Profile For Solo

Solo's Info

  • Location:
    Des Moines, IA

  • Driving Status:
    Rookie Solo Driver

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  • Joined Us:
    5 months, 3 weeks ago

Solo's Bio

40, Single, no kids, and ready to go OTR.

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Posted:  1 day, 22 hours ago

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Want to know why there are bad trailers out there?

Take care of your business, professionally, reliably, and safe.

Can't get it done much better, professionally, reliably, or safer than off the clock on a 34, in a well lit, open parking lot where no other trailer can block access to my trailer with enough notice so that I can drive safely down the road to my con.

But every day is a learning lesson, which I like.

Posted:  1 day, 22 hours ago

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Want to know why there are bad trailers out there?

Honestly, I’d have loaded Monday, then planned on getting it fixed that evening on my ten hour break.

That's what I did here, but instead of trying to have it addressed on my 10, I gave them an extra 24 hours to address it.

Posted:  1 day, 23 hours ago

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Want to know why there are bad trailers out there?

Here is one of the photos I sent to road repair.

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Either way, I'm being routed to a Fontaine dealership after I make delivery on Monday that will hopefully be able to address the electrical short and replace the failing tires.

Who knows how long that all could take, but I know it would be a moot point if it was taken care of today or tomorrow and instead of not being productive Monday pm by going to my next shipper, I'll be on the clock at a shop.

Oh well, such is life.

Posted:  2 days ago

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Want to know why there are bad trailers out there?

Goodyear guy came and left.

Said he can't address the lights w/o removing the underbelly of the trailer which could take as much as 6 hours.

Said I need 4 trailer tires replaced and that one of them will let go at any time now.

While he was here I lost a 3rd marker light, which means the short is making its rounds around the trailer.

Also said he sees companies make bad decisions all the time every day and why we see so many retreads spread around the interstate.

Going forward, I'll, unfortunately, have to be reactive instead of proactive (which means screwing the guy behind me, but fully understanding why I get a bag of ****...the driver before me chose to make the same choice). That's what I've taken away from this particular situation.

Posted:  2 days, 2 hours ago

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Want to know why there are bad trailers out there?

They are sending road repair out to replace 2 lights...from Goodyear. A tire guy/road service from Goodyear has been dispatched to replace 2 trailer running lights that aren't a safety or DOT issue (I removed the lights from the trailer and duct taped the pigtails inside the rub rail).

The two tire re-treads letting go on my 300-mile drive to my consignee tomorrow are both DOT and safety issues that won't be addressed until Monday.

Posted:  2 days, 2 hours ago

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Flatbed Variety

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My current load. A short 2 stop load up into West Virginia.

Cute little guys.

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My current load:

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Posted:  2 days, 2 hours ago

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Flatbed Variety

My current load. A short 2 stop load up into West Virginia.

Cute little guys.

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My current load:

Posted:  2 days, 2 hours ago

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Want to know why there are bad trailers out there?

Well, I'm just finding out.

So I have a trailer w/ market lights that went out the other night. No biggie. I just simply removed them so they wouldn't be a DOT issue. I also have 2 trailer tires (same bud rim) that have retreads coming off that need replacing.

I thought I would take PREVENTIVE measures and send in macros to have both issues addressed while on my 34. This way there's no impact to a shipper or a consignee or my clock in any way.

Nope, since the tires aren't flat, I need to roll into a shop...meaning I will lose 1 load worth of rev to the truck and lose time on my clock deadheading to a tire shop Monday after delivery.

I was told that the policy of this Pilot was they won't allow a competitor tire shop on the grounds. I walk into the Pilot and ask to speak to their manager on duty. A very nice lady (mgr) said they have no shop on site and no such policy. That I can have anyone come on grounds and have anything repaired.

I relay this back to my road repair...and the truth comes out. They prefer to not pay for a mobile repair if the truck can roll into a shop, which I understand (If I was on the clock).

So this is where my greenhorn status needs to be given a lesson. So the cost of mobile tire repair WOULDN'T be absorbed in a load? I'll miss a load of rev to the truck since I'll now need to go to a tire shop Monday afternoon (and not to a shipper).

Here's the kicker. They said they can't send a vendor to the pilot due to no-compete policy, but they're sending a vendor to the pilot to fix my trailer lights. Want to guess where this vendor is coming from? GOODYEAR! A TIRE GUY IS COMING TO REPLACE MY LIGHTS BUT NOT MY TIRES!

The lights aren't even a DOT issue anymore since I removed them and in fact, would only be an aesthetic issue at this point. Hardly worth the cost of weekend mobile dispatch.

The tires letting go during my 300-mile drive to my consignee tomorrow COULD be an issue to way more than just the cost of replacing the tires where I set now.

Veterans, help me to try and understand what I'm clearly too new to see.

TL:DR

Wanted to take preventive measures to address issues with my trailer. Company RR wants to do them during the work week and not during my 34 reset. I find out why drivers wait for catastrophic failures before contacting road repair, and not take preventive measures. If they're going to lose money/clock, they may as well wait for whatever the issue is to physically keep them from moving.

Posted:  2 days, 5 hours ago

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Moving while out of hours?

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I busted my clock the other night by 1 min and sent a macro in to justify the bust.

Just to find out we have a 30min grace.

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Solo, is that 30 min grace period unique to your company or industry wide?

Just to TMC.

