Profile For Heavy C

Heavy C's Info

  • Location:
    Portland, ME

  • Driving Status:
    Experienced Driver

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  • Joined Us:
    5 years, 1 month ago

Heavy C's Bio

Started life by just working at dead end jobs that I had no particular fun doing. Finally two years ago I got my CDL and haven't looked back. I drive for a company close to home and get to see my family almost daily. If you can't be happy doing this job then you're doing it wrong lol.

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Posted:  1 week, 5 days ago

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Another reason to move over

Yeah crazy that the baby lived. But another thought I had was the driver and how it's going to affect him. Would you be able to just jump right back into drivers seat after crushing someone like that? Some maybe others who knows. Could be something the driver never fully recovers from.

Honestly I've thought about this. I really don't think I could. Not that it would matter but that's especially true if it killed a baby. I would have a hard time doing anything even if I knew beyond the shadow of a doubt it wasn't my fault. There was a story a while back about a trucker who ran over a toddler in rest stop fueling area and killed him. Totally not his fault he couldn't see him, but to live with that would be brutal.

Posted:  1 week, 5 days ago

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Another reason to move over

This is such a terrible story. I feel terrible for that family and the family of the trucker. Just remember to always move over.Horrible accident

It was later ruled a suicide. You just never know.

Posted:  2 weeks, 3 days ago

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What about night/weekend schooling?

Best thing you can do is reach out to any and all companies you may be interested in and talk about this with them. Each company may be different in terms of who they can hire and what training is acceptable. Either way I don't think you'll be left out in the dark without a job if you attend private school. And as far as your permit and physical your school should have that included in the tuition and your first company will likely have you renew it when you get hired.

Posted:  2 weeks, 3 days ago

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Black Horse

Thanks guys. Yeah the owner is still involved heavily. In fact I'll be meeting him during my orientation. The equipment is going to be very nice. All brand new. Tractor, Pups and dolly. My linehaul will be pulling Parts for GM dealerships. No grocery for me anymore.

Posted:  2 weeks, 3 days ago

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What about night/weekend schooling?

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I did exactly that. Private CDL training and took the weekend course. Which was also during the holiday/winter time. We actually missed a few days during that stretch for holidays and snow storms. So it got extended out. However I still had no problems getting my license. In fact I passed the first time out and still had two weekends to go before I finished the class, which I obviously didn't have to finish. I got what I needed. I had to take weekend courses to maintain my regular Monday thru Friday job. It may not be for everyone but I think it more depends on your level of retention. If you think you can retain the info and manuevers you learned the previous week then go for it. If not just go for the regular course.

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So, I am wondering about your work options once you finished private school. Did you get more than one offer while in school? How long did they want you to be with a trainer and what was the pay like?

I got three local interviews as soon as got my license and prehire letters from a few OTR companies because of the school I went through and their affiliations with these companies. Look I get what the others are saying. And they're not wrong on most of it. But their suggested path wasn't going to be my path. I knew either I was going to make it doing it this way or I just wasn't gonna make it. Believe me I almost didn't. But here I am and I never once had to sacrifice time with my family. I won't tell you my path is the best. But it was the best for me

Posted:  2 weeks, 5 days ago

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New Driving Looking Local Home Daily. Options?

Sir like you I have a few young kids at home and went local straight out of school. I wasn't about to sacrifice my time with them. And getting to sit down to dinner with them every night makes things completely worth it. However there are a Couple things. First yes it's hard work. The backing can be intense. The hours can be long. The labor can get tough. I had my own problems when I started and one that cost me a job with OD. However I pushed through and still drive locally. As far as the experience thing goes. Here's what I've noticed, at least in my area. Companies are so short on drivers that most have cut back their requirements and some are even willing to train now. This is a drivers market and a lot of companies just want guys willing to drive.

I stand by my decision to go local. It's not the recommended way to start a career in trucking and could have easily failed. However I wouldn't have changed my mind if I had a second chance. In the end you need to do what you feel is best for not only your career but your family as well. Best of luck sir. if

Posted:  2 weeks, 5 days ago

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What about night/weekend schooling?

I did exactly that. Private CDL training and took the weekend course. Which was also during the holiday/winter time. We actually missed a few days during that stretch for holidays and snow storms. So it got extended out. However I still had no problems getting my license. In fact I passed the first time out and still had two weekends to go before I finished the class, which I obviously didn't have to finish. I got what I needed. I had to take weekend courses to maintain my regular Monday thru Friday job. It may not be for everyone but I think it more depends on your level of retention. If you think you can retain the info and manuevers you learned the previous week then go for it. If not just go for the regular course.

Posted:  2 weeks, 5 days ago

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Black Horse

Well gang I'm moving on. I accepted a job with Black Horse Carriers to run doubles from Portland to Hartford. Finally gonna be getting that schedule I've been wanting. Monday through Friday no holidays. Running line haul is about as easy as it gets and for the money you almost can't beat it. Time to get away from the grocery biz. Do we got ant Black Horse drivers here?

Posted:  1 month, 1 week ago

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Driver appreciation

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I'm sure as most of you know, this week is truck driver appreciation week. Well a heads up for those coming up into Maine if any of you are. The State police are holding a free lunch for drivers at the northbound scale house on I95 in York, ME. Unfortunately it's only from 11:00am to 14:00, so it's a fairly small window.

If anyone else knows of any spots to get some stuff. Coffee, breakfast, shower, whatever. Go ahead and post it in here. Let's get all the perks we can.

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While your eating get a free level 1 inspection as well, lol

You would think,but actually they do something like this all the time. Commercial vehicle enforcement around here are pretty cool.

