Profile For Pete B.

Pete B.'s Info

  • Location:
    VA

  • Driving Status:
    Experienced Driver

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  • Joined Us:
    5 years, 9 months ago

Pete B.'s Bio

Striving to be a safe, productive, and courteous driver, and living up to my bobble head proclaiming that I’m my “Wife’s Greatest Hero.”

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Posted:  6 days, 7 hours ago

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CB radio

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Winter weather will be coming before too long, so I took advantage of a $20 discount on Uniden CBs at Pilot/Flying J, on top of having $28 in points saved to get a CB radio with weather bands. My statements on CBs are well known here. I am sharing this to show good faith that I am not completely refusing to acknowledge the validity of opinions expressed by other drivers. I asked company shop to connect it and they got right on it.

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Good for you, Ryan!!

The gang shall be proud of ya ~ Tom says kudos ... decent unit, especially if you've gotten it peaked and tuned!

Not sure if the company shop does all that, but there are MANY great stops & shops in the vicinity that'll do that for a decent price. I'm sure those in the know on TT will chime in; but if you run the I'80 in PA, Bob's is one of the best, per the Tomster.

Best to ya, good sir.

~ Anne ~

Yeah, getting your CB “peaked and tuned.” I wonder if that’s exactly the same as getting the undercoating put on your car. As Puddy (car salesman) said on Seinfeld, ‘we don’t know what that is.’

Posted:  6 days, 7 hours ago

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Growing pains

Okay, I’m going to summon my Inner Steve Reno now, and tell a little story, to elaborate on my previous post… about 26 or 27 years ago, when I was a U.S. Army Reservist with the 88th MP Co., we spent the weekend working at Ft. Monroe in Hampton Roads, covering for the active duty MPs, who were enjoying the weekend off celebrating their annual MP ball festivities. One day I was assigned to the main gate. It was a terribly boring assignment, as Ft. Monroe is an ‘open post,’ meaning anyone can drive on, no credentials needed. Well, we noticed that at our little station at the entrance to the post, there was a wired foot pedal that controlled the stoplight at the entrance to Ft. Monroe. So we did what any bored young men would do, and messed with drivers all day long, making them wait excessively long at a red light, or turning the light green only long enough to let one car through. I almost caused an accident by changing the lights so fast I had three cars congregated in the intersection at the same time. The real challenge was doing it while keeping a straight face, because we were standing out front-and-center, waving cars in and out.

Posted:  6 days, 7 hours ago

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Growing pains

I can empathize with this conscientious driver… the ‘guard shack person’ should have better explained the process… surely this is not the first time this mistake has been made there. I’ll bet the guard shack people are deliberately vague with their instructions as a form of entertainment. I would be, if I was a guard shack person.

Posted:  6 days, 7 hours ago

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The biggest issue I have with the truck driving profession (makes me sick)

I was just wondering about the history behind this as well the other day. It didn't make me sick but to help you get over it I just did some searching and the result I found first was from 2004:

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Yellow Roadway Corp. traces its origins to 1924 when A.J. Harrell, an Oklahoma City entrepreneur, founded a bus and taxi company and named it Yellow Cab Transit Co. In 1926, he shortened the name to Yellow Transit Co.

In 1929, AJ was concerned about road safety, so he commissioned the E.I. DuPont Co. to determine the color that would be most visible on the tractors from the greatest distance on the nation’s highways. DuPont’s research found the color Swamp Holly Orange. We still use this color on Yellow trucks today.

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The fact that Yellow Transportation has an orange logo.

This whole industry is founded on LIES

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My wife has always preferred the color of my first truck, *orange,* over the color of my others, as she felt I was more conspicuous to other drivers on the road.

Posted:  6 days, 7 hours ago

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Bunk heaters with Schneider Trucks?

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Posted:  6 days, 7 hours ago

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Bunk heaters with Schneider Trucks?

Hi Brayson, hope you’re enjoying your time with Schneider. Yes, your bunk heater should work; in fact, now is a good time to run it and make sure that it does work, before cold weather hits. Even in the desert, where it sounds like you spend a good deal of your time, the overnight temps can get a bit chilly. Test it now, don’t wait until it turns cold like everyone else does, when the shops become overwhelmed with broken bunk heaters. Your APU will not blow warm air, that is the function of the bunk heater. And no, Schneider does not disable them. The control panel is very, very small. It should consist of a power button in the middle, with a blue button on its left and a red button to its right. When you press the power button in the middle, the little screen should come on. Ask an experienced driver or shop tech, whichever is more convenient, next chance you get, to walk you through this. The shop techs are *usually* super helpful (just kill them with kindness… or Snickers bars).

