Profile For Villain

Villain's Info

  • Location:
    West Palm Beach , FL

  • Driving Status:
    Rookie Solo Driver

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  • Joined Us:
    1 year, 1 month ago

Villain's Bio

I love to drive! Went to the local community college and enrolled in their CDL Program... in 2005! Unfortunately no one bothered to tell me that with a felony record, the odds of me getting hired were long indeed. Fast forward 13 years. A friend of a friend that became a truck driver said he would put in a word for me with his company. Now (Mar 31, 2018) I am packing to move to Chicago and start my dream of 13 years ago!

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Posted:  11 months ago

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Taking the Dog with you OTR

LMAO! I thought I was the only one confused about who this Dan guy was always quoting but never commenting. I looked at several posts and there's Dan smiling and quoting but never commenting. I thought he was trolling rofl-2.gif

Posted:  11 months ago

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One Foot Out of the Door

@ Rainy: I didn't pay for the mechanic. The boss' 1st plan after Freightliner said it would be tomorrow was to have another driver 2 hours away come & help me do the repair (my hard line hose in the coolant system). So I was going to do a repair that came out to $354 on the house, or so he thought.

Posted:  11 months ago

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One Foot Out of the Door

My company has about 10 trucks I believe. As far as the elog, some guy back at the office alters them however they want. I work EVERY day no 34 restart. They only worry about the elog when I'm in the Western States (OR, WA, etc.) I sat in the truck outside the Freightliner Service Center in SLC waiting for the mobile mechanic because Freightliner couldn't service the truck until tomorrow. I didn't have the option to leave the truck & do anything else. I'm with a small company because it was the only opportunity that came my eay due to my felony record.

Posted:  11 months ago

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One Foot Out of the Door

I don't know if what I'm about to describe is just the normal stuff that goes on in most small companies & I just need to get over it. But things have gotten to the point that telling myself over and over again to just make it through 1 year at this company isn't working. It was only my 1st or 2nd week solo. I was coming from Yakima, WA to Carlisle, PA. My boss calls & tells me that the appt time has been moved from 5am Sun to 5am Sat. Means that I have to drive about 1100 miles in one sitting. What's worse is that while I'm driving, he texts me a trip sheet for a pickup at 11am Saturday. Thank God that when I got to the destination the original appt time was the correct time. This hasn't been the only time that I've driven over 1000 miles in one sitting. I'm at the Goodyear Tire Center. My boss calls me over to show me a steer tire that was finally being replaced. Tells me that it was ready to blow out at any moment & that it was important that I do a daily PTI, implying that I wasn't doing them (I PTI daily, perform a walk around & thump test every time I stop, & inspect every post shift) . I reminded him that I had informed him 3 times that most of my tires where bad, the 1st time being the morning after he dropped me off at the truck for the 1st time. His response then was lets get on the road & make some money & then "we'll" replace the tires. Yesterday wasn't the worst day but it was the proverbial straw that broke the camel's back. I had a pick up in Syracuse, UT 11am delivering to Keller, TX (1239 miles) at 7pm Sun, It was 7am & I was unloading at SLC. After loading taking I80W, the truck decided it had had enough. I spent 6 hrs on break down not earning a cent, at 1point was told that another driver was on the way to help me play at truck mechanic for free, replacing the hard line hose beneath the driver's wheel well. That never happened but the bill from the mobile mechanic was $354. My boss must think I'm a hell of a generous guy. I love the job, despise my employer. I'm ready to drive to my terminal in Chicago and hand the keys in. Only thing stopping me from including a punch or two to the jaw is I'd like to get my last check.

Posted:  11 months ago

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Podcasts

I use Podcast Republic on my Android phone to listen to all of my favorite ESPN Radio Shows. The app has a large selection of podcasts to subscribe to.

Posted:  11 months, 2 weeks ago

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Descending steep downgrades in an automatic

Okay, I've looked at this post several times and didn't feel comfortable replying because of my lack of experience. But the comments about taking the descent in auto mode when the weather is good begs the question : if you don't learn how to descend in manual mode in good weather, then what happens in bad weather? Learn on the fly? I always descend in manual mode. It seems that the Descent Mode in my truck is faulty. Tried it twice and the damn thing upshifts like I was on a flat road & wanted to accelerate. I couldn't find the page to provide a link, but these newer transmissions are made to rev above 2k rpm on a descent.

Posted:  11 months, 2 weeks ago

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Dog & Idling

I started driving in April when daytime temps were cool. Never noticed how many places have a sign at the entrance that states No Idling. I don't know how many enforce that policy, I was at a Wal-Mart DC with a No Idling Sign and was told don't worry about it we don't expect you to bake in the truck. About 2 weeks ago I had a security guard knock on my door and tell me I couldn't idle. This is the only issue that would make me walk away from trucking. I don't see myself sitting in a 100+ degree truck for hours waiting to load/unload. And I live & die with the split sleeper birth provision. But if I'm not actually able to sleep then what's the point.

Told my boss/owner about being told to shut off truck. He said the solution is simple : get a dog, places don't care if you bake to death but tell them you have a dog and they will let you idle. Is this true? I know some places no idling is a matter of the law. But in the cases when it's just company policy, does having a dog get me a pass? I'm thinking of ordering one of those service dog harnesses for better effect.

Posted:  11 months, 2 weeks ago

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What does Independence Day (4th of July) mean to you all and how do you celebrate it each year?

