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Posted:  1 week, 4 days ago

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Wanting to learn on a Manual

10-4 was wondering. In a truck that is scary a/f to lose gear period. Let alone on grade. Thanks for clarification.

Posted:  1 week, 4 days ago

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Wanting to learn on a Manual

Though about it never owned or driven an automatic before trucking so not sure. What is illegal?

Posted:  1 week, 4 days ago

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Wanting to learn on a Manual

You can practice the movement of double clutch in a car. Not quite the same and a little buckey at first but the movement can be learned. So when you drive a manual car you dont put it into second gear when turning? The idea of downshifting is essentially putting into lower gear at a higher RPM to utilize the braking effect of the engine. In a manual car if turning I put it in second gear let off gas to slow before the turn then accelerate midway to maintain full control on corners. Same as going downhill if driving in fifth and start downhill I shift to fourth then potential third gear and letting the RPMS rise to keep speed under control. Why would you coast down a mountain? Another plus if winter driving if you break traction in snow or ice simply depress clutch cutting power to wheels so they can naturally roll and regain control. Please leave it in gear going downhill when you let of gas it naturally slows you down.

Posted:  2 weeks ago

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Wanting to learn on a Manual

I agree with Errol V. It is very different from how you drive your car. I had my restriction removed the next day after testing for company in an automatic. Then going home and testing again in an O/O's manual truck it is very different and very stressful to do but can be done. Just more opportunities for an auto fail. Have you researched proper shifting? Double clutch? Proper downshift? I held a class B CDL for 10yrs before trying to join the big leagues but I remember everything being backwards when I was learning. Bringing RPMS up during downshifting instead of hitting brakes like a car. Or putting vehicle in neutral and letting RPMS lower between gears. I taught my wife to double clutch on the on ramps or on empty highways when she had to stop. If you already own a manual I would practice that a bit. Plus side if you have a sporty car it can improve your racing abilities. Don't get a ticket there are tracks for that. My wife says it makes her feel like a bada** when she nails her shifting so worth learning but probably not necessarily needed these days. Best of luck.

Posted:  2 weeks, 1 day ago

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EFS checks vs Comdata checks for lumper services

No, as far as having to pay the lumpers, I'll never get that concept that someone came up with, putting the driver as the go-between.

I agree what is this lumper b.s.

Seems like the same thing as me ordering something online and when UPS delivers it to me telling them I need a $5 to take that off their hands.

Ummm...??? You ordered something just take delivery of your property.

Posted:  2 weeks, 6 days ago

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WWYD?

I taught high school and college level math and did executive protection on the side before becoming a trucker. Education is irrelevant ask others. I make what you are claiming in training. Rough life but rewarding.

Posted:  2 weeks, 6 days ago

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Postcards from the Road! (Post Yours Please!)

Thanks PackRat literally taken from I10 bridge saw hungry gator down there too.

Posted:  2 weeks, 6 days ago

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Postcards from the Road! (Post Yours Please!)

0205878001574015193.jpg Sunrise over the bayou. Near Baton rouge

Posted:  3 weeks, 3 days ago

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Postcards from the Road! (Post Yours Please!)

Postcard from home. Sure do miss the wilderness there.

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Posted:  1 month ago

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Potential of Team Mileage vs Solo

I too have considered teaming but just because I don't like hanging around truck stops for very long. Been doing very tight scheduled team runs in training and we are both always worried about HOS. We run out of hours or are close to it every 6 days. So we do running resets opposite of each other. Kicks your butt. You dont have time to adjust to altitudes or weather at all. Crossing the big mountain ranges east to west while sleeping hurts. You wake up and ears pop like 50 times and you have a headache then max your 11 driving with a 30 min break. 30 min shower and back to bed in a moving truck and its a lottery how smooth the road will be during your sleep time. Was smooth all day while you drive then backroads of say Tennessee or West Virginia not great sleep. Add construction bumps every few hours and you got a recipe for a good time. It can be done but I kinda want my reset sitting still now.

Posted:  1 month ago

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Saying goodbye to Prime.

Wow Good Show!! Happy you landed that one. I wish I had seen this sooner been on hometime for 3 days literally 10 mins from their home offices. Would have hit you up and driven you to some of the exquisite places the Walton family has built for us here. I wish I could have hit you up. Congratulations and safe travels.

Posted:  1 month, 1 week ago

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Prime Inc - changing TNT trainer

By the way training managers name Steve Larson. Don't call yet try and handle it yourself first.

