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    Dover, DE

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    Rookie Solo Driver

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Posted:  6 months, 1 week ago

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New CB antenna high SWR

The antenna's been around awhile and seems to be a reliable performer for your rig. A few reports of grounding issues:

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... I had to bond the pretty chrome upper bracket cover to the mirror arm with a small piece of flat-braid before I could get the SWR down .... After that, it worked great, with a ~1.2 SWR. I was using a "Terminator II" double-coil antenna, the one they sell at Pilot. ...once I did it, SWR plummeted and I actually had a good range. ... I used flat braid straps to bond the mirror arm to the door, the door to the cab, and the cab to the frame, in addition to bonding the chrome cover of the upper arm bracket to the mirror arm itself. This improves ground plane significantly.

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Terminator II SWR fix with ground plane mod is the Trucker's Report Forum page for those quotes.

Are you taking SWR readings on different channels?

Searching "CB antenna SWR" on here turns up a lot, too, including problems with Cascadias, mount location, nix on original equipment... From guyjax (Guy Hodges):

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Thank you Guyjax. Now what's a good antenna? I want to get out there.

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It's going to depend on the swr's and the type of reflection there is. Those can only be measured with a meter. The lower the swr (standing wave ratio) the better. Mine is 1 and 1.2 that is the swr for channel 1 and channel 40 respectively. About as good as you can get.

Antenna type does not matter so much as long as it gets low swr's. Steel whip of course for better reception.

Never use anything that can with the truck. Seriously. Even run your own power cord to the batteries. And that includes the antenna coax.

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It should be inexpensive to get the antenna tuned at a shop. Please post back and let us know how you resolve this.

I ended up getting some bolt cutters from harbor freight and trimmed down the steel whip by about a inch. This dropped my SWR down to 2. Much better than 3, I could probably trim it down more but I think I will just wait now when I stop nearby a cb shop.

Posted:  6 months, 1 week ago

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New CB antenna high SWR

Anyone know a cb shop around Syracuse NY?

Posted:  6 months, 1 week ago

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Anyone else have their Gallbladder removed?

I had mine taken out about 4 years ago when I was 18. And I know your pain about the bathroom runs. However with time everything starts to return to normal. You may find that you have some “trigger” foods that you should avoid. I can’t say for curtain how long it took for me to return to absolute normal, but it does happen.

Posted:  6 months, 1 week ago

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New CB antenna high SWR

So I got a new CB antenna today, it’s the Terminator 2 antenna they sell at Pilot. I installed everything correctly and calibrated it on the CB but I am getting a SWR of about 2.9 just barely in the green. I have the antenna the shortest it will go without cutting the whip and noticed that if the whip is higher then the SWR is also higher. I should of done more research in cb antennas before I bought it because I see now that it’s kind of overkill for the radio. Think the antenna is fine and I should just start actually trimming the whip? Or since I kept the original packaging and receipt should I just exchange it for a different antenna?

Posted:  6 months, 1 week ago

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A little update

Hey everyone, things have been going pretty good with me being solo. Been running as hard as I can. I accepted a load to NYC the other day because I wanted the experience. It was a little outside of the actual city but the turns were tight and traffic was heavy. I think the experience definitely helped teach me some skills I need. Today hasn’t been such a great backing day. My hours were running low and it is pretty late so I decided to pull into a TA. I found a spot but it was rather tight. I had to pull back around to set up again because I botched the first attempt. I also got a cb radio yesterday and the other truckers were brutal when I was trying to back. I was getting called every name under the sun. I’ll be honest so far I haven’t heard any helpful things through the fb except name calling and other bs.

Posted:  6 months, 2 weeks ago

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Any Western Express drivers here?

Was able to join a western express Facebook group and was told that fuel cards are open temporarily. Phones are not working at all. Should be good to head out in the morning and make this load on time.

Posted:  6 months, 2 weeks ago

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Any Western Express drivers here?

How has communication with dispatch been for you since the tornado? Right now I cannot reach anyone to get a fuel plan to fill my truck up. I have a load due tomorrow night but cannot make it on my current fuel level. I understand completely that this disaster has set everything behind. Just wanted to know what other Western drivers are dealing with at the moment.

