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87Wrangler 's Comment
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Thanks to you and your family, Anne!!

87Wrangler 's Comment
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Just wanted to let everyone know that the old red girl got me home, but not without some hiccups, she threw the fan completely off about 100 miles out, but only cut the alt. belt...was almost hit by a semi driving way too fast trying to get to the shoulder. They didn’t even slow down and overlooked my caution lights, but got it over and luckily no damage to the radiator, so I tied a rope around the alternator pulleys and since it was cool and at night made it without overheating. I got here about 3am Monday morning and slept in my truck about 4 hours to keep from waking everyone up. So I got up got ready went to the DMV around 2 since my appointment was at 2:30 and am now a Class A CDL holder with no restrictions...I major hurdle, it has been a long hard journey, one that covid almost prevented, just getting an appointment for my permit and getting there and back was the hardest parts, almost seemed impossible at times, but I never gave up and just kept pushing forward. So in the end I am thankful to be able to finally start this new career. Just working on my other truck at the moment getting it ready to head back up soon! I do have it running much better, but need to replace the fuel pump. So all of your prayers are still welcomed!!

CDL:

Commercial Driver's License (CDL)

A CDL is required to drive any of the following vehicles:

  • Any combination of vehicles with a gross combined weight rating (GCWR) of 26,001 or more pounds, providing the gross vehicle weight rating (GVWR) of the vehicle being towed is in excess of 10,000 pounds.
  • Any single vehicle with a GVWR of 26,001 or more pounds, or any such vehicle towing another not in excess of 10,000 pounds.
  • Any vehicle, regardless of size, designed to transport 16 or more persons, including the driver.
  • Any vehicle required by federal regulations to be placarded while transporting hazardous materials.

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.

Old School's Comment
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Congratulations! I love the way you face your trials and conquer them. You have got all the makings of an excellent truck driver!

Anne A. (and sometimes To's Comment
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TOTALLY agree with O/S here, '87 !!!

You DEFINITELY have the grit & grunt for this profession; you remind me of 'my guy' back when HE was in school, all bubble gumming things together, to 'git'r'done!' Twenty years later, it's paid off NICELY~!!!

ALL y'all TT'ers are in my prayers, I'll promise that!!!

Keep on truckin' !!

~ Anne ~

87Wrangler 's Comment
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Thanks Old School, and Anne!!

87Wrangler 's Comment
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Well you guys aren't going to believe this...but I was called Wed. morning while laying under my truck. I had just replaced the coil, plugs, and dropping the tank to replace the fuel pump, and was asked if I would be willing to go to SC and drive the truck and trailer back home, would need to pick up a load and scale before leaving with about 80K pounds, and scale out because a driver was stuck in SC and could not drive back. I being in NC was called and asked if I would go pick up the truck and trailer and get it back to the yard. I reminded them that I have not driven in the dark, rain, or heavy interstate traffic, no tall bridges, or mountains, and that I was tired and had not even made it all the way home yet, and if I could go at my own pace I would be happy to help. So I got on a bus at 9am made it to Raleigh about 10;30am and was delayed 8 hours at that terminal and arrived in SC totally exhausted only 9 hours sleep since Saturday at about 1:30am on Thursday, but did a pretrip threw my bag in the truck and was able to make it about 372 miles before stopping just before Knoxville. Drove in heavy traffic 6 lanes, pulled two mountains and descended with jakes, across several tall bridges and overpasses, completed my post trip headed for a shower and asleep at 4pm. Woke up usual time around 2am, showered again and read my Bible, completed my pretrip and left around 4:15AM, was happy that I could focus much better. I was able to keep it on 70 mph I would not go much over 60 the day before I was just too tired, but held on 70 the whole way for the most part and made it 472 miles with 2.5 left on the drive clock but would not have a place to park if I pushed it that far so stopped a little sooner than I wanted, which was 500 miles at least. Showered, ate this time, and back up around 2am again and did my morning reading, ect. then pretrip and off to the yard it was about 5am raining and had about 399 miles to go, soooooo....Thank the Lord, I made it all safe and sound at 12:00pm. Dropped the trailer, fueled the truck, post trip then paperwork and set the camper back up. I still need to go home as I intended, get my truck fixed, and start my training, but am glad I did it, my fear of mountains and holding a straight line at high speeds in multiple lanes is much less stressful than just the thought of it. I kinda wish our trucks would do 75 now!! lol Just another update and all prayers still needed!!

Terminal:

A facility where trucking companies operate out of, or their "home base" if you will. A lot of major companies have multiple terminals around the country which usually consist of the main office building, a drop lot for trailers, and sometimes a repair shop and wash facilities.

Interstate:

Commercial trade, business, movement of goods or money, or transportation from one state to another, regulated by the Federal Department Of Transportation (DOT).

87Wrangler 's Comment
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Oh, the whole trip was about 1222 miles not counting my bus trip from NC to SC, but from SC to WI it was about 1200 miles or so. Really am happy at least I know what to expect in the mountains, and tall bridges. My mind was making it much worse than it actually was...lol

Anne A. (and sometimes To's Comment
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Oh, the whole trip was about 1222 miles not counting my bus trip from NC to SC, but from SC to WI it was about 1200 miles or so. Really am happy at least I know what to expect in the mountains, and tall bridges. My mind was making it much worse than it actually was...lol

Holy WOW, what a maiden voyage, eh ?!?!?

Glad you made it, unscathed!!!!! Is that gonna be 'your' truck now??

~ Anne ~

Anne A. (and sometimes To's Comment
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Thanks to you and your family, Anne!!

And I'm still thankful for this ^^^^ !

Can I now ask.. how are you & yours ?!??

Just me.. again, haha!

~ Anne ~

87Wrangler 's Comment
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Hello Everyone...especially Anne & Family Sorry been so busy, still haven't been home since June 22. Was encouraged to run local last week after getting the truck and trailer back to the yard from Greenville SC, i wws asked to drive local srsrting on Monday and then go home needed the money so I agreed. Saw the twin cities for the first time. So when friday rolled around I was then was asked to leave out Sun. on for a OTR delivery run from Wisconsin to Columbia SC, then to Orlando and down to del ray on Tuesday we delivered at 6 stops nailed all the back ins and a few were tough ones. Then made two today in Orlando, and off to del ray and believe it or not was supposed to stay overnight for a 7am delivery of 3 items so we got there around 7 and someone pulled up throwing out trash and actually took out delivery so woohooo we are heading to Tampa for our backhual to and finally back home. We were supposed to be back next week around Monday maybe even Tuesday but we shaved a lot off our trip and heading back to WI at 7am tomorrow morning. The the instructor is amazed and we are both happy about being home about 2 days early...I am loving the job more everyday, bit this is a lifestyle that is for sure, but one I like. Time management is very important almost as much as safety...We are kicking butt so far!!! Plus got my first paycheck and was very pleased... Prayers still appreciated and can see Gods hand in this trip!!! But I am going home when I get back to the yard and will not take no for an answer!!!

OTR:

Over The Road

OTR driving normally means you'll be hauling freight to various customers throughout your company's hauling region. It often entails being gone from home for two to three weeks at a time.

OWI:

Operating While Intoxicated

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