Profile For andhe78

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  • Location:
    Buffalo, NY

  • Driving Status:
    Experienced Driver

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  • Joined Us:
    3 years, 1 month ago

andhe78's Bio

Former Maverick Flatbedder

Currently running around NY and Canada pulling tri and quad axle supertankers full of petroleum products (gas, diesel, oil, propane, etc.)

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Posted:  13 hours, 14 minutes ago

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Crossing the border with spouse? Is it allowed?

Should not be an issue coming into the US with a valid passport or passport card.

Going in to Canada from the US is more difficult. From what I've heard on the radio, certain US felony convictions will prevent a border entry.

I’d be willing to bet it would be an issue right now. I cross the border daily, and it’s still shut down to nonessentials. And I can attest personally that if you have a rider in your truck, they’d better have some kind of paperwork as to why they’re in the truck with you. Both sides have gotten a lot tighter since the coronavirus started.

Posted:  1 month, 1 week ago

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New to the industry and looking for help in Northwest Louisiana

Soooo, would you be implying that I was lied to by the Maverick recruiter who said they would be more than willing to take a person who obtained their CDL on their own?

That does surprise me. When I went to Maverick, if you already had your cdl, it needed to be from an accredited school with the 160 hour course. They actually checked.

Posted:  1 month, 1 week ago

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Jump to Local

There certainly is a different vibe as a local driver.

Got to agree with Daniel, though. Hauling fuel, we are both overweight and hazardous. If we followed the rules, half our stations would be unreachable. I’ve put 117k pounds down five ton roads, gone through non hazmat tunnels with a placarded load, have pulled hazmat through residential areas, and broken all kinds of rules, simply because that’s the only way to reach a station. “Local delivery” will forgive a multitude of sins. Really, the only restrictions we’ll pay attention to are bridge weights, for obvious reasons.

Posted:  3 months ago

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Best (?) LTL Carrier for Linehaul

I'm with the teamsters, and honestly don't get the hype about unions.

First off, I did not take the job because of the union, it just offered me the exact same shift and days off my wife have, so was a good fit when I wanted to come off the road and spend more time with the family. This job is also different in that all drivers do the same work for the same pay, so there is no bidding for routes and seniority means absolutely nothing.

The only good thing about the union is the health benefits-extremely good benefits and very cheap for the drivers. There is no pension, and we have many 20+ year drivers whose retirements were ruined when it went bankrupt. We now have a 401k offered through the company (and while the company match is the best I've ever seen, that has nothing to do with the union.) Also, while the pay is good, it's not all that much more than what non union guys are making in the same type of work. Back in the day, the union may have been a powerhouse that could get workers higher wages, etc., but now days it seems to be more interested in collecting dues and politics.

The downsides for me: since we're paid hourly, guys who milk the job can actually make more than those who work efficiently (so annoying that there are guys who cannot do a ten hour run in less than fourteen hours, and there's nothing that can be done about it.) The grievances that are filed with the union over petty things can get way out of hand too.

The long and short of it for me-I'm very happy where I'm at, but it has absolutely nothing to do with the union. I'd never take another union job.

Posted:  3 months, 1 week ago

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How's Everyone Doing? How is Freight? Not Many Posts Lately

With everyone staying home, fuel hauling slowed right down. My company offered voluntary layoffs for anyone that wanted it, which a bunch of the senior guys jumped on after the $600 increase. Fortunately, we’re diversified enough that they had work for anyone who wanted it, so I’ve been enjoying the change of pace. Spent a couple weeks hauling propane and butane. Then a while hauling asphalt, a couple days of wax, then some carbon black for a week. Just picked up a new contract for storage on the other side of the state, so the last week have been turning and burning across the state-don’t even have to load, just jump in a new tractor and go. Finally managed a 700+ mile shift for the first time in my career the other night. I’ve hit my 70 every week since this has started. Life is good (although I am looking forward to getting back to 55 hour weeks.).

Posted:  3 months, 3 weeks ago

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Parking does anyone else care?

A couple blocks under the drives of one side or the other can help a lot. But yeah, there were truck stops I’d refuse to park at because there wasn’t a flat spot in the entire lot.

Posted:  3 months, 3 weeks ago

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Not sure what the next step is

Three months isn’t a very long time in the grand scheme of things. My fm had a board with a hundred drivers, a couple dozen of whom had had perfect records for years, if not decades. Takes a while to stand out in a group like that, but it will happen with time. It was about a year before I noticed I was being treated better, load-wise.

Posted:  3 months, 3 weeks ago

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Company driver orientation and training

Back to the original question about training time, something interesting I didn’t know in my career, that just because you’re an experienced driver, depending on the field your going into, the training can be even longer. I had two years otr when I switched to a local job, but had to spend nine weeks with a trainer because of the rack certification process. Kind of funny that after five weeks as a brand new driver, I was allowed to go solo, but it took twice as long to go solo as a driver with a quarter million miles under my belt.

Posted:  4 months, 2 weeks ago

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Potential new Tanker seeking advise

Wow, I’ve really got to question a company that would even talk about putting someone with an hours old cdl on a b-train!

If you don’t mind my asking, what does “this really good job” pay? I have a feeling that your idea of a really good job in this particular field is not accurate.

