Profile For Wanderlost

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    4 months, 1 week ago

Wanderlost's Bio

Total noob

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Posted:  1 month, 2 weeks ago

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Espar bunk heater stops working

Thank you. Will just have to wait to get it checked out by maintenance.

Posted:  1 month, 2 weeks ago

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Espar bunk heater stops working

Hi there! We already have an issue with the idle override on our 2019 International LT not working. Were told 2 weeks ago it would be “5-7 days” until it could get in the shop and were told to use the bunk heater. No problem. It worked great. The last few nights, the heater has either stopped working part way through the night and one night (in the middle of a blizzard in NY with -30 wind chills) it didn’t work at all. During the day it works fine. We don’t crank it up. We start it at around 75 and work it to 80. I thought it was because the battery went below 12v of charge since it was 11.7v last night but after charging back up, it only stayed on one cycle before shutting off again. I hear the pump working, the fan comes on. It cycles 2-3 times and then gives the “no flame” error. The truck and heating unit are brand new. (6300 miles). Any suggestions? I’m guessing maybe the fuel is gel-ing enough that it’s not making it through the lines but not sure. It’s only been the last few days with the bitter cold that we’ve had issues and again, during the day, it runs fine. Would wrapping the lines with some insulating tape help? Thanks!

Posted:  1 month, 3 weeks ago

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*sigh* Western Express

I retract. And allow me to clarify. First, I’m not the driver. I’m the rider, looking for info when we seemingly can’t get answers from the people who are supposed to have them.

He DID know what he was SUPPOSED to get paid. But he was SUPPOSED to be OTR and when he completed training they said “oops! No OTR trucks. But we have BRAND NEW regional trucks if you want to switch over!” Which he did. They told him what he should be making and this was his first paycheck AFTER training. Thus, the confusion about what happened.

Thankfully got a hold of a lovely lady in payroll, who explained what happened (she saw right away) and got it straightened out.

What happened was, he rode one run with another OTR driver to get to the terminal to get their trucks. So technically the run was a “team” run. If you run even just one load as a “team” it removes your “pay package” as a solo driver. So all his miles last week were paid at the team rate. Good to know. As far as knowing it was a “bad” company and still signing on with them, lots of reasons and an understanding that we were going to run our hineys off because you get what you put in. We ignored all of the “bad” press and went in with an open mind. There have been a LOT of other issues outside of this one but all were manageable. However, when you start messing with a man’s pay, that’s when things need to get straightened out. Which they were. Overall, we’ve had a good experience and have run decent this week. Trust me, no “whining” newbie stuff here. He’s an experienced driver who was out of the industry for a few years to be at home with his family and since got recertified and is now building up his recent experience time. The guy he rode down with had the same issues. All resolved and everything appears to be on track. Sorry if it sounded “whiney” or “complainey”. I was just looking for insight and experience, if anyone had any. So feel free to delete the thread if you think it’s inappropriate. Thanks for the feedback. Stay safe!

Posted:  1 month, 3 weeks ago

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*sigh* Western Express

Need I say more? Smh.

Paid today. 0.17/mile. What the actual heck?

Send message to DM. His response? “Your rate depends on what the customer pays”. Really? That’s news to me. So ALL the customers we delivered to last week ONLY paid 0.17/mile? Did we get the LEAST paying loads ALL last week?

Just unreal. I knew this company was bad. Didn’t realize it was THIS bad. At this rate, we will be paying them to work. Counting down the months until we can go somewhere else.

Posted:  4 months ago

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Best Coast-to-Coast Companies

Already confirmed rider and pet policy. Definitely would NOT be quitting my job and selling the farm if I didn’t have that information.

Be sure that wherever you go allows both riders and pets find out what the pet restrictions are because many companies limit it to one pet and up to a certain weight. also, pet fees differ from company to company.

good luck

Posted:  4 months ago

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Best Coast-to-Coast Companies

Thank you all for your feedback. After doing lots and LOTS of reading (thanks for the recs) I’ve come to the conclusion that becoming part of a team is not for us. For all the reasons you mentioned.

So it looks like me and our dogs will be riding along side my significant other with Western Express. Reefers.

I’ll be giving my notice at work on Monday and now begins the mad dash to liquidate our apartment and belongings by Christmas.

Not sure if he’ll end up on one of their new trucks, but we will see.

This will either make us or break us. I’m not afraid to get left at a truck stop but also not afraid to drive through Vegas and make it official. Whichever way it goes, I’m ready.

Thanks again!

Posted:  4 months, 1 week ago

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Best Coast-to-Coast Companies

Just wait till Rainy wakes up! There are many women holding that steering wheel. All "types". It's not a matter of gender but it is up to each person to know and understand the trucking lifestyle. In some ways it's not easy, but many will agree with this:

I don’t doubt it! My dad also discouraged me from going into the elevator industry. What can I say? I’m drawn to tough jobs where your hard work actually pays off. I’m salary now. Busting my biscuits every day. On call 24/7/365 with the whole building resting on my license. Umm. No. I’m all set with this.

But anyway, my "heads up" for pairs of drivers who want to team: The Good news is you'll be together a lot. The Bad news is you'll be together a lot!

I lol’d. That is the DARN truth. And trust me, riding will be the test of whether this is not only for ME, but for US. I am fully prepared to end up stranded in some God-forsaken truck stop parking lot simply for looking at him cross-eyed on the wrong day. Thank you all for the recommendations. I love to read. :)

Posted:  4 months, 1 week ago

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Best Coast-to-Coast Companies

Hi there!

I’ve been lurking for a few weeks and finally have a request of my own.

I’m looking for information about companies that travel coast-to-coast.

We’re giving up all the worldly goods and looking for something that will keep us on the road (regular home time not required).

My boyfriend is the driver and I’d be a rider for now. I always wanted to drive but my father squashed that. “Trucking is no place for a woman!” *eyeball roll* So I went into nursing instead.

Queue midlife crisis and the requisite career change. I’d like to ride and get a feel for the job and lifestyle before committing to getting my license. If it’s for me, we’d eventually like to run teams. I think. Maybe. If not,

Anyway, any information would be appreciated.

Thank you!

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