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Thursday, November 18th, 2010
4:37 pm
Truck Stop Meet & Greet
Just as a note for those who read this before/at the convention (and I'll also be posting this on the Bulletin Board/, wherever they're keeping that this year) I figure we can hold our little meet/greet at the O'h restaurant on the lobby (3rd floor, on your right if you're facing the front desk area) Saturday morning at 9AM, right after the Greymuzzle Breakfast. Hopefully this will allow us to enjoy coffee w/o having to pay by the cup! Or eat breakfast, if anyone feels inclined to do so. This should not interfere with anyone's schedule, since almost nothing goes on during this hour.

Hope to see at least some of you there!
Tuesday, September 7th, 2010
9:43 am
Re: MFF Meet & Greet
Ok, so I got some info, and.. I'm starting to think that perhaps a meet & greet would work better if we were to all meet for coffee somewhere nearby instead. At least for now. Apparently with what I had in mind we'd either have to go without coffee, which is an option! Or, I supply coffee, at around $6 an 8oz cup. I don't even buy twice that size in fancy coffee for that much :P

I'm thinking meeting for coffee or whatever would probably work best, honestly. Let it go on for as long as it does, without having to worry about time constraints, and buy coffee for a lot cheaper! :D From what I've been told, there's a coffee shop on the main floor, and assuming we don't completely flood the area, plenty of areas to hang out, including the Con Suite! An informal, relaxed atmosphere might not be a bad way to start what I hope to be an annual thing for us! See how it goes, and then make plans from there.

What do you guys and gals think? What days/times would be best for you? Granted, I can't really come out with a solid timeframe for this until the convention schedule comes out in November, but I would like to get a feel for the best timeframe for this.
Monday, September 6th, 2010
12:55 pm
MFF Meet & Greet?
Silly me forgot to include this community in my cross-postings of this!

If I were to host a meet & greet panel at Midwest Fur Fest, would anyone going tp the con be interested in this? Wouldn't be anything fancy; just a chance for us to meet and talk about our experiences, offer advice to greenhorns, & possibly educate the curious 4-wheelers on what not to do around big rigs :P

If I do this I will definitely have coffee available, with milk and sugar. Any donations to help offset the cost would be appreciated, but certainly not required. Any amount over would be donated to this year's charity group. I'm thinking of also setting up a jar for donations directly to the charity, which would be turned over immediately after the panel ended.

Anyways, would like to know who's interested so I can make sure there's enough coffee for everyone, and see if it's even worth doing. Makes no sense if only one or two people show up :P
Friday, April 9th, 2010
7:17 pm
Jumping ship from TruckMovers...
After posting my reply, me and my wife had a long chat about TM, how much I paid for fuel, supplies for my Ford Explorer, the time out of the home, and the pay I brought home after paying for my fuel for each run.

And this morning I got an email from a reader here in the forums, Noting I was talking about Chuck helping me this way, Chuck doing that, Etc. etc.etc... They (the emailer) said it in so many words, LOUD enough to get through my thick skull, that TM basically screwed me over to get 4 trucks delivered in a week, at any cost.

THAT woke me up like a slap across the face, HARD.

The amount of money I put out to help get TM their trucks delivered, was stupidly insane, and what is worse, is I was happy about it, thinking I was going to get reimbursed for the fuel I used.

Boy was I wrong when I seen how LOW that first settlement was for the first 2 trucks from Erie I did. From $855.63 down to a dismal $265.55
I found out that TM did an advance against my next load, just to get me enough cash to buy the fuel for #2 truck from Erie. (thats the truck that ran at only 4mpg, btw) That cash alone to get truck #2 from Erie to Philadelphia,

So after grossing $855.63, my deductions just from my buying fuel off the comdata card, including the pay surcharges for my money to be deposited into my account, along with Occupational Accident Insurance, all those costs AGAINST my settlement was -$595.08, for both trucks on that weekend in Erie, leaving me with $265.55

I had gone to get my towbars installed on my Explorer that TM provided, and during the install, but before buying the Driveshaft disconnect. I decided to pull the plug on TM.

What I was counting on with TM, was that each truck would be full of fuel, ready to go, but Chuck at TM said all the customer was required to leave was 4 inches of fuel in the tanks upon pickup. Not only did I end up paying for the fuel, I was only getting HALF back of what I paid out of my comdata settlement JUST to get the trucks delivered. I paid over $400 bucks JUST in fuel, and I barely got back $200 from my receipts.
I was loosing BIG money all around.

