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Posted:  4 days, 6 hours ago

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Can I rent and drive a semi truck and trailer for personal (non-commercial) use. Yes, I have a CDL

I agree with Mikey B. Rent a 26 foot U-Haul truck and add a 6x12 cargo trailer and you should have plenty of room.

Posted:  1 week, 1 day ago

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And just like that, two job offers

I saw in your other post that you are worried about backing. The instructer in Trenton is an awesome guy, Bill. He will make sure that you learn how to back. They normally only have 6 or fewer students per class there and they will be running at least 2 tractors on the range so you will get plenty of repetitions.

Posted:  1 week, 1 day ago

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Questions about name-changes, social security numbers and trucking employment

Yes it would cause a problem. Making employee a PITA to their employer. No idea why I am taking the bait on this.

From Social Security Website:

The Social Security Administration (SSA) is committed to maintaining the accuracy of earnings records used to determine benefit amounts to ensure customers get the benefits they have earned.

In March of 2019, we began mailing notifications to employers identified as having at least one name and Social Security Number (SSN) combination submitted on wage and tax statement (Form W-2) that do not match our records. The purpose of the letter is to advise employers that corrections are needed in order for us to properly post its employee’s earnings to the correct record. There are a number of reasons why reported names and SSNs may not agree with our records, such as typographical errors, unreported name changes, and inaccurate or incomplete employer records.

Posted:  1 week, 2 days ago

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Which companies are more lenient with previous tickets?

Good luck with Millis. I went through the Trenton school. Got my CDL but did not go solo with them, nothing they did, all me.

Personally I think they have one of the best programs out there. After the 3.5 weeks un paid at school you will make serious money once you are out with a trainer. You get paid starting driver milage pay for all miles the truck turns, even when the trainer is driving.

Just w as noted to update. I as plied to western express. The recruiter called me this morning and he told me that my 26 over they limit speeding ticket would absolutely not be a problem not since it’s been a year. However, their training is different in that I would need to get my CDL first. I’d go to some school to get my license on my own, and western will hire me, get me trained, and reimburse me the cost of schooling up to $6,000...

Not sure how I feel about that, s as that will or me without any income for however long school takes.

On the other hand, I’m also working with millis. We will see how that goes.

Posted:  1 week, 3 days ago

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Which companies are more lenient with previous tickets?

Millis Transfer has a school in Trenton, Ohio. Southwestern part of state.

Thank you again. Yes, I’ll need a training company. If I could find one near me I’m Ohio, that would be great. If not, I have no issue at all with traveling to one. Most seem to be in Wisconsin or Iowa, lol.

Posted:  2 weeks, 5 days ago

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Fighting the Trucking industry.

You need to pick better heroes.

Lawsuit basically fought for minimum wage for owner operators. $28M settlement over 26000 drivers is $1077 each not accounting for the attorneys cut on a class action suit. As a company driver I could make that much extra just by working a couple Saturdays.

These people made incredibly stupid decisions to become owner operators and expected the courts to bail them out because their ineptitude had to be somebody else's fault.

Posted:  3 weeks ago

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HOS - can I get there from here?

8/2 may still help. Assuming you have been off duty for at least 2 hours you will have that part of the split complete. You can do 8 hours in sleeper and you will have close to a full clock back.

Posted:  3 weeks ago

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HOS - can I get there from here?

How long have you been there and have you been on sleeper berth? If so once you hit 8 hours you will get back the portion of your 11 and 14 that you had when you went into SB.

Posted:  3 weeks, 6 days ago

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Parking in my driveway

We had the same thing happen at my family's gravel quarry years ago. One Sat morning a dropped trailer showed up in our boneyard at least a 1/4 mile into the property past all the no trespassing signs.

Monday morning the guy shows up to get it and my uncle confronted him. Come to find out he had no connection with the family and just thought it would be a good place to drop. Got very belligerant when told it was private property and to never come back.

Sure enough a few weeks later he does it again. This time he returned to find about 20 tons of crushed stone pushed up under the 5th wheel and piled up in front of the trailer. Uncle did leave him a shovel to dig himself out.

