Profile For Navypoppop

Navypoppop's Info

  • Location:
    Ocala, FL

  • Driving Status:
    Experienced Driver

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  • Joined Us:
    1 year, 6 months ago

Navypoppop's Bio

Retired OTR driver w/ 45 years experience, approx. 3 million accident free miles now living in Ocala, Fl. Served 2 years in US Navy reserve 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:  6 days, 1 hour ago

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Decided to shutdown

I wish I was honored to meet "The Jersey Girl" standing in line. I probably would be to tongue tied to speak. If you are ever going through the Petro in Red****, Fl. or the Love's or 2 Pilot's in Ocala, Fl. send me an email Rainy. I would be honored to say hello to one of the finest here on TT.

Posted:  6 days, 1 hour ago

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New food tanker driver

Pete B,

Those are some of the best words of advice on this subject. You have shown your expertise and knowledge on the hazards of liquid tanker driving. I know that your reply will go a long way to helping many drivers thinking of going into tankers to take your experience to heart and learn some great information. Great post.

Posted:  1 week ago

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New food tanker driver

TheSchmeltz, You have indicated to everyone here that you have limited experience on semi trucks. You will have to prepare yourself for a whole new world with the food grade tanker job. Be very cautious with the specifics of hauling food grade tankers such as front to rear slosh and side to side movement of liquids which makes roll overs more of an issue. If you use common sense, patience and good driving skills time will help you in your new career. I'm sure most everyone here on TT will chime in about the difficult choice of going into tanker so early in your career. Just be sure it is what you want and learn everything you can about the specific conditions tanker will present to you. Always remember not to be in a big hurry and just relax and be safe.

I myself did not like liquid tanker but really enjoyed dry bulk a lot more. They were totally different worlds. Good luck.

Posted:  1 week, 2 days ago

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Decided to shutdown

Stephanie K,

You showed great wisdom in following your gut instinct. At the very least you are safe, warm and not trying to figure out how to get out of a serious incident that was very possible to have happened. You might have left and found yourself in a horrible situation and all your 18 wheels going in every direction except forward. You can always reschedule a delivery or pick up time but not a new life. Good call and stay safe.

Posted:  1 week, 5 days ago

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Fired for accident and not sure what to do.

Thanks Brett, It is very refreshing to see you lay it straight out to this driver for not accepting the blame for his actions. Evidently he does not and will understand that it was his fault and no one else's. If he is unwilling to accept his mistake and move on and maybe become a better driver it is obvious that he will never make it in this industry. I also want to express Kudo's to every moderator and person who tried to make this driver understand his error without his accepting his responsibility. Great job to all.

Posted:  2 weeks ago

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Many drivers like to use an old-fashioned road atlas.....and the telephone....but...

We can only hope that Brett will review every post Todd has made and the fact that he surely must be a troll because no matter what question he asks or how many responses he receives he continues to ask and never takes any advice. He needs to be banned for life.

Posted:  2 weeks ago

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Fired for accident and not sure what to do.

Ian, You should be listening to what every moderator here on TT has said after reading what you are trying to tell us about your situation. I am sure that anyone here can understand the feeling of being fatigued but you yourself are trying to make this the issue that caused the accident. You alone are to blame for rear ending the other vehicle because you neglected to recognize the fact that you are in charge of yourself and the laws state that you cannot drive if you are not rested.

If you want to stay in this profession you need to "fess up" that you messed up and if need be move on to another company that will give you a shot again. It might have to be a "bottom feeder" type of company but time will help you to recognize your error and hopefully be able to again drive for a reputable company. Be thankful that you or anyone else was not serious injured or killed. That would be a lot harder to deal with than your looking to justify any reason for driving fatigued.

Posted:  2 weeks, 6 days ago

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Do sleepers have microwave ovens in them?

Thank you Turtle for telling Todd what a clown he is. So far on a lot of other posts and topics he is the most negative person and asks a ton of questions but seems like none of the responses by the great moderators here on TT are acceptable to him. He is wasting a lot of space and time on TT and we can only hope he goes away.

Posted:  3 weeks ago

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Do sleepers have microwave ovens in them?

GTown, Todd Holmes is never going to understand any advice, comment or suggestion handed to him. He has more problems than anyone here on TT and doesn't seem like he wants any advice just wants to ask questions for the sake of seeing his name on the Forum. Just look at how many questions he has going at any one time.

Posted:  3 weeks ago

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Do sleepers have microwave ovens in them?

It sure seems like Todd Holmes has always got the answers to every one of his questions but then doesn't want the responses that are given to him. All of the mods and their replies to him are right on and he still doesn't seem to want your answers. I guess he'll learn the hard way.

Posted:  3 weeks, 1 day ago

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I can never see any reason under the sun why trucks should ever be overweight.

Todd Holmes,

You seem to want to ask questions about the industry but then either you ignore or don't understand the answers you receive from some of the greatest people that offer their experience and advice to you. Rainy D., Old School and others tell you straight up answers but you continue to drag it out. Maybe it is just you but this career in trucking may not be for you if you can't take constructive criticism.

