Profile For Cantankerous Amicus

Cantankerous Amicus's Info

  • Location:

  • Driving Status:
    Considering A Career

  • Social Link:

  • Joined Us:
    1 year, 1 month ago

Cantankerous Amicus's Bio

No Bio Information Was Filled Out. Must be a secret.

Cantankerous Amicus's Photo Gallery

Page 1 of 4

Next Page
Go To Page:    

Posted:  6 days, 3 hours ago

View Topic:

This Was Way Cool - A Chance Meeting!

I read that thread earlier today before your post here, Old School. I don't think you have anything to apologize for. It looked like a simple misunderstanding stemming from a fair disagreement. He got worked up into a snit at the very end and flounced off. It was an overreaction to be sure. Hopefully he will see it and come back to continue contributing here. He seemed like an alright guy.

Posted:  6 days, 22 hours ago

View Topic:

Not sure what company to go with

I've got no idea how feasible it would be regarding HOS, but after being shown the first couple of deliveries I would hope that I could do as many deliveries as possible on my clock. I'd want to do that last bit of city driving and handling the check-in, set up and backing myself. That way I could get the problem solving experience while still having the benefit of a trainer onboard if I needed some advice.

Posted:  6 days, 22 hours ago

View Topic:

Not sure what company to go with

Carley, I see you have changed your mind since your first post in this thread, but here are a few other ways of looking at the longer training period.

You are right. As a driver you could be making more money right now this minute by just getting hired and hopping into the driver’s seat and start hauling right on the first day. The pay would be better than trainee pay, wouldn’t it? How far do you think you would make it starting trucking like that? Would you agree that at least some training would be advisable? How much? 1 day? 1 week? How many miles? 10? 200? Of course those numbers sound ridiculous. It has to be more than that. But how much more? What knowledge and experience in trucking does a newbie have that they can dictate how many miles that should be?

You are also right that keeping the trainee out longer before upgrading would help the company “get” more money – though likely you are right in a different way than you intended. Sure, as Errol mentioned, a few hundred bucks could be saved for the company per trainee. In the grand scheme of things that’s practically nothing for the company. But that’s not the money the company is looking to make on a trainee over the course of time. It’s the added benefit of having a safer, more experienced driver on the road that will hopefully be less likely to make the mistakes another rookie driver with less training would make. In the long run you are on the road more – not burning your hours at a shipper or receiver scratching your head trying to solve rookie problems; the truck is on the road more – not in the shop getting repaired because of rookie mistakes; the company is increasing the volume of freight they are hauling as a percentage of their time owning of the truck. In the end it’s win-win for everyone. You will be better trained and on the road turning more miles and they will get a better return on their investment in both you as their driver and the truck in the form of less downtime and fewer avoidable expenses. That makes them stronger and more competitive as a company which also contributes to job security for you if you strive to be a productive driver.

Prime used to have that training number set at 30,000 miles, but somewhere along the line they ran the numbers and calculated that 50,000 would be more beneficial for whatever reasons that only they are really privy to. They have been around a while and many active members here drive for them and speak highly of them. They probably know what they are doing. Companies that make a habit of sleighting their employees don’t tend to grow into the large, successful operations we see in any of the mega carriers.

Posted:  1 week, 4 days ago

View Topic:

Expat returning to the US... maybe....

Yeah, I was worried about being out of the country too long. Is that a hard block that can only be removed by sitting in the US a few years?

If you find more info on this please share. I am in the same boat. Being in the EU also limits access to certain websites for me to dig more deeply.

Take a look at my post history here. Search for the term expat. There are a couple other threads discussing this topic. One also from South Korea IIRC.

Posted:  1 week, 4 days ago

View Topic:

FEMA load pay

Now I can educate myself without "nagging" him 24/7
Wow I come here expecting to be educated and get treated like a controlling overbearing wife when the fact of the matter is he drives a truck OTR and can't handle "home matters" at the same time....

You came here with questions and you don't like the answers. You didn't even wait until he talked to his company before posting an overbearing wall of nagging text. Expecting to be educated is a pretty entitled attitude. That rarely puts people in a mood to be friendly or helpful back to you.

His number one focus OTR is to focus On The Road and not worry about paying the bills or if the bills get paid...

Part of any job is knowing what's going on with one's paycheck. Paying bills happens later and is only tangentially related. It's barely morning on the east coast right now and you said six hours ago that he would take care of it in the morning. Give him a chance to solve step one. Then you can move on to step two.

That's my job as his wife and our marriage is a 50/50 effort on both ends....

You have two posts in this thread. Now it's his turn to post two posts.

Thanks for making him sound like a complete jerk but he's not.... We discuss everything and don't keep things from each other....

Does your husband know that you are posting here? Does he know how you are treating his colleagues? Hopefully you aren't doing this behind his back.

