Profile For Chuck S.

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  • Location:
    Las Vegas, NV

  • Driving Status:
    Experienced Driver

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  • Joined Us:
    1 year, 1 month ago

Chuck S.'s Bio

Retired... picture is my evil twin watchin out for sneaky 4 wheelers passing on the right...

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Posted:  2 days, 19 hours ago

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What Are The Best Truck Stops, And Why?

The best... without a doubt ... is one with plenty of parking

Posted:  6 days, 15 hours ago

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Energy drinks

Don't use them... I was addicted and it took me almost a year to get over them...

Posted:  1 week, 1 day ago

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Is 50 too old to start with pro-driver career?

It really comes down to your health... bottom line

I started my career in the trucking industry with a bad back, and knowing my limitations I still managed to squeak out nearly fifteen years behind the wheel.

So I say go for it

Posted:  3 weeks, 3 days ago

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I'm Running Out Of Logbook Hours. Need help!

Manage your hours ... don't let your hours manage you. Simple

I looked at it like this... running the 48 states, if I averaged 500 miles a day (at least that was my goal) that turned into an average day on line 3 and 4 of 8 to 8.5 hours a day.

so if my DM called me while driving down the road and asked me if I could do a load which would be 1500 miles and I had three days to get it there, I didn't need to stop the truck, do a mac to find out if I had the hours, and then give him a answer. I would be able to say yes and keep on driving.

Unless you are governed at 55 mph... you should be able to average 500 a day.

Don't get me wrong I took an occasional 600+ mile, but not very often...

if you want to run the 48 states and never take a reset (except for a couple of days off at the house) try it

keep it simple

Posted:  4 weeks, 1 day ago

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Advice for a newbie

get out and look.... a lot

I’ve been a class b driver for several years and will be taking my class a road test this Tuesday. I currently deliver steel with a tandem straight truck but looking to make the leap to the big rig delivering the same steel. I’ve been out a couple of times in the big rig and even hauled a load that weighed in at 78,790 lbs. I will be going out again with another driver tomorrow and then the big day on Tuesday. My question is; what can I do to become better at blind side backing? I’m really struggling with this and many of the spots we deliver to you have to blind side in. My concern is if I don’t get this down soon my company and supervisor won’t move me up and I really want to move to the bigger truck. I know practice, practice, practice. I know it won’t come overnight but any kind of tricks, pointers, or advice would be greatly appreciated! Thanks again!

Posted:  4 weeks, 1 day ago

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Truck gear

Ranger 6300 ... 10 meter radio ... and a blue tiger bluetooth

Posted:  4 weeks, 1 day ago

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Heaviest Weight You've Hauled?

I'm with you on the overweight, I picked up a load of ash for a friend how normally does this one particular run not knowing he was only permitted 105,000 lbs. My normal runs in Nevada were usually 129,000 lbs. So when they were loading me in NM I told the loader to fill it up to 129,000 lbs. He said "are you sure" and I said yea ... I carry it all the time in NV.

I was young and dumb at the time, but somehow all the scales where closed that day.

Boss just gave me that look over the top of his glasses and said "UM don't ever do that again"

I got lucky that day....

We're permitted to 105,500. Every trip is in the 95k to 98k range. I screwed up once and loaded myself to about 112,000. I had some explaining to do for that one. The DOT didn't catch me and I absolutely didn't intend to do it.

Posted:  1 month ago

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Am I crazy to quit $58k per year job to become a trucker?

no you are not crazy you will go through a huge adjustment with regards to income... so if that's an issue you need to come to terms with it before you quit. You have the potential of earning that and more if you are willing to work for it. Good luck

I’m 51 and have a decent 5 day work week making $26 per hour. It’s mostly a desk job with some on the floor supervising. I’m getting fed up with the stress and politics. If this company went out of business I don’t think I could easily get the same job for the same pay. I am seriously considering getting into the trucking industry. I’m single and my kid is grown, nothing to tie me down. I’m ok with not being home most of the time. I feel like trucking would give me better job security and the flexibility to move anywhere in the country. Hopefully I could also make a lot more money eventually. How much of a pay cut would I be taking at first? Could I eventually earn $80k or more per year?

Posted:  1 month ago

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Scared!

I grew up in the midwest... for years when people would ask me where I grew up i would say "in the basement of my home in the midwest" we started out with dozens of trees on our property growing up and ended up with only a few when we moved away... lost a couple of cars from trees falling on them. so move forward to 2011 on a stormy night in Kansas ... like that never happens... I had just turned westbound onto I 40 with what looked like a big nasty storm ahead... 10pm ... student in the back ... she had been sleeping for about 4 hrs... after about an hour this storm just kept getting stronger, and off to the right every time the lighting light up the sky I could see this low cloud off to my right which kept getting closer and bigger.

it wasn't long before my student from Oakland ( who never really experienced any big storms like this) woke up and asked me if we should be driving in this... and my response was " hell no" ... I stopped at the next bridge overpass and putt on my flashers... a couple of big trucks passed along with a couple of trucks pulling travel trailers... after about 20 minutes the storm passed and we got headed west... and it didn't take long to find all those trucks that had passed on their sides.

I would of been in the same boat...

Park under a bridge to get shelter if you ever find yourself in that situation again...

