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    IA

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    Rookie Solo Driver

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    1 year, 10 months ago

Junkyard Dog's Bio

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

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Posted:  2 days, 15 hours ago

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Umbilical hernia

On your DOT physical they do check for hernias. I had an umbilical hernia for 5 years and it progressively got worse. I did get it fixed before going to CDL School. I did have insurance though it was Obamacare and after I had my appointment for the surgery scheduled got a call from the doctor saying they didn't take the insurance. In a nutshell with the insurance my deductible would have been $5,000. Now this is where it gets crazy since the doctor wouldn't take the ObamaCare insurance I negotiated a cash deal ended up costing me $2,300. $800 for the operating room and $1,500 for the doctor. Talk about crazy with insurance I would have paid more than double in out-of-pocket deductible. So since you don't have insurance go see what you can negotiate? You'd be surprised what they will do for cash... It's easier for them in the long run they don't have to deal with the insurance. Good luck to you and I would get it done.

Posted:  6 days, 22 hours ago

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We Had A Major Truck Accident

Prayers for both of you and for a speedy recovery. Had to be awful. What a way to wake up. I get sick to my stomach everytime I see a truck in the ditch.

Posted:  1 week ago

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Hey PackRat, I've Got A Question

I used to work in the parts department for a Kenworth dealer 35 + years ago and when I see old trucks I also get excited. Especially when in the northern part of the country and I see an old cabover still running. When I'm down in Arizona and Texas I see quite a few but up north they are very few and far between. I was in college when I worked in parts but before that I was in the wash bay during the summer and I remember jacking up the cabovers to wash the engines for the mechanics and everything fell forward LOL those were the days.

Posted:  1 week ago

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Cargo theft

Did my first delivery to Detroit a few days ago and on the delivery instructions on the Qualcomm it said do not remove padlock until you are backing into the doors. It said they have a lot of theft on their own lot... when I got there I understood. Looked like I was in a war zone... first time I've ever locked my truck on the consignee property when I went to the receiving office.

Posted:  1 week ago

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Unions

Keep drinking the Kool-Ade. Voting doesn't work, the electoral college doesn't work, Democracy doesn't work as this country is not one. But Oligarchy seems to be keeping the trucks running. Remember the Bush/Gore fiasco?

Why don't you give us an example of a Nation more successful then the United States? Why do millions of people want to come here if it's in such disarray as you say? A few years back things were sliding down hill fast... Thank God for the Electoral College do you think our economy would be this successful under shillary?

Posted:  1 week, 1 day ago

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Good time to take a 34

Meant to say my deliveries at 10 a.m. on Wednesday. Wish you could edit these LOL

Posted:  1 week, 1 day ago

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Good time to take a 34

So I delivered last night in Streetsboro Ohio and I had a pickup at the same location today at noon. When I went in to pick up my papers last night I told the gal in receiving about my load at noon and asked if I could just leave the trailer? She checked her schedule and said if you want to put it in another dock door she would see if they could load me later tonight or first thing in the morning. I was psyched because there's not much parking close to there especially at that time of night. So I woke up at 5 a.m. to the trailer moving. Taking this load to Minneapolis for a 10 a.m. delivery. I'm halfway through Wisconsin when I ran out of time did my almost 600 miles and now waiting to get nailed by a foot of snow. Been slowed down by my 70-hour clock so getting loaded early is going to let me sit here not driving the snow tomorrow and will get my 34 reset. Get up nice and early Wednesday morning and get to my delivery providing the crappy place I'm delivering has the snow plowed. The place is tight enough let alone throw a foot of snow in the picture. Anyway I've been through this town before nice little Chinese buffet and a great restaurant across the street. Guess I'll catch up on my Hulu. And yes I thanked the girl in Streetsboro for helping me out. Always make it a point to be very polite whether it's a yard jockey a security guard or the people in shipping receiving. Even though it said no overnight parking she helped me out in more ways than one.

