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Posted:  1 month ago

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2022 Truck Driving Championship

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Blast from the past! How yah been Six String?

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Great to see you're still around helping people out G-Town! I see Old School is still helping new drivers out too. That's awesome to see.

I've been well. Hope the same w/ you! Are you still driving distribution for Wal-Mart? And were you always based out of DE? We hit the DE beaches almost every year for vacation.

Wish there was a way to pm members on the forum. I'm hoping Daniel checks the site so he can see I didn't forget about him.

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Howdy, Six String!

I was mostly a 'reader' back in your day; pretty sure I've read every. single. post. of yours!!!

I gave Daniel a FB shout. . . . hope it works!! I sure hope you'll stick around, this time. You've done so much to help the folks in here, back in the 'days'.... MUCH APPRECIATED!

~ Anne ~

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Howdy back Anne! Thank you for the kind words and the fb message to Daniel. I don't go on fb and I don't have Daniel's number anymore, so that's very helpful of you.

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Good to hear from you again sir. Send me an email and I'll message you my number so we can catch up.

Truckerdan44@yahoo.com

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Posted:  1 month, 1 week ago

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2022 Truck Driving Championship

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Blast from the past! How yah been Six String?

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Great to see you're still around helping people out G-Town! I see Old School is still helping new drivers out too. That's awesome to see.

I've been well. Hope the same w/ you! Are you still driving distribution for Wal-Mart? And were you always based out of DE? We hit the DE beaches almost every year for vacation.

Wish there was a way to pm members on the forum. I'm hoping Daniel checks the site so he can see I didn't forget about him.

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Howdy, Six String!

I was mostly a 'reader' back in your day; pretty sure I've read every. single. post. of yours!!!

I gave Daniel a FB shout. . . . hope it works!! I sure hope you'll stick around, this time. You've done so much to help the folks in here, back in the 'days'.... MUCH APPRECIATED!

~ Anne ~

Howdy back Anne! Thank you for the kind words and the fb message to Daniel. I don't go on fb and I don't have Daniel's number anymore, so that's very helpful of you.

Posted:  1 month, 1 week ago

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2022 Truck Driving Championship

Blast from the past! How yah been Six String?

Great to see you're still around helping people out G-Town! I see Old School is still helping new drivers out too. That's awesome to see.

I've been well. Hope the same w/ you! Are you still driving distribution for Wal-Mart? And were you always based out of DE? We hit the DE beaches almost every year for vacation.

Wish there was a way to pm members on the forum. I'm hoping Daniel checks the site so he can see I didn't forget about him.

Posted:  1 month, 1 week ago

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2022 Truck Driving Championship

Yep I'm out of CWS, I used to do that LON meet with the COH driver then I lost that run. They ended shorting that run so we could pass through CHI I did that run most of last year. Now I have a 09:00 meet with an MRT driver in Indiana.

That roof collapsed in Chicago the dock was built in the late 20s and couldn't take it any more. They split the Chicago drivers among the 4 other area terminals for 2 months.

0900 meet is pretty sweet! congrats on a great start time. i heard that CWS has a decent amount of daylight runs that drivers can get w/o too much seniority. at HAR we have a good bit of opportunities for linehaul to run daylight as well, but usually your first daylight run will be running wild or having a schedule w/ odd days off. there's a good chance i know who you were meeting out of COH. i won't put their names out here for privacy sake, but i know a lot of COH drivers. most of my runs so far have been meeting COH, MRT, or SBN drivers.

Posted:  1 month, 1 week ago

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2022 Truck Driving Championship

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I'm coming up on 8 years myself this month. Time sure flies.

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8 years? You should have one of them gravy runs by now.

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Yep, I've got banker's hours for this summer's run lol. I remember just starting and not being able to even bid on a run - had to bag out in the northeast and pay my dues like everybody else. I don't even think they make you bag anymore as a new driver.

You run out of CWS? I remember one of the Chicago terminals having their roof cave in from snow not long ago, can't remember if that was two winters ago. I used to get CWS freight from a COH driver that met a CWS driver in London, OH.

Posted:  1 month, 1 week ago

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2022 Truck Driving Championship

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Glad to see you're still with OD man! Been quite a few years since I peeked in the forum here and was curious if I'd still see some familiar faces. I see you've been doing well for yourself there at SAC. I think of you from time to time when I talk to our team drivers that have SAC runs from HAR. I'm coming up on 8 years myself this month. Time sure flies.

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Where the "blank" have you been????

