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, 3 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:  1 day, 6 hours ago

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Damn deers...

Packrat

You act as if you're out there looking for them. This isn't road race 2000 ya know. Hitting "Bambie"

Posted:  1 day, 21 hours ago

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Hey Everyone Guess What!

Victor C. II

CONGRATULATIONS! IT'S amazing what trust in the almighty God can do for you.

Raptor

Posted:  2 days, 2 hours ago

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What is your most unpleasant task per week?

Big T So true. I got assignment this morning and it supposed to be picked yesterday. And he says for me to put in a macro 22. Now where is the logic in that? But now the first snow in southern Illinois and I witnessed a Doge Charger spin out behind me. And when I thought it too much snow coming down I get to the 1st off ramp and a big rig is jackknifed just off the off ramp. But seemed to be ok. People think they can drive the same speeds in snow as dry pavement.

Raptor

Posted:  2 days, 2 hours ago

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Had my first incident, got a ticket.

Rob T.

I'm sorry it happened, but you still did the right thing. Fight the ticket the best you can.

Raptor

Posted:  3 days ago

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What is your most unpleasant task per week?

I can take changing around on shifts. I can take having to be told it is a drop and turns out to be a live unload. I can take that not being informed of a load being taken away without explanation. I can take that going to a truck stop and they say the water heater broke and it's not installed yet so no shower tonight. But having to cross the street to another truck stop that we usually never frequent (66 station) where they have showers and laundry facilities and this is the 3rd Love's that has laundry facilities. That going a bit too far. They would rather put a game's room's in instead. It's like having a elevator in an outhouse, it doesn't belong. Well enough whinning. But do tell me what is yours?

Raptor

Posted:  3 days ago

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Got an Idea for the Forum that Might Make it Even More of a Experience Brett if You will about it....

Rainy would never lose her dungeon. She keeps it in her pocket for future use with some unexpected stranger. But who knows what tomorrow brings. I'm not fond of the real time chat either. But if anyone can pull it of it would be Brett. I mean isn't TT AWSOME!

Well be safe out there everyone, we (Swift driver) had an accident yesterday. Dispatch said it wasn't from my home terminal but it happened.

Raptor

Posted:  3 days, 3 hours ago

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Raptor - how are you liking OTR?

Rob T. I love OTR, gives me a chance to some of states.I saw a lot countries when I was in the AF. But didn't get to any other state but California. Yes my year is coming up in December 10 was 1st day of Orientation so I don't know what my actual anniversary date is. My solo date is February 18. But still having fun out here. How about you? You were doing a dedicated account if I'm not mistaken. This is the first time I haven't been home for 3rd month in a row.But I will be home for Christmas plus bit more.

Raptor

Posted:  3 days, 8 hours ago

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Who's going swift

Yes you will definitely love West Valley terminal. The training is topnotch. The facilities are best of all the terminals I've been to. I've been solo 11 months now. I've seen so much of this country it's unbelievable. But that's all I have to say. Sorry it will depend on if you choose dryvan, reefer or flatbed. Oh, they Intermodal also. But I know nothing of it. Obsorbe all you can from TT, from you training and when you go out with your mentor. Make sure you are getting the backing you will need. But remember once you have your CDL A, to also have humility. You will have challenges from day one, but if have enough salt to have decided to go on this adventure, you have enough Salt to have found this site. And you will have enough salt to get through all these challenges you will face.

Good luck to you and don't be a stranger. Have problems ask for help. This is that humility I was talking about.

Raptor

Posted:  1 week ago

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Hair Follicle Testing Question

If you did this then, when Swift did a bunch of us back in December, it was 4 months. But as Jay G. Said it could be different with the BMI and the length of hair. Also the fact that so.e shaved their head and the lady was forced to take hait from other places. So, I would wait at least 3 months before applying to company sponsored training programs. Then you will have a better chance. But it would have been better if you hadn't done it at all. Just remember that if you test positive, you might be out of luck getting on with any of the major companies.

Raptor

Posted:  1 week, 3 days ago

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Ummm Hi? it's me again..... knock knock knock

Awesom scenery. The Pete 567 is a beast. I wish I was driving one. Well good luck in your adventures.

Raptor

Posted:  1 week, 5 days ago

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Saying goodbye to Prime.

