Profile For Moe

Moe's Info

  • Location:
    Portland, OR

  • Driving Status:
    Company Driver In Training

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  • Joined Us:
    2 years, 7 months ago

Moe's Bio

New CDL holder running a regional NW solo route.

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Posted:  3 hours, 14 minutes ago

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What is your trucking pet peeve?

Parking longer than is necessary to fuel your truck. Pull up, get out, pay, fuel, pull up go in get receipts , use toilet if needed (I give grace for that) . Otherwise park it if you have other things you want to do inside. Getting your coffee, hotdogs, chatting with the counter girls, shopping at nickknacks etc , all should be done when the truck is not parked in the fuel lane impeding the workflow of others.

Posted:  1 day, 4 hours ago

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Someone's day is always worse

Yep, when I was doing the Amazon Prime runs (albeit short period of time) . I lost count of the number of drivers who would just grab their paper work, get dock number, pull up, slam into place, tug, attach airlines, raise landing gear, and go.

Wham,slam let's go ma'am. No looking at the connections, latch position, to say nothing of doing an actual pretrip before leaving the yard. Takes all if 10 minutes to do things the right way

Posted:  1 day, 7 hours ago

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Met Packrat today outside Portland

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Posted:  1 day, 7 hours ago

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Met Packrat today outside Portland

Had a nice talk about trucking, great to meet a member of the forum! I figured out how to upload my first photo lol yay!

Posted:  1 day, 14 hours ago

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Making My Truck A Secondary Home

Wild Bill is right. You don't even have your CDL yet and you are putting the cart before the horse. Make sure you can ride the horse before you get a cart (aka buy tons of crap for the truck)

Your first month or two out will be with a trainer more than likely, so you won't be able to just bring a ton of stuff out and personalize someone else's ride your way anyway.

Id wait till you pass, get your CDL, go out with a trainer, learn all you can, als questions and see what would work for you with hands on learning.

My .02 cents

Posted:  1 week, 1 day ago

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Game: Word Association

Air Brakes

@Kearsey = Peterbilt

Posted:  1 week, 2 days ago

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Tanker - Mega Carrier

Those are unaffordable liquid tanks, meaning the surge is going to be more pronounced than the baffled tanks. MY have trouble finding a gig with no experience.

Try the bigger guys first, depending upon how much dry van exoerience you have e you may be able to geta gig with them and then transfer with an opening.

My reasons for choosing tanker are 1) I have always been interested in driving a tanker. 2) It would get me out of the truck more than dry van. 3) Normally a tanker doesn’t have to wait for hours to get unloaded etc.

I am seeking food grade tanker.

Posted:  1 week, 3 days ago

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Postcards from the Road! (Post Yours Please!)

Glad positive things came your way Bubba, sounds like you haven't quit on trucking either, just a pit stop. But glad life has stabilized for you.

Be well

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Glad to see you are well, what are you doing these days?

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Haven't heard from Mr Lee in a while. He had an interesting yet challenging go at trucking plus some health issues. I sincerely hope he is okay. I enjoyed some of his posts, hopefully he just hasn't had time to be online and not a member who is now RIP....

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You mean me (Marc Lee W.)?

Still alive and kicking. Not truckng.

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Thanks Moe and Anne M..

Back to doing my Handyman thing. Actually had a record week for me... pulling in a solid 4 figures... all cash, and another nice pile of cash still due to come in.

Best friend bought a house for me in Milwaukee which I will be living in and fixing up. Not a great neighborhood but very utilitarian - centrally located, 2-car garage, full basement, finished attic (more storage space). "Good bones". $32,500 cash. Currently occupied so I can't move in for a while yet. Paying too much and driving too much from current abode in Lake Geneva but all-in-all... doing OK - especially considering the current state of the world.

As for trucking... it looks like that is not meant to be right now for me.

See my medical professionals at the end of the month. Expecting all good news there. Med. Cert. expiring soon. Planning on getting a 2 year this time around...

