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    2 years, 1 month ago

Mikey B.'s Bio

Living the dream. Living in the truck, company driver, no bills.

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Posted:  1 hour, 11 minutes ago

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SBTC denied request for HOS and ELD exemptions when pets are on board

I'm on this guys FB page (SBTC).

If your pet cannot work around the FMCSA's regs - they shouldn't be on your truck.

This links in with the guy who was on here last week - that insisted a trucking company should take him and his service dog on, and accommodate them through the training period (forcing a trainer to have a trainees dog on THEIR TRUCK).

James (SBTC) is a decent enough guy - his heart is in the right place - but he tends to be litigation happy.

This came up on his page - and I didn't comment, because my sentiments on the issue run contrary to his. OTOH - he is very ANTI-ELD - so any issue he can use to try and get an exemption, he'll go for it.

My dog goes out "to go", every 8 hours or so. Aside from consignees objecting to you walking your dog on their property - there really shouldn't be any reason why someone can't accommodate their pets needs and still fit into their HOS restrictions.

One of his points was "proper exercise" - and again - if your pet REQUIRES a 1/2 hour of "running around" to meet their needs - and you cannot accommodate them and stay in regs - you should be LEAVING THEM AT HOME.

Accommodating my furry partner - is amongst the many reasons why I haven't gotten out driving (health, finance and other reasons aside).

Rick

Absolutely agree. The gentleman you are referring to on here, I also tried to get him to understand his requests were not reasonable. I have a pet on board and we live in the truck. I plan my loads with extra time planned in for pet potty and exercise. Our pets are our burden (so to speak) not our employer, shippers/receivers or the governments. This particular lawsuit seems to be what I consider to be quite frivolous and just plain ignorant.

Posted:  12 hours, 38 minutes ago

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Depression in trucking

Or get a wonderful friend like Pack Rat to laugh with while you are driving

I was depressed before I came into trucking. Now life is wonderful

I have to agree, working at the Post Office was seriously depressing!! Hated it!! Any depression I had previously has been 100% cured by truck driving. I wish I'd found it decades ago. Sometimes driving down the road or laying in the bunk I'll just find myself smiling real big or laughing to myself do to the newfound happiness it has brought me. It started early, like weeks into trucking and has continued to this day.

Posted:  19 hours, 36 minutes ago

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Eye Candy

Taken at Biketoberfest beside the Loves in Ormond Beach Florida 10-18-2020.

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Posted:  1 day, 18 hours ago

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Affordable head set for my phone

Anyone know of any???

I use a Blue Parrot B350-XT. It cost me 7 ounces of silver...literally, I traded 7 ounces of silver for it brand new.

Posted:  2 days, 1 hour ago

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What are people taught about backing

As a point of illustration:

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Looks like there are plenty of ways to setup a sight-side back there. Though in some cases - you are going to have to get a pretty sharp angle, and a couple of pullups to get setup straight in the hole. This place is by no means a stranger layout than any other (or some I've seen).

Rick

Yeah the shape of the parking lot is deceptive and the fact they are all lined the same, no opposing angles. The angles are not super sharp, probably 60 or 65 degree from sight side but you are not going to sight side back into the spot he was trying for. There was trucks on either side and across from him, just not physically enough space to do it. If he was trying to back into a spot in a patch of 4 or 5 empty spots, no problem. I was where the blue dot is, he was trying for a spot 4 or 5 down from me away from the truck wash place. Again, the arial view is deceptive. I'm an extremely good backer and I couldn't/wouldn't have backed into the spot he was shooting for sight side. However, the point of this post was not to argue the degree of angle versus other parking lots it was to point out that somewhere in the training phase either the trainers or the trainees or both are failing each other. Many trainees I hear from only backed a few times and nothing with any real difficulty, the trainers that do this need to understand how they are setting that new driver up for failure. Backing into ANY spot is easy when the lot is empty.

