Profile For Mikey B.

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    AR

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    Rookie Solo Driver

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    1 year, 4 months ago

Mikey B.'s Bio

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

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Posted:  1 day, 13 hours ago

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CB anymore?

I keep mine on in scan mode but its surprising how little you hear anything. Sometimes I can go an entire day without picking up anything at all. It has come in handy a couple times to avoid accidents that turned the highway into a parking lot but like others have mentioned, not many trucks even have them installed anymore. Thanks cell phones and radio stations!!!!

Posted:  2 days, 3 hours ago

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No home time for me.

Both my dispatcher and the weekend guy cant not know I'm angry about it but I didnt cuss anyone or threaten to quit. I'm steaming mad but not THAT mad. I do believe had I not taken the Florida run I would have gotten my time off and my dispatcher seems to prefer off times requested around the week mark as he will forget if he's told earlier. I guess what got me was, well, it seems and feels like they knew they wouldnt get me there but sent me to florida anyways. I fully get that they have loads that need delivering I just wish if they're gonna screw someone on time of it would be the guy that drives 1500 miles a week and asks for time off every other week instead on the guy that stays out for 3-4 months before asking for any time. I believe they knew what they were doing, had no intention of following through and by not answering my messages when I asked about their having a load to get me to my time off makes it feel deceitful. I am not the type to do anything rash or drive poorly because I'm mad. I will continue to be a safe, polite, on time driver but I dont mind that they know I'm not happy about what was done. Mostly since (I believe anyways) they knew they werent going to get me there I think they could have said something so I wouldnt have wasted money for lodging. I paid for two nights for me and one for my daughter. She is there now, with my new dog but my two nights is a waste of my money, and my daughters time. My son was only going to have out with me on Saturday and go back sat night so he ended up not going.

Thanks for the insight. I just haven't taken time off enough to know and was hoping this wasnt the norm.

Posted:  2 days, 8 hours ago

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No home time for me.

I have a question, I'm am soooooo ****ed off right now and have been for a couple days. Monday morning the 20th I requested today and sunday off to meet a couple of my kids in Tunica Mississippi and to pick up my dog. The morning of the 21st I'm asked if I can get a load to Fl on time, I say no problem and say I'm guessing you already have something planned to get me to Tennessee (my pickup trucks is at the terminal) his response is "working on it". I arrive in Fl a day early (thur) but they cant unload me till my appointment time the next morning (fri). I mentioned they should drop the preplan to NC they sent me since its 600 miles there and 400+ back to my pickup truck. No answer. Friday when I'm empty I get that NC load assigned to me I remind him I cant take it as I needed sat and sun off. He says they have nothing going my way that he'll get me a load out of the Carolinas so I go ahead and take it. Today after dropping my load I wait over four hours for dispatch to respond to my empty call and messages I sent in. I have mentioned I need a load toward Tennessee as I'm already one day late. I'm assigned a load to Pennsylvania. I've already booked and paid for three rooms non refundable for hotel. After back and forth on the phone I'm told that's all they can do. This is only the third time I have asked for time off. Is this how things usually go or do I have a right to be ****ed off? I'm so mad I cant see straight. I was told I could take my two days off when I got there that it'll be a little later than we planned but they'll get me there. They didnt get me there. I'm sitting here in NC with a 600 mile drop and hook to Pennsylvania with 13:09 on my 70 and a run up the I95. What's yalls opinion?

Posted:  3 days, 17 hours ago

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Does OTR actually mean OTR

I guess I'm one of those weirdos that actually prefers the eastern 1/3 of the country. So many places to park I never have an issue finding a place to park. I dont even preplanning my stop during trip planning I just drive till I'm ready to stop, night or day I always find a proper spot. (no on/off ramps or highway parking). The other 2/3s have to plan based on a available places to park.

Posted:  4 days, 6 hours ago

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Have you had one of those weeks? Let me tell you how my day is going!

