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Papa Pig's Comment
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I have worked up a sweat in the SW states walking to and from the shipping office getting the BOL paperwork.

Has not been too bad this year adjusting the tandems , or opening and closing the trailer doors.

That's "manual" enough for me.smile.gif

Hahah. Good one PackRat. How is Crete treating you? I miss the daily diary

Tandems:

Tandem Axles

A set of axles spaced close together, legally defined as more than 40 and less than 96 inches apart by the USDOT. Drivers tend to refer to the tandem axles on their trailer as just "tandems". You might hear a driver say, "I'm 400 pounds overweight on my tandems", referring to his trailer tandems, not his tractor tandems. Tractor tandems are generally just referred to as "drives" which is short for "drive axles".

Tandem:

Tandem Axles

A set of axles spaced close together, legally defined as more than 40 and less than 96 inches apart by the USDOT. Drivers tend to refer to the tandem axles on their trailer as just "tandems". You might hear a driver say, "I'm 400 pounds overweight on my tandems", referring to his trailer tandems, not his tractor tandems. Tractor tandems are generally just referred to as "drives" which is short for "drive axles".

PackRat's Comment
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Loving it! As long as the bozos at the SLC shop never touch my truck again, I have no major complaints this time around with Crete.

Old School's Comment
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I also go through a lot of clothing in the summer months. I'm in Farmington, Connecticut this morning. The humidity and heat here is as bad as it is in South Texas. It's 8:30 a.m. here and I've untarped and re-tarped at my first stop. I'm changing clothes now so I don't smell like a pig when I get to my next stop in Amesbury, MA. I'll probably have to change there again before moving on to my 3rd stop in Charleston, New Hampshire. I feel your pain on the laundry issue, but like you I'm loving what I'm doing.

Mike D.'s Comment
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If you like hamburgers and get to Waco, hit Tom's. In Tulsa, Ron's cheeseburgers.

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member avatar Mike D. Considering A Career Posts: 11 3 hours, 24 minutes ago In addition to a full time job, I work a part time job at Domino's in Temple, TX(Divorce lawyers ain't cheap) and I have delivered a bunch to drivers in their rigs at Walmart and HEB.

I start training with Millis in August so, hopefully in a few months, I'll be having pizza delivered to me somewhere in parts unknown.

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I heard that man. I spent some time in hood so have been to temple a time or two. Good luck at Millis. I’m currently checking all the places in my little regional route to see where the best places to stop with a truck and eat is. I just know there is a whataburger i can get The truck close too. Plus numerous bbq joints. McDonald’s and subway gets old for sure.

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.

Papa Pig's Comment
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So, a few things of significance happened this week.

First off I found a “cheat code” for unloading . It’s called a 5th wheel puller. I have been busting my hump pulling down toppers (boxes stacked on rolltainers) and my fingers have been sore from grabbing cages. Problem solved. I will never go in the back of a DG trailer again without it. I’m able to smack the toppers down, pull them close to me. It helps to use the hook at the bottom of the rolltainer and gives me better leverage pulling it out. It is awesome for when the net gets stuck on rolltainer beside it. Instead of reaching and tearing up my arms I now just throw the hook in! THIS IS A GAME CHANGER!!! Lol

Had a few very tight backs and docks.

Wed night I had my first real breakdown. Starter broke after I parked at the store. Guy came at 2 am and diagnosed it for an hour. Then told me he couldn’t replace it till morning because of my companies policy. It was a very hot night and I didn’t get a lot of sleep before I had to start unloading. Next mechanic came around 7 am while I was unloading and had to re troubleshoot . He didn’t get it done until 11. So that screwed me on my clock.

Yesterday I got my deliveries done and my liftgate ( how I unload my product for those that don’t know) started sticking. I had been able to kick on it while operating the switch but it finally got stubborn and was stuck in the collapsed out position. I realize that I can’t drive that way so start thinking about how I’m gonna get it pushed in. I had decided to angle it down and slowly push on a curve when the store manager told me that her old man ran a wrecker and was on his way to visit her. Said he would push it in for free to get me down the road (God bless the good people of the redneck riviera in the panhandle of Florida). He came, pulled up and gave it a little bump while I hit the switch and I was back in business.!! It pays off to be professional and courteous to your customers!!!!

HOS:

Hours Of Service

HOS refers to the logbook hours of service regulations.
Papa Pig's Comment
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Https://youtu.be/mSVDN49GL14

Me unloading a water rolltainer?

Papa Pig's Comment
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The last video was a short clip but I’m thinking about video documenting clips of certain stores and situations and doing a highlight Of the week every now again. Would anyone be interested in seeing something like that? We will see how it goes with time constraints and such

PackRat's Comment
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Sure. I'll watch them!

If I get tired of pulling no touch dry van freight, I'll watch your videos again.

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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.
Rob D.'s Comment
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Even though I gave people a hard time about the fifth wheel puller, all in good fun, my trainer bought one because we saw another flatbed driver using it to pull tarps down. I will inherit it when I upgrade.

Would love to see more of the videos.

Anne A. (G13MomCat)'s Comment
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Https://youtu.be/mSVDN49GL14

Me unloading a water rolltainer?

Ya know, I'm in~! ;) Love it.. thanks!thank-you-2.gif

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