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    Tallahassee, FL

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    Company Driver In Training

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    2 years, 4 months ago

FairyTales's Bio

I am a 28 year old, gay, hairdressing, trucker. What more could you ask for in a conundrum wrapped in an enigma?

Long story short? I grew up in Wakulla County FL! Near Tallahassee, FL. I also grew up with every imageable piece of heavy machinery you could think of. I can drive it all. I have also done hair for almost 10 years! Now I've added Tractor Trailers to my arsenal. So follow along as the fairy tells the tales.

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Posted:  1 year, 8 months ago

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A milestone...

Who is your dispatcher? I need him. Mine is well... ugh

Well we encountered our first emergency on the truck yesterday. I've been having some tooth pain for a few days. For the last couple of days it's been getting dramatically worse and my face had started swelling up. While driving yesterday, I was just in tears all day. I started running a fever and it looked like I had been in a boxing match! The entire left side of my face was entirely swollen and I had a black eye. I decided to stop in Effingham IL as I knew there would be other company drivers nearby that could take my load. I called dispatch and they got my load off me within 3 hours. I was given a load that delivers in OKC on the 12th (obviously I can delivery early if I feel up to it).

Hubby called a cab and got me over to the ER. Doc diagnosed me with a severe tooth abcess and drained it. I tell you what, that was some of the worst pain I have ever experienced! But now that it's drained I feel a lot better. Got some antibiotics and the recommendations of a few days rest and to see my dentist ASAP (although I don't know when that will happen).

My face is still somewhat swollen but the nurse said that will go down over the next couple of days. I'm just grateful to have a great dispatcher who dropped everything to get me taken care of as quickly as possible!

Today I'm doing better. The swelling is almost completely gone and the pain is a lot better though not completely gone. But I'm really weak and dizzy today so we have decided to stay put here in Effiingham for another day. The plan is to get up early in the morning, drive to the terminal in Olathe, drop the trailer at the yard and run over to Walmart so I can fill my antibiotics and we can pick up a few things we are needing for the truck then head on down to OKC.

Dispatch has been nothing short of amazing when it came to this. I have a hard time getting messages in and out here. It seems to be a dead zone. But a soon as I called mine and told him what was going on he said he was going to get with the planners immediately to get my load off me. He said to hold tight and he'd get me to the hospital as fast as possible. No negativity, no nothing. And night dispatch was extremely nice when I updated them, telling me they were very glad I was ok and to get some rest and to roll whenever to felt able to.

Posted:  1 year, 9 months ago

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Kingpin to rear axle length

Like I said. I've read about maximums I want to know about minimums.

Trailer Wheelbase Description of Limitation and Additional Requirements

Alabama 41' maximum distance between kingpin and the center of rear axle assembly on trailer Arkansas No limits specified Arizona No limits specified California 40' Maximum distance between kingpin and the center of rear axle assembly on trailer Colorado No limits specified Connecticut 43 maximum distance between kingpin and the center of rear axle assembly on trailer Delaware No limits specified Florida 41' maximum distance between kingpin and the center of rear axle assembly on trailer Georgia No limits specified Idaho No limits specified Illinois 42' 6" maximum distance between kingpin and the center of rear axle assembly on trailer Indiana 43' maximum distance between kingpin and the center of rear axle assembly on trailer Iowa No limits specified Kansas No limits specified Kentucky No limits specified Louisiana No limits specified Maine 43' maximum distance between kingpin and the center of rear axle assembly on trailer Maryland 41' maximum distance between kingpin and the center of rear axle assembly on trailer Massachusetts No limits specified Michigan 41' maximum distance between kingpin and the center of rear axle assembly on trailer Minnesota 43 maximum distance between kingpin and the center of rear axle assembly on trailer Mississippi No limits specified Missouri No limits specified Montana No limits specified Nebraska No limits specified Nevada No limits specified New Hampshire 41' maximum distance between kingpin and the center of rear axle assembly on trailer New Jersey 41' maximum distance between kingpin and the center of rear axle assembly on trailer New Mexico No limits specified New York 41' maximum distance between kingpin and the center of rear axle assembly on trailer North Carolina 41' maximum distance betweenkingpin and the center of rear axle assembly on trailer State/Province Trailer Wheelbase Description of Limitation and Additional Requirements North Dakota No limits specified Ohio No limits specified Oklahoma No limits specified Oregon No limits specified Pennsylvania 41' maximum distance betweenkingpin and the center of axles on the trailer Rhode Island 41' maximum distance betweenkingpin and the center of axles on the trailer South Carolina 41' maximum distance between kingpin and the center of axles on the trailer South Dakota No limits specified Tennessee 41' maximum distance between kingpin and the center of axles on the trailer Texas No limits specified Utah 41' maximum distance between kingpin and the center of axles on the trailer Vermont 41' maximum distance between kingpin and the center of axles on the trailer Virginia 43' maximum distance between kingpin and the center of axles on the trailer Washington No limits specified West Virginia 37' From tractor rear axle to trailer first axle cannot exceed 37" (max 41" form kingpin to center of trailer axles is OK) Wisconsin 43' maximum distance between kingpin and the center of rear axle on the trailer Wyoming No limits specified

Posted:  1 year, 9 months ago

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Kingpin to rear axle length

So I've read till my eyes bleed. I still don't get it. It's always about how far back you can go. I wanna know how far forward you can legally go. From what I did get, as long the drive and Tandems are 34k or less you can be as far forward as you want right? Just the max is usually 41 feet? What is the Minimum?

