Profile For Papa Pig

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  • Location:
    Smiths Station, AL

  • Driving Status:
    Experienced Driver

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  • Joined Us:
    5 years, 5 months ago

Papa Pig's Bio

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Posted:  1 week, 5 days ago

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Why did you get started in trucking, and what were your biggest concerns?

Haha thanks Anne, I just saw this. Kinda miss all that labor

Posted:  3 weeks, 4 days ago

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Maybe this isn’t that great of a gig? Not sure

I was sleeping...while my student was driving. Yes there are bad trainers out there but there are also terrible students. As a trainer I won't waste my time with someone who inst interested in learning. She got her CDL with PAM but wasnt picked up meaning what? With a lousy attitude Prime will not hire and say "this person is not prime material".

Although I do not work for Swift or Pam, I doubt a trainer has the final say on everything. If the student and I had a difference of opinion prime could do an eval on the student and determine whether they needed additional time or are ready to upgrade.

I read she claimed to have made $70,000 CLEAR easily in corrections? Really, doing what.... As a warden? Cause that means $100,000 a year gross. $28 per hour means nothing in the northeast it is like living on minimum wage in other places... I failed to look at her location so I am not impressed with her numbers.

My recommendation is to go home and be happy. Allow someone else the training opportunity who would appreciate it. I am going to gross about $125,000 this year and feel quite accomplished and rewarded knowing i am helping others to excel in their life.

I also had no use for a "med card" which equates to marijuana usage. If she wants to be high, I would rather have her off the road.

^^^^This^^^^

Posted:  3 weeks, 4 days ago

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SAP Program and Paid Training

With the new ELDT requirements it will more than likely make you go through another training program. I hope not but am afraid so

Posted:  3 weeks, 4 days ago

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Maybe this isn’t that great of a gig? Not sure

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Posted:  3 weeks, 4 days ago

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Maybe this isn’t that great of a gig? Not sure

II wouldn’t have put up with that type of behavior from a trainer either. Swift was probably being honest when they said that’s the only trainer they had for you at the time. Female trainers are hard to come by and since Covid , all trainers are hard to come by.

The training phase is an obstacle for everyone. It is hard to live with a complete stranger for a month or 2. With that being said i definitely feel for you if that “lady” trainer was honestly that bad. You are there to drive , not be a personal assistant.

What I meant in my earlier post is that it will be harder and harder to get companies to give you a shot if you hop around so much so early. There may be a (professional) truck driver shortage but I assure you there is no shortage of the number of new drivers trying to break into the business. They want to see if you can stick with it through the hard times as well as the good times. They don’t want someone that might abandon the load at the drop of a hat. They don’t know you as a person or as a driver. Only what your work history says.

I hope that western works out. Try your hardest. As Anne says. You CAN do this. Again, good luck!

Posted:  3 weeks, 4 days ago

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SAP Program and Paid Training

More than likely you will have to go through a school again. Apply to a few of the companies that offer paid training and see who bites.

Posted:  3 weeks, 4 days ago

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Maybe this isn’t that great of a gig? Not sure

Shoulda stuck it out with swift. Training sucks but it’s something we all have to get through.

What kind of “runaround “ is western express giving you? If you really want to get into trucking please listen to me. Do whatever it takes to finish this training with western if that is still possible. If you leave it may be VERY hard to get someone else to give you a shot. Trucking is exciting but some of it can be frustrating for a new trucker. If you give up easily it may be better to cut your losses and go back to nestle. I don’t say that out of malicious intent or to be a jerk. It’s just fact . Good luck

Posted:  3 weeks, 4 days ago

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Why did you get started in trucking, and what were your biggest concerns?

When I was growing up in the hills of Eastern Ky, some of my earliest memories would be riding in the car with my family when some evil looking, dirty Mac , or Pete , would be loaded down with coal Jake braking down the mountain. Black smoke pouring out. I was always amazed because I saw them no matter the weather, or time of day. I always thought they were extremely cool. I joined the military to escape the coal mines and had my own adventures. As an armor crew member.(tanks). When my military time came to an end I was dumbfounded on what to do. The normal world doesn’t need someone to ride around in an armored box of death being able to engage and destroy targets up to a mile away. My other skills acquired were leadership and management. I didn’t want to do that either. I wanted to do my own thing and be my own man again.

