Profile For PJ

PJ's Info

  • Location:
    Elberton, GA

  • Driving Status:
    Experienced Driver

  • Social Link:
    PJ On The Web

  • Joined Us:
    7 years, 1 month 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:  1 day, 8 hours ago

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What Is It Like Pulling Chemical Tankers?

Anne there are a few of us on here. The chemicals are not a problem when they stay where they are designed to be.

Tankers in my opinion are a thinking drivers gig. You must always be thinking about what you are doing to ensure you don’t make a mistake. Not difficult, just paying close attention. Both in handling the chemicals and driving.

I enjoy it. Alot of times we do nothing in the handling, other times we unload the stuff. I have found me a niche so I rarely pull hazmat anymore. The bulk of my loads are hauling paper additives for one customer which has turned out very well for me. Backhauls can be a mixed bag though.

Posted:  2 days, 7 hours ago

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The TruckingTruth Meet Up Thread

I had the pleasure of meeting Malcom yesterday. Had a wonderful supper and good discussion. Very nice guy and will do well if he gets into the industry.dancing-dog.gif

And yes I’m consistent. Forgot to get a photoshocked.pngshocked.png

Posted:  2 days, 8 hours ago

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AI technology is now playing a bigger role in driver-facing camera surveillance

We recently installed the Lytx system. The inward facing is said to be disabled. The tech that installed it put a piece of tape over the inside lens.

These devices are only going to be more prevelant in this industry. Petsonally I have no issues with it, just there. I always drive as safe as possible wether anyone is watching or not.

I got a call from my dm a couple weeks ago and said safety sent him 2 incidents, which were back to back where 2 cars cut in front of me and slammed on their brakes. He watched the incident(s) and said he saw nothing wrong, and my reaction was quick and proper, but safety was going to give me points for it. I told him I wanted to see the video and safety told him I am not allowed to see it. I guess they say you have to have a log into the system, which they will not give to drivers.

I totally disgree with their handling of the situation. I’ve heard nothing further and will not let it bother me. If they take some kind of action against me then I’ll worry about that.

Posted:  3 days, 15 hours ago

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Did I post in wrong Forum?

Malcolm I am going to be at the Quala tank wash this afternoon probably about 1530-1600. in Nennah. If you want we can grab a hot cup and I can discuss some stuff with you in person. I know these decisions can be overwhelming. I deliver tomorrow in Green Bay.

Posted:  4 days, 12 hours ago

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My story

Hmmm, why did he take that attitude. All we have done is point the differences out to him. I guess he drank a big gulp of the leaseing koolaid.

KJ if your still around sir, don’t get offended. All anyone did was share honest information with you. Of course your free to do as you wish with that information.

You were told several posts ago about my situation. I am on track to make right about what I did my rookie year as I said back then. The reason, I blew a turbo the first part of June. The estimate was approx 12k. After they got it all apart the final bill was 18,900 plus 1k for the tow. I was down 10 days. That cost me at least 10k in lost revenue. Freight prices were down this year over last. People see dollar signs and don’t stop to realize how much these trucks cost to maintain. After the first of the year I will be buying new tires, another 8k or so. Yes you could do it a little cheaper, but I run good tires.

You lease a truck your paying for the repairs and upkeep. Most lease drivers are not prepared for the “what can happen” and think they are making a ton of money.

No matter which way you go all of us here only wish you the best. good-luck.gif

Posted:  5 days, 1 hour ago

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Personal PSA Covid symptoms in truckers dont be a super trucker

That is terrible Mike, relax and get better soon.

Posted:  5 days, 13 hours ago

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From Houston area to PRIME inn in springfield MO

Welcome Jenny, too answer your question you can run US 59 up to Texarkana then I30 to Little Rock, I 430 to I40 to US 65 straight up into Springfield. It is all good road. You miss Dallas which I think is a big plus.

