And Now For The Second Shoe....

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Poser's Comment
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Life started off great and I was really optimistic about a long stay at my first trucking company. After just 4 months on the road, and as many co-drivers, only one of which I would ever want to spend anytime with, I am really regretting that one year contract. Are all truckers completely insane? My first trainer told me it was my job to yank on the fifth wheel release while he worked the clutch and brake to bounce it lose. My face and shoulders were literally inches away from the drive tires and apron during this. My second trainer did everything he could to avoid taking a shower. My last co-driver spent most of his sleeper berth time shouting into the phone at his ex wife. When his drive shift came around, he was sleep deprived and furious. I had to sleep with one eye open and and a death grip on the restraining net. At the moment, I am sitting at home waiting for another co driver assignment. The furious one kicked me off his truck because I showed up at 9:58 for a 10 o'clock departure, he thought I should have known that meant to be 15 minutes early even though I wasn't driving. They've had real trouble finding a long term co driver for him and everyone who rides with him ends up quitting. This career is becoming a bit of a nightmare. With this company, I am only obliged to just 1 year (if I stay for two years, I get $2000.00 back.) As things stand now, I'm not sure I'll make it one year, much less two. Please tell me it gets better.

Sleeper Berth:

The portion of the tractor behind the seats which acts as the "living space" for the driver. It generally contains a bed (or bunk beds), cabinets, lights, temperature control knobs, and 12 volt plugs for power.

Roadkill (aka:Guy DeCou)'s Comment
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Hey Poser,

Are all truckers completely insane?

..well, yes...as a matter of fact we are... rofl-3.gif I mean, you have to be right??? shocked.png Buddy, it sounds like you've had your share of bites from the old Crap Sandwich for sure...but keep a positive outlook, I mean, how many crazy people can there be at one company....okay, don't answer that...but I think you're doing it right...come here and vent your frustrations with us...we will commiserate and understand and give you some cheerful dialogue..what happened to the one co-driver you liked?? Can you reach out to him again and try to get back on the truck?? BTW, I don't remember what company you're with, or if you've mentioned it in the past..

DWI:

Driving While Intoxicated

Poser's Comment
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The one guy I loved riding with has....wait for it....quit and gone to another company. And I'd rather not say which company I'm with. If they are trolling these sites, which is likely, it could cause me more problems.

RedGator's Comment
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Thats why they say your first year is the hardest! If your co is a team one do they have a sister co thst is solo? Sounds like you just need a right fit.

Starcar's Comment
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Yeah....if you can get into a solo gig, I'd try fro that...I'm not a fan of teaming, unless your legally attached to your co driver...lol

PJ's Comment
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That is why I didn't even consider a team thing. I like my privacy too much. Plus I have trust issues!!!!!

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