Profile For Chris L

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  • Location:
    Gouverneur, NY

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    Experienced Driver

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    1 year, 11 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:  2 days, 10 hours ago

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CDL school update, I'm officially a commerical driver

Congratulations keep driving on and see you down the road. dancing-dog.gifdancing-dog.gif

Posted:  2 days, 10 hours ago

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Liberal, Kansas (National Beef)

When I was still pulling Dry Van I got stuck at the Clorox DC in Aberdeen, Maryland at the door waiting to get loaded. It so long that I did my 10 hour reset while locked into the dock!

Posted:  2 days, 21 hours ago

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Trucking under Democratic or Republican Government

Do I believe that that the Main Stream Media was very biased and favored one candidate over the other - you betcha! Was there allot of hinkey stuff going on during this past election without a doubt! Will our industry be effective by policies enacted by the incoming administration most definitely! Will it be painful? It will! IMHO O/O and independent drivers will be effective the most. (In addition to the push a nation wide AB5 style type of legislation. Bernie has avocated the idea of eliminating 'Right to Work" and forcing everyone to unionize). Everyone has stated that they like DJT's policies but don't like his personality. I think it is quite refreshing since the day he declared his candidacy in '15 he hasn't taken any S!$t from the media. The reason is we have never had a Present go head to head with the activist media like Trump has. The press has corrupted themselves and the american people will never trust them again. What it really comes down to is the Liberal Progressive Democrats think that they can run our lives better than we can. I like listening to the Patriot channel on Sirius XM and on of the commintators Andrew Wilkow has a really good saying: " You have the right to be free and I have the right to be free from you!" You live you life and I will live mine. But the Liberal Progressive Democrats cannot accept this and must control everything. It's all about POWER and the incoming administration will wield it without a doubt.

Posted:  4 days, 14 hours ago

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Trucking under Democratic or Republican Government

To add into the debate of this post IMHO The trucking industry under a Biden administration will suffer how much will be left to be seen. First off Liberal Progressive Democrats (Yes I lump them all together because they (LPD) pretty much have the same mindset / opinion). Are in favor of more regulation ergo most of the reduction of regulations that the current administration has put into place will be reversed and more stringent regulations will be added. One clear example is OOIDA's media arm "Landline Now" reported on 11 November 2020 that: In September, the International Brotherhood of Teamsters and a coalition of safety groups filed a lawsuit against FMCSA. The lawsuit will look at whether the agency had the authority to issue the final rule and whether or not the regulation is “arbitrary, capricious or otherwise contrary to law. So the assault has already begun on reversing the new flexible HOS rules that just went into effect. Is there anyone here on this forum think that the new administration will put up it's best effort in defending these HOS changes I personally do not. A couple post in this thread also stated that allot of Dem's are in- favor of implementing a nation wide version of California's AB5 legislation, as Dave W reported a week back that California Proposition 22 was passed which would provide exemptions to the AB5 rule (Expect California to challenge that law in court at the progressive friendly 9th Circuit). Allot of good points have come up in this thread and we should be all weary in the next 4 years , Yes trucks are very important and our economy is totally dependent on Trucking industry but I fear that powers to be are totally ignorant of how much of a roll we play in the economy. Buckle up: It's going to be a bumpy ride.

Got to add some clarification: What Landline Now reported on 11 November 20 was that the FMCSA submitted to the court copies of 8,000 comments it received while discussing the HOS rule changes. This was in response to the law suit filed in September by the Teamsters and various safety organizations that are opposing the HOS changes just implemented. Hopefully I didn't confuse anyone.

Posted:  4 days, 23 hours ago

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Trucking under Democratic or Republican Government

To add into the debate of this post IMHO The trucking industry under a Biden administration will suffer how much will be left to be seen. First off Liberal Progressive Democrats (Yes I lump them all together because they (LPD) pretty much have the same mindset / opinion). Are in favor of more regulation ergo most of the reduction of regulations that the current administration has put into place will be reversed and more stringent regulations will be added. One clear example is OOIDA's media arm "Landline Now" reported on 11 November 2020 that: In September, the International Brotherhood of Teamsters and a coalition of safety groups filed a lawsuit against FMCSA. The lawsuit will look at whether the agency had the authority to issue the final rule and whether or not the regulation is “arbitrary, capricious or otherwise contrary to law. So the assault has already begun on reversing the new flexible HOS rules that just went into effect. Is there anyone here on this forum think that the new administration will put up it's best effort in defending these HOS changes I personally do not. A couple post in this thread also stated that allot of Dem's are in- favor of implementing a nation wide version of California's AB5 legislation, as Dave W reported a week back that California Proposition 22 was passed which would provide exemptions to the AB5 rule (Expect California to challenge that law in court at the progressive friendly 9th Circuit). Allot of good points have come up in this thread and we should be all weary in the next 4 years , Yes trucks are very important and our economy is totally dependent on Trucking industry but I fear that powers to be are totally ignorant of how much of a roll we play in the economy. Buckle up: It's going to be a bumpy ride.

