Profile For Sharon C.

Sharon C.'s Info

  • Location:
    Mt airy, NC

  • Driving Status:
    Experienced Driver

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  • Joined Us:
    1 year ago

Sharon C.'s Bio

Returning to driving after 3 years ...thankful to God for my amazing life.

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Posted:  5 months ago

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Maximum shipper weight

Thank you. I picked up a load that is heavier than any load I've ever carried before and of course in the area of Vermont I picked up at there isn't a scale around anywhere.... Just concerned about my load....I don't want an overload ticket but some of these areas are just vacant of scales...and yes I will definitely do that next time I'm empty... And I will check out the information tools

Sharon, the math is fairly simple. The next time you have an empty trailer go fill your fuel tanks and weigh your truck and trailer together. For our example let's just say it weighs 35,000 pounds.

Okay here's the math:

80,000 - 35,000 = 45,000

That tells you that you can't put over 45,000 pounds in the trailer.

We've got some excellent teaching tools about weights and balances in our High Road CDL Training Program. You really should go through that section. It will help you earn a lot more money out here by not wasting time on getting your loads balanced.

Posted:  5 months ago

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Maximum shipper weight

I pull a 53-foot dry van trailer... I know the total weight cannot be more than 80,000 lb. But, when going to the shipper and I look at their weight on the paperwork how do I know if it's going to be over? What is the maximum total weight on the paperwork that will keep me legal. Thank you.

Posted:  5 months ago

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Truck stop tire gauges/coolers

Thank you..

I use a Coleman 12V cooler. I've had four so far since these don't last forever. Keeps everything cold when in use. I tie mine in the passenger seat, around the seat back with parachute cord. It's never come out of the seat.

Shop around for when these go on sale, as I've seen prices from $89 - $139. Don't waste points unnecessarily.

Posted:  5 months ago

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Truck stop tire gauges/coolers

Thank you.... 12 volt cooler for sure

Get a "stick" style. The truck stop will have the correct range (goes up to 150 psi). Also, the end will have two valve fittings. Ge tthe one witht eh fittings "bent" to each other. The "straight" fittings seem to be hard to push onto the tire.

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When you say "cooler" are you thinking of a picnic cooler for ice or a 12voild\t one? I had a Coleman 12v cooler from Walmart. The cooler worked but the fan kept stopping. I finally got a supply of fuses to replace. I don't know the quality of the 12 volt coolers at truck stops, but they re there!

Posted:  5 months ago

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Truck stop tire gauges/coolers

My points are building up at the pilot / flying j... Would like to purchase a tire gauge and a cooler..any suggestions...there are many different tire gauges to choose from and honestly I'm not sure where to begin

Posted:  9 months, 1 week ago

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5th wheel slide on automatic

I am driving a 2018 international automatic. it seems when I am hauling heavy loads I can only put in around 40 to 50 gallons of fuel in at a time to stay legal. my fifth wheel is set two pins from the front and I was thinking if I moved it at least one more that might give me more flexibility with the fuel. now do I actually drive my tractor forward or backwards or is it just like adjusting the drive and the trailer axle? Thank you very much.

Posted:  11 months, 3 weeks ago

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Western Express orientation Ashland Virginia

Thank you...I am doing dry van. I am happy to be back in the driver's seat. I am originally from North Carolina....my grown kids still live in Ohio ..

Congrats, Sharon. Takes a heckuva woman to do this; that's awesome!! Are you going flatbed side? Just curious. I'm here in Ohio, I can shout out to your kids when I ride with my hubby, LoL~! :) (Are you originally from here?)

Best wishes all around; fellow female.

Anne

Posted:  11 months, 3 weeks ago

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Western Express orientation Ashland Virginia

Thank you for the support.

Thanks for the update Sharon!

It sounds like things are going well for you. Keep us posted if you can. We love hearing about the experiences you guys go through while trying to break into this career.

Posted:  11 months, 3 weeks ago

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Western Express orientation Ashland Virginia

I have my trainer and she is picking me up tonight. Orientation consists of: many online tests, a road skills test, backing test, pretrip by an instructor. Lodging is at the red roof inn and includes a continental breakfast. It is clean and I feel, nicely managed. You get a catered lunch at the terminal mon - Friday and it is very good. Only once did we have Domino's Pizza and they offered the specialty pizzas which were delicious. We receive a subway gift card for dinner valued at $8. On the weekends you receive six such cards and I am keeping them for when I go on the road. Their is a shuttle that can take you to Walmart, etc. So far my experience has been positive and I am extremely grateful for the second chance opportunity.

Posted:  1 year ago

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Western Express pay cycle etc

A few more questions about Western Express:

1) how soon will they reimburse me if I choose to fly to orientation?

2) when will I receive my first check and then how often do they pay?

3) who do they primarily use for fuel and do they have accounts where I log in at the pump?

Thank you all for the continued help.

Posted:  1 year ago

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Staying out with Western express

I am starting with Western Express at the end of the month.. dry van division...my home is North Carolina but my grown kids live in Ohio. Will they let me go to Ohio to see them? I am willing and able to stay out on the road indefinitely...

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