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Rob T.'s Comment
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Don't get wrong, waiting for loads is unfortunately part of our job and I have no issue waiting an hour or 2 occasionally for my load to be done. However, I felt 5 hours is quite excessive and to kept being told they're loading me or I'm next irked me due to the frequency as of late with the holidays. Not sure if it's a coincidence but they sent a text out saying loads would possibly be late unless warehouse is able to get guys to volunteer to work an extra day. Both loads were done atleast 2 hours early.

Anne says

Rob T., you work harder than many, in the 'local' aspect of trucking.

Not with this company. Been here nearly 3 years and I've only had to handle cases a few times, typically only when a pallet tips over. Did have an LTL delivery last week in the Waterloo area I had to 2 wheel about 50 cases inside. Other than those very rare occasions I don't physically handle freight. I do unload at my stores, but everything is using an electric pallet jack. The most workout I get is the walk and using my thumb to control the pallet jack haha. With the routes I take I typically drive 3 hours, take a walk (unload), take a nap (hour break) and drive 3 hours back. Backhauls are hit or miss, some ill sit for a few hours others I'm in and out in 20 minutes.

LTL:

Less Than Truckload

Refers to carriers that make a lot of smaller pickups and deliveries for multiple customers as opposed to hauling one big load of freight for one customer. This type of hauling is normally done by companies with terminals scattered throughout the country where freight is sorted before being moved on to its destination.

LTL carriers include:

  • FedEx Freight
  • Con-way
  • YRC Freight
  • UPS
  • Old Dominion
  • Estes
  • Yellow-Roadway
  • ABF Freight
  • R+L Carrier

HOS:

Hours Of Service

HOS refers to the logbook hours of service regulations.
Anne A. (G13Momcat)'s Comment
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The bonus was nice. Merry Christmas to you and Tom.

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Does Tom deliver to HEINZ routinely? If so, tell Tom, I feel for the poor guy.

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No 5 hours of pay if Tom just comes home, Banks. That's a plus for you!

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The 5 hours Banks is referring to is the time spent waiting before making the decision to go home. Thats what would happen where I'm at.

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Yes, he sure does. Almost once a day! I passed the sympathy on. LoL. He LOVES the smokestacks!!!!! (NOT!) Hasn't had a Campbell's in a while; he said he figured YOU were getting 'em all lately, haha!

He gets a Madison 'once in a while;' He had 'fun' with the new dock guy there, last week, haha~! He snagged the last empty there, sorry! I do hope you get that full 5.5 pay, would be a nice Xmas present! That bonus was nice, too!

They've also had him bring empties to Wooster a few times, to go to D&S's or y'alls I/P. Getting a lot of Pepperidge/Willard, or Shears/Brewster, and a few Chewy/Vandalia.

Merry Christmas, Don! Enjoy the long weekend, we will!

Merry Christmas to ALL Y'ALL, from usn's!

~ Anne & Tom ~

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Thanks, Don ! Hope y'all enjoyed it as well.

Anybody ELSE off Monday, too??

~ Anne ~

OOS:

When a violation by either a driver or company is confirmed, an out-of-service order removes either the driver or the vehicle from the roadway until the violation is corrected.

Anne A. (G13Momcat)'s Comment
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Don't get wrong, waiting for loads is unfortunately part of our job and I have no issue waiting an hour or 2 occasionally for my load to be done. However, I felt 5 hours is quite excessive and to kept being told they're loading me or I'm next irked me due to the frequency as of late with the holidays. Not sure if it's a coincidence but they sent a text out saying loads would possibly be late unless warehouse is able to get guys to volunteer to work an extra day. Both loads were done atleast 2 hours early.

Anne says

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Rob T., you work harder than many, in the 'local' aspect of trucking.

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Not with this company. Been here nearly 3 years and I've only had to handle cases a few times, typically only when a pallet tips over. Did have an LTL delivery last week in the Waterloo area I had to 2 wheel about 50 cases inside. Other than those very rare occasions I don't physically handle freight. I do unload at my stores, but everything is using an electric pallet jack. The most workout I get is the walk and using my thumb to control the pallet jack haha. With the routes I take I typically drive 3 hours, take a walk (unload), take a nap (hour break) and drive 3 hours back. Backhauls are hit or miss, some ill sit for a few hours others I'm in and out in 20 minutes.

Well THAT'S good to know, Rob! I guess I've not realized how much easier it is than your prior job !!

Good for YOU, then! As long as you get 'paid' for the waiting, it's not so bad!

Hope y'all had a Merry One!

~ Anne ~

LTL:

Less Than Truckload

Refers to carriers that make a lot of smaller pickups and deliveries for multiple customers as opposed to hauling one big load of freight for one customer. This type of hauling is normally done by companies with terminals scattered throughout the country where freight is sorted before being moved on to its destination.

LTL carriers include:

  • FedEx Freight
  • Con-way
  • YRC Freight
  • UPS
  • Old Dominion
  • Estes
  • Yellow-Roadway
  • ABF Freight
  • R+L Carrier

HOS:

Hours Of Service

HOS refers to the logbook hours of service regulations.
Rob T.'s Comment
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Anne says

Well THAT'S good to know, Rob! I guess I've not realized how much easier it is than your prior job !!

