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ChickieMonster's Comment
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Well ladies and gentleman, it seems I have FINALLY found some extra time to update everyone on how things are going.

I am absolutely in LOVE with CalArk. I can honestly say that I have found the company I will retire with, the only exception being if I ever make up my dang mind on switching to flatbedding.

April 2nd marked 5 months with CalArk and it has been awesome. The first couple of months were a little slow due to dry van freight being slow, but since about the middle of January, I have more miles than I know what to do with. Just this week I did 3218 miles. Honesty, it didn't feel like that many and I could have done more.

My dispatcher and I get along fantastic. She didn't take long to figure out that I like to run and run hard. She knows where and how I like to run and I haven't seen the Northeast since leaving Transam, with the exception of Buffalo, NY this week.

CalArk is technically considered a short haul carrier, which means I can go home once a week if I want. As opposed to traditional OTR carriers, I don't have to earn time off. They're also completely cool with taking hometime in other places. We've spent Thanksgiving and Christmas in Victoria, TX with friends, went to MATS in Louisville last week and plan to attend GATS in August. I was able to take 6 days off in February to spend at home as well.

Just in 5 months I've done over 50000 miles, which puts me at 100k miles in less than a year. Outside of my two minor incidents while I was with Transam, all of those miles are accident free safe miles. I have already earned a cent raise, which puts me at 37 cpm.

Since we've been at CalArk, we've purchased a Rand McNally GPS, a 12v cooler for the truck, paid off an inverter and pay a pet deposit so we were able to bring our older cat with us on the road, which takes a huge load off our minds. We also have put a huge dent into the back rent we accumulated while at Transam and paid off all hubby's existing medical bills.

Dispatch is fantastic. We have never been home late once, and we usually go home under a load. We were actually due yesterday, but due to delays at the shipper we weren't able to make it until today. Luckily, hubby was able to reschedule his doctor appointment. But my dispatcher apologized profusely, multiple times and is giving us an extra day off to make up for it.

My one year solo anniversary is coming up on April 18th. It's so hard to believe that it's been a year already! In that short time, I've gained confidence and skills, made friends for a lifetime, and experienced a life that neither of us would trade for the world.

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.

OTR:

Over The Road

OTR driving normally means you'll be hauling freight to various customers throughout your company's hauling region. It often entails being gone from home for two to three weeks at a time.

Dispatcher:

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.

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.

CPM:

Cents Per Mile

Drivers are often paid by the mile and it's given in cents per mile, or cpm.

HOS:

Hours Of Service

HOS refers to the logbook hours of service regulations.
C T.'s Comment
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Nice to hear from ya chickie. Since you guys are all over Arkansas with Maverick I see the trucks all the time wondering if you're in one. If you ever want to give us another shot we'd be glad to have ya on the flatbed division. I've only seen 2 ladies out here so far but they were right out there with the fellas.

Ps your solo anniversary happens to be my b day lol

millionmiler24 (CRSTs Mos's Comment
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Well ladies and gentleman, it seems I have FINALLY found some extra time to update everyone on how things are going.

I am absolutely in LOVE with CalArk. I can honestly say that I have found the company I will retire with, the only exception being if I ever make up my dang mind on switching to flatbedding.

April 2nd marked 5 months with CalArk and it has been awesome. The first couple of months were a little slow due to dry van freight being slow, but since about the middle of January, I have more miles than I know what to do with. Just this week I did 3218 miles. Honesty, it didn't feel like that many and I could have done more.

My dispatcher and I get along fantastic. She didn't take long to figure out that I like to run and run hard. She knows where and how I like to run and I haven't seen the Northeast since leaving Transam, with the exception of Buffalo, NY this week.

CalArk is technically considered a short haul carrier, which means I can go home once a week if I want. As opposed to traditional OTR carriers, I don't have to earn time off. They're also completely cool with taking hometime in other places. We've spent Thanksgiving and Christmas in Victoria, TX with friends, went to MATS in Louisville last week and plan to attend GATS in August. I was able to take 6 days off in February to spend at home as well.