*As an aside, Thermo King does manufacture APU’s that do control/put out heat, that is why you see the heat setting on your APU controls, but Schneider does not install those particular APUs in their trucks… they are significantly more expensive, and APUs are already stupidly overpriced.

Posted:  1 week, 1 day ago

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Any true OTR companies??

Old School, I tried to quote your post, but it left me with too many characters. So I’ll just say, that was a Hall of Fame reply. There are so many lessons in that response. Every disgruntled driver that wants to leave their company should be handed those words to digest.

Posted:  1 week, 1 day ago

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Any true OTR companies??

Nope. Solo. And I keep my hands to myself so they call me Hands Solo.

This made me laugh out loud!

Posted:  2 weeks, 1 day ago

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30, 000 pounds of bananas

Good grief! Could there be a more cheerfully morbid song?

Posted:  1 month ago

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My fastest yet

Range Rover doing 125 out west.

Posted:  1 month, 1 week ago

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My New Job

Congratulations on and good luck with your new job, MM. I second PJ’s advice… be mindful of the pressure inside your tank. Air pressure not properly bled off thru bleeder valves has caused more harm/injury than the commodities we carry.

Posted:  1 month, 1 week ago

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1 year anniversary with Schneider on Dollar General Account

Happy to hear you made it to the one-year mark on that count. Congratulations for that! I wonder what the attrition rate is on the DG account… from what I read it’s pretty brutal. Anyways, keep up the good work!

Posted:  2 months, 2 weeks ago

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Schneider new hourly pay

What Rob said. Why on God’s green earth would you come on here and ask such a Schneider-specific question on a forum full of non-Schneider drivers? Contact your DBL about this, and if he/she is no help, dial the 800 number and ask someone in payroll.

Posted:  4 months ago

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New chapter in my life

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Posted:  4 months ago

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Creepiest experience ever

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If there was someone else in my truck, I would hope that person had a CDL-A so if I got tired, they could drive. But with my luck, it would probably just be my ex wife.

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Posted:  4 months, 1 week ago

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Bizarre encounter with another driver

There’s a rest area on I-65 south, first one after you enter Alabama, where I can easily see this scenario playing out. It’s very poorly designed. The first row of trucks have an easy in/out. But the second row, it’s a mishamash of trucks parking on the bumpers of the first row, or further back in the ‘official’ lined spots… which is where I parked several nights ago, along with several other trucks on either side of me. Sadly, the driver on my right decided he wanted to leave, at 3 o’clock in the morning. Of course the truck in front of him, in the first row, hadn’t left yet, and there wasn’t enough room to pull forward and turn left to exit. So backing up was his only option, except that my trailer was preventing him from swinging his cab around to reverse. So I got a knock on my door at 3 AM. It totally sucked getting woken up at that hour, but it never occurred to me to not help him out and pull forward to the bumper of the truck in front of me, to let him out. It’s just so easy to do the right thing; like tapping your brakes to let someone in, or waiting an extra five seconds to enter the passing lane when you’re not holding anyone up, rather than cutting someone off.

Posted:  4 months, 1 week ago

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Truck crash yesterday on I 465 near Indianapolis

Sort of related, sort of not… I once read that many years ago a train derailed somewhere in Montana, spilling car loads of corn or some other feed grain. Bears were subsequently getting hit by trains for several years in that area, as they were coming onto the tracks helping clean up the spillage.

Posted:  4 months, 1 week ago

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2022 Truck Driving Championship

Well, dang. They must’ve screwed up my address, ‘cause I didn’t get the invite! Glad it was well attended, and congrats on getting your name on the poster. Knew you had skills. That’s a good looking family, the little one’s growing up fast! I hope you still have time for the wood carvings, you’re a master!

Posted:  4 months, 2 weeks ago

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New chapter in my life

Dang, I was hoping I’d cross paths with you some day at a tank wash, most likely the Chicago Quala, but it wasn’t meant to be. Considering what your new freight is going to be, I’d rather we not cross paths. Kind of like meeting the grim reaper on the road, know what I mean? Best of luck to you, I am very glad you found your dream job!

Posted:  4 months, 2 weeks ago

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People who spam the CB

There used to be a guy in the West Memphis area who would go on and on about ‘the real deal;’. “go to channel 11 for the real deal….” it was nonstop. I always wondered what that was about.

The ‘be safe on the highways and byways’ guy, also always tells us to ‘always be kind to one another.’ I don’t know what kind of equipment he’s using, but it’s pretty strong. I think he’s broadcasting out of New Mexico. One of his road reports seemed to be of the area I was passing through at one time.

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