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    Milford, OH

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Posted:  2 weeks, 5 days ago

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VA Slow Roll Sat. 3/2: I-95 Doswell Truck Stop to Downtown Richmond at 11 a.m.

If you combined the IQ's of this group of idiots, you couldn't come up with the number for the legal and safe air pressure for 1 steer tire.

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Now that is some funny stuff right there.

Posted:  2 weeks, 6 days ago

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VA Slow Roll Sat. 3/2: I-95 Doswell Truck Stop to Downtown Richmond at 11 a.m.

I got stuck in the "slow roll" around Indy last week. Supposedly they made 2 laps around 465. Mainly O/Os the trucks having all the stereotypical chrome, lights and train whistle horns that they kept blowing.

Law enforcement was out in force and they had several large groups pulled over. They did pretty much stick to the right lane but it still made for a mess.

What I find ironic is that they claim to be this fiercely independent group, yet some of their major complaints are to have shippers, brokers, oil companies, etc treat them better. They basically are asking others to support their inefficient and financially ill concieved business model.

If they would just admit to themselves that they are hobbyists, and not the major players in the transportation industry they think they are, maybe the truth wouldn't hurt so much.

Posted:  3 weeks, 3 days ago

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Don't think, just do as I say

I agree as well. I had one trainer tell me I was being "To cautious" in an unfamiliar truck stop. My second one went ballistic when I put a few gallons more fuel in one tank then the other.

I eventually decided the OTR training was not working for me. I told the training director that both those guys were nutcases and he basically agreed with me. He tried to talk me into staying but I was done. I do not recommend the course I took but my circumstances were a little different then most folks going through company training.

After 14 months solo with zero incidents, a quarterly safety award and numerous customer compliments phoned into the office, I don't think I was the problem.

Posted:  3 weeks, 3 days ago

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CDL B DRIVER GOING FOR CLASS A

You may want to look at Dayton Freight. They are a very good company and I know that they hire Class B drivers and operate in your area. One of their recruiters calls me to check in about once a month so they definitely have a need for drivers.

I want to do exactly what your cousin did but haven't found a company to offer that in the Chicago area yet.

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If your class B is current, you have recent experience, and a clean record, look for local companies that operate both box trucks and semis. Apply for a class B job driving the straight truck and there is a very good chance they will upgrade you if you express an interest and have shown a good work record.

I have a cousin who is the safety manager at a 50+ truck expediting company and he has a program he calls B to A. He gets a lot of drivers by hiring dump truck, school bus and other class B drivers and putting them through the program after they have been successful with the box truck.

Indeed.com is a good place to look.

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Posted:  3 weeks, 4 days ago

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CDL B DRIVER GOING FOR CLASS A

If your class B is current, you have recent experience, and a clean record, look for local companies that operate both box trucks and semis. Apply for a class B job driving the straight truck and there is a very good chance they will upgrade you if you express an interest and have shown a good work record.

I have a cousin who is the safety manager at a 50+ truck expediting company and he has a program he calls B to A. He gets a lot of drivers by hiring dump truck, school bus and other class B drivers and putting them through the program after they have been successful with the box truck.

Indeed.com is a good place to look.

Posted:  3 weeks, 4 days ago

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W2 information

Just to be clear you did go through orientation with both companies and actually received paychecks?

Many times you are not an actual employee until later in the process depending upon what kind of training program you are in.

Posted:  3 weeks, 4 days ago

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CDL AUTOMATIC RESTRICTION

In her case you have 2 state bureaucracies involved so it is very possible the lack of a restriction made it through the process. She basically got lucky.

I would not try and use this as a work around to avoid the restriction because it likely won't work a second time.

Posted:  3 weeks, 5 days ago

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What State Are We In?

I have a motorcycle buddy who never knows where we are on trips. We ride a lot in the mountains of TN,NC,GA,SC,WV,VA and may be in several different states between stops. We will stop and he will ask "Are we still in KY? No Bob we are in GA." Also never remembers our route plans or where we are stopping for the night.

