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Posted:  6 days, 16 hours ago

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Would you choose a Freightliner, Volvo, or International?

New Frieghtshakers are seemingly plagued with electrical problems and overly sensitive sensors lots of downtime and headaches. IMO International is a better product.

Don't forget about the DEF sensor going out and putting the truck in derate.

Posted:  3 weeks, 4 days ago

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Paying off the Western Express contract

After 14 days they will officially term you from the system and the contract fee will be sent to a debt collection agency and you can either pay it all off at once or do like I did and set up an agreement for a payment plan, I pay it monthly.

Posted:  2 months, 2 weeks ago

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Why has my backing gotten so bad?

It might help us help you if we could trust anything you say. Last week you told us you got banned from the customer. Then you recanted with this statement...

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I sent my FM a message about what happened, he or someone in the carrier had a talk with the customer, I assumed the customer probably called right away.i guess I'm not banned the person working shipping and receiving didn't have the power to do that, but they aren't happy

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Now you are back to claiming you were banned.

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I think it's nerves after the couple of close calls and getting banned from a customer for taking over an hour to get squared up with a dock.

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I think you can see why I have a hard time believing you are really interested in learning from us. You do seem to enjoy engaging us with your troubles, but it is so hard to take you seriously when you can't keep the stories straight.

Whatever, I made this post to see why my performance hasn't been good recently and how to fix it not to argue with you, no I wasn't completely banned, you already know what happened so I guess complained about would have been a better word to use. All I was trying to do was see if anyone had the same issue I did and if they had any advice on how to perform my job better but heaven forbid of course you find a reason to knit pick something I say.

Posted:  2 months, 2 weeks ago

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Why has my backing gotten so bad?

After about 6 months out here I feel like I should be way better at it then I am, I think after having a couple of close calls trying to get in to REALLY tight spots it's made me nervous and made me loose some of the skills and confidence that I've had before. Thankfully I've never hit anything except for the one time I clipped a trailer my first week on a trainers truck. I always swallow my pride and pull up for get out and look which is why I haven't hit anything since then even if it makes me look like a jackass. I don't think it's a lack of skill that's causing my problems I think it's nerves after the couple of close calls and getting banned from a customer for taking over an hour to get squared up with a dock.. I'm making really good money and getting good miles I don't want to loose my job over this, does anyone have any advice on what I should do?

Posted:  2 months, 2 weeks ago

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About them Terminal rats ive read so much about

I've yet to meet one, but I keep to myself. I do my best to stay away from other driver's

Posted:  2 months, 3 weeks ago

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Well my day is off to a rough start

I sent my FM a message about what happened, he or someone in the carrier had a talk with the customer, I assumed the customer probably called right away.i guess I'm not banned the person working shipping and receiving didn't have the power to do that, but they aren't happy I held things. They had a limited number of docks and alot of drivers trying to get in. I was never once not polite, I remained professional the whole time. I wasn't in the slightest bit upset with the customer, they had every right to be upset with me. I'm more upset with the fact thus happened, I feel like I am way better then this, the reason I was having trouble bumping the dock straight was it was crooked with no lines and the weatherstripping covered the whole door making it hard to see if i was straight or not. I know that's not an excuse and i hope it never happens again.

Posted:  2 months, 3 weeks ago

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Well my day is off to a rough start

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you are going to deal with a lot of nasty shipper/receivers other drivers etc mad at you

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Tammy, you are going to find that there are basically two types of drivers out here. There are drivers who are calm and cool headed. They are almost like monks. There are also drivers who constantly have drama filled days. They are always finding something to make their days difficult. In eight and a half years driving I have never seen anyone banned from a shipper/receiver for not being able to back very well. Nor can I really say I have seen shippers/receivers that are "nasty." I may not always like the way they do things, but that is a big difference from them just being downright disagreeable. There is probably more to this story than we are being told.

In trucking we cooperate with the protocols at each individual place and usually things go fairly well. My career has never had the level of drama that others seem to think there's produces. Don't let this particular incident formulate too many expectations in you mind. You can determine how your trucking career goes, and it does not have to be all drama.

I couldn't get squared up with the dock, what more would you like me to tell you? They were mad I held things up for over an hour and asked me to not come back,I don't know why that's so hard to believe.

Posted:  2 months, 3 weeks ago

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Well my day is off to a rough start

Ya well if they make me more nervous by putting me down i think id flip out lol

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They banned you from the place because you took too much time backing up? Are you serious? OMG id cry11

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Went to go drop my load off this morning and couldn't bump the dock to save my life. Itnwas small dock with no lines to follow there was about a 2 foot puddle of water infont of it but indimt feel like that's an excuse. Took me an hour to get in the door, the reciever was ****ed I held them up, I got my ass chewed out they took down my truck number and banned me from the place. I got my truck in the hole just fine, I just couldn't bump the dock straight everytime I was a couple inches off. I ended up sliding my tandems back to the front and had a very nice million mile driver from Knight came over and gave me a hand getting it in, and it took a few times even then to get it bumped straight. I had trouble the other day bumping a dock straight too, I don't know what's going on with me I'm usually way better then this.

