Profile For Papa Pig

Papa Pig's Info

  • Location:
    Smiths Station, AL

  • Driving Status:
    Experienced Driver

  • Social Link:

  • Joined Us:
    4 years, 9 months ago

Papa Pig's Bio

Never let the truth get in the way of a good story

Papa Pig's Photo Gallery Group 1 of 6

Page 1 of 22

Next Page
Go To Page:    

Posted:  6 days, 1 hour ago

View Topic:

HOS Rules; New 8/2 or 7/3 Split

There is something wrong with a rule that requires so much effort to understand. Also, in my eyes this rule benefits companies' productivity, but hurts drivers' quality of life.

Andrey, once you do it a few times it is a lot more simple . I don’t really agree about hurting your quality of life. Some people want a 10 hour break . Some do NOT. I don’t require a lot of sleep so a lot of times I am up and bored waiting till I am ready to drive . Some other drivers need as much down time as they can get. If I can turn a load faster it benefits me as well as my company. If a company TRIES to force you to split break and plans on you doing it constantly THEN it’s a problem. They cannot dictate for you to Split because only the driver knows how much rest they need.

Posted:  2 weeks, 6 days ago

View Topic:

Paths To Making GOOD money as a truck driver?

0444807001632927300.jpg

Posted:  2 weeks, 6 days ago

View Topic:

Paths To Making GOOD money as a truck driver?

I’m going to be close to the 6 figure mark and may not quite make it but I have had to take some unforeseen time off at different points during the year and this summer i took a lot of the easier routes. Had I worked to my full potential I would def be well over. If I kick into overdrive I may still make it.

Posted:  3 weeks ago

View Topic:

Paths To Making GOOD money as a truck driver?

I have only done one type of trucking so can’t speak for the rest bit I agree with OS that it boils down to INITIATIVE. Basically you don’t have to be at the mercy of dispatch. Set yourself up to be successful and that takes care of a lot of it.

Btw I didn’t see any disrespect in his statements, though I can see how it would been misread . I took it as you don’t HAVE to be LTL to make 6 figures. Or do the specialized stuff. Run your truck and work smarter than your peers

Either way, much respect to everyone here. We are all brothers and sisters. Minus the coke driver that tried to block me in at my 2nd stop today . F that guy 🤷🏻‍♂️.

Posted:  3 weeks, 1 day ago

View Topic:

I hate Jeans

Wear these and you will be on the fast track to success

0756915001632806375.jpg

Posted:  3 weeks, 5 days ago

View Topic:

Some questions about truck driving

I would suggest applying to every company that offers paid training. Once you see who bites then you can “narrow down” When you don’t have a cdl or experience it’s not the scenario of companies beating down your door that most folks think. See who gives you a chance and then pick. Good luck!

Posted:  4 weeks, 1 day ago

View Topic:

Noob trucker starting with Dollar General.

It is definitely a crapshoot on managers and employees.

I tend to leave uboats outside until I’m done as long as I have space and they dont tip over. We are not technically supposed to put them on the floor but if I see there is no other way I will Ask the manager if that’s where they want them (depending on if they treat me nice) I will not roll a d*mn thing through the front door unless it’s a front door delivery. It is there responsibility to make us room. You will learn how to read the stores. You will have a chance to park at docks when your trailer is overweight or you get a market. Honestly that is no big deal. And dropping a trailer at the dc kind of satisfies the truck stop type backing when you think about it. What i did at first (time permitting) was not choose the easy drop areas and challenge myself with the harder spots. My trainer told me that he wasn’t going to teach me how to back he was just giving me real time practice and that one day it would just “click” and a lightbulb would go off about how the trailer will react and I think he was right on the money. You will always have your brain fart moments.(any driver here will tell you that who has taken 10 pull-ups for an easy back in a truck stop) but mostly it gets easier.

Raymuncy22@gmail.com if you ever need to reach out about anything specific.

Posted:  1 month ago

View Topic:

Noob trucker starting with Dollar General.

How did this week go Larry? Any better?

Posted:  1 month ago

View Topic:

Noob trucker starting with Dollar General.

Thanks Harvey. I try to help where I can.

Another tip. Carry some sturdy wood blocks with you. That way I’d the trailer is leaning you can roll one side of your tires up and level it out.

