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Posted:  6 months, 4 weeks ago

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Schneider vs us xpress

I have experience with transferring to a dollar account when I was new. I really liked it, got paid what I believed to be great money, and enjoyed the exercise.

Later I wasn’t paid so well and suffered a knee issue on the job only to be thrown under the bus by my company. I fought my work comp case and won out in the end but the process was not pretty.

My knee has been getting better but I stick to no touch freight now. Just keep in mind an injury can really mess up any future potential to earn income AND negatively affect quality of life in general.

If my body didn’t give out and they continued to pay me well, I would have stayed on the account until I accumulated enough savings to buy my house cash.

I’ve enjoyed working at Schneider, great DL’s and such. To me, the people I interact with on the job are as important if not more so than pay. I’m planning on going back to them soon but I’m open to trying smaller companies as well. Can’t speak much for U.S Xpress.

As others have also mentioned. The backs were more difficult but I rather enjoyed learning and apparently got good enough that some store managers complimented me. One manager actually really disliked me at first but I grew on him as I got better at the job. The worse back I ever had was actually on an intermodal account for what it’s worth if I remember correctly. Some stores are slow and while that didn’t bother me much, it affects your checks. The entrance/exit into stores can get dicey but I always called the store if it wasn’t obvious where I enter after checking google maps and ran turns/shutdown locations through my head ahead or time.

I believe the first 2 unloads I did for the dollar account, I actually threw up multiple times in my mouth. It got easier after the 3rd or so and at some point close to that I told them I’m in. I used to unload trailers for Walmart retail but as it turns out, that me was not the me I had when I did the dollar account. Take care mate.

Posted:  2 years, 8 months ago

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Hurt knee, now what?

Update, was moved to Intermodal but only worked for a month before I decided to go to the my PCP again as both my knee and foot became inflated and painful. Was given notes by the doctor for no work and stayed off a little more then a month now, did one week off the first time. I'm trying to again go back as workers comp denied my claim and I need money but it seems they are hesitant to give me a truck now to accommodate my issues as they did the first time. They asked for some forms from my doctor and I sent them, safety cleared my hold but they don't seem willing to provide the truck now. I'm in a tough spot but I'm going to get a QME so that's the last thing I have going for me.

Posted:  2 years, 11 months ago

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Truck Versus Car Incident - Who Was Wrong, & Could It Have Been Avoided?

I'm leaning here even tho my "unlimited" internet connection is getting throttled and the video is hard to watch....

Why does just one of them have to be at fault? They both were in the wrong.

Posted:  2 years, 11 months ago

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I dont have a job anymore.

Sweet victory! Congrats mate.

Posted:  2 years, 11 months ago

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Does anyone drive for Swift's Dollar Tree dedicated account?

My experience with slow stores aren't horrible overall but there was that one store who made me question my sanity. He did mention they keep asking for a different day on the truck so that's something to take into consideration I suppose?

I recommend music....

Most of my trailers where 3000+ as far as I can tell. Had one that was 1,600 lbs over weight and I couldn't more the tandems any more lol. One trailer had a broken pin on the tandems and wouldn't move to make them legal. Why load it like that? Idk, issues you have to work with...

Men don't do it . I was doing the dollar tree account for werner.you need to unload 2000+ boxes for one store .the store employee take they sweet ass time .becuase they don't get pay by the trailer like me. that I get pay for every trailer I unload.you can be waiting for hours in one store .sometime I wait 4 hours to unload watch the video below hope it help https://youtu.be/1xAs8wPI6Cw

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I was wondering how it is and if everything the recruiter is offering me is true. Would like to know about your routes, hometime, and average weekly pay.

Thanks!

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Posted:  2 years, 11 months ago

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Does anyone drive for Swift's Dollar Tree dedicated account?

I know this is old but the sleep comment amazes me! That's extremely impressive mate. Surely caffeine was involved? I naturally get drowsy around the 9-10 hour driving marker so work around that but have used caffeine. My body doesn't handle it well however so I've stoped that and try other methods. Still, I work around my natural 9-10 limit. I aim for 8 hours of sleep but my body normally wakes me up around 6 anyways or it fails completely and I oversleep. Probably not healthy but you do what you can. Had to connect my iPad to the truck speakers a couple times tho just to make sure I wake up lol. Set volume to 30... did its job!

I came in keeping really good management of my time during training and solo OTR but actually ended up having less stress then OTR in the end on a dollar tree account. I was given a 2 unload week also so it became easy for me to manage my runs given I knew about what I was getting back to back. ~500 followed by ~2,200. OTR sometimes gave you really small loads, really long loads, plus waiting for whatever shipper problem they might have. Lots of miles plus good unload pay made the drop from 36cpm to 34cpm a non issue. Was seeing ~$1400 a week.

