Profile For Junkyard Dog

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    IA

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    Rookie Solo Driver

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    1 year, 7 months ago

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

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Posted:  1 day, 7 hours 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:  2 days, 10 hours 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:  2 days, 10 hours 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:  2 days, 12 hours 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:  2 days, 12 hours ago

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Got a new truck this week.

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Posted:  3 days, 10 hours 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 days, 11 hours 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:  3 weeks, 1 day 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:  3 weeks, 3 days 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:  3 weeks, 4 days 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 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:  1 month, 1 week 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:  1 month, 1 week 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.

Posted:  1 month, 1 week ago

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School date set for November 12th.

Grumpy... I thought about getting my CDL for 7 years. 4 years before I got divorced my ex told me you're too old to do this. And then I waited 3 years after my divorce to take the leap. Damn do I wish I would have done it earlier. But it is what it is, and I am really enjoying it. Even though there are days you wonder what the hell am I doing? God bless you and your journey. I am currently on my longest run with my company. With picking up my load in Michigan and heading to Utah it's going to be almost 1,800 MI I was almost giddy when I got my pre-plan. I was switched off a load Wednesday that was almost nine hundred miles to the East Coast. My dispatcher said I need you to do this load which was only 250 miles and two stops. Also meant driving at night which I hate LOL both stops were during the night. When I got done with that he threw me this 1800 mile run. I want to say life is good... But I also know that it just snowed in Wyoming. Time for a new challenge. Good luck with your new career.

Posted:  1 month, 1 week ago

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Home sick for the last week

Sorry to hear that Rob... this may sound strange but you know those water faucets they have at the fuel Island? I asked my trainer one day is that water good to drink? He said I have no idea... I've literally seen guys washing themselves at the pumps in that water and others filling their water jugs out of them. Then I noticed a couple of the pumps had signs that said it wasn't potable water. Not putting two plus two together but Legionnaires disease comes from places where water is contaminated or air vents that were wet and bacteria formed. Just my two cents get well sir.

Posted:  1 month, 1 week ago

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Hwy training without living in truck?

I just got my class A CDL, and I have no interest in being cooped up with some weirdo in a truck for weeks at a time to be trained over the road.

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Posted:  1 month, 2 weeks ago

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Tnt phase week 1 at prime... Ready to get on my own!

I was blessed to have a great trainer that I got along with personally and professionally and I still talk to him two or three times a week. But even after 4 weeks it started to wear thin being in a confined truck with the same person. This is a very short period of your career, learn, absorb, and maybe blow a little air up his butt and act as if you really appreciate the pointers he's giving you. Trust me when you get on your own you're going to wish you had somebody around to help you out. It is hard out there. Been on my own almost 3 months and there isn't a week that goes by that I'm not challenged by something I haven't dealt with. Thank God I can call him in these instances but sometimes he doesn't answer cuz he's busy and I have to figure it out on my own.

Posted:  1 month, 2 weeks ago

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How many of you here live out of your truck?

When I need to rent a vehicle I call Enterprise "they pick you up"... LOL they really do pick me up at the truck stop.

Posted:  1 month, 2 weeks ago

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Another reason to move over

We had a driver at our company a few years back I am told that hit a guy from behind on an interstate at night. The guy had no lights on was parked in the Travel Lane and was passed out from a heroin overdose. I guess he took over a month off before he drove again. He was totally cleared by the police but it really messed him up. I'm told he only drove a couple more weeks and then left he just couldn't do it anymore.

Posted:  1 month, 2 weeks ago

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Another reason to move over

Hopefully he was in the second lane or the passing Lane. I can't believe the baby lived that's just incredible. It does drive me insane when people don't let us over and I know they see the vehicles on the side of the road. More than once I've had to slow way down because cars wouldn't let me in the passing Lane

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