Profile For Vendingdude

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  • Location:
    Southern, UT

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    Experienced Driver

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    2 years, 6 months ago

Vendingdude's Bio

OTR with Swift (SLC) and Andrus Trans. (St. George, Ut) 1997-1998. Foodservice delivery (shuttle doubles and route delivery) 1998-2005 Part time/occasional regional driving with a few local companies 2009 to present. Vending machine business owner operator since 1999. Looking to sell route and return to driving full-time.

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Posted:  1 year, 7 months ago

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Almost Pulled It Off

Can someone please post this thread next to the Werner "I got my eight hours but was still too tired" thread. Quite illuminating the difference in attitude. REQUIRED reading!

Posted:  1 year, 7 months ago

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Last Day of School, My Uphill Take-offs Still Suck

Well, every Cascadia I've been in has them, and that's like 90% of what's on the road, isn't it? :) They've just moved from a stick off the column to a lever on the dash.

Posted:  1 year, 7 months ago

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Why I am becoming a truck driver later in life

"fish stuck in a fish bowel"

I am going to call you Jonah. Hopefully this feeling didn't last the full three days.

Posted:  1 year, 7 months ago

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Last Day of School, My Uphill Take-offs Still Suck

In an automatic transmission in your car, it stays engaged in the lowest gear while you have a foot on the brake. When you move your foot off the brake and step on the gas, there is very little or no rolling back when starting out on an incline.

You can simulate this experience by using your right hand to hold the truck with the trailer brakes, and using your left foot to slowly engage the clutch while preparing to accelerate with the right. This is just an exercise to understand the truck better, not a technique you'd use to pass an instructor's test. When you get the feel for how much rpm your truck needs to take off from a stop on an incline, you can transition to using the foot brake instead of the Johnny brake. There's a very fine line between stalling it or rolling back in that second of transition. I have used this technique a couple of times over the years in unusual situations, so it is a good thing to know, but it is not necessary for day to day incline work, like starting up an off ramp from a stop.

Posted:  1 year, 7 months ago

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I shut down and ruined my service record due to fatigue!

Has anyone confirmed that when OP says he "got his eight hours" that that actually meant he actually slept for eight hours, or does it just mean he logged eight hours sleeper berth? Not defending in the least his idiotic trolling, buuuuut there's been many times I've been in the sleeper long enough but damn sure didn't get much (or any) sleep.

Posted:  1 year, 8 months ago

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I've managed to do the (nearly) impossible

Love this line:

". Also due to reduced speeds and mileage it's an hourly pay job of $26.50 an hour. What? My last job paid $9 an hour for something I did for many years and with a little over 4 weeks of school I've almost tripled my salary?"

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Posted:  1 year, 8 months ago

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Saying thanks

Way to go Wick!!! Be safe out there and have fun!

Posted:  1 year, 8 months ago

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Backing Practice™ 22 Elite Spice

Hey well looky there. Google map it and it looks like they removed the curb since you were last there. Sweet!

Posted:  1 year, 8 months ago

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Backing Practice™ 22 Elite Spice

This looks like a typical rookie trap i'd usually fall into in the first few weeks solo trying to avoid blindsiding at all cost. But it's probably a relatively easy blindside 45. That's why the other driver asked if he was in the way, probably a regular and knew it was a blind side and you may need the extra room setting up.

You're on the right track John. Any other way to use available space to set up for your mild blindsided option?

Posted:  1 year, 8 months ago

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Backing Practice™ 22 Elite Spice

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I should have pointed out that the white thing sticking out from the trees is a parking curb/grass area that bears the marks of tangling with many a truck's RF tire or bumper. This made an alley dock a risky option, in my opinion.

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Why does that make it risky? Sometimes you just have no other option but do a little curb jumping... I've been to a few places like that. Houston area seems to be especially bad.

Heck I went to a place outside Boston where you had no other choice but to jump the curb AND run over a chain link fence to get into the dock. Even the dock spotter who spent all day backing trucks in told you that up front.

Well I tend to treat someone else's $150,000 piece of equipment with a little more respect than choosing curb hopping, pothole jumping and pole rubbing so quickly. If there's no other choice, of course you do what you gotta do.

It would be interesting to see the shot of your curb jumping fence crushing account you referenced. Would be a good Backing Practice perhaps.

Posted:  1 year, 8 months ago

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Backing Practice™ 22 Elite Spice

I should have pointed out that the white thing sticking out from the trees is a parking curb/grass area that bears the marks of tangling with many a truck's RF tire or bumper. This made an alley dock a risky option, in my opinion.

Posted:  1 year, 9 months ago

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Three TTers meet at the same time.

Three TTers meet at the same time... .

Sounds like the opening line of a joke

(Three TTers go into a bar and...)

Posted:  1 year, 9 months ago

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Backing Practice™ 21 Berry Plastics

Sure looks to me like there's room to spin around and sight side it in. Look at the curvy dirt marks from trucks that hug the woods and turn around clockwise. Then go far enough out to the street to set up for a big arcing driver's side back.

Posted:  1 year, 9 months ago

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Got fired as a Rookie Solo Driver

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Why don't you try calling a higher up and see if you can go back into training? I would.

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For Swift? After I already been terminated?

Yes. You never know what could happen. Short story.

