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Posted:  2 years, 6 months ago

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Returning to OTR after 2 years local, anything I need to know?

Some where on here is my lengthy report on Prime's Trucking School. Come December 5th I may be starting another report, this time on Interstate Distributing based out of Tacoma Washington. Before I head out there though, I want to know if anything has changed sense the summer of 2014? Is the 8/2 split sleep birth still ok? Is the 14 clock still likely to bite me in the butt? Sense I've been local these past two years, I haven't had to consider things like the 34 hour reset.

Posted:  2 years, 6 months ago

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Hoping this life is for me

You might see if a warehouse will take you. If I remember correctly, so long as they don't leave the property, yard jockeys do not need a CDL. If you can get a job like that you will at least get the backing aspect of trucking down pretty well. Make sure they know why you want the job. Also, if they have their own fleet you could use it as a stepping stone into get into their fleet.

Hello~ I am considering going to school for my CDL A. I am at a job now that I must stay at for 2 more years. Are there part time options out there for me to get my feet wet driving during the next two years?

Posted:  2 years, 8 months ago

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Interstate

I'm planning heading back OTR (Western 11) right after Thanksgiving and interstate is my chosen company. Thus I will tell you the only two things I know that caused me to choose them over Gordon and Schneider.

First, They have a pet policy that requires a $700 deposit and a rule that cats must have their front paws declawed. Ive already started calling local shelters to see if they have any declawed cats.

Second, they seem willing to bend the rules on experience. According to the recruiter I will be given .39cpm even though my OTR experience is 1.5 months short of the minimum.

Posted:  4 years, 2 months ago

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What makes a load "Good"?

Simply a good load is one you deliver on time and ern money from.

Beyond that its just personal preference. I like light loads because its easier to manage my time.

However, I've only worked as a company driver. If your an o/o you will want to consider both ease of travel and what you'll be getting paid. A flat bed glass load may seem nerve racking, but the price could be just right.

Posted:  4 years, 2 months ago

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Internet OTR

I rarely went without service when I had Verizon. My instructor has T-Mobile and was happy.

Posted:  4 years, 2 months ago

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Ever drive a super 10?

Did you like it? Do you prefer it?

My new job has me has me hauling mail on a 90mi rout with one drop. The rig they've given me is a 2004 international (still prefer freight liner) fitted with a super 10. After a week of use I really couldn't care less if I had the super or reg 10.

If you never heard of a super 10 it is basically a transmission that forces you to float shift most of the time. The flipper is set to the side, for thumb use rather than finger use, and you must only rev the engine to shift between gears 1&2, 3&4, 5&6, 7&8, 9&10. Each gear pair reside in the same slot.

The stick never moves between those gears. You Just flip the thumb switch and the rig finds the next gear. Almost like having an automatic in a way.

Posted:  4 years, 3 months ago

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14 hour work rule

Can the 14 hours be split up. Like 3 here 4 there etc. Or is it clock in or PTI a truck starts your 14 hour?

Only the 8hr sleeper can pause it. 10hr+ resets it. Anything else has no effect on it. 2hr portion of split sleeper can add time to the 14hr clock but it will keep ticking away.

The 14hr clock is the bane of my cdl. Who ever came up with it needs a boot up their back side.

Posted:  4 years, 3 months ago

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14 hour work rule

Can you take a 2 and then an 8 in the split sleeper berth? Or do you have to take the 8 first?

Thanks.

Order does not matter. I prefer 8 first just because it essentially pauses the 14hr clock. 2 will just add time, but the 14hr clock keeps ticking. Thus at 2hr+1min be ready to roll.

Posted:  4 years, 3 months ago

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Trucking and deer hunting

Huh...I figured the thread was about either hitting deer with the rig or seeing a nice large critter and wishing you had a gun. I've dealt with the latter with regards to elk. 8 months of eating canned chicken and even my lazy butt is willing to go out and get some wild game.

Anyhow, I advise getting a local job ASAP. May be able to get weekends off or have a easier time getting specific week days off. For example I just got passed over for a local ltl job that would have had me working 4/10s (customer ended up canceling contract.).

Posted:  4 years, 3 months ago

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Any advice on loading trailers?

Mason, I've got just the thing for ya. I built a Weight & Balance section into the High Road Training Program. It teaches all about weight distrubution, loading cargo properly, sliding axles to adjust axle weights, calculating fuel burnoff, and more. Check that out.

Thanks, forgot about that.

Posted:  4 years, 3 months ago

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Is trucking the only job security?

Its only secure absent acts of god, Government and technological advances.

