Profile For Junkyard Dog

Junkyard Dog's Info

  • Location:
    IA

  • Driving Status:
    Experienced Driver

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  • Joined Us:
    2 years, 9 months ago

Junkyard Dog's Bio

Christian conservative, love my girls, college football, opening a new chapter.

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Posted:  1 week, 6 days ago

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High Winds; Good Judgment

I think the thing that the veteran drivers understand that the rookies don't is if it's dangerous get off the Road. I remember last year driving through Wyoming and they have the digital signs telling you what the wind speeds are. I was so afraid of being called-out for not doing my job. I still remember almost an anxiety attack because my trailer was rocking and swaying so bad. I pulled into the Petro Truck Stop in Laramie. Literally shaking. Went to eat at the driver counter. And was listening to so-called old timers laughing about the newbies that couldn't handle wind. Talk about going to your truck after that and questioning yourself? I've seen enough videos that I don't care what these people think of me I want to be able to get home to my daughters. These are the same guys going down the mountain blowing past me driving tankers. Everything I was taught in CDL School went against what I am seeing and hearing. I'm going to do what I think needs to keep me safe. I've been doing this for a little more than a year and a half and I know I have so much more to learn. I don't want to end up like one of these trucks in the ditch or the median that I see every week. Every time I see a truck wreck it literally makes me sick to my stomach wondering what they did wrong?

Posted:  1 week, 6 days ago

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Diabetes Update!

Congratulations Marc... I'm really struggling right now with weight loss. I have three or four good days and then when a stressful day hits I medicate with food. I have a lot of things on the peripheral going on besides driving. Really proud of your persistence. I've got to find the determination. My blood pressure is still in the acceptable range but I need to lose weight. The good thing is I have cut the sugar out. I don't even drink diet drinks anymore. It's unsweetened tea and straight coffee instead of the diet dew

Posted:  2 weeks, 1 day ago

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Goofball Passed Away Today...Trucking with Pets

So sorry to hear about this. I guess the blessing is you were there. When they put down my dog last year I was on the road. I knew it was going to happen and I didn't want her to suffer. One of the crappiest days of my life last year it was almost like she was on death row... my daughters kept me abreast of what was going on. Not afraid to admit I cried all day

Posted:  4 weeks ago

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My Railroad crossing violation - DISMISSED!

Awesome news Rob. I've learned a lot from your situation. Merry Christmas and God bless brother.

Posted:  1 month, 1 week ago

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Post A Picture Of Your Significant Other Here’s Mine

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My daughters. Took me a minute to figure out how to do this.

Posted:  1 month, 2 weeks ago

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I survived one year of trucking

I knew you had a rough start with Schneider. And I asked on here if anyone had heard from you. So proud of you that you stuck this out. Congratulations. So many times people post on here for months at a time and all of a sudden they disappear. You rock. Keep in touch.

Posted:  1 month, 2 weeks ago

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I did it!!

Now the real learning begins. Congratulations. Be a sponge and absorb everything you can... training go so fast and you will realize you still haven't learned everything you need to know. So don't be afraid to ask questions. Good luck young lady.

Posted:  1 month, 2 weeks ago

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DOT officers - Allies or Enemies?

My company runs good equipment. But I still get nervous when I get the red light to go into the weigh station. I really think a lot of it depends on how you treat the dot officer. I've been inspected twice passed both times and even though I was very nervous because I'm a relatively new driver. Both times they asked me are you nervous? And I told them yes both times because I'm a new driver. They were very understanding and told me don't sweat things. If we find something that's usually on the company. You're not going to walk out of here with a bunch of fines you have to pay. The second time I was pulled over for inspection I didn't have the trailer registration on the front of the trailer. I was at a weigh station so I was able to have them fax it to me. But still it was totally nerve-wracking because I had never dealt with this before. The officer was very cool about it. Ever since then when I pick up a trailer I open the tube just to make sure the registration is there.

Posted:  1 month, 2 weeks ago

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I'm ranked 51 of 149 FT drivers for safety!

Congrats brother that's something to be proud of.