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Yeah I think what was a bit extreme but at the same time we are professional drivers expected to be competent at our job and not hold things up.

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It sounds to me like you might not be in a truck yet, if that is the case you are going to deal with alot of nasty shipper/ receivers other drivers etc mad at you, you can't flip out every time it happens.

Posted:  2 months, 3 weeks ago

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Well my day is off to a rough start

They banned you from the place because you took too much time backing up? Are you serious? OMG id cry11

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Went to go drop my load off this morning and couldn't bump the dock to save my life. Itnwas small dock with no lines to follow there was about a 2 foot puddle of water infont of it but indimt feel like that's an excuse. Took me an hour to get in the door, the reciever was ****ed I held them up, I got my ass chewed out they took down my truck number and banned me from the place. I got my truck in the hole just fine, I just couldn't bump the dock straight everytime I was a couple inches off. I ended up sliding my tandems back to the front and had a very nice million mile driver from Knight came over and gave me a hand getting it in, and it took a few times even then to get it bumped straight. I had trouble the other day bumping a dock straight too, I don't know what's going on with me I'm usually way better then this.

Yeah I think what was a bit extreme but at the same time we are professional drivers expected to be competent at our job and not hold things up.

Posted:  2 months, 3 weeks ago

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Well my day is off to a rough start

Went to go drop my load off this morning and couldn't bump the dock to save my life. Itnwas small dock with no lines to follow there was about a 2 foot puddle of water infont of it but indimt feel like that's an excuse. Took me an hour to get in the door, the reciever was ****ed I held them up, I got my ass chewed out they took down my truck number and banned me from the place. I got my truck in the hole just fine, I just couldn't bump the dock straight everytime I was a couple inches off. I ended up sliding my tandems back to the front and had a very nice million mile driver from Knight came over and gave me a hand getting it in, and it took a few times even then to get it bumped straight. I had trouble the other day bumping a dock straight too, I don't know what's going on with me I'm usually way better then this.

Posted:  2 months, 3 weeks ago

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Going back home to pick my girlfriend up and bring her on the road with me

Heads up, Zach. You didn't mention this, so I'll assume you didn't know: unless you have gotten permission from Swift (still with Swift?) you will soon be out of a job. If you "sneak" her on board, many shippers and receivers won't allow unauthorized people on their property.

If you're paying the insurance fee for a ride along, enjoy the trip!

I've got all that squared away. Just need to get the rider policy forms filled out and faxed over.

Posted:  2 months, 3 weeks ago

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Considering a career in Redding CA

Ohh what about Morningstar? They run out of Williams. Do you have doubles and triples?

Posted:  2 months, 3 weeks ago

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Going back home to pick my girlfriend up and bring her on the road with me

So I am getting to do something I have wanted to do for a long time and take my girlfriend on the road for a bit, she's never been away from home besides Mexico and trip we did more then a year ago to Vegas. Hopefully it is an enjoyable experience and adventure and we don't want to kill each other after being stuck in a truck together for weeks lol.

Posted:  2 months, 3 weeks ago

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Considering a career in Redding CA

May Trucking would be a great option, from what I understand they are very good about hometime and you could probably bring you're truck home and park it at a truck stop in Corning, Orland or the TA in Redding. Swift and Knight also have alot of dedicated freight going up and the I5 corridor. If you would you can shoot me you're contact info and I would be happy to help I only live a couple hours away from you. I actually used to live in Redding lol

Posted:  2 months, 3 weeks ago

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Extremely productive hour.

I guess mines not the only one going haywire, I made it from Kingman Arizona to Childers Texas in a day on sleeper berth, of course I ran paper and edited my logs

Posted:  2 months, 3 weeks ago

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Has anybody ever been on a Kraft account?

I applied for a position on the dedicated Kraft account for my company but didn't get much information about it besides i would be out Monday-Friday and home on the weekends. If anybody could get me any insight on where I would be running and what type of miles I would getting, as nice as being home on the weekends will be I don't miss out on the miles I'm getting being OTR.

Posted:  3 months ago

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Need help with wiring my CB to the fuse box

I got a Cobra 25 and but can't get it wired to the fuse box, my truck doesn't have the harnesses running from the box to the CB cubby that you just splice on to, it only has the antena wire. Any advice?

Posted:  3 months ago

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Welp... what the hell

Training sucks, youre first few weeks after you upgrade will be a living hell, youre first few months will after that will suck but it gets better if you just stick with it. I know things are overwhelming at first I never got to learn how to back a 53 foot trailer before I upgraded my trainer only let me back a few times in to easy spots so I was terrified of backing and I'm still not great at it. It seems like you need to slow down and change you're attitude, if I did it you can do it.

Posted:  3 months, 1 week ago

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Team driving - how Kroger sees it.

How actual team drivers see team driving.

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That second picture is what happens when you put 2 students in a truck with a trainer

Posted:  3 months, 3 weeks ago

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Anyone else use a Garmin

My truck profile is set correctly it's more glitches in the system, constantly shutting off, messages not sending or being received, freezing up, navigation freaking out in certain areas especially Phoenix etc. Tried doing a hard reset on it a few times thinking that it just needed a reboot. Didnt help at all

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