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    Milford, OH

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    Experienced Driver

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Posted:  3 weeks, 1 day ago

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How can I get a CDL with my circumstances

Hey Doug:

I found a Texas CDL Skills Test Waiver form on the Texas DPS website. Sounds like you may qualify.

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Posted:  3 weeks, 2 days ago

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Between a rock and a hard place (running illegal equipment)

You did the right thing. Just curious if you were at a company facility and they failed the trailer why didn't they go ahead and fix those items? Cotter pins and seals are a simple fix.

Posted:  1 month ago

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Return to trucking almost complete.

Anne: The mail hauling gig was mainly to cover a XMAS season contract the company was awarded running to the Dayton, Ohio airport. Was supposed to end 12/31 but kept getting extended and finally wrapped up 1/15. Their regular runs are split shifts to the main Dayton Post Office. You come in and run one trip early afternoon then go home and come back to run 1-2 more around 2-3 AM. Not really a schedule I am interested in.

I have agreed to help them out when I can if they need something covered. I have ran 2 trips on separate occasions since the XMAS contract ended. Not sure how much more I will do for them now that I have started the new job.

Yeah, bud!! WS's are WORKHORSES here in the Buckeye~!! << Probably everywhere, I'm sheltered..LoL!

@ Greg M ... what HAPPENED with the 'hauling postal' route ?!?!?

No pun! Still have a great pal you may know .. BFR .. still pulling similar to your route... never have, we usn's!

Congrats, man!

~ Anne ~

Posted:  1 month ago

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Class B Skills Test in a Bobtail Truck

I took my test in a single axle day cab with a little 30 something foot flatbed and they definitely used a tape measure and moved the cones. This was at an Ohio 3rd party testing location. Must be an over or under length that changes box size.

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Also they do adjust the size of the boxes used for backing for the size of the truck being used.

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They may adjust it for a single tractor, but for a smaller trailer they don't make any adjustments. I had my skills and road test with a flatbed.

Posted:  1 month ago

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Class B Skills Test in a Bobtail Truck

Should be fine. Below is the definition from the Ohio BMV. Your state is likely the same. If the data plate on the truck has the GVWR 26001+ info you are good.

Also they do adjust the size of the boxes used for backing for the size of the truck being used. Don't expect to be given as much room as they would give a 53 foot semi.

Class B Used to drive any one vehicle with a GVWR of 26,001 pounds or more. Cannot have at trailer over 10,000 pounds.

Posted:  1 month ago

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Return to trucking almost complete.

Returned to the world of DEF trucks and ELDs.

Started a new job this week. Cincinnati to various locations in NE Ohio with backhauls from Massillon, Ohio back to starting location. Haul paper products out and return with 44k of paper rolls. Truck is a 2016 Western Star day cab with a Detroit and a 10 speed.

Last 2 jobs hauling grain during harvest season and running under the 150 mile rule hauling mail from Cincinnati to Dayton, Ohio have allowed me to develop some bad habits, mainly forgetting to log. Yesterday I was half way to Columbus, Ohio when I realized that I had completely forgotten to log in! I was able to get everything edited back into some semblance of reality. I have already made a big post-it note with "LOG ON" to post on the dashboard. We use our phones to log so I don't have a big screen sitting there to remind me.

For now I am just going to work 2-3 days a week, boss is already begging me to do more but I have really gotten used to the semi-retired life. Most likely I will return to full time in the spring.

Feb 3 will mark the 1 year anniversary of my heart attack which for a while looked like it was the end of my driving career. Needless to say it felt pretty good to be out there covering some real miles again.

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Posted:  1 month, 2 weeks ago

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Starting a new career path? Long time wanted

You should also look at Millis Transfer. They have a school in Cartersville, GA, just north of Atlanta. I personally think they have one of the best programs out there for getting your CDL. 3 weeks unpaid school, you do have to pay $500 up front plus another $2000 or so taken out via payroll deduction, then 15K miles out with a trainer.

Once you are with a trainer you earn .43/mile for all miles, even when trainer is driving. Within a month of starting school you will be grossing well over $1000/wk.

Posted:  1 month, 2 weeks ago

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Get ahold of this BS from FMCSA Clearinghouse

Refusal to provide your consent to this request will result in you being prohibited from operating a commercial motor vehicle or performing other safety-sensitive functions in accordance with 49 C.F.R. 382.703(c).

