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Posted:  7 years, 11 months ago

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What's a good company to start out with?

So you believe EVERYTHING You READ ON GOOGLE?

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If this is illegal, then it doesn't happen.

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Firstly, companies do illegal stuff all the time. You can just Google this, look up "employer labor law violations." Do you honestly believe companies are managed in the most squeaky clean way? Illegal stuff happens, even in trucking. I don't know how often trucking companies do try to pressure people into lease-purchase, but enough people are saying they try. Of course, they can't force you to do anything. All they can do is treat you differently for not accepting a lease-purchase offer, or fire you for a made up reason. This happens across the world in every industry and every field of work all the time.

This is corporate America we're talking about, the law doesn't matter to them. They have company lawyers and contracted law firms on retainer and politicians in their pockets.

As far as contradicting myself goes, I don't see the contradiction at all. There are bad workplaces in the world, plenty of them. But instead of blaming management, which often plays an active role in making workplaces bad, too many people blame the workers for being "bad workers." And, in your mind, the company and management are squeaky clean.

Posted:  7 years, 11 months ago

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#Upgrade...ah yeah!

Sounds like a country song.....NO??? Ok maybe just me...CONGRATS BROTHER We wanna see the new pickup when you get it

Oh my god...someone please auto correct this post LOL.

*Gave me advice & *Darkest hours

Sorry...I'm celebrating tonight before the Greydog ride.

Posted:  7 years, 11 months ago

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Pam/Driver solutions Contract

I talked to PAM Transport and you HAVE TO TEAM your 1st 6 months to a YEAR. And usually you are not 2 rookies on a truck.

Javon, when you talked with your PAM recruiter, did you talk about team? I know you started out thinking team would be good then changed your mind.

I'm guessing at PAM's policies, but are they a "team only" company? If not you should be able to say "No, tanks" and stick to your guns. In reading about teams in TT, I've come to the conclusion that solo makes about as much money, and you don't have the headaches of living in a small box with another human.

Posted:  7 years, 11 months ago

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I'm feeling better

Any time we did AB outta St. Louis we always topped our fuel tanks off. 1st time we rolled across the scales we where at 76500 so they had us go around fork lift came out and opened the trailer put some more in and closed it up, went across the scale at 78950...They said "Good enough I guess" and of course we where driving a KW with that stupid PACCAR Motor that couldn't get out of it's own way. But we got'er done

Get ready to be there a while. They'll work and rework the load to get as much as they can on the truck, you'll be leaving as close as you'll ever get to 80k so make sure you follow any notes you've received regarding fuel level because they can be sticklers about that too.

Posted:  7 years, 11 months ago

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I'm feeling better

How long ago where you in the NAST...Cincinnati? I use to work security there, curious what company has security there now would LOVE to get back. Yes that is a very unsafe neighborhood, I watched at least 3 homicides IN BROAD DAY LIGHT in my 2 +yrs there. Still not as scary as the places in South Side of Chicago I use to hang out in but still keep your head on a swivel

I had one from Samuel Adams in Cincinnati and it was a scary place... the truck were outside the gates and cracked addicts were approaching the drivers. I carried a hammer to slide my tandems and check the seal number. The 3 stops on that were TINY lots with one door and hard. So GOAL.

That one was in totes and every once in awhile I could feel a surge like thw tankers. When I did bud lite it was just like any other load and the customer was easy.

Posted:  7 years, 11 months ago

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Well NOW I'M CONFUSED

Heard a ton of talk about going with Jim Palmer Trucking, was all set to get the ball rolling and then someone suggested PRIME....I have ZERO Intention of doing Rent-a-truck or O/O just want a decent company I can run my wheels off, take EVERY LOAD I can get and get home to the Family. Not sure who to go with. The both basically offer the SAME to newbie drivers. Any suggestions ONE OVER THE OTHER????? NO I DO NOT HAVE a CDL so need a DECENT Company that I can School with and hang out with for a year or so. Thanks In advance

Posted:  7 years, 11 months ago

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Lazy truckers?

Agreed. Had a buddy of mine dispatched on a load that was going 80 miles down the road. Well being the arrogant A HOLE He told dispatch to have regional driver do it. There was another driver that took that trip. When she marked empty avail after the 80 mile run she had to dead head 10 miles down the road and got a run going from Georgia to California....That other guy would have had that run but he didn't want to do the little 80 mile run. Don't refuse runs EVERY Mile counts. Sometimes your dispatcher may need to you to do a little sprint to set you up for a marathon run...SMH Some people's children

I'm starting to realize that the more I'm at the terminal or truck stops I hear some drivers complain about how they are not miles & this company sucks, that company sucks but then I later head them say "oh they gave me a load out west, I don't run out west" or "this load is only a few miles I'm not doing it". This leads me to believe all these guys who bash companies or complain about miles probably are either lazy or just too dang picky. You can't complain about miles then you get a 800 mile load to Oregon & then say I'm not taking a load out west because I don't like the mountains....crazy. This is why I separate myself from the crowds at the terminal or truck stops. I have no problem getting miles & I accept ALL loads. Just a thought I had on my mind. What do you guys think?

Posted:  7 years, 11 months ago

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Western Pacific Truck School - The Road to Failure

Gonna get to know the truck stops real well

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No one will care to help you and trust me you will need it, especially in the beginning.

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That should already be evident from the results so far. And this is the easy part! The schooling is nothing. Wait til you're in Downtown Chicago during Friday rush hour in a thunderstorm or trying to ease 78,000 pounds down an 11 mile long mountain grade in the Rockies in mid-January at night on snow-covered roads when you can only see 100 feet in front of you. Sure is gonna be nice to have someone there making sure you don't kill yourself, ya know?

Attitude is everything.

And you'll like this G-Town.......the other thing people don't realize is that truckers are at the mercy of everyone they come across. Everyone from four wheelers on the highway to traffic police, DOT officers, dispatchers, load planners, safety officers, shipping clerks, dock workers, waitresses and cooks, and fuel island attendants. Wait until Ryan gets out there and starts telling everyone just how stupid and incompetent he thinks they are. That dude is gonna sit around on his *ss doing nothing more often than a kangaroo without legs! He's gonna get traffic tickets, fail DOT inspections, sit in parking lots for hours waiting to load and unload, get his food spit on, get the fewest miles of anyone on his dispatcher's board, and get home late every single time.

I've seen it a million times. It's so predictable it's not even interesting anymore to wonder how things are going to turn out.

Posted:  7 years, 11 months ago

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Western Pacific Truck School - The Road to Failure

I just found this post and my head hurts. I am no way a professional Driver, but went through CDL School AFTER Doing TONS Of Research. Every Minute I was NOT behind the wheel I was Watching and Learning from THE OTHERS...This guy has issues.

Posted:  7 years, 11 months ago

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Flattie is Officially leaving for Company training!

I have to pay Millis Back $5200 and they just kicked it to Collections and I am paying that back over time. If I can get back on the road I will pay it back faster

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I have to add aditional 30% to whatever I owe them plus the $4,400. When Maverick verified my school they called and send info to Swift that actually took 2 days to make sure I'm not in contract with them. Swift verified it, as long as I pay them back it's all good.

Maverick then approved me to go for their orientation but I joined Abilene instead.

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$5720.00. Wow,...I am sure you have your reasons.

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