Profile For Michael B.

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    AR

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    Rookie Solo Driver

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    6 months, 1 week ago

Michael B.'s Bio

My plans are to live out of the truck and take my home time when I hit a cool place to check out. Maybe some diving if I am near the ocean.

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Posted:  20 hours, 14 minutes ago

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Dave Ramsey podcast

I've been listening to Dave Ramsey 4 years. About 6 years ago the ex and I were $45,000 in debt, credit cards, cars and medical bills. I had to drag the ex along on getting out of debt. In less than two years we paid it off. 2 months after we paid it off she told me she wanted a divorce. Ended up with the house, the newer vehicle, and half of my 401k. Dave does preach you do this together. Probably why we got divorced was because she wasn't totally on board and I forced her to do things she didn't want to do like no vacations and no extra spending until we were out of debt. Something I'm still pretty bitter about... Pretty bitter about

Cant says I blame you for the bitterness, seems to happen like that a lot. On the bright side at least after the divorce you weren't stuck with a huge amount of debt to boot! In today's world she would have gotten all those things anyways so no additional debt for you to have to pay off and the lifelong experience on how to stay out of debt = PRICELESS.

Posted:  1 month, 4 weeks ago

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Left old mentor

Then he asks for my driver number and says how can only have backed up 2 times in 123 hours?

I feel ya Raptor, I backed up exactly 4 times during my entire 205 training hours before my upgrade. I was also with an O/O. Wish it had been a company driver.

Posted:  2 months, 2 weeks ago

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Game: funny town names

Someone beat me to the punch with Intercourse, PA. But there's also Blue Ball and Bird In Hand, PA.

Seriously.

How Ironic to get these three names together in one comment. Isn't there some kind of saying about one in the hand being worth two in a bush?

Posted:  2 months, 3 weeks ago

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How many times roughly do you have to stop and chain up your truck annually?

Agree with all comments so far. Never chained, wouldn't pay. Company sends me a Qualcomm message (got one today actually) telling about weather across the country and stating if I'm headed into bad or deteriorating conditions to shut down. Dont risk your life or anyone else's! As of yet I dont even have chains on the truck although when I'm at a terminal that actually has some I will get some just in case.

Posted:  2 months, 3 weeks ago

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Working during the holidays?

Merry Christmas everyone, I am currently on a 30min break driving north on 97 through Oregon. Its snowing in places but they have plenty plows and spreaders. Also working through New Years. Be safe and Happy Holidays.

Posted:  2 months, 4 weeks ago

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Personal conveyance question

Big Scott, if it matters I am under a load. But will check out the link. Thanks.

Posted:  2 months, 4 weeks ago

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Personal conveyance question

Hi all, so I pulled into the terminal with less than 1 hour left on my 70 so decided to do my 34 reset with free showers, lounge, bathrooms etc. I was supposed to get fuel too but they were out. I went off duty, checked out the facility then went a couple miles up the road to walmart then back. Well after watching the Steelers lose in my truck I went to wash some dishes and myself in the terminal only to realize the doors were locked. They close the terminal at 4 on Sunday. Well needing to also use the bathroom I went ahead and went to a Pilot 16 miles up the road. So the question is, I was 4 hours into my 34, do I have to be in the same place when I finish a 34 that I was in when I started it? Or will being 16 miles further up the road be alright?

Posted:  3 months ago

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Finances on the road

I have used a couple atms and lowest fee was $2.50 highest was $3.95. Some truck stops will offer cash back on comdata card when fueling (the Petro I fueled at today offered this) I haven't used the cash back feature yet so I dont know if they charge but probably not with fueling. I keep $300-$400 on my comdata just to have it as another option and try to keep at least a hundred or so cash at all times for tolls, scales, parking when needed etc. Also advise keeping a roll of quarters or two with you for vending and laundry. I 100% agree with Brett, this day and age it's hard to find anyone that would take out of state checks.

Posted:  3 months ago

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Moving truck while on a reset and how to idle

So last weekend I was at the terminal in Utah on a 34 and I was parked by the driver lounge. I was going to have something looked at on my truck in the shop and was wondering, if I needed to drive to the shop to get work done or any reason I may need to move on a break how is that done without interrupting my service break? When it is driven it will automatically log me as the driver and reset my break no?

