Profile For PJ

PJ's Info

  • Location:
    Elberton, GA

  • Driving Status:
    Experienced Driver

  • Social Link:
    PJ On The Web

  • Joined Us:
    7 years, 9 months ago

PJ's Bio

Retired police officer from Ca. Relocated to Ga. I was looking for a second career that will give me some new experiences in life. I have 4 amazing daughters and 7 grandkids. A lot of my friends were truck drivers and loved the job, except being away from the family. I figured I would give it a shot and see what happens. I have learned alot about myself, the industry and life in general. I love my new career. My email is

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Posted:  2 days, 10 hours ago

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Off to ROEHL I go!!!

Ouch, I always hate hearing things like this. As a fellow rider I feel for you Chris. Just a blessing it wasn’t any worse.

Tankers are a whole new world sir!! What kind and who with??

Tanker work is not all the same for sure.

Posted:  2 days, 11 hours ago

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An absolute nightmare.

Contact the supervisor of that post and see if they will have an officer file am amendment. I’m sure this was just sloppy police work. The officer made a mistake and the supervidor that approved the report apparently missed it also.

Posted:  3 days, 9 hours ago

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EPU questions

There is a process you go through to set the truck to auto start when the voltage drops to a certain point. Once it charges up it will shut off. I think freighliner calls it opti idle. Each manufacturer is a bit different in their process to set it when you park.

Posted:  3 days, 9 hours ago

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An absolute nightmare.

Your doing what you can at this point. Your best case is taking their doc to dmv and have them clean up the problem.

I can’t run background checks, the company I am leased onto do those for me when needed.

I wish you luck with the situation.

Posted:  5 days, 6 hours ago

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Birthday Shout Out!!! IDMtnGal !!!!!!

Happy Birthday Laura🎉🎉🎉🎉🎉

Posted:  1 week, 5 days ago

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Owner operator question.

Keep doing what your doing. Leave the repair bills and headaches to someone else.

Trucks are going to breakdown. Fact of life. I have 2 trucks and in the last month I have pumped approx. 9k into them for various things. That hurts the budget. I haven’t seen a real paycheck in a couple months. When they are up and running I make really good money. However when they go down it hurts.

Last year I ended up with about 60k after all was said and done. That is pretax also. Good company drivers earn that and then some.

It really is a roll of the dice.

Posted:  2 weeks, 4 days ago

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Refinancing a leased company truck- when, where, how?

I’m confussed. I’ve read the post 3 times and still confussed. Not that hard too do though!!

These zero down/walk away leases are just that. Most companies that do it that way lease used trucks. The company usually runs tgem 12-18 months, then lease them. As soon as you sign the contract they will start taking money for an escrow account. These vary widely. That is money they hold until you return the truck, then anything they feel it needs they repair and most often you never get a dime back.

You will also be paying for all the maintance. The company will tell you when and where to get repairs and pm’s done. Usually their shop.

It can be a way for someone to make a run at the business side, but all too often it doesn’t turn out well. Most finance compaines are interested in your experience overall in the industry and then look at your 3-5 yr detailed plan to make the business work and worth their investment. There have been many people buy their first truck that way.

There are tons of variables so if you have specific questions we can help more. Generic doesn’t cut it on this topic.

I can tell you if you have no money on hand and start out with nothing in the bank you are more likely than not to fail.

I have 2 older trucks running hard full time along with 3 qualified drivers, and sometimes the headaches just aren’t worth it. As I’m writing this I’m going into the website I use to pay the 2290 on both trucks. That’s 1100 cash.

Buying a new truck, hmmmm. They break down too. Yes they come with a warranty. First off it has to go to a dealer, many are backed up for weeks. Espically on warranty work. They make very little on those and hate doing them. The warranty will cover the repair, not the lost revenue. Do you have a plan for renting a truck in that event???

I could keep addressing various aspects but would only be in general. Again specifics including type of freight and where you will get it is much needed for any useful information.

Ask away!!!

Posted:  3 weeks ago

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Need advice!

Nothing you could have done. Let it go. You aren’t the one that did something wrong. Just thank god everyone was ok!!!

Posted:  1 month ago

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Training Provider Registry website now taking registrations

So am I reading this right? If a cdl holder now wants to add a pass or hz mat endorsement they will have to take a class before they can take the skills test??

Posted:  1 month, 1 week ago

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Rainy you are in no way any disappointment to anyone. You have been experiencing one of those tough times in life. You will need to find a way to slow it down a little. Get as much rest as possible. Your an amazing person and problem solver. You will make it through. I’m very sorry to hear this news about your mom. Our prayers are with you and your mom.

Wishing you all the best young lady!!!

