Abilene Motor Express....A New Place To Call Home

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  1. jarhead0311

    jarhead0311 Heavy Load Member

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    Get to Target in West Jefferson OH this morning and a truck broke down in the normal lane you check in at so we all had to use the next lane that has the pneumatic delivery system. Haji in the bobtail in front of me pulls up to check in, picks up the receiver to talk to the guard. Guard sends a capsule over with his paperwork in it he needs. He fumbles with it for a bit then just takes off with the whole capsule because he couldn't figure out how to open it to get his paperwork...lol!
     
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  3. JohnBoy

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    Flying home tomorrow. LAX to WPB. Of course, there had to be a monkey wrench or two thrown in. The cheapest flight and only nonstop flight is out of LAX. Ontario is 3.5 miles from this hotel, but no nonstop flights and at a minimum it was going to be a 12 hour odyssey. Plus, the price was $200 more, so LAX it was. The flight departs at 10:25 local and lands at 6:44pm at the house. WPB airport is only 7 miles from the house.

    Here’s the laugh of the day. At noon Richmond time I texted Joe at Richmond to see if he had an update. None. At 4:30 Richmond time, I texted Cam to let him know what was going on. At that time, both he and Joe said to fly home. I get my ticket, reserve a car service and take a collective sigh of relief because now, after a week of this crap, I’m going home.

    Monkey wrench time. My phone rings about 3:30 local time from the dealer. Let me tell you, this dealer, Valley Power, has been straight up and kept me in the loop the whole step of the way. Everyday at 3:30 I got a phone call from the service manager telling me where we are. I am told that they have located the part. It’s up in Fresno. It’s being shipped out today, they’ll have it tomorrow, and between that and the new DEF tank being installed the truck will be ready Friday by noon. I almost wanted to jump out the window, but being on the second floor, with my luck, I’d wind up like Christopher Reeve the rest of my life.

    We agreed that I can pick the truck up a week from Tuesday after I fly back from vacation. I texted Joe. Got called back and explained to him what just transpired. He too said to go home. He didn’t want me to stay until Friday, then by chance something else goes wrong and I’m in this hotel until next week. I agreed and I’m leaving at 4:30am for the airport. I can’t get home fast enough. I’m pretty much over anything trucking related.

    I went back and watched that recruiting video. I haven’t had a good laugh in over a week. That video made me bust out laughing. I’m thinking they need to edit it so we can have equal time on the real issues that drivers go through. I was talking to my wife and she said what would happen if a driver wasn’t able to pay for a motel upfront or fly home. I told her minimally they’d have to get money wired to them on their fuel card with the hopes the hotel takes EFS. Then, if they’re a new driver, they’d be told that they would be picked up by another driver and ride back across the country, in a truck that you have no idea what’s inside, and with whom you’ll be sharing the next 4-5 days with. Oh well, I’m outta here.
     
  4. Finfn1372

    Finfn1372 Road Train Member

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    Safe travels back @JohnBoy ,may the good Lord be with you.

    Truck out the shop today for a def level sensor.Will be rolling somewhere in the morning.
     
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  5. JohnBoy

    JohnBoy Road Train Member

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    Thank you sir!
     
  6. mitrucker

    mitrucker Road Train Member

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    @JohnBoy

    Question for you. How long will it take the mothership to reimburse you all that money, and how many extra calls to payroll, etc will it take?
     
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  7. JohnBoy

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    It will be reimbursed on next weeks payroll. Trust me, the person that signs off on this has already been made well aware of the cost. He’ll have every receipt with a detailed expense account of where my credit card was used and why. Plus, he’s also the one that has already approved my breakdown pay. This whole fiasco has come to $3000+

    I had nothing but time on my hand to make sure these issues where addressed before a circus takes place.
     
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  8. JohnBoy

    JohnBoy Road Train Member

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  9. hotrod1653

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    Enjoy the “Blue” ride and safe flight.
     
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  10. JohnBoy

    JohnBoy Road Train Member

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    Just
    Just landed. My wife is out front patiently waiting for her hubby.
     
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  11. Finfn1372

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    Sumner,Wa for Tuesday am.
     
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