Posted:  6 months, 2 weeks ago

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Nashville Got Hit By A Tornado Early This Morning

I had no idea what happened yesterday, I was sitting waiting for a load. We received a mass message about what happened and that they are slowly getting things up and running again. I was able to get a load from Virginia to New Hampshire but no fuel plan. Without a fuel plan I cannot use the company card to get fuel. Thankfully the route to the cosignee goes directly through my state so I am sitting at home until I get a fuel plan. I am glad nobody at Western was hurt.

Posted:  6 months, 3 weeks ago

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How long do you think I should wait before adopting a dog to take with me over the road?

Thank you everybody, I think I will probably wait until the 6 month or 1 year mark to embark on this journey with a dog. I am still set on getting a older rescue. I like the idea of giving a ol pup a second chance when they probably wouldn’t be adopted normally due to age.

Posted:  6 months, 3 weeks ago

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How long do you think I should wait before adopting a dog to take with me over the road?

I've always wanted to adopt a older dog from the shelter that probably wasn't going to adopted by others and be able to have a travel companion with me. However with me being a new driver, should I wait for awhile before doing this?

Posted:  6 months, 3 weeks ago

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How do you guys plan your stop for the night?

I’m trying to get better on my trip planning. Thanks to truckerspath it is making it very easy to pick what truck stop I want to go to. However sometimes I question how much time I left on the clock for my 11. Lately I’ve been trying to find a place to stop at around the 2-1.5 hour mark. I’m just afraid if I stretch it out too much I may find myself in a situation where I run out of hours and have nowhere to go. I am just curious of your strategy when it comes to this. I don’t want to be quitin early if it’s not the norm. I want to be the best darn trucker I can be.

Posted:  6 months, 4 weeks ago

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Is there a top 5 or top 10 list of the best trucking companies “to start” with?

Nick, trucking is very much a completely misunderstood career. Many people attempt it while only a small percentage of those aspiring to be road warriors ever make it. A major component of the confusion about trucking is this idea that there are certain companies out there that would be the best ones to start/work with.

The whole concept of success at trucking begins and ends with the individual. Drivers create their own fate. I started my career at Western Express, a trucking company well known for giving people their first shot at trucking, but also having terrible online reviews. We have to ask ourselves, "Who writes those reviews?" If we're honest with ourselves the answer has to be, "The greenhorn rookies who don't really know anything about trucking." That's right, how can we trust those reviews? They are penned by people who failed. They are produced by people who don't have the slightest understanding about the trucking career.

Making the transition into trucking is challenging on so many levels. One of those is getting accustomed to the concepts of "performance based pay." In trucking you get paid for how much you can accomplish. There's way more to this than just being able to drive long hours. Being able to accomplish way more than your peers is what sets you at the top of the food chain in trucking. It puts you at the top of the pay scale, and elevates your satisfaction with the career to a level unknown by most of those who just slog it out continually hoping it will get better when they find "the right company."

I hear my dispatcher asking me questions like these all the time...

"How did you manage to get unloaded at that customer after hours?"

"How did you get that customer to unload you in the middle of the night when they tell us the receiving cut-off is at 1500?"

"How do you always have the phone numbers of critical contacts at these customers when our other drivers can't seem to make any connections with them?"

"Can you explain to me how you managed to get that customer to move your appointment time forward? None of our other drivers can seem to do that."

There's a lot of important little nuances and details to this job that most people overlook. Properly executing the details is what makes the difference out here. Being a top performer takes a lot more than driving skills and know how. People skills are generally what's lacking in most truck drivers. Knowing how to effectively communicate puts a driver way ahead of the game.

None of this is given to you by any top 10 company. In fact, the name on your truck doors has nothing to do with your success at this. I was extremely successful at Western Express, and was one of the two people out of my orientation group of 50 plus drivers who actually went on to a successful trucking career. These days I work for Knight Transportation, yet I still see new drivers come and go here on a regular basis. They tell me they are leaving because they can't make any money working for this company. They say that to me! I'm earning twice the average truck driver's pay while working here.

Trucking is competitive. People simply don't get that. You have got to put up some impressive numbers if you want impressive rewards. The real question a newbie like yourself has to be asking is, "How can I perform this job in such a way that I am part of the top 10 percent or maybe even the top five percent of drivers?" Once you discover the answer to that question, you are well on your way to success as a road warrior.

