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    Adel, IA

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David's Bio

Figured I'd adjust my "About Me" page...

My names David, I've been driving since July of 2012. I have a wife, 3 daughters and a new grand baby.

I started with Swift and completed their CDL training program. After about 10-11 months with them, I managed to find my way to a local postition with The Salvation Army as a driver. I did a full year with them before my family and I moved to MO. Everything was going good in MO and I got on with GTI (Gordon Trucking). I drove for them for about 8 months and we moved up the IA. I Then landed a local position with a contractor hauling Pepsi Bev through the state of IA. I've been doing that now for about 7 months. So far I have 3 full years of driving, working on my 4th winter season as a safe and professional driver.

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Posted:  1 year, 5 months ago

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Drivers releasing locking jaws at truck stops.

The solution to this is quite easy..

Get backed in, pull your trailer brakes and then go into 1st gear, let out slowly on clutch until it starts to pull trailer, pull your truck brake and push clutch back in and go to neutral.. hope out and try pulling the pin... if you can't with all your might then GJ.. :)

Posted:  1 year, 5 months ago

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10 speed shifting

Here's how I practiced gears......

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This shows 2 different 10 speed trans... a standard and a super... for simplicity we will use the one on the left...

You can either toss this up on your screen or print it and pin it to wall.. now get you a plunger (yes bathroom plunger) and plop in next to you in while your in a chair... look at the pic and move the handle of the plunger like it's a gear stick.. this helped me learn 10 speed as I had driving my first 6 months in a 8 speed.

Posted:  1 year, 5 months ago

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A Husband and Wife Trucking Journey

So by this time my wife and I are thinking we are about out of there. Darkness had already fallen and I know that it is I who will be first to drive. We'd been up since about 5:00 in the morning but I was wired at the idea of finally getting to drive and was ready to go. It was then that we find out we'll be waiting 3-4 hours on the paperwork and are told we'd better try and get some sleep.

At about 1:30am we awaken to the truck moving. The trainer had gotten the paperwork and was already headed for the gate. He stopped on the way out so we could all use the bathroom and asked if one of us was ready to drive, to which I quickly volunteered with one request...COFFEE! We checked out and headed to a truck stop down the street for some much needed caffeine and then I took over. Like the truck we took our road test in, this truck has a much tighter shifting pattern than our old Volvo at school but, with a little grinding here and there, I got us out of there and onto the freeway without issue.

With a weight of a little over 66,000 the first thing I noticed was that driving a loaded truck really didn't feel any different from driving the empty truck in school. Within the first hour I was shifting the truck nice and smooth and thoroughly getting a kick out of the whole experience. I got my first experience pulling some hills on I-10 heading for Arizona and quickly got the hang of it. By the hour and a half mark my wife had already gone back to sleep and the trainer was complimenting me on my ability to handle the truck. Needless to say this is nothing like CDL testing! Out here it's your ability to handle the truck safely that counts, not a bunch of nit-picky BS! Shortly thereafter he tells me that, if I'm comfortable, he's gonna grab some shut eye and that all I have to do is say his name and he'll wake up (He wasn't kidding. He jumps up instantly if you so much as say his name or if a message comes across the Qualcomm). He explains the procedures for the weigh station at the Arizona border and proceeds to go to bed. I find myself driving across the desert, thoroughly loving life for another 45 minutes before my wife joins me in the passenger seat. We watch the sunrise while trucking across the desert until finally reaching Phoenix in morning rush hour. By this time I'm thoroughly comfortable with the truck and handled the traffic of Phoenix like a pro, if I do say so myself. I make it to Eloy, Arizona with about 5 minutes left on my clock before my mandatory 30 minute break. As nobody had slept much at this point, my wife was to take over from here.

We get fuel in Eloy and both my wife and I practice a few 45˚ alley docks (we're required to do a certain number throughout our training and they must be at different locations each time). Then my wife takes us out. I stay up for about an hour as the trainer rides shotgun and wait untill I see her driving comfortably, and enjoying herself, before finally deciding to go to sleep. About 20 miles outside of Wilcox, Arizona I awake to my wife saying "What the hell just happened". Like the trainer I instantly wake up the moment something is amiss. The truck had completely died at 65mph and she had to coast to stop along side the freeway. The truck then restarted and we made it another 10 miles before it happened again. We got it started again and made it to the truck stop in Wilcox where our trainer called breakdown.

Needless to say we were told we could not drive the truck and they would be sending another team to get the load. Once the team arrived they'd be sending a tow truck to pick us up and take us to Freightliner in Tucson. As it turned out the other team ran out of hours and didn't make it to us untill 2:00am this morning. The tow truck arrived around 7:00am and, after getting hooked up, we had a nice ride in a pretty sweet Peterbilt back into Tucson. (Did I mention it's about 110˚ outside during all this? Thankfully the truck would idle fine.) So we spent the entire day chilling at Freightliner only to be told that we'd need to get a hotel and they'd get to us in the morning tomorrow.

