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  • Location:
    Gouverneur, NY

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    Experienced Driver

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    1 year, 7 months ago

Chris L's Bio

Retired Military 23 Years on Active duty, Former School bus driver, Currently driving for Gypsum Express LTD which is based out of Baldwinsville, NY Regional haul Eastern Seaboard, and Central region.

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Posted:  1 week ago

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The first week of hauling flat bed is in the books!

Finally back home after a long and busy week hauling metal coil. I started off Monday afternoon linking up with my Trainer and heading over to Novelis in Oswego NY to pick up five pallets of metal coil bound for Ball metal beverage in Middletown NY. We got down to to the loading dock and start to get loaded (Here I thought I was finished bumping docks not so). My trainer took me through placing the coils (Palletized eye vertical) and securing the pallets. When everything was finished I was pulling 65,000 pounds of metal coil. We headed off for Middletown around 7 P.M. arrived at 11:30 P.M. unloaded by 1:00 A.M. and headed back to Oswego. Tuesday night was basically the same except when we got back to Oswego we swapped out trailers for regular flat beds and headed over to the hot mill for another coil load. I got a chance to load and secure and cover a large coil (eye horizontal orientation length wise on the trailer). Wednesday night it was load of coils head to Ball metal beverage in Saratoga springs NY the coils were larger and the load consisted of just four pallets. The difference between Saratoga and Middletown is in Saratoga we hand unload the coils. Basically I'm running at night to deliver because most of the coils are used up the next day. So pretty much I'm going to be running coil between Middletown and Saratoga every night during the week. I actually went Solo to Saratoga last night and it went off with out a hitch. I'm looking forward to getting more experience under belt and keep those wheels turning.

Posted:  1 week, 4 days ago

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RECENT CDL GRAD (GOT TERMINATED FOR VIOLATING COMPANY POLICY)

If I'm not mistaken the BAC threshold for a profressional drivers is .04 and the FMCSA is looking to reduce it further to .02. If you have alcohol on your vehicle while you are loaded and get stopped by DOT it's a big problem.

Posted:  1 week, 4 days ago

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My last week pulling Dry Van; and what a week it was.

Well I made it through my last week pulling Dry Van and boy it was a long one! I started out Sunday night leaving from Syracuse NY to Philadelphia PA to deliver a load of Mikes hard lemonade. Then it was down to Berlin New Jersey for a load of insulation to a wholesale warehouse in Syracuse. Of course I got the call about the flat bed job that afternoon. Tuesday I headed to Lyon's NY to pick up a load of cans and take them down to Hurlock Maryland to deliver on Wednesday morning. I was able to get to the plant Tuesday evening shut down. Wednesday morning I was able to unload earlier than my scheduled appointment time and headed to Aberdeen Maryland to pick up a load at the Clorox DC bound for the Walmart DC in Marcy NY. My appointment in Aberdeen was scheduled at 7:00 P.M. I tried to check in early but I got sent away so I had to shut down at one of the Maryland service plaza. So I contacted my DM to see if I could get my appointment time pushed back so I could get a 8 hour reset in before I get loaded. The DM wasn't able to get it pushed back so I had to roll before I had my full 8 hours in. When I got back to Clorox I had about 2 1/2 left on my HOS clock. I hoped that they could get me loaded before my HOS time expired and I could get back to the service plaza and shut down and get a full 10 hour reset. It turned out I didn't have to worry about running out of time I backed into the door at 7:30 P.M. and they didn't start loading me till 2:30 A.M and didn't finish till 6:30 A.M. I did a 10 hour reset sitting on the door. When I finally got on the road to head up to Marcy I had an open window for delivery and a plus it was a drop and hook. So I get my next assignment and I have to go back to Hurlock MD with another load of cans. When I got to our yard to pick up the trailer I had about 3 hours left on my drive clock i was able to get back down to the Flying J in Gibson PA before I had to shut down. Friday morning I was able to get to Hurlock just before my scheduled appointment time. I lucked out my back haul was dunnage from the plant so I was able to get back to Binghamton NY before I ran out of time and had to shut down. I finally made it back to the yard Saturday morning. After I dropped the trailer in the yard I had to unload all my stuff from the Tractor I've been driving for the last 4 months and move it into the new tractor that I'll be driving for the new job. I finally got home to Momma about 4 P.M. Saturday. Monday I'll link up with my trainer and start the next chapter of this adventure.

Posted:  2 weeks, 1 day ago

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Well it's official I'm crossing over to Flat Bed

Navypoppop wrote:

Chris L.,

Is B & G still a rat's nest? I worked for them years ago when they had their warehouse across the border in Seaford, De. It was a decent job, good people to work with, home most nights and every weekend and the equipment was good too. They moved their warehousing north to Breningsville, Pa. up near Nazareth, Pa. The Hurlock, Md. plant was old and dirty and hard to believe that they manufactured food there. Thanks for bringing back memories.

