Profile For Seabee-J

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  • Location:
    Huntington, NY

  • Driving Status:
    Considering A Career

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  • Joined Us:
    1 year, 5 months ago

Seabee-J's Bio

Navy Reservist Equipment Operator /PT Transit driver. Class B CDL w PSNWMHX endorsements . Currently training for Private Pilot liscence . Avid traveler .

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Posted:  2 months, 3 weeks ago

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Current class B driver considering a class A career

Class A training vs Class B is quite different in scope and depth. There is simply just more aspects involved with the A training which leads to longer programs and higher costs. You can pay a private school for a B and likely find a job quickly depending on what you'd like to do be it Concrete hauling aka ready mix , auto wrecking , Bus driving ( which is what I do , btw there are quite a few different types of this just like in trucking . You can also do local straight job deliveries in box or flatbed. Some of these pay well and most are by the hour but they are a lot of physical work and usually are long days as well not unlike OTR . Remember class A is usually more of a lifestyle at least in the beginning.

Posted:  5 months ago

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What is your favorite trucking movie?

Duel for sure , Maximum overdrive as well .Convoy is one also . I even like the 97 tv movie Trucks which is really just Maximum Overdrive lite but still cool .

Posted:  5 months, 3 weeks ago

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I survived one year of trucking

Congrats , that's awesome , I don't think most people understand the difficulty of food service with the hours and hands on work involved. It's a great accomplishment and character building milestone.

Posted:  5 months, 3 weeks ago

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Dry-Van vs. Reefer

Not an OTR Driver myself but from everything I've researched and heard Reefer generally does longer runs and will go coast to coast, especially CA . I dont know if it'll mean more miles overall as you'll do more waiting than dry van on average but when you run its usually longer .

Posted:  6 months ago

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Stolen Trailer

Well, I guess that's what insurance is for sucks though .

Posted:  6 months ago

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CDL B Local

Make sure you get an updated medical card so you can have your cdl status active . You may have to do a refresher course for the A depending on what job you are seeking.

Posted:  6 months ago

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CDL B Local

You could look into driving a mixer or dump trucks for a construction outfit though winter work may be slow . I believe mixers require a N endorsement for tankers in NY , not sure about your state . You could also look into tow truck operations as well .

Posted:  6 months ago

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Wondering.

You sure can in NY , but I say take a few at once, who really wants to make more trips to the DMV than necessary ?

Posted:  6 months, 1 week ago

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Backing help needed: turning front vs. back of trailer

I second that thought , being a GA pilot myself. As long as nothing gets broken or someone gets hurts your good , like all the vet drivers here say GOAL and take time . I too struggle with frustration wanting to excel quickly .

Posted:  6 months, 1 week ago

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Backing help needed: turning front vs. back of trailer

Using a die cast model is a great a idea , I use that method and it really helps to understand what's going on and helps you visualize what to do with the different angles and how it will react. Spot on tip .

Posted:  7 months ago

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Which High Road sections?

The Combination vehicles section, Doubes and Triples is worth a look as well.

Posted:  8 months, 1 week ago

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Is This List Of Companies That Offer Paid CDL Training Complete?

ABF has recently started their own Driver Development Program for those with no experience. Its 6 weeks long and is one on one training. You need to get your N T and H endorsements but is open to A permit holders with clean background and solid MVR.

Posted:  8 months, 2 weeks ago

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Ready Mix Truck Drivers

For Ready mix trucks you may need to get a Tanker /N endorsement from what I've come across quite a few companies require it for those type of trucks.

Posted:  8 months, 3 weeks ago

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How best to prepare for Maine Class B exam?

Dave , use The High Road Training Program right here on this site,its got everything you need and then some for your tests, you could get the book but this is FAR superior.

Posted:  8 months, 3 weeks ago

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Company Recommendations In South Florida?

You could inquire at CRST . I believe they might fit your needs if you are looking to team and get a good start. I have asked around and heard they will accept drivers in FLA not sure if the whole state but worth the attempt.

Posted:  8 months, 4 weeks ago

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Length

Possibly were you mistaken for three 28's ? I know that is common in the western states.

Posted:  8 months, 4 weeks ago

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Length

Three 53's , in the US ? wow I didnt think that was legal myself This must've been out west Im assuming. Thats Aussie styles . Roughly 170' overall , badass !

Posted:  9 months ago

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What Would You Do In This Situation?

I was always taught in my Bus training to put 4 ways on then slow down to a complete stop open my doors ( if in a school bus , not Transit ) look both directions twice and listen then close door if necessary and proceed across, after crossing turn off 4 ways . I was also told by a few instructors and vet drivers to have space enough for your vehicle plus a third on the other side .

Posted:  9 months ago

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Tractors, Class 7 and 8, never seen (or hardly ever seen) in America anymore by me.

Hey Bruce , I got a chance to operate a Scania and Hyundai while on duty and can say that the blind spots in front are much smaller if practically nil compared to any US conventional as well as much shorter wheel bases so turning radius is lot tighter. You do sit a bit higher as well which gives a nominal advantage in traffic . I drive transit buses with flat fronts as well so I'm more used to it than the curb sniffers but they are a bit on the cramped side and getting in and out is a little more difficult.

Posted:  9 months ago

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Fatality Due to Apparently Improperly Secured Flatbed Load

That's scary and sad , It goes to show how important knowing your load securment rules are and what can happen. I am impressed that he was still getting it done at 76 an age where most need help getting in and out of a car and he was flat bedding. Such a shame to go out that way .

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