Posted:  3 weeks, 2 days ago

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New Year, New Job... with CFI!

FreakTrain, Congratulations on choosing a great company. If you put your heart and soul and mind to it you will succeed with a really great company. Be sure to ask BigScott here on the forum for any advice needed about CFI as he is the best supporter for CFI here on the forum. You will not go wrong with his advice and support on CFI questions. Good luck and be sure to keep us here on TT informed on your progress. You can also go to the forum they have for training diaries and post your progress for all to read. Good luck and be sure to reach out to BigScott.

Posted:  3 weeks, 2 days ago

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Feeling honored

LDRSHIP,

Hold your head high and chest out driver. If you are asked to be a trainer you have proved yourself to your company for professionalism, honesty, performance and safety minded habits that they want you to relay to new company drivers. Way back when I was hired by Conway when they first entered Florida and helped open their Orlando terminal and was asked to become a trainer and I excepted and couldn't have been more proud that I was recognized by them to teach their values to new drivers. Even after retiring from Conway, I return for social visits to the terminals and it is quite a feeling to see some of your former "trainees" still there and saying that without the training you provided they would not be where they are today. Congratulations and good luck.

Posted:  3 weeks, 2 days ago

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Do drivers often have to ride on buses?

Like said by most here the majority of companies will choose the cheapest form of transportation to get prospective drivers to their terminal. I agree that a plane flight would be more personal and comforting to anyone but because of the vast number of prospective new drivers these companies are not willing to "foot" the higher costs. Maybe they could offer a plane on the same basis as their in-house schooling costs, stay for a year and the plane ride is free or otherwise you pay for the plane. Another argument is that no matter what the cost of transporting new drivers for training it is most likely written off as business expenses.

Posted:  3 weeks, 2 days ago

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In My Third Truck in Two Weeks.

Hi Don, I sure hope they leave in that truck. It's very hard to be assigned to a "clunker" and then when reported nothing gets fixed. You'll be fine just because you have a great demeanor and attitude which you have shown through your previous posts. Hang tough and I wish you a very Happy New Year. Keep your posts coming as they are really great.

Posted:  4 weeks ago

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Working during the holidays?

LDRSHIP, Have a safe and very Merry Christmas season while home. Oh and by the way, as long as you are home in Clarksville say hello to my daughter and son-in-law [the Blackhawk pilot]. Just kidding because I'm not going to see them this year. They to live in Clarksville. Happy New Year too.

Posted:  1 month ago

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Happy Holidays to All on TT

I am sending along wishes for everyone who monitors, reads or posts here on TT a very Merry Christmas and Happy New Year! My wife and I are travelling this year to be with our daughter and son-in-law in Clarksville, Tn. where he is serving as a US Army Blackhawk pilot and then to Jacksonville, Fl. where our son is serving in the US Navy Senior Chief Mineman.

We hope that everyone has the opportunity to be home with family and friends and enjoys a safe and prosperous new year. I'll monitor the forum best as I can and hope to be back with you all in 2019. God bless each and everyone.

Posted:  1 month ago

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Embarrassing, but I gotta fess up

Many, many years ago with about 1 yr driving under my belt and no common sense, dispatch asked me if I could take a "hot Load" for them even though I wasn't off duty for my 10. I said sure no problem and headed west on Pa. Tpk. out of NJ. About 2 hours later I was a little sleepy so I pulled into one of those parking areas along the highway and laid my head across the steering wheel to catch a little shut eye and left the engine idling. I woke up to see a mountain or hill just in front of me and thought I was going to crash head on so I opened the door, jumped out and rolled across the parking lot. I stood up and realized that I was parked and a couple other drivers standing there laughing so hard they could have wet their pants. After gaining some composure and not blushing I learned real quick that nothing beats the 10 hours to be sure of proper rest.

Posted:  1 month ago

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Here I go!!!!

Take a deep breath, breathe slowly, count to ten and relax. You will be fine. Anytime you try something different and new the anxiety can be great. All will be fine and just take your time and rely on what you have learned. Good luck!

Posted:  1 month ago

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Downstream Affect of Laziness and/or Ambivalence

G-Town, There is nothing like a good teaching lesson from someone who has valuable information to pass on to anyone driving. I have never had a trailer equipped with this system but would want it for all the reasons it is designed to do. I'm sure a new light should rattle someone's brain cells to inquire what it is so they can remember it's purpose. When I was running refrigerated trailers I couldn't wait to have a light bar installed on left corner of trailer to indicate how the "reefer" was performing and what mode it was in. I placed it next to the temp gauge so I could monitor it while driving. I even went with different color lights so I could tell when it was in normal-clear, cooling-blue, heating-red and defrost-amber. Then I appreciated the amber running light for ABS brake system. Bottom line each system that helps with daily safe operation should be a plus in anyone's book. You did a great job!

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