Profile For Dean R.

Dean R.'s Info

  • Location:
    Macomb, IL

  • Driving Status:
    Rookie Solo Driver

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  • Joined Us:
    1 year, 9 months ago

Dean R.'s Bio

Former Active Duty Marine. I hold a B.S., M.S., and MBA from Illinois. Spent 26 years in IT before retiring early. First two years of retirement were spent remodeling my home. When my son decided to apply to some private colleges I decided to go back to work.

I graduated from the 280-hour CDL course at John Wood Community College in Quincy, IL.

Currently I work for Schneider as a Regional Driver based out of Edwardsville, IL.

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Posted:  1 month, 1 week ago

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I’m going with Schneider now I’m nervous

I applied at Schneider this morning and got a conditional offer to go to orientation in Green Bay probably October 5.

I went to cdl school two years ago and then got hired with a company but I only went out with a trainer for a week and then decided to hold off on the trucking career until my last son graduated high school and haven’t been in a truck since. My son is now in college and I’m ready to go.

I’m already nervous about orientation. Will they expect me to do a driving test and a pretrip at the beginning of orientation? If I screw it up will they send me home? They hired me as a CDL holder with less than three months experience. Im probably overthinking things as usual.

I would like to hear from current or recent Schneider drivers if possible

I've been at Schneider for 9 months. You will go on a drive with a driver trainer. They want to see where you are as far as driving skills. It wasn't that hard. They give clear instructions. Screwing up? Depends how bad. They start you with an easy route. As one Trucking Truther would say, "Watch yer wagon." The pre-trip is printed, laminated, and given to you. You just have to follow along, usually working in pairs. As long as you follow the printed instructions you'll be okay.

Relax, listen, have an open mind, take your driving criticism as training points. They don't try to fail you and make you go home. The driving instructor I had was patient yet firm. Where most people fail is the academics. Just use your notes and books. It's open book. Whatever you do, DON'T FALL ASLEEP IN THE CLASSROOM! If you feel sleepy stand up and go to the back of the room. Also don't go to the hotel bar and partake in alcoholic beverages. That will be an automatic trip home.

Posted:  1 month, 3 weeks ago

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Postcards from the Road! (Post Yours Please!)

My neck of the woods.

That's pretty flat for W Va.

If I recall correctly I was entering WV from VA. That's why the song popped up in my head.

Good thing no one could here me singing!

Posted:  1 month, 3 weeks ago

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Postcards from the Road! (Post Yours Please!)

Almost heaven, West Virginia Blue Ridge Mountains, Shenandoah River Life is old there, older than the trees Younger than the mountains, growin' like a breeze

Country roads, take me home To the place I belong West Virginia, mountain mama Take me home, country roads

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Posted:  2 months, 3 weeks ago

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Old unpaid tickets prior to cdl

I had a speeding ticket and FTA on my record from North Carolina in the late 80's. I was suspended in NC and didn't know it. I remember the ticket - I got it the day before I was deployed with a USMC MEU (Marine Expeditionary Unit). I went thru JAG and they worked with Dare County Court to get the ticket resolved. Something slipped thru and my license ended up being suspended for FTA. I found that out 30 years later. I found a law office in NC that appeared for me (for $199) and got the whole thing dropped and removed from my record. I couldn't get into school for my CDL before that was taken care of. The whole process took a month.

Posted:  3 months, 1 week ago

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Unusual load to a hotel coming up, no dock, small parking lot?

Kinda makes that butt pucker a bit, don’t it 😂

Pucker factor 10.0

Posted:  3 months, 2 weeks ago

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Transferred to Different Schneider Division

Congratulations Dean!

Thank you sir! If you recall I was a new driver with some adjustment problems about a year ago. I'm on the right path now and have been doing well since January. Trucking Truth helped me along.

Readers - Are you thinking about a career or struggling to get going? The folks at Trucking Truth know what they are talking about and they will help you along the way. Don't discount the site name. It's truth.

Dean

Posted:  3 months, 2 weeks ago

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Transferred to Different Schneider Division

Hello folks! Like the subject says, I transferred from Walmart Dedicated to Regional out of Edwardsville (St.Louis area), IL. After 6 months on the Walmart account it was time for a change. Just finished my first week at the new gig.

No more 80, 88, 94, 90 for me. I wanted to "take a new road" so to speak. Regional will let me park at home and have most weekends off. That's what I like about Schneider. I can change my division and have new experiences. No more spending most of my nights at a DC. On on my own for the most part. I got to drive out of Illinois and go into Indiana, Missouri, Ohio and Kentucky. My next planned load is going to a Sam's Club DC in Arkansas.

No more roller doors. I had to remember how to deal with double-doors and even have to sweep out my trailers from now on. Previously Walmart employees cleaned the trailers. Change is good.

I was the only new transfer driver on onboarding day so I got first dibs on a truck. She's a beauty! Former lease operator truck that was turned in when they got a new one. 2020 Cascadia with fridge, apu, and inverter. My previous trucks were bare-bones '16 and '17 Cascadias.

The transfer was easy. Just an online form and a phone call. If I had a critical event, traffic ticket, or other employment problem on my record it would have been harder to transfer.

Stay safe out there.

Dean

Posted:  3 months, 2 weeks ago

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Pilot

Does everybody stop at a truck stop every day to sleep or most of the time?

Well, sometimes. Depends. If I'm close to a Schneider OC or drop lot I'll camp there. I'm not a fan of Schneider's Obetz Ohio lot. LOL! Schneider folks can attest to that. We usually fuel at Pilot/Flying J's so we build up a lot of shower credits and loyalty points. If I overnight at a truck stop it usually be a Pilot/Flying J. They often fill up fast, but I can always find a spot at a nearby TA truck stop.