I am thinking about bringing a dog with me, my truck has the opti-idle with the auto shutdown. In cold it's ok as I have a bunk heater but summer? Different story. I am sitting in California right now and a few hours ago it was 67 outside but after about an hour with nothing on in the truck it was 82 inside the truck and I can't sleep when hot. I turned on the interior comfort feature which I gather will have the truck turn itself on and off automatically if you have the a/c turned on but it said it was disabled due to ambient temperature (I'm guessing it wasn't hot enough outside) anyone have this on their truck and how does it work? Since we can't set a thermostat for the ac how does it know when to start and stop and how do I get a comfy temp inside in the summer? The bunk heater has a digital thermostat so it's easy peasy and no need to idle cause it works great but if I can't keep it cool in the summertime I wont be able to handle it and surely wouldn't put a dog in here either.

Posted:  3 months ago

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Swift just called

Way to go Raptor!!! Swifts new trucks have an 1800 watt inverter in them so they could easily handle two cpaps. Just a thought on why you need a CPAP trainer, it may be because of the noise the machines make, could be disturbing to a non cpap user. They would also already be set up for the daily rituals needed for caring for the machines on the road. Just a guess of course but I could see where it could hard for a trainer to listen to the machine especially during the first 50 hours if they didn't use one. Have fun with it and be safe!!!

Posted:  3 months ago

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Driver Facing Cameras

Cool G-town and I do appreciate that you are trying to help not only me but all drivers here new and experienced alike. As for the car that was turning, he wasn't crossing in front of me, he was going the same direction as me crossing the other lane. But Like many drivers I have come to expect the 4 wheelers to always do something stupid! If I anticipate stupid actions from them all the time I'm more prepared when they prove me right...lol

Posted:  3 months ago

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Driver Facing Cameras

No it was not an intersection and without the cruise on the natural tendency would be to remain on the throttle as I was just driving down the road. A normal two lane road with light traffic and the occasional passing lane built in and an occasional left turn built in. Cruise on or off would normally make no difference. The adaptive cruise is simply a tool available to the driver. I understand YOU wouldn't have used used it but those that would have used it would not have been wrong to do so as it's just a tool at our disposal. That's why it's there. The point was the computer sometimes has a glitch and the camera catches it. Not a reflection of my driving and not an unsafe act to use the cruise control setting. If I never use cruise control again on any road at any speed, just drive the truck, it might never happen again but doesn't mean I should never use cruise again. I wouldn't use it if it were unsafe in the normal condition it's being used in. I can't predict when it chooses to glitch. I can't not use any computer controlled functions on this truck because the computer might glitch.

I am honestly beginning to feel like you dont like me for some reason I can't/dont understand.

Posted:  3 months ago

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Driver Facing Cameras

Michael B wrote:

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About three hours ago I was on cruise at 40 mph and the truck crash avoidance system hit the brakes HARD with nothing in front of me but a car in the left turn lane turning, I'm waiting to see if that one shows up too.

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It might.

If said car was in front of you at first and slowed down to move into the left lane the system sensed your approach speed was too fast and or your following distance was too close.

Secondly if your cruise control was off it would have never happened. It sounds like you were in traffic on a local and/or secondary perhaps with moderate traffic. Is there really a need for cruise in this situation? I suggest rethinking that approach. At least a 3rd of my time is driving on local roads and secondaries with cross traffic and turning lanes, with moderate to heavy traffic. I never use cruise on those type of roads and absolutely never under those conditions.

And the in-cab facing cameras instalkef in Swift trucks were disabled over a year ago.

It was on a two lane in Toledo Or. With very very light traffic. The car wasn't in front of me, he was already sitting, stopped in the turning lane as I approached him. He was waiting for a truck coming towards him/us to pass. I dont know that using the cruise control was so much necessary but under the very light traffic conditions at the time with very few turning lanes and even fewer vehicles turning along the road (pretty rural area GP pulpwood) there was no reason not to use it. The cruise helps maintain an acceptable speed on the downhill stretches without having to brake too often or overwork the engine brake,. It was just one of those fantom readings these cascadias are known for. Kinda like the breaking event it detected today as I was sitting still doing a tug test on my trailer.

I was also told about the disconnect on the inward facing but the tape was already there when I got the truck so I just left it there 😉 but the in cab microphone is still working although it's supposed to only record during a triggering event.

