Profile For Bill R.

Bill R.'s Info

  • Location:
    Nashville, TN

  • Driving Status:
    Considering A Career

  • Social Link:
    Bill R. On The Web

  • Joined Us:
    8 months ago

Bill R.'s Bio

I'm winding down a 40 year career in health care. Planning to start driving next year, when my youngest graduates college (I'd go now, but the current job covers her tuition...chunk of change you can't pass up...) Background: Grew up on a farm in north Mississippi. Learned how to work and take responsibility for what I had to do. Hard work at times, but good memories. Started college...not really knowing what I wanted to do. Started in "Pre - "insert major here)". Wound up switching to registered nursing and haven't looked back. I've worked just about every job in a hospital for a nurse, mostly ICU of some kind or in the Emergency Rooms, I did both Adult and Pediatrics. Moved to Nashville in 1987 and I've been at the same hospital since then, with one break when my schedule needs changed and my wife (she's a nurse, too) said "Well mine isn't, so you'll have to find a new job"...got back in 1999. I've been married to the most wonderful woman I know for 35 years...(hey, she puts up with me). 4 children (2 boys and 2 girls) and 2 grand-daughters.

Why did I decide to look into Trucking... I do have some experience second hand from my teens/early twenty's. My high-school girl-friend's Dad drove a team rig OTR for Kimberly Clark out of Memphis, TN. Weekly trips, usually home every weekend. He really enjoyed his work. Friend of mine's family raised beef cattle. They had a cab-over Mack and trailer. I rode on several trips with him, hauling cattle. Never got to drive but took it all in. Drove a school bus during college for 2 years, 5 speed granny with air brakes. I had a 67 mile one way trip, longest one they ran.

So here I sit one day talking with the kids about what I would like to do when I slow down from working healthcare. Do I want to do retail (Home Depot or Publix)?...Just something to keep me busy and make a bit of money. I really want to travel and see the country, but that could get expensive.... One of the boys says "Heck, Dad, as much as you like driving on trips, why don't you drive a ruck!??.... Ding, Ding, Ding....!!! "Road Trip" is one of my favorite terms...I frequently take 500 mile "day" rides on my motorcycle. I drive instead of flying by choice. So here I am, reading everything I can find on trucking and making it a new career. I'm learning a lot and some of my ideas on how this might go have been confirmed and squashed...good things.

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Posted:  2 weeks, 4 days ago

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Smallest/lightest load you have hauled?

Well, haven't hauled anything, yet....smile.gif

I passed an Averitt Express flat bed on I-40 West out of Nashville the other day.
He had 1 electrical transformer on a pallet, the size that you see in neighborhoods. He had it sitting over the drives, 2 straps.
Bill

Posted:  1 month, 1 week ago

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13 Things I Wish I Knew Before I Became a Long-Haul Truck Driver

G-Town wrote:

Sorry I can’t agree, the majority of the article (surprisingly) is quite truthful and accurate. And chances are; there were additional details qualifying things like “driver shortage” that were edited-out.

Normally, I wouldn't read anything from Cosmopolitan, either.
I have to agree with G-Town on this one, though.

Read the whole article and it pretty much tells everything I've alrady gleaned from reading through Trucking Truth. No fluff, no drama, just some good facts.

I guess this one falls into "Don't judge a book by the cover"...
Bill R.

Posted:  2 months, 2 weeks ago

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Coming to a complete stop

NeeklODN said...

I'm waiting at a shipper. Popcorn at the ready.

Mmmm...popcorn....And a very large col' drank...in my deeply Southern accent... dancing-dog.gif

Posted:  2 months, 2 weeks ago

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Swinging Doors

I bet that is kinda disconcerting when looking back and seeing all that trailer wall.embarrassed.gif

Great that you'll have time to visit your daughter. Hope you get there safely and have good weather.
Bill

Posted:  2 months, 3 weeks ago

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Question for downhill driving with an automatic?

Tractor Man wrote:
I use the "safe speed" formula. For example: If I have determined my safe speed to be 45 mph, I choose a gear and engine brake setting that will actually keep me below my safe speed.
once I reach 40 mph i will briefly push the accelerator to release the engine brake, get back up to 45 mph, then let the engine braking slow me back down to 40 mph. I rarely use the service brakes when going down hill.

Tractor,
Excellent advice. Putting this one in the helpful hint file. I've done the same thing in my personal vehicle, but it has never crossed my mind when thinking over CMV driving.
Bill R.

Posted:  2 months, 3 weeks ago

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The end of an adventure, and how Prime is helping me begin another.

Turtle said:

However, I grossly underestimated the strength of us missing them.

Turtle,
I'm right there with you, man. My 1st grandbaby is in Wisconsin (we get up there every 3-4 months) and it's looking like #2 will eventually wind up on the Gulf Coast. Hoping OTR can get me some loads in the vicinity for a short visit or reset once in a while.

Seems like you really have a great thing going there with the new direction at Prime. Wishing you all the best.

Really appreaciate all these positive examples that show what can be done in trucking when you apply yourself and do a great job.


Bill R.

Posted:  2 months, 3 weeks ago

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From The Corporate Environment To Trucking

Brett,
I would really like to read something like this, especially as it is exactly where I'm sitting right now...coporate job and politics getting older by the minute...looking for something new.

G-Town,
Excellent response, as usual. Great questions/responses to get one thinking over this new career change we are considering.

I'm in a very similar situation to TXGooner with family and money (college tuition), but I do have an end point in sight when my daughter graduates next year. Family is supportive and understand what I am hoping to do with the new career. I just have to stick it out that long.

Getting my patience and humility practice in...don't tell 'em what I think. Just get the job done and make sure my customers are receiving great service from the work I do.

