Profile For Bush Country

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    TX

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    6 years, 2 months ago

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Back in the oilfield.

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Posted:  2 months, 2 weeks ago

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Dry Bulk

Frack sand was (is) hauled this way big time as well. There was an outfit trying to break into frack sand using what seemed to be similar to 20' intermodal containers, my brother was talking about that a lot in the last couple of years that he was doing oil field pneumatic hauling. Seemed to be a more efficient method. No real extensive driver down time to load or unload - like picking up a railyard load - the box gets dropped on your chassis and you haul it to the site where they lift it off and give you an empty to haul back.

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Frac sand is still hauled in pneumatic trailers as well as the boxes. The boxes are about 10 ft long and 8 ft wide and hold an average of about 42k lbs. The one in the picture is the provider I am currently using on a five well pad in the Permian Basin. Yes, the name of the company is "Sand Box". There are others using this method as well, with slight variations (due to patents) in how they work and capacity. In addition to the pneumatic and boxes, the third method is hauling sand in belly dumps. I immensely prefer the boxes. They produce a lot less dust than pneumatic transfer, and, as Mr. Curmudgeon mentions, there is little downtime to get them offloaded on location. It is done with a (really big) forklift in less than 5 minutes.

Posted:  2 months, 2 weeks ago

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Empty trailers, high winds and a bunch of things I can't wrap my head around

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Davy, I recently read a comment that there are only 30 to 40 regular contributors here on TT. That negatively amazes me. I’ve recommended this site to dozens of drivers and I don’t know of even one who has become a contributor. It’s very frustrating to me because I’ve learned so much here. It is so valuable to have a place to ask questions and get solid advice and information. I guess much of the general driver population is stubborn and anti/progressive. I want to help other drivers but it seems rare to find anybody who wants continuing education. Human nature is a confusing thing.

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Lots more people read things here than those that join, while some do join and never post anything.

Even though I drove for only a short time last year, I still read the threads on here. I often have an opinion but I don't comment because I'm not a driver. Kind of like not wearing my Harley Davidson T-shirts after I sold my bike.

So one opinion I have is that everyone considering a driving career should have a month or so of required reading on here. Especially some of the training diaries such as Davy's epic one. Because of that, I had zero surprises when I went to Knight's school last summer.

Y'all are doing the industry a service by having this web site. I wish that more people would use it.

Posted:  5 months, 3 weeks ago

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Offered nice cushy local no touch with Knight...but I don't want it.

James,

I don't even have my CDL yet so I highly doubt they'll give me that route. :) Further, I've heard that knight won't hire people that have over a year of being unemployed in the past 3 years, so they wouldn't hire me anyway.

Perhaps it's something I will shoot for in the future. (I'm in California, by the way.)

If you are interested in Knight, talk to a recruiter (I am not one). If they say no, you haven't lost anything. I was unemployed from March 2020 until June 2021 and they hired me.

Posted:  5 months, 3 weeks ago

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Is there hope for my Trucking career?

To anyone watching this thread:

I failed my permit test miserably! i spent 3 hrs trying to get my paperwork in order while dealing with surly DPS bureaucrats. when I got to the testing area, i was all frazzled having been there as long as i had wearing 2 masks and dealing with no less than 6 different people trying to get tested.

I sit down and the first 7-8 questions look nothing like what I have studied so far across three different testing platforms and multiple youtube videos.

I dragged my ass out of there with feeling pretty frustrated, but I will be back!

Have you been back to re-test? If not -

Be sure to download the Texas Commercial Motor Vehicle Drivers Handbook from the DPS. There is an additional chapter (Section 14) that is specific to the Texas test. It is the first section of the test given, and you have to pass it to continue to the other sections. If you did all of your studying for the permit online, even the High Road program, you will not have seen this information.

I failed my written permit test the first time I took it because of this section. I saw it and read it but didn't really study it. Live and learn as they say.

