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    AR

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    1 year, 9 months ago

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Posted:  8 hours, 22 minutes ago

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Crete/shaffer chocolate account info

Not to mention Crete takes home time very seriously, if that's a concern for you. You generally get one day off for every day on the road excluding any dedicated or local accounts that might offer a different type of home time setup.

One day off for every 6 days on the road*, sorry very tired had a long day!

Posted:  8 hours, 25 minutes ago

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Crete/shaffer chocolate account info

Not to mention Crete takes home time very seriously, if that's a concern for you. You generally get one day off for every day on the road excluding any dedicated or local accounts that might offer a different type of home time setup.

Posted:  8 hours, 28 minutes ago

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Crete/shaffer chocolate account info

I don't know about that dedicated account but my everything my Crete recruiter told me when I came over from Schneider was true. I started out OTR on the 21 day fleet starting at 50 cents a mile loaded or empty. I was getting around 2600-3000 miles a week, I have since switched over to their Walmart dedicated account out of North Platte, NE and I generally run 3000+ miles + a week, with last week being 3300 and this week being 3200.

So in my own experience, you'd have no reason not to trust the recruiters here. The dedicated accounts are pretty stable work at least here on the Walmart account.

Posted:  2 days, 12 hours ago

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Questions on cretes trucks

Hey thanks for the fast response I had another question about using the uninterrupted power supply doesnt that only work for around 10 minutes or so I'm no voltage expert but would it still be able to hold power for the tv and everything

Yes they don't last very long or at least the ones I've had. They're just designed so you can safely turn something off when you lose power.

But the inverters on our trucks are activated all the time, connected directly to the batteries. but on our older trucks such as the 2017 trucks, during the power cycle (truck turning on or off when you have opi idle enabled) it will cut the inverter off for about a few seconds before it comes back on providing power to the uninterrupted power supply long before it would actually run out of backup battery.

I used it for my cpap in my old truck, because it used to lose power and then come back on which woke me up. But that was my solution to the problem. But since I got my 2020 truck, it was never needed anymore.

Posted:  3 days, 7 hours ago

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Questions on cretes trucks

1) Sure you can, I see people do it all the time. Our equipment is pretty new, so you might actually get s truck with a refrigerator in it already. No promises, but its possible to put your own in there from the drivers I have seen.

2) No but yes, we cannot just idle our trucks as much as we want. But we do have opi idle on all of our trucks to keep our batteries charged and for AC on those hot days. So the truck will turn on when it needs to either charge the batteries or cool the truck down.

3) Sure he can! I actually have a PS4 with me that I use every now and then, plugged into the outlet, it doesn't cut off during the time the truck comes on and cuts off during certain times.

Now I do believe our older trucks would cut the power off to the inverter for a moment, but the 2020 trucks do not. But you can help prevent that by buying one of those uninterrupted power supply that you can plug into the inverter under the bed, and plug everything into that since its basically a battery in itself and will only use the battery power to prevent the TV and xbox from losing power during the power cycles. I had one in the 2017 freightliner I had, but I don't have one for the 2020 truck I have now and it doesn't cut anything off.

Hopefully that answered your questions.

Posted:  1 week, 1 day ago

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Got an overweight ticket and passed a level 3 inspection

Jamie my approach dealing with Walmart backhauls always begIns by reviewing the vendor BOL. The number of pallets together with the load weight should determine where to set your tandems and if it makes sense to scale.

Yeah, I reviewed the bills and looking back I don't remember it mentioning the amount of pallets, just listed all the products and nunber or cases and what not.

Of course I could have over looked it, but I'm scale backhaul loads in the future when it makes sense to do so.

I did turn the paperwork into Crete today and there was mention of getting reimbursed since I was only over on my axel weight and not gross weight, so I was able to fix it. If I do, that'll be great. Wasn't even expecting that considering it was totally my fault.

Posted:  1 week, 2 days ago

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Got an overweight ticket and passed a level 3 inspection

Well then life is pretty much perfect for you out there. If you can get 3,000 miles per week you're raking in the money, your company is taking great care of you, and you're doing a great job. That scale ticket is no tragedy. You take some calculated risks out there. You win most, you lose some. That's just part of playing the game.

Keep it up, man! Sounds like you're doing fantastic.

Oh yeah, Crete has been great to me! They have been keeping me super busy both when I was OTR and since I switched to this Walmart Dedicated account.

I almost laugh at the statement I made early on about being okay running 2500 miles a week. It has been extremely easy for me to hit 3000 miles a week, and that's with having a reset in every week. I typically run 500-600 miles a day, as all of our loads are round trips with the occasional backhaul like today.

