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    Upper Marlboro, MD

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Posted:  22 hours, 27 minutes ago

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First Beer Load

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In my experience beer loads are ALWAYS heavy.. make sure you scale that puppy before getting to far from the shipper.

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But nonetheless, lucky for me there is a loves right down the road I can scale at, they also have a scale on site. But I always scale at a cat scale anyways.

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Posted:  22 hours, 38 minutes ago

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First Beer Load

In my experience beer loads are ALWAYS heavy.. make sure you scale that puppy before getting to far from the shipper.

Posted:  6 days, 12 hours ago

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Why dont we have a national truckers day ???

Like rainy said we have truck driver appreciation WEEK in September.

I have to dig it up but I have a photo from last year. I actually got to meet the president of my company during it. Was rather nice. Not to mention all the free food we got from shippers/receivers. Haulin refer has it's benefits. smile.gif

Posted:  1 week, 4 days ago

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Prime PSD training, from a trainer's perspective.

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Craig, many of the larger companies are already fully auto or becoming so. Anyone who tests on an auto will have the restriction. However, taking the exam later on a manual to lift the restriction would be no big deal because by that time the driver would have down the backing, turning, and handling of surroundings. To only have to concentrate on the shifting that test would be a breeze.

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Yeah that is a good point. How would one re test would the company do that?

One local trucking school was telling me they teach double clutching as a selling point but is that still. Necessary in the manual trucks in todays day and age?

Yep. Double clutching is the proper way to shift a manual transmission truck. Unlike manual transmission cars trucks do not have built in syncronizers.. you the driver are the syncronizer.

More experienced drivers will float the gears but thats an advanced technique.

Posted:  1 week, 4 days ago

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Stinky Trailers

And just so Tommy knows... NO we dont pay out of pocket for it.

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Posted:  1 week, 5 days ago

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Preventable

Here's an expert tip. Get a wrench and loosen your fm/am antenna so that it's just tight enough to unscrew with your hand (and so that it won't fall off). Never worry about locking your keys in the truck again.

Assuming you have one accessable.. my Freightliner sure doesn't. smile.gif

Posted:  1 week, 5 days ago

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Find a Job

They usually have guys who run terminal to terminal pulling doubles. Same runs day in and out. Usually nightshift too I believe. This is linehaul I believe.

Then they have the pick up/delivery guys who do way more backing and dealing with city traffic.

I'm not the most experienced with LTL linehaul but perhaps bobcat Bob or someone who actually does it will chime in here.

Posted:  1 week, 5 days ago

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Find a Job

You'll be extremely hard pressed to find a local gig that will take you (not that they don't exist but are very rare) without experience. Might want to look into LTL around your area. Ie ups, FedEx, old Dominion, saia. They usually get home every day. Dunno if they will take you without experience though.

Posted:  1 week, 5 days ago

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Looking for a starter company, but with a catch...

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CR England is a possibility. Most of the OTR guys in England are Teams.

They do allow 2 students per trainer. 3 people in the truck. It's cramped but will allow you to train together. Not sure if they would let you pick like that but it's worth asking.

They also have their own CDL school. I personally didn't attend it so I can't really give an opinion/review of it.

But it's an option.

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If there were ever a situation that 3 to a truck would work out......this may be it. Might be worth a phone call to a Recruiter at CRE.

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I don't want to be "that guy" but I'm gonna be.... 3 people to a truck is the most asinine idea ever. You're forcing someone to sleep in n the top bunk while the truck is in motion, you're asking 3 people to share the space that 2 people find cramped.... from what I've been told by a close personal friend who I knew years before driving, who went through CRE..... they will put 2 green horns together as a team to finish their training. (Blind leading the blind) NO THANK you!!

I know the OP is looking for options, and I understand that your Son has extenuating circumstances, but I would still have to suggest Prime. Or even CRST

While I may not personally agree with all the methods CR England decides to employ in their training program I do need to point out some things.

I personally went through training at cre. I actually had to share a 2 bunk truck with the trainer and one other student for about five days before the other student (an older gentleman) decided trucking wasn't for him. When the trainer wasn't in the passenger seat the truck didn't move.

It is company policy to never move the vehicle with someone in the top bunk. If someone tells you otherwise a quick phone call to safety and that issue will sort itself out.

Just like every company the trainers are hit or miss. I got a decent one and applied myself to the max while I had him on the truck for a month.

