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    1 year, 8 months ago

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

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Posted:  10 hours, 14 minutes ago

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What would you do?

I'm in South Carolina, this evening, near dark I bypassed my fuel stop near Greenville because the radio was talking about the protests in Greenville. I stopped for a 10 in Gaffney rather than traveling through Charlotte after the sun went down. I knew the protests in both cities would turn into riots after the sun went down and sure enough I'm watching a Charlotte tv station that's now covering the protest turned riot. I wouldnt be anywhere near a big city after dark for a few weeks or after the cops sentence is given as there will be riots again regardless of how much time he gets.

Posted:  1 week, 1 day ago

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First solo week. I did NOT anticipate the amount of stress!

Sounds like you have a good attitude about it all. Just remember, the closer the truckstop is to big cities the earlier it fills up especially on weekdays. Most truckstops have more available spots on Saturday and Sunday as lots of drivers take off on the weekends. I use the Trucker Path app to both see how many total spots they have and they give a rough idea if they have spots open or are full. Unless I'm almost out of time I'll still pull in if it's a large truckstop even if it says it's full as someone is always leaving at the larger stops. I would also add fueling to the list. Did I change to on-duty fuel stop, did I put my fuel card away, did I replace both fuel caps, did I replace def cap.

Posted:  1 week, 1 day ago

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Shut down survey

I love the fact that we are all different opinions on certain thing so what makes our country so great. So I wanted to ask a few questions just to see the answers. There are wrong answers.

1. Do you prefer to shutdown in a truck stop or a rest area? Why?

2. What truck stops do you prefer?

3. Do you have a preference of shutting down at a shipper or consignee?

I'll hang up and listen to yalls response.

Okay Mike, I'll bite.

1. Depends, truckstop if I need a shower or for a 34. Rest area if it's for a 10 and I'm clean. I have everything I need on the truck for preparing food and plenty of food so all I need is a bathroom and a place to walk a dog. Also rest areas are usually more quiet than a truckstop.

2. I like, in order, Flying J, Loves, Petro, Pilot then lastly T/A. That's of course not including mom and pop's or small localized stops. Flying J tops because the free showers I get there from fueling, although Pilot is the same company they score low because they have a lot of small stores with only a handful of parking spots and some are just convenience stores for cars only, ya never know what your gonna get. T/A gets last because they have gotten greedy at a bunch of locations with 40-70% of all spots reserved pay spots.

3. I prefer not to shut down at customers property but I will and have done so when its convenient for me. Not a lot of them will allow it and sometimes the only bathroom is an outhouse. Some also wont let you walk a dog on their property.

Posted:  1 week, 1 day ago

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Trucker Expenses have to pay ?

If you are a company driver you will pay for your food and any tickets you get. The tickets only because if you were following company policy you wouldn't have gotten a ticket. You may have to buy little things on occasion but are reimbursed on the next check. Everything related to the truck is paid for by the company. Well, unless you are a lease purchase or O/O which everyone here will advise against myself included they you pay for everything including the truck.

Posted:  1 week, 1 day ago

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General trucking career questions

Hello Phil, first, welcome to trucking! This is one job that has absolutely zero age discrimination. I know many drivers that started their careers in their 50s 60s and even 70s. I live fulltime in my truck with a dog. I've lived in truck over a year so far and just stack cash and invest in stocks. I got rid of my house so I wouldnt be paying for a place I'm rarely at. You will still need a physical address, no PO boxes or UPS store type addresses. I use my parents but you can use a family member or friends. It's a place to fill the legal requirements and get mail. I have my personal car parked at the terminal I work out of and is closer to "home". Most companies have a drivers lot just for our car(s) to park free. In the grand scheme of things a couple hundred miles to get you home is nothing to these companies. Just give a few weeks notice and they will route a run close by. When going on hometime or shopping using PC you are still on the clock as you are still logged in as driver. Their insurance covers you anytime you are driving their truck and covers the truck 24/7. Generally park at the nearest truckstop, terminal or wherever you can legally park. Remember, home time doesn't have to be at home. If your wanting to go to the beach or an amusement park or national park, whatever, hometime can be done anywhere. If you are tired of staying in the truck, rent a hotel room and rent a car for vacation type hometime. Just remember though once you get home most all companies dont want you to use the truck as a personal vehicle to run around in. Make sure you are parked legally as to not be towed or booted as you will be on the hook for that cost.

Posted:  1 week, 2 days ago

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HELL YA!!!! I FINALLY DID (can I say hell?)

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Great!!!! Anytime you get it where you need it without hitting anything is a win!!!

