Profile For Turtle

Turtle's Info

  • Location:
    Upstate, NY

  • Driving Status:
    Experienced Driver

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  • Joined Us:
    3 years, 1 month ago

Turtle's Bio

Originally from FL. At age 19 I went to visit friends for the summer in upstate NY. On my first day there I met the woman I was destined to marry and never went home again. 30 years later and I still live in New York, with the same beautiful wife. Of course I do get back to Jax a couple times a year to visit the family, but I've made a nice home in NY.

Also at age 19 I got into the flooring business as an installer apprentice. After a couple of years I acquired enough experience and knowledge to branch out on my own, running my own successful flooring sales and installation business for the next 27 years.

In 2015 I finally began to tire of all things flooring. There was no passion left in what I was doing, and I began to feel like a mere robot mindlessly going about my daily routine.

With my son now grown and out of the house, I saw an opportunity to finally do something I've only thought about up till then. Driving a truck has always been on my bucket list. My dad and grandfather both drove trucks, and so I knew a little about the business.

My wife was totally on board with the idea, and she's now rides with me full time. This experience has been better than expected. The rest as they say is history. We're still rolling.

Thanks for listening.


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Posted:  2 hours, 12 minutes ago

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Screen photos

I have an Apple I phone. I’ll experiment with it or just call my grandson, hehe

Click and hold the power button and home button at the same time to take a screenshot on an iPhone.

Posted:  2 hours, 57 minutes ago

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So these came today

Yeah I'm not sure either. The postal book cover doesn't match the picture on Amazon. Not that I really care though, I'm just glad to have them. If it's an earlier printing that'll make it worth more when you become famous.


I'm off for 8 more days, so I won't start reading them until I get back on the road.

Posted:  9 hours, 3 minutes ago

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Testing out to go solo

Awesome, congratulations!dancing-banana.gifdancing-banana.gifdancing-banana.gif

Posted:  12 hours, 7 minutes ago

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Leave of absence

She told me the company also wants me to get a professional examination if I feel a lack of confidence with my vision.

You may have opened up Pandora's box by telling your company about it before even looking into it (no pun intended).

Obviously you want to be confident in your own vision and safety. I won't dispute that. But as mentioned, what you are experiencing is kind of normal with new drivers. If you only experience this when backing, surely it's just a phenomenon that can be overcome with practice.

By bringing it to the attention of your company, you've now placed a liability squarely in their laps. They'll have little to no choice but to park you until you get a definitive professional diagnosis. To be fair, if you truly have a vision problem, this is the best course to take.

Good luck with this.

Posted:  14 hours, 8 minutes ago

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Heading out on the road tomorrow

Good luck Chris, this is where it gets real. Stay sharp, GOAL, and be safe. Keep us in the loop.

Posted:  2 days, 8 hours ago

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So these came today

Be careful with the Zodiac book. It's the only one I've read, so far, and it's a page turner. I had trouble putting it down. Had to force myself to stop reading and get sleep nightly. I loved it and sent a copy to my mother, who is a prolific reader, and she loved it as well.

I figured I'd work my way through them chronologically, ending with zodiac lives. Then I'll forward them on to my dad. He and I have swapped literally hundreds of books over the years.

Posted:  2 days, 13 hours ago

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So these came today

Well, actually they came in a week or so ago but I just made it to my sister's house to pick them up.

Copies of 3 of Rainy's books! Looking forward to reading them!


Posted:  3 days, 2 hours ago

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Prime Training starting 2/18 SLC

Just an update:

I tested out on 314. Just waiting for a Trainer now.

Thank you all for your advice and I hope to see you out there somewhere!

Be safe!

Awesome, you're off and running! Congrats and good luck!

Posted:  3 days, 3 hours ago

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Securement class

The 2 big ones had the frames built around them. The small one bolted to its frame.

Very cool. So the frame is built over/around the base of the big engines? The wood actually looks pretty serious from here, like laminated.

Sorry, I probably should have let newbies take a stab at answering first. I just get fascinated by securement puzzles

Posted:  3 days, 3 hours ago

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Rick S

Rickipedia returns! AND in true form....with facts!

Nice to see you again Rick. Hope all is well.

Posted:  3 days, 3 hours ago

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Securement class

Interesting load. I don't recall ever hauling engines like that. From the pictures supplied there's really no way to tell how to secure them. I'd like to be up close and in person to see any anchor points. But I'll offer a blind guess or two...

Either the motor mounts have a channel through which to run chains, or...

Perhaps there are bolt holes on the base plate to attach anchor shackles to. Then I could run chains through the shackles. Or...

