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Posted:  2 weeks, 1 day ago

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Is 700 miles a day possible

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It certainly is in Canada!

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WOWZ~!!! NICE DAY, FEANOR~!

Are your HOS different up there, in the Great North?!? confused.gif

Nice ELD, as well. Hubby's Qualcomm isn't that easy to understand, haha!

Haha yeah that's the furthest I've ever gone in a shift. This troll thread provided the perfect excuse to brag 🤣

And yes Canada HOS allows 13 hours driving, 16 workday and no 30min break required. My truck is governed at an awkward 72mph.

Posted:  2 weeks, 3 days ago

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Is 700 miles a day possible

It certainly is in Canada!

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Posted:  1 month, 2 weeks ago

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First solo week. I did NOT anticipate the amount of stress!

Just hang in there. It gets easier and the reward is well worth it.

Posted:  1 month, 3 weeks ago

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A tale of getting stuck really bad

Yowza, looks like exactly the kind of thing I'm scared of every time I get into a tight area I haven't been before. Fortunately so far I've always found a way to get out without straight up reversing. Been close a couple times though. Gj getting out.

Posted:  1 month, 3 weeks ago

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2 Years! (I think?)

Sometime this month I hit my 2 year mark in trucking, since we are about halfway through the month I'm just gonna call it now : D

Crazy to think its been so long, doesn't feel like it at all! Grows on me more every year. Thankful to have such a unique job and I'm thinking of starting a youtube channel this year to show people why, and maybe inspire some people to give it a try themselves!

Posted:  1 month, 4 weeks ago

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Get This Monkey Off My Back!

It really is a unique job. Sometimes I wonder that I get paid for it. One of my favorite parts of the week is always heading out on the road with the sun coming up and the smell of hot coffee. Never know what each week will bring.

Posted:  2 months ago

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Paid CDL - Automatic or manual transmissions.

Honestly I would go for the automatic training. As people have said already, most companies have switched over at this point, and the rest are in the process. Furthermore, removing the factor of shifting will make your training experience sooo much less stressful and increase your chance of success on the first test. Not only will it remove a whole skill to master, it will free up a lot of mental energy for other things, like backing. Just speaking for myself, learning to shift was my biggest obstacle through school and training both.

Posted:  5 months, 2 weeks ago

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PackRat's 2020 Daily Driving Diary

Aha! There's one less that I'll have to ask about, not understanding that esoteric trucker terminology....

This is advanced stuff, had me stumped too confused.gif

Posted:  5 months, 3 weeks ago

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PackRat's 2020 Daily Driving Diary

Was reading and couldn't help notice this.

Got up at the TA, --> pro-trump<--, then rolling around 2315. Rolled about a half mile to get fuel across the freeway at the Love's.

Was that intentional, or a hilarious auto-correct ??

Posted:  6 months ago

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Rookie who can’t stand otr training

Naj, I'm going to second something Old School said earlier. Training is not at all the same thing as solo.

IMO training is the most stressful, difficult part of the process. I and many many others had a miserable time in training, and if that's all there was to it, we would probably not be working in this industry anymore.

But training is only temporary. Things WILL get better, if you stick it out. Treat it like a jail sentence if you must. Just get through the tough part, and you can be captain of your own ship.

I came VERY close to quitting a couple times during my training, but I knew that if I did, I would be closing the door on trucking for good, I would never work up the motivation and nerve to go through it all again. So I stuck to it, just to give it a real shot if nothing else, and experience all aspects before I gave it up. I am very thankful I did. I now have a fantastic job with all the home-time I could want, good pay, satisfying work, and increased confidence in myself.

I would advise that you stick it out. You don't have to commit to anything more than a day and a week at a time. Wait until a good day, if you still feel like quitting on a good day, then go for it, but if you quit when you are demoralized and down on yourself, you may miss out on seeing how great this job can be.

Posted:  7 months ago

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Rookie Solo Adventure, thoughts, questions, vent, and ramble.

