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Posted:  2 years, 7 months 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:  2 years, 7 months 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:  2 years, 7 months 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:  2 years, 7 months 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?

Laura

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:  2 years, 7 months 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:  2 years, 8 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:  2 years, 8 months 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:  2 years, 8 months 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:  2 years, 9 months 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:  2 years, 9 months 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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