Profile For Navypoppop

Navypoppop's Info

  • Location:
    Crestview, FL

  • Driving Status:
    Experienced Driver

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  • Joined Us:
    1 year, 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, 14 hours ago

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Ok CB poll

I always had Cobra CB radios as they worked well and were not too expensive to buy. I started with a Cobra 25, moved up to Cobra 29 with weather and on to my Cobra 148GTL. Every one was peaked and tuned and like everyone has stated it is well worth the minimal cost to have maximum performance. Also a good antenna or set of antennas that are tuned to the radio is a plus.

I recommend them for the alerts for bad weather, accidents or police activity that only a CB can provide you when a situation arises. If the chatter or obnoxious talk is happening you can turn it off or turn down the squelch so it is not annoying. Good luck.

Posted:  5 days, 8 hours ago

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Move over for ALL stopped vehicles

As stated, everyone should move over 1 lane if safe for any vehicle on the breakdown lane [shoulder] or reduce their speed. All states should modify their laws to reflect this as any life is worth saving and it could just be an open door causing another horrific accident.

Posted:  5 days, 9 hours ago

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Grabbing wrong trailer?

I agree with Old School. Always check the trailer numbers and if possible check the freight. If you are pulling a sealed trailer like a reefer or dry van it isn't always possible to do this so verify the seal numbers. If you do everything correct on your part that is the best that can be expected.

Posted:  6 days, 9 hours ago

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Regrets

Kim,

Take the time to check every option that you might have available. Your heart is telling you to keep trucking so if you explore all job variations you should be able to find one that suits your needs. I too did not like being out on the road for weeks at a time and missed my family too much so the regional opportunities were the answer. Some jobs offer every other night home or out for 2-4 and home for 3. Take your "gut" feeling and be sure which avenue you need to go down to make yourself happy and satisfied or you will regret it later. Good luck.

Posted:  6 days, 9 hours ago

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Testing out to go solo

Another success story . Great job Grumpy Old Man. Now get out there and give it all got. Be safe and good luck.

Posted:  6 days, 18 hours ago

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Question about working for my father...

If you really want this as a career listen to everyone who has posted. Your experience should be from a major company that will provide you the training and beginners "stumbling blocks" so to say that will give you the confidence and training needed to succeed. At least if something goes wrong with your plan you did not disappoint your father, he did not buy a truck that he did not need and you will not be mad at each other. Good luck to you and keep us posted on your decision and what you finally do.

Posted:  1 week, 5 days ago

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To be blunt- bras vs concrete highways...

Rainy, You are the best at telling it like it is. Truthful, simple and hilarious. You surely are "The Jersey Girl". Always enjoy your posts.

Posted:  1 week, 5 days ago

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Hourly Pay vs Mileage Pay

Everyone can't be OTR drivers. Someone has to make the local deliveries. Conditions on the home front may warrant how and what you do for a living. Not everyone wants or can be gone for longer periods of time. I worked for Conway Southern Express [now XPO ] for 14 years and was able to change from local P&D to linehaul each year when the runs were up for bid. It helped with being able to drive for 10 hours a night then home and working 10-12 hours per day delivering freight. The local work was more physically demanding and hectic at times but kept you more mentally alert to your traffic and surroundings whereas the linehaul runs afforded you the longer driving times with just a drop and hook on either end of your run thus satisfying the urge to be on the road. The local work paid hourly and linehaul was by the mile plus hourly for drop and hooks and you made more on linehaul. I think if you ask a driver that is working for OD, SEFL, XPO or most freight companies they would say that they are satisfied and that is why they are working for freight companies. The same would be true for drivers from any of the longhaul companies but for the reasons of "seeing this great country" or the thrill of the open road.

Either way we need both mentalities to make this happen for our country and ourselves. Just like the differences between van, reefer, tanker or doubles we need to drive what we prefer to be sure that this all gets done. I believe too that any driver should experience the different types of operations and equipment available at least once in their lifetime. Just my 2 cents.

Posted:  2 weeks, 2 days ago

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Growing Pains on the road with WEL

Easy Brett, No one is perfect and my reply was only to a situation similar to a negative that RedGator brought up. My experience with WEL was the one and only experience that I had happen to me during my 44 years behind the wheel and came after a layoff and no work to be found where I was living. I am sure that I did not pay attention to everything that was promised to me during the recruitment session and again after I arrived at their terminal and began asking questions. I never said new truck but just new mattress as I wouldn't want to sleep on someone else's area. My feelings at the time were if I was not told the truth in the beginning could it get worse? Personal feeling at the time Brett not necessarily the entire picture. And no I did not expect or say that I was expecting "lavish" gifts just do what you recruited a prospective new driver during your conversation with him as you represent the company. Please do not judge one posting as an overall conclusion of someone's true being. I do not judge you by your postings even if they are not in line with my feelings or perspectives but because you are an intelligent and experienced person. Thanks.

