Profile For Moe

Moe's Info

  • Location:
    Portland, OR

  • Driving Status:
    Rookie Solo Driver

  • Social Link:
    Moe On The Web

  • Joined Us:
    3 years, 4 months ago

Moe's Bio

New CDL holder running a regional NW solo route.

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Posted:  2 hours, 7 minutes ago

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Mexico here I come!

You didn't marry him......

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Alright everyone heading to Mexico with my wife for vacay. When I get back I will try to have an update about a job. Be safe all and God bless.

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How did I miss the darn INVITE ?!?!? :( LoL...

~ Anne ~

Posted:  3 hours, 14 minutes ago

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Mexico here I come!

Enjoy the time! Good luck on your job hunting!

Alright everyone heading to Mexico with my wife for vacay. When I get back I will try to have an update about a job. Be safe all and God bless.

Posted:  6 hours, 33 minutes ago

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Today's route takes me through WY

Is it still snowing out there?

Posted:  1 day, 7 hours ago

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Urgent question

Well you can read it now, I just don't like sounding tarded, so I proofread and take my time.....

Don't worry about typos. I want to see the content and I don't care about your spelling.

Posted:  1 day, 7 hours ago

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A summary of my first week

So the summary of total hours that I drove all the last 8 days amounts to a grand total of 2025.40, I dunno if that is good or bad for my first week out? My DM did tell me yesterday over the phone,, that I am doing an amazing job! So I am believing that I am! My first week was not without challenges, however I am learning how to steadily work through those and how to communicate with the Qualcomm and dispatch.

My first challenge of the week, which caused the most embarrassment, was getting my trailer's DOT bar stuck on a low curb while attempting to pull into a receiver in Lynnwood, WA (Lowe's retail store), I pulled as far wide as I could and went as fast as I could but still got caught up on the narrow curb, the setup for the store is simply not designed for 70 foot CMVs and the turn by turn directions from May's Qualcomm, frankly left much to be desired, in fact I am finding out that most of the turn by turn directions leave much to be desired (not griping just pointing out a fact!, they do). So I basically had approached the turn from the wrong way, the tow driver even admitted that he has had to unstick many trailers from this specific area and May safety even admitted that they have had drivers get stuck there many times. There is a good side to this - 1) No damage to the trailer ; 2) Customer even admitted that this has happened before, so no property claim filed. (You could literally see the divets, chunks and ruts made by previous DOT bars in the EXACT same spot. So at the end of it, I thanked God and my lucky stars and got back moving.

My second challenge was getting lost for my second delivery to Costco warehouse in South San Francisco, ironically this Costco was the one I felt that I had the best directions to. My first delivery was 4 AM at the Costco warehouse off 10th street in San Fran. I hadn't been able to get ahold of the customer for better turn by turn directions all day the day before. As my luck would have it, when I exited off the baybridge Exit 1C a local Costco semi pulled behind me and then around me, the driver paused and waved his hand out the window, basically saying follow me, so I did, Right up to the entrance to their underground dock, I got to the receiver window ,had to wait 30 minutes (keep in mind i was early and arrived at 320) on the street and pulled in, their underground structure is huge! Plenty of space to do a pull through with a 70 foot vehicle and line up for a straight back.

It was my second and final stop in SF that presented the challenge, this Costco is off S.Airport Blvd and though I had gotten the best turn by turn directions I could, the construction going on made for a maze of confusing signs , I ended up having to take this giant loop around twice to figure it out, I did and was 20 minutes late, I communicated that on my Qualcomm, I was advised that was okay and was given my next load assignment. Since both costcos were live unloads , I took an empty to the Home depot RDC in Tracy, CA.

The shipper did not have the paperwork ready and it took about an hour to figure it all out, I remained patient and waited and communicated the info and got it sorted out. When I hooked up to the trailer however, I noticed that the trailer airlines were hanging way lower than the DOT 8 inches, by that point I had been up since 1 am and I was really fricking tired! I used mac #6 for our OTRS and they got a trailer mechanic by .....5 hours later. At that point I communicated that I was out of hours to pick this load up and conveyed to nearby parking.

When I went back to the trialer the next morning, I discoved that the service glad hand connection piece on the trailer had a slow leak! I missed it the day before being so tired after being up since 1 am and waiting five hours for the trailer guy, had to then take it to a shop about 8 miles away and waited another 3 or so hours to get it in and repaired. I was then off on the road....finally! And made it to the pilot off i80 east (cant rmemeber the exit number) did a pull through and parked for the evening. The next day I was off to my receiver a home depot retail store.

