Profile For PJ

PJ's Info

  • Location:
    Elberton, GA

  • Driving Status:
    Experienced Driver

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  • Joined Us:
    5 years 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, 2 days 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:  2 weeks, 6 days 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:  2 weeks, 6 days 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:  2 weeks, 6 days 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:  2 weeks, 6 days 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:  3 weeks, 4 days 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:  3 weeks, 4 days ago

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I'm headed to Springfield Prime Fri

Prime may not appreciate me pulling in🤭🤭

Posted:  3 weeks, 4 days 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 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 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 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 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

Posted:  1 month ago

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

There are alot of companies that are still paying mileage. That is in their favor, not the O/O. And they get drivers coming through the door all the time. If anyone is interested Kevin Ruthford from sirus xm radio channel 146 does a radio show about the business side of trucking. I have learned a tremendous amount from him. I make 65 percent of the linehaul for a load, 100 percent fuel surcharge billed, as well as a full surcharge on all empty dispatched miles. and we don’t pull cheap freight. I pull a chemical tanker. I’ll give you 2 examples just for insight. Last month I had 21k of revenue on my truck for a 24 day period. That was decent. However I did a rescue load to ca and got stuck there for a week. This months revenue is looking like about 18.5k in total revenue. Sounds like a lot. UNTIL you start deducting expenses. I pay 2400 a month for the truck payment, 458 a month insurance, and small occassional fees like tags, tolls, HUT tax, which account for around another 150.00 a month. 400 a month straight into a maint. account, and I average about 1500-2000 a week in fuel. Like I said earlier let me get a few months worth of data, possibly a full quarter and I’ll post my profit/loss statement for everyone to see.

Posted:  1 month ago

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

OS congrats, you have done a wonderful job, as usual. I will share some info here, that I have purposely stayed away from. For those reading this not familiar with my background, I’ll make it short and sweet. I am retired and my retirement pays my bills each month. I got my CDL 5 yrs ago, because I got bored. I went through a company sponsored school and have worked for a few large carriers pulling boxs, refers, and tanks. I worked for a private fleet pulling a flatbed. I leased a truck from a major carrier and did ok. I got out of it due to the carrier abruptly changing the pay rate.

That said, I have purchased my own truck, yes its the one in my profile. I very purposely have made choices I wanted too. It’s only 2 months in. First I leased it onto the large carrier I had previously worked for that I have the utmost respect for, and know where the money is. Second I am not afraid to work. I have very detailed accounting software I use to keep track both of the profit/loss but also tracking my fuel mileage. One has to understand this business is very diverse and it has cycles. I am making money, but it is no where big money. I maximize my business deductions and take care of business first. My situation is far different from a normal truck driver, and I know it. I had money in the bank to start, and I keep growing it. I have a 3 yr and 5 yr business plan in place and after that I will be hanging the keys up. Let me get a few months of data together to show a clear picture and I post them. They will provide actual documentation of what OS, Brett, G, and others are trying to get across.

Posted:  1 month, 1 week ago

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I'm bored and homeless in Pittston PA

Glad to hear your bouncing back. Of course I’m on the opposite coast, lol. Safe travels

Posted:  1 month, 1 week ago

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Looking back

I’m thrilled you are happy with your choices. That makes all the difference in the world. We all have things happen in life that changes our direction at times, whether it’s within our control or not. That’s life, it is bound to happen. The question is how we choose to handle it. Stay safe

Posted:  1 month, 2 weeks ago

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Prime CDL Training

Lol I went to Alburque first.They sent me down there to rescue a load. I shot over 40 to 15 coming to LA. Always beware when the first words out of your dispatcher is "can you do me a favor".

Posted:  1 month, 2 weeks ago

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Tanker as opposed to Linehaul

Scott I pull a tanker. Second time around. It's a different animal. You get used to the surge. Main thing to remember is it is unforgiving. You MUST get your speed adjusted before making movements. With most other trailers it isn't as critical. I love it. You will still have sitting time, but that will be getting washed out instead of a dock somewhere.I'm waiting now for mine, but if I want to go somewhere else I can. Also most tank farm workers are a cut above your typical warehouse worker. Much easier to work with. Money shouldn't be your main focus in my opinion.You have to enjoy what your doing.

Posted:  1 month, 2 weeks ago

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Prime CDL Training

Be gentle Rainy😮😮 Kim I wonder if you were one of the Prime trucks I passed. I just left denver, now in LA

Posted:  1 month, 2 weeks ago

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Drug testing

Yes the thc in pot is what is illegal. The rest is not, and cbd does not contain thc

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