Profile For Moe

Moe's Info

  • Location:
    Portland, OR

  • Driving Status:
    Rookie Solo Driver

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  • Joined Us:
    4 years, 4 months ago

Moe's Bio

New CDL holder running a regional NW solo route.

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Posted:  4 weeks, 1 day ago

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Mileage the last 8 days 70 hours clock

I did indeed run out the 70 lol, had like 1.16 on it. It worked out great anyway because I was able to split the load here at my home terminal and then get the truck into the shop today. Got new tires all the way around on the truck and a safety inspection and APU oil change and inspection on that too.

Since it was close enough to my pre scheduled home time , I opted to take it early and head back out this weekend…..clean undies and all that lol…..

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That's good miles! Did you run out the 70?

Here's my recaps driving from a couple days ago:

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Posted:  1 month ago

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Mileage the last 8 days 70 hours clock

Came to 3373 from the 18th to today….God I am tired! Lol. …..hitting the sleeper

Posted:  1 month ago

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Why did you get started in trucking, and what were your biggest concerns?

I got started in trucking because I needed a change from my old job. I was a banker and inside I hated it. I sold accounts, loans and mortgages and made a decent penny (so I thought). I was just surviving life and not thriving at it. I’d go to work every day like a robot and just check in, also dealing with people in the call center environment(s) I’d worked in over the years was toxic and draining. From employers, employees and certain customers I’d go home each day just mentally exhausted, sometimes the managers were psychotic in the way they would treat me and often I was in trouble due to no fault of my own.

Around 2018, a friend of mine recommended trucking. It took time for the wheels to turn, I had to save money and living expenses for school and ask for help from some family memebers. It involved moving from my condo to a more affordable apartment that I could live in. Loosing weight (a lot of weight) to more easily do the job. Total prep time to make the life transition to CDL school was about 18 months for me. My old company was bought and sold and then bought and sold again. Sometimes I’d wonder if I would be able to hang on as I was in the vulnerable transition phase. My car broke down a few times and sometimes little expenses would pop up, seemed that whenever I would make a few steps for ward and toward the goal I’d get knocked back.

But the thing about me, is that I didn’t quit even when it seemed impossible. I had to move again temporarily during height of COVID in 2020 in order to move to another state and get my CDL when I failed the backing exam 5 times thus disqualifying me for 1 year in the state of Oregon. On May 18th 2020 I got my CDL. I had some odd jobs in trucking during the pandemic but made the jump to May trucking in 2021 and now Marten where I’m making more per week than I would in a month sometimes in banking!

Trucking was the new lease on life I needed…..not company leasing…lol….don’t mistake that hot mess!!! Lol

It’s worth it in my opinion and so was the journey!

Posted:  1 month ago

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Celebrating 1 year total in trucking this week

Logged in today to the kind words on this thread, thank you everyone who took time to comment and congratulate. It has been a challenging road, but a one worth persevering on.

In answer to the two questions:

Packrat - my next goals honestly are just to work with marten for as long as I can and get good road and seat time. I’ve thought about hazmat in the future but right now I need more seat time and experience. Not only that but I need to get this move sorted out, my finances wuth Marten will make that piece of things easier, moving is not cheap!

Mr Harvey - I arrive in at our Mira Loma (same thing) terminal tommorrow afternoonish or early evening after delivery. I need to see where the next load takes me. Don’t thing I’ll be able to meet up. Most drivers only do an overnight there unless dispatch has them helping out with local deliveries. My next load will be routing me back up to the Pacific NW so I can start hometime next week and I typically run SEATAC the few days before going home, a lotta loads up there behind due to driver shortage.

Thanks again y’all keep trucking and moving forward! Speaking of which the 10 is done (a bit over I admit due to a restless night but I’m refreshed now) and I gotta pretrip and get moving!

Moe

Posted:  1 month ago

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Celebrating 1 year total in trucking this week

I made my first year with a safe record. All I can say is it’s crazy how fast time flew. I’ve worked for two companies this last year May and now Marten. I spent six months with May before the offer for my current job was presented and after careful consideration and the pay increase I made the switch, it was a good move for me.

