Profile For Mikey B.

Mikey B.'s Info

  • Location:
    AR

  • Driving Status:
    Experienced Driver

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  • Joined Us:
    2 years, 9 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:  2 minutes ago

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Photos, oddball things

Correction please on brodys behalf, it’s chief Brody lol

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That's funny, I'd wager that the OSB was probably a more expensive repair than the fiberglass would have been...😂

Picked this trailer up a week or so ago. How long would you say this tire had been illegal in DOTs eyes?

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Now this was the tire beside it. They replaced it also but this could easily be missed if it were facing down. 0531919001623007543.jpg

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I gotta ask, Mikey B. , What IS that thing in the tire in the bottom picture ?!?!? Is that a plug/boot, not trimmed?

Just wondering. Man the inside tire, SHEESH!!!!! Good catch, man. How many 'lazies' overlooked that, I wonder ?!? SMH.

~ Anne ~

ps: Cap't Brody .... what's wrong with C & I ? Small company, but not 'too bad' on SMS . . . . ? I'm missing something, LoL.

pps: KH ... I'm saving that. Interesting!

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Anne, that's some kind of a bolt or something of the such. Freaking huge hole, they replaced the tire.

I believe the C & I truck was for bad drivers C&I...seeing eye...like the dog, cause they're blind.

Posted:  1 hour, 59 minutes ago

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New guy...Dumb questions

Hello Nick, welcome to the forum.

1. Socks, I drive in my socks. I dont wear shoes inside of my truck. Once at the customers I usually wear leather tennis shoes. Sometimes I wear flip flops at a truckstop but never while "on the clock" and a couple customers require steel toe boots, I have some sand colored Bates boots (not steel toe) I got off of Camp Robinson in Arkansas. They had extras from Iraq/Afghanistan so I got them for $10 and the customer doesn't check the toe so they're all good.

2. I listen to regular FM radio. Theres usually always something in range and I like almost any kind of music. I've considered getting satellite radio as I like talk radio as well but tend to find a fair amount on FM.

3. You can be routed to wherever you normally vote. You're required to have a physical address on your CDL so whatever address you use will probably be where you vote.

4. Absolutely, I've lived in my truck fulltime for over 2 years now. I also have a 54 pound pitbull terrier with me.

5 & 6. Drivers with a clean driving record are always in high demand. You make whatever you and the company agreed on per mile however how much you make rests on you, they can pay you for all miles but they cant make you run hard hence driving the miles.

7. It all sounds complicated but once you start doing it all of it makes sense. Someone will chime in explaining they hours better but basically you have 70 hours to work in 8 days. 14 hours max on duty per day. 11 of that 14 can be driving. You must take a 30 minute break withing 8 hours of driving. A 10 hour break resets your 14 hour daily clock. A 34 hour break resets your 70 hour clock.

Posted:  13 hours, 39 minutes ago

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So am I hired?

I sure as hell dont know if I am or not. Cr England is dumb. I am literally counting down the days until my contract is up.

I'm seriously thinking of just taking my CDL and running far far away. They say I'm hired but I'm not really? What kind of bull**** company is this? If they cant be straight up with me now how am I suppose to have any confidence in them? I dunno if I can do 9 months here.

Then again what if I leave now? Before my road training ends? I heard that I'm not liable for my contract if I leave now.. my buddy from class did that yesterday.

Oh, golly gee...a whole three weeks with the old meanie...Jesus Christ man, grow up. Grow a set of your own and stop relying on borrowing your buddy from classes set. We have a name for people like your buddy that are unhappy and try to bring everyone around them down with them....terminal rats. And we have a name for those that listen to them and follow....failures. You want to grab your CDL and run? By all means do it, with an attitude like that we don't need you out here anyway. You don't need confidence in the company, they are an established, very successful company with thousands of employees, WTF are you? They need confidence in YOU, after all, if you make the 3 whole weeks of training there are giving you the keys to a $150,000 truck to haul upward of a million dollars of freight and have to trust YOU to get it there on time AND safely.

I'd bet your trainers comment would be totally different. Something like this, "damn boss, I dont know if this guy's gonna make it, he whines and cries all the time, complains about me and gripes about the company, has some kind of fixation on his good buddy from class. Yeah boss, talks about leaving just like his buddy, he won't pay attention to the road or anything I tell him, he has gotten me so mad a few times I've actually yelled! He expects me to be comfortable enough to sleep while he is driving yet he acts like a blind 8 year old, yeah boss, I don't know about this one, he may be better off taking his CDL and running far, far away."

So, this has probably angered you and you probably want to log off and not come back, because that's the easy thing to do...or....you can man TF up and stop crying, apply yourself, stop running the company down, never mention your loser buddy from class again and get through training. What's it gonna be, crybaby terminal rat or successful professional driver?

