. I kind of assumed it was because the starting pay had gone up, so even after the raise they promised, I was still making what starting drivers were making. But I'm happy, I feel like they took care of me.

I'm not sure I answered you question though. I think they give 1 or 2 cents per mile raises, but I think there's a cap so eventually you max out. Not sure what it is though. You would be starting at more than I'm making at 1 1/2 years, but I was never military, and like they told you, some of it has to do with location. Apparently there's enough of a demand for some locations that they are actually flying drivers in for 3 weeks at a time, then flying them home.

Posted:  8 months, 2 weeks ago

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Hard Lesson Learned

Just to clarify my earlier post, I thought I'd put in my comment only because UnholyChaos is a fellow Schneider driver, and since some of the older trailers have a sticker listing the max hole for different states, it's important to know how the holes are being counted. But since the subject came up, the Schneider reference I mentioned has a chart listing the max hole for each state, for 3 different trailer models: 2010 and older Wabash, 2011 Wabash, and 2011 Hyundai, and the the max holes are slightly different for each. I think all later trailers have stickers at 41 and 43 feet, so there's no need to count holes.

That said, I'm also be interested to hear what G Town's friend says. I'm particularly interested in knowing if there is any standard in hole spacing.

Posted:  8 months, 2 weeks ago

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Hard Lesson Learned

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Since we're on the topic of tandems, the numbered holes is every open hole on both sides of the stop bar correct? This trailer has like 5 or 6 open holes in front of the stop bar. Should I not be counting those?

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The holes that you count are only the ones to the rear of the stop bar. The stop is #0, and the next hole back is #1.

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Well that could be my issue. Was always told to count EVERY open hole. So I was actually in about hole 6 or so; that makes a lot of sense now...

This is the way the Schneider says to do it, every open hole. Of course you could count any way you wanted as long as you know what hole corresponds to what rear axle distance in your counting scheme, so maybe other companies use a different method. Unholy, see chapter 15 in Highway to Success (a book Schneider gives to drivers).

Posted:  8 months, 2 weeks ago

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Winter air

Does anyone run seasonal air in their tires. Summer air in the summer and winter air in the winter?

I once put left air in the right tires by mistake.

j/k, I assume you're talking about different air pressure according to the season?

Posted:  9 months, 1 week ago

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Eclipse Coming! Be careful how you watch.

Also, do not attempt to view the eclipse while driving, even if you are wearing a welding helmet.

To be perfectly safe you should only view an artist's rendering of the eclipse, and then only if the artist isn't very good.

Seriously thought, good safety warning. I wish I had taken time off and planned to be in the area of totality.

Posted:  9 months, 1 week ago

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Show us your truck!

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Posted:  9 months, 1 week ago

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Stuck in Limbo over a Lost drug screen???

I don't know anything about it really, but I'd guess that they have to try to track it. Otherwise, if they had a system where samples disappeared and they just said "oh well, give us another", it wouldn't look good, as far as trusting the integrity.

Anyway, it's only been a couple business days. Who knows, maybe on Monday they'll decide they tried hard enough and it's time to get another sample and get you on the road.

Posted:  9 months, 1 week ago

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Inverter to power skillet

I think you're out of luck. I think the most you can run from a cigarette lighter plug is about 200 watts.

As we all know, P=IE (watts = volts times amps), so to get 1200 watts at 12V you'd need more than 100 amps, and i think the max you can get from a cigarette lighter plug is 15.

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