Profile For Navypoppop

Navypoppop's Info

  • Location:
    Crestview, FL

  • Driving Status:
    Experienced Driver

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  • Joined Us:
    2 years 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:  3 days, 1 hour ago

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Friday Short Haul - Rhode Island tolls, human smuggling, contractor vs employee status

DaveW, It is always easier to just ride I-95 North or South than rather plan the detour. Considering the $7 million they raised they will not remove the tolls. When people start to realize that RI gov't will stop funneling the toll money to the bridges and highways and divert these funds to other "pet projects" maybe then they will wake up. Companies and drivers need to boycott freight in and out of RI in order to get some attention. It is so easy to by-pass I-95 through RI if drivers would plan their trips better. Hell there is even only 1 truck stop in that state, the TA at exit 5, so there is no need to be in RI. From I-95 in New Haven, Ct. north to Hartford, Ct. then I-84 north to Mass. Pike east back to I-95 at Boston, Ma. Mass Pike west to NY state will be faster and maybe wake up RI politicians.

Posted:  3 days, 3 hours ago

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Friday Short Haul - Rhode Island tolls, human smuggling, contractor vs employee status

When Rhode Island first said that they were going to toll their highways for trucks only, I changed my routing to bypass when going into Massachusetts and further north. Their Republican governor would not listen to her own state legislators and pushed forward with her plan to make all trucks pay for the repairs on RI roads and bridges. If it had been placed on all vehicles it would be different but against the industry that makes any economy work it ridiculous and wrong. I for one will not support her economy with any of my hard earned money if I am being singled out to support her state. As I am now retired and full time RVing I still avoid RI and go around at all costs.

Posted:  3 days, 4 hours ago

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Parking at night?

I always used the index card system and 2 separate index card file boxes. One for customers with directions, phone numbers and information needed at their facility and another for truck stops with information on fuel, parking and restaurants and also if there were scales with parking if needed. These along with a newer Rand McNally Trucker's Atlas has saved the day many times over.

Posted:  5 days, 4 hours ago

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This is why you shut down when sleepy

Tell em PackRat. Without anyone being on scene, in the truck or involved it is impossible to say what the cause was. There are so many variables and reasons that this accident happened. Always pray for the driver's well being.

Posted:  2 weeks, 3 days ago

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Rainy

Some day Rainy, some day. Be safe.

Posted:  2 weeks, 4 days ago

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Rainy

Hey Rainy, I also saw on the tracker that you are in the Wytheville, Va. area. My wife and I are arriving on Monday, July 1 with the 5th wheel and wish it was sooner so I could have said hello. Maybe 1 day but until then be safe and always keep that "Jersey" attitude.

Posted:  2 weeks, 4 days ago

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Thinking of Packrat...

You will be fine. After what you've been through a road test and backing is child's play. Have at it!

Posted:  2 weeks, 4 days ago

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Thinking of Packrat...

We need to change the title of this section from "Thinking of Packrat" to "Welcome back and good luck Packrat". It is always good news when someone goes through a very hard, personal battle and succeeds and continues to move on to better times and a new future. Good luck to you Packrat as I wish you all the success and happiness you deserve.

Posted:  1 month, 1 week ago

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Parkland coward during shooting

Hopefully everyone who has read and posted about this topic is done. Let's stick to the original program Brett started, TRUCKING TRUTH. No politics, religion, etc. unless trucking related. Enough said already.

Posted:  1 month, 2 weeks ago

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A little update on me

You need to get off I-4 before Orlando and run State Route 417. It is a toll road but bypasses Orlando.

Posted:  1 month, 2 weeks ago

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Young and Confused

Welcome Danny O.,

You have come to the right place for advice. Almost anyone here especially the moderators will give you the best advice there is for a rewarding career in trucking. I would say to apply to as many companies as you find interesting for the kind of driving you want and especially the ones that offer their own schools. This way you will get the training and knowledge needed for your career and they will absorb the cost for your training in return for usually 1 year with them. An open mind and dedication to your future will take you far. Good luck.

