Profile For Turtle

Turtle's Info

  • Location:
    Upstate, NY

  • Driving Status:
    Experienced Driver

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  • Joined Us:
    3 years, 5 months 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, 23 minutes ago

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Truckers in Recovery

Hi Eli.

The unpredictable nature of a trucker's life may prove difficult in finding both a location of a meeting and the time to attend it. However, I'd think it's still a possibility. As an example, I just googled "nearby AA meetings", and found a meeting taking place 4 miles away in a little over an hour. An uber ride there costs $14. With planning, I could've just walked there for free.

So you see, it's possible. You obviously won't be near one every day, but you can do the best you can. Good luck!

Here's a link to a past conversation on the subject:

AA and truck drivers

Posted:  2 days, 1 hour ago

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First Year Solo done

Congratulations Don!

Posted:  3 days, 17 hours ago

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Get out of the truck and explore

I'm glad you and your wife are getting the chance to explore as well. It truly turns the job into a paid adventure.

Posted:  3 days, 17 hours ago

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The TruckingTruth Meet Up Thread

Turtle, Spaceman Spiff, and RealDiehl


Posted:  4 days, 5 hours ago

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Get out of the truck and explore

the truck slept in Primm at whiskey Pete's.

Did ya happen to walk in the casino to see the actual Bonnie & Clyde car? It's a little known fact that the car is there on display.

Posted:  4 days, 23 hours ago

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Advice Please

but I think I should just go ahead and knock it out so I can just get on the road and stay on the road no problems.

This ^^

Take care of your surgery first. Tell the companies what's going on, they'll understand and be more than willing to push back your start date. Then when you're ready to commit, commit 100%. You'll need zero distractions to take away from your focus on the road. Good luck!

Posted:  5 days, 4 hours ago

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Scheduled Maintenance

Regular maintenance/repair procedures can typically be handled through our national accounts at TA, Loves, etc. With something like a DEF filter you should contact Road assist or the tractor shop to see how they want to proceed.

In your MyPrime app, look under "My truck" to see your future scheduled maintenance items. It's good to look ahead so you can take care of some things when you're at a terminal.

Posted:  5 days, 6 hours ago

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Get out of the truck and explore


I understand that Prime home time requests are by zip code. Can you pick any zip code, no matter how remote?

And do they just find the closest delivery and then you are on your own to either 1) drive the truck to the home time zip code or 2) rent a car and drive there?


It really comes down to something we so often talk about here. If you're out there kicking butt for your dispatcher, he/she will practically bend over backwards to give you what you want.

I'm able to pick anywhere I want for home time, and yes they find the closest available delivery, then let me deadhead the rest of the way. The run I'm on now is a perfect example.

As you know, the wife is back on the truck with me now for our anniversary trip to Yellowstone. I made my home time request for Idaho Falls, ID. Why there? Because that's the nearest major truck stop to the west gate of Yellowstone. The truckstop is also near an airport where I can easily get a rental car. I'll take the car over to Jackson, WY to rent the motorcycle from Eagle Rider for a day, thanks to you haha.

Anyhoo, I told my dispatcher there's no time crunch on getting me to Idaho Falls. I'm flexible, so whenever he can get me there is fine. Will make it there this weekend via NY, Minneapolis, Tacoma, Denver, LA, Vegas, SLC.

I'm on a load delivering in SLC, and I'll deadhead the few hours from there up to ID. Do good by them and they'll get ya where ya wanna be.

Posted:  5 days, 7 hours ago

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One year in the books

Congrats JYD!! It's all gravy from here.


Posted:  5 days, 7 hours ago

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Get out of the truck and explore

Great pictures. smile.gif

I am adding America the Beautiful Annual Pass to my shopping list of things for the truck.

It's a must if you plan to be OTR. Well worth the $80.

Posted:  5 days, 8 hours ago

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Get out of the truck and explore

Got to Visalia, CA Saturday morning for a Monday delivery. Hmm, what to do on this reset?

A quick look at the map, 1 hour and a $43 rental car later, we're in the Sequoia National Park. Getting in the park was free since I already have the park pass that grants me entry into any national park in the country. An unplanned, inexpensive, impromptu little adventure that would have probably never happened were it not for being a truck driver.

Take advantage of opportunities while you're out on the road. You never know where it'll take you.

Swimming in Lake Kaweah


Exploring the Giant Forest with Mrs. Turtle


Me at the base of some smaller Sequoias


"General Sherman", the largest tree in the world.


And a hike to a spectacular vista


Sure the money is great, but this is really why I do this.

Posted:  5 days, 9 hours ago

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Nicest driver lounge at customer you've seen

Can't remember the name of the place offhand, but I pick up gypsum board and a place in Arkansas that has a pretty decent driver lounge. TV, WiFi, coffee, some chairs, free showers. For no extra charge you get to watch the raccoons dumpster-diving at night. Good times.

Posted:  6 days, 3 hours ago

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Team Driving at Prime

My worry now is that asking to hop off the truck and switching to my own truck so soon after upgrading could mark me as a complainer or as a “trouble maker” .

On the contrary, it can mark you as someone who recognizes a failing situation and acts on it. Sticking it out for a little while longer won't hurt, if you want to get a true taste of what team driving is like. However, come to grips with the fact that you will not make more as a team driver. In fact, you'll likely make less. Think about those 5K weeks in TNT. That only equates to 2,500 miles for each team member. While respectable, those miles are still less than a good solo company driver can do.

Posted:  6 days, 6 hours ago

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Pleasant Suprises

That's how it's done! Congrats on the well deserved recognition.

Posted:  1 week ago

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Doing The Happy Dance.. My sweetie is doing better

Best wishes, Susan!

Posted:  1 week ago

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Detention Stamps

I dont know if you're joking or not, Turtle.


Yes, just joking. I know what a seal is, but thankfully don't have to mess with any of that mumbo-jumbo.

Posted:  1 week, 1 day ago

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Detention Stamps

WTF is a seal?

I swear, you swingers speak a different language.


Posted:  1 week, 1 day ago

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Detention Stamps

WTF is a detention stamp

Pretty much.

Posted:  1 week, 1 day ago

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G-Town gets it done:

Do I "help" on occasion? Yes, I do. Am I supposed to do that? No.

I do the same thing, constantly trying to help/speed up the process. A lot of my product is stacked on dunnage. If by placing/removing the dunnage as we go I can keep the forklift operator seated, it keeps everybody moving.

Posted:  1 week, 1 day ago

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Detention Stamps

Prime wants the detention stamp used on every stop and it lists the load number, date of appointment, time of arrival, time of departure and seal number.

If you don't use ut our FMs pay a fine.

That's the first I've heard of that. I've used my stamp maybe 10 times in the whole time I've been with Prime. Maybe it's a reefer thing.

I only pull out the stamp when a customer goes excessively beyond the appt time or window.

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