Profile For Michael B.

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    AR

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    Rookie Solo Driver

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    3 months 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:  4 days, 20 hours 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:  5 days, 21 hours 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:  6 days, 14 hours ago

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I FREAKING PASSED MY CDL TEST!!!

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Posted:  6 days, 15 hours 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:  6 days, 16 hours 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!

Posted:  6 days, 20 hours ago

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Went solo today, new Cascadia with collision avoidance system

A bigger question is what is available to screw to? I can show you plenty of TV mounts, but I assume you can't just screw into the wall of the truck.

If Michael can see the screws, and measure distance between them, I can probably find a working mount.

Grumpy, Susan, I cannot tell what its mounted to without removing the wall panel. Here is a wide view so if you want to have your panel removed to have someone mount it you know about where mine is mounted. Its pretty solid so there has to be something behind the panel to mount to.

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Posted:  1 week ago

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Went solo today, new Cascadia with collision avoidance system

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Susan, the table top you see to the left is the top of my fridge under the microwave. The strap on the right is the netting for the bottom bunk.

Posted:  1 week ago

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Went solo today, new Cascadia with collision avoidance system

Mine has an APU with an 1800 watt inverter. I've got 110 outlets where the microwave goes and also by the fridge door/bottom bunk area, along with numerous 12v outlets.

Could you please take a picture of your swivel TV mount for me? I'd like to see it because my TV still rides on my bunk as I've not found a suitable mount for it yet.

Susan here are two pics of it, the swivel is mounted on the bunk side below the microwave slot. My microwave slot has a 12 volt dc plug on the bottom left side of the microwave slot, I dont see any 110 plugs there. Where might yours be located? The only 110 plugs I see are the two actually on the 1800 watt inverter which is mounted on the front bottom of my bunk. I have no APU, the truck has an auto idle shut off. I am about to read the paperwork and manuals that I have but let me know if anyone knows, how do I override that so I can idle the truck, I am going to bring a Basset Hound with me after I get more comfortable in the truck (dont want the added distraction of an animal until then for safety). Well Susan, I cant figure out how to put a picture in here so if you could help me out...I do the upload new photo, click on my pic then hit go and it says please enter a caption and nothing happens.

Posted:  1 week ago

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Went solo today, new Cascadia with collision avoidance system

Congratulations again.

Two, no three questions...

Which great company put you in this fine machine?

Plastic still on the seats / sleeper?

New truck smell???

Swift is the great company. Bedrolls still rolled up in plastic, metal parts outside still have the protective white plastic on them, fuel tanks were still bone dry and the truck had 20 miles on it and yeah, gotta love that new truck smell, toxic or not!! lol

Jason, thanks. I dont know if mine is fully loaded but so far it seems pretty well equipped. I have a fridge, microwave slot w/holdown strap, inverter, radio, swivel TV mount, sleeper fan, bunk heater and the interior is really nice! Its probably not fully loaded but its really nice, I dont know what else could be put into it or where what options rank but I just love the truck and think it will make a nice comfy home.

Oddball question, so the inverter has two plug-ins on it and the rest of the truck has 12volt outlets everywhere else. So to run a 110 microwave, TV or other 110volt appliance I have to run extension cords to the appliance, anyone see any problems with this or is it just how its done? Should be fine with a good quality HD cord right? I have never used an inverter before, just want to be safe, not burn my truck down trying to heat a burrito up...lol

Posted:  1 week ago

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Went solo today, new Cascadia with collision avoidance system

Thanks all, so I have only driven it for two hours so far, to get "home". I did notice the Adaptive cruise control, I had it set at 65 and noticed I was slowing, I looked down and it was going 58. As RealDiehl stated it keeps its own following distance. As mentioned by G-Town, several hours today will be spent reading any and every manual or piece of paper that came with it. I dont want to be surprised like that again! G-Town, as I just got up and havent gone to the truck to get anything out of it yet, how do I prepare for that stuff in the rain and snow? Can I override the system in bad conditions? Seems like a computer doing a hard brake in bad wheather is potentially dangerous. Susan D. passing slower traffic was the very first time I noticed the adaptive cruise and I also didnt care for it. So with regard to all of the issues with the brakes being applied for cones, overpasses, cars in the other lanes etc. is there anything I can do to stop it from braking? Seems like its begging to get me hit in the rear when I didnt even apply the brakes! Again I will be reading the manual today to see if theres anything I can do but would be happy if you shared your knowledge/experience with this system. One more question, when I come up on another vehicle either a little close or close to pass them the instrument panel goes yellow with a too close warning. Is this something thats just for my benifit or is my company safety department going to be calling me if It does this too many times?

Posted:  1 week, 1 day ago

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Went solo today, new Cascadia with collision avoidance system

Hello all, as of today I upgraded to rookie solo driver! Woot Woot!! So I tested out today and was given a 2019 Freightliner Cascadia which is just beautiful. Had 20 miles when I took it. I am taking the weekend off to set the truck up and read the manual to learn how everything operates then steady rolling monday!! Yay. Something I learned on my way home though that surprised the heck out of me...it has a front collision avoidance system on it. I was bobtailing down I-40 coming up on a slowing truck, was about to pass him when he suddenly moved left and there was a truck in front of him, I kid you not, doing 30 on the highway, just cruising for no apparent reason. No on/off ramps anywhere for several miles, nothing in front of him. I suspect he may have seen falling asleep and losing speed (maybe intoxicated)? I started to brake and the truck took over, like I said, surprised the heck out of me...almost scared me cause I didnt know it had that feature on it! The truck has a faster reaction time than I do! I just hope I dont get a message from safety for a braking incident after my first hour in the truck. I wouldnt have hit the truck on my own but WOW does the system work.

