Profile For PJ

PJ's Info

  • Location:
    Elberton, GA

  • Driving Status:
    Experienced Driver

  • Social Link:
    PJ On The Web

  • Joined Us:
    5 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 pat.jerrold@gmail.com

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Posted:  7 hours ago

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Thinking of Packrat...

Setting up a new truck is always such a pain... I’m glad your back up to speed sir!!! I’m heading out shortly for canada again, this seems to be getting to be a habit, lol. Stay safe sir!!!

Posted:  2 days, 10 hours ago

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The TruckingTruth Meet Up Thread

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Tractorman and I at California Speedway.

Posted:  4 days, 12 hours ago

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One year in the books

Congrats on this important milestone of your career!!!!. It is a biggy for sure. Backing is one of those things that are just summed up as “some backs are better than others”.. dancing-banana.gif

Posted:  4 days, 12 hours ago

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Get out of the truck and explore

Great pics turtle. Your also 3 hours from the central coast with tons of amazing wineries. Just take 198 to 41 south and head straight. It’s my old stomping grounds. I lived in Lemoore for 32 years. The yellowstone trip sounds amazing also.

Posted:  5 days, 9 hours ago

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Pleasant Suprises

Brian I sure will for sure. I was a rehire with Quality Carriers. My terminal manager brought me in at 65% and they just gave me a raise to 66. Top out is 67 and that generally takes 6 years of tanker experience to achieve. My boss told me in 6 months he will top me out. That will put me top step in 3 years of tanker experience. I have done well and they appreciate it.

I only posted this info so new folks can see yet another example of the basic premise here. Work hard, be honest and you will do well.

Thanks for all the kind words everyone.

Posted:  5 days, 9 hours ago

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Christian truck drivers

Amen!!! I too keep a bible in the cubby above the driver seat. I am very blessed and I thank god everyday for those blessings. In the south we have a saying. Bless their heart is what I say everytime someone does something stupid. For those that have never heard the term, lets just say its not a term of endearmeantshocked.png

Posted:  5 days, 15 hours ago

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Company flipping me from day driving to night driving over and over

The response you got is dead on correct. It all depends on your location, available hours, and freight. I do it more than I care too at times, but that is the luck of the draw..

Posted:  5 days, 23 hours ago

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Pleasant Suprises

We go through life and often get suprises, not all of them pleasant ones. However sometimes they can be very pleasant. Thought I would share one.

Last week was a little rough. Had a few hiccups and things went wrong on 2 of three loads. Not the way anyone wants their week to go. However through good effective communication with my dispatcher and customers we were able to resolve the issues. I ran my 70 pretty low and went to the terminal in East St Louis for a reset. My girlfriend was heading to Edwardsville Il with a delivery and we both got to do a reset together. It was very unexpected and pleasant. I thought it can’t get any better!! Right?? Wrong

Friday while at the terminal taking care of some routine stuff the training supervisor saw me and we chatted a few minutes. He asked if I had a few free minutes and I said sure what can I help you with. He asked I come meet some new hires in his class and talk with them a few minutes. He told me I can tell them anything and it won’t have the impact it will coming from you as one of our successful drivers. I agreed. Not having any clue what to expect. I met with 4 students and answered questions from very different topics. One common one was they asked about the company speed policy. I let them know very quickly that policy is not one to mess with and it is the fastest way to get fired. One actually thanked me and said he thought the training and safety folks were just trying to scare them. I shared several tips how they can be safe and minimize risk and wrapped it up. It was a very cool experience for me. I realized later of course after my girlfriend pointed it out, lol that the folks I work with have a very high regard for my contribution to the company.

The boss man caught me while I was there and asked if my pay increase was on my check. I said I didn’t think so. He said well keep an eye on it, It was approved by corporate last week.

We talk all the time here about the perks that will come along to those top tier drivers within any company. This was a great example of that.

I got a raise, had a chance to speak with some new hires and give them some information to help them be safe, and a wonderful weekend with a very special lady in my life. What a great ending to an otherwise stressful week.

Posted:  6 days ago

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Packrat

Packrat just take it easy and wait it out. Get well soon sir!!!

Posted:  6 days, 7 hours ago

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Doing The Happy Dance.. My sweetie is doing better

Sorry to hear you both went through hell. Great he is recovering well. Congrats on the engagement. I’ll keep you both in my prayers.

Posted:  1 week ago

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Who adds remarks to elogs?

ALWAYS put remarks in with duty status changes!!!!!

Posted:  1 week ago

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Detention Stamps

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On some loads we have alot of seals. Everything that leads into the tank has to be sealed and thats before loading. Most of the newer tanks that’s 8. 1 for a set of doors should be pretty easy to keep up with.

Posted:  1 week ago

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Last day

Congrats on the new gig. I’m sure you will have a positive impact on that organization just as you have at schneider.

Posted:  1 week ago

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Using The Throttle While Letting Out On The Clutch

I was taught the same as you were and use it daily for the last 6 years and never had an issue. If it’s not the correct way, it sure works well.

Posted:  1 week ago

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How Many Times Do You ACTUALLY UNLOAD YOURSELF?

Rick it varies widely depening on the freight being pulled and the type of company your employed by. When I pulled a box for large companies I never had to unload, except one time they asked me to repower a load and forgot to mention it was a store account. I learned really quick what those were about.

I pulled a flatbed for a private fleet and we had cranes on the trailers. We unloaded every piece ourselves and it was usually 5-19 stops per load.

In the tanker world. About half my loads I have to unload. Drag a hose a few feet, hook up an air hose, and open a valve. Pretty simple as long as you do it correctly.

Posted:  1 week, 2 days ago

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Hills brothers

As I understand cbd it does not contain thc. Thc is the part that makes people high, and is the part looked for in drug tests

Posted:  1 week, 3 days ago

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Prime sues Prime

OS I think your crystal ball is pretty clear. He is advertising pretty intently for people to jump into the home delivery business. It’s a franchise gig and of course he is offering to lease the vans to the franchise. So dropping the trailers at those franchise locations would be the best way for him to save money on warehouse facilities.

I have talked with a couple O/O’s pulling them and they were complaining rates have been dropping.

Posted:  1 week, 4 days ago

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Actual Annual Lease Op Numbers

Rob T that is what I spent on that report. There is another accounting for the maint account. I do it a little different. I started with my own money in it up front and at the end of the year I make a deposit into it.

Rob D I haven’t looked but that math is pretty close. I track it each month. It varies month to month, but averages around 8k a month

Just a reminder to new folks reading this. I have income outside trucking and the money I make with the truck is extra, so to speak. I am single and do not support a family on my income, which gives me alot of latitude in my life. That said I have done as well as I choose to. The truck has been awesome and not required alot. Mainly normal wear and tear. 1 major issue and that 77 cpm will be much lower.

Posted:  1 week, 4 days ago

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Actual Annual Lease Op Numbers

It’s pretty simple. I’m certainly not making a bunch more than a good company driver. Also this is pulling chemicals not box freight. It tends to stay a little more stable in pricing from my experiences.

Posted:  1 week, 4 days ago

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Actual Annual Lease Op Numbers

Brett that is where my bookeeper puts the truck payment and its combined with a building I lease for the trucks purposes

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