Profile For Dave in Tulsa

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    Tulsa, OK

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    Rookie Solo Driver

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    2 years, 3 months ago

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Posted:  3 days, 1 hour ago

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Tips For New OTR Trucker With A Family

If your wife is on board, that will definitely help. I call home every day and get home (usually) every weekend, although some weekends are shorter than others. Have a plan. Maybe do it for a year, then get something closer to home. I've just passed the 2 year mark and while my wife is also on board, last week she reminded me there's more to life than work. She's right.

Posted:  1 week, 2 days ago

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What is your most unpleasant task per week?

Big T

But now the first snow in southern Illinois and I witnessed a Doge Charger spin out behind me. And when I thought it too much snow coming down I get to the 1st off ramp and a big rig is jackknifed just off the off ramp. But seemed to be ok. People think they can drive the same speeds in snow as dry pavement.

Raptor

I'm dealing with the same snow. I finally parked it. I'll see if it improves in the next hour or so. I saw one jack knifed rig already and the visibility and the road conditions stink. So I guess my most unpleasant task this week is being a SW region driver dealing with Illinois ice.

Posted:  2 weeks, 4 days ago

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HOS Trying to get home

I've noticed every time I've picked up a damaged trailer, had a flat tire, or broke down it's always on Friday when I'm trying to get home. I've also noticed that after the first couple of times, I just learned to roll with it. What else can ya do?

Posted:  3 weeks, 2 days ago

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Crosswinds!!!

This is good information to know. For trying to stay ahead of wind, what is the recommended course of action? I would imagine as you're trip planning, you'll consider the weather on your route.

Are there any app suggestions for doing this?

I have the Windfinder app on my phone.

Posted:  2 months ago

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Need some help with 90 degree alley dock and offset

When I was in school, we used our landing gear as reference when we did our offset and parallel backs. Try your offset right...we would crank the wheel all the way left and back slowly until we could see about half of our landing gear (the bar that runs across your trailer) in the mirror. That's when we would turn the wheel back right until we were straight. Then we'd straight back until we reached the cone marking the parking spot before we turned the wheel all the way right, again looking for the landing gear, then left and we were straight again. Hopefully you can picture those moves in your head, but that's how I remember it and those marks were pretty reliable. The 90 is different everytime and takes more practice but your instructor should demonstrate how it's done and talk you through it.

Posted:  5 months, 4 weeks ago

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Fuel gauge or mileage?

I figure 1000 miles for a full tank. Yes, depending on light weight and lack of mountains i could get more. but figuring 1000 miles i will mever get stuck anywhere.

The tanks have a message printed on them "Do not fill above 90% capacity"

Most i ever put in was 150.gallons.

I'll be at around 950, so that is some comfort.

Posted:  5 months, 4 weeks ago

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Fuel gauge or mileage?

I don't understand why my fuel gauge drops to below 1/4 and when I fill up, I can only hold 120 - 130 gallons. I have 2 120 gallon tanks, so the math tells me that's around 1/2 full or a little less. My company has started planning our fuel stops for us and I'm at about 1/4 left with 190 miles to my fuel stop. I'm also just under 80,000. I'll rely on the gauge and will probably have to stop for a few gallons before I fill up. I guess my question is, how much of that 240 gallons do I get to use?

Posted:  8 months, 1 week ago

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Later winter weather

Raging winds is right. I shut down in Amarillo after driving until I didn't feel safe. I saw 2 trucks on their side on I-27 and heard there were now 6. Also heard the wind gusts were 80 mph.

Posted:  8 months, 1 week ago

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Wind Speed Chart

This is good info. I'm sitting here just outside Albuquerque with an empty trailer. I have 4 hours to drive tomorrow morning ( to south of amarillo) to pick up, and I'm really not sure if it's a good idea or not with 30-40 mph winds in the morning, increasing in the afternoon and gusts of 50+. I'm considering wind direction and trying to justify going ahead, but this is a tough decision.

Posted:  1 year, 1 month ago

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Finding somehwere to park on home time is impossible

I don't think you'll find a WalMart, Home Depot, or any business that would let you park there for regular home time. It is a big headache. I posted an ad on craigslist and had someone call me offering a spot that I could rent. I eventually found a gated storage lot that I pay 100 bucks a month that I can leave my personal truck for the week when I'm out and park my rig when I come home on the weekends. I've talked with several company drivers who also rent spots to park.

Posted:  1 year, 2 months ago

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Split log question

Came to pick up my load this morning and it's not ready. I went on duty at 830 and was on duty until 10. I was told to call them in 3 or 4 hours but it could be longer. I'm trying to get home so after I pick up I have a little over 7 hours to drive. My question is if I'm in the sleeper berth for 8 hours will I get my clock back minus the 90 minutes I was on duty?

Posted:  1 year, 3 months ago

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Anyone pay for CDL to get local/regional job?

I also paid my own way and went right into a regional position. Home weekly. Depending on your school, you'll talk to at least a few companies that will hire you right out of school. I probably saw 6-8 or more before I got through.

Posted:  1 year, 3 months ago

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Truck gps timing vs phone gps

I've noticed my google map gps takes the speed limit into consideration and makes my trips shorter. My Rand McNally has an adjustment and is much more accurate on the eta. I sometimes use both since my google maps has real time slow downs for accidents and will re route me. Neither one is 100% reliable.

Posted:  1 year, 5 months ago

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TND 740

My TND 730 has the same issue. I already sent it back and they replaced the battery and when I got it back it still has the same issue. I wonder if that charger will work for a gps since he was using the tablet? I'd buy one in a second if I could find one.

Posted:  2 years, 1 month ago

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Got my CDL. Off to orientation

Yes, Darrell was the recruiter I talked with. I called him this week with a few questions, and understand he's going back on the road. I've heard many good things about McElroy and I'm really looking forward to getting started. I forgot to ask about the trucks, do they have APU'S? I know some companies let you idle.

Posted:  2 years, 1 month ago

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Got my CDL. Off to orientation

I'm finishing up my CDL training, passed my test this week and have been researching several (or many) companies. Just when I thought I knew where I wanted to go, a recruiter stopped by from McElroy and changed my mind. They really seem to have checked all the boxes for me, and I'll be heading to orientation in a little over a week. I hadn't considered flat bed at all, but I'm hopeful it's a good place to land. This site has been an invaluable resource for me from day 1.

Posted:  2 years, 2 months ago

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What is expected as of 2017 (or within the last 2yrs) from a NEW Hire working at TMC?

Here's a link to their review If I wanted to run flatbed, I certainly would consider them.

Posted:  2 years, 3 months ago

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Job offer

The most unique of them is driving equipment show to show for country music concerts. My wife would kill me, otherwise I would jump on it. Hauling around the equipment for country music stars such as Brantley Gilbert. Oh well.....

I'd pick driving the tour bus over the equipment haulers. You'd get enough stories for a lifetime.

Posted:  2 years, 3 months ago

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Job offer

Thank you. The interview was only about 10 minutes and she told me there was no pressure, that she would be checking in with me from time to time and that I would have a job with them when I was finished with school if I wanted. Honestly, they are at the top of my list anyway, but I still want to kick a few tires.

Posted:  2 years, 3 months ago

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Job offer

I'm about 3 weeks out from cdl school and have been contacting different trucking companies about employment. I've spoke with several recruiters this week and this morning got a 'conditional job offer' with an interview set up for this afternoon. I'm not ready to commit yet, and I'm looking forward to talking with recruiters while I'm at school. Is this typical? Are they looking for a commitment today?

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