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Anne A. (G13Momcat)'s Comment
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Just curious to see what keeps y'all at the current company?

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I like nice things. My family likes nice things. We love our beautiful home and are able to make improvements.

When our Daughter needs something for school or dance, we can provide it.

I'm able to be home weekly, sometimes more often. That's quality time not every company can make happen.

My company allowed me to take two weeks of vacation (back to back), TWICE, to care for my Wife after knee replacement surgeries. They've also accommodated other hometime for medical procedures and appointments.

My company has seven-day freight. That might not sound like a big deal, but many regional companies don't have weekend freight. I'm able to pick if I want to leave out on Sunday, Monday, sometimes later.

I rarely have to worry about finding a truck stop for parking as many of our pickups or deliveries allow us to park on site.

Thank you for allowing me to reflect. We can all find faults, but we sometimes need to be reminded of how good we have it.

Very VERY well said, good sir. Tom & I 100 % concur. Our daughter is out & earning on her own; still got the son, the last in the nest. Your house is awesome; SO similar to where I grew up, and graduated, in Bradenton.

Indeed, it's a good feeling, being a provider. I don't think I give Tom enough credit for same, actually.

I will try harder, going forward.

Thank you!

~ Anne ~

ps: Laura, you KNOW I totally agree w/ your 'not' top 5, right along with ya! LoL, be real ...SPEED is #1 for you! ;)

pps: There's a 'GREAT' company, for each of y'all drivers, I do believe. It's all about finding your niche, as you have. Same here. Seems the 'elusive' JYD has, as well. He's an 'inter"model!"' (j/k!!!) O.o

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Regional:

Regional Route

Usually refers to a driver hauling freight within one particular region of the country. You might be in the "Southeast Regional Division" or "Midwest Regional". Regional route drivers often get home on the weekends which is one of the main appeals for this type of route.

TWIC:

Transportation Worker Identification Credential

Truck drivers who regularly pick up from or deliver to the shipping ports will often be required to carry a TWIC card.

Your TWIC is a tamper-resistant biometric card which acts as both your identification in secure areas, as well as an indicator of you having passed the necessary security clearance. TWIC cards are valid for five years. The issuance of TWIC cards is overseen by the Transportation Security Administration and the Department of Homeland Security.

OWI:

Operating While Intoxicated

G-Town's Comment
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Although it’s only been 3 months...

Variety; three different trailers, each with their own specific purpose. Operating a variety of heavy equipment wheeled loader, skid-steer, excavator and grading dozer. Logging type equipment for land clearing, tree grinders, material screens and mulch dyers. Lots of toys!

Hours; M-F 6:30-AM-3:30PM, typically 1.5 hrs of OT each day, weekends are optional.

Primarily drive on numbered country roads and back roads. Usually in the “sticks”. Very few restrictions for big trucks. Light to moderate traffic. No gridlock to deal with.

All daycabs so I know there is zero chance PackRat will ever work here.

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Truckin Along With Kearse's Comment
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1) Been here so long I do whatever i want. There are many options and I can flip flop ... Example. Regional...home daily... Training.. etc.

2) fleet manager would rather follow #1 than listen to my big mouth.

3) Respect.... Even the owner of the company knows me and the terminal makes me feel very much at home

4). I'm too lazy to change jobs. I hate change.

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.

Regional:

Regional Route

Usually refers to a driver hauling freight within one particular region of the country. You might be in the "Southeast Regional Division" or "Midwest Regional". Regional route drivers often get home on the weekends which is one of the main appeals for this type of route.

Fleet Manager:

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.
IDMtnGal 's Comment
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ps: Laura, you KNOW I totally agree w/ your 'not' top 5, right along with ya! LoL, be real ...SPEED is #1 for you!

Nope. Home time! Especially now that I'm getting closer to selling those three 1 acre plots and getting the house ready to sell hopefully next year but maybe the year after. Why would I work as hard as I have when I'm going to have to pay a lot in taxes!

Now that the weather is improving, hopefully I can get more done outside around the place. Plus, home time has been VERY enjoyable lately 😉😁

Laura

HOS:

Hours Of Service

HOS refers to the logbook hours of service regulations.
Steve L.'s Comment
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Just curious to see what keeps y'all at the current company?

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I like nice things. My family likes nice things. We love our beautiful home and are able to make improvements.

When our Daughter needs something for school or dance, we can provide it.

I'm able to be home weekly, sometimes more often. That's quality time not every company can make happen.

My company allowed me to take two weeks of vacation (back to back), TWICE, to care for my Wife after knee replacement surgeries. They've also accommodated other hometime for medical procedures and appointments.

