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    Portland, OR

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    4 years, 8 months ago

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Posted:  2 days, 8 hours ago

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Reefer Question Need Little Help Please!!

Because when all else fails, folks have to eat - good times or bad. General merchandise is going to take a dip once the supply chain evens out and there is all this surplus inventory. I plan to stay reefer until the dust settles from COVID and it is starting to already.

Also a reefer driver here, and I will simply concur with everything the other drivers have already posted.

Don't buy too much into the extremely negative things people have to say about hauling reefer. Trucking is trucking. None of it is easy. The one good thing about reefer is that with any of the companies that are 100+ trucks, reefer is no-touch freight, so you can use the time backed into a dock as personal time and get paid after a certain amount of time (2 hours being typical). The exception to no-touch reefer freight are local jobs like Sysco.

Posted:  2 days, 12 hours ago

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When should you put your foot down?

Thank you so very much for the words of wisdom Rob. A great read, I too lately have been looking at my future in trucking and seeing how that fits in with my over all life plan. I don’t plan on being OTR all over the place too much longer once I get moved back east, my friends and family come first.

Posted:  2 days, 12 hours ago

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What's your favorite and least favorite part of driving big rigs?

Favorite part driving and seeing the country , least favorite part is dealing with the occasional feelings of isolation and loneliness

Posted:  2 days, 12 hours ago

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Reefer Question Need Little Help Please!!

Been pulling reefer almost two years myself, power naps at shippers/receivers plus ten hour breaks. The good thing about my company Marten , is like, BK mentioned with Schneider, they do try to match your proven sleep cycles to load planning, doesn’t always work out that way and you do have to be flexible. That is why the 8/2 split rule is helpful, I am not sure if you know what that is yet or not?

Basically it allows us to split our break up and pause the clock while waiting which allows us to Rest In Peace while not worrying about the 14 hour clock winding down and being stuck somewhere out of hours. For example my truck was down for its 250K+ service while I was on hometime schedule which took the shop almost all day as it’s most of the fluids, filters, belts and various checks on parts for wear and tear, brake inspection blah blah, normally I like to start the day after hometime around 0800 in order to help maintain some of stable sleep/operation schedule , since the truck was down till pretty much the shop closed I had to get a pick up at 2300. Not my ideal, but again I’ve learned to believe flexible.

I called up the shipper and found out they were delayed until midnight possibly, that was at about 1715. They did tell me I was welcome to check in early - left the yard at roughly 1815 and got there at around 1940 - checked in had a nice conversation with the dock guy who handled the paper work and slept till about 2230 when I got the “door knock” (and yes for the record I do wish the pleasant female sounding voice from The Star Trek Next generation eta tv shows was actually a thing as I hate door knocks) but any rate - I got backed in around 2237 and was out of there at 2350. I went back up to our terminal and parked around 0115 after a quick post trip and took a full ten till 1115 when I rolled out and parked last night outside of Boise ID around 2130. My load delivers today at 1715 in Corrine UT Walmart. I am 5 hours from the receiver with plenty of time to spare to get fuel etc before heading in.

Now I COULD have driven more Friday night/early Saturday evening , however since I came off of hometime , I had woken up around 0600 Friday morning and waited till the truck was serviced pretty much all day around the house. This meant I was running pretty jet lagged and didn’t feel myself fit to drive much more than I had already done.

Key is flexibility- reefer companies know you are human, they know you need sleep, food, water and some downtime to avoid going koo koo. As long as you plan things out right, you can pick up or deliver in time and communicate, you can get the rest you need.

Posted:  3 days, 5 hours ago

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I84 EB/WB will be closed at I205 in Portland

Jaime - heads up I just went near around affected area.

84 WB heading into Portland is closed, traffic diverted to 205, the closure is a 1.5 mile stretch of 84 EB and WB, to get out of Portland I would take five down to 205 near wilsonville (exit 288) take 205 N and you can get back onto 84 EB via exit 22 from 205, just did that this AM on my way toward Utah.

You may be able to connect 84 WB from 205 after the diversion, follow the signs and detours, it is rather confusing. Not sure where you are delivering/dropping at.

Posted:  3 days, 5 hours ago

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Roadmaster Students Have to Retest

Road Master always seemed to me to be the “Toad Master”, slippery, oily, shady AF. From the folks who work there to the whole set up, they were also 50 percent higher than my private school costs to the tune of about 4K more for essentially the same amount of instruction, and the recruiters were too hyperactive and pushy for my liking, like it was purely a numbers gig for them , not that any school isn’t about numbers but TM (toad master) more so.