I ended up relaxing more on making the trips so the unloading became my next focus, followed by backing, then managing load securement given many trailers were rarely properly secured by the dock peeps... I would upload the last pics I took it if I could but not supported it seems. O man, when they had boxes all the way to the back and top...

1.Yup, even given I used to unload trailers back to back daily for a job I used to have, my first unload(2-3 months ago?) was tiring as hell. I haven't played sports since 2009(wrestling, football, cross country/track), nor have I worked out consistently since 2014 given I got sick(went from 198lb to 160lb, heaviest I've ever been being 245lb during football). I almost threw up(well I did a bit in my mouth) and had to sit down for about 30 minutes after I finished my first trailer to not feel like passing out. They told me I unload really well so that kind of gave me some much need mental help to not feel so bad I was dead. I liked it however and took into consideration it'll only get easier the more I unload. Thankfully it did.

I had a box of soap fall in my face and dig my glasses into my skin but have avoided that type of damage ever since changing up my strategy. My most useful one being forming a tunnel so I don't have to extend for as much boxes once your making room to add another roller. One of the store guys was having a blast watching me make a tunnel lol. I have to say however I have spent a good amount of times waiting with the rollers full because they are slow or have 1 person, yeah... 1. I had no reason to fret tho, I'm not really the type to tell people to hurry up even if it would help my check and I was already really happy with my work making good money so it didn't bother me. It bothered me more went I stoped getting the schedule I was promised and slow stores did actually affect my check but I still kept to myself because it's still hard for me to ask people to do stuff like that. It probably helps I don't have many bills or any dependents so I understand some of my fellow employees getting ****ed and showing it given they support a family or what have you. I don't know?

2.O man was I tripping out on some of the stores. I was seriously questioning the sanity of being sent to back to some of these stores. I avoided hassles on the first stop for the first couple runs given I arrive when no one is there. I would just take advantage and back it close given I had lots of time. Lots of pull ups and get outs my friend but the set up made it so much easier once I woke up to unload. Boy if you thought you didn't back enough to practice doing OTR training, this is your gig lol. Sadly you can't always get 1 stop stores or spend time backing(sleep) so it was a lot of pain backing for most all stops. I enjoyed the pain tho given I was one of those student that was asking his trainer to let me back at terminals over and over lol. I got some compliments on my backing but honestly they were probably mostly luck. I feel I still need to get better.

I think I've only gotten ~3? single stops since I started and one I asked for to work in another run into my 70. Not many docks, yup. I enjoyed getting to know the managers/people for each stop tho I'm not really a social person. I enjoyed many jobs I've had simply because I don't deal with people/customers. Not social but there's something to be said to seeing these people multiple times, you get comfortable? They thank you for unloading quick and you exchange nice pleasantries. Gives you energy I guess? Not all stores have pleasant peeps, don't want to give the wrong idea....

Josh, I ran the Dollar Tree account with US Xpress. Old School is right - you'll never have to worry about a job opening on that account. They'll take all the drivers they can get.

The job is really tough but pays well.

Posted:  2 years, 11 months ago

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Backing Practice™ special guest Allie Knight

I thought I wouldn't have time but it seems no one can switch me to OTR and they can't dispatch me until the switch so I'll go look them up.

Thanks.

If you go to her you-tube page and look at her videos from june/July she talks a little about it.

Posted:  2 years, 11 months ago

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Running out of time on the road

My first mentor had the Coleman but the plug stoped making a connection going into the unit. It looked melted and one of the metal sleeves was stuck on the pins. He had it plugged to the red/black connectors behind the dashboard mount.

I went with a dometic 95 and it's been saving me money ever since but given the price, it better. I'm going to use it for my room if I ever stop driving. Wifi app looks nice but I don't need it eating more power lol

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Tractor Man what kind of cooler do you have? I've got the Coleman iceless cooler, but I'm afraid to leave meat in there for that long.

Posted:  2 years, 11 months ago

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T680 subwoofer

Why haven't I seen any trucks with alarms?

A bathroom w/ shower would be great thought :D

Cassette toilet FTW

They are putting sub woofers in trucks??? Oh wow.....

Posted:  2 years, 11 months ago

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Pay to park?

I have been using trucker path app lately to find the non chain lots. I kid you not, I spend the night at an Exxon that could have fit 80 trucks. There were about 30 of us there. A mile away was a loves so jammed with trucks up and down the interstate ramps.

This^

Tho that truckerpath app *failed me once so yeah, backup for your back up.

