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    Clarksville, TN

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    2 years, 5 months ago

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Posted:  1 week, 5 days ago

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Energy drinks

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Everything is bad for you these days

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That’s not true at all. There’s zero need nor any sense in any sane person poisoning themselves by injesting any food product that is touted to be a benefit. Take care of your health and your body. You won’t get another one.

We all have bad habits. Plenty of sane people with plenty of sense do stupid things, come on now.

Posted:  1 week, 5 days ago

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I need help - not getting enough miles

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Is it flat bed or bust? I ask because I'm only out 1-2 nights a week with weekends off and gross 15-1700 a week. Lots of guys make far more but they stay out all week and come home weekends only. Plenty of other opportunities out there, should your current opportunity not work. I hope you do find a way to make it work where you are. Goodluck to you sir!

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Yes I know there are other opportunities. I'm really just trying to make it work by any means. I feel bad because they invested a lot in me when I started. But in the end, it's business, and I'm going to do what's best for me.

Right on... I just read through everything and figured I'd give my 2 cents. Drive on bud!

Posted:  1 week, 5 days ago

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I need help - not getting enough miles

Is it flat bed or bust? I ask because I'm only out 1-2 nights a week with weekends off and gross 15-1700 a week. Lots of guys make far more but they stay out all week and come home weekends only. Plenty of other opportunities out there, should your current opportunity not work. I hope you do find a way to make it work where you are. Goodluck to you sir!

Posted:  1 week, 5 days ago

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Energy drinks

Everything is bad for you these days, unless you live and train like Tom Brady. Red bull is my pick me up of choice when I need one

Posted:  1 month ago

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I'm Running Out Of Logbook Hours. Need help!

When running on recaps, as i understand that's what you're trying to do, takes a little extra to trip plan, yes. It gets easier to understand though. For each load, you calculate how much time you need to complete it successfully, then you calculate each day you're going to be on the load, (i.e. how many hours you'll start with, use, then get back each day), then compare the hours you'll have to the hours the load requires, and if you have enough, plan the trip... route, weather, construction, etc.,... taking into account the loading and unloading appt times. At this point i usually know if i can do a load legally. Not sure what your routine is, as everyone has their own, but i usually run my clock out each day. Just the way i get dispatched at this company. So, if i were to run recaps, i would get back max hours each day. When running recaps, bear in mind, that the hours you don't use and off duty hours stay in your 70. Hours in on duty and driving come back on the 8th day. So... the more you drive, the more hours you get back. The more on duty you have, the more you get back.. however! The more time you spend in on duty, or off duty, the less time you have to drive each day, so keep a close eye on your clock and try not to waste time.

Does this help at all? I'm not so good at explaining either lol.

If you drive 10-11 hours a day, you are almost forced to take a 34. Conserve your 70 and then if you find yourself running recaps try to even out your hours to about 8.5 a day so you can run that non stop.

Also off duty time will not effect your drive time unless you're running up against your 14. Maybe I'm misunderstanding your comment but I disagree with your logic.

Posted:  1 month ago

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I'm Running Out Of Logbook Hours. Need help!

I’ve been running pretty hard and now I’m running against my 70. I only have what I get back each day. It makes it really hard to trip plan. Can anyone share some experience with this.

You'll have to predict all time spent on duty and driving for that run to trip plan accordingly. When you are on your 70, on duty time will eat up your drive time. Usually running on your 70, or recaps, will be much shorter days for you.

If you know you will be running recaps you can run a certain way to plan for it and always have 8-9 hours a day. Experience is the best teacher when running this way.

Posted:  1 month ago

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I'm Running Out Of Logbook Hours. Need help!

Honestly it comes down to what you need to run that day to make the load on time. If your in the mountains or city add time. But for the most part you learn from experience.

I have as of late been staying out for a month or longer and almost never get a 34. Like once in six months.

It helps if you really pay attention to your planning and when you can, shut down an hour or two early to gain some time back.

But this is kinda tricky because it's less miles on that load for that day. Others will chime in and can probably say this in an easier to understand format.

When planning it's easy to use 55mph as a tool to gauge mileage for a specific time.

But the reality is that unless your in the mountains or a large city your going faster, yet a lot of people use 55mph as if they can't go faster.

Also... And this may be frowned upon by some. Editing has it's rewards. I have up to six dispatchers and all of them are different. So my first week out it might take me 18 minutes to pretrip, or 45minutes to unload. Where later in the week I'll "remember" it didn't take me that long and I'll edit a few things and magically have enough hours to make a delivery on time. If needed.

Also the split sleeper berth will get you out of a jam occasionally. Like when you shut down about 4pm and your clock resets at midnight with a few more hours. Always helpful.

And as I mentioned I'm horrible at explaining things. But surely others will chime in.

Are you editing stuff from earlier in the week? If so, are you using a Qualcomm or other eld?

I may not understand this right but I thought you are not able to edit logs once you've approved them, which you are supposed to do everyday. I forget here and there too but just curious really.

Posted:  1 month ago

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First week...are all companies schedules this tight?

When I was with Melton, i never thought I would make my appointment time. Every appointment was a tight one. I was always worried until I got to within 100 miles or so and realized I had plenty of time still to make my appointments.

After a couple months I thought my appointments had too much time inbetween and i was always asking if i could deliver early. Often times I could deliver early and I did.