Posted:  3 months ago

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Driver Facing Cameras

My truck has front and inward facing camera but I have a piece of tape on the inward facing. There is also audio recording in the cab. I had a following too close incident on the 12th, I watched the video and listened to the radio from that event. I just had another video show up today for a hard breaking event. I watched the video and I was sitting still doing a tug test. The first one I'm guilty of, I believe I was going to pass a car so I got "passing" close. Today's video hopefully they will view it before calling me and erase it but again, audio was there too. About three hours ago I was on cruise at 40 mph and the truck crash avoidance system hit the brakes HARD with nothing in front of me but a car in the left turn lane turning, I'm waiting to see if that one shows up too. I really am a safe driver...really!!! Dont ya believe me? Lmao

Posted:  3 months ago

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Game: Vent & Brag

Vent: my first day solo I hos violated by 34 minutes trying to find somewhere to park. 2nd day hos violated by literally 5 seconds, same thing. I couldn't look on my phone for a place as I had dropped it while exiting the truck although where I was had a hundred plus miles with absolutely nothing for trucks anyways. Oh also I got a safety hold for following a car too close that I was trying to pass. Brag: 3200 miles for my first week solo and some really good backing into a couple really tight spots including a blindside alley dock at a partially blocked Hobby Lobby store. New phone. Safety hold was remedied over the phone (not really a brag but more a plus)

I don't know that my brags outweigh my vents but at least I am learning from them!

Posted:  3 months, 1 week ago

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Giving notice

Ok well if I walk into an ER and get admitted the general consensus here is they will recover my truck prior to me getting better if I was to leave the company while on medical. Report it as abandoned and possibly charge me for it as well as kill my career. Even though their policy is to recover at 14 days not worked.

If that’s the case then so be it. I’m not seeing an alternative at this point. Despite what is said here. I believe I need to just go to hospital and keep maverick informed and see how it all works out.

Kevin, it doest matter if you are on medical or on vacation or what you are doing. If you quit the company while doing any of those, the 14 day policy is for EMPLOYEES ONLY if you quit while in the hospital you are an EX- EMPLOYEE see the difference? Why would you think the company should have to wait for you to get better to get their truck back? If you leave the company while out on medical you can't drive the truck back to them when you get better, you don't work for them anymore!! They will have to recover the truck regardless. There is nothing you can say or any way YOU can twist this that will make us pacify you. You are wrong, your arguments and views are childish. If you havent saved any money while working for them borrow a couple hundred for your bus ticket and handle your business like a man, you will be better off for.

Posted:  3 months, 1 week ago

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Giving notice

I’m afraid if I do this they may try and twist it as truck abandonment but also know if I’m on medical they can’t fire me. If I give notice on medical leave then they have notice as well as their truck

Kevin, they wouldnt have to twist it, it is truck abandonment. You want to drive your truck home to have your surgery which you know you wont be going back to work for the company afterwards, make them go 600 miles to pick up their truck that you already cleaned out knowing you were abandoning it, just so you dont have to spend money to get home on your own after you quit. They pay to put you into the truck because you are an employee. You have to pay for your way home after you quit because you are no longer an employee, period. Thats what adults do, face the consequences of their actions and choices dude. During my orientation I saw first hand the result of truck abandonment, once that is reported to your DAC report you will lose the job you transferred to and probably never use your CDL again all over a ride home. Good luck with that if you still chose that route but you should seriously reconsider your choices.

Posted:  3 months, 1 week ago

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I FREAKING PASSED MY CDL TEST!!!

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Posted:  3 months, 1 week ago

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Taking a shower on the road

So basically everyone felt like RebelliousVamp really......sucked......oh common, you know it was funny!!!

Posted:  3 months, 1 week ago

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Went solo today, new Cascadia with collision avoidance system

The microwave slides in a space above that and then there's the stupid bin thingy directly above that.

I've probably blackened my eye a while ago. The build quality is so poor on these trucks, cabinet bin doors randomly pop open.. one hit me in the corner of my right eye. I hate this fcking truck.

I truly hate to hear that as it looks like our trucks are about the same inside. Same cabinets in mine, at least I now know to watch for them to pop open on their own. I hope my experience in this truck dont match yours judging by your last sentence quoted above. You probably started out loving your truck like I do now.

So I unpacked the mattress for the lower bunk today, boy does it leave a LOT to be desired! lol. I looked it up and it figures to be a twin XL. I will be buying a new one soon! Without having called around yet I assume any mattress store should carry them?

Do we leave the inverter turned on all the time or does it need to be off when an appliance is not in direct use?

Thanks to all for the congrats and well wishes!

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