Profile For Papa Pig

Papa Pig's Info

  • Location:
    Smiths Station, AL

  • Driving Status:
    Rookie Solo Driver

  • Social Link:
    Papa Pig On The Web

  • Joined Us:
    4 years, 2 months ago

Papa Pig's Bio

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

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Posted:  7 hours, 3 minutes ago

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Instant Pot on the road

Packrat. You forgot air fryer. Air fryer is the way. It’s the truth. And imo the end all be all lol

Posted:  10 hours, 10 minutes ago

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Papa Pigs Zainy Rookie Solo Adventures

Had a first today. Was delivering to my 3rd of (NINE!) stops in Panama City Florida. Turned on to a road that the only truck route i could find to get to this store and when i created the hill I was met with a road closed detour sign . It was a one lane one way divided street.

This detour was definitely not truck friendly. I got out and looked to see if I could make it and there was just no way. I got back in and checked my maps and decided forward was not an option.

At least 10 cars were piled up behind me trying to get by and honking their horns. I had just decided it was time to call 911 and get some assistance when 2 police cruisers pulled up. I’m not sure if they saw the traffic flow stop or if someone called . Initially they wanted to get all the cars turned around and have me back out . I told them that I still had to deliver and I recommended they go up and block the oncoming lane and let me go that way. They determined that was a good course of action and I got a police escort all the way to my stop. Once I got to my stop I called safety and my fm to let them know what had happened just to cover myself and let them know police were involved but there was no accident or damage. “10-4 , you are in the clear. Keep truckin” Been a hell of a day. This refrigerated account is easier as far as the unload process but 9-12 stops a day instead of my 3-4 is ALOT more backing and chances for mishap. My body is happy for the break but I will be ready to get back to business as usual next week!

Posted:  5 days, 7 hours ago

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Papa Pigs Zainy Rookie Solo Adventures

The award for my worst store for the week (so far.....)

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This was my load before I got the new truck. It took me forever to get in there. Rain has severely damaged the delivery area and I was fighting a lean for the majority of the unload. Had to get the liftgate lined up on a little sliver of concrete pad.

I was supposed to go home tomorrow but they made me an offer I couldn’t refuse. They offered me a ridiculous amount of money (900)on top of what the load pays) to come pull a 2 day reefer load for the dg fresh account, go home and do my reset and then come back out and pull reefer for next week. 🤷🏻‍♂️ I called the wife and said I would be a day or 2 late lol.

Posted:  6 days, 9 hours ago

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Papa Pigs Zainy Rookie Solo Adventures

Already putting the new truck through her paces. Just did a blindside that took me 30 minutes to set up for in the dark in some pos store that was legit designed for a box truck

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Posted:  6 days, 18 hours ago

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New ride who dis?

They pulled me out of my 2017 freight liner and put me in a 2021 with 31,000 on it. From what I understand, my truck is already sold! Besides for a few stray dog hairs it’s clean on the inside. And the inverter will be appreciated! Tired of eating like a caveman lol

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Posted:  1 week, 6 days ago

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Papa Pigs Zainy Rookie Solo Adventures

Update Store didn’t open so I rolled to the closest loves and got in line to get my full service done and get a tire replaced. Nice shower and got to put some wax on the handle bars. Luckily I got here around 3 and parking was already scarce! Now I get to watch truck stop follies for entertainment. I won’t go into specifics but my fm said to not worry about it getting many loads this week that the company was taking steps to make it right. We shall see.. Shawn, I have been working but nowhere near my normal pace. Auggie I agree on more money. Please contact Werner dg dedicated and hook a brother up 🤣😂 Packrat yeah I try to learn from my stupidity lol

Posted:  1 week, 6 days ago

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Papa Pigs Zainy Rookie Solo Adventures

It’s been an interesting few days and I have had a few firsts. And learned some valuable lessons. 1. I missed my first hard appointment yesterday morning. Most of our loads only require us to get to all of our stores between 8 am and 9pm. But we get about 2 loads a weeks that require us to be there by 0600 due to bad parking lots, traffic situations, etc. I received the load information Tuesday afternoon when I was in mobile to have a 0600 apt in Starkville,Ms we’d morning. To do this load I would have made it there very late Tuesday evening. I had been hearing about the Icy conditions in MS and attempted to call the store with no answer. Something in my gut still didn’t feel right so I called the local police for that area to get a traffic update and they confirmed my suspicion that I probably shouldn’t attempt to go that night due to the roads freezing and being kind of tired. Once I got back to the Dc I dropped my trailer and messaged after hours. They told me no problem . It felt weird to me to not turn and burn but I got over it after looking at live feed from “MDOT”. The next morning my dispatchers were understanding and confirmed that store wasn’t even open.

