Profile For Troy V.

Troy V.'s Info

  • Location:
    Grand Rapids, MI

  • Driving Status:
    Rookie Solo Driver

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  • Joined Us:
    4 years, 7 months ago

Troy V.'s Bio

34 Years old, married with 2 daughters. Drive for Modular Transportation.

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Posted:  3 years, 11 months ago

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4-Wheeler almost hits me

Always in a hurry to get to a red light lol.

Posted:  3 years, 11 months ago

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Running With The Big Dogs

Well done Old School!!! You sure earned it!

Posted:  4 years, 2 months ago

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Busy turning those wheels!

Hey everyone just a check in to say hey. Been really busy lately and have had no time to do anything but drive and sleep lol. I wanted to take the time to jump in and ask a question. I have a good job right now and the money is good. Only downfall is my home time. Missing my wife and kids. Im home on weekends which is cool but regardless still miss them. Now the question I have.

I got a call from a JB Hunt recruiter and just as an fyi I have not been actively looking for a new job. Anyway he calls and asks how everything is going blah blah blah. To make a long story short I was offered a local job. Home everyday work every other Saturday. Job only goes a radius of 125 miles from Grand Rapids. Do you think this recruiter is telling me the truth? Also the job is kind of a 3rd shift job. Start at 6pm and work 10-12 hours. Im so stuck on what to do.

Posted:  4 years, 3 months ago

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Does anyone use Twitter for anything?

I use it to keep up on sports. Works really well. I dont use it for anything though personally. I just follow some sports sites and teams and ESPN and have their tweets come to my phone.

Posted:  4 years, 4 months ago

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Purchasing a GPS

I have the Rand McNally 720 as well. Only complaint is that it doesn't make mashed potatoes.

Very good unit, DON'T but it at a truck stop as they over price it. Look online or buy a refurbished one from Rand website.

Yeah I got mine from the Rand website as well. Way to overpriced anywhere else

Posted:  4 years, 4 months ago

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Flatbed Vs Dry van

Dang Old School. I was home as well In Grand Rapids. About 40 min from me. Would of been awesome to pick your brain over lunch or dinner. Stay safe out there man.

Posted:  4 years, 4 months ago

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Purchasing a GPS

I have the Rand 720. The thing is amazing. I can only speak for that one though because I have not tried any other but will say I have had no problem at all with it at all.

Posted:  4 years, 4 months ago

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Flatbed Vs Dry van

Never did flatbed but done a lot of dry van. Dry van has a whole lot of drop and hook which saves on load/unload times. Now there can be some live load or unload but not as much as other freight types. No tarping.

Dry van normally has short runs 700 to 1100 miles but you you get more loads so the miles equal up being the same.

Remember that -30 and -40 degree weather this year a few times? Yea did not have to get out and tarp.

I envy that lol

Posted:  4 years, 4 months ago

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The CB is your best source

So far I have had no problem with anyone telling me what is going on ahead when I ask. Its a little more irresponsible having all the pointless conversations that go on on the damn thing. If you wanna chat with someone figure out another station to go to and talk over there.

Posted:  4 years, 4 months ago

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The CB is your best source

I leave mine off as well. No need to listen to that garbage on there all day long. If i see something I need to warn someone about Ill turn it on and say something. Or if I hit a lot of traffic Ill turn it on to see if there is any talk as to why there is a traffic jam. Other then that its off with all the pointless nonsense going on in there lol.

Posted:  4 years, 4 months ago

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Laziness? Why don't people wipe off their lights?

As a skateboard hauler, every 150 miles or 3 hrs I have to stop to check the load and tires. I leave the lights on to make sure they are still working and will always take a swipe at them with my glove if dirty, salty or snowy. Anything I can do to make sure the LEO'S and DOT officers think I am "doing that little extra" that could make the difference between a stop or citation. Don't know if it really makes a difference to them, but it makes me more confident. I also tend to be a bit anal about the small things - just a bit OCD.smile.gif

I do the exact same thing. Anytime I am stopped for anything even if its a rest area to take a **** I walk around and wipe them off. I think thats a pretty good habit to have.

