Profile For PJ

PJ's Info

  • Location:
    Elberton, GA

  • Driving Status:
    Experienced Driver

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  • Joined Us:
    5 years, 1 month ago

PJ's Bio

Retired and relocated from Ca. to GA. Looking for a second career that will give me some new experiences in life. I have 4 amazing daughters and 6 grandkids. A lot of my friends were truck drivers and loved the job, except being away from the family. I figure I will give it a shot and see what happens.

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Posted:  1 week, 1 day ago

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Started Swift Academy (Columbus Ohio) Oct 8th 2018

Congrats.... You accomplished the mission. We’ve all been there. It’s just a speck in time to the rest of your career. Oh and better to blow of steam here, rather than to the people you are frustrated with.....I run across stuff that frustrates the daylights outta me on occassion. My girlfriend is a very good listener , thank god. My planner or dispatcher never know.. and never will... I am a type A personality too the max, and when things go haywire it’s possible to get frustrated. Welcome to truckingshocked.png

Posted:  1 week, 1 day ago

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Wash out

Frisco is famous for low bridges and narrow roads. No fun except on a motorcycle shocked.png

Posted:  1 week, 1 day ago

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You might be a trucker if......

That is so true G.... I guess delivering to cemetaries shed that fear for me, lol. These chemical plants are a breeze after that experienceembarrassed.gif

Posted:  1 week, 1 day ago

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Where to get the best truck friendly appliances, matresses etc.

4 state trucks in joplin mo has alot of stuff with decent prices

Posted:  1 week, 2 days ago

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Trucking For The Long Haul

OS I agree with that gentleman 1000 percent. I have a 3 yr plan in place and will be doing that same thing as soon as my note is paid off. Then I can work as I want, nice feeling.

Posted:  1 week, 4 days ago

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Trucking For The Long Haul

O.S. that is awesome. I’m in your neck of the woods waiting on a trailer then heading toward the house. Your story here reminds me of a driver I met 3 or so years ago. He turned 75 and told me he was thinking about hanging up the keys. I thought wow, your just now thinking about it. He owned his own truck, paid for and he had a similiar deal with the company. He worked as much or little as he wanted. He had been leased onto them over 30 years. I hope to follow in those gentleman’s foot steps, but probably far younger than they choose to do it.

Posted:  1 week, 5 days ago

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Why Some Drivers Are Treated Better Than Others - Article By Rainy

Very well written Rainey👍👍. As has been said mamy, many times. We are in a performance based business!! It also has away of ridding itself of folks that do not care to perform.

Posted:  1 week, 5 days ago

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Job Advice While Maintaining Primary Custody

Joshua I feel for your situation. It’s more of a complex answer though. First you need a good local lawyer in family law. There are reasons you have had primary custody, has anything signifcant changed other than your job?? You are trying to make a better life for you and your son, and the court will take that into account. The foscus of the court is “what is in the best interest of the child”. I would talk with your employer and see if you can get them to issue a letter of your behalf. In trucking we never know what is likely to happen, however if they are willing to work with your schedule it should have a positive impact with the court. Show the court you have a plan in place that is in your son’s best interest and you should prevail. I wish you the best.

Posted:  1 month ago

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Leasing on???

I’m not sure where you live or what your exactly looking for. With tanker experience and a free and clear reliable truck any of the tank companies would like to have you. I haul for Quality Carriers. I can give you what info you need on them. Dana, Slay, Superior, All of them would be good to go with.

Posted:  1 month, 1 week ago

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40, single, already living out of my car (100% by choice)...and have been offered a buy-out to leave my company...oh, and no degree

The already mentioned advice is spot on. The beauty of this industry is its diversity. I’m single, but do maintain my home. I have personal vehicles there and all my stuff. You do have to maintain some address as your home of record for your cdl as well as other legal issues, i.e. taxes and life stuff. My dispatcher loves me because I really don’t care where I go. Makes his job easier. I just tell him when I want some time off and where and he works it out. I go home in Ga, or go out to ca and see my grandkids. I have also consulted the nascar schedule and made a couple apperances there. It’s all about what you want out of life. Best of luck too you

Posted:  1 month, 1 week ago

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DEALERSHIP

My first suggestion is move to the peterbuilt dealership, lol. Rainy is spot on. Extreme wait times are the worst, and comfort is the most important.

