Profile For Voyager

Voyager's Info

  • Location:
    NY

  • Driving Status:
    Rookie Solo Driver

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  • Joined Us:
    1 year, 6 months ago

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Posted:  7 months, 1 week ago

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Bait and Switch?

It depends on how much you like working for this company. If they are paying you by the hour it would seem like any and all your required duties are being compensated. If you are paid by the load or the mile then basically you are working for free. Size up the total outlook on this job before making a drastic decision that could cause you to look for another job.

I am payed by the hour. Im just worried that they are slowly moving me into the yard jockey position, went from doing it once a week, to almost every night now

Posted:  7 months, 1 week ago

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Bait and Switch?

Hey guys and gals, I've been driving for Leonard's Express for 3 months now as a local night driver. During the interview and orientation they explained to me that i would just be delivering to various customers within 300 miles(which is great), but they never told me that i would also be doing yard jockey work as well for some of these places. i asked them about that and they told that they also contract out the night drivers for companies that need jockeys. if i have known that i probably would not have taken the position(i reaaaalllly dont like yard work). what would you guys do in my position? am i being unrealistic and just suck it up?

Thanks in advance

Posted:  9 months, 3 weeks ago

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Physical fitness on the road

When i was OTR i used two 25 pound weights to work out the arms. i also placed them in a backpack and did mini hikes at rest areas if i had the time.

Posted:  1 year, 2 months ago

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A lesson in patience, Brooklyn, and Chinese takee-outee moped delivery.

My company only delivers freight in the NE area. i'm just waiting for them to say " your heading to brooklyn". i feel like its close...i keep getting NJ and getting closer to the city border everyday! shocked.png

Posted:  1 year, 3 months ago

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Descending steep downgrades in an automatic

This may be alittle late, but i found out that your mechanic can turn on the ACC using a computer. apparently by default it is turned off.

That is one thing I disliked at first, with the International LT, or at least, my LT. The ACC doesn't work for diddly squat with my Jakes. I really got spoiled on my mentor's truck, and then my first Freightliner Lightweight. Now, put it in 8th or 9th, set my Jakes, and then break as needed to maintain speed. Although, I sometimes forget to put it back in auto mode.

Posted:  1 year, 4 months ago

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Quirky Habits & great sites.

Nice Photos , i was just there earlier. just up the road, at Jetro. going away from 76 towards the stadium. if you go there again next time, there is a decent grill called McFadden's. make great burgers!

Posted:  1 year, 4 months ago

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Need some advice

Thanks for all of the replies as well as the tips and tricks, ill give it a go tonight. Delivering to the same inclined dock tonight.

@Splitter,Congrats on the 18 freighliner. I dunno why but i like the sound it gives off when releasing the brakes lol! I think it might be cause it sounds like a turbo flutter.

@Annee, i really love the automatic trucks. The only thing i i have to say i dont like about mine is that it sometimes starts in a too high of a gear when loaded and bounces a bit. Nothing major for me to complain about since i can drop it down a gear.

@Danielsahn, i was definitely spoiled by the 17 freightliner cascadia. It holds your designated speed when cruise is enabled. Pretty much set and forget lol.

Posted:  1 year, 4 months ago

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Need some advice

I thought about doing that but i got scared about the idea of clutch abuse. Transmission gave me grief for trying to slide my tandems lol. I'll still give it a shot though. How is the 2018 LT by the way? Does the engine brake engage automatically while in cruise control on down-grades? Or do you still have to be more proactive with controling the decent.

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Im currently driving an international Prostar, unsure of the year...possibly 2017. It's an automatic, which is fine. But backing into a dock on a climbing incline is challenging. I tend to roll forward then back and roll forward again, not a smooth motion. Any advice on backing an auto? Thanks

P.S. There is no creep mode on the truck and im the lowest reverse gear

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I have the same issue with my 2018 LT.... I use my left foot on the break, and pretend it is a clutch. It works most of the time. Give it *gas* {fuel} as you release the break gradually.