Glad I dodged the bullet

Posted:  3 days, 10 hours ago

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What’s the scoop?

I’ve often wondered if the addition of the skirts, wings and now…… genitalia lol …if the mileage gains offset the cost of them?

Must be because I see them all over well the skirts and wings haven’t seen the other one yet lol

If you are talking about what I think, it directs air flow under the axles thus reducing drag and increasing fuel mileage.

Posted:  3 days, 10 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 would love to read that when you have a chance to post it, I too am in that boat at times, recently it was last week when the company wanted me to run a multi stop load to Utah and split near CO - I was due home Friday and it was Monday. I had to remind them and it all worked out, in exchange I did a Michaels craft store load (multi stop) which was up and rolling at 2300 and done by 0700 and that load got me home on the day I needed to be, it’s give and take for sure.

This would be a good one to have as the holidays are right around the corner too!

Way to get it done Bill. Glad it worked out for you.

I completely agree with you Bobcat. I've actually been wanting to write up a thread about this exact thing for a few days but I've been quite busy. I'll try to post it later today/tonight if I have time in a new thread to not hijack bills post. I just finished an early day to take the kids apple picking and have a fun family day. Far too often we tend to focus on being a team player. I completely agree that is one step to becoming your dispatchers go to person and maximizing your income. However we also can't lose sight on there being more to our life (especially family) than just moving freight and taking your time off when it's convenient for the company.

Posted:  4 days, 3 hours ago

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I84 EB/WB will be closed at I205 in Portland

LOL!, nah man, this time there IS actual work involved! LOL

I thought it was another protest

Posted:  4 days, 5 hours ago

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I84 EB/WB will be closed at I205 in Portland

Yea, that early you will not have any issues, traffic doesn’t pick up really on a Sunday till 10-1100 and the worst of it is from 0200 to 1700 after that it’s easy- be safe

Thanks for the information, I actually decided to change my trip plan and park early today, that way by the time I reach the Portland area on the 25th, it’ll be around 0400-0500ish. My appointment isn’t until 1930, just needed to get by there with minimal problems.

Posted:  4 days, 7 hours ago

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I84 EB/WB will be closed at I205 in Portland

Jamie - normally traffic isn’t too bad on Sunday around that time, it’s not a weekday so most are at home. Not sure how this how this will affect your delivery other than you’ll have to take the round about way to get to Portland. You could exit off on 30/Sandy and take the old state truck route that way in, I’d be sure to have it well planned before you do that.

If you are really nervous about it, you could always go the REAL long way and take 205 to where it ends at joining five North and boogey up the back way in.

I wouldn’t worry too much about Sunday, believe it or not Saturday traffic I have found can be just as bad if not worse at times than weekend traffic, I call it Saturday Rush hour lol…..

Be safe post questions if you need to, I have a late night pick up wit the truck being out for scheduled maintenance today.

Moe

Posted:  5 days, 2 hours ago

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M-F Home Nightly Jobs For Newly licensed 55+ Male Class A Driver

Hello Paul

Welcome to Trucking Truth forum - to be blunt with you, you are in a tight spot with your new CDL in addition to the labor issues already going on at your company (with the economy and freight market the way it is nationwide, inflation etc) you aren’t the only one having labor/work issues right now - trust me on that.

The issue with your CDL lays in the fact that while you have it, you have no experience and thus an established driving record with it. That is going to present an issue for you should you try and look for that desired driving job that you have. Additionally many local positions (food service, retail and fuel delivery) typically work on a seniority basis, the more time you have in, the more desirable shifts you get, that’s just the way it is, age not withstanding - you will still be looked at as a newbie with any local company you may try to hire on with.

Additionally, a carrier’s insurance may mandate a minimum driving record for new drivers in order for that carrier’s insurance to be willing to cover you, if they can’t cover you, they can’t/won’t hire you. You may not like hearing this, but it is a pipe dream to expect that you will get a m-f local shift right out of the gate with the lot in life you are facing right now. Best thing I can tell you is to start applying to many different companies and see what bites, understanding that you will more than likely have to do some sort of OTR or regional/dedicated work in order to get the driving experience. Also understand as I said that having the CDL A but no experience can be just as frustrating as not having one, in fact having it can be more so because after a certain period of time of not using it, it is considered Stale and companies would look at you as someone who hasn’t had any recent driving experience.

Look at the link I sent you below about companies and also the applications link, that will send your info out to a few companies and can get the ball rolling. I was in a similar situation, but got my CDL privately not via employer sponsored means. I had a rough go at it too getting started.