Hopefully you can see what's going on in your two posts in this thread and the conversation can continue in a way that is more helpful not only to you and your husband, but to other people reading here as well. It's an interesting topic where the trucking veterans here might be able to share some interesting solutions.

Best of luck to you.

Posted:  2 weeks, 4 days ago

View Topic:

Prime TNT

Just tell yourself the sticky is from the melted drumsticks. You are taking one for the team on this one. You have my support.

All joking aside, how long is a typical TNT phase with Prime now? Would it really be unreasonable to request another trainer if faced with a situation like this? I would have a hard time agreeing to something that bad.

Iron9s, are you learning anything from this guy?

Posted:  2 weeks, 4 days ago

View Topic:

Getting your CDL-A without school

I don't think it's even possible to get "free" schooling in truck driving even in Europe. I haven't looked into it too closely over here but the few prices that have crossed my monitor looked comparable to the CDL schools in the US.

Candice, your husband is going to have to pay to be an employable CDL holder one way or another - that being by going to a CDL school (not recommended on this forum) or going through paid training with a company and then working off the price the company invested in him over the course of a contract working for them.

He could also just take the training and run and pay them as if you went to a CDL school. Does that sound like a good idea to you?

Posted:  3 weeks, 2 days ago

View Topic:

Is there any paid CDL companies that don't require you to have a regular driver's license for a year?

The year of driving doesn't have to be the past year? I had a valid US driving license for over 20 years, but it expired 4 years ago after I moved overseas. I was wondering if I would have to re-establish one year of recent driving experience if I moved back to the US.

Posted:  3 weeks, 4 days ago

View Topic:

Want to lose weight? Try flatbed

If you count every calorie you take in you'll find that's a ridiculously small amount of food.

The good thing is that if you ease into it gradually, eventually you get used to the seemingly tiny portion sizes and the old ones will boggle your mind after that.

OP if I may suggest, grab a food journaling app like MyFitnessPal and start recording what you eat for a few months before you head out on the road and you habits completely change. Yes, it's tedious and annoying weighing all your food, but you start to get a good feel for things after a while. You see what the worst offending foods are and learn to avoid them. Wean your way off of them if they happen to be favorites. Make sure what you are recording is accurate because some people add foods that have numbers that are way off. If your weight remains constant then that's your daily caloric balance for your average daily activity level.

When you go out on the road keep tracking your food along with your weight. Tweak your numbers accordingly if anything changes.

Posted:  3 weeks, 4 days ago

View Topic:

Want to lose weight? Try flatbed

I see overweight flatbedders everyday. The path to losing weight is to burn more calories than you take in. The easiest way to accomplish that is reduce the calories you consume.

This is it in its purest form. I think one misconception most people have is that they can out-exercise a poor diet. It's simply not true. Also, 100 pounds is not that much weight for the average man to lift. Your body would quickly adapt to that and that amount of fitness would not overcome the sedentary part of your day.

Jeff Cavaliere lays it out pretty well in this video. 16 minutes of burpees or jumping rope done by a novice - even only a bit overweight - would be cancelled out by a 20 oz Coke. Someone who is in better shape - but still overweight - would have to do those same exercises for a longer duration in order to cancel out that same Coke. Then he can start making some progress with losing weight. Proper nutrition and caloric intake are key.

Posted:  3 weeks, 6 days ago

View Topic:

Just quit the worst, best paying job I've ever had. When to say enough is enough?!

Not trying to start a pity party...

Don't be surprised if you are held to that statement.

Let's rearrange your story a bit to better follow a line of cause and effect:

Drivers were constantly getting in accidents or damaging equipment.

I told the job supervisor to F off he told me to F off and leave so I left.

Their customers hated us and them...

Can you really blame them? Also, as someone being in business for himself, if I had someone working for me who told a customer or a customer of my customer to F off, I would probably have to have the cheapest prices too. Actually, I cannot understand how an employer could afford to keep someone like that around. If it were me, such a person would have been fired long ago.

My dispatch was constantly pushing our hrs. I'd usually get back with 5 min to spare with a ten hr turn around with a hr commute.

I always planned my runs pretty thoroughly to have them switch everything when I came in the morning. Like "oh you have an easy VA run tomorrow" come in " sorry you now have 3 stops in bronx/brooklyn"

They had me move my truck a bunch of times and I finally snapped .

You took a job in trucking and are now complaining that you had to move a truck around and have to manage trucking related issues?

I think I'm ready to hang it up for good.

It's probably for the best.

Posted:  4 weeks, 1 day ago

View Topic:

Dry van securement

we do a lot of drop and hook to trailers already sealed and unless you were to go and have the place reopen and reseal the trailer you do not know how they are secured

I've been wondering about these situations. How do you square a pre-sealed trailer with the requirement to know what you're hauling and if it is properly secured? Isn't that quite a big risk to a trucker's license?