*Says there's a truck stop, cake was a lie gentlemen. No truck stop :(

Posted:  2 years, 11 months ago

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Running out of time on the road

The last off ramp I used had a large patch of dirt besides the road where I could get a good distance away from traffic. I've been in those situation where I have hours left but could technically just shut down at the truck stop I'm at and pick up the next day given the load. I tend to always want to arrive as soon as possible tho and like driving the most I can before I get drowsy or run out of time.

One way I think of it is the sooner I get there, the less I worry about an accident or such making me late. Finding parking is a pain sometimes but yeah, google maps, trucker path, rest areas. I stop anywhere unless I have free showers. I try to use them at the end of the day but sometimes fit them in between my run and just hurry up. I enjoy showers tho so end of day gives me more time to relax as I listen to tayler swift :P

I like driving at night because there is less traffic but the dedicated account I switched to makes that harder given when most stores had me unload and the fact I save my clock waking up for the first unload instead of driving to my first unload.

Renegade, besides keeping a lookout ahead for possible truck stops, if you keep a schedule like most drivers (drive in the day, sleep at night) you should also plan to stop around 5:30 local time.

Using Trucker Path, look for non-national stops, or simple gas stations that allow truck parking. Last night I pulled into a TA, and saw two trucks almost racing to get that last spot. I turned around, and crossed over the interstate to a Shell station that still had 5-6 empty spots!

(If you drive from 3am to early afternoon, you'll never have a truck stop parking problem!)

Another factor is large cities. Truck stops close to a big town fill up faster than the in-between ones.

For instance, I stopped tonight near the Georgia-Alabama line on I-20 for a scale. It was that time of day: 5:30. I was heading west towards Memphis and even had 3 hours of driving time left. But in a few hours l'd be 1) close to Birmingham, AL, and 2) 7pm, after the time when all good truckers are backed into their spot for the night.

So I called it a day at the Love's in Waco GA. Better here than worrying about full/packed truck stops or (horrors!) on-ramp parking.

Posted:  2 years, 11 months ago

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Backing Practice™ special guest Allie Knight

So she's not just a prime driver anymore? I missed lots of her vids once I started trucking but they were great!

Do you have a link to a vid where she talks about her job or how are you thinking that's what she does now?

Thanks

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Looks like Allie doesn't do a whole lot of driving anymore period.

Since her internet rock-stardom, looks like she's doing marketing and other stuff. Not sure if this was her lifes goal, but she seems to be enjoying it.

I've been watching her travels since she first started posting. Personally - I miss the daily road blogs.

Rick

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I think she's doing training and promo video for JPT and Wiltrans, along with some high-vis loads. She struggled with it at first, you can tell from watching the video from that time. Still love watching her video when they come out. She does a very good job, from actually filming down to editing.

Posted:  2 years, 11 months ago

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Ignorant question

I like Allie knight''s YouTube channel. She works for prime and has an adorable cat.

https://youtu.be/3xI5gNXrB3s

Posted:  2 years, 11 months ago

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Hurt knee, now what?

My denial letter is in the mail and at this point I'm going to take it to my primary doctor and ask him to give me an MRI. If I have to pay for it out of pocket, so be it.

I'm not going to wait it out, if my injury isn't severe, I'm going back to work but I'll be switching to OTR. I already told myself I would make a strong effort to stay with this company for 1 year and I'm sticking to that.

Doing a more demanding job however exposes me to more risk of injury. I'm glad to see the stores where happy with my unloading performance and I enjoyed the excersice but this experience dosen't give me comfidence they will take care of me if I get injured. On the positive note, I'll finally see a dock again although the tight backing was fun in its own way.

Posted:  2 years, 11 months ago

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Is No APU NO Idle?

I remember when I first started and was worried about that warning the computer gives you. After trying to sleep through it with all the windows open and getting horrible sleep, plus waking up with bites all over me, I worried less and less about that warning lol

I see some people take filters to their open windows :D

I know my company does not have apus, but they do have an idle policy. If it's above 70 or below 30, you can idle. Between those Temps they figure you can use a fan or your bunk heater to stay comfortable.

Having said that, if you are having trouble sleeping because it's too uncomfortable.in the truck, I believe they have some leeway, just don't abuse it or you'll be getting phone calls.

One thing that some companies forget is, even if it is 70 degrees outside, if it's a sunny day, the sun beating down on the truck will raise the temperature inside the truck to a higher temp.

Sometimes what I'll do is, if it is cool outside, but the inside of the truck is hot, I'll open both side vents so there is a cross breeze, then take my turbo fan and clip it to the handle of the vent so that it is pulling the cooler air from outside the truck into the truck.

For cold nights, the bunk heater works quite well. Just remember to carry a 12v DC electric blanket with you (or a normal one if you have an inverter, either will work fine), just in case you need extra warmth.

Posted:  2 years, 11 months ago

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Does one have to be a citizen or permannent resident to get a cdl?

