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David A.'s Comment
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I have always wanted to be a truck driver but instead I became an engineer for 40 plus years. Now I am retired (63) and to old to start a new career. I have a couple of items left on my bucket list to do. One of them is to do a long haul with an experienced truck driver. I live in the Portland Maine and if you do not mind having me tag along with you for a few days/ week please let me know.

Thanks and thanks for helping me with my bucket list

David

PackRat's Comment
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Welcome to the Trucking Truth site David.

Bucket List items are great, but how do we know you're not an active serial killer?

David A.'s Comment
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Welcome to the Trucking Truth site David.

Bucket List items are great, but how do we know you're not an active serial killer?

Good question. I do know that I am not and I am taking the same chance. I do know that there are a lot of good God believing, honest hard working people out there and I consider myself one of them. I have worked my whole life while saving for my retirement. I have been married to the same woman for 33 blissful years. I have just a few more items left on my bucket list to do and one is to go across country in an 18 wheeler. Thanks David

PackRat's Comment
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I think it would be a neat thing to do. Finding a driver "stranger" for this journey will be difficult in my judgement.

Mikey B.'s Comment
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Welcome to the Trucking Truth site David.

Bucket List items are great, but how do we know you're not an active serial killer?

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Good question. I do know that I am not and I am taking the same chance. I do know that there are a lot of good God believing, honest hard working people out there and I consider myself one of them. I have worked my whole life while saving for my retirement. I have been married to the same woman for 33 blissful years. I have just a few more items left on my bucket list to do and one is to go across country in an 18 wheeler. Thanks David

Besides, what are the odds of two of us being on the same site/post at the same time?

Anne A. (G13Momcat)'s Comment
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I have always wanted to be a truck driver but instead I became an engineer for 40 plus years. Now I am retired (63) and to old to start a new career. I have a couple of items left on my bucket list to do. One of them is to do a long haul with an experienced truck driver. I live in the Portland Maine and if you do not mind having me tag along with you for a few days/ week please let me know.

Thanks and thanks for helping me with my bucket list

David

Howdy, David !!! Welcome to Trucking Truth, and thanks for reaching out.

It's been done, before .. and MUCH older than you, honestly!

Here's a video of such: Bucket List.

In her case, she had family in the industry, however.

In YOUR case; why don't you just go 'full monty' and get your CDL , and drive your OWN rig, for a few years?!?!

Many people, previously (and still) retired, make a part time career out of this; for the thrill, fun, and extra cash!

It's sooooo not unheard of!!

Best wishes, good sir;

~ Anne ~

ps: You're TOO YOUNG to be building a 'bucket list' .. per se!! LoL !

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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.
BK's Comment
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David, I admire your desire to do the bucket list. However, the truck riding thing is not realistic for more reasons than I have time to explain. Many companies wouldn’t allow it and even if they did there would be a fee for extra insurance. Lots of drivers use their top bunk for storage so you wouldn’t have a place to sleep. No matter what a great guy you are, you might not be compatible with the driver. And your bathroom schedule would no doubt slow the driver down. You might have gas, and I mean the methane type of gas. I could list many more reasons why your plan will not work, but your chance is slim to none. Sorry, I’d suggest you move on to the next item on the list.

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.
David A.'s Comment
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David, I admire your desire to do the bucket list. However, the truck riding thing is not realistic for more reasons than I have time to explain. Many companies wouldn’t allow it and even if they did there would be a fee for extra insurance. Lots of drivers use their top bunk for storage so you wouldn’t have a place to sleep. No matter what a great guy you are, you might not be compatible with the driver. And your bathroom schedule would no doubt slow the driver down. You might have gas, and I mean the methane type of gas. I could list many more reasons why your plan will not work, but your chance is slim to none. Sorry, I’d suggest you move on to the next item on the list.

Thanks you are probably right. It was worth asking😊 I live in Maine and love traveling. I have been in all 50 states except for Alaska. Through out Canada and 80 countries with my work. I was thinking seriously about truck driving and thought that if I could spend a week or so out on the road it would give me a better idea what it is like.Again thanks for taking your time for your answers David

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.
G-Town's Comment
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David I’ve had several members of this forum on my truck but only for the day. The Walmart Dedicated account I was on enabled an easy way for me to get these guys home same day. What you are asking is; to live with a complete stranger for weeks. Unlikely to happen.

My suggestion is to learn as much as possible by starting with these links:

And then move to the dairies and blog sections. There is enough great content on this sight that will help you to understand what this could be like, for you.

Good luck!

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.
Mikey B.'s Comment
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I have always wanted to be a truck driver but instead I became an engineer for 40 plus years. Now I am retired (63) and to old to start a new career. I have a couple of items left on my bucket list to do. One of them is to do a long haul with an experienced truck driver. I live in the Portland Maine and if you do not mind having me tag along with you for a few days/ week please let me know.

Thanks and thanks for helping me with my bucket list

David

Let me say to you, you are NOT too old to DRIVE a truck on your own!! If you really want to experience it, get a cdl and hire on to a company. You can go from studying for the permit test to driving solo in a couple months and very little expense. Nobody says you have to drive till you kick that bucket. You just might like it and have a new career or drive a few months and re-retire. Either way you could scratch that off the list only upgraded as the actual driver!!

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.
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