Profile For Joseph I.

Joseph I.'s Info

  • Location:
    Swaledale, IA

  • Driving Status:
    Rookie Solo Driver

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  • Joined Us:
    8 months, 1 week 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:  16 hours, 33 minutes ago

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Parking lot incidents,no Ticket?

As far as finding easier parking spots, if that is the concern, I find of coarse earlier is always better. But the No. 1 thing for me is if I am late and know the big national truck stops with the best "amenities" are going to be full up, at least through the middle of the country the small stops a only a few spots are almost always easiest to find a spot.

Posted:  1 day, 4 hours ago

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Parking lot incidents,no Ticket?

More info please. What is the question?

Posted:  1 week, 1 day ago

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"Programmable" GPS Question...

The GPS with my ZONAR in the truck is OK. I still like google maps for seeing where entrances are and it is more complete list of addresses. I was in a new Volvo for a week, it was a loaner from a company that is trying to sell our company trucks, that had a TOMTOM which I had never been around that worked really well. Garmin and RM are always going to be at the top of most guys lists of what to use.

Posted:  2 weeks, 3 days ago

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Trip Planning Practice 03

I am sure that is just a spreadsheet he made himself. Your computer will probably have a spreadsheet program on it you can use, if not you can download the latest version of LibreOffice, it is free and at least for me as good or better than the ones you pay for.

Posted:  2 weeks, 3 days ago

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Legal Tread depth and condition of trailer tires

You have it correct 4/32" for the steers and 2/32" for the others. No steel or cords can be showing. As for flat spots I guess that would be up to the DOT guy and his mood that day. If we had tires that had a flat spot I would want them on the trailer not the truck.

Posted:  3 weeks ago

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Wondering.

In Iowa you can take them all at once and then come back and retake only the ones you failed until you get them all passed. I imagine every state may be a little different.

Posted:  1 month ago

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Northeast

Those are all still shorts weather for this Iowa boy. I like seeing how the boys down in southern Texas dress when it is below 55 degrees, you would think they were getting ready to go snowmobiling.

Posted:  1 month, 1 week ago

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Ummm Hi? it's me again..... knock knock knock

The thing I always liked about Canada was all the long 2 lane roads I traveled still had another whole lane paved right beside them. They were basically 4 lane roads while only using 2.

Posted:  1 month, 1 week ago

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Still learning!

If I am live unloading I much prefer stores to DC's. With a DC you might be unloaded in 45 minutes or it might be an all day affair and they are not great at giving you a straight answer on when it will be done. At a store they usually will unload you pretty fast as they need the dock cleared out also where a DC has lots of docks just sitting. I spent 12 hours at a Target DC in Minneapolis 2 days ago and then went 12 miles to get loaded for trip home and was in and out of the lot in 40 minutes.

Posted:  1 month, 2 weeks ago

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Are there legal welds on a truck?

I assume you mean welding done to the frame after manufacturing. The answer is yes welding can be done but should not be attempted by weekend mechanics. The frame can be welded on in specific directions and in certain areas.

Posted:  1 month, 2 weeks ago

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Trucks batteries

I assume you mean for running your inverter and electric heat or A/C. They will weaken over time and you will see the length of time they hold enough AMPs lessen to the point you need to restart truck to charge after about 24-36 months of use. Again that depends on how hard they are used.

Posted:  1 month, 2 weeks ago

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Are trucker strikes a thing of the past?

Until a year ago I farmed all my life, for over 30 years. Every so often when prices were tough or for no reason the thought would come up that if farmers would organize and strike they could get about anything they wanted because it is they food supply. The problem is and it is the reason that I enjoyed and still enjoy the farming culture is that you are independent and not part of a giant organization that would set limits on what you can and cannot raise or what you can sell it for.

Posted:  1 month, 3 weeks ago

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Is This a HAZMAT Load

I haul pool shock all summer and had trouble with DOT checking load once. At least the product I hauled is not considered HazMat if hauled in 1 gallon containers. If I haul the same product in, I believe they are, 50 gallon drums they are considered HazMat.

Posted:  1 month, 3 weeks ago

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Failed my backing...is this the end?

I went to a paid school in my area for CDL training the school was also certified to do the CDL testing and they stated they would not let you test until they were certain you would pass each test even if you had to keep practicing all week long. I know it is not like the company schools but I liked the approach.

Posted:  1 month, 3 weeks ago

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My first 3000 plus mile week

Do not know if anyone cares but I thought it was kind of cool. At my company we are home every weekend so only 5 day weeks with the occasional Sunday evening start. I mostly have a 450 to 520 mile per day route that gets me home at night. Last week though I headed from NC Iowa to Laredo TX then to Peoria IL then Des Moines and home. Just over 3100 in 5 days and was home in time for supper.

Posted:  2 months, 1 week ago

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What's the most exciting thing you've ever seen or done as a driver on the road?

Do not believe what you see on TV, the "Highway thru Hell" is just a highway. Remember all reality TV is TV not reality. One thing I saw a while back is one of those Carvana car dispensaries I guess you call them. I had seen them on commercials but not in real life and was not sure there were even real but they are. As for not exciting but cool I really like bridges and some that I have crossed the Mississippi on have been very neat in there design. No UFO's or Bigfoot yet but I will keep my eyes open.

Posted:  2 months, 1 week ago

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Driver's License from Guam(U.S. Territoty)

Guam is a USA territory so I would assume it would be fine. Also check with Veterans Association as they have made changes to try and make it easier to get a CDL depending on what you did in the military. Good luck

Posted:  2 months, 1 week ago

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Plugging your truck in

No it will not keep your batteries charged. It is only an engine block heater. If you have an inverter some have another plug in you can use to use off truck 120 to power your inverter or in truck comforts that require electricity.

Posted:  2 months, 1 week ago

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CDL Physical

Check around I used my regular doctor but a lot of chiropractors will do CDL physicals if you do not have a regular one. Also a lot of companies will reimburse you if needed.

Posted:  2 months, 1 week ago

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Delivery to New Construction Sites; Don't Search Google Maps

For me dealing with deliveries where the GPS does not even believe there are roads yet is not a problem since I really only use it to get me to general area. First thing is to make a phone call when out about 30 minutes to an hour to let them know when to expect me and find out how the best wat in area is. Also roads and road design is pretty straight forward and a little common sense will get you to where you need to go.

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