Profile For Navypoppop

Navypoppop's Info

  • Location:
    Winter Haven, FL

  • Driving Status:
    Experienced Driver

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  • Joined Us:
    3 years, 2 months 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 pick up and are travelling around this great country. Once again "On the road"

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Posted:  2 days, 10 hours ago

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What did you do before becoming a truck driver?

Started way back delivering TV Guides to neighbors, cutting lawns, delivering newspapers on my bike 1 canvas bag over each shoulder, US Navy, auto mechanic, otr truckdriver 42 years and finally retired Rv 5th wheeler. Always love the trucks and miss the drivers but I still stop in the truck stops to talk with drivers and buy the coffee.

Posted:  2 days, 10 hours ago

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Reefer Parking

A lot of drivers park nose in to try and protect their "hoods" from being torn off from inexperienced or just inconsiderate drivers. I drove a reefer for years and always tried to park with other reefers to keep the noise in the same area but sometimes someone would leave early and the next driver to take that parking space would complain if he wasn't a reefer driver. I never nosed in because of the difficulty in backing out.

Posted:  1 month, 1 week ago

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Papa Pigs Zainy Rookie Solo Adventures

Papa Pig,

First I thank you for your service from a former "swabby". Great pic of your son enjoying himself with Dad. Those times are what makes it all worthwhile. I did my 44 years driving mostly regional and local and took every opportunity to spend with wife, daughter and son.

Now being retired and living with my wife half year rving and the other half in Florida you do not the kids often. Our daughter is married to 20 year Army Blackhawk pilot stationed at Ft. Campbell, Ky. and our son is 17 year Senior Chief stationed in the Seattle, Wa. area so visits are once a year but memories are forever.

Good luck with the career and family.

Posted:  1 month, 2 weeks ago

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Ever feel like you just can't win

Your pictures show the reason why a good and proper pre-trip is a requirement and it can save a breakdown or your or someone elses life. The driver that left that trailer in that condition should be severely reprimanded if it wasn't reported to dispatch or breakdown dept. One tire would be bad enough but not 4! Oh, and by the way, get rid of those so called footwear. They are shower covers at best.

Posted:  1 month, 2 weeks ago

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Game: Word Association

Lifetime dream

One more, Accomplishment

Posted:  1 month, 2 weeks ago

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Game: Hard & Easy

Harder: learning to split shift a Mack Tri-plex tranny

Easier: handling a set of doubles trailers

Posted:  1 month, 2 weeks ago

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Lost my first trucking job, rather resigned ( a longish post sorry for length)

Hi Don,

Glad to see your still here and at it. I always enjoyed your step by step adventures with CFI and your honesty about your training and progression. And I am and was a true Mack fan from my first trip in an A40 in 1970 until I retired in a CH in 2012. I like your rig too.

Posted:  1 month, 2 weeks ago

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New Truck Stops Info

Anne A.,

Thanks for your reply. I was reading the CDL Diaries section and posted this info without realizing where I was. I asked Brett about moving it to the General section and he told me to copy/paste but I'm totally computer illiterate. If anyone knows how to do it in plain simple terms for dummies like me I'd be more than happy to do so.

Posted:  1 month, 3 weeks ago

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New Truck Stops Info

I didn't know how to post this information on the truck stop site. A couple of fairly new truck stops for driver's to know about have recently opened. What was once the All American in Breezewood, Pa. has re-opened as the Mega Truck Stop with limited services. The lower parking area is open, fuel and the store too and rumor has it that Pilot/Flying J might again come onboard as the name brand to further it's success.

Also the once closed truck stop on I-75 exit 414 in Lake City, Fl. which has been refurbished and opened for awhile has now franchised with TA since July 15. Full restaurant, fuel, great showers and parking for 100 trucks is surely a plus.

Sorry if I posted this info in the wrong place but I felt any info on truck stops is a welcome note for drivers.