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Posted:  2 days, 3 hours ago

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What are people taught about backing

So last night in parked at a Pilot in south Georgia, about 10pm I see a Prime inc. Truck set up, back up a little then pull up and set up again. He did this 3 or 4 times. The whole time I'm wondering what the heck he is doing as he is setting up and backing sight side on a row of blindside parking. The entire 200+ lot is set up for blindside backing. He then pulls up again and starts his backing. He is trying to unnaturally twist his truck about 65 degrees into a blindside spot from the sight side. Its painfully obvious that he is oblivious of the parking situation. Finally I get out and walk up to him. I say to him " hey man, you know you will never get into that spot right? This lot is set up for blindside backing." He had almost hit the truck he was backing beside and his tractor was gonna hit the parked truck in front of him. These arent even really sharp angles on the spots so they are relatively easy to get in to (as long as you aren't trying to sight side into them) and have plenty of space to back. He says he was wondering why it was so hard. I watched as he circled the lot and passed by in front of me 3 or 4 times, at one point he looked like he was setting up to park beside me, I was thinking, please...nooooo as he was a reefer...lol. but no he didnt like it. I guess he either gave up or made a spot. This lot was obviously not thought out well as a driver would NEVER make the entire lot, except paid parking, blindside.

My point is that Prime trains their drivers quite well from what I gather and for 5-6 months. Do you suppose this was the result of a poor trainer or the trainee? To have been with a trainer for that length of time and not know how to blindside back, to not even understand that you cannot back sight side into a blindside spot, to not even be able to realize the lot is set up as blindside...astounds me. Where do you think this kind of failure happens, the trainer, the trainees or both? I feel bad for the guy and am of course not gonna out him (if you are reading this, sorry, not trying to hurt your feelings) but there is no way this should have happened. I'm 100% positive I prevented an accident last night. If anyone wants to look the lot up on the app it's the Pilot # 192 in Tifton Ga. You'll see what I mean about the setup. Again, I feel bad for the guy since every night, parking is probably so darn stressful for him. I know when i was trained I backed up exactly 5 times but backing came natural to me. I'd hate for the best part of the day, clocking out, to be the most stressful. For the trainers reading this, if you don't already, make your trainees do more backing and not just the easy stuff, make them blindside. This guy was pretty fresh and if he hasn't already backed into another truck somewhere it's just a matter of time.

Posted:  2 days, 14 hours ago

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Friday Short Haul - Smuggled migrants, Prime settlement, USF Holland lawsuit, truck road damage

On the road damage formula, if they end up using this formula to raise diesel taxes and tolls etc on big trucks they also need to factor in demand on products transported by trucks formula, it is

How much do I need/want These products

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How much are truckers and trucking companies willing to take

Squared.

Posted:  3 days, 1 hour ago

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Get cut lose after company training?

Hi y'all got a quick question. I know I know,I can hear it now from y'all like a pack of wild super educated wolves haha. But if I don't pass on my road/skills test to go solo. Will I get fired,well cut loose? Is the testing different than attending a cdl school? Like could I get out as many times as I want? Class will be meeting the trainers next week. Super nervous.

Thanks Y'all!!

Being let go like that does happen, but by that point they have already a lot of money invested in you so they WANT you to pass. Most give you plenty of leeway there. You would have to do something drastic (accident or getting a ticket) during that test to be released. Just drive safe and take your time, dont overthink it and you'll do great! Nothing both as scary and as titillating as being handed the keys to you very first truck!! Have fun with it!!

Posted:  3 days, 1 hour ago

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Look what I found

Hey Mickey,

Did you move the nest to a safe area not far from where the trailer was dropped? That bird did a fine job building the nest and hopefully the eggs hatch ok. Looks like a pair of Robin eggs.

Nah, wasnt really anywhere to put it. This is a Star rental trailer. I drove about 200 miles after pickup, this morning I looked and it and the eggs are still there so I imagine it is old from when it was sitting, before being rented. Kind of makes me feel better about it anyways. (Yes ladies, us straight male truckers have feelings too) lol. Eggs probably haven't been viable for quite a while. But yes, it is a very well built nest, just a really poor choice in build locations. Poor birds probably came back and wondered where the nest was,

Her: where's the nest

Him: it was right here

Her: oh sure it was, you probably got rid of it, you never wanted kids in the first place, just tell me what you did with them, you don't love me, you never loved me, I should have listened to my mother, she said you were irresponsible and bad father material, all you did was complain I didn't keep the nest clean enough, you never even noticed when I ruffled my feathers differently, you are why we can't have nice things, (unintelligible chirping) hrueidjfb jdjux hide sic sjkaks f jchchwpqp. f djsjkxbfhdikfkfjwxncfjgj jsjjdjdbxjjdk disk Jsjdi is fy stag wovpvmsmkwogyxjeoefunslxchdoqbdhxhdhxdjdjw!!!!!!!