After research and remembering my childhood I looked to trucking . I knew it was a way that I could have some freedom and “do my own thing. I found this site and did lots of research. And jumped in. I was a little intimidated by the thought of backing into tight spots and dealing with the motoring public.

After I got into my job in the dollar general account (had to get over my fear of backing real quick) I realized that 1. I loved my new job 2. I had some misconceptions that I could be a lone road warrior and had to deal with people quite a bit. But I didn’t mind it as much as I thought. 3. As long as I tried and stayed honest with myself I didn’t need to fear and I could do anything I put my mind too out on the road.

Posted:  3 weeks, 4 days ago

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Are "manual transmissions only" drivers supertruckers?

It is not really that easy to get the e restriction removed. I’m not sure if it’s the new ELDT requirements or not. I think it was different before Feb but I have had at least 2 people come through the school I teach at that already have a cdl but want to get the restriction removed. They have to go through the whole course to be able to test out in a manual. Being able to drive a manual makes doesn’t make you a better trucker. I have taught some idiots how to shift proficiently. It may make you more marketable if there is that perfect job but they may have 10 speeds instead of autos. Being a safe, courteous, and smart professional is what makes a good trucker IMHO. Someone who can trip plan and work around their clock who will consistently get the freight there on time , undamaged. Someone who doesn’t park at the fuel island and go in for a shower lol. Someone that suprises their FM when they get an empty call hours or a full day before expected.

Then again what do I know?🤷🏻‍♂️

Posted:  3 weeks, 4 days ago

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I need help

Steve Reno it was the same with my 21 Fl. Happened at night when I was going up and down some hills in Alabama. Kept having to switch between ac and defrost heat. They got stuck. I tried the reset and it worked.

Posted:  3 weeks, 4 days ago

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I need help

They technically don’t have to fix it. It is not a dot violation BUT I ain’t driving more than a day or 2 without AC. That’s just me

What type of truck are you driving? If there is still heat blowing while you have the ac on it may be that your blend door is stuck and there are some YouTube videos that will help you reset it. I know that can be a common occurrence with freightliner.

Posted:  2 months ago

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Anyone local to Denver

I am in Denver instructing and will have tomorrow night and Sunday off. If anyone wants to meet up I’m in the Arvada/Oldtown area. Would love to swap lies with one of y’all lol.

Posted:  2 months ago

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Preparing for CDL school. Need advice.

Pay attention Be humble Have a great attitude Be willing to learn from your mistakes Pay attention be humble Have a great attitude! Go with the flow Remember every instructor you meet may have a different teaching style but they are basically saying the same thing. They all WANT you to pass. It’s not a given but they will do their best. Have a good attitude

Most of that applies to trucking in general and not just cdl school. Good luck!

Posted:  2 months, 2 weeks ago

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VA Apprentice Program

The apprenticeship program is not reliant on your route. It is all on the company. If you go with let’s say Schneider or CFI and they have the apprenticeship program you would get it whether you were local, regional,straight OTR. That being said a lot of strictly local companies are less likely to offer it. And different companies pay it out differently.

Also I would give a regional home weekly route a chance before I went local. A lot of local driving positions can be very tight maneuvering and kinda stressful.

Some of the big carriers might have local routes available but only after you are with them a few months. Because of the reasons mentioned above.

Good luck

Posted:  2 months, 2 weeks ago

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Pulled my last DG load

Anne and the gang

Things are going well but mostly it’s pretty repetitive. I do enjoy meeting a new group of students every week and it’s cool to see the lightbulb go off in their heads when they finally understand how to maneuver a trailer.