Posted:  1 year, 4 months ago

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Need some advice

Im currently driving an international Prostar, unsure of the year...possibly 2017. It's an automatic, which is fine. But backing into a dock on a climbing incline is challenging. I tend to roll forward then back and roll forward again, not a smooth motion. Any advice on backing an auto? Thanks

P.S. There is no creep mode on the truck and im the lowest reverse gear

Posted:  1 year, 4 months ago

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Past Lives

gosh darn it! i'm late to the party once again. thanks lol

Voyager, you are sure to enjoy This Thread On Our Former Lives.

Check it out. It's a good read.

Posted:  1 year, 4 months ago

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Past Lives

I always find it interesting to hear about what people were doing before getting into the truck industry and how they got the itch to drive, as well as hobbies that is outside of trucking. so yeah... what were you guys and gals up to before you started trucking and what are your current hobbies when you're not on the clock( or during your 10hr)?

I was in the tech support field for multiple companies for 7 years and got tired of sitting at a desk and looking at a screen all day. I always loved driving and thought why not turn it into a career and then boom,here i am. My hobbies is astrophysics, learning to code, marksmanship and computer science.

Posted:  1 year, 4 months ago

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Truck GPS vs Qualcom navigation

i definitely learned that lesson when i was with swift, luckily i learned with my mentor in the truck and was able to help me get out of a sticky situation.

Never ever rely on the QC/Omnitrac. That will shave miles and send you down roads not designed for a truck. Never blindly follow any electronic device. Look up the route and see where it is taking you, Use a Rand CMV Atlas and look up the route. When I was at werner their qualcom was notorious for routing you down the shortest narrowest road including residential neighborhoods and over bridges with restrictive weight limits.

Posted:  1 year, 4 months ago

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Truck GPS vs Qualcom navigation

Yeah, i gotta really stop procrastinating and get one. Ive been using google maps to plot my course before driving. I work for Emerson Express and they use co pilot in there trucks aswell. But i see almost every driver there use a gps unit outside of the qualcomm. Kinda made me wonder if they route more effectively than the qualcomm.

Use every possible tool available to you. A Rand Mcnally atlas, should be the first thing you buy. After that, a Rand GPS, or a Garmin. Personally, I use an app called Co-Pilot Truck, on my phone. The GPS program we use at Don Hummer, is Co-Pilot 9. Navistar, I think, is the primary gps program that companies put on their devices. But definitely grab an atlas.

Posted:  1 year, 4 months ago

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Truck GPS vs Qualcom navigation

I had the privilege of using the qualcomm mcp200 and the omnitracs mcp50 navigation application. is there really a huge benefit of purchasing a truck gps, such as the ones from Rand Mcnally? Or is the qualcomm navigation just as good? Any input would be appreciated.

Posted:  1 year, 5 months ago

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Game

Gladhand

Glow plug

Posted:  1 year, 6 months ago

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Backing

So I've had 3 opportunities to back; 1st one was a straight line for about 100'. Pure luck I wound up where I was supposed to be. The other 2 times, not so good. I know this is one of those things that I just have to figure out. My problem is chasing/getting under the trailer. I'm always to late. Generally speaking, should the counter-steer be greater than the steer. Say I turn wheel 1/2 turn to the left, waitbfor tandems to react. Should the counter steering be more than 1/2 turn past wheel center to the right or am I just waiting too long to start counter-steering?

HI Villain, Generally if you turn the wheel 1/2 to the left and you want to straighten out(like in a parallel park situation) you would normally turn the opposite direction the same amount, depending if you caught it in time. but if the issue you are having is chasing the trailer, you might be reacting to slow or to fast. by any chance are you referring to parallel parking?

Posted:  1 year, 6 months ago

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Heard of paid only by stops?

I've never heard of this type of payment option. Might be okay if the stops are close together, but what about if it's several hundred miles between deliveries?

yeah i was thinking that, i spoke with the hiring manager again today in regards to the delivery distances. exact words were " your typical 200-500 mile runs". to me that's not really close together in my opinion. i figured that i could make at least a grand a week if i'm doing 5 stops a week. i dont think that's bad starting out i guess, have to start somewhere.

Posted:  1 year, 6 months ago

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Heard of paid only by stops?

Good morning/afternoon/evening

Just spoke with a carrier called Key logistics, they don't pay by miles, but by stops. $200 Dollars per stop, its all northeast regional work. I've never heard of a pay system like that before, but i'm still green in this industry. Is that a common pay system? any advice would be appreciated.

Thanks in advance

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