Profile For Joseph I.

Joseph I.'s Info

  • Location:
    Swaledale, IA

  • Driving Status:
    Rookie Solo Driver

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  • Joined Us:
    1 year, 4 months 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:  3 hours, 22 minutes ago

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Crossing the border with spouse? Is it allowed?

Canada with some exceptions is still requiring 14 day quarantine upon entry I believe.

Posted:  3 days, 3 hours ago

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What would you do? Almost sideswiped.

Me personally would chew his ass first chance I get and tell him to get a headset and use it. When I first started that was actually one of the first things my boss said was a definite nono.

Posted:  3 days, 3 hours ago

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Questions about brake shoes/lining

Chips or a crack will be fine as long as they are not wore thin. There is a certain % that needs to be there to remain legal. Is this your own truck, if so, replacing is pretty quick and easy. Had to replace 2 the other day and took me and another guy less than an hour. That was at the shop with the right tools of coarse.

Posted:  3 days, 13 hours ago

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Can I rent and drive a semi truck and trailer for personal (non-commercial) use. Yes, I have a CDL

Depending on where you are located there are lots of places where they can be rented by the week or month or season. I am talking tractor and the dry van is no problem to find. In ag country they are rented or short term leased all the time to replace one that is broke down in the shop during harvest.

Posted:  4 days, 7 hours ago

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Free lunch at......the scalehouse!?

I do not get that way much but the one on I-35 southbound when entering Iowa near Northwood has done the free dinner thing a couple times since the covid, whatever you call it, has started. They also gave away free PPE at least once that I know of. They were grilling brats and burgers one time.

Posted:  4 days, 16 hours ago

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Anyone have birds hit their windshield?

Never with the Semi but I had a wild turkey hit the passenger side of my pickup and smash the windshield and I was not traveling over 10 mph at the time so it was all bird. And no it did not kill the bird.

Posted:  4 days, 16 hours ago

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Wanna save the world?? Ask a truck driver!

I just started trucking and until now have farmed and continue to since the early 80's. As far as non GMO and organic they are just terms that really mean nothing in the real world as far as feeding it. Since every food you eat has been "genetically modified" whether it is massed produced or grown in your garden, and if trying to grow all our food organically the world would starve because of lack of production. Just my little rant to those who think non-GMO and organic is the way all our food should be grown.

Posted:  6 days, 11 hours ago

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Sitting Pain

I find adjusting the seat height during the day so not always the same can help. If you are not definitely use your arm rests. Take a look at your seat, there are lots of adjustments to them as far as fore and aft and tilt that can make a difference. You can also buy a cushion, I use one once in a while but very seldom anymore. And it will get better over time.

Posted:  1 week, 4 days ago

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Hauling utility trailors to tractor supply

From what I have seen when you tighten straps you will pull down on the suspension of the trailer to where it will be tight against blocks or the next trailer below it. And depending on the size and style of trailer some tires may be removed while others are left on.

Posted:  2 weeks, 3 days ago

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Well crap

Not a truck but had a JD 4 wheel drive that had that happen often. The water sensor in the bottom of the filter housing was in a place that very little water in the sensor would cause the light to come on and need to be drained.

Posted:  2 weeks, 3 days ago

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Is commercial truck driving a civilian career "really hard to beat"?

I have a home, farm and kids so it would be tough to be gone for weeks at a time, at least for me. But for someone with no home ties that is good at following directions as far as be so a certain place by a certain time, then yea it is good. You will get to see a lot of areas of the country and maybe find an area to settle down in later. The money is good but you still have some expenses. If I did not have kids and other home expenses plus their insurance I would be able to save for all those toys you speak of. But it is a career and about any other career you can make that kind of money on also, as long as you stay away from the women, kids and home thing. Most eventually kinda like those things though. Good luck and give it a try.

Posted:  2 weeks, 3 days ago

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Mattress

I do not know what was in my 2018 Cascadia when I got it but I sleep better on that mattress than any I have ever had in my house.

Posted:  3 weeks, 4 days ago

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Tandems getting stuck

All those are good things to do. I have a couple other tricks, leave both your air knobs in and use the air lever if equipped for setting trailer brakes, it gets you a little more braking power than the parking brakes on some trailers and if really bothersome I have tried finding an incline so you can be sliding the trailer downhill a bit but you need to be careful where you are doing that, I have used an onramp with paved sides before. Another thing is when sliding the tandems all the way back if you remember slide them back forward a few inches as I think they sometimes like to bind when back against the stops.

Posted:  1 month ago

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Pros and Cons Of Teaming With An Owner-Operator

You really cannot be, or at least should not be that negative on owner/operators. Every big trucking company and small one has there roots in starting as an owner/operator then expanding. I drive for a company that is smaller than what would have been recommended on this site but it has been very good for me. I might have just been lucky which is OK. But he started as an O/O then added trucks over the last 35 years to still be considered small but well established.

Posted:  1 month ago

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Best headset for trucker

I use a blue parrott model and like it a lot. Do not worry about what the guy said about having one while training. You will need it and in a lot of states now it is required while driving. I bought one of the mid priced models just find one that fits well and you are comfortable with the controls on. If you are short on money it will not take long with a loyalty card to save up for one. Nothing wrong with other brands but I had the BP recommended to me and look at I would say the majority of drivers seem to be using them. The sound from the earpiece if very good.

Posted:  1 month, 1 week ago

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Early Fireworks--Blown Steer Tire

It would be possible with a bad alignment especially with the heat in a lot of places but I still bet they will find something broke loose to cause that to go bad so quick.

Posted:  1 month, 1 week ago

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Early Fireworks--Blown Steer Tire

The way that other steer looks it sure appears something in the steering alignment came apart on you to cause that kind of wear in that short of time. I have only had one steer go bad while driving and it went down slow so I just drove to the side and called for tire service. My only trouble that time was I was in Minnesota at 6:30 PM on a Friday and it was below zero with the wind blowing.

Posted:  1 month, 1 week ago

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Is this job a scam?

Be careful, but if you are meeting in a public place what can it hurt. Your biggest problem would be if you have know experience or knowledge it might be a bad place to start and somewhere that can train you a bit might be better. I had many years experience driving a semi before getting a CDL and started with a company where I only trained for a say and a half before being on my own. If I did not know how to handle a semi better than most drivers out there already it would have been a disaster but as it was it has worked out great for me.

Posted:  1 month, 1 week ago

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GIFTS!

I descent jacket with company logo, possibly even with drivers name on it. Something maybe weird, but if the trucks all have sleepers maybe an extra set of bedding for the sleeper. When I farmed Pioneer used to give paring knives with logo, not the real cheapo ones but good ones that last were always nice. Also an engraved pocket knife or leatherman would be good.

Posted:  1 month, 2 weeks ago

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I got fired

You better answer honestly as your new employer will have access to your driving record anyway and will if you are telling the truth or not. By the way how "minor" were the accidents?

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