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Posted:  1 day ago

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Refusing delivery

Hi Dan,

My advice to you is to work it out with your company as best as you can and try to do what they ask for before leaving. Don't just abandon the load, don't just park the truck and leave, if at all possible.

Reason being is that these companies have ways to report you to a number of places that may make getting jobs harder in the future such as your dac report.

Good luck.

Posted:  4 days, 8 hours ago

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Nation catching on to consequences of truck driver shortage

During blitz week a lot of drivers stay home and the rates go through the roof. I've always run during blitz week and I love it.

Yesterday I got 12 emails from landstar needing trucks. They usually send one or two when it's busy. Going to look at prices on a newer truck this weekend. The 5 yr depreciation is almost up on my current one. Be safe everyone.

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Posted:  2 weeks ago

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Owner Operators - Which lane do you prefer to take?

Hi max,

Let me first say, you are pretty far off on your expectations. You've got the mindset of a company driver and you'll learn quickly the differences between a company driver and an owner.

First, o/o's don't run as many miles as a company driver. I run between 1500-2000 miles per week. This is because our trips are live load and unloads which take up a large portion of out time. We don't drop and hook.

Money wise you should figure roughly $2.00/mi. So aiming for $4-5k a week should be a realistic goal.

You also can not schedule your week out that far. What if your equipment fails on the first trip?, Cancelling loads is a huge black mark on your carrier.

Being an owner means driving is about 30% and all the back office is 70%, imo.

Best of luck.

Posted:  3 weeks ago

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Swift/knight split break

Hi friends.

I know this is kind of random, but does swift and knight let you use the 8/2 or 7/3 split break? Thanks.

Posted:  4 weeks ago

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Overweight and punished

Definitely not run. Don't let dispatchers bully you. It's your license.

Posted:  1 month ago

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Quick question

Hey rob, I misunderstood your question.

Most of not all individuals that rent trailers want you to drive for them.

There's two things about trailers right now. It's almost impossible to find one to buy right now let alone rent because the freight market is so tight right now.

Also, most places I know of don't rent just one trailer. They require you to have a fleet.

One recommendation I could give is AAA freight out of the south side of Chicago. I don't know if they have any trailers, but I rented one from them a few years ago and they treated me well

Posted:  1 month ago

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Quick question

You would provide the insurance. You would insure it for the full value of the trailer. You will also need to provide the trailer rental with a certificate if insurance with them listed.

For your question about insurance: just like car rental, the person who takes a car out on the road is responsible for it, including the insurance.

If you take insurance from the rental agency, you pay for that, anyway.

Posted:  1 month ago

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Driver Off Duty wants to Personal Conveyance home

Crystal, be aware that you can not just unplug the eld. The eld will continue to log if it's not plugged in or not.

If you're the administrator, you need to look for "unidentified time" and the driver has to claim it and it will automatically insert it into his log.

If your eld is telling you to unplug it, that's not a good sign, make sure they are approved by the fmcsa.

Posted:  1 month, 1 week ago

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Things Are Bad, Running Out of Time

Stop calling for help. Be a professional and get the damn trailer in there.

Posted:  1 month, 2 weeks ago

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Which Lane is the Proper Lane to Turn Into ?

If i were you i'd go with the one where you don't get any points deducted.

Posted:  1 month, 2 weeks ago

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Covid 19 Vaccine Unavailabe to Drivers

... but the media says we're all going to die!!!!@

Posted:  1 month, 3 weeks ago

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Newbie Trucker Dad Giving Advice - and Stories

If it was such a big deal call the cops and press charges.

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Hi Harvey,

Im sorry, but none the things you said stick out to me as out of the ordinary. Perhaps these experiences will make your son a stronger person.

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Not even this? “His partner punched him in the face and told him to start driving.” 🤔

Posted:  1 month, 3 weeks ago

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Newbie Trucker Dad Giving Advice - and Stories

Hi Harvey,

Im sorry, but none the things you said stick out to me as out of the ordinary. Perhaps these experiences will make your son a stronger person.

Posted:  1 month, 3 weeks ago

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TractoRV

RV's don't need a cdl because they are not driving them commercially (for hire). Nor do they have hours of service.

I didn't make the rules.

Posted:  1 month, 3 weeks ago

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Give it a go or call it quits?

That's a lot of work, money, and timefor me to shut it down. I would look into hiring a driver after you run everything on them if I were in your shoes.

Posted:  1 month, 3 weeks ago

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Rookie doing Power Only as O/O?

Hi jason,

A lot of people try to do trucking as a part time gig or something they can do on the side. Unfortunately, it's just too cost prohibitive.

Power only loads have a lot of problems with them. First, they require a return trip. There's just not enough loads out there to risk getting stuck somewhere and not being able ti find a load. Secondly, in my experience, they only want to pay about half of what a load with a trailer pays. You can not afford to operate on half pay because your expenses are basically going to be the same as if you had a trailer. You need the same amount of fuel, repairs and auto liability coverage. The only thing you save on is physical damage coverage on a trailer, which is very cheap.

If you want to get your authority, your going to have hefty bills right off the rip. Plates are between 1500- 1800 depending on the state. Insurance for a new venture will run upwards of 25k, which they require a 20% downpayment. Not to mention quarterly ifta miles reporting and 1099 taxes.

Almost all insurance companies require at least two years of experience before they even talk to you.

But, if you're still interested in pursuing this dream, the only place I've ever seen that offer enough loads is jb hunt. You might want to try contacting them.

Posted:  1 month, 4 weeks ago

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So I decide to walk away on the 3rd day of company orientation

Hi Matthew,

I wasn't there to experience what you did so im going to give you the benefit of the doubt.

Look, no company is going to give you a round trip airfare, if that's what you expected. You're lucky because most companies stick you on a greyhound and herd you over to their facilities.

Orientation is the first test they give you to see if you have it, and with your attitude and actions, it doesn't seem like you do.

I can almost guarantee that cre and we is going to be far worse experiences. Cre makes you train with another trainee at the same time on a truck, and we, well I've never heard anything good about them.

Posted:  2 months ago

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Always know where your load is going and check your BOLs.

Great catch.

Happened to me a few weeks ago, shipper mixed up the pickup numbers. Had to get unloaded and then reload.

Posted:  2 months ago

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Greetings, new driver, unusual situation

Hi Michael,

I get the impression that you want to do your main FF job and do truck driving on the side. Unfortunately, truck driving is mainly a full time, all or nothing gig. It's 14 hours a day job that will take up all your scheduling.

If you do find something that is part time, it may be with a smaller outfit. With smaller outfits you need to watch certain things because a lot of them are shady operations. You need to be sure that you will be classified as a w2 employee. Which means your taxed on every paycheck and are offered benefits.

If they want you to work as a 1099, then go to another place.

good luck.

Posted:  2 months ago

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Arizona DOT Enforcement blitz this week.

Do you honestly think the dot is dumb enough to announce blitzes weeks and months ahead of time so people that run trash can plan around it?

It's all a bunch of misdirection. do what you should be doing and you'll be fine.

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