Profile For Navypoppop

Navypoppop's Info

  • Location:
    Winter Haven, FL

  • Driving Status:
    Experienced Driver

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  • Joined Us:
    3 years 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:  3 weeks 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:  1 month, 2 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:  1 month, 2 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:  2 months 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:  2 months 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:  2 months 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:  2 months 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:  2 months 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:  2 months 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.

Posted:  2 months ago

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Well today I received a new DOT Med card. :)

Big Scott,

Congratulations are surely in order to you! You have shown how hard work and determination can overcome even the hardest of challenges. I'm sure that you will breeze thru orientation and get those keys with pride and respect for a job well done. Myself and everyone here on TT is wishing you continued success and good health. Once again, Way to go!good-luck-2.gifgood-luck.gif

Posted:  2 months ago

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Prime Refrigerated - Springfield, Missouri - Spring 2020

The idea of lumpers is a way for receivers to not have to pay for their own dock workers. I have always been against this practice and have voiced my opposition to it for over 40 years. If a company ordered, bought and paid for a product then he needs to unload it, it's his.

Posted:  2 months ago

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Paid CDL - Automatic or manual transmissions.

Paul T.,

I agree with the majority of people who have responded here to go with the manual so you have no restrictions to deal with. It is true that most mega's have auto. trans but the possibility will always be there to lose days of work if a temporary truck has a manual and you have the restriction.

I have said my opinion about this topic before on this site and been put down but it is still my opinion and the same as the other posters. The choice is still yours so good luck to you.

Posted:  2 months, 1 week ago

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Pre trips are important. Can you see it?

Big Scott,

Good deal on the A1C and weight loss. I hope all goes well for you in your future. I'm routing for you.

Posted:  2 months, 1 week ago

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Pre trips are important. Can you see it?

Big Scott,

That's a heart attack waiting to happen! I can't imagine that grabbing onto your glove or shirt sleeve. That would be a sure accident in the drawers. Good point on doing a complete pre/post trip inspection although what to do with it after you found it.

By the way, don't see much of you here anymore. How have you been? Still with CFI and hopefully busy. Stay safe.

Posted:  2 months, 2 weeks ago

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What does a quarantine due to coronavirus mean for truckers?

Brett,

Why are Errol's opinions any less valuable than yours? You both are valuable contributors to TT, both experienced and intelligent. By putting either opinion on a post you allow the readers to make their own decisions as to what is best for them. I feel as you were a little rough on Errol for not stating what you have said on this subject before.

Posted:  2 months, 3 weeks ago

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You know you are in the sticks when...

PackRat,

How you doing senior chief? I miss your daily posts since the company change. Is everything going OK with the new training gig? Hope so. Keep safe and good luck to you in these trying times.

Posted:  2 months, 3 weeks ago

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Why do you need a CB?

Don,

How have you been? Don't see much of you here on TT anymore. I followed your progress faithfully from beginning to now. Hope everything is going good for you. Keep safe in these trying times.smile.gif

Posted:  2 months, 4 weeks ago

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Western express

Old School,

A lot of us old timers like reading about the new guys and gals learning and having fun along the path to success. It makes me think back to my first solo experience in 1969 and the following 45 years of ups and downs.

Mike B.,

I really like your posts about the experiences that you are achieving. Good luck to you and keep the posts coming as they are very informative and helpful to any of the new drivers and us old timers enjoy hearing about the success of any new drivers. You'll have many good years with your positive attitude so keep it up. Stay safe.

Posted:  3 months ago

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Cypress Flatbed?

Sorry DJames,

I didn't know that you needed schooling from the beginning. Your looking into Cypress will be a good choice.

Posted:  3 months ago

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Cypress Flatbed?

DJames,

Welcome to the forum. There is also CT, a division of Commercial Carriers located in Tampa and Jacksonville. They offer a Southeast regional division that is usually home 2-3 times a week and weekends. They operate IH and Mack conventional w/sleepers. Most loads are pre-loaded and tarped ready to go. They are a decent company and have a few different companies under the CCC umbrella like dry van, reefer and tanker.

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