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  • Location:
    Gouverneur, NY

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    Rookie Solo Driver

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    1 year ago

Chris L's Bio

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

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Posted:  6 days, 23 hours ago

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Celadon

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Posted:  6 days, 23 hours ago

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Celadon

I'm currently shut down at the TA in Dansville NY. I parked next to this tractor I didn't even notice the name on the side of it till I was finishing up my post trip and hopping back into my own. Hopefully this driver was local and was able to get home for the holidays. So what happens to the tractor? Will a recovery company come and get it? I'm assuming that the driver let someone at Celadon know where this tractor is located and yes it has a trailer also.

Posted:  1 week, 3 days ago

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High-hooking a trailer

Pete B wrote:

I’m constantly amazed at the number of couplings I witness at the tank washes where drivers don’t get out and check the trailer height. I’d wager 95% of the drivers I see don’t do this. I commented on this once to another driver, adding that I’d seen a guy with a ‘million mile safe driving’ sticker on his cab fail to check the trailer height (and kingpin-5th wheel alignment), and his reply was along the lines of, ‘well if you’ve driven a million miles you’ve probably hooked up to enough trailers that you don’t need to get out and look.’ Needless to say I disagreed. It’s the easiest thing to do, and saves an incredible amount of trouble.

Back in my service days a Command Sergeant Major's in one of the Battalions I served in his favorite saying was "One Oh S$#t whipes out a million At a Boy's"! Even the luck can run out for a Million mile driver if they become complacent.

Posted:  1 week, 5 days ago

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High-hooking a trailer

This must be the week for high hooking. I did the same thing yesterday. I was at the Acme Distribution center at Denver PA and when I pulled up to set myself up to back the trailer didn't look any higher than normal. When I started to back watching out my mirror the trailer lifted up as normal but I didn't hear the normal "Click" as the 5th Wheel captures the Kingpin so I rolled back about a half a foot and I heard a "clang" . I jumped out and saw that the Kingpin was infront of the 5th Wheel so I cranked up the trailer and dumped my airbags and got the Kingpin back over the 5th Wheel. I backed up again stopping short and I cranked the trailer down and the second time the 5th Wheel captured the Kingpin. When I started to hook up my air lines that is when I noticed that I bumped the bracket that held up the Air lines and Trailer electrical cable and it broke off. It actually broke away from where it had been welded on top of the Cab Shield luckily it broke right at the welds. I reported it to our safety department and the truck went into the shop for a 15 minute weld job. Now I'm just waiting for Safety to get back to me. My take aways are to 1: Double-check the trailer height before I start to back not just eyeball it from the driver seat. 2: Stop and take a second look at the alignment before I fully back under the extra second it will take me will save future greif. Also one saving factor was I always creep when I'm backing up I know if I had been going any faster there probably would have been more damage. I've been in yards where I see other drivers just giving it the gas and slamming under a trailer. Keep your chin up Jamie you now have a kindred spirit in the high hook club.

Posted:  3 weeks, 3 days ago

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May Trucking orientation but my backing isn’t perfect since I’m fresh out of CDL school. Should I be worried?

When I got hired at my present company I actually did three road tests or as the company calls them "Check Rides" The first was actually part of the initial interview it's actually to see how well you shifting coordination is and basic pre-trip knowledge, and a basic streight line back all of this was done I a day cab tractor with a 53' attached. My second Check ride was with the Safety Director after my three weeks of in-cab training with my trainer. This check ride was to determine if I would move into the "Shadow Training" Where I drove my own tractor with a load and my trainer had his own load. After that three week training I did one final "Check Ride" with the Safety Director and I was certified to start solo. Backing is tricky I'm still dialing it in some days I get it square on the dock and other days not so much. The big learning curve that I found is backing up a tractor with a sleeper cab I'm not lined up straight with my Trailer I'm either spinning my wheel to soon or too late when I'm chasing the trailer into the slot. When I went through CDL school we road tested on Day Cab tractors and you could glance out the back window to help you straighten out. Don't worry about about backing it will take time and every time you back you will gain confidence always GOAL and ask a fellow driver if you need a spotter most drivers will help because they have been in the same spot you are now every one started out as a newbe. Knock on wood I've never had a driver tell me no. Good luck on your new adventure and safe travels.

Posted:  4 weeks, 1 day ago

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Watch those Fuel hoses!

I'm currently sitting at the Gibson PA Flying J (Exit 219) I was waiting to fuel up and the driver infront of me was just about finished fueling. After he pulled up I pulled in and jumped out to start fueling. When I initially slid my card in the pump screen stayed blank and it didn't ask for my truck number. I tried my card again nothing so I hit the cancel button on the key pad and the screen indicated that the pump was still activated from the last driver. I looked at the fuel nozzle to see if was seated in the cradle and that's when I noticed that the hose was behind the lever / switch that hose had kept it up enough to keep the pump from shutting off. I moved the hose and the pump shut off proper and I was able to rack my fuel card and pump fuel. When the guy in the truck that used the pump before me I let him know to keep a eye out for next time so he doesn't make the same mistake. I've now added another check onto my continuous check list.