I have not been inside the plant it self. I've only been in the guard shack. You are right it is kinda dingy place. I've only backed into the main docks at the front of the plant right next to the road. The warehouse guy is not very friendly I always say Good Morning to him when he comes for the paperwork. Never get a response back from the guy. Right now I'm in Aberdeen getting loaded up with Colorx Bleech heading to the Walmart DC in Marcy NY. Watching my HOS time bleed away hopefully they (Clorox) will start loading me soon

Posted:  2 weeks, 2 days ago

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Well it's official I'm crossing over to Flat Bed

Rob T wrote:

dancing-dog.gif that's awesome Chris! Any word how long you'll be with your trainer? Will this switch allow you to get home more frequently?

The plan right now is OJT I'll still be driving my own Tractor and getting my own loads. So no "In cab" with a trainer I'll basically be following him from. Shipper to consignee. The run schedule is working from Sunday to Thursday. So it's going to be pretty much running coil down and either deadhead back for another coil or get a back haul of sheet rock. I'm not sure of the type of trailer I will have the company has trailers manufactured by Revolution? Currently I'm shut down at B&G in Hurlock Maryland for a morning delivery. I will have more information by the end of the week.

Posted:  2 weeks, 3 days ago

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Well it's official I'm crossing over to Flat Bed

As of today I have accepted a position with the Flat Bed division in our company. Moving over from Dry Van. It's a dedicated account hauling metal coil from Oswego NY to Middleburg NY. I'll start working working with my new trainer on Sunday Juy 26th. I'm looking forward to the challenge....Onward to a new adventure!!!!

Posted:  3 weeks, 3 days ago

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I'll Be Live On Road Dog Trucking Radio This Thursday

I just checked the "Road Dog Live" Show archives on Sirius XM and Thursdays show with Brett has not been posted. The Wednesday and Friday show are posted but not Thursday. Hopefully there wasn't a technical problem that has prevented them (SXM) from posting the show.

I rechecked the Road Dog Live archives and last Thursdays show with Brett has finally posted.

Posted:  3 weeks, 4 days ago

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I'll Be Live On Road Dog Trucking Radio This Thursday

I just checked the "Road Dog Live" Show archives on Sirius XM and Thursdays show with Brett has not been posted. The Wednesday and Friday show are posted but not Thursday. Hopefully there wasn't a technical problem that has prevented them (SXM) from posting the show.

Posted:  4 weeks ago

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I'll Be Live On Road Dog Trucking Radio This Thursday

Hi Brett I was the "Chris from NY" That called in. I hope I didn't sound like a blithering idot talking. I just wanted to make a strong point about TT community and how it is a good resource of information and providing sound and unvarnished advice for us newbees entering the industry. The show was awesome hopefully you will become a frequent contributer.

Posted:  1 month ago

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When in doubt check again. Get that warm and fuzzy

It's been a while since I posted an update. I've been plugging along just about to pass my 15th month mark with the company with over 114k miles under my belt running primarily in New York, New Jersey, and Pennsylvania. Today I was picking up a trailer in Canandagiua NY when I initially backed up to the trailer I jumped out checked the alignment and trailer height and proceeded to back under and hook up. But this time I didn't hear the familiar sound of the king pin seating into the 5th wheel pocket. I did my first tug check good to go so I jumped out and hooked up the airlines and light cable then I checked the release handle on the 5th wheel I noticed it was not completely flish against the side of the plate. So I checked the locking bar underneath it looked good so I cranked up the landing gear and finished my pre-trip inspection of the trailer. I didn't have a warm and fuzzy that the king pin didn't fully seat. So I decided to un-hook the trailer pull out and re-hook. This time when I backed under I definitely heard the familiar "Click" of the locking bar securing the king pin. Tug check, re-hooked up the lines, verified the release handle was flush, and the locking bar was across the king pin, cranked up the landing gear, one more tug check and I was down the road. Could I have just rolled without taking the time to un-hook and then re-hook and nothing would have happened probably. But I listened to my gut because it didn't feel right so the extra minutes it took to make sure my trailer was properly connected saved me from possibly loosing my trailer going down the road. I'll gladly burn a couple of minutes in order to be safe... Hope everyone on the forum has stayed busy these past couple of months

Posted:  1 month, 3 weeks ago

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How is your year going?

I added up my mileage from when I started pulling my own loads to last week and I have a little over 114,00 miles for the 15 months I've been driving I average between 250 + 350 per run. I mostly run regional NY, PA, NJ. I'm picking up cans in Lyon's NY and taking the load down to Hurlock Maryland to the B&G Plant there . I'll probably go to Aberdeen Maryland to the Clorox plant for a back haul of Bleech to the Family Dollar DC in Rome NY to finish out the week. I've been averaging between 1500 - 2500 miles a week freight has slowed a bit for us but I keep cranking it out every week. As they say something is better than nothing

Posted:  2 months, 3 weeks ago

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Here's A Funny Story

Hopefully he will recommend a bump in pay for you. lol

Posted:  3 months, 1 week ago

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Cat Scales

I was sitting in the fuel line at the Binghamton NY Loves waiting to pull up so I could air up my left number one drive tire (got a slow leak) I was sitting in the fuel lane closest to the Cat Scale while I was waiting to move up another driver entered and drove right over the scale like it wasn't there! While I was in line about 4 trucks in a course of a few minutes just went over the scale without slowing down or stopping. It got me thinking that it can't be good for the scale and I wonder how much of the accuracy of the scale is compromised. There is no bypassing the scale and the fuel island if you enter from the road so in stead of driving down the extra 50 feet (if that) to the other entrance these guys just go over the scale. Oh and there are no posted sign prohibiting it either so I guess ignorance is bliss.

