Profile For Errol V.

Errol V.'s Info

  • Location:
    Sheffield, AL

  • Driving Status:
    Experienced Driver

  • Social Link:

  • Joined Us:
    11 years ago

Errol V.'s Bio

A school teacher for eleven years. Now I'm getting out of the classroom!!

A trucker for three years. Then Oops! I've become a Driving Instructor! ... Now I'm back in the classroom!! (Or on the backing range)

A silly covfefe about reporting information for American society has allowed me to leave the building.....

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Posted:  20 minutes ago

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What’s this guys deal?


You're right! I've seen RV class A (buses), travel trailers, trucks and even cars taking up space needed by truckers.

In your photo, I fantasize that I had a 28' pup that needed a place to spend 10 hours.

Posted:  3 hours, 12 minutes ago

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What’s this guys deal?

Andhe78 takes a guess:

Probably a local guy who pays for that spot to park his rig. Parks his personal vehicle there when working so the spot is available when he gets back.

That's what I thought at first until I took a closer look.

Local truck stops and truck parking yards often rent out or allow the local drivers to park and "hold" their spot while they're out OTR. But I noticed all three trucks seemed to be parked "head in", I knew that ain't right.

Posted:  9 hours, 1 minute ago

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What’s this guys deal?

There's not much information about the type of place this is. A row of pull-thrus with a curb one lane out looks like a rest stop. The pickup seems to have dual tires (mud flaps).

So could this be a trailerless hot shotter parking with the Big Boys?

Posted:  10 hours, 32 minutes ago

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Best way to get CDL training and not be OTR all the time.

Check out restaurant food service, and beverage distributors.

Most McLane, US Food. Sysco, soda and distributors have many day routes.

Posted:  1 day, 7 hours ago

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Ticket and no employment for 2+ years.

Mike, everybody has "life baggage" of one sort or another.

Q. #1: Speeding ticket. These mostly are done on a case-by-case basis. I got a 15-over speeding ticket about a month before I hired on to Swift's training Academy. Had a surgically clean driving record before that (and still do). But the ticket had no affect on getting a truck driving job.

Q. #2: I assume your "2 1/2 years" is for CDL driving? You will need to get a refresher course. If it is for unemployment or personal reasons, be ready to explain yourself and maybe have some documentation.

Q. #3: I don't know what you mean here. A ticket is a ticket, regardless of what you were driving at the time. If your CDL is still "good", and you don't get a CDL job, it's a good idea to keep up with the required physicals. That will keep your CDL status going, but you may have to deal with Question #1 down the road.

Posted:  1 day, 7 hours ago

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New Career

Glad you stopped in! Her are a few links to get you pointed in the right direction:

The Truck Driver's Career Guide

Paid CDL Training Programs

Get your Permit studies started here: High Road CDL Permit course

Check into some training diaries

And, of course, hang out here!

Posted:  1 week, 1 day ago

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New to trucking and stressed out

Nate, in my earlier posts I have a link to a diary of my first week "alone". There are eleven (and more) issues you may run into, and how I solved them.



My First Week Adventure As A Swift Driver

Posted:  1 week, 2 days ago

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New to trucking and stressed out

That first time can be scary because it is your new reality, and you have to solve it in your own. Here's a record of my very first week "alone":

My First Week Adventure As A Swift Driver

I know it's not as fast as a phone call, but you will get support here. Good luck.

Posted:  1 week, 3 days ago

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Need some help please

Doug comes clean:

one hand washes the other

There is a phrase to keep in mind:

You can't go home again.

If you've been away from your hometown for maybe years, you expect the old digs will be almost unrecognizable.

The bike idea is right on, as far as driving the truck. The regulations have changed, the are computers everywhere now.

But one thing has not changed: The relationship between you and your dispatcher is one of teammates. I feel that both dispatch and driver are working for the same goal. Football QB and End, surgeon and nurse, driver and dispatcher should be focused on Getting The Job Done

I know the when you get in touch with your new dispatcher, you'll let on about your experience. After a few loads, you just might not stop rolling.

Posted:  1 week, 3 days ago

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Looking for information on folks interested in hauling a trailer to Alaska

Delco Dave proposes:

I work for ABF Freight, we do this all the time!!! Contact your local ABF terminal , go online, or call the number below. We will drop a Pup trailer or 2 if needed at your house with a ramp and a bulkhead. You load it, we come back, pick it up and and ship to new house

I did exactly that for a move from California to Arkansas. We used ABF. Easy to do. (you could hire some lumpers to load you.)

No worries on the actual move, and the trailer is ready when you get a place.

The only issue is the trip to Alaska. That is question #1 when call any LTL company.

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