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Lol. Out and about, same old same old, running linehaul for OD and raising a family. They keep the lights on for us... Nice to see some old faces around here. Hope you've been well. I remember you :)

Posted:  1 month, 1 week ago

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2022 Truck Driving Championship

Glad to see you're still with OD man! Been quite a few years since I peeked in the forum here and was curious if I'd still see some familiar faces. I see you've been doing well for yourself there at SAC. I think of you from time to time when I talk to our team drivers that have SAC runs from HAR. I'm coming up on 8 years myself this month. Time sure flies.

Posted:  4 years, 7 months ago

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LTL Trucking - My linehaul job

Hey 6 string!

I received a conditional offer of employment for line haul with OD yesterday and can't tell you how much I appreciate the time and effort you put into your LTL thread.

6 string do you have tips as to how I can get my sleep schedule swapped from days to nights? I'm no stranger to a grave yard shift, did it for 5 years at a previous office job, but currently work a 6 am - 4 pm pd gig with a different employer. Im still at least 3 if not 4 weeks out from starting LH training, and would love to make the adjustment as easy as possible.

Thanks again sir! Bret

Hi Bret. Glad the thread helped.

There's really no easy way about getting acclimated to nights. If you've worked nights before, you probably already have an idea of how to sleep during the day, and what not to do during your night shift. We're diurnal beings - some just tolerate night shift better than others. For me it wasn't as much the work week that gave me trouble, but rather flipping my schedule on the weekends for the family - that's rough. I try to stay daylight now. I run out of a terminal that has daylight runs and I have enough seniority to stay days.

Posted:  4 years, 9 months ago

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Chemical Tanker lifestyle vs reefer lifestyle

Thanks for the input, however I'm not looking for easier and I'm not looking to not live out of a truck. In fact, I specifically DO want to live in the truck.

I'm just looking for insight into the tank driver lifestyle, particularly from those who've done both OTR tanker and OTR reefer.

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If want it easier with better pay and to not live out of a truck, why don't you do LTL? You're in a major east coast city - there are plenty of opportunities. Try looking into P&D with an LTL outfit. There are a ton of options for you if you want better pay with less hassle.

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I assumed you didn't want the typical OTR or regional lifestyle based on your comments, since a lot of your listed things you dislike can be typical of said lifestyle. It seemed to me you wanted it easier and more streamlined. I suggested P&D because it's daylight, you're in and out of customers, and you're not really doing any kind of labor. Of course, if you wanna live out of a truck, then home daily wouldn't be for you.

Also, being in the northeast, a decent amount of chemical tankers run around Jersey City, and that's about as urban jungle as it gets.

Posted:  4 years, 9 months ago

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Chemical Tanker lifestyle vs reefer lifestyle

If want it easier with better pay and to not live out of a truck, why don't you do LTL? You're in a major east coast city - there are plenty of opportunities. Try looking into P&D with an LTL outfit. There are a ton of options for you if you want better pay with less hassle.

Posted:  4 years, 9 months ago

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Looking to get into the field as a new driver

Glad my posts helped. Always a blessing to pay it forward

Posted:  4 years, 9 months ago

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Looking to get into the field as a new driver

I went to DCS. I hired on with Old Dominion as a linehaul driver when I graduated. 3+ years now and no regrets. I'm home every day. Average linehaul with OD is 65-85k a year while being home everyday with a real weekend off at home. If you wanna maximize your time at home and your earnings, it's really tough to beat LTL.

LTL Trucking: My linehaul job

The Local Thread

Posted:  4 years, 11 months ago

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Best Quote I've Seen: No.... It's not a game.

When you take charge of the information feed, then you have taken charge of your career, and any dispatcher that I have ever worked with wishes that he could teach all his drivers how to do these types of things.

Taken from: Dispatch wants me to take a 34 hr reset in a loading dock?!

Posted:  4 years, 11 months ago

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Dispatch wants me to take a 34 hr reset in a loading dock?!

Litigation?

Yeah. You know. DOT is "litigatin' on you" when ya gotta abide by their rules. It's the same thing as saying someone is "hatin' on you," or being a "hater." DOT is a "litigator."

I love it when people say "hating ON you" instead of just 'hate.' These people are very clever.

Posted:  4 years, 11 months ago

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What is a day off?

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I don't know many employees that get paid between $70-100k a year and put in only banker's hours.

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You think putting in 55 hours a week is banker's hours? Even in Manhattan they don't have bankers that work that hard. You're putting in almost as much time as most guys driving OTR or regional.