I actually wanted to stay with my grandmother but being as small as I was, I couldn't hold on hard enough and so here I am and she passed away already. I could just get up and leave I suppose but I've been raised here most of my life so now I would feel like a foreigner in Mexico. Hey mate, I don't mind people speaking their mind to me so long as it dosen't get out of hand. Some employers give me the opinion they rather focus on a persons work ethic and others didn't take a risk and told me no. One explained it to me, "I find it all a s** storm. If they want to tell me who I can't and can hire, then they should come down here and find those people for me." I had one guy interviewing me tell me I'm not worth the hassle after I told him so go figure.

I've been denied employment after passing interviews for my status while others could care less. I have a hard time figuring out my stance on the issue ever since I found out. Yeah, I didn't always know about it and my parents mislead me a bit when I asked. When you put you're a citizen for your first 2 jobs and then get hired without a problem, it all seems good. Then again, even with a work permit and telling my employer about my exact situation that I now know about, it seems I broke the law anyways? Maybe you find the grey area in my situation or not, I dont know but I'm here to stay as far as I can tell. Japan seems nice tho, need to keep working on my Japanese :/

I like the trucking life so far although I switched to dedicated for the exercise and currently have an injury. Yeah, many of my classmates weren't too happy with the school or the life after they started and left. The experience is enjoyable for me all else aside but I could never see myself doing teams. Would this be where I settle for sure, probably not but life is short and learning something new is fun but also stressfull. I might not be the best trucker out there but I try to enjoy myself and take the fact I'm driving such a large vehicle seriously.

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Interesting, I informed my recruiter and the company when I was hired and they didn't tell me anything. I don't believe I'm a security risk but I'll keep an eye on myself from now on :P

The thing about taking away jobs I cant really comment on with any measure of confidence Rick but aren't truck drivers needed right now so my employment is pure benefit from that angle?

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The "shortage" is due to HIGH TURNOVER, as much as an actual shortage of equipment with drivers to move freight. That and the higher than average people dropping out, due to "false expectations" of pay, working conditions, etc. (something this site works very hard to dispel), loneliness/missing family. And of course having accidents and getting citations, and finding themselves let go.

There ARE RULES associated with obtaining a CDL - ones which, for whatever reason, you happened to slide by.

Really don't want to turn this into a political thread, or be accused of xenophobia, but the fact of the matter is - american citizens and lawful permanent residents should have the first shot at jobs here. There are classes of visa's and work authorizations for a reason also. I have the greatest of admiration for folks who come here and play by the rules - and an incredible depth of contempt for those WHO DO NOT.

Rick

Posted:  2 years, 11 months ago

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Locked myself out twice today

LMAO.

First Tractor Man:

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Paul, Do yourself a favor. Just don't ever lock your Truck.

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Then Old School:

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Paul, if you want to start making the big bucks, do like I do... Lock yourself in the truck!

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What fun would trucking be if I didn't have a couple trucker friends to poke fun at me when I screw up?

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Posted:  2 years, 11 months ago

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Why park like that?

I guess the best way I can frame it is someone coming up to the register and still not sure what to get with a line behind him. Mentality one would be thinking about the line and might say go ahead to the guy behind. Mentality two wouldn't even have it cross his mind and just stand there until he decides what to buy. I was hoping for mentality one but yes, technically, he is next?

I guess its not so much that he had to find a solution for me not to park there but the way in which he viewed and replied to the question. It also doesn't help his case that he told me he ran over a parked car with his trailer and just left... pieces everywhere he said...

courteous lvl: -14 points lol

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I asked a driver next to me if he knew where I can park as a bobtail cuz I didn't want to take the full spot but he wasn't very helpful on the curtesy front. Just told me it's first come first serve which is not really the attitude I was looking for.

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I don't see what's uncourteous about that. He's right, parking is first come first serve. If there's somewhere I can park bobtail other than the full spots, I will. But I'm not going to risk getting towed just to be a nice guy.

Posted:  2 years, 11 months ago

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Does one have to be a citizen or permannent resident to get a cdl?

Interesting, I informed my recruiter and the company when I was hired and they didn't tell me anything. I don't believe I'm a security risk but I'll keep an eye on myself from now on :P

The thing about taking away jobs I cant really comment on with any measure of confidence Rick but aren't truck drivers needed right now so my employment is pure benefit from that angle?

Posted:  2 years, 11 months ago

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Pay to park?

I came up on a small truck stop that had a $10 to park sign. U-turned that sucker straight to an *offramp! I ran out of time but I was $10 richer for it and that's 2-4 meals on the road and 4-6 when put towards my weekly grocery spree at costco/walmart :D

*patch of dirt off the road

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