Posted:  4 years, 4 months ago

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The journey ends and a new one begins..

Maybe try to find a dispatcher job or a diesel mechanic.

Posted:  4 years, 4 months ago

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Trying to come back (C R England and Stevens)

I want to thank you all for your comments. I will give CRE a chance and we'll see what happens. In my opinion companies are not very different from one another ( learned that working for JB Hunt, US Express, Swift and Schneider National) so I think the idea will be to stick with one for the time being so I can gain the experience I need right know and we will see. Time will tell.

Thanks again to all.

Just a quick question, Do you have any cash saved up? Reason I ask is if you have a private school near you ( I dont know where you live ) then you can go take a refresher course there and that might open up possibilities for you.

Posted:  4 years, 4 months ago

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I got it

Congrats and good luck! Drive safe!

Posted:  4 years, 4 months ago

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Exciting News!

Troy, ya' jinxed me! wtf.gifwtf.gif I sit here in western Kansas awaiting Petro to come by and solve my suspected "gel" issue. I doubled the amount of additive (per the companies suggestion) on my last fuel stop yesterday and was then told by my DM (this morning) that at my temps (-13) I should double that. At least I was able to nurse it to a small truck stop so I can go off duty instead of burning my 70 on the side of I-70. I am thinking that I will go with another brand of anti-gel and see how that works.

Gotta love this life styledancing-dog.gif

Ouch man! Sorry about that ;) Hope they get it fixed soon for ya!

Posted:  4 years, 4 months ago

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Exciting News!

Troy, breakdowns are just a part of trucking.....if ya got a truck, you are gonna have breakdowns...

smile.gifsmile.gif THATS TRUCKIN' smile.gifsmile.gif

All ya can do is laugh about it right. Otherwise its gonna be a lonnnnngggg career :)

Posted:  4 years, 4 months ago

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Exciting News!

Well everything was going good.....until.....my starter broke so here I sit again lol. Ahhhh I love this stuff!! Wont be fixed till sometime in the morning tomorrow. Anyone have an old truck that was put together better then these newer ones? lol.

Posted:  4 years, 4 months ago

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Balancing personal life

I have a wife and 2 beautiful daughters age 6 and 7. Its hard but being in a dead end manufacturing job with my pay maxed out at $12.60 an hour ( after the 10% pay cut we all took ), I just did what I had to do to support my family. Yea right now it sucks but lucky for me I got a normally Mon-Fri gig right out of CDL school where I at least get to be home on the weekends with them. Its not easy and it never will be.

Posted:  4 years, 4 months ago

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What type of drug testing is done at major trucking companies?

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Im kinda nervous as to why anyone would ask this personally. To me this type of question leaves me to believe drugs were used and your worried about what kind of test there is so you dont get popped with a dirty drop.

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One very common scenario is people that have taken other people's prescriptions. For instance, say your wife goes through a minor surgery and gets pain meds but doesn't use them all. So the leftovers sit in the medicine cabinet. A few months later you wind up with an abscess tooth and take a few of those pain pills while waiting for a chance to get to the dentist. That's technically illegal, but it certainly doesn't warrant sending someone to jail or having them black-listed from any decent career for the next 10 years because of a failed drug test. You simply have to wait for the meds to leave your system and that will take a certain amount of time depending on what type of drug test you'll be issued. It might not show up at all in a urinalysis after a few days but might show up for 6-12 months or longer in a hair follicle test.

Ok now that makes sense to me. Thank you for clearing that up. I see that question all the time and I think to myself, um dont do drugs and it wont matter what test there is. Now I understand.

Posted:  4 years, 4 months ago

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What type of drug testing is done at major trucking companies?

Im kinda nervous as to why anyone would ask this personally. To me this type of question leaves me to believe drugs were used and your worried about what kind of test there is so you dont get popped with a dirty drop.

Anyway I know when I got my job with Modular it was just a urine test. Good luck.

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