Profile For PJ

PJ's Info

  • Location:
    Elberton, GA

  • Driving Status:
    Experienced Driver

  • Social Link:
    PJ On The Web

  • Joined Us:
    8 years, 7 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 pat.jerrold@gmail.com

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Posted:  8 hours, 25 minutes ago

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My new gig

That’s one I never did. They offered once, but I was doing well the way things were at the time. Have fun with it!!!

Posted:  8 hours, 29 minutes ago

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New chapter in my life

Wile that was awhile ago. Not anything out there but granite sheds these days. Town hasn’t changed much from what they tell me. I moved there the end of 2012 after I retired. Since then I know it hasn’t changed much at all, and the town elders try very hard to keep it that way.

Posted:  8 hours, 32 minutes ago

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New chapter in my life

Senior chief, the business name is gunsmoke transport. It’s been a royal pain in the butt, however first load is in process….

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Posted:  11 hours, 22 minutes ago

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Almost done the 6 week training

The floating gears thing is more personal preference than anything else in my opinion. Several factors go into it. Load weight and terrain being the biggies. It doesn’t matter on the splitting part except the rpm differences. I have never heard of a cdl school actually teaching it, because you can’t do it for the state cdl exam. The company yout with probably thinks they are saving money on clutches. Either way, while your on a trainers truck his is the final rule unless it is illegal or unsafe.

Backing I’m assuming your driving a standard refer trailer and not a spread axle. Where are your tandems set?? makes a big difference on the reaction and speed on steering input. The further up they are the quicker it pivots and reacts overall. Backing is always a challenge for me, espically when I’m tired. Do what feels right for you. You have the foundation of the mechanics but sometimes we find little things that help us just a bit. All trucks and trailers, and the combination are different, that just takes practice. Any 90 get a little angle in the trailer toward the hole on setup will make it easier.

Anytime your backing fold the tail in before you start. Those things are a pain. Fold it down and you don’t have to worry about swing or how far your in the space. Bumping anything in my opinion is not acceptable.

The only stupid question is the one not asked.

Best wishes for your new journey.

Posted:  1 week ago

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Trailer airline securement

Yes it is. Mine have been that way for 4 years and cleared 3 inspections. Most important is they are not touching the catwalk.

Posted:  1 week, 3 days ago

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Owner operator advice

You are probably not cut out for this from the questions you are asking. First of all if you lease onto a company you can get your insurance through them, which is far cheaper. Schnieder pays 65 percent of the linehaul to you. You will be hard put to find a decent driver with what you will be able to pay, when they can go directly to the company themself and get a benifit package.

Getting your own authority gets to be a complicated process, starting with you showing proof of insurance. Your insurance rate could be even higher depending on the driving record of your driver.

I’m not saying you can’t do what your describing, but it will be very expensive. You need to really take a harder look and spend some time learning the industry.

Posted:  1 week, 3 days ago

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New chapter in my life

Thanks Pete and I fully understand your reasoning. The Quala off 94 I rarely went to, probably why we never crossed paths. I either used Dana in Summit or Quala in Joliet.

Posted:  1 week, 3 days ago

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MAJOR ANNOUNCEMENT

You already know the Mack Anthem is expensive to fix, so is the Pinnacle. I bought a volvo vnl 730 and after 18 months sold it. Parts are expensive and some are hard to come by.

Right now wait, get a loaner and keep working for the company. None of us are sure where things are headed right now. Things will turn around again at some point. This industry is like one perputual roller coaster ride. Always ups and downs.

Posted:  1 week, 3 days ago

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Truck

Tonights view!!!

Posted:  1 week, 3 days ago

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Truck

Almost G, but I love it. Even though it is a 13 it drives like a new one. It gets everything it needs and then some….

Posted:  1 week, 3 days ago

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Truck

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Anne that is the dash and a glimpse of the pedals. Gunsmoke likes nice things🤭

Posted:  1 week, 3 days ago

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Mixed Feelings on Helping

It’s always a mixed bag of nuts, but you don’t know till you open it…. If asked I will try….I get asked alot, maybe because drivers look at my truck and assume I know something, not sure. If they show to be stupid, I just tell them good luck and roll on….I really feel sorry for some folks, but you can’t fix outright stupid..

Posted:  1 week, 3 days ago

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My Journey Continues - The Latest Gig

G you are more industrios than I. That is cool, just not for me. Stay safe sir!!!!

Posted:  1 week, 3 days ago

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Veterans ride

Anyone interested and able to attend. Myrtle Beech SC has the spring bike week next week. Wed the 18th is a veterans ride going from myrtle Beech to Moncks corner and back. Approx 150 mi or so ride for veterans. Colleen and I are riding in it. Anyone attending look us up.

Posted:  1 week, 3 days ago

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New chapter in my life

Steve you should have hollerad at me. We have a nice little town for sure. I’m out in the country with plenty of truck parking…. Greenwood is a bit off the beaten path for sure… Shout out if your coming through sir!!!!

Posted:  1 week, 4 days ago

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Truck

2013 Peterbilt 389. It’s the profile pick. It has a chrome shop addiction, but otherwise pretty nice!!

Posted:  1 week, 4 days ago

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New chapter in my life

Thanks everyone we appreciate all the kind words. I should be ready by the middle to end of next week. Guess I’ll just have to sit out the DOT Blitz week next week, lol.

Posted:  1 week, 6 days ago

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New chapter in my life

Thanks Bruce, setting up new gov’t accounts are a pain. Renewals are far easier.

I’m definetly a different breed of cat, for sure. I understand how hard work and determination can lead to wonderful things in this life. I’m from one of those old generations. My folks and family instilled some life long commitments to me for sure. For which I am eternally grateful.

I do want to say this for anyone who reads this. I rarely talk about my personnal situation because it’s not the purpose of this site. I have done many things in this industry most will never experience, and I thank God everyday for my blessings. However some us old folks that have been around for a long time together read between the lines.

We always encourage each other, because we know what all of us have experienced and know each of us old timers have a firm grasp on what we want and need to do. Newbie’s have that yet to learn, much less experience.

What I have done is NOT for anyone new to this industry by any measure. The countless amounts of effort that have gone into this is beyond belief, not to mention the risk factor and monetary commitment. It is not for everyone by any means. We love success stories because we all know how rough this industry can be.

Posted:  1 week, 6 days ago

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New chapter in my life

I already know about the new entrant audit. I’m not concerned. I run the same no matter who is looking over my shoulder.

Posted:  1 week, 6 days ago

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New chapter in my life

They have had the insurance coverage from Progressive for 2 weeks. We had to get the drug clearinghouse and boc-3 entered. We just got the drug test results for both of us and will enter today. That should make me active according to everything.

My insurance agent is actually a retired capt from ga dot and has been a big help.

The ifta license came with the decals. I’m just waiting now on the ga base plate.

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