Profile For Squirrellyguns

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  • Location:
    Waycross, GA

  • Driving Status:
    Rookie Solo Driver

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  • Joined Us:
    2 years ago

Squirrellyguns's Bio

I’m a 41 year old “Jack of All Trades”. Horticulture, Agriculture, fast food, line chef, ex military, Haz-Mat handling, Security, Courier Service, Paint Retail, Retail Sales, food manufacturing, Yard Dawg Operator and Shipping n Receiving. Even done Customer Service in Call Center environment including escalations and my soon to be previous position of Virtual Real Time Resource Analyst. I’m striving to finally pursue my long time dream job and getting on the road.

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Posted:  3 weeks ago

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Prime’d and ready to go

Well, if anything, we definitely see the standards coming out here now. I didn’t just get out of high school here gentlemen, and no, my trainer had very little to do with my decision. I understand revenue, profit n loss, expenses, let alone that by rights, starting a business, can take Years To truly profit, not weeks or even months. One of the other factors here that give me a kind of fail safe, this is a contract that I can back out of whenever with no penalty. Putting my money in places other than they suggest, sees that I wouldn’t lose much if any large amount of cash in the event I walk away. IF there would of been further losses should I choose to walk away, I would likely not have gone Lease immediately. That said, this all probably should be in a different thread at this point, but thank you to EVERYONE who helped me out, the forums, and the High Road System which worked out great. Everyone remember to be patient, and stay safe!

Posted:  3 weeks, 1 day ago

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Prime’d and ready to go

Well, it’s official. I ended my training finally with around 34k miles and have gone thru the upgrade process. That said, looking back at those miles is just a blur really. I had a great trainer that let me show him what I already knew, and then taught me what I didn’t. Safety and patience are paramount! Never let yourself get rushed cause that is another opportunity for an accident or injury. For those wondering, I did take a bigger leap after training, I decided to put a lot of prior experience and my college to use and i went Lease Operator..... I went to the dark side cause they had cookies AND milk!!!

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Posted:  1 month, 1 week ago

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Prime: Let's do this!

I’d like to be all fancy here and give a great answer, but I won’t cause it wouldn’t be right. That said I’ve had a few occasions where I just could not get rid off the backing jerks, so for whatever reason per my instructor, I engaged the inter axle diffs and performed the same backing maneuver again with out the jerking, or almost none. Wish I could explain it, but for whatever the reason, it worked. And no, wasn’t slippery surface or even gravel, both were relatively flat and going in at say 20-35 degree angle offset?.? Just seemed to help both times. That said, now that I’ve finally figured this trucks quirks out, I’ll be out of it very soon......

Bran, hope all is well, know your hitting some good miles but don’t forget us all in here!!

Posted:  1 month, 1 week ago

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I screwed up

Sorry to hear of your bump but betting you learned from it. I had to wait on a guy today at the TA down off the 10 around Colton, Ca, bet he did 10 GOAL’s, and from where I sat, couldn’t understand why the extra 4 or 5, and yea I was in a hurry to leave, and I may have griped, but I thought no less of him for being cautious, until that is after 30 minutes of backing into the spot, nearly 3/4 of the way in, he pulls out, pulls up to me complaining about not getting any help n drives off.... now me being a rookie still training, it kind of threw me, so I pulled up to where he was trying and I still 4 hours later can’t figure out what the issue was or what help he needed. It was a normal sized space, both sides had parked correctly, and he was pretty much in the hole, but after 30 minutes felt he was rushed.... key here, take breath, relax a second, and use the mirrors and goals till you get the job done! Don’t let yourself feel or get rushed, that’s how those little accidents happen! And don’t feel bad about your little light bender, just remember it and learn from it. You got this! Stay safe.

Posted:  1 month, 1 week ago

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Prime’d and ready to go

Well, here I sit in Cali again, waiting to leave with a Walmart load to Minnesota. That said this one should put me close enough to our Company requirement of 30k team miles that a short hop then to Springfield will make it complete. It has been a long journey so far, just to be able to start a new one. That said, I did learn a few new things I didn’t know before, I had a great trainer who was always close by and ready to help when I needed it, but alas, I’m itching for my own meal ticket already!!! So, all goes well, then by the end of the week I’ll be posting from my graduating to an ‘A’ solo seat position and waiting for a truck! Be safe everyone and take a cat nap!

Posted:  1 month, 3 weeks ago

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Prime: Let's do this!

Way to go so far man, glad to hear you getting those miles finally! This Pete isn’t so bad starting forward but backing almost anywhere she does tend to like to get jumpy, nothing a little patience and using the differentials won’t help though. Stay safe!

Posted:  1 month, 3 weeks ago

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Still at it

Definitely listen n learn. Watch as well everywhere as seeing someone else do it right or wrong can be a learning tool as well. And it will likely be hard to relax and there will be times you get to the end of your rope, but just remember there’s a whole new day coming and what you see and do will make it better!

Posted:  1 month, 3 weeks ago

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Just got my truck this week

All around congrats! Time is a monster that will be the bane of our existence at times for sure. As I drive my remaining training time even as a team with my trainer, you see just how much attention you have to pay to it in order to get the job done. Keep up the good work and you can never have too many goals when the outcome is a safe parking job. Keep it safe!