He also is very technology challenged. Except for Bob we all have satellite based GPS units. Bob just uses his phone and in the mountains there is often no cell service for miles. If we ever get mad at him and decide to ditch him it will take him a week to find his way home.

Don't be like Bob.

PS: That is me in the middle. Bob is on the right with the red bike.

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Posted:  1 month, 1 week ago

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LTL DAY CAB meals

My first sleeper did not have a fridge or inverter so I used one of the 12v coolers. On Mondays I would load it up with 3-4 frozen water bottles along with the rest of my food. That really helped it maintain temperature. I would leave it in the truck all week and toss it a couple more frozen ones on nights I made it home.

So I’m curious if their are any other extra board driver from an LTL carrier who run extrabord or don’t have a dedicated home daily route who have advice about meals on the road. We don’t many options and I want to eat healither are their any good fridges that fill in a day can currently have the Coleman cooler for drinks. If so any advice would be helpful wanting to eat healthier.

Posted:  1 month, 1 week ago

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Was it something I said?

Seems like I may have come across as the drivers lounge bully but that was not my intention. I just thought I "made a funny."

What actually happened was that this guy "jumped line" by driving past all of us waiting our turn to turn left into the facility by going to the end of the street turning around and coming back and turning right ahead of us. He was bobtail while most everyone else in line had trailers.

Everyone saw what happened and by the time I dropped my trailer and got to the office he was getting called out on it by some of the other drivers. To lighten the mood I made the comment about the parade float going by. Everyone laughed and went about their business. Did not mean to offend anyone.

Posted:  1 month, 1 week ago

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Was it something I said?

There are a couple guys like this that work out of our facility. I drive a Cascadia sleeper and I have enough room between rows to approach my spot on my right, go past it then start to execute a 180 to the left and get pretty much lined up for a straight in back. These guys have to jockey around for ever because they have so little room in front of them.

Personally I think stretched rigs with nothing over the overstretched frame is just silly looking. What is even more hilarious is many of them have tiny coffin sleepers on them. They have totally destroyed the turning radius of their truck over what? Nothing is gained. It just looks silly. If they stretched it and put a motorcycle lift back there, I would be like awesome. But, just a lot of empty space for no reason. And it does NOT look cool. Maybe in 1980 it was; then again, people thought fake wood pannelling on station wagons looked cool too.

Just my opinion, I am sure there are a people out there who thinks it looks cool. I’m a practical person.

Posted:  1 month, 1 week ago

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Was it something I said?

He cutoff 4 of us and jumped ahead in the check in line. I think mine was the kindest comment he got.

Posted:  1 month, 1 week ago

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Was it something I said?

Yesterday I referred to an owner operators ridiculously over-stretched and over chromed old KW as a "high school homecoming parade float." The look he gave me makes me think I may have crossed some sort of line.

Posted:  1 month, 2 weeks ago

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Ice storm warning Chicago

I'm leaving Cincinnati tomorrow morning at 5 AM for an 11 AM delivery in Aurora, Ill. Thanks for the heads up.

Posted:  1 month, 2 weeks ago

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Got a new truck this week

Got a call Monday morning to come in a little early because I was getting assigned a new truck. My old 2015 Cascadia was approaching 500K and had been in the shop several times recently.

Walked into shop and was handed the keys to this 2019 Cascadia. 1600 miles but I don't think it had ever been hooked to a trailer. It may look like a rental but I actually work for Ryder and this was ordered by my account. It is mine exclusively, until someone decides it isn't. Had my old truck about 7 months and no one else drove it except for the shop.

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My old truck was pretty bare bones and had I believe a 60 inch sleeper where this one has the full 72 inch. I can't believe how much difference that makes in the room you have inside.

I am only out 2-3 nights a week so I don't need all the bells and whistles but this does have a built in refrigerator and a 1800W pure sine inverter. It does not however have a bunk heater or an APU. That became an issue as I was getting ready to leave because the shop did not want to remove the idle restriction feature. They said it is bad for the truck, I said true but I am heading for Chicago and -25 degrees is bad for me! They finally agreed to remove it but it sounds like they are going to be adding at least a bunk heater.

