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    Phoenix, AZ

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    Experienced Driver

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    2 years, 6 months ago

Tyler B.'s Bio

OTR Driver. Older, wiser. Currently driving for May Trucking Co. Nation wide. Lower 48 I Drink Coffee... enjoy traveling the nation. I have a history, that colors my future. Work for your Goals. & don't let the world discourage you. If you want something, you will make it work. Stay Strong, My “Co-Driver” is Ell Bee. Have Pooch, will Travel CB Handle “Drac-Roast” #GodIsGood

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Posted:  2 months, 3 weeks ago

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Walmart Pickup Is Awesome

I too enjoy the experience of people watching at the local Wally World. I will admit to being a #WalMartian! #WeComeInPeace now, if your “Shopping” for a lil Love I recommend either Produce or the Pooch/Dog isle. You either find a Healthy Fit Philly ready for a couple good “Drop & Hooks”, or you find a Gold One who Also Loves Dogs! That’s when I unveil my secret weapon, I set my Cute Ell Bee to “Stun-Ner” & let my Pooch bring in the cuddles. If you see a Betty in the Cat Isle, WALK AWAY! They are not called Cat Ladies... they’re called “The Crazy Cat Lady”! Last thing you need is to find “Ms. Claude Balls”

What about the WALMART’s that are not easy to get into with the truck and trailer? Can this be an issue?

Also, using this service denies the discriminating trucker the unique inside WALMART experience. I always think that the future Mrs. Bruce K might be lurking in a WALMART store. Usually the only candidate is the greeter.

Posted:  2 months, 3 weeks ago

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Walmart Pickup Is Awesome

SO glad I was a worthy Ginny Pig for the site/industry on this. Yes, this service is a Total Godsend. Glad so many are going to reap the Benefits of this experience! 😁#WarmFuzzies

Posted:  2 months, 3 weeks ago

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Battery Jump Box

A service call to have someone come out to Jump your Rig if your batteries run down will probably hit you for around $400-500 bucks. But, here’s a little help. I purchased this Jump box at Walmart for about $100-150. Money well spent; I have jumped other rigs with it (had to test it before I used it on mine, hehe), & I have also jumped my own truck with it. Overall time & financial savings have been more than a solid return on investment. If you go looking, make sure you get the model Rated to Jump RV’s. Yes you can get Jump Boxes for around $50 bucks; but those are not designed to jump a rig & will not be Hurky enough to do the job. If you have ever been held up due to a dead Battery 🔋you know how much something like this is a necessity. Comes in handy while camping as well, it has 4 USB ports, a light, & a small air compressor. Cheers

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Posted:  2 months, 3 weeks ago

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Wal Mart Parking

“Snitches get Stiches. *****es get Switches” As one who Dealt with waking up to find the trainers’ random “questionable Bottle of fluid” normally in a cupholder near where I slept, Yeah it’s sucks.... but Deal with it. We all deal with it.

If your ****tin’ under your trailer, it’s not my business. I only can control myself... I hold myself to a higher standard; Choose to poop in a receptical as were humans that have invented Fire & Toilets. I just don’t have the time to “Give a 💩Poop” if another driver is “dropping a load” under his trailer. As long as it ain’t my trailer.

Posted:  2 months, 3 weeks ago

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Walmart Pickup Is Awesome

Just tried Walmart pickup for the first time. GAME CHANGER!!!! Usually I find myself, if I need to hit the Wally World, having to schedule a stop into my route at one with Trucker parking; I rather have to do the chore of shopping when it’s hitting my 10 than try to run through on a 30. Well.... First thing: THERES AN APP FOR THAT! You can save commonly purchased item on the App. Makes building shopping list “peasy peassy Japanesse” Second: they bring it right out when you arrive. I maneuvered the rig to an area close to the “pickup” parking spots, & they rolled my groceries right to the rig.

THEY EVEN GIVE YOU A GOODY BAG!!!

In & out, I was done grocery shopping in 15 minutes; that is 15 minutes from When I punched “Off Duty” to when groceries were completely away & I was waiting to complete a 30. Got to walk my Doggo! 😁

Totally totally TOTALLY worth it. It’s Free! Just download the “Walmart Shopping” app. Plan your route through a location with pickup, & enjoy the Freedom & ease of Shopping! Not to mention the time savings. Cheers fellas!

Posted:  2 months, 3 weeks ago

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Helpful Equipment For Truckers

This is a Great idea! True Trucker Ingenuity right here!

My stop fits in the holes no fastening or on fastening to do.

