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    CA

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    Rookie Solo Driver

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  • Joined Us:
    2 years, 9 months ago

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Posted:  2 weeks ago

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Any Cross-Border Truckers?

The US is now advising US citizens against traveling to Canada. Will Mexico be next, and will Mexico and Canada advise against Their citizens traveling to the US? Too bad that the US has become less self sufficient and depends on goods coming across the border.

U.S. issues 'Do Not Travel' warning for Canada https://www.yahoo.com/news/u-cdc-tells-americans-avoid-193042978.html

Posted:  2 weeks, 4 days ago

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Pros and cons

Some of the company schools have their own CDL examiners. So, you may take your driving test immediately after graduation. This is advantageous in states such as California, in which test dates might have to be made 4-5 weeks in advance. If you fail your first exam, then you might have to wait 4-5 weeks for reexamination. An advantage to a non company school is that you are not committed to any one company. Some companies will reimburse your tuition if they hire you. Non company schools usually just teach you how to pass the tests, and not really how to drive. Company schools have an invested interest in teaching you to actually drive. Company schools probably keep the equipment in better condition.

Posted:  2 weeks, 4 days ago

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Company Sponsored Training In California?

Swift has an academy in Fontana. Here is a link that might be helpful.

https://www.truckingtruth.com/paid-cdl-training/

Posted:  2 weeks, 4 days ago

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Eye Candy

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All of those fire extinguishers, are they preparing for the worst?

Posted:  2 weeks, 4 days ago

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Marten

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Congrats!! If my math is right, that's about 3144 miles in that pay period, very impressive. LOL, you want to stay east of the I-35 and I want to stay west of it, although I do live in Kalifornia. East of the I-35 seems about the cut off from wide open spaces to congested areas. But hey, if you drove 3144 miles in that part of the country, even more impressive. Are your dispatches with high miles? Marten seems to have nice equipment, and all of the tractors with APU. I am thinking of applying with Marten out of their Jurupa terminal. I would like to get something regional/dedicated, I-10/I-20 corridor, and stay west of the I-35. I guess that is asking for much. Good luck, and keep us updated.

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Michael runs quite a few loads out of Jurupa area, most of them his have gone to Utah. This past week he's taken loads from the Jurupa area to Nestle, WalMart, and Michael's Stores. He is on a dedicated Nestle accounts and pulls a refer even when taking a load for Michael's Stores. If you contact me through bio, I can give you Michael's contact info, if you want. Sometimes he has longer loads to Oregon and southern Washington. He is not required to chain, they will leave it up to him to chose another route or sit and get paid inclement weather pay if no other route is available, though that might vary by fleet. Since we have room on our farm, he brings his truck home when on break after working 12 days.

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Congrats!! If my math is right, that's about 3144 miles in that pay period, very impressive. LOL, you want to stay east of the I-35 and I want to stay west of it, although I do live in Kalifornia. East of the I-35 seems about the cut off from wide open spaces to congested areas. But hey, if you drove 3144 miles in that part of the country, even more impressive. Are your dispatches with high miles? Marten seems to have nice equipment, and all of the tractors with APU. I am thinking of applying with Marten out of their Jurupa terminal. I would like to get something regional/dedicated, I-10/I-20 corridor, and stay west of the I-35. I guess that is asking for much. Good luck, and keep us updated.

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Michael runs quite a few loads out of Jurupa area, most of them his have gone to Utah. This past week he's taken loads from the Jurupa area to Nestle, WalMart, and Michael's Stores. He is on a dedicated Nestle accounts and pulls a refer even when taking a load for Michael's Stores. If you contact me through bio, I can give you Michael's contact info, if you want. Sometimes he has longer loads to Oregon and southern Washington. He is not required to chain, they will leave it up to him to chose another route or sit and get paid inclement weather pay if no other route is available, though that might vary by fleet. Since we have room on our farm, he brings his truck home when on break after working 12 days.

Hi Harvey, I would be interested in speaking with Michael. I am filling out a Marten application right now and could use him as a referral. I tried to contact you on your bio, but it's not working. When I clink on social link, it only refreshes the page. I must be doing something wrong. I spoke with the recruiter. He said that they mostly do reefer, but do have dry van routes. I prefer dry van, but would consider reefer. I just hate doing mostly live loads and unloads. I would be based out of Jurupa. Thanks.

Posted:  2 weeks, 4 days ago

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Eye Candy

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Wow, Mr. G-Town, very impressive. You must be older than you look.

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He IS!

That avatar pic of him is from the early 80s!

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Is that right after he cut his mullet?

Posted:  2 weeks, 4 days ago

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Dry van to reefer

I am also considering Marten. I have been doing research the last several days while my truck is in the shop. Marten is close to home and seems like a good company.

Posted:  2 weeks, 4 days ago

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Meet Our Own CK

It looked like a famous trucker youtuber driving.

Posted:  2 weeks, 4 days ago

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Meet Our Own CK

Is that the Ford that cut me off the other day?

Posted:  2 weeks, 4 days ago

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Eye Candy

It’s a Ford C Series, either a C750 or C800. Guessing circa early to mid 70s. Roadway (now the “R” in YRC) had hundreds of them in P&D service. CF, USPS, UPS, and PIE also had a fleet of them, single screw tractors and straight trucks.

They competed with the GM/GMC counterpart and basically cornered the market in medium duty trucks for decades (Sears was one example)

The heavier class 7 versions 800-900 could be seen as single axle or tandem axle fire trucks, compactors (trash collection), home heating oil delivery, railroad support vehicles..and utility companies... almost an infinite amount of jobs it performed with various truck bodies.