That being said, I won’t talk anyone out of doing what they want. You know which racks you going to be pulling out of? I haul out of a couple on the other side of the state and on both sides of the border around Sarnia.

Posted:  4 months, 2 weeks ago

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Potential new Tanker seeking advise

Yeah, I know a lot of the guys hauling in MI, NY, and Ontario pull heavy. I'm usually either dragging a quad axle or a train when hauling propane. When you've got over 15k gallons in an unbaffled trailer, you're going to feel it. It's going to be a very steep learning curve.

Posted:  5 months, 2 weeks ago

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Does anybody here haul gas/fuel?

I’ve looked into hauling gas locally and just want to know if anybody here does it and what their experiences are.

Ive done it for the last six months and love it.

Posted:  6 months, 2 weeks ago

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Flatbed Variety

Anytime I hauled a load like this on a flatbed, it literally came down to the receiver’s inability to unload a dry van. It’s the same reason I hauled tons of palletized freight that would have been easier in a dry van-the receiver only had the ability to unload from the side or from above.

Posted:  6 months, 2 weeks ago

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Going north!

Turtle, let me try a different way of getting my thought across. This pic, taken at work:

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Because I know this road very well, because I grew up literally a few miles from here, because I've spent my whole life dealing with this weather, because I was loaded heavy, because I have the best snow tires all the way around that money can buy--I was doing 45 mph on this road on this night. Does that make me a supertrucker? No, I'm just very confident in my abilities in this situation. Do you think a Donna is going to do 45 on this road on this night? Doubtful. So is it unfair to be annoyed when I come upon a Donna doing a speed that she's comfortable at and I have to either follow her for the next twenty miles or work on passing her and creating an even more dangerous situation?

Posted:  6 months, 2 weeks ago

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Going north!

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People were driving up the MIDDLE of the road

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No, that is not what you said in your original statement

Jesus Christ, does everyone have a reading impediment? "White knuckling it up the dotted line." What do you think that means. Maybe gripping the steering wheel so tightly their knuckles are white as they are driving up the dotted line (which is usually up the middle of an interstate, last time I checked.)

Posted:  6 months, 2 weeks ago

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Going north!

Wow andhe78, that's a statement I wouldn't expect to hear from you. Spoken like a true SuperTrucker.

It's a pet peeve of mine, Turtle. People freaking out over snow, and I mean pant crapping freaking out. You're entitled to your opinion of me, I've never fully drunk the koolaid at this site, anyway.

Posted:  6 months, 2 weeks ago

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Going north!

I'd rather them drive whatever speed they feel comfortable than shutting the roadway down for several hours or worse, killing somebody. Not everybody grew up in areas that get snow. I usually drive slower than other traffic on snow and ice covered. And you know what? I dont give a **** if it ****es anybody off. If they're close to the white line why does that prevent you from passing? Its "only a couple inches" of snow on the shoulder, it wouldn't affect your driving would it?

I'm not trying to come across as an A-hole but with how many rookies or prospective drivers come by here all your post is doing is encouraging them to drive faster than they feel comfortable because you want to drive faster. If you think drivers that are uncomfortable in snow should stay in the south how do you propose they make that happen? As a unproven rookie (I'm NOT talking about Donna, she's a rockstar) how do you suppose they approach their dispatcher and tell them they wont drive in the north?

So excited to call me out, you can't even slow down to read my post. People were driving up the MIDDLE of the road (on the white dotted line). How is that safe?

I'm not encouraging them to speed up so much as to pull over if they are that uncomfortable. Isn't that what this site preaches?

Honestly, if you go OTR, driving in winter conditions is one of the things a professional driver has to do. Can't do it, maybe go regional instead.

Posted:  6 months, 2 weeks ago

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Going north!

So where do the newest drivers gain experience driving in the snow? What a dumb statement.

All I'm saying is if the just the thought of driving in snow freaks a person out so much that it causes them to act irrational (and we both know drivers like this, that have got themselves so wound up over the fear of snow), maybe they should stay in the south.

Afraid to pass them???

Nope, but hard to do when they are white-knuckling it up the dotted line at fifteen mph. (Three times last Saturday over a couple inches.)

Posted:  6 months, 2 weeks ago

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Going north!

I’ve driven in the area several times but it was in the summer months. I’ve not driven snow and ice any!

I know drivers need to experience snow, but sometimes wish they could do it elsewhere. So annoying to be tooling around on a normal winter day and come up behind someone who has never seen a snowflake before. If you feel it’s the worst snowstorm you’ve ever seen and feel unsafe doing over 40 on the interstate, park somewhere, so us local guys can get our work done. Please. 😄

Posted:  6 months, 3 weeks ago

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Trainer kicked me off the truck tonight!

I’ve got to assume then, that unless your trainer is Jesus Christ himself, he isn’t going to live up to your high moral standards?

Posted:  6 months, 3 weeks ago

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Trainer kicked me off the truck tonight!

It’s interesting to me Jay that you chose to write a detailed reply directed at a member having no trucking experience and far less knowledge than you.

Too funny, almost mentioned the same thing, but figured I'd already been mean enough.rofl-2.gif

I honestly can’t think of one thing I did. I honestly wouldn’t change a thing.

"Reason I got kicked off my trainer's truck for $500, Alex"

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