Profile For Phishtech

Phishtech's Info

  • Location:
    Deer Park, TX

  • Driving Status:
    Rookie Solo Driver

  • Social Link:
    Phishtech On The Web

  • Joined Us:
    1 year, 2 months ago

Phishtech's Bio

72 years old Live in Deer Park, TEXAS Semi-retired and bored stiff Been driving a school bus for 4 years I want to drive a truck and make enough to go ahead and finish paying off the house and a few credit cards I want to move off of the TEXAS coast and live in the country further north (but not out of TEXAS) 9 grand kids 1 great grand kid Been married to the best wife in the whole wide world for almost 30 years now I wish she could say she's been married to the best husband in the whole wide world for 30 years Love to fish, especially out of a kayak

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Posted:  1 month, 2 weeks ago

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Thinking Of Switching To A Dedicated Account

I thought Schneider had a dedicated Costco account??

You might want to consider their regional tanker jobs: home every week or better. Deliver load and drive back empty. Should be more consistent.

Posted:  2 months, 2 weeks ago

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The devastation of smoking

Had a boss that had been off of smoking for over 30 years, and if someone lit one up in our group he'd have to walk away because he told us even after 30 years smoke free he wanted one like crazy, he was still hooked on those nasty things.

Posted:  4 months, 4 weeks ago

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It's not my fault I failed

Hobo makes me laugh.

Hmmmmm, Hobo sure sounds like a common Troll to me, just sayin'.

Posted:  5 months ago

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Glad I didn't have to pay for this

Thank you, Pete. I failed as a political commentator, so I'm trying to switch to humor. Much less controversial.

10,000 comedians out of work and you're trying to be funny !!!

Posted:  5 months, 3 weeks ago

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Lying Recruiters And The Dirty Lies

Our young friend is displaying a classic case of NARCISSISM. He lives in a self-made bubble and the world revolves around him. He cannot accept truth unless it jives with what he believes, yet he rarely accepts any truth because he obviously knows it all already. We're wasting our time trying to talk sense with this guy, we live outside his bubble.

Posted:  7 months, 4 weeks ago

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Blue Tooth advice please

I've ordered the Blue Parrot 450 XT.

Posted:  8 months ago

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Blue Tooth advice please

I’m very hearing impaired and need a really good Blue Tooth device for communicating while driving. Looked online and there are too many choices. I need real world advice.

Thanks

Posted:  9 months, 3 weeks ago

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Flatbed endorsement ??

I did the search thing here on the forum and on-line but couldn't find anything definite about needing an endorsement to drive a flatbed.

Flatbed experts please chime in.

Posted:  9 months, 4 weeks ago

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A Trucker's Wife is Baffled HELP

The part about him NOT REMEMBERING HIS PASSWORD really hit a nerve here. When I just now signed on with Schneider the first thing I did was show my wife how to get access to everything I'll be doing while driving. She got my driver number and password and can see my settlements and pay statement.

I sincerely do not believe he has forgotten his password, surely he has it written down somewhere?? If he forgot it he can replace it with a new one any time he wants to.

Something is shady here because it seems he doesn't want you to see his settlements and pay statement.

Posted:  10 months ago

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Almost there

Finished Schneider's driver training yesterday (9/21/18) and passed all my skills tests, although I had a lot of trouble with blind side 90° docking. I'm glad to get it over with, it's been a tough 3 weeks for this old man. Last night in Dallas they had torrential rain all night long, driving home this morning I had the same type of rain all the way from Dallas to Huntsville, what we call a "frog strangler" in TEXAS. I'll pick up my truck here at the Schneider Houston terminal about 15 minutes from my house. At my age (almost 73) the Costco dedicated is the perfect match for me, 100% no touch drop and hook. My TE says he averages 2800 miles a week doing the Costco runs so I should be getting plenty of time behind the wheel. The Schneider training is very good, but also very fast paced. We lost a couple of classmates early due to legal issues they "forgot" to mention on their application but we wound up with 18. New classes start every week, lots of people are trying to get into trucking. Schneider is also currently transitioning to tablets to replace the QualComs. The tablets are supposed to be a lot easier to use, I'll get mine next week.

Posted:  10 months ago

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Parallel Back--Advice needed

Slide your tandems full forward, follow the trainer’s instructions to the T and you’ll do it every time. Its not that hard.

Posted:  10 months, 1 week ago

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Almost there

Any updates Phistech?

Finished 1st week of bookwork here in Dallas. I’m now driving on the Costco dedicated with my TE.