Best advice I can give to the new folks is to keep at it and persevere. There is a lot to learn, stay humble and communicate communicate communicate. Those two things have kept me on track.

I’m wrapping up my 30 and moving onward to NM where I’m parking for the night. This load is a load of first aid supplies for a j and j distributor out of Fontana CA.

Time will fly, keep grinding and moving forward toward your goals in life!

All the best Moe

Posted:  1 month ago

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LOGs question - ELDs

So my employer, Marten runs them. Do you guys make remarks and notes whenever you change statuses? Like going on duty say remark “Arrive shipper, drop trailer” or Off Duty (personal ahem I’d like to not have to notate bathroom specifically I feel that’s a bit tmi). Am I making too much work for myself In making these notes?

I only recently started making remarks and notes…..so wondering if I’m doing the right thing or if it’s not necessary??

Posted:  1 month ago

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Gaming in a truck

Sorry for the double post, my phone stuck and I guess I hit the button 1 too many times lol

Posted:  1 month ago

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Gaming in a truck

PS4 with a 4TB external drive. Currently working on Tiny Tina’s Wonderlands, a Borderlands offshoot. RPG looter shooter, get better gear and stats and smash stuff……I played world of Warcraft but gave that up until I get a properly portable laptop…sucks Shadowlands was a great expac…..

Posted:  1 month ago

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Gaming in a truck

PS4 with a 4TB external drive. Currently working on Tiny Tina’s Wonderlands, a Borderlands offshoot. RPG looter shooter, get better gear and stats and smash stuff……I played world of Warcraft but gave that up until I get a properly portable laptop…sucks Shadowlands was a great expac…..

Posted:  1 month ago

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A Bloody Mess!

I haven’t had a nosebleed , since I can’t remember. But I will add that I have had a constant nasal drip for the last couple of years now, have to take mucinex daily for it because it’s so thick…..def sounds like something is up.

Posted:  1 month ago

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1 Year Anniversary - Michael's Dedicated Marten Job

I run 48 states OTR. At this point in my life I need to run 48 states as I am currently in the middle of some family things that will require me to move later this year and a dedicated won’t work for my situation presently. That said once that aspect of life is settled down, I’m definitely looking into dedicated/regional routes. Those pay the best at Marten. That’s good that he worked it out with his FM. Like I said in my previous reply, I really didn’t read too deeply into the thread so I admit that I didn’t have a complete understanding of events.

Marten does give us 100 percent discretion except in the cases where dispatch tells us to shut down. I run pretty conservatively so if chains would be needed to get there safely but we aren’t shut down. I shut down as policy for myself. I believe if it’s bad enough for chains it’s good enough to shut down. That’s just me personally everyone is different

It sounds like he is happy doing what he is doing and I wish him continued success with us.

Marten did not have him shut down. Chain requirements went up while he was underway towards the beginning of a storm and snow was not heavy, only about an inch of snow on the ground at the time. He was headed east, as was the storm, and it did continue to snow for quite a while after he passed. More snow was coming so CalTrans apparently put up chain requirements necessary to avoid problems. As I said in the first post about this, he called dispatch and they told him to use his best judgement. He would have had to chain up even to get to turn around and head back downhill. Weather forecast had called for less than 1" of snow for the entire storm (I had looked myself since I watch the weather often, both for rain here on our farm and snowpack for summer irrigation). His manager was fine with it after this was explained. He had shut down for weather a few days earlier and then again a few days later (yesterday, for high winds near Wells, Nevada). He has never driven ahead when chain controls were posted in advance and has had inclement weather pay at least 10 times.

Where are you driving for Marten and what sort of fleet?

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I’m celebrating six months with Marten this month. Best move I made for myself. I skimmed over this and the thread is a week old so I don’t have all of it down pat, it from what I saw about weather pay….. if your son chains up when Marten has him shut down from my understanding it’s grounds for termination, we have a no chain policy. In fact Marten prefers we shut down if chains would be needed regardless of state requirements for road conditions.

This winter I’ve shutdown and been shut down a total of about 7 days give or take, my fleet manager has never said a word bad about it.