Him:🥴🤪🥺💣💣💣

Posted:  3 days, 6 hours ago

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I’m goin with western express this Wednesday

Hey Mikey b . Does westerns trucks come with refrigetors already or do I need to buy 1 and I hear this is peak season for shipping so that being said how do I get my dm to keep me rolling so I can keep the checks flowing I need to figure out time management and such just any tips you can bless me with I’ll really appreciate them!! I’m excited for this I’m starting out dry van then go from there

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Congratulations, Western Express may not pay as much as some but they take care of their equipment, you will have newer trucks, plenty of miles and not do much sitting around. Are you dry van or flatbed? Any questions feel free to ask.

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No. Georgia Mike hit it right on the head. The trucks are as bare bones as they can get. You will have a wall mount for a tv and that's about it , there's a coax antenna hookup and a basic antenna built in. I have a hard wired 2000 watt inverter with a 300amp inline breaker installed in my truck along with a 40qt igloo iceless cooler (works great btw) a microwave, instapot, tv, 12v fan etc in my truck. The inverter has been seen and discussed at 5 terminals and nobody has complained about it. I installed it right however so it's not gonna burn the truck to the ground.

As far as the miles, you can expect anywhere from 1800-3300 per week. The best way to get your DM to keep you moving is to prove you can handle SAFE ontime pick up and delivery. My last 8 weeks miles starting last week working back are 2626, 2846, 2651, 2279, 2492, 2735, 2718, 3308. And I take a reset every weekend. Some weeks are less some are more but 2500 is pretty good. If you are consistently getting less than 2000 every week you are doing something wrong. DO NOT FALL FOR THE LEASE PURCHASE. Take your time, dont ever feel rushed during turns or parking, traffic can and will wait. Watch your right turns, move the mirror if needed but right turns where you didn't have enough room and clipped something with the right side of the tandems or trailer is the number one reason for newbie accidents.

Posted:  3 days, 11 hours ago

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Look what I found

So I picked up a loaded trailer in NC this morning and found this while inspecting the brakes. I felt kinda bad for the bird family but hey, its gotta be delivered.

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Posted:  3 days, 12 hours ago

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I’m goin with western express this Wednesday

Congratulations, Western Express may not pay as much as some but they take care of their equipment, you will have newer trucks, plenty of miles and not do much sitting around. Are you dry van or flatbed? Any questions feel free to ask.

Posted:  4 days, 2 hours ago

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Mechanical issue

Sounds like an aftertreatment issue beginning. Do you have a DD motor? My 2015 Cascadia was doing that for about 2 months,off and on, before i staryed derating due ti DEF crystalising in the exhaust system..

It has a Cummins X15. I happened to catch a mechanic from a chain truckstop here working on another guys truck. My batteries died from 3 starting attempts and sitting all night. He's gonna come over, jump it and see if we can't figure it out. He mentioned turning the key on for three seconds then off, repeat and repeat a third time. I guess it's like rebooting a computer or something. Came up with a good repair solution, rather than reporting it and waiting 2-3 hours for the company to set up a repair then 2-4 more for the repair shop to send a tech out I offered to call my company and set up a repair through proper channels and he was like, yeah, that's good, then I said or I can just give you like $20 cash...he says the cash is good. Works for me too, I'd lose more than that waiting for a work order. Anyone ever do that or is it frowned upon by company drivers?

