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Posted:  18 hours, 34 minutes ago

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Maverick CDL Sponsorship Program

There is a recent Maverick training diary that will give you a lot of information. But last I knew, they are still training on manual transmissions. Have heard some changes are going to happen in the cdl schooling, not sure if that will change too.

Posted:  20 hours, 22 minutes ago

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Backing Practice™ 11: Flatbed Edition

Hope you have a dump valve?

But seriously, it was mentioned above, you've usually got to go in and talk to shipping/receiving anyway, ask them what the routine is. Don't ask other drivers-had a situation a couple weeks ago, pull in, but hard right turn at the start. Driver ahead couldn't get in and ended up backing in from the exit. He went down the line telling everyone we couldn't drive in. Went in to get my coil measurements for the setup and asked the loader. He gave me the trick to get in, no problem once you know how. Also look for tire tracks, spread axles will leave a distinctive drag and can often figure out what needs to be done just from that. Almost think you can see the marks from the pics. Places that receive loads every day are not too bad, you know that guys somehow get in and out every day, so it can be done. Delivering to job sites, that's where the fun really starts.

The comment above: u turns are usually best avoided with a loaded flatbed, good way to flip a trailer or blow the tires off your dragging axle. Also, driving through the center of the property, most of these places want you staying out of their employee parking lot for good reason. Look for the truck delivery sign, check out your company directions, or if all else fails, call the company so you know exactly what driveway you need to go in before you get there.

Posted:  1 week, 2 days ago

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Been Awhile

Question, who can tell me about the Rand Mcnally TND 740 GPS? Does it only work with internet? If so, about how much data is required? My daughter bought me one for my birthday but l am already paying over $100 for my Verizon phone and do not really feel like spending that much more.

Been running the 740 for almost a year. It works fine without the internet. Have only connected to a hotspot twice to update it. It will not give you live traffic or weather updates unless connected to the internet, but the maps and routing work just fine.

Posted:  1 week, 2 days ago

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Trucks MPH and Money.

Not trying to repeat anybody here, but something I learned from my trainer. We are governed at 65 and that is what he’d drive all day long fighting traffic, cursing those going just a little slower, cursing those who wouldn’t let him get in the passing lane, cursing cause it would take ten minutes to make the pass. It was stressful enough that he’d be exhausted every day just driving. He never figured out how I was fairly fresh after spending all day at 62 and having to pass maybe three trucks-so much less stress!

Driving fast in the dark is scarier too. People do stupid things even on the side of the interstate, and now you can’t see them. Came way too close hitting a guy walking up the interstate one night months ago, haven’t driven 65 at night since. Have never been late on a load either, even though I never hit my top speed. Keep the left door closed and you’ll see the same truck passing you all day long.

Posted:  2 weeks, 1 day ago

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Stuck between prime or maverick

Maverick’s hometime is pretty dependent on your location. Tmc, Roehl, and weirdly Crst all have better flatbed hometimes in my area.

Either choice will be fine. I’m biased toward Maverick, but if I ever leave here, prime would be the second place I’d call.

Posted:  2 weeks, 1 day ago

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Ok first possible stupid question

Besides, a lot of the major companies pay breakdown pay. So you get paid to sit there while someone comes out and changes the tire. Win/win.

Posted:  3 weeks ago

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What is the reason for the duck walk?

Getting back out from under the trailer is where you really need to be careful. Standing up when you think you are clear, but aren't, can be very painful.

Lol, this is the truth. It only took one time ramming my back into one of the winches to learn that lesson.

Posted:  3 weeks ago

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My Maverick Transportation Diary

I’m curious, are you training with a van trailer or a spread axle?

Posted:  4 weeks ago

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45 degree /90degree help

I have 3 months experience in Flatbed so I never really backed up anywhere.

You CHOSE to never back up. I’ll try to get in a couple backs every day with my flatbed just for the practice. And that is what you need-practice. At three months you should have the beginning of understanding how the trailer and tractor act and react to each other. Find a truck stop at ten am and just practice hitting empty spots. People telling me how to do it never really worked for me, just had to get out there and figure out what worked and what didn’t.

Don’t know if it carries over to dry van, but for me, setup is the most important thing in backing. A good setup will make even a tricky back easier. A bad setup will just cost you minutes trying to recover.

Flatbedders unable to back is a pet peeve of mine. Just because we don’t do it every stop, doesn’t mean we will never do it and sometimes in some bad situations. Being unable to do a necessary part of the job just seems like choosing to not be truly professional at the job, especially since there is no reason to not learn the skill. One of my prouder moments was a month ago, hitting a bay off a blindside and around an s curve on the first try, and the loader telling me he could count on one hand the number of guys who could get it in under ten minutes. Felt good, but it took practicing every day for eight months.