What It Takes To Be A Top Tier Driver

One Out Of Five Drivers Does A Great Job

Are Major Carriers Nothing More Than Starter Companies?

Well said, I’m hoping to be one of those successful Western express drivers as well. I still can’t believe they gave me a brand new truck haha.

Posted:  6 months, 4 weeks ago

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Any owner ops here?

Although I see myself staying company for the foreseeable future. I do look and Aw at the trucks some of these owner ops have. You can tell a lot of these guys out there heart and soul into there rigs. I guess my question to any owner ops in here is, what makes it worth it? Is it just the money? Or do you also like the responsibility and being your own boss? And to the people who are staying company drivers, how come? And did you ever flirt with the idea of being a owner op?

Posted:  6 months, 4 weeks ago

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First solo load, hardest backing I ever had to do

What's up, Delaware? What's it like backing that thing? I figgure with practice, it would get better, but I don't think it will ever get easy. I wonder if companies had looked into technology, like you see on cars, with a camera, to make it a lil safer. Seems like it wouldn't be too hard to do or expensive. Who knows if it would make a difference?

I can say it is easier than when I first started, I was p hopeless with any kind of backing. But I think it’s like anything, with practice it gets easier. It would probably be really expensive for a company to equip every trailer with cameras. And seeing what is exactly behind you isn’t really the hard part. It’s swinging the trailer to go on a approach that will go into the spot. I think it was Turtle that told me, it takes 10 feet for the input of your steering wheel to affect the trailer. So it’s a cat and mouse game of predicting and reacting.

Posted:  6 months, 4 weeks ago

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First solo load, hardest backing I ever had to do

I finally got er in, but woah I was stressed out. I just had to take a deep breath and keep my cool. I never had to back in from the street before. I had traffic backed up but I just had to keep focus.

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Posted:  7 months ago

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I love driving solo!

I love my International. My codriver just said he likes it much more than the Cascadia.. and while teaming it is easier to sleep. Less shaking and my luxury mattress makes for a grrat sleep!!! He said my mattress was totally worth the money 😁

the 2017 International with Allison trans sucked though. everything was great except that trans

I just wish the jake break was louder like on the Cascadia. It always brings a smile to my face when I get to use the jake. rofl-3.gif

Posted:  7 months ago

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I love driving solo!

I saw them once at RFK Stadium in 1984 or 1985. It was a very different group of humans.

I wish there was a way I could experience it. I’ve been to music festivals and stuff but it’s different kinds of music.

Posted:  7 months ago

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I love driving solo!

You should have been with Rick S. because he attended like 500 Dead concerts!

That’s the dream, I would of loved to tour around to each of there shows.

Posted:  7 months ago

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I love driving solo!

Also I’ve been listening to so much Grateful Dead, I’ve been having dreams of songs that don’t even exist. Seems like the right dead song comes on at the oh so perfect time. God I wish I was born about 30 years earlier to experience being a deadhead.

Posted:  7 months ago

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Eating cheap on the road?

Also you don't need to be at home to go to Wally world. You need google maps... And you need to really look at the parking lot before you go into it. Also dropping a trailer at the Pilot/Loves 2 blocks away isn't a bad idea either. And occasionally you can find a truck stop right next to the Wally world or even a grocery store.

And Errols recommendations about water and flavor packets will keep you away from sugar.. I used to guzzle Pepsi like they were going to discontinue it. I highly recommend getting away from sugary drinks asap. Gatorade Zero is also pretty cheap at wally world.

If you have a decent inverter, grab a microwave and don't spring for the 1200 watt model just the cheap dorm/ 700watt. Or an air fryer. I think my air fryer sees more action than the microwave.

Otherwise I grab the premade salads and as much as I shouldn't.. The flying Js have pot roast and mashed potatoes.. I haven't had it in months but it's pretty good in a pinch.

Question about the inverter, I have myself a 400 watt inverter and I was looking at the 1500 watt one they have. Looks like some serious wiring, does it have to be wired to the battery itself? I doubt a 12v plug like the other inverters works right?

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