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:
    9 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 days, 6 hours ago

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I couldn’t make this up if I tried!

Bruce k.

I want that load also. I have always wanted to go into Canada. My cousin and I tried when we were teenagers but because we didn't have more than $100.00 a piece they wouldn't let us in. We maybe had 35 bucks a piece. Don't remember.

Good for you Brian!

Raptor

Posted:  3 days, 6 hours ago

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G-Town-part 2

G-Town-

You bet there will.be a next time. Yes they let deliver early. That doesn't happen often.

Amish country-

I stayed last night at the ACME (SAVON) after shopping there. I'm now at the D-K DINER ON east Gay St. My best appointment is in Downytown, pa heading for Franklin, In.

Posted:  4 days, 7 hours ago

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G-Town-part 2

G-Town I couldn't find the previous thread.

Anyway I'm at the Sunco travel plaza in S. Somerset. Did my 30 and about to leave. I have about 4 hours left until my destination, but can't deliver until tomorrow. So maybe if your in the area of West Point, (somewhere near AllenTown). If you have time to hook up today or after I unload.

Oh yes its about0830 in Pa.

Raptor

Posted:  1 week ago

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Good week!

Donna

Great job!

Raptor

Posted:  1 week, 1 day ago

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G-Town

Thanks. G-Town

Raptor

Posted:  1 week, 2 days ago

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G-Town

Hey G-Town-

If you are going to be around West Point, Pa, around the the 22nd I be pleased to buy you a cup of coffee. I have a 0800 appointment time at Merck &Co inc off Sumnertown Pike. First time to be in PA since 1987. I seen to remember that you have runs through PA.

I pickup in Logan, Ut tomorrow morning so I might even get there early who knows.

Anyway safe travels.

Raptor

Posted:  1 week, 2 days ago

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My Morning challenge!

Great Job Chris! The tough ones seem to makes us nuts until we dock. Then it feels like Christmas all over again. You can go to your happy place and sigh a sign of relief. Good taking pics of it.

Raptor

Posted:  1 week, 2 days ago

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Fired from Swift

Mark A

I drove before(11 years), then I got into a motorcycle accident. Fast forward 8 1/2 years. I go to a private school again to obtain my CDL A. I apply to Swift, I go through the drug test and hair follicle test. The pee test came back negative, but the hair follicle did not. On my last operation, I was given oxycodone for pain. I had to go get a letter from my doctor that I was no longer taking such meds. I was hired at Swift and still there. I'm happy here. But as Old School said, you have to follow up with the recruiter. If you want this as much as you say you do, then YOU have to fight for it. Bug them until they give you a full reason or at least an arbitration to look into the mistake if it is that. I wasn't there or anyone else on this forum, but we get so many lies here on TT that you'll have to excuse most of us on here for being sceptical.

Raptor

Posted:  1 week, 3 days ago

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I hit a deer this morning

Packrat

I know, you wait until you see lots of them by the road and then go "bowling for dollars". Just at the wrong place at the wrong time. Too bad, she was a big one.

Raptor

Posted:  1 week, 3 days ago

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I hit a deer this morning

Probably so. I just want to put it behind me. The lesson learned is to pay attention. No matter what. .

Posted:  1 week, 3 days ago

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I hit a deer this morning

I hit a deer 10 north of SLT. It was about 0515 mdt. It did more damage then originally thought. But it is getting fixed as we speak. If they can get all of the parts. They told me to come back at 1500. West Valley is pretty good about the projected time. Part 2

Well when I hit the deer, It also shifted my load. So then they gave another load after going to OS&D and dropping them trailer that had been with me since Ohio. So then because of repairs to the truck, they gave the to someone else who get there before noon. That won't be me.

The worst part of this is that had there not been a car passing me on my left I would have moved over, then the problem wouldn't be as it is. And no I wasn't going to fast for conditions. Speed limit was 70. I was doing 60. Then slowed to about 35 when I hit the deer. I went back with my flashlight, but she was dead.

Raptor

Posted:  2 weeks, 6 days ago

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Amusing Myself At The Truck Stops

Old School

You sure get the very interesting stories to tell. But yes it is comical to watch the late comers comedy. I also wonder who dressed have of them when disembarking their truck. Half can't figure on learning sock coordination. One guy had one of those half socks that ladies wear and the other sock was a knee high with shorts . Very comical. One white, one green. And walked right into the store without a care in the world. Oh well, I must be too old for fashion.

Raptor

Posted:  3 weeks, 1 day ago

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I went from white to gray

Down time has bitten very much in the month of April. 7 days in Jurupa Valley (LA), and 2 days in West Valley (SLT) and one day to swap out and get programmed for the new truck to me. That took 3 hours. It wouldn't accept my driver code or password. Turns out I had forgotten to sign out of the old truck first. Then it worked. Tractor runs good. Smoother ride.

Raptor

Posted:  3 weeks, 1 day ago

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Swinging Doors

OS

WELCOME to the DARK SIDE as Packrat said. When I came to this and I didn't see the shinny oval tank behind it felt weird at first. Now it's just like I had always been on refers.

Glad you'll get to see your daughter.

Raptor

Posted:  3 weeks, 2 days ago

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I went from white to gray

Your lucky. Autoshift is a automatic with certain perks to it. Must be in neutral to start. With cruise on it will shift either up or down as the terrain or if someone pulls in front of you. My other one was good about shifting either up or down until about 2 weeks ago. It started have problems. With cruise on say 63 mph, at 65 it should bring on the Jake going downhill. It wasn't coming on until 69. I had it in the shop for this twice. They didn't fix it. It also was have inverter problems with my cpap machine. It couldn't handle the voltage surges. Anyway it would shut off all power to the truck. Without power cpap machine does not work. Ok lots of issues.

Raptor

Posted:  3 weeks, 2 days ago

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Swift Refrigerated

Gladhand

Congratulations on the new gig. Refer is different to say the least.

I like it better than doing dry van. But the waiting with refer to get loaded or unloaded can also be a pain.

Raptor

Posted:  3 weeks, 2 days ago

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I went from white to gray

Thanks

Army

I hope she will be more reliable.

LDRSHP I bet yours is a stick though. But those days are gone. She does look pretty even with that many miles.

Bruce K.

You never know really how much stuff you have until you need to move it somewhere else.

Raptor

Posted:  3 weeks, 2 days ago

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I went from white to gray

I was having a lot of electrical issues with my 2018 Cascadia, so I get a call from my DL and she informs me to leave Arkansas and head to Memphis and trade in my 2018 whie tractor and pick up a gray 2019.

This was worse than moving out of your apt. At least there you have room to move around. Well this new one only has 38,000 miles on it and it is gorgious.

At least it doesn't want to blow hot air when its 85 degrees out. And won't shutdown when your at a long traffic light.

And no more "clicking " when you tires hit the fog line. Just an added bonus.

Say what you want, I'm happy about it and that's all that matters.

Raptor

Posted:  3 weeks, 4 days ago

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Backing Problem With AutoShift Trans

Before about a week ago at an intersection. But no one was behind me. She still has crazy backing speeds, sometimes she goes slowly and other times not at all unless I use the accelerator. But it's all good.

Posted:  3 weeks, 4 days ago

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Backing Problem With AutoShift Trans

Yesterday I was going to my shipper, and they were doing construction work so I was the first in line. When it was our turn to go my Cascadia wouldn't move. I actually had to shut the truck off, and then restart it for the trans to shift. The construction workers all came over to see what the problem was. I didn't know, but it did move after restart. It happened bef

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