Dayuum. And I thought busting my hump on a preload from New Jersey to Orlando Florida showing up a day early (at noon) and being told I'd have to wait till my appointment time (9am) the next morning to be unloaded because they were short handed due to the flu and being allowed to wait on Wayfairs property was bad. Lol. Hope it gets better for ya.

Posted:  1 week ago

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Drug tested AGAIN!

Rob, look at it like this, the reason you keep getting sent for drug testing is a good thing, a reflection of how hard you are running. They cannot believe anyone can work that hard and put in those kind of miles without using amphetamines so when you pass you just prove how good you are.dancing.gif

Posted:  1 week ago

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Post A Picture Of Your Significant Other Here’s Mine

Well seems like me and my hand are getting a divorce. As of next weekend I'll have Bonnie here as a truck companion. My daughters bringing her to me. She was rescued from a bad situation a while back. Kept in a small pet carrier, pee and poop etc. Caused her to get a tail infection and they had to dock (amputate actually) part of her tail to stop the infection from killing her. She has put on 12 pounds in the last couple months. Shes healthy and happy now.

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Posted:  1 week, 1 day ago

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Are truck drivers assigned a truck that they use every time they drive? Or do you switch and how often if so?

Isabell C, hello. I for one live in my truck fulltime. If I take time off I park the truck at a truckstop and go of and to what I went for. Once my daughter and 2 grandsons picked me up from Pilot and we spent a week in a cabin in Pigeon Forge Tennessee, went to Dollywood, swimming/hot tub, go carts etc. then they dropped me back off at the truck. I've gone to the beach in Florida and several other fun things. Just call an uber, go do your fun stuff and uber back. Generally you have a ten hour break every day and you either keep running on recaps or like I do I take a 34 hour break almost every week. I like the 34s so I can clean the truck out, do laundry and generally unwind and relax a bit. Well plus I dont like recaps as I dont like my workday limited by how many hours I get back each day. Living in the truck fulltime is awesome for several reasons, I save all the money I make since I dont have to pay rent, utilities, car payment etc. Also the company basically pays you to drive their truck to wherever you plan on taking time off by getting you a load close to where you are going. Living in a small place fits me fine, not everyone can do it though. Next weekend I'm going to meet my daughter and my son in Tunica Mississippi, we are gonna gamble a bit, hang out and she is bringing me a dog I just adopted. Yes most companies allow you to have a pet fulltime also. As far as downtime for maintenance they will either put you up in a hotel or you just sleep in the truck if it's not in the maintenance bay. As long as you are driving OTR you are never homeless as you are paid to drive your very own motorcoach.

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Posted:  1 week, 4 days ago

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What's the strangest "rule" you've encountered at customer?

I did have a real head scratcher, I was delivering to a westrock facility back a while ago. It was a drop and hook. I didnt have a hardhat yet and they wouldnt lend me one. Said they had to many drivers not returning them. I ended up driving about 50 miles one way, stopping at 3 truckstops, walmart, harbor freight and finally home depot before I found a hardhat. However they were nice enough to let me drop my trailer on their lot before making me leave bobtail to find a hardhat then come back, reconnect and move a little farther up to drop again. It may have had something to do with the Steelers shirt I had on as we had some friendly joking about football as I was leaving (they werent fans)...lol.

Posted:  1 week, 5 days ago

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What's the strangest "rule" you've encountered at customer?

The worst I've encountered was a shipper that wouldnt let me use the bathroom. They had a sign in the shipping area going in that said no public restroom. I asked where the bathroom was and they told me the same, no public restroom to which I replied that I wasnt the public I was transporting their product. Still, no restroom allowed. They thought a previous trucker might have stolen something from the locker room/ men's room so blanket policy, no restroom usage. It was at least 45 minutes to a truck friendly place to go. I had no bottle to go in. That was the one and only time I have peed on a shipper or receivers lot. (I know I know but what ya gonna do?)