Case in point we had a driver jack knife her rig on 84 a couple months back driving during inclement conditions (ice from my understanding). She wrecked the trailer and tractor (the latter of which is still parked at our Wilsonville terminal awaiting transport back to Mondovi , WI headquarters to be scrapped for parts). She lost her job. Marten don’t play round, tell your son if he feels the need to put the chains on, park it and send the message in Qualcomm asking for the bad weather PO. It’s not worth it to me to lose this very lucrative opportunity when I get paid to keep my job and my license secure

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Posted:  1 month, 1 week ago

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1 Year Anniversary - Michael's Dedicated Marten Job

I’m celebrating six months with Marten this month. Best move I made for myself. I skimmed over this and the thread is a week old so I don’t have all of it down pat, it from what I saw about weather pay….. if your son chains up when Marten has him shut down from my understanding it’s grounds for termination, we have a no chain policy. In fact Marten prefers we shut down if chains would be needed regardless of state requirements for road conditions.

This winter I’ve shutdown and been shut down a total of about 7 days give or take, my fleet manager has never said a word bad about it.

Case in point we had a driver jack knife her rig on 84 a couple months back driving during inclement conditions (ice from my understanding). She wrecked the trailer and tractor (the latter of which is still parked at our Wilsonville terminal awaiting transport back to Mondovi , WI headquarters to be scrapped for parts). She lost her job. Marten don’t play round, tell your son if he feels the need to put the chains on, park it and send the message in Qualcomm asking for the bad weather PO. It’s not worth it to me to lose this very lucrative opportunity when I get paid to keep my job and my license secure

There haven't been many Marten drivers here over the years so I will give an update on our son Michael's job at Marten. He started at Marten on 3/29/2021 (orientation for first two days, I think). He drives a on a dedicated Nestle account pulling a reefer, mostly between northern California and Utah and southern California but sometimes to Idaho and Oregon and Washington (only a few times and not too much recently. He sometimes pulls other loads, as needed when other fleets have a pressing need. Prior to that he drove for CR England for seven months.

He is on a schedule of 12 days on, 2 days off. He came home about noon last Wednesday and left Saturday morning at about 0500. For his first 52 weeks he grossed $77,857.

He started out at for the first six months at 49 CPM plus 2 CPM "premium pay" (getting deliveries on time, no refused loads, not taking more than two days off every two weeks). At six months that increased to 52 CPM plus 9 CPM premium pay and then two months later it increased to 54 CPM plus 9 CPM premium pay (that was probably a company-wide raise, he doesn't know). His guaranteed weekly pay started out at $1,175 and after six months increased to $1,425. His gross pay for the first 14 months of 2022 has averaged $1,640.24, so he is on a pace to earn $85,292 for 2022. He does not seem to push hard and there are sometimes long waits because of picking up a load, driving 750 miles, and a delivery time of more than 48 hours after he picked it up. He does get paid detention pay for bad weather and excessive waits at a receiver even if he is clocked out as off duty not driving (got paid $250 for a seven hour wait a few weeks ago). Marten had said in a newsletter that they charge the customers a penalty for these long waits and they share that with their drivers (FWIW).

Overall, Michael seems extremely happy with this job and still says he "loves it". I thought he might get bored after a while but he likes the routine. Since we have safe parking on our farm he is allowed to bring his tractor home when he is on home time. He has a dog with him to keep him company. He had to wait a couple of months until his truck had 150,000 miles on it as Marten does not allow a dog on trucks newer than that. He drives a Kenworth T680 and likes it.

He gets along very well with his manager, she sometimes refers to him as "hon" (honey). When she calls when he is on home time I overhear some calls and he seems to make things flexible for her (he told her yesterday he was okay with getting out of the house at whatever time she wanted that he would make it work).

Michael is 24 and admits that he doesn't care too much about the money but he understands when we tell him that someday he will appreciate that he is doing well.

Posted:  1 month, 1 week ago

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Why do you stay driving for your company?

Because to me the pay is great for my needs and looking for a new job sucks…….more so the second part……

Just curious to see what keeps y'all at the current company?

Posted:  4 months, 3 weeks ago

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Off trucking topic - TV shows on the road

Already seen it and hoping for season 2 but COVID slowed production down. And yes I agree with the over the top sexuality on that show….