My company has seven-day freight. That might not sound like a big deal, but many regional companies don't have weekend freight. I'm able to pick if I want to leave out on Sunday, Monday, sometimes later.

I rarely have to worry about finding a truck stop for parking as many of our pickups or deliveries allow us to park on site.

Thank you for allowing me to reflect. We can all find faults, but we sometimes need to be reminded of how good we have it.

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Very VERY well said, good sir. Tom & I 100 % concur. Our daughter is out & earning on her own; still got the son, the last in the nest. Your house is awesome; SO similar to where I grew up, and graduated, in Bradenton.

Indeed, it's a good feeling, being a provider. I don't think I give Tom enough credit for same, actually.

I will try harder, going forward.

Thank you!

~ Anne ~

ps: Laura, you KNOW I totally agree w/ your 'not' top 5, right along with ya! LoL, be real ...SPEED is #1 for you! ;)

pps: There's a 'GREAT' company, for each of y'all drivers, I do believe. It's all about finding your niche, as you have. Same here. Seems the 'elusive' JYD has, as well. He's an 'inter"model!"' (j/k!!!) O.o

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0952138001650127833.jpg Today’s work tools 😆 0009247001650127870.jpg Today’s job site 😎

Thanks Anne, you’re too kind.

I certainly did not achieve what I enjoy alone. As I’m sure Tom appreciates you, I’m truly blessed to have a MAGNIFICENT Wife along for the ride. 😎

Regional:

Regional Route

Usually refers to a driver hauling freight within one particular region of the country. You might be in the "Southeast Regional Division" or "Midwest Regional". Regional route drivers often get home on the weekends which is one of the main appeals for this type of route.

TWIC:

Transportation Worker Identification Credential

Truck drivers who regularly pick up from or deliver to the shipping ports will often be required to carry a TWIC card.

Your TWIC is a tamper-resistant biometric card which acts as both your identification in secure areas, as well as an indicator of you having passed the necessary security clearance. TWIC cards are valid for five years. The issuance of TWIC cards is overseen by the Transportation Security Administration and the Department of Homeland Security.

OWI:

Operating While Intoxicated

Auggie69's Comment
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Just curious to see what keeps y'all at the current company?

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I like nice things. My family likes nice things. We love our beautiful home and are able to make improvements.

When our Daughter needs something for school or dance, we can provide it.

I'm able to be home weekly, sometimes more often. That's quality time not every company can make happen.

My company allowed me to take two weeks of vacation (back to back), TWICE, to care for my Wife after knee replacement surgeries. They've also accommodated other hometime for medical procedures and appointments.

My company has seven-day freight. That might not sound like a big deal, but many regional companies don't have weekend freight. I'm able to pick if I want to leave out on Sunday, Monday, sometimes later.

I rarely have to worry about finding a truck stop for parking as many of our pickups or deliveries allow us to park on site.

Thank you for allowing me to reflect. We can all find faults, but we sometimes need to be reminded of how good we have it.

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Very VERY well said, good sir. Tom & I 100 % concur. Our daughter is out & earning on her own; still got the son, the last in the nest. Your house is awesome; SO similar to where I grew up, and graduated, in Bradenton.

Indeed, it's a good feeling, being a provider. I don't think I give Tom enough credit for same, actually.

I will try harder, going forward.

Thank you!

~ Anne ~

ps: Laura, you KNOW I totally agree w/ your 'not' top 5, right along with ya! LoL, be real ...SPEED is #1 for you! ;)

pps: There's a 'GREAT' company, for each of y'all drivers, I do believe. It's all about finding your niche, as you have. Same here. Seems the 'elusive' JYD has, as well. He's an 'inter"model!"' (j/k!!!) O.o

thank-you-2.gif dancing-dog.gif thank-you-2.gif

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0952138001650127833.jpg Today’s work tools 😆 0009247001650127870.jpg Today’s job site 😎

Thanks Anne, you’re too kind.

I certainly did not achieve what I enjoy alone. As I’m sure Tom appreciates you, I’m truly blessed to have a MAGNIFICENT Wife along for the ride. 😎

Steve, who do you work for?

We bought a place not far from Tampa. Moving down there in a few months. I want to stay with FXF but am open to other possibilities. Lots of jobs near Ocala so I hope to stay LTL.

Regional:

Regional Route

Usually refers to a driver hauling freight within one particular region of the country. You might be in the "Southeast Regional Division" or "Midwest Regional". Regional route drivers often get home on the weekends which is one of the main appeals for this type of route.