Posted:  2 weeks ago

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Lack of communication

So got my truck assigned to me and my boys named it The Bulldawg Beast. I got a load assignment. For in the morning about 1 in the morning inkiti my battery was completely dead in the truck. Now I was parked behind the shop so i was told by breakdown to talk to the shop to jump the truck. Pretty much it needed new batteries.. well then longer its in the shop the more they were finding things wrong with the truck. The whole time I am emailing my dm updating him on the truck. Im emailing him because the only way to contact weekend dispatch is through the Qualcomm and i can't get to it. So the truck has been in the shop all day and is still there and won't be done until Monday. On the western express app you can read messages but not respond. They just sent me one telling me im still on a load and to inform them that the truck is still in the shop. Now how in the world can I inform you if the only way to contact you is from the Qualcomm and the truck is in the shop. Is there something im missing?

Call the # you were given for your DM, the night and weekend crew will answer that phone as well. Let them know what's going on and they should cancel that load. Just let your DM know when you are ready on Monday.

Posted:  2 weeks ago

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Question about personal time from a newbie

Jennifer, I'm sure you want honesty so here goes. With the guidelines and desires you have listed...trucking is probably not the job for you. Perhaps if you have plenty of money you could buy a truck and book loads on your schedule but companies have to keep you moving to make their investments in you and the truck/trailer pay off. Sorry if it's not what you were hoping to hear but it is the truth.

Posted:  2 weeks ago

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Uncomfortable blue mattress from hell

I know of the blue memory foam brick you speak of as I have one. I thought I would hate it and fully intended on buying a better one but I've found with a gel foam mattress topper on it together it's fairly comfortable. You might want to try that at $49.99 prior to committing to a $500 mattress.

Posted:  2 weeks ago

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Friday Short Haul - Reusing morgue reefers, ATRI research priorities, FMCSA HOS declaration

Now dont get me wrong, it's sad that an article like this has to come up however, meat is meat. When you think about it we are nothing more than another animal (albeit smarter than most) so other than some getting the heebie jeebies because they were humans it's really no different than hauling a load of meat to a reciever. As Brett states reefers are used for this purpose fairly commonly. You may just have one of those behind your tractor RIGHT NOW!!!

Posted:  2 weeks, 1 day ago

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Uncomfortable blue mattress from hell

Google “truck mattresses;” you’ll find plenty of options. I purchased mine from Raneys Truck Parts; love it.

Google “truck mattresses;” you’ll find plenty of options. I purchased mine from Raneys Truck Parts; love it.

Was it formerly known as Kearseys Truck Parts? Yeah I know spellings different...lol.

Posted:  2 weeks, 6 days ago

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Another Swift question. Grocery shopping

I didn't see anything posted before, I got the go ahead from my driver leader/manager to get a mini fridge. My question is how do I get to Walmart if I'm not anywhere near a terminal? My understanding is I have to bobtail there, but I can't uncouple unless at a terminal right? Or can I do it at a truck stop and use my kingpin lock? I definitely need to re-up on non cold food items too.

No need to bobtail, no need to call ahead. If you can safely get in and out pull on in. You have probably noticed how and where trucks park. You do however need to ask if you are wanting to park overnight but for just shopping you're good. I do mention looking before pulling in because some of the parking lots are not good for semis but most are fine.

Posted:  3 weeks ago

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Which type of trailer?

Hi, I’m looking for some help from the folks who know more than I do. I am not a driver but I need some advice.

I’ve been wanting to build a mobile tiny home/trailer and had planned on a regular trailer frame but I think I’d like the extra space a 53’ would allow.

I have limited knowledge of this format of trailer but I’m trying to decide between converting a dry van, using a flat bed as a frame (but most I see seem fairly bowed which wouldn’t be great for a floor), or using a container chassis as a foundation.

I would greatly appreciate opinion from you all who work and haul them everyday. Thanks in advance.

I would think you would be better of using a standard utility type trailer typical of tiny home usage. They can be purchased at most trailer or RV stores. If you try to build on a semi trailer you are modifying a trailer for a use it was not intended for and could have unintended consequences. If you use a 53' trailer it's no longer a tiny home anyways. Every type of semi trailer is purpose built and built for strength and stability based on each ones load use and once you modify it you have changed its design and basically nullified its strength and stability. A utility trailer on the other hand is designed for a multitude of different weights and loads and would handle a tiny house structure without altering it's intended use. As far as a mobile home frame, they are typically 14'-16' wide, not much fun to pull behind a personal vehicle. As for the dry van, the floor, walls and roof are all part of it structure and strength mess with any one and you end up with this

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Posted:  3 weeks, 4 days ago

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Speed minimum

There have been a few times that I couldn't maintain speed minimums on upgrades due to heavy loads. My going below speed minimum only lasted for a few minutes or few miles. What are the risk of being fined going below the minimum for a short period of time? If I did get fined, I don't think the company would pay the fine. If I reroute, it could make my trip much longer.

