Profile For Dutchboy

Dutchboy's Info

  • Location:
    Port Allen, LA

  • Driving Status:
    Company Driver In Training

  • Social Link:

  • Joined Us:
    3 years, 10 months ago

Dutchboy's Bio

I have spent many years working in the landscape industry and the past several as a manager for a national landscape firm. During my tenure with this company i worked a tristate area (Tx. La. Ms.)

Recently i was laid off and gave decided it is time to try my hand at OTR trucking.....

.....My father tells me it is tge best job he ever had😄

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Posted:  3 years, 9 months ago

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I dont have a job anymore.

I fell for the bait, but happy with what i read!

Posted:  3 years, 9 months ago

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To 34 or not to 34, that is the question!

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I guess the question I'm asking is, when do you decide to do a 34 and when do you decide to run recaps?

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Sambo, I guess you see you started a very interesting discussion with all types of responses. I think you can draw the conclusion from this discussion that everybody looks at this subject from their own personal preferences, and that really is the answer to your question. You are allowed seventy hours drive time in eight days, you can't get more by doing a reset, or you won't get less if you don't. There is no magic formula to get around that restriction.

I actually enjoy taking a reset each week, and it is very unusual for me to do less than 3,000 miles per week. I run both ways - sometimes I reset, sometimes I do the re-caps. For me it gets determined by my loads. Here is an example: This week I had a back-haul load from Chicago to Port Fourchon, LA. I actually enjoy this area down here, and I knew I could get a really nice load with about 2,600 miles on it if I waited a couple of days. So I parked my truck down here and behaved myself like I was Jimmy Buffet. Here is the view from where my truck is parked. It's a tough life, but somebody's got to do this stuff!

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I see you are sitting near the swanky camps at port fourchon marina OS. I'd sit awile too.....i know some damn fine fishing spots along that section highway😀.

I am enjoying this topic.....it proves the old addage "there is more than one way to skin a cat" is true.

Posted:  3 years, 9 months ago

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Backing Practiceâ„¢ special guest Allie Knight

Lol.. LSU' s campus is no place for a big rig. So not only is that a PIA spot but thier trip planning must have been spot on.

I cringed watching the passenger side tire all over that curb.

Posted:  3 years, 9 months ago

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Locked myself out twice today

I can see it now....." Do you have any extra keys to turn in with the truck?"....

Then watching as 20 of them are dropped on the desk. rofl-2.gif

Posted:  3 years, 9 months ago

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4 day with out a shower

Mr. T caught his Mentor playing with Mr. Spanky behind the wheel! Oh did we have fun with that! I think Brett deleted the thread, although he let us have quite a bit of fun with it before he did!

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Ohhh my! And i was hoping to read thus thread and find out Willis managed to get a shower finally.rofl-1.gifrofl-1.gifrofl-1.gifwtf.gif

Posted:  3 years, 9 months ago

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I have been lurking....

You're in little Rock and not with Maverick? confused.gif

I was going to attend school in LR, but i do not live there. I live in Baton Rouge,La. I thought about maverick but never noticed any of their trucks on the highway.

Thanks for the well wishes.

Posted:  3 years, 9 months ago

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I have been lurking....

A correction to my original post..

I will not be attending C1 in little rock! Instead i will be attending PEAK institute.

Rolling with the changes.

Posted:  3 years, 10 months ago

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Non CDL Driver, Driving Vehicle under CDL Weight with closed Alcohol in Truck Question

Ps...i was throwing out the lowest common denominator for a regular truck....your company is probably using at least a 3/4 ton truck...i hope.

Posted:  3 years, 10 months ago

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Non CDL Driver, Driving Vehicle under CDL Weight with closed Alcohol in Truck Question

You should also have a knowledge of what your drivers haul. For a little perspective consider this:

Full size truck (1/4 ton) = about 5000lbs or more(newer) trucks weigh more.

14 ft double axle gooseneck trailer = 4400 lbs (give or take)

Thats 9400 lbs without a driver or equipement/materials

So a little homework on your part ,before you talk to someone at NASTC, will help you get things sorted out much more smoothly.

Posted:  3 years, 10 months ago

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I have been lurking....

Thanks for the welcome guys.

As for working 70+ hours , hopefully it will have me ease into doing whatever it takes...

...now if i could find something to help me ease the transition to driving up and over a long steep incline and back down again while in heavy traffic...

Posted:  3 years, 10 months ago

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I have been lurking....

....for a while here, and appreciate the info i have been able to pull from previous posters. I was recently let go from a management position that had me working 70+ hours a week and decided it was time for a career change.( my dad says trucking was tge best job he ever had). Nevertheless, i have signed on for company sponsored training (PAM) at C1 training in Littlerock Arkansas. I will try to update you guys with current info about their program to help future drivers make decisions about thier future in the industry. I hope i can live up to my own and the companies expectations. Thanks, Jon(dutchboy)

Posted:  3 years, 10 months ago

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Non CDL Driver, Driving Vehicle under CDL Weight with closed Alcohol in Truck Question

I would chalk it up as a lesson learned. It sounds as if you may be this persons employer and are engaged in interstate commerce. If so your drivers should have a class d license at minimum and should have an understanding of DOT regulations.

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