I see why TT doesn't reccomend local or dollar general accounts for new guys and gals, the stores simply aren't set up for a 70 foot vehicle to maneuver and they have stuff everywhere! I finally got the trialer in and had to swap out a empty for loaded triaker and put the loaded triaker in the same dock as the empty. Did all that and got a preplan for a load where the planner hadn't seen that I was out of legal hours to run it. So I ran the empty to the shipper communicated why I couldn't take the preplan and dropped our empty and conveyed to a safe place to park for a 10.

I thought I would get back hours to run today but, I guess not as I gota hos warning flag for my 70 in the way to the shipper, that load got voided and I conveyed to the loves where I am at now.

I'm just looking back over my week and seeing what I can do to improve for my next week after reset

Hope that all makes sense

Posted:  1 day, 8 hours ago

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Urgent question

I'm taking my 34 in the truck, at a Loves station.

Your 34 is all off duty. SB is while you are in the sleeper section of your truck.

Posted:  1 day, 8 hours ago

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In today's episode of "what makes people look down on truck drivers"

Snitches get stitches bro, not threatening yah or nothing but its a fact, where I come from if you go narcing on someone, its taking bread off the table and that's not right. Stop and put yourself in another guy's shoes before you hand out military justice, being a new guy if I was in a tight spot and someone went calling my company and issuing a complaint, I'd be hot and if I got fired because someone went all self righteous and stuff, yea....I'd be looking and it'd take my family and friends to bring me down to earth.

We all get in a tight spot at times and do what we have to do, like everyone has said, be on the team and help out, its not always black and white out here.....

I stand by what I said. Making excuses for poor decisions and "what ifs" aren't something my playbook. The final outcome is the terminal point. If my last name was England I'd have issue with how my company was just represented. Just because it's been done and other people do it, doesn't make it a professional action. You can also bet that everyone who pulled in that late morning formed a negative opinion of the driver and the company who hired him. I am not going to argue with anyone. If this is how you do it out there, then that's how you'll be taken and you will not be improving your image or the image of the industry.

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Plan on where you will stop. I always park in a spot because it is part of my daily trip plan.

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Scott I agree completely! The 6 P's come to mind. Plan your trip and have contingency plans in case plan A falls short.

Posted:  1 day, 8 hours ago

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Urgent question

Cool. I am here at Loves 💘 in Hepburn, Idaho for my 34, I had to bobtail in PC like 7 miles or so as I was simply out of my 70 hour to move on legally. I am going to take a few minutes and post a first week update soon (as in as soon as I am done typing this comment) please he patient as I am typing on my phone and it is time consuming to spell check and double check in order to make sure I don't sound like.....special....yea...lol

Posted:  1 day, 8 hours ago

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Nation catching on to consequences of truck driver shortage

I delivered TP to Costco the other day, kept my mouth shut, figured it was a gold run....lol

Will some start hoarding gasoline as they did toilet paper a year ago?

Posted:  1 day, 10 hours ago

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Urgent question

May I take a 34 hour reset in sleeper berth status or not?

Posted:  3 days, 8 hours ago

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My 20 is....whats yours?

Speedco repair shop off Ripon CA by the CA 120, trailer air lines are leaking from....SOMEWHEREEEEEEE OVER THE RAINBOWWWWWWWW, WHERE THE SKIES ARE BLUEEEEEE SO GLAD IM NOT PAYING FOR IT AND MY I BET YOU ARRREEE TOOO!

But seriously the lines on this one were well below the 18 inches of DOT minimum acceptable standard and when I hooked up to it and pressurized it....HISSSSSSSSSSS....yea.....

Where yall at ,how's your days treating yah?

Posted:  4 days, 2 hours ago

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Save my cats!

Auto turrets.......

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Posted:  5 days ago

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XPO Local LTL For New CDL Grads?

If they make you sign a contract for a bonus, there are 5,000 ways they can take that back too besides a 2 year commitment, id tread carefully on that, if it sounds too good to be true.......it usually is. Thats the nature of contracts.

Other than that I have no experience and thus no opinion about XPO, I do see their trucks running around alot in the Portland Metro area when I'm home, they seem solid from the looks of their equipment.

Posted:  5 days, 2 hours ago

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Is my class A still any use?

