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    AR

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    Rookie Solo Driver

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Posted:  2 months ago

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Favorite Town: Paradise AK

Anything Boston mountain or upper Buffalo is beautiful. Second definatly W.V its like home. Another pretty one I saw I84 into Portland west of wasco OR next to Columbia river beautiful 500ft waterfalls cascading from mountain for 30+ miles. Buffalo, Shenandoah, Colombia rivers in that order just pick a place and it's heaven.

Posted:  2 months ago

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On The Road Again

Maybe not U.S.A trucking but for sure PAM. Have you dug around Murfreesboro? Found a stone or two great spot.

Posted:  2 months ago

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On The Road Again

Really just depends on the trooper, the trooper who did my test back in 2018 was fine with me pointing to each part naming it, and explaining the type of defects I would be looking for. I did my state exam in Hotsprings, AR.

Love Hot Springs. Im my area I am positive its different. Walmart home office, J.B Hunt home office, U.S.A Truck home office, Tyson home office, ect... Home office area they are strict. Not sure where he is testing. Still miss hot Springs did Honeymoon and multiple anniversaries there.

Posted:  2 months ago

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On The Road Again

I retested at state troopers in Sprindale to get my automatic only restriction removed after I tested at Prime. They want you to grab and pull things not point. Example- grab belt and pull to demonstrate tension and freeplay. Slack adjuster pull that too. If you say it is or isn't supposed to do something prove it. Hope this helps I was a class B holder in Arkansas on and off for 10 years. Taken test 3 times because I would let CDL slip then get bored and get it back.

Posted:  2 months ago

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CB anymore?

I keep my ears on but don't hear much but trash talk at truck stops. Every now and then they say something relevant but not often. Still waiting to hear Big Booty Judy in Chicago hehe.

Posted:  2 months ago

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1 month solo update

Been out solo one month with Prime. So far Prime has treated me great. Nice new truck, good miles, great dispatcher. Glad you guys talked me out of teaming. Solo is great in a full condo. I stop take and adventures on downtime, go on hikes, hotel room, ect.. Spent Friday and Saturday in Vegas now parked outside of Portland. Love milking my clock good at math. Arrived at 1200 sleeper birth till 2000 drive to appointment 5 miles away at 2100. Two hours off duty there hopefully may milk it a bit. Then boom at 2300 I have a full 14 hr clock as i depart. Hehe think I'm getting better every day. Loving the lifestyle thanks to everyone who supported me on this crazy journey. P.S switched to reefer from flatbed. Like both may go back flatbed eventually but for now honing backing skills.

Posted:  3 months, 1 week ago

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Tips for TNT driving?

Have a few days left TNT myself. I drive almost exclusively nights. Body pillows to brace and keep from the rocking motion. Earplugs help. Took me 30,000 before I knew the roads well enough to know when to stay up if they are crappy and when to sleep when they smooth out. Then you can plan a bit. And embrace the suck. Wish I had Turtle for PSD.

Posted:  3 months, 2 weeks ago

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Being A Company Driver

Did I say thank you for this thread Donna. Again thank you great thread. My lease trainer to go back to earlier posts mainly wanted me to team so he can pay taxes for his year. Spent it as he got it not made it. Ummm I used to teach math and if I started a business I would pay myself pennies and put my money down to run debt free and grow my business. Then pick up leftovers after its all said and done. Not prepared to invest in trucking in this economy. I want gains so I will go company and invest my profits into something profitable. Probably not I just want to buy a sailboat and circumnavigate the world. Dont know an acronym for truck but....

B.O.A.T

Break Out Another Thousand.

Same deal but a sailboat is about free wind not diesel and hard work/leisure. Just my pennies.

Posted:  3 months, 2 weeks ago

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About to pass my 9 month mark

I read G town's post to put tension on trailer when parking. Makes it almost impossible to pull release handle. I tried couldn't get it to release. Thanks G town.

Posted:  3 months, 2 weeks ago

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Rare or hard to find restaurants near truck stops.

@Dave S I just hit an R Place outside of Tampa amazing breakfast. Good call that was a nice home style dinner.

0061402001576072408.jpg0430978001576072442.jpg Now I just need to hit Sheri's, White Castle, and Krystal.

Posted:  3 months, 2 weeks ago

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Being A Company Driver

11 Mpg this week! More money!

So not only do you get paid deadhead but it boosts fuel bonus. Go on.... Sounding pretty great thanks for sharing Donna.

@ Rob I had a setback but Prime has been great to me. The training although long is quite extensive. I believe I will come out of it about as prepared as a rookie can get. Haha still isn't saying much pretty big maze this country is.

Posted:  3 months, 2 weeks ago

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Being A Company Driver

@ Rob I started orientation August 12. -3 weeks to go out psd then come home and redo permit. Then 3 more psd.

-2 days home to get automatic restriction removed/ retest in manual.

-1 week off trainer B-day.

-1 week off Thanksgiving.

-1 week off Christmas unless I get my own truck..

Should finish before Christmas hopefully. Will upgrade during.

Not sure how to sum up training? East, West, North, South and up and down every mountain in between. Ice and snow then shorts and sandals in just 1 day. Crazy when I really think about it. Was in Massachusetts last night will be in southern Florida tomorrow morning. Love the Appalachian mountains of West Virginia in between reminds me of home in Arkansas.

@RealDeihl wont be working Christmas so don't get paid anything. Not sure what upgrade consists of but hoping for best. Saw that on prime app but not sure.

Posted:  3 months, 3 weeks ago

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Postcards from the Road! (Post Yours Please!)

0702299001575983621.jpg Hike anyone?

0885472001575983683.jpg I see an opening. Kinda trashy though.

Posted:  3 months, 3 weeks ago

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Being A Company Driver

4 company drivers cant be wrong. So ready to upgrade and go company by January 1st hopefully start my solo path soon. As always thanks Donna, (Rainy) /Kearsey, ReilDiehl, and never least in my book Turtle. Hope Bentonville is treating you good Turtle.

Posted:  3 months, 3 weeks ago

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Being A Company Driver

Thanks for sharing that Donna! I am at 42,000 TNT and my lease driver trainer told me that company drivers only get paid when they're loaded and only do short runs in NE. I guess misery needs company. Lol. He is also trying to talk me into teaming with him after upgrading at .28 cpm. Made my choice easy with your post. Company!!!!!!

Posted:  4 months 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:  4 months 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:  4 months 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:  4 months, 1 week 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:  4 months, 1 week 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.

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