Posted:  1 month, 1 week ago

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Prime Inc - changing TNT trainer

I am about 25,000 into my TNT phase and felt like you do for first 10,000 or so. The guy is a 6"6 red headed country boy and crude. Every since I have been like who p***ed in your toast it has gotten way better. He still acts like a big poked bear sometimes and we argue at least every other day we usually laugh at the end now. Stand up for yourself a bit but listen to what he is teaching you it could save your a**. You should be nervous if not I am scared. You will have plenty of time to make mistakes while he is sleeping. I know I do and when I do I remember some of the things he yelled at me and it helps me get out of some of the sticky situations we rookie's can and will get into. Stand up and stick it out it may get better. Stay safe.

Posted:  1 month, 1 week ago

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Rare or hard to find restaurants near truck stops.

Passed by a White Castle in Daleville Indiana exit 104 off the 70 I think. I wanted to stop but saw it too late. Does anybody know of another close to a truck stop. Or other rare or hard to find restaurants near truck stops like on I20, 40, 70, 80 ,90, or 94 spending lots of time East West wanna find something never tried.

Posted:  1 month, 1 week ago

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What's the most exciting thing you've ever seen or done as a driver on the road?

Haha behind that T/A or the train fire?

0077342001572132007.jpg Was snowing yesterday morning now chilling in flip flops doing a 34 over weekend in Florida. Trucking is hard work but fun if you stop and smell the roses when you can. No pun intended.

Posted:  1 month, 2 weeks ago

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You never know who you're going to meet

10 years ago wife said words that still ring in my head today. Had just woke up and going to get coffee in Pajama pants. I said I don't care what people think. She said

It's not about caring what people think. It's about giving a damn about yourself.

Being a selfish prick I still was like I give a damn about me. Still rings true.

Posted:  1 month, 3 weeks ago

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Off to Prime to Start Training

My first day of PSD began with a 7AM roll call remembering on time is late. We were told what was expected of us and what to expect. Finish CBT'S by Wednesday evening. That anyone that finished the videos first night skipped them and will be ask to retake them. Then we were handed our safety books and informed of the paperwork we were to sign. Contract, address info for permit, agreement we received books and refill out employment applications and the information better match original. Then medical came in and we filled out a detailed list of everything going back to pretty much birth. Medicine, surgery, broken bones, allergies, you name it or take it they wanna know about it. Then we were separated into groups to take physical, BP, and urine sugar test. Then integrity interview to review application info for work history, criminal history, and references. Group letters decided rest of week SIM lab schedule. Do CBT'S every free chance you get I was up till they closed the training room doing them. I did not eat because I had to do agility for flatbed. Move crates, lift weights above shoulder, climb ladder, lift a blue tarp onto and off a 6 ft shelf then get onto each knee then hold a push up position then another medical review there. Sounds like a lot was a big day I remember being nervous and was too busy to worry about home just focusing on completing goal's assigned. I kept remembering what Turtle told me. Come prepared and complete everything as soon as possible and it will calm down after a day or two. He was so right I had worried into a frenzy for no reason. Focused and did what I came to do finished everything by Tuesday afternoon and then had a lot of free time between morning roll call and SIM labs for the rest of the week. Expect first day to be so busy you forget everything but what you're next assigned task is. Finish those CBT'S and it gets really calm on day two. BTW sleep when its calm because on the trucks its harder to do than in the hotel room.

Posted:  1 month, 3 weeks ago

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Off to Prime to Start Training

Orientation is the easy part be on time and finish CBT's and SIM labs. Friday is when I was like ohh crap we actually have to drive these things. You got this plenty of prime drivers here for advice. I use them all the time.

Posted:  1 month, 3 weeks ago

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Thinking of teaming at Prime after TnT

My trainer is 6'6 250 lbs we both still have plenty of space but we are both clean and organized. Sailboats are also my thing and those have about as much space with more people. Space and pay not the problem. I wanna keep moving. Just don't want to hinder my career by not going solo. The good folks here suggest against teaming from the start and I would be a fool not to heed their advice. You haven't steered me wrong yet T.T Thanks for the input.

Posted:  1 month, 3 weeks ago

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Thinking of teaming at Prime after TnT

You never truly know your co-driver until you have lived with that person on the road for a few weeks, either. 

Thats the biggest worry I have on teaming. What's the story there if you don't mind me asking PackRat?

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