Posted:  2 weeks ago

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Trainer unsafe practices

They put me in an unsafe situation therefore the contract will be null and void

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Since you seem to know everything.... good luck. NOBODY will hire you until your contract is paid in full. For the record, I've never driven for any mega carrier, or done OTR at all.

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Yeah, good luck with that one. You keep repeating that enough times and you will still be the ONLY ONE that believes it. You dont have the right to say when the contract you agreed to and signed is null and void. People are dissatisfied with contracts they agree to every day but cannot cancel them because they dont like them. One way or another they will collect or you will have to file bankruptcy. Do the right thing and hold up your end of the bargain.

Posted:  2 weeks ago

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Opportunity or not?

Thanks for the advice. I guess I just needed confirmation that my spidey senses were right. I figured if yall could give me good reasons to do it I would consider it but astounding NO from all confirms my thoughts. Thanks.

Posted:  2 weeks ago

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Opportunity or not?

I was contacted by a friend I went to CDL school with a couple days ago. He didnt end up driving but has bought four trucks, has leased them out to a major carrier and wants me to drive one of them. We haven't talked details about pay etc yet. I'm leery about it. I wouldnt go for a few months anyways but what would all of your collective decades of experience say are the pros and cons of doing this? I am currently a company driver and live in the truck. I would be able to live in that truck also. Health insurance would be provided and at a minimum pay would be no less but probably more than I make now. If I like the pay would the cons be enormous? Fear of the unknown ya know. What concerns me most is this, if lease or o/o is hard to make money how good can the money be when the owner is having to pay a driver on top of everything else.

Posted:  2 weeks, 6 days ago

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Reliable internet on the road.

Another driver was telling me and showed me his cell booster set up on his truck. He claims to get atleast two bar signal boost with it. I would say do some research on those things and see what they claim you can achieve with them.

Definatley research them. I've seen the boosters at several branded truckstops, around $500 for them. I just use mobile hotspot on my phone. Anywhere I get a phone signal I get great internet however it may not work for your situation as it sounds like you may need fancy stuff ( VPN and voip, IDK what they are) but I use straight talk wireless on a galaxy j7 crown and can watch hulu and netflix with no issues.

Posted:  2 weeks, 6 days ago

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New diet. This may take some work!

Day two... new diet. Vegan. This one Chipotle non-GMO. May just work!

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I dont know dude, I know lots of fat vegans!!!

Posted:  3 weeks ago

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Forced dispatch?

Take the load. Like others have said, see how it goes. If you have to shut down due to weather you have to. On the plus side if it was rejected by everyone including you it kinda looks like they owe you one no? In the future if you need something, use having taken this load as leverage to get a really good load or whatever.

Posted:  3 weeks, 4 days ago

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High Winds; Good Judgment

I'll give you my thought watching that video....that driver is an IDIOT and doesn't deserve to be in a truck. His trailer is being blown across the entire lane and he feels it's safe to drive that fast as well as passing another truck? I'm guessing his box was empty and the one he passed had a load as it was not being blown across the lane. He is lucky he just went through the cables rather than killing himself or worse, some one else.

Posted:  1 month ago

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Another deer

Jamie, dont you mean another deer hit you? Lol

Posted:  1 month ago

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Who has a good Christmas dinner in the Virginia area

Sorry, Cracker Barrel was terrible advice; I drove past three today and they were all closed.

Yeah, I passed by yesterday and saw them closed. My reciever was also closed. I ended up parking at flying J and making instapot spagetti since Dennys turkey meal didnt look to good. Its 08:30 now, I went back to the reciever at 07:30 this morning and surprise surprise they wont have anyone there who can unload me till 17:00 or so. I'm back at flying J with a giant hole in todays production. Suckola.

Posted:  1 month ago

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Who has a good Christmas dinner in the Virginia area

Hello, I'll be delivering in Virginia tomorrow, who has a good Christmas dinner anywhere near the Wytheville area? I'm guessing probably Golden Corral or Iron Skillet should be open anyone know and who has a GOOD dinner rather than just dinner?

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