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    Upper Marlboro, MD

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Posted:  2 months, 1 week ago

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Hours of Service changes

As it is now the 30 is required within 8hrs of going on duty regardless of when you start actually driving. I like the proposed change to make it required within the first 8hrs of actual drivetime.

I'm all for it. Much needed flexibility. However I wouldn't get too excited because I doubt it would actually go into effect before 2021 and that's being optimistic imho.

Posted:  2 months, 2 weeks ago

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Time sure does fly when you're having fun!

At least your truck has the sleeper door, last time I had to move trucks I had the pleasure of moving everything in the passenger side door. That gets old fast.

Congrats on the shiny new ride.

Posted:  2 months, 4 weeks ago

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No idle laws

NY and MA for sure allow no exceptions.

I idle anyway. If I get a ticket, I will fight it. I can’t keave my pets or kids in the car so how can I be expected to sit in a truck all night with no AC?

And got those saying leave the windows down, yesterday it was in the low 70s, went out for an hour or two and left my truck windows open. Came back it was 85 in the sleeper.

Not to mention the security risk that comes with sleeping with the windows down...

Posted:  2 months, 4 weeks ago

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'69 Ford

If it has windows it has A/C. Just not the modern kind. smile.gif

Posted:  3 months, 3 weeks ago

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Smallest/lightest load you have hauled?

Done a couple "inner company transfers" aka someone in the main DC screwed up/miscounted.

1 pallet 20 cases. Frozen. (0) 2 pallets 14 cases. Cooler (+34) And so on.. none weighed more then 600 lbs and boy did I enjoy listening to that refer freeze the whole trailer for one pallet. smile.gif

Posted:  3 months, 3 weeks ago

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Please help me brainstorm ideas to get boyfriend OTR with me

Also, keep in mind "most" companies will not allow a passenger with a Valid CDL to ride along. The risk of the passenger getting behind the wheel is too high.

Posted:  3 months, 4 weeks ago

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Kingpin laws

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Thank G-Town.

That has got to be the definitive answer on that subject!

So is a 50' tape the right tool?

I guess my concern would be keeping track of when one is headed into or through a more restrictive State or states and how to manage that.

As these settings affect weight distribution (axle weights, etc.) how does one deal with such things? Can't just head back to shipper to rebalance or offload trailer!) Do you set tandems and scale for the most restrictive state one will pass through?

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Since you are measuring from the back of the trailer a 12ft tape will be more then enough. 10ft from the back of the trailer is the 40 ft mark. 9 ft is 41ft and so on.

As for getting your weight legal while also minding kingpin laws.. you absolutely can go back to the shipper and have them rework/order the load or take some weight off depending on your problem. That's why you should always scale at the closest scale to the shipper.

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Thanks.

What I meant was you can't go back to the shipper once you have driven through several states!

(I have a laminated atlas... just haven't been in it in a while)...

Ah in that case yes, you are absolutely correct.

Also I forgot to mention that yes, you do indeed set the tandems for the most restrictive state of your trip as a general rule.

For example, no matter where you start if your going to Cali you should have your tandems at the 40ft mark.

Posted:  4 months ago

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Kingpin laws

Thank G-Town.

That has got to be the definitive answer on that subject!

So is a 50' tape the right tool?

I guess my concern would be keeping track of when one is headed into or through a more restrictive State or states and how to manage that.

As these settings affect weight distribution (axle weights, etc.) how does one deal with such things? Can't just head back to shipper to rebalance or offload trailer!) Do you set tandems and scale for the most restrictive state one will pass through?

Since you are measuring from the back of the trailer a 12ft tape will be more then enough. 10ft from the back of the trailer is the 40 ft mark. 9 ft is 41ft and so on.

As for getting your weight legal while also minding kingpin laws.. you absolutely can go back to the shipper and have them rework/order the load or take some weight off depending on your problem. That's why you should always scale at the closest scale to the shipper.

Posted:  4 months ago

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Why Small Trucking Companies Are Often A Disaster Waiting To Happen - article by Brett Aquila

Just two or so weeks ago my Qualcomm/ELD was busted for about 14 Days. I ran paper for the allowed 8 days and then told dispatch I wouldn't run this specific truck anymore until it was fixed. They didn't have a loaner available so I sat. Not only did I receive breakdown pay, I was also paid the miles to bobtail to two different shops to get the darn thing working again. At the end of the week my paycheck was about 50-100$ less then usual even though I only had about 1200 miles (almost all bobtail with no load). How many "small" companies will take that good of care of you?

Posted:  4 months, 1 week 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:  4 months, 1 week 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:  4 months, 1 week 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:  4 months, 2 weeks 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:  4 months, 2 weeks 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:  4 months, 2 weeks 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:  4 months, 2 weeks 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:  4 months, 2 weeks 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:  4 months, 2 weeks 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:  4 months, 2 weeks 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:  5 months, 1 week 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.

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