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Posted:  2 weeks ago

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Brett can we get a taco emote?

No taco but Mariachi band emoji

Posted:  2 weeks, 1 day ago

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Hey Rob. D

Bird-one,

A ride along sounds great.

Maybe I could even do an air brake test. It would be nice to actually see in action what I've been reading over and over.

Posted:  2 weeks, 1 day ago

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Wind Speed Chart

G-Town,

Thanks.

I had saved this, along with your kingpin chart, the first time I saw it.

Definitely will have this in the truck.

Posted:  2 weeks, 2 days ago

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Goofball Passed Away Today...Trucking with Pets

Kearsey,

So sorry to hear about this.

We lost our dog Russell last may so I know how you feel.

Posted:  2 weeks, 2 days ago

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High Winds; Good Judgment

Based on the video linked below, I would have shut down and definitely NOT have passed another truck.

Thoughts from experienced drivers?

Truck Buffeted by High Winds

Posted:  2 weeks, 3 days ago

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Hey Rob. D

Bird -One,

My schedule will be too tight this weekend, so it will be hard to meet up.

Next time?

Posted:  2 weeks, 3 days ago

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Yearly Pay Numbers for 2019

Realdiehl says:

Meh! Officially started with Prime on 2/27.

While it's nice to see the other big numbers, its my first year that concerns me the most. Your first year numbers are what I expect to make.

So thanks for posting.

Posted:  2 weeks, 6 days ago

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When newbs want to drive like Brett....

Actually that recent video of the truck in the fog was probably more like Brett driving a tanker through the median. The difference was Brett did it to AVOID hitting someone and didn't roll over.

Posted:  3 weeks ago

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Trip Planning Practice 04

The Mother Road. I couldn't pass up planning a trip along the world famous Route 66. My overall route is pretty straight forward. I-44 to I-40 to I-15 into the "Inland Empire." My overnight stops are the West Bound picnic area at exit 13 near Boise, Texas, Love's Williams, Arizona, and Love's at Barstow, California.

I will be pushing my 11 to make the first two overnight stops. But other than PTI, I shouldn't have to burn a lot of my 14. I also have quite a bit of cushion built into my overall trip plan. So if I stay ahead of my benchmarks, I will have the luxury to stop at roadside attractions for 15 minutes here and there. I have a few roadside attractions planned as part of the route. See below from when I did Route 66 in 2017.

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My schedule has me getting into the Barstow Love's about noon on December 12. I plan to leave Barstow the next morning about 5:00 a.m. CST which will get me into the receiver about 4:30 a.m. PST. I may leave even earlier. At that time of the morning there shouldn't be a lot of traffic. There is a TA and Petro near the receiver. Also there is an industrial court right near the receiver, where Google street view shows a truck parked:

Conagra Food Entrance

Below is a link to my spreadsheet for trip planning. Don't worry about messing it up as I have an Excel version on my computer.

Rob D Trip Planning Worksheet

Posted:  3 weeks, 1 day ago

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Hey Rob. D

Bird-one,

I should be back in Chicago this weekend. I can swing by and at least get a picture.

RealDiehl, I'll add this to my pre-trip.

Add "smart phone cam: fully operational, lense is clean, clear of obstructions, and not cracked." To your pre trip.

Make sure to look me up next time you're rolling through St. Louis and you can give me personal training on this pre-trip.

Posted:  3 weeks, 2 days ago

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Hey Rob. D

Bird-one,

It was great to meet you as well. Brett, Old School, and Kearsey have all emphasized how important it is to maintain a positive attitude in trucking. It's nice to meet people like you that exemplify that positive attitude about trucking.

And thanks for the vote of confidence. Only time will tell as far as my success in this performance based career. Brett and Old School have emphasized lately that preparation before you show up to orientation makes a big difference in your success. I plan to be as prepared as I can. Thanks for popping the hood on the truck so I could practice a little PTI.

I hope that by the next time we meet I will upgraded my status to Rookie Solo Driver.

Posted:  3 weeks, 2 days ago

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Failed drug test

Jeremy,

My online research indicates that Phentermine can result in a false positive, which you had already mentioned, so it is interesting that the lab told you it would not result in a false positive. Another "failed drug test" poster on this forum claimed that he later found out that his girl friend had done cocaine and he believed he tested positive from kissing her. While, I don't know whether that is reasonable, you might want to think if something like that in your situation would have caused a false positive.

I did find the FMCSA split specimen testing procedure below. While this may not help you at this point, future readers of this thread my be within the 72 hour window.

FMCSA Split Specimen Test Regulations

Interestingly, this only applies to urine samples because there are no FMCSA regulations for hair follicle testing. Because FMCSA doesn't have regulations for hair follicle testing, it made me question their validity. This is answered by the Trucking Truth article linked below:

Trucking Truth Hair Follicle Article

Accordingly, your hair follicle test does NOT count as a failed DOT drug test and cannot be shared with other companies.

This raises another question in my mind. How do you answer the question "have you failed a drug test." If the question is "have you failed a DOT drug test?" The answer would be no, because hair follicle testing is not an authorized test under DOT regulations.

I would be interested in Rick's thoughts on this as well.

Good luck in your endeavors.

Posted:  3 weeks, 2 days ago

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Hey Rob. D

I'll be there.

Posted:  3 weeks, 3 days ago

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Hey Rob. D

I'll be there at 12:30. Do you have the same truck in your recent profile photos?

Posted:  3 weeks, 3 days ago

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Hey Rob. D

I'll come by the yard. What is the address? And what time?

Posted:  3 weeks, 3 days ago

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Hey Rob. D

Give me a time and place tomorrow afternoon near your yard and I'll meet you there.

Posted:  3 weeks, 3 days ago

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Hey Rob. D

Visiting relatives. I'll be here through Friday so if you want to meet up let me know

Posted:  3 weeks, 3 days ago

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Merry Christmas everyone!

Merry Christmas to all.

For those on home time, I hope the time spent with family and friends refreshes you.

For those on the road, I hope for clear, dry roads, breakdown free travels, and plenty of parking at the end of your day.

Posted:  3 weeks, 4 days ago

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Merry Christmas everyone!

Happy Channukah to Big Scott and other MOT

Posted:  3 weeks, 5 days ago

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Rookie Solo Adventure, thoughts, questions, vent, and ramble.

Spoonerist relates:

I might’ve shared above that I’m studying dimensional/perceptual reality and how it relates to human (Western) society.

I am in Chicago and saw the "Metra" commuter train and pondered explaining the "commuter train" concept to horse and buggy folks.

I would get some feedback from some of the experienced drivers on the forum about teaming before taking the leap.

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