For fantasy topic (magic, magical creatures this and that) you could check out carnival row on Amazon prime. My only gripe with it (and most any show these days) is the amount of sexual content in it. But... aside from that. It's a a good show and really hits the fantasy itch.

Posted:  4 months, 3 weeks ago

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Off trucking topic - TV shows on the road

What shows do you guys n gals like to watch when you have a little down time? I am a sci-fi/fantasy geek/nerd myself so I just completed the Wheel of Time on Amazon prime this last week which is more of wizards and magic and ancient warriors (dungeons and dragons type stuff) and I liked it but again I am into that kind of thing so some may not.

I also got to see the Book of Boba Fett this AM while waiting my turn for the shop and I thought it was very well done.

What do you all like to watch when you can?

Posted:  4 months, 3 weeks ago

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Bye bye Mudflap……

Yep, n that’s why I go out of my way to not loligag (is that spelled right?? Lol) beside a truck while either in my CMV and especially my personal vehicle. Some of my friends get irritated when I tell them to pass the trucks quickly if they must and do it in the left….seen what blown tires can do.

I actually saw the blowout and tread when quite a ways up in the air before landing to earth again….

Happens frequently. The cap blows and inflicts a lot of collateral damage. This is why it’s very dangerous to tailgate a truck... retread blows and throws a 50 pounds of rubber debris everywhere.

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Things that go BOOM

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Quite a pricey 'BOOM!' ...

(Was that mudflap just wockey jawed up on there? Seems so.)

SORRY,Moe! Be glad you're not an O/O......TODAY, anyways~!!

~ Anne ~

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Posted:  4 months, 3 weeks ago

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Bye bye Mudflap……

Today on fifteen north outside Las Vegas

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Posted:  5 months ago

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Merry Christmas

Merry Christmas gang!

Posted:  5 months ago

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The verdict is in……. 110 years concurrent life sentences

I did in fact read about restitution suites coming and I did a curious search for his carrier on SAFER and I can’t find it (I’ll leave generous margins of percent for user error on the website) so something tells me the ish has already started for that guy’s carrier and the owner has already lawyered up.

Either way the carrier is finished and I won’t be surprised to see this as a precise t against smaller carriers and owner ops.

I see a lot of iffy equipment in the truck stops at night. If you can’t afford to repair/replaced a front end grill after a wreck, what other gremlins can’t you afford to replace or maintain (brakes maybe???)

And I hate to sound meh judging or statist, but I think it’s also wrong for guys to be able to go out and get their own truck and operating authority fresh out of CDL school and start hauling freight. The salesmen at the dealer ships don’t care, like a car salesmen they’ll put you behind the wheel of a new or used semi as long as you can show your license, insurance and legal documents (not unlike buying a new four wheeler)

Crazy

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Trying to understand why there isn’t a shred of accountability on the company that placed him behind the wheel, and how he was trained.

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Oh, that's going to be on the way with civil suits. There is plenty of blame to go around, not including the driver. After the lawyers, public opinion, the media trajedy/guilt stories, and juries are through, I'll be surprised if any of those companies survive, and that's if any of them are even around now.

This story is senseless, tragic, and was easily preventable. The driver is apologetic, but those people are still dead, and he was the driver of the truck that caused it. Many partirs should be held criminally accountable, including the state's DMV where his CDL was issued.

Posted:  5 months ago

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The verdict is in……. 110 years concurrent life sentences

I’m with you, so many questions. What good does it do this young man to have life with no parole possibility or the chance to show “Hey I f worded up, badly and I now own it and I’m sorry, the pain I caused was not intentional and I feel horrible, may I have forgiveness?”

Like you it amazes me that the trucking company has not been held to account.

It shows me the need for better mentorship, education and training in our industry , previous generations failed at properly instructing the next generation miserably (not just in trucking, but I’ll reserve that conversation for a different time or thread)

There are sooo many questions that come to mind.

Trying to understand why there isn’t a shred of accountability on the company that placed him behind the wheel, and how he was trained.

I know we are among many who are not trained adequately and unfortunately are too naive’ and/or too stupid to know any better.

I see it every night...approaching toll booths too fast, on/off ramp speeding, speeding through construction zones... tail gating. It’s chronic and very disturbing.

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