I'm Still Alive!

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ChickieMonster's Comment
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Hey Truthers! It's been awhile since an update so here ya go.

We FINALLY are back on the road. We picked up a recovery truck in St Louis yesterday. It seemed like it took forever to get all the necessary paperwork done to get me signed into the truck but we finally got it done.

We stopped at Walmart to pick up some supplies. I've had what I thought were just horrible allergies for the last few days. But yesterday it turned ugly. Horrible congestion, a headache so bad it was affecting my eyesight and running a fever. So I loaded up on cold meds and spent the night at the Walmart.

I feel so much better today! We snagged a trailer that had been dropped at a row yard and made tracks. My DM got me all set up with a nice little load. Deadhead to Waterloo IA and then 3 stops. Jessup MD, Carlisle PA and Assonet Mass. Nice! Not even going to complain about it being NE. And I've got plenty of time on it which means.... Our first trip to the Iowa 80 truck stop!

But first... We get to the shipper. This is an older truck and I'm still figuring out how it handles. I managed to get it backed into the wash bay. Then we dropped it and went to pick up our loaded trailer. The landing gear was stuck! And I mean STUCK. We tried and a yard dog tried and all we were doing was bending the gooseneck. Finally I gave up and called road assist who sent out service.

While we were waiting (it's stupid hot in case no one noticed) in the a/c, my husband decides to try it one more time. And it worked! Somehow.

So we called and canceled the service, slid the tandems and went to the J to scale. No parking... BUT the McDonalds across the street has truck parking! So that's where we are for the night.

We did talk to our landlords before we left. We owe $1300 in back rent. But they are willing to work with us for a little while longer but we have to give them a good faith payment. Hopefully we will have something this week but it doesn't look too promising.

Teddy is projected to be done on the 17th. It won't be soon enough for me!! Right now we are stuck with Stan the (temporary) Man.

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.

Tandems:

Tandem Axles

A set of axles spaced close together, legally defined as more than 40 and less than 96 inches apart by the USDOT. Drivers tend to refer to the tandem axles on their trailer as just "tandems". You might hear a driver say, "I'm 400 pounds overweight on my tandems", referring to his trailer tandems, not his tractor tandems. Tractor tandems are generally just referred to as "drives" which is short for "drive axles".

Tandem:

Tandem Axles

A set of axles spaced close together, legally defined as more than 40 and less than 96 inches apart by the USDOT. Drivers tend to refer to the tandem axles on their trailer as just "tandems". You might hear a driver say, "I'm 400 pounds overweight on my tandems", referring to his trailer tandems, not his tractor tandems. Tractor tandems are generally just referred to as "drives" which is short for "drive axles".

Dm:

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.

DAC:

Drive-A-Check Report

A truck drivers DAC report will contain detailed information about their job history of the last 10 years as a CDL driver (as required by the DOT).

It may also contain your criminal history, drug test results, DOT infractions and accident history. The program is strictly voluntary from a company standpoint, but most of the medium-to-large carriers will participate.

Most trucking companies use DAC reports as part of their hiring and background check process. It is extremely important that drivers verify that the information contained in it is correct, and have it fixed if it's not.

OOS:

When a violation by either a driver or company is confirmed, an out-of-service order removes either the driver or the vehicle from the roadway until the violation is corrected.

Windfish's Comment
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Glad your're back on the road again. You can only control what you can control. You know this. I hope you can pound out some miles this week.

Parrothead66's Comment
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Way to go girl, hang in there

Sam the Wrestler's Comment
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Glad you are rolling.

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