Posted:  1 week, 2 days ago

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Got an overweight ticket and passed a level 3 inspection

Jamie, I'm guessing they didnt give you a chance to slide axles to be legal before writing you a ticket?

Nope, they told me to park and bring my paperwork, etc inside and said something along the lines of "Heres the deal, I'm going to be writing you a citation for being overweight on your drive axles". After that, he asked me to send my logs over so he could go over those as well. Over all the guy was nice and respectful, just doing his job.

Posted:  1 week, 2 days ago

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Got an overweight ticket and passed a level 3 inspection

Expensive lesson but many of us have taken the same chance. Great job keeping your equipment in acceptable shape.

Are you still enjoying working on that account?

Yeah, I don't always take a chance, but I've had a few times before and scaled legally when I got pulled in. But not this time, but I knew it was a gamble when I left and hoped for the best.

Oh yeah, a few things I don't like but that doesn't outweigh the miles I am getting on this account! I ran a little over 3300 miles for last week. I've been staying very busy. One thing I dont like is the very unpredictable work schedule, such as when I take my 10 hour break, I might get a load assigned to me but it might not be ready for hours afterwards, like two weeks ago I took my 10 hour break, and my load wasn't ready until 9 more hours making a total waiting time of 19 hours. It's hard to know when I should sleep, so I've been taking the chance to sleep any chance I get while waiting for my load to get ready.

But even with the long waits in between loads some days, I run 3000 or more miles a week.

Posted:  1 week, 2 days ago

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Got an overweight ticket and passed a level 3 inspection

Got an overweight ticket this morning for being 1800 pounds overweight on my drive tires, along with a level 3 inspection which I passed.

I was in a hurry to make the 280 mile drive back to the Walmart DC with a backhaul I picked up from Tyson, 37,000 pounds, slide the tandems and left as I would've made it back to the DC with minutes to spare. So I skipped the scaling process which I dont usually do on a load like this, but took a gamble and obviously lost this time.

The fine was $75, plus a $49 court cost.

Posted:  3 weeks, 4 days ago

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Harassment & blocking diesel pumps

Rule 1 of fueling, never pull behind a pickup truck or an RV, they generally do not care about how long they take.

Posted:  1 month ago

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Companies that hire felons

What type of felonies are we talking about here? Western Express is known for giving people with felonies a second chance, but depending on what the felonies were, you might have more options.

Posted:  1 month ago

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Harvest? Victor? Western Express?... Old School?

Western Express CEO posted an update yeaterday on their Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/468067016563721/posts/2738943416142725/

Wouldnt let me post the hyperlink version, kept saying invalid page.

Posted:  1 month ago

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Running on Cretes Walmart Dedicated Fleet

Finished the week off with 3249 miles for the week, all miles driven this week since Saturday(start of pay week) until now.

Posted:  1 month ago

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Running on Cretes Walmart Dedicated Fleet

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Posted:  1 month ago

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Running on Cretes Walmart Dedicated Fleet

Making my way back up to Bismarck, ND. The whole trip is a little less than 1000 miles. Oddly enough, I get a good laugh about comments I made early on with switching to Crete about running 2500 miles a week, I basically hit 3000 miles a week easily or get very close to it.

This will be the last load for this pay period, putting me at a little over 3200 miles for this week alone, doing a 34 hour reset once I get back to the DC tomorrow.

Posted:  1 month ago

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Will anyone hire me without having my license valid for a year?

Although a lot of companies require people to have their licenses for a year for insurance reasons, I knew someone who got accepted at Schneider for paid training(sponsored schooling and training since Schneider doesn't have their own school) while only having their license for a month before being accepted. So it's not impossible, and I would recommend looking into Schneider and possibly applying there.

Posted:  1 month ago

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Running on Cretes Walmart Dedicated Fleet

Today turned out great, since the entire load was for the same store and it was a dry load. They just simply let me swap trailers with one in the dock already, it even had some pallets coming back to the DC, so I didn't have to come back empty which was like a 585 mile trip back today.

Posted:  1 month ago

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Running on Cretes Walmart Dedicated Fleet

18:30 is the dock-put time. Which means, the latest time the load can depart and check-out through security. It's normal that loads are available hours in advance of the dock-out time. Dry loads are often ready 12 hours ahead of the dock-out. Reefer loads run much tighter since they tend to be more of a just-in-time delivery (because of limited freezer and refrigeration space at the stores).

Good luck with this!

Thanks for the information, been learning on the go in a crash course style learning! But staying very busy.

1170 miles later made it back to the DC around 1:35 central time tonight. Was delayed coming into the gate as another driver literally drove half a mile at 3 MPH to not trigger his eld I assume. Finally got to go around him after a bit.

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