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Posted:  1 week, 1 day ago

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Private property

Saw something this week that I have never noticed before and saw it 3 times in one day.

On the doors of 3 different companies I saw signs all basically saying the same thing"

"This trailer is private property, owned by XYZ Company, and is tracked by GPS and other electroic means. Do not hook to this trailer unless you are a driver for XYZ corporation. Any other use will be considered theft and criminally prosecuted."

Not sure if a sign will deter anyone but I have often wondered how many lost trailers have actually been taken intentionally taken and used without permission.

Posted:  2 weeks, 6 days ago

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Red classic

This has to be one of the “truest”statements ever made on Trucking Truth.

If you are changing jobs to keep a MACK ... instead of a solid company & income.... you might want to rethink things!

~ Anne ~

Posted:  3 weeks, 2 days ago

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Need help finishing CDL - just road test portion in NY

Not sure if they exist in New York but Ohio has 3rd party testing centers that sometimes offer rentals. Pretty sure you can still test out of state.

It would be a drive but there is one in Cleveland that offers testing and equipment rental. Looks like for just a road test the testing fees and equipment rental would be around $285.

Cuyahoga Community College CDL Testing Center

Posted:  1 month ago

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DM compensation.

What I find interesting is how lowly paid some of the trucking industry office staffs are.

I had a heart attack in 2020 and it soon became apparent that I was not going to be able to pass a DOT physical for some time. My employer, Ryder, and I briefly discussed me moving into the office. During our discussions I found out that I was one of the highest earning drivers, almost $90k in 2019. The dispatch position I reported to had a salary in the mid $30s, next level up mid $40s. I was making almost as much as the site General Manager.

I had already been approved for 9 months of ST disability at over $900/week so we both decided that it did not make much sense for me to move at the time.

Posted:  1 month, 1 week ago

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Truckers struck with COVID-19

A few weeks ago I was on vacation in Las Vegas for 4 days. The day we were taking the red eye home I developed a very slight sore throat. I'm fully vaxed and boosted, but I took a Covid test when I got home and it registered positive almost immediately.

I texted my dispatcher and he said that he would get back to me before Monday. On Sunday they told me to stay home and check with them on Tuesday. On Tuesday the sore throat was gone and I felt fine. We then decided that I would return to work Thursday. They gave me drop and hook loads where I had no interaction with anyone and I also wore a mask when around people.

They said that the current guidelines are 5 days after a positive test you are not considered contagious if not showing symptoms, especially a fever. I never developed any symptoms other than the scratchy throat.

Posted:  1 month, 2 weeks ago

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I've been diagnosed as schizoaffective bipolar 1 and have wanted to be a truck driver my whole life how can I overcome this

April:

I know that some of the responses have hurt your feelings, and I can't say that I blame you, but I still think we can figure out some underlying issues here.

I am curious how the call with the recruiter who laughed at you went. How did the topic of mental health even come up? Did he ask or did you voluntarily offer up your history? If you did that was a mistake in my opinion. You have worked with your ME and they saw fit to qualify you. It is not the recruiters job nor are they qualified to give you a mental health evaluation.

Or is it possible that you got flustered and broke down a little? That is nothing to be ashamed of, we have seen many people come through here who want this so badly that they become their own worst enemy.

Interviews for driving jobs, and to a lesser extent paid training opportunities, are not like most other jobs. For driving jobs, unless you give them a reason to not hire you, there is likely a position available. In contrast to my corporate days where I applied for many jobs where I was one of several hundred people competing for one opening.

Next interview try to be relaxed. Answer their questions honestly but there is no reason to give them your life's story. You are just trying to not give them a reason to say no. It seems like you are carrying around a lot of emotional baggage from past experiences. None of us here can understand what you may be going through but trucking has offered a fresh start for many, many people.

Best of luck to you.

Posted:  1 month, 3 weeks ago

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I've been diagnosed as schizoaffective bipolar 1 and have wanted to be a truck driver my whole life how can I overcome this

So do you have a valid DOT physical card? That seems to me to be the first hurdle. If you answered the questions truthfully and your documentation satisfied the Medical Examiner I don’t see an issue.

Posted:  1 month, 4 weeks ago

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CB Radio install

If you have access to a 12v test light turn the ignition on and see which wire has power. Hook that one to the red CB wire an the other to the black.

Posted:  2 months, 4 weeks ago

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Past driving experience reporting help

Have you actually applied for jobs and received push back because of the situation? The most important questions are rather you have kept your CDL current and is your driving record in good shape.

