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    Milford, OH

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Posted:  2 weeks, 1 day ago

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Got asked to train

Last week Ryder asked me if I would like to help out with trianing new hires.

This is really more of an on boarding process since we are currently only hiring drivers with a least 2 years experience. I will take them out for a few days and show the the procedures on some of our most common runs, how to do their paperwork, ELD, etc.

I am no where near being one of the senior drivers in our fleet so I had to ask "Why me?" Safety driver gave following reasons: 1) In 18 months and over 200k miles I have had zero issues, not even a single HOS violation. 2) I communicate well. 3) I'm not an "A hole".

Not sure how often I will be needed but I said yes. I have to admit that it feels good to realize that they appreciate my preformance.

Posted:  1 month ago

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Got some backing practice... another biker bar down...

Getting in and out of strange men's trucks at the truck stop is a good way for a fella to get a "reputation". Just sayin.

Posted:  1 month ago

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Tell me about curtainside.....

392.9(2). Just says that they need to be secured. Sounds like what you are describing would more likely be an issue for the shipper if the freight was damaged because of a leaky tarp.

Can anyone point me to DOT regulations pertaining to curtainside trailers? Specifically condition of curtain. We have one trailer that has patches all over the curtains in various states of repair. I feel like the overall integrity is fine and all straps secure, but I'm not sure of the legality of a couple patches that are coming off. I need to get a detailed understanding of the rules regarding this nationally and in Washington State particularly.

Posted:  1 month, 1 week ago

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On food storage ideas for when you go solo

I have a 2019 Cascadia with the same setup and our food selections are very similiar.

Main complaint I have is with the fridge mounted on the floor and the front opening door is it is easy to miss something when emptying the fridge. My truck normally sits all weekend so in the summer the battery management system shuts the fridge off sometime Sunday afternoon when temps are in the 80s- 90s. Came back to work one Monday with a very funky yogurt container in the back. Now that things are cooling down some it has still been cold on Mondays.

The KW T-680s I trained in at Millis had the drawer type fridges which I like a lot better.

Posted:  1 month, 3 weeks ago

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Nothing good to report, I'm afraid...

Look at Ryder's career website and see if they are hiring for any accounts in your area. They have a Driver Development Program, DDP, that does not require any experiance as long as you have your CDL.

You drive with a trainer for 6 weeks making a base pay, was $650/week when I did it in April 2018. After the 6 weeks you test out and then go solo making whatever that particular account pays.

Ryder is a Third Party Logistics company so the type of driving and equipment varies greatly depending upon the customer.

I imagine that Penske, Black Horse, etc have similar programs.

Posted:  1 month, 4 weeks ago

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My logs are a mess

One major advantage of ELD over ABORD, in my opinion, is the ability for the driver to make edits. Not advocating abusing the feature but changing a few minutes of ON duty to OFF comes in very handy from time to time.

I'm 57 years old. Who can argue with the "Forgot to go off" annotation on the edit.

Posted:  2 months ago

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Hit the Driver Appreciation cookout Trifecta.

Thats for sure. Indy has been a nightmare all summer. Yesterday I had a short trip to Mooresville, Ind, about 10 miles south of 465 on the south side. A big section of 465 is closed for construction. I was able to use 65 and 465W to get there but I saw that traffic going back the way I came was already backed up several miles at 3:30pm so I decided to make my way back to 74 "cross country". One section of IN44 that looked like a nice straight truck legal route on the Rand McNally turned out to be 15 miles of 10-15 mph hairpin curves with no shoulders and 2 feet deep ditches on each side. Not fun but sure is a good feeling when the road finally opens up.

Greg M.

You definitely hit the jackpot on the food. You won't need a bigger belt, your in Indiana they don't know how to patch the highways there you'll be airborne so you'll loose weight. Lol I know, I just left there 3 days ago.

Raptor

Posted:  2 months ago

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Hit the Driver Appreciation cookout Trifecta.

I managed to hit 3 driver appreciation cookouts in less than 24 hr.

Wed afternoon I had steak for lunch at my home Ryder terminal in Hebron, Ky before heading off on my run to Aurora, Ill.

Wed evening I get to Aurora and the Black Horse Carriers guys invite me to their cookout where I have an awesome burger with all the fixins.