Posted:  5 months, 3 weeks ago

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Knight Transportation, in Phoenix, in July. What the ...... was I thinking?

Thanks for the update; I hear ya!

Any chance of going BACK to Knight, at some point??

~ Anne ~

Anne,

Isn't your plan to get back on the road in a little over a month? Are ya counting the days?

If I were to have to go back to driving, then Knight would be my first choice. I have no complaints about them.

But (ain't there always a "but"?) -

I cannot see going back to driving unless the oilfield has a repeat of March, 2020. With the current regime trying to kill the oil business, I reckon that's always a possibility.

Posted:  5 months, 3 weeks ago

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Knight Transportation, in Phoenix, in July. What the ...... was I thinking?

Any new updates this quarter, Bush Country?

The training was great. I went solo for awhile, then the oilfield called. As we say in the oil patch - cash talks, bs walks.

So I'm back in the oilfield for now.

Posted:  9 months, 1 week ago

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Whats a reasonable expectation for weekly miles and what am I capable of?

(By the way, what is your governed speed with your company?)

FWIW - Davy, Old School, and I are at Knight. 63 on the pedal, 65 on cruise.

I am finishing up my time with my trainer and have set my initial goal to be 2500 a week. If I can do anything over that it’ll be lagniappe.

Posted:  9 months, 1 week ago

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How to get over bad experiences?

While I have little experience, and Im not a flatbedder, My DM specifically made sure that I request my home time in writing both over the Zonar (qualcom) and via text to him. He also said to remind him as I started getting close to it. In addition, barring an emergency, they need at least two weeks notice if possible so that they can get it routed that way. I also let him know if Im flexible on the dates or if they are hard dates.

Guess what Im saying is that perhaps to prevent that type of thing from happening again, communication is the key. I was vague and ambiguous the first time I requested home time and as a result, they just kept running me until I clarified the protocol.

Thanks for posting this Davy.

Posted:  9 months, 1 week ago

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Knight Transportation, in Phoenix, in July. What the ...... was I thinking?

I'm so sorry for the loss of your mom, B.C. ~ Sincerely.

Glad training is going well for you, tho! I'm excited for the next 'week' coming up, for ya! Pix of the truck, when you get it!! :)

~ anne ~

Thank you Anne.

She had vascular dementia and had been in decline for over a year. She was almost 92 years old. It has been said that dementia is “the long good-bye”. I agree with that. I chose to go ahead and get my CDL when I did because I had no way of knowing when she would go. It could have been a couple of more years.

In training news - I had a 610 mile day yesterday followed by 550 today. Since my trainer has been driving a little too, I’m running on recaps and getting good miles. Four days to go!

Posted:  9 months, 1 week ago

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Knight Transportation, in Phoenix, in July. What the ...... was I thinking?

Hi. I know you are busy with training, any updates if you have a moment to squeeze them in? Hope all is going well.

Yep, staying busy.

I got started later than Stephen T. because I ended up with an extra week off. I finished in Phoenix on a Friday and got home Saturday morning. My Mom, who had been in memory & hospice care passed away on Sunday. I spent most of the week dealing with that.

Week 1: El Paso to Memphis, back to El Paso, back to Memphis, then Kansas City, Omaha, Des Moines, back to Memphis. Currently on a local run and live unload. After this, it is over to another customer and a live load going to Cheyenne, WY.

I have an excellent trainer. After reading so many horror stories about trainers I realize I have been fortunate. We got to the terminal early last night and spent a little over an hour practicing backing, before laundry & a shower. We set out some cones to give me a restricted space instead of using all the room available. One of the backs I did, which is sort of non-standard, is a 180 back into a space three truck widths over. Set up is everything!

One more week with the trainer, then I test out and get my own truck.

Posted:  9 months, 2 weeks ago

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58 to old?

I am 63 and starting my second week on the road with my trainer.

Posted:  9 months, 3 weeks ago

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Knight Transportation, in Phoenix, in July. What the ...... was I thinking?

