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Posted:  1 year, 8 months ago

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Im really tired of this, this week...

I could not agree more, that really showed me that if someone who went through that can push themselves this far like he has, well even though I might bee week and feeble now, I will be stronger in the end and I also am indebted to Old Schools hard love on me cause although it hurt to read and hear, sometimes in the midst of pain and frustration, well thats really what I needed to hear. I am glad that I have a family here that can and does stick up for me, stand with me, cheer me and even rebuke me when I need it. Now if you will adveture with me, take a look at what I am hauling! And I even put the tarp even after 10 or so times trying, I got it up ans over the coil. Im going to Alcoa! I had to get some assistance to bring the tarp even and have enough covering the front of them. Lol. That was a battle but I overcame it. Just took all afternoon to get it done 😂. I can deliver this anytime but its set for 10:00 tomorrow.

Rob T.,

We can't split out human nature from the concrete nature of trucking and it's a variably joyful, or painful, maybe ever fascinating integration of those which plays out here in the forums. Sharing deeply, personally is a precious gift for many recipients and something not all can do, or easily do. Much respect for the sharing of your thoughts now and all the time. thank-you-2.gif

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Victor we all have had our struggles in life.....

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Posted:  1 year, 8 months ago

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Wow thats exciting! Do you work for Western Express to I should wonder?

Victor I’ve picked up there at that mud hole many times it’s always fun. I also deliver to that upper Marlboro capital place a lot. I love the wallboard loads. Remember to have them forklifts lift them tarps for you. After I get my bills signed I always ask them if they can lift my tarps for me. Then I’ll meet them at my tarps to help get them on the forks. With these wallboard loads things are always going to go wrong. Eventually you will be in and out quicker than you can show a 30.

Posted:  1 year, 8 months ago

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Rob T. that really, really hit home with me, today has been well rough but with Gods strength and help from my parents and Grandparent and you I look at it as blessed that I still can tarp coils, put 50 bungies and 12 straps on the coils even if it took me all day.

Victor we all have had our struggles in life. My upbringing wasnt as rough as most peoples but it wasnt all roses. At some point we need to understand that our past doesnt need to dictate our future. I was bullied for about 8 years in school and it was one reason I chose to do my senior year of high school online. I know my parents love me, but I didnt grow up hearing that they're proud of me. The only time I remember hearing it was when I told them I passed my CDL on first attempt. I always blamed myself for my parents divorce due to medical issues I had as a kid. From ages 1 to 4 I had a big problem with fever seizures to the point we were on a first name basis with the paramedics from what I hear.

My last one was at grandmas funeral in October 1993 when I was off and on seizing for well over an hour. We never did family vacations, parents couldnt afford daycare in the summer so we were sent 100 miles away to stay with my aunt. After the divorce dad started dating and my now stepmom (that has divorced and remarried him 3 times) gave him the choice her or his kids. He chose her. Dad paid hardly any child support and mom worked her butt off and we barely scraped by. I wanted to play sports but I knew mom couldnt afford it so I made excuses when she encouraged me to try out for the team. It took me a long time to get over it but what good is it to allow my past to dictate what my future is.

I went about a year of no contact with dad for other issues. I recently reached out to him and told him that lifes too short and I may not agree with everything he says or does but its unfair to my kids to prevent them from having a relationship with grandpa. When my daughter was born (october 2018) my mom agreed to drive the 5 hours down here to spend the day with my 2 boys. We even scheduled my wife to have the baby a week early, I offered mom $500 to help with gas, and the missed time at work. She backed out 2 days before the due date because she didnt even ask for the time off instead told me "I didnt ask for it off because I thought I'd have the day off" despite it being 3 days and days she typically works. We didnt have family nearby at the time and that was too short of notice to make other arrangements so my wife had the baby alone while I stayed at home. At first i was upset but what good is it going to do to be angry? Instead of allowing myself to be in a negative place I've used what Ive experienced in my relatively short life to push myself to do better. It also pushes me to make sure my kids have the best life possible.

