Comments By Joseph I.

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Posted:  1 year, 2 months ago

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Western Express L/O advice please

I will not bad mouth the lease program. If you read more into this site is geared more towards people starting and helping them out. Not a great amount of positive info on lease to own programs. From my background in farming lease programs are OK if you can find tax advantages but as far as buying your own truck I would save up and pay cash for a good used and have enough left in the bank for an overhaul to be safe. I believe an in-frame is getting into the $30-$40,000 range anymore.

Posted:  1 year, 2 months ago

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Help with steps and dog breaking nails

Keeping nails trimmed short might help.

Posted:  1 year, 2 months ago

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Steering wheel pull.

You should have taken it back right away if the steering wheel was not straight. You can still take it back and should soon.

Posted:  1 year, 2 months ago

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About trucking apps like DAT & DOFT

This will not be the right sight for that. I do know that until the load is accepted and in writing it can go to someone else at the drop of a hat. I an sure each service will have instructions on contacting or setting up and accepting loads. You should, if really interested in doing this, have already subscribed to some of these places to get an idea how they work and what kind of money is out there.

Posted:  1 year, 2 months ago

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13’6” clearance!!!

If bridge height is close I sure like to meet or follow a truck that went under ahead of me. If I am on my own and not positive I will slow down and check from the side of the road. The signs are not always correct as the road could be resurfaced or watch for snow buildup in the winter.

Posted:  1 year, 2 months ago

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My #1 Concern starting career in trucking

I had lots of truck driving experience from farming for 30 years but none of the OTR or trucking business experience. I personally would not have started if I had to ride with someone else for any length of time. I rode a half day with a trainer and drove the second half of the day then followed him South the second day. From that point on I was on my own as far as in the truck but a phone call away from help or advice. I know that is not the way almost any others have started and if I had not been around and drove and worked on trucks all my life it would not have worked for me either, but it worked very well for me.

Posted:  1 year, 3 months ago

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Rob T.....direction out of Ames

I sat at the Love's 9 miles south of there yesterday afternoon till 4:30 then delivered a Purina load to Ames before coming North back by there.

Posted:  1 year, 3 months ago

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Busy day

For my own curiosity what do you not like about the push in air lines. In agriculture we use a lot more air to run parts on equipment than a truck does and never see a compression type fitting anymore. The sharkbite type push pull connectors are so much easier to work on and I have never seen them fail.

Posted:  1 year, 3 months ago

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Worker’s compensation?

It will depend on the company, the injury and your work history. Most companies will not want to lose a good employee over being injured at work unless they were seriously at fault, and most good companies would not mind getting rid of a poor worker.

Posted:  1 year, 3 months ago

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Birth Certificate and Passport Processing delay woes during Covid. :(

While it is a pain 700 miles if needed to start you on the career you want is not a big deal. It is a 2 day trip. Also is there a way to call and have it done without being in person.

Posted:  1 year, 3 months ago

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Birth Certificate and Passport Processing delay woes during Covid. :(

I do not know what Vitalchek is, I was just saying I know on Monday I could go to my county courthouse and for $10 or $15 could have a copy of my birth certificate.

Posted:  1 year, 3 months ago

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Birth Certificate and Passport Processing delay woes during Covid. :(

If you know where you were born, what hospital or what county, it is as easy as going to that county seat and getting a copy for about $10. Your birth certificate is already a public record. As for getting a passport that can all be done online but does take time. In the past is a passport was needed in a hurry for travel or other reasons, contacting your representative or senator what get you in touch with someone to help speed process.

Posted:  1 year, 3 months ago

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Problem at lowes DC

If I was going to go some place I have not been and needed to take a 30 I would ask where to park to take a 30. I am sure what you say is probably the correct and legal way to do things. I personally would go on rest while unhooking and drive slowly to loaded unless a long way away and by the time I was hooked and ready to go my 30 would be used up. It sounds like you were really taking your time and the yard guys were having a bad day both on the same day to me.

Posted:  1 year, 3 months ago

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Scenario for new drivers

I am not new, been driving for company for over a year and run trucks around farm country for 30. If it was me, 1st call the boss. If he says we gotta get the trailer if at all possible and no way to move the dumpster, I would crank trailer up so it is at heights of 5th wheel so I will not slide trailer back further when backing under then while checking for clearance get under trailer and use my air bags in truck to raise jacks off the ground then slowly pull trailer out. Should not have clearance issues as long as not greater than 90 degrees but check anyway. If I was closer to home I would get a tractor or pickup and chain and drag dumpster ahead.

Posted:  1 year, 3 months ago

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How long to wait after being off prescription meds?

I would think your best source would be your doctor not a website, no matter how reputable the website is.

Posted:  1 year, 3 months ago

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Cabin Weight Limits for Personal Belongings

I am not sure about all states but at least through the middle part on the country from north to south you can actually have more than 12,000 on the fronts as long as you have the steer tires for it. Weight up front is based on inches of tire across the road.

Posted:  1 year, 3 months ago

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Personal tv ps4 and mini fridge

I agree for the most part the 12 volt coolers are not great and have a hard time dealing with outside temperature changes. I am in a different situation than most here I guess. I am home every weekend for sure so I use a 12 volt igloo for drinks and such but for food especially frozen I bought an RTEC cooler, same as a YETI, and put a frozen gallon jug of water in there with my frozen and cold foods for the week and it keeps everything great for the week.

Posted:  1 year, 3 months ago

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Going local

If you are not worried about clock. I would say get to know your receivers to help you get in and out quick. Most locals have a separate door for ltl picks and deliveries which makes getting in and out easy once you know them. If you are local to MSP then you know the roads suck in the winter. Do you know have the demonstrations subsided or still going on. 2 weeks ago I had to go across town from west to downtown ST. Paul and they had a demonstration out around some bridges on 394 so I went around to the south to stay away from them.

Posted:  1 year, 3 months ago

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Tank Wash? Trailer Wash?

The biggest problem I see with washouts on trailers is some places also want them dry and I have seen some guys have a terrible time getting them dry enough to be loaded.

Posted:  1 year, 3 months ago

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Tank Wash? Trailer Wash?

I drive a dry van and only had to do washout once. I had hauled small trees to nurseries in the spring and the trailer was muddy. Went to a Blue Beacon actually and they washed out the trailer. I paid for it myself and was reimbursed by my boss, that's how all of our expenses are covered where I work but can be different everywhere. He was also looking into setting up an account with Blue Beacon to get a discount on truck washes. As far as tank washes I would assume that is all dependent on what was being hauled and what is going to be hauled next.

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