Profile For Big T

Big T's Info

  • Location:
    National City, CA

  • Driving Status:
    Experienced Driver

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  • Joined Us:
    2 years, 1 month ago

Big T's Bio

I am returning to the industry after being away since 2009. I have driven dry van, reefers, and heavy haul dry van. I have been a solo, team, lead, and trainer. I am currently jumping through all the hoops again getting my license back and starting my driving career again. I have missed the road and am finally able to return.

I have one non-preventable, not at fault wreck in which I was rear ended outside Queens, but other than that I have a clean record and value safety above all else. I also believe in the "brotherhood" of trucking and believe it is up to each of us to keep it going and to bring it back.

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Posted:  6 days, 9 hours ago

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Under-21 interstate drivers getting serious look by FMCSA

I'm a little torn on this. I understand the maturity arguments and insurance arguments, but not from a reality (not sure what word I'm looking for) perspective.

It is already legal for 18 - 20 to drive intrastate. An 18 yr old can legally drive a CMV from Los Angeles to Sacramento because it is in the same state, but cannot drive from Los Angeles to Phoenix because they cross an imaginary line drawn on a map.

Posted:  6 days, 14 hours ago

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Legal to drive?

When i shattered the base of my left little finger i couldn't pass a DOT physical because i didn't have a grip strength of at least 40 pounds per square inch. Im going to guess that being in a cast may limit your grip strength as well.

Remember it isn't just being able to steer. What would happen if you were to have a steer blow out?

Posted:  1 week, 1 day ago

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Might be attending Swift school next week, first time ever

That info i don't have. Jurupa Valley (Mira Loma) is my home terminal and I talk to some of them when i get into the terminal. The drivers seem to like the account.

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Look into the coca cola account. It is still "regional" but a lot of it is within CA. I was just talking to a driver that basically runs Sacramento to Los Angeles with an occasional AZ or NV run.

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Do you know much about the Swift Coca Cola? Is it D&H? I am looking into Swift and it sounds like a good deal. Is it from CC warehouses to retailers? The pay that I heard sounded too good to be true. Is there a catch? I would much rather have the L.A. to AZ or NV route, especially if it is out of their Mira Loma terminal. I hate Coastal Cali. traffic and the 5 corridor also.

Posted:  1 week, 4 days ago

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Might be attending Swift school next week, first time ever

Look into the coca cola account. It is still "regional" but a lot of it is within CA. I was just talking to a driver that basically runs Sacramento to Los Angeles with an occasional AZ or NV run.

Posted:  1 week, 4 days ago

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Swift Refrigerated

I did the same thing. Picked up in California going to north Platte via new Mexico to try and avoid the storm on the 70.

First day went alright. Had to deliver a second part of a load to Shamrock Foods up the road. Took 2 hrs for them to unload me. Wasted another do hours dealing with claims because there was damaged freight from a prior stop that was not reported to claims. Wasted time just to be told to throw it.

After that I made my way back down the road to get a washout. Knew I was picking up dairy from shamrocks farms so I set the reefer to 32 just like Walmart has it, so I could precool the trailer. Got to Shamrock farms and was loaded within a hr.

Had to go back down the to weigh it at the busy loves in Tolleson, thankfully it was legal.

I was routed to go up to Grand Junction and then take 70 to Denver, but seeing the possibility for snow, I got re routed through New Mexico up i25.

Finished my first day with making it to the TA in Holbrook, AZ.

Posted:  2 weeks, 2 days ago

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Using The Runaway Truck Ramp

Cheaper than four lives though.

I’m almost positive I read no ticket, but the tow bill can be up to $10,000

Posted:  2 weeks, 2 days ago

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Swift Refrigerated

Just a quick number crunch using my ranking numbers comes out to an average of 579 and change. My year miles on the portal right now are 144,378 on 249 dispatched loads. It's a little misleading because it includes a lot of 1 to 50 mile runs I've done to help out.