Posted:  2 days, 14 hours ago

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TMC CDL (in-house) training day 1

I see you’ve mentioned being governed at 62 mph twice here. Believe it or not, that’s not a handicap, I choose to drive 62. Last week did seven loads and 3000+ miles. What will get you ahead in flatbed is learning to be efficient when it comes to strapping and tarping. When you can do a load in forty-five minutes that used to take you two hours, the speed you drive is irrelevant. Plus on days where you are driving all day, notice how often those pete’s that are doing eighty pass you, they’re not getting much further down the road than you.

On a side note, I can’t believe that’s the fuel mileage you guys get!! All that chrome must be heavy. 😁

After 3 weeks of being Solo, your post couldn't be more accurate.

Speeding up the truck won't get me the time I seek, it will be speeding up my securement via safe/efficient processes that will get me that VERY important extra 45m-1hr back on my clock.

I'd GLADLY take having the ability to be faster (while maintaining safety and meeting TMC standards) than being able to drive the truck faster than 62mph.

Heck, I'd take 58mph, if I could shave 50% of my time off at a shipper/con.

Posted:  2 days, 14 hours ago

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TMC CDL (in-house) training day 1

Trust me, everyday is a learning experience.

Reading back through my diary, I came across this reply again and wanted to state that the above is true. Quite literally I'm learning something brand new every day and it's all important lessons that need to be learned.

NOW what I look forward to is the practical application of whatever I've recently learned, but going to new shippers and consignees every day hasn't really afforded me that option, but glad I'm being exposed to all these different scenarios that aren't the same as any from my 5 weeks of training w/ my trainer.

Posted:  2 days, 17 hours ago

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Why would anyone park like this?

That’s one cluster I wish we could see from 360 degrees and get the backstory on how that guy ended up in such a mess. That’s a bad one. Near the top of the “Don’t Be That Guy” list.wtf-2.gif

"Make your next legal u-turn"

Ok, hold my beer

Posted:  2 days, 17 hours ago

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Springfield, IL Walmart Bans Trucks Entirely After City Issues $50k In Fines!

Thankfully nobody woke me up last night at the Hannibal, MO Walmart. A great nights sleep and a beautiful sunrise.

Posted:  2 days, 18 hours ago

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Swift offer

Okay, cool. Lots of options for Swift Dedicated accounts.

Walmart, Target, Quaker, Weyerhaeuser, Kohl’s...etc., etc. I’ve been running Walmart in the NE for almost 6 years now. Happy to offer input if you need it.

Good luck.

Took a lumber load from them out of Idabel, OK last week.

That tarping station also kicked my ass. Every day is a learning lesson.

Also, that OK Turnpike caused some of the lumber to start walking out the backside of the load.

Posted:  2 days, 18 hours ago

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All those O/O's making "so much money"

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That is one of the first times an article referenced a solid realistic number for O/O pay. They usually use nombers like $260,000.00 per year. Lots of people do not know that GROSS number is nowhere near net pay. Owner operators have HUGE overhead. Just think about the price of fuel you use as a Company Driver alone!

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That's one of the metrics I'm tracking to compare my first year, the amount of fuel I'm costing my company.

They take 25% off the top to cover their operating expenses, then I get my % of the remaining Rev TTT...but I swear, we're authorized 250 gallons a day, and I'm starting to believe I live at fuel islands. These company margins have to be paper thin at times.

Just did the numbers and 14.17% of the total money (to include the 25% TMC takes off the top to cover operating costs) this truck has generated in my first 3 weeks, has been spent on fuel/DEF.

Posted:  2 days, 18 hours ago

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All those O/O's making "so much money"

That is one of the first times an article referenced a solid realistic number for O/O pay. They usually use nombers like $260,000.00 per year. Lots of people do not know that GROSS number is nowhere near net pay. Owner operators have HUGE overhead. Just think about the price of fuel you use as a Company Driver alone!

That's one of the metrics I'm tracking to compare my first year, the amount of fuel I'm costing my company.

They take 25% off the top to cover their operating expenses, then I get my % of the remaining Rev TTT...but I swear, we're authorized 250 gallons a day, and I'm starting to believe I live at fuel islands. These company margins have to be paper thin at times.

Posted:  2 days, 18 hours ago

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Moving while out of hours?

I busted my clock the other night by 1 min and sent a macro in to justify the bust.

Just to find out we have a 30min grace.

Posted:  2 days, 18 hours ago

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New Truck

I was excited because I was issued what I thought was a brand new 2019 truck because it hadn't even been issued its tags or NY Hut sticker. Well, I got the tags, sticker, and registration this past weekend and found out it's not a 2019.

It's a 2020!

Posted:  3 days, 5 hours ago

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Per diem during new driver training?

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Mine does, and it's not subtracted out of my % pay.

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Thanks Solo. I generalized there. I should have said, The overwhelming majority of Trucking Companies.

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That's my understanding also.

I'd be willing to throw my unprofessional tax/trucking company .02 in and say that per diem does help the driver, and of course it helps the company in a lot of ways, but my understanding is that some offer it still as a recruitment tool.

Either way, I look forward to seeing it impacts for next years filing.

Posted:  3 days, 6 hours ago

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Dave Ramsey podcast

Dave was a key player to me getting out of debt.

The ol' snowball.

Didn't much care for him as a neighbor as his 3x20' front windows would superheat my apartment each day.

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