Steak Eater, that will vary from company to company and division to division. Most companies that get you home on weekends will tell you to expect a 36 - 48 hour average time off. Most of the time you won't be on a set schedule of any sort so this will vary quite a bit. You might get home Friday night and be off until Monday morning, you might get home Saturday morning and be off until Sunday night.

Expect your home time to average 36 - 48 hours on the weekends.

You missed my point. I said BANKER'S HOURS, not my hours. I don't know many people that work BANKER'S HOURS ( 9-5 ) and get paid 100k.

Why would I call 55 hours a week banker's hours? That's my whole point.

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Posted:  4 years, 12 months ago

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Starting out as a new driver in LTL/linehaul

One more thing. You'll need your hazmat, doubles / triples, and tank endorsements if you wanna go linehaul. Use the resources here to study and you'll ace the exams.

Posted:  4 years, 12 months ago

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Starting out as a new driver in LTL/linehaul

Well, you gotta work with your location. Ward is a good outfit, just small. Fed Ex Freight is a top notch LTL. I don't know much about XPO. I don't know anything about Penske - I thought they just rented trucks? I think Old Dominion's closest terminal to your location would be Scranton.

I wouldn't look into Fed Ex Ground. Those fleets are run by owner / operators and you'll be a 1099 employee. Go with Fed Ex Freight over Fed Ex Ground.

Posted:  4 years, 12 months ago

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Starting out as a new driver in LTL/linehaul

Welcome.

Your odds are very good. Are you in the Harrisburg / York / Carlisle area? If so, you will have many options.

I went into LTL linehaul with Old Dominion right out of trucking school. Had I known OD has a program where they take prospective drivers off the street and train them for their CDL, I probably would've gone right to OD without getting my CDL first. But, I went to a really good private school in York and I don't regret that decision. The school cost me 5k, and with how good OD pays, I had it paid off in a matter of a few months - plus OD gives tuition reimbursement.

If you are indeed in the HBG / York / Carlisle area, I'd highly recommend Fed Ex Freight, Old Dominion, or SAIA. I'm not sure if SAIA has their own schooling or not. I'm not basing this suggestion from personal bias, but if I had to choose between Fed Ex Freight or OD, I'd choose OD. There are reasons for that. The terminal in Harrisburg brings tremendous opportunity for linehaul (e.g. daylight linehaul in only a couple years and the ability to gain seniority at a good clip due to continued expansion), and they do hire P&D frequently.

You've got Estes in York. Fed Ex Freight, OD, and Saia in the greater Harrisburg area. I wouldn't bother with UPSF, ABF, YRC, NEMF, or Central Transport. Ward is a smaller outfit that has a terminal in Camp Hill. XPO (formerly Conway-Freight) is out of York, but somewhat of a mystery to me since they changed hands.

The union shops like UPSF, ABF, and YRC will keep you by the phone to start out. You've got a long, uphill road to get a bid run as linehaul driver at those places, and when it's slow, prepare for not working at all. Not sure how their P&D operates. Simply put, OD, Fed Ex Freight, and SAIA will offer much better opportunity for you as a new driver.

One thing to consider with SAIA is that they are just now moving into the northeast with their freight lanes. The current "Harrisburg" terminal is in Mount Joy (Lancaster), and they have plans to expand to Middletown (Harrisburg) with a larger terminal. Now would be a prime time to get your foot in the door with an LTL that is a major player. You'd gain 'instant' seniority since they plan on doing a lot of hiring over the next few years. True, seniority doesn't count in P&D, but at SAIA you can take your hire date and apply that seniority if you'd choose to switch to linehaul from P&D. Apparently, you can seamlessly switch from P&D to linehaul. Most LTLs run separate boards for linehaul and P&D, so if you switch, you lose your seniority.

Hope all this helps. Let me know if you have any questions. There's a Fed Ex Freight driver on here who will chime in, hopefully. There are a few of us LTL drivers here. I try to represent LTL whenever I can. Going linehaual was what I always wanted to do. I love being home every day, and I make enough money that my wife can stay home with the kids. It's the best trucking job I could ever ask for. Here's a thread I started specifically about LTL.

LTL Trucking - My Linehaul Job

Posted:  4 years, 12 months ago

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HO scale trucks and trailers - hey G-Town!

Email sent.

Posted:  4 years, 12 months ago

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HO scale trucks and trailers - hey G-Town!

G-Town, I looked at your pictures. Very cool stuff. Can you describe the process of building these models? This might be something fun to do with my son.

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