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Tortuga 's Comment
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Great update Chris M. And congratulations on hitting your one year mark!! Good luck on your local runs and be safe. Also I enjoyed reading your training diary.

Chris M.'s Comment
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Update: Sorry guys it's been awhile since my last post. I was with roehl for 18 months and left in December of 2020. Decided to take a couple months off and cruise the country on my motorcycle and did just that. Got back and I was ready to get all my endorsements and try something in the tanker division in my area. Had the appointment set up at my dmv , couple days before the appointment I had my motorcycle accident on Feb 6th 2021 😔😔. Broke both my bones in my left forearm and broke both wrist. I was a few blocks from my house when some guy back up from out of his driveway in a hurry and I T-boned him, figured he seen me but that was my mistake for thinking he seen me. Cops determined he was at fault and he didn't have any insurance, go figure. Left forearm healed ok, I have a small fracture still on one bone but the doc said it's bone loss from the accident and may never be completely healed. My right wrist still hurts but got the go ahead and work again. But flatbed might be out for awhile. So tankers here I come lol. Thanks guys.

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.

DMV:

Department of Motor Vehicles, Bureau of Motor Vehicles

The state agency that handles everything related to your driver's licences, including testing, issuance, transfers, and revocation.

PJ's Comment
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Ouch, I always hate hearing things like this. As a fellow rider I feel for you Chris. Just a blessing it wasn’t any worse.

Tankers are a whole new world sir!! What kind and who with??

Tanker work is not all the same for sure.

Chris M.'s Comment
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Pj, I'm not sure I have driving experience but no tanker experience. Might have to sign up with Schneider and get trained that way for about a year. I'm from Houston and I wanted to get into LP. Something that pays good where I can be local or regional.

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.

Anne A. (G13Momcat)'s Comment
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Pj, I'm not sure I have driving experience but no tanker experience. Might have to sign up with Schneider and get trained that way for about a year. I'm from Houston and I wanted to get into LP. Something that pays good where I can be local or regional.

Chris, I'm so GLAD to see you back!

Wow, dang sorry to hear what you've been up against, sheesh....I broke my right forearm in 1999 ... shattered radius & ulna; bones came out my elbow area.

Two titanium plates later, and one removed after healing, I'm as good as I 'once was...' haha! I can actually do pushups, the 'guys' kind... just not a lot but never could, anyway!

Regarding tanks; Tom & I pulled asphalt back in the 2015/16 range.. he did 5 years total with them. We pulled asphalt; non hazmat (but for a few times, him) just 6122 and 3257. The offloading and uploading is kinda strenuous, due to the weight of the hoses, the dome, and finagling up the catwalk TO your dome. That might be something to consider NOT doing, for now, then...lol.

Daniel B. started (after Prime, I believe) with LP ... and he's got a HECKUVA LOT of reading on that subject; search his posts by his name, or maybe he will alert to this thread because his name is 'up in here.' Hopefully!

Man, I wish you well; hope you enjoyed 'MOST' of your hiatus, off from trucking!! (How's the bike?!?)

Wish you the BEST, going forward, man!!!

~ Anne (& Tom, the fatguy in the avi~) ~

HAZMAT:

Hazardous Materials

Explosive, flammable, poisonous or otherwise potentially dangerous cargo. Large amounts of especially hazardous cargo are required to be placarded under HAZMAT regulations

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.

HOS:

Hours Of Service

HOS refers to the logbook hours of service regulations.
Chris M.'s Comment
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Hey Anne, sorry to hear about your wreck also, and I'm glad you're back to normal. It will take some time to heal and I thought about what you said to wait a little bit longer before getting into tankers. So I applied at Gulf Intermodal Services to haul containers back a forth just drop and hooks. It will be a night time gig, m-f 6pm - 6am no weekends, not too bad. Will do that for a bit until I think I'm fully healed and confident in my abilities to more forward. Thanks for the advice!

Intermodal:

Transporting freight using two or more transportation modes. An example would be freight that is moved by truck from the shipper's dock to the rail yard, then placed on a train to the next rail yard, and finally returned to a truck for delivery to the receiving customer.

In trucking when you hear someone refer to an intermodal job they're normally talking about hauling shipping containers to and from the shipyards and railyards.

Drop And Hook:

Drop and hook means the driver will drop one trailer and hook to another one.

In order to speed up the pickup and delivery process a driver may be instructed to drop their empty trailer and hook to one that is already loaded, or drop their loaded trailer and hook to one that is already empty. That way the driver will not have to wait for a trailer to be loaded or unloaded.

Anne A. (G13Momcat)'s Comment
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Hey Anne, sorry to hear about your wreck also, and I'm glad you're back to normal. It will take some time to heal and I thought about what you said to wait a little bit longer before getting into tankers. So I applied at Gulf Intermodal Services to haul containers back a forth just drop and hooks. It will be a night time gig, m-f 6pm - 6am no weekends, not too bad. Will do that for a bit until I think I'm fully healed and confident in my abilities to more forward. Thanks for the advice!

Awh, Chris....thanks, as well!

Yeah, I really think your new job sounds AWESOME... especially just getting back in the 'ring' so to speak.

That intermodal gig sounds GREAT, actually! My guy prefers the night shift, and having weekends off; just like he currently gets, driving for FAB, (with Don on here.) You've got a heckuvan area for intermodal in TX, I'd bet!! Gulf looks like a great company safety score wise, too!

I think you've made a great decision; glad to help. Those hoses are often up to 100#, and need two good arms, LoL. You'll have time for that, later!

Congrats, man! This'll warrant a NEW DIARY, haha!!!!

~ Anne ~

Intermodal:

Transporting freight using two or more transportation modes. An example would be freight that is moved by truck from the shipper's dock to the rail yard, then placed on a train to the next rail yard, and finally returned to a truck for delivery to the receiving customer.

In trucking when you hear someone refer to an intermodal job they're normally talking about hauling shipping containers to and from the shipyards and railyards.

Drop And Hook:

Drop and hook means the driver will drop one trailer and hook to another one.

In order to speed up the pickup and delivery process a driver may be instructed to drop their empty trailer and hook to one that is already loaded, or drop their loaded trailer and hook to one that is already empty. That way the driver will not have to wait for a trailer to be loaded or unloaded.

HOS:

Hours Of Service

HOS refers to the logbook hours of service regulations.
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