Posted:  1 week, 3 days ago

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Postcards from the Road! (Post Yours Please!)

Glad to see you are well, what are you doing these days?

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Haven't heard from Mr Lee in a while. He had an interesting yet challenging go at trucking plus some health issues. I sincerely hope he is okay. I enjoyed some of his posts, hopefully he just hasn't had time to be online and not a member who is now RIP....

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You mean me (Marc Lee W.)?

Still alive and kicking. Not truckng.

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Posted:  1 week, 3 days ago

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Postcards from the Road! (Post Yours Please!)

Haven't heard from Mr Lee in a while. He had an interesting yet challenging go at trucking plus some health issues. I sincerely hope he is okay. I enjoyed some of his posts, hopefully he just hasn't had time to be online and not a member who is now RIP....

Posted:  1 week, 4 days ago

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Lost my first trucking job, rather resigned ( a longish post sorry for length)

You are right Rob, I did learn a lot. Namely, of checking and double-checking procedures. Had I simply stopped more and paid attention, this could have been prevented and likely I'd still be driving today.

Whats done is done for me all I can do is move forward. Fortunately, I have enough saved to last several months if I need to. Hopefully, it won't come to that.

As Banks said where one door closes another opens.

I think we can all agree that the way Moe handled everything was far from perfect. We've all had moments where we've allowed our frustrations to get the best of us and we behave in a way that's not consistent with our true beliefs. It took a lot of courage for Moe to talk openly about his struggles and mistakes to help others learn from it. For that Moe, Thank You. It's hard to completely get a feel for something based off words but re-reading your initial post it did somewhat come across as not understanding the severity of the incident. As I said before we all make bonehead mistakes and that's how we become a safer driver. I can almost guarantee you'll never make that mistake again.

You took a path into trucking that you felt was the best fit for you against the advice of many people on this forum. I can't fault you for that. Myself and a few others did the exact same regardless of how risky we were told it would be. There were numerous times I personally got lucky. Had i not been so lucky it's quite possible my career would be in a different place right now. This forum is meant to help encourage those facing setbacks not to give up. Moe probably wishes he could do a million things different but what's done is done. The best course of action is move forward but don't forget the lessons learned.

Have you gotten a copy of your DAC to see what exactly is on it?

Posted:  1 week, 4 days ago

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Lost my first trucking job, rather resigned ( a longish post sorry for length)

So Annie, not to make light of anything or brush over anything. Yes I learned my lesson and since we all generally agree that I have learned my lesson, could I get back to the important question.

Annie, is your Husband's truck Optimus prime in disguise? Are you two in fact hiding a shape shifting alien bent on preventing a rogue faction of his species from bringing an interplanetary alien civil war to our door? Given that the way 2020 has been inquiring minds want to know

I appreciate your support and input. At this point I just wanted to bring a little lightheartedness to this post. Thats all hope I don't offend

Thank you ma'am

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Actually, guys n gals ~ the Guberment IS to blame for a LOT of BS in this industry, and many ... more ... as of late. Read Brett's posts, read Dave W.'s, read Jrod's also. PJ's kicked in a bit, as well.. Yessir. (Sure wish Rickipedia would show back up.) You ever read any of the O/O publilcations? Not promoting, nor advertising. We are not O/O's, nor have never been. Landline, Overdrive, etc..... all about the Guvvy having their fingers in our 'CDL LIVES' with no knowledge. I'm a walking dictionary when it comes to this stuff, to keep the hubby apprised. YES there should be mandatory training for 160 hour minimum...here's the latest : There is no minimum number of hours that driver-trainees must spend on the BTW elements of the Class A, Class B, or P or S endorsement curricula. The training provider must not issue the certification information unless the driver-trainee demonstrates proficiency in performing all required BTW skills. Canada has better mandates; look at Glenn's bio.

Moses, we care...and SOME of us agree with you. Your training may have been subpar; and this is the reason we (TT) recommends company paid training. . You know.