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

TWIC:

Transportation Worker Identification Credential

Truck drivers who regularly pick up from or deliver to the shipping ports will often be required to carry a TWIC card.

Your TWIC is a tamper-resistant biometric card which acts as both your identification in secure areas, as well as an indicator of you having passed the necessary security clearance. TWIC cards are valid for five years. The issuance of TWIC cards is overseen by the Transportation Security Administration and the Department of Homeland Security.

OWI:

Operating While Intoxicated

Anne A. (G13Momcat)'s Comment
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Rainy (Kearsey!) You're a riot! I gotta agree with you there; it's nice to be 'well known' for the right reasons, even if it IS for being the squeaky wheel, hahaha! We enjoy that, too.

Laura; Okay, Agreed. I know, your priorities HAVE switched up a bit; and some of us know why, hahaha!! ;) ... but if you got put in a 61 mph truck for a dent on your trailer, like May did to our Mr. CMV , would you stay ?!?

Steve L., those pix are why I 'almost' miss Florida enough to go back, but then, there's this:

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Also Steve; where DID you get that wagon?!? We had a similar yellow one (smaller, w/plastic wheels) and we used it for firewood, and we LOVED it, until the wheels gave up their 4 ghosts... totally similar design. Are your wheels real 'tires?' or just...plastic? I'd love to buy that same one.

And all y'all else.. good thread! Stay safe;

Happy Easter!

~ Anne ~

CMV:

Commercial Motor Vehicle

A CMV is a vehicle that is used as part of a business, is involved in interstate commerce, and may fit any of these descriptions:

  • Weighs 10,001 pounds or more
  • Has a gross vehicle weight rating or gross combination weight rating of 10,001 pounds or more
  • Is designed or used to transport 16 or more passengers (including the driver) not for compensation
  • Is designed or used to transport 9 or more passengers (including the driver) for compensation
  • Is transporting hazardous materials in a quantity requiring placards

HOS:

Hours Of Service

HOS refers to the logbook hours of service regulations.
Steve L.'s Comment
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0952138001650127833.jpg Today’s work tools 😆 0009247001650127870.jpg Today’s job site 😎

Thanks Anne, you’re too kind.

I certainly did not achieve what I enjoy alone. As I’m sure Tom appreciates you, I’m truly blessed to have a MAGNIFICENT Wife along for the ride. 😎

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We bought a place not far from Tampa. Moving down there in a few months. I want to stay with FXF but am open to other possibilities. Lots of jobs near Ocala so I hope to stay LTL.

Robert Bearden Inc. (RBI). I live in the FL panhandle.

I know we’re hiring, but not sure if Tampa is in the hiring area.

If you want more info, let me know what email address you use and I’ll email my phone number.

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
Auggie69's Comment
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Rainy (Kearsey!) You're a riot! I gotta agree with you there; it's nice to be 'well known' for the right reasons, even if it IS for being the squeaky wheel, hahaha! We enjoy that, too.

Laura; Okay, Agreed. I know, your priorities HAVE switched up a bit; and some of us know why, hahaha!! ;) ... but if you got put in a 61 mph truck for a dent on your trailer, like May did to our Mr. CMV , would you stay ?!?

Steve L., those pix are why I 'almost' miss Florida enough to go back, but then, there's this:

0491393001650141870.jpg

Also Steve; where DID you get that wagon?!? We had a similar yellow one (smaller, w/plastic wheels) and we used it for firewood, and we LOVED it, until the wheels gave up their 4 ghosts... totally similar design. Are your wheels real 'tires?' or just...plastic? I'd love to buy that same one.

And all y'all else.. good thread! Stay safe;

Happy Easter!

~ Anne ~

Anne, you just have to watch out for the moccasins and the gators when you cross water ;) I was interested in that wagon too. Think I saw it on Walmart.

CMV:

Commercial Motor Vehicle

A CMV is a vehicle that is used as part of a business, is involved in interstate commerce, and may fit any of these descriptions:

  • Weighs 10,001 pounds or more
  • Has a gross vehicle weight rating or gross combination weight rating of 10,001 pounds or more
  • Is designed or used to transport 16 or more passengers (including the driver) not for compensation
  • Is designed or used to transport 9 or more passengers (including the driver) for compensation
  • Is transporting hazardous materials in a quantity requiring placards

HOS:

Hours Of Service

HOS refers to the logbook hours of service regulations.
PJ's Comment
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We have the same little green wagon. Came from tractor supply. Tires were junk. Harbor freight has much better ones for a good price.

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