Profile For Navypoppop

Navypoppop's Info

  • Location:
    Winter Haven, FL

  • Driving Status:
    Experienced Driver

  • Social Link:
    Navypoppop On The Web

  • Joined Us:
    4 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 Ram 2500 and enjoy travelling the USA during the summer months and stay in Florida for the winter.

email- hhin170583@aol.com

my contact cell # 302-752-6409

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Posted:  2 days, 11 hours ago

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Lumpers

Lumpers have been a sad situation since whenever. It seems like, "If you bought it, I trucked it, you own it, so you unload it." That probably will never happen. Glad I'm retired and don't have to deal with lumpers anymore.

Posted:  3 days, 1 hour ago

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The TruckingTruth Meet Up Thread

Well my summer trip with the wife is winding down next Thursday. We are leaving Milledgeville, Ga for a 1 night stay in Starke, Fl then on to Winter Haven, Fl for the winter months. It takes a couple of days to clean out the 5th wheel and put it in storage and set up the winter home for living for 6 months. Our Ram 2500 has again performed flawlessly and the 5th wheel has never had any major issues so that's a blessing.

We had the pleasure this year of meeting Pack Rat, IdMtnGal (Laura) and Big Scott and missed out on PJ and Kearsey as we could not make the time work. I hope to meet more of TT's fine drivers next year in some different areas starting in Gulfport, La., Savannah, Tn., Crossville, Tn. and Madison, Va. This is our planned agenda and I'm sure we'll be able to meet some of you. If anyone gets near Haines City or Bertow, Fl. Pilots or the Loves in Lake Wales, Fl. give a shout as we are only 15 minutes from either.

Be safe drivers and thank you for the opportunity to meet some of the best out there.

Posted:  3 days, 1 hour ago

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Wilson Logistics - Missoula MT

Vicki M.,

What a great diary! As Old School, Pack Rat and Anne have stated you have succeeded because of your commitment to excellence and safety. You are a true professional driver who has the ability to go far in the industry. What a pleasure to read your posts. Good luck and continued success in your career. Always keep us posted and stay safe.

Posted:  3 days, 2 hours ago

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Photos, oddball things

Russell's Truck Stop looks like the truck stops from the good old days. Shame that so many have gone away. I'll be sure to stop if I'm in the area which is not very often.

Posted:  4 days, 23 hours ago

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Driving East: Nervous as Hay-ell

Hey Mikey B.,

I,ve been on some "hills" in West Va. on US60 that would definitely qualify as mountains. And there are plenty of steep hills in a lot of states.

Posted:  4 days, 23 hours ago

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Would major carriers still hire you yrs later after you got your cdl license?

I agree with Old School on this one. A refresher course would be the best way to get back in the game. Just be determined to do your best for any company that makes you that offer and stick with them for at least a year before thinking about moving on.

Posted:  4 days, 23 hours ago

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Have you ever spotted something scary and/or exciting while driving at night?

Driving from Orlando Fl. to Kennedy Space Center one morning about 6AM across Route 528 and headed north on Route 407 to make my delivery and noticed a shadow lying on the road and slowed down. I stopped and saw a Florida panther stand, stretch and walk into the surrounding woods. Makes you glad I didn't have to check the tires.

Posted:  1 week, 5 days ago

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Veriha honest review

Christopher,

Good luck in moving forward. I would opt for Sysco myself as it is a good company, close to home, local work and great pay and benefits. Of course it will not work out for a lot of people but being home daily seems to be a plus for you. Have at it.

Posted:  3 weeks, 1 day ago

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Drive Tires Sidewall Mystery

Looks like you had a run in with a large porcupine!

Posted:  3 weeks, 6 days ago

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Giant thank you!

Donna M.,

My thoughts and prayers are with you. My wife suffered 2 "mini strokes" a few years ago about 3 weeks apart and thankfully recovered for the most part. I have read your posts and you are a strong woman who will make it and do well. I hope for a speedy recovery for you and if driving isn't in the future what about dispatching or any office connected position in trucking? I know they are not the same as driving but you have so much to offer the industry.

Posted:  1 month ago

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How can I upgrade to manual?

Alex P.,

Just like most of the posts are saying go for it. Either you have to find a person certified without the auto restriction to drive a manual truck to the testing site with you which might be a rental or go for the refresher course at a local driving school with manual trans. trucks. Even though most companies are going to auto transmissions I have always been a supporter of not having any restrictions on your CDL. It leaves you available to drive any truck being a company or rental truck and you don't need any issue with your certification on your license. The additional add ons such as double-triples, tanker, haz-mat, etc. will benefit any driver's opportunities should they arise but the auto restriction is a restrictive issue.

Posted:  1 month ago

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Packrat?

I have personally met "The Mr. Packrat" and he is no way your santa wannabe.

Posted:  1 month ago

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Trucking companies and COVID Vaccine

It might be time to put this particular post to bed and remove it. I thought TT was designed to offer assistance and information to "newbie's" but this posting has become a personal punching bag for individual opinions on a health issue that is serious or a political stage for one party or the other. The insults and name calling benefit no one and are not beneficial to anyone wanting to enter the trucking industry. We don't have to agree on a lot of issues but this seems to be out of hand.

Posted:  1 month ago

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My First Day Solo

Well Vicki let the fun begin. Those are not just "newbie" things that happen. Even seasoned drivers have done similar things once in awhile. Enjoy every minute, stay focused and keep the diary active because I'm sure everyone who has followed you wishes you the best.

Posted:  1 month, 1 week ago

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Whats a reasonable expectation for weekly miles and what am I capable of?

Davy,

2700-2900 miles a week average seems pretty good when you figure in delays at shippers/receivers, weather and traffic problems. I think that you are being too hard on yourself. I'm sure that you are doing the best that can be expected when everything is brought together.

Posted:  1 month, 2 weeks ago

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Need suggestion for a good winter workboot

Hey Big Scott,

I agree on the laces. When I buy a new boot I also buy a new pair of quality laces and relace the boots. The ones that come with the boot are garbage and I just throw them away.

Posted:  1 month, 2 weeks ago

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It keeps changing

You are 1 of a few new posts to have issues with an adult child who has never learned to grow up because the parent will not let go or give the boot to a child who has no sense of maturity because the parent evidently needs the child to stay around the house. Cut the purse strings, give them a time line to move and stick to it. They should have looked into the military for a future and the chance to grow up. I doubt your child will ever learn the skills to become a productive member of society or take care of himself. What would he do if you are no longer there to hold him up.

Posted:  1 month, 2 weeks ago

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Mom died tonight

Totally understandable Kearsey. You will grieve and heal at your own pace. Everyone here at TT understands and will be here when you're ready. Peace to you and God bless you.

Posted:  1 month, 2 weeks ago

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Questions about personalizing the truck?

I doubt that most companies will allow you to personalize your assigned truck. If you are referring to extra "chicken lights", adding chrome accessories or anything that is permanently attached I'm sure that would be a no-go. Check with any company's HR department with this question and I'm sure they will say no. It is their investment and not yours.

Posted:  1 month, 2 weeks ago

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Best route from NE to SE?

I will say no because of more traffic in the large metro areas like NY, Phila., Baltimore and Washington. I always ran the 84/81 route and enjoyed it.

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