Profile For Diver Driver

Diver Driver's Info

  • Location:
    Youngsville, LA

  • Driving Status:
    Experienced Driver

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  • Joined Us:
    2 years, 9 months ago

Diver Driver's Bio

Military veteran, and laid off Oilfield Commercial Diver. Looking to start a new career as a big rig driver, and see the rest of our beautiful country.

Just completed training and am now a solo company driver.

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Posted:  6 days, 18 hours ago

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Can't seem to catch a break

Hey, it happens to the best of us. I was fighting with this spot that I was determined to get into. A stranger walks past and says "hey driver, take that spot over there, so you don't have to fight. "

There was a spot on the end of the row on the corner (no one would clip my front end) that was wide open and it would be a straight line back.

Sometimes you are more tired than you realize, and get tunnel vision.

A minor dining to your truck that probably won't even get fixed before it's sold.

Keep your chin up.

Posted:  1 week, 2 days ago

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Been Awhile

Been running a TND 740 for about a year now. The thing I've noticed is that trip planning is CRITICAL when using it. It will try and route you down some very narrow (1 lane bridge anyone?) roads that may be legal, but you shouldn't really be on. The problem is when your in an area where your atlas doesn't have a detailed view. Anyway, if your careful with it, and just remember that its a tool, you should be good.

Posted:  1 week, 2 days ago

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I'm bored and homeless in Pittston PA

:P Not today my sweet ! I'm in cajun land, on home time. Have to get some other newbie for your dungeon. lol

Really happy to hear that your back up and moving, my friend !

Posted:  2 weeks ago

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Just When You Think You've Seen It All...

This Friday (9-7-18) I was heading North on I-81 in Virginia. I heard some squawking on the CB.... less than a mile up the road I see a big dust cloud, and a truck with its cab wedged into the trees 90 degrees to its trailer. It had just happened right before I got there. There was already two 4 wheelers stopping to help, so I kept going.

Posted:  1 month ago

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On the subject of CB radios.......

I have the Cobra 29LX. I like the fact that it has weather band, and I can set that to come on even when the truck is off.

Posted:  1 month ago

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Prime new driver pay

Don't let the lightweight term scare you. I was in a LW for over a year. Yes, it's cramped, but they will take out the front seat for you so you can install a fridge, if you like. The 5 cents a mile really adds up quick. Especially when you start getting your fuel and other bonuses.

After you finish your training, and go in to upgrade, they'll more than likely give you a LW. You can request a condo, but if they don't have one available, and you're adamant about getting a condo, you'll have to pay for your own hotel while you wait.

I was gonna go that route until my fleet manager told me that it would probably be best to just take the LW truck. (Trainers and teams have first dibs) After a year of driving a LW, my girlfriend was gonna come out on the road with me, so I needed to get the condo. It was no problem getting into the condo. I was just reminded about the cut in pay.

Posted:  1 month ago

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Can a walmart manager make you move your truck

You can legally drive off duty to the nearest safe haven, truck stop or rest area. Her is a link to the FMCSA explanation.

But that is not gonna fly for "poor trip planning." The best bet is to just skip the whole Walmart parking, and only go in to shop.

I realize you're a rookie, and we have all been there. I was stuck in VA. when I first started. I put all my hope on a Pilot, that shouldn't even be considered a truck- stop. The lot was full, and I was told to "try the Walmart up the hill. " I got there and parked in the back, out of the way, Then went in and asked them if I could park. The woman who was in the receiving area told me "better to park and ask forgiveness, then to ask." So of course at 8am the manager comes out and tells me to move. After I explain that i'm out of hours, he says move it, or i'll have it towed. On my way back down the hill to the pilot, I get pulled in for a random road side weigh station.... thankfully I was not inspected. After getting back to the still full Pilot, I went next door to the Eagle truck wash, and they were nice enough to let me park.

After that I pretty much NEVER park at Walmart.

Posted:  1 month ago

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Word of caution from a new driver's standpoint.

