Profile For Big T

Big T's Info

  • Location:
    National City, CA

  • Driving Status:
    Experienced Driver

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  • Joined Us:
    1 year, 9 months 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:  19 hours, 50 minutes ago

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Rainy, CK, Big T and Raptor in Utah

Thanks for the heads up Raptor. I can't updated yet. Im in Nebraska today and it isn't looking much better. We got approval to run south out of here into Kansas and then across the 40 to california. Adds 120 miles but may save a day of shutdown waiting.

Posted:  6 days, 17 hours ago

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Drive time for student

Lol that is what the volume switch is for.

Posted:  1 week, 1 day ago

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Drive time for student

At two weeks you should have at least 20 backings. They want the students to basically average 40 hours btw and 10 backs a week.

I don't know my driver coordinator is. I'll ride this next day or so and see what happens. If it continues then I'll say something. I don't want to rock the boat. Plus as you know Raptor doesn't have much tact. I'm fine with customers but we don't talk much either, but I know this is not how training goes. I trained a lot in the .military and in civilian life as well. The trainee needs to know the parameters of their training. What is to be expected and how to do the job they are training for. In 2 weeks I delt with one customer. And have never back the trailer into a spot for live loads or at the truck stops.

Posted:  1 week, 1 day ago

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Drive time for student

Raptor you should be sending a macro 27 every day. That is your sign in. That is what you get paid for. Then you get hourly for anything on duty over 40 hours in the week.

As far as drive time goes during your first 50 you should be doing the majority of the driving. They really don't want you driving between midnight and 0600 during the first 50 because that is when a lot of the wrecks happen with new drivers. Now if you're comfortable, especially since you've driven before, then that is between you and your mentor.

Your driver coordinator is Aaron Trice. He handles the reefer students out of JV. Not always the easiest guy to get in touch with but if you call him it should roll over to someone that can help you.

His # is 951.968.3450

Posted:  1 week, 2 days ago

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Waiting in Lancaster

A late pick up is better than no pick up because you dozed off while driving. No load is worth your life. Especially not a load of candy.

Well because of my shut down we might late for pickup but I don't know. We had a pickup time of noon when we went to bed and were only 2 hours from our destination. Well this is a learning curve.

Posted:  1 week, 3 days ago

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Broke down in SLC UT. 😢

Sometimes I think SLC is where trucks go to die. I've had three trucks break down in SLC and one was terminal.

Good luck and hopefully it's a speedy recovery.

Posted:  1 week, 3 days ago

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Big T

Lol. We are delivering in Layton at 2200 then we will be at wvc. No load for us yet.

Posted:  1 week, 4 days ago

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Big T

I have to run over to Fontana to see if they have my NY permit. Then I'll be back if you're still around.

Posted:  1 week, 4 days ago

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Big T

Im still here. I'll be up in driver services for a minute then I'll be back outside.

Posted:  1 week, 4 days ago

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The Ego Becomes The Downfall Of Many CDL Students: New Article By G-Town

Great article G-town. This is one that should be added to the welcome packet for new drivers.

Posted:  1 week, 5 days ago

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Stuck in Victorville

The reefers have two modes. Continuous mode will keep the reefer running the whole time. Start Stop will turn the reefer on when the temp range gets to the edge of the acceptable range.

Posted:  2 weeks ago

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Fired for accident and not sure what to do.

You chose to drive while fatigued, but the company caused the accident? The buck stops with you. No company can force you to drive fatigued. You made a poor choice and ended up having a major accident by industry standards. Until you realize that and come to grips with that your chances are not real great.

If you want to stay in the industry then take what you can get and get another year of safe driving. At that point you may have more options.

Posted:  2 weeks, 6 days ago

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Why you should always check your fifth wheel.

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Posted:  2 weeks, 6 days ago

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Me and my trainer

When you're at the terminal there is free wifi in the lounge. Some terminals are better than others.

Posted:  3 weeks, 1 day ago

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I can never see any reason under the sun why trucks should ever be overweight.

Some shippers have scales. Some product has uniform weight, most do not. Pulling reefer I do a lot of produce loads. No two pallets of apples weighs the same.

Unless you are hooked to the same trailer all the time your weight is going to fluctuate as well. A new reefer usually weighs less than an older reefer. A thermo king may weigh different than a carrier.

An international weighs about 300 pounds more than a freightliner.

The person loading the truck also matters. As a general rule I don't like putting more than 43,000 pounds in my trailer because it becomes a challenge to scale. However I have had people that can put 45000 pounds in my box and it will scale legal the first time. Others at the same customer can't get 40,000 pounds to scale legal without reworking the load.

Very little, if anything, in trucking is black and white.

Posted:  3 weeks, 2 days ago

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Got my mentor!

About time. This phase will be over before you know it. Good luck and I'll see you out there.

Posted:  3 weeks, 4 days ago

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How many times roughly do you have to stop and chain up your truck annually?

You will find them on Donner, Siskiyou, and Snoqualmi usually. Sometimes you will find them at the bottom of Cabbage.

I've never had to chain up and I didn't even know that service existed. That seems like a complete waste of money to me.

Posted:  3 weeks, 4 days ago

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How many times roughly do you have to stop and chain up your truck annually?

Chaining up really is not that difficult. Yes it sucks getting out in the cold and the slop on the side of the road, but I would not pay someone money to do it.

More importantly: if chains are required I'm parking it.

Posted:  4 weeks, 1 day ago

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Truck drivers and their non truck driving (like cars)

Raptor you'll stomp the floor a couple times and almost fall out of your seat reaching for the stick. Nine months in an auto and every once in a while I still reach for the stick. Especially climbing grades.

Posted:  4 weeks, 1 day ago

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Truck drivers and their non truck driving (like cars)

When I first got my license I had been out for almost three months but the time I went home. Going from Fontana to San Diego the scale just south of temecula was open. DOT got a kick out of the geo metro driving across the scale.

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