Posted:  1 week, 4 days ago

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Got my CDL back!

Congrats!!! dancing-dog.gifdancing-dog.gifdancing-dog.gifdancing-dog.gif

People only write Congrats because they can't spell congratultashuns!!

Congrats!!

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Posted:  2 weeks, 1 day ago

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I have my CDL permit. Does this give me a leg up at a company CDL school

Rainy, when I went to Springfield in Sept, Oct. 2018 We were told that Missouri DOT put a stop to that "temporary resident" loophole. They said there were a couple companies that would still do it but they weren't supposed to and would be stopped. Prime wasn't specifically mentioned. Not claiming to know the law in all states, just what I was told while in Missouri by C-1. We had a guy in class from Arkansas that brought his paper saying he passed the permit test but he forgot to get the actual permit. He asked about that and that was what he was told by the boss man there. He was sent home to Arkansas.

Posted:  2 weeks, 1 day ago

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Living with dog in truck

Yeah I can lift her in and out, not a problem. I asked about the poop thing after almost stepping in a pile today at a rest stop in Arizona!! I figure it's like some people and washing their hands after using the bathroom, everyone says yes I wash my hands everytime but HONESTLY some won't if nobody's around.

Posted:  2 weeks, 1 day ago

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DOT Vision Exemption

Is this like permanent partial blindness or just needing regular glasses like most people? Basically, will getting glasses correct the issue or is it a permanent thing?

Posted:  2 weeks, 1 day ago

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I have my CDL permit. Does this give me a leg up at a company CDL school

Mike D. First is the little foam earplugs. During my first 50 hours before team driving...My mentor snores....LOUDLY!!!! They help with noise after that. As far as sleeping while moving, sleep on your back or stomach. I find on my side I kind of "roll around" with the bumps and such. I get less roll and more stability laying more flat. We can't expect the trainer not to use the radio if not for his liking it maybe for safetys sake to keep him from driving alone in silence and falling asleep. Don't drink much 3-5 hours before your SB time so you don't wake up having to pee as much. Hope something I wrote helps.

Posted:  2 weeks, 1 day ago

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Living with dog in truck

Hi all, I have read some prior posts about dogs in trucks. I am thinking about bringing an 8 yr old Bassett hound with me a short while after my upgrade. I am possibly "coming into" ownership by a owner unable to care for her anymore. She's 42 pounds (a little chunky) and a good girl. I'm wondering about having the dog on the truck fulltime as I will be living on the truck fulltime. She's not high energy so a walk a couple times a week will suffice. So thoughts about 24 hour vets that a truck can get to? Water and food tips? How do you bathe them regularly? No APU available on the truck i will get so heating cooling issues other than idling? We would both be living in it so other than eating in a restaurant or shopping we would both be in truck together.

Also, I know what is PC and how you should answer but HONESTLY, how many with dogs in the truck actually pick up their dogs poopoo afterwards? Lol

Posted:  2 weeks, 1 day ago

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I have my CDL permit. Does this give me a leg up at a company CDL school

If you are going to attend an out of state CDL school you have to have the permit, your permit has to be issued by your home state. As far as age and peeing, I would recommend while on the road with a trainer/mentor you drink less. Not to the point of dehydration but don't gulp down 8 gallons a day either. Most don't have a problem stopping for pee breaks but if you have to pee every 50 miles that could be an issue. When you are in the team driving portion of training the problem you are going to have is the truck is almost always moving. You will be driving 60-70 hours a week. You will need to be able to sleep enough to drive safely . You will be sleeping while moving, he is listening to the radio, slowing/stopping with traffic, rough bumpy bouncy roads fuel stops etc. and he is sleeping while you are driving. I am a light sleeper also and am having a hard time sleeping while moving but it's only for a short time then I get my own truck and I sleep when and how I want in a non-moving truck. Earplugs help while training. Other than some OTC sleepaids most are not allowed. If you can handle it for the training period, you are golden! Good luck!

Posted:  2 weeks, 1 day ago

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Unsafe backing and Leaving truck and load at Terminal

This October I was at Swiift orientation and on day one the guy I roomed with in the hotel left. That evening he was again my roommate. He was upset. He was an experienced driver with like 8 years. He said they sent him home due to a situation very much similar to yours. On his DAC It showed an abandonment and he claims to have secured his truck/load even waiting for police and tow to show up. Swift wouldn't touch him. Trucking companies take that very seriously and dude was convinced his career was over, even tried to give me the Inverter he brought cause he said he wouldnt need it anymore. Once that's reported to DAC he said it's pretty much impossible to remove it.

Posted:  2 weeks, 5 days ago

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Why do you want to become a truck driver???

Translation: Leave me the hell alone, and I'll do my damn job.

Funny Rainy, thats the ex-postal worker coming out in you!!!

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