Profile For Greg M.

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    Milford, OH

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    Experienced Driver

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Posted:  1 month, 3 weeks ago

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Schneider National OTR: Tanker or Truck

Why don't you just go dry van or reefer?

Posted:  1 month, 3 weeks ago

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I swear it was there during my pre-trip

He said that the Loves quote was over twice as much.

This blow out was pretty uneventful. I had a couple back in the old dump truck driving days that were much more exciting. One time I had the tread separate on the front tire of on old GMC Brigadier dump truck. The tread stayed partially attached and beat up the hood so bad that it broke the latches and swung forward while I was still moving. Also left a trail of metal and fiberglass shrapnel behind me. This happened right in the middle of Indian Hill, Ohio, a very affluent Cincinnati suburb. They had a city crew there sweeping up the street within 30 minutes on a Saturday.

That is a prodigious bargain. I don't know how you could have gotten all that for that price.

I have never experienced a steer tire blow out. You make it sound relatively routine. I am glad for you. I am confident when I do experience one it will be more traumatic than yours.

Posted:  1 month, 3 weeks ago

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I swear it was there during my pre-trip

Had an interesting morning yesterday.

I was heading north on I71 between Cincinnati and Columbus. I was in the right lane with cruise set at 67 when a large box truck started passing me on the left. We were just about even when I heard the load bang of a tire blowing.

I immediately started slowing and scanning my mirrors but did not see any issues with my truck and it was driving fine. The box truck rapidly slowed down and headed for the berm. Since I wasn't noticing anything I figured it must have been him. I was just about ready to get back up to speed when the truck gave a slight lurch to the left and started shaking back and forth. As I headed for the berm out of the corner of my eye I saw what remained of my left front tire exiting the scene.

Once I got pulled over I looked down the south bound side and thankfully did not see any sign that the runaway tire had caused any issues. I had just finished making my initial phone calls when I hear a tap on the passenger side window. Look over and there was an Ohio State Patrol officer staring at me. He just wanted to know if I was ok and if I needed anything. I told him about the MIA tire and he seemed to already know about it and knew where it had ended up. Shortly after he left I saw an ODOT work truck stop in the general area, I assume he was picking up what was left of the tire.

All in all I got very lucky. I only had about 18K on and was on nice straight highway without any traffic around. I am confused about the delay in the sound of the tire blowing and the truck reacting. When it blew initially I did not feel anything at all through the steering wheel, that came a good 30-45 seconds later.

Road side service was there in about 2 1/2 hours with a new wheel and tire. Boss sent me a copt of his bill and it was $909. I actually don't think that was too bad for tire, wheel, service call and labor. Ended up the day with only 28 min left on my 14.

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Posted:  3 months, 1 week ago

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Sherwin Williams

No experience but I did speak to a recruiter once. From what I recall they had 2 types of driver jobs available.

The first was line haul, basically moving loads between DCs, suppliers large customers, etc. The pay was above average and the benefits were very good.

The second and much higher paying job involved delivering to SW retail stores. Since nothing in life is free it sounded like you really earned it on this one. For starters once you look around most SW stores are not truck friendly. In addition the driver unloads and puts product into store rooms. This is paint we are talking about, very heavy. If I remember correctly there were additional delivery bonuses based upon how many 1000 pounds you had to handle. There was also additional drop pay and other ways you were compensated.

Posted:  3 months, 2 weeks ago

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Need help making a decision

I don't think you can go wrong with either one. I had a very similiar position with Ryder servicing Toyota. I only had a few months experience so I had to go though a 6 week program with a trainer before I went solo. I thought the training I got was outstanding and for me personally much better than what I got OTR when I first got my CDL.

As far as the local vs OTR arguement I really don't think it applies here. Hauling auto parts you will be going from auto parts suppliers and GM facilities. You will be going to exactly the same kind of places OTR drivers do just maybe a little more often. For the most part the places you pick up and deliver to are going to be large facilities and primarily drop and hooks. Most likely you will take an empty or return racks from the auto plant out to a supplier and return with parts. Only thing local about it is your bed location. This is not local like food service, LTL P/D etc.

Posted:  4 months, 1 week 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.

Waiver

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Posted:  4 months, 2 weeks 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:  4 months, 3 weeks 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:  4 months, 3 weeks 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:  4 months, 3 weeks 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:  4 months, 3 weeks 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:  5 months, 1 week 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:  5 months, 1 week 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:  5 months, 1 week 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:  5 months, 1 week 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:  5 months, 1 week 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:  5 months, 2 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:  5 months, 2 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:  5 months, 2 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:  6 months, 1 week 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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