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  • Location:
    Wall, TX

  • Driving Status:
    Rookie Solo Driver

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    1 year, 3 months ago

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Posted:  6 months, 1 week ago

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First load done !!!

Congrats!!! Bryan, you are on your way dancing-banana.gif

Posted:  6 months, 1 week ago

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Headed to Prime CDL training!

6 months and 3 weeks in now, last three months was awesome running hard making money loving it. Last 3 weeks Was a disaster, I want to quit and take one of 4 other drive offers I have even before my 1 year contract is up.

Difference, my DM switched to lease program and I was assigned new DM. What a difference a DM can make. It's not that the new DM is inexperienced it's that he doesn't seam to have ability to care or recognize what affect his actions has on Driver.

I am Not a quiter and gave my word so I will have to convert to lease even though I am totally against it and will make less money to complete my time here. Going to lease will put me back with my original DM

Thank God they have a walk away lease.

Being forced to lease I will be looking for new home after my year is up.

Posted:  7 months ago

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Lift axle position bad weather

Turtle thanks for your input. Really appreciate it.

Posted:  7 months ago

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Lift axle position bad weather

Need some experienced help

53 foot Flatbed, loaf 16,000lb Max height, ice and snow, manually dropping axel for traction.

Would you leave them spread or together for better traction??

Posted:  7 months, 1 week ago

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Should Drivers Refuse To Work For Companies With Forced Dispatch?

Good question Unholy, Yes, the whole week was explained, the whys and wherefores and how the plan was certain(failing a mechanical breakdown of course)

I would love it if my DM would let me in on the home plan. That's awesome. I never know till that day comes. I have also already learned to go home extra day or even two earlier than needed for important events. To many unknowns to do other than that. When I do go home it's normally a 19 hour day and I am always out of hours ending up driving on OD to get there so having and event that very next day would be a failure to plan on my part.

I would be interested in knowing the average distance other drivers drive to get home time from the 90. Flatbed OTR

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Posted:  9 months, 2 weeks ago

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Virgin Run completed!!!

Virgin run in the books. dancing-banana.gifdancing-banana.gifdancing-banana.gif

Thanks to everyone for the help to get to this second career.

Posted:  9 months, 3 weeks ago

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A Messge to the Brother and Sister hood of Truckers!

I am just an old Harley guy and can tell you that the Brother and Sister Hood among Harley Riders is Awesome even today.

Getting into trucking as a second career I was supersized to learn that the Brother and Sister Hood of Truckers I knew as a youngster has diapered for the most part. My first week of training I learned that 4 wheelers really don't like truckers much. By week 3 I learned that some of just the general public seems to have an issue with us. By week 13 I realized that no one has a bigger issue with Truckers than Truckers.

The Trucker (head shake of disgust) because they are a SUPER TRUCKER is just unreal to me. You know what I am talking about, the left then right movement shaken of the head to let the other person know your smarter and they must be an idiot. I see this all day long at truck stops and even in the Prime yard. Directed at everyone and yes sometimes at me. Maybe that's a new trucker just trying to learn how to back in. Maybe the Pump did not work and they had to go inside at fuel station. Maybe the Brother or Sister is just broke down or needs help that's why they are parked there.

I am old school (to clarify not Old School from this site) in my thinking, I am going to try and give the Trucker a break or maybe some help but at least some understanding. If we are going to improve our reputation to the public we must start with ourselves as a Group.

Firehog

Posted:  9 months, 3 weeks ago

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Headed to Prime CDL training!

I am going Company not Lease. My expertise is in numbers both financial and tax. I have completed a Excel spreadsheet Pre Tax and Post Tax analyses of Income of Company Versus Lease.

Do not listen to all the break room drivers talking about Gross and how much they make. DO THE MATH!!!. You can not train your first year so do the MATH!!! NOT JUST SOME OF THE MATH ALL THE MATH.

Stay SAFE OUT THERE

Posted:  9 months, 3 weeks ago

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Headed to Prime CDL training!