So here we are. At a hotel and anxious as hell to get back out there. On the bright side we probably missed that storm coming up out of the Gulf but at this point we have no idea what the plan is going to be. Hoping the truck is fixed right away in the morning and we'll get another load from someplace local and continue on towards Tennessee.

Man, this sure brought back memories from when I was training.

Welcome to trucking... enjoy!

Posted:  1 year, 5 months ago

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Newbie Looking to start out Flatbed

Are you looking for flatbed companies that have their own CDL training? Are you planning on getting your CDL they a private institution first?

Companies that have their own CDL training and are flatbed. Roehl, Prime and Maverick come to mind.

Flatbed companies that hire newbies straight out of school: Melton, McElroy, TMC, Western Express, Maverick, Roehl, Prime.

Swift, Werner, and Schneider have flatbeds as well, I believe.

I hope this helps.

pretty much sums it up in a nut shell.......

if you don't think going to a private school is financially possible... Do take a look at Paid CDL Training Programs as mentioned above; Swift, Werner, Shnieder and Prime have flatbed divisions that will take you to their facilities, train you to drive, help you get your cdl and then employee you at the end. You just sign on the dotted line, and agree to stay employeed with said company for a minimum of 1 year and that basically pays your schooling. nothing comes out of pocket..

Theres quite a bit to read here,

Truck Driver's Career Guide

Posted:  1 year, 5 months ago

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Does driving off duty start your 14 hr clock?

Forgot to say, the above is just from my experience and what i've been told..

Posted:  1 year, 5 months ago

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Does driving off duty start your 14 hr clock?

IF your company allows off-duty driving, it will not start you 14hr clock... this is considered "personal" transportation.. and again depending on the company, you either get 30min or an hr... if it's 30min then you need to get to the TS in 15min and be able to return to the location you went off duty driving too within the remaining time of 15min (15+15=30)

so if you are in say Kansas City, KS and you know theres a truck stop on the other side of the boarder 10 min away... you drop to line 5 (Off Duty Driving), send a message to your DM "hey, im off duty drivng to the TS 10min away to get food/bathroom whatever, while i wait for a load.." then you head out.. your QC unit will keep you on Off Duty while you drive.... when you get to the TS, go to line 1 (Off Duty) always make sure... then go about your business.. make note of the time it took as it should be close to the same to get back... (10 + 10 = 20 with 10 min to spare)... when you get the load as per DOT, you have to return to the start of line 5...so drop to line 5 again, send DM message " got the message for load, heading back to previous location to start clock" and head back.. when you get to the very start, goto on duty do pre- trip and be on your way....

line 5 is a great tool when you use it right... but the thing about it is, you CAN NOT be under load with it. must be MT or BT... always check with DM too..

Posted:  1 year, 5 months ago

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Waiting on CS

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Had almost the exact same experience a months or so ago at an Americold in City of Industry. Gave them my appointment confirmation number, they said no good. Got my FM on the phone, told him the number didn't work. He got hold of the CSR she gave him a different number for me to try. Gave the clerk that number, and that worked...sort of. It showed an appointment for exactly one month later. Got my FM back on the phone and told him, he got hold of the CSR. The CSR spent the next 7 hours trying to get a reply from Americold, who went complete radio silence and refused to return her calls or emails. I had arrived at 7. The planner finally surrendered at 2:30, pulled the load, and gave me a different pickup at a different location for the next day.

Oh, and did I happen to mention where I'm heading to pick up from tomorrow morning? 😂😂😂😓🙃

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Did i miss it or are you waiting for someone to ask where at?

my guess would be back to Americold.....

Posted:  1 year, 5 months ago

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Forfeit a Back this Morning

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... Running water and a German Shepherd

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I love German shepherds.

and now i have to do this....

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His names Beau and is 2yrs old. Yes White German Shepherd....

Posted:  1 year, 5 months ago

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Boy what a start

I feel like I've been in CR forever. I needed to come in for routine service, an alignment, new tires but also my bunk ac has been on the fritz. So they sent my truck over to Truck Country for the routine service and ac work. They got my truck yesterday morning. Thought they'd found the ac problem by 5pm ish and didy oil change.. realized bunk ac still wasn't working right, kept my truck overnight, brought it back late this morning. Bunk ac still a no go. Our shop manager had them come back to get my truck and it's over there now. Sure hope they get it fixed as I'm completely bored. Supposed to go home this weekend, but I've been here going on 2 days and thinking.. why bother going home now.. already itching to be back on the road.

