Black Dog Trucking

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  1. jmlloar

    jmlloar Light Load Member

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    Got a job at Black Dog Trucking, East Freedom PA.

    What a joke. Did interview, ok. Did drug test, ok. Was told freightliners and KW's with straight 10's, ok. Showed up for work and was told take this truck and hook to this trailer, thats where fun started. Truck was 99 KW T2000 at least that was what it was in a previous life. dash odometer showed 300,000 couple miles, but was more like 2,300,000. And that great straight 10 wasnt there. was auto shift. Let me start on the inside of this truck I was supposed to leave with 1/2hour after I got in it. No pass door panel and wireing hanging out of that door. Window was held up with a 2x4, Both inner arm rest ripped off of the seats. abs and service light "fixed" by the black tape method, and a clean level I can only describe as a dirt floor would be cleaner. Radio didnt work along with a bunch of other switches and such. drivers seat leaned towards the center enough that you felt like you would slide off. And a drivers door that you picked up on and slammed hard to shut. That is the best place to head towards the outside with the same door having an old school stud mounted mirror duct taped to what was once the original mirror arm leaving a little mor than half of it actually usable. (duct tape is no lie) White truck with beat up blue hood. 6 lights on truck not working drivers step loose mising both fuel tank covers, and puking fluids on tha ground. stood in front and was leaning to the right very much. All four tires on rear drive axle (I use the term tire loosely) could have made racing slicks jealous (wanted me to head for MI by the way right after all that snow they got) Now on to the trailer. Hoses at slider barely missing the ground and 3 bad tires here. 1 missing a chunk, 1 looked like a washboard, and 1 so bald it was worn clean through the cords. And when I said I wouldnt drive this I was told I had to pay for the drug test i just got.

    Pics attached Zoom in and you can see the tape on drivers mirror
    Hope this isnt the norm for small companies
     

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  3. BigKid2

    BigKid2 Road Train Member

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    All I can say is wow! Would hate to know what they were going to pay you to work there.
     
  4. passingthru69

    passingthru69 Road Train Member

    Well at least you did not take it.
    Sad people think this is fine equipment and get mad when you refuse to drive junk.

    Good luck in finding new work.
    Hope they have better equipment
     
  5. jmh2000

    jmh2000 Bobtail Member

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    If i showed up there and all they had was that to drive i would have left like the place was on fire.There is no way i would have driven that truck.Looks like one good bump and it would have fallen apart.
     
  6. woofless

    woofless Light Load Member

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    I've worked for 2 owner/ops and 4 "small" companies (biggest one was 20 trucks) while I was on the road.

    My husband stayed on the road after I quit driving and his current & last job have also been with small companies.

    In our experience, when it comes to small companies, your experience can vary WIDELY. There are excellent "small companies" where your quality of life will be second to none....and there are God-awful, Satan spawned trucking company owners who deserve to have their tender bits chewed by a pack of coyotes.

    Don't let one bad experience put a bad taste in your mouth about all small trucking companies. I've had some horrible experiences, but that's because I didn't exercise the common sense YOU did- and just said NO WAY after seeing the truck. All of the bad experiences I had, I KNEW what I was getting into. You can tell a lot about a company by their equipment. Then again, me and my husband were in a rough spot for a little while- he because of speeding tickets, me because of a false DAC report, so for about a year or 2 neither of us could afford to be too picky about who we worked for. We went anywhere who'd take us.

    One of the worst places I worked for I drove a truck about like yours. Cleaner on the inside, but older (1995 KW T600) and in horrid, poor shape. I don't think there was a single item on the whole truck that was DOT compliant. Drove for that guy about 4 months....finally the way he ran things caught up to him. It always does with the guys that run shoddy equipment. Long story short, he ended up with that trailer impounded, and so many violations written up on the tractor he decided to sell it rather than pay the fines or fix it. Put us out of a job but after what we'd dealt with while working there, I didn't care.