Mr. Banks, did you see the link I added to this thread?!?!??! Don't preach to a choir that you are not in, good sir. Yay, you drive combos. My hubby did for 2 years for FedEx (teams from CLE to SAC.) Not much backing in those 2 years, so he reported. Pintlehooks, dollies, yada .. extra lines, GOT it. I helped him study in 2003, btw... from many websites, and good ole' paperbacks. Passed 1st time; had been driving CDL B for 8 years prior. Okay, so... we're old.

Got guts, want glory? READ this. The Life, Death, and Resurrection of My Truck Driving Career

I'm not a mod, I'm not Brett, I'm NOBODY but a trucker's wife....and my OWN man has made mistakes, and faltered a time or 2. I have NEVER been ANYTHING but SUPPORTIVE during those moments; even as I wondered how we would even EAT the following week. Things DID work out, as I am betting dollars AND donuts, they will for Moses.

This hitting a man when he's down crap really rakes my coals.

Again, Mr. Banks: READ above. ^^^ (Link I posted prior.) <<< Someday, I'll post my hubby's conundrum, with his permission (and photos and whatnot.)

Nobody was born with a gear shifter (10,13,18 or even 5 in a PV) .. in hand. Nor, a CDL.

Posted:  1 week, 4 days ago

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Are there any ever restrictions on carrying cordless power tools on company trucks?

That looks like Optimus Prime....there something you and the hubby are hiding from the rest of humanity? Like a 26 foot tall transforming robot trying to prevent earth from getting involved in an interstellar war involving other transforming alien species? shocked.pngrofl-3.gif

Kidding aside, it looks like a nice truck a true classic

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If you have to worry about the very UN-likely event,,,, of someone breaking into the truck, ,,,,,,stick with whatever job you have ! lol Sissies don't last long.....

Bums ask me for money, I tell em, "Dude, I'm a truck driver, I got NO money/cash! " lol, 1 girl in Tolleson Az. @ Love's I was resetting at, she made the rounds begging (she didn't look homeless)

Hour later she had changed her shirt, and added a ball cap, and again made the rounds, guess she thought her looked fooled everyone hahaha, told her sorry, still the same I gots NO money! confused.gif

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Reno, you said "sissies"? Steering-wheel holding is for he-man types even in 2020? In this age of smartphones, Galaxy tablets and lattes at Starbucks Coffee? C'mon, man! It's rather odd since the modern mega fleet trucks don't look so rough and tumble like they did in the old days. They look like more like oversize Lexuses on 18 wheels! Giant geekmobiles. I'm just no athlete that I could go toe to toe with some young ********er onthe streets. I flunked karate badly. I got an Expert rifle badge in the army, however.

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Pretty sure he meant 'sissies' of the spirit, not the stature. Rainy & Sue are gonna 'love' that one...haha~!!! Anyone can be a 'sissy' per se...even me, the female, who doesn't play karate either.. but I am not because I refuse to be. I'm about as fearless as it gets, especially for a female.

Not all 'real' truckers drive the Lexus type trucks, Moose. (Todd, TomCougar, whomever....) here's ours;

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ps: Ask China't . . . or did he quit answering you? ;) I'm sure he'd recommend some companies since you aren't 'short' enough in the Army to apply on OUR site, eh?!??

Poo, or get off the LOO~!!! Man, really! rofl-3.gifconfused.gifrofl-3.gif

Posted:  1 week, 4 days ago

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Lost my first trucking job, rather resigned ( a longish post sorry for length)

I apologize then, I'll learn and move on. About insurance , they deducted 25 per paycheck to cover their insurance costs a total of about $200. I learned my lesson, no more smaller carriers. I applied to May today.

Thanks

Moe, by saying the government should regulate traing better you are kind of trying to by pass some blame. Unfortunately there are companies that do that, here in Chicago there are a bunch of them who will get people right out of school on Monday and have them solo pulling containers by Tuesday morning. People ruin careers by taking this approach I hope you'll find a new and better home soon.