If the storage area doesn’t have a lot of room , keep the loaded uboats outside and push them in last.

For tight stores remember to take the time and slide your tandems forward BEFORE you get in a bind

If the ground is flat enough you can stack 2 rts in line and push them in that way. If they are really heavy get one through the door , then get the other one behind it and you can do the same thing. That really helps save time, especially for long hallways. As you get deeper in the trailer you can also pull 2 rts at a time to the lift gate(wooden floor this works great, metal floor not so much)

Posted:  1 month ago

View Topic:

Got my year at first company. Now what?

Come sling some rolltainers on DG dedicated! Lol

Posted:  1 month ago

View Topic:

Noob trucker starting with Dollar General.

Also little miscellaneous crap that falls out of its package. Chemicals, soap , whatnot. Especially when the box hits the floor. Don’t try to throw it in a rt cause it will likely just fall out. Find an empty tote and throw all of that stuff in there . Saves a lot of hassle

Posted:  1 month ago

View Topic:

Noob trucker starting with Dollar General.

His videos helped me out and I had a good trainer. Tbh I don’t like when they send ppl otr for training and then give them a day long ride along to show them the account.

Toppers. That’s the bane of everyone’s existence. But you will get faster with them. My rule is to try and not touch the same freight twice. So I always have a uboat or mt rt to put stuff in and clean as I go. Move the uboat to the toppers,not the other way around so you aren’t walking around so much. Some stuff i let fall but I pull some of it off before I move the rt. Just saves me from bending over as much. If you can pick up 2-3 boxes at a time instead of just one.do it. Paper towel packages. … don’t try to throw them on a uboat, stack them up in a rt. They just fall off uboats. Same with clothing items that fall off. Little boxes I try to throw in the loaded rts as I go. If a loaded rt is only half full, I throw toppers in it. Totes-move the uboat close to the stack and slide the whole stack on the uboat at once , that way you only have to pick up the bottom one.saves time, and your back, if the store has a horrible lean , I sometimes put the tires in an mt rt so they don’t slide right off. Putting cardboard on the uboat can help too. Sliding totes are my enemy.

Pushing the rt in the store wide wheels first is correct for most stores . It’s less likely to tip over and wide wheels are easier to go over some of the thresholds. It Varies by the store if I push or pull them off. Gravity and such. I will put most on the liftgate narrow wheels first because you are less likely to tip one off. And for the heavy ones I will push it off the liftgate with my foot or my butt. (Saves your shoulder from repetition injury)

You will find your technique with time. It WILL get easier. Especially with cooler weather coming.

Posted:  1 month, 1 week ago

View Topic:

Noob trucker starting with Dollar General.

It gets easier. Try to park at your store the night before and that will help with the clock . If you need any advice just ask

Posted:  1 month, 1 week ago

View Topic:

Does J.B. Hunt have a VA apprenticeship program?

I don’t think they do as they don’t train new drivers and need at least 3 months to join them (if I’m not mistaken) and I’m pretty sure it needs to be your first trucking company to participate.

I know the following companies Have it. Some have a 2 year payout and some have a 1 year program. And the amount you receive is different based on where the company hq is located Tmc Maverick Werner Swift Covenant Tankstar/Rogers Cartage McElroy Gypsum express Averitt Cfi

Those are not all inclusive but those companies were offering the va apprenticeship a little over a year ago

Posted:  1 month, 1 week ago

View Topic:

Day Zero Werner

I figured that’s what would happen. And I think if there is another accident during the probation period “situation depending” they would send you out with a mentor again. This is why I called bs on the guy “bus driver” the other day that said Werner fired him for once accident. I have saw them keep people after some pretty rough situations. We weren’t told everything with his story.

Werner isn’t a perfect organization but they have always done right by me and most of the other drivers I know.

Stay safe and learn from your mistake. They happen. It’s gonna take a few months before you become completely comfortable with the trailer. Just remember. Stay off your phone in truck stops. Stay off the cb. Don’t be rushed. Watch your trailer at all times! Don’t get over confident.. and watch your trailer some more. Glad it worked out for you

Posted:  1 month, 2 weeks ago

View Topic:

Veriha honest review

I couldn’t agree more with Rob. You can find any company and find very horrible things about them. And then on the same note, you can find drivers that are happy with the same company. We have all been in your shoes. It does feel like a hard decision. But the advice that is given here is always pretty spot on, put out applications and see who bites. Think about this . Your favorite restaurant. I bet if you yelped it you could find some bad reviews, even though you find it perfectly fine. Because different people have different expectations. And unhappy people are more likely to review than people who are satisfied.