Any updates, Mr. Bush Country?

Hope all is 'moving right along,' good sir!!

~ Anne ~

It seems there's a shortage of trainers so I am - finally - meeting up with my trainer in El Paso tomorrow. First load is going to Fontana. Yay! Los Angeles on 10 for my first load. What could be better?

Posted:  9 months, 3 weeks ago

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Question

Is there any place on this site where i can find how exactly how the process of getting a sponsered trucking company works from start to finish? I need to start getting my ducks in a row. I dont know if they do all checks on a potential driver before I make the journey or when I get there? Will I know if im accepted before I get there? f I am do they give me time to go back home and finish closing my life b4 I actually start? I need to know because I have to let go a disabled man I take care of who lives with me but I cant until I know for sure if i am accepted by the company. once I let him go theres no getting him back. If I have to be at the company for all the process and accepted or not I could always put him on respite for a couple weeks tillI find out and be able to come home straighten things out here then start school. Thanks

Here's how it worked for me at Knight Transportation: I applied online. I talked to a recruiter. I was hired (accepted into CDL school). I went to Phoenix, did the three week school, and passed the CDL exam. I did an additional week of training that Knight calls Top Gun. I went home, went to the DPS (other states - DMV), and got my paper CDL. I am now waiting on a trainer. It looks like it will be 3 - 5 more days until I get with one. I think the wait is usually shorter. I have used the additional time to study for and pass the written exams for Hazmat and doubles/triples.

When you are going to Knight, you are hired as an employee. Your first day of employment is the first Monday of CDL school. The current rate of pay is $480 a week. It defrays your expenses but does not cover them completely, unless you figure out something cheaper than staying in a hotel. The company does not pay for your transportation to school, the hotel room, or meals. Since you are becoming an employee, all of the background checks will be done before you are hired. This also means you have a job as a driver upon passing the test for your CDL. I would advise having everything in your home life taken care of before going to Phoenix because, depending on availability, you may be sent out with a trainer OTR as soon as a day or two after passing the CDL exam.

I hope this helps. It will at least give you a comparison for what other companies do.

Posted:  9 months, 3 weeks ago

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An absolute nightmare.

I know National Crime Information Center reports are "fuzzy" meaning they will report records of people with similar names, birthdates, and social security numbers. But NCIC reports are not available to the public or third-parties. But the reporting agency that the background check company uses may have the same "fuzzy" search process and the record they pulled shows an arrest of someone with a similar date to your accident. Ask the background check company what system they are using for their search and see if you can get your own report from them.

I can attest to the "fuzzy" part. There is an individual in a different state than me that has the same exact name and birthday. He has been incarcerated multiple times. When I applied at Knight, I told the recruiter that it was likely to show up on my background report. It did. Thankfully I have a solid work history, including the times when the other individual was in prison. It also helps that he is a different race. If I apply for any other jobs in the future, I still expect this to show up even though I've filed the paperwork to have it removed. IMHO the people that perform these background checks throw anything on the report that is even vaguely similar and don't care about the consequences for the person it hurts.

Posted:  9 months, 3 weeks ago

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Looking for advice on whether or not to get into trucking

I'm in north Mississippi, I know there is an Old Dominion and a Southeastern depot about 20 minuets away from where I live. I guess my next step is to turn in the application to the trucking school here and get started. If I can get something local that will take the only reason I had not to do it out of the equation.

Averitt Express has a terminal in Belden, between New Albany and Tupelo, as well as one in Waites. They hire new graduates out of driving school. I have some interest in the company but I'm with someone else right now.

Posted:  10 months ago

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A Question about whether a different home base makes a difference for an OTR Trucker

Knight Transportation, where I just got my CDL, has a terminal in Hutchins, which is on the southeast corner of Dallas. Millis Transfer, who I considered going with, has a terminal and CDL school at Burleson, up 35/35W from Waco/Temple. Raider Express is located in Fort Worth, Stephens in Dallas, Yellow Freight in Dallas. I'm sure there are others in the DFW area.

