Profile For Pete B.

Pete B.'s Info

  • Location:
    VA

  • Driving Status:
    Experienced Driver

  • Social Link:
    Pete B. On The Web

  • Joined Us:
    2 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:  1 day, 11 hours ago

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Convoy

Talkin’ about the movie, just finished watching it for the first time, noted four good takeaways:

1. Apparently in 1978, reckless driving + speeding (11 mph over) = $100 fine!

2. Pig Pen had in his cab-over a color tv, bar, and warm-water water bed!

3. The Rubber Duck’s lady friend offered him a beer, while he was driving!

(Saving best for last):

4. The Rubber Duck, the hero of the movie, was a tanker yanker!!

If you haven’t already, ya’ll need to watch this, for some serious good fun! For a movie based on a song, it’s not half bad!

Posted:  4 days, 8 hours ago

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Thinking About Leaving Schneider

Jaime, I’m late to this party, but I’m going to share my thoughts anyway. You have indicated that you prefer flatbedding, and have no desire to pull dry vans. Keep doing what you enjoy. You’ve done what all new drivers are asked, and that is to remain with your first company for at least a year. This of course doesn’t give you carte blanche to begin job-hopping, but I think you’ve proven that that’s not going to happen anyway. There are excellent companies out there, TMC, Maverick, Melton, and Prime, just to name a few, who also have great resources similar to Schneider that offer the flatbedding lifestyle you appear to seek. I’m pretty sure that if you’re driving a skateboard down the highway and a tanker passes by, you’re not going to look wistfully at it and regret not going that route. Either way best of luck with whatever you decide to do.

Posted:  4 days, 9 hours ago

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The Big Dog

I met a lady over a year ago parked outside a consignee... she kept a Vietnamese pot-bellied pig on her truck. She had a ramp for it to climb in and out of her truck. It looked like it weighed at least 300 lbs. It was her pet, she loved driving with it. So I guess the question is, how many concessions or sacrifices are you willing to make to bring your pet along with you on the road? Nobody can answer that but you.

Posted:  2 weeks, 3 days ago

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Hazmat loads and scales

All of the “A” states, plus Ohio. If your in-cab device gives you the ‘bypass’ signal, you still must pull into the weigh station.

Posted:  2 weeks, 6 days ago

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Beach recommendation near Suffolf Va?

I think this suggestion may be too late, but from Suffolk, Buckroe Beach may be your best bet. Take 664 to get near there.

Posted:  4 weeks, 1 day ago

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Postcards from the Road! (Post Yours Please!)

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Went for a hike in Rifle, CO, and came upon this magnificently crooked tree.

Posted:  1 month ago

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Intermodal in Houston TX

You’ve been driving OTR for three years, so you should know the hours you want to work are not a good fit for truck driving. Too many unpredictable variables to count on being home early in the day, consistently. ESPECIALLY in Houston, where traffic is abominable most of the time. You’re only going to get in two or three loads per day, working those hours, and that’s not a good deal for anyone, your employer or you.

Posted:  1 month, 1 week ago

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Some Random Questions

No worries.

I looked it up on Google.

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Classic.

Posted:  1 month, 1 week ago

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Starting with Schneider (WHQ) September 3rd!

Welcome to ‘the family,’ Marc. Don’t stress over the ‘5 days out w/a TE’... if you think you need more time, or if your TE thinks you need more time w/a TE, just speak up, and they’ll extend your time out. Good to have you on board.

Posted:  1 month, 1 week ago

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Crazy stuff

I used to get real worked up and stressed out over all the little (and big) things that can go wrong from one minute to the next. There are simply too many opportunities for things not to go according to your perfect plan, that you’ll dig an early grave if you let them get to you. As long as your efforts are 110% and efficient, you’ll sleep well at night.

Posted:  1 month, 1 week ago

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Time to Say Goodbye...

Rainy, your experience and perspective has been invaluable. Your shoes need to be bronzed and mounted on the wall, because it’s doubtful anyone’s going to fill them. Best of luck to you in your other endeavors.

Posted:  1 month, 1 week ago

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I Got Some New Wheels Today - Brand Spanking New

A real beauty, and well-deserved. Congrats Mr. School!

Posted:  1 month, 2 weeks ago

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Check this cake out!

Both are equally awesome! Happy Birthday Turtle!

Posted:  2 months ago

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Desperate, sleep issues

I’m sure you’ve checked your exhaust while pre- and post-tripping your truck, but go ahead and buy a carbon monoxide alarm anyway; Walmart sells them, they’re not that expensive, and it’s one less thing to worry about. Carbon monoxide is odorless; you won’t know it’s there until you begin to display the symptoms. And double-check the exhaust pipe.

I’ll occasionally wake up feeling a little congested, and think “dang, I’m coming down with something.” As soon as I get up, move around, begin my day, I don’t even notice but I’m totally cleared up. But it was never so bad that it affected my sleep the way it has yours. Except that one time when I discovered a crack under my exhaust pipe.

I wish I had something more to offer; just guesses. It probably is related to the dry air, and possibly the heat. It seems like it’s been hotter the past several weeks than it has been all summer.

Posted:  2 months ago

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Dash Cam Again

Check out the Rexing V1 on Amazon. Excellent dash cam and won't send you to the poorhouse!

I have this one too, TM. I got it for protection in case I was involved in an accident, but have really enjoyed using it for entertainment purposes. I’ll see something interesting while driving and jot down the time; after parked for the night I’ll pop out the chip and copy the video onto my laptop. I’ve shown my family a ton of footage as there is, as you know, never a shortage of interesting things to see on the road.

Posted:  2 months ago

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Getting started in trucking with felonies

Yes, it absolutely is oilfield work. I’ve delivered chemicals to several oil towns, and what he told you is consistent with what I’ve heard. The money can be good... very good, but the work can dry up in an instant. It’s a gamble. More so in your case as you mentioned you’re getting paid cash; you can be cut loose for looking sideways.

I think you can trust what he told you; you just need to decide if you’re willing to roll the dice here, as this opportunity has a nice financial upside, but is very risky.

Posted:  2 months, 1 week ago

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Swift hair follicle test

I plan to apply for company paid training in Sept/Oct, once my kid is back in school. Im looking at Prime or Swift.

I buzz my head because I've thinned over the years. Is there a min length hair they use. Could they take hair else where?

(I dont use and never have, never will)

Yes, they’ll get it from your arm or leg. I have a bald head, so the lady scraped some hair off my arm with a razor.

Posted:  2 months, 2 weeks ago

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Street tires

I give up... third try. Not letting my photos get through. Never had trouble posting on any other forums. Even took the photos at the lowest megapixel setting. I'm out of here-

Bye Felicia.

Posted:  3 months, 1 week ago

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Spaceman Spiff

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Two flatbedders and a dock bumper walk into a bar...

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Tanker driver says "You'd think those idiots would've seen that bar!"

Crickets...

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Nice follow-up Turtle. PackRat, I’m not that clever.

Posted:  3 months, 2 weeks ago

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Spaceman Spiff

Two flatbedders and a dock bumper walk into a bar...

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A genie sits down beside them and offers them each one wish. The elder flatbedder says, “I wish I was on an all-expense paid vacation with my wife on a secluded island in the South Pacific,” and disappears. The younger flatbedder says, “I wish I was on a deserted island with this year’s three SI swimsuit cover models,” and he disappears. The dock bumper says, “I sure am lonely, I wish my friends were here.”

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