Posted:  1 month, 1 week ago

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I'm headed to Springfield Prime Fri

Dang, ya’ll are funny. Guess the place is just too big, lol. confused.gif

Posted:  1 month, 1 week ago

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1 year down

Congrats Sir, that is a milestone to be very proud of. Keep the wheels rolling and be safe. Several of us have also experienced the dreaded phone call. It is what it is.

Posted:  1 month, 2 weeks ago

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I'm headed to Springfield Prime Fri

Lol just taking a stab at it Ernie, lol. At least I pull a tanker.... I go past there fairly often too... Daniel B and I had the pleasure of meeting up in IL once. Had a great time and got some terrific pics of us. Jolie from Roehl was there as well. It was very cool

Posted:  1 month, 2 weeks ago

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I'm headed to Springfield Prime Fri

Prime may not appreciate me pulling in🤭🤭

Posted:  1 month, 2 weeks ago

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Prime CDL Training

Congrats Kim, you have rec’d some awesome advice and all spot on. There will always be days that make you wonder, and always days that will make you smile big and bright. It’s just the way it is. You have successfully completed your first big hurdle, now focus on the next one and hit it out of the park as well. Be safe

Posted:  1 month, 3 weeks ago

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Don't Be Fooled By Owner Operator Math - Old School's First Podcast!!

Flatwater thank you for your response. I know first hand everything your speaking of. The business end grips me, but a necessary evil to stay on top of and that requires personal discipline. I pay an accountant for the tax prep, I pay a bookkeeper to do the weekly keeping up. Is that overkill, yes it is. However it gives me peace of mind, and too me that is priceless. I have a 3 and 5 yr business plan in place and I have the discipline to stick to it. I also am fully aware I am an anomaly in the industry. I am retired, have a great retirement benefit, and honestly trucking for ME is more of a hobby. I could walk away today and still be fine. However I have spent the past 35 yrs pre planning my life to make this possible for me. For me its not about the money, its about personal fulfillment. That is why when this topic comes around I always support this sites opinions on it, because it is based on facts not mere opinion. This is not for everyone by any means. Everyone here wants nothing but success for folks. Sometimes that requires some cold hard truth about things. That is why it is so successful because you will never hear what you want, you will hear the truth. When I did it Brett and I had personal discussion, because I respect him 150 percent, and I was not going to disclose what I was doing because I didn’t want to trigger the topic. But once it was I got in, because I felt a personal need to be supportive of Brett, OS, and the other great folks here.

Posted:  1 month, 3 weeks ago

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Don't Be Fooled By Owner Operator Math - Old School's First Podcast!!

Everyone is simply pointing out facts as a comparsion. O/O vs company drivers. No one has said people that go O/O are bad people. MOST get into it without a clue. Everyone here has one and only one purpose. To help anyone coming into the industry to be successful. Rainy’s information is very spot on and typical. My situation is very different in that I did NOT lease this truck. I bought it and leased on to the carrier. Much different scenario. I also pay for short/long term disability plans along with my health, dental and vision plans. I have put everything in place to be successful. Also this is all on a 3 yr plan. I make just slightly more than a solid company driver much of the time. I have all the extra headaches. I’m single with only me too worry about, and knowing all I do and the risks involved I feel this is right for me and my goals in life. It certainly is not for just anyone.

Posted:  1 month, 3 weeks ago

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Don't Be Fooled By Owner Operator Math - Old School's First Podcast!!

OS your exactly right. I was only offering some real numbers in a quick manner. For the really true picture a year is best. I’m not going anywhere so we can always do that. Will your brother should thank you for twisting his arm. It takes a lot of personal displine to run any business.

Posted:  1 month, 3 weeks ago

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A Trucker's Wife is Baffled HELP

Robin I would say you have some legit concerns. I have never heard of the company, therefore I know nothing about them. Company drivers normally get paid detention if they arrive in time and the customer holds them up. Getting stuck does happen sometimes. I just got stuck in ca for a week without pay because of a customer. And I don’t make a dime in those situations, because I own the truck. Look at his pay statements. It should have everything broken down. if he is getting good miles at .52 he should be making more. Your best source of information at this point will be those pay statements. I hope this helps a little. Best wishes for ya’ll

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