Sitting In Texas

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Shiva's Comment
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So after having a great week, in just my 3rd week after going solo, my fleet manager can't find anything to get me out of Dallas, Texas. I'm brand new to the industry, so very naive as to how freight moves. I had a run from Oklahoma City to Allentown, Pennsylvania, then Allentown to zanesville, Ohio, then zanesville, to Sanger, Texas. Now I have been stuck here since yesterday morning. I thought being near Dallas there would be no problem getting a load out of here, but my fleet manager says Texas is a pain.wtf.gif

Fleet Manager:

Dispatcher, Fleet Manager, Driver Manager

The primary person a driver communicates with at his/her company. A dispatcher can play many roles, depending on the company's structure. Dispatchers may assign freight, file requests for home time, relay messages between the driver and management, inform customer service of any delays, change appointment times, and report information to the load planners.
PJ's Comment
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It sure can be at times. I don't know what your pulling or who for that also comes into the equation. I go over there every week and I've heard alot of box pullers complaining for several weeks. Even tank freight has been slow over there. Ladt month they have run me back to La or up to west memphis Ar to reload. Hang in there it happens time to time. I hate sitting too.

Shiva's Comment
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It sure can be at times. I don't know what your pulling or who for that also comes into the equation. I go over there every week and I've heard alot of box pullers complaining for several weeks. Even tank freight has been slow over there. Ladt month they have run me back to La or up to west memphis Ar to reload. Hang in there it happens time to time. I hate sitting too.

Thanks, I'm trying. Just need a shower and the closest pilot is 26 miles away. Not sure if I should go there or not. I don't want to be going in the opposite direction when a load does come. I'm pulling dry van for Tennant truck lines, which is supposed to be mostly machine parts and John Deere. But I have been getting brokered loads, so a little bit of everything

Dry Van:

A trailer or truck that that requires no special attention, such as refrigeration, that hauls regular palletted, boxed, or floor-loaded freight. The most common type of trailer in trucking.
Rob S.'s Comment
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Hope you had your shower already! I wouldn't even think twice about driving 26 miles for a shower, especially if the co is paying the fuel.

TWIC:

Transportation Worker Identification Credential

Truck drivers who regularly pick up from or deliver to the shipping ports will often be required to carry a TWIC card.

Your TWIC is a tamper-resistant biometric card which acts as both your identification in secure areas, as well as an indicator of you having passed the necessary security clearance. TWIC cards are valid for five years. The issuance of TWIC cards is overseen by the Transportation Security Administration and the Department of Homeland Security.

Shiva's Comment
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Hope you had your shower already! I wouldn't even think twice about driving 26 miles for a shower, especially if the co is paying the fuel.

Well the thing is, I don't wanna lose any time going the wrong way. I'll get my shower today, But later. If I don't get a load by noon, I'll be headed over there

TWIC:

Transportation Worker Identification Credential

Truck drivers who regularly pick up from or deliver to the shipping ports will often be required to carry a TWIC card.

Your TWIC is a tamper-resistant biometric card which acts as both your identification in secure areas, as well as an indicator of you having passed the necessary security clearance. TWIC cards are valid for five years. The issuance of TWIC cards is overseen by the Transportation Security Administration and the Department of Homeland Security.

Truckin Along With Kearse's Comment
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That's better than our week. First we get a load from jersey Ports going to IN and IL. My trainer wanted to drop it after IN... but walmart rejected the load for "decay". She decided to take it to the 90 herself cause dispatch insisted there was a possibility the 90 would take it. My trainer didn t want to stick someone else with the aggravation of the return.

90 refused it... so we were told to take it back to NJ for Sunday. Receiver closed. We sat overnight again. they took the product but we sat all day for the next load. Now it gets worse....

We were in South jersey outside of Philly. We're told to deadhead 150 miles to WV for 01. Then 02 was 150 in the other direction with an appt time 3 hours later. We get there 90.min early...and I was told "this order number is out of our NJ plant" we were literally 2 exits away in NJ Where we startEd. The shippers computer said that NJ pick up and PA pick up were in the same place...but in two different states. The computer also contradicted the appointment times on three different screens.

Dispatch then said they were taking us off that load and going.to try to get us a load out of this WV plant. It's 11am... still waiting.

i'll be company so I wouldn't care.. trainer is O/O... i know she cares very much :(

Deadhead:

To drive with an empty trailer. After delivering your load you will deadhead to a shipper to pick up your next load.

Shipper:

The customer who is shipping the freight. This is where the driver will pick up a load and then deliver it to the receiver or consignee.

James R.'s Comment
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Relax and enjoy the sits. Find a hobby that's suitable for being mobile. Mine is multirotor flying. I'm headed to tx's right after i load these shingles and i couldn't be happier about it.

Scott O.'s Comment
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You can always ask a fellow driver for a shower credit... I know I always share if I have more then one...

Shiva's Comment
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You can always ask a fellow driver for a shower credit... I know I always share if I have more then one...

I got a load at 11 am, hurried over to the shipper and the loads not ready. Been sitting here since 1230 it is now 1522, still not loaded. I guess I'll shower when I stop to scale the load. Oh yeah, that old saying "be careful what you wish for, cuz you might get it". It's true, this load is going to New York then Massachusetts. Oh well, my fm says he shouldn't have a problem routing back to Chicago for home time. We shall see

Shipper:

The customer who is shipping the freight. This is where the driver will pick up a load and then deliver it to the receiver or consignee.

Fm:

Dispatcher, Fleet Manager, Driver Manager

The primary person a driver communicates with at his/her company. A dispatcher can play many roles, depending on the company's structure. Dispatchers may assign freight, file requests for home time, relay messages between the driver and management, inform customer service of any delays, change appointment times, and report information to the load planners.
PJ's Comment
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I always hated broker loads. I never had one that wasn't a pain in the butt in one way or another.

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