Profile For Navypoppop

Navypoppop's Info

  • Location:
    Crestview, FL

  • Driving Status:
    Experienced Driver

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  • Joined Us:
    2 years, 8 months ago

Navypoppop's Bio

Retired OTR driver w/ 45 years experience, approx. 3 million accident free miles now living in Crestview, Fl. Served 2 years in US Navy 1966-1968. Love staying connected with today's drivers, asking about their careers, especially reliving the old days of driving during the 1960-1970's. Very much interested in history of old truck stops- Truckstops of America, Union 76, Travel Ports of America, Pure Truck Stops, etc. Enjoy visiting T/A in Wildwood, Fl. and Petro in Reddick, Fl. with my wife just to have coffee, walk the grounds and visit with today's drivers.

My wife and I have sold our home and everything we do not need and bought a new 5th wheel and pick up and are travelling around this great country. Once again "On the road"

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Posted:  1 day, 10 hours ago

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Vent & Brag...

PackRat,

Say it isn't so son! Just because you refused to take a load to one of the most affected areas in the country with the Covid outbreak? I can't believe it! What a disgrace on CFI for stooping so low. Enjoy your home time for now because you'll soon be driving for another company before you know it.

Posted:  3 days, 9 hours ago

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Jeremy... how are you?

Jeremy,

I am so glad that you are feeling better. Keep improving and stay healthy as possible.

You have proved that we are "Trucker Strong".

Good luck brother!

Posted:  3 days, 9 hours ago

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My family has the Wu-flu, confessions getting stuff off my chest.

Moe,

My heartfelt concerns and prayers go out to you and your family. Nothing can be worse than fearing the unknown is lurking around the corner. Be strong and cautious and you will be fine. I too worry about my family as my son is a US Navy Senior Chief stationed in the Seattle area, my son-in-law is a W-3 Warrant Officer Blackhawk pilot and my daughter works in the base hospital both @ Ft. Campbell, Ky.

I am a retired 44 year veteran driver and US Navy vet and being retired with my wife we chose full time Rving as our road to the future. Because of states "shelter at home" we are staying here in Floida rather than move on to our next adventure for fear of becoming stranded somewhere.

Your statement on selling out to China is SO RIGHT ON! Most people will choose a product that costs less rather than one made in USA just for price. There was a time when "Made in USA" was prized around the world. If any company that left here to manufacture overseas to save money, they should be charged penalties to bring their products back here.

Again, just stay safe and strong. Tomorrow will be bright brother.

Posted:  3 days, 9 hours ago

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What does a quarantine due to coronavirus mean for truckers?

Brett, It seems like this Covid-19 is causing so much panic because it is has not been seen before. I think that because it is a fast moving flu like virus the panic is compounded by the unknown. Good hygene, common sense and calm will go a lot further than sheer panic.

I bet after the peak of this virus arrives, most people will return to the same lifestyle that was before the Covid-19. If the proper sanitary procedures are followed a whole lot of preventable issues would not exist. Wash your hands with soap and water, cover your face when you sneeze, keep your personal spaces and especially items like cell phones and laptops cleaned will go a long way.

We have survived a whole lot of diseases before and will again. Good common sense and calm will make life better. It is very easy to get caught up in the panic if you let it overwelm you so take the time to take a deep breath, clear your head and go about life the best you can.

Posted:  5 days, 9 hours ago

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How is it legal for company trucks to be governed at different speeds?

It seems like the Op has some of the scenarios of legend. The "good old days" of them "large cars and like the trucker song said "how fast them trucks would go" is a mentality that seems to be full of bunk but is hard to shake if it means you get passed all day long.

The idea of 63-65 mph will provide a more steady and consistent travel day in traffic with so many people wrapped up in something other than just driving safely. The slightly slower ride will ultimately result in less stress, better fuel mileage and improved help.

Posted:  1 week, 3 days ago

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Returning to Trucking

BJess,

It would appear that the Swift offer would be the best deal for you. The ability to be a rehire, close enough to home makes home time easier and the Walmart account would probably never go away. I know Indian River is food grade tankers and Cypress is flatbed and I do believe SE Regional but I could be wrong. Good luck and have fun.

Posted:  1 month ago

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My dispatch asking me to be a TNT trainer

I don't hate you Senior Chief!

I think you are right with a time frame like that. With the 10 year/million mile/accident free history a driver relates to a safe and reliable person to become a trainer. If he or she loses that status they have to start over from 0. Keep the dirty down PackRat.

Posted:  1 month, 1 week ago

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When going to truck driver school, should I learn to drive a 10 speed truck?

Nick,

I'll add my opinion to train with the manual transmission and avoid the auto. trans only. That way you do not have any restrictions on your CDL. Even if most companies go the auto trans in their trucks it won't affect you. Like PJ said if you needed a replacement truck and you had the restriction it would cause you to not be able to drive.

