New Chapter In My Life

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PJ's Comment
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Thought I would take a little mystery out of what I’ve been doing lately. It has come out in a few posts lately.

I have left contracting on with Quality Carriers and obtained my own authority, IE DOT number. Still finishing up a couple things to get back on the road with the state and feds. Everything in this switch dealing with the gov’t has gone slow. Everything with private sector vendors has moved very quick. Frustrating, but no suprise.

I enjoyed my time at QC. Made decent money. Bought 2 trucks and paid them both off. However I was on the road alot to do that the past 4 years.

I have been presented with an oppurtunity to go back to hauling headstones directly for the manufacturer. I also have a couple other brokers I signed up with as backup for work. Both are small brokers I have known for many years. They both waived their new authority restrictions for me, since they know me and my work ethic.

I will be running far less miles and be home every weekend making really close to the same money. It has been a scary but thrilling experience for sure.

That’s the short version, lol.

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.

Chris W.'s Comment
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Congratulations on the opportunity and I hope you love it!!!! :)

Thought I would take a little mystery out of what I’ve been doing lately. It has come out in a few posts lately.

I have left contracting on with Quality Carriers and obtained my own authority, IE DOT number. Still finishing up a couple things to get back on the road with the state and feds. Everything in this switch dealing with the gov’t has gone slow. Everything with private sector vendors has moved very quick. Frustrating, but no suprise.

I enjoyed my time at QC. Made decent money. Bought 2 trucks and paid them both off. However I was on the road alot to do that the past 4 years.

I have been presented with an oppurtunity to go back to hauling headstones directly for the manufacturer. I also have a couple other brokers I signed up with as backup for work. Both are small brokers I have known for many years. They both waived their new authority restrictions for me, since they know me and my work ethic.

I will be running far less miles and be home every weekend making really close to the same money. It has been a scary but thrilling experience for sure.

That’s the short version, lol.

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.

G-Town's Comment
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Congratulations PJ !!! All the best Sir!

Stevo Reno's Comment
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Well done PJ, getting to a point you've been busting your azz to reach ! Good Luck in this new venture in life !

Anne A. (G13Momcat)'s Comment
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Ditto and Tritto. . . .!!!

From, the 'riot' .. and Tom, LoL!

Sorry, I didn't know what those were made out of, hahaha!

Always best to you & Colleen! HUGE KUDOS, good sir.

~ Anne ~

HOS:

Hours Of Service

HOS refers to the logbook hours of service regulations.
PJ's Comment
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Thank you all for the kind words. Colleen and I both appreciate it. She has never pulled a flatbed so I’ll get the chance to train her on that. She still has a hard time believing a truck the size of ours fits into cemetaries, but she is up to the challenge. I know she will pick it up quick.

She has handled the majority of the gov’t stuff, and done a great job, it’s just a process. I told her the other day I just want to go back to being a truck driver, far easier for sure.

I’ve actually had time to get some things done around here, which makes her very happy. I have also had a little time to get the Harley out of the garage.

This has been a long and sometimes difficult road but we both have busted our butts to get to this point.

Once I get started I’ll get a pic with the truck and trailer changed on my profile pic.

PackRat's Comment
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Congratulations to you two.

Get another truck/trailer and you can hire me.

Turtle's Comment
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Congratulations PJ. The older we get, the more we value quality time at home. Even if the pay is slightly less, you'll win. Success isn't measured by how much money you make or how many miles you log. Good luck!

Anne A. (G13Momcat)'s Comment
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Congratulations to you two.

Get another truck/trailer and you can hire me.

Bet he would. Just don't be like 'BEN.' rofl-3.gif sorry.gif rofl-3.gif

I scared Ben away.. oops on me!! The social 'butterfly' I am, haha! Ben left tanks with no thanks!

Y'all know me well enough to know that I do GAF. Tom & I talked about hiring on with the good sir, also.

I'm the 'nail in the coffin' methinks. I just can't get this dang shoulder to heal, and ... am trying all things anew.

For any & all.... (and Brett approved:) >>The Science in Strength!

I know I know... SHHHH!

~ Anne ~

ps: That Volvo he off loaded was .. just that!

PJ's Comment
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OMG!!!! Thanks turtle you hit the nail on the head.

Senior I tried that last year and discovered I’m not cut out for it. I had 2 trucks for a year and a half. Did ok, but far more headaches than I decided I wanted to put up with. We sold the second truck and went back to basics, and yes I kept the ole Pete and sold the volvo. Only reason was for my sanity. Like you I retired once, and my BS meter only goes so high, lol. But I appreciate the offer!!!

Dang Anne your letting all my secrets out young lady, lol. You didn’t scare anyone off!!! You call it the way you see it, that’s why we love ya!! I wish I could have made that particular lane work for ya’ll, just wasn’t in the cards. I was NOT going to start something I couldn’t live up too. It was just too iffy on their part. Just the way I do things. Would have loved it if it worked. Ya’ll are great folks.

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DAC:

Drive-A-Check Report

A truck drivers DAC report will contain detailed information about their job history of the last 10 years as a CDL driver (as required by the DOT).

It may also contain your criminal history, drug test results, DOT infractions and accident history. The program is strictly voluntary from a company standpoint, but most of the medium-to-large carriers will participate.

Most trucking companies use DAC reports as part of their hiring and background check process. It is extremely important that drivers verify that the information contained in it is correct, and have it fixed if it's not.

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