2. They gave me a load to Tennessee and after checking the weather and seeing only snow instead of ice I accepted it and went to hook up my trailer. I approached it, noticed it was setting high and thought “I need to get out and lower that a bit before i hook” fully intending on backing up and stopping short of the 5the wheel like I always do. Well.....that didn’t happen and I had a brain fart. I kept backing up and you guessed it..proud owner of my first high hook!! I felt like a total ass. It didn’t take long to fix, I remembered a few YouTube videos I had watched recently. I cranked the trailer a bit higher, tilted my 5th wheel back down and propped it up with my baby sledge hammer. And she slid right out. Lesson learned. Stop the daggum tractor every time and look before you hook! I think I have gotten in such a habit of judging by a glance to see if the trailer was low enough to go on auto pilot and keep backing up to a high one even after I made a mental note to stop short and crank down

3 Got to my store in Tennessee and the parking lot was a sheet of ice. There was only one person working and the delivery area had not been cleared off. Now , According to dollar general and Werner policy it is the stores responsibility to shovel and salt the area but i could have either waited a very long time or get busy with it. She didn’t have a snow shovel!!! I had to get a hand dolly and use the blade of that to make a little path after using my lift gate as a snow scraper. With all that and a little salt it was mostly cleared off. When I tell you that was one of my hardest deliveries I am not kidding. Pushing fully loaded rt’s of dog food and water through slush and ice SUCKS! My lesson learned is to carry a snow shovel and salt with me. Being in the south is no security blanket even if you don’t really leave the south .

4 . Got to my second store yesterday around 1600. They were already closed due to weather. They are still closed and I am waiting to hear back if they plan on opening today. There is nothing around me and the next Truck stop is around 40 miles away at least. All local restaurants are closed. If they don’t open I am gonna give the roads a Luther hour or so to melt and go catch a shower and hot meal. If I feel the route is safe enough.

Lesson learned. Have more food and entertainment than you need. I have food but could see it running out in a day or 2 with boredom eating. I am going to carry more from now on.

I hope all of you guys are safe and keeping the greasy side down.

Posted:  4 weeks, 1 day ago

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Papa Pigs Zainy Rookie Solo Adventures

I open this thread after every new post of yours, fingers crossed, hoping you've come to your senses with that DG life.

Always disappointed!

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Great job!

Thanks Ratpack ......I think..lol

Posted:  4 weeks, 1 day ago

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Papa Pigs Zainy Rookie Solo Adventures

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I do get to bump a dock from time to time! Dg markets. It’s a little tight to the wall but anything is better than unloading with the lift gate . Also bumped at the dc last night cause I was 1500 lbs over. When that happens at dg you need to exaggerate. I told them I was 2000 over. Good thing I did this because when i rescaled I was at 33960 on my tandems lol.

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Thought about you the other day. A new DG opened down the street. They must be hiring drivers like crazy. That COULD work to your advantage, if you're crazy enough to stay with them.

Dollar general accounts are always hiring. So job security is great. We never have slow freight. They get villianized for hiring rookies but a lot of experienced people don’t want the hassle. Failure rate in the account seems to be about the same for experienced vs non experienced drivers as it is a different style of trucking. When summer comes people quit in droves .

I plan on sticking around for as long as my wife doesn’t mind me being on the road. I actually kind of like it. I still get frustrated from time to time but think I have found my groove. Physically it has gotten easier and I have learned how to problem solve most of the issues I have. The backing can be hard but it’s not impossible. Just can’t be in a rush. Most of the issues/pickles I have faced have came from being in a rush and failure to plan my trip properly.

