60 year old NEW guy

Discussion in 'The Welcome Wagon' started by Panman49, Oct 21, 2019.

  1. Panman49

    Panman49 Bobtail Member

    Sep 4, 2019
    Here is my story. My dad was an OTR driver for almost 40 years. He drove for Armour Truck Lines in Omaha and KC for 18 then NW out of Denver for 15 then some local stuff. He was gone all the time and I never wanted to be a trucker. I started welding plastic in '85, started my own business in'90 and been at it ever since. Dad died in 2009 and 3 years ago I got my CDL. Just been doing some local and OTR part time stuff for a few years. Turned 60 in June and got a wild hair up my ### and bought a truck. A '94 Limited Edition KW 900L with 423K mi. Nice truck, I'm stoked! and scared ####less now that my authority was finally approved 3 days ago. My sister asked if I lost my friggen mind when I turned 60? I'm starting to think she may be right! I went ahead and bought the truck knowing that I can always get my money back out of it if things go south! As a new O/O I have a million questions I should have asked before I bought a truck! Actually, I wish I hadn't been a bullheaded teenager and hung out more with the best trucker I ever knew, MY DAD! Anyway long story short, I am glad to be part of this group and I hope ya'll can be patient with all my questions! I will try to ask them in the right forum. Thank you, Panman49
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  2. uncleal13

    uncleal13 Road Train Member

    Apr 9, 2009
    Humboldt, Sk
    Colonel Sanders was older than you when he got going.
    Don't sweat it. You'll be fine. My landlord where I park my truck had a construction business he just shut down, he bought a truck and trailer. He's about your age also.
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  3. Panman49

    Panman49 Bobtail Member

    Sep 4, 2019
    Thanks for the encouragement! I have ran my plastic company for almost 30 years now successfully and I'm sure I can do this. It's just stepping out of my comfort zone till I get used to all the do's and don'ts.
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  4. Vic Firth

    Vic Firth Road Train Member

    Jan 19, 2016
    Best of luck to you!
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  5. Atlaw4u

    Atlaw4u Medium Load Member

    Jun 8, 2018
    Welcome aboard.
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  6. jammer910Z

    jammer910Z Road Train Member

    May 28, 2015
    This is awesome.
    To be honest.. you've already taught ME something.

    I had no idea that you could weld plastic.
    Melt it, sure... but weld? Clueless.

    Dive in. It's in your blood.
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  7. Panman49

    Panman49 Bobtail Member

    Sep 4, 2019
    Thank you, Jammer. It is hot air welding. I used to make large dip tanks for plating shops. The plastic holds up better to their chemicals and acids than steel does!
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  8. Chinatown

    Chinatown Road Train Member

    Aug 28, 2011
    Henderson, NV & Orient
    www.OOIDA.com is a business website for the owner-operator.
    Maybe get some questions answered on there.
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  9. quatto

    quatto Medium Load Member

    Mar 9, 2013
    The Bluest State
    So I'm curious. Where are you going from here? What are you going to haul? Where will you get your loads from? I only ask because I too am in my 60's and may go buy a rig.
    In any case, I wish you all the best !
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  10. REO6205

    REO6205 Trucker Forum STAFF Staff Member

    Feb 15, 2014
    You mentioned awhile back about hauling JetA on the fires.
    Croman? Erickson?
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