What I made was cheaper than buying a hitch pin. I checked it out. The very first one I made was with black pipe. Second use it was cut in two.

Posted:  2 months, 3 weeks ago

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Helpful Equipment For Truckers

Not really; the tough part is the holes are sized a specific diameter. I don’t know about a trailer hitch pin, if it’s stout enough, & also stout enough not to be Bent due to the sliding force of the trailer

Wouldn't a trailer "hitch pin" and clip be easier, cheaper and something I already own?!?

Posted:  2 months, 3 weeks ago

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Helpful Equipment For Truckers

That is Creative & a nice touch. My only question is how easy is it to move Hole to Hole & take off? What I like about the one I grabbed at TA is it just slide in & slides out.

My tandem stops cost less than $10.

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Posted:  4 months ago

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Helpful Equipment For Truckers

A few little pieces of equipment I recommend... I am a “Night Driver” meaning I prefer riding while everyone else is “Night Night😴”. Recommend getting one of the C Cell or D Cell Mag Light flashlights. Little trick when trying to hit a Parking Slot or a Dock at night, I lay the mag down at the edge of the Line I need to hit with my Driver side Trailer tire. So no matter how hard it is to see or how well lit the lot is (or is not), I can see the mark I need to hit to get my trailer in without tagging someone next to me. This is NO REPLACEMENT FOR G.O.A.L.!!!! PURELY SUPPLIMENTAL!

Also, if your solo, you can find at TA’s across this great land, “Trailer Slide Stoppers”. I recommend them. I use one every time I pick a load. If your solo, this removes the Guess Work/Luck involved in shifting your Tandems & saves you MUCHO time & Effort. Simply Place it in the Hole in front of the Hole you need to hit with the pin, pop your Tandems, & Slide them till they hit. Then set your breaks, walk back & admire your perfect pin placement as you remove the stopper & proceed on your merry way. I am not a fan of Guess work, & this little piece of equipment is well worth the 15 bucks I spent on it.

I am sure there are other Cheat Codes more experienced drivers know & use. Feel free to add your 2 Cents, I am a Pup, & know I am still Green in comparison to more seasoned Road Warriors. Cheers All

Posted:  4 months ago

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Paying Dues: Enduring "The Suck"

It’s been a while. Someone (@Amery2umomAnne) found me on Twitter, & reminded me of this forum. I just RENEWED my CDL again... I am still driving. The sock was hard. The company that did give me a chance, The company that gave me my opportunity was Carolina cargo. As a company I would not recommend, but as a driver who needed to get his foot in the door and his butt in the driver seat, the company suited my needs . This is the fun part, two of the guys I went to school with recommended me to their company. Their company, I had previously rejected my application, gave me a second look. I have been driving for May trucking company for going on two years now. I have not had much time to keep up on the forums, as I have been a very busy driver. But I say this and thanks. My buddies kept me going, as well as this forum. My story proves the point, yes it is true that where there is will there is away, but also where there is support there is bolstered will. I am going to make it a priority the next couple days to look through the forum and add my two cents. I am still here, I am driving, and I am proud to be a member of the fraternity that is the highway men. We are the feet on which America moves. I will be around #Cheers my Handle on 19 is “Drac-Roast”.

That's what his Bio info shows. Hasn't posted but a couple times since this thread. Doubt he still drives. Who knows?

Posted:  2 years, 1 month ago

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Screwed up big time, think I'm done (reefer temp wrong)

Great info here. I am noting all this. But, if it does not specify temp on Bills, you can always ask them to Print a Temp on the Bills or you can choose not to sign/accept. Normally, they will Write on the bills then a Temp. If your hauling to Walmart, KNOW THEY WILL NOT ACCEPT A Hand Written Notation! If I am hauling for Wally World, I will always ask for a new set of bills to be printed with the proper information/temp listed.

Werner if the BOL requires the load be protected from heat or cold, it stands to reason above freezing and below 85'f, maybe somewhere in between is satisfied that requirement.

If there is no temp stated and the lading is not perishable (flowers, dairy, deli, meat, produce, etc.) set the temp at 55'f. Macro your dispatcher with that info. and go.

You might also ask the shipper what they recommend before you leave their facility. Record this information in case you return to some of these places for the same or similar load.

Posted:  2 years, 1 month ago

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Screwed up big time, think I'm done (reefer temp wrong)

If it's a Refer Load, & I don't get a Temp, then I call the Broker & I tell him to get me a Temp or I'm waiting. Always read the bills & always only pull away from the Dock once all your questions are answered & you have temp set.

