Wilson Logistics - Missoula MT

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Vicki M.'s Comment
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There are a whole lot of Walmarts around the Denver area where you could park. These all have restrooms, too.

Oh didn’t think of them! Thank you!

PackRat's Comment
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Don't forget to text me if you need a WM parking location in CO, WY, MT, NM, ID, or SD. I may know of a few.

Vicki M.'s Comment
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Don't forget to text me if you need a WM parking location in CO, WY, MT, NM, ID, or SD. I may know of a few.

Thank you! Ended up going to one near the receiver. Did some shopping and used the bathroom. Much relief! From what I read on truckerpath they kick everyone out at midnight so I’ll probably go back to the street parking around 10 and get some sleep

PackRat's Comment
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If there's ever a question of "can I park here?", just ask a store manager in person. Always write down their name and the time you talked with them in case a problem should arise later.

The biggest thing for parking at a WM is park where told, don't block any driveways or doors, have a planned route of egress once all the cars are back in the parking lots the following morning, and don't leave any trash (like some malcontents). Pulling a WM trailer always helps, too!

OWI:

Operating While Intoxicated

Anne A. (G13Momcat)'s Comment
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There are a whole lot of Walmarts around the Denver area where you could park. These all have restrooms, too.

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Oh didn’t think of them! Thank you!

PackRat is the GO TO .... Vicki !!

I'd reply & type more, but I've got to stand up at the keyboard. . . shoulder 'mis hap.'

Just awaiting PHOTOS~!! As promised, haha~

I'm waiting in the wind.. no rush here; I'm sidelined myself. Mr. Pack, has permission to explain....

I'm just over the MOON, for you! Hope WalMart met your needs; being a woman IS tough at times... yet I'd have it no other way!!

Stay blessed, and keep on, m'lady!

~ Anne ~

Vicki M.'s Comment
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Solo week days 3, 4, 5

Denver taught me some lessons. My first delivery went smoothly, easy straight back. Dispatch then sent me to the yard to pick up a trailer going to a Sams Club DC. No problem. Backed in my empty after a few tries and hooked up to the new trailer. Wreck on the freeway so I was 1/2 an hour late. I called and they said no big deal just try to be there within the hour. Arrived and received a beeper for when they had a door for me. 2 hours. Got the door and had to unhook and said beeper will go off when you’re empty. That was another 2 hours. So I split my clock so I could get my load and get out of town.

Then I Was asked to drop the trailer I had and switch out for another at a trailer repair place. No problem. It was down a narrow side road with cars parked on both sides. There was no way I could get into that yard. I pulled around to find a place to plant and call dispatch, the repair company, whoever I needed. Lo and behold, on the side of that street was the trailer I needed. No kingpin lock. No glad hand lock. I called dispatch to find out if I should drop the trailer I had in the same spot or what…the business was closed by this point. He said he’d call back. I waited an hour and called him…he’d gone home and hadn’t told anyone my predicament. The new dispatch told me to take my old trailer back to the yard and bobtail back for the new trailer. Ok. I did that and had 3 hours left in my clock. Enough to do a drop and hook and hopefully get out of town.

I get halfway to the shipper and receive a message that my load has been voided. I turn around and drive back to the yard. 8 times back and forth through Denver traffic and construction. Fun times. I back into the last spot at the yard and message dispatch where I am and to let me know what to do… he calls and says he accidentally sent the void! By now I have an hour and a half on my clock, which I’ve already split. I tell him I can’t get there until tomorrow. I was done. Off to bed to start early and get out of Denver.

Wake up at 5 am. Off to the races. Got dressed, grabbed my phone and trotted across the yard to use the restroom. Know what I forgot? My truck keys. Locked in the truck of course. That was an $85 call to popalock. I then drive up to get my load. She’s a heavy beast. 45k. I weighed out TWICE at the shipper and they told me I was all good. Off we go!

Got to Wyoming and they were pulling every truck into the scales. Had to stop on the scales and two guys came out with measuring tapes. Every truck. Then Every truck then pulled around, parked and went inside. My turn. I was 2500 over on my trailer tires. Supposedly. I went inside and EVERY trucker was paying $40 for axle overweight fees. Very friendly. You just need a $40 overweight permit and slide your tandems all the way back. Probably be easier if they just charged a $40 toll but okay. I did as asked. I then took my truck to the truck stop and used the cat scale to get everything right. Tight truck stop. Tandems all the way back. It wasn’t fun.

Spent the night in Sheridan and the next morning I got pulled into THAT port of entry. They didn’t weigh me but I had to take in my paperwork. Wtf Wyoming!

Made it to our yard in Missoula, spending the night and delivering in the morning. Where I’ll be reloaded and sent BACK. I guess Denver hasn’t taught me all I need to know yet!

Bobtail:

"Bobtailing" means you are driving a tractor without a trailer attached.

Shipper:

The customer who is shipping the freight. This is where the driver will pick up a load and then deliver it to the receiver or consignee.

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".

CAT Scale:

A network of over 1,500 certified truck scales across the U.S. and Canada found primarily at truck stops. CAT scales are by far the most trustworthy scales out there.

In fact, CAT Scale offers an unconditional Guarantee:

“If you get an overweight fine from the state after our scale showed your legal, we will immediately check our scale. If our scale is wrong, we will reimburse you for the fine. If our scale is correct, a representative of CAT Scale Company will appear in court with the driver as a witness”

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.

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.

Texas Tim's Comment
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Following your exciting adventure! I take the written and my DOT physical Tuesday and hopefully will be on a bus to Springfield to start with Wilson next weekend. I'm excited!

Which truck did you get and how old is it?

DOT:

Department Of Transportation

A department of the federal executive branch responsible for the national highways and for railroad and airline safety. It also manages Amtrak, the national railroad system, and the Coast Guard.

State and Federal DOT Officers are responsible for commercial vehicle enforcement. "The truck police" you could call them.

OWI:

Operating While Intoxicated

Vicki M.'s Comment
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Following your exciting adventure! I take the written and my DOT physical Tuesday and hopefully will be on a bus to Springfield to start with Wilson next weekend. I'm excited!

Which truck did you get and how old is it?

I have a 2019 Freightliner. She and I are learning to get along lmao

DOT:

Department Of Transportation

A department of the federal executive branch responsible for the national highways and for railroad and airline safety. It also manages Amtrak, the national railroad system, and the Coast Guard.

State and Federal DOT Officers are responsible for commercial vehicle enforcement. "The truck police" you could call them.

OWI:

Operating While Intoxicated

NaeNaeInNC's Comment
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Vicki, I was thinking about you when I rolled into Missoula, and dropped my Prime trailer a spittin distance from Darwin's "Ole number 50!" Probably picking up the same empty to get outta dodge today!

Mark O. ~MiNi-Me~'s Comment
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Thanks for taking the time to post your experience! I am weeks out of picking a company and just starting to put the feelers out...running into the same issues with some of the larger companies, but not Wilson.

This Phoenician is not looking forward to fall and winter in Montana, but Wilson leads my pack of options to date!

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