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Posted:  1 day, 5 hours ago

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Reefer Parking

It probably doesn't happen too often because like you said 90% of the parking spaces don't allow you the space to back out.

I try to nose in as much as i can because i carry a portable generator with me to cook, a/c, heat my truck and i don't feel like lugging it and out of the truck in front of everyone, even though i'm probably just being self conscious.

Posted:  2 days, 12 hours ago

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How often are you really "late?"

James,

You're pretty new so right now learning about the industry. On time delivery is just about the most important thing in trucking besides driving safely, imo.

You're going to, to put it bluntly, learn what is acceptable and what isn't. For example, I don't mess with tires unless they're off the rim or showing metal cords. If I got a trailer that has flat tires, as long as the air inflators can get them inflated, I'll go with it. Il let the company know after I dropped off the trailer so they can fix it.

Also, if you're driving for a mega carrier, they will sometimes give you the earliest time you can drop a load off, but they have a window of 2 or 3 days to do it. I used to call them if I was going to be late, but they kept on telling me it was ok cause I was within the window load after load that I finally stopped calling them.

Things should get easier the longer you do it, but it's definently something you should work on.

Posted:  4 days, 10 hours ago

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Wanting to become an Owner/Operator

Hi duane,

Let me give you some direction. Buying the truck is the LAST step in starting a trucking company. You need to make sure the loads you want to pull are readily available, you need to be sure you can afford the overhead, you need to understand the back office side of trucking.

FedEx freight is basically all dedicated contact freight. You will not be able to find their loads to pull unless you lease on with someone that has a contract with them. Amazon requires you to have 2 million auto liability, which is more than double the insurance needed to pull freight on the spot market.

If you're serious about going out on your own I'd suggest to find someone that's doing similar to what you want to be doing, and writing out a business plan wouldn't hurt. Good luck.

Posted:  1 week, 6 days ago

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Help with steps and dog breaking nails

I use something similar ti this. It's a ramp that folks once and it's really convenient to store inside the truck. Just don't put it between the cab and the trailer.

Petsmart might have something similar.

https://www.petco.com/shop/en/petcostore/product/solvit-deluxe-telescoping-pet-ramp-x-large-1247921?cm_mmc=PSH-_-GGL-_-SPP-_-PME-_-PET-_-AQU-_-0-_-PM_GGL_FY20_SBU04_SH10_Home%26Away_Travel%26Adventure_PLA-SMRT-_-0-_-0&gclsrc=aw.ds&&gclid=CjwKCAjwkdL6BRAREiwA-kiczJQ6BVwR7WtEKLaKTJKV9WNzgv6neIBU415E8mmnBSlBXVFFZmk2ExoCvbIQAvD_BwE

Posted:  2 weeks, 2 days ago

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About trucking apps like DAT & DOFT

Hi tali e,

Before you get too crazy into this business you need to calculate some numbers to see if doing this is viable. Let me give you some advice.

First and foremost, insurance runs trucking. Without insurance you can just forget about it. You need to go get a vin off of a vehicle that it's what you're going to be running. Don't buy it, you just need the vin. Start calling insurance companies and get quotes to what it's going to be yearly.

You can get get your dot and mc numbers without activating them. So get your numbers and sign up with dat, or whatever you're going to use. You will have info on how much lanes pay. Normally, you will have to call the brokers and negotiate a higher rate because their posted rate will be too low.

So, of you've made it this far you will have the info on how much the truck is going to cost, the insurance prices, how much you're going to make on loads, and you can estimate your fuel costs.

You can get all this info with relatively low costs ($600 to get your numbers through ooida) and you can have a clearer view on if the business will be profitable for you.

Note that im using my experience with a semi truck not a box truck, so it may differ a little. Good luck.

Posted:  3 weeks ago

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New chapter.....CRETE

Looks like you already made your decision, but I would not have left swift in under a year. Reason is swift will give you some leeway in incidents and accidents, whereas Crete will outright let you go.

6 months is not very much experience to be risking your livelihood. Be extra careful.

Posted:  1 month ago

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Buying my first truck need some info

If you didn't sign the papers yet, even though it sounds like you did, try to get the early contact termination fee waived.

I paid off the truck early and when I did they suck me with a huge fee.

Posted:  1 month, 1 week ago

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Knowledge test questions

Asher,

You are taking a standardized test. It's not about what you think is right, it's about what they think is right. ;) get all the answers memorized, pass the test and move on.

Posted:  1 month, 1 week ago

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ICC operating authority

Everything it's streamlined today. I paid ooida $600 bucks (I believe you can do it yourself for $300), got my numbers in two days. Bought a truck, put insurance on it, and away I went.

Posted:  1 month, 1 week ago

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Can I rent and drive a semi truck and trailer for personal (non-commercial) use. Yes, I have a CDL

Hi rtfirefly,

I asked my insurance agent some of these questions and i'll try to answer what i can. First, obviously you'd need the proper license to drive the vehicle.

