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08-18-2008 08:51 AM  12 years ago
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Dood

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any OTR truckers?
I know there are a few OTR truck drivers around here, Inkspot being one of them.

Anyhow, Im thinking about giving it a shot. Sounds like something I want to do. Not for the rest of my life, of course, but for like a year or 2 to see how I like it.
All I know now is that I absolutely love driving.
I have no experience, and no CDL.

Is there anything a guy like myself should know prior to jumping in head first?
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08-18-2008 01:52 PM  12 years ago
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Did it all my life retired now. I will tell you the same thing I told my son run dont do it look away find something else. Was trucking good to me oh yea it was very good. I had a small trucking outfit I sold out and retired just before gas and diesel went though the roof. I invested in propertys and other things to be able to retire early. Now your wondering why I said run dont do it find something else to do. It is your I would like to try it for a year or two. In trucking either you have diesel running though your viens or you dont. It is not for everyone. You have to learn to keep a cool head when the idiot honda car owners cut you off and then get mad when you run over this pos accordians and civics because they cant seem to understand you cant stop 80k in less then 200 feet from 55 or 60 mph. Then you got dispatchers DOT super troopers then you got yoru barney fifes in small town america then you got your redneck speed trap cops that love to nail any trucker for anything they can. Then you have to deal with blown tires law overs and all the rest of otr issues. This is not even mentioning the wether conditions snow storms blizzards extreme heat getting frozen in tornados and high winds knocking over your rig. Then there is the greasy spoons and lot lizards that cant seem to understand the word no I dont want no date. Then you get the low life meth heads that want to steal you blind while eating or the greedy tire guy that wants extra money for getting your tire fixed sooner instead of waiting for him to finish watching the ball game. Would I do it again? nope not in this day and age but when I started out in i many moons ago hell yea it was good for me got to see american and make money while doing it. But I will say after the first few years it just like any other job a pain in the ass.
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08-18-2008 02:40 PM  12 years ago
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As a driver, everything said above IS true. Either you want to do it, or you don't. Look elsewhere. I used to love driving. 11 years later, my passion for driving is almost non-existent. I have since quit driving and do CB radio repair. Good luck with whatever you decide.



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08-18-2008 03:19 PM  12 years ago
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Well Mutt just about said it all.Almost always they will say you have late frieght,and I personally have never talked to an honest dispatcher,that is my biggest pet peeve.Also put money aside for tickets,whether you did something wrong or not,YOU will get them.Scales are another joke,you will see a million miler role through,and when you get there in a 06 model all cleaned up,pull into inspection.I could fill three pages of the bad things,but as Mutt said it has to be in your blood.I have been doin it since 1982,and as far as I am concerned FLATBED is the only way to run,no offence to the others with trainer trucks
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08-18-2008 03:38 PM  12 years ago
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Good ole chicken coops oh yea loads of fun. Manned by DOT (department of turds) pencil necked geeks who couldnt cut it as a real super trooper. Dont ever accidently blow a chicken coop it aint fun the repercussions well lets say are very detaining lol. Brake inspections dot insepctions bit program oh yea the list goes on and on then there is insurance oh yea what a joke tags maintenance. the more I look back even though I did fine with trucking there had to be a eaiser way lol. Gotta be in your blood to be a driver. Dont believe what you see by watching smokey and the bandit and the other "trucker" shows either they are a joke hollyweird truckers lol.
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08-18-2008 03:51 PM  12 years ago
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Now the American truckers are having to deal with the Mexico truckers, another huge problem. I would say don't do it. My father has been a trucker since he was in his twenties(over 40 years) and after hearing and seeing all the crap that goes on I steered clear of that line of work.
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08-18-2008 04:16 PM  12 years ago
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or you could drive one of these and make over 80,000 a year...

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08-18-2008 04:41 PM  12 years ago
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I work in the industry(tech) and know a little about it. I used to drive daycabs for an LTL carrier.

It takes a certain type of person to do OTR trucking, I can't put my finger on it but you'll either like it or you'll quit after a short time.

My suggestion is to try and get a job with an LTL carrier. You're home every evening and most trips are "local". And you don't have to deal with all the crap at truckstops. Generally LTL drivers don't get crapped on by shippers/recievers as much as the OTR guys. One roadblock to that is that most LTL carriers want to see at least a couple years of driving experience. It's tough to get a job with one of them if you haven't driven before.

