Profile For Navypoppop

Navypoppop's Info

  • Location:
    Winter Haven, FL

  • Driving Status:
    Experienced Driver

  • Social Link:
    Navypoppop On The Web

  • Joined Us:
    5 years, 1 month ago

Navypoppop's Bio

Retired OTR driver w/ 45 years experience, approx. 3 million accident free miles now living in Winter Haven, 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 Ram 2500 and enjoy travelling the USA during the summer months and stay in Florida for the winter.

email- hhin170583@aol.com

my contact cell # 302-752-6409

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Posted:  11 hours, 39 minutes ago

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Clarksboro, NJ , TA truck stop shut down

Paulsboro, NJ exit 18 on I-295

Posted:  5 days, 7 hours ago

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On the road again

Just an update on the repairs to our 5th wheel. The insurance adjuster's first estimate is for $3900 for initial inspection of the rear wall and floor area. We have a rear kitchen and they have to remove all the cabinets, appliances etc. to inspect the walls and floor for possible hidden damage which would drive the repair costs thru the roof. I can't believe it as it does not appear that bad.

Posted:  6 days, 4 hours ago

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Truck Stop Follies and Assorted Stupidity

Good reason to always set trailer brakes first then pull forward against king pin and set tractor brakes. Would have more than likely prevented this.

Posted:  1 week, 3 days ago

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On the road again

The best part for us is with our full timer insurance we have zero deductible so it is no money out of pocket just a big pain in the tush. Thank God for our winter home so we have a place to stay. I'll keep you posted.

Posted:  1 week, 3 days ago

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On the road again

Hi G-Town, Thanks for the reply. I normally fuel in the designated rv lanes but this time they were full so I went to the regular pumps. I still do not comprehend why this 4 wheeler had to go around me between me and the yellow stripped no parking zone in front of the store. I surely didn't want to hit him with my Ram so instinct made me pull the wheel right to avoid him. After all this he kept on driving and exited the truck stop. We'll survive.

Posted:  1 week, 3 days ago

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On the road again

Anne, It's a Palomino Compass which is made by Forest River, one of the larger rv companies who own quite a few brands. It's a good, solid 5th wheel with a lot of extra features and heavy duty things like axles, insulation R values and even an LG 22" 3 door refrigerator! My wife really enjoys the sit down shower too. Just some items to let you know about it.

Posted:  1 week, 3 days ago

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On the road again

Thanks for all the support everyone. I really appreciate it. I still can't believe that it happened. I have repeatedly played how it happened over and over in my mind to figure out what I could have done differently. If I had not turned the wheel I would have hit the idiot broadside and maybe hurt someone or damaged my Ram. I have AC repair coming out Monday then I'll take the 5th wheel over to the body shop. Oh well it could be worse.

Posted:  1 week, 4 days ago

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On the road again

Well it finally happened. After driving for a total of 56 years, of which 44 years in a big rig and 4 years with the 5th wheel I had my first accident. We were fueling at the Flying J on Chapman road in Wytheville, Va. and completed the fueling and began to exit. All of a sudden I catch a car coming around on my left between me and the store front so I instinctively turned the wheel right to avoid this clown and forgot the swing on the left rear near the fuel pump. Bam, I caught the yellow steel poles that protect the fuel pumps with the left rear corner of the 5th wheel and got hung up. The only damage to the fuel area was the nozzle broke off the fuel hose and paint scraped the steel pole. The 5th wheel pushed the lower body metal in and tore a hole from the pole but worse the pole hooked the rear panel and pulled it away from the coach. We secured everything with HD bungee cords and gorilla tape, called my insurance company, filed the claim and cancelled the last 2 months of our trip to head back to Winter Haven, Fl. It goes into the shop on Monday and at least there is no deductible because of full time rv coverage. To add to insult when we got home and went into the house and fired everything up the AC isn't working so now we are waiting for service but not until Monday. Thank God we have the 5th wheel to sleep in with AC. I can't seem to win. Oh well I'll try and post some pictures next week and the total damage. S__t happens but as they say, "Why me"! I hope that guy who had to go around me in the fire zone had a good excuse because I wasn't going to hit my Ram. I'll post later.

s__

Posted:  2 weeks, 4 days ago

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New Truck Stop In The Northeast

Hazen is also near Brookville, Pa.