But Yes, you can buy a semi tractor and use it as a personal vehicle. The insurance, i'm assuming, wouldn't be too bad if you owned it and just had to get auto liability. But if don't own it and making payments i'm sure with full coverage like collision and physical damage it would be much more expensive. People don't do it, because it's much more comfortable getting an RV made to be lived in, while semi's are made to haul freight, but yes you can do it.

As far as renting a semi and hauling things personally, the places that do that like penske is set up like a business where your leasing from them on a contract, which they require you to have years and years of experience before they would rent to you. You couldn't just walk off the street after getting a cdl and renting something.

I don't know of any place where you could rent a semi for a few days, the liability is just too high to do that, but i could be wrong.

Posted:  1 month, 2 weeks ago

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Electronic Log and 34 Hour Reset

Hi Tim,

I know it sounds scary how much the trucking industry has changed, but rest assured, it's not as bad as it sounds. I too am an o/o, so let me shed some light for you. The eld's track when you start your engine, the latitude and longitude of the vehicle, your location to the closest town, the mileage, when the vehicle is moving, and how far you've driven from your last location. Obviously, if your just idling your truck it's not going to record drive time.

You can not cheat on the elogs because if you unplug it it will record "unidentified drive time". You or someone has to claim that time and it's easily visible on your eld.

Now, as an o/o i will tell you that technology also has a positive impact. In the past few years brokers are going electronic. What that means is you can pull up an app, look at loads, click a button and they'll send you the rate con electronically. You don't have to talk to anyone, you just click and go. Payments are also electronic. You don't have to wait for 30 days to get paid anymore, payments come in two days directly into your accounts. Lumper fees are paid with pressing a button also. You don't have to worry about brokers cancelling loads on you because they found a cheaper carrier and all that garbage.

As far as the 34 hour break, the way i see it, it is mainly for mega carriers to limit the amount of drive time of their drivers because company drivers work on quantity of miles vs the owners that work on mainly the quality of the trip. The 70 hour clock has never been an issue for me, sometimes i don't even remember it's even there. I myself drive around 1500-2000 miles per week and that's if i want to run that much and i'm doing quite well out here.

Also, Thank you for your service and have a nice day.

Posted:  1 month, 2 weeks ago

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There are no dumb questions. Right?

Mike b,

Honestly, I don't think the fmcsa really knows. PC was a hot topic when they were parading around the country getting all the drivers mad at them.

one time they said you could not PC home and a driver asked if you could pc to visit your neighbor and they said yes.

I guess it's the intent. Just something to think about if dot ever asks I guess.

Posted:  1 month, 2 weeks ago

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There are no dumb questions. Right?

Mike b,

Read the fmcsa faqs page under the first question. Going home is a continuation of a trip and does not qualify for personal conveyance.

https://www.fmcsa.dot.gov/regulations/hours-service/personal-conveyance-frequently-asked-questions-0

Posted:  1 month, 2 weeks ago

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There are no dumb questions. Right?

Hi triplet dad,

You get 70 hours of drive time in a rolling 8 day period. So, if you run out of time on a day, you can take your 10 hour break and always get time back to drive. In your example, of running out of time and still needing to drive 20 miles to get to a more comfortable place to take a 34 reset, you have a couple options.

You can stop where you are and take a 10 hour break, get time back, drive to the Iowa 80, take your 34. You can also use "personal conveyance", which is recorded as off duty. Personal conveyance has a lot of strings attached to it because it can be easily abused. To use personal conveyance, you can not be under a load, and you can not be dispatched for a load. You can not use personal conveyance to advance towards another load, you can not use personal conveyance to go home. Many mega carriers will not let you use personal conveyance at all as a company policy.

hopes this helps.

Posted:  1 month, 3 weeks ago

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RECENT CDL GRAD (GOT TERMINATED FOR VIOLATING COMPANY POLICY)

Richard,

Im not going to judge you but just recently, last year I think, the fmcsa stated a separate drug and alcohol clearing house that any offenders must be put in. It is that serious.

Be thankful that you passed that test, and if you do find another company please be more responsible and realize that driving a big truck isn't a joke.

Posted:  1 month, 4 weeks ago

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License suspension for non payment!!

How old are you?

Posted:  2 months, 1 week ago

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Do anyone know a app like trucker path for gym

Join planet fitness. I did.

Posted:  2 months, 1 week ago

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Slip seating during this pandemic

Maybe you should ask your doctor and not a bunch of truck drivers. ;)

Posted:  2 months, 1 week ago

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Progression as a rookie

Im honestly not sure what you're looking for or how anybody can help you. Everyone wants different things so there isn't really a progression, more of being at a place you're happy with.

Make a list of what you want at a job that you're currently lacking. Then come back with something concrete then maybe we can help.

People are questioning your miles because traditionally you do between 5-6k a week with the truck never stopping, but you probably know that coming from crst.

Posted:  2 months, 1 week ago

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Best Company For lease-to-own?

Hi jeff,

The only place I've ever seen anyone successful leasing out of is prime, but I have no idea how they are set up.

I can however say with great certainty that you will not be getting home weekly doing lease, unless you trained and got paid all miles, or run team.

The good news is you live in a good area for freight. Indy has a lot of hubs you can find freight out of.

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