I take my 10 hour break at a Ryder remote location in Lafayette,Indiana , office trailer and gravel drop lot. Wake up Thursday morning and they are cooking breakfast and I get invited to that.

Much more appreciation and I am going to need a bigger belt.

Posted:  2 months, 1 week ago

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GPS and dash cam.

Another thing to consider is that a tablet GPS requires cell phone service to work where the stand alone GPS units utilize Global Positioning Satellites. There are still many areas out there without reliable cell service. In those areas the tablet may not do what you need it to do. Along as you are not in a tunnel the true GPS will be up and running.

Posted:  2 months, 1 week ago

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Getting paid to visit my daughter.

On Friday I got assigned my favorite run to start the week. Almost all the other drivers hate this trip and when I first saw it I did as well. However after applying the TT thought process the flexibility of trucking made it a piece of cake.

First let me describe the trip as dispatched. Leave Hebron, KY at 2 AM Monday morning with an empty and drive to Ann Arbor, MI for a 8:00 AM pickup. Then drive 2 hours to the second stop in Bryon, Ohio for a 10:30 AM pickup. Then drive back to Hebron arriving around 3 PM. 554 dispatched miles with 2 stops taking over 13 hours.

For a 27 year 8-5 work day guy, that sucks. That's when the outside of the box thinking kicked in.

Most of of our trips and drivers are out and back using day cabs. However I was hired on directly into what we call the "Overnight Extra Board". For a higher pay rate I agree to be available to stay out OTR a few nights a week. I have my own assigned sleeper that no one else uses. In addition my 25 year old daughter happens to live in Bowling Green, Ohio, about an hour from my first stop.

Given that info here is how I run the route. Tomorrow, Sunday, I will probably watch the first half of the Bengals game at home then head to the shop to pick up my truck and grab an empty. I will then drive 4 hours to Bowling Green and park for the night arriving around 6 PM. My daughter will then pick me up and I will take her out to dinner and hang out with her for the evening until she takes me back to the truck. Around 7AM I will head to Ann Arbor and complete the trip as dispatched.

I prefer this because I get keep "normal" hours and lets me get a nice visit in. It also gives me options for the rest of the week. If I want I can just finish my day when I get to Hebron and go home and enjoy the evening. Or I can call dispatch when I I am leaving the last stop and give them my ETA and tell them I will have about 5 hours of drive time left when I get in and ask if they want me to do anything else. At that point they may have me do something local, or more likely, give me an Aurora, Illinois trip that delivers Tuesday afternoon. If the latter option, I will head towards Aurora, take my 10 at our drop lot in Lafayette, Indiana before delivering on Tuesday in Aurora.

Dispatch loves that I run it this way and would give it to me every week if I wanted. Only draw back is that given my daughter's ability to get me to spend money on her I am running for about 10 cents a mile.

Posted:  3 months ago

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Fleets, drivers coming to like automated manual transmissions

Recently my 2019 Cascadia A/S was in the shop and they gave me an older day cab with a 10 speed to run local for a few days. At first I thought, "cool, be fun to drive a manual again!!" About 30 mins in I was over it. Started calling shop a couple times a day looking for updates on my truck.

Posted:  3 months, 3 weeks ago

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Marten @ .62 per mile

This has turned into a great post. My "official" cpm is 40.5. However I have all sorts of ancillary pay plus a guarantee of $1325/week.

Looking at last week's pay stub ending 7/20 I have grossed $42,114. Only weekends I have worked are by choice and that is usually $265 for a 6 hr day. I have spent 39 nights in the sleeper and many of those were 1) take my 10. 2) drive 3 hours back to terminal. 3) Go home for 12+ hours before starting new trip. I rarely use more than 45 hours of my 70 before taking a 48+hr reset over the weekend.

I sometimes feel a little guilty how good I have it. Based on milage pay alone most drivers would not even look at this job.

Posted:  4 months, 1 week ago

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Are Volvo trucks all automatic?

D13 I meant.

Just went to the Volvo website and went through the "Build your Volvo" process for a VNL 740. Have to admit that was kind of fun. Wonder if Ryder would let me spec out my next truck as a driver retention incentive?