My childhood may not have been terrible, but it wasnt as good as what i seen for my friends. My wife spent several years as a child witnessing her stepdad beat the daylights out of her mom. She was bullied her entire school years due to weight and its left an impact. Those things among others I'm not willing to post had a negative impact on our relationship but I've helped her get to the point of letting go. One big upside to being an adult is that you're much more easily able to rid yourself of toxic people or environments. That was one thing I loved about when we moved to FL, nobody knew us or our past and we were able to be the people we wanted. Getting rid of Facebook also helped. Everybody tries to paint their lives as perfect and it makes people jealous.

Always remember there are people who are much worse off and going through worse. I'm sure others here that many of us look up to, especially our moderators, had their struggles in life and have been successful business owners. I'm not sure if you've watched Undercover Boss but one thing that most of those CEO's of fortune 500 companies have in common is that they used their life experiences as a way to motivate them to do better.

If you're worried about failing as a truck driver use that to motivate you to become the best truck driver you can. Look at it this way. If you miss the "landing" in a truck you just pull up and try again. Worse case scenario you hit another truck. You will live to see another day. In a plane if you miss the landing you're likely going to have much different results. You'll need to gain more confidence in yourself and your abilities especially if you're going to be a pilot. We all know you can do it you just need to dig deep and believe in yourself my friend. Regarding your past......

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I'm not a really religious person but remember God helps those that help themselves. He also knows you're able to overcome the challenges you've faced. What works for me is instead of focusing on what you DON'T have, focus on what you DO have. My childhood wasn't as good as I wish it was but at the end of the day my parents taught us right from wrong, we had a roof over our heads and food in our stomachs.

Posted:  1 year, 8 months ago

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Packrat I am not sure I follow.

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Posted:  1 year, 8 months ago

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Rob T thats exactly what I think God is teaching me. I have had a hard upbringing and if you want to hear more on that you can pm me on messenger or facebook. I have had a whole lot of hurt and pain from people, to feeling like I have been deserted by God to then finding God in 2018 and then still I often allow emotions to overcome me with fear I chose something wrong. God I think may very well want me to heal through this experience and to learn to trust this is where he has me. I am also afraid of not making it or making a bad truck driver and that fear goes deep. I sometimes wonder if I have failed God or what I am doing wrong for him to put me in these hardships. Im learning God tests those whom he loves. My heart hurts, I am ready for healing.

Victor it's hard to tell by the pic, but was the trailer sitting low as well? If it was dump the airbags(if your tractor is equipped with the switch) after you're hooked reinflate and it may lift enough off to move the trailer forward out of the mud. Was it an option to lay on the deck and crank it up enough to get out then finish cranking? If I was OTR I would invest in a pair of rubber rain boots for this situation.

You didn't hit anything and kept dispatch informed what was going on. You're doing good. Keep it up. Don't let the bad/rough days cause you to make any rash decisions.

Posted:  1 year, 8 months ago

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Sorry I have not replied yet but I have been driving and with more determination to be a problem solver than a problem creator. Near the end is when I saw the light and reliefe that it finally was done and now I am at my reciever!

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Posted:  1 year, 8 months ago

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Thank you and I can learn to like that. I will post more later.

Victor, I believe it to be more 'tough love' than admonishment. I'm not the author of that post, but that's what I gleaned.

You KNOW I'm pulling for you, in many ways.

Best to you~!

Anne :)

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Posted:  1 year, 8 months ago

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Yeah thats true, I was looking more at my financial set back by this week not going well. And getting some badly tarped loads. Oh well hopefully next week goes better or the rest. Thank you for the encouraging word and admonishment!

Victor, some of the stuff you say is really incredible. One thing I learned early in life is to never depend on someone who constantly has excuses. You are playing games with yourself if you think this is just too tough for you. I think you need this experience badly. You want to skip over the challenging parts of life and get straight to what you were born to do - being a fighter pilot!

