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    Ottumwa, IA

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Posted:  2 weeks ago

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Backing - learning something new every day

Sounds pretty rough there in Lower Alabama, Dave.

Does LA stand for Lower Alabama, Lower Arkansas, Louisiana, or Los Angeles?

Posted:  2 weeks ago

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Asked To Leave The Facility

And it has been greatly debated if "unladen" means bobtail as in not pulling anything including the trailer. others say unladen means not pulling freight. i asked 2 DOT cops and got 2 different answers.

Diver Driver mentioned the unladen wording has changed, but i never looked it up

any info on that guys?

Schneider company drivers are unable to use line 5 "Personal Conveyance."

Independent Contractors (our version of owner operators) can only use line 5 IF they are bobtail and do not have an assigned load.

Neither can use split sleeper.

Posted:  2 weeks, 1 day ago

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Got my first ticket. Grrrr.

Those damn P+G loads and those damn MO scale houses. I was in a similar situation back in October. Picked up P+G in Kansas City, KS (pain to find), heavy as hell, felt fine pulling from a complete stop. Just like you, I was in a hurry; I only had about 1h to spare to get to our terminal in Edwardsville IL, considering St Louis rush hour, so I said, "it's Saturday, scales will be closed." NOPE!!! Got pulled in about 5m or so after I passed an area with a TA and Petro, both had scales. 1,500lbs heavy on tandems, about $150 ticket, officer claimed I wouldn't get any points.

Lesson learned: 5-10m to scale your load is WAAAAAAAAAAY worth it if you're heavy. And as G-Town put it, a helluva lot cheaper than an overweight ticket.

(Still made it on time without running out of hours (wasn't even worth it!!!!))

Posted:  3 weeks, 1 day ago

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What Does It Take To Be The Best?

Squeezing every bit of clock out of the day. If I don't necessarily NEED a pilot/flying J for a shower in the morning, I'll opt for the mom n pop another 30m down the road. Easier parking, usually quieter, and it's 30m I don't have to drive the next day, leaving that much more time on my 14. Also, getting to your fuel stop the night before and fueling up while simultaneously logging your pretrip. This was going to be important for me last week as I was running VERY tight on my 70; had barely enough time to make it home after delivering the current load. Yeah it may have only been a difference of 10-15m, but when you're cutting it that close, every second counts.

Posted:  3 weeks, 1 day ago

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Warm Engine Before Driving

What excessive idling will cause issues with is the emissions systems

I've noticed that more during the winter season when you pretty much have to idle to not freeze your fuel. Wake up in the morning with a check engine light, diagnostics saying a problem with the emissions systems. But my issue was also related to something about the EGR valve(?)

Posted:  3 weeks, 2 days ago

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Let's put some faces to names

I hate taking selfies, but I'm bored and remembered this thread was here.

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My babies! L-R: Bruno, Maya, Scamp

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Posted:  3 weeks, 2 days ago

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Warm Engine Before Driving

I've noticed that my automated transmission doesn't like to shift properly from the low to high range when it's cold (heavy loads make it even worse), so I idle about 10m before I actually get rolling. The little bit over over idling doesn't have much of an effect overall.

Posted:  4 weeks, 1 day ago

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Patience at the pumps

I hate the Tullo Truck Stop around Kearny NJ. Narrow fuel lanes, barely room to pull forward, sketchy area, bad traffic coming out. Also, Pilot in Montague NJ.

Posted:  1 month ago

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Game

Power Steering

Posted:  1 month ago

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Is This True?

So if I understood that correctly, we would only get paid by CPM; no breakdown, layover, detention, sign-on bonus, safety bonus, or accessorials (hand unloading/assisting, tarping etc.)?

Posted:  1 month ago

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How Can You Do That? A Puzzler for New and Future Drivers

Call me ignorant, but I thought we weren't able to log On Duty Not Driving past our 70 without getting an HOS violation. Since the 70h clock ticks when on either line 3 or 4, it makes sense to me that we're unable to log line 4 if we're out of 70 hours. Please correct me if I'm wrong.

