Noob Trucker Starting With Dollar General.

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Larry T.'s Comment
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How did this week go Larry? Any better?

Really dreaded heading in for my second week. I took your great advice and I had Improved unload times. Was a pretty good week. It was a dead week at the DC so I only did 2 long loads. My second was 500 miles from the DC, got to the store around 1 am. First 8 RT's had no toppers so it was fast. Problem was it was a super tight back room. I left 9 RT's outside and jammed the Uboats in the remaining space and asked employees to move them to the isles. In restrospect I should have done that myself since the manager came out the back announcing I'm closing this door, bring everything to the front door.

I jammed the front isle of the store and blocked the managers office. I came in and saw an employee smirking and taking pictures. 4 totally useless employees that didnt do crap.

My last stop was a super nice manager. Unloading uboats and gave me a large gatorade. I guess it s a crapshoot of who you deal with.

I start my week tomorrow dropping off my empty and picking up a relay at a Flying J.

I'm loving rest stops and staying at DG's. However it s doing nothing to help my backing in the traditional backing to docks and truck stops. Probably screw around at the DC with backing if I have time this week.

Papa Pig's Comment
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It is definitely a crapshoot on managers and employees.

I tend to leave uboats outside until I’m done as long as I have space and they dont tip over. We are not technically supposed to put them on the floor but if I see there is no other way I will Ask the manager if that’s where they want them (depending on if they treat me nice) I will not roll a d*mn thing through the front door unless it’s a front door delivery. It is there responsibility to make us room. You will learn how to read the stores. You will have a chance to park at docks when your trailer is overweight or you get a market. Honestly that is no big deal. And dropping a trailer at the dc kind of satisfies the truck stop type backing when you think about it. What i did at first (time permitting) was not choose the easy drop areas and challenge myself with the harder spots. My trainer told me that he wasn’t going to teach me how to back he was just giving me real time practice and that one day it would just “click” and a lightbulb would go off about how the trailer will react and I think he was right on the money. You will always have your brain fart moments.(any driver here will tell you that who has taken 10 pull-ups for an easy back in a truck stop) but mostly it gets easier. if you ever need to reach out about anything specific.


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