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Solo company driver since Oct 2020. 3 months OTR reefer, rest regional dry.

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Posted:  3 days ago

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Starting trucking with shaky job history

My 10 year history had maybe 7 different jobs on it. High school job, college, 4 years at one, then a load of temp agency jobs.

My situation sounds different but it wasn’ta problem except them checking every single one was probably a pain for them

Posted:  3 weeks ago

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Sleeper setup???

Agh, alright I’m triple posting. I overlooked your comment on the PlayStation. Yeah, it’s annoying as heck. I do that with the fan and such. I had an Xbox and I have no tv mount so you can imagine. I didn’t care for gaming, just wanted to replay a 10 year old game.

This thought popped in my mind. Ever seen under cabinet mounts? Used to put radios or security DVRs in them.

Like this https://www.wayfair.com/kitchen-tabletop/pdp/yamazaki-home-plate-under-shelf-basket-w003042859.html?piid=

Something like that where it hooks up in the cabinet and also secure your PlayStation. The microwave will help hold it to. Probably easier to build you one. I thought that nightstand idea to but there’s no room for that

Posted:  3 weeks ago

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Sleeper setup???

I’m thinking the air fryer route for some non microwaved food. I’ve done both the hot plate and toaster oven and no, not the best options out there.

I’m changing my diet from sandwiches, sandwiches, and more sandwiches; to salads, wraps, grilled chicken, protein etc.

Would be nice to have the chicken crispy. I’ve been craving some baked ziti though I oughta make some at the house cause no one else wants any.

This might be helpful to people who can shop often. I’m home weekly so it’s much easier. But, OTR I would consider some kind of low profile freezer under the bunk.

Fridge is usually stocked with milk, mixed greens, lunch meat, cheese, sauces.

Cabinet above microwave has bread, wraps, cereal, granola or protein bars of some kind, peanut butter (yep), spices etc.

Cabinet above wardrobe contains paper bowls and plates (yes, they were rejects), plastic utensils, my toothbrush/razor bag.

I’d assume you could manage this in bulk. If storing on top bunk or under bunk I’d highly recommend the low profile storage bins. I’m pretty sure you can get a 12v mini deep freezer. They are very efficient.

I went the frozen meal route for some time and I regret that strongly. I realize OTR was difficult to do this but I made I wasn’t that prepared back then.

Posted:  3 weeks ago

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Sleeper setup???

Thanks! I appreciate it. The Dustbuster stays in arms reach because I use it everyday LOL. The fan is nice and keeps me from running the truck until it’s over 75 outside. The purifier helps a lot with the dust. I’m not having to clean the dash as much.

Paper mills aren’t known for being dust free. More like dirt devils. So the pedal area does stay dirty most times.

Idk I found those New Balance years ago and they’ve served me very well. I need to clean them. They’ll probably give me 2 more years. Very comfortable to. On sale for $40 at the time

Well, shut MY face! TYSM, CM Five Niner~!

I'll sure take that with a HUGE thank you! Wow, just .. wow. NICE! Very ! Like anyone could see gunk in the door jamb??! NOPE! My home one is way worse, haha!

That fan. Our son has the same one. Pretty awesome, isn't it?

Want to trade some TP and/or PT for some SMUCKERS ?!??! (How much jelly/jam can one household eat ?!?!?) Tom's hung up there, trying to finish 3rd run, to be off tmrw... NO JOKE!

Thanks, man. Really really nice. I'm still 'wow' ing!

~ Anne ~

ps: (Sweet as .. ykw.... set up! New Balance Clouds! Major fist bumps & arm pumps!)

Posted:  3 weeks ago

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Weird/Interesting Loads

The route I do at May does Bud down south sometimes. I made their check in a contact named Buuuusch in my phone.

It’s nice seeing huge cube of 24 packs all perfectly packed and aligned on pallets.

They put a GPS tracker in there somewhere apparently. I park hometime against a fence against a pond. GL with getting that

A few weeks ago I hauled 46k lbs of blue moon and other various miller beers to be destroyed at liquid waste plant in Wisconsin. Very sad

Posted:  3 weeks ago

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Sleeper setup???

