Profile For PJ

PJ's Info

  • Location:
    Elberton, GA

  • Driving Status:
    Experienced Driver

  • Social Link:
    PJ On The Web

  • Joined Us:
    6 years, 11 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:  13 hours, 37 minutes ago

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No show when I gave notice

Welcome Dennis. Did they report that on your DAC or did they actually tell your employer that???

I would start by contacting their HR people. It sounds like you did your end correctly, however the ball got dropped.

I recently got a new DM. Lets just say we got off to a rocky start. I have found he likes to sensor some things and that is not a good thing. Hopefully once you inform HR how things went with your proof they will straighten it all out.

Lawsuits in my opinion are worthless. Big companies have staff lawyers and you probably don’t. Don’t even waste your time and energy. Work within their system to resolve it and move on.

I want to applaud you for being an active dad. Too many men and women shirk that responsibility these days.

Posted:  21 hours, 19 minutes ago

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Papa Pigs Zainy Rookie Solo Adventures

I also agree papa’s last post is golden.

Posted:  21 hours, 52 minutes ago

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Wanting to become an Owner/Operator

When all this pandamic stuff started my company told us if our freight dropped of, their babup plan was to haul for walmart and amazon. My DM told me if I wanted to volunteer to do it I could, but I would go broke pulling for amazon. He didn’t give me any specific rates, and I didn’t ask. I felt if he was warning me it must be a bad idea. There are old trucks pulling amazon trailers all over with paper cab cards attached to the windshield. This means it was just purchased. Names on the doors are ones that appear to be new. That tells me they are giving many new O/O a shot.

Posted:  2 days, 21 hours ago

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To Roadmaster in Millington,TN,I go!!!!!!!!!

Bubbles don’t let that get in your way. You know where you need to study up now. This situation is not uncommon. Keep your head up and prepare. You got this!!!

Moe our prayers are with you!!!

Posted:  2 days, 21 hours ago

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Roehl/TMC/Maverick

I’m guessing your going flatbed by the companies you listed. They all are good companies. All companies have flaws, just like drivers. They are just different. You need to look at what is important to you. IE: Honetime options, rider policy, pay, etc. All 3 of those run great equip, may be spec’d a little different.

I would have as a priority what is their freight volume in your area. Makes a big difference getting you home.

TMC is strictly flatbed

Maverick is flatbed and glass division. They sold off their refeer division

Roehl has flatbed, refeer, and dry van.

I went through Roehl in the dry van fleet 7 years ago. I had a great experience with them.

Posted:  3 days, 20 hours ago

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Roehl or CFI?

Welcome. Both companies are top notch. I started at Roehl 7 years ago. I have nothing but good things to say of my experiences with them. Several other members got their start there also.

Pick the one that fits your needs the best.

Posted:  3 days, 20 hours ago

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WTF?

First off I want to say thank you to OP for your service. Many of us here are former military.

I understand your point that you should be able to jump right back in and restart vs starting over.

You are comparing private industry to government run business. No comparisson there. Also based on the posting it gives me a sense of a lack of commitment if things don’t go your way. IE you got mad at your trucking company and went back in the military. Now you don’t like the terms of the military so you are leaving again. Employeers look at those types of things closely. It costs money to get a driver up and running.

The trucking industry has many different avenues for a driver to pursue. All drivers are different with different wants, needs and desires. You just need to find the area that best suits you.

My best advice would be to look at smaller fleets and/or private fleets.

Posted:  4 days, 9 hours ago

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What do you do when you're out of hours and still waiting for (un/)load?

Depends on company policy first.

If your company allows it use on duty yard move to and from door. Sleeper berth during dock time provided your not loading/unloading. Off duty PC to nearest safe parking and annotate customer made you leave.

Posted:  4 days, 9 hours ago

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How often are you really "late?"

James there are seperate issues with being late. First being the companies fault, secound being yours.

There is nothing you can do about the company planning loads poorly or their equipment breaking down. That is squarely on them, not your fault. Don’t worry about it.