Posted:  2 months ago

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Well it's official I'm crossing over to Flat Bed

Chris L.,

Is B & G still a rat's nest? I worked for them years ago when they had their warehouse across the border in Seaford, De. It was a decent job, good people to work with, home most nights and every weekend and the equipment was good too. They moved their warehousing north to Breningsville, Pa. up near Nazareth, Pa. The Hurlock, Md. plant was old and dirty and hard to believe that they manufactured food there. Thanks for bringing back memories.

Posted:  2 months ago

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Automatic vs Manual

I have always advocated for taking the test in a manual transmission if for no other reason than not to have the restriction on your license. It is true that most companies are switching to auto transmissions but suppossed that you want to change jobs to your "dream job" and they have manual transmission trucks? Either you have to re-test or forget that job. Also if you were to break down and they have to get a rental with manual transmission you can't drive it so if no auto trans. truck is available you sit without a paycheck. I feel that if you pass all the requirements needed to obtain a CDL-A and add any endorsements to better your career that you should not have a restriction for the type transmission a truck has. After all does any other driver license require auto or manual?

Posted:  3 months ago

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Safety procedures many get wrong

Don't drive down here in Florida when it rains. These crazy people think that every daily downpour requires 4 way flashers. Confusing and dangerous at the very least but also illegal but not enforced by the police. If you can't drive in the rain then pull off the highway and put your 4 ways on but not on the highway.

Posted:  3 months, 3 weeks ago

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CFI as a rehire. Here I come.

Congrats Big Scott!!!!!

I knew it would happen for you. It is always good to know the right people. I wish you continued success.good-luck.gifdancing-dog.gif

Posted:  3 months, 3 weeks ago

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CFI as a rehire. Here I come.

Good Luck Big Scott, I know you will be done very quickly being as this is a "refresher" for you. I look forward to your future posts.

Posted:  4 months, 1 week ago

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Best (?) LTL Carrier for Linehaul

G-Town and Old School,

All your good advice has fallen on deaf ears and a one sided opinionated op. Don't let yourselves get caught up in his lop sided views. After all you can't fix stupid. Unions had their purpose many years ago but times are different now. If he chooses them maybe he'll be happy or not. His choice.

Posted:  4 months, 1 week ago

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Best (?) LTL Carrier for Linehaul

Roger P.,

Old School is 100% correct on YRC. They have been unstable for awhile especially since Yellow and Roadway merged it has been downhill from there. Just look at their equipment that seems to be held together by "bubble gum and bandaids".

Your best bet might be ABF. They seem to be a solid choice for a union shop. Their equipment is fairly new and in very good condition and their drivers seem content and happy. Talk to one of them and ask questions. I'm not sure if they operate in your area or not but worth checking out. Good luck.

Posted:  4 months, 2 weeks ago

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Ever had one of those days?

Considering the article says Chicago area, white Volvo and a Ferrari it appears to be that the boss was "Russian Mob" associated so it might have led to his frustration but what a stupid decision. Like Packrat said, his action could have also injured or killed someone. His final decision with this company was the worst choice he could have made. Now the real fun starts with his vacation in jail, his resume will also not be so pretty.

Posted:  4 months, 2 weeks ago

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Which type of trailer?

Jake L,

Have you considered a drop deck flatbed or a dry van like Frito-Lay uses? The step up could become a bedroom or living room like in most 5th wheel RV's around today. The drop deck flatbed would provide an excellent heavy frame for your project and more room for wiring, duct work and things like black water and grey water tanks.

Posted:  4 months, 2 weeks ago

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Back to driving

Robsteeler,

Congratulation to you. Good luck is in order too. Remember to keep the Class A active just in case you decide to return to the "Big Rigs".

Posted:  4 months, 2 weeks ago

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Face masks at truck stops

Patrick, I would wear a mask when going inside any truck stop just like any store or business for now. Outside no but notice inside employees are masked for protection so why shouldn't you? It's just another small safety precaution to help you and those near you. Hopefully this Covid thing will get better soon.

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