Haha I will next week. I got loads of reject TP and paper towels taking up the whole top bunk that I am getting out this weekend and it’s just unkempt looking.

The fridge could use a good Clorox around the seals. Pesky things to clean.

Fine fine. It’s been bothering me all week anyways. Just for you LOL

2022 FL Cascadia double bunk DD15 505hp DT12. Not that it has anything to do with the inside. Only driver, 115000 odo.

Top bunk not shown as I said its full of boxes. Mattress is still in its vacuum roll. Two actually. I put my own in.

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I know exactly your trucks layout haha. I have a whirlpool mini fridge/freezer, midsize. The large one would probably been better and still left some room.

It’s tough whipping out appliances but I have ample room on top mostly. I don’t prep on the slide table. I’ll lay things on the bed while cooking if need be. I take things out the cabinet only when I need them and then put them back.

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CM59, the OP may never stop back, but.. in the interest of this forum; why TT exists, is to help future proteges'!!

So, on that note: HuH???? Why can't you share the innards?!?!?!?

Curiosity sure DOES get this 'cat.' We all know (and if we didn't we do now!) who you work for...why not a pic of the inside set up???

AND.. much Love & hugs to all; been a long few days, with my loved ones..(yeah, on here!)

~ Anne ~

ps: Susan D. was 'not' the photo share person.. but, she describes to the nines.

Here's her diatribe(s:) Susan D., via WST !!!

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Posted:  3 weeks ago

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Sleeper setup???

I know exactly your trucks layout haha. I have a whirlpool mini fridge/freezer, midsize. The large one would probably been better and still left some room.

It’s tough whipping out appliances but I have ample room on top mostly. I don’t prep on the slide table. I’ll lay things on the bed while cooking if need be. I take things out the cabinet only when I need them and then put them back.

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Posted:  3 weeks ago

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Attitude

Nooope. I’m still fairly new but I’d take it back. While I was in training we had an overweight. Baled scrap paper going to a mill. My trainer was a hardass and told him to take two bales off just to be sure.

I’ve only been overweight once, Dec 24th 2020 on a reefer load from ATL to Jax, going on home time then deliver in Jax.

The place took forever to load and was likely closing soon. I was 3000 over gross.

I stopped and checked driver reports of the stations. All the mounties went home for the holidays. Lucked out on that one.

Posted:  1 month ago

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Plane Crash Covington Georgia

Wild. I’ve been to that General Mills. The smell of fresh corn flakes is out of this world.

My paternal side had thousands of acres in rural Covington since before the Civil War. Not nearly as much now but Covington means a lot to me

Posted:  1 month ago

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Weird / Interesting Truck Stops...

There’s one I believe near lookout pass in Montana. Has a bunch of cool knick knacks, a good restaurant and a nice hotel. No damn ATT service though

And Little America obviously. Good food, lounge, and parking when I 80 is closed

Posted:  1 month ago

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Worst Interstates for truckers

Anything In South Carolina. I-95 drops to a rough 2-lane. I-26 mountain pass is fun but annoying with switchback turns the entire way. They shut one side down for construction with exit detour.

Every other interstate is has been under construction since 1872 to widen the two lanes. That’s even rougher with no shoulder for miles on end

Posted:  1 month ago

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Weird/Interesting Loads

A trailer full of port o potties.

I dropped them in a small dirt lot at this plumbing/septic company. They pushed them off onto a forklift.

I pull up taking their whole parking lot thinking what the hell. Tight squeeze

At least they were NEW

Posted:  1 month, 1 week ago

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Team Trainer Thoughts

Trainers are a different breed that’s for sure. I’ll spend time helping out a new solo I run into but I’m not having strangers in the truck with me.

The trainer I had was an ass sometimes but he was a good teacher. I kept up with him for some time. He shared your sentiments about good and bad students

Posted:  1 month, 1 week ago

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Gaming in a truck

I bought an Oculus Quest 2 to start with. I figured since I will literally be living in a mobile pantry with a mattress, I guess it makes sense to bring VR into the mix. It is actually pretty killer. Plus there are workout apps so you can at least try to get some blood pumping.