Any way, It looks like if you go with the Detroit D14 then the I Shift is your only option in either regular or severe service configurations. If you go with the Cummins all the Eaton Fuller manuals 10,13,18 speeds are available along with a 6 speed Allison automatic.

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But if you call a Volvo dealer you can no longer order a manual Volvo as per Volvo in Springfield Mo.

Perhaps this is for an individual truck not a fleet.

Pereonally as someone who trained on a manual, i would suggest not making it a deal breaker. If you drive an automatic for a few months and learn backing and turns and getting past the fear.... then testing to remove the restriction would be easy.

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Posted:  4 months, 1 week ago

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Are Volvo trucks all automatic?

Just went to the Volvo website and went through the "Build your Volvo" process for a VNL 740. Have to admit that was kind of fun. Wonder if Ryder would let me spec out my next truck as a driver retention incentive?

Any way, It looks like if you go with the Detroit D14 then the I Shift is your only option in either regular or severe service configurations. If you go with the Cummins all the Eaton Fuller manuals 10,13,18 speeds are available along with a 6 speed Allison automatic.

But if you call a Volvo dealer you can no longer order a manual Volvo as per Volvo in Springfield Mo.

Perhaps this is for an individual truck not a fleet.

Pereonally as someone who trained on a manual, i would suggest not making it a deal breaker. If you drive an automatic for a few months and learn backing and turns and getting past the fear.... then testing to remove the restriction would be easy.

Posted:  4 months, 2 weeks ago

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Best Paid CDL school. I AM in TEXAS

Millis Transfer has a school in Burleson, Texas. They are a very good company and have a Texas regional fleet as well as OTR. Good thing about them is that after your 3 weeks of school your are out with a trainer and their trainee pay is very good.

Posted:  4 months, 2 weeks ago

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Eagle Rider for Motorcycle Rentals

I had a membership with them for a year and used them a couple of times. Canceled just because I could not use that many days. If you think your will use 12+ days a year the membership is the way to go.

First time I used them was out in Vegas a couple of years ago. I rented a Triumph adventure tourer and my 20 year old daughter and I did about 250 miles around Lake Mead and through the Valley of Fire State Park.

Other time was a guys bike trip in Feb 2016. 4 of us flew into Fort Lauderdale and rented Harleys, first and last time I ever rode a Harley. We rode down to Key West for a night then rode up to Naples to visit my son and then back to Fort Lauderdale.

They have expanded quite a lot the last few years. They used to have a wide selection of bikes available but I believe they have a formal relationship with HD now which may limit the selection to Harleys.

Posted:  5 months ago

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Why when I back.

Last week I delivered to a dock that was on a slight incline. I am in an auto and I was sure I was in the dock. I go back to chock the wheels only to see the forklift operator laughing at me with the trailer about 3 feet short of the dock. Said it happens all the time. I looked closer and noticed that there was a raised section of concrete that the front wheels were pushing against. it was only about an inch higher but with the incline it was enough to feel like the dock.

Posted:  5 months, 2 weeks ago

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Who says beer and cars don't mix?

You think that's bad? At my old corporate gig UPS was one of our clients. I made the mistake of using FedEx to overnight something to them. I received some "remedial training" so that I never did that again.

We get messages "Do NOT take Yoplait trailers to Chobani as they are competitors" lol

Posted:  5 months, 2 weeks ago

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Who says beer and cars don't mix?

Would have gotten real interesting if it that been reported stolen when they went through the border crossing.

Oh boy, someone may be looking for a job for that one before its over. Kinda funny though when your not the one involved

Posted:  5 months, 2 weeks ago

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Who says beer and cars don't mix?

Saw an interesting situation yesterday.

I drive for Ryder on a dedicated automotive account. When I pulled into the customer yesterday I noticed a very nice looking trailer with extensive graphics for a Canadian craft beer. It got my attention because everything in our yard is always one of just a few different companies trailers. It was hooked up to one of our Canadian O/Os that make the cross border runs for us.

I get inside and the dispatcher made a comment that she was spending her morning trying to figure out how a load of company auto freight ended up on a beer trailer.

It was a relay load so the current driver didn't know anything but apparently the original team could not find a company empty so they just helped themselves to what ever trailer they could find at the drop yard. Dispatch contacted the owners and worked out a plan to get it back where it belongs and agreed to pay some sort of rental fee.

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