Profile For Navypoppop

Navypoppop's Info

  • Location:
    Crestview, FL

  • Driving Status:
    Experienced Driver

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  • Joined Us:
    2 years, 6 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 week, 4 days ago

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Hearing test

I wear 2 hearing aids and while they help with most noises and conversation I doubt that I could pass a whisper test. After my 45 years on the road I feel like those 3 monkeys, hear no evil , see no evil , and speak no evil . Without the help of hearing aids I can't hear well, glasses I can't see well and dentures I can't talk or eat well. But being retired I don't worry just enjoy the RV life with my wife of 40 years.

Posted:  1 week, 5 days ago

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Loses appeal: Walmart ordered to pony up $54 million to drivers

It will probably backfire on Walmart drivers. There might be a huge reduction or elimination of company drivers and more drivers from outside vendors. Walmart needs to move their merchandise but not with company drivers if they choose not to.

Posted:  2 weeks, 2 days ago

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Post A Picture Of Your Significant Other Here’s Mine

Thanks PackRat, I'm going to get on the wife's cell phone tomorrow where her photo albums are. I don't have any on this tablet. I really appreciate your help as usual.

Posted:  2 weeks, 2 days ago

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Post A Picture Of Your Significant Other Here’s Mine

I want to post a photo of my significant other but don't know. Can anyone tell how to post a photo on this site? I'm a real idiot when it comes to this type of technology. Thanks y'all.

Posted:  3 weeks ago

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Happy New Year!

To each and every person on TT I wish you all a very safe, prosperous, successful and Happy New Year! After my 44 year career of many holidays away from family I have the pleasure of retirement and full time Rving along with enjoying the weather here in Winter Haven, Fl. I am blessed to have celebrated my 40th wedding anniversary with my wife last week and to be honest I still miss every bit of driving trucks. TT has brought many of us together to help answer any new driver and seasoned drivers with questions concerning our chosen industry and it has some of the very best members to do it. I am honored to be a contributor when I can. Happy New Year.

Posted:  4 weeks, 1 day ago

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Favorite truck stop chain?

I'll cast my vote for the independent Mom&Pop truck stops if available. Free parking, usually great customer service and food. Of the big name stops I prefer Petro for large parking lots, sit down restaurants, good showers and more room to relax. TA has large parking, usually a sit down restaurant but they are older and are closing a lot of restaurants and the paid parking is getting out of hand. Flying J's also offer good parking, sit down restaurants and nice showers. Pilot's are a no-no for me. Smaller parking, no restaurants, just big "gas stations". Loves are newer but also smaller with nicer showers, free parking and great rewards programs. Bottom line for me is sit down restaurant with good food, lots of parking, good customer service and nice showers. Hard to find most times. Oh well.

Posted:  4 weeks, 1 day ago

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Question for the experienced drivers hug the yellow or the white

I'll have to agree that you should stay centered in your lane if at all possible to avoid crossing either the white or yellow lines. It was harder to do many years ago when cabover and U model Macks were common because the nature of these made you hug closer to the center yellow line. Remember how many U model Macks you saw with the right front fender damaged?

Posted:  1 month ago

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Safety Saturday...

Great job Susan! Your positive thinking and a little good luck sure helped. As the old saying might go, "A new clean pair of drawers might be needed". Really glad all turned out for good.

Posted:  1 month, 3 weeks ago

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Happy Thanksgiving to Everyone

To everyone who posts, answers and reads TT I wish a Happy Thanksgiving. I wish you all could be home for the holiday, some will and some won't. It is my pleasure to have driven OTR for 45 accident free years and about 3 million miles before retiring in 2012 in a great and rewarding profession. I just wanted to extend warm wishes for a great time to be with loved ones if possible.

Posted:  2 months, 1 week ago

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Trucking companies not hiring from south Florida

Also CCC ie:Commercial Carriers Corp. hires and operates 3-4 different companies in Florida. They range from dry van, flatbed, tanker and reefer copanies that operate local, regional and OTR. They do not pay the best but there is a few possibilities to consider. They also have Mack and International trucks.

Posted:  2 months, 2 weeks ago

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A Thank You, And A Promise To Our Community

Errol,

I to am a retired driver after 45 years. We might not be actively on the road but our experiences are what helps new drivers and even experienced ones answer many of their own questions. It also is very entertaining and rewarding to read about every up and down that your experience has been to anyone who seeks it out. Without TT many drivers might give up or never enter the industry. Always a huge thanks to Brett and all the moderators and contributors to this great forum.

Posted:  2 months, 2 weeks ago

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Do you Vape?

Everyone of course has the right to smoke or vape. NEVER start any of it to start with! I took the plunge at 16 because my cousin was already smoking and tempted me to do it and my Dad also smoked for his entire life from about the age of 10 to 60. I did and smoked for 25 years and non-filtered Pall Mall to boot. Always the excuse of, "I only smoke a pack a day". I quit cold turkey after the wife and kids begged me to. It was hard but what a difference it made to breathing, the taste of food and the way your own mouth tasted.

