Profile For Turtle

Turtle's Info

  • Location:
    Upstate, NY

  • Driving Status:
    Experienced Driver

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    6 years, 4 months ago

Turtle's Bio

rtlang69@gmail.com

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Posted:  10 hours, 16 minutes ago

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My new gig

Where I come from, the moniker "ol lady" is an esteemed term of endearment reserved only for those held in the highest regard. Anyone can be a S/O or wife, but it takes someone special to be regarded as an ol lady. Mrs. Turtle is proud to be mine.

Posted:  2 days, 5 hours ago

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Flatbed truckers! Tarp?

The definitive answer is... it depends. In my two and a half years of flatbedding I tarped roughly 50%-75% of my loads. But it really depended on the shipper and area of country I was in. Some months you may tarp every load, while other times you may go two or three weeks without pulling out the tarps. Ya just never know.

As for shippers tarping the load for me? It happens, but not often. Some shippers have tarp machines that drape the tarp over for you. But it's up to you to secure the tarp and take it off on the other end of the trip.

Posted:  5 days, 11 hours ago

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Walmart journey, take 2

One more week of mentorship and you're off to the races. Good luck!

Our ranges will overlap from time to time. Who knows, we may end up meeting at some point.

Posted:  5 days, 11 hours ago

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Weird break areas

I once had to deliver structural steel building materials to a church. Getting there early on Saturday morning, my wife and I did a 34 while waiting until the Monday morning delivery.

Although we were parked way over in the corner of the lot, we found ourselves surrounded the following morning when churchgoers showed up for the services. Donning our best clothes, we attended the service and had a great time meeting new people.

Between that and the nearby hiking trails we discovered, that ended up being one of the most memorable weekends of my OTR career.

Posted:  1 week, 3 days ago

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My Journey Continues - The Latest Gig

I would so want to go over and play with those toys every time I was near them..

Posted:  1 week, 4 days ago

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Walmart journey, take 2

That said, your DC will have its own particular schedules available. You could possibly be stuck on nights, depending on what they have. I got lucky and jumped right into an optimal schedule for me.

Posted:  1 week, 4 days ago

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Walmart journey, take 2

I only saw one question:

Are you running mostly nights or days?

I start my week at 6am. By only taking 10hr breaks each night, I'm usually able to back up my hours enough each day so that on go-home day I'm usually starting at 0230 or so. This is by choice, and only if I run out my 11 before my 14. I could take longer breaks and continue starting at 6 each day if I chose, but I like getting home by noonish on go-home day. It's almost like getting an extra day off each week.

Posted:  1 week, 4 days ago

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Walmart journey, take 2

Harvey I ran just as many dry loads as I did Reefer. I had the same runs as the WMPF drivers…2000-2200 miles, 24-26 stops for a 6 day week.

Speaking strictly of my DC, dedicated carriers do run the vast majority of reefer loads. This is fact. At least 97% of the loads I pull are dry. Rarely do I pull a reefer, and I mean like once a month rarely.

I have no idea what kind of miles the Swift drivers at my DC are running, but I personally average 2500-2700 per 5 day week, with lows and highs of 2300-2800. This is fact. I've never counted my stops, so I have no comparison there.

I heard every year how they wanted to replace the transportation partners with the Private Fleet.

Disbelieving it doesn't make it any less true. It is 100% fact that WM wants to expand the private fleet in an effort to reduce the dedicated presence. This comes straight from Bentonville through fleet messages, and is echoed on a near weekly basis through our GTM.

They wanted PF drivers so bad at Pottsville that they were offering a 10k bonus and relocation package to drivers such as myself to switch terminals. This was a year ago.

More recently, the pay has been upped fleet-wide, and a 5k referral bonus has been added to entice recruitment.

So yeah, just because it hasn't happened yet doesn't mean it isn't desired. WM, like any other carrier, really really wants to expand their fleet in-house to keep up with demand while maintaining some quality control over their drivers.

Posted:  1 week, 5 days ago

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Walmart journey, take 2

The 5/2-5/3 is what I ran from day 1 up to a week ago when we "realigned" the annual schedule. It's a good schedule, allowing for that 3-day weekend every other week. But the "weekend" doesn't always include Saturdays or Sundays. In fact, a full Sat/Sun wknd only comes along every couple of months. If you can get comfortable with your weekend falling on different days every two weeks, you'll love the schedule.

The downside is sharing 2 trucks between 3 drivers. You'll have to take your stuff out each week and hop into the other truck next week. Cleanliness is top priority. You will all depend on each other to leave the truck spotless for the next guy. WM pays for all cleaning supplies. If you get together with the other 2 drivers, you can coordinate things like scheduling a PM on the truck, and agree to leave things on the truck full time for the other guys to use, like a coffeepot, microwave, CB, etc. This will keep each of you from having to lug those things from truck to truck.