What will you have in your background that says, "This guy is disciplined. He's accomplished. He's managed his way through trials and difficulties - he is prime material for the elite group of people who make up our nation's air defense heroes?"

It's remarkable how you say you were "led" by the Quallcomm. You are the driver Victor. That means you are the one controlling the situation. You had no viable plan! You were depending on something outside of yourself. You were five hours late on a simple and short run! You accepted no responsibility. Here's the result of your first few catastrophes...

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I have been doing tons of thinking

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The only problem is that your thinking somehow led you to playing the blame game! Victor, you're talking to a bunch of truck drivers. Do you really think our days are filled with easy assignments where nothing ever goes wrong? Have we somehow been assigned to a different realm of reality than yours?

You have got to rise to the challenge. Haven't you heard us say "There's no faking it in trucking?" Victor, I'm being a little tough on you. It's because I really think you need it. My Dad would have laid into me something terrible had he heard me say the things you posted here. If you ever want to do great things, you've got to figure out how to do the common things that all men build their lives and character on. What you're doing now is foundational. Nothing in life will stand without having a good foundation under it.

You need some commitment in your life and your career. Quit jumping around all over the place in that overactive brain of yours. Buckle down and prove to yourself that you can actually accomplish something that challenges you. Here you are again, ready to quit one pursuit and bound aimlessly after another.

You need to master this first. Then you can move on to other things. You're like a kid who wants to go straight to the desert and skip over eating the meal. You are going to find that all things worth doing are full of challenges. School sounds exciting to you today, so you are ready to make the leap! Where will you decide to jump when you start doing poorly in school? Will you just "do a ton of thinking" and find something else nice and shiny that catches your eye?

Victor, the best thing for you right now is to embrace trucking with a passion to conquer it. I'm being your Dad tonight. I'm trying to be stern but honest and helpful. I hope you can figure this out, because at this point, your own thinking has led you in paths that are worse than the one you trusted the Quallcomm with.

Posted:  1 year, 8 months ago

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So after a week and a half, I finally get a truck. Get a load after some home time and I get the load and get almost within 30 miles using google and the Qaulcomm and since I started to not trust google so I used only the Qaulcomm. Well then I got led to a shipper instead of my reciever. So now, I am late getting there. I get there at 1200 instead of 0700 like I had planned. I planned on being early it was not a long run. Then I get this preplan that picks up even before I got done at the reciever. So I get started going to the shipper and got fuel and went to the shipper. Well I for one got led to the wrong company and parked and then I went parked in the right place and waited till the morning. Then today I went, to get my trailer and the darn thing is sunken in a mud pond and then had to wait for almost another 10 hours to get help to get the trailer to where I can hook it up. I hook it up and there is a glad hand that is turnt the wrong way. Im sitting yet again. Two days and I am to have this weekend off. Im on NorthEast regional for this week and supposed to go home on the weekend. I have been doing tons of thinking too and just dont see me doing well at this. At least at this point. I am nigh to attending school in the summer instead of Fall and I would be ahead of the game. Im not even getting long runs, and I need to make money. Its right now a love hate relationship. If I am going to be away from my beloved family, I need to make money.

Posted:  1 year, 8 months ago

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FINALLY heading to my own truck!

Okay so I got a temporary truck. International Prostar LT flattop, number 29370. They are going to work me towards Nashville, Tennessee to get a better truck unless I decide otherwise. Which it look like its in good shape. As far as Liberty goes. I went down on Monday and I got financial check in done, I went and spoke with Residential life and she broke down the differences living off campus versus on. Then I went to Air Force ROTC and spoke with an instructor about ROTC and my chances. I told him that I was in my mid-twenties and that did not seem to bother him. What he did say was that I would need to sign up a week before orientation and then do the course for the 4 years. I plan on doing well. He says they do a physical assessment before continuing so I am going to make sure I stay fit. They have Navy ROTC but I did not have time to talk with them cause it was later in the day. I sort of got lost in the school lol. I am excited. Like I said before, if I dont think I will be able to do Airforce or Navy I will be able to fly airlines. They are still jets😁😉. He said that there is no guarantees in any branch of the military to go to officer training and be able to be a fighter pilot. You have to get a pilot rating which consists of your asqt and flight skills. Praying I do well!

