Profile For PackRat

PackRat's Info

  • Location:
    Williamsville, VA

  • Driving Status:
    Experienced Driver

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  • Joined Us:
    3 years, 7 months ago

PackRat's Bio

I'm a rookie O/O. Currently off the road since February 2019 for a transplant.

Hired by Knight as a company driver out of the Carlisle, PA terminal July 2019.

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Posted:  7 hours, 48 minutes ago

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What have you learned from Trucking Truth?

You were worried about going under a 13’ 6” bridge? Why? Most of those heaight are measured from the curb, which is at least 6” more allowance

Posted:  7 hours, 54 minutes ago

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The TruckingTruth Meet Up Thread

Spending the night on the access road on the Philly docks.

Be careful down there. Two winters ago, I had to call the cops after I walked by a car that had a dead guy (gunshot) behind the wheel. This was on my way back to my truck after checking in at the guard shack. Not really the city of brotherly love, in my opinion.

Posted:  8 hours, 2 minutes ago

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Don't Watch Stuff On Your Phone While Driving

Yeah we just had a driver who was ticketed for watching the news on their phone while driving. Yes, they were also fired. They were caught by the "trooper in a truck" thing going on. Also had 3 fired this month for having their phone IN THEIR HAND of all things.. just ridiculous and completely unacceptable. Our trucks are equipped with bluetooth and controls on the steering wheel for phone use not to mention the fact that headsets aren't hard to come by.

I've threatened to throw more than one trainees phone out the window. Yeah, I'm mean like that if they even begin to reach for it. I've not tossed one out the window yet but I did grab one and toss it in the sleeper.

Keep the phone because it’s not the phones fault. Throw the trainee out the window! That’ll learn ‘me!

Posted:  8 hours, 5 minutes ago

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Starting a new chapter

Great to hear from you, especially with your success story!

Posted:  20 hours, 14 minutes ago

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Delivering to Grocery Stores

Don't ever believe the saying "we're almost done", "you should be okay to drive it", "the check is in the mail", "to be perfectly honest", or "we get big trucks in here all the time".

Posted:  1 day, 8 hours ago

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First Year Solo done

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Congratulations on your milestone!

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Posted:  1 day, 17 hours ago

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Switched To A Local Account

You are absolutely NOT making double what you were in OTR earnings. If you're working a regular OTR schedule you were earning 60k ~ give or take 5k. So you're saying now you're gonna make 120k?...Come on now....

Where are you working, Greg?

Posted:  1 day, 20 hours ago

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The TruckingTruth Meet Up Thread

I think Old School is in the lead so far

Rainy is. Most of those she has met now have their pictures on milk cartons, though.

Posted:  1 day, 20 hours ago

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Tough local backing for a newbie

Well, should be little traffic with only 140 people.

I did a drop early this morning in York, PA that was running all over the facility, but nothing was a difficult backing problem. Check in at security, go drop your trailer in this row. After, go drive to this lot and park. Now walk to another building to get paperwork signed. Next, walk down another path to the trailer control area for an empty assignment. Get told which one to grab, so walk back to my truck a quarter mile away, drive to empty lot and locate it. Now drive out to another exit gate with all the paperwork to get released. I spent over an hour there for a "quick" evolution. Oh, plus it was in total darkness and raining, too.

Posted:  2 days ago

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The TruckingTruth Meet Up Thread

Bruce has a dream...

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My dream is to meet Todd and get some photos.

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I'm sure Todd has a similar dream...

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Posted:  2 days, 1 hour ago

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Hours in truck, miles, home time.

Question 1. You can drive up to 11 hours before taking a 10 hour break.

Question 2. A good average is 50 mph, so 5-600 miles would be great for a new driver. That doesn't mean you will only drive. There are shippers, receivers, etc.

Question 3. The more time home, the less you make.

Posted:  2 days, 15 hours ago

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FedEx Freight Driver Apprentice

Great update, Banks! Great to read about your rapid learning.

Posted:  2 days, 15 hours ago

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Don't Watch Stuff On Your Phone While Driving

When I was at Millis, there was an O/O that was leased onto them a few years earlier. He was watching porn on his phone while driving and ran over a minivan, killing or injuring the occupants. He went to jail for just about forever-the rest of his life.

Posted:  2 days, 15 hours ago

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Adult

I shoot first and ask questions later.

I have yet to run into that situation you described, Donna. Here's hoping I don't.

Posted:  2 days, 15 hours ago

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How A Strong Woman Deals With Offensive Behavior From Men - New Article By Rainy

What would i do without this Forum lol. I dont post much but i do read and believe it or not alot of you guys have "trained me" with just the advice and tips you give other members.

As a female rookie driver, today was my first day out solo. After tandems getting stuck and not sliding, running late because of comdata card issues and not being able to pay the lumper fees quickly, and being pulled into the scale for an inspection. Im glad day 1 is over.

Thank you for the article. Like others have said you are a good writer. I appreciate all the advice you guys give.

Oh my! That sounds like quite the day you had. Baptism By Fire for sure, but you survived, so good for you!

Posted:  2 days, 15 hours ago

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Get out of the truck and explore

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Not scenic, but I ran into Jake and Elwood in Joliet earlier this week.

Posted:  2 days, 23 hours ago

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Trucking not for me.

After my 32 years of service in three branches, and two different country's armed forces, I disagree with the comment of, "you don't matter".

It's ALL about the individual. The individual is indeed the single, greatest asset.

Posted:  4 days, 5 hours ago

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Get out of the truck and explore

Good for you two! “The harder I work, the luckier I am”, comes to mind. Great pictures of the scenery you were able to enjoy. Those trees are something else to behold. I’ve been cutting them down and messing with firewood for well over 50 years, and those giants still are breathtaking. Greatest country on Earth!

Posted:  4 days, 5 hours ago

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One year in the books

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That’s a fantastic accomplishment you’ve achieved! We all knew you’d make it. Congratulations!

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Posted:  4 days, 5 hours ago

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Nicest driver lounge at customer you've seen

This Days Inn I’m at in Morris, has a small convenience store between it and the TA across the street. I’ve noticed trucks parked in this lot for the past three nights, and this morning saw a sign for “$10 Overnight Parking”. There’s room for about 10 rigs. Something I’ll try to remember if the TA is full, plus it’s cheaper. For another bonus there’s an IHOP beside this motel.

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