Posted:  1 month, 3 weeks ago

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What a difference 24 hours make

I agree with Errol.... I am not a patient person but you have to roll with the punches when it comes to trucking. So many times we are stuck waiting to be loaded or unloaded. You have a great attitude. Be a sponge and absorb everything she has to teach you. I'm hoping your patience pays off and you have one hell of a trainer.

Posted:  1 month, 3 weeks ago

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Training with Veriha updates...

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5 hr. unloading delay... 2 damaged pallets of product. Starting the week with a Big Day of waiting and a small day of driving!

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Make that 2 cases, not pallets!

Two cases isn't bad especially if it's something you would enjoy. I got a couple of cases of Hershey's candy bars about a week ago. Talk about making friends? Trying to lose weight so every time I came to fuel I was handing out candy bars to the truckers around me. My daughters we're ****ed off because I wasn't saving them for when I saw the next. I told them this to great a temptation I have to get rid of them...

Posted:  1 month, 3 weeks ago

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Views From the Office Window (Post Yours Please!)

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U.s. Cold Storage Hazleton Pennsylvania.

Posted:  1 month, 4 weeks ago

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Prepaid legal services/insurance plan

When I went through orientation they had a guy from LegalShield who I guess Specializes in covering drivers. It also covers your spouse or significant other. I was paying I think it was $24 a month. Then I got a call from them a couple months ago telling them they haven't gotten my payments from my company I used payroll deduction. So I called the HR person then he told me my company stopped using them because the lawyers weren't showing up for Court so we're going with another company. I never noticed it I guess they sent me an email but I didn't see it. Same price just different company.

Posted:  1 month, 4 weeks ago

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Haven't connected with my trainer yet! Possible meetup in 12 hrs.!

Glad you got hooked up with your trainer. Keep Rollin and keep it between the lines

Posted:  2 months ago

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Ramp speed limits, and why they matter

I agree with everyone on here. Speed limits posted on those turns are for 4 wheelers. I'm sure I ****ed a lot of the Cowboys off by going below the speed limit...the ones I really question are the tankers? But then they are often the ones passing me going down the mountain too... it's their life and their license.

Posted:  2 months ago

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Americold Caves

Most of our deliveries to Carthage are drop. But the first time I had to actually deliver in the caves I had to go to the very end and I was a newbie. Scared the hell out of me. But if you use your space and take your time it's not that bad. I took a lot of pictures and it really looks tighter then it actually is... still all your friends think you are something special that you did that... LOL

Posted:  2 months ago

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Damn deers...

Glad you're okay brother. It is the rut season. We got a message on our Qualcomm the other day don't swerve for deer. Still the funniest sign I ever saw was I was crossing into Mississippi and it said bear Crossing next 10 miles. I laughed my butt off I got to thinking there are bears down here? Talking to people from Mississippi yes there are...

Posted:  2 months ago

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Day 3 with Veriha went pretty well.

What PJ said... Small turns on the Wheel. And take your time. At first I didn't understand the idea of dropping the 90-degree for the parallel backing. I thought when do you ever use it? But if you're parking on a side street or even some rest areas that's when you use it. Still I think it's a great idea to use the 90 especially in tight backing in situations. Had to do it yesterday first time in several months. And was really proud of myself. I did do about a half a dozen goals to make sure I was set up properly and then to make sure I didn't hit anything.

Posted:  2 months ago

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I had a backing incident today.

Don't know if any of you have ever delivered here. I think the name was Denver frozen foods in Denver Pennsylvania. Same kind of a setup. Not meant for a sleeper cab to deliver. It was my first six months driving and it was snowing. Must have taken me a half hour to get in the door. Couldn't see the lines to line up. One of my first of many nightmares.

Posted:  2 months ago

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Bad weather

I've only been to Wisconsin once. And of course we had 12 inches of snow when I was there. Trucks in the ditch everywhere. And of course I was a newbie. Had to go to through Wisconsin to the Twin Cities. I thought these people have their crap together so the receiver will have been cleared off in their lot... Not even close. Worst place I ever delivered.

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