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Posted:  3 months, 3 weeks ago

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And they wonder why late loads are an issue

All I'm going to say is it's quickly getting old running hard and my reward for it being 5 hour local runs everyone else refuses every other load because 'give them to him, he does anything' that screw my trip planning for the next few days.

Posted:  3 months, 3 weeks ago

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And they wonder why late loads are an issue

Don't know why I thought maybe this one would be different. All the reviews said 15 minute in and out, but I've been here 4 hours and haven't been given a door yet. Would've been able to deliver my next run a day early if it wasn't for this.

Posted:  3 months, 3 weeks ago

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And they wonder why late loads are an issue

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My only gripe is for whatever reason they can't get any local drivers to work for them

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From what I have seen OTR companies tend to pay less for local drivers than companies who focus on local work.

That's the only thing I can think of as well. Could be worse, my fm at least takes care of me since I don't refuse the local runs like some of the other drivers will.

Posted:  3 months, 3 weeks ago

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And they wonder why late loads are an issue

Who do you drive for? What type of mileage do you normally run?

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Wilson, normally get about 2500 miles a week. My only gripe is for whatever reason they can't get any local drivers to work for them, so it becomes the OTR driver's problem to get the loads dropped in the yards the last few miles. The load planners don't seem aware that traffic and slow unloads exist and that 'quick' local run quickly turns into half your day down the drain and it reflecting poorly on me when I can't make it where I need to be on time because of it.

Posted:  3 months, 3 weeks ago

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And they wonder why late loads are an issue

Yet again, I've been given a run with an already tight deadline, oh and by the way, do this local run that will be two hours minimum plus unloading time round trip before you pick it up.

Is being used as a local driver between every load a pretty normal thing all companies do? It's an almost given that they want us to do a local run between loads, and it screws up your trip every time. After having to sit for three days over the holiday weekend because of one that took four hours (honestly an average time for a local load) to get me a dock and put me behind the rest of the week, it's getting old.

Posted:  4 months ago

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Put flashlight on trailer tandems?

One of the things I usually do if there's no other traffic at an intersection is I'll just use all the available space (ie center turn lane), even if I don't necessarily need to. Hey, everyone else does it, might as well join the club.

Also started running nights when I can, less stressful that way. Plus I'm all but guaranteed a parking space when I shut down for the day.

Posted:  4 months, 1 week ago

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Got a microwave/air fryer/convection oven

0.9 Cu. And 900W. Measures 19" W x 11"H x 15 3/4" D

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How big of an inverter do you have? You may want to check the manual for the microwave. My trainer got the same one and iirc the air fryer portion takes 1500w, and one of the other functions is close to 1200. He was checking the manual out and realized that.

Posted:  4 months, 2 weeks ago

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Finally, an update.

Figured since I finally had a day where the ambition to actually type this out and the time to do it coincided, I'd finally get it done.

The past 6 months (not qute, but close enough) have gone well. The only issues I've had were the usual ones. Bad directions from the customer getting me into the wrong entrance of their tight lot, trailers with stubborn landing gear, things like that. Even those have been few and far between. My FM has started occasionally giving me some of the tighter critical loads, which I take to be a good sign.

I've already put almost 50,000 miles on my truck, mostly due to me not taking hometime from Christmas up until a week or so ago. Been lucky with that as well, the only issues I've had with it were a coolant sensor that gave up on life. Been smooth sailing after that got replaced. I'd say I'd hope a new barely broken in truck wasn't in and out of the shop, but it seems to be a crapshoot based on some of the things I've seen about others experiences with new trucks.

The biggest issue I've had on the road so far has been a local run they had me do in Seattle that went to a bakery designed for daycabs with a blindside enclosed dock with support columns on either side of the dock. There wasn't much room, or a single straight pole, outside of it to work with. If I'm completely honest, the only reason I wasn't there all day was one of their local guys guided me in after I'd been in the way a solid 20 minutes. He mentioned to me while showing me where exactly to position myself that it was the only way to get a sleeper backed in there and I believe it. Other than that it's been finding just the right amount of swearing to get the trailer where it needs to go.

I still haven't quite gotten used to the only real input from the company being when I need to be somewhere and the rest being up to me. From my previous jobs micro managing it feels like you're doing something wrong stopping early when you have enough time to still get the load there early.

Posted:  4 months, 3 weeks ago

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The fun continues

This beats mine - 79920. I don't remember about chains. I thought you could get an allowance or something so that chains wouldn't "count".

Only allowance I know of is the apu/epu exemption, but I could be wrong.

