Profile For Robert D. (Raptor)

Robert D. (Raptor)'s Info

  • Location:
    Sacramento, CA

  • Driving Status:
    Company Driver In Training

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  • Joined Us:
    5 months, 2 weeks ago

Robert D. (Raptor)'s Bio

Started driving in June of 1998 after finishing truck school. Started out as a tomato driver with Panella Trucking out of Stockton, California, and Button Transportation out of Dixon, California (I was still married then). In between time of trucking (seasonal work), I was an Electrician.But after 7 years of doing both, I quit electrical and devoted full time to trucking and went back to Button and drove for them full time. During winter I'd haul Hazmat Chemicals. But it still didn't satisfy me. So I got this sweet gig hauling fuel from 2006-2009. I worked 4-10 hour shifts. Monday, Tuesday, off Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, off Saturday and Sunday. Then we lost a big contract with Shell and 5 of us were let go. That's when I went to Fedx Ground for eight months. After that I was to start with a start up company that had a dedicated run from Stockton to Oakland twice a day. I was to start on July 21, 2010. But on July 20th, I was involved in a motorcycle-4wd truck accident. Needless to say I never was able to start that gig. I was pretty messed up. After 5 surgeries and physical therapy, I have decided to go back to truck school and get back into trucking. This time I'm not sure if I'll go back on the road or do local again. School Starts 17 Sept.

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Posted:  3 hours, 30 minutes ago

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Snow expected from Utah to Idaho

Windshield has to be replaced first and the guy who is coming from some 2 hours away. Then they will see about the oil leak at the oil pan. But my mentor is a lease op so he might let it go. He doesn't talk unless I ask questions. He has his beak in his phone almost 24 hours a day.

Very frustrating.

Posted:  11 hours, 47 minutes ago

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Rainy, CK, Big T and Raptor in Utah

Rainy and CK you guys r 2 miles from Swift West Valley terminal. Big T It shows you in Provo. Big storm coming at around 2 am. I've now heard 3 different snow drops. 1. 23 inches 2. 16 inches 3. 8 inches Don't know who to believe but we're 3rd in line for tomorrow morning entering the shop. Oil leak and right windshield cracked. And tomorrow is MLK Jr. holiday.

Raptor

Posted:  15 hours, 9 minutes ago

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MTI Springfield Mo & Schneider...All tips, suggestions, and advice welcome

Welcome to the forum. Others will chi9in soon. Jamie works for Schneider if he sees this thread he will chime in for sure. You will have a leg up on those you go to class with if you start studying these from the forum.

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Posted:  15 hours, 17 minutes ago

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Snow expected from Utah to Idaho

I was coming out of the flying j after eating dinner and I held the door for a driver with a bunch of stuff in his hand. And he said if you have to be here I would get out.So of course curious why so I asked and he said that they were expecting 23 inches of snow between 2 and 3 am. But we have a delivery tonight at 9 and have to go the shop in West Valley to have them look at a oil smell coming into the cab. I think it might be a loose oil filter. He just had the oil changed the day before he picked me up on the 30 of December. Be safe out there everyone.

Posted:  20 hours, 28 minutes ago

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Laugh for the Day....

And here I was hoping to see your dungeon pictures. That will be close enough.

I smoked for 16 years, quit for 28, then found out I had lung cancer. Fought it and now it's been 34 years since I smoked. And every time I get near it now I start sneezing. But I hope your trainee stops. But maybe someone was telling him it's time.

Posted:  21 hours, 3 minutes ago

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Help your fellow driver

Turtle

I'll give you a very big pat on the back. I see it all time out here where other truckers won't get out and help another get into a tight space. What you and your wife did was great in my opinion. But there will come a time when the ones who don't help will need it and someone else will give them the bird. so cudos.

Posted:  22 hours, 44 minutes ago

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To Ease Your Mind About Winter Driving...

Rainy

where over Donner are you going? You could take I-15 S to Cal 58 W at Bakersfield change to Cal 99 N then152 W to get you to I-5 N and from there get back to I-80 E. That is the way my mentor's dispatcher has been dispatching us to avoid the snow. I know it's longer but it could avoid going over Donner pass. It is not good when it's good weather. I'm just in the pilot just before SLT, we can't deliver until tonight at 9.

Just suggestions.

Raptor

Posted:  23 hours, 16 minutes ago

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Tractor Man is Back!

Tracterman

We have officially met. But I'm sorry of your family situation and your health issues. But keep your adventure going, you'll make it.