Congratulations Turtle If you can perform for them the way you perform for Prime you will do.well. which I know you will. I know about the grandkids, I miss mine a lot. But I need to get established here again after a 9 year hiatus. Almost coming up on my year back. Well good luck and keep us posted on your adventures.

Raptor

Posted:  3 weeks, 1 day ago

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Going Great With Crete So Far

So do you have to have a mentor? I hope I never have to have anyone in the tractor with me again. I don't know people can't stand to team. To each his/her own.

But glad that you like it so far. Keep us posted.

Raptor

Posted:  3 weeks, 3 days ago

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Where Is Raptor???

Sorry Packrat

I didn't hear them. Maybe we should hook them up to a loud speaker. It wouldn't be that difficult. Let me make sure no cops are around when you do. He'll ticket you with noise abatement . Lol

Well this trip I'm on a 3 stop run. Picked up this morning from Ft Morgan. and then 2 stops in Illinois and final in Indiana close to Michigan border.

Raptor

Posted:  3 weeks, 3 days ago

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Potential new appliance for my truck

Drew

I've been thinking of that appliance all day. See what you did, you distracted me from my duties. Just kidding. But I have been thinking where to put the darn thing? Already have a microwave on the passenger seat with two big cutting boards under it. A 2 at crockpot on the floor near the bottom bunk. A blender next to that, and a 3000w inverter on the floor until I get some longer cables to put it behind my seat. I'm glad Swift doesn't have those mini cabs..... That would be really small.

Raptor

Posted:  3 weeks, 3 days ago

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My Time With Schneider Is Coming To An End Tomorrow

Congratulations Jamie on the new gig. From what I've heard from their drivers, their very happy there. There pay isn't bad either. Good luck and have fun. Are you going to be doing dry van or reefer?

Raptor

Posted:  3 weeks, 3 days ago

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Introduction with a Life on the Road question.

Depending on the company, as Rick said, they do require you to purchase a kingpin lock. I'm at Swift and seeing we also have to have a lock for the back of the trailer when loaded they come in a set pack. I can't remember how much the set cost but I think it was around $250 for both. I use the kingpin lock when I don't want another Swiftie at the terminal to snag my trailer when I'm taking my trailer in for maintenance. Especially when you go to a dry van terminal and you have a reefer. They go fast there. This a great site to get and learn information on anything trucking. Good luck and don't be a stranger.

Raptor

Posted:  3 weeks, 4 days ago

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Living in your rig?

I started out with keeping my apartment, then after getting home for my 34 and writing a check for $800.00 a month was too much going out. So I gave my son $500 to clean out my apartment and got a storage space, for $275.00. Mind you that I hadn't gone through the apartment much. Anyway, I've lived in it ever since. I have all the comforts of home in a little space. But my Cascadia does have a lot of storage plus the top bunk. Anyone can do this. I'm having a blast out here. Don't get me wrong, it's not perfect, but who is to say what is perfect? Good luck, if you're single this is pretty much a good deal.

Raptor

Posted:  3 weeks, 4 days ago

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Potential new appliance for my truck

Most companies inverters are 1800. You might have to buy a 3000w like I did to run everything on your tractor. But I do like the idea of the appliance.

Raptor

Posted:  3 weeks, 5 days ago

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Where Is Raptor???

Packrat

We keep missing each other. I'm at the rest stop in Sterling, Co. now for the night. Going to Henderso, Co. in the morning. If you do get this way, it's the Gray Swift tractor and new Swift trailer(reefer). It's 1645 MDT.

Raptor

Posted:  3 weeks, 5 days ago

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Advice on hauling gasoline

Barry I drove fuel and chemical tankers. If I hadn't gotten in a motorcycle accident 9 years ago, I probably would be still doing it. But no way should any newbies be dri ing fuel tankers. I started out doing ag hauling. After a couple of years my safety manager came up to me and ask if I would be willing to train on chemical tankers. I asked do we get paid during training? He said of course. So I did it for 4 years and then I didn't want the drive to go to work and then drive for 12 hours. So I found a job doing fuel tankers. Then the accident. I was out for 9 years because of a cage couldn't keep his noise out of his phone. I just came back to work in December. I don't care good you think you can do it, you're too green. And any company that would hire you before you have had at least 2 years OTR is either desperate or foolish to hire you or both. This is not an easy go and as Rob D said you might break even doing either dry van or reefer. And get some experience before you jump at this. This is one former fuel tanker driver giving you the up front scoop.

Raptor

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