Aside from that you worked for a very small, shady trucking company that went out of business. Happens thousands of times a year. I seriously doubt that this guy participated in DAC or any other industry reporting and it does not sound like any charges were filed about what he claimed you did. He said/she said from 5 years ago really doesn't matter.

I say apply for jobs, give the dates you worked for him along with the address and phone numbers you have and tell them that he went out of business. I would leave all the drama and accusations out of the story.

I have worked for several smaller companies over the last few years and I have not seen the "staleness" issue to be that big of a deal. As long as your MVR is clean and your CDL is current you should have no trouble getting at least a road test. If are a little rusty but otherwise a safe driver you may spend some time with another driver until everyone agrees you are ready.

Good luck.

Posted:  3 months, 1 week ago

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Where One door closes another one opens and with the help of the safety director!

Victor:

Like many others I have questioned your approach to reaching your goals. If a Aviation/Military career is the end goal I think you need to put the truck driving on hold. The amount of money you earn driving brief stints between addending school just will not be enough to make a difference.

Personally I see 3 paths you could start right now that would be more efficient than your current attempts.

1) Monday morning go into a military recruiting office and see if it is possible to enlist and be guarantied a spot in helicopter training. This would get you in the military and in the air quickly. To the best of my knowledge the requirements for Army aviation do not require a college degree. Once you are a trained pilot numerous other professional and education opportunities will open up. In addition military "boot camp" will help you develop the maturity and mental toughness you will need to succeed.

Best parts about this plan is no out of pocket costs, military pay and possible signing bonuses and it can all start happening now.

2) Find an affordable school with a military ROTC program and apply. There are also ROTC scholarships that will help with tuition and you will earn a monthly stipend. With this plan you may even be able to find a part time job using the CDL.

3) Apply to the airline sponsored flight schools that offer a direct path to a first officer position with an airline. This will leave you with a lot of debt but with the projected pilot retirements coming up you will be in a great position for a long career.

In closing you seem like a decent young man but you seem to be waiting for someone to "fix" your problems. That is not going to happen. Anything from now on depends on you taking deliberate steps to make things happen.

Good luck to you.

Posted:  4 months ago

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Eye Candy for Packrat.

Packrat:

Does this bring back some memories? This is my employer's personal truck that I get to drive whenever we have a truck in the shop. He says I'm the only one he will trust with it.

2020 FL Coranado glider kit with a remanufactured Detroit 60 series and a 13 speed. Sleeper has fridge, inverter etc. Lots of bells and whistles.

No idea why he bought the thing. Has had it almost 2 years and it only has about 40k miles. Says he has slept in it just a few times. Fridge and cabinets still have plastic wrap on them from the factory. I don't even think I could get it into a couple of places we go. Not sure of the wheelbase but it seems bigger than the Cascadia full sleeper I had at Ryder.

He keeps talking about getting rid of one of our day cabs and putting me in this semi full time sharing it with him.

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Posted:  4 months ago

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Speeding repeatedly

Back in college a friend of mine got pulled over 3 times between Oxford, Ohio and Red River Gorge in Kentucky going on a weekend camping trip. 2 tickets 1 warning. Scary thing is the guy was Navy ROTC and later went on to be an officer on a nuclear submarine. Hopefully his decision making was better on the boat.

Posted:  5 months, 3 weeks ago

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Let's hear it - what do you guys think about the Canadian Truckers?

Oh I don’t know maybe whatever the Canadian version of the Ontario DOT highway maintenance department is. Pretty sure they would have the mechanics, equipment and operators necessary. In addition their primary job is keeping roadways clear. As far as damage these guys have had numerous chances to move their vehicles. If it came to this they would be facing fines, tow bills and impoundment fees. No one is going to worry about damaging their trucks.

Who’s going to cage the brakes if the tow truck operators are refusing to cooperate? I can’t imagine the police are going to do that. And can’t imagine they will find anybody who will volunteer to start tearing up trucks with bulldozers.

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I'm thinking to myself. " Driver, you don't understand how caging a brake chamber works, and how much can be moved by a front end loader, especially when you don't care what you tear up on the truck."

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Posted:  5 months, 3 weeks ago

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Let's hear it - what do you guys think about the Canadian Truckers?

Read an article this morning about how local towing companies are declining requests to help move trucks blocking access in the blockades. They had a quote from a truck driver boasting that "They don't understand how air brakes work. Once that button is pulled the truck is not moving."

