Profile For PJ

PJ's Info

  • Location:
    Elberton, GA

  • Driving Status:
    Experienced Driver

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  • Joined Us:
    5 years, 3 months 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:  3 hours, 28 minutes ago

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Left old mentor

Rainy no person in there right mind would be mean to you... Heck I’m scared to death of you, lol... Just kidding. You and Susan are terrific ladies and trainers. I just wish my friend had gone too one of ya’ll for training. But it is what it is. She survived and tests out tomorrow or friday morning. I offered to let here practice backing last weekend with my truck and empty tank, but she respectifully declined. Maybe a little intimated by my long nose, not sure. The lack of backing practice is something I personally have a strong opinion about.

Posted:  20 hours, 29 minutes ago

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Left old mentor

Raptor that really is a painful thing to go through. I have seen it on many occassions, and yes it happens at all companies. I have been going through much of what your talking about with a friend of mine recently. The trainer in my opinion should not be a trainer. I coached my friend through those difficult scenarios the best I could and that nightmare is over. She survived, and so will you. I also agree totally with Brett, we all have our own style of doing things and sharing our knowledge. The more perspective you take in the more choices you have. This will be a positive for you in the end. G is spot on, don’t look back!!

Posted:  20 hours, 40 minutes ago

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I'm still shaky...

Congrats, you did everything correctly. A dash cam is your best friend at times like this. I know I irrate the daylights out of people but in these types of areas I am always extra cautious. People will do things that you won’t believe, but they do and on a regular basis. I have as well as everyone else here experienced close calls. The difference in a close call and a crash is your vigilance. Who’s fault it would be isn’t relevant in times as these. It doing what you can to avoid the crash. This story will forever be imprinted into your memory. It happens with every thing that we perceive to be a significant emotional event. You will live with that the rest of your life, better to have this memory than what could have been. Again congrats on doing it correctly. Oh and if you have to wake foks up to get out, don’t feel a bit bad sbout it. They are the ones in the wrong, not you!! Best wishes for you tomorrow and the rest if your career

Posted:  1 day ago

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I've opened up a whole can of... Pickles. Want opinions re: tanker endorsement

Good question susan, and Brett is correct. The individual containers under 119 are fine. It was changed a few years ago when some companies started hauling 250 gallon totes in van trailers. DOT had a fit over it. The companies argued it was a van not a tanker, and all of a sudden the rule changed.

Posted:  1 day, 4 hours ago

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Questions from a Truck Fleet Tire Purchasing Manager

Welcome to the forum. I don’t know what are considered the best tires, I just know what works the best on my truck. I run Goodyear 572’s on my drives and Michelin X line’s on my steers. I am careful and diligent on my air pressures and these have given me the longest service life.

Posted:  2 days ago

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Tractor Man is Back!

Welcome back Sir!!!! Very sorry life has thrown eveything but the kitchen sink at you... They say what doesn’t kill us makes us stronger... Best wishes and congrats on the rehire.good-luck.gif

Posted:  2 days ago

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Help your fellow driver

Big congrats to you and your wife!!! This doesn’t happen nearly enough in our society today, which is exactly a primary reason our society is in so much trouble!! Well Donethank-you.gif

Posted:  5 days, 7 hours ago

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Newbie wants to start a trucking firm.

Welcome to the forum... The points made already are good ones, a little more food for thought. The country is basically divided into various different freight lanes. Your in the southeast. It is and likely to always be one of the cheaper lanes. I live 2 hours from Atlanta. The freight I bring in always pays much better than the freight coming out. That is a big consideration. The atlanta area has some smaller freight brookers you may be able to get a deal with... Most of the bigger ones require a year in business before they will deal with you. You didn’t mention what type of freight your looking to haul... Makes a difference on the cost of the trailers. A friend of mine did a startup last year with a flatbed. Cost him right at 200k. He has a dedicated customer so he dosen’t have to mess with brokers, unless he chooses too for backhauls. OOIDA is a great resource as well as Kevin Rutherford. You can google his name for a link to his website. I wish you the best

Posted:  5 days, 8 hours ago

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Here Is What It's Like Pulling A Tanker

That is a misconception about chemicals. Yes some are very nasty and require the full chem suit, but ALOT of what I do doesn’t require it. Same goes for haz mat. I get maybe 2 -3 loads a month that are haz. They have asked me to consider running a dedicated route. Dedicated trailer and customer. I’m considering it, and on that one its not haz and I don’t even unload it... I’ve only had to break the suit out once, and of course that time was in august... Hot as H*ll.

Posted:  6 days, 19 hours ago

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Here Is What It's Like Pulling A Tanker

Great write up. Several customers I have been to several times know me now and I can go in and unload without any holdups. You will never ever do that in the box world... Tank washes are all over the board from their hours to the products they can clean. Don’t go above NJ with a petroleum based load, otherwise your going back to NJ to the tank wash. The EPA laws in New England are very strict. I agree I much prefer to shutdown at a tank wash instead of a truck stop. East St Louis tank wash is state of the art. Clean facility and a break area always has hot dogs, fresh popcorn, and fresh coffee. All free by the way. Much better quality than the truck stops sell. The folks handling the tank farms are much nicer and efficient than your run of the mill warehouse workers, and they actually want you there.

Posted:  6 days, 20 hours ago

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New food tanker driver

Google tanker crash flagstaff Az. It is a 3 compartment tank and was overturned on I-40. That can give you a visual of what we are talking about.