I got everything disconnected, and the Explorer returned to normal.
I notified Chuck that I will be returning all the hitches, towbars, fuel placards, and the license tag on Monday. TM said that to save my time and fuel on my Explorer, to just deliver everything to Iron Tiger @Macungie MACK plant.

(I nearly fell over, TM WANTED me to try to conserve fuel and my time in dropping off the equipment to IT. Little LATE for that now.)

I will still try to come here when I can, and read up on the succesful drivers here, i'm just not set up as one yet.

Current Mood: disappointed
Wednesday, April 7th, 2010
8:52 pm
Returned from delivering my first 4 trucks for TruckMovers
Catprint Red Back from Delivering my first 4 trucks with Truckmovers.
Ok I am back from delivering my first 4 trucks with Truckmovers, and I am a bit dissapointed, but hopeful everything will turn around.

First 2 trucks were International ProStars with sleepers, and automatics. Deliver these 2 repo's from Erie to Philadelphia. on March 26th weekend. Picked up one on Friday, and other on Sunday.

Drove 372 miles each, paid at .80 cpm (increased from .70 to pay for the tolls...) for $597.20 for both trucks.

Had to use 135 gallons of fuel to get the trucks to delivery. (about $212.00 used for fuel). First truck averaged 7-8 miles a gallon, as the 2nd one, ran absolutely horrible and averaged a dismal 4mpg in the driving rain.

Now this is where it gets confusing for me.

I had to pay $405 for 175 gallons between both trucks to get them both delivered, as one truck was left with 1/8 a tank of fuel, as the other was left bone dry. Now I thought I was going to get trucks with fuel in tanks, boy was I wrong. TM pays you per gallon you use, (thats the surcharge, I think this week it was $1.53 a gallon, paying me back $267.75. I still lost roughly $130 bucks total, due to a screwup on my part, where I did not get the right receipt for additional fuel I needed to deliver the 2nd truck.

Now how I was paid, was an 'advance' on my Comdata card.

However TM did an additional advance of $334 because I used EVERYTHING for fuel on the Comdata card to deliver the 2nd truck to delivery, (Roughly 100 gallons at only 4 MPG because the truck ran so horrible.) So I basically drove for free I think. I even tried to stick the tanks to measure the gallons in tank, but they had these strainer things on the necks, so that made accurate measures impossible.

Any advances for fuel, or Loads I signed for, or Truckmovers puts on my card, gets removed from my settlement. And deductions, like Occupational Accident ins, at $80.00 a month, and $52.00 for a statement deposit. This is where I screwed myself.

Besides, the guy TM had me ride with, was an absolute Bonehead of a driver. He had a junker minivan with a tow-dolly. A frankenstein'ed tow-bar setup that took him 7 HOURS Friday, and 6 HOURS on Sunday to set up properly. He INSISTED on driving back BOTH trucks together, therefor forcing me to wait LONGER, as he was my ride back to Erie from Philadelphia. I think in total I wasted nearly 15 hours waiting and waiting for him to get his minivan setup as a toad.

And for the other thing, this other driver almost had his truck, mini-van, along with me in my semi, creamed along 2 lanes of I-80 when he turned off an exit lane, then changed his mind and re-merged onto the highway and STOPPED in the slow lane, causing me to stop as well. Behind me, was 2 other loaded semi's, one had to do an emergency lane change within 150 feet, or he would've killed us both, as I was unable to go around Mr Numb-nuts without cutting the other 2 semi's off in the passing lanes.

Lets just say it took a VERY harsh talking to Mr Numbnuts about his horrible driving at the next gas stop, to finally get me calmed down. I pointed out to him that he was VERY mistaken in stopping on the highway, in the driving rain, and that had almost got me killed. I asked him, if he did get me killed in that accident, if he would have been able to call my wife and tell her what happened. He of course, had nothing to say.

He even did not realize he had done anything wrong. All he said was he stopped on the side of the highway, but I told him, 'You should NEVER STOP in the slow lane on the highway, blocking the lane with his Toad Minivan blocking the lane.

I just hope the next pay for my next 2 trucks go better.

The next 2 trucks were from Penske, (that I had to find my own way to each shop, and adding to my persoanal expenses.) One was from Binghamton, NY to Philadelphia, and the other was Farmington, NY to Linden, NJ. First was a International day-cab box-truck, with a standard 6 speed synchro'ed trans, two 50 gallon tanks, and 1/8 of fuel. 165 miles to dropoff, so I added 20 gallons to see how well the truck drove.

The second was an International day-cab with a wood flat-bed, same setup with the 6 speed, but this one came with FULL Tanks. Woo-Hoo. 200 Miles to Linden, NJ.

