Profile For Joseph I.

Joseph I.'s Info

  • Location:
    Swaledale, IA

  • Driving Status:
    Rookie Solo Driver

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  • Joined Us:
    1 year, 1 month ago

Joseph I.'s Bio

Farmed for 35 years, now rent farm out and got CDL for a new career. Have driven semis for 30 years only pulling grain trailers to and from farm to market. 2 kids 17 and 16 so still need to be home most nights at least until they are out of school. Company I work for is so far very good at getting me home with the truck at night and letting me get them going to school in morning some.

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Posted:  4 days ago

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Lost dedicated route

We will have to agree to disagree. If you have someone home who is in a higher risk group or if you are yourself that is about all you need. As far as an employer not allowing it, in this time where most are trying to get by not many would fight on this since it will cost them nothing.

Posted:  4 days, 1 hour ago

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Just got my cdl n I am a Medically Retired Army veteran.

Thanks for your service and good luck in your search. Just a thought of something that would bother me, stop using the letter n to stand for a word when corresponding with a company via mail text or E-mail. If I were hiring that one would get tossed out without a second look. Once again thanks for your service especially on Memorial Day.

Posted:  4 days, 1 hour ago

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Lost dedicated route

Not to argue but the unemployment rules during this "virus paranoia" are very different. The unemployment you draw will not count against the employer and there are many other conditions that allow you to receive it. He will have little trouble meeting the criteria to receive benefits.

Posted:  4 days, 2 hours ago

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Lost dedicated route

I would be fairly certain you could draw unemployment during this virus scare as long as you show that your job or hours were reduced due to it. The one problem is if you want to stay working for this company or another trucking company it would be far better to keep driving than to try to milk unemployment for every last dime then trying to reenter workforcr.

Posted:  4 days, 17 hours ago

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Staying Busy In Good Times Or Bad

Got a question for Old School or anyone else I guess. Do you normally not know what your next load is until you are either unloaded or at least at the receiver. I mostly know where I am headed next long before that. Like I already know that Tuesday morning at live unload to Minneapolis at 8:00 then pick up next load in St. Paul which drops in Iowa, then pick up a preloaded trailer headed to San Antonio late in the day to deliver either late Thursday or Friday AM. Just curious how different places work. Stay safe and watch out for the drivers coming back out after being locked down for 2 months.

Posted:  4 days, 18 hours ago

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Air Leakage Tests

I do not believe any trucks have both air and hydraulic brakes. They have one or the other. Air brakes are the standard for semis as you can hook air lines and disconnect from the trailer. With hydraulic system they need to be enclosed systems and if air were in the system they would have to be bled.

Posted:  4 days, 23 hours ago

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Syncing antenna questions for first CB

I do not think your location will make any difference when setting up system. Just have a SWR meter and know how to use it and set your antenna. Location can make a difference in using a CB but not in installing.

Posted:  6 days, 16 hours ago

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Mixing tire sizes

It would not hurt on the steers but you might not care for the looks of different size tires and rims on the front. Those tires and rims will trade very well for a set you want for the fronts.

Posted:  1 week, 5 days ago

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Best (?) LTL Carrier for Linehaul

Unless you are looking to buy stock in the company I would not get to carried away with the profit and loss statements, they are just numbers that can be made to look however someone wants them to look.

Posted:  1 week, 5 days ago

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Best (?) LTL Carrier for Linehaul

I would not be against a union place but sure would not use that as a limiting factor. For me, if in your situation, I would chose between XPO Logistics and Old Dominion simply because they both have yards less than 10 miles from my driveway. I also have a UPS and FedEx in that range. If wanting to be home at night and doing that type of work location of a terminal would rate very high on the "what to look for" list.

Posted:  2 weeks, 2 days ago

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Buying a truck

I am not personally against buying a truck and striking out on your own as a lot on this site but I would be against buying unless you can write the check and have enough left in the bank to get you by for 6 months plus either enough to cover a major repair or buy new enough that it is covered with warranty.

Posted:  3 weeks, 6 days ago

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Cat Scales

Cat probably calibrates their own scales as they are liable for a bad weigh ticket. I know at the elevators in Iowa they are checked twice a year I believe but that is a state inspection for accuracy at point of sale. Cat would not be regulated at their scales that way. They will still be very accurate for trucking purposes.

Posted:  1 month ago

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Company wants me to pay

I pay for my own DOT physical. I get it from my own doctor but the company I work for told me I could use the doctor they use for there drug test if I wanted and it would have been cheaper than my doc but I stayed with my doc anyway. At least for me the physical was your CDL and the company needs a copy on file for insurance reasons.

Posted:  1 month, 1 week ago

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Cat rolling the window down

You could "accidently" give the cat a push while wife is not looking. HAHA cats not my favorite except except outside here on the farm for mouse and rat control.

Posted:  1 month, 1 week ago

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DOT physical question

The place where I got my CDL is still up and operating. You could do everything from getting learners permit to training to receiving CDL all through them. SO not exactly true that you are shut down completely.

Posted:  1 month, 3 weeks ago

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The Pleasures Of Taking Your Children Over The Road With You

I have a son and daughter that would both like to ride along with me for a week once in a while. They are so busy with other activities that the schedule is a pain to work out. Now that they are home from school for this virus stuff it would be a great time except because of this virus stuff they cannot. My daughter especially would like to come along to Laredo some time when all this craziness and hysteria blows over.

Posted:  1 month, 3 weeks ago

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Civil Discourse

That's the longest post I have ever read that when I finished had no idea what I had just read. Your first post said nothing bad and bringing the ancient Egyptians into it did not change that. HAHAHAHA

Posted:  2 months ago

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Bubba's 33 Restaurant

I have had the same trailer for last 10 days and am taking it to San Antonio next Tuesday. 50/50 chance that I drop and hook there if not I will have it for 3 weeks. I usually end up swapping trailers 3 to 7 times a week. I kinda like it as long as I have a good trailer.

Posted:  2 months ago

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Furloughed from Sysco

You will not have to actively look for other employment. My sister laid a bunch of her employees off who are installers in her business. In Iowa they can receive 70% of to a certain max and it does not go against employer. So she gave her workers the option of staying on or drawing unemployment. The ones with families mostly took the unemployment and a couple stayed working and she can find them enough work till this blows over.

Posted:  2 months, 1 week ago

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Eating In Truck Stops

Most everywhere the sit down eating places are closed. Some places have the roller grills off and do not let you bring your cup in for refills. I think the subways and such in the truck stops are all going and you can get supplies. I was in one the other morning that had pizza by the slice and donuts that you had to let an employee get for you to limit numbers of people touching things. One nice thing is traffic is at a minimum.

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