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JD's Info

  • Location:
    Boynton beach, FL

  • Driving Status:
    Rookie Solo Driver

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  • Joined Us:
    2 years ago

JD's Bio

new to trucking, but pulled trailer most of my life. Raced cars since I was 14, roadraced for the last 23 years if it has an engine I'm interested......racing is life everything else is just waiting. My avatar is my boyhood companion

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Posted:  4 days, 9 hours ago

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Hazards of truck stops

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Posted:  4 days, 10 hours ago

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Hazards of truck stops

Saw this today at the loves on moody creek road. Guy was inside the store and came back out to find this. The POS that did it wasn't around to own up to it....

JD

Posted:  1 week, 5 days ago

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Deer hunting

Bagged a good size deer this morning around 3am on I-81 north bound at mile marker 98

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Posted:  1 week, 5 days ago

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Deer hunting

Bagged a good size deer this morning around 3am on I-81 north bound at mile marker 98

JD

Posted:  3 weeks, 1 day ago

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Update On Hubby (ElmerFudd) on the forum..

Hey, that all sounds like good news!

Thanks for the update, we are all glad to hear things are going well.

Another flat-bedder is born! dancing-banana.gif

Man do I have some stories about them flatbedders.........

One dry van guy told me once that a flatbedder parked on each side of him one evening and the next thing he knew he was neatly tarped and and strapped and was half way across the country and they were singing Willy an Waylon songs to him, scary stuff....

JD

Posted:  1 month ago

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Truck Stops And Old Time Trucking

I'm not being suprised at your ability to reach such speeds, but the fact that you decided to go that fast anyways.

Well; when you're 16 years old you aren't real smart at least I wasn't but I'd not even try that today even if I had that same truck

JD

Posted:  1 month ago

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Truck Stops And Old Time Trucking

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once a Tennessee deputy stopped me for running 117 on I-40 between Memphis and Nashville it cost me 5 cases to continue on.......the good ole days are gone......

JD

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117. Is that mph? In a truck?wtf-2.gif

Yes, with the alfalfa it would run 117 with the heavier mine supply only around 92 unless I was on a down grade I loved that old kenworth. Aubrey Paul owned it and built it to run

JD

Posted:  1 month ago

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Automatics for Millenials?

Welcome aboard Eri, I hope you don't mind us giving you a hard time - it's all in fun!

But seriously, going to all automatic transmissions will not flood the industry with new drivers. This is a very challenging endeavor, and shifting gears will be the least of a millennial's concerns. If you're interested in a driving career you've come to the right place.

Join in our conversations and read some of our materials - you will learn a lot by hanging around with us.

Very true old school there was a time I said I'd never drive an auto now I like it just fine takes a little getting use to but you always have to adapt to change or be left behind

JD

Posted:  1 month ago

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Truck Stops And Old Time Trucking

I have posted on the topics page under Truck Stops for some conversations regarding this topic but haven't received any replies. Do you all think that a new forum on just truckstops, favorite or hated brands, foods either sit down or fast food, parking,etc. can be addressed here on Trucking Truth? After all almost everyone out here driving for a living has at some point had to frequent truck stops for all that they are or are not. It is just a thought and I was hoping we could start a talk about them as it is also an important part of OTR trucking. I for one have been driving since Pure Truckstops became Union 76, then Truckstops of America and now Travel Centers of America, the mergers of Petro to TA, Flying J and Wilco into Pilot, the growth of Loves and the closing of so many Mom & Pop operations. There is a lot to talk about and probably more to come. If not I'll understand and stay in the background and do my truck stop information searches in private. I hope I have not bored or offended anyone.

I first drove across the country in 1974, the only truck stop that was around then and now I've seen since I started driving again is the 76 fuel center on I-75 exit 76 I stop there every chance I get. I know the old stucky's resturants were also a place that didn't mind truckers stopping but back then there was no rules for the most part, you ran as long as you wanted. I'd haul alfalfa hay to Texas and bring back mining supplies to the Virginia's. When I turned 18 I'd load the sleeper with around 50 cases of lone star beer that cost me $4.50 a case and I'd sell it for $8.00 when I got back home I thought I was quite the business man........once a Tennessee deputy stopped me for running 117 on I-40 between Memphis and Nashville it cost me 5 cases to continue on.......the good ole days are gone......

JD

Posted:  1 month ago

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I got my CDL

After what has felt like forever, I finally tested out and obtained my Class A CDL. I am going to the DMV tomorrow morning to add Hazmat and Tanker endorsements. I will be attending an orientation next Wednesday in Joliet, Illinois.

Thank you to everyone on this forum for all the advice they gave given me during this process. This site and it’s wealth of knowledge has helped me immensely!

Werner is a good choice.

And Joliet is a brand new terminal JD

Posted:  1 month ago

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Companies that offer true OTR driving

I run solo and have been sent to California with loads from Kansas and Texas the only states I've not been to are Oregon, Washington and Maine and those 2 little areas they call Vermont and New Hampshire. Werner will send you anywhere you want to go.

JD

Posted:  1 month, 1 week ago

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When I finish school...OTR or Dedicated ??

