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    PA

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    Rookie Solo Driver

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    7 months ago

Amish country's Bio

Young family with new baby girl

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

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Posted:  1 day, 22 hours ago

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Do Real Truckers Drive Automatic Transmissions? - article by Old School

I have to read the article still but I can say I noticed I saved hours on my day after going into an auto from manual. Could just be because of what I do but I'll gladly take that saved time.

Posted:  1 week ago

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Please Update Your Avatar

Testing, testing. Haven't had a chance to post and see if it worked

Posted:  1 week, 1 day ago

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When Murphy Decides to go for a Ride Along

I think his brother has been with me this week. Monday I made it back with minutes left on my extension because of traffic, getting sick and slow customers. Tuesday was supposed to be an easy day but took 6 hours to unload what usually takes an hour because of the customers filter and while unloading I developed a crack in my windshield. Hoping I covered the 3 and the rest of the week goes normal.

Posted:  1 week, 2 days ago

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Backing Practice/Challenge

I'm going with blindside from 5th ave as well

Posted:  1 week, 2 days ago

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Hit me with the truth

I started tanker but it is dry bulk limestone mostly so I don't have the liquid tanker surge to deal with. It's a job that isn't a good fit for most people because you do have to get on top of the tank and run hoses and work the tank system. Also, you are outside for at least 3 hours in the rain, sun, snow,etc. I love it though and has allowed me the home time I was looking for. I know there are companies that do long haul in this area so if tanker is something your 100% set on look for something in this line. Will be safer then jumping right into liquid.

Posted:  1 week, 4 days ago

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My pneumatic tanker job

Saturday 5/12, finished my 3rd week. We had to do another night of unloading sand near Philly on Thursday. Left the yard at 2 am to get there for 4:30 and unloaded 2 1/3 trailers in 9 hours which apparently was pretty good since my dispatcher was shocked. It was boring but I made around $250 for the day to sit around. This was a last minute thing for this company so it pushed orders back on my dispatcher. I ran a load today to help catch up and nothing wrong with a little extra money.

My second week i grossed $815 for 5 days of work. I did a lot this week so my check should be more for the 3rd week on my own. It may not be as much as an otr guy but I'm home on the weekend and every night with my family and that's what really matters to me.

Getting quicker with everything and starting to have a couple repeat customers so know the process already. The automatic truck has helped on time tremendously as well. Some days are long but I'd say I average around 50 hours a week.

Occasionally you will have a pick up time but there are no delivery times past when the customer opens. So as long as you do you load for the day you can start whenever you want. Helps big time if you had a long day before and need the extra sleep or have something going on in the morning you can run the afternoon instead. I like to run earlier, leave the yard between 4 and 5 am.

The shop guys here have been great. Every time I ask about something they are on it. I had a drive tire the other day that had started to separate tread, still drivable. I showed them just to make sure I'd be all set for the next day and was told it was ok. Came in the next morning to a brand new drive tire anyway. I also like that they inspect the trucks and tanks every 3 months top to bottom. Might not be the newest equipment but it's maintained really well.

Still loving the job, doesn't really feel like work and I'm making hundreds more then I was before with less stress. Hard to believe I know. Hear from my dispatcher once a day and he has let me choose which load I want to do the next day already. Helping him this week and showing him I can get the job done has gone a long way. He thanked me multiple times when I stopped in yesterday to fuel up heading back to the yard.

I try to update once a week but now my days are starting to get repetitive and the little time I have between work and sleep is spent with family. First really vaca in over a year coming up in a couple weeks so pumped about that, much needed.

Posted:  2 weeks, 5 days ago

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My pneumatic tanker job

After today I will have survived 2 weeks solo. I know it's only been 2 weeks but so far I really enjoy this job and can see myself doing it for a long time. My first week pay was $750 gross and should only go up from there.

I moved up into a volvo d13 earlier this week. Might be a coincidence but I have found that I am able to get more done quicker with it over the 10 speed freight I was in. Also, the space in there is a suite compared to the freight haha.

Today I agreed to do a job that nobody else wants to do. One of our customers does something with sand all day once a year. We bobtail out and unload trailers all day for 9 hours and come back. Getting paid over 17 an hour for the day which includes drive time but I don't leave the yard until 1:30 pm and won't get home until like 6 am Saturday. But it's helps out my dispatcher and can help down the road when I need something.

Posted:  4 weeks ago

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My pneumatic tanker job

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Posted:  4 weeks ago

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My pneumatic tanker job

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Posted:  4 weeks ago

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My pneumatic tanker job

Been keeping me busy on my first solo week! I had preloaded Saturday morning for my trip Monday with pebble lime going to a Cogen plant in Richmond, VA. This turned out to be a very long day or driving. It was about 4 hours to get there from york, pa and was a little off of I95. Not a bad drive just long. Get situated and unloaded there and my dispatcher wants me to try and preload again for Tuesday going to the same place. Get headed out for Annville, PA, about a 5 hour ish drive straight shot. I had checked my hours and how long it should take and left wiggle room, should have about an hour left at the end of the day getting into the yard so no problem let's make it happen. Get up there on time with 2 hours left on the clock, perfect, it's only an hour back to the yard or so I thought. I knew traffic on 83 passing Harrisburg at 4 in the afternoon would be bad but it was about 12 miles from freedom that there was a minor accident holding traffic up. I made it but damn was it close! (Posting a pic of my time below. Top line is driving and second is on duty)

Tuesday was just the one load down no extra stuff so easy day.

