Profile For Navypoppop

Navypoppop's Info

  • Location:
    Winter Haven, FL

  • Driving Status:
    Experienced Driver

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  • Joined Us:
    3 years, 4 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:  1 day, 6 hours ago

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Happy Thanksgiving to all

This is a quick thank you to everyone here on TT. From Brett, every moderator, driver, newbie and wanna-be I wish you all a very safe, happy and wonderful Thanksgiving holiday. It has been a very trying year for everyone considering the Covid-19 pandemic and the election. Hoping that the vaccines work well and are readily available to help us get past this horrible disease. Also let's move on past the election, stop the blaming and bad feelings about who won or lost and give the winner the chance to do his thing just like we always have done. If he fails there is 2024. I again hope everyone is safe and healthy and able to celebrate with family.

Posted:  4 days, 12 hours ago

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Trucking under Democratic or Republican Government


Love your post! Straight to the point and very American. We can have a difference of opinion on poltical parties but we can still get along and love each other. This is the USA so if your choice lost just give the new one a chance. You can vote them out in 4 years if you want. There have been good and bad from both sides since forever. This is still the greatest place on earth to live and if you don't believe that there are a vast number of places to go.


This isn't the meme I was 'looking for...' but . . . it'll do~!!

Be safe, drivers!

Posted:  6 days, 11 hours ago

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Socializing at the truck stop

I know that this forum is almost 4 years old but by nature humans are social creatures. A reason why there is solidary confinement in the prisons--cruel by nature. You don't have to stare or butt into someone's conversation. If approaching someone at least nod and smile or say hello. When asked a question or to join a conversation always look at the person, acknowledge them and be polite in your reply.

People seem to have lost some of the basic human skills. They do not use manners, can not answer someone with respect or courtesy and have no interest in someone elses feelings. This past election has shown some of the worse human dark sides ever.

Posted:  6 days, 12 hours ago

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Why do you need a CB?

Rob D,

PackRat is correct! It didn't matter if the driver had to deal with law enforcement or not. There was a potential serious situation that could have had the potential for harm or death to someone else on the highway. Hell it could have been one of your family members.

The driver was unaware of this I'm sure but to ignore it after you tried all the normal ways you should have made the phone call. I'm certain that the driver would have been thankful for alerting him in any way necessary.

Posted:  1 week, 2 days ago

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Oldies, but dang goodies! Trucks, songs, etc....


It looks like a Diamond T from the 1960's. Really beautiful truck!

Posted:  1 week, 3 days ago

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Trucking under Democratic or Republican Government

It is about time that we move ahead. The election is over so move forward. It does not matter if you are Republican or Democrat the results are in and the people have spoken. It has been going on this way since George Washington. If things don't go the way you like them to you have another shot in 2024.

We have so many things to worry about other than if our candidate won the election or not. Stop fueling the masses and let's get back to normalcy. We have a serious killer out here, Covid-19, to deal with so we can all breath easier. The hatred, unrest and rioting need to stop before we tear this great country apart.

Posted:  1 week, 5 days ago

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Look what I got.

Hey Big Scott, At least you have dual wheels and no super singles.

Posted:  2 weeks, 1 day ago

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Thank you. Veterans. Farmers. Drivers.


Thank you for the recognition and beautiful thoughts. I served 1966-1968 USN and my son is currently USN 17 years senior chief, my daughter served USN and son-in-law is retiring after 20 years Blackhawk pilot. I am very proud to have come from a military family and a family of truck drivers too.

My father and father-in-law were both USN veterans WW2, brother-in-law was US Marines KIA in Vietnam, my other brother-in-law served USAF Thailand and one of my brothers served USCG. We have all served and are proud of this great country. My Dad also was a truck driver as was my son and my father-in-law was a farmer and heavy equipment operator. We covered it all.

Whether it is appropriate or not I too will say thank you all for your courage and sacrifices that you gave to all of us. I stand proud with all my brothers and sisters.

Posted:  1 month ago

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Struggling to quit smoking

If most people who smoke knew how addictive and health threatning this habit is when they started they might have thought twice about it. The cost, stained teeth and fingers, the smell of smoke in your hair, clothes and breath, the taste that lingers in your mouth and the health disaster for you and your family in the years ahead.

I smoked for 25 years, Pall Mall non-filters to boot and always used the excuse that it wasn't much just a pack a day. It was easy to start as my father smoked, my cousin too and we used to sneak them together. My family were the ones who finally convinced me to try and quit. The kids pressured me and the wife said I could not smoke inside our brand new built home. I gave them up cold turkey just like that. HARD AS HELL but with a strong will power it can be done.

You'll be surprised as to how much better you feel. Breathe better, taste you food, don't smell and save a small fortune. Then you can't stand to be near the smoke. Try and try again to quit. You won't regret it.

Posted:  1 month, 1 week ago

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Tank trailers get approved for an additional pulsating brake light

I for one would agree that this is an excellent idea even for all trailers or large vehicles. The issue at hand is the lack of concentration of some drivers while behind the wheel. Things like talking or texting on the cell phone, drinking or eating behind the wheel while driving and always in a hurry.

If these drivers took the time to park, then they could enjoy their McD lunch, talk to your friends and drive slower so you would arrive alive and be a safer more considerate driver and not a statistic.

Posted:  1 month, 1 week ago

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Look what I found

Hey Mickey,

Did you move the nest to a safe area not far from where the trailer was dropped? That bird did a fine job building the nest and hopefully the eggs hatch ok. Looks like a pair of Robin eggs.

Posted:  1 month, 2 weeks ago

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When a social media presence could hurt a driver or carrier

I agree with everyone who says NO! The wife and I do not and never will have facebook. If a family member or friend wants to talk they call as do we call them when the need arises. Facebook and social media has caused more issues and problems because someone aired their "dirty laundry" for all to see. Life was so easy and simple growing up in the 50's-60's.

Posted:  1 month, 3 weeks ago

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PackRat's 2020 Daily Driving Diary


I would always say yes!!!!!!! Your posts are the best

Posted:  1 month, 3 weeks ago

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Company Sponsorship or Paid CDL Training W/Pet-FRIENDLY Policy?

I see that you are waiting on 4 companies to respond and a dozen more to try. Don't wait for the 4, just flood them all because just 1 of them might be the one that will solve your problem. As for the school bus, you are probably right about allowing your dog and you wouldn't be allowed to "live in the bus". Don't forget all the vast resources here on TT. Read, test, contact every recruiter and company thru this forum. Good luck

Posted:  1 month, 3 weeks ago

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I've Been Sick This Week

If anyone here on TT has his personal info please reach out to him. Old school is one of the "pillars" on this great site and needs to be contacted to be sure that he is OK. It might be a lift up to hear from someone directly rather than just here on the Forum.

Posted:  2 months ago

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New to site with a few questions, re: Career change

Bud L., Pact Rat gave you some really good advice. You have the right approach in using the tools available to you here on TT. Decide on the type of driving that you would like to do ( otr, regional or dedicated ), then are you interested in dry van, reefer, flatbed or tanker. Read everything that TT has to offer here to help you understand your concerns and goals and yes their single application would be the easiest way to apply to many job opportunities. The people here are top notch, right-on in their desire to steer you in the right direction and a great source of the best accurate information available. Good luck in your goal and keep us posted.

Posted:  2 months, 1 week 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 months, 1 week 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:  3 months, 2 weeks 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:  3 months, 3 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.

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