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Scott M's Comment
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Can’t tell for sure because I can’t tell exactly where the curb is- but looks like nose is sticking out on street about a foot. I would think this is a safety issue- might get hit. I wouldn’t want to be held liable for this. Wondering what you’re thinking? Maybe take a stand- only doing this delivery with a 48’ or less? Also really enjoy your writings- very interesting. I couldn’t do it- all the unloading.

Gonna be sleeping with my nose almost in traffic tonight.

Papa Pig's Comment
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Waiting around to get the truck serviced. I hate waiting lol.


Papa Pig's Comment
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So yesterday I thought that my 5th wheel release button was inop and I wasted 5-10 min troubleshooting before I realized I hadn’t taken off the parking break. Kind of an important step if you want to pull out from under the trailer.

Today In Mississippi I think I almost passed out in the trailer unloading. I was in a rush and didn’t take as many breaks or drink as much water as I needed. Made it through the unload but felt like crap for the rest of the day.

Qualcomm took me a weird route leaving my last store. Had never been in the area before and it had me take a route I couldn’t get through . Weight restricted bridge .Had to back up about an 8th of a mile before I could find a place to turn around. And by turn around I mean backing the trailer on a small side road with ditches on both sides lol. Next time I will follow my gut, I knew I should have found a better route before I took it. That’s what being in a rush and not operating at full capacity will do for you.

Other than that the routine goes on. Pick up load, deliver, rush back for the next load, wash, rinse , repeat.. hope y’all are doing well and staying safe out there!


Omnitracs (a.k.a. Qualcomm) is a satellite-based messaging system with built-in GPS capabilities built by Qualcomm. It has a small computer screen and keyboard and is tied into the truck’s computer. It allows trucking companies to track where the driver is at, monitor the truck, and send and receive messages with the driver – similar to email.
PJ's Comment
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Congrats on getting out of that situation safely. Many new drivers don’t. Great job. Never, never, never rush. That is a sure sign things will go badly. Taking a frw extra minutes up front will always save you time in the long run.

I’m loading in milwaukee this morning heading to Ar. Gps wants me to go down 94 through chicago. Not going to happen. With everything going on in kenosha right now traffic will be horrible. Keeping up with current events is vitally important.

Papa Pig's Comment
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This was a fun store to get into. Had to get turned around and back up along the side. The opposite way that the truck in the picture is facing.

Been a long day. Had to go home yesterday morning and handle some business. So I had to start very late to pick up the load.

Things are still going well, just hope it cools down soon. Tired of having swamp butt after unloading, I clean my truck constantly, and put towels on the seats, febreeze, air fresheners , you name it. But by Friday she has that sour smell that just says “ take me home and give me a break”. Such is life u loading freight in the Deep South lol

PJ's Comment
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Glad to hear things are going well. You sure picked a tough way to start your career. We are all proud of you.

I am very familiar with the south’s heat/humidity. I live in NE Ga. Run mainly out of Augusta/Savannah these days. I feel for you getting in/out of some of those places. I delivered to cemetaries/funeral homes for 18 months in a long nose Pete. Those are about as much fun.

Keep up the great work and drink plenty of fluids sir!!!


Hours Of Service

HOS refers to the logbook hours of service regulations.
Papa Pig's Comment
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Thanks PJ, As far as the fluids my wife got me this stuff to put in my water. I thinks it’s called liquid iv or something like that . It works miracles and has kept the leg cramps away. Tastes much better than pickle juice too lol. I can’t imagine driving in a cemetery would be much fun. We’re you delivering vaults? I have gotten used to the backing, the manual labor etc, but I really want to strangle the warehouse workers that load the truck sometimes. It’s like they legitimately try to do things to the load to make it more difficult to unload!

PackRat's Comment
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Try some Magesium supplement pills. I started taking one, 500 MG capsule per day more than 20 years ago. These should knock out any muscle cramps.

PJ's Comment
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Good deal on your wife setting you up. No I wish I had been delivering vaults. It was headstones. Getting in and out was so much fun. Those areas like retail store parking lots were never intended for 18 wheelers.

I feel for you dealing with warehouse workers. They as a general rule don’t care. I have heard people say some really load things messed up. I’ll stick with tankers. Kinda hard to mess that loading up. I always double check things to make sure it stays in the tank until I choose to let it out.


Hours Of Service

HOS refers to the logbook hours of service regulations.


When a violation by either a driver or company is confirmed, an out-of-service order removes either the driver or the vehicle from the roadway until the violation is corrected.

Anne A. (and sometimes To's Comment
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Try some Magesium supplement pills. I started taking one, 500 MG capsule per day more than 20 years ago. These should knock out any muscle cramps.


Tom has magnesium oil he sprays on the soles of his feet before work, and it's not even 'greasy' per se. Learned it from a good ole' Arkansas bull hauler, and swears it's worth 1000x the price of the cuppa joe he bought Mr. Russ. It sure has made a difference in the last 4 months since he got it, at GNC or something similar.

He says it helps keep his 'rain' headaches at bay, also..... and for that, i am blessed!

PackRat ... you sure know your trucking meds /diet/ Rx stuff, spot on!



Drive-A-Check Report

A truck drivers DAC report will contain detailed information about their job history of the last 10 years as a CDL driver (as required by the DOT).

It may also contain your criminal history, drug test results, DOT infractions and accident history. The program is strictly voluntary from a company standpoint, but most of the medium-to-large carriers will participate.

Most trucking companies use DAC reports as part of their hiring and background check process. It is extremely important that drivers verify that the information contained in it is correct, and have it fixed if it's not.

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