Posted:  4 days, 3 hours ago

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Mechanical issue

I have a mechanical issue I want to pick yalls brains about since someone else may have experienced it before. 2019 International, a few weeks ago i started it up in the morning to recharge the batteries, after a couple minutes i stepped on the accelerator pedal to defeat the 5 minute auto shutoff. The truck started violently shaking and faded till it died. I started it back up and it did the same thing immediately. I had a Loves tech present while i started it 3 more times with the same result. He had no clue as he wasn't qualified for mechanicals only tire replacement. Well about 20 minutes later it started right up and ran fine. Last week it happened again and i had the mechanics there replace both fuel filters as we both agreed it seemed to be fuel starved. Well this morning i stupidly did it again (stepped on the gas) and same result. I had started just letting it run the 5, die then restarting it but thought I'd gas it then it would keep running while I gathered my shower stuff and cleaned up. It only does it when its first started cold, once it warms up it runs and starts fine. It also only started a few weeks ago, it's very, very, very aggravating. Any ideas?

Posted:  5 days ago

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Tank trailers get approved for an additional pulsating brake light

Who'd ever imagine one would have to get approval for a safety feature. The government and DOT really do suck sometimes.

Posted:  6 days, 3 hours ago

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Dating OTR....

I met a new guy at Little America Truck stop 2 weeks ago. We have met up a couple times since.

Anyone wanna make bets on how long I keep this one????

Lol

I once met a woman at a Pilot in South Carolina. She knocked on my door at 2am and asked me if I wanted a date.

Wait, not what you meant by dating OTR? Good, she didn't seem like dating material. Seemed like she may have had trouble with being faithful when I was away.

Posted:  6 days, 3 hours ago

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Does getting stuck count as an accident?

I got stuck and needed a tow truck. No damage or citation. Does that count as an accident?

Your description of getting stuck is very vague. Is that purposeful to keep some details? So it all depends. Were you backing under a trailer and buried the tires trying to pull out? There is a huge difference in how and where you got stuck. Most likely, if you did the above or stopped on a shoulder and your tires buried then more than likely just considered bad luck and although not happy, the company won't consider it an accident, perhaps not even an incident. If however you was driving down the road and didn't allow room for your trailer tracking and a hidden ditch grabbed your trailer wheels in the ditch and you had to get towed out then YES, absolutely an accident. So are you going to give some details of how and where you got stuck? The devil is in the details. Without them none of us can accurately reply to your question.

Posted:  1 week, 1 day ago

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Hurricane Delta

The mom/pop truck stop at exit 5 has a good restrauant and chrome shop.embarrassed.gif We loaded out of Deer Park and got out before it arrived friday. We did hit alot of traffic with the evacaution orders in La. I felt very blessed with that timing.

Yep, that's the one I'm at. Dont have much use for the chrome shop though. I dont even wash this truck much less chrome it out. Luckily it got really calm after I posted. No more rain, nothing. This place always has tons of open parking. The Pilot next door often fills up but not this one. Neither one has much room for walking a dog though, much less letting her off leash to chase a ball.

Posted:  1 week, 1 day ago

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Hurricane Delta

I'm currently down for a reset in Tallapoosa Georgia, they keep interrupting all channels on the arial tv with tornado warnings. Kinda sucks but at least I got some good bar-b-que if it hits. I'm guessing this is because of the hurricane down there. The worse part is the rain, the dog still has to go. So far I haven't seen any high winds or tornadoes, just rain but then again I have no idea what county I'm in so it may not even be here. I feel for those driving in the winds as that's one force you cannot control. Stay safe drivers.

Posted:  1 week, 1 day ago

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Is this something new or has it always been.

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30 minutes on duty not driving can count as your break now.

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Yeah I know that. This is what confused me: With the move away from the OFF DUTY time requirement for breaks

What move away from that? I still fuel in off duty, pull forward and then put it in On Duty/fueling, run in to the bathroom, sometimes grab a drink, get my receipt and can do all that in 30 mins....now I don't have to worry about doing all 30 minutes in Off Duty and then add a little bit of time for fueling.

Laura

The 30 minutes can be taken in any combination of on or off duty time. This SHOULD make the peoples fuel island time less since filling up now counts toward the 30 instead of having to fuel up then do 30 off duty to satisfy it.

Not to correct you but technically you should be in On Duty/fueling while fueling THEN change to off duty when you go doodie and all that...lol.

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