My advice to anyone coming on the account. Take your time... stick with it. It’s hard at first physically but gets easier and easier. Or maybe you just go numb...lmao

Posted:  1 month ago

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Papa Pigs Zainy Rookie Solo Adventures

Not fun at all. Back off road. Then this narrow alley. Wouldn’t have been so bad but it was pitch dark so I had to ride my brakes for extra light

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Posted:  1 month ago

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Any advice on backing in to tight spots

Https://youtu.be/DO4P2gGjXus This guy is very educational and breaks it down quite well. Lots of different videos and scenarios

Posted:  1 month ago

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Any advice on backing in to tight spots

My trainer told me something that I found to be true. “I can’t teach you how to back. I can give you tips and practice, the rest is up to you” I was confused at first but realized he was right. Until you figure out what your trailer is gonna do it is going to be a pain.

The only advise I can give is to take your time, and try to relax. Do your best to get in a schedule where you can shut down early. Remember to try not to oversteer and do a lot of endless chasing. Each setup can be different, but setup is key and eventually you will figure it out.

Pay attention to what your trailer is doing when you pull out. And try to break down and reverse the process.

DONT GIVE UP!

Posted:  1 month ago

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“Getting Good” at backing vs playing it safe - finding the balance

Practice is always good but when you are out on your own your aren’t gonna have as much time as you would think to do it , most of it is going to be on the fly.

It seems that I back all day every day and then back up some more. When I get to a truck stop I go for an easy one. Why take the chance of hitting something if you don’t have to. You can still learn plenty with an easy back. Keeping it in the lines etc.

I will go for more difficult backs at my dc when doing drop n hooks and extra time is available (usually it’s not)

People ask me all the time if I prefer 45s, or 90s and I say I do whatever it takes to get me into a straight line as quickly as possible and if I can pull through without backing ..even better

Posted:  1 month ago

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Good footwear

These keen Atlanta cool safety shoes are comfortable enough for me to drive in and also great for unloading a trailer, being on my feet for hours

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Posted:  1 month, 1 week ago

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I Think It's Time to Move On

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Posted:  1 month, 1 week ago

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Im giving trucking another chance

They make plugs to put in the tandem hole to stop them . Simply move tandems to the rear, put the plug before the hole that need to be in and adjust from there.

As old school said, send messages as well as calling. If they don’t answer call your human rescources department. Personally I wouldn’t have left the terminal the first time they mentioned teaming. Sounds like you a really not in a mental condition to drive until you get this issue resolved

Backing will come with time or it won’t Just don’t hit anything, get out and look and you will be ok.

Posted:  1 month, 1 week ago

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New CDL Holder, Trouble Job Hunting?

With that being said there are some companies like averitt and ltl companies that do prefer you to park your truck at the terminal on your off time. But those are few and far between.

Posted:  1 month, 2 weeks ago

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Thinking about a career change

Old school, how old were you when you got into the “biz”?

Posted:  1 month, 2 weeks ago

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New driver choosing starter company

Werner’s pet policy is fairly liberal and their training period is around 150 driving hour minimum if I remember correctly. I think they are always hiring otr drivers with the chance to move to something dedicated like beer runs or home depot when they become available.

Posted:  1 month, 2 weeks ago

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Thinking about a career change

Robert. Welcome and thanks for protecting and serving. Local can be possible but isn’t generally recommended for inexperienced drivers due to the fact that they generally have you getting in tight situations with multiple drops per day. Regional is more doable. Lots of companies offer regional and home either weekly or bi weekly. I have noticed a lot of flatbed carriers offer that option. Lot of folks start after 50. As long as YOU don’t mind being a rookie at something again , neither will the trucking companies.

Whether you pay for your own cdl or not is up to you. This site recommends finding company sponsored training for a few reasons. Mostly, having a cdl doesn’t guarantee employment. And if a company puts you through their training they Want to get you into one of their trucks. This generally requires you to fulfill a contractual obligation which is around a year if I’m not mistaken. But that’s not a big deal because it’s recommended to stay at your first company for at least a year anyways. That’s not the route you have to take but it is suggested.

Do you know what type of freight you want to haul? Have you applied anywhere yet?

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