Posted:  1 year, 11 months ago

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Tire issues and OH MY GOSH I'M GONNA PULL MY HAIR OUT!

Hey guys, thanks for all the replies. I have been reading them, but I've been GO GO GO the last few days. I made a booboo and over slept by 4 HOURS the day I was having tire issues. By the time the tire issue was taken care of, I only had 4 hours left on my 10 and the load had to be picked up by 2:55am, so I passed out and didn't wake up till 630am... oops. I guess I needed the sleep, I was up since 7am that day anyway, and with them working on my truck, I couldn't sleep. I told them I wouldn't get enough sleep, but they said "well, just sleep till 2am and then run the load as far as you can" yup nope, slept till 630 then they made me relay it. haha Oh well, I told them I wouldn't be able to. OF the 6 loads I have had since I started, 4 of them have been relayed, only 1 of them was my fault. So I drove for 6.5 hours straight yesterday to make up time, which I did, now I'm gonna arrive a day early. lol, but it's supposed to be a first come first serve. ugh. Getting back on track!

Posted:  1 year, 11 months ago

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Tire issues and OH MY GOSH I'M GONNA PULL MY HAIR OUT!

Right now, I have a full tank of fuel, no trailer. I weighed my steer and I'm right at 11,000

Kind of hard to follow. But fuel is what effects your steer tires the most add fuel add weight. Burn fuel loose weight. So what do your steer tires weight with your fuel load and payload. We're my 5th wheel is set with full fuel, and full gross I am 12300, when I ran reefer I had 3/4 fuel and would be at 12300 and could go 34k and 34k. You don't change a hole lot of weight to your steers when you load cargo if your 5th wheel is set rite so what you need to do is get some loads and figer out how much weight and fuel change your steer weight I can tell you from past experience full cargo only changes my steer weights by 600 pounds.

Posted:  1 year, 11 months ago

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Tire issues and OH MY GOSH I'M GONNA PULL MY HAIR OUT!

So this is a rant. I'll try to make it short... or not. I don't know yet. So I ran into some construction earlier today. Stopped to get fuel and notice that my left steer tire was damaged like WHOA! Looked like someone had carved the roast beef for dinner. I made it back to my home base to get a new tire. Great? Great. He gets done and I notice that the new left tire is 16 ply and the right tire is 14 ply. Now. The 14 ply can carry max 6,175 which two of them makes 12,350. The 16 ply can carry 6,610 and which two of them make 13,220. Okay SOOOO... I have been being told that I can carry 13k on my steer. I've called a few times cause my steer have been over 12k. They said "Your tires are rated for 13k" I was like okay cool. (I fully recognize that I should have looked at my tires before hand, but I didn't, so boo on me) So the loads I have been taking, should have never been on my truck. I weighed my steer without with full fuel tank and no trailer, I'm right at 11,000. That leaves like 1,350 to play with. Does ANY of this sound right to anybody? What are some of your steer weights? Also, the company has disabled the ability to move the 5th wheel. So that option is out the window.

Posted:  1 year, 11 months ago

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First 3 days have given me a meets breakdown

Well, if I can't slide my tandems, I can't scale the load correctly, if the wheel seal is busted, probably shouldn't drive the trailer 2k miles. This current trailer stop bar is hanging down close to the ground and it swings back and forth. So I don't wanna risk it snapping off and hitting a car. Overly picky... No. Overly cautious... Yes.

Get ready for a lot more days/weeks like this. It'll slowly get better as you get more experience, but issues never disappear completely. With that said, it is a little odd that you had three bad trailers in a row. It could have just been a stroke of bad luck, but are you sure you're not being overly picky about the condition of the trailers?

Posted:  1 year, 11 months ago

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First 3 days have given me a meets breakdown

My first trailer spend 9 hours in the shop so my first load was late, 2nd trailer tandems won't slide. Waiting on road assist to come fix them, then I'll be into my 14 so I won't even be able to scale this damn thing till AFTER my 10 hour break. :( I can't even drive. Ugh. Now there is a wheel seal leak. Bad Can't drive it. And all of road assist is on "lunch" So now they are off loading the trailer, and I'm at my 14. So I bob tailed somewhere to sleep. And the dispatch lady was rude as all get out. Made me feel like it's all my fault. Ugh. Now my current trailer stop bar for the tandems is broke so they have to send road assist out here again. AHAHHAGEHEIHEHDIFUHRBFIF

Posted:  1 year, 11 months ago

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Trials and tribulations

Glad to hear you are on the move to the doctors! Hope he gets everything he needs! We are actually heading to Kearney now. lol be there in 2 hours. I drove 635 miles today. whew! I really hope everything falls into place for you. You are truly amazing and inspiring, the way you always see the bright side. :)

I was ready to leave several days ago!