Posted:  1 week, 3 days ago

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G-Town at Walmart DC Pottsville, PA

I'm already back up in New York. I wasn't at the DC very long I bumped the dock at 8:45 and the warehouse guys had me unloaded by 9:10 and I was on my way across the road to the Wegman's DC to pick up a back haul of cardboard for the paper plant in Syracuse. I didn't have a load of coils last night so they let me loose with this load down to Pottsville. I'll be back to the old route tonight with a load of coil to Middletown. Who knows maybe our paths will cross again in the future. Cheers

Posted:  1 week, 3 days ago

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G-Town at Walmart DC Pottsville, PA

G-Town I'm currently getting unloaded in door 209 if you got time please swing by and say Hi.

Posted:  1 week, 3 days ago

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Posted last week about struggling in CDL school, many of you who replied asked me to keep you guys updated on progress

Zach Awesome post I'm glad you are sticking to it. Just keep working at it and your skills will improve over time. I went to a driving school in Syracuse NY and I failed my final road test Twice for graduation and I had to take another one while heading down to take my actual scheduled DMV Road test. During the road test I stalled out but I kept my cool and worked the problem. So stay calm and work the problems you might encounter and you will do fine... Good luck and keep us posted on your progress.

Posted:  2 weeks, 2 days ago

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Trucking School vs Paid CLD Training: Survivor stats?

I got my CDL through National Tractor Trailer School in Syracuse NY. I was hired by a local company right after I completed my training and passed the road test. Actually allot of companies actively recruit out of NTTS. Gypsum Express (Who I currently drive for), TMC, DOT Foods, Swift, Warner, H.O. Wholding, McClain, JB Hunt, and NFI. I echo the same sentiment of this thread once you get your CDL it will only get you through the door what ever company you hire on to you will still have to complete their training requirements just the same as if you applied for Company paid training. Of course the big issue driver retention! Sticking with the Company for at least a year TT can not stress this enough! You are going to have to pay your dues and prove yourself. I've been driving for Gypsum for going on 20 months pulled Dry Van for 15 months and I just recently transferred over to flat bed hauling Metal Coil. When I started out in Dry Van I thought I had been exiled northern New Jersey because all I did was bring a load in and bring one out! But I stuck with it and now I'm at a place where I have steady schedule a consistent miles. Good luck on which route you take. If you decide to go the CDL school route make sure the school is reputable and have an active job placement program for their graduates.

Posted:  1 month, 2 weeks ago

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Who was wrong here.

Dan F wrote:

Were you on private property or a city road?

It was inside the warehouse complex so private. The Irony of the whole thing was I already had my straps over the load and hooked to the flat bed. If he'd asked I could have moved back up so he would have had room to maneuver. I've got no problem helping out a fellow driver.

Posted:  1 month, 2 weeks ago

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Who was wrong here.

Pack Rat replied:

HE drove over the curbs and over the tree. Nobody had a gun to his head.

His bad decision, obviously.

That's exactly what I thought but nowadays no one takes responsibility it's everyone else who at fault. Like I posted the WE driver never came up to me. I don't know if he took any pictures of my rig. I was on the other side of my trailer tightening up my load straps I saw him walk up with his phone in hand and I assume he was talking pictures of the tree he could have taken a picture of my passenger side door. Any way I took pictures of where I was parked and the downed tree also to show that there were no posted "No Parking" signs and of course I let my FM know in case WE safety gives my safety office a call. Just covering my bases.

Posted:  1 month, 2 weeks ago

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Who was wrong here.