I'm thinking to myself. " Driver, you don't understand how caging a brake chamber works, and how much can be moved by a front end loader, especially when you don't care what you tear up on the truck."

Posted:  6 months ago

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Ultra Class Trucks

Off road mining and construction equipment do not require any sort of CDL to operate. I am sure that the company training requirements however are quite extensive.

Posted:  6 months, 1 week ago

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Class A downgrade

Technically your med card is probably no longer valid. From what you have said about your sugar levels you likely are over the limits that the ME would accept. Just because your card has an expiration date does you are immune from changes in you health before then.

Now I don't think there is a process to let your state BMV know about your current situation but in trucking trying to hide or omit negative news rarely ends well. Personally I would not drive again without a getting new physical and updating the ME with your situation.

Thanks, Rob

I still have a valid fed med card and class A license. I need to take several months off to deal with my newly diagnosed type 2 diabetes and knee joint issues. Then I plan to drive again. Just don’t want to violate any license regulations

Posted:  11 months, 3 weeks ago

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Newbie Here! Best advice for a woman thinking of jumping in...

Newark? Sound correct?? NEWARK!! We used to deliver asphalt off 13 .. in NEWARK!

Ding, ding, ding we have a winner. PCA in Newark, I would have given extra credit for adding Door #1. First time there I had to go down that narrow lane on top of the tracks through the extremely crowded back lot come back around the building and then pull up that alley way and back across traffic to drop in door one. Even with a day cab you are blocking 3/4 of the road. Office lady's comment was "People are used to it."

Was there a month or so ago on a Sunday doing a drop and hook when they were closed. You have to go in through the exit and I had to move 2 FAB trailers in order to get to my empty.

I have also seen FAB trailers at Buckeye on Long Ave in Wooster and I think Skybox in Mansfield.

Posted:  11 months, 3 weeks ago

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Newbie Here! Best advice for a woman thinking of jumping in...

Re: Your exempted (or non?) intrastate.... I know you are running part time USPS . . . but if that ever becomes 'lacking' for what you need, please feel free to either email me for #'s, or just 'look into' FAB Express. They've been REALLY good to my guy (and Don on here, who started with CFI) for quite some time.

Thanks Anne. I've gotten kind of spoiled. I don't want to work too much and I expect to get paid a lot when I do. The mail gig is on call. I've told them they can call me whenever they like, expect me to say no but I might say yes. Last week I worked for them Thur, Fri, Sat and Sunday so my friend there could have off to go the the Dirt Track stock car races in Florence, KY. Three trips each day back and worth from Sharonville, Oh to Dayton, Oh. About 80 miles each trip, took less than 8 hours and was paid $300/day.

Regular part time job is 3 days week hauling cardboard to various places NE of Cincinnati then picking up a backhaul of paper rolls from the Greif mill in Massilon, Ohio.

I am thinking about taking off from both jobs for a few months to work harvest season for the farm I worked for last year because it was a lot of fun. Last year I drove under farm exemption but now that I have a valid intrastate cdl again I can do more for them.

Speaking of FAB ask your husband if he knows where these pictures were taken.

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Posted:  11 months, 3 weeks ago

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Newbie Here! Best advice for a woman thinking of jumping in...

Hi Brandie:

I had promised myself that I was done posting on this site but you seem so sincere in your desire to do this that I want to try and help you.

You mentioned that you had applied at Millis . I know PackRat recommended that you call and I second that. I really think that they have one of the better programs out there. You will spend the first 3 weeks in training as a non-employee so obviously no paychecks but once you are out with a trainer your are going to get the current new hire milage rate for every mile the truck runs, even when trainer is driving. You should easily gross $1200+ week from that point forward. Also their 15k mile training period is reasonable. Long enough to get you plenty of opportunity to learn but not so long that the stress of the process has time to boil over and cause problems.

Their training is not totally free but I think the additional earnings you make while training more than make up for it. When I went through you paid $500 up front, $100 when accepted and $400 first day of class. You pay an additional $2000 or so via payroll deduction once you start getting paid. When I was there it was $100 week while with a trainer and dropped to $50 once solo. In addition there is a $2500 fee if you leave before your I year anniversary.