Posted:  1 day, 7 hours ago

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Top 10 things you absolutely have to have in your truck

1. Common sense

2. Can do attitude.

Posted:  1 day, 12 hours ago

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Team driving - how Kroger sees it.

How actual team drivers see team driving.

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Posted:  3 days, 9 hours ago

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Friday Short Haul - Driver essay contest, safest fleets, JB Hunt's Waymo, ATA's climate change

I think I'll join the contest twice. I'll write to my essay in Arizona and I'll also write to my essay in Arkansas. They are both my best essays.

Posted:  3 days, 13 hours ago

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Would you get this changed

Absolutely, sidewalls aren't that thick to begin with. Can't tell how deep it is but I'd replace it.

Posted:  4 days, 1 hour ago

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Eye Candy

Although I wouldn't want one it does my heart good to see these old cab overs still on the road

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Posted:  6 days, 23 hours ago

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Load lock replacement

I had a Wayfair load once that left 12 load bars in the trailer.i told them but they didn't want them and wouldn't remove them. I ended up leaving them at the clean out dock at westrock in West Point Virginia. I had no place to put them and although I have a dozen straps on my truck I've yet to use one or a load bar/lock in 2 1/2 years. The load I just dropped at Molson Coors in Ohio had a strap GPI put on it and Coors left it in the trailer. I've even had the webbing straps left behind in my trailer, I just leave them in the trailer when I drop it.

Posted:  6 days, 23 hours ago

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Dad won’t let me start a career in trucking

no offense but u think i rely on them?? lol sorry but we’re not like u guys that when u turn 18 u decide to become independent, we still get advice from our parents somehow because they’ve experience thats the thing, ur opinion says i cant be dependent on this job?? lol we’ll see about that sir..

Theres a HUGE difference between a 25 year old talking with his dad and getting advice from him....and "I want to drive and my daddy won't let me." You've talked to him and his advice is not to drive. Thank him for his advice then get your CDL and drive a truck. Your dad gave his opinion, if you don't like it then do as you wish. You are an adult...act like it. Does mom and dad support you and give you money to live? I'm assuming you still live at home, time to grow up and do what YOU want, not what daddy wants for you. Seriously, do you not hear how that sounds when you comment here that at almost 26 your daddy won't let you drive a truck?

Posted:  1 week, 1 day ago

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Photos, oddball things

That's funny, I'd wager that the OSB was probably a more expensive repair than the fiberglass would have been...😂

Picked this trailer up a week or so ago. How long would you say this tire had been illegal in DOTs eyes?

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Now this was the tire beside it. They replaced it also but this could easily be missed if it were facing down. 0531919001623007543.jpg

Posted:  1 week, 3 days ago

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Heads up: Amazon Fulfillment Center FTW1, Dallas

Bwahhahaha, that's funny, I had taken a picture of that place once meaning to post it here but somehow deleted it while cleaning files. The line was literally a mile long. I've passed it a few times and it ALWAYS looks the same. I dont understand how anyone would purposely take a load at that place. The line is out their drive then down the road as far as the eye can see.

Posted:  1 week, 4 days ago

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Anyone nosy, read previous drivers outbox?

So basically what I wrote, have you ever gotten a new to you (used) truck assigned and read some of the previous drivers messages if they didn't clear them? My new truck had 39,000 miles. I was sitting at a shipper for 6 hours yesterday and got bored. It's amazing some of the messages and expectations people have. Since theres no way for anyone to know who he was I'll share a little of his logic and reason for quitting. He had been asking for months to run nothing but southern runs. Nowhere else, just the south. He complained that Indiana was not south. Considering this company only runs the east half of the USA, I think that was an unreasonable, unrealistic expectation. He was not hired as a dedicated route driver. We dont do New York or above and very little Florida. He had been assigned a load when he decided to quit and asked if they really wanted him to pick it up since he was quitting. Now I would have picked it up and delivered it with them knowing it would be my last or better yet I'd have given 2 weeks notice. What are your thoughts or experiences with this kind of stuff? Do you feel he was right or wrong to expect that kind of special treatment? In all fairness he was probably a lease purchase driver but I'm not sure about that part.

Posted:  1 week, 4 days ago

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Anyone else use a Garmin

Yep, bought a Garmin dezl 700. Using it for 2 months now. Works great, not a single problem yet.

Posted:  1 week, 5 days ago

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New Drivers. Get all your points

Plus, if you failed to give your loves card, if you still have the service receipt just call the # on the card and give them the info and they will credit your account.

Posted:  1 week, 5 days ago

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Postcards from the Road! (Post Yours Please!)

Now I didn't take this picture, it was on the website of a company I delivered to. Yes, they want the tandems slid on OUR trailers.

