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    KS

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    Experienced Driver

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    6 years, 6 months ago

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No Bio Information Was Filled Out. Must be a secret.

Super top secret it is indeed.

Not much to say really. If you want to know, all you have to do is ask. I enjoy driving (it's what lead me to this profession), I.T. (with mostly a focus on programming which I plan on getting more into on my down times), and photography. Um....that's about it.

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Posted:  6 years, 2 months ago

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Well Hell....

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they said it could POSSIBLY be done tonight, but more than likely tomorrow. So I'm stuck in the hotel for another day. Frustrating, but at least I have a nice place to stay.

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UHC, I've found that you'll see a marked difference in the way truck drivers react to things like this. I've learned to make the best out of the never ending changes to my plans. There are so many variables to success at this career, and it seems like we never have things go according to our best laid plans. You'll see some guys that just get all bent out of shape everytime they hit a snag, and then you'll find some drivers who never seem to let these things bother them.

Your ability to easily shift from plan A to plan B or maybe even C or D, will make your life much less frustrating and stressful on the road. If I get stuck in a hotel for a few days I'll find something interesting to do for that time. Dwelling on the problems or the frustrations never eases the frustration of them but usually intensifies the frustration.

To be Zen like in these situations is a practiced discipline, but it comes easier once you commit to practicing such things. My experience has been that it makes life on the road much more enjoyable.

We've all heard long time drivers trying to convince their friends or relatives to never become a truck driver, even after they've spent their whole career on the road. Those are the guys who never allowed themselves to enjoy this lifestyle, and I think they squandered a great opportunity.

That's the truth. I've taken up moving mobile homes. Our days depend on a number of things, one of them being weather. Winds over 30 (usually 20 to 25 we call it, visibility, time of day, permits. Most of those can change the day before. I've had plans change for the next day 2 or 3 times on several different occasions.

Posted:  6 years, 2 months ago

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Well Hell....

One caused the issue with the other. I don't have experience with large diesel engines but, definitely related. Like the others said, the pump could have seized and caused the problem with the belt or the belt not turning the pump could have thrown the pump warning light. If you're lucky it's something as stupid as the tensioner.

Best of luck to you and by all means stay warm.

Posted:  6 years, 2 months ago

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Thank you!

Try not to over think it.and worry too much. Learn from it and you'll do great.

Posted:  6 years, 2 months ago

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CDL STUDENTS BEWARE!!!

I doubt it's changed but, when I was speaking with recruiters for company sponsored training, CR England recruiter told me they ONLY train in automatics. It was the disclaimer since it would be a restriction on the license.

Don't know about any others, Prime would be a decent choice (going off of others posting above) since they offer pay advance during training so you have some funds. Isn't a lot though, mostly just so you can eat while in training. Might also speak with Rhoel, not sure about their training to be able to do only automatic transmission training but they do offer paid training.

Also, as others have said, there are tons of options for government assistance for people in your shoes. You just have to swallow your prude and apply.

Best Wishes to you and hope all goes well.

Posted:  6 years, 2 months ago

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Good Cell Phone Companies to use OTR?

.......I'm not a real tech savvy person and have no idea what all uses data. I use my phone mainly for texting and talking anyway. I have no clue as to video calls. My daughter called me that way only once. I'm surprised I even figured out how to answer it. Lol.

Anything (assuming it's a smart phone and I'm guessing that based on the video call) that is NOT talk OR text, WILL use data. This includes the video call and any app. that is installed and running on your phone (not all apps need internet and those won't use data but this is where being tech savvy can come in handy because you can find out which ones do and which ones don't use data) uses data to some extent.

Since it sounds like you won't be using a lot, and you can find out how much you do use, you can adjust your plan to fit your data needs. Depending on how you receive internet for your tablet will make up for other factors in figuring all that up.

Best Wishes.

On a separate note....I found a spot in Rush, Co. that has a Verizon dead zone.

Posted:  6 years, 2 months ago

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Share A Cool Moment From Your Day

Saw this guy recently. He wasn't moving very fast either.

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This guy (or girl) had spent a part of just about everyday of a summer tapping at the back sliding door. Towards the end it would usually being a friend.

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Posted:  6 years, 3 months ago

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Good Cell Phone Companies to use OTR?

I'm going to start this off with a story or two. Once upon a time, in a land exactly where I am now and in the not to distant past (we're talking a few years). My wife was still under contract with Sprint. While she played on her phone she received sudden interruptions.....in a data stream. It would just stop working for no reason. Would require to restart the phone and/or the data each time. While connected to WiFi it would work just fine but, for some reason not her data that she paid her monthly fees for.