Posted:  1 month, 3 weeks ago

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Have A Wonderful Memorial Day Weekend!

Just a quick wish to everyone here on TT either a "noob", experienced driver, retired driver or moderator. Everyone please have a safe and wonderful Memorial Day holiday and hopefully most of us will be home with friendly and friends. If not be safe and careful and watch out for the "4 wheelers". Remember the true meaning of the holiday as I honor my brother-in-law for the ultimate sacrifice in Vietnam, my 2 children who currently are serving and everyone like myself who has given of himself to this great nation. I honor each and every one of you.

Posted:  2 months ago

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Should I quit my 9-5 & pursue a TD career

Cappy,

Congrats on your completing CDL school and learning how drive a semi. Also it is a compliment to you for securing the office job based on your merits. The issue at hand is you do not seem ready or committed to becoming a truck driver. I'm sure everyone has had second thoughts about this choice of a career in the beginning but they went for it. Any job change might bring challenges and pay adjustments but if it is in your heart just go for it. The longer you hesitate or doubt it the harder it will become to do it. Good luck and go with your gut feeling.

Posted:  2 months ago

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Question for florida natives or knowledgable

Being from Ocala, Fl I always take 301 north because of being a lot safer than I-75. There are constantly numerous back ups and accidents on I-75. To each his own but 301 is more enjoyable. Like Turtle said be cautious in Waldo, Starke and Lawtey as they are speed trap towns. Always look at the speed limit signs when approaching any town. If there is a plain yellow rectangular sign above the speed limit sign-equals speed trap town. PS- there is construction going on around Starke as they are constructing a by-pass.

Posted:  2 months ago

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Susan D

Hey Bobcat Bob,

Regardless of the color I think your Dad did great by going to OD from Conway. At my 14 years with Conway I was at the Orlando, Fl. terminal as a Driver Trainer but it sure has changed for the worse since I retired from Conway in 2004. OD is a class act bar none.

Posted:  2 months ago

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Susan D

Color co-ordination wasn't in the plans years ago when Conway [ now XPO ] was 5 individual freight companies when they started to interchange with each other. Conway Eastern had red/orange graphics, Conway Central was brown/orange, Conway Western was navy blue/orange, Conway Southwest was navy blue/lime green and Conway Southern Express was med blue/light blue. Then they became Conway Transportation and colors were dark grey/light grey and finally Conway Freight and back to med blue/light blue. Now they are XPO and red/black. What a rainbow.

Posted:  2 months ago

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We bare all!

It's called Cafe Risque and has been there for years. It is a fully nude dance place and they started serving food and later added a truck parking area with free parking and showers. I've heard there is a cover charge if you are not eating and just there to "look" and that the food isn't bad and is reasonably priced. It seems like some of the college co-eds from neighboring University of Florida work part time here and are probably making more than the drivers who stop here.

Posted:  2 months ago

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Weather: When to shut down?

As everyone has stated you should always be on the side of safety! The warning signs are either for your benefit and safety or the legal reason to exit highway. If you had to think about these warnings go with your "gut" feelings and do the right thing and heed the warnings. You could have become a statistic but thankfully you didn't. Mother Nature is nothing to play with when she is having a bad day. You have been lucky so far but don't play the odds as eventually you could lose it all. Good luck to you.

Posted:  2 months ago

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A walk on the ‘Darkside’ - working for a small company

I agree with Brett. The smaller company with "large cars" that doesn't keep up with maintainence is no where as good as a larger company with "fleet" style trucks that maintain them with pride. The large company has the power, dollars and knowledge behind them to be more profitable and offer their drivers a better paycheck and benefits to go with the pay. Bottom line is the "large car" might be impressive and more powerful but in the long run the company type truck will be there for you much longer. Besides the freight, miles and pay will be much better at the big company versus the little guy. Your choice.

Posted:  2 months ago

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Nervous lady here.

DeniseC.,

Where did you go? I hope you have succeeded in you training with Roehl and quitting the smoking habit. It seems like you started a thread and we slightly hijacked it from you. Send us an update with your training and good luck to you.

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