Posted:  1 month, 1 week ago

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PackRat's 2020 Daily Driving Diary

You go Senior Chief! I find that very easy to remember as my son is also a Senior Chief still serving in Washington state. I only made it to Petty Officer 3rd in my short career back in the 60's. Thanks for your service to our country and TT and congrats on your becoming a moderator. You are one on the best my friend.

Posted:  2 months, 3 weeks ago

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Hearing test

I wear 2 hearing aids and while they help with most noises and conversation I doubt that I could pass a whisper test. After my 45 years on the road I feel like those 3 monkeys, hear no evil , see no evil , and speak no evil . Without the help of hearing aids I can't hear well, glasses I can't see well and dentures I can't talk or eat well. But being retired I don't worry just enjoy the RV life with my wife of 40 years.

Posted:  2 months, 3 weeks ago

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Loses appeal: Walmart ordered to pony up $54 million to drivers

It will probably backfire on Walmart drivers. There might be a huge reduction or elimination of company drivers and more drivers from outside vendors. Walmart needs to move their merchandise but not with company drivers if they choose not to.

Posted:  2 months, 4 weeks ago

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Post A Picture Of Your Significant Other Here’s Mine

Thanks PackRat, I'm going to get on the wife's cell phone tomorrow where her photo albums are. I don't have any on this tablet. I really appreciate your help as usual.

Posted:  3 months ago

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Post A Picture Of Your Significant Other Here’s Mine

I want to post a photo of my significant other but don't know. Can anyone tell how to post a photo on this site? I'm a real idiot when it comes to this type of technology. Thanks y'all.

Posted:  3 months ago

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Happy New Year!

To each and every person on TT I wish you all a very safe, prosperous, successful and Happy New Year! After my 44 year career of many holidays away from family I have the pleasure of retirement and full time Rving along with enjoying the weather here in Winter Haven, Fl. I am blessed to have celebrated my 40th wedding anniversary with my wife last week and to be honest I still miss every bit of driving trucks. TT has brought many of us together to help answer any new driver and seasoned drivers with questions concerning our chosen industry and it has some of the very best members to do it. I am honored to be a contributor when I can. Happy New Year.

Posted:  3 months, 1 week ago

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Favorite truck stop chain?

I'll cast my vote for the independent Mom&Pop truck stops if available. Free parking, usually great customer service and food. Of the big name stops I prefer Petro for large parking lots, sit down restaurants, good showers and more room to relax. TA has large parking, usually a sit down restaurant but they are older and are closing a lot of restaurants and the paid parking is getting out of hand. Flying J's also offer good parking, sit down restaurants and nice showers. Pilot's are a no-no for me. Smaller parking, no restaurants, just big "gas stations". Loves are newer but also smaller with nicer showers, free parking and great rewards programs. Bottom line for me is sit down restaurant with good food, lots of parking, good customer service and nice showers. Hard to find most times. Oh well.

Posted:  3 months, 1 week ago

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Question for the experienced drivers hug the yellow or the white

I'll have to agree that you should stay centered in your lane if at all possible to avoid crossing either the white or yellow lines. It was harder to do many years ago when cabover and U model Macks were common because the nature of these made you hug closer to the center yellow line. Remember how many U model Macks you saw with the right front fender damaged?

Posted:  3 months, 2 weeks ago

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Safety Saturday...

Great job Susan! Your positive thinking and a little good luck sure helped. As the old saying might go, "A new clean pair of drawers might be needed". Really glad all turned out for good.

Posted:  4 months, 1 week ago

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Happy Thanksgiving to Everyone

To everyone who posts, answers and reads TT I wish a Happy Thanksgiving. I wish you all could be home for the holiday, some will and some won't. It is my pleasure to have driven OTR for 45 accident free years and about 3 million miles before retiring in 2012 in a great and rewarding profession. I just wanted to extend warm wishes for a great time to be with loved ones if possible.

Posted:  4 months, 3 weeks ago

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Trucking companies not hiring from south Florida

Also CCC ie:Commercial Carriers Corp. hires and operates 3-4 different companies in Florida. They range from dry van, flatbed, tanker and reefer copanies that operate local, regional and OTR. They do not pay the best but there is a few possibilities to consider. They also have Mack and International trucks.

Posted:  5 months ago

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A Thank You, And A Promise To Our Community

Errol,

I to am a retired driver after 45 years. We might not be actively on the road but our experiences are what helps new drivers and even experienced ones answer many of their own questions. It also is very entertaining and rewarding to read about every up and down that your experience has been to anyone who seeks it out. Without TT many drivers might give up or never enter the industry. Always a huge thanks to Brett and all the moderators and contributors to this great forum.

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