Month two is when they team you with someone "around" your experience level. This is a crap shoot. Sometimes you get a good teammate sometimes you get someone who needed more time with a trainer. OP would probably skip this headache due to the unique situation.

All in all I think it's a valid option, even if not ideal.

Posted:  1 week, 5 days ago

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Looking for a starter company, but with a catch...

CR England is a possibility. Most of the OTR guys in England are Teams.

They do allow 2 students per trainer. 3 people in the truck. It's cramped but will allow you to train together. Not sure if they would let you pick like that but it's worth asking.

They also have their own CDL school. I personally didn't attend it so I can't really give an opinion/review of it.

But it's an option.

Posted:  1 month ago

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Post trip inspection

I was not questioning whether doing a pre or post trip inspections are a good thing or should be done. I do them every day I was questioning if they actually need to be logged as such. What I read in the book I got is you need to make sure your truck and trailer are in good and safe working condition every time you are going to put it on the road but the rule book does not state that you must do a pre or post and log it as such. At least not what I have read so far.

Inspections, regardless of pre, mid, or post trip are considering WORKING for the motor carrier and therefore are required by the hours of service regulations to be logged as ON DUTY not driving.

Remarks are usually added to explain what you were doing while on a particular duty status.

Simplest answer to keep your logs legal.

Log what you do, and do what you log.

Posted:  1 month ago

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Truckers Path new routing highly inaccurate

Yeah I could see that actually happening if you drove during the day out here.

Posted:  1 month ago

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Truckers Path new routing highly inaccurate

Most likely cause is it's using a lower average speed in it's calculations.

Posted:  1 month ago

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Surviving my 1st year

Another thing that will save you several dollars is redeeming the points on the FREE fuel rewards cards that every truck stop chain has. Use these cards every time you get fuel for the truck. In less than two months, you should easily accumulate enough rewards points to get a lunchbox plug-in cooker/warmer for free. I save my bonus points for a long time and make large item purchases. The last GPS I got was over $400. Utilizing my free points (free $$$), I only used less than $75 of my money.

Great point packrat. I've used these points for gloves, tools, that hose that let's you use your trailer air supply to air up your tires.. all kinds of stuff. embarrassed.gif

Posted:  1 month ago

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Surviving my 1st year

Since you have a fridge you're covered on keeping things cool/fresh.

An option I haven't seen mentioned for heating food up is a 12v lunchbox stove. I personally have the roadpro one. Was about 30$ on Amazon. I use disposable cake pans to avoid having to clean the stove daily. 3 for 99c at Walmart. You can heat up a can of soup/ spaghetti os/ chilli whatever in about 30 mins.

I haven't done it myself but YouTube has plenty of videos of people actually cooking home quality meals, think chicken and veggies in the stove.

As Bruce mentioned a can of soup is like 1$?ish plus 30c for one cake tin and boom hot, healthyish food. Way way better then anything you'll get in a truck stop for way way cheaper. dancing-banana.gifgood-luck.gif

Posted:  1 month ago

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Austrian Trucker Babe in the US for TV Show

What about the possibility of getting your BABE a Commercial Learner's Permit and teaming her up with a duly licensed CDL holder?

I hereby offer my services, but I want the BABE to be close to my age group (let's say 35 to 55), shapely, long hair, able to work long hours, etc. And I want photos in advance so I can pick out the one I deem most suitable. Maybe we can work out a wedding of convenience so the BABE can get a green card. Have your people get with my people to work out the details.

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Posted:  1 month ago

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Pre trip- what is the DOT requirement

From what I've gleaned from actually reading the regulations there is no mandated minimum time that must be spent according to the DOT. Your company may have a minimum and I believe I heard somewhere certain states expect a minimum (heresay) but believe the 15 min minimum is a carry over from paper logs when 15 mins was the shortest duty status block you could log.

Also Bruce I understand why your doing it that way, but technically that is considered falsifying your logbook. Might be hard to prove unless you tell a dot officer what your doing but yeah.

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Posted:  1 month ago

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Energy drinks

Sleep. It doesn't come with a sugar crash. dancing-banana.gif

Posted:  1 month, 1 week ago

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Just a funny trucking picture to brighten your day

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Posted:  1 month, 1 week ago

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My first 45 days as a truck driver

Congrats on surviving all that mess and without hitting anything! Looking forward to the next 45 days? smile.gif

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