Not sure what company you're with but if it's anything like my experience, then you'll be fine once you get used to how things go on the road. We were given routing and fuel stops also at Melton. I followed that stuff every run at first. Then I realized the routing wasn't always the most efficient or the fuel stops were wasting my time. I would change the fuel stops and go the way I wanted which would either be less miles or more maybe by about 40 miles but always the faster route. I was never late though and always had good communication with my DM so I never heard anything negative about the way I was running.

Posted:  1 month, 1 week ago

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Carriers claim financial benefit of putting up drivers in hotels

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Well dang... I thought those guys were home every night lol.

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P&D guys are home every night. Not LTL, according to ads I've seen. Even food delivery guys have different divisions. McLane has ramp service drivers that do local deliveries with hand trucks & tailgate drivers that bump docks & unload pallets but receiver has to count & sort.

Learning tons from these threads & talking to different drivers out here.

That's what's great about this site. Always learning things from others experience and insight.

Posted:  1 month, 1 week ago

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Carriers claim financial benefit of putting up drivers in hotels

This is a very interesting concept. I’m happy with my sleeper cab, but if the company assigned me to a day cab, I would adapt to that and motel rooms. We are truckers and adapting is what we do.

However, how about the bed bug issue?

Yea that would be an issue if you're OTR and you have to stay in hotels that your unfamiliar with. I haven't come across it but I stay in the same hotels because I deliver to much of the same dealerships and only load in a handful of places. Every now and again I'll get a different run that delivers to dealerships I haven't been to yet but, I'm still going to load at the same 5-6 places. That being said, it becomes very predictable as to where you will stay for the night.

Posted:  1 month, 1 week ago

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Carriers claim financial benefit of putting up drivers in hotels

Well dang... I thought those guys were home every night lol.

Posted:  1 month, 1 week ago

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Carriers claim financial benefit of putting up drivers in hotels

I'm not too sure. I think they get home most nights if not, just about every night. I'm in a hotel 1 or 2 nights a week but always with a trailer. Those ltl guys I'd imagine are Bob tail and dont have to be too concerned with truck parking

Posted:  1 month, 1 week ago

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Carriers claim financial benefit of putting up drivers in hotels

If this is a regular experience with a company, it seems to me this would be handled by a dispatcher, or someone there tasked with hotel booking for the drivers. That would be a bigger headache for a driver than trying to find truck parking at a truck stop, service plaza, rest area, etc. I can’t imagine doing this in addition to driving, HOS, safety, appointment times...

I do it all the time. It's really not that big of a deal. The catch is, I run the same areas regularly and I know all the hotels that are clean and have good parking. If I'm going to be in an unfamiliar area I just call one of my buddies that's been doing this a whole lot longer than me.

If I were OTR, i would not want to drive around in a day cab and look for hotels all over the country every night. It doesn't seem feasible at all. It would definitely make it harder to run out your clock on a consistent basis due to the lack of hotels with truck parking. Unless you're going to stay in a bunch of roach motels all the time.

Posted:  1 month, 1 week ago

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Why do student truckers take Greyhound to school?

I agree but for different reasons. I took the greyhound to orientation once and never again. It wasn't because of the people on the bus though. It took about 17 hours to complete a 9 hour drive. I prefer to drive and be able to stop where I please. To each their own though.

Posted:  1 month, 1 week ago

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Watch your wagon... G-town

Side not: When you're loading the cars on the carrier, do you have to take the weight of the vehicle into account when you figure out what order to load them?

Absolutely, when hauling big units like 2500s with 1500s or what have you. Weight and height are the biggest factors. You can get yourself in trouble when hauling big units and trying to load your truck for the stops rather than height and weight.

When you have smaller sedans it's really not much a concern. Just load your units for the stops you have.

If you have a straight hit you'll be unloading all units at one drop and it's no problem. Just load your truck to keep your weight and height down.

I hope all that makes sense!

Posted:  1 month, 1 week ago

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Watch your wagon... G-town

Damage was all cosmetic but it could have been much worse. I'd like to believe I would have paid more attention at say an intersection but what if I hadn't. Could have hopped a curb and ran somebody over. You have to stay focused 100% of the time, no excuses.

Posted:  1 month, 1 week ago

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Watch your wagon... G-town

What was the damage? I can’t tell from the photos.

Bent deck wing, broken pin handle, and bent tire rack. Nothing that renders the trailer inop but my pride took a huge blow.

Posted:  1 month, 1 week ago

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Watch your wagon... G-town

Well I finally had my rookie mistake. It took me 1.5 years and I believe I accelerated the mistake by my career choice. In my last post, I said I do not reccomend car hauling for anybody with only one year of experience. I said that because you will have so much more to think about than just operating the truck safely.

I messed up because I let my guard down for a few seconds. Tight turn through a guard shack and my mind was on what I was about to do and not what I was doing. Don't ever forget the basics! It can and will happen to you if you are not on your game 100% of the time! As always, be safe and goodluck out there.

P.S. that damage to the pole isn't all from me. It's been hit many times due to poor design. It's also been successfully maneuvered around many times. By no means am I blaming anybody or anything but myself. You live and you learn and this experience will only make me a better driver.

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Posted:  1 month, 2 weeks ago

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Looking for new position

Probably going to have to stay away from the bigger companies. Hard to say what your next move is but I would be thinking small fleet, like the type where the person interviewing you is the owner. Goodluck bro!

Posted:  1 month, 3 weeks ago

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Car haul update

Thanks everybody for the replies and well wishes. I'd be happy to answer anymore questions when I finish up tomorrow! Be safe out there.

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