Posted:  6 days, 23 hours ago

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New food tanker driver

As an experienced tanker driver I echo all the advice stated. This is a completly different breed of cat. Not only does it drive totally different, it unloads differently. I do not do food grade, I do chemicals and alot of nasty stuff. However the same mess will occur if something goes wrong. The company your lolking at has been around a long time, they aren’t going anywhere. I see their drivers mostly up north at the tank washes. Do yourself and your family a favor and rethink this. Looking back at my first 2 years of driving and thinking about the what if’s, it scares the crap out of me. I love pulling tanks for several reasons, but had I tried it in the beginning I would have failed. Everyone here only wants what is best for the folks that visit. No matter your ultimate decision I wish you the best.

Posted:  1 week ago

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Supreme Court rules in favor of truckers

Most of the folks I meet that are leasing are in just that situation. Bad credit and no money. I not only put a sizeable chunk down, but I had a decent amount of my own money already set aside in a maintance account. I pay cash for everything. Sure the company will front the money and then add 15% onto the total. No thank you. I have the company place the order and I go pick it up and pay for it then. That way I get the company discount. The folks here are starting to understand me, they have told me I’m the rare driver. I make good money because I use my head and save where I can. Most people leasing have no clue how to run a business, and they still have a company driver mindset. The two are very different. The very first thing anyone should do if considering signing any contract is READ IT.

Posted:  1 week ago

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Decided to shutdown

Rainey’s fan club🤭🤭 Rainey you are an inspiration. No nonse tell it like it is...That is rare outside this forum these days.... I have noticied we have been chasing each other around lately though, lol. If we ever cross paths a meal on me young lady as a thank you for a job well done. A lady friend of mine is just starting in the business and I have referred her here as well as to reach out to you and/or susan for advice. Both you ladies rock!!!thank-you.gif

Posted:  1 week ago

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Supreme Court rules in favor of truckers

Rainy my hat’s off to prime for the prep work and support they give the lease folks. That is a rare exception overall. The big carriers are pushing it for one reason, THEY make money off of it. My company does the same thing. I hear horror story after horror story and I just shake my head. I don’t get involved in their conversations because they will only go away mad because they will realize they didn’t get as good a deal as they think they got. I am leased onto the company and I know my contract frontward and backward. The truck on the other hand I purchased. It was actually a repo and I assumed the note on it, which saved the other guy’s credit. However I know my terms very well as well as the early payoff information. IF for some reason I have a falling out with my company, I take my truck elsewhere. The bank has a clause a new company has to provide a letter of agreement as well as some financial information. They just want to know the carrier can provide the revenue and I actually will work there. Not unreasonable. My payments are lower than the guys leasing and I will own the truck in 2 years. They on the otherhand will not. However they are leasing brand new trucks and mine is a 2013. I get just as good of loads as the next guy or a company driver, because I work hard and have a great attitude. I just got to the yard this morning and as soon as I walked in the door my planner saw me and asked if I wanted to go back to Texas. I said sure. 10 minutes later I was dispatched and he is having a local driver load it and bring it too me at the yard.

Posted:  1 week ago

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Supreme Court rules in favor of truckers

Rainy you missed your calling, you should have been a lawyer... I will guess most lease ops have no clue what’s in their contract. Shame on them.... The stuff going on in Ca mainly pertaining to container haulers is somewhat similiar. The industry has brought some of it on themselves though.

Posted:  1 week, 4 days ago

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Decided to shutdown

Great call!!!! I got out of St Louis just in time. NEVER let others make you feel whimpy or anything else because you made a command decision.. Last year I was in Houston Tx when they got a major ice storm. The entire city was close to a full shutdown. I was parked at the Petro in Baytown. The dining room window looks out toward the freeway overpass. Several of us having breakfast were chatting and we saw several trucks going by. Several drivers were on the phone with their dispatchers debating to roll out or stay put. All of a sudden we saw too semi’s going over the overpass and wrecked each other. That was a scary sight, one I pray I never see again. All of a sudden the debates ended....ALWAYS do what YOU are comfortable with...

Posted:  1 week, 4 days ago

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The new article on humility

Don’t ever put yourself down for trying something new!! Everything in life is a learned behavior. If you don’t try, then you will never give yourself that chance to learn. As human beings we each have our preferences. You tried flatbed, found it wasn’t for you. Commendable in my opinion. Now your learning something different... This industry is very diverse, each of us just have to find our niche!!good-luck.gif

Posted:  1 week, 6 days ago

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Got it narrowed down to 2 companies.....I hope

Your very welcome, just FYI Lowe’s stores don’t charge you to park. I did flatbed/stepdeck for about 18 months. It is very hard work. My hat’s off to those drivers. I’m not afraid of hard work, but the older I get the more comfortable I want to be... That’s one of the great things about this industry, there’s a niche for everyone

Posted:  1 week, 6 days ago

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Got it narrowed down to 2 companies.....I hope

Both are good companies. Maverick has one thing McElroy doesn’t. Different divisions.. I don’t know if that’s important too you or not, but something too consider. As far as parking at Lowe’s, I’m not sure what you are refering too. I park a tanker at them fairly often. I would be looking at which one can fit my needs the best, I.E. Getting me home for hometime, and their benift packages. Alot of folks foscus on pay and don’t pay much attention to benifits. That is huge!!! As far as company bashing goes, well it is normally disgruntled employee’s going on the internet doing the bashing. Those of us doing our jobs don’t have time for that. That’s why you see negative much more than positive. The ones complaing got terminated and have plenty of free time. Not to say there aren’t problems of some type in all companies, some just more than others. I only know of one large carrier that had real deep trouble because the CEO was crooked. That CEO resigned after alot of damage was done and that company is still 4 years later trying to rebuild its reputation. That is the extreme rare exception. Any experienced driver on here could walk into any carrier and be a star in very short order.

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