You look at the load, plan it out and if you see an issue tell them about it over your company device. That way there is a paper trail to prove you did your part correctly. If you are late because you messed up then own up to it, figure out what went wrong and fix it.

I ran alot of loads that were blown by the company for about a year. They knew I would salvage it the best I could. Sometimes it worked, sometimes it didn’t. Was never my fault so I dealt with it and moved on.

The only way it counts against you is when it is your fault.

Posted:  4 days, 11 hours ago

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School VS Paid Training Tough Decision

Sims are a great tool. I was a sim instructor in LE for 12 years. They don’t teach skill, they teach thought process.

Posted:  4 days, 11 hours ago

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School VS Paid Training Tough Decision

They have you run 120k solo miles to forgive the school cost. If you count school, training, and those solo miles may reach 15 months.

They have a top notch school. I still get emails a couple times a year asking if I want to come back. I found my happy place doing tankers, otherwise I would go back.

Posted:  4 days, 15 hours ago

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To Roadmaster in Millington,TN,I go!!!!!!!!!

You got this.

The morning of my exam it snowed about 3” overnight. At least you have decent weathergood-luck.gif

Posted:  4 days, 15 hours ago

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School VS Paid Training Tough Decision

Who is requiring 15 months?? Generally it is in the neighborhood of 12 months solo. 7k seems a little high as well. The starting pay doesn’t look too bad for a brand new rookie student.

After your first 1-2 years things will open up much more. Learn all you can and don’t hit or tear up stuff and you will be amazed how many companies would love to hire you.

I went through Roehl 7 years ago. Failure was not in my vocabulary. I committed 150 percent and so did they. They want students to be successful.

A couple months ago my gf and I had the chance to visit her school in colorado. She graduated 20 months ago. They were very thrilled she is doing very well. She was smiling ear to ear driving in with a very nice truck and pulling a tanker.

Posted:  4 days, 15 hours ago

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Driver appreciation week

I got a $10 gift card from the tank wash.

Posted:  4 days, 23 hours ago

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Where ive been at whats been going on

Our prayers are with you and your family. Keep the faith sir!!!

Posted:  5 days, 17 hours ago

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Passed my physical and written test!

Congrats first of many milestones that lay aheaddancing.gif

Posted:  5 days, 20 hours ago

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Omg, locked my keys in my truck again

Oh yes it has it just in case the battery in the fob or truck goes dead.

Posted:  5 days, 20 hours ago

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Wanting to become an Owner/Operator

You go through more money, however that is gross not takehome.

Your list is a bit different in what your going to haul. You will go broke hauling amazon. That is cheap freight. I know they are not very picky and will just about give a contract to anyone.

The only way I would buy a day cab is to run completely local. Too many things can happen running regional where you would rack up alot of hotel costs.

Under my own authority, I would have to have a contract in place with a customer with a decent rate. Brokers are not the way to go. Being a new owner, that can be very hard to get.

Plus you have alot of reporting to do. Are you familiar with those??

I run leased onto my company. I get my insurance thtough them which is a little less than half what I could buy it on my own. That is huge. Also they supply the loads, trailers, and front office support. I also tun their fuel card and get savings there.

It will cost you a minimum of around 30k to get started under your own authority and that is on the cheaper side. That doesn’t count for having money in the bank for repairs when they occur. You will make more on the front end than a company driver, but by the time you acvomplish all the other necessary things it will bring you back to company drivers wages, with alot more headaches. A breakdown or miss filing your required paperwork on time you will make less and possibly get shutdown by dot.

There is much more to owning a truck and running a business than just driving. It can get complicated and expensive.

Posted:  5 days, 21 hours ago

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Changing jobs I have question.

That sounds like a racket to me. That is an awfully high percentage. Just my opinion.

Posted:  5 days, 23 hours ago

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Omg, locked my keys in my truck again

This is why I have power locks. Fob on my belt. Nice when its raining too

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