Wednesday I got lost around Baltimore because I mistakenly made a left instead of a right. Made it in end without breaking anything so that's all that matters right. And in the future I know the surrounding area of where I needed to be 😅. Was moving cement powder from Union bridge, MD to Baltimore, just transferring product from plant to plant. The silos and pipes go so high though that it took 2 hours to unload which gets boring just pacing back and forth but it was nice out and a good view at least. (See pic below)

Posted:  4 weeks ago

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Another Topic Just For Fun - What was your last load? How much did it weigh? How many miles?

Load today was a cement powder transfer from union bridge, md to Baltimore, md for Lehigh cement. 52k and some change. It all scaled at 79,450. Total miles was around 300 for the day

Posted:  1 month ago

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My pneumatic tanker job

You never really stop learning right? At least that's what they say haha.

First load assignment. Preloading some pebble lime in annville Saturday at 8:30. Monday I'll be running that down from our yard in York to an energy plant in Richmond, VA. Looks like it's about 4 hours of drive time one way just off of 95 so should be a decent load and a full day on the road. If I have time coming back in going to try and preload again foe Tuesday, not sure what I'm doing Tuesday yet.

Posted:  1 month ago

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My pneumatic tanker job

Day 11, finalized my training today and will do a couple days in the yard I'll be running out of so I can see the differences in the 2 places before going solo. Looks like my first truck with be a freightliner and then there will be a volvo opening up either the end of this month or next month when a driver retires.

We did another load of lime pebble today that went to a place in new jersey. I have a really good handle on the unloading process getting the whole job done in about an hour and getting the paperwork written up while waiting during the unload. I've done everything the past 3 days and feeling good about getting out on my own next week. On the way back I missed an exit coming off a bridge and ended up having to take 476 north to 76 and that is one mistake I won't make again. That traffic was ridiculous for about 15 miles and added a good 40 minutes to our trip! It could be worse though and we didn't have anything else for the rest of the day, roll with the punches. The driving in general has been easy for the most part. A lot of the deliveries are just a little ways off the highway so we spend somewhere around half our day just driving highways.

Im loving everything about this job so far but I can also see where a lot of people wouldn't like it since you do have to climb on top of the tank and hook up hoses, a bit of physical work that goes into it. Once I found out I was finishing up training I went out and picked up some more gloves (the leather ones provided are not going to last much longer. They get beat up pretty quick), a couple claw hammers, rubber mallet and GPS unit.

Excited start doing it on my own. I'll continue to update this with my experiences starting solo, thanks for following along with me so far.

Posted:  1 month ago

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CDL Permit Holders Getting All Endorsements?

When I did my permit and endorsement tests here in PA i did the hazmat and got the finger printing done before passing my license testing. It may be a state by state decision on that.

Posted:  1 month, 1 week ago

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My pneumatic tanker job

Day 9, Monday April 16th. I did train Saturday but it was nothing to write about.

Today we picked up a load of limestone pebble in annville, pa at 4:30 am that was destined for a power plant in Carney point, nj. I am doing all the driving and loading/unloading today so we pull up to the scale and hop out to get our BOL which is all done over a computer in a shack and printed out. Grab our paperwork and head up to the loading area. You have to drive past the building to swing the truck around and get lined up with the loading shute using the mack bulldog on the hood. Once inside the building I pull the parking break and get the harness on and hooked up to the safety system to begin the climb on top of the tank and open all 3 hatches. Unhook and get back in the truck and radio in to the office on the cb where the operator has me pull forward until the shute is lined up with the hole. Managed to line it up perfect the first shot! Once he fills that pocket o pull forward until the third pocket and then when that is finished backup until we line up with the 2nd (middle) pocket. Once done we leave the BOL paper with a sample of the product in a bucket and hook up and close the hatches on the top of the tank. Head on out to the scale and back in the shack to get copies of the BOL with all the weights and times on it, around 78k lbs this load. The ride was about an hour and half to 2 hours away so not a terrible drive to start the day. Once we arrive we walked over the security hut and found out that the quarry didn't give us a quality paper that the plant won't accept a load without so had to wait for dispatch and the quarry to get it straightened out and went over. While we were waiting I went in and watched the safety video and took there quiz in order to add another sticker to my hard hat. As I was coming back out an employee said they received the paper so we were able to finally head back to where the silo was. This one was setup a little different and had 2 hookups on it so I had to back the truck in while leaving enough room to one side for another truck to be able to back in and hookup at the same time. My backing is definitely getting better, 1 pull up to readjust a little and I was where I needed to be. Also, we used a metal hose that the plant provided instead of our own, not sure why. Hook the blower hose up, check my valves(blowoff closed, tip air open, aerators open, supply line closed) and hook up the rear hose the silo. Ready to unload so set the PTO unit on N2 and wait for the pressure on the tank to build. Once up between 12 and 15 psi in the tank I closed the top air, opened the supply line, closed the aerator off and open the product valve for rear pocket. Everything is going smooth. Tank pressure was dropping a little so opened the aerators to shake things up and build the pressure a bit. Still wasn't getting where I wanted so close off the supply line a little bit (this pushes more air to the aerators and puts more into the tank). Trainer comes over and informs me I'm doing a great job and the reason that I can't get the pressure up is because of a leak in the pipe going up into the silo which isn't our problem but the pressure is leaving at the top so there is only so much I can do. Once the back pocket runs empty I close it up, open the second and open the supply line air all the way back up. Every pocket unloads a little different so you are better starting back at the start and adjusting it back as needed. Repeat through the steps until the tank is empty shut everything down and relieve the pressure out and put all the hoses away. Unloaded all by myself with no help. Back to the yard, our day is done and it's only 1:30.

