Profile For Flatlander

Flatlander 's Info

  • Location:
    TX

  • Driving Status:
    In CDL School

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  • Joined Us:
    3 months, 3 weeks ago

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Posted:  3 months, 1 week ago

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I have a problem with keeping my eating out spending low... How can I discipline myself?

My Son and Daughter in law have told me about the "Instant Pot".

I've had one for years, and they are great. Be aware they require many more watts than a slow cooker. Slow cooker's use about 200 watts, but the instant pot needs 1000. There is a mini version that draws 700 watts.

Posted:  3 months, 2 weeks ago

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Differences in free time between the kinds of freight hauling

Thanks to everyone for the replies. I got the message loud and clear. I will live in the truck and just save my money the first year and then see how it shakes out. No worries. I am looking forward to the challenge.

Posted:  3 months, 2 weeks ago

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Differences in free time between the kinds of freight hauling

Welcome aboard Flatlander!

if you want to be a trucker so you can bankroll some other dream, then first be a trucker. The only way you'll do any good with trucking is to commit to it like your life depended on it. Once you start developing your abilities then decide how to manage your time to work on your other desires. That would be the best way to pursue your ideas.

Thanks for the welcome old school. Yes, I agree one should not get into this profession and do a half-assed job. I have never worked that way, and I'm not going to start now. As I said, I knew there would be a distinct possiblity that I would not have the time I would like. I am ok with that. By the way, I am giving serious thought to flatbedding. Cheers.

Posted:  3 months, 2 weeks ago

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Differences in free time between the kinds of freight hauling

In my experience you spend a LOT of time at shippers and receivers backed up to docks with most reefer loads so if i had to guess that would be what your looking for

Thanks for the info. So, if trip-planning takes up a lot of time, maybe drive a reefer on a dedicated or regional route so I would have less trip planning as I became familiar with receivers?

Posted:  3 months, 2 weeks ago

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Differences in free time between the kinds of freight hauling

Hello all, this is my first post and I am excited to get started in trucking. Before I explain in detail what I am asking, let me say from the get go that I understand trucking is a hard job that is not 9 to 5, and that it requires a driver to do whatever it takes time-wise to get the job done. I have always had hard jobs with crazy hours, so I am not asking this question out of laziness or out of lack of commitment.

I am looking to drive for a few years while I build up my bankroll enough to pursue another business venture full-time. I am looking to pursue this venture part-time while driving full time. Ideally I would like to have 2-3 hours per day 4 days per week to dedicate to this part-time online work. These hours would need to be from 2am to 3pm Monday thru Friday.

I would like to know if reefer, dry van, or flatbed would give me greater free time, as well as whether OTR, regional, or local is more suitable. From doing some research it seems flatbed deliveries and pickups are during the day, so that is a possibility. I have read that with reefers, there can be hours of waiting at the receiver, so that too could work. Of course with local you are home every night, but is seems the hours are so long, all you do is work, eat, and sleep during the week. So that doesn't seem to fit.

It may be that there is no solution, and I am cool with that. I will just drive to make the most money I can. Thanks for any help.

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