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    Pittsburgh , PA

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    1 month, 2 weeks ago

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Flatbed northeast regional driver.

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Posted:  1 day, 4 hours ago

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Would you refuse this load?

Like someone said if your on great terms and feel comfortable trying to get out of it then great. However your driver manager is basically GOD and God have mercy on you if you get on his bad side. It’s my experience that they will tell you they love you, tell you great job, all the while they are sliding the knife in your back while smiling at you. Worst part is you may never even know your walking around with a knife sticking out of your back.

Posted:  2 days, 9 hours ago

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Another Walmart Bans Overnight Parking...

What happens when a cop shows up to move you out of a place like that? Anyone ever get a ticket? I squat at a lot of places without asking for permission to take a 10. I have my favorite Walmart’s across the east coast that get me in a good position. I check trucker path reviews and if they seem favorable I go for it. Them signs don’t deter me at all and I’ve never had a problem yet. I’ll shut down right next to the sign that says tow away at owners expense. I’m just wondering if I’m risking a fine or if they would just ask me to move out. So has anyone ever got in big trouble squatting before? And could they really tow me while I’m in the truck?

Posted:  3 days, 9 hours ago

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Can I get wifi on my truck?

You use up 15 gigabytes banking. You must be running the New York stock exchange out of your truck. Lol

I get 15gigs a month with att.and just using it to do my banking stuff eats a lot of that up.I checked into that router and it costs 249 to sign up and another 200 a month. Pretty pricey. Though I can use my phone for most of it I hate the small screen. I've been trying to find some place to use my laptop to get more gigs but haven't seem to explain to att service . They seem to go deer in the headlight look. I tried to get a tech guy on the phone but he said he didn't know of anything that would work. I'm going to keep checking to find something that will work and won't deflate my banking account.

Raptor

Posted:  3 days, 9 hours ago

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Mack 2013 dash buttons help

I tried the hill assist and it still rolled back on me so never tried again. Not sure what the deal is with that. Hopefully someone sheds some light on that one for us.

Posted:  3 days, 16 hours ago

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New career with a "best fit" for me.

Time at home to take care of things. That’s what a stay at home wife is for. She takes care of everything. And I mean everything. I don’t just mean most things. I mean EVERYTHING! Well except for cutting the grass and cleaning the pool. That’s a job for the lawn boy and the pool boy whom she prefers works shirtless. I wonder if she’s taking care of that on her own to. Who knows because I’m only around about as much as the post man. Oh no! I’m turning green I can’t hold it back. I must fight back the terminal rat in my subconscious.

Posted:  6 days, 4 hours ago

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How did you mount your TV?

In an international company truck. I could t drill holes nowhere so I made this. Originally I was just laying this tv down on the bed every night. Within 2 months I forgot to lay it down and drove off and broke the tv twice. This is the third tv now. It’s a smart tv and I hot spot it. 0670065001560986706.jpg0925707001560986735.jpg

Posted:  1 week ago

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It could have been worse...

One time I did a tug test like always. Tugged twice like always and it seemded good. Got out secured my whole load and raised the landing gear. I got back in the truck and started it up. Then I was about to pull out and thought man I forgot to check the locking jaws and the handle. I looked under and the handles wasn’t in all the way. I then looked at the jaws and they wansnt closed all the way. Close but no cigar. I had to put the landing gear back down and start over. That would have been the end of me.

Posted:  1 week, 2 days ago

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Getting Closer To Going With Company For Training

How long after you quit driving a truck does it take for your cdl to become worthless? Worthless meaning no otr company will take you without a refresher?

Posted:  1 week, 2 days ago

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Why when I back.

Thanks for the reply’s. I just figured after 2-1/2 years of doing this I would not be thinking I’m 3 feet away when in reality I’m 15 feet away. I really don’t back up to much. Once a day maybe. In flatbed you back in a year what a dock bumper backs in a month probably. I’ve never practiced anything since I been out but next time I’m at the truck stop backing up to a curb I’m going to pull forward and back up a few times to get a sense of what the heck’s going on with this. In cdl school you had to back within so many feet on the 90. Then I would be maybe a few feet away everytime and sometimes perfect. Now it seems I can’t get within 10 feet of something. It might be my mirrors. The mirrors on this 2019 international have been completely redesigned and I don’t think for the better.

Posted:  1 week, 3 days ago

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Why when I back.

I have this problem when I’m backing up I think I’m about to hit the truck or whatever is behind me. I get out and I’m 15 feet away still. What is wrong with me? 48 foot spread axle flatbed trailer. Is there a trick to this or something I’m not getting. It’s not every single time I back but about 1/2 the time I just can’t judge my distance with any accuracy.

Posted:  1 week, 3 days ago

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What can I put on the floor?

I was using armoral tire shine gel and it didn’t bother me to much but spreading the gel was a pain. I bought meguiaris ultimate insane tire coat spray for about ten bucks and it was a powerful smells that really irritated me. And rick it actually seems like it makes keeping the floor clean easier using the tire shine products.

I use tire shine on my floors. I've never experienced any of the issues you mention. Maybe try Armorall. I think it should work the same way.

