Dollar Accounts???

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PackRat's Comment
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If you want the skinny on working a "Dollar" Account as a Rookie Driver check out Papa Pigs posting on the Dollar General account that he works for Warner Enterprises. He has worked hard on that account and has had allot of success with it. Papa Pigs Rookie Zainy solo adventures

And he came straight out of the Army upon retiring, so he was in pretty good physical shape starting out. That's always a major plus when it comes to unloading those trailers at each DG store.

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TCB's Comment
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Many of the dollar stores are on two lane back roads with ditches on either side of the road, and a drive that you must back into that is shared with cars, and that has a ditch on either side. On top of all of that, many times you must stop traffic in order to back in from the street. I did a three stop Sears Home Store route once. The backings were similar to dollar stores. Even though I didn't have to unload, the backings were enough to say never again.

Papa Pig's Comment
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The backing and the traffic doesn’t bother me but dang it has been HOT out there

Larry T.'s Comment
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If you want the skinny on working a "Dollar" Account as a Rookie Driver check out Papa Pigs posting on the Dollar General account that he works for Warner Enterprises. He has worked hard on that account and has had allot of success with it. Papa Pigs Rookie Zainy solo adventures

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And he came straight out of the Army upon retiring, so he was in pretty good physical shape starting out. That's always a major plus when it comes to unloading those trailers at each DG store.

Just finished my 1 week with training engineer and now heading to a DG account. If I don't get the 12-9 with the 45 I'm a mess. Did 2 backs starting 200 feet away and couldn't find it. Oversteering is a major problem when I dont have a perfect set up. Do I give this a go or nip it in the bud to try and get on another account?

HOS:

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HOS refers to the logbook hours of service regulations.
Papa Pig's Comment
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Larry. Mostly you can forget 45s unless you are backing at the DC or a truck stop. You will be doing all different types of backs at these stores. My best advice is only back and turn until you can pull forward , get straight and do a straight line back. By saying training engineer I’m assuming you are with Schneider. Will you be out of south Boston? It is a doable job. But if you are the nervous type and get frazzled it can be a rough start.

Jim S.'s Comment
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So why do you guys not recommend dollar accounts for cdl students? I am not looking into one just curious really.

Are you young, fit, and built like an NFL linebacker? OK, then go ahead, be my guest. Not only will you have to navigate and back into some strange places, which is hard enough for a newbie (trust me, I've done it), you'll also have to unload the trailer yourself. And the people who work at the DC's are masochists - they'll purposely (well, it sure seemed that way) load your carts (Dollar General) completely full of water to where they weigh 300 lbs or more, while putting all the light stuff in other carts, rather than spreading the load more evenly. Or they'll pack boxes of bleach or bottled water at the top of a disorganized mess so you get to drop 60 lbs on top of your head while you're unloading. No thanks, if I ever went back on the road again, I'd NEVER do one of those accounts again.

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