Posted:  1 year, 8 months ago

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While I agree that I may have been making excuses, I also did not think I would be able to anyways. So I did not push it. Maybe thats an excuse too. All I know was I was told I would not be able to and now knowing I could is why I am trying. I know that, it is a hard fact that I am a late hitter, but I also know that I can come out of school with a bachelors in flight and fly commercial jets at the very least or fly for corporations. Yeah I have thought about this a LOT and still am.

I am already at a real disadvantage because I was homeschooled full time and did not have the opportunities afforded to me as a private or public school student would have had. So I did not get a chance to enroll in the academy or into college early.

Howdy young man,

You are making excuses. Having lived in s.e MT where many kids were homeschooled, I personally know of a number that joined different branches of the Military as enlisted after graduating from high school and three that went on to college to get their Bachelors. Of those three, 2 joined the Army as officers and one was in helicopters. If you want something bad enough you will find a way to do it without excuses.

You have had all kinds of opportunities that I didn't have back in 1972. Women were in very few career fields in all branches. When I got out in 1975 to have my son and came back on active duty in 1976, many career fields had opened up, including LE, which I wanted to get into. However, since I had not been overseas, my retraining was denied numerous times. I finally got a "remote" (1 yr) assignment to a NATO base on the island of Sardinia, Italy thinking it would be enough and I could get into LE.

At the 10 year mark, I stopped trying because it would not be approved. I could blame an ex-husband in personnel for me not getting into LE, but I don't. It was my lack of knowing how to get around his road blocks and not trying to find out that was my problem. That's okay because at my 14 yr mark Congress didn't give the military a pay raise but DOD did. So all branches had to discharge people and the Air Force had to get rid of 22,000 stateside individuals. I fell in that group, got out 31 Mar 1988 and went to driving for May Trucking after going to a fly-by-night school. Life is what you make it.

This was written in 1998 and if I figured your age from your different posts, you are 24-25 yrs old, so in high school about 2010-2014. Should a home schooler wishing to enter a military academy take certain academic courses? Yes. A strong foundation in math and science is a basic requirement for any applicant. Taking community college classes during the junior and senior years of high school would be a good way for a home educated student to demonstrate competence in the appropriate course work. It is important for a home schooler to have taken laboratory sciences and one or more calculus classes. Are there specific admissions policies for home schoolers? No. Home schoolers are treated in the same manner as public schooled students. However, each student is handled on a case-by-case basis, so the admissions process varies slightly with each applicant. Admission requirements are similar to those of most four-year colleges, but parents and students are encouraged to call the admissions office of the service academy in which they are interested to discuss their situation and address their questions directly to a counselor. While no specific policies for home school graduates exist, the Air Force Academy has issued guidelines which offer suggestions for home schoolers who want to tailor their high school education towards an appointment to the academy.

Posted:  1 year, 8 months ago

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Rob T. I would definitely consider weekend work. For sure. That would be a big help. Yes I have thought about all of that and its definitely a mountain. Im going down there today to work on things with them and see what I can do to improve my likelihood of being successful.