I don't see where they are saying anything is being revoked. You will be prohibited from operating a CMV because no employer will be able to let you.

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That is the drug clearinghouse. All companies must comply and have your consent for soft inquiries.

You won't be able to fight it.

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My beef is that the clearinghouse misused the law to threaten me with revoking my CMV driving privileges unless I comply... That is not what the law says. The law says that an Employer may not permit a driver to perform xyz without checking the data.

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That is the drug clearinghouse. All companies must comply and have your consent for soft inquiries.

You won't be able to fight it.

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My beef is that the clearinghouse misused the law to threaten me with revoking my CMV driving privileges unless I comply... That is not what the law says. The law says that an Employer may not permit a driver to perform xyz without checking the data.

Posted:  1 month, 2 weeks ago

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One of those backing days.

Anne:

The Pete is a 1993 379. Does not have the extended hood option but still seems pretty long to me. Engine is a CAT 3406 originally 350 HP but it has been tuned up a little so may be a little higher than that. Transmission is an Eaton Fuller 13 speed. Truck has 1.3M miles on it which ins't that bad for a 27 years old.

Thanks SO much for SHARING, Greg M. ~!!!!

I LOVE it~!!! I am SUCH A SAP for older 'hoods, especially Pete's . . . . I'd take that ole'gal ANYDAY~!! Omigosh that sleeper . . . how COOL ~!!!

Do you happen to know the year/make/model, specs, etc ??? Gears? So sweet . . . I'm sitting here jelly... LoL.

Hay PJ .. one of Ted's trucks (not the one we mostly drove) had that 'raised' 5th wheel and rails like that; didn't KNOW it was for pulling lowboys, but it sure DID help getting up under the tanks!!

Awesome!

~ Anne ~

Posted:  1 month, 2 weeks ago

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One of those backing days.

Growing up my family owned a ready mix concrete company and they had primarily all mid 70's Mack R models. My dad was the head mechanic and when the hood was open the Bulldog was at just the right height where he would bang his head when walking around the front of the truck. He often threatened to take a hammer and knock them all off.

Ever since I was just a little tike, whenever I pictured a truck in my head it was always the long square Pete’s and Macks, always loved the chrome bulldog on the Mack hood.

My Dad worked at a Frito Lay warehouse when I was little. Sometimes he would bring me in and I used to sit on the dock and watch the trucks come and go all day long

Posted:  1 month, 2 weeks ago

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One of those backing days.

Well Anne you asked for some pictures of the Pete so here we go. She's an oldie and looks better in poor lighting, that sounds like a line from an old country western song.

Truck had sat for a while so it had some bugs to work out. Couple tire and brake issues and had to be towed in once when a fuel transfer pump failed. But knock on fake dashboard wood she seems pretty reliable now.

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Truck had pulled a lowboy at one time so it has these rails on the frame. I have never had a trailer too low to pickup. Actually with the tall tires it has and the way the fifth wheel is setup the landing gear is already a foot in the air after I back under. Only problem is that I'm afraid I'm "that guy" who leaves trailers dropped too high. I try to leave the pads well off the ground but even with easing out from under them a loaded trailer still seems to drop pretty hard.

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Posted:  1 month, 3 weeks ago

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One of those backing days.

We always tell new drivers that backing skills take time and that even experienced drivers have off days, well here is an example.

I have been hauling mail to this location on the Dayton Ohio Airport since late November. 2-3 loads a day 6 days a week. I have backed into these docks probably over 100 times without too much trouble. My approach is to come in close, with the trailers to my right and once past the hole I'm going for I cut hard to the left and watch out the window see when the trailer is lining up then straighten and back in normally with 1 or 2 pull-ups.

Tonight I had to circle that lot 2 times after my first setup before I was able to get it docked. I was back in my sleeper after a week of running a day cab so I guess my timing was a little bit off. Main problem was the dock I was going for, #3 is opposite a light pole at the edge of the concrete. That Petes long nose just would not clear that pole. Second trip up I got it in with no pull-ups required.

I guess the lesson is to not be afraid to reposition and try for a better setup. Sometimes you just can't get there from here.

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Posted:  1 month, 3 weeks ago

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Photos, oddball things

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After troubleshooting I have figured out the problem with your alternator not charging.

Posted:  1 month, 3 weeks ago

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How many hydraulic hoses on a refuse truck?

