Two Days With No Load

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Jamie's Comment
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Oh I forgot to include in my last message shortly after posting this message I got a pre-plan for tomorrow morning, so that's better then waiting around not knowing when the next load is coming in. rofl-1.gif

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Operating While Intoxicated

PackRat's Comment
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Plus, you’ll have a full 70-hour clock to start off the week.

Scott S.'s Comment
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I would figured they would deadhead me somewhere closer to freight by guess not

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Did you ask to be deadheaded? A couple of months ago I was stranded in the Northwest. I made a call to my Fleet Mgr. Was promptly deadheaded almost 500 miles to a "freight zone" Be proactive and polite. Good luck!

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I did not ask, which I probably should have. But I figured I was in a deadzone, considering there are other mega carriers that have been parked here for the same amount of time as I have, which one of them being here before we got here. But I wasn't expecting to wait all weekend for a load.

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Hope it gets sorted for you soon Jamie, is the wife still on the road with you? Did she or is she enjoying time on the road?

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Yeah she's still on the road with me, and so far she enjoys it besides all this waiting... She hates waiting around. rofl-2.gif The first few days I slept on the top bunk, but we figured out how we can both sleep on the bottom bunk without being uncomfortable which I'm glad because it gets pretty hot up there...

My wife and I sleep on opposite ends of the bed and that seems to work, but yeah, it gets hot up there.

Deadhead:

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

Jamie's Comment
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I would figured they would deadhead me somewhere closer to freight by guess not

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Did you ask to be deadheaded? A couple of months ago I was stranded in the Northwest. I made a call to my Fleet Mgr. Was promptly deadheaded almost 500 miles to a "freight zone" Be proactive and polite. Good luck!

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I did not ask, which I probably should have. But I figured I was in a deadzone, considering there are other mega carriers that have been parked here for the same amount of time as I have, which one of them being here before we got here. But I wasn't expecting to wait all weekend for a load.

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Hope it gets sorted for you soon Jamie, is the wife still on the road with you? Did she or is she enjoying time on the road?

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Yeah she's still on the road with me, and so far she enjoys it besides all this waiting... She hates waiting around. rofl-2.gif The first few days I slept on the top bunk, but we figured out how we can both sleep on the bottom bunk without being uncomfortable which I'm glad because it gets pretty hot up there...

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My wife and I sleep on opposite ends of the bed and that seems to work, but yeah, it gets hot up there.

I thought about doing that but we decided to lay the same way which seems to work out, the first two days was pretty bad.. Had a stiff back, but after the first two days it was normal. So that's how we have been sleeping currently, otherwise sleeping on the opposite ends would have worked out too.

My truck has an APU so sleeping on the bottom bunk is great, it keeps it pretty cool in here unless it's really hot outside but it still keeps it comfortable enough to sleep in.

Deadhead:

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

APU:

Auxiliary Power Unit

On tractor trailers, and APU is a small diesel engine that powers a heat and air conditioning unit while charging the truck's main batteries at the same time. This allows the driver to remain comfortable in the cab and have access to electric power without running the main truck engine.

Having an APU helps save money in fuel costs and saves wear and tear on the main engine, though they tend to be expensive to install and maintain. Therefore only a very small percentage of the trucks on the road today come equipped with an APU.

PJ's Comment
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This is the reality of our business. Feast or famine... They sent me to cali, again. I got here and did some short regional stuff and got to visit a total of 4 days with my kids/grandkids, plus a reset. The reason given was “things are a little slow right now”. It happens. I made the best of it... I pickup at 0300 and head to ohio.

Regional:

Regional Route

Usually refers to a driver hauling freight within one particular region of the country. You might be in the "Southeast Regional Division" or "Midwest Regional". Regional route drivers often get home on the weekends which is one of the main appeals for this type of route.

Jamie's Comment
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This is the reality of our business. Feast or famine... They sent me to cali, again. I got here and did some short regional stuff and got to visit a total of 4 days with my kids/grandkids, plus a reset. The reason given was “things are a little slow right now”. It happens. I made the best of it... I pickup at 0300 and head to ohio.

Yeah it doesn't really bother me, I fully understand things can be slow in certain areas and that's just part of the job. I usually spend this time catching up on sleep, watching movies, or about anything else to bypass time. My wife on the other hand, in her own words "I really like the driving part, but not so much the waiting part" rofl-1.gif

Regional:

Regional Route

Usually refers to a driver hauling freight within one particular region of the country. You might be in the "Southeast Regional Division" or "Midwest Regional". Regional route drivers often get home on the weekends which is one of the main appeals for this type of route.

Pete E Pothole's Comment
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She was born to be a driver!

Rubber Duck's Comment
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So how far was your deadhead to your next load?

Deadhead:

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

Marc Lee's Comment
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Jamie - glad it is working out. Your wife sounds pretty funny!

Glad this is nothing out of the ordinary and will turn around soon.

(I was afraid maybe this was backlash against BSM and big union contact negotiations). "You wanna shut down or maybe go on strike?"

"See how you like sitting when WE SAY sit!"

WOOF! WOOF!

Dave Reid's Comment
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That is crazy ...seems like someone at the office is dropping the ball here ...they have plenty of loads within a half day of there.

Been sitting for two days in limestone, NY with no load, gotten a message twice about no loads being available in this area. A Swift, Knight, and another truck has also been here about the same time.

By far the longest I've waited for a load, I would figured they would deadhead me somewhere closer to freight by guess not. confused.gifshocked.png

Deadhead:

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

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.

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