It wasn't long after that I was in the safety office and the safety manager handed me a picture of one of our company trucks laying on it side in a ditch... and he asked me a simple question.... "what's wrong with this picture"

I replied ... "there are no tire tracks behind the truck.... must of been a hell of a ride.

He didn't stop and the tornado lifted the entire loaded truck and he ended up out in the field ...

... note... stop ... find shelter... and live to talk about it another day

Posted:  1 month, 1 week ago

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If you ate at this Truck Stop you may have to be tested for Hep A

This is why I learned to make my own meals. it only takes getting sick once to learn a valuable lesson.

Posted:  1 month, 1 week ago

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CMV Weight Issues

Most ... not all... scales will give you 300 lbs... I was1000 lbs over on my tandems and the scale officer took 300lbs off and wrote the ticket for 700 still cost me 182.00 bucks...

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How far is your destination? Scales are usually closed late at night and on weekends.smile.gif

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I have literally ran some loads that were overweight to save time, when they weren't going far. rofl-3.gif

Took my chances and even got the bypass on some open scales!

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For the love of God Jamie! I once made a shipper rework my load cause it was 34,040! I'm not risking my DAC or my wallet for nobody! Even if you guaranteed me all the scales would be closed, I still wouldn't risk my clean record for no one.

Posted:  1 month, 1 week ago

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No laws requiring you to listen

I had several cousins in the trucking business back in the 60's and 70's that drove all the way to retirement, so I had plenty of help with advise from most of them. One I called the most always took my calls, always had good advice, never judged me when I called and told him I screwed up and didn't listen to something he had told me. After he died I asked his wife if he was ever annoyed at me calling him so often (something I never ask him) and she said no... he actually would say something to her when I didn't call for a period of time.... concerned if I was ok...

Listening to old timers from this site, or old timers sitting at a truck stop killing time, most of us are more then happy to throw in our 2 cents worth.

Here is an example of what I am writing about...

Asked an older driver sitting outside a Flying J in Utah... How did you manage to do this job for 47 years... Quote "I learned to stay in the right lane and stay out of everybody's way"

Listening to old experience is a start.

Posted:  1 month, 2 weeks ago

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Game: Most shocking aspect of trucker life?

I didn't realize how stupid people get around big trucks... seriously.. I was in complete disbelief...

Posted:  1 month, 3 weeks ago

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Ok CB poll

Old school ranger 10 meter, self calibrating, 30w output... range is 6 to 15 miles ...

Posted:  2 months ago

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Only in California

and plenty of us that were born there and got the heck out....

Remember most of the loonies you associate with California are actually born in other states and moved to California.

We wouldn’t look so crazy if y’all would stop exporting your village idiots.

Posted:  2 months, 1 week ago

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What did you do before becoming a truck driver?

I was a boss in the casinos here in Vegas... my uniform was a suit, I ate in all my meals restaurants, not in the employee dining rooms, hung out with all the big shots, had a corporate credit card, made a crap load of money, and every day thought how nice it would of been if I had just stayed an hourly employee free of all the headaches.

30 plus years it took me to find out I should of never taken that first promotion...

lessons learned

Posted:  2 months, 1 week ago

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Hourly Pay vs Mileage Pay

It depends...

how fast is your truck

how often do you stop to go you know .... 1 or 2

I personally averaged 500miles in 8.5 hours consistently, and that helped me when my DM would call and ask if I could do a particular load... he would know what I could do and just needed to get me to commit.

it was a lot easier to figure it out that way then to try and see if I had enough hours... cause I never ran myself out of hours...

longest I stayed out on the road without ever taking a day off ... 10 weeks... even the dog was barking at me when I walked through the door

Posted:  2 months, 1 week ago

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What are your on the road hobbies?

Sleep

Posted:  2 months, 1 week ago

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Clock Management and 34 hr resets

I have personally spun this web every way possible, and the bottom line comes to this... if you run 10+ hours a day consistently, and sit it out doing a reset, are you available to go pick up a load during a reset?

No

Can you legally drive anywhere to position yourself for a load during that reset?

No

If your driver manager calls and tells you he has a load for you a couple of hours away from where you are, but you are doing a reset, can you tell him you can head that way to be ready for the load?

No

People have responded to my post that I am wrong giving advice that I am about to give again on HOS.

My response to them... if you want to set somewhere for 34 hours and play video games...KNOCK YOURSELF OUT

if you want to make money and work everyday you are away from home ... don't work more then 8 to 9 hours on line 3 and 4 on any given day.

These truck companies will not wait for you to do your reset. They will find the next available truck to pick up that load. So if you are sitting in Wichita, Kansas waiting for someone to call you and tell you there's a load available, do you want to be that driver who has to say... sorry I am stuck here doing my reset ...

seriously ... you can work everyday and never take a day off and never need to be that driver who has to say ... sorry I can't get that load cause I can't manage my hours well enough so I can be available for that next load...

if you average 8.5 hours of line 3 and 4 every day you can work every day without taking a day off ... do the math

Posted:  2 months, 2 weeks ago

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Road Rage

Spaceman is dead on with this... it was my belief that if you are going to become a commercial driver and call yourself a "professional" (note I did not say expert, huge difference between the two ) you deserve a formal complaint when it comes to bad behavior behind the wheel. You have your company name and sometimes phone number all over your rig, and with the internet so prevalent in our lives today it's not hard to figure it out.

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