    I have other stories too....mostly of people not paying us, one guy kept jerking us around & let us sit and rot at the Ontario CA TA for 3 weeks in the middle of summer with no money, no fuel, and obviously no A/C or Idle Aire, until he could scrounge up the money to repair our clutch fan & buy fuel for us to pick up a load. And when he did, he only sent enough money to BUY the clutch fan from Freightliner, and expected my husband and one of the owner's buddies to repair it themselves in the parking lot. For free. He did it, too.

    My husband recently left his last job, a 7-truck flatbed operation (mostly due to concerns that the owner was having financial trouble- not getting paid on time etc) and he found another relatively "small" company seemingly out in the middle of nowhere in our state. Yet the owner has been in business since the 60's, started with a farm, feed & hog operation, has been running trucks since 1974, and expanded the fleet to include a reefer operation in 1999. There are something like 20 OTR trucks- not a single one is over 2 years old. Meticulously maintained every 6,000 miles. Washed every time you come into the terminal. Miles are steady at about 3200 per week, pay is good, benefits, incentives & bonus program is amazing.

    Sometimes you have to kiss a bunch of frogs before you find one that turns into a prince :). Keep looking, I am sure there is a better company out there for you. Good luck.
     
  7. Mack185

    Mack185 Medium Load Member

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    Seems that the dumber the company name, the worse the company is. There used to be a small dump truck outfit in Atlanta running purple trucks named "Scooby Doo Trucking". I mean WTF?
     
  8. jmlloar

    jmlloar Light Load Member

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    Building was filthy and I didn't even go into the shop. Pay was supposedly 40% of truck's net. But who knows for sure. I never saw them but safe-stat showed 13 trucks in operation. 3 trucks there when I went in and that was the worse. The parts truck that the front end came from "looked" better, An old Volvo didn't look to bad and another KW that was at least all one color. I could handle beat up, but come on that was nothing more than a running parts truck. Worse part is they will probably get away with it till someone gets hurt and then the DOT will say drivers fault for not doing a proper pre-trip and some unlucky or naive driver will get sent down the road for killing someone because the truck failed at 70mph.
     
  9. Lonesome

    Lonesome Mr. Sarcasm

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    A friend told me once "I can work with old equipment, but I can't work with junk equipment". It looks like that stuff is GARBAGE! I can't hardly believe they thought that was road worthy, and ready to go!

    I once worked for a small flatbed outfit. About a dozen trucks, and probably 40 trailers. All his trucks were newer Pete's. I was told when I started he was going to lease me a new truck.
    When I got there, instead of a new lease truck, there was an old Marmon, that had been run through the ringer. At least twice. The owner told me it would only be for a couple of weeks, til he could get some things straightened out. I was OK with that.
    After 3 weeks, I asked him about getting out of this POS. He said "I told you it would be a couple of MONTHS, not weeks". I told him that's not what I agreed to, and that I would have to start looking for something else. I also told him I wouldn't quit without notice.
    Last straw was in Chicago, on a pouring down rain Friday afternoon, when the headlights and taillites quit working for the second time in as many weeks. I told him I was going home, and he could have the truck back Monday, at the yard. He told me he'd have something else for me on Monday. I wasn't too sure, but when I brought the truck back Monday, the yard guy took me to the dealer, and picked up a leased new Pete daycab.

    Moral of the story is that there are still good small companies out there. Keep looking, you'll find one.
     
  10. Miles_Of_Truckin

    Miles_Of_Truckin Light Load Member

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    WOW!!!! I woulda done the same thing, no way in HELL i would ever drive something like that. Just imagine you pulling up in a weigh station:biggrin_25524: in that junk, lmao they would have a field day!
     
  11. woofless

    woofless Light Load Member

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    LOL....all of my worst experiences have been with "initials" companies.

    B&P, JNT, MCT (not the Comcar subsidiary, completely different outfit).

    The crappy KW I mentioned in my earlier post was a company named after the owner, first & last name on the door. I won't mention the name on a public forum but even though it was legitimately the guys name....he had a funny name. Reminded you of a horny wild canine of sorts.
     
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