Profile For Dave (formerly known as KnowItAll)

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  • Location:
    Hutchinson, KS

  • Driving Status:
    Rookie Solo Driver

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  • Joined Us:
    9 months ago

Dave (formerly known as KnowItAll)'s Bio

Strong with sarcasm this one is, yes?

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Posted:  2 days, 8 hours ago

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New Truck

Jamie, I used to like you but not so much any more...

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Posted:  2 days, 12 hours ago

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All those O/O's making "so much money"

On a trip that pays $9.47/mile if I was a L/O O/O. Pays $644.25 on 68 miles. Sounds really awesome until you get to the rest of the story.

The trip before this one paid $61.51 on 53 miles for $1.16/mile. The trip before those was $1.17/mile. $1851.51 on 1561 miles.

$2,557.51 on 1,682 miles is a gross average of $1.52/mile. Now for a fun exercise. What's the net $ that goes into your pocket? Lets use $1250 truck payment (includes tags, permits and insurance). $0.10/mile maintenance fund ($168.20) Lastly, fuel @ $2.3642 (Prime's price). Last weeks average MPG was 7.3. So ballpatk fuel cost is $544.74.

$2557.51 - 1250.00 - $168.20 - $544.74 = $594.57 รท 1682 = $0.35/mile. WOW! Lease Op / Owner Op thing sure is a great deal!

I'd have lost $0.09/mile from what a company driver would have been paid AND be looking at a bill from ThermoKing to fix the APU that just took a dump!

Disclaimer; there's still 3 days left in this pay period for the potential of a lot more miles... and, I think there is local P&D money that isn't calculated in. Have to check on that one.

Being an L/O O/O sounds like a great thing until one runs the numbers on a give scenario. Then doesn't sound so good.

Now please excuse me while I put in a road assist call to have the company fix the APU and DirectTV receiver that it fried. :(

Posted:  4 days, 16 hours ago

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Testing out to go solo

WOOT! Congratulations!!!!

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Posted:  4 days, 16 hours ago

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Game: How Do You Motivate Yourself?

The challenge, the coffee and the MONEY.

Posted:  1 week ago

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NASCAR in Fontana

The earliest dirt track race I can remember was at Dodge City KS in the late 70s. Been a fan ever since. Raced dirt track in central Kansas from 92 to 94 and even won a few times.

Remember watching Dale Senior run the old Wranglers car on TV. Finally got to see him race in Texas at TMS the year before he was died. Junior won the bush race that week.

Posted:  1 week, 1 day ago

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Guess where I was

Inbound/outbound building is there in the satellite view but not much else. Was about even with the wash bays. D lot is on the exit side of the wash bays.

Posted:  1 week, 1 day ago

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Guess where I was

Winner winner chicken dinner! Wasn't actually on the practice pad. Was headed to D lot to drop a trailer. Now I'm doing a 34 hr reset.

Right about there.

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That satellite imagery is old and the pad you took a pic of is a dirt lot in this imagery. But that's where you were!

Posted:  1 week, 1 day ago

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Sitting

Had an instance where there was back to back loads that had the same pickup number. First driver got his trailer. I had to wait until the shipping office opened to get it all straightened out. Took about 4 hours...

Posted:  1 week, 1 day ago

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Guess where I was

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Was close to the Swift Phoenix yard a few weeks ago. Was realy nervous. (Just kidding)

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Glad you made it away safe!

For anyone considering a career, these jokes about swift are just that, jokes. Swift actually has a lower % of drivers involved in accidents or being put out of service but due to their size it just appears they're involved in more wrecks. I don't want anyone to get the wrong impression of this forum, or of swift based on a couple jokes smile.gif

Law of averages has a funny way of distorting reality. How often do you see a Swift, Prime, CFI or JB Hunt get called across the scales compared to other carriers? (Talking about prepass scales) Answer, alot less. In a lot of cases it is tied to the safety score and those companies have great scores. Heck, if things went sideways with my current company, I'd seriously consider Swift.

Posted:  1 week, 1 day ago

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Guess where I was

Was close to the Swift Phoenix yard a few weeks ago. Was realy nervous. (Just kidding) rofl-1.gifrofl-2.gifrofl-1.gif

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A Tractor Trailer Demolition Derby?

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I cant zoom in on the pic but by that answer I'm guessing it's the swift yard? rofl-3.gif

Posted:  1 week, 1 day ago

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Guess where I was

Close but where is the practice located? (Just for clarification, I was driving by it)

A Prime practice pad.

Posted:  1 week, 1 day ago

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Guess where I was

Pretty close. But not quite the answer I'm looking for.

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A Tractor Trailer Demolition Derby?

Posted:  1 week, 1 day ago

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Guess where I was

Take a guess and win free internet points.

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Posted:  1 week, 1 day ago

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Courteous drivers

Don't turtle race on a hills or flats! Be the better person, drop down a few MPH and let them pass. If you're 1 or 2 MPH faster and traffic is heavy drop back to a safe distance and follow.

There's my $0.02

Posted:  2 weeks, 1 day ago

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Swift everywhere! Oh, that's why...

It was an eventful few days. Delivered to the Kroger DC. Picked up a trailer at the SAM/Walmart DC for Tucson the grabbed a JBL load to Las Vegas (that was a fun one, three stops...)

I must have just missed you, Dave. I was there twice too.

Posted:  2 weeks, 2 days ago

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Swift everywhere! Oh, that's why...

Ha! I've been to that WinCo! Small world. Speaking of Phoenix, was there twice last week.

Posted:  4 weeks ago

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Rollovers

Don't get the false illusion that flatbeds are immune to shifting loads and rollovers. That type of false sense of security can get you in trouble real fast!

Another reason why this forum is great and I'm leaning (pun intended) toward flatbed.

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As a flatbedder, the thought of my load bouncing or shifting around behind me is completely foreign to me.

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I don't want to find out how poorly my cargo was loaded in a turn or under hard braking. If my load shifts, its my fault.

Posted:  4 weeks ago

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Rollovers

Rule of thumb my trainer taught me was 5 to 15 mph under the on/off ramp speed. Sometimes even slower depending on how it's loaded. Example, 45k top heavy load, is an even slower! My philosophy, slow is fast. Slow and steady wins!!

Also, be ever vigilant about decreasing radius turns. Like in a goofy clover leaf.

Posted:  4 weeks, 1 day ago

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What State Are We In?

Don't know about y'all but I'm in the great state of Confusion!!!!

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Posted:  4 weeks, 1 day ago

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Driving from Spokane Washington to California

Just took a route from Sacramento to Spokane recently. Route I took was: I-5 > I-205 (around the southeast of Portland) > I-84 > I-82 > US 395 > I-90

Double check each states 511 for road conditions. Especially Siskiyou, Grants Pass and the Columbia River Gorge. I went through the Gorge the day before the 24+ hour shutdown. it was horrible... Took 4+ hours to travel from mm18 (Troutdale T/A) to mm159 (Boardman Loves)!

If you're feeling adventurous there is US 95. Which is an awesome drive. How you get on 95 depends on where you start from in California. LA area, US 395 to US 6 to US 95. San Fran area take I-80 to Winnemucca, NV then catch US 95 north...

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