Then again, I did LTL for 2 years and I quit. Pay was good, boss was a great guy, small company, but what I didn't like was not knowing what time I'd be done for the day. I started at noon and USUALLY would be done at 8 or 9pm BUT sometimes it went as late as midnight or 1am.

Nothing pissed me off more than being halfway home from Milwaukee, only to have the cell ring and now I have to turn around and go to Sheboygan or some other place. Great, now I won't be done for 4 more hours. That's the main reason I quit it.

Also be prepared to be labled a moron because, well a lot of truck drivers are complete and utter idiots. Before any drivers or ex-drivers jump on my rear for saying that, notice I said "a lot" and not "all". There are a few that are real smart, polite and normal. But not many.

CDL, you basically need to take the written test(just study the book, it's not too hard) and take a driving test. You do have a permit just like an auto license, so you can drive with a licensed CDL holder riding shotgun if they have had their license for 2 years or more. You have to supply your own tractor/trailer for the road test. Also in addition to the driving test you have to do a walk-around of the entire rig with the person giving the test and basically do a pre-trip inspection. It helps to have some knowledge of tractors and trailers and especially airbrake systems. I know there are some schools that will train you and then I think you get your CDL without taking the driving test, not sure on that. Also you need to get a physical as well and that needs to be renewed every 2 years.

Basically it's a lot of BS but a CDL isn't a bad thing to have because if you lose a job or something, that license is basically a guaranteed job SOMEWHERE. Everyone is looking for drivers these days. The turnover rate in trucking(driving) is VERY high. I see it all the time.
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08-18-2008 05:05 PM  12 years ago
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fiveoboy01,Those were some geat hours.Mine were always 3am and maybe,just maybe you would be done by 11 pm that night.It is nothing to get about 4 hours sleep.Thats IF it all went smooth.

But it is better now in Calif. ask Mutt.Every other saturday is driver appreciation day,you don't have to stop at any scales,Wheeler Ridge,Banning(my personal favorite)and most others serve free coffee and hotdogs,just pull in,go to the office and have lunch with them.
Unles you are a fun trucker,it's just another job that changes the rules depending on where you are.
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08-18-2008 08:03 PM  12 years ago
Dood

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Mutt makes it sound so glamorous.   ▲
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08-18-2008 09:53 PM  12 years ago
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Hey Dood you never can tell if you are going to like it or not till ya try it,granted it's not as fun as Mutt says,you will have a bad day here and there,but you will be so tired that it wont matter much.
You will see alot of the country,its just that alot of it will be at night,and during the day you will be waiting to get loaded,or just trying to find the place.Then you can laugh when you see that the place was designed for mini vans.

I have some load locks to sell also,some are for flatbeds,the rest are for tankers
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08-18-2008 10:00 PM  12 years ago
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I want to sell a mirage radio to a swift driver.
One day I saw a jb driver backing up on the freeway in the fog I got on the radio and asked him why are you backing up he said dispatch told me if i ran into fog to back out of it.
why did the skunk truck driver go over the cliff? he wanted to test his air brakes.

Yea its real gamorus to dirve a truck its a life style to be a otr driver if your not cut out for it it will eat you up fast. as far as hours well that depended on which log book of mine you got to read.
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08-18-2008 10:11 PM  12 years ago
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Is there anything a guy like myself should know prior to jumping in head first?
yeah if you do im gonna quit driving and hide in a foo cage......
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08-18-2008 10:20 PM  12 years ago
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I was thinking the heli hobby would go well with OTR driving.
I hear of Inkspot making ALL them events and fun flies and stuff, and I imagine he always has a helicopter with him.

To me, that sounds like a good time.
I imagine owning a nice fleet of electrics (Logo 400's, 500's, 600's)
and an infinite supply of batteries.

And there is a large chunk of the country I haven't seen yet.
On this map, everything that isn't green, I haven't been there yet.
Some day I'd like to see that filled in.

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08-18-2008 10:25 PM  12 years ago
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i have been in all 48 states and thats exactly why i hit so many funflys , i always have my heli's with me.
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08-18-2008 10:25 PM  12 years ago
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Get you a truck like this and have a fit.

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