Profile For PackRat

PackRat's Info

  • Location:
    Williamsville, VA

  • Driving Status:
    Experienced Driver

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  • Joined Us:
    6 years, 10 months ago

PackRat's Bio

Company driver from 2015-2018. Rookie O/O until high insurance costs necessitated parking my truck. Medically off the road February to July 2019 for a transplant. Returned to company driving again now. Text me at 7572886472

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Posted:  1 hour, 32 minutes ago

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Just a funny trucking picture to brighten your day

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Posted:  2 hours, 16 minutes ago

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Scale That Loaded Trailer

I should have taken a picture of the CAT Scale paperwork after the first weigh. That one showed the Gross as 83,327 lbs!

Posted:  2 hours, 22 minutes ago

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HOS Brain Teaser for fun

I can guarantee that if the logs shown earlier of any driver are downloaded during an inspection, the officer will have questions that may go like this:

" You show as beginning this 8 day period, then moving from one side of the country to the other. I see no time used On Duty to fuel the truck, though. Can you explain this to me, Driver? Can you explain why you did not show On Duty during your equipment inspections, Driver? "

" I will return in a bit with some paperwork for you. You may need to call your company to tell them you will be delayed with this trip. I'm going to put you Out of Service for the next 24 hours. "

I was required to download my logs during inspections three times this year since April (twice during Operation Road Check Week). WV, OH, and GA were looking closely, and I'll bet most other states are, too. Protect your license and protect your employment by not taking shortcuts.

Posted:  8 hours, 51 minutes ago

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HOS Brain Teaser for fun

SMH....

"Fueling off duty", skipping logging inspections as on duty to save time on a clock, "my company is okay with this".

ALL COMPLETELY WRONG AND ILLEGAL. Be sure to save your posts though. Your defense attorney will need these for the court after you bump a minivan and they file a lawsuit. If you cut one corner or take one shortcut, you will find it easier each successive time thereafter.

This was a helpful exercise on how not to do things. YOU should review the HOS rules and regulations Bruce.

Posted:  9 hours, 2 minutes ago

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Rookie Trucker

When do you come upon a STOP SIGN that you're not required to completely stop?

Posted:  15 hours, 16 minutes ago

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Another Way To Do A Regen

Sure. Higher RPMs at lower speeds will generate a higher EGT, water and oil temperature. As to Robert and Kearsey's points, it could require you to stay parked for it to be effectively performed. Engine will not be any good if it derates, HV load or not. City driving and increased stop-and-go traffic clogs things up.

Posted:  15 hours, 24 minutes ago

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Questionnaire for Volvo Truckers

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Don't put me in with the Volvo group.

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I mean you are hanging out in Chicago and running loads that are heavy.

May as well order the the flip flops now.

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I'll find a tree and a rope for myself before that becomes commonplace.

Our dopey planners seem to concentrate me on one area at a time. Five loads this week around Chicago; two weeks ago was six loads around Atlanta. I switched dispatchers starting today to see if things change after eight months.

Posted:  15 hours, 36 minutes ago

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Scale That Loaded Trailer

We had a message from the company earlier this month, "drivers are to scale all loads above XXX lbs...." That's fine, but the problem is this does no good if a relay load left somewhere has no copy of the CAT Scale ticket included with the BOLs.

This seems like common sense to me, yet I looked at more than a half dozen loaded relay trailers at a drop yard last night. Not a single one had a scales ticket with the BOLs in the nose box of the trailer, and each contained more than 30,000 lbs of payload, according to the paperwork.

Posted:  19 hours, 9 minutes ago

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Scale That Loaded Trailer

What did you do? Back to the shipper for a re-work?

Not in that area after dark. The shipper closed half an hour after I departed, and I let dispatch know I was not parking there overnight. I drove to another terminal in Wisconsin, and called dispatch with the great news the next morning. A truck route was plotted and I drove it to another terminal and dropped it. The final destination is less than two miles from there. It was a bad combination of events. Weight, location of scales (CAT Scales and state scale houses) timing, communication, nowhere to park in the area, etc. It was all bad. To top it off, less than four miles from the shipper, I nearly T bone a car that runs a stop sign.

The correct thing to do would have been removing several pallets at the shipper the following day, but I chose personal safety over all else this time. I was so surprised by the weight that I weighed a second time in Wisconsin. Still way too heavy.

Posted:  20 hours, 20 minutes ago

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Scale That Loaded Trailer

Don't trust the numbers a shipper puts onto the BOL (Bill Of Lading). I was loaded a few days ago at a shipper in Chicago Heights, IL. Several large totes bags of granular pellets destined for Kraft. The BOL stated "43,533 lbs in 21 bags on 21 pallets". The count was correct, but the weight was way off. It was more likely 48,000 lbs.

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After a trip to a CAT Scale on the way to my drop at the New Ulm, MN terminal. I was at 3/4 a fuel load, with the trailer tandems moved 6 holes further to the rear than I usually run (hole 14 instead of hole 8). Overweight, over gross, and over the bridge length for IL, WI, MN. A trifecta!

Posted:  21 hours, 25 minutes ago

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Hey Packrat

Anything within 100 mile radius of Wrigley Field is Chicago metro as far as I'm concerned. Hammond all the way north to Beloit, and is not an area I enjoy traveling.

It's a secure drop lot used by J & R Schugel and a few others. There might be 75 various trailers there. I don't know if I could park a POV there but personally I would not. Trucks and trailers get banged up there as is.

Posted:  21 hours, 59 minutes ago

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HOS Brain Teaser for fun

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Where's your pre or post trip On Duty from the 29th?

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Pre & post trip don’t show up on my HOS tab. But for the sake of this puzzle, let’s say that I didn’t log a pre or post trip. And don’t bust my chops, the pre and post trip were done. Good question, BTW.

Guess I don't see it.

12:11 Driving

12:11 On Duty

Giant red flag.

Posted:  22 hours, 14 minutes ago

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HOS Brain Teaser for fun

Where's your pre or post trip On Duty from the 29th?

Posted:  22 hours, 18 minutes ago

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Questionnaire for Volvo Truckers

That's exactly what I was thinking. A Volvo steering wheel should have a couple of foot friendly depressions in the 10 and 3 positions. rofl-2.gif

And how could I forget? An integrated I Pad and cellphone holder. I've seen numerous Mafia viewing movies while traveling in the left lane.

Posted:  23 hours, 44 minutes ago

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Frequency of breaks (getting numb on long drives)

Ditch the wallets. This will do nothing except provide spinal issues and a wear mark on your jeans. Every ID and card goes into this plastic ID Card holder. If I need it, I put it into my pocket leaving the truck. It's as automatic for me now as putting on a seatbelt. I buy a box of these at a time at Best Buy or Walmarts. I currently have 11 cards in there.

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While driving it stays here.

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Posted:  23 hours, 55 minutes ago

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Hey Packrat

Nope. We have a secured drop lot we utilize there. That's where I was dropping a loaded trailer for a T-Call, so I stayed put. No parking around Chicago after dark.

Posted:  23 hours, 58 minutes ago

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Questionnaire for Volvo Truckers

I am a steering wheel holder. I don't drive hands-free, and I don't drive with my feet as some of the Volvo Mafia are found of.

Posted:  1 day, 2 hours ago

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Questionnaire for Volvo Truckers

Don't put me in with the Volvo group.

Posted:  1 day, 4 hours ago

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Hey Packrat

What's a TV?

Posted:  1 day, 5 hours ago

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Sunglasses

You can't go wrong following the advice of Billy and Dusty

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