Normally, I know if I am running strawberries, there is a Temp range I will be keeping, & if I am running Frozen Waffles there is a Range I am keeping there... but I ALWAYS get a Temp from the Shipper! Always Read The Bills!!!!

Yeah it was my bad but I've gotten loads with no temp and bills just say protect from heat and cold, then it turns into a 4 hour wait well the company verifies this is true.

Well looks like I learned an important lesson

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Ok, Werner. If I could I would hit you in the head with a soft baseball bat. But I can't, so I'm just going to yell at you instead.

Usually, not always, when they put a mark next to the product on the BoL they're making a note that the product is there. So if I'm looking over a load and I see 40 boxes of cereal product #12345 I will put a mark next to it so I know I counted it.

I probably wouldn't say anything and if they confronted me I would just play stupid. But I think you'll get away with this one only because its Beer. They only want it temperature controlled so that the beer wont be 100 degrees. They dont need it ice cold, though they prefer it.

Pray that the receiver is lazy and the dock workers dont care about their job to notice. But I would bet you'll be fine. Just try to keep it to yourself and dont give them a reason to lool at you.

Now as for the yelling part. You really, really cannot let this happen again. If you're not 110% sure about the reefer temp then do not leave the shipper until you get that required temperature with a signature of the shipping clerk. Always read everything. Must not let this happen ever again. Seriously, if this was anything but beer you would be a goner.

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Agree with Daniel 100%. Read everything, front and back. If you are running reefer, 99% of the time you will be put-on a load requiring a controlled temperature.

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Posted:  2 years, 1 month ago

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My truck is sooo slowwww....

.... that I got passed going downhill on a steep grade. The Rewarding part was when I drove away from the TA & one of the Speed Demons dropped his trailer across the street in a Emergency cause he smoked his brakes, which then ignited his trailer on Fire! Yeah, I did not feel bad at all about being the Turtle that beat the Rabbit! Cheers~

Posted:  2 years, 1 month ago

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My First Accident Stories

I clipped a guy's mirror backing into a tight slip at a receiver, this morning. I felt bad, but my co driver coached me through handling my first, & what will hopefully be my only accident. He then reminded me of the story he told me, of his first Accident... & how he carried on with things from there. No bad damage, the housing was the only thing broken. Thank goodness. We all will have them, the first Accident. In a career, were all going to make a mistake at least once. Just deal with it and drive on. That's why there is insurance companies & safety departments... just learn & drive on, with a goal not to repeat the mistake.

I did Get Out & Look... I thought I was clear... Life still happens. We just deal & roll forward. Feel free to share your "First Accident story", & then please note how many years since that you have driven on with a safe record. Proof, that we all will in the end if we persevere, will reach a point of professional fulfillment & success. You just have to "Overcome". Cheers~

Posted:  2 years, 1 month ago

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Trucking At Night Versus During The Day?

I am a Greenie, with about 3 months of time under my belt. I run in a Team truck, so I have already found that sleep schedule will rotate as after 12, & 10, your catching 2 hours of the previous lunar day compared to a standard Drive day. Always be safe. I have a CPap machine, so I HAVE TO show that I use it for a minimum of 4 hours every day/night. Means, I schedule sleep. I try to land a minimum of 8 hours of sleep during that 10. I average 7. You really have to Schedule your sleep in this game. I did Time in the service, & watch times also rotated. So I got real good at scheduling rack time & making sure I got sleep. With Refer, I have found that drop/Pick-up days can run longer, normally maxing out the 14. Again, learn to manage your Hours of Service. But on those days just expect to not have a Max day behind the wheel, & be comfortable with getting what you can, getting to a safe stop to take a 10, & then rolling from there. If your flexible, responsive, & "Always Ready" when the DM/Dispatcher says game on, your going to earn a lot of good loads. But if you are unable to adapt, your going to be mediocre & find rough seas ahead. As Bruce Lee said, "Empty your mind, be formless, shapeless - like water. Now you put water into a cup, it becomes the cup, you put water into a bottle, it becomes the bottle, you put it in a teapot, it becomes the teapot. Now water can flow or it can crash. be Water my Friend." He would have been a very successful Trucker

Posted:  2 years, 1 month ago

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Question for the Reefer pullers

I am new to the Fridge Game, but I learned a few things that I am applying now... I have learned from getting burned that if there is Question about a receiving schedule or time, BE THERE AT 2-4am! Twice, I had a Receiver lay me over for another night as they no longer take loads late & they start receiving between 2 & 7 am. 2: Count your Pallets. I have a little Click Counter, like one used to count laps or people in attendance. Wear a Hoody or a Jacket with a Reflective vest, & watch what they load at the dock. Because Refer loads to a large degree are not going to be "SLC" loads. So if there is shortage, guess who is Paying? Always Count your Pallets. 3: just roll with it & be respectful. If your "Cool" in their Refrigerated Dock, the lumpers & staff will be willing to work with you. Compliment them & thank them; they are doing a job in a inhospitable condition, for long hours... a little extra respect can actually carry you a long way.