Sounds like you live close to the Trenton facility. I live in Milford so I commuted while in training and did not need the hotel accommodations they provide, you do pay those back. Training is basically 7-5 M-F so there was zero family impact doing this time. There will likely be 1 night away from home during a road trip where the class drives a truck to another Millis location to get you some actual over the road experience. All those expenses are paid and its actually a pretty fun trip.

The actual class time at Trenton. is also great. I assume Bill Smith is still the trainer and he is one of the nicest guys you will ever meet. Actually just about everyone I dealt with at Millis were genuinely nice people. In addition, being close to Trenton gives you a lot of opportunities to stay close to home once you are solo. They have Ohio Regional which would get you home weekends and possibly some during the week. They also run a number of day cabs out of Trenton, I see them up around Akron all the time. I assume these are beer loads out of Trenton. They also do all the yard switching work for the Miller brewery in Trenton. There may be waiting lists for those opportunities but they are there.

Basically if you get accepted by Millis, and I see no reason why you shouldn't, I would jump on.

You also mention the possibility of tuition free private CDL school. I don't think that is necessarily a bad option, I see a CDL as a valuable asset even without experience. You are just going to have to be very careful getting that first job. There are lots of places that will stick a new driver in a truck regardless of experience and you don't want that. Look around for reputable companies the offer training for CDL holders with no experience, they are out there. You just have to be ready to say no to offers that don't set you up for success.

The Cincinnati region is a great place for trucking jobs, basically any situation you desire is out there. Due to a health issue I have an Ohio intrastate only physical and I still get offers all the time. Just last week the traffic manager at the manufacturer I haul out of offered me a job driving for the manufacturer directly. It was an awesome offer but it was full time and I currently prefer part time.

Best of luck to you in whatever you decide to do, I think you stand an excellent chance of making it.

Posted:  11 months, 3 weeks ago

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Trucking companies and COVID Vaccine

Brett, it basically boils down to that I strongly disagree with just about everything that you personally write. I then waste way too much time in my head coming up with elegant replies before saying "screw it, it's not worth it." I then realize that I have spent all this mental effort on some dude living in the woods who I have never met. That in turn makes me angry at myself because I could have been thinking about motorcycle projects or my next stock option trade.

You have called me a sheep a few times because I believe the science, and that is true. I guess the reason is that I don't have a Phd in any of the related fields required to combat this. I haven't spent decades studying the subject matter in order to tackle the challenges we now face. It cracks me up to hear people who I know have made a lifetime of bad decisions become passionate over "the jab". "Sure I've had domestic issues, limited education, trouble holding jobs, substance abuse issues and problems with the law, they say, but I know this is all fake." Real credible.

Thing about this pandemic is the timing. It managed to hit at a time when the most ridiculous things are politicized and social media is what it is. Suddenly someone can decide what they want to believe regardless of any other data, find a few sources that seem to fit their vision, locate a few like minded individuals and by God we have a movement.

By keeping posts like this going you just keep stoking the fires. And before you yell censorship you know damm well that at this point no one is going to be changing their mind's. They have too much invested in the belief system they have created. And honestly I think the craziness of posts like this have damaged your brand. Your analytics may say differently but I don't see the level of help and successful outcomes that we used to see.

In closing let me give you a little free consulting advice:

I am assuming that this site is monetized and that you receive commissions/referral fees for the candidates you send on to the training companies via you application process. My wife was the office manager for an internet startup firm that did something very similar and some of those checks were mind blowing.

In my prior career I spent 27 years with a large financial services company, you've seen their ads during the Super Bowl. For about 10 of those years I was in an area called Risk Management. One of the projects we would do were something we called Vender Risk Assessments. We would basically review individual venders to make sure the firm was protected. We would look at financial controls, date security, intellectual property, reputational factors, among other things.

Imagine that I am in a similar role at Prime, CRST, PAM etc and decide to take a look at good ole TruckingTruth.com. I decide to start with their website and locate this series of posts. I quickly realize that this guy Brett, who happens to be the same guy our contact is with, has some pretty controversial ideas and the whole conversation seems border line hostile, subjective I know but much of this analysis is. I then discover that with just a couple clicks there is my bright and shiny corporate logo with an invitation to apply to work for our company. I would then think to my self "That was pretty seamless, is it possible that people might associate our company with that content and assume those are our beliefs?

My report would say that yes it is possible. My recommendation would be to get TT under control or get us out of the relationship. We ended multi million dollar contracts on situations less damning then this.

Now can you delete my profile?

Greg, there's no reason for you to run away. Why can't you stay and have an open and honest conversation?

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