Thank you Rob, I appreciate it. I value the opinions here and pretty much had it in my mind that I shouldn't change my plan about OTR. I am interested to find out what the difference would be in pay for someone out longer than the normal 3 weeks out, 3 days home.

Werner will have you with a trainer for 6 to 8 weeks. If you go with Werner ask for a trainer that is OTR would be my advice.

Stay away from dollar accounts until you are confident in your abilities

I usually run at least 6 weeks out and have done 15 weeks but don't recommend going that long but I do look at this as an adventure so to me attitude is a lot in being able to deal with this career I love it, not knowing where I'm going until I get a load assignment is kinda like "what's behind door number 3".

Good lucky and remember READ YOUR SIGNS!

Posted:  1 month, 2 weeks ago

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Just finished training at Werner

I'm now a qualified driver for Werner! Spent 4 weeks with my trainer hauling doors from Vermont up and down the northeast US, including NYC. Had a really good trainer too. He made it a point to go over trip planning and doing lots of backing. Got my truck today, but it's already in the shop. After it's done, I get to take it home for the weekend before I start my new route on Tuesday.

And I've already run into a number of terminal rats as they're called here - complainers and whiners, mostly young people. I'm going to do a regional dedicated account for Dollar Tree and I'm not listening to the complainers.

We'll see how it goes. Wish me luck.

take your time and be very careful backing in and around the cars an buildings in these dollar stores, alot of the backing will be from the blind side, go slow and of course get out and look as many times as needed

JD

Posted:  1 month, 4 weeks ago

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Do Real Truckers Drive Automatic Transmissions? - article by Old School

When I was young I would've said affirmative but nearing 60 and been driving an automatic for a year I love the auto once you understand how to use it it's much better all the way around

JD

Posted:  3 months, 2 weeks ago

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Neat video on wimp

Https://m.wimp.com/how-to-shift-an-18-speed-truck/

JD

Posted:  4 months ago

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Personal Dash Cams

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Go-pro black very good camera

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Unfortunately a Gopro doesn't have a continuous recording loop where it will record indefinitely and automatically overwrite the oldest footage with the newest footage once the storage is full. This is a critical function for dash cams. Not only can they record continuously but they can save any clip at the push of a button.

Gopro's are awesome though. I even have the Gopro Fusion 360 camera. It's astounding.

I hook mine up to my laptop it has a 2 terabyte hard drive if nothing important happens by the end of the day I just erase it

JD

Posted:  4 months, 1 week ago

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Personal Dash Cams

Go-pro black very good camera plus it can do many other things go under water, in my race car, even takes good still photos.

It's very tough also

JD

Posted:  4 months, 3 weeks ago

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Any Werner Drivers?

Jason continues...

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With all that said, I actually may continue to look at the last 3 companies on my list because they may offer more CPM.

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Pennies...

Jason during a driver's first year of trucking; you can expect to earn about $40,000. That applies to every company on your list. Reason being, conquering the very steep learning curve limits earning potential, plus during the training the pay scale is much less.

Keep in mind as you progress the CPM will also increase and so will your mileage. Your base starting CPM at Werner will likely be a few cents higher after year one. Your income potential has less to-do with CPM and way more with available mileage and your ability as a driver to maximize your clocks. It will take a year or more to arrive at the point of truely "having your sh** together".

You have invested a lot of time researching your options and now second guessing your decision because of a few pennies. There comes a point in time when continuing to analyalze all of the "what-if" scenarios results in diminishing returns. You are at that point.

"Werner",...they are "calling" you. Go for it.

So true G-Town I average over 3000 miles a week my best be 4308 so far

JD

Posted:  4 months, 3 weeks ago

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Any Werner Drivers?

Sorry, I don't mean to repeat myself, but you all keep mentioning dedicated accounts. I know what those are, but I was advised differently by the recruiter.

I was advised it would be a Dedicated "REGION" and no particular account. Mostly Drop & Hook, all no touch freight. They advised I would just stick to the following states: MN, WI, KY, IN, OH, IA, IL, MI.

I need to know if that is a thing in Werner, or if that is their way of slanting the truth that it will be a dedicated account instead. If so, then I will take my 2nd option, OTR, all 48 states. I'm not ready for dedicated accounts, and I'm under the impression that it isn't, so I would like to find out what the truth is. If I can't get it then I'll have to go with a different company on my list, that isn't going to slant the truth.

I know what I want and a dedicated "account" is not it.

Don't believe everything a recruiter says. Dan is correct dedicated means delivering to different stores in a region you most likely will be doing dollar general or Home Depot accounts I highly suggest just doing OTR until you have the experience to handle a "regional" account. You can run 4 weeks out and then go home for 4 days straight to rest and spend time with family being home for a weekend is not what you think, you will sleep more than anything else and not have much time to spend with family or friends. Remember this isn't a job it's a life, I love it...

Except for chasing old school around the country and not getting to meet him. I was close enough to have thrown a snowball at him once but he took off on me.

JD

Posted:  4 months, 3 weeks ago

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Any Werner Drivers?

Also I don't recommend doing dedicated accounts unless you are very good at backing in tight places. Because most are very difficult small stores that are full of obstacles. Time management is key to making money.

JD

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