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    Woodstown, NJ

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Posted:  8 hours, 31 minutes ago

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Scale That Loaded Trailer

Smart move, PackRat. That's just ridiculous, being overweight and so unbalanced as well. It's a good thing you caught it.

Posted:  8 hours, 35 minutes ago

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Another Way To Do A Regen

This is for Freightliner. Not sure about other makes. The mechanic told me to switch the truck into manual mode and drop down to 11th gear. The higher RPM produce enough heat to burn the soot away from the particulate filter. He said the light should go off within 60 miles. It only took 30

Posted:  8 hours, 37 minutes ago

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Another Way To Do A Regen

I learned something new today:

I was dispatched on a high-value (HV) load. I had just left the shipper and noticed my regen light was on. We aren't supposed to stop while on a HV load, so I called our maintenance line and asked a mechanic if I could hold off on doing a regen until after I delivered (about 100 miles away).

He said I could do a forced regen while driving. Anyone know how this is done?

I'll answer the question in the first "reply" section. Don't cheat by looking at the answer if you think you know how it is done.

Posted:  1 day, 19 hours ago

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Paid CDL Training without Hair Follicle

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Nobody can say how the stress of driving compares to the stress of other jobs for each individual. I've never had a job that I wasn't fed up with or felt miserable about doing everyday after several months except for driving.

If someone told me I was not cut out to handle the stress of driving since I was unable to handle the stress of working in a warehouse, I might initially agree. Now that I'm driving I can say I totally disagree. We are all different. Hopefully driving agrees with you as much as it does with me. Good luck!

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I am with you on that. I worked retail, fast food management, and warehousing. All of those I found could be pressure cookers of stress. Yes, driving comes with stress, as does any job, but it is in smaller concentrations. Well, at least that's been the case for me. It sounds like we have similar experiences there.

Yeah. I wish I knew why. Maybe it has something to do with driving being a choice I made. Other jobs I worked bc I had to. You'd probably be hardpressed to find a kid who said to himself, "When I grow up I want to work in a warehouse and pick orders to stack on pallets." Or..., "I want to work in a fast food place."

Those types of jobs made me feel stagnant. As if I was trapped in a cycle of doing the same crap everyday. They seemed mind-numbing and meaningless.

Driving is something I chose to pursue. It allows me the chance to solve unique problems, almost on a daily basis. It feels like I'm constantly moving forward (figuratively and literally); getting things done that actually matter.

Posted:  2 days, 6 hours ago

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Paid CDL Training without Hair Follicle

Nobody can say how the stress of driving compares to the stress of other jobs for each individual. I've never had a job that I wasn't fed up with or felt miserable about doing everyday after several months except for driving.

If someone told me I was not cut out to handle the stress of driving since I was unable to handle the stress of working in a warehouse, I might initially agree. Now that I'm driving I can say I totally disagree. We are all different. Hopefully driving agrees with you as much as it does with me. Good luck!

Posted:  4 days, 1 hour ago

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What to do?

I can understand why you dont want to name the company. You dont want to seem like you are bashing them. All companies have good and bad trainers. Feel free to name the company you are training with. Maybe someone here has experience with how the company trains and can offer more guidance or alternatives. It might give us a better idea of how long your training period lasts as well. As long as you aren't claiming how awful the company is in general, you won't be accused of bashing the company.

Posted:  6 days, 5 hours ago

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When should you put your foot down?

I really don't have much to say about what you posted. You obviously spent a large amount of your limited free time writing it. So it would be a shame not to reply in some way.

Seriously though, it is quite eye-opening and serves as a great example of how difficult it can be to juggle family and job responsibilities. Sometimes it appears extremely difficult. Thanks for sharing with us, and I hope these delays become less frequent for you real soon.

Posted:  6 days, 20 hours ago

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Getting the job done even when you don't want to or don't think it can be done!

I'm Glad things worked out for you. It's great when something unexpected happens in your favor. South Jersey traffic is not nearly as bad as North Jersey. Unless you hit shore traffic on Friday evenings during the Summer. Where exactly did you go in South Jersey?

Posted:  1 week, 1 day ago

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May need help moving on from Roehl

My first truck was in Dallas, I'm out of Denver. I drove down there in a rental car, provided by the company. They put me up in a hotel. It was a recovery, disgusting inside, was supposed to be cleaned. They had it for a week, I finally ended up cleaning it myself.

My first truck was also a recovery. Spent the day in Irving, TX going through the upgrade process. Was given a rental to drive overnight to pick up my truck somewhere in Alabama. Spent hours cleaning the filth out of it. I was also given my first load assignment as I was cleaning out the truck. I finished cleaning the truck, returned the rental, and set out to pick up my first load on zero sleep in over 24hrs. Oh, yeah. My QC didn't work either. No navigation. I had to call in at each stop to tell my FM where I was. I requested to be sent to a terminal to get a new QC. They kept me out for 2 weeks until I was able to get a new one. But I made it through that difficult period with a lot of angry ranting to myself. If there was a listening device in my truck anyone who heard me yelling out loud to nobody probably would have thought I was insanešŸ˜‚

Posted:  1 week, 1 day ago

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May need help moving on from Roehl

Just so we're clear I should have no problem with them telling me to go to Appleton to pick up my newly truck assigned truck and when I get there there is no truck?

Just so we're clear I should have no problem with them telling me, after I've gone to Appleton, to go to Marshfield to pick up my newly truck assigned truck and when I get there there is no truck?

I'm not demanding a brand new truck, I do have an expectation that if information is conveyed to me that it be accurate. Apparently it is no big deal that I have bills to pay and other obligations in life that I have to put on hold. It appears that venting my frustration and looking for answers equates to me being entitled.

You are human. You are jumping into a profession that is totally new to you. You are filled with uncertainty and may have certain expectations about the way things are supposed to work.

No...emphatically no. Being frustrated and annoyed that things aren't going smoothly does not mean you are acting entitled. That word is thrown around too often IMO. You have every right to be frustrated. It's the same reaction anyone would have when plans get messed up. It's human nature.

Your challenge now is to manage the frustration, roll with the punches, and do your best to work through any unforseen setbacks that may occur as you begin your career as a driver.

If/when you're faced with another bad situation or setback, and you're not sure how to handle it, post a question on the forum and ask for advice on the best course of action.

But first try to communicate with your fleet manager to clear things up. Good communication skills are essential to becoming a successful driver.

Posted:  1 week, 2 days ago

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Which company to go with for not as experienced driver

I haven't really had much luck with any of the three companies I've been with as of yet. All three have screwed me or ran me illegally and just werent good companies

These are pretty bold claims. Can you provide any specific information? Sometimes things aren't quite as they seem. Having other driver's look at the difficulties you are experiencing from another perspective might help clear things up a little bit. It might be easier to offer advice if we know exactly what the issues you had were.

Posted:  1 week, 4 days ago

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Aspiring Teacher? More Like Aspiring Driver! TMC CDL SCHOOL DIARIES

I tried to post this in there, but there was no option for me to start a thread there?

No worries. Maybe you need to go through a "vetting" period before you can post in that sectionšŸ¤·

I forget how it works.

Posted:  1 week, 5 days ago

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Aspiring Teacher? More Like Aspiring Driver! TMC CDL SCHOOL DIARIES

Hello and welcome! Training Diaries are a great asset for new drivers looking to gain some insight into what it takes to become a professional driver. Thank you in advance for contributing. We have a separate section dedicated to training Diaries. Perhaps one of our moderators will move your introductory post into the proper section of the forum. Best of luck to you!

Posted:  1 week, 5 days ago

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Any true OTR companies??

Instead of contributing to the thread in response to my question I get a 6 paragraph diatribe about my failures and inabilities.

Please reread OldSchool's response. He did no such thing. He drew comparisons between your current situation and a similar situation he found himself in at the start of his career. Furthermore he offered advice on how to improve your situation...advice that he found success by following.

Try to look at OldSchool's response from a more positive point of view. He's not trying to pick apart your failures and disabilities. He's providing solid advice on how to become a more profitable driver. Many successful drivers on this site attribute their success directly to following OldSchool's advice. That kind of record speaks for itself.

Posted:  2 weeks, 1 day ago

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Is There A Reason For This?

Yes. They are utility lights. I see it so frequently that I was wondering whether there was a safety reason some drivers choose to keep them on. As Brett said, it's probably just that drivers forget to turn them off.

Posted:  2 weeks, 1 day ago

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Are Authorities held responsible if improper maintenance of roadside greenery contributes to an accident?

Let's break this down to elemental basics.

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I was driving a semi-truck at around 1am on a foggy dark night on a curvy road with no street lights.

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So all the "signs" were there telling you to use extra caution, due to conditions.

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the impact point is completely obscured by tree branches and tall grass.

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So what made you drive into the tree branches and tall grass?

Forget about Ginsu...Turtle wields the sharpest knife in the drawer and he uses it like a pro. It cuts cleanly through BS and never needs to be resharpened.

Posted:  2 weeks, 1 day ago

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Is There A Reason For This?

Almost every night I see a truck on the road with these lights turned on facing the rear. The light is coming from the rear edge of the cab extender. It's a little hard to tell bc of the glare. Some of them are really bright. It's almost like someone coming at you with their brights on.

Is there an obvious reason for this that I'm not thinking of? If so, what is it?

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Posted:  2 weeks, 2 days ago

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Professional driving behavior.

That's a difficult situation. First I think about the road conditions when something similar happens and I've had to give up on the pass. Any hills? No. Then I wonder, "should I blink my lights at them as I move back into the right lane as a reminder for them to maintain speed?" They might get all bent out if shape if I do that, right? Then I'm stuck behind an angry driver. So if I start creeping up on them again I wait for another opportunity to pass. Just try to make sure I have lots of space...no cars or other trucks coming up behind me.

I've found that if you can stay in the left lane long enough the other driver will eventually ease up whether they mean to or not. And sometimes you just have to set the cruise a couple mph slower and wait it out.

Posted:  2 weeks, 3 days ago

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Hometime woes

I may or may not have "tweaked my back" when I was sent home too early one time. I wanted the weekend off and being sent home early screwed up my plans. I'm not proud of myself, but sometimes you gotta do what you gotta do. Plus it was only one time in three years that I had to take the weasel route. Other times my home time was screwed up, I simply dealt with the inconvenience.

Posted:  2 weeks, 4 days ago

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~ MAJOR THANKS, Y'ALL ! ~

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