Profile For Mikey B.

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    AR

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    Experienced Driver

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    2 years, 7 months ago

Mikey B.'s Bio

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

fazhamikey@yahoo.com

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Posted:  4 hours, 11 minutes ago

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Photos, oddball things

Glad you weren’t heavy and had to double bag for a dime.

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Added note for the youngsters! We recycled them as text book covers before recycling was a thing

Absolutely!! And the better you could write/draw they cooler you book covers were!! They could be anything!

Posted:  12 hours, 3 minutes ago

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Photos, oddball things

I was at a Walmart in New York state. They have a plastic bag ban. You youngsters won't remember but this is what we bagged groceries with before the plastic bag was invented. They were even nice enough to charge a nickel for the one bag I used here.

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Posted:  1 day, 5 hours ago

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Greater discrepancy between dispatched and actual mileage

Errol V. Shares bad math:

G-Town shares wisdom:

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Of all the things a rookie needs to worry about; IMO this is not worth the negative energy.

Peace

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Well said. Even calculating the difference for a whole year, I'll bet the time worrying about it ain't worth $300 out of your $48,000 first year pay.

I must agree it's not worth dwelling on since you knew when you applied and accepted the job they paid zip to zip however the average OTR driver paid zip to zip is losing 5%-15% of miles driven. Say an average of 10% which is very realistic. That ends up being $4800 lost which is a far cry from the $300 you claim. I think your math is bad. Even if it were only 5% free miles off of that same $48,000 it's still $2400 short of actual miles driven and those figures are based off of the pay from the lesser amount of mileage pay. And no, it never averages out. But again one cannot complain as you knew what you were hiring in at and the negative energy will kill your career if you dwell on it.

Posted:  1 day, 14 hours ago

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Greater discrepancy between dispatched and actual mileage

I've always had a dislike for zip code to zip code milage pay. I imagine the company is getting paid for dispatched miles and basically paying you zip to zip hence pocketing the extra money. They are basically skimming 8%-15% of all the miles you drive off the top. Mafiosi style. They will say that you will get runs that pay you more miles than you drive so it balances out...but it doesn't. In 2 years I can count the runs that worked in my favor on one hand an never more than 1-20 miles. Yet every other load I'd drive 8%-15% free miles on both the pickup and delivery. I had one long run I lost 50 on the pickup and 150 on the delivery. I got paid for about 1200. Sucks but it is what it is and I knew how they paid going in. I still managed to do well with them despite zip to zip and low per mile pay.

Posted:  2 days, 23 hours ago

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Postcards from the Road! (Post Yours Please!)

Couple days ago off I-81 in Virginia. The hills are on fire.

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Posted:  2 days, 23 hours ago

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Postcards from the Road! (Post Yours Please!)

Not far from the Pilot in Nashville Tennessee. Off of tn155 Briley Parkway in west Nashville.

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Posted:  4 days, 8 hours ago

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Running on recaps

Oh, and fueling is done while on duty.

Posted:  4 days, 8 hours ago

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Running on recaps

Wow, 8 hours and 45 mins per day for 8 days. Now, within those 8 hours and 45 mins doesn’t that include your showers and bathroom breaks? Just because you go off duty doesn’t mean it stops your 14 hour clock. You get what I’m saying?

I’m asking this because I have an opportunity coming up that seems very promising, and pays a lot of money, but I just don’t think it’s possible. 4,200 - 4,400 miles in a 7-8 day period while running recaps.

No it doesn't include that time. Using 8 hours and 45 minutes per day leaves you 5 hours and 15 minutes of off duty time. If you cant eat, use the bathroom, shower and relax in up to 5 1/4 hours in addition to your mandatory 10 hour break you have serious problems. Off duty time doesn't stop the 14 hour clock but it doesn't count toward the 8 3/4 on duty/driving time either.

Personally I rarely run recaps as I don't like my workday dictated by how many hours I get back each day. Nor do I want to work 7 days a week.

Posted:  4 days, 12 hours ago

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Running on recaps

Hey guys. I have a few questions. If I want to run on recaps how many hours should should I actually be driving per day? In addition, what about the time I need each day to get fuel and bathroom breaks and godforbid I want to take a shower?

I’m trying to add all this up and it seems like I would go over 70 hours in an 8 day period. Can someone help me figure this out?

So if you have 70 hours ÷ 8 days = 8.75 Basically if you work 8.75 hours total on-duty and driving time combined you can work 7 days per week forever. Your daily total can be more or less but has to average out to no more than 8.75 per day for the 8 day period. Off duty time to shower, eat, potty etc doesn't count as it is off duty time.

Posted:  1 week, 1 day ago

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Bookmobile Librarian Turned Trucker??

Hello and welcome to the world of trucking. I'll add my 2 cents where I can.

1. The class B will only help in the comfort level with a larger vehicle. In the bus when you are backing up and want the back end to go left you turn the wheel to the left. In a semi when you want the trailer to go left you turn the wheel to the right.

2. At $60k now it shouldn't be a large paycut and depending where you work and how fast you learn the ropes and how hard you run you very well could be really close to or surpass that 60k. Although $45k-$60k is realistic for year one. Mostly it depends on you.