Well I'm going to be the killjoy. Just celebrated my 47th birthday. Means I'm one year closer to my last breath, same holds true for this great experiment in self rule and determination that we call The United States of America. Can't point to a day on the calendar and say yep that's when it started, but government stopped being of the people, for the people, and by the people. Read a book, Empire by Orson Scott Card written in 2006. Twelve years later the Afterword is more appropriate than ever. Haven't heard the words "Social Contract" in two decades. People wait on the next IPhone or next Pokémon Go while things are falling apart around us. Countless people made the ultimate sacrifice for America and yet here we are like a spoiled kid that blows his inheritance on prostitutes and drugs.

Posted:  11 months, 2 weeks ago

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How long did it take you to get good at backing?

Choosing to back in at the truck stops instead of pulling through is good advice. 2 1/2 months in and the only time I pull through is when I'm making a bee line to the bathroom. Funny thing is that I have more problems at the docks when it's wide open! One thing that really helped me understand steer/counter steer : until I'm straight, I'm not counter steering I'm just steering less and less. Example, I'm 45° to the trailer, that's how much turn I still have left until I'm straight. Don't know if I did a terrible job of explaining what I mean. Also try not to stop, you'll get a better feel of how the trailer reacts to your steering and it makes it easier to project its path.

Posted:  12 months ago

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Got My CDL - Thanks to the Trucking Truth Community!

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Posted:  1 year ago

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On the mechanical side

The auto-shift on my 2016 Freightliner Cascadia is great...as long as I'm not trying to merge on to the Interstate, climbing, descending, passing. The shift point to upshift is 1450rpm no matter what the position of the accelerator pedal. From a stop or the scales it skips 5th,7th,9th. Climbing it will bog down at 1050 - 1100rpm before stubbornly downshifting. I find myself driving in manual mode a whole lot of the time. Maybe I'm just a manual man at heart.

Posted:  1 year ago

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Errol!

That is so cool to meet a fellow TTer!

Posted:  1 year ago

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Please Update Your Avatar

I've uploaded my avatar twice, but it always goes back to the red truck.

Posted:  1 year ago

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What are top 10-20 rookie / student driving mistakes in first 6-12 months ?

"#11. Going for the difficult parking spots at truck stops instead of parking in an easy spot and walking an extra 15 feet. Most accidents occur at truck stops so its a good habit to be extra vigilant in them." - Daniel B.

Disclaimer: I have 3 weeks Solo experience so maybe I'm just doing it the hard way.

Yes it's nice to find a pull through spot. Sooner or later though you're going to have to back in. At first, I would go to a truck stop & find the back row. I practiced backing in to a spot with empty spots on both sides. Then I started backing in to spots with a truck on my near side. Now, I still try to park in the farthest row (it's healthy to take a longer walk after sitting all day), but when I pull in at peak times, if there's a spot open, it's mine. I might pull up & goal 10 times, but I'm getting in. Leave the ego behind.

You have to become proficient at backing. So while you want to be safe at all times, you have to seek out opportunities to hone your skills. For me, the truck stops have been a great place to get better at backing.

Posted:  1 year ago

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Too Windy to Drive?

"Like many things you tend to get a feel for the wind and when common sense kicks-in signaling to shut down. A sustained wind speed of 35-40 with significantly higher gusts is where I get concerned and reduce my speed accordingly and if need be, park".

That's a quote from G-Town in a post about high winds. Im on I40 at the weigh station just West of OKC. I parked because as I was driving the cross wind had the end of my trailer on the white boundary line even though the truck was centered in the lane. I am empty. There is a high wind advisory and the truck is rocking as I write this. So why am I questioning if I should be stopped? Because I have 5 weeks of experience and I don't yet have a feel for the wind. I don't want to be unsafe but at the same time I don't want to jump at any little thing that goes boo in the dark. Is running empty that much more easy to blow over?

Posted:  1 year ago

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What is the point of a DSE??

What they should do is some kind of VR thing with sensors. On an overtake & pass see whether you're locating the driver's face in his side mirror to see if his head is down looking at his phone or whatever & when you don't have the other truck take a little swerve at you.

Have you come around a bend & see a cascade of brake lights sprinting at you to check if you are scanning far enough ahead & respecting the need for following distance.

Posted:  1 year ago

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You Might Be A Super Trucker If...

Have you had an encounter with a Super Trucker? Here's one of mine: You might be a Super Trucker if... you blow by me doing like 80mph, with every tire on your passenger side in my lane, and blowing the air horn so that I know your a badass. About 5 miles later I blow by you... doing 5mph... at the weigh station.I toot the city horn as your standing by your rig... watching the DOT guy shake his head as he puts a tape measure to your load! LOL

Posted:  1 year ago

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$60 Lesson

I just remembered why I don't remove the load locks. I watched a video of truck backing in. Little bit downhill from the start of the lines to the dock. As he was backing, the upper pallet came crashing down. He didn't jerk the truck or anything like that.

Posted:  1 year ago

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$60 Lesson

Once again I am master of the oblivious, missing the obvious solution!

Posted:  1 year ago

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$60 Lesson

Payed the lumper. Stopped at gate for trailer inspection. Came in with 4 load locks, leaving with 3 & 1 of those broken. Guard puts me on the phone with supervisor. He tells me sorry nothing I can do! So I tell him that if I ever deliver here again, the lumper won't be paid until I can inspect my trailer & know that I'm leaving with the equipment I came with.

I've only been allowed on the warehouse floor at Washington Fruit. I'm hooked to the dock so I can't pull forward & check. How do I make sure this doesn't happen again?

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