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PackRat's Info

  • Location:
    Williamsville, VA

  • Driving Status:
    Experienced Driver

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  • Joined Us:
    4 years, 7 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.

Hired by CFI as a company driver out of the Taylor, MI terminal November 2019. Fired on 2 April 2020 after refusing a load from NC to NJ. Started with Crete Carrier Corporation (for the second time) 15 April 2020. Home terminal is New Kingston, PA.

Try not to job hop the way I have. The grass is not always greener, and no company is ever going to be completely perfect. The only major difference between companies is the type of platform (dry, tanker, flatbed, refer, specialized) and the company name on the door. Think on big decisions for at least a week before making your choice.

Text me at 7572886472.

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Posted:  10 hours, 44 minutes ago

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Backing practice - Store Deliveries

Wild Bill MacGyver says....


I’m gonna need a Boy Scout troupe worth of spotters, a pack mule, laser level, and two rolls of duct tape before I can even start.



Better start work on that Mullet!

Posted:  11 hours, 8 minutes ago

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Good dry van company reccomendations

If you decide to go that route please let me know so I can pick up a recruiting bonus (not sure if that’s allowed here)

We do not reccomend that on here.

Recommending a total stranger....what if the person is a complete waste? Company sees who their driver recruiter/referral was, so that could put you in a bad position.

It's the same as a trainer that is only doing it for the extra money.

Posted:  11 hours, 14 minutes ago

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Titan Transfer Inc

I would be at the clinic tomorrow morning early enough to be the first in line, once the place opens for business.

Posted:  11 hours, 44 minutes ago

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Backing a 2019 t680 kw

I never had a KW with the "Creep Mode", but the newer models may.

It will take trial and error to learn the nuances. The reason for the lunging, or the transmission getting wound up, is the centrifugal clutch. It takes in more fluid, then the rate of RPMs needs to be greater to spin the clutch itself. Once this balance occurs, the truck will almost have a mind of it's own.

I recommend very subtle pressure on the throttle until you figure out what your truck likes. I also recommend using the brake pedal in a similar fashion that you would use the clutch pedal when backing into a space or dock.

It took me about three months to achieve a really smooth backing procedure with the three KWs I drove.

Posted:  17 hours, 44 minutes ago

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Suggestions Please

Why did you stop driving before?

How long where you with Prime?

How long since you've driven a CMV?

Is your CDL current, with a current medical card?

Posted:  22 hours, 40 minutes ago

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Backing practice - Store Deliveries

I've got one I'm at right now in Richmond, VA that could qualify. I'm too tech challenged to post the cool pics and details, though. You can check it out online.

Alside Materials at 8423 Sanford Drive in Richmond, VA.

Posted:  1 day, 1 hour ago

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Well I screwed that up. Accident and lessons learned.

Don't feel too poorly about having an incident in your first year because many drivers end up with more than one. These can also end up with much worse outcomes.

As Big T wrote, it could have been much worse.

Thanks for owning up to it on here so others can read about it and learn something.

Posted:  2 days, 12 hours ago

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Truck flips, crushes SUV

That's why I always say, "Don't make the news!"

Posted:  2 days, 12 hours ago

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Progression as a rookie

Talk to the boss of the boss. Keep moving up the chain until you're satisfied that you have reached a conclusion that works best for you.

Make sure you have all you facts and figures straight, though. Things such as "I've driven XXX miles in XXX days, using XXX hours. I was available to drive XXX more hours, but there were no loads." "For XXX month, I drove XXX miles, in XXX hours, for an average of XXX mph. My average length of a trip was XXX miles/days/hours. I used XXX gallons of fuel. My days off were XXX." "I should be given more miles because I have a proven record that show I can handle it."

Miles, responsibility and a proven track record of positive accomplishments equals more responsibility, more miles, and more money.

Hit them with cold, hard statistics that cannot be disputed.

Posted:  2 days, 14 hours ago

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Papa Pigs Zainy Rookie Solo Adventures

Avocados have about three times the potassium in a banana.

Get some magnesium pills. I've taken two daily for years a d never had any muscle cramps. Prior to driving, I drove a chainsaw six days a week, commercial logging in Virginia.

Posted:  2 days, 14 hours ago

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Best Company For lease-to-own?

What's your business background and your current trucking business plan, Jeff?

Are you a current CDL driver?

Posted:  2 days, 14 hours ago

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Progression as a rookie

How are there more responses on a bowel movement thread than how to level up thread? The only input y'all can muster up is quit lmfao

Where did I write to quit?

"Get off that gig" is what I wrote, which means switch accounts or apply for another division. If that doesn't work, maybe explore changing companies after you've been there a year, and all debts and contract obligations are paid and fulfilled.

Suit yourself. I would be speaking with your management team instead of throwing your hands up after reading some suggestions made here.

Posted:  2 days, 14 hours ago

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Parking in my driveway

Like I wrote, you better check first. Just because others park somewhere, doesn't make it legal or correct. This goes for anywhere: vacant lots, wide spots beside the road, parking lots, etc.

Tow bills or removal of other devices are never cheap, and the trucking company will not reimburse these kind of expenses.

Posted:  2 days, 14 hours ago

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Are these new LED flares legal instead of triangles?

Now reading in the FMCSR, a driver can have either 3 reflective triangles or 6 flares or (this is the BEST!) 3 smudge pots.

How many of you know what a smudge pot is, or have ever heard of one?

How long ago do you think this directive was written?

Posted:  2 days, 14 hours ago

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Be careful at the truck stops

I read that one late last night.

Stupid on many levels.

Posted:  3 days, 11 hours ago

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Hi y'all from Buda, Tx!!

Got a mirror?

Posted:  3 days, 13 hours ago

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Manuel Vs Automatic

You follow Daniel B's pre trip on here and you'll be just fine.

Posted:  3 days, 18 hours ago

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I'll Be Live On Road Dog Trucking Radio This Thursday

I missed the first 20 minutes, but I heard the remainder.

Awesome job, Brett! It was the same things printed on this site....just the facts.


Posted:  3 days, 18 hours ago

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Brand New CDL.............TODAY!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

To ALL of you 'seasoned' gents,

I already thanked Old School and Mike C. before I finished the thread. Thanks to all of you for sharing the ages you went into this career. This 52 year old need hearing it. My age was one of my major concerns... now it isn't.

Thanks again!

That's a fact. Those two are really ancient relics from days of old.

Posted:  4 days, 4 hours ago

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Questions about Crete/Shaffer/Hunt

The motor will idle for three minutes before shutdown. If the outside temp is below 30, or above 90, it will idle.

If the Optimized Idle is engaged, it will normally run to maintain a fairly comfortable interior temperature.

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