Profile For Robert D. (Raptor)

Robert D. (Raptor)'s Info

  • Location:
    Sacramento, CA

  • Driving Status:
    Rookie Solo Driver

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  • Joined Us:
    1 year, 1 month 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:  2 days, 20 hours ago

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Drivers who speed up when you Pass

Amen, I get this all the time. It seems that they either realize that they were going too slow and bump it up or as PJ said they're a dumba**. It seems that more are being that way. I hate having to pass anyone if I don't have to. But with the governed vehicles and all aren't governed alike, it's what it is. Professionalism has mostly gone now. I have been getting ones that could care less if you have clicked your high beams at them so you are given the ok to come back in the lane after passing you. Most new drivers don't have the courtesy to either use their 4 ways or use their circuit interrupt. I'm not looking to become long last friends, but courtesy has taken a backseat to the "me,me,me generation. Ok no more whining.

Raptor

Posted:  5 days, 21 hours ago

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The Big Dog

Hey Bruce K

How many pounds of dog food do you buy? 25, 50 or 75 pound bag? The next time you buy one of the big bags, bring it in the truck with you. The carrying that bag, turn a complete 360 between the seats. Then ask yourself about that big an a final would be comfortable for the both of you. Not trying to be a jerk, just being practical. He is a magnificent looking dog. I'm a animal lover and I think all the time of bringing an animal with me . But I prefer big dogs and with the limited space it's not practical. Cause remember you have food and water to store besides having a 100 lbs which would take up most of your trucks floor space. IMHO.

Good luck Bruce

Raptor

Posted:  6 days, 11 hours ago

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The Corn Is As High As An Elephant's Eye...

Icecold24k You're trying to make this too simple. He feels that football is more important than working and earning a living. But you have these terminal rats at most companies. I'm at my terminal in West Valley, Utah, to have maintenance done on my tractor. So doing laundry, this guy comes in and starts saying that Swift isn't giving him enough miles. And on and on and on. I ask him if he has turned down any loads lately? He says yes that they wanted him to take 354 mile load and then a 586 mile load after that. So why did you turn them down? He said he wanted to do only 1000 mile loads or more. I said I get some shorter runs but then I usually get a bigger load to go with it. He says he's been sitting for 3 days. And I said and you don't know why? You don't turn down loads unless it is something you can't get there in time to do. You're out of hours or something like that. Now you know why you're sitting.

Old School didn't mean to hijack your thread. I guess when one of these whiny babies cries goes about things they put themselves into deep kempche.

Raptor

Posted:  1 week, 1 day ago

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Company paid training and their vested interest

Big T

Thanks for sharing this story with us. In so many ways I wish I had gone that route. But I'm rolling the long highways anyway with Swift refer div.

Raptor

Posted:  1 week, 1 day ago

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Team vs solo driving

After training, and you've been cooped up with another person for 4-6 weeks, will give you a better perspective. You have no privacy, your always moving, and as Rainy said you are putting your life in someone else's hands. Good luck, Raptor

Posted:  1 week, 1 day ago

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Hit the Driver Appreciation cookout Trifecta.

Greg M.

You definitely hit the jackpot on the food. You won't need a bigger belt, your in Indiana they don't know how to patch the highways there you'll be airborne so you'll loose weight. Lol I know, I just left there 3 days ago.

Raptor

Posted:  1 week, 1 day ago

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Petit Theft Charge Will I still get hired?

Wow is he back? I hope not. If you are genuinely serious about this, then get it taken of before going any further. Remember, the front of this forum is TRUCKING TRUTH, NOT SCAM FOR A DAY! Brett started this forum to help people coming into this field with the truth and only the truth. If you are a scammer then delete this forum from your phone.

Raptor

Posted:  1 week, 4 days ago

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Missing OTR

Jamie

Are you saying that 75 feet of vehicle is a problem parking? We just can't park anywhere? You must drive a semi-truck. Lol

Sorry, I'm at a TA waiting on my food and saw your post. Felt in a sarcastic mood. Right now I would go dedicated, mainly because I like going to new places all the time.

Raptor

Posted:  1 week, 4 days ago

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Qualcomm / Omnitracs & personal WiFi / cellular device

Welcome Rookie D.

Yes it would be great to see some updates to the Qualcomm/Omnitracs. But as Packrat said not in the near future.

I got the jet pack from Verizon, which is supposed to be 4G but sometimes it takes forever to do some of my banking on line. But other times it is real fast. I forget how much it cost to begin with, but it's an added 20 bucks a month to my bill.

So, not bad a first post!

Raptor

Posted:  2 weeks ago

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Front sensor faulting.