I am going to recommend May Trucking to you (maytrucking.com). They will take folks with a CDL A and little to no experience and work with you to help you get the experience that you need, although to be honest I do not think they have any terminals near NYC, the nearest may be in FL, which is a bit of travel.

It would be up to you to determine what will work and what won’t all we can do is offer suggestions based on experience that we have seen to work for us and many others.

All the best to you and if you have any further questions, ask away!

Moe

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Am I dreaming if I require M-F home nightly, in the nyc area for a newly licensed 55+ Male Class A Driver? My employer managed to start the ball rolling on my desire for a CDL-A after 5 years of procrastination, but now "they" are the ones that are telling me maybe I shouldn't have done that and that I should be happy just being a dockworker, especially given all the overtime, currently. I'd really, really, like to stay with my employer, my co-workers, the general environment - I've been a dock worker for 10 years for this company, but I"m not getting any younger and I was older when I started working here. If my company backs out of a verbal agreement to hire me on as a driver and put me into their driver training program ( my company currently is having really bad labor problems for warehouse workers such as myself, on all 3 shifts), I may have to look for alternatives, if there are any. Are there any?

I am in Central NJ, newly licensed Class A, looking for M-F, weekends optional, home nightly, or very close to that. Any additional endorsement I do not have already, I will obtain as required. I will willingly work up to the max of the book for weekly logged in hours.

Posted:  5 days, 10 hours ago

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I84 EB/WB will be closed at I205 in Portland

Bumping again, this starts early AM tonight from my understanding and ends Monday the 26th. Plan accordingly

Posted:  6 days, 12 hours ago

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When am I in the clear?

The longer you have used and the bigger you are, the longer it takes in general. Sorry to hear about your student, hopefully she learned from it and is moving on best she can.

Good to hear. Congrats

I recently had a potential student who was confident she would pass. She smoked for 15 years and was overweight. She "waited as long as the net said to".... Then called me crying.and hysterical. Length of time could depend on your metabolism, weight, and long term use.

Posted:  6 days, 12 hours ago

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Say a Prayer for a Trucker Who Passed During a Very Bad Crash...

Hello Kevin,

We are a forum for drivers created by a driver, never a problem to post something like this here, many of us have some sort of belief, so prayer will def be going up!

Not sure if this is appropriate, but this happened in Allen, TX north of Dallas yesterday. There's dashcam footage included with the video. But couldn't help but say a prayer as this trucker didn't make it out and isn't coming home to whatever kind of family he may have had...

https://www.wfaa.com/article/news/local/one-dead-semi-truck-flies-off-us-75-overpass-collin-county-allen-texas/287-7c55fff0-d5e1-4022-b177-eb07f7601fdb

Posted:  1 week ago

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I84 EB/WB will be closed at I205 in Portland

Bumping this as a reminder in case anyone reading this will be headed toward Portland on those days.

If you are headed westbound 84, especially plan your route/trip time accordingly!

Posted:  1 week ago

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When am I in the clear?

100 percent 💯 grats 🎊 🎉! Follow the advice given you here and you will do well.

On a side note, now that you are accepted, please know you dodged a real bullet with that edible, if even a trace amount had come up in testing that would have been a career killer. Once you get your CDL you will be held to a higher standard and subjected to random testing (both federal and company), don’t let a moment of weakness destroy your chances at a lucrative opportunity.

Personally I would re-evaluate my relationships and limit contact with those who could cause me to get into trouble or use or perhaps seek counseling.

I am not trying to over react , talk down to you or judge, but now especially - you can’t give into temptation- seriously!

Good luck and keep us posted

Moe

Posted:  1 week ago

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I84 EB/WB will be closed at I205 in Portland

Both ramps from 205 in either direction starting 09/23 to 09/26 for a repaving project before winter. If any of y’all deliver to Portland around that time, you’ll have to get off/onto 84 at I5 in Downtown.

Just thought I’d post that up.

Night yall

Posted:  1 week, 2 days ago

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DEER SEASON! Truck drivers, have you hit one yet?

It’s also Elk season too, saw a cow split in 1/2 on WA 18 west off the other day when I was up in that area…….

Posted:  1 week, 3 days ago

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Any true OTR companies??

I plan to stay with Marten, grass isn’t always greener. Usually take home 12 to 1500 a week unless coming back from hometime.

I’m good….looking for a new employer is a pain the butt anyway lol, glad to hear from you OS been too long. I’m on hometime for a few days, much needed.

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