Posted:  1 month, 1 week ago

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HOS Rules; New 8/2 or 7/3 Split

That sounds like a company policy. To my knowledge the individual states do not have the authority to override the feds on HOS.

Posted:  1 month, 1 week ago

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Meet & Greet

Happy Birthday Sir🎉🎉🎉

Dispatch is keeping me going all the wrong directions, but I have a fix for that. While your in Franklin we’ll ride the bike up and have lunch.

Stay dry and safe!!

Posted:  1 month, 2 weeks ago

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Finally, an update.

I agree sounds great... Tight places are always a pain no matter what. Always take your time and look it over good. Ask the workers there how is the best way. It’s their house and they see alot of trucks. They usually know, but don’t say anything unless asked.

Keep up the great work!!!

Posted:  1 month, 2 weeks ago

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So am I hired?

It looks like your not focusing on what is important. You need to concentrate on the training, not other extetnal things. If you need the job as badly as you say, you can make it through 3 weeks.

Your buddy from class decisions have no consequences for you. Sounds like you don’t know what the contract says you signed. I would recommend you read it closely before making and decisions.

Posted:  1 month, 2 weeks ago

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Want to become a owner operator in the next 2 years.

Welcome Matt, you are working your butt off for sure. Buying a truck is the easy part. The hard part is making money with it. This industry is very complex.

First off you must work for someone else and learn the business. Depending what part of the industry you are intetested in, depends on things you have to know. It’s all different.

Second putting 40k down you could get whatever you want. New or used. Buying a truck either way is a crap shoot. New ones have problems and when you think, yes well it is under warranty. Don’t kid yourself, those repairs are plagued with issues sometimes. Plus dealers generally put those at the back of the line over cash paying customers. Used your paying out of pocket. Last June I lost a turbo and it damaged some emission system items. Total bill w/towing was $19,500. plus 10 days of lost revenue.

3rd wether you run under your own authority or lease onto a company. Both are complex with their individual issues.

My point is it is not just put some money together, buy a truck and money starts pouring in.

I have been at this 3 years as an o/o and 7.5 years driving. I spent 3 years prior to making the jump in setting up a plan that I could make work for me. I have done ok, nothing great, but ok and I’m happy with my results.

Wishing you succuss in the future.

Posted:  1 month, 3 weeks ago

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Funny thing happened

Hey ya’ll. I had an interesting thing occur last night I thought I would share. It has a valid point in it for new drivers.

I am on a load that was several days late when they gave it to me. I called the rec’r and let them know I had their load and would see them in the morning at 0900, the stated appt time.

The supervisor was very helpful. He asked if I could make it to him tonight? I told him it was possible but I would be out of hours. He said that was fine, if I arrived tonight he told me how to scale in and to park in the unloading bay. They would unload me first thing in the morning. I said that was great and thanked him.

I arrived and another company has dedicated loads in here. They deliver in the same spot. One of their drivers approached me and asked why I was parked in his spot. I told him I parked where the plant wanted me. He told me that had to be a mistake and it was his spot, that I needed to move.

Well me being me I asked him how it was he had more say so than the plant manger, but that was ok we would just call him and straighten this whole thing out quickly. He turned red and when I got my phone out he said never mind and went back to his truck.

This morning plant manager came in early and started unloading me and thanked me for following his directions, was making his job easier this morning.

Moral to the story, never take another drivers word as gospel. Many try and be helpful, but some are just idiots looking out for themselves. Always always think for yourself.

Posted:  1 month, 3 weeks ago

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How safe is it to stop in Laredo, TX?

Yes indeed, I go in/out of st paul often these days and have the past year. Zero problems.

We went to Portland last June and delivered downtown. Why they have a chemical plant downtown is another issue. Security was very tight. But no real problems.

In chicago often and again no problems.

Haven’t been to Laredo in awhile, but never any issues. I may be starting to go back again in the near future, but I have no concerns.

As packrat said situational awarness is the key.

Posted:  1 month, 3 weeks ago

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TransAm Trucking Update

Jason no one will yell at you. OS said it pretty well.

I really don’t understand how you learned anything different by leasing vs being a company driver. You certainly had more to learn at the same time.

Glad to hear your making it work for you. Just make sure you keep up with your taxes, because the irs isn’t very forgiving.

Wish you all the best.

Posted:  1 month, 3 weeks ago

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Sad day for my family today

Our prayers are with you and your family Moe. Pets become a real part of the family.

Glad your doing well getting back out here. Keep up the good work sir!!

Posted:  1 month, 4 weeks ago

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Bad News Good News

Hardie is kicking out the product for sure. We haul the primer and paint they use. Been crazy busy.

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