Raptor

Posted:  1 day, 22 hours ago

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Paper Logs

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Posted:  1 day, 22 hours ago

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Truck Driver Hits School Bus Kills Kid While Changing Clothes

It's not going to.be easy for the family. Everytime they see a truck driver they are going tkwa t to RIP his head off. I know I do. It's the same thing when independents co.e passing me at 90 plus miles an hour. Yes we all want to be on time, but that isn't doing safely. Sad, and he was just getting to enjoy life. My prayers go out to his family.

Posted:  2 days, 19 hours ago

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To Ease Your Mind About Winter Driving...

Rainy

Looks as if Matt takes care of you guys. /and that is great. I never talk to the dispatcher my mentor uses he always does. And she seems to know what she is doing. I needed to come home and pay my rent in person. My landlord is funny that way. So they routed us to Lathrop (about 64 miles south of Sacramento). So I'm home doing laundry also.

But getting back to your original post of shutting down because of weather, she routed us through Southern California first then to Northern California. Donner Summit had 26" of snow. Now I have driven for 3 years in England and tours in Korea. There you will see some snow. But as it is I'm in states now so different surroundings, I have not driven through North or South Dakota or Michigan or the east coast. But Wyoming and Montana I have. No matter where we drive in this winter or any winter for that matter we need to trust our gut feeling on when to drive and when to shut down. If you don't feel safe driving in that slop then tell your DM and park out of the way safely and make sure you have plenty of food and water and warm clothes. I do not believe any DM would force a person to drive in unsafe weather. I know we all want to make money at our jobs, but it is not worth the lives of families on the road or ourselves to die because we thought it to be macho to drive in the unsafe conditions. Ok I'm done preaching. Just want to hear about anyone on TT that risked driving when they could be safe hold up some place warm and safe.

thanks Rainy for bringing this to the forum. As usual, you articles and wisdom are a breath of fresh air. Again thanks.

Raptor

Posted:  4 days ago

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Drive time for student

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Posted:  4 days ago

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Broke down in SLC UT. 😢

Well so what was wrong with it. Nosey driver wants to know.

Posted:  4 days ago

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First day on the shifting simulator

Then once you get that down, and feel pretty good about shifting and then they throw an autoshift into the mix. I've got like 100 hours left and trainers truck is 8 speed special. But I already asked for a manual and was told no. Only lease/ops have the option. Bummer. I even asked to forget about one of the older 2016's and let me drive it and of course the same answer, NO!

But you will finally get used to double clutching and it will be like second nature to you. So have fun in the sim and once you get out in the truck itself you'll know more what to do.

Posted:  4 days, 3 hours ago

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Advice from company drivers

Cynthia

I have only been with Swift for a short time but they have delivered what they said to me in the beginning. I'm presently with my mentor (trainer), and though we are on a regional run basis they keep us running. But I will say this about the big carriers, if they weren't successful they would go under. So it all depends on the your goals, what region, what kind of freight, and home times you want. Once you pick the company remember to make that commitment to them for at least a year. This shows the company you are at your resolve and it shows a company that may want to change to that you have that resolve to at least stayed with your original company.

Sorry of this is long winded.

Good luck to you.

Raptor

Posted:  4 days, 4 hours ago

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A Good Laugh, the life of a trucker!

Rainy

Are you the Trucking Princess or the Dungeon Lady, I get confused?

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But beware they may think you are trying to steal it. But must be pretty comical to see two ladies bringing a mattress into a hotel room.

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Posted:  4 days, 22 hours ago

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New food tanker driver

Most of you know that I did chemical takers and gas tankers. So a newbie trying to do food grade is a big no no in my book. Dude you should listen to all of the people on here. You have limited time driving at all. Garbage hauling is not the same as sloshing with food grade. Let's say you are going down the highway to get to your destination, you get off the freeway, then you encounter a 20 mile an hour off ramp. Now what do you do to slow down enough to make that ramp speed after driving at freeway speeds? I'm sorry with your skills you are not prepared to handle this off ramp. You don't just have the tractor but a trailer with all the liquid sloshing around pushing you forward when you are trying to slow down.

I'm trying to keep you alive.

Raptor

Posted:  4 days, 22 hours ago

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10 break

Nice.

Posted:  5 days, 23 hours ago

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Broke down in SLC UT. 😢

Oh ok the GPS tracker has you in Arizona.

Posted:  6 days ago

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Broke down in SLC UT. 😢

Well Big Scott

Inquiring minds want to k own what was wrong with your tractor? Seeing you're in Arizona now?

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