Not sure what was behind the decision to give me the new one. My old truck has already been reassigned to someone who has been there a lot longer then my 10 months but I am not complaining.

Posted:  1 month, 3 weeks ago

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Real Old School Trucks

Found some old family photos this weekend of some of the trucks I grew up around. Pictures were taken in the mid 70's. And that is not me in the photos, I was probably around 10-12 when these were taken. My cousins and I used to play in these trucks on the weekends.

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The Mack on the left was a beautiful truck. Was factory chromed out before that was a thing. Notice the front rear drive, when those trucks got stuck on a job site with 8 yards on concrete on they were really stuck. I would love to have that now to restore.

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This Mack was one of a group of about 5 that the local Mack dealer sold to my grandfather at a really good price in return for us giving them feedback on how they preformed in the field. They were one of the earliest attempts at automated transmissions. They had true automatics with torque converters, They really worked well for the first couple 1000 miles when the trans tended to explode, usually loaded on a job site. Mack eventually replaced the transmissions with manuals. Technology just wasn't there yet.

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This is the truck I first learned to drive at 14, it was a 1960's era REO. I would haul bank run gravel from the pit to the processing plant. Don't remember a lot about it but it had a gasoline engine and 3 gear shifts. One for the main trans, one for the aux trans and I believe the 3rd was for a 2 speed rear end. Off road you did not really have to use many gears but I do still remember the first time I was able to pull off a shift using the aux transmission.

Posted:  2 months ago

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Trying to ID year/model. Older rig.

Growing up my family's gravel business were big White/Autocar fans, except for ready mix trucks which were always Macks.

The first truck I drove on the road was a 1974 Autocar with an 18 speed and a very underpowered Cummins. Got my chauffeur's license one morning and the same day my dad had me make 2 deliveries with him riding along then he turned me loose. Things were a lot different back in those days.

I drove that truck full time for 2 summers and never had an issue. In about 1986 they traded it in on some new Freightliner dumps after they killed off the Autocar brand. A "super trucker" bought it from the dealer and within a few months had blown up both the rear ends and the transmission. When he complained to the dealership about it the dealer told him that a 22 year old college kid had been driving it without issue and he was sure that I would be willing to come teach him how to drive it correctly. That shut him up.

Posted:  2 months ago

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Paper Logs

Had my first experience this week running with paper logs.

Monday night when I went to go off duty the system would not respond. I called dispatch and they put me off duty and said to try again in the morning and call tech support if still having problems. Next morning they determined that my unit was DOA and to break out the paper, never used them in the real world. Dispatch emailed me my last 7 days of logs and a malfunction letter to show to an officer if stopped. First day attempt looked pretty pathetic but I'm getting better.

Turned the truck into the shop on Wed night thinking it would be done on Thursday afternoon then I went back out. Get to the truck on Thursday and the whole unit was gone, just a wire sticking out of the dash. Both the module on the truck and the tablet unit were shot.

They have ordered a new system and on the bright side they are updating me from the old AOBRD system I had to the new ELD platform they are using. Will be nice to be able to "tweak" some entries again.

Greg

Posted:  2 months, 1 week ago

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I'm going to give people the wrong idea about truckers....

At one of my regular stops in Mississippi yesterday the shipping clerk told me:

"You are always so friendly and respectful."

She then proceeded to get me loaded 3 hours early on my appointment and ahead of two drivers who were already docked. I'm sure it was just a coincidence

Not sure if the other drivers spoke English but their glares at me as I pulled out needed no translation. I just gave them a big smile and a wave.

Posted:  2 months, 2 weeks ago

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Auto mated trannys

My FL has the DT-12 and I love it. I find it much easier to back smoothly than with the 10 speed A/S. Last month my truck was in the shop for almost 2 weeks so I had a rental 2019 International LT with the Cummins and the auto shift 10 speed. It did not back up as smoothly as the DT-12,but the thing that really drove me nuts was that it would not skip gears when up-shifting like the DT-12 does, it would go through every one. Never got through red lights unless I was the first few in line.

Towards the end I started manually clicking it up to 3rd or 4th and it wasn't so bad.

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