I did end up making it without issue at least. Chains got given to another driver at the Loves, heard from more than a few other Wilson drivers we can get new chains each winter if we want. Ones I had looked a little on the old side so I'm not too upset about the loss.

Posted:  4 months, 3 weeks ago

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The fun continues

Set up some hometime after being out for 6 months, this is the gem I got to head back with. Just over 1/4 tank of fuel, ditched my chains after that weigh so I could make the apu exemption. Probably could've messed with sliding my 5th wheel but I was in the way of half the lot adjusting the tandems as it was. Plus my luck it would've somehow screwed me on my other weights.

Got the green light on the prepass headed out of Denver and will be taking off early enough the other scales on the highways closer to home won't be open.

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Posted:  4 months, 3 weeks ago

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Anyone else use a Garmin

Yep, bought a Garmin dezl 700. Using it for 2 months now. Works great, not a single problem yet.

Have the same one. It's only sent me down a road it shouldn't have once. Luckily it wasn't too hard to get out of there. Couldn't tell it wasn't a truck road on Google maps either.

Only issues I've had with it are lately when there's lane closures for construction it likes to tell me the interstates completely closed. I just ignore it until it figures out it's open.

Posted:  5 months ago

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Well, this was supposed to be a happy 'here's my progress' post.

Did you call the shipper/receiver yourself?

At the time I was having issues with their website not loading to get the number from. They ended up taking me off that load because when dispatch finally got in touch with them tonight they were extremely rude to him on the phone. Can't say I'm too upset about it either, it was going to the king soopers dc in Denver. If you've ever been there you'll know why.

Posted:  5 months ago

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Well, this was supposed to be a happy 'here's my progress' post.

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IMHO, if you just 'make this happen,' late or not, and quit trying to holler to somebody about it all, you'll get your planned hometime.

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Anne is quite right. Just do what they're asking. You can remind them about your home time, but keep doing what they ask. Veteran drivers typically schedule their home time a day or two in advance of when they really want it to take place.

They may be planning on T-calling that second load, but they aren't going to tell you until they have the arrangement all put together. Roll with it. Don't keep putting yourself later and later by waiting to hear from them. They've seen your communications and they've indicated they still need you to follow through. Get on with it!

I'd be more than happy to get on with it if I knew what was happening and was able to get this load where it needs to be. I was correct and had no way to make the appt, and know from previous experience they refuse late loads and make you leave and reschedule. I've yet to flat out say I'm not taking it, just that I couldn't make that appt time. As of right now I've sent in a second message today like they asked stating that I wasn't able to make it and it will have to be rescheduled and am waiting to hear what the plan is.

At this point there's nothing more I can do than wait to get an updated appt time.

Posted:  5 months ago

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Well, this was supposed to be a happy 'here's my progress' post.

I was planning on making a post checking in with my progress so far over the past several months, but instead I'm having my first real issue with the company. I'm not even sure I'm looking for an answer or just need to rant a bit.

Supposedly, we're not forced dispatch. I was preplanned two loads the other day, a local run and the main one they're having me do. I accepted the longer one but declined the local run saying I didn't think I could make the 4 PM appt time based on how long it took to get unloaded at my stops last time I did this load. I also mentioned it would make me low on hours to get the other load there without having to stop somewhere for a reset.

The box for the reason for declining isn't very big so I also sent a message in with a little more info on why I couldn't make the appt and such. I then get a message back saying I'm being kept on both loads, and to let them know if I can't make the appt on time, which I already did when I declined it.

When I asked if they were getting the loads rescheduled or what the plan was, they'd already gone home for the day and night dispatch told me they thought that's what was happening but they weren't sure.

So, here I sit not knowing what the plan is for me, or if it will effect the hometime I have planned for next week as I've been out since Christmas.

To top it off my fleet manager is on vacation and the person covering for him will not talk on the phone about anything for any reason, instead sending vague answers over the qualcomm for anything you ask. Multiple people I've talked to have had the same communication issue with him and have been hung up on for not using the qualcomm, despite every other dispatcher being fine with either method.

A simple 'we're rescheduling both loads' or 'we need you to do this because there's no one else to cover it' would've sufficed.

Posted:  5 months, 1 week ago

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What is the purpose of nose diving spots at truck stops?

The other issue is it can make it more difficult for the people on either side to exit. I've almost had to knock on a door a couple times at the smaller Loves that have curbs in each space because when you're nosed in your trailer overhangs into the lot rather than the space behind the curb. The instance that comes to mind is the one guy nosed in that was sticking out an extra five feet or so past everyone else in the row.