Posted:  1 month ago

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Signs, Signs, Everywhere A Sign

I saw this one on one of the Facebook groups that regularly bash swift.

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Posted:  1 month, 1 week ago

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My DBL Called This a Super Load

Pickup in Horicon WI from John Deere, 10,500lbs going to deep breath: Mediapolis IA, through the house for home time through Sunday, Macon MO, Kingfisher OK, Marble Falls TX, and Victoria TX. Total of 1583m miles, stop off pay, AND gets me home on time! He was ecstatic about this load coming together perfectly!

Posted:  1 month, 1 week ago

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Newbie looking for national OTR

Schneider does have opportunities to go out west within the first year, but its mainly in the summer months when the Colorado chain law is lifted. I've been with Schneider for 1.5 years and made it out to southern California last August. By that time, all the snow on the Rockies was melted and I-70 was nice and dry; I was carrying 15k lbs, and I still climbed at 35mph! It definitely was a beautiful drive, but I wouldn't want to run it during the winter months personally.

Also, Schneider doesn't voluntarily teach you how to chain up as they'd rather you park it than have to run with chains.

Posted:  1 month, 1 week ago

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Overnight parking etiquette at customer.

Safest bet is to just call, or have CS contact, the customer to find out. Typically though, if a customer does allow overnight parking on their property, it's not allowed on a door, but in a separate section of the lot like outside the guard shack. As long as you're not one of the scumbags who keep ruining Wal-Marts for us (leaving trash and waste everywhere), you'd be fine.

Posted:  1 month, 1 week ago

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Totally Amazed by some of the newbie's...

He was saying that people start yelling and get frustrated...

I got frustrated and yelled all the time while in CDL school, however, all of the frustration and yelling was directed towards myself. I kept yelling things at myself like, "Dammit Unholy get that damn thing in the hole!" When I finally nailed the back on the first try, I was so ecstatic I was literally jumping for joy as I was walking to the end of the trailer. Every other failed attempt after that was something like, "Come on man... you did it yesterday, do it again!" Honestly, I still yell at myself everyday for not being able to hit an easy back, thinking I'm making myself look liked a damned fool (but I've got a Schneider trailer so people just expect me to suck anyway haha).

Point being, it is frustrating at the start; just remember to breathe and take a break from the driver's seat every so often to cool down if you're able.

Posted:  1 month, 2 weeks ago

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Can't Slide Tandems, Pins Won't Retract

Guessing the frame was askew.

I move tandems sometimes 4x in one day. I always use the Johnson Bar (jockey brake) to hold them as opposed to the spring brake (parking). I rock the trailer once or twice and the pins have always released. Many times when pulling the pin lock, they'll stick. Rocking the trailer slightly, forward then reverse will release them. I've (knock-on-wood) never had to resort to assaulting them with a mini-sledge.

Hope that helps.

I did try that multiple times. It got to the point where I was just dragging the trailer forward and back. My guess is it was just sitting too long exposed to the elements causing the mechanism to rust stuck and hitting the major potholes miraculously broke it loose.

Posted:  1 month, 2 weeks ago

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Can't Slide Tandems, Pins Won't Retract

Stupidly enough, I pulled out of the parking spot and out to the front of the property cause maintenance isn't allowed inside, as soon as he shows up and I pull the handle, the pins retract like normal... What the hell! Were they so rusted that the potholes I hit on the way out broke them free? 3h of my day wasted, now I have to go through Memphis during rush hour...

Posted:  1 month, 2 weeks ago

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Can't Slide Tandems, Pins Won't Retract

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Pretty sure this is why. Can anyone confirm?

Posted:  1 month, 2 weeks ago

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Creep mode. In a automated truck not the other creep thing

In my experience, creep mode engages when you start to left off the brake. Try feathering off the brake; if you start to feel the truck about to lurch too hard, apply very slight brake pressure to slow it down.

Personally, I hate creep mode. If there was a way to disable it permanently, I'd do it in a heart beat. I'd rather back using the throttle; creep mode goes too fast for my liking, especially when dealing with tight spots or rough lots. I do tend to see it activate more often on uneven or holey lots while under heavy loads.

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