CR = Cedar Rapids, IA? im over in Des Moines.. i drove for Heartland Express last year, was not impressed with Truck Country there in Cedar.... they tend to take their sweet time.. Had to have 2 sensors on the engine replaced and pretty much sat there..... did do a few "local" runs with a day cab but was only 100-200Mi trip so it was mainly to keep me occupied ...

Good luck there...

Posted:  1 year, 5 months ago

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TV Antennas

Where are you mounting said antenna? If it's suction cupped to windshield or door Windows, could be that it's not up high enough and gets nocked out everytime a teuck passes by... id try getting it up hogher, maybe suction cup ot to the outside roof of truck...

Posted:  1 year, 5 months ago

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Touching my antenna gives me 1.3 swr, otherwise 2.5

Depending on the truck you drive, it could be as simple as grounding the antana with a wire to the frame.. if you have like a frieght liner, then Good luck.. damn trucks are mostly fiberglass now.... trying to ground it it is a pain.... i just get one of those antana mounts for the mirror; TGT-ULT-CASCADIA-MHW-00.png

and it grounds pretty good IMO...

Posted:  1 year, 5 months ago

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Truck Stops vs. Rest Areas

I favor rest areas over TS... I like the feeling of sleeping in "nature" when at a rest area.. there are some really nice ones out there. for example, i5 in Dunnigan, CA has/had? a rest area that was surrounded by trees, couldn't really see the highway. one of my favorite place's to stop when in the area. its been awhile though, not sure if it's still operational. I try to avoid TS's except for fuel and i'll shower on my 30min break. now if a TS is like within 50mi of a stop and there's now rest areas, then i'll stop at the TS but park as far away from other trucks as i can. i dread having to back between two refers... =D

Posted:  1 year, 5 months ago

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Nervous driving with my trainer!

Thanks for the advice! I appreciate it. Any advice for the confidence factor when driving? I don't feel super confident yet and it really bugs me.

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Hello, I just started a truck driving program and my trainer and I aren't getting along very well. The on yard week was filled with me driving around trying to learn to do stuff on my own because he was sleeping or on his phone. I'm nervous about driving the truck because I'm new at it and I don't feel very comfortable about driving in the city with him if he doesn't care about my training. He has also already set up my cdl test for this week and I will only have 12 hours of road time by that point. How can I learn everything I need to know in 12 hours?!? Any suggestions or advice?

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Bad trainers, or it seems in your case, instructor's, suck. Unfortunately they're out there, most of them just for the extra $$$. When I went through company sponsored CDL training I was there for ~4 weeks. From day 1 getting my CLP to the day I tested and got my CDL I might have had at most, 6 hours of actual road-time driving. That being said I knew going in that this was going to be a sink or swim program, pushing ~30 people a week into a program isn't smart business in my opinion, but it isn't my decision. The first day I started driving at the yard and practicing backing was the end of week 1 after I got my CLP. I don't consider myself extremely intelligent but I made it a point from the beginning to soak up as much info from each instructor at the yard that I could. That helped immensely, I sifted through all of the information they gave me(some good, some bad) and found what worked best for me. Don't let yourself get overwhelmed, take it one step at a time and if you don't feel safe with that instructor, speak up and talk to someone above them.

TL;DR - 1. Speak up to that instructor or go to the next link in the chain if they aren't instructing/helping you. 2. Focus on soaking up any information possible. 3. Don't let yourself get overwhelmed, breathe and focus on the task at hand.

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Confidence comes in time. the more you drive, the better you get, the more confident you will be. Its a right of passage for most drivers. Just don't get over confident, thats when **** happens...

Posted:  1 year, 5 months ago

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

Looked at the bill of lading and saw protect from heat and cold with no temp listed. When scanning in paper work I noticed they had said to set temp to 36 at the bottom.

The receiver put minus marks next to all the items on bol and signed it, they also took all the freight.

So did no one notice ? Did Jesus bless me this once? Or do the minus marks mean refused/damaged.

I assume the minus marks mean refused/damaged and sent actually check marks.

Should I snitch on myself and call my manager ? Should I hang tight and hope for the best?

The question is, was it refer ever on? Was it atleast in the low 40s? Generally if a load is temp controlled, the receiver will tell you if it's bad, at least that's been my experience in the 10 refer loads I ever hauled.

You saidn36 degrees so it's not frozen just has to be refrigerated... safe temp with food is 35-43 refrigerated. Anything above that and bacteria can start growing..

Posted:  1 year, 5 months ago

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Want to become a truck driver, but got a citation the other day for pulling onto a road that was closed. Does this disqualify me?

I pulled on to a road that I DIDN'T KNOW was closed. Cop was pulled over to the curb, but DID NOT have road blocked.

most companies allow you to have 1 or 2 within x amount of years... do the research on which company your interested in,

and read these pages.. call a couple some recruiters and explain what happened.. If it's the only ticket within 5 years , then I'd say your okay but still call and see what a recruiter says.