I also can't help but think of my dog every time I see someone nosed in.

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Posted:  5 months, 2 weeks ago

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Prime Inc is disabling Manual Mode on their trucks with the D12 Manual Automatic Transmission !

You guys do know that you can turn off E-Coast on Freightliners??? Settings menu buried in there. Have to manually turn it off every time you start the truck other wise it defaults on.

Ironically, Wilson has that disabled, but still allows the use of manual mode. Now if only they'd set the cruise control over/under speed to less than 5 over set speed before it starts slowing you down.

Running at 65 it'll give you an overspeed before slowing you down if you try to let it work as intended.

Posted:  5 months, 2 weeks ago

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Prime Inc is disabling Manual Mode on their trucks with the D12 Manual Automatic Transmission !

GRS is upset:

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The manual mode "switch" was put there by the manufacturer for a reason. By not having it available, it discourages the use of the Jake Brake because whenever you do use it, the truck wants to immediately downshift by 2 gears and there you are over RPMing. In manual mode, you simply put it in the gear you want and you work the Jakes all the way down the mountain and you maintain a steady speed and RPM. I can’t imagine what it’s going to be like out in Wyoming going over Elk Mountain next winter.

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The manual mode switch was put there, and the buyer (Prime, Inc.) ordered it and set it that way. That's the real reason. Why? Manual shift is better on MPG and maintenance. You do like the MPG bonus, don't you?

The engine retarders and the transmission work together and are linked in the computer system. "Over RPMing"? Maybe you should have set the Jakes sooner. The answer to the over-revving is to use the foot brakes to get to the slower speed. Then just as you like to, let the engine do the slowing.

"over Elk Mountain next winter" Do you use Jake brakes going down a grade covered in ice and snow? We'll see your action on Bonehead!

Don't be such a stranger! (3 posts in 5 years)

Can't say I'd be real happy about not having it either. While it hasn't 'over rpmd' yet, there's been a couple times where even turning the Jakes on at the top of the hill it drops gears and takes it right up to the redline, close enough to make me nervous. Doesn't do it all the time so it's not really something you can anticipate.

As for the winter thing, I wouldn't use the Jakes but manual mode is nice to get the damn thing to stay in gear. Assuming it's the same setup as Wilson's it'll go into E, which is freightliners fancy term for 'rocketing down the hill in neutral'. Not ideal in good conditions, let alone winter. You're left with the option of using the jakes or riding the brake the entire time to keep it in a gear.

Posted:  5 months, 3 weeks ago

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My cooler broke down, lost my food

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You can also plan a 30 minute break, maybe a bit longer, pull into a Walmart, run in, shop and roll. If I need to and need a place to park, I park in the truck area. I make sure I'm out of the way. I put a note on my driver's side window with my phone number. I state that I'm shopping inside and will be gone as fast as I can. Please call if truck needs to be moved. Never had a problem.

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If you're allowed to use the split sleeper option and have the time, I'd think about making it a 2 hour break at Walmart just so you're not feeling rushed.

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I make a list, so I can shop quick. Not all Walmarts will allow you to park, so the quick in and out usually works. Some will let you stay overnight. It's all about trip planning.

Since Wilson lets us use PC, I usually try to find a nearby grocery store to where I'm doing my 34 at for the week and bobtail over there. Haven't had an issue with a truck stop not letting me drop the trailer if I tell the manager I'm staying there and will be gone a couple hours tops, even with occasional posted 'no drop trailer' signs. Gives me something to do and lets me get some walking in.

Posted:  5 months, 3 weeks ago

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My cooler broke down, lost my food

You can also plan a 30 minute break, maybe a bit longer, pull into a Walmart, run in, shop and roll. If I need to and need a place to park, I park in the truck area. I make sure I'm out of the way. I put a note on my driver's side window with my phone number. I state that I'm shopping inside and will be gone as fast as I can. Please call if truck needs to be moved. Never had a problem.

If you're allowed to use the split sleeper option and have the time, I'd think about making it a 2 hour break at Walmart just so you're not feeling rushed.

Posted:  5 months, 3 weeks ago

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Is this just a this company problem or an everywhere problem?

I've been sent to more than a few places Google couldn't find me a number for them, or it was disconnected. I'd say most of the loads we do are like that for whatever reason, annoying as it is. We do a lot of Coors loads out of Golden CO and even dispatch doesn't have a number for anyone there.

Have yet to top the paper place I went to that had a sign with a number to call for deliveries as there was no access to the building due to covid and getting a drunk person on the other end at 9AM on a Tuesday.

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