We have a 4 hour layover in Omaha, change buses, get to KC, 5 hour layover, change buses then straight thru to Ardmore.

I'm just glad to be moving down the road!

Posted:  1 year, 11 months ago

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Was-Mart DC and tired.

I totally understand. I'm not sure what experiences you have had. I'm still in my "training" phase. But, I'm going to give it AT LEAST 6 months.

I didn't do anything but run teams. And my trainer told me that she didn't stop for potty breaks so I better be able to use a cup!

Disclaimer: I don't want to sound like I am trashing TransAm. But their training setup is sorely lacking. The trainers receive very little instruction on how to train and it seems like most of them are just in it for the extra miles.

Don't mean to hijack your thread FairyTales. I am extremely upset with the company at this point and there isn't much keeping me with them.

If you want more details you can message me on Twitter.

Posted:  1 year, 11 months ago

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Was-Mart DC and tired.

So we made it to the Walmart DC around 4:30pm after driving 5 hours. Couldn't check in till 2am. So we parked and I attempted to catch some sleep, but my Trianer decided he wanted to watch tv till 12am. So yay me. Then he accepts a 1700 mile load that has to be there by Friday, but he wants it there by midnight Thursday so it goes on HIS paycheck this week. So we are gonna run teams. I kinda just wanna be like "no". Idk how y'all do those emojis but "pout face". AND he is OCD Germaphobe, so anytime I sneeze, cough, sniffle he freaks out. I'm not allowed in the fridge cause germs might get caught inside. I want my own truck. :(

Posted:  1 year, 11 months ago

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First big hill!

Oh! and My driver trainer had to call dispatch about something, but they asked how I was doing and he said "He doesn't need any training, just give him a truck and let him go, I hope all my students are this good." I just need to work on my backing, but he said that comes with time and practice. I still beat myself up about my backing.

Posted:  1 year, 11 months ago

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First big hill!

Yeah, these automatics are AMAZING!!! The way I did it down the hill was, set my engine brake, make sure I don't go over 35 and head down the hill. I try not to let the engine shift to anything over 7th or 8th gear. I'm really excited to get my own truck. We are waiting here at the Wal-Mart DC in Florida. Then heading to St. Petersburg, FL to pick up another the to Nebraska! I'm kinda excited to see Nebraska!

Posted:  1 year, 11 months ago

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First big hill!

Whew! It might not seem big to some people, but for me, it was huge! I'm with my trainer, our first load is 78k lbs and we have to go up and down lookout mountain. 6%. Truck went 30-35 up and 40 down. haha I had white knuckles!

Posted:  1 year, 11 months ago

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Newbie and CB Radio

Come on girl! Get one! We can ping each other. lol I want one when I get my own truck next week. :)

I know all you guys recommend having a CB but I just don't get it.

I don't have one and I have no plans to get one either. I have no trouble at shippers or receivers. I get asked for a phone number way more often than I get asked if I have a CB.

I deal with enough stuff just doing my own job to listen to everyone else whine about theirs on the CB. And it seems like that's all there is anymore.

I listen to the weather band on the FM radio and hubby monitors Twitter and radar on my phone if we have weather concerns.

Just my opinion!

Posted:  2 years ago

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How much do you spend on fuel?

I gotcha. I'm planning on going company to learn the ropes first. Just doing research.

Fairy your a adult I am not trying to tell you what todo. But i would not do a lease 100% of the cost with out ever owning something to me sounds financially unsound. You really want to be your own boss get a few years under your belt get some brake downs see how much that cost and if you still want to be your own boss buy a used truck that dose not brake the bank. That's my thoughts.

Posted:  2 years ago

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How much do you spend on fuel?

Haha. I am going company, after a year or so I might try lease. This company offers a 6 month lease with full warranty. Who knows.

Yes, and don't you believe all thise "fairy tales" you're hearing about how much greater it is being a "lease operator."

Those lease opportunities are not going anywhere aby time soon, the companies love having their employees take on all the expenses!

Learn the ropes as a company driver, let them absorb all your rookie mishaps. A few years later when you're feeling like a big shot, then you can work on losing your first fortune. smile.gif

Posted:  2 years ago

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How much do you spend on fuel?

I knew that about the company drivers.

55k!!! HOLY SKITTLES!

Company drivers probly don't know how much they spend because, company's get a discount off the pump price you will never see. Not even the stations you are getting fuel at know how much it cost, your bill goes right to corporate HQ and the discount gets applied from there. So depending on what the discount is and what it cost for the fuel to get it into the ground is how much you really pay. I will tell you this I spend 55k on fuel in 2015

Posted:  2 years ago

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How much do you spend on fuel?

? Company driver?

Zero!

Posted:  2 years ago

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How much do you spend on fuel?

So I'm wondering how much people spend per week and or per month on fuel?

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