Profile For Seabee-J

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  • Location:
    Huntington, NY

  • Driving Status:
    Considering A Career

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  • Joined Us:
    3 months ago

Seabee-J's Bio

Navy Reservist Equipment Operator . Class B CDL w PSN endorsements , studying for the Hazmat and Metal coil . Currently training for Private Pilot liscence . Avid traveler .

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Posted:  2 months ago

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Two right turn lanes....

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The way I was taught is if you’re taking a right turn , use the inside lane towards the curb but ride white line and borrow over as needed , left turn is outside lane ..

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Well then you were taught wrong. You can't "borrow over as needed" to your left while you're making a right hand turn because the left side of your trailer is a blindspot. How can you move over into that lane when there is almost certainly traffic there that you can't see?

Yea , I thought that sounded odd , sure way to an accident or running someone into traffic .

Posted:  2 months ago

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Supreme Court rules in favor of truckers

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Okay, got it. Thanks.

I honestly think there are many fantastic examples in this forum representing the younger group in their twenties, Keith being one of them.

Right on. That's what makes this forum so refreshing is that you see that great hung ho get after it mentality that makes you successful in any line of work . It knows no age .

Posted:  2 months ago

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Supreme Court rules in favor of truckers

Hey G-Town , I saw it a bit after , I was just making a general statement . There are lots of exceptions to the rule but I'm in general agreement with what you said . smile.gif . I'm just sympathetic to younger guys starting out. . I come from trades background so I've heard it all .

Posted:  2 months ago

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Supreme Court rules in favor of truckers

I feel you Keith , I believe every generation complains and disparages the one behind it for some reason or another .Its the same old about how WHEN I WAS young I had to walk 15 miles in the snow to school uphill both ways . We have it in the Navy the way the old Chiefs go BACK in my day , its always harder and people were so much more hard working . The greatest gen complained about the Boomers boomers complain about Gen X and so on . Sorry guys rant over didn't mean to go off the rails but he made a good observation .

Posted:  2 months, 1 week ago

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Two right turn lanes....

When driving a bus I've always been told to use the Outermost lane when turning for reasons stated above like being able to observe traffic and also for off tracking . I've asked instructors and DMV examiners and they agree . In reality any large Class 7/8 vehicle needs the room especially in urban areas . I've seen drivers take out signs/poles etc by getting in the inside lane . Almost did it myself as I jumped the curb onto a tight neighborhood street and just missed a mailbox . If I was in a rig ..... Forget it .

Posted:  2 months, 1 week ago

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Passed my CDL

smile.gif Right on ! Be safe out there .

Posted:  2 months, 1 week ago

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Kenworth vs Peterbilt

Thought this was just a thread on which you preferred not a serious business thread , well to lighten it up a bit and make this a bit more fun , I've always been a fan of The Bully , love the ol Petes . I've always admired the 379 great body style and had those Cat engines . I've got a thing for the classic 281 especially from 58 through 61 .Famous for being the DUEL rig .

Posted:  2 months, 1 week ago

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Schneider vs us xpress

Dollar accounts are a b*tch to do in straight job , definitely would never entertain the idea in a 53 , hell even a pup . Plus lugging all that frieght day in and out . I've talked to a few and most go back OTR after awhile . If they were such great gigs they wouldn't get offered to rooks . I'd listen to these vets if I was in your shoes .

Posted:  2 months, 2 weeks ago

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Metal Coil endorsement

If you want, you can download nys mv79. That the coil study guide for NY. But you honestly don't need it. The HRTP covers it all.

Definitely , High Road has got it all , Im studying now at the moment . Yea gotta love NY . I'm planning on just knocking Hazmat and Coil out at the same time .

Posted:  2 months, 2 weeks ago

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Metal Coil endorsement

Excellent , Thanks . I do have a NY CDL so that's why I figured on getting it . I have been using High Roads Section on coil for about 2 weeks now and its been super comprehensive so thanks to Brett for putting that together as there is no section in The actual CDL liscence book for NY to study from , I know I own it . I got to laugh at my home state being the ONLY one that requires it but its only 5 bucks to test so not a big deal . Just to quell my confusion You out of staters don't need it even if hauling into or through NY , am I correct on that ?

