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, 5 months 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 weeks, 4 days ago

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Reefers

Packrat

You're right about the aircraft noise. I wasn't as close as you were but our barracks was one block for the runway. But I like the reefer noise puts me to sleep in seconds. But my new job will be different, so no reefer noise. Oh well

Raptor

Posted:  2 weeks, 4 days ago

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Goofball Passed Away Today...Trucking with Pets

Sorry Rainy to hear of Goofballs passing. This last year with my cat proved to be a blessing and a curse. But she's trying to get used the down time now, as am I. They really get into our hearts. And I have had to put down more than I ever wanted too. But most of mine were at a very old age.

Raptor

Posted:  3 weeks, 3 days ago

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Failed drug test

Jeremy

If you are being honest in this, and they will not let you have a retest then get a lawyer to fight their refusal for you to do the retest. It all comes down to how much you want to drive and have this great adventure.

Good luck

Raptor

Posted:  3 weeks, 3 days ago

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Another deer

Jamie

Glad you are alright. The deer that hit me took out my rt headlight assembly, on-board sensor, bumper and the front grille. Anyway, the 2019 and 2020 freightliner they took out the air bag dump, the use of air actuated kingpin release and the weight air guarge. Just to let you know.

Raptor

Posted:  3 weeks, 6 days ago

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Question Regarding Sleep Apnea

Ok sorry last minute stuff for the grandkids. Anyway, use the humidifier that is in your sleep apnea machine. It took one night to get used to it. The pillows that I use are very comfortable. Now federal law says mandatory 4 hours. I tell it is not enough. You must use it for your whole time your sleeping. When you wake you're refreshed. My mentor when I was in TNT training only used his for the mandatory 4 hours. He set his alarm for that amount of time. And would wake up later tired and cranky. What is with men and their macho stuff that they can get along without medical care. Anyway, DO NOT LIE ON YOUR FEDERAL MEDICAL FORM. PERIOD!

RAPTOR

Posted:  3 weeks, 6 days ago

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Question Regarding Sleep Apnea

If you have been diagnosed with sleep apnea, it will be recorded at DMV. Mine was. There are many machines out there and many masks. The one I use is the 2 pillow style that go into the nose only with a strap that is very comfortable. I'll continue this after eating.

Raptor

Posted:  1 month ago

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Look what I brought home today...

But I thought West Side trucks could fly? Sounds like some other news is brewing around Tennessee? I guess we'll all have to wait though. Glad mom and baby Genesis is doing well.

Raptor

Posted:  1 month, 1 week ago

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Need advice on starting my career in Oil/Gas driving

I drove fuel tankers for 7 of my 11 years driving. This not a job for a newbie. Though you have the heart for it. It takes a special person to drive crude oil. It's very dense and very capable of Jack knifing if not treated with respect. Most companies that haul crude require at least 2 yrs. OTR. I'm not saying you won't get on with someone, but it might be difficult. Search for the ones do want you haul the sand and water. Once when I was in Oklahoma at a truck stop a trucker who was doing the sand and it paid real well, did off me a position. Of course I turned him down. But you're young enough they might take chance on you. Good luck

Raptor

Posted:  1 month, 1 week ago

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Another pileup - SLOW DOWN!

Rob T

I see this on all the roads I go throughout this beautiful country. But your going to change these trucks minds on how fast they go. They zip by yesterday in a huge downpour and slow down. Saw several cars in a ditch because they wouldn't slow down. They seem to be in a hurry to die or kill someone else. Anyway glad your safe. Keep up the good work.

Raptor

Posted:  1 month, 2 weeks ago

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Waitress with CDL and no experience looking for truck driving job

Good You came through and took the bull by the horns. Remember most of the stuff learned 10 years ago may not apply now. Rules change, what was allowed then may not be allowed now. As long as you go through this new adventure, you're not going through it alone. But also be patient, so things will come back to you and will not. Good luck, Priscilla. And don't forget to come back to the forum. Write your own diary about your experiences. You never know, your diary might help another person out there with the same questions as you have had.

Raptor

Posted:  1 month, 2 weeks ago

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East Coast Drivers

Errol

That was great. But are talking about the ones that do 55 mph or the ones who fly by do 70 mph or more?

Old School

If I remember when that song first came out does that mean I'm showing my age?

Well, the east hasn't got it that bad. Wyoming was shutdown for 2 days, we had 3 drivers stuck up there. I had just left before the storm hit. Lucky me.

Raptor

Posted:  1 month, 3 weeks ago

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His question

The truck did that but he was close to the shoulder I'm in the middle of 6 lanes. I need my 30 break. I only had to drive 27 miles but that is when I had 3 hours left. Now I have 12 minutes left. I went into personal conveyance but that was 30 minutes ago. If I could have stopped I would have. Raptor

Posted:  1 month, 3 weeks ago

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His question

What if your stuck in traffic on the freeway and are almost out of hours to drive. Haven't taken my break yet but traffic is moving about 3 mph for the last 2.5 hours.

Raptor

Posted:  1 month, 3 weeks ago

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Just saying Howdy... New to forum ☺️

Welcome to the forum Blue j. Keep coming back, with your questions, many here are willing to give you the true answers. Take what can from School, but remember it's so you can pass your CDL. Good luck

Raptor

Posted:  1 month, 3 weeks ago

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Tom-this questions for you

No problem I have been dealing with what I thought was a brake problem but it turns out I have a broken driveshaft. So seeing it is still under warranty I have to wait for the Freightliner tech to come in on Monday to fix it. Probably loose the load I'm on. Well maybe next time when we're in the same place. Be safe it's snow pretty good now. So it's best that you did leave.

Raptor

Posted:  1 month, 3 weeks ago

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Rookie Solo Adventure, thoughts, questions, vent, and ramble.

Well, I'm back in the shop again for Qualcomm problems. No one seems to be able to fix it. It froze again yesterday for the umpteenth time. But maybe I'm hopeful for a good outcome at West Valley.

Raptor

Posted:  1 month, 3 weeks ago

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Tom-this questions for you

Are you in West Valley? And at the Swift terminal? Come on down to the cafe meet. Raptor likes meeting people from TT.

Posted:  1 month, 3 weeks ago

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Happy Thanksgiving to Everyone

Brett

That would be great to have a dancing turkey.

Raptor

Posted:  1 month, 3 weeks ago

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Potential new appliance for my truck

Hey Drew

I went to Walmart to get it but then I saw the size of it. It takes up half my sleeper floor. Well not really but sure does take up a lot of room. Just my two cents.

Raptor

Posted:  1 month, 3 weeks ago

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Happy Thanksgiving to Everyone

Happy Thanksgiving to all. I'm staying out until Christmas. Then 5 days to reflect on everything. Best to you all.

Raptor

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