Second you make mention he has been the children’s primary care giver. Being gone alot is no doubt going to be very hard on all of you. The training period is just the beginning of the seperation time. This career is very hard on a family unit, espically if the children are young. Espically over Christmas.

It will be a huge adjustement period. Technogly makes it better with face time calling and such, but it is not like being there.

I wish ya’ll the best.

Posted:  5 days, 13 hours ago

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Advice for a GPS.

I started with a RM 720 then bought the 740 when it came out. I like them, but as said you have to take what they say with a grsin of salt. The power cords are the wesk points of both. I seem to replace those annualy.

I bought my gf a rm tablet and it is terrible. It likes to loose gos signal on a regular basis.

My truck has a built in gps using garmin routing. It works ok but not as accurate as the rm and doesn’t have the truck stops listed in it.

Posted:  5 days, 13 hours ago

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Frey Miller

Ouch, that is terrible. Glad to hear your released though, means your on the mend. Get well Sir!!!

Posted:  6 days, 13 hours ago

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Trucking under Democratic or Republican Government

Kinda off a bit, but still connected. I’ll ask ya’ll what you think.

I got a call a couple nights ago from a buddy. He drove for 3 years and went back to the construction business 4 years ago. He thinks the new admin if it stands will kill the construction industry and is thinking about returning to trucking. He has maintained his cdl and does drive the companies tractor trailer. I think the way he described it to me it can be considered driving local. I told him to just hang in and see what happens for the short term, not to jump ship till we see how things actually go.

Posted:  6 days, 14 hours ago

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Getting into trucking

Congrats on starting your journey. The brake part is the biggie you have to have down. Proper order.

Posted:  6 days, 14 hours ago

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Happy Thanksgiving to all

Happy Thanksgiving to all. I wish everyone a safe day wether at home or on the road. God Bless each of you!!!

Posted:  1 week, 1 day ago

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CDL school update, I'm officially a commerical driver

dancing-banana.gif Congrats!!!! Get ready your career is about to get busy!!! Job well done!!!

Posted:  1 week, 3 days ago

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First year is in the bag.

Congrats!!! That is a very important milestone you achieved.

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Posted:  1 week, 3 days ago

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My progress in CDL school so far

That is great news Zach. All of us here love success stories. We all understand the frustrations you went through. That was all of us at some point. Keep your focus and prepare for your next chapter in trucking. You have completed the first important milestone.

Great jobgood-luck.gif

Posted:  1 week, 4 days ago

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Plans always change in trucking

Oh yes they are. I have one and I know I’m very blessed for that. He can do everything on this truck except the apu. Thermoking has us over a barrell for sure.

Posted:  1 week, 4 days ago

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Trucking under Democratic or Republican Government

Great response Rick. I agree completely with you. Fuel prices have been inching up since the election and that will be the first issue we directly see I think. Others will undoubtedly follow, but too what extent. There has been much talk and that is inconsistent at best on everything from the apparent new admin folks. We’ll just have to wait and see what the actions are vs the talk.

Company drivers will be effected, although not as directly as O/O’s. As demand changes in all aspects pricing will change. When pricing changes driver pay will change eventually.

Personally I left cali because of the politics and now my new home of Ga seems to be trying to do the same things, as are many other states. I have an oppurtunity to put on a second truck, however with the uncertainity I am being very hestitant to do it.

As the old saying goes “The proof is in the pudding”.

Posted:  1 week, 4 days ago

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Plans always change in trucking

Rob you are so spot on. It always happens when you really don’t want it to, or so it seems to me. I have went to customers over and over where things went smooth as silk, then that one time you figured it would, it doesn’t. Just part of the job.

Posted:  1 week, 5 days ago

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Why do you need a CB?

Anne the simple olde but goode is the cobra 29. Not expensive, easy to hook up. Work good straight out of the box.

Posted:  1 week, 5 days ago

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Frey Miller

At least your in the south with decent weather. We pickup in Tx tomorrow morning heading to NC then a short something and be home wed ourselves. We live 2 hours from atlanta

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