While I was Walmart Dedicated I slept in a lot of Walmart parking lots. No facilities for the overnight needs tho, unless it was a Sam's Club that opens the receiving door at 0400. You have to check for "No Truck Parking" signs first. Some stores in the Chicago suburbs will boot your tractor and/or you get a $100 to $250 ticket from the local police.

Posted:  3 months, 2 weeks ago

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Well my day is off to a rough start

I was given a backhaul from Niagara Water my first week solo on Walmart Dedicated. The place was tight, especially with snow piled up. Niagara loads trucks with a robot. The robot carries two pallets of water at a time. You must be with 1.5" of exact center and perfectly flush with the dock or the robots won't load. Took me 20 minutes to get in there straight enough, with the help of the yard driver. A couple drivers came up to me later and said I did well for the first time. A Marten driver was pi**ed at me, even though I offered to go around the yard and try again to let him through.

I hadn't used my thick skin much since leaving the military, but I've had to put it on quite a few times since driving with a CDL.

Hang tough young man.

Posted:  3 months, 3 weeks ago

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Done with Schneider after 3 months

Is there nothing from Schneider in SC? You are better off keeping your momentum and staying on, at least for one whole year.

I tired of the Walmart Account. Only roads I drove were 88, 80, 94, and 74. Instead of leaving Schneider I simply transferred to the Edwardsville, IL region (St. Louis) and stayed on. Still a 5-day week, same pay. Bonus is I can park at home and not have a 2.5 hour commute twice per week.

Best wishes for whatever you decide. Good luck Rev!

Posted:  4 months, 2 weeks ago

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Postcards from the Road! (Post Yours Please!)

Sometimes you have to “bend it like Beckham.” Had to back thru a busy parking lot and bend the trailer around the corner between a yellow pole on the left and a fence on the right. The fence is closer than it appears. One young man in a Civic told me I was #1 when I was backing. Fun times.

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Posted:  4 months, 4 weeks ago

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1 YR review of Werner DG dedicated

Great write-up Papa Pig! Congrats on the first anniversary. You set a shining example for future drivers.

Posted:  4 months, 4 weeks ago

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Postcards from the Road! (Post Yours Please!)

78,000 pounds of meat and produce for Memorial Day delayed by these pretties.

They have right-of-way on Walmart DC property. That’s great. I enjoy seeing them around.

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Posted:  5 months ago

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Yet another truck swap

I’m on my 4th 2016 Freightliner since Feb 2st. The first had a driveline issue hours after moving in. The second was reissued to another driver while I was on a 34. Lost some of belongings and my food stash. The third was sold while I was on a 34. All of my belongings were still in it when the OC staff came and drove it off.

I know the feeling. I spend a half-hour of my 34’s taking my stuff out and putting it in totes and putting the totes in my car. I’ll soon leave my dedicated account and move to a regional account where I take the tractor home. Regional accounts have newer trucks at least.

Posted:  5 months ago

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Probably the best way to improve backing skills :-)

Keep at it. You're doing great.

I'm a small town lover who drives 53' reefers thru Chicago Proper and the suburbs. It took some getting used to. But I found that going slow, being careful, and using GOAL were saving graces. I also look on Google Maps before I leave and not take my company tablet GPS or my Garmin GPS as being 100% accurate.

Posted:  5 months, 1 week ago

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Postcards from the Road! (Post Yours Please!)

Saw these on the pavement in the grocery dock area of the Beloit, WI, Walmart. Haven’t seen them at any of the other 50+ Walmarts I’ve been to. Someone must have forgot…

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Posted:  5 months, 1 week ago

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Postcards from the Road! (Post Yours Please!)

Geese and goslings have the right-of-way. Yard drivers are next. Last, but not least, are truck drivers. 0902519001621147308.jpg

Posted:  5 months, 1 week ago

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Postcards from the Road! (Post Yours Please!)

Another day, another dock for the Consumable Commodity Relocation Pros.

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Posted:  5 months, 2 weeks ago

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Refusing delivery

I felt that way a couple weeks ago. It's hard. People think that we just sit and enjoy the drive. I pilot a 71' reefer around the suburbs of Chicago and the outskirts of Chicago proper. It makes for some tense moments. I don't always enjoy dealing with certain Walmart stores. Some are great, some are in a constant state of disorder. When I get a rural run I'm thankful.

I left on a 34 and found out when I returned that the company sold the tractor I was using. My things were still inside! People from the nearby OC took out a few plastic tubs that were on the bunk, that was all. Then they drove the tractor away to sell it. My bedding, food stash, tools and other items were taken away. Pi**ed me off to say the least. I had to go to local Walmart and buy new bedding and food. I eventually got some money back, but I was still noticing items I needed to replace. Hated sleeping on unwashed sheets for a couple of days.

The replacement tractor was a foul smelling trash truck. My leader and I removed six 30 gallon bags of crap. Took me more than two hours to get it drive worthy. Covid has made it hard to get people to come in and clean tractors. They wouldn't tell me who had that tractor before. Probably a good thing. I'm on my fourth "beater with a heater" since February 1st.

I was on the brink. It wasn't my local account's fault entirely. Well, that trash truck didn't have to happen that way.

I considered giving my leader my tablet and fuel card and walking away. But I need to stick it out for at least six months.

"Sometimes the only easy day was yesterday."

Posted:  5 months, 2 weeks ago

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Million Miller yard driver

I know a yard driver with 3 million safe miles. I asked him about his stickers. He spent decades on the road before becoming a yard dog. He's been around so long that he has a dedicated yard tractor.

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