Profile For Delco Dave

Delco Dave's Info

  • Location:
    Drexel Hill, PA

  • Driving Status:
    Experienced Driver

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  • Joined Us:
    4 years, 5 months ago

Delco Dave's Bio

Lifetime resident of the western suburbs of Philadelphia. Was in the landscaping and construction since 1992, owned a small landscape company from 2007-19. Was fed up with running a business mainly due to lack of growth stemmed from trouble finding dependable employees. Sold my company right before covid hit with plans of getting my CDL. Covid delayed me almost 2 years.

In February 2022, I was hired by ABF Freight and entered their Driver Development program. Since graduation I have enjoyed a home every night local driving position. I have pulled every size trailer the company has from 28ft pups, doubles, to 53’s. I’m now running the 43ft flatbed which is mostly residential routes delivering our Upack moving cubes and various types of large freight like flooring, playsets, hot tubs, etc….

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Posted:  3 months, 3 weeks ago

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Pretrip for doubles. Rough night and some good news

Congratulations on your award!! I can get some pics of our gear to help with the tutorial.

I don’t pull doubles as often as I used to since I’ve taken over the flatbed run at my terminal. I do still run sets a few times a month to Amazon, Walmart and Target DC’s on the lighter flatbed days. We call the dolly’s gear, not sure who made our older ones, new ones are made by Hyundai. Older ones have the pet**** air valves, newer ones have the push button brake release.

I’ve noticed that the dolly’s are slightly different from company to company. For example, the UPS pups pintle hook looks to be lower on the trailer closer to the ICB bar where ours is right under the floor. Great idea to have a doubles thread to help new peeps understand the equipment and process

Posted:  5 months, 3 weeks ago

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Over 14 hours - Do we pay?

Yes, more info would help like why they can’t return. Breakdown, weather, delayed at shipper/receiver. If the reason is out of their control, yes, they should be compensated.

I work for ABF, we are paid hourly as well. If we break down or can’t drive due to bad weather, we are put up in a hotel and are paid the entire time until we return and clock out at our home terminal. It would be rare to never that the city drivers would have this happen but our terminal line-haul guys could get stuck at the DC in Carlisle where this policy would go into effect.

Posted:  8 months, 2 weeks ago

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Biggest stressors in trucking?

Here are a few of my recent stops. The circles are smaller then they look on the satellite view

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Posted:  8 months, 2 weeks ago

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Biggest stressors in trucking?

My biggest stresser is navigating tight neighborhoods and unforeseen problems getting out of said neighborhoods. I run local flatbed, 99% of my deliveries and pickups are residential houses and apartment complexes. I pull around a 43 footer all day and have to travel on roads a tractor trailer doesn’t belong on just about every stop. Even though I trip plan very carefully, you never really know what your getting into until your there.

Posted:  8 months, 3 weeks ago

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YRC in more trouble

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That gives line haul a whole new definition!!!

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Posted:  8 months, 3 weeks ago

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YRC in more trouble

A few guys I work with used to work for New Penn, who is now owned by YRC/Yellow. They’ve been talking to some of the guys who stayed after the buy out. They are delivering only, no pickups. Trying to clear the dock and call trailers of all freight. Complete shutdown looks imminent.

I’m guessing some Yellow guys will end up at ABF at some point since they’re Teamsters as well. The Union will probably push to have them be hired before new members. The rest will retire or be scattered among the other no union ltl outfits.

Posted:  9 months ago

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How many states in one day?

That blows my mind. Your ELD doesn't track that?

No, our city driver app only gives you total milage at the end of the manifest and only if you have a stop outside PA. If all miles are in PA, you have to tally your miles on the paper manifest. If I have only PA and MD stops, thats all it will ask for. I’ll have to keep track and add the DE miles I traveled to get to and from MD

Posted:  9 months ago

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How many states in one day?

I do 4 states quite often with my flatbed deliveries/pickups. I can roll through PA, NJ, DE & MD in one run due to our terminal location and service area.

We have to enter each states milage to close our manifest upon return to terminal, have to really pay attention to odometer on those days and make a mental note of mileage at each line crossing then write it down at next stop.

Posted:  9 months, 2 weeks ago

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Knight-Swift Purchases US Xpress

The Yellow/YRC situation has been addressed quite often at our Union meetings. They are in a real bad spot again. The teamsters have loaned them 100’s of million’s over the years to keep them afloat, no more help is coming from the union. The feds have bailed them out a couple times as well.

They have been hurting other Teamster workers and retirees for a long time by failing to pay the full amount due into the health and welfare as well as the pension. Apparently they have contributed less then a quarter since their 1st bailout.

I know my and other ABF terminals are gearing up for a large increase in freight with Yellow most likely going under and UPS strike looming. We are crazy busy as is, yard is full of trailers awaiting appointment and every city trailer including my flatbed is going out and returning full everyday. I don’t know how we’re going to handle more freight

Posted:  9 months, 3 weeks ago

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Trivia Game (just for fun)

Thats a tough one! There have been so many over the years.

Doubt this is who they are looking for but… My vote is for Tim Allen. Home Improvement and Last Man Standing. Love those shows, still watch em.

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