Id keep it for sure buddy, it could open doors to you later down the line. Just because you failed at SWIFT, does not mean that life is over, that no one will hire you ever again, that you will never recover etc, dont throw out the baby with the bath water bud.

I will say that you need to do some soul searching and find out if OTR is really something that you can handle, because frankly it does take a certain maturity and grit to do it. There are alot of variables that come at you quickly and if you dont or aren't able to adjust to those variables quickly than it can make for a bad day equally as quickly. It seems to me,if I can be honest you're like you might benefit better from a more structured environment (read as stable work hours knowing what your wage is, what hours you will work and be home?) If you need that , than OTR will be ahem.....hell...lack of better words ...for you. Im 44 and have more of life under my belt and there are times even I get thrown for a loop. Keep your head up, don't do anything rash.

A word if caution about dump truck drivers and cement haulers, respectfully they tend to be a gritty crowd, most of construction is. You have to be able to keep up, be safe and quickly produce,otherwise the results you hear could be less respectful than the Exit talk you had with SWIFT safety, just putting that out there.

But yea, keep the CDL, it could really put you ahead someday... Best of luck man again dont do anything rash.

Posted:  5 days, 3 hours ago

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Just want to let you know I am hanging in there

Thanks all, today I find myself a little frustrated at lack of clear communication and directions, working through it the best I can and going to leave early in the AM to give myself plenty of time in case I get lost in SF. Wish me luck.

Moe

Posted:  6 days, 20 hours ago

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Just want to let you know I am hanging in there

Hey guys, I'm still with May, still trucking, I'm trying to learn as much as I cam ,but still have not had much time to update my journal , as it is I have a weekend trip SF on dispatch and I need to plan that and shower before hand.

I am keeping up with packrat (outside of forum). I do have. Lots to share but just not time to constructively do so as thus gets easier I hope to have more time for the tappy, tippy on the internet. Plus I'm using my phone while out here I dobt have a laptop yet

Moe

Posted:  1 week, 2 days ago

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What makes local truck driving so appealing to drivers VS Over the road?

I'll assume this is a legit post and not merely a troll, if in the name of helping you with the TRUTH, we are trucking truth after all. The appeal to me eventually going local has pretty much already been stated by the gentlemen previously. In a nutshell, its STABILITY. The OTR lifestyle is not kind to lend itself to stability. When I can work the same long hour days,but sleep in my own bed, have more time at home for my hobbies and family.. yea....its a no brainer. .

Personally I have been thinking of a local fuel hauling route when my OTR days are done, lots of money in tankers, set schedules etc...no brainer really

Hope that helps what you are looking for....

Posted:  1 week, 2 days ago

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So you want to own your own truck?

Call me stupid or perhaps a conspiracy theorist, but I honestly believe trucks are made to break these days. Its like cars, keep em up to 3 or 5 years and trade em in before the problems start, in and out seems like a waste to me frankly. Not saying the older trucks didn't have their issues either, but methinks the QC and designs are so poor these days that its almost anything but clearly intentional.

That said, I have already decided it would take an act of God and congress combined for me to ever want to buy, lease or own my own truck, hell, I knew that BEFORE I started trolling around here on TT 😜

Posted:  2 weeks ago

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Finally....... I have solod out with MAY

Its been a long road to get here, yall who know me know. Could have been shorter and not as painful had I listened more fully at times, but today I have passed all the requirements to solo out with MAY. I got to our Yolo, CA yard tommorrow to pick up my truck and bring a load back to our brooks oregon station.

My plan is to then take 3 days of solid home time with my family and to rest, wash clothes, restock and then head out to start running. I have alot of bills to catch up on, one thing at a time I am enjoying the victory today! Thank you to all who have followed, encouraged and rebuked me when needed.

I'm currently packing organizing as I ma moving out out of the truck I have slept in the last 4 nights and going to CA tommorrow. Thought I would put this on the general section. Havent hd a chance to keep up with my journal, mybad on that alot to do this last 2 weeks.

Thanks again yall, hopefully see some of yall out there, be safe drivers!

Moe

Posted:  2 weeks ago

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Hole in the wall food places

Off of exit 180 on i84 there is an small old school style truck stop, 2 big open gravel lots, fuel etc. They have killer freaking burgers and fries. I went there this past weekend when I was on a team drive/assessment (safety) with May this past weekend. The safety guy is an old school trucker with over 40 years experience, knew of this and a couple of other joints, real cool guy.

When I rmemeber the name of it ill post a new tag here

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