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Looking forward to more replies and the article, eventually.
Bill R.

Posted:  3 months ago

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How Can Truckers Protect Themselves From Being Attacked On The Road? Article by Rainy

PackRat said:

If I’m ever parked close by, I’m going to jump up on the running boards, then tap Morse coded messages to you through the back of the sleeper.

I'll help!!! rofl-1.gifrofl-2.gif

Rainy, Great article, BTB...
Thanks,
Bill R

Posted:  3 months, 2 weeks ago

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Question for you men.....

I've been working with mostly women (Hospital nursing) for 40 years...after all I've heard and witnessed, "I'm just "one of the girls"...thank-you.gif Write on, looking forward to the read. Bill R

Posted:  5 months, 2 weeks ago

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Buuurrrrr, It's Cold Up Here!

I had one stop in Pella,IA and one in Wasau, WI for today. Man, I don't know how you folks do it up here. Get me back to Texas - I wasn't made for this kind of weather!

Old School, I hear ya'.
We've been in Prairie du Sac, WI; visiting our granddaughter...talk about timing. Stayed 3 nights. Last 2 getting up every 3-4 hours to start the car and keep the battery alive.
-33 degrees when we left this morning (Thursday 0400). Back to Nashville at 1500...+43 F...balmy.
This old Mississippi boy didn't appreciate that cold.
Stay warm and safe out there.
Bill R

Posted:  5 months, 3 weeks ago

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Help your fellow driver

I look for my supply of bungee cords to help him secure it from flopping in the wind, can't find the things in this disorganized mess of a non-storage truck of mine, but I did find a cheap dollar store extension cord I let students use to be able to charge their phones or laptops in the upper bunk.

Love that, Susan.
My favorite: "Duck" tape, baling wire and Vice Grips...a redneck never leaves home without some in the toobox....
So refreshing to read stories of helping, instead of heckling...well, heckling is fun to...as long as nobody gets hurt...smile.gif
Bill R

Posted:  5 months, 3 weeks ago

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So this happened

What ya want to know brother? There is a lot to know and being that I haven't even started on my own, I've only just begun to scratch the surface.

Anything you want to throw in here. smile.gif
Loading/unloading, how to you place the vehicles for multiple stops/pick-ups, etc.
I see the haulers going down the road and wonder those things all the time.
Learning so much on Trucking Truth...the more the merrier.thank-you.gif
Bill R

Posted:  6 months ago

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So this happened

Dude it's amazing. I was seriously questioning my decision to haul cars the first week but my second week has put my mind at ease. We have a great trainer who has been hauling cars for over 30 years and he is a great teacher. Once he broke it down to its simplest form, I immediately started to understand just how it works.

JuiceBox,
Post up some more info when you can. Always been interested in how the car haulers did all the stuff that's involved.
Glad you're enjoying the work. Bill R

Posted:  6 months ago

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Help your fellow driver

Turtle,
Great use for an old trick...I stopped smoking years ago....gotta remember to keep a lighter handy, like Rainy said.
Extra good to help a person out. We're all to quick to "look the other way" when we see someone who needs help.
You and Mrs. Turtle stay safe in this weather.
Bill R

Posted:  6 months, 1 week ago

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Got To Get A Sleep Study Done

Thread hijack....

Rainy wrote:

When i was 18 i saw a video of how they did the surgery and said oh helllllll no.

Honestly, i dont have headahces or back aches or anything. I probably will later in life though.

In one of my previous existenses in my nursing career....I did insurance reviews for a major company. One day, I received a package from a physicians office...labeled "Photos, do not bend". Opened it up, cover letter said this was a request to cover a surgical procedure and supporting documentation and photos were included....

Plopped out the photos and immediately went into "Oh my goodness" mode...shocked.png

Turns out when you want to have a breast reduction, you have to send in "before" photos to demonstrate the problems...I think I made a couple of gasps and said a few choice words....

Now, understand I'm working with a bunch of women and my face was red as a brick....they didn't let me live that one down for several days....

Back to the original topic:
In the gym working on losing extra pounds now. Already feeling some better. Hoping I don't have to do the CPAP thingy.
Thanks for the giggles.
Bill

Posted:  6 months, 3 weeks ago

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Unlaminate an SS card

Good one Michael S.!

I lost a wallet when about 17. Replaced the SS card and put clear packaging tape over it. It's the only reason I still have it some 40+ years later.

Mine was a fishing "accident" around the same time...fell out of a canoe while floating a local river when the kids were little...we were going under a low tree limb and they scooted over to one side to duck under the twigs...
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wallet drenched, I managed to dry out the card and thought "hey, packing tape will keep this all together"...anyways, I'll be heading to the local SS office and get a new one.
Bill R

Posted:  7 months ago

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Question on load and hometime

Excellent question and responses. This has been on my list to check out.
My grandkids are in different cities and I was wondering if it would work to catch a 34hr reset for a visit.
If possible, grab a load going near their homes and pay a visit.
Bill

Posted:  7 months, 1 week ago

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Why I continue to frequent this site (aside from the wealth of information)...

Yup, fully agree. Those 2 items are the biggest reasons I joined up and continue to read and learn.
Thanks to all the moderators and experienced members who set it straight for us who are just starting out.
Bill

Posted:  7 months, 1 week ago

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Professionalism

As a result I was treated to a view of the rare 1 PM "full moon". You can't un-see something like that. A little part of me died that day.

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RAOFLMAO....thank you!!!!
my wife wants to know what I'm grinning at on the computer....
Bill

Posted:  7 months, 1 week ago

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Which Companies Hire New Graduates straight out of CDL School ?

I'm starting a local CDL School on Monday and researching all I can about future employment.

Which school are you attending? Let us know how it goes.

Bill

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