Monday morning he was livid and kept demanding that we use a loader to remove it. We were under strict orders to ignore him. Took him until noon to finally dig it out and he had a nice visit from the sheriff. Sheriff told him that next time we were likely to just push the POS into the gravel pit lake. Never saw him again.

Listen to Packrat..

Twenty years ago I lived on a private dead end road. The neighborhood was all 2 family duplexes with small kids everywhere. I came home from work on a Friday to discover some jackass had dropped a loaded semi trailer in front of my duplex. It was blocking half the road making it hard for everyone to drive around it. I was the owner of my duplex. I went around the neighbor hood and nobody seemed to know who it belonged to. I called the sheriffs office and a deputy came out and he called the highway patrol and they came over. There is a big sign as you turn into my street that says "No Trespassing, Private Property, Residents and Guests Only".

I called the trucking company many times and they just did not care. The jackass did this every weekend for 5 weeks straight. He'd back in down our private street and drop his trailer and drive a mile away to his house.The last time he had a tire in my grass and I got the county to impound his loaded trailer. In five weekends of dropping his trailer in that spot he destroyed that section of our private road. Myself and the neighbors had to get a lawyer to take him and his company to court and force them to pay to have the road repaired.

When his trailer got impounded and towed off he came into our neighborhood and threatened to shoot the place up. Had to get the cops again to arrest him for trespassing and threatening everyone.

Again make sure you have written permission. Don't be that guy..

Posted:  3 weeks, 6 days ago

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Do they make 12 volt microwaves for trucks?

You are going to need an inverter and a pretty big one at that. 700 watts is about the smallest microwave you can get and with start up draw you would want at least 1000w inverter to handle it. The inverter will also need to be hard wired to the battery. Cigarette lighter plugins will not cut it.

Looks like there are some 12 volt microwaves out there but that are over $300 and would still need to be hard wired to the battery.

I would check with your shop/maintenance folks to see if they can help you out.

Posted:  3 weeks, 6 days ago

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Sydney’s Transport LLC

What is your current pay per mile? At 2900 miles a week you should be doing pretty well. What does your gross weekly pay look like and do you have some large deductions that you are not considering. Net pay doesn't really mean much without seeing the rest of the picture.

Before I went out on medical leave I was grossing close to $1500/week but my take home was only around $600 because I put a huge % of my pay into 401k, stock purchase and HSA.

No matter what, try to stick it out until you have your year in and then carefully shop around. The ad you responded to sounds like one of those here today, gone tomorrow companies that setup under a new DOT number whenever their record gets too bad.

Thank you all so much for the replies. My main reason for wanting to leave is because I run 2900 miles a week (due to trucks being governed at 61mph) and I’m only taking home $600-675 net. I feel that running like this I deserve to be payed more. I’m also looking into Melton Truck Lines since with 8 months experience I can be making 48cpm. I wouldn’t mind the flatbed labor if that was the case.

Posted:  1 month ago

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Well it was fun while it lasted.

I have looked into that and, in Ohio at least, you basically need a DOT physical for any kind of commercial driving. You just don't need to have it on file with the BMV. Only exception would possibly be agriculture. I guess I could find someone in the fall who needs help hauling grain but that would definitely be seasonal at best.

Could you drive intrastate possibly? Glad to hear your feeling better though.

Posted:  1 month ago

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Well it was fun while it lasted.

Thanks PackRat. I know that you have been through much worse than I've been through. Totally agree on the keeping things positive.

Financially I was pretty much set to retire in 2017 when I took my buyout and that has only gotten better while working for Ryder. Also being off for the last 5 months I have discovered that I can keep myself busy around the house if I decide to give true retirement a try.

I called my boss today to tell her that my returning to driving is unlikely and she was almost it tears. Since my attack they have pretty much kept my 2019 Cascadia sleeper unassigned waiting for me. The safety guy uses it occasionally to give road tests and they have one other driver they let use it when he needs a sleeper but he keeps his trucks immaculate.