Posted:  1 month ago

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Question for the experienced drivers hug the yellow or the white

I drove School bus for three years before I made the jump to tractor trailer. When I went through school on my training drives out of habit I'd keep the truck pretty much riding the white line the instructors would always tell me to center myself in the lane. Even now I still find myself keeping close to the right side of the lane / road.

Posted:  1 month, 1 week ago

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Mystery Contact Number

I've been getting robo calls from the "Social Security office" Telling me if I don't call back I'm in big trouble. I called back and they asked me for my name and I told them it was Epstein Didintkillhimself they hung up. RealDiehl at least the number you got wasn't 867-5309.... lol

Posted:  1 month, 1 week ago

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About to pass my 9 month mark

I'm about a week away from hitting my 9 month mark as a professional driver. I've been working hard and staying positive as we all know some weeks up and some are down but I keep plugging away. I've always try to learn something new everyday and implement that into my daily routines. One thing I have implemented into my routine when I hook up a Trailer (I remember reading about Grumpy's trailer save a few months back) I check to make sure the trailer is attached to my tractor. First: When I back in and capture the King Pin I do a tug check, Second: I visually check by getting under the trailer and looking. Third: I do a final tug check before I move. I know it's a bit redundant but I know that those extra couple of seconds that it takes to do this ensures that I don't have a trailer drop. I also take a moment to check for air leaks after I hook up my air lines I'll hook them up and push in the trailer parking break and listen for air leaks. Even simple things like letting the landing leg crank handle hand down so the any water can drain out before I crank the legs down especially after driving on wet/ rainy roads. I've also noticed that one distraction can throw off your routine. The other day I picked up a trailer I was more worried that I'd get stuck in the snow I didn't verify that the tandem pins were locked in before I moved the trailer- I could see that the tandems we slid up so I assumed the pins were locked in. That was not the case as I stopped to make a left turn I heard a loud "Bang" I thought the trailer had disconnected about gave me a heart attack! The tandems slid all the way back to the end of the trailer. After I calmed down I found a safe spot to slide the tandems forward and make sure the pins locked. I now make sure that I don't allow anything to disrup my routine. These are only a couple of examples of what I have learned so far and I know I will continue to learn and gain experience.

Posted:  1 month, 1 week ago

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Celadon Bankruptcy Imminent

I've seen allot of talk on Social media about this. Especially on the Tic Tok social media app Most of it has been outreach to drivers that might be still be stranded out on the road. Though I've seen a couple of videos posted that are advising Lease Op drivers to take their rigs home and keep them until the Lease Op drivers get what they may be owed. The argument being that there was no prior notification that Celadon was closing their doors. I'm not familiar with the details of a lease agreement but that doesn't sound right I'm sure if a driver did that there would be allot of grief. I've also seen videos discouraging drivers taking that course of action. It also sounds like most of the trucking companies are reaching out to the Celadon drivers with job offers which shows how this community comes together in a time of need.

Posted:  2 months ago

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Ramp speed limits, and why they matter

G-Town wrote

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Massachusetts ramps are fun. Short, narrow, and sharp

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...and also North Jersey; once off the Interstate and running secondaries, ramps are ridiculously tight.

That's so true of Jersey a good example is getting off I95 just before the toll booths the off ramp for Route 130 North it has a short ramp before you go into a sharp right curve which is tight. I'm always make sure I'm fully on the high side of the curve and always check my tandem's on the passenger side so I don't clip that guard rail. I also slow down to at least 15 mph max. Hell it's a tough right hand turn onto 130 I take it a bit wider so I clear the corner.

Posted:  2 months ago

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Sitting in Dayton New Jersey waiting to unload.... It must be Monday

Old School replied

Hey Chris, do you understand how eight hours on sleeper berth can pause your 14 hour clock? This situation sounds ideal for using that little trick.

I thought about that option but I was on call waiting for a door to open up. I was "Off Duty" for a little over 5 1/2 hours when they called me to a door I tried to creep up to the warehouse but I popped my speed up over 5 mph and it put me into drive status with 24 minutes left on my HOS clock. So even if I went into Sleeper birth I still would have been 2 1/2 hours to my 8 inorder to do the split.

Posted:  2 months ago

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Sitting in Dayton New Jersey waiting to unload.... It must be Monday

I just finished getting unloaded I had 11 minutes left on my HOS clock when I bumped the dock. I had to creep out and get back on the street to shut down. I was doing good keeping my speed under 5 mph but it bumped over and I got the dreaded HOS violation from Ms Qualcomm doh.... Down for the night now tomorrow brings new opportunities.

Posted:  2 months ago

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Sitting in Dayton New Jersey waiting to unload.... It must be Monday

Well I'm sitting here at the West Rock warehouse in Dayton NJ waiting to get unloaded I've been here since 10:00 this morning my appointment was at 11:00 but the West Rock guys are running way behind there is still 4 other trucks ahead of me. Oh of course I'm also running out of HOS time. Another fun Monday in New Jersey.... Hopefully they will get me in before my clock runs out or else I'll have to creep in to the dock.

Posted:  2 months ago

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Ramp speed limits, and why they matter

Grumpy wrote

I couldn’t get a picture of the cargo spread all over the shoulder the other day, but this is after the cleanup.

