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Started my new truck driver job

Discussion in 'Jobs & Careers' started by rawdog, Jun 23, 2012.

  1. Jun 23, 2012 at 6:41 AM
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    rawdog

    rawdog [OP] Well-Known Member

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    Started my new job as a LTL (less than loaded) truck driver. I drive between Edmonton and Houston delivering oil rig parts.
    Check out my rig
    ImageUploadedByTapatalk1340458874.176945.jpg
     
  2. Jun 23, 2012 at 6:43 AM
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    medic2230

    medic2230 Ditch Doctor

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    I'm liking the bumper, that an all-pro?
     
  3. Jun 23, 2012 at 6:46 AM
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    oldtacomaguy

    oldtacomaguy four forty four

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    Best of luck! Talk about temperature extremes.
     
  4. Jun 23, 2012 at 6:49 AM
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    TnRedNeck721

    TnRedNeck721 GO VOLS!

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    No mud flaps, plasti dipped emblems, and rear bumper, Weather tech digital fit, Bed mat from tractor supply. Pioneer 4400BH head unit. B.A.M.F bed rail tie downs. AVS vent visors.
    best of lock! i think we have some other big rig drivers on here.
     
  5. Jun 23, 2012 at 8:23 PM
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    wileyC

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    nice looking rig! sounds like an interesting job..
     
  6. Jun 24, 2012 at 9:09 AM
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    rawdog

    rawdog [OP] Well-Known Member

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    Cowcatcher type bumper haha,

    Its alright, lots of straight boring roads.
     
  7. Jun 24, 2012 at 9:16 AM
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    90YotaPU

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    Nice. I miss trucking. I got out when I was 23 and have missed it ever since. Went for an office job. Still not sure why.lol
     
  8. Jun 24, 2012 at 11:58 AM
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    rawdog

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    Thats a bit of a switch up haha, what kind of trucking did you do. I'm just about to go back to work, we do 3 weeks on 1 week off.
     
  9. Jun 24, 2012 at 12:01 PM
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    steve o 77

    steve o 77 braaap

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    cool! I always thought that would be a cool job, hard on the body to do as a career though.
     
  10. Jun 24, 2012 at 12:02 PM
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    jgwheeler17

    jgwheeler17 I'm a zit. Get it?

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    tint, dents, scratches, two blown speakers and trying to pay her off...
    nice man! i would like to get my licence one day.
     
  11. Jun 25, 2012 at 7:45 PM
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    90YotaPU

    90YotaPU The Messiah

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    I hauled full-time for Unilever (Revlon / Calvin Klein Products) and then when I started being a project manager in the office, I worked nights for the local grocery store chain hauling bakery goods.

    I grew up in the industry though. My father still works for United Van Lines hauling IBM mainframes, fine art, and wine collections. My uncle worked for United and Mural Van Lines. I'm the first male in our family to get out of it.
     
  12. Jun 30, 2012 at 2:00 AM
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    Can't believe you got out of it..my dad started driving when he was 19..been in the industry for 35 years now. I'm 18 and i start truck driving training on Monday! Can't wait..it gets in your blood man..i love it, couldn't see me doing anything else!
     
  13. Jun 30, 2012 at 4:47 AM
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    90YotaPU

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    I miss it every day. Every few years I get the urge to go back and I renew my physical an hazmat and port card but my wife talks me out of it every time. Maybe I should just get rid of the wife. :D The company I work for knows I'm itching to go back. I feel bad cause they treat me well. I've been there a year and they made me head project manager / assistant operations manager, I have a good salary and a company car with gas card and toll pass. Most would be tickled pink.

    My dad is actually getting ready to retire. He's now 67. He started at 16. My grandfather owned a moving company as an agent for Engle Van Lines. Always thought I would inherit it one day but my uncle took it over when my grandfather died and he ran it into the ground.
     
  14. Jun 30, 2012 at 4:56 AM
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    dexterdog

    dexterdog My pee parts itch

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    It seems like all of the trucks that come out of Canada run that bumper. Too many moose-truck collisions I guess.
     
  15. Jun 30, 2012 at 4:53 PM
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    sorry to hear about the uncle :/ yeah well you gotta do what keeps you happy! why doesn't the wife want you doing it? long haul and not home a lot or what? I can't wait to get out there on the road..been dreamin bout it my whole life!
     
  16. Jun 30, 2012 at 5:09 PM
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    ImpulseRed008

    ImpulseRed008 Gone But Not Forgotten

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    My sister used to drive... she loved it.
     
  17. Jul 1, 2012 at 5:40 AM
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    90YotaPU

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    Yeah, she sees how much my dad misses (birthdays, Thanksgiving, etc) and she doesn't want anything to do with it. Driving locally around here you can't make a whole lot compared to what I can make as a project manager in the construction industry.

    If I had it all over to do again, I would have spent a few years right away driving cross country. Hopefuly would've gotten it out of my blood and made some good money and then settled down. It'd be too hard to walk away from the job I have now to go back to driving. Most people in their right minds probably wouldn't want to. But once that diesel gets in your veins, you're hooked.lol

    I dreamt about it everyday growing up too. Even had my dad pick up Road King magazines for me every month so I could read up on everything. Spent every sumer on the road with my dad. Best times of my life.
     
  18. Jul 1, 2012 at 3:25 PM
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    503TRD

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    yeah sounds alot like me..getting magazines and all. my dad used to go cross country make good money, then settled in oregon and drove locally and i would go with him in the summer..we went to idaho and seattle a few times too in a Peterbilt 379..my dream truck haha now hes got drivers that go to cali and washington and once i get my CDL i'm gonna haul locally for him!
     
  19. Jul 1, 2012 at 3:29 PM
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    Natetroknot

    Natetroknot I come from a long line of Conga dancers.

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    Volvo's ride nice. What's it governed at, if at all?
     
  20. Jul 1, 2012 at 3:30 PM
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    Congrats on the new job. My secret fantasy job has always been to be an OTR driver. My uncle was an independent driver in the 1980s and I spent summers going on trips with him. Seeing America and Canada from the cab of an 18-wheeler is a great feeling. I hope you get as much enjoyment out of it as he did.
     
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