Time does fly. Back to upgrade for solo. PSD Trainer was great then my first TT trainer was a disaster but changed and second TT trainer was awesome, Do not be afraid to ask for a trainer change. I waited a week to long because I did not want to appear to be a complainer. The situation then got very bad putting myself and public at risk. Turned out the last trainee had just been removed from same truck for same reason they just did not tell me. New TT trainer and training went off without a hitch. I recommend you get a trainer like my second one with at least 2or 3 years experience for TT. I learned so much I was constantly making notes for future. So far crossed US at last 12 times and love the trucking part and the Flatbed. Hell I love to tarp!! That's right!!. Got some great experience on 80 with some patchy ice. TT was all with Automatic. I used to be a standard person but do really enjoy the automatic. HERE WE GO!!!!dancing.gifdancing.gifdancing.gif

Posted:  11 months, 2 weeks ago

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Driving When The Truck Is Overweight

G-town

Thanks. That's great information to know.

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Posted:  11 months, 2 weeks ago

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Driving When The Truck Is Overweight

Out of curiosity what's the total?

79740 total

Posted:  11 months, 2 weeks ago

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Driving When The Truck Is Overweight

I know this is going to sound like an odd question, bear with me. Does your trailer have an air-ride suspension?

Yes it does have air ride. I think first weight he set brakes and realized it so after fueling weight again without set

Posted:  11 months, 2 weeks ago

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Driving When The Truck Is Overweight

CAT scales are accurate because they're calibrated regularly. It's the scales you'll find at customers that are normally inaccurate. Always trust a CAT scale above all else.

Yes everyone is confirming what I know, need trust my self more. rescaling does not appear to be in budget. So trainer agreed to drive to state line weight station because he thinks scale is off and they will confirm that. Hope so, they may confirm big ticket.

Posted:  11 months, 2 weeks ago

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Driving When The Truck Is Overweight

G-town

Yes 5th wheel allway back. We added 497 lbs fuel and scaled before and after. That 497 puts an extra 630 lbs moved from trailer to tractor after fueling . 1117 total now more on tractor is that even possible. That's what it says comparing the two tickets.

Posted:  11 months, 2 weeks ago

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Driving When The Truck Is Overweight

Brett, thanks. Yes it's tires we are 400 over total. Versus 600 over on axle.

Thanks for information. I knew I would be on the hook for it. Scaled at shipper ok then at cat scale 100 miles away even with lower fuel CAT has us over. being new how accurate are CAT scales at loves

Posted:  11 months, 2 weeks ago

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Driving When The Truck Is Overweight

Patric Thanks for info. Place loaded is 1-1/2 hours away. But has several locations in state. I recommended going to another and shifting load back since we have plenty room. But he not interested in that.

Posted:  11 months, 2 weeks ago

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Driving When The Truck Is Overweight

Trainer wants me to drive 1700 miles and 600lbs over steering axle. Says it's ok.

Recommendations!!!

Posted:  11 months, 3 weeks ago

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Headed to Prime CDL training!

Man we were busy. Love the Flatbed. Got behind on diary. Was out for 10 days but 3 were hotel while trainer had a 34.

great trainer, new trainer but very patient. Didn't get any backing on road so worked with me two days when got back on the pad. Passed everything first go around.

Picked up TT trainer and leaving tonight for 30k OTR. Great to finally have that license. Prime is a very good school.

I was lucky and did my PSD permit training in standard so got a lot practice in for test unlike those that go out in automatic and have to come back learn standard in two days.

Going out now in 2018 Peter

Posted:  11 months, 3 weeks ago

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Trifecta

Want thank Brett and all TT contributors. Got back from PSD and passed all the first time. License in hand and now hitting Flatbed Road for T&T for 30k

Special thanks to Turtle for information he gave me on Flatbed.

Now The learning really beginsdancing-dog.gif

Posted:  1 year ago

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Headed to Prime CDL training!

First pick up yesterday and deliver today. already hooked up again heading out morning. Really like Flat bed. Got good trainer teaching me ropes. It's dirty sweaty job tarping but great exercise. Gets blood pumping.

Driving by going good. Still few shifting problems. Seventh gear hates me. Got bad habits trying break resting hand on stick shift and not going back stearing wheel and turning dam blinker off. Had good two days.

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