Profile For Running Bear

Running Bear's Info

  • Location:
    Ozark, AL

  • Driving Status:
    Company Driver In Training

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  • Joined Us:
    4 years, 9 months ago

Running Bear's Bio

well i'm starting out as a new trucker after doing 20 years in the U.S. Army. I am starting out with TMC and this seams like a great fit for me. I am married and have 7 kids with one on the way.

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Posted:  4 years, 7 months ago

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Pta

Thank you and my case I believe it's going to be availability thank you for your input

Posted:  4 years, 7 months ago

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Pta

This might sound like a rookie question but what does PTA stand for

Posted:  4 years, 8 months ago

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Swift dedicated brundige Al

Well I was told that I would run between 2100- 2400 weekly is this the case? I'm supposed to be home daily is this true? How often will I have to do an overnight trip? Thanks for your help G-Town

Posted:  4 years, 8 months ago

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Swift dedicated brundige Al

Hey is anyone on here running the swift Walmart dedicated route out of Brundige Al? If so I have a few questions for you.

Posted:  4 years, 8 months ago

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Regional home weekends Trainee?

I'm not sure how it's going to work in my case. I live with in the mileage for this route. They need drivers and when I called I ask about this account and they said yes. I will keep everyone updated on my journey

Posted:  4 years, 8 months ago

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Regional home weekends Trainee?

Old School I understand where your coming from. I appreciate your advice and I would not be doing this if it weren't for personal reasons. Originally I had planned to do OTR for a year or so then do dedicated. This is a second carrier for me so I'm no stranger to hard work. I will work to hone my craft. I will use this form a lot for advice and sometimes for a laugh. Again thank you for your council.

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I'm leaving tomorrow to go to Swift's orentation and then out with my trainer. Once I'm done I'm going into their dedicated division and I'll be home daily. So there are companies out there who will hire guys right out of school and put them in the type of situation you are looking for.

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Running Bear, it's not just that there are "some companies" that will do this. Location is one of the major factors in determining whether a new driver can get in on something like what you're hoping to do.

You also have got to realize the risk you take by starting your career this way. Generally, a home daily driving job will have a lot more challenges involved for a rookie. It's a fairly common theme we see. A rookie driver gets a local position, has a few issues due to the maneuvering skills needed for the job, then gets let go. Now you've been fired from a trucking job, you've no OTR experience, and no one will even consider you.

It's a bad position to be in, and can be completely avoided by taking the prudent path of developing yourself as a driver while gaining that very valuable OTR experience. I completely understand wanting to be home, but many folks have let that desire derail the very career they were pursuing because they misunderstood the ramifications and consequences of not being properly prepared for the rigorous demands of a home daily trucking job.

The learning curve is steep, the consequences of not being prepared are great.

Posted:  4 years, 8 months ago

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Regional home weekends Trainee?

I'm leaving tomorrow to go to Swift's orentation and then out with my trainer. Once I'm done I'm going into their dedicated division and I'll be home daily. So there are companies out there who will hire guys right out of school and put them in the type of situation you are looking for.

Posted:  4 years, 8 months ago

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Swift

Thank you Gtown I will look at all the things you mentioned

Posted:  4 years, 8 months ago

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Swift

Can anyone tell me what orentation and being out with the trainer is like with Swift

Posted:  4 years, 8 months ago

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Testing out

Okay I have my CDL and I'm going to work for swift so once I finish with my trainer I'll be good to go with my own truck

Posted:  4 years, 8 months ago

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Testing out

I keep reading on here about having to test out is this something all new drivers have to do with the company they go to work for or is this something only guys who went through company school have to do?

Posted:  4 years, 8 months ago

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70 hour clock

Yes I meant reset

Posted:  4 years, 8 months ago

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70 hour clock

Okay my question is this. When does your 70 hour clock rest? Is it only after a 34 hour break or does it rest weekly as long as you don't use your 70 hours that week?

Posted:  4 years, 8 months ago

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TMC ORIENTATION

Wow that's funny because I'm from Alabama. I wonder how they make that decision

Posted:  4 years, 8 months ago

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TMC ORIENTATION

How did you get Columbia SC instead of going to Iowa

Posted:  4 years, 8 months ago

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Top sleeper while team driving :/

Or you could talk with your trainer and explain you position and if that doesn't work then like Old School stated call your driver liaison

Posted:  4 years, 8 months ago

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Apu V Inverter

Do you guys prefer Apus or inverter and y

Posted:  4 years, 9 months ago

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So, I can't get the parallel or alley dock

Okay when you get to close to the inside wall. stop turn your wheel hard left pull up about 4 feet. Then turn your wheel hard right and pull up right next to the outside boundery. once you have done this put about a half of a turn right and start backing up. After you see your tralier start going in the hole straten your wheels an push the tralier back just a little more. after you are sure your going in turn you wheel left hard to get back under your tralier. At this point you should be set up for a straight back.

Posted:  4 years, 9 months ago

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So, I can't get the parallel or alley dock

Well I'm not sure about what you have been told about alley dock, but for me all I did was put the landing gear post in the middle of my mirror and then I just worked it back slowly until I had it in place

Posted:  4 years, 9 months ago

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Bed in the truck

Okay I know these are not going to be top of the line mattresses in the trucks. My question is what can I expect as far as a mattress goes? Should I plan on putting a pillow top or something like that in my truck or will I be okay without it? Thank you for your help on this in advance I'll look forward to your responses

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