Good luck

Posted:  1 year, 6 months ago

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A Husband and Wife Trucking Journey

Company Orientation Day 4 (Yesterday)

Day four was less of an orientation and rather was centered around one thing. We are now officially hired! The morning was spent simply going over the last minute details of actually being employed with the company. We were issued our company ID numbers, assigned our comdata cards, assigned to a training team, a trainer and a fleet manager.

After that was finished we met with a wellness coach. This is simply an individual contracted with an outside company that assists drivers to stay healthy and meet their personal health goals while on the road. They also assist you in insuring that you'll pass your future DOT physicals. Incidentally, they took my blood pressure again to establish a base-line. As there was nothing riding on this blood pressure test there was no stressing over it and it came out ideal for my age.

DMV Fiasco (Again!!)

I'd love to say this day was nothing but celebration and high-fives for getting hired, unfortunately that was not the case. After orientation was over we headed to the DMV to take our doubles/triples and tanker endorsements. This DMV was packed and we waited a solid twenty minutes just to get to the check-in window. Here in California you must now prove residency and citizenship with multiple documents and, thinking ahead, we brought all of that with us. As we checked in the lady asked for these documents, as well as our CDL's, and looked everything over prior to even giving us a number. She even chuckled that we were on top of things and had clearly been through this before. My wife received the lower of the two numbers and, after about a thirty minute wait, she was called to a window and went to take her tests. Then I was called. My wife received her official license a couple days prior to leaving for orientation, unfortunately, mine did not arrive and therefore I'm still operating with the paper temporary one. Needless to say they would not allow me test until I receive the hard copy, thereby making this trip to the DMV pointless as it's a both-of-us or neither-of-us situation. (It would have been really nice if the lady at check-in had mentioned that as we'd have just left!)

My wife easily passed both her tests and returned to the window. Now at this point this would have been little more than an inconvenience, that is until she was informed that her hazmat had been dropped from her license!! Hazmat is critical for us, so this was not good! They were telling her that she'd have to re-take the hazmat test in order to have it added again. While she very likely would have passed, she hadn't even looked over the information since passing the first time and was absolutely distraught at the concept she may fail. As she was unwilling to even risk the possibility they initially were going to void her application for doubles/tripes and tankers and just drop her back to hazmat only so she could leave having what she came in with. Anyhow, this literally turned into tears being shed (she's been stressed as it is and didn't need this crap at this point). Ultimately they managed to wave the need for her to test and she finally walked out having hazmat, doubles/triples and tankers. Unfortunately, as they wouldn't allow me to test for tankers, it really has no benefit at this point. Upon returning to our company we were told that the DMV was incorrect to begin with and that she never should have been required to re-take hazmat since she passed and received it so recently. Gotta love the DMV!

So we're now just hanging out waiting on our trainer at this point. As he's currently on the other side of the country were waiting on a decision for one of three options. Either he'll drive here and pick us up, he'll fly here and we'll drive a local truck back to the main terminal or we'll fly to the main terminal and meet him. We're good with any of those options and simply waiting.

I gotta say, I don't miss CA DMV... the only state where you have to show 16 forms of I'D, surrender your first born, and take every test even though you just did 1 week prior... ( I took my General, air and combo test then went back to add tanker and they made me do alll 4 again) good luck to you and the Mrs. Look forward to hearing about your training.

Posted:  1 year, 6 months ago

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Rider program

I think most allow riders over the age of 10-12. If they are under 18, you need to show proof of guardianship. Otherwise anyone over 18 can ride with you.

Take a look at Trucking Company Reviews look at the companies you are interested in and go from there..

Posted:  1 year, 6 months ago

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*FREE COFFEE*

Pilot Flying J

Happy Father's Day!

Any size (hot or cold), offer valid June 18-24.

must be that time of the year again . lol seems like every year PFJ gives fathers a free drink..

Posted:  1 year, 6 months ago

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Filling out applications

Also keep in mid, employers require 3yrs of recent job history, However DOT law requires 10 yrs of recent employment history.. so the app online might be 3 yrs but when you get to orientation they'll have you do 10yrs...

As Errol said, just be as honest as possible. If need be, and I be done it before, call previous employers and ask then for start/final dates and pay. I now have a file on Google docs with every job for the last 10yrs with dates, addresses, names supervisors, phone numbers and pay rate. I also keep DOT med card issue and expectation dates, along with licence number and expectation dates. Quick and easy and can just copy and paste it over.

Posted:  1 year, 6 months ago

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My truck is sooo slowwww....

Hey OS, does his profile picture remind you of your childhood days?

(Sorry I had to!)

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Wow, that actually had me laughing for real.

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