Here is a really good Wiki link for pics and details... Ford C-Series Trucks

Wow, Mr. G-Town, very impressive. You must be older than you look. I would have thought that was before your time.

Posted:  2 weeks, 4 days ago

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Marten

Congrats!! If my math is right, that's about 3144 miles in that pay period, very impressive. LOL, you want to stay east of the I-35 and I want to stay west of it, although I do live in Kalifornia. East of the I-35 seems about the cut off from wide open spaces to congested areas. But hey, if you drove 3144 miles in that part of the country, even more impressive. Are your dispatches with high miles? Marten seems to have nice equipment, and all of the tractors with APU. I am thinking of applying with Marten out of their Jurupa terminal. I would like to get something regional/dedicated, I-10/I-20 corridor, and stay west of the I-35. I guess that is asking for much. Good luck, and keep us updated.

Posted:  2 weeks, 4 days ago

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Dry van to reefer

I have never driven reefer. But, from what I have learned from others, they entail much more live loads and unloads. Reefer drivers have to sometimes do washouts of their trailers after an unload, and make sure that the reefer fuel tanks have fuel. Reefer usually pays more for the extra trouble.

Posted:  2 weeks, 4 days ago

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Local jobs??

Here are a few more companies that hire new grads. They might or might service your area.

Paschall Truck Lines Melton Truck Lines (Flatbed only) CRST Super T Transport Western Express WEL Companies Nussbaum Transportation

Posted:  2 weeks, 5 days ago

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Local jobs??

I suggest getting onto the local Craigslist under "Jobs", then click on "Transport". I just did a quick scan for The Springs and saw a bunch.

Don't just jump at the first one, though. If you have any questions, come back here and quiz the TT. We should have some good advice for you.

You might also try Indeed.com and to fill the application on this website which is forwarded to trucking companies.

Posted:  2 weeks, 5 days ago

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I PASSED!!!!

Congrats!! I don't know how to post dancing memes, but remember the thought was in my mind.

Posted:  4 weeks, 1 day ago

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Happy Holidays and Update

Merry Christmas and Happy New Year to you also. Now that you are home daily, should we expect you to post more often, lol?

Posted:  4 weeks, 1 day ago

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It’s been a long time and I wanted to comeback

Old School. It seems that the too big to get things done at Swift are mainly at my home terminal in Jurupa Valley. The most recent occurrence was when I was in route to the Jurupa area to make a delivery, then take home time. On the day before delivery, I received a macro stating that my truck was due for a Ca. Bit inspection in 5 days, and that if not done, my truck could go on a service hold. I sent a macro to my DL asking him to make an appointment to hopefully have it done on my home time. I received a macro stating that my DL was on vacation until Dec. 27. I sent another macro asking whoever was covering for my DL to make an inspection appointment. I received no response. I phoned the Jurupa shop over the course of the next two days, and left a message with four different people in that dept. No one returned my call. The service dept. at Jurupa never answers their phone, or returns calls. So, while in Jurupa, I walked into the service dept. and asked if they would be able to schedule my truck for an inspection. I was told that it couldn't be done until after Jan. 6. I also inquired about the Fontana terminal, which is about 15 miles away. Same thing, nothing available until after Jan. 6. I understand this is the holidays, but these two locations are notorious for having a backlog in the service dept. I am scheduled to go back out on Dec. 28, but my Ca. Bit inspection is due Dec. 27, which means that I might have to use a loner. The last time I got a loner, I was stuck in it for 30 days, and it reeked of cigarette smoke. I can understand using a loner if my truck needed a major repair, or if I had to wait on a part. But, to go through all of the hassle of moving my belongings into a loner just for an inspection is a little much. If I knew that my truck wouldn't be placed on a service hold, and that I could get my inspection at another terminal with no backlog, I wouldn't be as concerned. At other Swift terminals, I could have my inspection done without an appointment. Another thing about the Jurupa terminal is, the way that empties are given. Basically, if you don't drive into the Jurupa terminal with an empty, they won't give you one. They will send you on a 2-4 hour goose chase for non existing empties. I won't even go into the parking situation at Jurupa. I guess that I should have been more specific that these problems were at the Jurupa terminal. I don't have these problems at most of the other Swift terminals. It seems that the freight has really grown in the So. Cal region, and that Jurupa just hasn't been able to keep up. But, this is my home terminal, and I would really like it if drivers got more support from this terminal. I should also mention that, this terminal will service outside, non Swift trucks without an appointment.

Posted:  1 month ago

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It’s been a long time and I wanted to comeback

Congrats Moe on your new position. Which terminal are you working from? I am considering applying for Marten at the Jurupa terminal. I have been doing some research, and Marten seems like a good company. It seems just big enough to have good resources, but not too big, as to be difficult to get anything done, which is what I am encountering currently at Swift. Their equipment seems to be well maintained, and I believe that all of their trucks have apu's. Do their trucks come with refrigerators? One driver told me that they don't. No big deal, I have a portable. Their pay seems pretty good. I see their trucks often, so they must be moving much freight. Best of luck with your move back to PA, and to the health of your Mom.

Posted:  1 month ago

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Advice needed for new rookie getting first job

You may check the Indeed website to find out which companies in your area are hiring rookies.

Posted:  1 month ago

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Home for the Holidays...

Home for five since the 23rd. Enough time to gain 10 pounds.

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