Every brand of trucking is going to draw a specific brand of Trucker. Refer loads require "Cool Cats". Just be patient & life will go better. If your a Hot head, don't have a long fuse, or are unwilling to adapt, "Your gunna have a Bad Time". But remain positive, & you will not have to break a sweat while on the Clock.

Posted:  2 years, 1 month ago

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Refer, Van, Flat,???

Well, I Drive Refer. Food for thought: usually I take Dry Van loads from East to West, go to a Blue Beacon to get Washed out, & I take Produce or frozen loads back east. Miles are really going to depend on your dispatch or your carriers overall rep with the Brokers.

Really, take the advice, run the loads that your going to jive with. If you don't mind loading docks & backing in, refer or Dry box works. But I do believe that Flatbeders are going to agree that most their loading & drops are either Paralllel or Pull Throughs. Flatbed you have to secure your load. Where with Dryvan & Refer, if it's not SLC (Shippers Load & Count) your responsible for Counting the product that they are putting in your Van. All good to think on. Welcome to the Industry. Cheers

Posted:  2 years, 1 month ago

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Reefer is more night driving?

I concur. Now, I have been running a Month & a Half. I am still a greenie.... but I am running teams in a company that does specifically produce loads going East on our return trips.

Nights have there advantages. But the man is right when he says that pre-sunrise hour is the most challenging. I find myself slamming a second cup of Joe & listening to some music 🎶 (rock) to keep my focus sharp. Refer loads I have found will often start drops right around either 2-4am or in the early day before noon or as late as 2. Logic: afternoons are hotter & loading docks need to be temp controlled. Easier when outside temp is cooler? Possibly.

If you ever half to question a Drop Appointment time (let's be real, receivers are sometimes real shifty about times... & when I say Sometimes I mean Most of the time) you might want to take the load over there if there is a question at 2 & double checking the appointment time.

I want to move to Flatbed soon enough. But I just got matched up with a partner at my team job that I don't continuously want to burry in a Shallow Grave ⚰️☠️ Hahaha one day at a time. Any Flatbed companies looking for a Hard running fellow, I am here for you!

it can be hot while sleeping, and around 2-5am or so is when I was the most tired. Once the sun began coming up it was good though.

Posted:  2 years, 1 month ago

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Paying Dues: Enduring "The Suck"

True, on all points fellows. This is what I Want... I just have to get through this roll with a difficult individual; I Survived a year & 1/2 at a Brig, I can survive a couple more days with this dude.

It's at times harder. I am not a fan of sharing a Living Space with this guy... even in the Brig I had my cell to myself... 6 Months. Thanks Don... I shop a couple companies I want, & I keep telling myself that "6 Months, I'm moving on up". You guys are right... just got to embrace it for a "minute" & ride on through as it will get better... 7 months, & I'm getting my Dog!

Posted:  2 years, 1 month ago

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Paying Dues: Enduring "The Suck"

My first company is a "Second Chance" employer. I was saddled with a Trainer, who is Rude, has less knowledge than me, & is your steriotypical "Super Trucker". Mind you, the company is Team oriented... so I don't really have "Downtime". Did I mention that this guy I'm sharing a cab with lacks all skill in communication, is rude, & very much a version of the rapper 2 short with a Nopolean complex.

I am enduring the suck. I am trying to remind myself that this is worth it... mind you I have only received my Orientation pay & due to my trainers skills in communication, have been laid over for a week total days on our second outing... I have enough Bologna & bread to last me on a Poor man's eating schedule till "Payday"... when this trip pack goes in. I have to endure 6 months, than I can start the process of applying to other companies. But I just need some positivity... someone to tell me that I was not a Sucker & joined a Industry of slave labor & "The Suck". That there is better... I can't wait to go Solo... I just have to get there. Help. Give me some Positive... the sights are cool, the few moments I get to enjoy them before I have to deal with this Anchor attached to my experience.

Mind you, he is as new to the industry as I am... man... this is "The Suck". Any encouragement would be greatly appreciated & thanks

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