Profile For Dean R.

Dean R.'s Info

  • Location:
    Macomb, IL

  • Driving Status:
    Experienced Driver

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  • Joined Us:
    4 years, 4 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 Walmart Dedicated driver out of Sterling, IL.

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Posted:  9 months, 3 weeks ago

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Just a funny trucking picture to brighten your day

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Posted:  1 year, 2 months ago

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The "Boogey Man" Virus

I got Covid last year. A couple weeks after the booster jab. Nothing but a cold for a week. A month later and BAM! My pulmonary system started overreacting. Unluckily I was driving a commercial vehicle at the time. I was coughing so hard that I had to pull over and get all my senses back. "Long Covid." How long? Nobody knows.

The Governor of my state, Illinois, overreacted. You could take a family of 6 to the lake in a minivan but only 2 people could be on the pontoon boat. Still puzzled over that rule.

Posted:  1 year, 2 months ago

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Just a funny trucking picture to brighten your day

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Posted:  1 year, 3 months ago

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SiriusXM radio

I had it before trucking and still subscribe. In addition to music, you can find channels for mysteries, talk radio, sports (live games), almost anything you can imagine, even a station dedicated to trucking.

I started with a 90 day free subscription that came with my Highlander.

The non-music channels were my company on the road. Nothing like an intriguing story or mystery to keep you awake.

Posted:  1 year, 3 months ago

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Manless warehouse ideas

I loaded several times at Niagara water in Pleasant Plains, WI. Drop & hooks were easy. Live loads could be difficult. You were loaded via robot. You had to be almost 100% square with the dock or you wouldn't get loaded. You had to watch the arrows once you bumped the dock. Two green arrows - you were square. A red arrow would tell you which direction you were off. So you had to pull-up and retry.

One particular icy and snowy day gave me fits. I couldn't get square to save my life. I had to move to another dock. If the nice yard dog was there you could just drop your trailer and he would line it up. Took two hours to load anyway. It was tight if snow was piled up in the yard and having tractors connected made it worse.

Posted:  1 year, 3 months ago

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Shipping and receiving offices

Awesome! Thank you for the tip.

New App Helps Truckers With Shipper Locations (Android)

New App Helps Truckers With Shipper Locations (iTunes)

The official app site states that is was designed to let truckers know what to expect at a docking location - so they don't have to "go into stops blind." It details where truckers should go, what door they should enter and whether or not they will have to back into a docking spot. The app also offers details on wait times, weight limits and local procedures, in addition to dock door numbers and backing situations. It can be invaluable for truckers heading to a dock for the first time.

Dock411 also allows truckers to input their own data if the dock at which they arrive is not already in the database. The user can take pictures of the location and enter key details they believe other truckers will find useful. Additionally, truckers are encouraged to rate each location for future visitors. To make the experience even more interactive, users can note points of interest along the route to the dock, and locate road hazards to warn fellow drivers.

Posted:  1 year, 3 months ago

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Posted:  1 year, 3 months ago

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CB Handle

Mine is "Teddy" and sometimes "Teddy R. Junior."

If the light is just right and my mustache sags I look a lot like Teddy Roosevelt because of my circular wire rimmed glasses and the mustache.

I was walking thru a Pilot one day and someone called out "Hey! It's Teddy Roosevelt!"

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Posted:  1 year, 3 months ago

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Just a funny trucking picture to brighten your day

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rofl-3.gif Pass. I prefer olive oil.

Posted:  1 year, 3 months ago

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Some experiences and questions after my first month solo

I used an app called "Weigh My Truck." I had to know the scale weights, how far apart the holes were, and where the tandems were when I weighed. I don't know how accurate the app is but I never had any trouble.

Lordy. I meant "Trucker's Slide Calc."

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