Posted:  4 weeks, 1 day ago

View Topic:

5 weeks into Prime PSD Training. Frustrated, unsure, going broke.

I wanted to ask about the change in the CLP rule that was mentioned above. Is there a thread about this here somewhere or could someone say what has changed that is causing problems?

Posted:  4 weeks, 1 day ago

View Topic:

5 weeks into Prime PSD Training. Frustrated, unsure, going broke.

Last month instarted a youtube channel

...

Lots of rookie tips going up there. ;) Even my story of how i failed.

My wife and I have been watching your videos and we like them very much. Lots of helpful info in them. She still hopes to be able to train with you someday if the stars align. With the amount and quality of content you are providing, I predict that your channel will be quite popular in the not too distant future.

Posted:  1 month ago

View Topic:

Another trucking company closes.

I wouldn't count the terminal rats predictions as rumblings but more rather like grumblings.

Some of the companies on that list had been in business for over two decades and they only had a small number of drivers. I'd be willing to bet that the owners were either not adept enough at growing their companies or maybe they were complacent with the size they had attained. In any case it's amazing that they lasted as long as they did in a business where profit margins are so thin and any old downturn could put them in the whole.

Posted:  1 month ago

View Topic:

Prime PSD training, from a trainer's perspective.

Turtle, this has been a great thread to read.

As someone who has been working as a private tutor for a number of years, your approach looks solid. Coax them to help themselves to progress and problem-solve when you know they know it but perhaps lack confidence or are having a brain fart; throw them a bone when you know they need the new info.

I don't think I am alone in saying that I hope you continue contributing to it whenever you decide to take on more students again.

Posted:  1 month ago

View Topic:

Another trucking company closes.

But amid rock-bottom rates, Wilburn wasn't able to make a payment one month — and his truck was repossessed.

"I was only six months away from paying it off," Wilburn told Business Insider.

I suspect there is more here than meets the eye... Where in the world does a bank repo a vehicle six months away from paying off the note when the debtor misses only one payment?

Of the 640 companies that went bankrupt how many were individual owner operators?

That being said, what do the drivers here have to say about job security and prospects for new drivers in the industry? Are there rumblings in their companies or are things OK? I have been seeing people elsewhere on the internet -completely unrelated to the industry- talking about how the trucking industry is hurting for more drivers and pay is rising rapidly.

Posted:  11 months, 4 weeks ago

View Topic:

Securing Dry Van Load - Question

Is there much difference between dry van and reefer on this topic?

Posted:  11 months, 4 weeks ago

View Topic:

Winter is coming!

80% preventable accidents, the rest pretty much hopelessly waiting to take it up the backside. Why in the world would they be driving so fast on ice in whiteout conditions? Park it and wait it out. How many of them lost their jobs that day?

Looking forward to experience drivers chiming in.

Posted:  12 months ago

View Topic:

Married Team OTR in Lightweight Truck?

Are these lightweights smaller than the cascadia midroofs?

I can't answer that question. Maybe someone else with more knowledge can help, but I found this man showing his lightweight truck and he's 6'5" 300lbs. Granted the truck is a 2014. I have no idea how much has changed since then.

For anyone interested in storage solutions in a lightweight I ran across this video of a 2019 Freightliner yesterday.

Page 1 of 4

Next Page
Go To Page:    

Join Us!

We have an awesome set of tools that will help you understand the trucking industry and prepare for a great start to your trucking career. Not only that, but everything we offer here at TruckingTruth is 100% free - no strings attached! Sign up now and get instant access to our member's section:
High Road Training Program Logo
  • The High Road Training Program
  • The High Road Article Series
  • The Friendliest Trucker's Forum Ever!
  • Email Updates When New Articles Are Posted

Apply For Paid CDL Training Through TruckingTruth

Did you know you can fill out one quick form here on TruckingTruth and apply to several companies at once for paid CDL training? Seriously! The application only takes one minute. You will speak with recruiters today. There is no obligation whatsoever. Learn more and apply here:

Apply For Paid CDL Training

About Us

TruckingTruth was founded by Brett Aquila (that's me!), a 15 year truck driving veteran, in January 2007. After 15 years on the road I wanted to help people understand the trucking industry and everything that came with the career and lifestyle of an over the road trucker. We'll help you make the right choices and prepare for a great start to your trucking career.

Read More

Becoming A Truck Driver

Becoming A Truck Driver is a dream we've all pondered at some point in our lives. We've all wondered if the adventure and challenges of life on the open road would suit us better than the ordinary day to day lives we've always known. At TruckingTruth we'll help you decide if trucking is right for you and help you get your career off to a great start.

Learn More