If its done I'm ok with it. I would have liked to do a little more OTR than I got to but I have no regrets.

Posted:  1 month ago

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Well it was fun while it lasted.

After a little less than 3 years it looks like my second career as a truck driver has come to an end. I suffered a heart attack in February. After a heart attack one of the requirements to passing a DOT physical is to have an echocardiogram test showing a 40%+ reading for the Left Ventricle Ejection Fraction (LVEF).

Since my attack I have had 3 regular echos all with scores in the 30-35 range. Today they pulled out the big guns and gave me something called a MUGA test. This is a nuclear test where you get shot up with radioactive meds and they can basically count the blood cells leaving the heart. It came back as a 25 percent! Since raising the LVEF significantly in a damaged heart is pretty unlikely I am pretty much dead in the water.

My employer, Ryder, has been great through the whole thing. They are currently looking into an office job for me so I may continue working for them if I can.

Funny thing is I feel and look better now than I have in years. I have lost about 25 pounds and with rehab and my own exercise and yard word work my endurance is better than it has been in a long time.

Posted:  1 month, 1 week ago

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Delays In Many Varieties

Worst location ever for a trucking company. Right in the middle of a triangle with tracks crossing all roads in. And not just any tracks. About a quarter mile away is a large switching yard so the trains coming in may block the roads for hours.

Not to mention the firing range right next door visited by a large number of 50 cal enthusiasts. First time one of those let loose I just about wet myself.

Ask any Millis driver about the trains near the Trenton, Ohio terminal.

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Posted:  1 month, 2 weeks ago

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Need some help

Maybe. I just checked the Ohio fees and a CDL costs $19 more for the same 4 year renewal period. Given the time and effort to get the CDL in the first place there is no way I would give it up to save less than 5 bucks a year.

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I aways wondered why people voluntarily let their CDLs go. In my state you can self certify to a status that does not require a DOT physical and simply submit a physical in the future to return to driving.

Is it just to avoid the higher standards that a CDL is held to such as DUI limits, repeat offenses etc?

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Sometimes its cost too. The cost to renew a CDL is 3 times more expensive than a regular class C. I know if i was going to quit driving then I would have a hard time justifying the extra cost to keep a CDL even if i did do the exempt self certification

Posted:  1 month, 2 weeks ago

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Need some help

I aways wondered why people voluntarily let their CDLs go. In my state you can self certify to a status that does not require a DOT physical and simply submit a physical in the future to return to driving.

Is it just to avoid the higher standards that a CDL is held to such as DUI limits, repeat offenses etc?

Posted:  1 month, 2 weeks ago

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Info on how to get my CDL’s reinstated...

Russell have you checked with your BMV to confirm the status of your drivers license? Just because your medical has expired does not necessarly mean your CDL automatically dropped off your record. I recently changed my CDL status to one that does not require a DOT physical. I can stay in this status indefinitely. At any point in the future all I need to do is submit a physical card to the BMV to change my status back to full blown interstate.

When my father passed away at 91 years old he had not driven commercially in over 25 years but he still had a valid intrastate commercial drivers license.

Posted:  1 month, 3 weeks ago

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I'm back and think I'm ready but I had an accident last year

Not going to try and answer all your questions but you may want to talk to Millis Transfer. Your profile says that you are in Cincinnati and they train out of their terminal in Trenton. The first 3 weeks are unpaid but you could stay at home during that time if you like.

Their training pay is some of the best I have heard of. Once hired and out with the trainer you get new driver milage pay, .43/mile, for every mile the truck runs including when the trainer is driving.

Their out of pocket cost are very low and their contract is fair.

Posted:  1 month, 4 weeks ago

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GED or HSD? What were YOU told?

In my opinion you are trying way too hard to fight the process. When contacted by a company truthfully answer their questions and provide any documentation they need and move forward. Asking a bunch of questions and then cross refrencing on the internet to catch the "liers" is a waste of time and counter productive. When I signed up for company paid trainning my initial call with the recruiter was 10 mins tops and I had an offer and a start date. Couple follow up emails after and that was it.

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