Posted:  4 weeks, 1 day ago

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Tips for minimizing time in training

Hate to tell you this, but your real training will probably begin with the trainer, who won’t care you were the best student to ever graduate your school. Big difference between backing into a dark finger dock with twenty drivers waiting on you, and backing around a couple cones in a parking lot. Your time with the trainer is some of the most valuable learning time there is, why rush it. You’re with a guy who has already experienced most every situation you will run across. My biggest problem, was not knowing enough to even know the important questions to ask the resource I had at my disposal.

Posted:  4 weeks, 1 day ago

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Maverick Guarantee

Weirdly enough, I may actually be getting the guarantee for the past week. Four loads, all around three hundred miles, all with twenty-four or more hours between pickup and delivery, and not a single appointment able to be moved forward. A lot of sitting around was done. Finally got a decent load to run for the weekend. But loads like this do happen that kill your productivity, just not usually four in one week.

Posted:  1 month ago

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Will I make more than I do now

Rookie driver here, my numbers so far for the year. This is without most of the bonus pay my company offers too (mistakes on my part.) 0149648001534677990.jpg

Posted:  1 month ago

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Working Load Limit question

Where I took the metal coil endorsement, they gave a sheet of scrap paper, a pen, and the sheet with the ratings for all the different size and types of securement (that you were not allowed to write on.)

Posted:  1 month ago

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How did trucking change after you got a years experience?

Don’t know how much experience you are looking for, but am going on nine months solo, and was thinking the other day how things have improved. 1. I’ve learned how to find legal parking spots late at night. 2. Have gained confidence in backing, so even in a tight blind situation, I know I can get it in. 3. The biggest one for me being flatbed, is getting chained and tarped efficiently-no more three hour tarp jobs gives me a lot more driving time.

This job has actually become enjoyable.

Posted:  1 month, 2 weeks ago

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Working For Maverick

Kevin wrote:

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My high mileage day here in tcd is 759.6 not bad for one day from a rookie. We all have good days but I didn’t think that many miles in a day but now my goal is to break 800

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Interesting.

Aren’t your trucks governed at 65mph? 759.6 means you averaged over 69mph if you drove the full 11 hours available. How did you do that Kevin?

Drive 14 out of 24 I assume. 11/10/3.

Posted:  1 month, 2 weeks ago

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Working For Maverick

Yes thank you for asking. I still love being in this division. I drive whatever is left on my 70. I have gotten only one reset since I started. I’m not seeing any shortage of miles. I am still averaging over 300 take home pay more than when when I was in USA flatbed.

However, they just gave a raise to flatbed and had I stayed it may have made a difference. Either way I’m regularly clearing more than the gauranteed gross weekly pay.

My high mileage day here in tcd is 759.6 not bad for one day from a rookie. We all have good days but I didn’t think that many miles in a day but now my goal is to break 800

Nice, I’m nowhere near that for one day. Best so far is 664 in eleven hours. But I’ve spent the last eight months concentrating on maximum efficiency chaining and tarping. A good day for me right now is an unload, a load, and 500 miles. Do that Monday through Friday and drive 600+ miles on Saturday keeps me pretty happy.

Funny side story, think I met old school’s clone last week. Load of slinky’s, got it strapped to spec in twenty-three minutes. However, there was an old flatbed driver pulled behind me ten minutes after I started and left before I did-everything strapped right. Got a long ways to go.

Posted:  1 month, 2 weeks ago

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Working For Maverick

So anyway, Kevin, you went tcd a while ago and I know you were happy the first couple weeks. Things still going good? What kind of miles are you averaging? Still making more than you did with flatbed? Just asking since it seems every tcd guy I talk to isn’t getting the miles. Hope you are doing better.

Posted:  1 month, 2 weeks ago

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Maverick flatbed glass division it is.....

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Grumpy, where in ny are you. I know we are always looking for dedicated glass drivers out of Geneva and that would get you home every weekend if you happen to live in western ny.

Glass does stay out, although they will try to get you home every other weekend if that is what you choose. But you will do better the longer you stay out.

I am from ny myself. If you want to do flatbed and get home regularly, Tmc or Roehl would be better options. Maverick doesn’t have a lot of freight lanes in ny and it’s often a struggle to get me home. Have done some long deadheads.

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I am in Grand Island

Nice, I’m just down the road in Williamsville. Surprised you couldn’t get USA flatbed, since that’s what I do and am almost next door. Anyway, when you decide to go, definitely look into Geneva dedicated glass. I know they say they want you within fifty miles, but they told me it was no problem if I was ok with the commute.

Posted:  1 month, 2 weeks ago

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Scaling A Flatbed Load

This is interesting old school and an aspect of flatbedding I don’t think about much dragging forty eight footers. Thanks.

Posted:  1 month, 2 weeks ago

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The Joys of small town receivers.

I love delivering to the small town guys. Had one the other day, back road Alabama, delivered his supply of steel for the month. Overjoyed to see me, called out ma and the boys for all hands on deck to unload. Offered lunch afterwards. Little guys have always been nicer to me.

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