Earthquake: roads ruined, buildings on fire and people in survival mode.

Legislation: new health requirements, international trade laws and truckers are easy scape goats.

AI: 3 words "self driving cars." I give it 10 years or less for companies to start their drone fleets.

Posted:  4 years, 3 months ago

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Any advice on loading trailers?

The new job I may be getting would have me making deliveries via 25 and 45ft trls. This will be 100% touch using a pallet jack. Sounds interesting and it would be nice to have a more physical job. I also assume I will have the strength to do the job. Primary problem is, I've never loaded a trl and therefore don't know how to distribute the weight to pass the scales. Any advice on how to do it?

Posted:  4 years, 4 months ago

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Max age to start a trucking career?

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The maximum age is when you can no longer pass the physical. For instance, I am 28 are will likely need hearing aids in less than 5 years. If I can't get my real estate going I will have to see if I can legally drive with hearing aids. If I can't then my max age will be around 33 years old.

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A person is physically qualified to drive a CMV if that person: First perceives a forced whispered voice in the better ear at not less than five feet with or without the use of a hearing aid or if tested by use of an audiometric device, does not have an average hearing loss in the better ear greater than 40 decibels at 500Hz, 1000HZ and 2,000 Hz with or without a hearing aid when the audiometric device is calibrated to the American National Standard Z24.5-1951.

ยง391.41(b)(11) A person is physically qualified to drive a commercial motor vehicle if that person:

First perceives a forced whispered voice in the better ear at not less than 5 feet with or without the use of a hearing aid, or, if tested by use of an audiometric device, does not have an average hearing loss in the better ear greater than 40 decibels at 500 Hz, 1,000 Hz, and 2,000 Hz with or without a hearing aid when the audiometric device is calibrated to American National Standard (formerly ADA Standard) Z24.5-1951. Since the prescribed standard under the FMCSRs is the American Standards Association (ANSI), it may be necessary to convert the audiometric results from the ISO standard to the ANSI standard. Instructions are included on the Medical Examination report form. If an individual meets the criteria by using a hearing aid, the driver must wear that hearing aid and have it in operation at all times while driving. Also, the driver must be in possession of a spare power source for the hearing aid.

It will be NOTED on your DOT MED CARD (Hearing Aid, same as Corrective Lenses if you require them) and you better have SPARE BATTERIES onboard, if stopped and inspected.

Other than that - no problem.

Rick

Cool, thank you very much.

Posted:  4 years, 4 months ago

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Religious nature of business

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I am offended by people being offended all the time. Therefore, y'all need to stop being offended so that I can stop being offended over you being offended.

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I did it dude ! I broke the chain! You should be okay now. I did not even do any mantras..............hummmmmmm.........hummmmmmm

Ahhh...I feel so much better now. Like a driver who just got done wading through Chicago traffic for 3 hours and is now, finally, standing in front of the TA's nearest urinal. Thank you.

Posted:  4 years, 4 months ago

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Max age to start a trucking career?

The maximum age is when you can no longer pass the physical. For instance, I am 28 are will likely need hearing aids in less than 5 years. If I can't get my real estate going I will have to see if I can legally drive with hearing aids. If I can't then my max age will be around 33 years old.

Posted:  4 years, 4 months ago

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Your success is ALL about YOUR attitude!

I can't agree. I have a very crappy attitude and did quite well with prime. Current company... Not so much.

Posted:  4 years, 4 months ago

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Any plans this weekend?

Just sitting in socal. Was scheduled to be home in oregon tomorrow morning. Instead they sent me to LA.

Got two jobs I want to apply for back home driving local. Their desperate for drivers and I am paranoid about them taking someone else. Don't like this company and may still quit even if neither job hires me. Got no problem going back to security or moving to Portland for a local job. And if that don't work I can try prime again. At least I have respect for them.

Posted:  4 years, 4 months ago

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Religious nature of business

I am offended by people being offended all the time. Therefore, y'all need to stop being offended so that I can stop being offended over you being offended.

Posted:  4 years, 4 months ago

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What is a health and welfare requirement?

I plan on applying to a us mail delivery job next week. The pay is said to be 21.40 pluse 4.50 an hour health and wellness requirement up to 40hrs.

Any idea what a health and wellness requirement is? Is it like perdim?

Posted:  4 years, 4 months ago

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Printing on the road?

Have any of you seen truck stops with printing services?

There's a company back home that insists I fax them my resume and application. Problem is I need to sign the application and none of the truck stops I've been to the past 3 days have a way for me to print from my flash drive.

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