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Posted:  1 month ago

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My satanic fifth wheel

If it is a newer style 5th wheel try lifting it up and while lifting, pull diagonally towards the cab part while still keeping it lifted up. I have seen many drivers struggle with this.

Posted:  3 months, 2 weeks ago

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3 minutes to spare!

Schneider doesn't allow those. They are pretty strict on you looking for a place to park when you get near your last hour of drive time. I know Rob was going to one of their drop yards so he already had that plan in motion, and oh yeah North Jersey traffic sucks so you will always have some sort of delay there unless you run between 0001 and 0330, then you will be good, lol.

Question.

If it was an unexpected delay ie not normal rush hour could you have used the 2 hour extension?

Posted:  3 months, 2 weeks ago

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No air bag dump on my new Freightliner

That's not yard jockeys, lol, that is just the previous driver being in a hurry or just lazy, lol. I used to see it all the time when I use to jockey, between that and never even doing a tug test, you see it all doing that job.

The trailer I just picked at Tractor Supply in Waverly, NE. Backed up to it real slow, looks kind of low....bounced off it with the tires! Had to lower the airbags AND crank it up about 3 inches. 12 degrees, windy and snowing sideways. Yard jockeys.....Grrrrr!

Posted:  3 months, 3 weeks ago

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LED Headlights for freightliner

Unless you have a proper housing for the LED bulbs they will shoot the light everywhere and you will have no usable light, it just scatters. If you have a projector housing for the headlights which im assuming you don't since you work for Schneider? Just adjust the stock ones properly when you have the chance against a wall, there are two screws used for adjustment. And if your company allows to get led fog lights installed on your truck, a company called Rigid Industries makes DOT/SAE "street legal" fog lights, they are about $225 a set and they work wonderfully, i use them in my Jeep and cover the areas they need too.

Posted:  4 months ago

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I'm still shaky...

I can certainly see why your confidence took a hit and makes you doubt things, but you also have to know that you did the right thing and anticipated a possible outcome and you were right, if you weren't thinking ahead that Prius woukd have been in your passenger seat with you, just remember that.

Posted:  4 months ago

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Truck Troubles

I used to do the same thing when I stayed there, lol.

I was going too, but I ordered pizza so I'll save some for the morning!rofl-1.gif

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Enjoy the biscuits and gravy and free coffee at the Sleep Inn, lol.

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I had my first truck troubles today, the starter went out on it. I was at our Carlisle OC having a problem fixed on the trailer I had when my starter went out, right in front of the shop... rofl-3.gif

So they gave me a loaner truck to finish delivering my load which was to a place in Carlisle as well, then booked me a hotel room since my truck wasn't supposed to be in the shop until the 24th, but by the time I got back... It was in the shop!shocked.png

But they said I could stay in the room tonight anyways to get a good night sleep and go pick my truck up tomorrow. So nothing to bad!

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Posted:  4 months ago

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Planning Quiz

Where in Virginia would you have been coming from? I used to have the same Friday delivery right in Richmond off of 95, so I either went the back wag, which I believe was Rt. 1 to Rt 13 in Delaware, but don't quote me on that one it has been awhile or I used to go 495 to 270 to Rt 15 then to I76 to bring ne to Fairless Hills, PA that would take the same amount of time as driving up 95 in rush hour traffic, but I would be moving the whole time either of the other ways.

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If you go around the DC area the back way through Delaware and come out right near 295 you should be ok. Where in South Jersey is your pick up?

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It's too late now but, in the future that could be an option. I have no idea what roads to take though. Have you done this? What is your suggested route? My pickup is off exit 10 on 295.

Posted:  4 months ago

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Truck Troubles

Enjoy the biscuits and gravy and free coffee at the Sleep Inn, lol.

I had my first truck troubles today, the starter went out on it. I was at our Carlisle OC having a problem fixed on the trailer I had when my starter went out, right in front of the shop... rofl-3.gif

So they gave me a loaner truck to finish delivering my load which was to a place in Carlisle as well, then booked me a hotel room since my truck wasn't supposed to be in the shop until the 24th, but by the time I got back... It was in the shop!shocked.png

But they said I could stay in the room tonight anyways to get a good night sleep and go pick my truck up tomorrow. So nothing to bad!

Posted:  4 months ago

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Am I Being Paid Enough?