That said, as soon as I get some extra scratch, I will be investing heavily into a good gaming laptop and internet dongle.

I got one awhile ago and played Onward for awhile in the sleeper. I dove onto the floor once to avoid enemy fire. That hurt more than it helped.

Gaming isn’t my thing anymore. I used to be a PC gamer as a kid. Can confirm it works just fine but didn’t interest me much after driving all day. Maybe if I was OTR on recaps.

Posted:  1 month, 1 week ago

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Is all load planning not planned very well or just my company?

Great points made here. I get a lot of multi stop Sam’s Club runs and Miami runs. Are they great miles, no. Are they easy as hell, mostly.

I also have done them many favors. Rescuing loads, moving trucks, transporting drivers.

I have my quirks but my DM and load planner fix things for me fast. We all email each other instead of the ELD.

Posted:  1 month, 2 weeks ago

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Fellow weekly drivers

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I wish I had more months like that. We have been having problems with the broker and customer. The first month I got 9600 but it’s been downhill since.

I can’t argue with the time off and dispatch are great people. Most my small terminal been in the business longer than I been alive

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I usually run those same states and average 10,000 miles per month. Not dedicated and usually leave Sunday or Monday, my choice. I’m also usually home either Friday or Saturday.

Mine has worked well for the past five years, but changes may be coming. 🤔

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Hang in there. I hope I’m wrong, but I suspect we’re about to see significant reductions in freight. Intentional or not, inflation will eventually (if it hasn’t already started) cause people to slow their buying and, probably, stop many from buying non-essentials.

Posted:  1 month, 2 weeks ago

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Advice on an HOS situation, please

I only ran recap for a short time, but I’m wondering what people mean by 9.5

The 70 hour rule is over 8 days. Split it up leaves 8h 45m on duty per day.

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Only true way to run and have recaps, is a 9.5 hour day, 10 max, saving the last for later. And your hours comeback after midnight, sure your QV shows "hours coming back in 1 day/2 days"? At CRST they always had our "Actual" pick up times, an hour or 2 earlier ( they didn't tell us that) lol

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When I drove for knight I worked with my DM so I could drive 9.5 hours a day, It is the only way to run if you can. Once it was rolling it worked well for both of us, he didn't have to worry about me needing to do a reset and I didn't feel the need to drive until I was exhausted. What he really liked was I averaged more miles/month than about 90% of the other drivers.

Another plus to doing that is you have a cushion to find parking. If where you planned on stopping for the day is unavailable you still have time to find something else with out going into panic mode.

Posted:  1 month, 2 weeks ago

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Fellow weekly drivers

I wish I had more months like that. We have been having problems with the broker and customer. The first month I got 9600 but it’s been downhill since.

I can’t argue with the time off and dispatch are great people. Most my small terminal been in the business longer than I been alive

I usually run those same states and average 10,000 miles per month. Not dedicated and usually leave Sunday or Monday, my choice. I’m also usually home either Friday or Saturday.

Mine has worked well for the past five years, but changes may be coming. 🤔

Posted:  1 month, 2 weeks ago

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Fellow weekly drivers

MONTH. Woops

Posted:  1 month, 2 weeks ago

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Fellow weekly drivers

Hey, there’s drivers on all sorts of routes on here even though OTR is common. I want to get peoples perspective on what their week looks like. I found a niche that works well for me.

I run on a dedicated account with random loads in FL, GA, MS, AL, SC mostly. Short routes. Many dead head miles.

8/10 weeks I dispatch Monday and leave for my truck in the morning and am back Saturday afternoon or Friday night. Sometimes I get to the truck Sun night if I have an appt early. I usually would have been home since Friday in that case. It’s consistent and they aren’t afraid to deadhead a ways.

I average 7500 miles a week and I make a fair rate. I am accommodated with TO and PTO when I want. I generally take off July 4th, Christmas unpaid and a week PTO for vacation randomly.

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