The fact they said their insurance doesn't cover that made me wonder if they even had you on insurance at all, most insurance companies want 1 to 2 years experience. If they did get you on their insurance it had to be costing them a fair bit of money and I bet they didn't report your accident so their rates wouldn't get affected.

Posted:  1 week, 4 days ago

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Lost my first trucking job, rather resigned ( a longish post sorry for length)

Thank you for being a peace maker Annie, one of your many valued traits. Banks - I am sorry I reacted like a butt, you came off really harsh. Guess I still have much to work on. I hope you can at least see that I am TRYING to do things the right way now.

Later to both.

It's a grouchy, rainy day 'off' for my trucker hubby today, too. We're just being lazy, and I wanted a 'honey do' kind of day. NOT. :(

But, it's okay.....he deserves to chill if he chooses; this is hard stuff, I get it.

Just wanted to say, Banks and Moe . . . my husband had a 'serious' hiccup in his career back in 2009 . . . he was driving for an O/O and followed his bossman's 'poor' directions, to back his tanker in beside the boss, on unstable ground. Bumps, bruises, et al later ~ He's back in the game, and has been since. Lessons learned; even if it means say NO to the bossman, himself.

Here's a thread that should be in history books somewhere; chills me to the BONE every time I read it....verisimilitude at it's peak for sure.

The Life, Death, and Resurrection of my Trucking Career

I'll leave it at that. Live and learn, gents and gals.

Have a blessed day!

Anne ~

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Posted:  1 week, 4 days ago

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Lost my first trucking job, rather resigned ( a longish post sorry for length)

Hey Banks,

You're problem is that you don't take the advice given on this site over and over again

You are right, I didn't listen at first and I paid the price for it, I am trying to change that now , learn from this and do better.

This site has been preaching against working for small companies since I joined years ago. You sign on with a small company. And then you say the government should've prevented them from hiring you or that the government should've forced them to train you. You accepted the position knowing there was no training. You didn't set the brake and you damaged equipment and you didn't notice you were rolling forward.

I think you read what I typed and misunderstood/assumed things and come at me harshly for it , like I am trying to just play a stupid victim or something when I have shown my willingness to own my error(s) and move forward.

Like you never made a mistake in your life?

Other than trying to make you pay for the damages, the company did nothing wrong. Every mistake was on your end.

Thank you for pointing out the obvious and kicking a guy when he is down, I hope you get that extra cup of coffee or mojo you need to help you not be such a grouch today

Posted:  1 week, 4 days ago

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Lost my first trucking job, rather resigned ( a longish post sorry for length)

No, no you aren't Mike. After taking time to reflect the last two weeks or so with all of this mess, I tend to agree with you. Training standards in trucking have been lax for sometime. I'm not one to usually seek government intervention into anything or think that more rules, regs etc in the name of safety will keep everyone safe, but there does need to be at least a minimum acceptable standard of time spent with a trainer.

Airline pilots have to go through thousands of hours (maybe an exaggeration on my part as I've never been a pilot) of training, simulator exams, behavioral tests etc before they are even considered worthy to sit in the cockpit seat, let alone actually fly the plane. Its a series of repeated exercises, drills, scenarios etc all designed to instill automatic responses, cool the nerves and allow them to maintain control should things go south up in the air.

And by and large its a succes how many airplane crashes do we see on the news? I for one can't remember the last time I saw a plane crash being reported. To quote Superman - "Don't let this put you off from flying folks , statistically speaking it is still the safest way to travel".

In my short time in trucking it has amazed me as well that more companies don't have comprehensive training, simulator drills etc. There are far more trucking accidents and deaths per capita over the course of a year, heck even the last decade trucking deaths have exceeded those cause by airplane incidents by a huge margin.

In my short time with that company and pulling into shippers and receivers it frankly scares me to see the habits some guys have. Alot of them literally would just grab the paperwork, jump into the truck, pull up to the trailer and back into it, hear the loud slam click of the fifth wheel connection, do a quick tug test, hop out connect air/electrical lines, raise landing gear and book out of the dock toward the gate to get on down the road. Literally hooking and booking. No tire check, no ensuring proper connection of the fifth wheel and trailer (at least bend down and LOOK for crying out loud) . Just hook and book on out down the road.

