Maximum Chaining

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Harvey C.'s Comment
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James, how many hours is your day on that round trip when you have to chain up for long distances? I saw on QuickMap yesterday that traffic was pretty slow for quite a few miles, maybe better today. My son had a load from Stockton to Salt Lake City and Marten prefers to route him south through Las Vegas. He gets paid CPM , not daily like you, so that works fine for him.

CPM:

Cents Per Mile

Drivers are often paid by the mile and it's given in cents per mile, or cpm.

Anne A. (G13Momcat)'s Comment
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John miller,

I was able to miss most of the record snow and deviated from normal duties, last tuesday ran a load up to washington, then back down to bakersfield, then I sat in sacramento monday and tuesday this week waiting for the pass to open, made it over donner this morning and am now back to normal duties of round trip reno to modesto trips

Harvey C., if you quote someone, chances are better they get the alert :) For future measures, good sir.

~ Anne ~

ps: James F . . . ! Please read previous post; thanks!

James F.'s Comment
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Harvey,

I get paid 300 a day as long as i have done everything i can to work, if all is clear and no set backs i usually can complete the run in 9.5 to 10 hours of driving.

A couple weeks ago i only drove 6 hours because donner pass was closed and had to shut down in sacramento and still got 300, pretty sweet deal :)

James F.'s Comment
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Harvey,

If i have to chain, i can usually only make it reno, to modesto, then back up to sacramento and shut down because i do not have enough time to chain both ways

Harvey C.'s Comment
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Harvey,

If i have to chain, i can usually only make it reno, to modesto, then back up to sacramento and shut down because i do not have enough time to chain both ways

For Anne's sake, I'll quote your reply to me. :)

Thank you. Some day Michael may want to settle down and a route like yours may work out well. We're 20 miles west of Flag City so Modesto is a bit far for a daily commute (though I did it often as well as Turlock and even Merced, but traffic is worse these days). Are you in a day cab and stay in a hotel in Sacramento or have a sleeper? Michael still enjoys the runs to Utah (rarely to Oregon and Washington) with some loads within California and is usually on the road for 12 and home for 2, but not suitable for getting married and starting a family some day. I imagine it's only a small percentage of your trips when you run into conditions like we just went through. It was even worse in February 1986. Michael has only chained a truck in Loredo in 100F during summer training, LOL.

Day Cab:

A tractor which does not have a sleeper berth attached to it. Normally used for local routes where drivers go home every night.

James F.'s Comment
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Harvey

Unfortunately accounts come and go, making long term plans is not possible, as soon as the contract is up the company may or may not get it again, i am just enjoying this ride as i dont know how long it will last. But a company as large as knight swift is, the right hand doesnt know what the left is doing, there are so many opportunitys and accounts out of all the terminals i am not worried.

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.

James F.'s Comment
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Harvey

I am in a sleeper

Bruce K.'s Comment
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For us rookies that don’t go over the Rockies, what are snow socks?

Harvey C.'s Comment
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For us rookies that don’t go over the Rockies, what are snow socks?

autosock

Fm:

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.
Davy A.'s Comment
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I don't know man, I've worked a lifetime of hard winters, working construction and running equipment, farm equipment and tools in brutal cold and snow in places like Montana, Idaho, West Virginia, and the like. I taught skiing for over a decade. I'm at a point in my life where I just don't want to see it, drive anything and most importantly chain up and or get stuck in it. It's a very large point for me, I will run southern routes all winter long if I can. If I have to drive under threat of snow, I'll certainly take the safety of shutting down as a first priority.

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