Now for the issue of sharing the bunk. That was my biggest hangup when I first realized it was necessary in this schedule. I'm not a germaphobe at all, but let's face it, crawling into a bed that some other dude slept in last week isn't something I particularly enjoy. Here at Johnstown, we are given a mattress liner to put on before our bedding. This will keep your funk confined to yourself, and more importantly, everyone else's funk away from you. As a result, after 2 1/2 years the mattresses are still like brand new. If your DC doesn't issue liners, I highly recommend you get one for yourself.

I myself have reached the point where I would like to at least have every Saturday off, so that I can attend family functions, parties and such without having to burn a day off. That and my grandchildren will soon start school, fall ball, etc., so I want to be around for Saturday visits and games. At our last realignment, I bid on and received a normal 5 day schedule Sun thru Thur with an assigned truck. Now I'll have every Fri and Sat off, and can leave my stuff on my truck each week. I'll miss that 3-day wknd, though. Of course, with the crazy amount of paid days off they give us, I can make my own 3 day weekends whenever I want. Eventually I'll have enough seniority to get the coveted Mon thru Fri run, but it'll probably take 10 years or so lol.

We deliver primarily to stores and return empty back to the DC for the next load. The vast majority of vendor backhauls are covered by third-party carriers, keeping us away from the inevitable delays associated with vendors. Nevertheless, I still average 1-3 backhauls per week. But those are typically drop/hook.

I guess I got a little long winded lol. But I'm happy for you and want to see you succeed. I'll be happy to answer any questions when they come up.

Start getting that ADP up (average daily pay). That's how you get paid for days off. Maximizing your days now will pay off later, big time.

Ok I'm out. Good luck!

Posted:  1 week, 5 days ago

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Walmart journey, take 2

Awesome, congratulations pal. I'm happy for you. Will you be doing a week with a mentor?

Posted:  1 week, 6 days ago

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New chapter in my life

Congratulations PJ. The older we get, the more we value quality time at home. Even if the pay is slightly less, you'll win. Success isn't measured by how much money you make or how many miles you log. Good luck!

Posted:  2 weeks, 3 days ago

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Interstate highway construction history.

That makes sense to me. And the landowners got these great ponds. Seems like a rare win-win to me.

A win? Big Brother swooping in to claim part of your once beautiful, quiet, and peaceful private property through eminent domain, to plant an intrusive and loud interstate in your backyard, paid for by your tax dollar? Then all you get is pennies on the dollar for your land and an unnatural looking reservoir with which they can justify increasing your property taxes.

Sounds like a win/lose to me.

Posted:  2 weeks, 5 days ago

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Walmart journey, take 2

Good luck, Brandon. Welcome to the last driving job you'll ever have.

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Posted:  3 weeks, 1 day ago

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Walmart journey, take 2

It seems quite unprofessional, and somewhat unethical for a company to reap the benefits of presumably a good employee of 10 years, only to selfishly refuse to help you onto bigger and better things. Makes me angry to think a company will do such a thing.

As for Walmart, I don't have a clue how they will handle this. Now would be a good time to gather up all the proof you can. You can work around this.

Posted:  4 weeks, 1 day ago

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Walmart journey, take 2

Just take it one obstacle at a time and get through it. You know what to do.

At least the bearing went bad now instead of halfway to Delaware.

Posted:  1 month ago

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Walmart journey, take 2

Turtle,

I see that WM has a position called Yard Driver/City Driver. Any idea what that involves? I know what BOTH do but I didn't know WM had something like this.

No, I'm not sure what that position involves. Sounds like a day driver that does local short hops and fills in as a jockey, but I can't say I've noticed anything like that here at my yard.

Posted:  1 month ago

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Walmart journey, take 2

We're all with you. Just keep your nerves intact and you'll be fine.

Maybe start a training diary of your own, to document your experience at Smyrna. I'm sure it'll help someone else in the future, as I hope mine did.

Keep us in the loop!

Posted:  1 month ago

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Walmart Private Fleet

I'm not sure how they're doing it in Smyrna. I don't get there very often. We still have many manuals in the fleet, so I'd guess you'd test out in one also.

Posted:  1 month ago

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Weird/Interesting Loads

Palm trees, from central Florida to the outer banks of North Carolina.

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Posted:  1 month ago

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My Journey Continues - The Latest Gig

I'm happy for you G...and somewhat jealous. Although content for now, I'd like to eventually settle into a gig like that to finish off my career.

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