In some of those driver's minds a successful tug test meant all was good and a minute or two later they were on the road making money. Thats not indicative of every driver I saw by any means, and most did at least LOOKED before they BOOKED.

On several occasions, just by following proper hook up procedure and getting out to check to ensure sure the trailer was flush with the lower half of the fifth before sliding under the apron, I avoided high hooking and causing further problems. Maybe it was my badluck but it seemed like I would always get a trailer that just want set at the right height. I dunno how the hookit and bookit guys were able to wham, slam, let's go ma'am straight out of the dock successfully in under 3 minutes without any issues at all??

Guess my luck just sucks??

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Long story short, I agree with you. IMHO there does need to be a standardized accepted training method across the board. I also think that CDL schools should be held accountable for their curriculum and training methods. Too many of em are churning out drivers who shouldn't be behind the wheel of a car much less a truck. I point to that kid in Colorado a few years ago who flew down a huge mountain grade at over 90 an hour and left flaming wreckage and dead bodies in his wake. Further claiming he didn't see the exit ramps.

What the answer will be I don't know. I admit that.

Moe

I've read this thread with great interest.

I recieved my CDL on 19 June. Was to begin orientation with a company on 29 June. After about a week of orientation was to recieve my own truck and on the road with maybe a total of 50/70 miles under my belt and none of those few miles solo. I withdrew from the orientation after just over three days.

I'm a FNG with zero experiance and about the same (zero) re trucking knowledge but I do have medium functional brain and some life experiances.

It's beyond my understanding how it's allowed to have someone with no solo experiance on the road with a truck and trailer. I cant bring myself to understand the rationale that permits that?

I've just completed my one week orientation with CFI in Joplin, Mo. I go out with a trainer tomorrow for the majority of a month on the road. I've already passed an internal driving test with a CFI driver before I leave with a trainer. Going on the premise I'm Ok with the CFI trainer for three to four weeks I then have to pass another internal testing at Joplin before I have my own truck. All in all at least three times I have to pass the CFI standards spread out over a month before CFI considers it responsible for me to be solo in a truck. In my very novice view CFI has it down right. How it could be expected that someone with no experiance in the real world solo in a truck is acceptable is beyond me and I wonder how the laws and regulations permit that to happen?

A mother with her children in front of me, zero solo experiance, eighty thousand pounds of truck and trailer, going down a hill is Ok?

Maybe I'm missing something here........you think?

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Lost my first trucking job, rather resigned ( a longish post sorry for length)

The Friday class chowder is nice. The broccoli cheddar not so much at least compared to other places I have been lol.

Goodluck Moe.

At least you got to go to Panera..... I love their soups.

Posted:  1 week, 5 days ago

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Darknes, Then Light!!

Bubbles, you may have seen my post about my first trucking job that ended in failure. I'd encourage you to go ready my CDL training diary and read my story.

It took me almost 2.5 years to even get to a place where I could say "I'm ready to do this and commit fully" I am also single with no two legged puppies running around. It still took me 2.5 years to get to a place where I was ready. Changing industries in my 40s, my health issues, my finances, choosing the right path to a cdl, affordable housing giving up my rented condo and moving to a cheaper living situation, relocating out of state after failing to get ky cdl in Oregon, there's more but for time sake I'll hold off. You've already done one of those right pursuing a company paid and sponsored program.

If any of the pieces of the puzzle that is my life hadn't or couldn't be made to fit I wouldn't be doing this.

Listen to these wiser folks who are married and successfully trucking. Work on your relationship first and then do it. Won't do you any good to have a whole bunch of stress at home while trying to do this.

If my homelike was stressful I'd deal with that first before making a huge change like getting into trucking.

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Lost my first trucking job, rather resigned ( a longish post sorry for length)

Thanks Annie!

Wish you the best, Moe.

I've followed you from the beginning.

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