Posted:  3 months, 2 weeks ago

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Western Express Contract?

In your initial post you stated that you started with Western Express in June '19 and then Ieft to do "National Guard" stuff... I'm assuming you mean your annual training commitment? Did you notify your FM that you had this training coming up or did you just not show up for work? You have also stated that you are currently still doing "National Guard" stuff are you currently holding an AGR slot in your unit? If you had this obligation prior to getting hired by Western Express you should have let it be known either when you talked to the recruiter or when you on boarded at orientation. I'm sure that Western Express supports their employees that are in the Guard or Reserve but the caviat to this is that you should have been upfront and let them (Western Express) know you had this commitment on day one. Remember they investing their time and money in you. Communications is always key to a good relationship between you and your employer. Yes you are most definitely on the hook for what ever money Western Express invested in you be fortunate it's a small amount most drivers that go through a full training program and break their contact end up paying back tens of thousands of dollars. Remember just like the guard you signed a contract and made a comment! Be a professional and reach out to Western Express and I'm sure you can come up with a solution to your situation. Good luck.

Posted:  3 months, 3 weeks ago

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Lumpers: Highest You Had To Pay

I just left US Foods in Manassas VA for a drop and hook. But we still have to pay a lumper fee which was $369.00 to unload the trailer I dropped. While I was there the guy in front of me not only paid the lumper fee but also he got socked with a $250.00 reschedule fee. Plus US Foods is also shut down their docks to drivers so everyone has to use the Lumper service.

Posted:  3 months, 3 weeks ago

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Lumpers: Highest You Had To Pay

I'm heading down to US Foods in Manassas VA with a load of food containers it's always a drop and hook but the Receiver always has my back the loaded trailer into a door and pay a lumper fee which usually runs between $375.00 and $400.00. I message my FM and he sends me a Comcheck number and I pay hook up the empty and head out.

Posted:  3 months, 4 weeks ago

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First Week Experience

Dean don't give up just yet. If you haven't yet approach your tainer and talk with him and clear the air so to speak. Find out what his expectations are for you and what's the plan for you to meet those expectations. You said in your post that basically your Training is all OJT so your company is expecting that you get the required training before you go solo. Since you have zero experience in load securement your trainer should be taking you through it step by step that's what the company is expecting from him. In the service your Drill Instructors didn't issue you a rifle Monday morning and have you sending rounds down range that afternoon. You learned the basic marksmanship fundemantals, disassembly, assembly of the rifle before one round was loaded and fired. So basically crawl, walk, run the same philosophy should apply to load securement. My back ground is training I've trained U.S. ,Iraqi, and Afghan soldiers and each took a unique approach to train some could master and task very quickly some took a bit longer but in the end I could confidently say that all met the required standard. There are good trainers and bad trainers out there no doubt about it. Remember back to Boot Camp you had good Drill Instructors and bad Drill Instructors the good ones would Teach, Coach, and Mentor the bad ones would not. I'm sure that you are not expecting your current trainer hold you by the hand and treat you like a 6 year old but be a professional and teach you the tools of the trade so you can become a successful flat bed driver. Yelling and screaming is nothing but counter productive! Again my perspective is from the training angle I'm not familiar with the particulars of flat bed side of the house. I'm sure some of the regulars on this forum with flat bed experience will chime in. Talking with your current trainer about your concerns will help you through your training time. Good luck and stick with it.

Posted:  4 months ago

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How Does An Owner/Operator Take A Vacation?

Maybe Teddy Bear is still on the airwaves.... He could answer the riddle!

Posted:  4 months ago

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Truck Parking; Carpe Diem

I'm very leary about another "stimulus package". Unfortunately we have allot of incompetent politicians in power that are incapable of "doing the right thing" for the American people! This proposed package is supposed to be for infastructure and it will be touted as such but it will be loaded down with pork projects that have nothing to do with fixing our nation's roads and bridges! Do we need better roads and additional parking you bet! Will we get it? Maybe - but not at the scale required! A prime example is California which raised the fuel tax to pay for infastructure and how much has actually gone towards infastructure? The legislature has already raided the fund to pay for other projects! Drivers who drive in California correct me if I'm wrong on that. The bridge fell into the gap.. but that protected class of people now have a grant to put on their SJW Pantomime performance of "Orange Man Bad" Remember they (The politicians) are way smarter than us common folks.

Posted:  4 months, 1 week ago

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The "Boogey Man" Virus

Talking about Shippers and Receivers have become overly cautious last week I had a pick up at Clorox in Aberdeen Maryland and their protocols are drivers back to their assigned door, stay in your tractor once your loaded / unloaded only then you can go into the office and sign the BOL of course after you sanitize your hands. The irony is this is a bleach factory....

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