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    IA

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    Rookie Solo Driver

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    1 year, 8 months ago

Junkyard Dog's Bio

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

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Posted:  12 hours, 50 minutes 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:  1 day, 12 hours 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:  1 week, 5 days 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:  1 week, 5 days 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:  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:  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 weeks, 3 days 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 weeks, 5 days 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.

Posted:  3 weeks, 6 days ago

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Crashed!

Whenever I see traffic coming to a sudden stop in front of me I hit the four way flashers to try to alert those behind me. I just got a new truck and I have all these computer devices that literally take things out of my hands and automatically slow the truck they don't have the Kinks worked out of them a hundred percent yet... Vehicles will be out of my Lane and in the right exit Lane and it will still cause my Truck 2 drastically slow down and I am a good 2 seconds plus behind them. This was addressed on some of the other threads. It's like a ghost is in charge...

Posted:  3 weeks, 6 days ago

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Update on my backing

I totally get what you're saying. I have pulled in your truck stops when I'm running out of time and I will find a spot or two but I don't know if it's just because I'm exhausted or what the deal is but I just can't seem to get in. Other times I put it right in the slot. There are several apps I use to find parking one is truckers path and I have used that with great success to find little out-of-the-way places that I can park with little stress. It has a history of when the truck stops or parking areas are usually full. Another thing I do is 2 to 4 hours before I know I'm done driving I'll pull over and write down anywhere from 5 to 10 spots that I see on these apps and approximate where I'll be when it's time to call it a day. Takes a lot of the stress out of it. Trust me I understand brother how after a long day we have to deal with the idea of finding a spot to safely Park. Some parts of the country are much easier than others that's why I try to plan ahead.

Posted:  3 weeks, 6 days ago

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Got a new truck this week.

I give up I sent the same picture twice and when I preview them they were upside down I don't know what I'm doing???

Posted:  3 weeks, 6 days ago

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Got a new truck this week.

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Posted:  4 weeks ago

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Got a new truck this week.

I will put pictures up but I just came out of Pennsylvania put up with the 6 to 9 in of snow and ice and had to run my butt off the last two days to make my delivery today. I'll have some time tomorrow. BTW how do you people deliver in some of these small towns in Pennsylvania? Roads are so narrow, and the places I deliver were built in the 1880s and early 1900s... I must be getting better at backing because I haven't hit anything and I get it in... but God isn't very happy with some of my thoughts as I deal with these issues LOL

Posted:  4 weeks, 1 day ago

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Got a new truck this week.

I've had a tough couple weeks with little things going wrong on the truck antifreeze leak, alternator went out this after having the starter and batteries replaced a few weeks back. I was doing more time sitting waiting for things to get fixed detention pay doesn't pay the bills. Was getting really frustrated. My dispatcher kept telling me don't worry things are going to get better, I didn't b**** but like I said was getting frustrated. He got me routed back to the terminal for my Hometime, almost didn't want to take it because I needed the money. I pulled into the terminal started getting my stuff together to go see my girlfriend, when there was a knock on my door. It was the guy in charge of the fleet, I said what's up Gary... He said are you ready for a new truck? I joked and said with all the work done on this recently should be good to go. I thought he was just going to put me in another truck. He pointed over at the wash bay and said how'd you like a brand new one? 2019 T680 Kenworth... automatic, looked at it and said just when I got used to driving the manual you put me in an automatic and we both laughed. What a sweet ride... everything is literally at your fingertips. Feel like a kid in a candy store. Put 2300 miles on it the first 6 days... really like working for my company I walk into the office to see my dispatcher and everyone knows my name? Only been there six months that's counting my training. If I have a moral to the story it's don't b**** when things go bad, I bite my tongue because I don't feel I have the equity built up to question things. I run into our other drivers on the road and talk about terminal rats LOL. All they do is b**** about things. I always make up excuses to get the hell away from them... listening to them doesn't put money in my pocket

Posted:  1 month, 2 weeks ago

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My first accident.

Totally understand your frustration. My first and hopefully only fender bender I was so tired and frustrated after a tiring day. Clipped a guy's head light. Just the other night at a Love's was trying like hell to get it into a spot and I was so tired I just couldn't do it. Really tight because a pick up and a camper took more than his space. Seems like I tried for 10 minutes. And said to hell with it. Really irritates me when those guys don't go to a RV Park. Just as I was leaving the lot to try somewhere else I saw a truck pull out and I took his spot along the curb. I thought go ahead wake me up in an hour and tell me to move things will be better. LOL

Posted:  1 month, 2 weeks ago

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Prime CDL Training

As long as there are lines I don't have a problem...no lines???? Yikes.

BTW were you driving on I-44 toward Joplin Thursday afternoon? I passed a lady that resembles you...two ladies in the cab...I wondered if that was you?

Posted:  1 month, 2 weeks ago

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Schneider "Zero (mishap) Tolerance" - Really?

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At this point in my training and research I believe I have the wisdom of Socrates... . . I know that I do not know!

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In several months or so, you may be surprised at how much MORE you do not know. At least that is the way it's been for me.

Stick with this forum Sir, you'll learn something new every day, for years. Without this forum, I'd likely have failed at this line of work long ago.

Totally agree with you Dave. Been driving for about 3 months now and I come on here and learn something new almost every day. Things you don't even think about. But then you're confronted with them... And you go...ahhhh. I read about this...

Posted:  1 month, 4 weeks ago

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Trainer using drugs

Whenever I talk to my trainer I asked him how his new trainee is doing? A few weeks ago I asked him about a specific guy that he was having problems with... He told me he kicked him out of his truck. Said he was mouthy know it all and some days didn't want to drive... told me if they come with me they're going to learn they don't want to learn they can get out. Turns out the guy complained to the terminal manager that my trainer was a drug addict... LOL. When my trainer told me that, I said and you didn't share with me? Lol he just roared.

Posted:  2 months ago

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Leaving CRST after Training

I know this goes against what the moderators on this board advise. But it's one of the reasons I chose to do community college instead of company training. Granted it has worked out for me. I know sometimes we get situations like the OP... and this really screws their plans on being a truck driver. You're essentially an indentured servant. Don't get me wrong I totally understand the company's position. They shelled out thousands of dollars and months of their time. I also understand that there are a lot of weak excuses for people to try to get out of their contracts. But when people have a life-altering situation they are cornered. Again that's why I chose the path I did. I have an elderly mother and her health currently is great and I have two daughters, I want to be there if they need me. I enjoy working for the company I drive for and though I don't see me at my age doing OTR more than another year or two. I did not want to be under a contract. Then again my situation is different then many of these younger drivers.

Posted:  2 months ago

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Skills Failed

Same thing happened to me and most of us...don't stress (yeah right you're thinking)...Guess what? If it takes you 10 times to pass, you still have the same licence we have....good luck.

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