Profile For Robert D. (Raptor)

Robert D. (Raptor)'s Info

  • Location:
    Sacramento, CA

  • Driving Status:
    Rookie Solo Driver

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  • Joined Us:
    2 years, 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:  4 months, 4 weeks ago

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Need advice from truckers with pets on truck

I had my cat CiCi ( Coca Cola) on my truck for 6 months. she never tore anything up but once. I had gone shopping at Wallyworld and brought back paper towels. one roll fell off the top bunk and proceeded to rip the roll to bits. since I hadn't left yet I went back in and got her some cat toys. she never ripped anything else up. she would occupy her time on the truck mostly sleeping. Seeing she would sleep some 18 hours throughout the day. Her favorite toy was these small whiffle balls that had a small bell inside. she would smack that thing around.

But getting to your point. Make sure she/he is spayed/neutered and front claws clipped every 2-3 weeks. get them a scratching post or something they can scratch on. then get the catnip spray and spray the scratching post. she/he will not scratch your seats. run the engine, let them get used to it. if you do refers, it should do the same. make sure she/he knows where the litter box and food and water are. CiCi liked to lay on the dash when the sun was out. and if you have front closing curtains, she would go up there when I would leave the truck. She would be on the look out for me when I would return. most of all show them that you love them.

Posted:  6 months, 2 weeks ago

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

We couldn't get into our homepage, pay, or fueling. We called the various numbers available to us until yesterday afternoon. But it will pick up soon. But thanks for the info Jamie.

Raptor

Posted:  6 months, 3 weeks ago

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Any Western Express drivers here?

Harvest which terminal were assigned? I'm out of Bloomington. Go to a flying j or pilot, and use your active load number. It should be open for fuel. If not call your DM and tell him you don't have enough fuel make it and he should direct you from there. If still having trouble get back to me and I'll see if you give your truck number and load number, I'll call my DM for you.good luck

Raptor

Posted:  6 months, 3 weeks ago

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Does anybody here haul gas/fuel?

I drove fuel and chemical tankers. Both were fun to do. People give you wide berth. But seriously, it is a good gig if you want more time with the family. Most companies pay real well. So if you have the chance jump on it. Good luck Raptor

Posted:  7 months ago

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Gross pay, net pay and Direct amount dont add up?

PackRat

That was going to be my question on locks, chains a d misc stuff. But still should have been itimized for deposit. At least that's the way Swift did it. I would be asking more questions.

Raptor

Posted:  7 months, 1 week ago

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Funny Video for You

Rainy Only you could have pulled this off. The monkey bit was outraged. LMAO

Raptor

Posted:  7 months, 1 week ago

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Been out of trucking for two years

Old School is correct, you have to own up to your short comings. Now with the owner/op.you could gone to your DM or FM and to be reassigned a new trainer. Anyway, CRSTif I remember what was a thread a while back that they only do team driving. Not sure about C.R. England. There is also Western Express, and so.many more. But you will need a refresher course. I drove 1998 til 2010. Got into a motorcycle accident, came back last year with the help of some great people on TT. I had to go get a refresher course. It all depends upon you and how much you want it. If you want it, grab the bull by horns and go get it.

Raptor

Posted:  7 months, 1 week ago

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Ghosting Your Company

It could still bite u in the ass. It could be determined that it is an abandoned vehicle situation. Then try to get a job anywhere. If you've been at Swift for only 2 weeks, how can you say it's bad? Before doing that I would ask about changing accounts or go OTR. I n the 11 months I was with Swift, I didn't touch any refrigerated freight. So....... Be a man.and give notice. Swift has 26,000 or trucks and drivers. Do you thi k that if everyone quit because they didn't get their way where the trucking industry be? You sound like the."ME GENERATION". ME, ME, ME. YOU need to grow up. This isn't Burger King, you can't always have your way! I don't condone this kind of behavior at all.

Raptor

Posted:  7 months, 1 week ago

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Can a bad knee disqualify you from becoming a professional truck driver

I was in a motorcycle accident almost 10 years ago. Had a knee replacement done in 2015. Drove refrigerated for Swift until December. I'm getting ready to drive for another company soon as the background checks come back. Should hear any day. So you can do it. I used to drive 10-11 hours a day. As.long as you can pass the DOT and company physical as was mentioned earlier in this thread you should do fine. Good luck

Raptor

Posted:  7 months, 1 week ago

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Company drivers only get crappy used trucks

Diver Driver

You'll have to get them to paint it or quit where you are and find somewhere that has different colors.

Raptor

Posted:  7 months, 1 week ago

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New Mack video - song

Old School

Thanks for bring this back up

Raptor

Posted:  7 months, 2 weeks ago

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Senate Transportation Committee gets an earful from trucking execs

Congress is going to do what they feel gets money in their pockets. The greed of congress has escalated since the founding fathers first put the laws of this in place.

If the ELD mandate is repealed, then that would be good. They don't work that well anyway. The navigation in them is atrocious.

Raptor

Posted:  7 months, 2 weeks ago

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Swift Mentoring

Will P

Remember to listen to your trainer/mentor. Some things are going to be repetitious some will be new. Don't get ****y, watch and observe, but do it safely. You're going to be in close quarters for your TNT training time. Not bigger than a small walk in closet. Meant for one person, not two. Endure it. Remember, he has brought into his/her realm. If he/she has a particular way they want you act in THEIR truck, just do it. And no I'm not a mentor. When getting into backing situations, listen what he/she tells you. But also don't be tense, relax, it will get better as you go along. Ask questions, if don't know something. That is what they are there for to help transition you to be a safe, curtious driver.

Good luck and relax.

Raptor

Posted:  8 months ago

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Question for Old School or Turtle

It appears I am. I'm waiting on the tractor to be cleaned out from the previous driver who didn't pass his DOT physical. Bad eyes. My new bosses wife about through up from the stentch when she opened the door. So I told them I wouldn't get into the cab until it was fumigated. I don't think I was being unreasonable. Raptor

Posted:  8 months ago

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Question for Old School or Turtle

Thanks Turtle and Papapig. I didn't think there would be, but since I haven't done sin e I left the military in 1987, didn't know if securements changed any. I'm going to be starting with a new company in a couple of weeks, so I just wanted to be ahead of the curve before going out.

Raptor

Posted:  8 months ago

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Drug tested AGAIN!

I think the lady doing the testing has the hots for ya.

Raptor

Posted:  8 months ago

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Question for Old School or Turtle

Have any of you hauled miltary equipment? And if you have is the tie down different than with say construction equipment?

Raptor

Posted:  8 months, 3 weeks 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:  8 months, 3 weeks 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:  9 months 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

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