Posted:  1 week, 1 day ago

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Unions

He's a part-time trucker huh? The rest of the time he's probably antifa... You know the guys that cover their face when they create chaos... so they aren't exposed. I thought I got enough of this on Twitter and Facebook now they're infiltrating Trucking truth SMH. Most of these types of people only know the talking points that they spew and are indoctrinated with... Very hard to get deep with people like this. They won't respond directly, they will wait until they research or someone gives them their next talking points.

Posted:  3 weeks, 6 days ago

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Rain, Hail, Sleet or Snow!

This time of year anytime I get a pre plan I check out the weather where I'm going. Used to be I would only do Google Earth. But I've learned the hard way... The weather dictates how you're going to meet your obligations.

Posted:  4 weeks ago

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There are still good people in this world

That's good someone turned it! I always keep my wallet in my front pocket which is an odd place from most shocked.png

I keep mine in my front pocket to don't want my butt hurting from all the cards I carry. I usually have less than $100 cash on me at all times. I pay for everything with card so I have a record of everything I spend.

Posted:  4 weeks ago

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I'm still shaky...

Driving north on I-81 in Pennsylvania in a construction zone going downhill speed limit was 45 I was in the right lane had traffic behind me and traffic including two trucks in the passing Lane next to me and behind me. The on-ramp had a temporary stop sign and I saw a Prius pull up to it now I'm telling you I was less than a hundred yards away from his stop sign when I saw him pull up. Something inside of me said he was going to pull out ahead of me... And he did. I'm at 77,000 pounds and when that little voice talked to me I started breaking. Still I had this hit them hard when I saw him pull out and of course he had no pick up because he's driving that small engine. Can't believe I didn't run right over the top of him and I was scared that I was going to get hit from behind because the truck behind me was so close. I don't know if it's I lost . my confidence and that shouldn't be the issue because I saw it in time and thought about what could happen but the rest of the day I was so unsure of myself and everything that was going on around me. Don't know if you've ever been in that pilot just south of the Petro around Wilkes-Barre but that truck stop sucks as far as parking and I couldn't wait to get off the road and get it parked. Still it's really tight parking there and I put it right in. After I parked and looking around wondering how I'm going to get out of here tomorrow because I read the reviews on how tight and how everyone illegally Parks here as it's filling up I can see what they're talking about. I will be waking up drivers if it's too tight but hopefully I'll be settled down by tomorrow morning. I'm still shaky cuz I know if you hit someone from behind you're probably going to be the one that gets the blame and you sure as hell don't want to kill somebody. Thank God I listened to that little voice

Posted:  1 month, 2 weeks ago

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Sage Cdl Academy, part two (driving practice)

We're the same age grumpy and I too has many of the same pains and Screamin joints during school and then during my training. Trust me it will get better. I now have an automatic truck and the only thing that hurts on me now is my shoulders when I put in a 600 mile plus day or you have one of those days when the wind is blowing you all over the place. Keep rocking it brother good luck and God bless.

Posted:  2 months ago

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Professionalism

I am always amazed when I see drivers wearing flip-flops? Now we are a 100% no touch freight company. But I can't imagine wearing flip-flops although when I go to my terminal I do see some guys and gals wearing them. I feel less than professional if I haven't been able to shave and shower in a couple of days. Every now and then I have those runs where I'm not able to get a shower every other day. But I try to make up for it with a smile and professional behavior. Even though there are times I am frustrated with the shipper / receiver I never let them know it. They have the power to make your day even more miserable unfortunately.

Posted:  2 months, 1 week ago

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Wind Speed Chart

Drove through Wyoming twice last week both days they had wind warnings. Both times they said the winds were 40 plus on the signs and I was pulling around 40,000 lb. I was buffeted all over the road. I did see them pulling one truck out of the ditch. Didn't look like he turned over but he was in the median. Needless to say both trips my shoulders were killing me after I got out of the area..

Posted:  2 months, 2 weeks ago

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Odd question

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ask youself that when its -30 degrees out and your stomach is upset and you keep running to the restroom in a lot of 300 trucks....and no way to park closer.