Posted:  2 weeks, 5 days ago

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New Truck Stop In The Northeast

RealDiehl, Isn't The Pride Truck Stop actually on Burnett Rd. and Johnny Cake Hollow Rd is across from The Fifties Diner? I used to also run New England weekly and either stayed at The Pride or The Wilton Truck Stop in Gansevoort, NY. Both are class act truck stops in my opinion with excellent restaurants.

Posted:  3 weeks ago

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On the road again

It's been a quiet month here in Crossville, Tn. without meeting any TT drivers for a meet & greet. We leave here on Sunday morning July 31 and are stopping at Loves in Mosheim, Tn. on I-81 then heading to Max Meadows, Va. just 1/2 mile from the Flying J at exit 80 for Sunday night. We leave Monday morning August 1 and travel to Emporia, Va. on US 301 just about 5 miles from Hwy. 58 and Hermie & Elliott Sadler's Pilot. We'll be there for the month of August and hope some of you are traveling thru and would like to chat. I hope to meet some more drivers like I did in years past. I have had the pleasure of meeting PackRat, IdMtnGal (Laura) and BigScott from CFI. It is a real honor to meet any of you and I always buy lunch or coffee. Be safe and give me a shout if you are in the area.

Posted:  3 weeks ago

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Who likes???

Driver engineer,

Look at my avatar picture. It is a 2018 Ram 2500 Laramie Crew Cab. It has the 6.4L Hemi, 8 speed tranny, 4.10 rear and 8 ft. bed, 2W drive. I pull the 38' 5th wheel just fine with about 9 mpg under trailer and about 18 w/o. I am real happy with this truck and very glad I got it.

Posted:  3 weeks ago

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Who likes???

Damn Anne, That's quite a Western Star!!!! With that sleeper you know it probably even has a galley and shower. Gorgeous

Posted:  3 weeks ago

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Who likes???

I should be so lucky! 1- to have a rig like that and 2- to be able to afford it. I'll have to take down my avatar because now I'm almost ashamed. That is beautiful.

Posted:  3 weeks, 6 days ago

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Postcards from the Road! (Post Yours Please!)

Not me Anne! It seems like this KW has a very long wheelbase, the tandems were removed and the single axle installed. I believe he said that he is hoping to put a 4 wheeler onto the area behind the cab. Now I wouldn't hesitate to purchase a single axle Mack R model as my tow vehicle but I am totally satisfied with my Ram 2500 w/6.4 hemi doing a fine job.

Posted:  3 weeks, 6 days ago

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Getting into trucking - moving back to the US

NJ is a hard state to live in as I know because I was born and lived there most of my life. South of the Trenton area is a lot of open areas and the seashore areas and north of Trenton is more industrialized and congested. Toll roads and heavy traffic exist everywhere. The taxes are among the worst in the nation. But there seems to be a lot of work available. I would choose a state south of the Mason-Dixon line (Virginia or further south).

Posted:  4 weeks ago

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Postcards from the Road! (Post Yours Please!)

I found this KW VIT pulling a 5th wheel rv while staying in a campground in Crossville Tn. It looks like he removed the tandems for a single rear wheel set up and installed an rv style 5th wheel. I didn't know how to download photos so I asked PackRat to do it for me. I'll try and talk to the owner and if I get any info I'll post back here.

Thanks PackRat, navypoppop

Posted:  1 month, 1 week ago

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Just a funny trucking picture to brighten your day

Packrat,

You know that answer. He probably lined up to his best ability which wasn't real good, cranked down the landing gear just off the ground, backed up to dock and dropped trailer. No matter it still sucks.

Posted:  1 month, 2 weeks ago

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Fired from walmart...

Chris W.,

Not about fighting but maybe some hard advice which could cost a life or serious injury to someone working in side a trailer that was not empty.

Posted:  1 month, 2 weeks ago

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4th of July weekend

Happy Birthday Kearsey! I had mine last month 73 years young

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