Profile For Eric G.

Eric G.'s Info

  • Location:
    Salt Lake City, UT

  • Driving Status:
    Rookie Solo Driver

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    1 year, 5 months ago

Eric G.'s Bio

Former video game industry professional. Now I'm looking to travel in a truck across this great land back and forth, delivering whichever load they need me to. My family has been in the industry my whole life, but I chose to follow a passion, now I'm following another. Back in the 60s-very early 90s my grandfather ran CCMX (Coast to Coast Motor Express) he headquartered in Salinas, CA Cleveland, OH and Gaffney, SC. at most he had over 100 trucks. then in the early 90s he and my grandmother started G and G trucking and went out on their own. My dad has been a driver all his life for as long as I have known him. my mom and grandmother worked in the office as dispatchers and running the books for the company.

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Posted:  9 months, 3 weeks ago

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13'6" Bridges

Two things here. One I was told in training the marked pass means that’s the highest a vehicle can be to safely clear the overhang.

Two, this was from my grandfather years ago so it may not be true today. The signs posted state a safe height, but that’s not the true height. I can’t remember exactly but I think it’s something 4-6 more inches of clearance over the posted height. This also could just be a northeast thing as we were in Connecticut and New York when he was teaching me this.

Posted:  9 months, 4 weeks ago

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Reefer help newbie

In my very limited experience only some of the customers actually check your reefer temp when you arrive.

Unless the product is leaking, or grossly not held near the temp, then I think your fine.

Again I have very limited experience, and have never had an issue with my temps... knock on wood.

I did have an issue with a load before I ever left the shipper once. I was told the temp on the digital screen is not always the temp if the product in the box. Fir example this load I picked up was supposed to be 20 degrees I think a meat load. The trailer ran out of fuel before I could pick it up. It then had issues getting started once they added fuel. It say fir about 5-6 hours before it got trans loaded to another trailer. (Maybe longer, I’ve tried to forget this load) the digital screen read it was in the 50s, but when checked the product was still frozen solid. Has to do something with all that product at one temp, even if the box starts to heat up it would take a lot of time or a really high heat to change the products temp real quick.

Posted:  9 months, 4 weeks ago

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Reefer help newbie

At Prime we get a temp for the load on each assignment. Once we get the bills we check the temp on that. During our load call and Qualcomm message we indicate the temp on the bills. Usually the temp will be updated in our system to match the bills.

My trainer always told me to keep it set to what Prime tells us, until you get a message about it changing.

My opinion, always go by the bills. The sales person or dispatcher, may not be aware of any changes in the transportation of what your hauling. The company loading the product knows how to keep it fresh fir the transportation.

Posted:  10 months ago

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Amazed he got as far as he did without being stopped!

The drivers unidentified company.... lol. I think it's right there on the side of the trailer.

Posted:  10 months, 1 week ago

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Prime tanker looking to do team

I believe Prim does 54 cents per mile teaming and the team decides the split. They do miles as a team. If not specified I think prime splits it 50/50.

Fir example as a team we run 6800 miles in one week. Tat would be 6800 mikes at 27 cents a mile per person plus any bonuses.

Not really sure if this is the way it's done, or if it equals more money.

Posted:  10 months, 2 weeks ago

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Being Proactive

I'll admit I only read some of the posts on this thread so if I repeat anything, sorry.

My two cents is you would have been fine either way you did it. In my experience the truck stops start opening spots around 2/3 am. Those drivers who like to be fine by dinner time.

However getting in early and out early is always a good move. So in this situation I see no wrong way to go here.

Posted:  10 months, 2 weeks ago

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Hurricane Irma

Same goes fir Georgia and the Carolinas. Supplies are already running out.

Posted:  10 months, 2 weeks ago

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Coming up on a yr and thinkin local

I've been thinking once my year is up doing the same thing. I think if I was in my 20s or married I would not mind the OTR lifestyle so much. But trying to do this and still meet someone seem to be like oils and vinegar. They just don't mix.

Posted:  10 months, 2 weeks ago

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HOS violation question

The safe haven rule was told to me by Prime dispatch. Sorry fir passing on wrong info, I thought it was right.

Posted:  10 months, 2 weeks ago

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HOS violation question

If it's to get to a safe place there is an amendment to the law called the Safe Haven law or something like that. The DOT allows drivers out of time, to get to a safe place to park. Primes log department will cover that with you.

If your trying to make a stop, your fm should be going over time management with you.

If you are stopped in the next 7-8 days it will show up on your logs. If your log department isn't aware then it appears as if you just ran over hours. If they are aware they can put a note on it firvthe DOT to see when they get a copy.

Posted:  10 months, 2 weeks ago

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What a day...

We all have these from time to time. So yesterday I got a load assignment to reposed a load from the SLC terminal and my preload plan for after that load.

I left at 11:30 last night to make my 0030 appt time today. 7 hours later I'm getting the bills, and took my time to get the 8/2 split so I could run some more today.

With 4 hours left in my pick up window, I rush to get a washout and learn that my next load is ready but the trailer is out of fuel so I need to hurry and get there to take it to the nearest fuel spot.

