What Did You Do Before Becoming A Truck Driver?

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ThePsychotics's Comment
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Well, J was a computer tech that also did field work for a city utility company, and I have done massage therapy for a few years. We decided to give trucking a try because we aren't happy were we are and have long since looked into being truckers. Plus, the toll of doing several massages a day to make decent money for three years was starting to show in my wrists. Thankfully since stopping six months ago and moving out to Texas, I only have pain issues if it gets really cold or I twist them in a bad way. We are 22 (J) and 23, no rent, no children (just one attention hungry rescue kitten), and no giant debt or need to be around family. Most of our friends have already moved away or joined in the military so we already are used to catching up on Skype and texts, so no standing obligations to keep us in one place.


Larry E.'s Comment
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Retired Naval Flight Officer (E-2C Hawkeye). Thought mentally abusing young children would be fun, so taught middle school math and science for 18 years. They thought I was costing them too much so they paid me to leave. Running skate boards for Melton last 18 months and loving it. Don't get on here as much as I should. More lurking, but the job keeps me busy.

Nice new look, Brett.

Errol V.'s Comment
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TOTALS SO FAR In roughly one week, our Trucking Truth community has the following denizens. (I've lumped several careers together into broader categories.) In no particular order:

  • IT - 5
  • Teachers - 4
  • Law Enforcement - 4
  • Building Contractors - 6
  • Purchasing - 3
  • Warehouse - 3
  • Auto Repair - 3
  • Trucking from the start - 2
  • Retail -2
  • Management - 2
  • Manufacturing - 2
  • Sales -2
  • Firefighter - 2
  • Medical - 2

These singles, I couldn't or didn't want to categorize you:

  • Phone System Engineer
  • Military (others had military, but I included them in a specialized field if I could.)
  • Counselor
  • Recording Engineer
  • Musician
  • Farrier - if we ever run out of diesel fuel and go back to three team wagons, you have a job!


Operating While Intoxicated

Barbara C.'s Comment
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I worked at walmart stocking dairy freight. And worked at a factory majing plastic bags.

Dina D.'s Comment
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I'm a beauty consultant and an on call substitute teacher.

Mike H.'s Comment
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I've had several jobs in different fields just trying to find the right one. In the 90s I managed pizza places, made pretty good money. In 2000 I got burned out and took a job in construction quality control. Money was terrible but I loved the job. 2005 I started working in a surgery center of a major hospital. Loved that job, good bennies, good pay. Then the ACA ruined it and my hours were cut in half. Then started looking into trucking and here I am


Hours Of Service

HOS refers to the logbook hours of service regulations.
Dave I's Comment
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This is an awesome thread! What a broad spectrum of backgrounds.

Mike S.'s Comment
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I graduated high school in 2012(got a feeling I'm the youngest one here lol) and continued my rodeo career for the last couple years and decided I need a real job lol

Jeffery M.'s Comment
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Retired police detective after a little more than 21 years. Looking forward to a little solitude and a different kind of stress.

Bart's Comment
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Piano player in a house of ill repute


Electric Auxiliary Power Units

Electric APUs have started gaining acceptance. These electric APUs use battery packs instead of the diesel engine on traditional APUs as a source of power. The APU's battery pack is charged when the truck is in motion. When the truck is idle, the stored energy in the battery pack is then used to power an air conditioner, heater, and other devices

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