Posted:  2 months, 2 weeks ago

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Metal Coil endorsement

Hey TT , I'm looking to add the M endorsement to my B CDL and was curious if any of you have this . Its more directed to the flatbedders out there and I was wondering as its only required by NY and AL since 2010 if you have run into a company or situation where they wanted or required it . I'm getting it just to have it and perhaps make myself stand out a bit more . The info in High Road is the best I've come across to study for this test as there is not too much out there to study from . The NY CDL book doesn't even have a section on it and I've got the newest edition to date , strange as its been an endorsement since 2010 . I do own a book with a section on it titled CDL exam 5th edition , but its small and has about 20 questions . If anybody has taken this test how'd did you find it ? Was it a breeze or more difficult . I've done well with the practice tests myself .

Posted:  2 months, 2 weeks ago

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CRST Expedited Trucking School and training program Cedar Rapids, IA. A (re) training diary by millionmiler24

Thanks for Bumping . This is another company I'm pretty interested in , Im intrigued with the team aspect of OTR . In the Navy we alwayschave a driver and an A driver in transport ops so this is not something that would bother me . I also imagine you never really stop rolling with teams . Keep the info coming .

Posted:  2 months, 2 weeks ago

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Many drivers like to use an old-fashioned road atlas.....and the telephone....but...

Great pics RainyD , You have to wonder where some basic common sense driving is with some people , If it looks wrong or like it wasn't meant for a rig then is probably is wrong . The boardwalk thing is unjustifiable . We have the same issue with parkways here in NY low 10ft overpasses and tiny lanes . GPS will drive you into a lake - The OFFICE

Posted:  2 months, 2 weeks ago

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Restriced to automatic on my CDL

Ive read that their fleet is almost exclusively auto so that restriction won't hurt you too much . Like old school said just concentrate on the other aspects of the job first and after a year you can start looking to knock that restriction off. That article was a great read and made some quality points . I have the same restriction on my B CDL , I took the road test in 2005 international 60 pas Bluebird Bus but again not a major issue as far as employment .

Posted:  2 months, 2 weeks ago

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Restriced to automatic on my CDL

You could go to a local school take a few lessons in a standard and then have to schedule a road test in that vehicle . I'm in NY and if you want to remove the restriction you only need to take the driving portion of the test in using a manual to get it removed . Most mega carriers are mostly auto now anyway and there are a ton a available opportunities out there even with the restriction , see the thread here titled fleets with automatic trans . I believe many of the vet drivers here are driving autos . Which company did you go to ?

Posted:  2 months, 2 weeks ago

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Auto Carrier question

Good to know , I'd sure like to see a section on this niche added to the site , Hope a Mod sees this as a suggestion .

Posted:  2 months, 2 weeks ago

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"Holding" a CDL...

An add on to this , If you do keep your A CDL current but aren't using it for employ could you apply and still get hired through one of these companies schools and would be a leg up so to speak as you already have passed your nessecary exams and just need training and experience . I have my B CDL and many Bus and straight jobs will offer a job and training at a expedited pace since you already have the liscence but are trying to gain the experience , would these large companies offer an opportunity to people in that situation ? Some of the bus companies around me even offer a sign on bonus if you have the B with neccesary endorsements but that's a whole other ball of wax .

Posted:  2 months, 2 weeks ago

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Auto Carrier question

Hi TT , I was just curious if any here are auto carrier drivers ? I enjoy reading about the different experiences from all you drivers and the lines of freight hauled . I read Brett's book twice and the categories of trucking jobs but didn't happen to see anything on this particular niche . Is this one of the more challenging and labour intensive jobs I've seen that it tends to be quite high paying , some in the 90k range plus they tend to run some beautiful equipment , love those Pete 379s . Anyway any thoughts or opinions would be appreciated . I'm just curious obviously not going to start with a job like that .

Posted:  2 months, 3 weeks ago

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What is the toughest single skill to master as a student semi driver?

I liked that Airplane analogy when it comes to the physical skill , as mentioned above it is with repetition and feel that you become more adept at whatever you try to master , I fly small aircraft myself and landing is definitely the most challenging but rewarding facet of flight because each one is different depending on the situation weatherwise or weight wise as I'm sure with them 53s it is quite similar . In flying if you have a solid stable approach your landing will be good most likely , I'm sure in backing as well if you have a good setup you will have a much less frustrating back .

Posted:  2 months, 3 weeks ago

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TMC

Really like what I'm hearing and reading about this outfit . They kinda remind me a bit of my military training in so far as the attitude and style in the cdl program . I am definitely most interested in flatbed and the challenge and unique opportunities that go with it . This definitely looks like a great place to start and grow .

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