Profile For PackRat

PackRat's Info

  • Location:
    Williamsville, VA

  • Driving Status:
    Experienced Driver

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  • Joined Us:
    5 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.

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:  2 hours, 38 minutes ago

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Background check (probation)

Did you include all these convictions on your applications? I don't read that you are a law abiding citizen with these continued problems over the past two decades.

Major carriers do deep background checks, so don't attempt to hide anything on the application. That would be another potential crime if discovered. Then it gets even deeper than most people think. Lie on an application and get hired, or something was overlooked by an employer. One day you're involved in an accident, and the "victim's" lawyers will definitely find out all about your past. Guess who may lose everything AND also be fitted for an orange jumpsuit?

Posted:  2 hours, 51 minutes ago

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Shuttle/spotter for experience?

The only thing it will count towards will be if you switch companies for another spotter gig, and it will show that you were employed on a resume. Other than that, it won't help you land any CDL job. The only useful experience will be backing, which is a teeny, tiny bit of this job as a whole.

Posted:  13 hours, 45 minutes ago

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Celebrating my 3 mo anniversary with May Trucking

Nice going, Moe!

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Posted:  1 day, 8 hours ago

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A Question about whether a different home base makes a difference for an OTR Trucker

Yeah, the Air Farce has one. Using their Indoor Voice, "Let's Call It A Day!" I'm half kidding! The USAF always gave us a ride when we needed one, and I always heard their bases had outstanding golf courses.

Terminal location in relation to home of record does not really matter, except in FL (south of I-4), Alaska, and Hawaii.

Freight is moving everywhere. The closest I've had a terminal has been more than 200 miles. I always get home, and always have a dispatch when I leave.

Posted:  1 day, 8 hours ago

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Roehl Transport GYCDL Training - Phase 1 start date: 2021-07-06

Congratulations!

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Posted:  1 day, 9 hours ago

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Finally completed the easy part.

I see a lot of trucks for all those companies out here, but that doesn't mean anything about the company nor the training. Two I would avoid are Trans Am and Stevens.

Swift is the largest truckload carrier in the nation. Prime has many members on here that should chime in.

Two things: we HIGHLY discourage leasing. Don't Do It! The other thing is why are you leaning towards a dedicated account?

Posted:  1 day, 9 hours ago

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Guy got lucky

No, not lately.

Walmart didn't have a huge demand on them since the election, so the "7500 pounds of King Copper" was discontinued.

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Posted:  1 day, 9 hours ago

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Getting a trucking job while having type 1 diabetes.

Calories are meaningless. The only thing that matters is carbs.

I want you to check out this website run by Kevin Rutherford. Completely free.

Healthytribe.com

Posted:  1 day, 10 hours ago

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Getting a trucking job while having type 1 diabetes.

I can tell you with nearly 90% certainty that if you were to go full on Keto, no cheating, for six months, you'd be off insulin.

You on the internet much?

Posted:  1 day, 10 hours ago

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CFI

But once again pushing forward, fake it till I make it 👍

That didn't work out very well.

If you want this bad enough, you need do the pre trip and all other inspections so often, you can recite them in your sleep. If you cannot commit to that level of preparation, you're wasting time.

Posted:  1 day, 11 hours ago

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Finally completed the easy part.

You've told of one named company: Schneider. If you tell us other named companies, we can offer a lot more guidance to you. " They charge $3500" isn't enough to go on.

Posted:  1 day, 11 hours ago

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Guy got lucky

I saw a dry van crashed the other day that apparently had been carrying large coils of copper wire. From my quick glance going by they did not appear to have been secured at all, as they alllcame through the side of the trailer.

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Like these?

At 7500 lbs each X 6, there is no way to secure them in a dry van to prevent them coming out in a major crash scenario.

Posted:  1 day, 11 hours ago

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I am thinking of getting my class a cdl

What does your doctor say about it? The medical provider is the one that you will need to get to sign off on this before you start any steps toward a CDL.

Posted:  1 day, 11 hours ago

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Getting a trucking job while having type 1 diabetes.

That A1C is borderline, so they don't have you on insulin I pray? What's your diet like?

Posted:  2 days, 8 hours ago

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Reddaway

Triples!?!?

OMG, you're my hero! That's impressive right out of the box.

Posted:  2 days, 9 hours ago

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Association launches to take CDL driver training to high school students

Yeah, just what I want on the road: someone not mature, less than two years driving anything with a license, piloting an 18 wheeler at a ridiculously low salary.

Another great idea from the ATA.

Posted:  3 days, 11 hours ago

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Owner operator question.

If you're grossing $2000/net $1300 per week after 21 years, you're at the wrong company. I'm not an O/O and I make those numbers easily without the hassles. And yes, I had my own truck (paid for in cash with the title in hand) leased on to a major carrier. I sold the truck and went back to being a company driver again.

Posted:  3 days, 18 hours ago

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Finally completed the easy part.

Apply everywhere you can at this point and see which companies are willing to hire you.

Posted:  3 days, 18 hours ago

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A couple of questions from a newbie

I see zero upside for you working at this small company. If there is, we would like to hear it.

Posted:  5 days, 10 hours ago

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Are all alcohol related violations treated the same?

5 years driving and you get a DUI, regardless that it was pled down?

I think you should be more than thankful that any national carrier hired you. My advice would be to stay there at least a full year before thinking of applying anywhere.

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