Victor only you know what you're capable of and I'm not familiar with the military so I wont touch too much on those subjects. However, joining and having the military pay for that schooling probably would be best financially. What happens if after you've enrolled you dont like it, or it's too hard? What I will touch on though is your idea of driving part time or only during the summer. Doing so is going to be quite tough not only finding somebody to hire you but also being able to safely do so. Most companies want somebody to take a refresher course after a few months out of the truck and with your skills still being relatively new it may not be the best option. I've been driving about 2 1/2 years and somedays I still struggle, we all do. Ive been off work about a week now and not looking forward to doing a couple backs I have tomorrow. Given what happened at swift and leaving western express before you've got a year in won't look that good. If you follow through with your dreams and go through that school would doing weekend driving work be an option? For instance, my employer has 1 driver that only works Saturday and Sunday, and about 20 part time drivers that aren't regularly scheduled but they will call them the day prior to see if they're available to work when we are short drivers for the day. The competitor grocery chain in the area does the same. Penske and Ryder have on-call positions but I believe they're required to work if they're called in. Neither are OTR but its atleast income and will help keep your skills relevant.

We wish you the best in whatever life holds for you, I just don't want you to hurt your chances in this industry if things don't work as planned. Planning on joining the military, along with all that served or are currently serving have a ton of respect from me. It's something I never had the courage to do.

Posted:  1 year, 8 months ago

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Pete B. they told me that the contract for putting me into training on the road was 2500. I started November 11th and the ended training last week on the 1st of February so yeah it is definitely 2 months and a little change. So 8 months with them. Takes off 3 months from my year. I got my license back in 2017 and at that time I drove with Swift. Thats why I purposed never to go to company schools for my CDL training. Simbeck is a company back home that said they would hire me after 3 months when they could get their insurance to allow them to hire newbies or oldies that have not driven for a while, hence me. Now I have driven, but after 8 months driving I would think that would help with getting hired again if need be. Things seem to have mounted quickly I know.

Posted:  1 year, 8 months ago

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Here is a conversation explaining all. If you have a question post here. I had to overlap a little to get you all the actual full conversation.

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This really explaines 100% of what has been going on surrounding the Liberty University decision. If all comes down to it, I will be a pilot or a pilot in the Airlines. In order to recieve this bachelors I have got to have this commercial pilots license which is accomplished through Liberty University. They have a tution freeze this year and last. They have paid internships. They have ways to come out debt free but like I said I am in deep prayer and God will have the increase no matter what.

Posted:  1 year, 8 months ago

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So yes I know I am getting a late start. Even if it was not my meaning to do so. I have spoken with the Liberty University students and financial aides offices. From what I have found out if I work there for 6 months they'll pay for my tution. When I looked and talked with an aviation major student he said in total it would be 53,600 some for the 4 years in total. Maybe they changed it up from when he told me but that was just 2 days ago before I went on hometime. Not saying your wrong. I am heading to Liberty tomorrow so I will head up to the aviation department and talk with them. ROTC is there too so I will talk with them too. C.W.Lemoin says that with waivers I can be a 35 year old going into officer training. I will keep all of your information in mind even so. I will update you when I finish my evolution at Liberty University tomorrow.

Victor: Are you sure about this? I just did a quick look at Liberty's website and that program with the flight training is going to be at least $50k/year! If I understand your plan correctly, you want to get your degree then join the military? At this point you will be in your late 20's with well over $200k in student loan debt and no guarantee that you will be accepted into Officer Training let alone flight school.

If military is the path you want to take you should consider enlisting in a branch of the military now, preferably in an aviation related field. Once settled in a skill set you can begin your degree work and let the military pay for it.

Posted:  1 year, 8 months ago

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Packrat I went to your Truckingtruth.com profile but I did not find anything about your Navy experience. Were would I find your profile your speaking about?

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Would you message me on FB, or if you want you could message me on Face Book and then we can call/text? I am looking for every bit of info possible.

I could have probably answered a few questions (off line) about the USN. I retired after in 2012 as an AMCS.