3. If you want to go out west just query the recruiters as to what their lanes are. Some are east of the Mississippi only but many are all the lower 48. Each company has their own regions they run. Some even do Canada and/or Mexico with a passport.

4. I don't know that any particular company pays better or worse based on where you live as they run all over the country. As long as you live within their hiring area your address shouldn't matter although if you live within a running lane they use quite often you might get more frequent hometime.

I live in my truck with my dog and have done so for a couple years now (well her for a year and a couple months or so). I too find that the solitary lifestyle suits me quite well. Hope it helps.

Posted:  1 week, 3 days ago

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5th wheel position and backing

Mikey suggests:

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Most people run it a couple holes back as 2 back seems to be the most aerodynamic putting less space between the tractor and trailer thereby reducing wind drag.

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Yes, but ....

When students are taking their CDL exam, they must state that there needs to be sufficient clearance between the landing gear and the back of the tractor so sharp turns can be made.

Moving the fifth wheel too far forward for that aerodynamic saving may cause damage between the landing gear and the mud flap bar in a sharp turn maneuver. After they get their CDL, they can do whatever they want.

Yep, they can put it all the way back if they want or all the way forward if they so chose. I recommend they place it wherever you think is best.

Posted:  1 week, 3 days ago

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5th wheel position and backing

So.. quick question. Does the positioning of the 5th wheel affect turning radius and how the trailer backs?

Not much on turning radius or backing, mostly moving the kingpin is for balancing the weight by axle. Most people run it a couple holes back as 2 back seems to be the most aerodynamic putting less space between the tractor and trailer thereby reducing wind drag. It can be moved forward or backward if needed if a load won't weigh legal after moving the trailer axle to a legal place. It can move weight off or on steer tire axle/drive axle. I have never had to move the kingpin in 2 years though. It should be a rare event if you need to.

Posted:  1 week, 4 days ago

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Finished orientation at the new company

Well, I finished today, got a truck assigned and am moving in right now. It's a smaller company but they seem to have their poop together. Oh, and I got a raise today as well. It's always nice to get a raise before you start!!!

Posted:  1 week, 4 days ago

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Erratic Sleep Schedule

Once the stress of working a 100 hours a week goes away you just might find your sleeping ability increases, day or night.

Posted:  1 week, 4 days ago

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Things Are Bad, Running Out of Time

All I can say I I wish you the best in the meeting. Good luck driver.

Posted:  1 week, 6 days ago

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Have taken advice - finally I know,I know please be gentle

Fantastic, study REALLY hard for the drug test and you just might pass.

Posted:  2 weeks ago

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Stocks and trucking: Have you guys ever researched or purchased sticks based on hauling more of a certain type of product recently?

I have actually. I was picking up/delivering a bunch of Wayfair loads almost always to nice big new warehouses. I started watching them when the price was around $106 a share. Then in march the bottom of the stock market dropped out. I bought Wayfair at $33 ps, it's currently around the $300 mark. Also scooped up iShares silver trust around $11 then sold at $26. Bed bath and beyond at $4.65 sold at $30, overstock.com at $5 sold at $79. Watched trends back when I worked at the post office also based on what was flowing through. Snapped up some netflix and a few others back in the day.

However, I wouldnt put to much faith in this system. I probably just got lucky...right place at the right time and such.

Posted:  2 weeks, 1 day ago

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Turning in 2 weeks notice driving OTR?

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I gave 2 weeks notice 2 weeks ago. I did so by sending it in to my DM. I ended up working 1 week and called it good. They sold my truck and it didnt make sense to swap trucks for one week. I start orientation on Wednesday at the new company. I felt bad about not staying both weeks but most give no notice.

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What's UP with everyone switching up here, lately?!?!? Banks, Doctor Who, now YOU ?!?!?!

Care to tell ?!?!?!? Whom ? (If it's posted elswhere, I missed it. I know, go figure with 'me,' right ?!?!? LoL...)

Must be 'SPRING CLEANING' time for drivers, hahaha!

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You're absoulutely right! I plan to put in my 2 weeks notice after being able to narrow my options down. The company I work for has local jobs in the Pacific NW area but I live in the Reno/Lake Tahoe area. The company has treated me well and if they did have anything in my area, I would definitely stay!

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Gotcha. Maybe when you 'do' mention your notice to them, however, they might come up with something . . . I've seen it happen; PJ (I believe) has, also. Things work like that, haha!

Best of luck either way; keep us (me!) posted if you can, please!

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~ Anne ~

Yeah Annie, I'm going with a smaller company in North Little Rock Arkansas called EOS. They run 250-300 trucks.

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By the way, if anyone uses this and goes there for a job, give my name as a referral!!!!

Posted:  2 weeks, 1 day ago

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Turning in 2 weeks notice driving OTR?

I gave 2 weeks notice 2 weeks ago. I did so by sending it in to my DM. I ended up working 1 week and called it good. They sold my truck and it didnt make sense to swap trucks for one week. I start orientation on Wednesday at the new company. I felt bad about not staying both weeks but most give no notice.

Posted:  2 weeks, 2 days ago

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Drug test/feel horrible.

If you didn't do anything wrong you have nothing to feel bad about. Relax.

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