Much better equipment than the driving school which makes driving a lot easier.

Still in a 10 speed although Schneider will be all auto by next year. Got a really good TE which is nice. Kind of a culture shock just getting started away from home and ssssoooo much to learn so fast. The driving is the easy part. Love that smart cruise control, makes it simple while moving.

My only gripe is that Schneider doesn’t have APU’s (I’m told) and I’m wondering how I’m gonna make it in a hot sleeper berth next summer. They don’t allow excess idling.

Posted:  10 months, 3 weeks ago

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Almost there

Finished truck driving school last week when I passed my driving skills test. Took my Tanker test yesterday and passed (it was really a no-brainer test). Took my HazMat test yesterday and failed so I took it again today and passed.

Now after all this I find out I still have to have ANOTHER background check and more finger prints since I did the HazMat.

Gonna report to Schneider next Tuesday to start the real training, can't wait.

Posted:  10 months, 4 weeks ago

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Dedicated vs Intermodal

Thanks Old School. Your years of experience and knowledge of the overall trucking industry makes me want to listen up when you chime in on a post. I'm gonna take your advice and stick with the Costco route. I'll let everyone know how it goes when I start.

Posted:  10 months, 4 weeks ago

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Dedicated vs Intermodal

Be careful of dedicated routes. Many require you unload the truck yourself and after all that stressful driving, that might be hard. you will already be exhausted.

also, make sure intermodal divisions are also company drivers. some companies, including my company, intermodal is for lease ops only and that is a whole other issue you dont want to deal with. so.be sure to ask.

Schneider's Costco dedicated is 100% no touch drop and hook, dry van and reefer.

Their intermodal is all company driver. The Costco dedicated starts in Laredo or Dallas TEXAS then runs thru TEXAS Oklahoma Louisianna and Kansas. I feel sure the Costco dedicated route will be a lot less stressful than a typical OTR job, although if I were single I'd really like the OTR.

I was hoping a Schneider or other intermodal driver would post up what kind of miles and pay I could expect.

Posted:  11 months ago

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Dedicated vs Intermodal

Hey Phistech,

I went through the same dilemma when I went through Schneider. Either Dollar Tree or Intermodal. And also like you I wanted the one that would get me home the most. I ending up going Dollar Tree however in the end they probably both would of ended up being equal. Now for Intermodal Chicago is a major hub and pretty much all containers being picked up was somewhere in the city. So definitely hard on a new driver. The regional guys I believe did alot of runs to Indianapolis and back and after 3 months I think you are "elgible" for local. How long you'll have to wait for local can be another story. So I hope this helps I don't know anything about cosco so couldn't comment there

And now that I think about it if you go on youtube and search a channel called Ricecake ftw he was a Schneider intermodal driver and filmed a lot of his experiences. Hoped this help alittle. And you definitely have my respect going in trucking at your age.

Costco dedicated starts either in Laredo or Dallas which is where Costco has their distribution centers.

From there I'll drop loads in TEXAS Louisianna Oklahoma and Kansas.

Schneider intermodal delivers to rail yards within 400 miles of Houston.

Posted:  11 months ago

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Dedicated vs Intermodal

Gotta report to Schneider's Dallas training site in a couple of weeks. My Green Bay recruiter tells me they'll start me at 37 cpm, while my local recruiter said 40 cpm when I talked to him.

I'm trying to determine which would pay more in the long run (miles driven). Green Bay says I'd average 2000 miles a week driving a dedicated Costco route, but I can find nothing about average miles for their regional intermodal jobs.

Gotta be home weekly for the wife's sake so these, pay wise, seem to be best for my needs.

Please advise me on this as I'm a 72 year old newbie.

Posted:  11 months ago

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On the subject of CB radios.......

Would you please recommend a good brand to use?

Amazon has several from $60 and up. Thanks

Posted:  11 months, 2 weeks ago

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Anyone carry their laptop?

Just wondering if taking my laptop along would benefit me since it has a large screen and all the navigation apps I should need like Google Earth, Maps, etc. I even have some software I haven't used called Streets and Trips. And thanks

Posted:  11 months, 3 weeks ago

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Need a job, come to TEXAS.......

How much experience are they looking for do you know?

From what I understand, a lot of the companies in the oil fields will take you with no experience and train you.

Also, the folks who haul sand to the fields live in man-camps and work 3 weeks on 1 week off and a minimum of 12 hours a day. They're booming and need people. Best bet would be to do a little computer searching and get your info.

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