My trainer said that I'm good to go on my own now from what he's seen me doing so I'll finish this week with him seeing a couple more places and then should transfer to the york, pa yard to get a week down there and see the differences. I'm feeling comfortable with it and after the next 2 weeks I'll be in great shape. Once you figure out how it works everything is basically the same with the valves on the tank and even the quarries and customers. It's a ton to learn in a short period but as long as you pick up even little bits each day and put it all together it can be done. Just pay attention and take your time!

Posted:  1 month, 1 week ago

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My pneumatic tanker job

Day 7 was sleepy start, my sleep debt has caught up and all I can say is thank God for the weekend. The trainer and I both got to do something new today which was alright but a very long day.

Told we need to do a load of sand for a steel mill. My trainee has never done sand before because it's usually handled by a different division but they have fallen behind. Since it was a new place he drove down to handle the unknowns of the trip. The sand pit is way down near cape May NJ, something like a 3 hour drive one way and then the steel plant is about another 3 hours from there. Leave out around 4 am and arrive a little after 7 so we can see the layout and talk to some other drivers there since we were told they don't open until 8. Overall the setup was similar to the lime quarries except you can get stuck in a sand dune or deep puddle. When backing into the load station we had to lock the differential in order to get enough traction. The whole process was slow and took a little under 2 hours to get in and out where we normally are done in about 30-40 minutes. My trainer drives a little longer and switch out at a rest stop and I drive the rest of the way. The sand handles different from the lime, you can really feel it shifting in the tank. Slow and steady wins the race so slow I go giving plenty of room around me and taking turns smooth and a little under the recommended speed. Finally arrive at the mill and check in with security and hit the scale (we were around 78k this load) before pulling on the side and going into the office to get paperwork signed off on. Trainer good in the driver seat and drives us around to where the silos are. We had to run 30 ft of hose into a building in order to get everything attached. Since it was new to both of us my trainer handled the unload and tweaked things until we had a decent flow going but it still took almost 2 hours to unload. At least in was a nice day and I could see them pouring the molten steel while we were waiting. We both feel like we could've unloaded faster but didn't have the time to keep messing with stuff today since so much of our clock was already used up. Once we finished we checked out at the security building to get our paperwork and head back to the yard. When it was all said and done it was a 13 hour day, 450 miles and only 1 stop.

If anyone has any questions I will try to answer them the best I can with the little knowledge I have.

Posted:  1 month, 1 week ago

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My pneumatic tanker job

Man it has been a busy couple of days! The change in sleep schedule caught up to me finally and this morning was tough leaving my bed at 2:30 am. Kinda lost track of the days here, believe I'm on training day number 7 so I'll recap the best I can for the past couple days and what we did today.

I'll lump days 4-6 together since I can't remember every detail. Everyday we have been going to a different customer so I can see where the silos are and how to get back to them. Getting used to backing these trucks is going to take some time. The long wheel base with the short trailer makes every move of the steering wheel cause a big shift unlike the box trailers in school. I have the concepts just need to put it into practice. I've already noticed improvements but backing doesn't come over night. I've started driving full time loaded and empty and we are running 300-400 miles a day between going to get loaded, driving to customer to unload and back to the yard, all for 1 stop usually. I'm getting more comfortable with everything as far as the tank and unloading goes. Getting into a routine for setting up and understanding how the different pressure systems effect one another and the product flow. For the most part everything has unloaded the same way just a small adjustment for each product. Still mostly doing some form of lime stone and we did a load of coal to a steel plant, pretty cool to watch them move around molten metal.

Posted:  1 month, 2 weeks ago

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My pneumatic tanker job

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