Errol, your missing your hat. How are we to recognize you without your signature hat. LoL

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Holy crap !! Working in the office has... how do I say this....ummm....matured your look. Are the students giving you that hard of a time ? Lol

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Posted:  1 month ago

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Trailer Socket and Pigtail

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Shim [shim] n. [[< ?]] ✩ a thin, usually wedge-shaped piece of wood, metal, or stone typically inserted under some part so as to level it or make it flush with another part vt. shimmed, shimming to fit with a shim or shims

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Just be careful where you use that word. If in New Orleans, you might get more than what your asking for.

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Posted:  1 month, 1 week ago

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Hazmat endorsement at Prime

It's not that hard. Id suggest getting it. It definitely won't hurt.

Posted:  1 month, 3 weeks ago

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Truck parking during home time

Also, there are rv / boat storage lots that you might be able to use for a fee

Posted:  1 month, 3 weeks ago

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Back pain and coffee pots

Everone else has covered the back issue. As for a coffee pot.... if you have an inverter, get a cheap 5 cup MR. Coffee. It works perfect, and a single bottle of water makes enough to fill a philmore cup from Pilot. STAY AWAY from the fancy digital, programable coffee pots. The don't last in the truck.

If you don't have the inverter, go with a 12v. Water heater. Starbucks makes a few different varieties of instant coffee that will get you going in the morning.

Posted:  1 month, 3 weeks ago

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PRIME, advice and questions

The training period is the hardest, financially. I was in a lucrative career for 21 years, before getting laid off in 2015. I had credit cards, and a pretty hefty house payment to deal with. After struggling through 700 a week (gross) I got my own truck and have been busting my ass ever since. In that time, I've refinanced my house and paid off all the credit cards. I have extra taxes taken out of my check, and still take home 800 - 1200 a week.

If your a runner, you'll get miles. But if your a person who constantly turns down loads or needs to be home every couple of weeks, you're gonna struggle.

Posted:  1 month, 3 weeks ago

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Truck parking during home time

I live in Louisiana, and drive for Prime. I'll drop my trailer at either the exxon/Mobil plant in Port Allen, or at a distribution center in Opelousas. Then, bobtail to a truck stop that allows us to park there for home time. The truck stop is about 5 miles from the house. Works out perfectly. And to **** off my HOA, I make sure to stop right in front of my subdivision to let out my passenger, so she can get my personal vehicle and drive to the truck stop for us to go home

Posted:  2 months ago

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Music For The Road

Heading out to the highway - Judas Priest

Highway Star - Deep Purple

Raining Blood - Slayer

Seven headed ***** - Iced Earth

Into the Void - Black Sabbath

Convoy - C. W. McCall

Posted:  2 months, 1 week ago

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Thinking of Buying a Boat

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You got me hook ine and sinker... I read the title, and was saying WTF does this have to do with trucking rofl-2.gifrofl-1.gif

Posted:  2 months, 1 week ago

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Your Favorite Truck Stop

Jubitz in Portland, OR. Is pretty cool. They actually have a night club inside.

Iowa 80 is pretty cool, especially the truck museum next door. Other than the museum and chrome shop, it's basically a big ass TA. (Not a fan of TA)

Posted:  2 months, 1 week ago

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Can anyone confirm or deny this? 12’ 7” & 12’ 9” clearances on I-95 near I-87 (Bronx)

Coming off of Long Island and getting into 95 I got a low bridge warning. What it was, is that the overpass in the oncoming ramp lane was low. I scooted over to the travel lanes and it was all good

Posted:  2 months, 1 week ago

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Parking at truck stops

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What really grinds my gears is the total idiot who made up the majority of TA/PETRO parking spaces. They are angled so that you either pull in (like the guy in the OP) or you have to blind side back.

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It is an acquired taste. Kinda like Liver.

Yeah... and liver sucks. Something about the organ that makes the ingredient in poo. No thanks.

Posted:  2 months, 2 weeks ago

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Parking at truck stops

What really grinds my gears is the total idiot who made up the majority of TA/PETRO parking spaces. They are angled so that you either pull in (like the guy in the OP) or you have to blind side back.

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