Even if they were $20 a pack people will still smoke cigarettes or vape or even smoke dope. It takes the will power and a strong desire to rid yourself of these poisons. The air is bad enough to breathe into your lungs let alone anything else. Down the road you might have to deal with cancer or many other lung diseases.

Posted:  2 months, 2 weeks ago

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A Thank You, And A Promise To Our Community

Brett,

Many thanks are extended to you for your admitting some flaws. No one is perfect but TT has always been the best source for information for new and experienced drivers to search for answers. You and all the moderators are usually right on even if one sided sometimes and not open to all opinions. I have learned to accept when I am not always considered correct but none of us are. Bottom line is TT is and always will be the best source for all information on trucking.

And Kearsey, you are really missed. I got so used to seeing you here almost daily but know that you are fine and doing well. Only a Jersey girl could be as strong as you are. Keep trucking strong.

Posted:  2 months, 4 weeks ago

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Question should I train on manuals or automatics

Errol,

Before the auto trans. starting showing up all drivers had to learn the job and the manual shifting and we all survived for the most part. I just feel that without the auto only on your license you are able to handle either but with it you are trapped or have to cough up extra money and time to have it removed. Maybe everyone who obtains any driver license including 4 wheelers should have the same restriction? Just a thought.

Rob T.,

My point exactly. It was a possibility that the company could have just sent him home because he wasn't qualified to drive the equipment available. It also could affect your earning between daytime locals or OTR job assignments.

Packrat, You are always so right on the subject.

Posted:  2 months, 4 weeks ago

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Question should I train on manuals or automatics

I too vote for manual. Even if the industry goes auto you do not need any restrictions on your license. Imagine if your truck broke down and a rental was issued that had a manual transmission. You would not be qualified to drive it because of the restriction. Thus you could lose pay and valuable time over that restriction. I am glad that I never had that auto only on my license.

Posted:  3 months ago

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A question for you old timers...

Sean, Being an old timer from the 60's-80's, most flatbeds were regular tandems. There were the "Canadian" spread tandems and yes a few but very few spread axle tandems. I would go with a regular tandem for authenticity.

sean,

Posted:  3 months ago

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I have a few questions about becoming and being a trucker

Jefferson, I'll try to answer your questions: 1- All 3 are very good companies. Your choice. 2- Every company has different pet policies that include breed and size restrictions. 3- If you pass a DOT physical you are usually OK. Each company might be different. 4- Most are now auto shift so don't worry. 5- Companies pay fuel, you pay for showers or use credits from fuel companies. 6- Anything that is healthy with good shelf life. 7- Lock doors, take keys with you, bungy cord inside door handles if sleeping. 8- Company pays unless you are leasing truck. 9- Unless you have sleep issues you'll sleep like a baby after a long day's work. 10- If a sleeper truck yes but not all companies allow these in their trucks. 11- It varies as does mileage depending on freight volume . 12- Some companies allow it, others don't. If so find a local secure area to park when home. 13- Most are fairly clean but some are nasty. 14- Companies almost always pay tolls. I'm sure there might be some that don't. 15- Verizon and ATT are usually the best for coverage areas and signal strength. 16- Yes. You can have Dish or Direct TV just like an RV if you want to pay for their services. Most areas of the country should have enough of a local tv station strength for you to get some tv. I hope this helps you. PHEW I'm exhausted. Good luck.

Posted:  3 months ago

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Looking for advice as I start my driver training in a few days

Marie, Take a deep breath, breath slowly and you'll be fine. Think of this as the beginning of your wonderful dream of teaming with your hubby. You are feeling like everyone else has but don't beat yourself up over it. You are excited like a little kid at the morning of Christmas waiting to see what Santa brought him or her. Keep us posted as to your progress. You will ace this and be on your way to a great new chapter in you life.

Posted:  3 months, 3 weeks ago

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Finally change my status to experienced driver

JYD,

After 44 years and almost 3 million miles I guess you could say that I was experienced. It might be true to a degree but you also can become over confident and still make mistakes. You always have to be aware of your surroundings, what is going on down the road, making deliveries and pick ups, watching the clock for HOS compliance. Times change, rules change, and you must be aware and alert to succeed.

You are well on your way to achieving great success in your career. I congratulate you on your success and the best of luck in a bright future. Stay focused and enjoy a great career choice.

H

Posted:  3 months, 3 weeks ago

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New driver

Kristin, I do not think that you will find a company out there that will allow you to take your child while in training. Do you have a family member or close friend to help you out while training? If you have already found some companies that will allow you to take your 7 year old with you after training I would really be serious to find someone to help you so you can pursue your dream and career. Good luck to you and hopefully all will be OK.

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