Profile For Robsteeler

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  • Location:
    Blackwood, NJ

  • Driving Status:
    Rookie Solo Driver

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  • Joined Us:
    5 months, 2 weeks ago

Robsteeler's Bio

AF vet, retired LEO

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Posted:  3 weeks ago

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First week finished

I bet you went to the Graingers in Bordentown for you empty huh, lol.

Yep. 😆

Posted:  3 weeks, 1 day ago

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First week finished

Well, this was an interesting week, to say the least. My first day, started off with a run up to Bordentown, NJ to pick up an empty at a shipper, then a pickup in Bridgeton, NJ. My assignment said Clement Papers was my pickup location for a load going to Pittsburgh.

Okay, so I know Bridgeton because I used to work there, so I typed in the address on my Qualcomm gps and headed out. Before I left, I googled it but no Clement Papers came up, closest thing was Clement/Lassonde Pappas but a different address. I arrived on the street. First place looks tiny, so I keep going. I see the second place, pretty big complex and the address I noticed online. Okay, so let me turn around. End of the street has a cross street that loops around so I follow it. Intersection looks tight, so I figure I’ll button hook. Swing wide but I let myself get a little deeper than I wanted. (Rookie dummy)There’s a telephone pole and I noticed a fire hydrant there too. So, slow and careful...I’m nervous about blocking the intersection (I need to get over that) so I’m happy a guy from the plant rolls up on a golf cart. I wave to him and point down in front. He looks over and nods. I’m good? I mouth. He nods again. I slowly creep with the wheel at the stops. I go by the pole, all is good. Crunch. Damn.

I finally get out and look like I should have done from the start. Front plastic bumper lip is caught on the large nut of the hydrant. It’s brittle plastic, so it just carved a hole in it. I was told NEVER BACK UP ON A STREET! About nine hundred times in orientation, so I felt I had to just finish turning since it didn’t do anything to the hydrant. Completely my fault because from this guys perspective, it probably looked fine. He’s not a driver so he might not have realized that the truck would swing in a turn. Learned my lesson and I will check myself before I wreck myself next time! A couple more inches of gash. No real damage to anything, but I immediately reported it.

My company gathered my information and let me proceed. So I drive in to the guard shack lane and talk to the guy. Turns out the small place down the road was the right one. So I got turned around and went down there. Very tight dock area. I start to back and I’m just about to stop and GOAL, when I get air horns. I get out and guy in his truck yells out the window that I’m gonna hit him. Total drama queen, I was more than ten feet away. I told him I was just about to get out and look when he blew his horn. Another guy was waiting to dock, so he got out and said he’d spot me. Yeah, I needed a bunch of pull ups, but it was super narrow and not like anything I’d done before. The guy helped a lot, then he swung around in his truck and popped it in in one go! 😆

I hung around there for almost four hours waiting. Killed the morning, so I headed out into heavy traffic. I need to figure out trip planning a lot better, because when the gps got confused in a construction zone, I missed my turn in Delaware after the bridge. I seemed to also forget everything that I just learned in orientation about planning as well. Reroute button...it steers me south, then across Maryland. Dear God, so many hills! Running out of hours, and I’m so unprepared that I don’t know what to do. There’s been no places to pull over. Even the roadside for a quick google search was out. Too narrow. So I drive and pray. I see a rest stop ahead, yay! Crap. NO TRUCKS sign in big letters. Keep driving... another rest stop appears ahead eventually and I see lots of trucks, so I pull in. Trucks everywhere along the roadway in so I’m worried I won’t be able to find room. One open spot ahead! I pull in and breathe a sigh of relief. I get out and use the bathroom and look around. Nice scenic place, but only vending machines for food. Mr. Former Boy Scout forgot the Scout motto again it seems, and I wasn’t prepared. So, I ate crap from the machines and laid down to sleep emotionally exhausted...to be continued

Posted:  4 weeks ago

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45 degree /90degree help

A lot of the time you can see across the top of your trailer. Not something you can do with a van. It really is a lot different. Did you guys take your test and learn in CDL school with a van though? I know you forget if you don't do something a lot, but don't you get the basics? For 45 I learned a pretty good method. Drive up til your shoulder is in the middle of the hole. Be perpendicular to it about 3 to 5 feet away. I have an auto man so I put it in first gear, creep mode then I don't touch the throttle. Creep up until your shoulder gets to the far side of the next spot/trailer then hard right until your tractor gets to 12:00, then hard left until you get to 9:00. STOP. Don't stop or use throttle the entire time you're moving. Now you straighten the steers and slowly back towards the hole. This will get you pretty close so just GOAL and adjust as needed. You shouldn't need many pull ups to get perfect.

Posted:  4 weeks ago

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A Day In The Life of a Walmart Dedicated Driver

Never saw this post. I'm glad people commented on it and brought it back. Great imagery in your words. G-TOWN. I grew up in that area. Lived in Sunbury, Milton, and Watsontown. Someone told me that Walmart company drivers make a ton of money, ever think about working directly for them?

Posted:  4 weeks, 1 day ago

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Passed My Qualification Tests For Schneider

Congrats! I had to drive from the Carlisle, PA OC down to the Atlanta OC to meet mine, so that is lucky. Good luck on your TE week and your hard skills test. I got my Schneider truck on Wednesday, so I'm right there with you!

Posted:  1 month ago

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My New(to me) truck!