Posted:  2 weeks, 2 days ago

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Growing Pains on the road with WEL

I can relate to RedGator in a lot of ways with WEL. A few years ago I made an application to WEL, spoke numerous times to a recruiter and was told so many things that turned out to be untrue. I was going to be regional Mid-Atlantic out of Allentown, Pa. I was told Mid-Atlantic area only out of Allentown, Pa. Take truck home and home every week. Flew to Wisconsin for orientation, company person who was picking up drivers at airport was 3 hours late, took us to breakfast and then to terminal. Showed us the used trucks we would be assigned after we were told nothing older than 2 years which wasn't true and no new mattress for anyone. We were told so many lies that were not what we were promised when talking to recruiter that when questioned we were told to "suck it up". I went back to motel that evening and booked a flight home and told the recruiter if this is how WEL treated new prospects they could count me out as I wasn't going to accept this treatment in the beginning as it would probably get worse.

Posted:  2 weeks, 3 days ago

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Bait and Switch?

It depends on how much you like working for this company. If they are paying you by the hour it would seem like any and all your required duties are being compensated. If you are paid by the load or the mile then basically you are working for free. Size up the total outlook on this job before making a drastic decision that could cause you to look for another job.

Posted:  2 weeks, 3 days ago

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Delaware, Maryland police target truckers bypassing U.S. 301 toll road

Update to my reply, I googled the US Hwy 301 in Delaware and found my answer. Delaware began tolling US Hwy 301 from the Maryland state line to De. 1 on Jan. 19, 2019. From what I could see the toll is pretty steep as this stretch is about 12 miles and the toll is about $1.00 per mile for semi. I might be wrong on the amount but I travel this way in my 5th wheel when going into NJ and now it is expensive. They'll call it an improvement for the sake of making truck drivers pay for any and everything.

Posted:  2 weeks, 3 days ago

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Delaware, Maryland police target truckers bypassing U.S. 301 toll road

Hey Marc Lee, What is this US 301 toll road? I haven't been that way in years but 301 was my route of choice from Rt. 896 at exit 1 of Del. Tpk. south to Rte. 207 through Ft. AP Hill onto I-95 just above Doswell, Va. If it's now a toll road in Del. it would be great to know. I thank you for any updates.

Posted:  2 weeks, 4 days ago

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Funny Pic of Team Trainer while student driving

Damn Rainy, Did you have destroy him that much! I guess it is harder than everyone says about your training. That's what he deserved for doubting the "Jersey Girl". Safe travels.

Posted:  2 weeks, 4 days ago

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Troopers force truckers to climb on top of trailers during snow removal enforcement blitz.

Everyone is talking van or reefers for snow removal but how about flatbeds? Some of these are loaded with unusual shapes, tarped and untarped, low loads and some right up to 13'6". Any trailer or vehicle is supposed to be free of snow or ice including 4 wheelers but the attention is always drawn towards the trucks. How many times do you see a 4 wheeler with only the windshield cleared where the wipers did the job? Roof scrapers only work for fixed height trailers like vans and reefers so how do you keep flatbeds or tankers clear? Maybe high speed wind blowers like a drive through car wash. There are probably no feasible answers.

Posted:  2 weeks, 6 days ago

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Troopers force truckers to climb on top of trailers during snow removal enforcement blitz.

I agree with Rainy. If the states or the Feds want to keep 13'6" trailers clean of snow and ice they could very easily install the flexible blades at rest areas entering the truck parking areas. It is more conceivable to do that off the highway and to prevent serious injuries or deaths to drivers falling from their trucks trying to clean them. I'm sure most drivers out here have experienced snow or ice falling off their roofs but I for one will not go up there to clean it off.

Posted:  3 weeks, 1 day ago

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VA Slow Roll Sat. 3/2: I-95 Doswell Truck Stop to Downtown Richmond at 11 a.m.

Because we live in USA I suppose they have the right to protest. A slow roll, if they are driving the minimum speed for the interstate highway is maintained, I would think they would be OK. The point is there have been so many protests, strikes and just every other word for frustrations with anything related to the industry. Way back in the 70's the Independent drivers were shutting down and blocking the interstate highways because of fuel shortages and high fuel costs. Then the Teamster drivers staged a nationwide strike and took out their frustrations on any driver who wasn't a Teamster and was still driving.

I have been affected by both and have been on both sides and it still doesn't prove a thing. Fuel is still high, states will not leave trucking alone either because the industry is like a cash cow and the Feds are not sitting by and not making life any easier. It seems like there will always be a shortage of parking spaces, shortage of drivers, autonomous trucks are probably coming in the future so it will never end. There will be something for someone to protest about. Good luck.

Posted:  3 weeks, 4 days ago

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Bad First Day Back

Pack Rat, I love your Avatar. Nothing like a good old B Mack.

Posted:  4 weeks ago

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AMT asking for double trailer length increase from 28' - 33'

Double 33' pups will be disaster for sure. The extra 10' of overall length will surely cause more issues than problems solved. I drove for CSE [before they were XPO] for 14 years and the 28' pups were enough. Just like the 53' trailers from 48' cause a lot of problems like too long to fit into most truck stop parking spaces. Most of the time you can't load out a 53' unless it is light weight freight and the overhang behind the rear axles causes a problem with swing. There will be no gain in the amount of trucks on the road or any more places to park. A bad idea all around.

Posted:  1 month ago

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Going out OTR soon

Rainy, I bet you couldn't be mean if you tried. Just a very effective trainer. When I was driving for Conway Southern Express as a driver/trainer I too would take every future prospect to a truck stop or warehouse setting to practice backing, go over all paperwork and procedures and I even bought them lunch their first day out. Then like you it was all on them to learn and proceed because there are no baby sitters.

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