I'm back--well kinda!

Discussion in 'The Club House' started by dragunovsks, Aug 26, 2009.

  1. dragunovsks

    dragunovsks New Member

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    For the last six weeks I've been doing my training for Swift Transportation. I had to ride with and run as a team member with a trainer for six weeks. In those six weeks I've been to Arizona, Texas, Oklahoma, New Mexico, Arkansas, Missourri (saw the Arch). I've also been to Tennessee (been there before), North Carolina (acsended and descended Black Mountain), South Carolina, Maryland, Virginia, West Virginia, Ohio, Michigan, Louisiana, Georgia, Mississippi and Pennsylvannia.

    I'm in the flatbed division and hauled steel coils, steel beams, lumber, truck liftgates, Freightliner RV chassis and one van load.

    I was issued my truck today (Volvo) but had to turn it back in because the truck they issued me didn't have a headache rack which a flatbed truck must have. I'll have to wait till Monday to get my truck.
     
  2. Shotgun Shooter

    Shotgun Shooter New Member

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    I'm considering Tractor Trailor school.

    Congrats on surviving the long trips!
    Welcome back, too.

    S.S.
     

  3. skullcrusher

    skullcrusher New Member

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    Wow, tons of miles. Glad you could stop by. :D

    How's the family? The little one? :D
     
  4. dragunovsks

    dragunovsks New Member

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    The little one is getting big. He's sleeping through most nights now. The wife would like me home all the time but there are much prospects as far as local jobs that pay anything. I plan on putting in a few months and if I don't like it I have two local companies that agreed to hire me as long as I can get six monthes OTR experience. With those 2 companies I can be home at least a couple times a week.
     
  5. skullcrusher

    skullcrusher New Member

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    Excellent. I wish you luck in your endeavor. You, sir are a good man and that = a good father and husband. :D
     
  6. CA357

    CA357 New Member Supporter

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    Congratulations. I hope you will get to spend more time with your family soon.
     
  7. SGT-MILLER

    SGT-MILLER New Member

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    Best wishes in your career. From someone that has some miles behind him also in big rigs (military rigs), take care and stay frosty on those roads.

    :)
     
  8. orangello

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    Be safe man! Don't ever, EVAR stop in West Memphis, AR; most of those truck stops have been crank dens & lot lizard havens for years.

    My sister enjoys the occasional ridealong with her husband; he has a small trucking company, mostly flatbed work like 5 or 6 trucks.
     
  9. Jo da Plumbr

    Jo da Plumbr New Member

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    Do you like being on the road?

    I've always though long haul would be a blast.
     
  10. WDB

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    Congrats on gettingthrough the training, good to hear all is well. Long haul has to be tough on the family but at least your making $. Much respect to you for doing what you have to.
     
  11. dragunovsks

    dragunovsks New Member

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    It depends on what time you are on the road. During the day it's ok cause there is plenty to see. Because of the height of big rigs you can see right into four-wheelers. I saw a girl one day in Oklahoma that was driving with no pants on. I guess they don't think about the fact that we can see everything that they are doing in there.

    Driving at night can get pretty boring. During my training I did most of my driving at night because my driver trainer wanted me to get used to driving at night. It gets really boring when you are driving across southwestern Texas at 3 am with only a few scattered trucks every 10 or 20 miles or so with nothing to see. Or going across the desert in Arizona with nothing for hundreds of miles, better hope you don't break down.

    They assigned me a Volvo truck the other day and pre-planned my first load. It was a load of steel that would take me home for the weekend as it was only going 46 miles from the house. I had to turn it down though because I had my pick-up at the terminal and it needed to go home because the wife needs it this weekend because her car goes into the shop. I wouldn't have been able to take the load anyways because when I went out to the lot to find my truck (to see weather they gave a Freightliner, Volvo, or International Pro-Star) I discovered that the truck was equipped to pull van trailers and not flatbed. Trucks used for pulling flatbads have to have a headache rack on the back of the tractor so you'll have somewhere to hang your chains and binders. I go back up there by Greyhound bus Monday morning to get the truck and start hauling loads. Hopefully I'll be heading out by Monday afternoon as I am now on mileage pay so I'm not getting payed until I start delivering loads.
     
  12. Jo da Plumbr

    Jo da Plumbr New Member

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    I drive a large RV so I know what you mean about the view into the low cars. I have to be careful though, the girlfriend is usually in the RV also.:eek: