Profile For Amish country

Amish country's Info

  • Location:
    PA

  • Driving Status:
    Experienced Driver

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    1 year, 8 months ago

Amish country's Bio

graduated cdl school at DCS school of driving in york, pa

feeding chickens, powering cities and making your waste safe. Who knew limestone had so many uses?

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Posted:  3 days, 19 hours ago

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How do people survive

I went to a local school for 5 weeks, signed on with a local company l the week after "graduating" and trained for 4 weeks. April-december I still made 40k for the year and in my 2nd year i will hit that by the end of the month. I work 5-6 days but it is definitely long hours and work my clock pretty hard to maximize time. I also take the initiative to take on my work and set runs up differently then they have in the past to maximize earnings and get my DM to look at things differently. Because of that I get options on loads and just about anything I want.

All this comes back to 1 thing. YOU! Plenty of money to be made if you go out there and make it happen.

Posted:  3 days, 19 hours ago

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How Many Times Do You ACTUALLY UNLOAD YOURSELF?

Every single day, sometimes twice! I'll even load it myself on occasion. The trailer does all the work though. I only hook up 2 hoses and move some valves haha

Posted:  2 weeks, 4 days ago

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Tough local backing for a newbie

This is the most fun I have when it comes to local backing. Back from the one way street through the gate into the tan section with the garage door. Theres only at most a foot from the passenger door to the brick wall. It's also very dark in the building you have to back into with not much wiggle room.

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Posted:  3 weeks, 6 days ago

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Mack 2013 dash buttons help

I'll take a look tomorrow since I have to use a mack for the day while my volvo gets the window replaced (pickup truck coming opposite direction kicked me a present from his little trailer). I know the "truck going uphill" is the hill start disable. Hill start keeps the truck from rolling back.

Posted:  1 month, 1 week ago

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Roadcheck 2019 in effect this week

I made it through untouched as well. Thought they were going to pull me at the only station I passed finishing up my day but he waved me on and pulled the hotshot card hauler behind me. There were 3 other hotshots getting inspected already. Might make a difference when they can see all your lights working and dash isn't a mess.

Posted:  1 month, 1 week ago

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Roadcheck 2019 in effect this week

I made it through untouched as well. Thought they were going to pull me at the only station I passed finishing up my day but he waved me on and pulled the hotshot card hauler behind me. There were 3 other hotshots getting inspected already. Might make a difference when they can see all your lights working and dash isn't a mess.

Posted:  1 month, 1 week ago

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Does anyone have any nhra transporter photos post them here thanks

Everytime I get a driver that has a few years experience all they do is complain about the job and how regulations are absurd and limiting. Maybe it's because I started under these "debilitating regulations" but I donr think twice about them. The last 2 weeks I grossed $1600+ with very little experience compared to them. I guess I'll never understand how big brothers hand is crushing us.

Posted:  1 month, 1 week ago

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Roadcheck 2019 in effect this week

Manages to roll through 6 stations yesterday without getting flagged down. Inspectors were all busy with other trucks. Just have to see how tomorrow goes

Posted:  1 month, 2 weeks ago

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Low underpasses

I'm with neek on this one. Our tall tanks can fit under 13' and I've seen our low ones make it under a 12' 3" with the bags dropped. Dont even think twice about a 13,6.

Posted:  1 month, 2 weeks ago

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The World Is My Dock

I've been to job sites where we deliver into a spreader and they lay it down and mix the dirt. I've also known guys that gave delivered cement to sites in the middle of the woods and needed special permits to cross a 10 ton bridge because it was the only way in. Cant say I'd be to excited to roll almost 40 ton across a 10 ton bridge

Posted:  1 month, 3 weeks ago

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My pneumatic tanker job

Well my company will be going through a name change in a couple months becoming part of the larger company we are currently affiliated with (run on their DOT number). From the sounds of it everything will be better across the board. Benefits are substantially better, pay rates getting reviewed and new equipment right from the start. Were already in their system so just need to fill out onboarding paperwork and drug test and get to keep our original start dates and seniority. Also get $2k once the merge is finalized and another 2k after 6 months for staying on. By the end of the year well be able to see if it really is better or not.

I've apparently become a trainer as well even though I'm still not sure how I feel about doing it. I've grown accustomed to my solitude and getting slowed down bothers me. Just had someone for a week that had experience and just needed to learn our paperwork and shown the quarrys. He was out of my truck less than a day and I had someone contacting me about Monday before my dispatcher even had a chance to talk to me about it. We havent hired anyone in months but since news of the change happened were up 4 guys in 2 weeks. I'm hoping that the more I so it the less I'll mind having someone else in my truck and find a happy medium.

Posted:  1 month, 3 weeks ago

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G-Town-part 2

Small world. Was down there twice yesterday. We deliver to the cogen part of the plant. Well for now. Once they get the gas turbines up and running they wont need us anymore.

Posted:  1 month, 3 weeks ago

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G-Town-part 2

Wait...like Kimberly clark in Chester?

Posted:  1 month, 3 weeks ago

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Can "Mere Mortals" Do Well (Even Excel) At Trucking?

Like everyone has said, really depends on you. Also realize though that there are many, many branches of this industry with varying work. If you dont like what you're currently doing at first it doesnt mean that trucking isn't the right job for you. Exploring another "branch" might end up being that perfect fit. I want to emphasize that I'm not suggesting job hopping. Just that I believe there is the right job out there for everyone in this industry, you just have to find it.

Posted:  2 months ago

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The winds of change are blowing

Found out late this afternoon that my company and our larger affiliate have been negotiating and serving terms for a sell/buy situation. My current company has filed for restructure and the larger company will take us over as theres from what I understand. All should be done in 60-90 days. It seems to be a good thing for us. Benefits are significantly better, current pay structure/bonus is going to be reviewed to see if it can improve and 25 new trucks once its finalized with more by end of year. We keep all seniority and years put in and get those benefits right away. To try and keep drivers from leaving that are offering current employees $2k once the deal is done and another $2k 6 months later.

That about sums up what I know so far. Going to be an interesting year and if it's as good as they make it seem then itll be a great year.

Posted:  2 months ago

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My pneumatic tanker job

My first year solo is complete incident free with my first company. Guess that makes me "experienced" now? According to my GPS recorded miles I've driven about 105k miles in my first solo year working 5-6 days a week.

I've definitely gotten more efficient with every aspect of the job. Backing is second nature now and comes without having to think about how I'm going to get it done. It comes with practice and backing multiple times a day into unconventional spots that are usually unpaved with little maneuver room. I use 2 lane backroads about 80% of the time compared to highways for the shortest route and to avoid traffic. PA 234, 41 and 272 are what I use majority of the time to get here I'm going.

Unloading the product and customer interaction is probably where I've improved the most. It is what I have the most control over when it comes to my time. On average the most time I spend at a customer is 1.5 hours total which includes weigh in, paperwork, unloading, weigh out. Most of the time I'm in and out in 1-1.25 hours now and spending around 30-45 minutes loading which used to take a lot more time.

The benefit of sticking with your first company. You know all the regular stops and are familiar with where to go and how to back it in. Who needs a weigh in and where you can just get right to work. Your DM knows your preferred schedule and start times and what you can accomplish. For example. My DM called me Friday about mondays loads and started the conversation with "I wanted to see what you thought about these 3 loads together. It's only 210 miles for the day but it's a lot of time for the other stuff. Think it can be done?" After walking through it and planning the time out with him and the areas that could cause an issue he finished with "you wont have those problems, you're a professional". Makes you feel good to have some validation about the work you're getting done. I can also guarantee that he wouldn't have asked anyone else in my yard about getting 3 loads done in a day. I get that opportunity from consistantly taking more work and getting it done on a daily basis. My pay reflects it as well.

I wasnt sure how this was going to play out when I started but said I'd give it my all and see if I wanted to continue after a year. Now I ask myself why I didnt start this years ago! It fits my personality and who I am perfectly and I cant see myself doing anything else. If you said I would do this until I retire I wouldn't be upset about that at all. It's already given me financial options I didnt have before and the ability to plan in the future.

Posted:  2 months ago

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Hauling drywall mud buckets/ joint compound

Just wanted to post this pic i took the other day while I was unloading. Theres rolls of tar paper under the tarps. The shipper provided these for the driver. I'm not a flatbedder but I'm guessing they're to protect the rolls and provide support. 2 2x4s with a piece of strap between.

Something for new people wondering to check out anyway.

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Posted:  2 months ago

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Mileage Pay vs Percentage Pay - Which Is Better?

I run on percentage but I am also "local". I do pretty well usually grossing around 1,100 for 5 days and between 1,200-1,400 for 6 days of work in a week(paid more on weekends) at 24%. I have a pretty good relationship with my DM so he has told me what they get paid per ton for loads and I can figure out what my pay would be from that. Using that info and checking I havent been paid any different then what he said it pays them. Not all companys are like that though and I have heard stories of people getting taken advantage of.

In my situation I can control how much product I load under 80k so I do have some control of my pay for each load. Like it's been said it ultimately comes down to how you run. I deliver 2 loads daily but the majority of the other drivers in my yard only do 1. Most of them are complaining about their pay too.

If you work you end off you can pretty much make money no matter which way you get paid.

Posted:  2 months, 1 week ago

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Think my truck is mad at me

Took the week off last week for some overdue vacation and got her steer tires and an alignment done while I was gone. 3 days back into it and the radiator goes! Shes either getting back at me for leaving her or liked the break a little to much. Hopefully get it replaced tomorrow while I get paid to sit home since we dont have an extra truck to use atm.

Posted:  2 months, 3 weeks ago

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Heaviest Weight You've Hauled?

Pretty much 78-80k every load. If its feed grade that runs out to 26-27 ton. If I'm doing a cogen plant its 25-26 ton. Heaviest was 79,960 but I dont run across to many scales.

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