It's not just the 2020 that does it. My 2019 also has the same issues. Have had in the shop at 2 terminals and also at Freightliner itself. They say it's normal.I said it's not normal for the tractor to call collision when nothing is there. Freightliner did adjust the sensor down a little, but it still does it. Plus it has that annoying distance warning when I'm at least 400 ft away. So you are not alone. If it were my owned tractor, that would be disconnected. I think I can judge how close I am to another vehicle. I don't need a babysitter. But it's not mine so I have to live with it.

Just my experience with this problem.

Raptor

Posted:  2 weeks ago

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Question of which job I should take!?

Ron

It sounds to me that you have a young family a d don't want to be away from home. That is the way I did it back in '98. But times were different than they are now. If I had it to do over. I would have gone OTR, because the big companies can handle any type of incident that a small company can't.

You see Old School see's things for the long haul. And he has the experience not just in trucking ut real life experiences to boot. Not listening to his sound advice is a big mistake. Remember you will kick yourself in the butt.

Raptor

Posted:  2 weeks ago

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Game for Newbies: Why Do You Think Trucking Will Be a Good Fit For You?

I guess Raptor will put in his 2 cents worth.

I like driving, I like the independence I get being in my little world of OTR DRIVER. I like the fact that I get to choose where I spend sleep mode. I don't always like having to go to a truck stop except for showers and fuel. In fact I would stay at a rest stop all time if they had showers. The headaches of finding a parking spot after 1600 is a pain. While you are backing into a spot, some yahoo driver doesn't want to wait til you get backed in, so he is going to drive behind you anyway. I love the courtesy truckers show each other. It is what it is. But I love the open road, whether truck, car, motorcycle or whatever mode of transport. Got off subject a little, sorry Rainy. Good topic as usal.

Raptor

Posted:  2 weeks, 5 days ago

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A Bizarre Conversation With A New Driver

Old School

As usual your stories smack a big punch. And good info too. I stumbled on 2 CR ENGLAND guys arguing at the Love's I was at. One was telling the other that he's been driving longer and been with the company longer. It kind of relates what you (Old School) were trying to get across to ND. But I didn't hear the whole conversation. So I don't know what prompted the start of the problem. I didn't want to hear anymore, so went in to get my fuel receipt. When I came out they were still at it. Some personalities should not be together. Sorry OS, didn't mean to hijack your thread.

Raptor

Posted:  2 weeks, 5 days ago

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Swift policy on stickers/decals

DOT DOES NOT allow on front windshield. When I got my first truck, the lady who had before had "Pink Kitty" on the windshield, on the dash, on the cabinet doors etc. What a pain it was to take all of them off.

Posted:  2 weeks, 6 days ago

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Hurricane

Well, I'm heading for Va. It needs to make a sharp right turn and head for open sea. But of course I don't have that luck.

Posted:  3 weeks, 2 days ago

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Rainy D

Agreed. But she did say that she would pop in from time to time when she had a chance. And maybe she'll still write her great articles. I never did see dungeon, I guess I lucked out.

Rainy

Come back to the good side of the force!

Raptor

Posted:  3 weeks, 2 days ago

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Bad day for one driver

The other day I had a Independent flatbedder ride tail for 11 miles at 45 mph. He was so PO'D at me when I moved over he gave me the evil stare and as soon as he cleared my front bumper he pulled back into my lane. I had to put on my brakes, then he took off. But that's the way for construction zones. It's not worth hitting a worker or the fine or jail time.

Raptor

Posted:  3 weeks, 3 days ago

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CPAP Sanitation

Well, Errol,

I bought the clean machine and yes it was pricey. I had to wait 3 weeks after starting to be able to pay for it. Anyway I don't know if it is really cleaning the hose out. I think when I get this load delivered I go use my Love's points and get my shower and take my hose in with me.

Raptor

Posted:  3 weeks, 4 days ago

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Done with training!

Congratulations Drew

Be very focused on on you safety and the safety of others. Remember your Tractor and trailer are 75' long and does not turn on a dime. And if you have problems and you will, stay focused and ask for help. The moderators are here to help even after you go solo. Good luck and be safe.

Raptor

Posted:  4 weeks, 1 day ago

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Assignment Changed While Sleeping

My DM knows when I go to the sleeper the phone is soon mute and the Qualcomm is also muted. I've had enough of her voice all day in my ears, I surely do not want to hear her when I'm sleeping. I had 15 messages when I woke the first time I did it. So you didn't do anything wrong. They should know to check your status before contacting you. One time they canceled a load on me when I was a sleep, but got a.better one with more miles. So in a sense it was good they canceled it. Anyway, the Qualcomm is what it is. Good tool, improvements could made. For another thread.

Raptor

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