Nothing at all happened during the drives, logged my logbook correctly, and delivered both on time.

Returned home last friday from a greyhound bus from Linden NJ to King of Prussia, PA, and then local bus to 1 mile from my home.

I spent weekend recooping my mind from the trips, took family to Hershey park, (Great time with family, no coasters for me, but wife loved the 4 she was on, and won her and daughter 2 stuffed animals on the games.)

I then departed Monday evening in my Explorer, to Ohio to pick up my towbar, and truck hitch so I can get my explorer setup done. Chuck paid for the Tow bars and truck hitch, (which looked like a huge lego set, with the #8 bolts of different lenths, to somehow get this concoction together.) I still have to buy the tow cables, the lightbar, and the wrenches to get everything together. I still also need the drive shaft disconnect from Remco, that's another $1000 I gotta pay.

I met the guy at White Mule towing when he opened on tuesday morning April 6th, and picked up the equipment, and headed back home, arriving 8 hours later.

My Sincere Apologies on the HUGE post, but I needed to tell everyone what happened.

Still waiting on the pay from the 2 trucks from NY, will post the monies, or lack thereof.


Current Mood: tired
Wednesday, March 24th, 2010
7:07 pm
Callback part deux...
Got the call from Chuck and he arranged for me to start for TruckMovers
tomorrow morning.

However, since my Explorer is not set up for Toading yet, (finances along with parts scavenging) left me without transport. However, Chuck pulled a few strings for me to get a co-drive with another Driveaway driver. We have a job between the two of us, 4 trucks from Erie to Philadelphia.

I will have my plate, placard, all DOT forms and paperwork that morning when the other driver picks me up just outside Philly at my home.

Since I don't know the exact address in Erie I will be, I can guestimate how much I will be paid. Delivering 2 trucks at roughly .80 a mile (Chuck said he will try to include a lil bit for tolls...) from Erie to South Philly would be approx... 430 miles one way.
What I am hoping is Chuck can have trucks going back to Erie again for us, but if not, we will rent a car and split the cost.

Figuring everything in, I will make $672 for both Erie to Philly truck trips. Now if I can get 2 trucks from Philly BACK to Erie for the other direction (I can hope...) I will double that amount to $1354.
I unfortunately do not know the fuel surcharge that we get, so I will figure that in, and I will post it when I get back from delivering.

And Chuck said that he is still getting all the parts for my Explorer together, might be sometime next week at earliest, and he will try to get the whole deal together for me to start. Including the Base Plate, Tow Bars, Safety chains, etc...

I will then have to get a local welder installation or RV shop to get the components installed or welded to my Explorer so I can get that started as my Toad.

As with any driving expense I will log and get reciepts for EVERYTHING, including miles paid, parts, fuel for the trucks, motels (if needed) and anything else I forgot.

Will be back in a day or 3... God Bless y'all

Current Mood: bouncy
Monday, March 22nd, 2010
4:04 pm
Had the callback I was waiting for...
Heyas everyone.
I wanted to let everyone know that Truckmovers has called me back and agreed to hire after submitting my application, and they needed me to send a new I-9, as I goofed on the first.

All through the application process, Chuck, Mary and the others were very professional and answered any questions I had. They in turn had a few questions which I was honest with, mainly a knee injury I had back in 2006, but also sent them my long physical form (original) also stating I was cleared to drive.
(Altho I do wear a knee brace on my right knee, it does not impede my driving at all. Now if it was my left knee that affected my clutch, I'd REALLY be upset. ^^)

They arranged to have my drug test done on Friday, (Concentra labs have some GREAT doctors and nurses there.) and on the way there, Chuck called and asked if he can make a change to my application, to where I can be dispatched to Philadelphia instead of Macungie, Pa. He said that he has a LOT of trucks in Philly that he needed moving, and wanted someone reliable, that he can get customers lined up for me in the long run instead of Macungie. He said the Mack plant in Macungie wasn't very steady with driveaway work nowadays. (I think that's where Iron Tiger is located IIRC.) I replied that was fine as I am a bit closer to Philly, as I am smack dab in between Philly and Reading. I told him that I can usually cover the eastern region for him, as long as I can return home every 2 days, because my wife does not work, due to health reasons.