Thanks Will. That means a lot. Damn it I got dust in my eyes.

Posted:  1 month ago

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Do Anyone User WeBoost Drive 4G-X OTR Truck Signal Booster

I’d also be interested in the answer to this...

Posted:  1 month ago

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My New(to me) truck!

Yes, and only two HOS violations today! 😂

Posted:  1 month ago

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My New(to me) truck!

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Posted:  1 month ago

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My New(to me) truck!

I'm getting ready to head for home time. I just got assigned my truck. 2016 cascadia. 😁

Posted:  1 month ago

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Passed my qualification tests today!

Well, I've been told they have a truck for me, I just don't know what it is yet. I'll be getting it tomorrow. I'll post a pic then.

Posted:  1 month ago

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Passed my qualification tests today!

Thanks guys! Yinz have all been a big inspiration and a way to air out my problems and issues. It felt great to back between the trailers for my test yesterday and know how much angst and grief I went through, and how you guys encouraged me to stop worrying and just do it! This forum was exactly what I needed and has been a great help. You've really built the best place on the internet for trucking.

Posted:  1 month ago

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Passed my qualification tests today!

I'll be meeting with people tomorrow and seeing where my truck is. I'm going to take at least three days of home time since I've been here since July. 😁

Posted:  1 month ago

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Finished with company training

Don't get me wrong, I knew I had plenty of space, I just wasn't sure I was lined up with the dock until I got straight. I've learned my lesson with GOAL after failing twice on my test. If I would have not tried to save both of my GOALS the first time I probably would have passed!

Posted:  1 month ago

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Finished with company training

Just like it says, I'm done with training and I'm back in Carlisle, PA. I take my tests tomorrow to determine if I go solo. I posted an excerpt from my last training day on Facebook. I'll copy it here to give you guys a taste of how different it is now from my terrible times trying to learn backing in school. Thanks to everyone who encouraged me along the way!

Pulled into the Home Depot in Atlanta and dropped a trailer. It was nice because there was only one truck in the way. Completely unconventional dock that wasn't suitable for either method I've been taught. Trainer says; "okay, you're a real truck driver now, I won't help with anything. You're on your own." Just after I hooked up to the other trailer, opened the doors, and slid the tandems back to dock it, three trucks pull in. Two flatbeds, and another Schneider truck. Schneider guy looks over at me, sees the trainer emblem on the truck, and you could see the "oh, here we go," look on his face! 😂 I saw I at least had lots of room in front, so I pulled way up and angled the back to where I thought the dock was. (I was blind at this angle) started to get in front of the trailer, and glanced over at the trainer. He was expressionless, so I figured I couldn't be too bad. Backed and steered and lo and behold I could see the dock door directly behind me. Thank you Jesus, I was not wanting to look like a fool in front of these drivers! Backed right up in a nice easy straight back. 🙂

Posted:  1 month ago

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Differential lock. Help Me Out Would Ya?

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Posted:  1 month, 1 week ago

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Heading to Atlanta!

Adam, you may be misunderstanding. I'm in Schneider orientation right now. They sent me to Trainco to get my CDL. That was also three weeks long(for manual) and two weeks for auto. After I got my CDL, I came to a Schneider Operating Center to learn how to drive for Schneider. That's the Qualcomm, all of their safety classes and videos, trip planning, backing, road driving, and then a week on the road with the trainer. Two more days and I go back to Carlisle PA and take my tests which determine if I'm ready for my own truck. Any other company and you're probably longer before you get out by yourself. They've got a pretty good track record doing it this way though, so I'm feeling like I'll be ready when they say I'm ready. (I'll still be super nervous at first.)

Posted:  1 month, 1 week ago

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Heading to Atlanta!

I got picked up after 5:30 finally, and it turns out that the TE is a really nice guy. He looks 12, but it turns out he's actually twice that old. 😂 Regardless, he's a good guy. He parked at a Pilot and gave me his reward card to use for showers. He never uses them since he goes home every night. He's also very soft spoken and he's got three and a half years driving time, so I like that. The travel pillow I brought with me is way too small, so I'll need to fix that before tonight. So far, so good.

Posted:  1 month, 1 week ago

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Heading to Atlanta!

Said I was done complaining, but darn. I STILL haven't been picked up yet. 🙄 I'm tired and hungry sitting in this hard chair since 0830...

Posted:  1 month, 1 week ago

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Heading to Atlanta!

I’m still twiddling my thumbs, lol! TE texted me and won’t be here until at least 2:00. I’m not sure how long he normally works til, if he’s home daily. Hopefully I get some good experience tomorrow. I’ll be sleeping in the truck tonight. I’m just having a lame day. Tried to use my debit card this morning and the wife bought a bunch of stuff at Target so there’s no money left until Friday. I told her I’d need to eat down here, but I guess she forgot. Then I was on the shuttle from the hotel with Ms. Disgruntled Newbie. 7 weeks as a driver and she’s already an expert in why Schneider sucks! 😂 then I got that text from my TE, when I was already expecting a late (10:00) start, which is now 1400. I was already miffed because my roommate left at 0400. That’s what I was hoping for. I don’t like to sit around doing nothing, I would have stayed retired if I did! Cherry on top is that I forgot my phone charger at home and just realized it. Okay, so now my maximum dose of complaining is done. I feel better after purging myself, and can now figure out how best to overcome these issues!

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