My Prime Upgrade / First Month Solo Experience

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Anne A. (G13Momcat)'s Comment
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Kearsey has confirmed to me in offline communication that my new FM is also her FM. She has offered to mentor me, which I greatly appreciate.

It will help me a lot having an experienced Company reefer driver to call on for advice.

Chief Brody has said that Kearsey helped him (an attorney) and now me (an engineer). Will be interesting to see if she can tell a difference? Probably not since attorneys and engineers are both logical abstract thinkers.

Anyway, just waiting to be contacted. Seems to be a lot of that in trucking.

OMIGOSH! Huge congrats on the FM, good sir!

Not trying to jam up your 'airwaves' (aka: thread..) but that is AWESOMENESS times TWO!

(Are you right or left brain dominant ?!?!? Right or left handed ?!?! JK !!!! )

Doesn't matter; the wait times will always be the same! Love your journaling of everything, Dennis.

~ Anne (& Tom!) ~

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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.

Reefer:

A refrigerated trailer.

Dennis L's Comment
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I’m all set now to go see my assigned Freightliner Cascadia Lightweight in the morning at 08:00 CDT when Success Leasing opens. I’ll find out then if it is new, used or abused and go from there.

Also had a phone call with my FM. Seems to be an easy guy to talk with. We already had a few laughs, especially when I told him that Kearsey is going to mentor me. In just a short phone call I felt we set up an understanding to work together as a team for all of our benefits.

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.
Dennis L's Comment
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PS for Momma Anne I will update my profile status to “Rookie Company Driver” when I dispatch on my first solo load later this week and start the daily diary for my first 4 weeks run.

Dennis L's Comment
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Also for Momna Anne.

My wife (a licensed professional counselor) would say that I’m definitely left brain emotionally (not a compliment after 35 years of marriage).

However, I’m also right brain artistically for music. I’ve played instruments and sang since I was a kid. I have a wide ranging interest in music genres. I’m also a self learner, always have been.

Music and math (STEM) go well together. I’ve seen studies that show students engaged in school music programs do better at math and science. So I was a musical engineer.

Anne A. (G13Momcat)'s Comment
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PS for Momma Anne I will update my profile status to “Rookie Company Driver” when I dispatch on my first solo load later this week and start the daily diary for my first 4 weeks run.

Avoiding my 'reminder,' are ya ?!?!? ;)

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Also for Momna Anne.

My wife (a licensed professional counselor) would say that I’m definitely left brain emotionally (not a compliment after 35 years of marriage).

However, I’m also right brain artistically for music. I’ve played instruments and sang since I was a kid. I have a wide ranging interest in music genres. I’m also a self learner, always have been.

Music and math (STEM) go well together. I’ve seen studies that show students engaged in school music programs do better at math and science. So I was a musical engineer.

Amazing......Tom's left handed & right brain dominant, and is a HELLUVA musician, as well. Just got a new Fender Harmonica yesterday, in C'Chord. The G is here, too. He was never an 'engineer,' but self professed. He designed and built both this and his brothers' homes, on the side...as an iT guy...LoL! (I'm Left brain and Right handed....and, yeah... it shows!~ Look at my posts, haha!)

You're gonna ROCK out (t)here, for sure!!

Thank you, & I'll be awaiting future pix/posts!

You're not done here YET !!! :) :) :)

~ Anne ~

Dennis L's Comment
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05/10/22 wrap

My truck is a 2019 with 411k miles on it. She should be well broken in (ha ha). I’ll give it a good inspection tomorrow.

PackRat's Comment
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05/10/22 wrap

My truck is a 2019 with 411k miles on it. She should be well broken in (ha ha). I’ll give it a good inspection tomorrow.

Congratulations! Hopefully Santa will have a new one for you around Christmas.

For each new truck, I always take lots of pictures, inside and out. Every bend, crack, nick, scuff, chip, or scratch.

Dennis L's Comment
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05/11/22 Upgrade Day 3

I got my truck this morning. Took my time doing a detailed inspection. Success Leasing provided an inspection checklist form to complete. Used this to document any issues, nothing major found.

After my inspection, including a short test drive and coupling to a trailer, I took the truck to the tractor maintenance bay.

The tech opened a ticket to complete the annual DOT inspection that is due this month tonight. Also one vent louvre in bunk needs fixing. All other service is up to date.

Tomorrow I’ll collect the permit book and supplies that I need. Then try to figure out where I’m going to put my stuff.

Needs a good wash, then should be ready for first load dispatch.

My new ride. Blue just happens to be my favorite color.

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DOT:

Department Of Transportation

A department of the federal executive branch responsible for the national highways and for railroad and airline safety. It also manages Amtrak, the national railroad system, and the Coast Guard.

State and Federal DOT Officers are responsible for commercial vehicle enforcement. "The truck police" you could call them.

Dennis L's Comment
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5/12/22

The DOT inspection was fine. So now I know all is in good shape to run.

I spent the day running around getting supplies and permits for the truck.

Turned out that this truck had been on the to be sold list. So all permits had been canceled. The Permits Dept had to reregister everything today and build me a new Permits Book. Even got a new license plate. Only one more permit item to pickup in the morning.

I managed to fit everything I wanted onto the truck. It is a bit crowded for now, but I’ll make it work. The heat today really took it out of me. I’m beat.

One last night at the hotel. I’ll park my car at the secure lot in the morning and get a Prime shuttle ride to the terminal for the final move onto the truck.

Then I’ll be ready for my first solo dispatch.

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.

DOT:

Department Of Transportation

A department of the federal executive branch responsible for the national highways and for railroad and airline safety. It also manages Amtrak, the national railroad system, and the Coast Guard.

State and Federal DOT Officers are responsible for commercial vehicle enforcement. "The truck police" you could call them.

Dennis L's Comment
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