Profile For Seabee-J

Seabee-J's Info

  • Location:
    Huntington, NY

  • Driving Status:
    Considering A Career

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  • Joined Us:
    2 years, 10 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:  1 month, 3 weeks ago

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Company or Lease? Prime Inc.

Do NOT do lease, it's chasing fool's gold and is rarely if ever worth it as a new driver . Even expierenced drivers struggle with this option , hell it's better being an O/O as at least the equipment is yours.

Posted:  1 month, 3 weeks ago

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Would you choose a Freightliner, Volvo, or International?

New Frieghtshakers are seemingly plagued with electrical problems and overly sensitive sensors lots of downtime and headaches. IMO International is a better product.

Posted:  2 months ago

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Dollar Accounts???

Definitely not the preferred way to start out , tight delivery times and most places leave very little room for errors plus I've seen a ton with back in from the street docks . It's a ton of work that I think needs a bit more experience before tackling. It can be done but it's a much bigger risk career wise to start out in .

Posted:  2 months ago

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Hours, food service.

Ever think about hauling sandboxes , gravel , mulch , peat rock . It's mostly daylight work typically 6 to 4 or 5 in the construction field. Weekends off usually. It can pay pretty well from people I've talked to but it will depend on your area and it can be seasonal with a slow down in the winter but it's a local job and you go from plant/yard to site and back to plant/yard to another site . Just a thought .

Posted:  2 months, 1 week ago

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The Sad Loss Of Our Friend "Rickipedia" Rick Stern

Oh man, that is sad news . I've always enjoyed his insights and technical expertise.

Posted:  2 months, 1 week ago

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Trucking companies and COVID Vaccine

I'll keep this short but as a public transit driver I haven't been coerced or forced to get it thankfully. As a service member it's currently still voluntary but I'm wary on how long that'll last , after all they've been experimenting on members for decades with stuff ie agent orange. Anyway I'm very much in line with Brett's thinking and as a student of history myself this is VERY scary what's going on here at home. I understand people are scared and concerned and yes people have died but what so many are willing to go along with in order to FEEL safe is astonishing. It looks like were going in a very dangerous direction.

Posted:  5 months, 1 week ago

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Mom of 3 under 5

Actually, I think that perhaps School Bus driving would be a good fit in your case . I don't know about your area but many School bus companies will pay you to get your class B plus P/S endorsements and train you not dissimilar to the Company training programs in the A world . You usually have to stay about a year commitment. The plus for you is that most have fulltime part time or casual jobs and flexibility in what hours you can work AM PM midday to accommodate your home life. Pay can be ok to pretty good in quite a few places. One driver I know makes $26/hr he averages about 35 a week not including charters . Just something to think about .

Posted:  5 months, 2 weeks ago

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What kind of company should i apply to as a No Experience/Rookie Driver

A larger company would be best. More resources and usually are more lienent on mishaps as the are typically self insured. These two reasons are why I would pick a large organization as an inexperienced driver. The learning curve will be steep so you want to have as much going for you as you can.

Posted:  5 months, 2 weeks ago

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

Just wanted to give this a bump very helpful for the site . Also I'm not sure how relevant but Greyhound also offers paid training for those looking to go the Passenger route . It's only a B but it's run just as the A programs . It's actually a very good program and there are many similarities to OTR driving .

Posted:  5 months, 2 weeks ago

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Mom of 3 under 5

In a word . NO . Young children need structure and stability. Being OTR is not a good nor honestly a responsible idea . 3 under 5 years old in the cab with you 24/7 is not going to work out .

Posted:  5 months, 2 weeks ago

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Husband fired for something he didn’t do.

Not enough information provided to really give any useful advice. Is there anything more you can elaborate on ?

Posted:  5 months, 2 weeks ago

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Three top carriers sign up for 6,775 TuSimple self-driving trucks

Autonomous trucks , always reminds me of Maximum Overdrive 😆

Posted:  5 months, 3 weeks ago

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Good bye Pepsi

That's what I use on my bus , but when no one's on down it comes . Its really becoming a charade at this point. Those blue masks dont really protect against it anyway says right on the box .

Posted:  5 months, 3 weeks ago

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Nation catching on to consequences of truck driver shortage

Great another Crisis to look forward to 😏 but it looks like I'll have a lot more riders on my routes though . 👍

Posted:  6 months ago

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Is my class A still any use?

Most Class B jobs will certainly be available. I'm not sure why you'd think it's off the table. Transit jobs are out there most definitely would be open for you as well as many Class B local jobs or with a sanitation or towing company. Your license is still a ticket to many opportunities. Just keep it clean. 👍

Posted:  6 months ago

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What makes local truck driving so appealing to drivers VS Over the road?

Had a coworker some years back go from local to OTR , reason being , to get away from the wife. 😉 .

Posted:  6 months ago

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So you want to own your own truck?

Excellent info PJ , this is the type of info I look at when bringing up the future of O/Os in the industry here in the States . Like OS said there will always be entrepreneurial spirit in some truckers out there and I agree I just think it will be nowhere near as prevalent as it was a few decades ago . Its seems like it would be a hard sell to most younger generations getting out there and even experienced vets can see it's not a overall profitable endeavor. Again with razor thin profit margins and being a commodities industry its who gets A to B the cheapest .Unlike a particular trade or owning a restuarant where some may pay more for a specific company or Individual who can stand out as the best like a highly skilled carpenter or mason / Chef .How would one "stand out" and justify a higher price as an O/O ? Being safe and in time is expected, so is it better service/communication or as OS said go into a niche market but again they don't stay niche for long . I'm just trying to keep the convo going . It's a very interesting type of independent business .

Posted:  6 months ago

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OTR or Local/regional to start off?

I'd stay away from those dollar store type of accounts or food service if your new , waaay too much risk involved with too little experience. It's a lot of physical work as well and the days are just as long . I'd don't think I'd ever really recomend those anyway . Had a buddy who did it for some time and his back is shot . It CAN pay well though but it's definitely a tough grind everyday . I did some local training for a minute and it was no joke . I stayed safe and had no incidents but again I was fortunate but had to leave before too long . Regional would be a good way to go . It does give you a bit of a more "stable " schedule if that's important to you.

Posted:  6 months ago

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So you want to own your own truck?

I would love to hear his take on this . It seems in this industry at least that the entrepreneurial spirit will cease to be with the exhorbinat costs and government regulations to be your own boss . I believe most O/O are well over 40 and the next generation is not going to be able or willing and even strongly dissuaded from this route . After all , the megas started out as small operations themselves and grew but will this exist in the future . I think it's a reflection of our time really . It seemed a lot more reasonable to be an O/O decades ago just looking at fuel and insurance costs alone . I understand there are a lot of small companies and O/Os out there but from all I hear is most are treading water .Anyway , Thoughts ?

Posted:  6 months ago

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First official load turned down....

Absolutely did the right thing , The bronx is a NIGHTMARE for an OTR driver in a 53 with sleeper especially when new . If at all not very confident in your ability I would not attempt this . You don't need to mess up your driving record for load . I live in this area and transit buses. I see day crabbers struggle. Add in aggressive traffic and yeah .You made a sensible call .

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