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So this morning I was down in Avenel New Jersey at U. S. Gypsum picking up a load of wallboard. Once I got loaded the warehouse guy asked me to strapp down my load out side of the warehouse because they were slammed with getting other trailers loaded. No problem I usually secure my load outside the warehouse granted this was my third time picking up a load from here. Just past the warehouse is a parking area where I go so I can get everything strapped down. Basically there is inner parking lot with an outside lane in the one photo graph you can see the "Islands" that sperate the lane I parked in and the physical parking lot. So as I'm in the process of securing my load I have my Rol-Tight open and I'm throwing straps. Along comes this Western Express driver trying to make a Left hand turn down the lane I'm parked in mind you there are no posted signs prohibiting parking. So the Western driver stops looks down the lane and decides to go for it and it didn't turn out well basically his trailer off tracked and went over two of the "Islands" and he knocked down a tree. He gets through and stops at the warehouse he then comes back to where I am takes a picture of the tree he knocked down then goes into the warehouse gets two of the warehouse guys to come out and look at the tree. All the while I'm still strapping down my load no one says a word to me. I figured that when the WE driver reports this to his safety department (If he does) he will probably say I was blocking the lane the only problem with that is you can drive all the way around the warehouse complex. If he had backed up there was more than enough room for him to turn around and go the other direction. Like I said before I have parked in the exact same location the previous two times I've loaded there and had drivers pass by me coming from the rear position of my trailer and they have gotten around me with no problems. So my question is was I in the wrong where I parked?

Posted:  2 months, 2 weeks ago

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Palletized coils correctly placed?

Rubber Duck Wrote:

How many axles on that trailer?

The trailer has three axels it's a heavy duty made by Rehinhour? Rittenhour? That was my Sunday load Monday I pulled a full load of 5 coils down to Middletown NY, yesterday was 5 coils to Saratoga Springs NY. Then last night I took three coils down to Middletown. I positioned one coil forward and the other two over the first two Axel's.

Posted:  2 months, 3 weeks ago

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Palletized coils correctly placed?

0914454001599430708.jpg0873528001599430772.jpg Hi all it's been a while since I have posted. I'm currently sitting at the Novelis mill in Oswego NY waiting for my paperwork. I normally load 5 coils but tonight it was only two with the placement being the first two coils placed towards the front of the Rol-Tight then a space and the last three coils placed over the tripple axels. The coils usually weigh a little over 12k and change (I usually pull between 62k and 65k.) So I figured with just the two coils I would load them as close to center as I could get them. Should I have placed them closer together? Or should I have placed them both forward closer to the drives? All and all everything has been going good the company has been keeping me busy the last couple of weeks.

Posted:  3 months, 3 weeks ago

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

Made it through my second week Solo delivered two loads of coil to Middletown Sunday and Monday night and one load to Saratoga springs Tuesday night. My weight fluctuated between 63.5k to 65k. For those loads I have a permeant assigned trailer a three Axl Rolltight. My routine is pretty much the same I go over to the mill check in and head down to the cold mill shipping and receiving dock. I back into the building and bump the dock. I slide back the cover and raise the dock ramp and get it set for the forklift. Most of the time the shipping guys will have the coils already staged for loading close to the dock so loading will go quick. The load spacing is the first two pallets forward then a gap between the last three pallets loaded over the axles. I can't be on the trailer when the pallets are being loaded so I have to wait until all five pallets are loaded before I can start securing them. Right now it's taking me about an hour and a half to get all five of the pallets secured. I know I will get faster as I do more loads. Once everything is secure I slide the cover back and get my paperwork and go and scale out- of course I show my NYS Overweight permit on the way out. My route to Middletown basically takes me from Oswego NY to Route 81 south to Binghamton NY then Route 17 east to Middletown NY and delivery. I usually will stop at the Whitney Point rest stop to do my load secure check then back on the road. Wednesday I had to load up a 31,000lb coil from the "Hot Mill" side of the mill. One of our other drivers was getting loaded at the same time and he gave me a hand getting the coil secured. I then I hauled that flatbed down to Baldwinsville NY for another driver to pick up Thursday morning. Thursday morning I hauled a Dry Van of coffee to Rochester NY and picked up a load of Wine and brought it back to the yard that afternoon. Then I picked up an empty flatbed and brought it back to our yard in Oswego NY and that finished out my week. I talked to my FM before I headed out and he told me it's going to get real busy in the coming weeks so I expect I'll be hauling alot of coils and keeping the wheels turning.

Posted:  3 months, 3 weeks ago

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Papa Pigs Zainy Rookie Solo Adventures

Papa Pig sounds like you are settling into the job and finding your groove. Just remember when it starts to get tough it could be worse you could be putting a thrown track back on in the pouring rain.... Keep on trucking Brother.

Posted:  3 months, 4 weeks 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:  4 months 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.

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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:  4 months, 1 week 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

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