Posted:  1 month, 1 week ago

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Driver appreciation

I'm sure as most of you know, this week is truck driver appreciation week. Well a heads up for those coming up into Maine if any of you are. The State police are holding a free lunch for drivers at the northbound scale house on I95 in York, ME. Unfortunately it's only from 11:00am to 14:00, so it's a fairly small window.

If anyone else knows of any spots to get some stuff. Coffee, breakfast, shower, whatever. Go ahead and post it in here. Let's get all the perks we can.

Posted:  2 months ago

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A fun little exercise for the rookies.

This was actually my first thought. Coming from a local driver P&D standpoint, a lot of my backing came from off the street. It's hard to tell how wide the street is or if there's normally parking on the side. But that's how I would attack it.

Oops was it not our turn yet

Well my second thought is back in off of Chambers St. Why? My luck lots marked 1 and 2 would be full when if I pulled in and would have to back out onto Chambers St anyway. I know with my 40ft camper I would rather back off a street than try to back onto a street. A long distance to back but looks to be clearest path.

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Posted:  2 months ago

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Anyone pay for CDL to get local/regional job?

Yes I did exactly that. Paid 6k and made promises to myself and my wife that I wouldn't do OTR. It's not the easiest thing to do, and depending on your area jobs be limited for local work. There's plenty of companies that do primarily local stuff though. LTL companies like OD, XPO, YRC. There's food and beverage like Sysco, Pepsi, National distributors. You just need to prepare yourself though. Local driving presents challenges that a lot of OTR guys don't get a lot of, and not having any experience makes things that much harder. It can certainly be done but it's not easy.

Posted:  2 months, 2 weeks ago

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Your Favorite Truck Stop

Haha, I'm there now. I though it was a decent enough place. I'll definitely be back when I'm up this way again.

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Dysarts in Bangor, ME used to be really nice. Before the kids took over. Now it's gone to hell

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Oh it's decent, but it really used to be so much nicer. And unfortunately you don't get much in the way of options up that way.

Posted:  2 months, 4 weeks ago

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So you wanna go local.....

No el we don't have a lot of those kinds of stores. None of the ones I've been to are that way but I've also not been to all of them yet. The worst ones tend to be IGA stores. Or stores with scissor lifts such too. Either way I wouldn't recommend coming here though. This company is a mess right now. Lots of changes coming in the next few months.

Posted:  2 months, 4 weeks ago

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So you wanna go local.....

It's no secret that I'm a local driver. I went local straight out of school. Is that the recommended way of doing things? No. But it's what was the best option for me and my family. I enjoy being local and wouldn't change anything. Well maybe one thing but that's a different story for a different day. No this topic is for those that are thinking about local whether they are new or currently OTR. I wanna share what kind of things you can expect when you get to be home every night. Now of course not all jobs are created equal. However a lot of local jobs are delivery based, so this is a situation will be fairly common for most.

Here's the scenario. I work for a grocery store chain in northern New England. Most of you that have been up here know that streets and businesses up here aren't exactly truck friendly. So my load tonight has two stops. I depart from South Portland Maine and head north to Bangor for stop one. Then east to Bar Harbor. 358 mile round trip. It's a good load. But it comes with a catch. Bar Harbor. This tiny little village is a huge tourist trap. Add to that the fact the main route into town is torn up for construction I have to go the long way around. So the Bangor store is straight forward so I'll skip ahead to the fun one.

This first picture is the bridge I have to negotiate because of detours. It's 12' on the sides so I must go up the middle. I was stopped waiting for traffic to clear. 0963673001532141189.jpg

This next picture is just showing that even at night the narrow streets and pedestrians are always an obstacle. BTW I was stopped for all these photos.

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The next shot is before I entered the store. Narrow entrance which I can't take much wider because of cars parked on the street. Normally we come in the other way and you can see that telephone pole on the corner. Which if you can't go wide enough turning in youll certainly hit.

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The next series of pictures is after ive turned into the store and the maneuvering I have to do to get backed into the dock. Mind you this is I'm a day cab 48' box. If I don't go wide enough I AM going to hit.

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Then before I leave I have to actually move the trailer left before I can exit because the turn it too tight and I'll clip the building. This store is one of the ones our guys hate especially during the summer tourist months. However it doesn't get much easier in many other locations we deliver to.

Local driving has taught me a lot in a short amount of time. Some of it has been the hard way. And I can say that I feel pretty good about being able to put a trailer in any spot now as long as it will fit. But that comes with a major downside. The risk factor. It's a risky proposition putting trailers in some of the spots we do. It can certainly cost you If you screw up. Local isn't for everyone. Most of you may be happy OTR your entire careers. However to those thinking about it. Be prepared. Being home every night comes with a lot of baggage.

Posted:  3 months ago

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Beautiful Rigs

You must be up here in New England. Racing car hauler's are beautiful. The insides are just as impressive as the outside

Posted:  3 months ago

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Don't forget your landing gear

This is why I have an order. Gear, pin, connections. I start from the back and work forward. Looks like you got lucky.

Posted:  3 months ago

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In cab inward facing cameras

This is funny because our eld tablets in our trucks have the forward camera. Like most tablets do. Well all of the senior drivers have put electrical tape over the cameras in their assigned trucks because they think the company is spying on them. It's like dude if they were really using the camera they would've immediately told you to remove the tape.

Posted:  3 months ago

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Music For The Road

Fade to Black- Metallica
It's not love- Dokken
Cleanin out my closet- Eminem
Indestructible- Disturbed
Wrong side of Heaven- FFDP

Trucker song: While I was away- Pat Green

Posted:  3 months ago

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Your Favorite Truck Stop

Dysarts in Bangor, ME used to be really nice. Before the kids took over. Now it's gone to hell

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