Possibly Fulfilling One Of My Dreams This Summer!

Topic 19471 | Page 1

Page 1 of 1
Linden R.'s Comment
member avatar

Ever since I found out about Iowa 80 Truckstop 2 years ago, I have dreamed of going there. As I am 11 and can't drive yet, I have to convince my parents to take me, which is let's just say... A bit difficult. But, I have also specifically wanted to go to the "Walcott Truckers Jamboree" that they hold there every July. I have finally convinced my dad to bring me to this year's Jamboree! And, rather than flying (1,121 miles away, 17 hours 21 min according to Google), we're gonna drive there. I am excited about that because... I have never been on a trip any more than 565 miles from home. And yet I've always wanted to go across the country in a car. At least I can get halfway there! rofl-3.gif I was also wondering if any of you guys are going to be there, so I might be able to say hi! (With the truck tolls, not many Truthers come up around here...)

dancing-banana.gif <--- Banana for good luck!

BugSmasherOne (Paul K.)'s Comment
member avatar

Hi Linden-

Enjoy the trip and the Jamboree. Walcott Iowa 80 Truckstop is quite the place to see. The parking lot is huge and there will be plenty of trucks to see. Don't miss the museum, a lot of information and older trucks to see.

dancing.gifsmile.gifdancing-banana.gif

I have been there numerous times and would like to see the Jamboree. I don't know yet if I will make it this year. It is a little early to make load plans now. Like most drivers, I will be talking with the load planners/dispatchers letting them know where I would like to go and when. Then we need to find a load that meets a couple of criteria: 1, the planned route goes close enough that it won't be too far out of route that it cost me to much, and 2, there is enough time to allow me to stop without being late for delivery.

Again, enjoy the trip as well as the Jamboree. I am sure you will meet more than one trucker that will talk your ear off.

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.
G-Town's Comment
member avatar

Linden I hope you can attend the Jamboree. You'll never forget it.

Although I am in my late fifties, we have this in-common. My passion for trucks began when I was about your age. Back then the truck manufacturers contracted their print work to high quality, 3 and 4 color graphic arts companies. My Dad was a printer, an estimator and production manager at a plant in Philadelphia. His two biggest customers were Autocar and Peterbilt. This is how it started. He frequently brought home goodies for me to study; actual maintenance manuals, sales brochures, assembly line photos, and spec ordering sheets. It was the late 60s-early 70s, computer technology was in it's infancy so there was no internet. Hard copy was the ticket. I soaked up all the material he gave me like a mini-sponge. The "truck" was in my blood at an early age...hasn't stopped.

Enjoy your passion for our industry. If you go to Walcott...pictures are a must! Have fun.

Linden R.'s Comment
member avatar

Linden I hope you can attend the Jamboree. You'll never forget it.

Although I am in my late fifties, we have this in-common. My passion for trucks began when I was about your age. Back then the truck manufacturers contracted their print work to high quality, 3 and 4 color graphic arts companies. My Dad was a printer, an estimator and production manager at a plant in Philadelphia. His two biggest customers were Autocar and Peterbilt. This is how it started. He frequently brought home goodies for me to study; actual maintenance manuals, sales brochures, assembly line photos, and spec ordering sheets. It was the late 60s-early 70s, computer technology was in it's infancy so there was no internet. Hard copy was the ticket. I soaked up all the material he gave me like a mini-sponge. The "truck" was in my blood at an early age...hasn't stopped.

Enjoy your passion for our industry. If you go to Walcott...pictures are a must! Have fun.

Thanks! I'll be sure to "steal" my sister's camcorder and take pictures and videos!

Page 1 of 1

New Reply:

New! Check out our help videos for a better understanding of our forum features

Bold
Italic
Underline
Quote
Photo
Link
Smiley
Links On TruckingTruth


example: TruckingTruth Homepage



example: https://www.truckingtruth.com
Submit
Cancel
Upload New Photo
Please enter a caption of one sentence or less:

Click on any of the buttons below to insert a link to that section of TruckingTruth:

Getting Started In Trucking High Road Training Program Company-Sponsored Training Programs Apply For Company-Sponsored Training Truck Driver's Career Guide Choosing A School Choosing A Company Truck Driving Schools Truck Driving Jobs Apply For Truck Driving Jobs DOT Physical Drug Testing Items To Pack Pre-Hire Letters CDL Practice Tests Trucking Company Reviews Brett's Book Leasing A Truck Pre-Trip Inspection Learn The Logbook Rules Sleep Apnea
Done
Done

0 characters so far - 5,500 maximum allowed.
Submit Preview

Preview:

Submit
Cancel

Join Us!

We have an awesome set of tools that will help you understand the trucking industry and prepare for a great start to your trucking career. Not only that, but everything we offer here at TruckingTruth is 100% free - no strings attached! Sign up now and get instant access to our member's section:
High Road Training Program Logo
  • The High Road Training Program
  • The High Road Article Series
  • The Friendliest Trucker's Forum Ever!
  • Email Updates When New Articles Are Posted

Apply For Paid CDL Training Through TruckingTruth

Did you know you can fill out one quick form here on TruckingTruth and apply to several companies at once for paid CDL training? Seriously! The application only takes one minute. You will speak with recruiters today. There is no obligation whatsoever. Learn more and apply here:

Apply For Paid CDL Training

About Us

TruckingTruth was founded by Brett Aquila (that's me!), a 15 year truck driving veteran, in January 2007. After 15 years on the road I wanted to help people understand the trucking industry and everything that came with the career and lifestyle of an over the road trucker. We'll help you make the right choices and prepare for a great start to your trucking career.

Read More

Becoming A Truck Driver

Becoming A Truck Driver is a dream we've all pondered at some point in our lives. We've all wondered if the adventure and challenges of life on the open road would suit us better than the ordinary day to day lives we've always known. At TruckingTruth we'll help you decide if trucking is right for you and help you get your career off to a great start.

Learn More