As for being close to one's home terminal - I cannot answer that except to say that, for me, it was either 350 miles to Dallas or 290 miles to El Paso. I chose El Paso because it is an easier drive. I'm hoping I can park the truck somewhere in the Midland/Odessa area for home time. But it's only four hours home if not.

Posted:  10 months ago

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On Board with Knight Transportation, Squire School started 03/22/21

I checked the routes in, called the hotel and asked if I could park out front. I didnt check the routes too thoroughly though, but it worked out ok. The road in was very steep and tight. (I was puckering coming up it) In talking with the customer in the morning, he said take the other route out as the way I came in is too tight coming back down. I really enjoyed working with him (old general contractor) on getting the load safely into place and he had really on point observations and knowledge. I had called my DM and told him my concerns about safety. He said noted and left it up to me as to how to procede. Ultimately I got it in and done with a satisfied customer and let him know.

Mrs. Country and I go to Santa Fe once a year for a long weekend. We've driven those same roads around Los Alamos going to Bandelier National Monument as well as Valles Caldera. Fun enough in my pickup. Don't know that I'd enjoy it so much in a truck.

Non-trucking comment - if you are a fan of the show Longmire, the cabin they use for his house is in Valles Caldera. It's a pretty good hike from the visitor's center but worth it for fan girls like my wife.

Posted:  10 months ago

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Knight Transportation, in Phoenix, in July. What the ...... was I thinking?

Congratulations on passing everything! Now forget the seams/cracks in the ground, the pizza slices in the landing the gear, and the Ricki Lakes you learned. That all goes out the window Knight did you a big disservice by not teaching the most important backing skill, the 45 degree/90 degree setup.

Sure they give you a fool proof way of passing your test to get your cdl but now the real learning begins with your trainer. I just hope you get a patient trainer and one that actually wants to teach you backing rather than use you for miles. Make sure you tell your trainer you want to back into every situation that you find yourself backing in. Don't let the trainer back. He's there to teach/train you.

I don't learn well when a trainer is telling me left/right/wtf are you doing rocking the truck in reverse (well @^#& those automatics are a ***** to back at times, lol). Don't get discouraged and don't be afraid to call your DDM if it's not working out well with your trainer. I had enough after the last trainer grabbed my horn pull because he couldn't control his road rage even though I was driving😂

Thanks Arctic Wolves. Yep - no more Googly Eyes!

As Davy mentions, this week in Top Gun we've learned the blind & sight side 45's and 90's. Our time is split about half & half between time on the pad backing, and running through scenarios on the simulators. The simulators serve a purpose, but I'd much rather be in the truck. Two more days and I'll be heading home to get the paperwork done for my CDL and then wait for a trainer. Hopefully I'll have someone I can at least tolerate. I'm kinda zen about most things, but two weeks, a stranger, and a truck.... for sure I'll be glad when that's over.

Posted:  10 months, 1 week ago

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Knight Transportation, in Phoenix, in July. What the ...... was I thinking?

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Thanks guys!

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Congrats, from MEEEE TOOOOO!!

(Now, put back the other avatar...or be a grasshopper! Giraffe just 'confuses' me, haha!)

~ Anne ~

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Ok Miss Anne - is the avatar better now?

Posted:  10 months, 1 week ago

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Knight Transportation, in Phoenix, in July. What the ...... was I thinking?

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Thanks guys!

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Congrats, from MEEEE TOOOOO!!

(Now, put back the other avatar...or be a grasshopper! Giraffe just 'confuses' me, haha!)

~ Anne ~

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Thanks Anne!

The giraffe was my veterinarian having some fun with the mask mandate/social distancing last year. The other one he was using was a shark, but the picture I took of that isn't as good.

I'll round up a different avatar in the near future.

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