Posted:  1 week, 3 days ago

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What can I put on the floor?

I been using tire shine to keep my floor looking amazing but the fumes and chemical burns are killing me. What can I use to keep the floor looking deep black wet and shinny?

Posted:  1 week, 3 days ago

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Delivering to Grocery Stores

Rob when I look at them maps all I see is a big bowl of gravy. Your a lucky man.

Posted:  2 weeks ago

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Career advice/direction

Shnieder offered me a job a while ago working either 3 or four days a week. I can’t remember if it was 3 or 4 days though. I think it was hauling stuff to Walmart’s. It was only if you lived within a certain radius. From what I remember it was considered part time but you would make decent money. I never found out how all them days off worked. If they was in a row or split up or if you got to pick your days. US Mail trucks work weekends and seem to be desperate at all times to keep their trucks moving. A weekend guy would probably help them out a bunch.

Posted:  2 weeks, 1 day ago

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I need help finding someone with a truck in my area.

You could try getting a job as a yard jocky. It should get you good at backing and if you can find one that has a 10 speed transmission that would be even better. Combined with all the skills you already learned in school you should have a better chance of passing. I think if you told the boss man at one of them places your goals he would be happy to help you achieve your goals.

Posted:  2 weeks, 1 day ago

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Does Roehl Charge Tuition If You Fail Your CDL Exam?

Hey gtown I sleep at the Clinton Walmart every time I get a load going into like Paterson or that whole area where NJ and new York are sitting on top of each other. The Chinese place on top the hill has good Chinese. It’s the highlight of my day. I could see someone taking out that guardrail one day.

Posted:  2 weeks, 2 days ago

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Does Roehl Charge Tuition If You Fail Your CDL Exam?

The company keeps them because less than one percent of the worlds population can do their job. Maybe like 1-1000th of a percent of people could do their job. Basically they are the X-men of trucking. Demois come on. My 14 yo daughter could drive a 53 foot van around there. I take it all back. If you work in a city built after the industrial revolution you will do just fine.

Rubber duck while I agree local isn't the best option for a recent graduate to get started you're spreading bad information in that post. I got my start unloading a pup trailer in downtown Des Moines and got through my rookie year accident free. Yes Des Moines is much smaller than Pittsburgh but the challenges are similar. If someone has had so many accidents that they can't be hired on elsewhere why has the current company kept them on? Surely Insurance has a say if they'll insure someone. To say that all those guys do is go home and put a gun in their mouth and try to find the courage to pull the trigger? You need help. Not once did that thought ever cross my mind. It's simple, if you don't like the job find one you do. Not every local job is unloading by hand. Yes the food companies pay a pretty penny but you earn every bit of it. I made 85k my first year doing it and I felt it wasnt enough for the work involved so i found something i enjoy more for similar pay that allows me to work only 4 days a week.

Posted:  2 weeks, 2 days ago

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Getting Hire With Preventable Accidents

Good news man. Companies will still hire you. But your going to want to keep this whole experience a secret from them. If you told a recruiter this story he would think your on acid.

Posted:  2 weeks, 2 days ago

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Does Roehl Charge Tuition If You Fail Your CDL Exam?

It’s suicide for a trucking career. If you do want to go local you don’t want to screw it up going head first into the deep end. A few fender benders on the city streets will ensure that your first and last job will be your so precious dream local job. I know people can do it and I know people who have. None of them could go get a job a shnieder or Werner now though. They done screwed that up with all their fender benders. Now they are stuck driving a city route in Pittsburgh for the rest of their natural life. Hand bombing freight from one tiny little grocery store to the next and many little gas stations. For two your going to find out on your city route that driving needs to come second nature because your real job is as a laborer unloading your truck. Then you will find out that a 16 hour work day not counting the ride to and from is the worst possible life you could of ever asked for. Even if people can handle the driving part the long hours and little time off will have you running for the hills. Nobody comming in to trucking can even imagine the life of a city driver. The total life suck that it can be. You might get home for a few hours everyday but you will spend that time sucking on the end of a revolver trying to work up the courage to pull the trigger.

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Not trying to win anything, but saying 99% of people who try local out of school will fail is ludicrous. It is certainly a much harder way into trucking but I know of several drivers at my terminal alone who came fresh out of school.

Some people who come here can not or do not want to do OTR and might end up missing out on a good career based on some of the posts here.

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I am tending to lean towards this opinion. If you fail you fail, but it is up to you and what you choose to make out of it just like any job/career. You don't know if you don't try and also if you do fail or simply don't like it at least you didn't waste too much time in the process so then move on to the next path or go back with what you know.

Posted:  2 weeks, 2 days ago

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Does Roehl Charge Tuition If You Fail Your CDL Exam?

I think it’s pretty accurate. If your a rookie 99% of you will fail at city driving in Pittsburgh. But by all means don’t let this troll scare you.

Not trying to win anything, but saying 99% of people who try local out of school will fail is ludicrous. It is certainly a much harder way into trucking but I know of several drivers at my terminal alone who came fresh out of school.

Some people who come here can not or do not want to do OTR and might end up missing out on a good career based on some of the posts here.

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