A week or two had passed while struggling with the situation before we finally gave in and took it to a sprint store. After some moments had passed the associate informed us that there was nothing wrong with the phone but suggested a reset. So home we went to back up the phone and factory reset. Once it finished it's thing we loaded everything back onto the phone. Very next day, what would you know, the problem had returned.

A few days later we returned to the Sprint store. Yet again to be told that there's nothing wrong with the phone and that the problem is on their end. The feeling of re-assurance washed over us as we discovered that it's not us, it's them. As we point out that we are overwhelmed knowing what a great and reliable service she has that we pay money for each month.

As soon as her contract was up we opened up a line on my plan. Verizon, of which I have had for 10+ years. I have only had minimal complaints since (when they dropped unlimited data, when I discovered that they no longer do contracts with reduced phone cost, and the cost of service).

One more quick story. My mentor had AT&T I believe it was. He would be in the middle of a phone call and his call would drop in certain areas. Meanwhile, I would be streaming music from the web. Only a couple times had I lost data, while he kept losing is phone calls.

Verizon, while it has been very costly, it has been worth it on several occasions of not losing service. Don't get me wrong, there are plenty of dead zones out there. I've seen even more dead zones from other carriers.

One more quick Sprint bash. Years and years ago a company I worked for had supplied a company phone with Sprint. I'm not sure how many times my calls would drop just in the city. (Note: this last Sprint bash was pre smart phone era so it has been a while.)

Posted:  6 years, 3 months ago

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Swift Edwardsville CDL School and my journey through OZ.

I figure it's time for an update. I swore I would see this post through to the end.

I didn't make it. I've felt ashamed that I didn't so this part has been put off for a while. Between living in a shoe box with someone I can barely tolerate only for short periods of time and being homesick, I didn't last. So I came home.

Still wanting to drive and now heavily limited on options, I began my search with extreme determination and severe limitations. These limitations made it difficult. I had many many offers but it was all OTR. All the local stuff (I say all but it's really more of an all that I saw) required a 6 month minimum with most requiring a year or two. I had originally started looking at regional stuff. Something that would get me home on weekends seemed ideal especially being new to the field. Turns out the wife wasn't keen on that idea. She would accept it but would prefer I didn't. So, searching became increasingly limited.

I did manage to find a local courier service that has a few tractors that I would be able to fill in for when the occasion arose but, most of what I would be doing is non-CDL type stuff. However, while I was on day one with these people I had received a call about a local company I had applied for. They move mobile homes. They also have roll offs trash bins and portable toilets that they rent out. I'll mostly be on the mobile home side of it but, there will always be something to do.

I have just started with this company and I am still in training. For now, I'm just learning the ins and outs.

So that's my story for the last month. I'll update some as time passes. So, until tomorrow....or later........

Posted:  6 years, 4 months ago

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Bed Bugs and Other Creepy Crawlies

I beleive that this link about Bed Bugs is what you're looking for.

Posted:  6 years, 4 months ago

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Swift Edwardsville CDL School and my journey through OZ.

Today started early...ish. I wanted to get up so I could take a nap later in the day and use the restroom before I would be to far from one.

Since I'm still resetting I just hung out and did some Swift University stuff on my phone. I'm realizing that the 12v outlets in this truck don't put out a lot of juice. Not enough to charge or at least hold the charge while on my phone or even if it's just playing music. I went ahead and plugged into the inverter with my fast charger and had it charge while I was doing the Swift University stuff. I'm pretty sure I've got them done.

We had a live load of some Bose somethings on a JIT run to a Costco DC in Maryland.

I got some sleep, surprisingly, since I wasn't sure how I'd sleep in the sleeper of a moving truck and since I had slept last night. Made myself some PB&J. Now I'm just waiting to finish my reset and him finish his drive. Which time nicely with each other.

Nothing to exciting going on. I've pretty much kept my distance and limited my interaction with my mentor down to only what's necessary. Mr. "I'm not a sleeper sleeper" (another thing he repeats) has me concerned that he'll just hang out and micromanage. He has a spot he wants to fuel at, which is fine since the cost is his. Which makes me wish I had a company driver for a mentor. Seeing the differences that an O/O can do compared to what a company driver has to do. Makes me wonder how much of my training it's going to ruin. Oh wells. I'll do what I can to own my training and control what I can.

For now, onward to Maryland.

Until tomorrow.....

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