Profile For Rob D.

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  • Location:
    Ballwin, MO

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    Preparing For School

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    8 months, 3 weeks ago

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Posted:  7 hours, 23 minutes ago

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Is This a HAZMAT Load

I was too flippant in my initial post.

I have copied an additional link for "Ammonia solution" below:

Hazardous Materials Label

Disclaimer: I am even less of an expert than Turtle.

Posted:  9 hours, 54 minutes ago

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Is This a HAZMAT Load

Posted:  11 hours, 13 minutes ago

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When you get picked to go to the boss's house

I can still remember Prime's location in Urbana, Missouri from the 1970's.

Posted:  1 day, 6 hours ago

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Anybody gonna be in Prime SLC on Tues?

BTW, the Flying J in off of I-270 or the Love's in St. Charles doesn't have as seedy an element. So my wife might feel a little safer if I met you there.

Plus, I think that the Love's in St. Charles is Kearsey's favorite truck stop in St. Louis.

Posted:  1 day, 7 hours ago

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Anybody gonna be in Prime SLC on Tues?

I overnighted last night in East St. Louis, across from the race track, Rob!

You should have let me know. I could have met you for dinner.


Posted:  1 day, 8 hours ago

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TMC Boat Division or Specialized/John Deere???


Having looked at your bio and comment history, I am intrigued about whether you had any regrets going from the corporate world to trucking. I am in a similar situation where I am planning to make a huge career change, but still have doubts now and then.

Also, you last post prior to this thread said you were headed to Roehl on December 4, 2017. How have you been at TMC for a year and half if you started with Roehl almost two years ago?

Posted:  1 day, 13 hours ago

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Anybody gonna be in Prime SLC on Tues?

No, but I'll be in Sprimo Wednesday

Heading through St. Louis before or after?

Posted:  4 days, 13 hours ago

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Failed my this the end?

he said one thing I like about you is that you didn’t give up you were relaxed you weren’t frustrated he said company’s look for individuals like you because you know how to be relaxed in difficult situations.

Experienced drivers, please correct me if I'm wrong, but isn't orientation and training a continuous interview?

The company, the trainers, and/or a school wants to see that the student can not only develop the skills you need, but that the student also has the temperament to handle challenges and obstacles when you are on your own. And this evaluation would be subjective. So a company or trainer may simply decide they don't have confidence in the student and believe the student can handle the job. So the trainer may not expend the resources on the student so they can pass the test.

In the end, the company or trainer may be wrong about that student, but they will make that decision early on as to how much energy they want to invest.

Callie asked in the subject "is this the end?" It is if you decide it is the end. If you decide otherwise, there are many experienced drivers on this forum that can give you guidance as to your options.

Good luck.

Posted:  1 week ago

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5 ton weight limit to get to rest stop

REASONABLE ACCESS States must allow CMVs that do not exceed Federal maximum width and minimum length limits applicable to the NN (not including combinations subject to the ISTEA freeze on length) to have reasonable access between the NN and terminals and facilities for food, fuel, repairs, and rest. Terminals are defined as any location where freight originates, terminates, or is handled in the transportation process. Access must be allowed up to 1.61 km (1 mile) from the NN by the most reasonable and practicable safe route. For access to terminal and service facilities beyond 1.61 km (1 mile) from the NN, the route may be requested from the State. Access must be granted if the vehicle can safely travel the route as determined by a test drive. If a State does not act upon a request within 90 days, access is automati-cally granted. If access is granted to one vehicle type, it applies to all vehicles of the same type, regardless of carrier.

States must also allow access between the NN and points of loading and unloading to household goods carriers, motor carriers of passengers, and any truck tractor-semitrailer combination in which the trailer or semitrailer has a length equal to or less than 8.53 m (28 feet), or 8.69 m (28.5 feet) for appropriately grandfathered equipment, and which generally operates as part of a truck tractor-semitrailer-trailer combination.

Federal Size Limitations

Posted:  1 week, 2 days ago

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Should I stay or should I go

I don't find it engaging ... this job bores me to tears

I can't speak from a driver's perspective, but I can speak from the perspective of a 52 year old male, who left the Army at 23 to go to the University of California with dreams of an "engaging" career that pays well and wouldn't "bore me to tears."

After over 20 years of the corporate world I'm pretty much burnt out with my "engaging" career. And I see a lot of the same burn out with others, including civil engineers who I've seen literally work themselves to death. I understand that trucking has the stressful learning curve during the first year and the continuing job stress mentioned by the professional drivers on this forum. So I don't expect trucking to be easy. But right now, I would relish an non-engaging trucking job that "bored me to tears."

That being said, I have certain "engaging" intellectual pursuits that I hope to continue after I get through my first year of trucking and things become more "manageable."

I'm sure that this movie is before your time, but I would recommend "Monty Python and the Meaning of Life." If you like satire, Monty Python does satire very well and the Meaning of Life takes a very irreverent look at all the ways people try to find happiness in this world. Happiness through job satisfaction being one of the more common errant paths.

Spoiler alert regarding the movie:

The end of the movie contains this quote:

Try and be nice to people, avoid eating fat, read a good book every now and then, get some walking in, and try and live together in peace and harmony with people of all creeds and nations

The point being that the meaning of life is probably a lot less complicated than most people try to make it.

Good luck to you.

Posted:  1 week, 4 days ago

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Would you work for this company?

Hey guys thank you for the advice. I do like to keep my profile sort of private and hope you guys respect that. However I am not playing any games. I

People who are not playing games usually don't post avatar pictures with George Soros under a name of a fraudulent real estate developer.

And people who want to keep their identity private also don't invite unwanted attention.

You wouldn't happen to drive a white BMW, would you?