I was keen on flatbed, it was between tmc, maverick , McElroy. Then covid happened and I’m not even doing flatbed and am actually very happy (most times lol)

Base your decisions on… Do i need company sponsored training and does this company provide it.

What are their hometime options and will it work for me?

What type of freight do i want to haul?

What is the length of training once you are on a trainers truck? (Lots of folks here love prime and I have never worked for them, but the length of training was too long for me) There is one company that I won’t mention a name who has 2 students and a trainer in a truck. That also is not acceptable for me.

Focus on the basics and try to not focus too much on the negative things.

You got this

double-quotes-start.png

I just read all of it, kind of scared me away from them. Awe well...try and find another company I guess.

double-quotes-end.png

What is it that scared you away? Veriha has many drivers that have been with them long term. Unfortunately Marc didn't make the cut with them but he had many other issues going on that didn't help. If I'm not mistaken he was about a year out of CDL school with basically no experience. The same fears you now have about this company you'll have about other companies too. There is so much trash online that its hard to tell whats true and whats real. Even the good reviews are sometimes hard to believe as there are some people that say their company is perfect so they can snag referral bonuses.

Posted:  1 month, 2 weeks ago

View Topic:

Day Zero Werner

Congrats on getting your truck!

Posted:  1 month, 2 weeks ago

View Topic:

Rookie Solo Adventures of a Knuckle Draggin Primate (Rob D.)

You have been very thorough! I always love hearing all the details. Glad to have shared my rookie year with you

Posted:  1 month, 2 weeks ago

View Topic:

Headset

It’s kinda pricey but I like the cleardryve. I have tried blue parrots, road kings(junk) the cleardryve has out performed them all. Good quality sound and no dropped calls. My wife asks me if I am driving cause she can’t hear any of the road noise

Posted:  1 month, 2 weeks ago

View Topic:

Fed-up With the Trucking Industry

For those of you that may be new or considering a career. (Tandems) are the rear set of the tires on the trailer. They can be adjusted to slide forward or backward to adjust the weight distribution on your trailer. On most trailers they can be slid all the way to the rear of the truck but on trucks that have liftgates (a platform that allows the driver to offload his own freight without a loading dock) that are folded underneath the trailer , it is not possible. Either way it’s a lame excuse for hitting something. In most states you can’t roll down the highway with your tandems all the way to the back anyway. (Kingpin law)

Companies and trainers can teach you many things. Common sense is not one of these things. If you are a CAT4 and untrainable it is most likely you will be let go.

Page 1 of 22

Next Page
Go To Page:    

Join Us!

We have an awesome set of tools that will help you understand the trucking industry and prepare for a great start to your trucking career. Not only that, but everything we offer here at TruckingTruth is 100% free - no strings attached! Sign up now and get instant access to our member's section:
High Road Training Program Logo
  • The High Road Training Program
  • The High Road Article Series
  • The Friendliest Trucker's Forum Ever!
  • Email Updates When New Articles Are Posted

Apply For Paid CDL Training Through TruckingTruth

Did you know you can fill out one quick form here on TruckingTruth and apply to several companies at once for paid CDL training? Seriously! The application only takes one minute. You will speak with recruiters today. There is no obligation whatsoever. Learn more and apply here:

Apply For Paid CDL Training

About Us

TruckingTruth was founded by Brett Aquila (that's me!), a 15 year truck driving veteran, in January 2007. After 15 years on the road I wanted to help people understand the trucking industry and everything that came with the career and lifestyle of an over the road trucker. We'll help you make the right choices and prepare for a great start to your trucking career.

Read More

Becoming A Truck Driver

Becoming A Truck Driver is a dream we've all pondered at some point in our lives. We've all wondered if the adventure and challenges of life on the open road would suit us better than the ordinary day to day lives we've always known. At TruckingTruth we'll help you decide if trucking is right for you and help you get your career off to a great start.

Learn More