Good for YOU, then! As long as you get 'paid' for the waiting, it's not so bad!

It's a great mix of driving and other tasks. However, some stores (and managers) aren't the most ideal its nice to know that only about an hour of my day at most is spent dealing with them. If it bothered me too much I just choose not to go back. Most stores are great though and there's only 2 that I try to avoid. Overall i love the job and that's what made it harder the last couple months with the issues they've been having. The only upside of waiting is that I'm paid based off logs. They'll pay me hourly (currently $27.50, another raise coming January 9th) for all time I'm logged on duty, sleeper berth(if I took a sleeper) and Personal Conveyance (run out of hours at a dock to get to hotel). It's a great gig really, and I think that's why these somewhat minor inconveniences bother me so much. We only work on a 4 day week, though I worked 5 days a week for the last 3 months to hit my income goal for the year (cleared it by $248!) With choosing my route daily I can choose to drive 600 miles or maybe only 200 or less but sit in docks most of the day. Heck, one day all I had was deliver 2 pallets LTL to the Target DC and sat for over 8 hours. 240 mile day ended up being 13 hour day.

LTL:

Less Than Truckload

Refers to carriers that make a lot of smaller pickups and deliveries for multiple customers as opposed to hauling one big load of freight for one customer. This type of hauling is normally done by companies with terminals scattered throughout the country where freight is sorted before being moved on to its destination.

LTL carriers include:

  • FedEx Freight
  • Con-way
  • YRC Freight
  • UPS
  • Old Dominion
  • Estes
  • Yellow-Roadway
  • ABF Freight
  • R+L Carrier

Sleeper Berth:

The portion of the tractor behind the seats which acts as the "living space" for the driver. It generally contains a bed (or bunk beds), cabinets, lights, temperature control knobs, and 12 volt plugs for power.

OOS:

When a violation by either a driver or company is confirmed, an out-of-service order removes either the driver or the vehicle from the roadway until the violation is corrected.

Anne A. (G13Momcat)'s Comment
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Anne says

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Well THAT'S good to know, Rob! I guess I've not realized how much easier it is than your prior job !!

Good for YOU, then! As long as you get 'paid' for the waiting, it's not so bad!

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It's a great mix of driving and other tasks. However, some stores (and managers) aren't the most ideal its nice to know that only about an hour of my day at most is spent dealing with them. If it bothered me too much I just choose not to go back. Most stores are great though and there's only 2 that I try to avoid. Overall i love the job and that's what made it harder the last couple months with the issues they've been having. The only upside of waiting is that I'm paid based off logs. They'll pay me hourly (currently $27.50, another raise coming January 9th) for all time I'm logged on duty, sleeper berth(if I took a sleeper) and Personal Conveyance (run out of hours at a dock to get to hotel). It's a great gig really, and I think that's why these somewhat minor inconveniences bother me so much. We only work on a 4 day week, though I worked 5 days a week for the last 3 months to hit my income goal for the year (cleared it by $248!) With choosing my route daily I can choose to drive 600 miles or maybe only 200 or less but sit in docks most of the day. Heck, one day all I had was deliver 2 pallets LTL to the Target DC and sat for over 8 hours. 240 mile day ended up being 13 hour day.

I love you explaining this, Rob T. Makes it all MAKE SENSE! Thanks, good sir...as ALWAYS! The snow in Toledo (Napoleon/Campbells, yes, Don!) was awful, and Tom's defrost would only work on #2 (not optimal.)

They paid him to bring the rig TO THE YARD (normally he'd just come home..) to get fixed, and no 2nd run, obviously. He got detention (75 x2 !) which was kind of them, actually. On top of the one run. It's not 27.50/hr, but .. not bad, either. He's finally home safe. And early. Safety is priceless.

I'm getting ya, now! Thank YOU! Heinz/Fremont will be there tomorrow, for whomever. Ketchup can wait! LoL.

See, guys & gals? The companies that you put your YOU into, DO recompense !!

( I just wish "everyone" got exercise like you do, tho! ) ;)

Best, y'all!

~ Anne ~

ps: Dashcam screengrab at 17:36 ! Auuugh! Sometimes I wish he wouldn't forward! LoL . . . E'tu?

pps: See the hood Mack Dog? Wow. Dang. He's home. More money another day, to make!

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LTL:

Less Than Truckload

Refers to carriers that make a lot of smaller pickups and deliveries for multiple customers as opposed to hauling one big load of freight for one customer. This type of hauling is normally done by companies with terminals scattered throughout the country where freight is sorted before being moved on to its destination.

LTL carriers include:

  • FedEx Freight
  • Con-way
  • YRC Freight
  • UPS
  • Old Dominion
  • Estes
  • Yellow-Roadway
  • ABF Freight
  • R+L Carrier

Sleeper Berth:

The portion of the tractor behind the seats which acts as the "living space" for the driver. It generally contains a bed (or bunk beds), cabinets, lights, temperature control knobs, and 12 volt plugs for power.

OOS:

When a violation by either a driver or company is confirmed, an out-of-service order removes either the driver or the vehicle from the roadway until the violation is corrected.

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