Are you in a A class truck or a B class? Im assuming B class since you are doing residential deliveries. And if that's the case, that is about right I would say. Most class A drivers start around that for hourly around where I live in New Jersey.

Posted:  4 months ago

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Planning Quiz

If you go around the DC area the back way through Delaware and come out right near 295 you should be ok. Where in South Jersey is your pick up?

Posted:  4 months, 2 weeks ago

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Always Important to check the 5th wheel

Not sure if this would be a normal practice for most drivers, but when i was with my trainer he always saved a bit of diesel after we filled up from the fuel filter when he drained it to get out anything that was in there. He kept it in a spray bottle and anytime we disconnected he sprayed it around the jaws and anywhere he could reach in there to keep the grease on the looser side. I did the samething and never had an issue with things, like I said not sure uf that us a common practice or not.

Posted:  4 months, 4 weeks ago

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Waste hauling trucking campny

Not being a smartass with this response, but literally drive up and down the NJ Turnpike, i see at least 10-15 waste hauling, municipal waste trucks daily on there.

Posted:  5 months ago

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Night shift

I have been running nights for the past 3 months with a start time of usually 7 or 8pm and i love it. No traffic which is wonderful up in North Jersey, NYC area, just makes things easier. And get two sets of black out curtains, one for the inside closest to the window and one for the outside, closest to the room and it will be pitch black and cover any areas the first curtain lets any light through.

Posted:  5 months, 1 week ago

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Distracted Driving: A Fatal Decision

It doesn't look like he rearended another truck, looks like he ran into something that sits higher up. Very unfortunate either way.

Posted:  5 months, 1 week ago

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Got To Get A Sleep Study Done

On the plus side you will be able to do your sleep study in your truck or I was able to at least in Carlisle and your DBL shoukd have set everything up for you and all you have to do is show up to the test.

Posted:  5 months, 1 week ago

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Does Schneider have forced nyc dispatch for OTR?

Expressways are your friend and parkways are your worst enemy, stay the hell off of them in NYC. There are huge signs stating that everywhere, lol.

How did you maneuver around that city. I heard they have freeways that don't allow trucks.

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I've been to NYC as a rookie. I survived, its just another city that you have to pay even more attention to. But don't avoid it at all. Sure its tough, but its a fantastic learning experience as well.

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Posted:  6 months, 3 weeks ago

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Best Android tablet GPS APP?

I wasn't saying to trust your gps like that at all, if people don't get that by now with all the info on this site, then maybe they should look into another profession, lol. I also have weitten directions handed to me if I have never been to the place before and also short hand those directions on my windshield for a quick reference, next week I will be headed into Brooklyn all week so im sure that will be fun the first couple of nights, but I also have the route given to me already so I can look it over and adjust it all over the weekend.

Google maps and common sense. Honestly, do not EVER trust your GPS whole heartedly. My rand McNally will warn me of low clearances that are not there, weight restrictions that do not exist, dirt roads, and some times it doesn't even know I am on a road at all. Google maps is best with its accurate traffic and road closure information and the capabilities it has such as zooming in on local routes or shippers and recievers. Street view is also an excellent capability. It is used for cars obviously but if you can't get passed that then no GPS is suitable imo.

Posted:  6 months, 3 weeks ago

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Best Android tablet GPS APP?

Ok so after a couple of weeks of use, I will give you my thoughts on the Verizon Navigation app that Verizon users have on their Android phones this weekend when i am off and have some time. Been working a lot of ot lately, which is never a bad thing. Stay safe

Posted:  7 months ago

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How did they expect me to secure this

I think the only time I ever secured a load while working for Schneider was a Anheuser-Busch load, i used to ask if I needed to when i picked up at other places but they always said no, so I stopped asking. I figured if they wanted it secured the BOL would say something or they would let me know at the shipper.

Posted:  7 months ago

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Securing Dry Van Load - Question

It was most likely meant to stay that way, most companies like that are quite good at floor loading their product, and most likely it is a light load. Did the boxes go all the way to the roof of the trailer and wall to wall, left to right, if yes then you should be good with no securing of the load. Plus if it is a drop and hook at the delivery, you wont be getting any securing equipment back, so you would have to grab more at the closest OC.

I was hauling a load from Frito-Lay's, the boxes was not on pallets, just stacked from floor-to-ceiling, it was almost all the way to the back, it was one row of boxes from being to the door.

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