Interesting I was just on the Kitsap Peninsula this last week. Beautiful place, but has some tight spots. Sounds like you did a great job. You have a great attitude for this, and if you are willing to grind through the rough times and endure, I think you will be very happy with your decision.

Posted:  7 months, 1 week ago

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Survey: Your biggest worries and most important questions

For me it was:

1: Money. How much is in my control and could I make enough to make it worth it.

2: Big cities and trying to navigate them in a truck.

3: Could I maintain my projects/hobbies while on the road.

Posted:  8 months, 2 weeks ago

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Railroad Work

Thanks for the info guys, just something I always been curious about

Posted:  8 months, 3 weeks ago

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What is winter driving like in Oregon, Idaho, and Montana?

PNW Winters can be difficult, but the year makes a lot of difference. My first year driving out of North Idaho I only had to chain up once, going into Montana. Made up for by the beautiful scenery and generally good parking (larger cities like Seattle/ Portland still suck) in my opinion.

Posted:  8 months, 3 weeks ago

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Railroad Work

I have always wondered what it is like operating cargo trains. I noticed a member commented in another thread they had worked in that business (I believe), so rather than derail that thread I thought I'd start one.

So anyone got any insights into what it is like working with/ driving those beasts and how it compares to the trucking lifestyle/pay id love to know!

Posted:  9 months, 2 weeks ago

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The secrets to flatbed.

Securement and tarping/untarping efficiency is important. Many other factors you can't control - speed-limit and traffic + hours of service.

The factor you can influence is how quickly you get in and out of a customer, and Flatbed usually has a lot more power in this than say a dry-van. This is because a large portion of your load/unload time is your own securement/tarping. It's the hardest work you will do, but if you bust your butt and get it done, you will have many hours to relax in the driver's seat as reward.

Good flatbedders have this down to a science. The key is to aim for 0 wasted time. This means throwing straps, edge protectors and sometimes even beginning tarping while the forklift driver is still loading you, or making sure you have all of your tarps/straps/edges rolled and put away before you are fully unloaded.

The difference here can be very substantial. An average driver might take an hour to an hour and a half to get at a customer, while a great driver could get the same load secured and tarped and be on their way in 30 minutes. This really adds up, especially in regional driving.

Posted:  9 months, 2 weeks ago

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Newbie problems with trip planning..

I second Steve. Trucker's Path can be an absolute godsend for a rookie driver. It is free, easy to use and will show you every parking area available on your route ( not just truckstops and rest areas but scales, restaurants and other areas that provide truck parking) as well as parking predictions that can be very helpful.

Posted:  9 months, 3 weeks ago

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Trucking as a new career.

Don't sweat it Bernard, shifting is one of the most difficult things for a rookie to learn, and it's important to remember that it takes time and that you will not be able (or expected) to master it in your short schooling.

CDL testers expect there to be gear grinding and won't usually even mention it unless it is extreme or you stall the truck in traffic. Try to do the best you can, but don't set the expectations too high. It's nothing to beat yourself up over - that's a waste of time.

Personally I struggled with shifting not just in CDL school, but through over a month of on-road training as well. I didn't really get it down until I was solo. I still passed the CDL test and upgrade test to go solo without issue.

Posted:  9 months, 3 weeks ago

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Want to lose weight? Try flatbed

You definitely get in some physical work running flatbed, but like with any exercise plan your body will simply ask for more food, so unless you had some kind of limit on your diet you would likely just be hungrier, eat more and stay about the same.

I did lose some weight in flatbed but that was just because I was too busy to eat a lot of times! Skipped a lot of breakfasts and a few dinners to stay ahead of the clock.

Posted:  9 months, 3 weeks ago

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Your favorite thing about driving a truck.

I love the views. This may seem like a small thing or something that would grow boring eventually, but honestly, it doesn't for me. Watching the mountains and forests and rivers of the Northwest go by is something I enjoy every day. And the solitude allows for some truly deep thinking, or better yet, practice NOT thinking and just experiencing :)

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