Are the engines attached securely enough to the supporting timbers to simply strap down the timbers? I'm never keen on that method though, as it puts too much faith in the wood. But sometimes that's the only option we are given.

You've piqued my interest with this one


Posted:  3 days, 12 hours ago

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Flatbed fun

Hey is my load secured?


I swear I remember reading how two straps are required at minimum and I might need some oversight permits.


Less than 5ft and under 1000lbs you're good with one strap. I think you need a chain for that dump box though, the hydraulics have a mind of their own.


Posted:  3 days, 12 hours ago

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Flatbed fun

Haha yup so far so good. I'm getting the truck washed now, and will be fueling again in about 10 miles. With that, I'll be close to making it where I need to be in Jax, FL.

Posted:  3 days, 16 hours ago

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Flatbed fun

I took it down to just above empty and put in 50 gals, bringing me up to 3/8 full. In-cab drive scale is reading a smidge over 34k, but I calibrated it to read a smidge over actual weight. So here goes. Next weigh station is about 50 miles away. I should be good but wish me luck


Posted:  3 days, 17 hours ago

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Starting Orientation With Gypsum Express

Chris L said upgrade to flatbed. LOL

Sounds legit to me


Good luck Chris. I see a lot of their trucks too, although mostly flatbed. Come over to the dark side when you're ready, We'll be looking for ya!

Posted:  4 days, 6 hours ago

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Flatbed fun

What brand trailers do you primarily use? We are primarily all Retinaur, except for some of our more specialized trailers. We still have some Benson, and Wilson trailers, but they are being retired.

Yeah we use Reitnouer also. I guess maybe they just come configured differently than yours. Just to be clear, I'm only talking about the 53 footers. Our 48s are fixed position, and can run in any state.

I prefer to keep my axles closed, if I can. Much easier to maneuver that way.

No doubt, I like em closed too. Easy to maneuver tight turns, less torque.

Posted:  4 days, 6 hours ago

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Flatbed fun

Rob D, yeah the biggest problem is I can't put in much fuel at once, for fear of going over my 34k limit on my drives. I'll run myself down to 1/8 of a tank or so and put in 40 gals or so, depending on how far away the next weightstation is lol.

So in this situation, do you drive 300 miles, add 50 gallons, rinse and repeat?


Also even if he could shift 5,000lbs from the drive axles to the trailer, wouldn't he still be over the 80,000lb maximum if he adds 100 gallons of fuel?

Yes, but another concern was having to close my axles for NY and CT, which would put more weight on the rear tandems. When my axles were closed, I was 35600 and change on the rears. As mentioned above, NY and CT allow 36k on tandems, so I didn't have much play there.

Also, how does spreading the axles on the trailer change weight per axle? Does moving the forward trail axle toward the drive axle reduce the weight of the drive axle?

Only our rear trailer axle slides. Sliding it forward to close the axles shifts approx 2k from the drives to the trailer tandems. This amount can vary depending on where the load is placed on the trailer.

Posted:  4 days, 6 hours ago

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Flatbed fun

NY is not a closed axle state.

It is for our trailers.

CT, CA and FL are the only states requiring it.

Not true for everyone.

NY and WI (I mistakenly typed WY earlier) are also closed axle states for Prime because of the placement of our trailer axles. Both of the above states require no more than 43ft spacing between the kingpin and center of rear axle.

CT is the same.

CA is 40ft to center of rear axle.

FL is 41ft to center of of rear axle group.

With our axles open, the spacing is 45ft. The spacing when closed is 40ft. So yeah those 5 states are closed axle states for us at Prime. I should have noted that it's specific to our 53ft trailers. I know other trailers are configured differently.

Posted:  4 days, 10 hours ago

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Flatbed fun

What are you hauling? And in flatbed, do you keep the same trailer or do you swap between 48' and 53' depending on the load?

This is pallets of rolled roofing.

Generally we keep the same trailers, and only swap when we do a drop and hook every couple weeks or so. Most of the time the size of the trailer doesn't matter for a particular load. But there are occasions where the extra length of a 53 will allow us to haul more product. Likewise there are occasions where a 48 will allow us to haul more weight, since the 48 is lighter than a 53.

A 48 would have been much better suited for this particular load I'm on now, giving me more flexibility on total weight and weight placement. But I was in the area with a 53, so it is what it is.

Posted:  4 days, 11 hours ago

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Flatbed fun

Ever since I've been with Prime we've been required to close the axles in NY, CT, WY, CA, and FL. That's with our 53 footers. 48s are fixed position spreads

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