Not to worry, your chances of being fined for going below minimum speed uphill is zero. Now on flatlands if you're putting along at 35 expect a ticket. Police know loaded trucks cannot maintain speed uphill, that's why there are slow truck lanes on big hills all throughout the country.

Posted:  3 weeks, 6 days ago

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Found out about some important changes at Carolina Cargo

Have a friend who got his start with them a few years ago and now drives for CFI. He has always kept in touch with them.

They are no longer accepting new drivers, only experienced. No teams unless they are hired as a team. They are now leasing their trucks from Penske and Penske is handling maintenance.

They are no longer a second chance company.

I have a theory about second chance companies. Generally they pay less, have higher turn over and due to the lower pay their better drivers tend to leave as soon as they can for higher pay. At some point I would think the cost of damage caused by a continuous cycle of inexperienced drivers and training/turnover costs of new drivers would outweigh the costs of paying a better wage and keeping better drivers. Dont get me wrong, many people deserve and appreciate being given a second chance to succeed but at what point do you think the costs outweigh the benifits?

Posted:  3 weeks, 6 days ago

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Western Express Trucking Contract

A good case of the grass looking greener at the other company, however regardless of where you are if you dont put in the hard work fertilizing and watering the grass it wont grow green wherever you are. Put the work into it and you make your grass green wherever you may find yourself, refuse to put the work into it and dead grass will follow you.

Posted:  4 weeks ago

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Pre trips are important. Can you see it?

Found FB.

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NOTHING....unless you reach in there. That sucker alive?

Posted:  1 month ago

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Truck stop tire gauges/coolers

I had a Coleman 12v, lasted 8 months with 2 cords. I replaced it with an Igloo both are 40 quart. Igloo runs a little more $ than the Coleman but after the Coleman's original wiring failed and the factory replacement melted the entire piece that plugs in I figured I'd give the Igloo a try. Bought both at truckstops. Check all the major stops sales circular or whichever you have points at for sales.

Posted:  1 month ago

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Western Express Trucking Contract

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I am not sure how their contract is worded. My only advice would be to read it thoroughly as you should have before signing and see what it says about leaving without completely fulfilling it. Just out of curiosity why do you want to leave so soon?

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Well I've been here 6 months and cant go over 2000 miles and my dm wants me to train so I can get more miles and I don't feel ready to train anyone and besides I like having my own space.

I'll tell you straight up, you do not HAVE to train. Just politely decline. You cannot and will not be forced to train anyone. As for the miles, that's on you. You need to figure why you keep coming up short as the miles are there if you can run them.

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There is a really obvious way to get out of that contract. Write them a check! Pay up! That's what a contract is - it's an agreement. You agreed to it. If you have now decided there's a better way for you to proceed, then the contract allows you to do so.

Now, there's a much smarter way to go about this. You can fulfill your employment obligation and focus on learning how to be successful at this. Right now you are focusing on "how bad Western Express is." That's your first big blunder. You have fallen for the bait and feel the pain of the trap now. You have taken the common delusional approach to trucking of at least a million other wannabes. You think you are good, but your company is bad. That's so messed up and arrogant that I can't believe rookies fall for it so easily, but they do.

Get in there and make something happen. Be a man of your word. Be careful and prudent. Be productive. Be determined. Be a truck driver - God knows we need a few good ones about now.

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I'm trying but no matter how much I run I always fall short I've talked to my dm and is just false promises I also have to spend 4 to 6 weeks out and beg for home time I think western express is just an overall bad bad company

I do believe there is something in this equation that may be overall bad but I doubt it's the company. I believe the fault may lie squarely on your attitude? They may not pay as much as some however I know for a fact if you can handle the miles they will put them on you.

Posted:  1 month ago

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Need advice from truckers with pets on truck

I have a dog not a cat however from a previous event with a personal vehicle I would recommend bringing a pet carrier just in case. I had a cat my daughter was bringing in my car, was her cat but she was bringing it home when I got custody of her, apparently didnt like cars and ran from windshield to back glass scratching and peeing until I manage to open the door and it ran out. Never got the smell out of cat pee out of that car and the cat stayed right where it was!

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