Bet if you wait at the curb on trash day with coffee and a couple donuts for the garbage men they will let you crawl around the truck and count.

Posted:  2 months, 3 weeks ago

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My "New Trucks" keep getting older.

Check out my latest "hauling the mail" ride.

We are short on trucks due to some part time and temp service drivers added for the XMAS season. Boss called me the other day and asked what sort of equipment I have driven then asked if a wanted a challenge. I believe it is a 1994 Pete, has a 13 speed and a CAT.

Apparently most of his other drivers are afraid to drive it due to the 13 speed, long nose and not being a day cab. Truck has been with the company since it was new. It was his brother's personal truck. Brother passed away in 2015 and it hasn't been used a whole lot since.

I just made 3 trips back and worth between Cincinnati and the Dayton Airport and had a blast driving it. Only issue I have so far with it is getting my angle right on 45s. When I first get ready to start backing I can't see the back of the trailer from the window due to the sleeper blocking my view. I'll get it figured out.

Hadn't driven anything with a splitter since the mid 80s. Had a couple moments of confusion trying to remember what gear I was in and what I needed to do next but no serious issues.

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Posted:  3 months ago

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Friday Short Haul -- TCA's Fleet Safety awards, truck drivers' vaccine, Volvo electric semis

To each his own. I for one will be knocking old ladies and babys out of the way to be first in line for mine.

Uh,,,um,,, Hell NO am not getting ANY Vaccine period ! I don't get flu shots, so why would I get 1 of these? I don't get sick easily or often, 2015 was the last flu I had

Posted:  3 months ago

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Hauling the mail.

Had my first encounter with a non 53 ft dry van last night. Was told my trailer was in door 60. Driving down the row I see a trailer in door 59 then what looks like a space then another trailer. I'm thinking "Great, I don't know where anything is here, I don't have a trailer number how am I going to find it. Ease up a litter farther and here is this little guy tucked in between.

I believe it was a 48 footer. No real difference in how it pulled or backed. Only issue was at the facility their fork lifts barely fit under the rollup door.

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Posted:  3 months ago

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Hauling the mail.

I agree Keith, the USPS contractor driving seems like a really good deal. I need to be part time for the next year so part time at this company works out for me. If and when I return to full time I will likely look for a bigger company. The pay is going to be about the same due to contracts so I will be looking for somewhere with some retirement plan options a hopefully a little newer equipment.

I've been working for a USPS contractor since July of this year and it's been pretty fantastic imo. I'm now nearly done with my first semester of school, as well as almost having my credit card paid off. Not bad for full time work and 3/4 time in school

Posted:  3 months ago

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Hauling the mail.

Ended up making another run last night. About 7:30 last night I got a call asking if there was any way I could make a 2:15 AM run to Dayton and back. Another driver had just decided not to come in and did not call or anything. The 2:15 was the one run they had not been able to cover. I was pretty settled in for the night but they were desperate so I said yes. Went ahead and napped till about 12:30 and headed to the shop at 1:00 AM. Of course load was not ready so I did not check out until 2:45. Made the run and was back home in bed by 5:30 AM. The pay was a 4 hour minimum.

My wife asked why I said yes so late and I told her I am going to work this just like I did at Ryder. Do everything they ask and bail them out whenever possible. Do that and within a few weeks they will be asking me what I want to do.

I have 2 runs tonight to the Dayton Airport starting at 5 PM and should be done by 11 be will be paid for 7 hours. That will put me at 16 hours for the week. They have agreed that I can only work 20-25 hours so one more day and I should be off for the rest of the week.

Posted:  3 months ago

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Hauling the mail.

Night one was a success. Of course is started raining mid trip and both backs at the Dayton Post Office turned out to be blind sides into pretty tightly spaced docks, thank goodness for day cabs with rear windows.

Truck was old, need to figure out the year. Most of them are ex R&L Transfer International day cabs with Detroit 60s. It passed my pre trip and had a current inspection sticker so I had no issues, actually was a pretty nice driving truck. All their routes fall within the 150 mile rules so no logging at all.

Not sure when my next runs will be. I only want to work 20-25 hours a week for now, wifey thinks I need to ease back into it. They have an extra one month contract for the holidays running from the bulk mail center in Cincinnati to the Dayton, Ohio airport that they may put me one. You have to take at least 3 hours to turn it but you get paid for 4. Do that trip 5-6 times a week and I will be set.

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