Posted:  1 year, 8 months ago

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Yes and no. So I have been driving with Western Express since November 11 I believe and have trained up till this point. So by the time August comes I will have almost 11 months in. So that would give me almost a year with them. I had applied to Liberty University with the Bachelors in Science of Aeronautics with a Military Cognate before I even got out of School of Discipleship. I would have started earlier then I was told it would be wise to start a year later to save some money. But after speaking with recruiters, official fighter pilots, former Navy fire control and arms control seaman, also talking with friends in Make Them Tell You No FaceBook page and getting advice from those who are currently or was in the Navy or Airforce; I have beem overwhelming told that if I do not get a head start onto my bachelors and get it done within my twenties or early thirties I will have a real hard time getting into the fighter pilot programs. I am already at a real disadvantage because I was homeschooled full time and did not have the opportunities afforded to me as a private or public school student would have had. So I did not get a chance to enroll in the academy or into college early. Pluse I had thought that I was not able to because of depth perception and mental issues that I thought I had but ended up having a totally different thing that wont stop me from being a fighter pilot after all. Depth perception is good enough to get a FAA physical approval which is in my wallet ready to rock and roll. Already did a discovery flight and I was nervous but really liked it a lot. So with all that, I decided that it would be best to start my Liberty University program this year in the Fall so I can get a head start. I had already been accepted into the Spring semester this year and Fall of last year but moved it because I thought I would try and save some money to go to college with after some advice; however, and because, I have these factors mounting up against me because of natural and artificial causes, I have decided to advance my start date by 5 months to the Fall Semester 2020. Below is a degree completion plan. I am making an assertive attempt to better my life and also serve the country in a way that I have dreampt of doing since my young days. Like 11 years old. 😁👆.

I am considering driving, for the summers, but thats if I am doing well enough in my University studies. I know that the military would like to see me be in leadership rolls and groups so that they know I will be able to lead. If your a believer or a religious person I ask you to pray with me for wisdom, cause this is a humongous change in my life that I sensed and felt the Lord leading me to and still do. I will keep you up to date. Dont worry I have a great friend who will remind me if I dont but I will do my best to keep you updated.

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Victor, I may have misread your post, but this new journey you are about to begin... are you going to quit in August to attend Liberty?

Posted:  1 year, 8 months ago

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Thank you!

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Posted:  1 year, 8 months ago

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Yall I am heading into my own truck Lord willing on Tuesday! Im excited and nervous like crazy cause I want to do well but just did not have a whole lot of time under flatbed. I took time off to see my parents and Grandparents and then Monday I am heading to Liberty University, where I will be in August to attend and get my bachelors in Aeronautical Science with a Military Cognate and I plan on doing it in the accelerated pace so I can get my bachelors around 28 years old and then jump into the Navy or Airforce. Im excited to see what is in store this year! God bless and I will do better in updating you all! I originally had a truck as a recovery truck, because the driver of it was told he could not drive the unit anymore and was terminated based on a false report done on him, after a police Blood and Alcohol test were done proving he had nothing in his system. So I had to recover the truck and take him to the Bethlehem terminal. He bought me food and drink and then we were on our way. We spoke about spiritual things, what had happened, what his next moves were, we even contacted the police over a couple and their kids walking by the highway, I got to the terminal with hardly anything on the 14 hour clock. I am getting $150 for recovering the unit! It was a good time. Well back to the truck, the truck had illegally bald tires, a trailer tire on it, the truck inside the cab looked like someone peed dust all over it, the tires were out of balance and the axles felt loose; the steering was loose, the Qualcomm was not functioning properly either. I can promise you, that if the unit was in better condition, I would have accepted it. What made my blood boil, was the fact that said driver reported this several times to the head of the Northeastern Regional dispatchers and he was written off as just complaining and lying cause he did not like the truck. So basically God put me there to reconfirm what the said driver had said all along, and help him back to his family. The truck had internal engine problems too cause it used excessive fuel. He gave me his charger, bar, edge protectors, charging cable and I took some straps to put into my new truck. And a device to roll up my straps quickly. I am probably keeping the strap roller, and charger even when I leave so when I go to another company I can use it to make life a little more easy.

This has been quite the journey. Happy to start a new part of it. Praise God!

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