Profile For Bobcat_Bob

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  • Location:
    Joliet, IL

  • Driving Status:
    Experienced Driver

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  • Joined Us:
    5 years, 8 months ago

Bobcat_Bob's Bio

Running linehaul for Old Dominion Freight Line for 5 years.

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Posted:  20 hours, 33 minutes ago

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Flatbed Variety

I have a question for you flat bedders, last week we had some high winds with gusts of 45 mph+ and rain . There was a flat bed pulled over because the shrink wrap had come off one of the boats he was carrying, what remained was flying in the wind like superman's cape most of the wrap had gone and he was standing on the trailer trying to reel in what remained.

I would estimate that around half maybe a bit more of the boat was now uncovered, what do you do in this situation? Do you just continue on? It was a boat so a little water shouldn't hurt it however its worth more than 100k so is it worth the risk? do you try and rewrap it in 45 mph winds and rain? I doubt you'd be able to get it as tight as the factory so it would probably just come off again anyway. I do not think you could tarp it without risking scratching it plus it had a tower on it for pulling skiers.

Just was wondering these are problems I don't have with a box.

Posted:  1 day, 2 hours ago

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HIGH ANXIETY 😳

I disagree with Ryan, go all in and get the A. If you end up wanting to operate a A vehicle you will be able to without the cost and delays of having to upgrade. If you decide to stay with B vehicles you can do that as well.

As for anxiety, I deal with it as well. I've been out here 5.5 years now and still deal with it from time to time. It will get better the more time you practice.

Posted:  3 days, 23 hours ago

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Just a funny trucking picture to brighten your day

Indiana

Indiana for some reason can not figure out bridge transitions. Been trough Lafayette recently? That new bridge transition north on 65 is awful.

Posted:  6 days ago

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Happy new year! How slow are you?

I’d definitely work for OD still. Is Tammy still around?

Yes

Posted:  1 week ago

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Happy new year! How slow are you?

Interviewed with abf today. With the possibility of multiple lay down runs a week and the possibility of even being gone for three to four days, I couldn’t do it. And I was told I’d be on extra board for quite some time. O well. Great health insurance and benefits though I will say.

Yeah, they do stuff a little different. When my dad interviewed with them they told him same things.

Have you tried AAA Cooper? Or Penske? We've lost 4 drivers over last few weeks, if I hear anything about replacing them I'll let you know.

Posted:  1 week, 1 day ago

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Patience’s was honestly key but I didnt eat..

And enjoy your time at the OC meeting with one of the tan shirt gestapo people and not getting any pay for the re-education time.

Wow, incredibly rude thing to say Bruce. Not to mention it diminishes what they actually did.

Posted:  1 week, 3 days ago

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Can I Get Hired After A Rollover?

Time will heal that ding to your record

A roll over is more of a dent than a ding.

Posted:  1 week, 3 days ago

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Happy new year! How slow are you?

Well I have a few applications floating around for line haul. There are a few ltl companies currently with ads up. Can’t be much worse than what I have going on now.

Out of curiosity who's hiring? You would probably have times you'd work followed by a few call offs.

Posted:  1 week, 3 days ago

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Can I Get Hired After A Rollover?

I think it will be extremely difficult to impossible to find insurance to start your own company. 10 months accident free is a nice start but it is really nothing in the grand scheme, plus it was all canceled out with the roll over. Honestly, it would be a really bad time to start out on your own anyway given the market.

I would keep applying at 2nd chance companies, such as CR England, CRST, Western Express, Dutch Maid Logistics, Central Transport. Hopefully one of them will bite.

Posted:  1 week, 3 days ago

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Share Your Numbers From 2022 - How Did You Do?

5th year driving linehaul ended up at $107,600. That is with some unpaid days for weather, slow freight and personal days they let me take. Had it not been for the really slow freight last few months I probably be over $110,00.

Posted:  1 week, 4 days ago

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Trucking Throwback Thursday

I forgot to post Thursday but I had seen a guy pulling a old CF trailer. Ive seen him before, unfortunately im driving and can never snag a picture. For those that do not know CF was a LTL company that closed in 2002 so that trailer is probably 25+ years old.

Posted:  1 week, 6 days ago

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Happy new year! How slow are you?

Slow, my meet is canceled 2 or 3 days a week. Luckily I can run the same loads to Indy and dump them there to be relayed later on. According to my meet driver who has worked for OD for 22 years this is the slowest he has seen. Many drivers are getting called off or only working 3 or 4 days.

3 drivers got fired and another quit, so they axed 4 extra board runs and made us rebid last week. Unfortunately, I lost my run but I ended up a extra board run an hour earlier.

Posted:  2 weeks, 2 days ago

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Will Dot Physical notify dmw if I fail vision test.

I've been wearing glasses since 7th grade and have never lost a pair even when swimming. Instead of trying to cheat the system maybe do it the correct way?

Posted:  2 weeks, 2 days ago

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Nine months in...

Congratulations! Keep the shiny side up!

Posted:  2 weeks, 2 days ago

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Get off the truck

BTW, does anyone go fishing while on the road? During breaks?

That's why I love being home daily with 2 days off, allowed me to buy a bass boat last year and spend most Sundays on a lake.

Posted:  2 weeks, 6 days ago

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One accident with no citations. Can I still find work and where?

There are some roads in Michigan where it's impossible to get to an address without using a U-turn.

One of our terminals is one of them, the company directions even say to make a u-turn. It just has to be done safely, remember you need a lot of space to complete it.

Posted:  3 weeks, 1 day ago

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Postcards from the Road! (Post Yours Please!)

I encountered a small blizzard and slick roads on MN-15, north of Brownton and slid off the road in a split second at 25 MPH. My only thought was to keep it turned some to the right to avoid rolling over, judging by the grade of the area.

That is rough, good job keeping it up right. Hopefully they can get you back on the pavement soon.

Posted:  3 weeks, 1 day ago

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Class D license points and CDL

What is a "Class D" license

It's a regular license.

If the points on my Class D license are higher than the number of points that would cause a suspension of a CDL A or B, am I allowed to get a CDL, or do I have to wait until those class D points are below the number of points that cause a suspension of a CDL.

I would assume so. Honestly, if your record is that bad getting a CDL is probably a waste of time and money for a few years at least.

Posted:  3 weeks, 2 days ago

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How was your Christmas?

Hey Bobcat! How you doing this new year? My Weed, CA turn has been cancelled more often than not last few days

It's been going ok. My meet has been canceled 2 or 3 times a week last few weeks, luckily I am able to take the same trailers to Indy and make them their problem.

My boyfriend gave me some really nice and useful Christmas gifts

Those are the best kind of gifts!

Posted:  3 weeks, 3 days ago

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How to give advice to a friend that doesn't take advice?

He made it 2 days, Jack knifed in Wyoming, been stuck there for a few days

Sometimes people have to learn hard way. Hopefully he will keep his job, and be able to use this experience as a valuable learning experience.

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