Posted:  1 week, 5 days ago

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Would you work for this company?

Not trying to be political here but did anyone miss his Avatar is George Soros? Is this guy trying to play some kind of game? Just asking...

Ron Wells is also a Spokane developer who pled guilty to mail fraud.

Ron Wells Spokane Developer

Posted:  1 week, 6 days ago

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Job Opening for Brett

Posted:  1 week, 6 days ago

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Not sure what company to go with

A point to consider on Prime's extending their training to "make more money"

2. Until you drive at least 6 months for a company, they lose money on you. Many places its almost a year before a company even breaks even on you. From cost of hire all the way to benefits, the cost of turnover PER DRIVER is $11,000 - $12,000. So if you get fired the company is not only parting ways with you, they are saying "It is worth the loss of over $10,000 to not have this driver work here anymore and replace him with an unknown driver who may or may stick around for a year and cost us another $11,000." This doesn't even include the training companies that have invested even more in a driver. Successful Mega Carriers and even successful smaller companies don't get to be called "successful" by throwing away profits and not taking termination very seriously.

Jrod's Assessment of the Cost of Driver Turnover

Donna just recently received her one year safe driving jacket from Prime. If one year of accident free driving was easy, they wouldn't give out jackets as awards.

Perhaps Prime extended their training to avoid the $10,000 they lose for each driver who doesn't make it to the one year break even point.

As far as I'm concerned, if Prime wants to "make more money" by making sure that their drivers are successful, good for them. In fact, sounds the company for me.

Posted:  1 week, 6 days ago

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ATA chief takes on truck-accident lawyers

With regard to who was at fault in the accident, Texas is a comparative fault state meaning that even if you were 49% at fault you can still sue for damages. I could not find the actual jury verdict, but below is a quote from the article linked further below showing the jury's determination of fault among the parties.

The jury found Werner 70 percent responsible for causing the injuries, its driver 14 percent responsible and the driver of the plaintiffs’ vehicle 16 percent responsible.

So the jury did find that the truck driver was less at fault than 4 wheel driver. However, the jury found overwhelming responsibility directly on Werner.

The article mentions

Werner-owned truck that was allegedly inadequately equipped with sufficient safety features.

I don't know what they mean by this, but I would also not be surprised that the evidence may have involved dispatch insisting that the driver continue despite reservations from the driver.

The articles also state that Werner planned to appeal. I could not find any follow up articles regarding the results of that appeal.

Werner $90 million Texas Lawsuit

Posted:  2 weeks, 1 day ago

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Happy Birthday.

I was at a conference last week and someone's computer wallpaper was someone ice climbing which made me think of you.

Posted:  2 weeks, 1 day ago

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Eye Candy


Posted:  2 weeks, 2 days ago

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The TruckingTruth Meet Up Thread


Turtle, Packrat, photos please.


Posted:  2 weeks, 3 days ago

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Got busted going 21 over, down the grapevine.

Get an attorney to get it reduced or traffic school.

Posted:  2 weeks, 3 days ago

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Trip planning regards to routes

I had question about "legal truck routes" based on a scenic route that I had taken from Kingdom City to Pacific. The route that I took would be about the same distance from Kingdom City to the intersection of I-270 and I-44 but would allow you to avoid traffic in the western part of St. Louis. However, when I looked at the Rand McNally Motor Carriers Atlas, the highways I took were not highlighted in orange at "legal truck routes." I could not find a user-friendly summary of what makes a route a "legal truck route" in the Rand McNally Atlas either from Rickipedia on Trucking Truth or the internet generally. Also, I couldn't find a user-friendly summary of what happens if you take a route other than a route designated as "legal truck route" in the Rand McNally Atlas. Missouri does not have a specific violation or penalty for traveling along a highway other than the National Highway Network.

But after reading the explanation of the "State Access Policies" in the Rand McNally and researching Missouri State statutes, I think I found the answer, but I want to make sure I'm on the right track.

I understand that it involves the interrelation between Federal law and state law. Federal law limits the restrictions that states may impose on length, height, width, and weight for commercial vehicles on National Highway Network Roads. I understand this is "National Weight and Size Provisions" table in the Rand McNally Atlas. The "legal truck routes" highlighted in orange are National Highway Network Roads. So long as you stay on the orange highlighted roads, you're safe. (Subject to other limitations and restrictions shown in the Rand McNally Atlas).

At I mentioned, Missouri does not impose a penalty for leaving the National Highway Network. However, if you travel on a Missouri State highway not designated as part of the National Highway Network, you must know and not exceed the length, height, width, and weight limitations generally applicable in Missouri. In Missouri, those would be 60' (all highways) or 65' (primary highways; I couldn't find a list) length, 102" width, 13'6" height, and 20,000 lbs (steer axle), 34,000 lbs each (tandem axle) and 80,000 total weight. In addition, to the general statewide limitations, you might also encounter low clearances, bridge weight limitations, and other restrictions if you travel on a Missouri State highway not designated as part of the National Highway Network.

So if you did travel on such "other highways" in Missouri you wouldn't necessarily get a ticket for leaving the National Highway Network. Rather, you would most likely get a ticket for exceeding either the length or height limitations, which Missouri statewide limitations are less than the National Highway Network limitations.

Please let me know where I've misunderstood something.

DISCLAIMER: I am not a driver and this post should not be used as authority to travel Missouri State highways not designated at "legal truck routes in the Rand McNally Motor Carrier's Atlas

Links to Missouri Statutes:

Missouri Statute 304.170: Length, Height and Width Regulations

Missouri Statute 304.180 Weight Limitations

I have also included a link to the other thread where "out of route" trip planning was discussed.

Prime Out of Route Tolerance Posts

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