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Posted:  2 weeks ago

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Survey seeks answers to what drivers want from carriers

We all have different things that are important to us, to me I was happy with my recruiters, felt they were honest. In my first two years I took home time 5 times, 22 days total, and they screwed me once which cost me money for a non refundable motel room. I almost quit I was so mad but I pushed through and was glad I did. Twenty percent of the time missing hometime was not impressive. However, communication is a BIGGIE for me. If I send you a Qualcomm message, FFS, reply to me. I got quite frustrated, especially with night and weekend people not responding or taking several hours. My regular dispatcher was awesome, never had an issue. The biggest thing was having to sit overnight after driving past my delivery address because they wouldn't send me a Ryder T# for Target loads. I loved the Target loads but hated our company policy on drop #s, they wanted me to send a message when I was 30 miles out but history proved I had a 50/50 chance they'd never reply on nights and weekends. Not having an APU with idle limited to below 35° and over 75° also irritated me, try sleeping when its 74°s and no idle/no AC. They didnt want an inverter in the truck so no microwave either. (Although I put both in my truck) Basically no concern for driver comfort.

So basically

1. Lack of communication from dispatch.

2. No concern for driver comfort.

3. Lack of facilities (showers, laundry and a decent place to sit when getting service) at terminals.

4. Hometime being missed when they had a months notice.

5. Having to basically force them to pay breakdown, layover and detention pay. I gave up trying for the most part, getting $2.50-$10.00 in detention for 4-12 hours of sitting wasn't worth the aggravation. If you say it's part of my pay package I shouldn't have to fight you to get it.

6. Pay. You know when your company is cheap AF, if you have one of the highest turnover rates in the industry and the majority of that is due to low cpm then pay better. Although I personally did quite well with my last company I can't say that for many of their drivers. Drivers shouldn't have to be trainers to pay their bills.

7. Respect from dispatchers etc. Although I never had an issue, some people complain about being talked to like a dog, cussed etc.

2 months ago I switched companies, they pay me .18cpm more than my previous company (which I did not have any serious problems with them, if my pay had been better I'd probably still be with them, they had a recruiter call me a couple weeks ago offering me a .17cpm pay increase to come back, which I politely declined) plus I have an inverter, 3 foot tall fridge and APU in the truck. It's a smaller company so no real facilities at the one terminal yard but that's ok. All of the mechanical repairs and services are done off site at either their preferred mechanic shop down the road from the yard or on the road wherever we may be. Their trucks are in good repair, late model and well equipped. So far, 2 months in I am quite happy with my move.

Most of us have just a few items that are important to us, most of those items are fairly reasonable although you have the occasional driver with unrealistic and unreasonable expectations. Where else can you make $40,000-$120,000ish per year, live in their truck if you wish all with little to no higher learning, no degree needed but welcome if you have it, be able to do this regardless of race, age or sex all for great money and an easy job physically? If the companies with high turnover rates would look at these lists, there's only a few items they'd have to follow through with and they could reduce the turnover rate and driver shortages drastically. JMHO of course but seriously, how hard can it be to read the exact same issues on basically every single study of the problem then implement positive changes to address the issues? You can't please everyone but you can make serious headway towards pleasing the majority of people.

Posted:  2 weeks, 4 days ago

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Yet another truck swap

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Wow, NICE, Mikey !!!

Guess it was WORTH the work of the cleanout / swap time, eh?

~ Anne ~

ps: Guess I missed the memo that you were switching companies. (Care to share?!?)

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No, you just don't remember.

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Wow, NICE, Mikey !!!

Guess it was WORTH the work of the cleanout / swap time, eh?

~ Anne ~

ps: Guess I missed the memo that you were switching companies. (Care to share?!?)

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Yes, I had to come to this company because They make trucking sexy.

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A.) Hmmmm... I usually DO. Gonna make me do 'research?' LOL... age .. ya know?!?

B.) Dangit, I've SEEN THAT AD and sure can't remember the company name! Well, keep ON w/ your good ole' sexy self, MIKEY~!!!

C.) aka: ps: (Would they hire my Tom? I want "sexy BACK," HAHAHA!!)

Sexy Back!

~ Anne ~

I went to EOS almost 2 months ago. They're out of Little Rock Arkansas.

Posted:  2 weeks, 4 days ago

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Yet another truck swap

Wow, NICE, Mikey !!!

Guess it was WORTH the work of the cleanout / swap time, eh?

~ Anne ~

ps: Guess I missed the memo that you were switching companies. (Care to share?!?)

No, you just don't remember.

Wow, NICE, Mikey !!!

Guess it was WORTH the work of the cleanout / swap time, eh?

~ Anne ~

ps: Guess I missed the memo that you were switching companies. (Care to share?!?)

Yes, I had to come to this company because They make trucking sexy.

Posted:  2 weeks, 4 days ago

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Photos, oddball things

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This was on a wall at the parking structures ground floor of a casino I was at recently. It's as it looks, just a solid concrete wall. Obviously they had an issue with people driving into it or they wouldnt have had to do this. People are dumb sometimes...or drunk... Smh.

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