I arrive to find out another Prime driver has picked it up to take it to get fuel. He is leaving as I am arriving. They actually don't let him leave since the product has no fuel to run the reefer, so they fuel him up in the spot.

He drops the trainer I hook up, but they need to inspect the load first to make sure it's still ok to send out. (Meat load) everything is good the reefer starts right up after its pre trip is done.

In my way out reefer is off. It wasn't far from being in temp so I thought nothing of it. Even when I checked the temp it didn't register with me it should be running. Pre trip passed no issues.

So security can't let me leave the reefer won't turn in and the product is over temp. So I pull back on lot and talk with RA and dispatch. Let everyone know what's going on. With RAs help I spend 2 hours trying to prime the fuel pump, or lines I'm not sure maybe both. No go, the reefer cranks but doesn't turn over.

RA gets a mechanic out here he drains some of the fuel out, puts his own desire in the unit starts up but cuts out after about 2 minutes. We notice it's out of coolant. We top that off, but the unit won't start up and run smoothly or stay running.

So short story is it's been a 17 hour day so far I have driven 80-85 miles, and I'm now awaiting fir the load to be transponder and fir the office to print new bills in a holiday. Looks like I'm not going anywhere for a while.

Posted:  10 months, 2 weeks ago

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Hard Lesson Learned

My trainer told me to count all holes open or not. For example if I want 6 I start at the first hole and count six. Usually our 2-4 is the stop bar, but we count that hole as well.

Posted:  10 months, 2 weeks ago

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Self destruct button? LOL

Supposedly it's the alert everyone alarm. It sends signals to dispatch and safety, then dispatches fire and rescue as well as police.

That's what my trainer told me.

Posted:  10 months, 3 weeks ago

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Public service announcement!!!

This is more fir the rookies like myself. Its Sept. 1st that means chains must be in your truck for I70 at least west of Denver. (I forgot the exact mile marker posts). And starting next month all those winters stayes will begin their months when you must have them in the truck. Not all states start in October some in November. Some don't have month ranges they just expect you to have them if the weather requires them.

This has been your public service announcement....

State chain laws

Posted:  10 months, 3 weeks ago

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My CDL Training Diary With Prime Inc

Paul I think it's 1year before you can be experienced driver, but don't quote me on that.

As for the backing, I was very bad at it in training. To this day I still have mess ups out there. Once I went solo and it was on me to do all maneuvers it just got better. Like practice makes perfect. Plus all the stress and pressure we put on ourselves in training to learn fast and safe but to get out there and make money for whatever reason we have also plays s part in why we suck in training. At least that's how it was fir me.

Posted:  10 months, 3 weeks ago

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Dispatch wants me to take a 34 hr reset in a loading dock?!

My two cents, trying not to repeat others here. I would have first seen if I could get to the shipper get loaded and then get to a nearby truckstop. I know some have good on their trucks, but that's not always the case for everyone. I have food once I get out of a terminal and in about 10 days it's gone. As a rookie I have a fear of Walmart lots after almost getting stuck in two since I have been solo.

Anyways back to my point don't reject the load right away, try and find a solution that gets you what you need and the carrier what they need. They need you on that load and you need amenities when you stop. Maybe you would have to take a 10 or longer to get hours back after midnight. Then do your 34 as soon as you can safely park. Just always try and find a way to fit both in. If you can't just know your job is to haul freight. That will always be first.

Posted:  10 months, 3 weeks ago

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Prime Inc. Agility Test

Wow none of that was done at their Salt Lake terminal. They got a guy from Springfield their now, not sure if they have added that in yet.

Posted:  11 months ago

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Drive time

It depends. So in his scenario he used 6 hours of his drive time. So he would have 5 left. But after taking a 4 hour break he is down to 4 hours left in his 14. He still has 5 hours left to drive. If he takes 8 in the sleeper then his 14 hour clock would be 14 minus the hours he was on duty between the 4 hour break and his 8 hour sleep. His drive time would be11 minus the time spent driving between the two breaks.

It's like when he takes the 4 hour break that's the start of the 10. But he interrupts it. So he has to take 8 to get any real hours back.

Now if you run all day and you stop with 2 hours on your clock, after 8 in the sleeper you will get those 2 back. But if I had a 2 hour or longer break before I went in the sleeper then the rules above apply.

If you are logged as sleeper you should get back two hours. If I understand the 8/10 split properly.

Posted:  11 months ago

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Drive time

Your drive time only deducts when the truck is driving or if you switch over to drive while you are sitting. However given the scenario you gave us you drive for 6 hours then wanted to sleep for 4. You would only have 4 hours left in your day to get work done. You would have to do 8 more hours in the sleeper, or take a full 10 hour break to get more 14 hour day time back

Posted:  11 months ago

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Equipment on truck

Not sure about all companies, but Prime allows it. Hell they even have deals with DIRECTV that you can do. They do the install everything.

I am doing something different so I don't know all the details, but I'm sure someone on here can fill in the gaps I have left behind.

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