YES... no way I'll take you the long way when you have that gurgle in your stomach... want to stop and question me... suddenly I wouldn't be so polite...

A horrible story... I was at a rest area in Texas and they have some really nice rest areas. On my way to the bathroom in the morning I got that terrible feeling all of a sudden. I couldn't make it. And all hell busted loose. So I still go to the bathroom try to clean up and I'm trying to wash out my gym shorts in the sink all I had on was a t-shirt at this point. I heard someone coming to the bathroom by their footsteps and to be honest I was so sick at the time I didn't care anymore. I looked at the guy that walked in and told him I was really sick. Could you do me a favor and go to my truck and get me a pair of pants to wear... He said I totally understand I've been there and he went out to my truck and brought back some pants for me. After a period of total lost dignity... as I was walking back to my truck I saw him standing there with his wife and said God bless you you have no idea how much I appreciate what you did.... his poor wife looked horrified LOL The next time I was at a Walmart I bought a bucket and scented garbage bags. I always have plenty of baby wipes with me. You know that truck stop food doesn't always sit well with you and I've never had that same problem since... I just take care of the situation in the truck.

Posted:  2 months, 2 weeks ago

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Odd question

This question never occurred to me. Since I'm a newer driver unless I get to a truck stop early I'm usually Parked way in the back, especially if it's a bigger truck stop so I have an easier job parking... So I do walk between trucks. I have heard about people pulling fifth wheel pins... But I'm just not that kind of person. People always tell me I have a kind face and Happy Eyes whatever that means... So I'm not the kind of person I think people would accuse me of anything. I always smile and acknowledge everyone I meet so I don't think I'd ever have that situation of being questioned.

Posted:  2 months, 3 weeks ago

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Congrats to Donna & Kim!!!!

Congratulations to both of you. I'd like to tell you it's all downhill from here... But you're on the Forum so you know better. You're going to have some great days and some trying days. But I hope you learn to love it. God bless both of you on your Journeys.

Posted:  2 months, 3 weeks ago

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Padlocking trailer doors

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Are they all keyed the same or something? Or is the key not removeable until the lock is locked?

That my company all padlocks are keyed the same.

And to answer an earlier question about if I've ever left a lock on a trailer. Unfortunately yes during a drop at a Walmart Distribution Center. If you've ever delivered there the trailers are really tight together. It was my first month driving solo and so it took me forever to get the trailer in the tight spot. Just as I was pulling up to the front gate to leave I remembered the padlock was still on the trailer so I had to turn around and do the drive of Shame back to the drop area. I'm a bigger guy and I literally had to almost crawl to the back of the trailer to get the padlock because the trailers were back to back. Just one of those things to remember when you do a drop.

Posted:  3 months ago

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What's everyone doing for Thanksgiving...

On my way to Tolleson Arizona, will be the first time I haven't spent Thanksgiving with my girls and family. But I'm running for 6 Straight weeks so I can take a week off at Christmas. It hit me yesterday... I usually do the cooking or at least most of it. So I stopped at Walmart today and picked up a couple of Frozen items, Stouffer's turkey Bob Evans mashed potatoes and one of their little 50 Cent pumpkin pies they sell in the bakery. Won't exactly be a feast but it'll be my little Thanksgiving dinner. God bless all of you that are with your families and double bless all of you that are on the road this holiday.

Posted:  3 months ago

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Hit the range today

The truck is a piece of crap. The seat won’t lock into position so if I hit a bump at low speed it slides back and forth, causing me to push the fuel pedal and let off again as the seat slides.

I finally figured out to push against the floor to keep it forced back when I don’t need my foot on the clutch. Lol

I swear every training truck is a piece of crap especially on the Range. To go on the road you need a truck that at least passes a pre-trip supposedly. When I took my driving test to get my CDL the dot officer had to adjust the mirrors for me on his side how's the power mirrors wouldn't work and also the selector wasn't working correctly on the shifter... I was kind of surprised he allowed us to use the truck. When you get with a trainer you'll be so glad you don't have to deal with those issues that are distracting right now. Keep chugging and good luck grumpy.

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