Posted:  1 month, 3 weeks ago

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Prime’d and ready to go

So first load went down into Fl. Second load went from Pierson, Fl to Spokane Valley, Wa with a total of 4 stops we manually unloaded and trailer is continuing its journey into Canada on someone else’s back (floral load). Wasn’t terrible but was extremely tight schedule with good miles though, just over 3k. Now we’re picking up onions and going all the way over to Ma., another 3k run. If we can keep this up, may very well knock out my remaining 13k of tnt miles in couple weeks and get in my own truck. That said, this last load definitely took a toll on me a bit, even though tired after driving each shift, still hard to get a solid sleep time. Big thing here is to remember it’s not worth your life, someone elses life, or damage to property by sleeping at the wheel or poppin caffeine. A quick nap is much healthier all around. Stay safe

Posted:  2 months ago

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Prime’d and ready to go

Well, after a week hometime I am more than ready to get back on the road and get the last of my miles complete and get some money flowing again. Been great seeing my family again though after 7 weeks away, but being home isn’t paying the bills. See you all on the road shortly!!

Posted:  2 months, 1 week ago

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Prime’d and ready to go

Well, here we are at our 90, some such place in the general area of Virginia close to Washington D.C. All I can say thus far is, “Are we there yet??”. So once this is unloaded, we had about 90 miles back North, and that load drops almost exactly in between our homes, which gives us our much needed home time. First time home in over a month, so some home time will be great. HOPEFULLY then, once back from home time, 3-4 more weeks and I’ll upgrade to an “A” seat and into my own truck! That said, everyone stay safe, and remember to wave a finger at the greyhounds!! shocked.png

Posted:  2 months, 1 week ago

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Prime’d and ready to go

Ahh yes, those nasty center circles.....

So today dropped at a Kroger in Indiana, picked up from Miami Fl. Naturally they took their sweet time unloading a half trailer load. Now at new 01 waiting to be loaded another hival for Ohio, then hopefully, next load will point us Southbound for some much needed home time. So far it has been a great experience, some days better than others which is to be expected. Now, it’s all about staying alert and safe and count those miles until I upgrade to my own truck. Stay safe !!!

Posted:  2 months, 2 weeks ago

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Prime’d and ready to go

Thanks Splitter! So last few days we’ve been running strong and our last load was a secure load from Columbus, Oh to Medley, Fl, so that was some good miles and we dropped as usual early. Now we’re headed from Miami, Fl to somewhere Indiana. After that, hard to say as we’ll be wanting to head back south for a much needed week off. Then hopefully 3-4 more weeks and back to Sprimo to get in my own truck! Stay safe everyone, and it’s okay, you can walk on the sidewalks when I’m around😏😏

Posted:  2 months, 3 weeks ago

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Prime’d and ready to go

Well last week we moved a little over 5k mikes, had several hival loads and a fed ex run from Mississippi to Massachusetts. This week starting out is another thousand mile hival load so, all in all not bad. I’ve got the driving down, backing is, well it’s backing. Most of the time easy going, other times. You just wanna smack a trucker for parking ****-eyed. Easy going with shippers/receivers. Now it’s just getting down pat with paperwork and getting these miles under the tires. At current rate of mileage, hoping to be solo seat by mid August at latest with a week hometime.

Posted:  3 months ago

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Prime’d and ready to go

Big thanks everyone! Didn’t sleep well on the road yesterday but we did end up sitting overnight so slept then. Today dead heading bout 320 miles to 01 then 1400 more to the 90, so at least getting some good miles now. See y’all on the flip side and stay safe!

Posted:  3 months ago

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Prime’d and ready to go

Yea it is wishful thinking I know, but I made it this far on a hope n dream so why stop now?good-luck-2.gif As for everything else, it’ll fall into place and I’ll adapt accordingly. Hurry up and wait at its finest!!

Posted:  3 months ago

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Prime’d and ready to go

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Big thanks again everyone. I came into this knowing more than some and less than others, but thanks hugely to a fellow vapor I know who drives for Prime and this site and everyone here, I came in with a huge positive attitude, and the understanding that this was a big interview meant to push me to see if I could comprehend and adapt. Now the next phase is known as TNT, meaning Team driving to reach a goal of combined 30,000 driven safe miles. My trainer has been great, letting me watch and learn as much as possible, let me bump all the docks, deal with traffic, construction, shippers n receivers, so thanks to him for the help and giving my ego a nice pat on the back that got us both a test out bonus and getting ahead of the game for this phase which will hopefully get us some real team miles sooner than usual as there really isn’t much left for him to teach me that we won’t be able to go over during the first couple loads. Now the fun part, my wife would vouch for this, I rarely let other people drive when I’m in a vehicle which I obviously know I have to do now, but the part I will have problems with is sleeping while someone else drives.... that may take some “work” to break that issue. Especially in a big noisy rig compared to a car. But, just one more goal for me, and as I will not fail, I’ll adapt and before we all know it, I’ll be back here to Springfield jumping into my own truck. Be safe out there!!

Posted:  3 months ago

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Prime: Let's do this!

Great to hear about you getting back in to test out. Remember what you learn and also don’t be afraid to question the instructor test time on any questions you have, as I learned the worst he can say to you is he can’t give you a specific answer, meaning he’d be helping you more than he’s allowed but otherwise as I had found out, by asking a couple questions during the backing tests, my trainer and I had been misinformed on a couple details that may have ruined my perfect score on the backing tests and would’ve cost me. So don’t be afraid to ask. And take your time, you get a nice time allotment for each part so no rush. Best of luck to ya, we’re pulling out today on our first TNT load so Good Luck n be safe!

Posted:  3 months ago

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Local food service as a rookie

Again a big “Hats Off” to you Rob for doing what you do. It definitely is a rough job with all the in town driving you do and the manual labor that goes with all that mental strain and long hours. Keep up that positive attitude though as that will eventually lead you to bigger and better things!

Posted:  3 months ago

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Prime’d and ready to go

30k combined, we hope within 4-5 weeks with about a week off next month that my trainer had preplanned prior so at least I’ll get a little home time as well. Thanks Chris, it feels great to finally have that CDL!

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