Profile For Michael B.

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    AR

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    Rookie Solo Driver

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    8 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:  4 hours, 6 minutes ago

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Foot cramps

Will definitely try the magnesium. Thanks

Posted:  4 hours, 11 minutes ago

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Falcon Transport

The last few days I have seen 5 or 6 Falcon trailers, have they had a change of heart about shutting the doors or have they sold off their trailers that quickly, anyone heard?

Posted:  6 hours, 51 minutes ago

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Foot cramps

Anyone suffer from foot cramps when you lay down to sleep? I have tried everything I can think of, supplements, potassium, bananas, stretching my legs and feet both while driving and after, walking, hydration and cursing. I really expected cursing to help but noooo. Seems like one to two nights/days a week I will get foot cramps when I lay down for sleep. I never get them till I lay down. I can get them to stop after 5 or 10 minutes by keeping my feet completely still in certain positions but if you know of something I haven't tried please...PLEASE share!!!!

Posted:  3 days, 3 hours ago

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Schneider in HOV lane

So I watched a southbound Schneider truck getting pulled over on Virginia I-495 by Quantico area as he was driving in the center HOV lane. All I can think is he read the easypass only and not the no vehicles with more than 2 axles signs. Granted there was heavy traffic but always read the signs people. They teach you in CDL school to read every sign for a reason. Plus after he pays the ticket and explains to his employer why he was in the HOV lane he would have been much better off in the stop and go traffic!

Posted:  3 days, 20 hours ago

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I really need advice about my future

When I back under a trailer the first thing I do when I connect is put it in drive and pull. Before I get out of the truck, before I raise the landing gear that way if it's not fully connected I will just drive out and nothing drops. Checking the kingpin connection should be part of the inspection you do on every trailer you connect to. You should also check that connection EVERY time you have left your truck and EVERY time before you take off after your 10s/34s to make sure no joker pulled your pin release. Write a checklist to read and follow if needed or so you dont forget or overlook any steps toward safe operation of your truck.

I mention the checklist simply because of the anxiety causing mistakes. The best way to control the anxiety mistakes is to get into a solid routine and I think a written list for every action can help by eliminating the ability to forget steps. Best of luck to you as you figure out what to do.

Posted:  3 days, 21 hours ago

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What Are The Best Truck Stops, And Why?

Like grumpy old man, I like the kittery circle k in Maine and most toll plazas are nice but for the biggies I prefer in order, pilot, flying j, loves, ta, petro. Although I like ta for showers because they give 2 towels a hand towel and a washrag where most just give 1 towel and 1 rag (i know, what more do i need right? Lol) but will use anywhere I have shower credits that's on my route. For my 10s I will take any legal spot happily though or rest areas for more quiet. From time to time I have a few shippers that allow overnight on property that can save my hiney in areas without much parking or if I can't find any empty spots elsewhere. I have learned from a previous post of mine to try to stay away from the fuel island if at all possible at truck stops because of jake braking noise. I have never and will never nose into a spot. I think most that do have trouble with backing but get into more trouble when it comes time to back out but they hope the lot will be emptier when they leave. Oh and I wont park on an on/off ramp at all.

Posted:  1 week, 2 days ago

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Wrecked Trailer At Shipper

So Thursday I was picking up a load and saw this at the shipper. Curious if it was the driver or the yard truck that did it. Either way I'm sure someone got seriously reamed over it.

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Posted:  2 weeks ago

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Kenworth dashboard height

My trainers truck was a t680 and he was shorter than me (im 6 even) he rode with the seat low, i rode with it higher but had no issues with the dash height even when lower. Currently I drive with the seat just high enough it doesn't bottom out when I hit hard bumps in the road.

Posted:  2 weeks ago

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Annoyance at truck stops

I sleep with a fan on so I dont usually hear much either but the abrupt rumblings of noise you can FEEL as well as hear are what gets me. Even refers dont bother me. It is a fairly rare occurrence that it happens but like I mentioned, twice in one break. When I hit this loves and shutdown I had 19 minutes on my 70 so no choice as to where to shut down, however I do prefer truckstops as they have food, shower, restroom, laundry and other people. Bruce, what kinds of places do you seek out for peaceful 34s?

Posted:  2 weeks ago

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Annoyance at truck stops

So I'm at a loves in Pa for a 34 and several times as I'm about to fall asleep I have been abruptly rattled awake by two different "cool" old long hoods with straight pipes that felt a need to jakebrake to slow down, one for a turn to the fuel island and the other...well who knows why. Both times it was so loud, like a train in my cab with me. So my question, are those that do that just A-hole super truckers or is it just the way their trucks work cause they are older so no mufflers? Seems to be mighty inconsiderate to me, kinda like the guy who upgrades his stereo and wants you to feel his bass too.

Posted:  1 month, 3 weeks ago

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Automation and the future of trucking

The thing I'm more curious about is if there's even a path /to/ automation, or if it is literally a pipe dream.

Just my thoughts, driverless trucks and cars will not stand a chance as long as they are still mixed with human driven vehicles. Computers are getting quite intelligent but no computer program can account for the human variable in any driving decision because unlike Artificial Intelligence, the human does not always act in a logical way. All major motorways would have to have 100% automation or have roadways dedicated solely for self driven vehicles to even stand a chance but even then, how often does your home PC, laptop or phone crash? We would be looking at a whole lot of vehicles and freight lost to accidents. Once the accident fatalities from computers going down in traffic with humanless vehicles mixed with human driven vehicles started happening it would be over for self driving vehicles because humans also have a "weakness" that computers don't have, emotions. So, IMHO truckers jobs are safe for at least another 50 years and trillions of dollars worth of infrastructure projects designated solely for driverless vehicles.

Posted:  1 month, 3 weeks ago

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Microwave In Truck - Questions

I generally run the truck. The inverter will kick off about half the time if I don't idle it so it's just easier to idle it since I have to start the truck to reset the inverter anyways. I have no APU and my microwave is 900 watts. I have never had an issue with the glass plate making noise or rattling. They are made from tempered glass and resistant to heat and shock. It is very unusual for one to break so I doubt it would break from normal road bumps or vibrations.

Posted:  1 month, 4 weeks 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:  3 months, 3 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:  4 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:  4 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:  4 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:  4 months, 3 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:  4 months, 3 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:  4 months, 4 weeks 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.

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