Profile For Mike B.

Mike B.'s Info

  • Location:
    Las Vegas, NV

  • Driving Status:
    Experienced Driver

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  • Joined Us:
    3 years, 11 months ago

Mike B.'s Bio

On my 3rd year of driving originally from Chicago Illinois recently moved to Las Vegas NV

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Posted:  3 days, 12 hours ago

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Flatbed

Hey gang, thinking about switching over to flatbed driving was wondering how it is I’ve only pulled reefer trailers.

Posted:  1 month, 3 weeks ago

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Interstate 15

Yes you are right me and 4 other drivers are the go to guys in Nevada, our terminal is in Ontario so we don’t have the luxury of getting our trucks serviced by the shop there like the guys living in Cali

I’ll take this opportunity to plug the mega-carriers, if any anyone ‘considering a career‘ has read this far….

One of the definite benefits of working for one of the larger carriers like Swift/Knight, Prime, or Schneider is that these companies have very deep pockets, plenty of resources, and a strict adherence to safety. They’re a lot less likely to allow tractors and/or trailers with defects to continue being driven. For example, on one occasion the gate operator would not let me out of one of our OCs because the trailer I was pulling had defects attributed to it, defects someone had listed on their post-trip inspection report. The defects had been addressed and fixed, but I still had to go over to the shop and have the service advisor clear them out before I was allowed to leave with the trailer.

This attention to defects in the tractors and trailers leads to a higher rate of passing inspections with zero violations and thusly lower CSA scores. And that means drivers with those companies are less likely to be pulled in for inspections. I’ve driven into California numerous times on I-15 from Nevada, and have yet to be pulled in for an inspection. Of course this means next time I’ll get the dreaded Level One, but I’m not going to stress over it.

Posted:  1 month, 3 weeks ago

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Interstate 15

They aren’t only open 24/7 they are open on major holidays 24/7, you got people smoking meth in downtown LA on the streets but yeah let’s make it our number one priority to screw truck drivers

Is it a 24/7 scalehouse?

If not, I would alter my driving schedule if necessary to avoid any extra visits with those inspectors. As you're experiencing, once a violation is found, you will be more likely to have another inspection there next time, too.

Posted:  1 month, 3 weeks ago

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Interstate 15

Doesn’t sound worth it gang but thanks for the help guess I just gotta deal with inspections every couple months, I shuttle from Vegas to Ontario Cali back to Vegas so I have to deal with these guys on a regular basis

Posted:  1 month, 3 weeks ago

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Interstate 15

All of the above, I just didn’t think a fingernail sized abrasion on an air line would put me out of service especially when it’s not leaking

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Nipton road is after the scale the scale is only on the southbound side so that doesn’t really answer the question

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Same way you were told 3 months ago when you asked the same question.

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BTW, that scale is out in the desert. I side roads except to head in I-40 Any 18 wheeler on a side road out there would be a obvious as a Las Vegas showgirl in a church.

Exit 286 Nipton Rd right/South toward Searchlight NV. In Searchlight go north on US 95. That ends up in Boulder City. Enjoy the trip

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Really? Maybe I can help you help yourself, since you can't get the answers you hope to hear.

Got a current road atlas? How about a GPS? How about access to Google Maps? How about a thorough pre trip and post trip inspection? Are you reporting discrepancies to your dispatch and maintenance department, or are the DOT inspectors finding simple things (minor issues as you put it) that were overlooked before your trip began?

Posted:  1 month, 3 weeks ago

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Interstate 15

Nipton road is after the scale the scale is only on the southbound side so that doesn’t really answer the question

Same way you were told 3 months ago when you asked the same question.

Errol said

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BTW, that scale is out in the desert. I side roads except to head in I-40 Any 18 wheeler on a side road out there would be a obvious as a Las Vegas showgirl in a church.

Exit 286 Nipton Rd right/South toward Searchlight NV. In Searchlight go north on US 95. That ends up in Boulder City. Enjoy the trip

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Posted:  1 month, 3 weeks ago

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Interstate 15

Anybody know a way around the Nevada California scale house in southern Cali? I’m so sick of getting chewed out by my safety manager bc these ****suckers put you out of service for minor issues.

Posted:  2 months, 2 weeks ago

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Owner Operator

I’ve been at the same company since my start, about 3.5 years ago. Thinking about looking into becoming an owner operator. Anybody have any tips about this?

Posted:  4 months, 3 weeks ago

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Scale

Anybody know a way around the I 15 scale crossing the border between Nevada California??

Posted:  7 months, 3 weeks ago

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Freightliner 2016 Issue

KLLM it hasn’t been doing it this week at all just have the MIL light on, and I have to wait another day to take it to freightliner.

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Thursday, huh? No rush until you're sitting on the shoulder waiting on a tow. Good luck.

Who do you drive for?

Posted:  7 months, 4 weeks ago

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Freightliner 2016 Issue

This week so far it hasn’t been doing it tends to only happen with a heavy load, I am taking it to the Petro Thursday

Two weeks this has been going on???

Would you rather miss hours in the shop, or hours on the shoulder followed by days in the shop?

The problem could be small, or it could lead to something major. At the very least do an onboard diagnostic. Google Freightliner parked menu Diagnostics. That'll lead you to your fault codes, to find out what's wrong. I highly suggest you find out sooner rather than later.

Posted:  8 months ago

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Freightliner 2016 Issue

Hey guys so the past couple weeks the solid amber engine light has been on not the check engine the solid one and then I noticed when I go uphill the actual check engine light comes on along with the little blinking DEF amber light the engine then derates to 55 for a bit then the lights go away except the solid amber one I don’t really wanna miss hours waiting in the shop, is this something serious. Thanks

Posted:  1 year, 2 months ago

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DEF

Hey guys have a small leak under truck looks like it’s coming from the diesel exhaust tank, big problem?

Posted:  1 year, 3 months ago

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Night shift

My route changed and I am now running at night every day, I use to just have to do nights once a week but now it’s daily, any tips for adjusting?

Posted:  1 year, 5 months ago

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IFTA Decal?

Any of you guys or gals have any luck getting old IFTA stickers off the side of the rig? I tried peeling but they’re on there good.

Posted:  1 year, 6 months ago

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Cleanliness

Hello fellow mother truckers, I was just curious what you guys use to keep the floor clean in your rigs I have a 2016 freightliner cascadia. Thanks

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