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I'll look through my book and get you an actual answer, but yes they tend to be longer than dry van.

It cracks me up sometimes when I go to a dry terminal and they have the "no deadhead" signs because on reefer I've deadheaded 500 miles to pick up a meat load.

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Appreciate it. Really hoping I have a good experience on the cold box side.

Posted:  2 weeks, 2 days ago

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Swift Refrigerated

Yeah you learn real quick which places you are probably going to get stuck at. I know Costco I'm usually in and out within two hours. Albertson's on the other hand usually allows me a reset at their docks lol.

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With a lot of these warehouses the unloading doesn't actually take that long. The time consuming part is the breaking down pallets, counting product, etc.

Swift pays detention after two hours and at least with my fleet you don't have to be on duty.

As far as split sleeper birth goes; I hit the sleeper as soon as I am docked and no longer responsible for anything. That way if it takes longer than eight hours I can still roll.

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I hear that receivers make reefers wait long because they see merchandise that is being kept refrigerated as not needing to be offloaded in a hurry. Do you guys find that to be true? Does Swift, or any of the companies where any of you work pay detention? Do any of you guys do a split shift if you know that you will be waiting longer than two hours to unload? Do companies still pay detention if you count your wait time as off duty?

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This is why I love this forum. When I first started driving I just went off duty. But I have saved myself so many hours especially if I'm stuck at one of those special Walmart DC's that you're there 8 hours or more. Only a couple of them but I've learned to take advantage of those excruciating situations

Posted:  2 weeks, 2 days ago

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Swift Refrigerated

I'll look through my book and get you an actual answer, but yes they tend to be longer than dry van.

It cracks me up sometimes when I go to a dry terminal and they have the "no deadhead" signs because on reefer I've deadheaded 500 miles to pick up a meat load.

Hey Big T, was wondering the average length of haul you see on reefer. Rochelle's terminal leader told me they tend to be a bit longer. I am sure there are short loads too. Hoping refrigerated ends up being something that works well for me.

Posted:  2 weeks, 3 days ago

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Swift Refrigerated

With a lot of these warehouses the unloading doesn't actually take that long. The time consuming part is the breaking down pallets, counting product, etc.

Swift pays detention after two hours and at least with my fleet you don't have to be on duty.

As far as split sleeper birth goes; I hit the sleeper as soon as I am docked and no longer responsible for anything. That way if it takes longer than eight hours I can still roll.

I hear that receivers make reefers wait long because they see merchandise that is being kept refrigerated as not needing to be offloaded in a hurry. Do you guys find that to be true? Does Swift, or any of the companies where any of you work pay detention? Do any of you guys do a split shift if you know that you will be waiting longer than two hours to unload? Do companies still pay detention if you count your wait time as off duty?

Posted:  1 month ago

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First week...are all companies schedules this tight?

How heavy are you and where are you running?

The 50 mph is good for planning, but unless you are stopping to use the bathroom a lot you should avg above 50. If you avg a 55 mph transit than you only need 14.75 hours drive time.

At face value that run looks tight, but if you're able to push you will find you have plenty of time.

Why are you fueling twice on an 800 mile run?

Posted:  1 month ago

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Keep Your Eyes Moving

I picked up at a meat plant in Colorado a couple nights ago and it almost turned into a catastrophe.

Picking up at this plant is an easy process. You pull in the security scans in your trailer and inputs your information into their hand held device then you drop your trailer at the wash bay and go finish checking in.

As I was backing into the wash bay the security guard walked around the front of my truck. Nothing unusual there. The problem was he then walked up to the side of my trailer and started scanning again and getting the trailer number which required him to step between the tractor and trailer. He did not let me know what he was going to do. Had I not checked my mirror when I did I could have easily backed right over him.

Two things my students hear repeatedly is to know where your trailer is and to remember you have two mirrors. Keeping your eyes moving will help reduce the chance of someone or something invading your space cushion.