Just in 5 months I've done over 50000 miles, which puts me at 100k miles in less than a year. Outside of my two minor incidents while I was with Transam, all of those miles are accident free safe miles. I have already earned a cent raise, which puts me at 37 cpm.

Since we've been at CalArk, we've purchased a Rand McNally GPS, a 12v cooler for the truck, paid off an inverter and pay a pet deposit so we were able to bring our older cat with us on the road, which takes a huge load off our minds. We also have put a huge dent into the back rent we accumulated while at Transam and paid off all hubby's existing medical bills.

Dispatch is fantastic. We have never been home late once, and we usually go home under a load. We were actually due yesterday, but due to delays at the shipper we weren't able to make it until today. Luckily, hubby was able to reschedule his doctor appointment. But my dispatcher apologized profusely, multiple times and is giving us an extra day off to make up for it.

My one year solo anniversary is coming up on April 18th. It's so hard to believe that it's been a year already! In that short time, I've gained confidence and skills, made friends for a lifetime, and experienced a life that neither of us would trade for the world.

We always miss hearing from you. I am so glad things are going ok for you and you have found your dream company. I sure hope you are staying safe out there. Are you teaming with your husband? If he gets his CDL you could double yall's miles and make even more. What kind of truck you have? Hopefully a KW. LOL. Anyway, its good to hear from you.

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CDL:

Commercial Driver's License (CDL)

A CDL is required to drive any of the following vehicles:

  • Any combination of vehicles with a gross combined weight rating (GCWR) of 26,001 or more pounds, providing the gross vehicle weight rating (GVWR) of the vehicle being towed is in excess of 10,000 pounds.
  • Any single vehicle with a GVWR of 26,001 or more pounds, or any such vehicle towing another not in excess of 10,000 pounds.
  • Any vehicle, regardless of size, designed to transport 16 or more persons, including the driver.
  • Any vehicle required by federal regulations to be placarded while transporting hazardous materials.

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.

OTR:

Over The Road

OTR driving normally means you'll be hauling freight to various customers throughout your company's hauling region. It often entails being gone from home for two to three weeks at a time.

Dispatcher:

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.

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.

CPM:

Cents Per Mile

Drivers are often paid by the mile and it's given in cents per mile, or cpm.

HOS:

Hours Of Service

HOS refers to the logbook hours of service regulations.
ChickieMonster's Comment
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I'm not in a KW anymore. I have an International ProStar named Dexter, and honestly I love it! This ProStar handles so much better than the KW, especially when backing. Dex has a few issues going on, so he needs to get into the shop soon. He's got 360k miles on him as of today, so an upgrade may be coming soon.

Hubby can't drive due to his disability, but he rides with me full time, which is pretty much our dream life.

Dexter is truck number 7906 but I haven't been through Little Rock much lately.

Truckin Along With Kearse's Comment
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Chickie....YAY. I was just going to post asking how u are.,.but I heard you met one of our fellow members at the expo. ;)

So happy to hear how things worked out for you. It is amazing time flies so quickly when things are going right.

And HUGS girl!!!! Happy anniversary ;)

ChickieMonster's Comment
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I did get to meet the wonderful Rick very briefly at MATS! My first meet up with a Truther, yay!

Things couldn't be going better, honestly. We're both very, very happy with the decision to move to CalArk and it's really been good for us.

Big Scott (CFI's biggest 's Comment
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Great to hear from you and glad all is well. You need to update your profile pick. My best wishes to you and your hubby. Stay safe.

MindFreak's Comment
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I was wondering how you were doing. Very happy that all is going well for you! When you are gonna be in the Little Rock are sometime give me a shout and if I am available I will buy you and the hubby supper!

ChickieMonster's Comment
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Big Scott: I agree that I need to update my profile pic but Photobucket seems to hate me lately.

MindFreak: thanks for the dinner invitation! I'll let you know the next time we're gonna be in the Rock for more than a few minutes.

MC1371's Comment
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Great to hear things working out for you!!

And Yes!! Another International fan. Love my ProStar Eagle+ 471600 as I sit now, don't give up on Dex too soon.

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