Now that I agreed to work with Chuck, he had to ask what I was gonna drive as my Toad, as I told him I sold my Astro. I had gotten my 1991 Explorer 4wd with a 5 speed, which was easier to tow with all 4 on the road than my Astro. He suggested that he can get my Exp set up at a shop in Ohio, using a package from a dealer and welding-fabrication shop he uses regularly. The base plate, tow bars, all the angle irons, chains, safety cables, tools, new LED light bar, and the saddle (I think that was what it was called, that I would use to hook the tractor to my toad, along with different Ubolts and hardware to use with different width frames, like Volvos) This would be a complete package, and this would finally get me up and driving for him. I asked about a setup that would hook up to the fifth wheel, but he said the standard one was better, that I could use my Exp to hook up to buses, RVs, boom trucks, dumps, (including repos and abandoned trucks etc) and not be confined to doing only semis.

He is sending me a package that will have all my DOT forms, stickers for the trucks, license plate, log book, and all the extras to bring with me when I get my Exp set up in Ohio and call him to see if he can line me up with my first run from the fab shop when done.

Im sorry for the long post, but i'm happy to start work especially in this economy.

And before I forget, I was offered .70 a mile, with a fuel surcharge on every trip. I will hammer down everything Truckmovers pays and post it here. I hope that is a good going rate.

Basically what the .70 a mile means I will make (for example)
for every 100 miles I drive, I make 70 dollars, and I am paid when I deliver the truck. The fuel surcharge is, when I buy diesel at 3.00 a gallon, my company helps pay maybe a dollar a gallon as well, so I will be only charged 2.00 a gallon. So my profits will not be eaten by fuel costs. (Just an example again)
And what is better is usually the trucks I deliver, will have their tanks full at pickup, so if I don't need to stop and refuel, then I will make almost 1.70 a mile, which is OUTSTANDING.

What my job will have me do, is I will drive to a truck dealer, or factory, or repair shop, and hook up my Explorer to the back of the truck semi, (with no need for a trailer.) And deliver the truck where it needs to go. Could be 100 miles all the wat to mebee 600 miles a day. And upon delivering the truck to the customer, I fax the paperwork to the main office and I am paid immediately on the spot electronically. I then drive my Explorer home to rest and relax before my next outing.

So if I deliver a truck say... 500 miles away, I pick upa Mack Semi in Philly, hook my Exp to the back with full tanks, and drive to Cincinatti. I will have just enough fuel to make the trip to arrive without refueling. I hand the keys to the customer, and they fax the papers to my office and I just make $850 for that trip. (.70 a mile plus my 1.00 fuel surcharge I did not use.) I now return home and rest up the next day and get dispatched again.



Current Mood: grateful
Saturday, January 23rd, 2010
6:00 pm
Potential Truck Stop Hot Spots
Recently my company released a list of truck stops that we are to avoid if at all possible based on weekly freight theft reports of stolen rigs and cargo during 2009-2010 received by our Loss Prevention department. If at all possible, try to avoid stopping at these truck stops for any reason! Fuel if you must, but don't stick around any longer than necessary. Remember, thefts can happen at any time, and quickly! Your entire rig could be gone by the time you come out of the bathroom!

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If you find yourself needing to stop at any of these for any reason except fuel, make sure your trailer's padlocked! It wouldn't hurt to back up against a wall or lamp post either, so nobody can get inside. Especially if you're going on your DOT break! Park in well lit areas, and if you must leave your truck for more than 2 hours, drop your trailer, affix a kingpin lock to it (if you have one. If you don't, I seriously suggest getting one! Especially the really heavy ones!) and back under the nose of the trailer as added security. Another security measure if you or your co-driver (if applicable) is staying in the truck is to loop the seatbelt through the door's handle and buckle it. Makes it a lot harder to open the door and steal the whole rig! If you have a terminal with ample parking nearby these hotspots, park there instead! Keep an eye out for any suspicious activity, and report anything suspicious to the police ASAP! (911 is more than acceptable for situations like this!) I'm sure most of these have been explained to you by your respective companies, but it doesn't hurt to be reminded! Stay safe, and stay secure!

Friday, January 22nd, 2010
10:26 am
About a truckstop
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Current Mood: disappointed
Tuesday, October 6th, 2009
6:34 pm
I'm thinking of going back out on the road, any advice about Marten Transport?

Any Advice?
Friday, May 29th, 2009
10:57 am
Roadcheck 2009 is June 2-4 this year! Ensure your paperwork, logs, and equipment are all legal and in safe operating conditions! Expect to be pulled in and have roadside inspections during this time!
Friday, April 24th, 2009
4:51 pm

Hay look! We can pretend to be real truckers in this text-based, web-based game!

I'm going to investigate this further when I get this load to the other side of Wisconsin.
Saturday, March 7th, 2009
7:48 pm
" East bound and down, loaded up and truckin',
we're gonna do what they say can't be done.
We've got a long way to go and a short time to get there.
I'm east bound, just watch ol' "Bandit" run.