Thankfully everything went ok and did not result in a tragedy.

Posted:  1 month, 1 week ago

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Did you finish your CRST contract

How does you taking out more in advances then you earned (not getting positive pay) equal CRST breaking a contract?

They drop my pay when team members quit. I had several team members that couldn’t back and could hardly go straight. They also didn’t pay me a dime positive money for a month.

Posted:  1 month, 1 week ago

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Did you finish your CRST contract

I started my career with CRST. At the time they used CR Englands school in Colton, CA. They put me through the school in exchange for a year contract which they shortened to eight months after I'd been there I think six months.

I left them after completing the contract only because I moved to Oregon and at the time they weren't hiring in that area because they were having a hard time getting people home.

If you break the contract most companies will not touch you. Swift may, but I don't know under what circumstances. Only reason I know is because my last student came from CRST with three months experience. Swift bought out his contract and then treated him like he went to our school.

Posted:  1 month, 1 week ago

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Stuck getting repairs done at Jurupa Valley

See if the shop foreman can email your DM and explain how it is supposed to work.

62 percent is high, but if there is a valid reason then it shouldn't be an issue. Last year my DM got on me a little about idle percentage but I reminded her where they had me running.

I know JV has been catching some heat for numbers lately so that may have something to do with the added scrutiny.

Well I've been here for 2 days now. They wanted my inverter fixed and get a front end alignment done. Any Swifties with a CPAP machine? Do you shut your engine off when you use your CPAP? I was doing that but my DM has been all over me for excessive use of idling. So I tried not idling last night and my inverter went into error mode for not having the engine running. But they said that something was wrong with the battery or alternator. Both checked out good. Now they want the shop to rewire where it is wired to (ignition switch) to directly to the battery. I know that with an APU this problem isn't a problem. But Swift does ot have APU'S. It could just be my DM. He said I am idling at 62%. Which is the highest in his board. The mechanics at the shop aren't too happy about changing it over. They said it is supposed to be used with engine running to keep battery, alternator and inverter running at optimum. But fuel consumption is what he is getting at. So anyone have any thoughts?

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Posted:  1 month, 2 weeks ago

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Refridgerators, APU's, and Sat TV as company perks pre-installed in their tractors

On I-5 north in CA, WA , a vast majority of company drivers, could be possibly stopped, due to 62-68 mph equipment. It doesn't give exception for company set truck speed restrictions or driver safety consciousness.

No they can't. Not a single truck going 62 to 68 mph is going to get stopped for impeding traffic. CA is still a 55mph state and WA is a 60mph state.

The only possible way for getting an impeding traffic ticket in those states would be if they were hanging in the left lane. Then they could get both a speeding ticket and impeding traffic.

Posted:  1 month, 2 weeks ago

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Can I back out of Family Dollar account? Swift Transport...

Just tell your recruiter you want to switch. You can also bring it up to your driver qualification coordinator at orientation.

My current student got hired on as dry van but is switching to reefer once he is done with training.

The only thing that may be changed is if you were offered any kind of sign on bonus.

Posted:  1 month, 3 weeks ago

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Extra Door Security

Just be cautious of wind direction when you release that poison cloud inside your truck.

Keep that can of Raid handy. It'll stop 'em in their tracks and it's legal to carry.

Although I now believe rigging up the air horn to the doors would potentially be much more fun and effective. Just that little nugget itself was worth the price of admission.

Posted:  1 month, 3 weeks ago

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Company cell phones

I don't have a lot of issues with TMobile except for parts of the Dakotas, WY, and MT.

You will absolutely hate T Mobile OTR.

Good coverage in large Metro areas, sucks almost everywhere else!

Sorry to burst your bubble!

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Posted:  1 month, 3 weeks ago

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Company cell phones

Due to CA law; Swift reimburses us $1.50 a week for cell usage.

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