I was racing my clock to get to the TA at Waterloo NY a week or two ago, when I saw a message the ramp was closed on an overhead sign. Stopped 45 minutes away and made dry camp. Was hoping to make the TA as I badly needed a shower.

Next morning I saw why. Heard over the CB the driver didn’t make it. It says 25 for a reason.

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Grumpy is this at Exit 41 on Thruway near the Casino? I noticed that the Guard rail was gone when I got off and headed to the Petro.

Posted:  2 months ago

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You and the equipment... Don't be that guy!

Dropping a trailer that has a deficiency and leaving it for the next guy is what I call taking the easy wrong over the hard right. Most of the trailers that I have come across are out of annual service tollerence when I pick up one that needs to be serviced I'll Red Tag it and get it down to our service yard and drop it off. But sometimes I've picked up a trailer that is already loaded and is overdue service and I'm taking it to drop off at another location which will unload at a later time. A good example of this is we always drop loaded Trailers at West Rock paper in Solvay, NY and it might take a couple of days before the trailer is unloaded. I always red tag a trailer if it needs to go to the the shop after it's unloaded. I will also look for any red tagged empty trailers that I can take back to the shop to get repaired or service. I've been fortunate that I've only had one trailer issue while I've been on the road. Blew an inner tire on the left front tandem and I was only 30 miles away from our shop so they sent out their mechanic to change the flat thus avoiding a service call.

Posted:  2 months, 1 week ago

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Damn deers...

A couple of weeks ago I was driving on the Ohio back roads and I saw a Billboard for a local car dealership promotion it said "Shoot a Deer - Get a Turkey"..... lol

Posted:  2 months, 2 weeks ago

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Have you met this Guy / Gal?

So I'm sitting at the Coulmbia NJ TA getting ready to head down to Asbury Park NJ to deliver a load of Pepsi products to the bottler there. The last time I was here as I was walking to the building I had a guy drive up in a van and try to sell me a "Home Theater" System the exchange went like this: Van Guy: Hey how are you doing? Me: Ok Van Guy: Would you be interested in buying a Home Theater System? It's not stolen or anything it's last year's model and my boss just wants to get rid of it. Me: Sorry still not interested! You pitched this same system to me here two months ago.... Exact same pitch. Van Guy: Oh Me: Take it easy dude.... Walking away. What is the most strangest thing that someone tried to sell you at a truck stop?

Posted:  2 months, 3 weeks ago

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Some Drivers!

PJ wrote

Some folks only care about themselves. Taking breaks on the fuel island is getting more often.

Last week I reserved a spot at a pilot because I knew it would be late when I got there. Well drivers had parked in the reserved spots without paying. The manager started checking tags and telling the drivers that didn’t pay to move. One driver got upset and refused to move. Police were called and he argued with them. He felt he should be able to just pay. He failed to understand they were sold out. He ended up in jail for the night for his stubborness.

I'm currently at Superior Beverage in Solon Ohio waiting to get unloaded. This place is really strict once you are unloaded they (Sup Bev) want you to leave the premises ASAP! Last time I was here a driver that finished unloading pulled out from the door and just parked his truck. So the Security Guard came up from the gate and told the driver to leave. When the Security Guard came up to the drivers truck the driver was out of his truck and they began to have a conversation from my vantage point it looks a bit heated because both guyd were failing their arms and gestering at each other. Finally the driver walked away from the Security Guard and instead of heading straight to the tractor the driver walks alllll the way around the back of his truck and then gets into the cab but not before the Security Guard came back and talk to him again. The driver finally started move towards the gate begrudgingly slowly. When I left I asked the Guard about it he was like I've got to deal with at least one knuckle head every day.!

Posted:  2 months, 3 weeks ago

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Some Drivers!

0821694001572472736.jpg So yesterday I was waiting to get loaded at Hillside Distributors in Edison, NJ it's located in the Raritan Business park right off the Turn Pike. I got there and checked in and they put me into a door right off as I was walking back to my truck this guy pulls in and parks basically right in front of the dock I need to back into. Oh what you can't see is there is another truck on the right side of this guy also waiting for a door. Space in this place is at a premium with drivers getting live loaded and pre-loaded containers waiting to be picked up. Well anyway this guy pulled in and basically blocked everyone. I figured he was checking in and waiting for a door but that was not the case from what I could surmise he either got loaded or unloaded at a different part of the warehouse and pulled into the lot to either wait for another assignment or do his 30. I jumped out of my truck and tried to ask him to back up so I could get back into the door oppsite his truck he said something to me but I couldn't understand him but I got the gist he wouldn't move till he was ready. Long story short one of the warehouse guys came out and made the guy move his truck the guy argued a bit with Warehouse Guy but finally moved his truck. When it was all said and done this guy basically brought the place standstill for about 45 minutes. Not only did he block me but I blocked two loaded drivers trying to get out, the local guys trying to pick up the pre-loaded containers. When I get to a location I try my best to stay out of everyone else's way unfortunately that didn't happen here. It's always a fun adventure when I drive in New Jersey

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