I describe it to them to imagine backing as one of those blurry pictures that has a sailboat in it once you look at it a certain way. It may take a minute , 5 minutes, hell may be a few different times and days but at some point you will see it clear as day and wonder why you couldn’t make it out before. Once you see the boat in the picture you won’t unsee it.

I finally got my instructor class completed with Ga DDS today. To be an instructor in GA you must be certified by the state. I had been waiting on the dang thing for a month. From what I hear ELDT requirements threw a shock in the whole system. But anyways I got the class and passed the test .

I have to travel to Denver to help teach at one of our sister schools soon and will be there for 2 weeks. So if anyone is in Denver and wants to catch a cup of Joe let me know.

Posted:  3 months, 2 weeks ago

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Pulled my last DG load

I’m fine guys. Tbh the first day I had it was the day after a little imbibing. So I thought it was just a hangover haha. But my symptoms were mild and manageable . Today was my first day back at work. Teaching maneuvers and doing my thing.

Thank y’all for all the well wishes. It’s much appreciated.

I will share what I can when I can but there is a limit because of confidentiality agreements and whatnot. 🤷🏻‍♂️

I love my new job but would be lying if I said I didn’t kind of miss my daily hustle with delivering the dg loads. I do enjoy seeing “the lightbulb” turn on and the smile when a maneuver clicks in a students head and they comprehend all these words I am throwing at them.

Posted:  3 months, 2 weeks ago

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Pulled my last DG load

Anne

It’s been going well just not a whole lot to update on. Been down with the rona past week so haven’t been on much. The new requirements aren’t that bad. But been having fun mostly

Posted:  3 months, 4 weeks ago

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Anyone Work For: Dollar General (the company itself, not a contractor) DG Fresh out of Ardmore, Oklahoma ?

I would call the carrier that also runs out of that dc and see what their pay package is .

If this is your first driving job I do need to warn you that it isn’t easy. Neither the unloading or the backing.

Posted:  3 months, 4 weeks ago

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Noob trucker starting with Dollar General.

What are your average miles per load? Unless they are crazy long I think 4 at least. Luckily I never had to do recap

Posted:  4 months ago

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Anyone Work For: Dollar General (the company itself, not a contractor) DG Fresh out of Ardmore, Oklahoma ?

I did not work for dollar general but was on dollar general dedicated for Werner. I was friendly with a few dg company drivers.I primarily ran dry but had to help out in the fresh account on occasion. Your runs will be from 3-800 round trip and on those you will have from 8-15 stops. There will be a refrigerated and frozen section with about 2-3 rolltainers per store full of milk/ juice/non frozen dairy to be taken off the truck with a liftgate. And about 1full or 1/2 pallets frozen food in the frozen section to be broken down and moved to the edge of the trailer on the side (there is no ramp) to be placed on u-boat and pushed in the store. You will then be responsible to load up as many empty rolltainers of milk crates that you can fit at every stop. Your average load will take you 2 days. And will pull 3 loads on average per week.

As the name says dollar general delivers to only dollar general stores and those will vary from newer stand alone stores, older stand alone stores, dg markets , and the stores that are i the middle of strip malls. IMO it would be better to join a company like Schneider/ Werner etc that runs out of that dc because they have other accounts you can switch to if you don’t like it. So instead of switching companies you can do something else with the company. Dg only offers dry and fresh to dg stores.

In Alabama Werner raised the fresh mileage to around 60 something cpm and 18 dollars a stop for fresh. While on dry I was making 61 cpm , 55 per trailer , and 30 per stop. From what I gathered we were making more than our dg counterparts on both dry and fresh. Different distribution centers have different pay packages. My checks averaged between 1700-2000 per week but I was a runner and knew how to work my clock and manage my time.

I will say that their driver retention rate was not very good . I don’t know if it was due to pay or culture. If you want specific pay for DG at that Dc their recruiters will be pretty honest with you. Don’t ask for the average. Ask what the mileage and stop pay is. The rest of the information I gave you is spot on as far job description (I assure you)lol If you have talked to them what info have they given you so far?

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