Keep your foot hard on the pedal. Son, never mind them brakes.
Let it all hang out 'cause we got a run to make.
The boys are thirsty in Atlanta and there's beer in Texarkana.
And we'll bring it back no matter what it takes.

East bound and down, loaded up and truckin',
we're gonna do what they say can't be done.
We've got a long way to go and a short time to get there.
I'm east bound, just watch ol' "Bandit" run.

East bound and down, loaded up and truckin',
we're gonna do what they say can't be done.
We've got a long way to go and a short time to get there.
I'm east bound, just watch ol' "Bandit" run.

Ol' Smokey's got them ears on and he's hot on your trail.
He aint gonna rest 'til you're in jail.
So you got to dodge 'im and you got to duck 'im,
you got to keep that diesel truckin'.
Just put that hammer down and give it hell.

East bound and down, loaded up and truckin',
we're gonna do what they say can't be done.
We've got a long way to go and a short time to get there.
I'm east bound, just watch ol' "Bandit" run.

Current Mood: silly
1:19 pm
Stupid daylight savings.
So, tomorrow is daylight savings (either the end or start, I dunno). Does anyone know how I'm supposed to log the change in time? I'll be driving during the change. I appreciate any help you can offer.

Current Mood: annoyed
Friday, December 19th, 2008
2:24 pm
Careful out there!


Current Mood: shocked
Wednesday, October 22nd, 2008
10:35 am
the ongoing search.
So, i spent the last 3 weeks trying to get hird by Arrow trucking, nd they finlly turned me down, as i was "Not what they were looking for at this time" gads im getting sick of that phrase, as im getting it not just fomr truck companys, Swift told me I was over qualified for driveing jobs they were hireing for in MN.

This is relly getting me down at times.

So here goes, I know theres someone on one of these two groups that drives for Roehl.

Figured Id give them another try if I can, seeing as i have 6 months behinde the wheel now days, though may need a bit of a refresher.

If you drive for Roehl and are interestd in the refurrel bonus, Feal free to Message me privetly via LJ messages.

Cross posted to Trucker furs

Current Mood: grumpy
Tuesday, October 14th, 2008
11:10 am
job hunt continues
So just off the phone with a certain Truck company, no im not publishing names due to friends problems in the past, Recruiter wanted to check on someonthing on my DAC Report, cant belive i forgot my being sideswiped in PA last year, well pulled out my old log books and there it was, so i explaind what happend to her, and shes moveing my application on to the next step in the process, might have a job sometime soon, but not holding my breath just yet.

Current Mood: awake
Thursday, October 9th, 2008
4:12 pm
the look goes on
So I been hitting the job aplications hard and heavy lately, Trucking Companiees for the most part, but aloso some local jobs and a temp agency. I think its bad when a temp agency tells you they have nothing for someone in your skillset and your applying for the unskilled jobs they listed.

Heck I was just told by SWIFT TRUCKING today, that my haveing 6 months of trucking experiance makes me a experinced driver by their definitions, therefore OVER qualified for the driveing jobs they are currently hireing for in Minnesota.

Crossposted to my LJ and both the truck driveing furs groups

Current Mood: aggravated
Friday, September 26th, 2008
3:41 pm
700 billion dollar bailout
I heard http://www.davenemo.com/nm/publish/news_118.html read on the radio.

Take from it what you will, but I've interpreted it as the general population helping to keep banks and stuff from going broke with their tax dollars instead of said corporations cutting the lavish salaries and benefits of their top officials. Simply put, the general population has to pay so the guy with the high end Lexus or some other rich person's car and with the big house and equally big salary can keep everything while tax payers pay for it.

I guess what should happen is that people need to vote no on the proposition as it is now. Right now it's reported as having no caps on said executives' salaries or benefits. Apparently, tax payers should pay into this for no return on their investment, and no strings attached.

I don't vote, so I don't think they'd hear me. But what of those who read this? Do you vote? Do you like the idea of basically giving someone 700 billion dollars for no reason? I don't like that idea.

Well, my conclusions could be wrong, but I think it's important for people to realize what this means. No one has reported it as far as I know. Only Dave Nemo and Michael Burns. Just as Mike says in his statement, they want to try and do this with nobody finding out, or not finding out until inflation grows huge.

Spread the news, please.

Current Mood: annoyed
Thursday, September 25th, 2008
8:05 pm
Oops, I seemed to have forgotten to inform everyone of this, but Brake Safety Week is this week! Two days left! DOT will be doing level 4 brake inspections all this week! Make sure your brakes are DOT compliant!
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