Way back when as a teenager I landed a job at a Golf & Games; you know, arcade games, go carts, miniature golf. My duties were keeping the games clean, replacing bulbs on the course, picking up cigarette butts, all the boring stuff that keeps the property looking nice. One night it was bit slow and everything was done and I asked the "shift manager" if there was anything else to keep me busy. He was annoyed at me interrupting his flirting with the girls at the snack bar, but made up some job for me to do.

After I had done that, I again asked him if there was more to do. I had already taken a break and was not scheduled to go home for another hour or so. I had as yet not learned how to milk the clock and assumed being paid on the job meant actually working (imagine that!). This second interruption perturbed him enough that, to impress the ladies I'm sure, he told me to "punch the f... out and go home" followed by "and don't come back". It was clear I had just been fired for working too hard. Huh.

The next day I got mad enough about it that I called the establishment and talked to the main manager, but he basically didn't want to discipline his assistant and backed him up and judged that if he had reason to let me go he wasn't going to supercede that. Undeterred by this BS, I figured out how to contact the owner and was able to speak with him for a minute.

Very quickly, he put me on hold to call the manager. When he came back on the line he told me to go back to work tomorrow, that he'd taken care of things. Turns out there had been other complaints (harassment, weed, etc.) about the assistant but nobody had the balls to do anything about it. I went back to work, the manager apologized to me, the assistant was let go. I worked there the rest of the summer, and got to flirt with the girls myself (when there was time, of course).

The moral is you just don't know what will happen when you ask and make your case. Perhaps the DM you dealt with is no longer there, or had complaints against her. Perhaps the policy has relaxed. Perhaps someone is in a decision making capacity that remembers you and can vouch for your character. What if right know that terminal is desperate for someone to sit in a truck? You have nothing to lose by asking.

Posted:  1 year, 9 months ago

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Interview

Smile. Yes ma'am yes sir a couple times. Relax, it's just a phone call. Find out a little bit about the company so you can drop a tidbit in the conversation if it comes up. Makes you sound like you are committed and almost own the job already. "So, I drove by your new terminal in Smallville last week. Sure looks nice. I heard you took good care of your drivers, now I believe it.". Corny, but something like that.

Posted:  1 year, 9 months ago

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New Article Published: Your Best Advice To A Driver Preparing To Go Solo

"Also, never ever let someone rush you into being unsafe. When you're trying to back up into that spot, and the other drivers are waiting for you to get out of the way, do not rush just to appease them. Ignore them. Fugetaboutem. Do your thing.SAFELY!"

And if you find your patience thermometer about to blow, bail out! Missed your pullup? Visibility bad? ****ed drivers creeping into your space? Just give up and circle around. It REALLY is not worth the chance of an incident with witnesses just because SOMEONE ELSE is impatient. YOU, the rookie, (or veteran, for that matter) lose NOTHING by shooting for another space at a truck stop or shipper. Of course, if at a shipper and you have an assigned space others just have to wait. Get help, GOAL a lot, etc.

Posted:  1 year, 9 months ago

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The actual tools a driver needs to carry on the truck

LOL Rick. I knew someone would post a version of this here. No surprise it's you. Classic.

Posted:  1 year, 9 months ago

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World News: Pakistan Oil Tanker Crash, Explosion Kills at Least 153

If people there are that desperate to risk their lives for a little fuel (assuming they knew they were risking their lives......) I wonder what the stats are for truck driver kidnappings, truck jacking, theft, etc. Don't wanna drive there to find out. Must not be too bad or you'd have a guy riding shotgun... literally. Still....

Posted:  1 year, 9 months ago

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So I failed at flatbed (not really)

"Of all the things involved in flatbedding, tarping will be the thing to eventually chase me out. To me it has the highest risk for the lowest pay. But I'll admit when I finish a particularly hard tarp job I'm kinda proud. Yeah I know, who notices?

Well, another flatbedder would notice I guess. But i digress..."

Well, Turtle, I've never tarped a flatbed load, but i know how dangerous, dirty and taxing it is. I notice a neat tight job, especially on an awkwardly shaped load, and mentally tip my hat to the driver. And then remind myself I'm glad it was him not me. I'll just as easily spot a haphazard flapping-in-the-breeze ruin-the-tarp job as well. More people are noticing if the flatbedder takes pride in his work, or was in a hurry or is just sloppy than you probably think.

Posted:  1 year, 9 months ago

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What kind of tunes yall like to listen to OTR?

Sirius XM rules, without a doubt. I mix it up a bit too. Since I am in my fifties, my favorite music is anything 80's. Occasionally I'll move over to the 70's or even earlier stuff. Rarely anything from grunge on up. My brother was the heavy metal guy, not me. Didn't grow up country, so that's not my thing either (though it chould, I guess, because almost all my adult life has been in pretty rural areas...)

Other music that makes the cut will anything from New Age to Chill to Religious to Classical.

As for non-musical listening, news and talk reigns. Occasionally Forensic Files on HLN, but that can get too gross to engage the mind listening to how they solve axe murder rape cases while driving at 2am. On the flip side, I enjoy listening to popular sports at times, at if I'm in the mood for an uplifting message I like hearing a Joel O'Steen sermon. I also will play motivational, spiritual or self-help CDs from my collection at home.

I try to stay away from negative programming, from vulgar comedy to Howard Stern to CNN. Lol.

Wow, I'm all over the place too.

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