Profile For john_preston_bailey

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  • Location:
    Lawton, OK

  • Driving Status:
    Preparing For School

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    4 months, 2 weeks ago

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I love to sing in the shower.

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Posted:  4 months, 1 week ago

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I just moved from Boise, ID to Lawton, OK.


I would probably use Walmart to my advantage if there is a damn place to park at one.


many times you're allowed to shop at walmart, you just cant park overnight. The majority of stores I've seen with trucks there overnight tend to be in more rural areas. For the most part the major cities and suburbs have ordinances against it. Another option would be parking behind the store if you can do so without preventing anyone from using the dock although I've seen some stores that wont even allow that. Trucker path app has an option to show walmarts that allow truck parking.

Thank you, Rob T. That is helpful information. I will be seeking the state voc/rehab agency here in Oklahoma and try to get them approve a new driving career for me that they would support and pay for training. Yes, I am now In the Sooner State 90 miles south of Oklahoma City.

Any serious questions I have over the future I will ask here. I do want to learn how to economize. Making money is my number one concern. If there were no money (considerable personal net gains) in trucking, nobody would be interested. I see no point in driving trucks only to throw away every dollar you make on living expenses incurred over the highway. Does Brett here have any good learning resources here on Home Economics for Drivers? Yes, I do have an associate's degree.

Posted:  4 months, 1 week ago

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I just moved from Boise, ID to Lawton, OK.


Is a long trip in a moving van a good yard stick to measure the hell pro drivers endure very day?


John, I can only speak for myself, but my experience as a "pro driver" has not been "hell" at all. And in my opinion, you can't compare what you did in that Penske rig to driving a modern semi. My truck is like a home on wheels and is very comfortable 99% of the time. Everything I need is within easy reach and the longer a driver is on the road, the more he learns from his own experience and from more experienced driver's on this forum, about cab organization, efficiency and physical hygiene for the modern truck driver. The ride can be a little rough at times, but that's much more about the road condition than the truck itself.

Full service restaurants? Over rated in my opinion. If I ate in a full service diner all the time, two things would happen. 1) I'd gain weight like gangbusters. 2) I'd go broke. It's expensive to eat in a diner. I can eat for a whole day in my truck for what I'd leave as a tip for the waitress or waiter. We had one new driver on here some time ago who was eating at restaurants on a regular basis and said he was spending $900 per month to do so! That is not a sustainable habit.

Truck driving can and should be an exciting, fulfilling and rewarding profession to those who approach it with a positive, can-do attitude. Negative thinking will run you out fast or will make you miserable when it doesn't have to be anything but a great profession.

Bruce, so how do you eat day to day? I would probably want to eat a full-course diner breakfast and dinner and maybe do the Coleman cooler thing for lunches and snacks. I could not live on a solid diet of cold sandwiches out of a cooler. The per diem pay is supposed to offset hot prepared meal costs and I gather "free meals" can be had with fuel fill-ups. A barber once told me that back in the 1970's, truck stops gave all-you-can-eat breakfasts for about $3.00.

I only tip $2.00 max.

Listening to old country songs, it seems common that diners were once common services for truckers. Waitresses, tips and coffee.

Posted:  4 months, 1 week ago

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I just moved from Boise, ID to Lawton, OK.

It won't clue you in on nearly everything but short of doing the job yourself, or riding along for a couple of weeks, you've gotten about as close as you can get. XD


What tractor do you drive? Does it ride rougher than a rubber-tire wheelbarrow or a coin-operated kiddie horse? The Penske truck is just horrible on potholes. The great advantage I can see with the commercial tractor for long-distance road travel is the sleeper with climate controls that can be parked anywhere a tractor-trailer can be parked and airbag suspension is the greatest new amenity. It amazed me that those semis were just zooming passed me on those rotten Wyoming and Colorado highways and TX panhandle back roads while I slowed my Penske down to not be actually shaken to death. As a courtesy, I would flash my high beams when they passed me to show that they were clear to get back into my lane. I learned this courtesy years ago from semi drivers when I pulled a landscaping trailer with my pickup truck.

Certainly, a semi has to be more comfy than a rental moving van.

Posted:  4 months, 2 weeks ago

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I just moved from Boise, ID to Lawton, OK.

Driving a 22' Penske diesel rental truck (automatic transmission) with a car carrier in tow gave me a real nasty taste of life on the great American road. I went from Boise I84 to Ogden 80 East through Wyoming then I25 South thru Denver. Then thru Raton, NM east thru the Texas panhandle to Lawton, Oklahoma. I had my Garmin GPS set on "Avoid Toll Roads" to be cheap and the back washboard roads took a toll on my body. The Penske International had nice cold a/c but steel leaf springs on all four corners. I80 Wyoming and I25 Colorado have real rough spots as well as the back roads of the TX Panhandle. OK roads got much smoother.

My impressions of what American drivers must endure. Travel Centers that feature Burger King, Subway, McDonalds, Denny's. A severe deficit of full-serve restaurants and cheap motels that have semi accessibility. On my 1,450 mile trip crossing the Rockies from west to east, I only observed one Walmart with semis parked at the store in Rock Springs, WY. Not one of the Love's, T/A or Pilots that I encountered had a full-on nice restaurant. I stopped at a nice Perkins and Pies place in Burley, ID but that did have a place for a moving van to park out on the street. I wish there were many "Perkins-quality" restaurants all over America that are tractor-trailer accessible. Our economy must think drivers are not human and live on a total diet of junk food. I stopped at one mom-and-pop T/S in Eden. ID and the diner was closed at 2 in the morning. The woman in the convenience store said the cook was lazy and quit. I stopped at a Loves south of Colorado Springs and had Chester's chicken. It was dry and the gravy amount was puny. Certainly, many clever veteran drivers are resourceful enough to find decent full-serve semi-accessible restaurants. These are probably independent joints separate from mega-travel centers.

The nice thing that professional drivers have that rental moving trucks don't have is a climate-controlled sleeper berth. I was able to nap on my bed in the back of the van but it got hot during the day in TX. I then had to lie across the bench seat in the cab with the engine idling and a/c on.

Pro drivers can pull into any rest area and nap in total comfort.

Is a long trip in a moving van a good yard stick to measure the hell pro drivers endure very day? I would think the OTR semis have nice modern air suspension and comfy climate controls in the berth. They should also have all the modern technology to locate truck-friendly roadside services.

While I was shaking to death on some pothole highways, semis were just gliding passed me. I would flash my brights to tell them they were clear to get back in my lane and some drivers would flash there rear running lights as a thank you. On rough roads, i had to slow that Penske down or die of big-yellow-shaken-baby syndrome. That damn thing rode much worse than a wheelbarrow with a hard rubber tire. I hat kid you not. I rented a Penske 22' International back in 2006 and that truck seemed to have driven much smoother. I drove from Boise to Sacramento, CA then through Winnemucca, Nevda.

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