Hey all. I just wrapped up with my trainer and got back to the terminal near my house, was assigned my first truck yesterday and my first load script. I am off this weekend, but I will be making my first solo trip early Monday morning. I went over my truck and trailer yesterday and made sure there were no major problems, had the shop fix a few issues I found and got the paperwork up to date. The shop cleaned it out and put a new mattress in it for me, and since I am doing flatbed, I was issued all of my securement equipment- tarps, chains, binders, coil racks, mats, edge protectors, etc.
I want to make sure I have enough supplies and the right supplies before I head out. My truck is barebones and does not have an APU, inverter or refrigerator. I did purchase a Garmin Dezl GPS out of my own pocket. I will also be bringing a flashlight, a pocket knife and a Leatherman, a case of water, a box of breakfast bars, some cans of spam and a loaf of bread, a cooler, soap, toothpaste and brush, baby wipes, disinfecting wipes, boots and shoes, hard hat, sheets for the mattress as well as pillows and a blanket, shower shoes, ibuprofen.
Is there anything important I'm missing? I plan on going out to the truck tomorrow to load as much as I can into it. I do plan on purchasing a CB eventually but I need some paychecks first.
First Solo Trip in My First Truck
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Get a cooler. A pretty big one. Ice will keep stuff as long as you keep the lid closed. ( Know what you want before you open it, and do so quickly)
Take your time and triple check everything.
Smooth is fast.
Congratulations on making it through your training! Safety vest, bungees, gloves, phone charger, Rand McNally Trucker Atlas will help alongside the GPS. Can't believe your truck doesn't have an inverter at least....do they let you idle your truck at least because in this heat and in the winter, I would do it regardless of their policy on that otherwise find another company (not trying to be this dark cloud over you )
Btw: update me if you don't mind on how you like the Garmin GPS if you don't mind I started back in November of last year and I landed with a real good flatbed company, but had to switch temporarily. Flatbed is awesome!! Tough work though....
I was once told as a piece of advice "Don't ever get the mentality that it should be fine or it's only a couple of miles". That is what will get you in trouble. Always like @Dave_in_AZ stated, always triple check your load and you can never over-secure your load. If you are unsure, throw a few extra straps or chains on the load.
Didn't do it. Spent an hour fixing it yesterday evening. I deserved it.
Pure laziness and i knew better.
- spare phone charger and a 12v charger connector.
- I’d suggest an Olight that recharges
- From the shop get some spare oil/coolant/lights
- Get you a print of your truck keys (Home Depot) and latch it somewhere under your hood. Saved me several times.
- I’d suggest more food, just fill a 50ish qt tub with dry/can foods and treat it as backup food. Get some liquid iv powder for your water, and some otc meds.
- SPARE SUNGLASSES
- basic toolkit
- get you a super comfy pillow, don’t cheap out
Sometimes I have been faced with waiting several days for the shop or taking a loaner truck
But taking a loaner truck is not as simple as it sounds.
What do I take with me?
That includes all my cooking stuff, tools, personal items and work related things that I may only use a few times a year.
But they are important things I may need at a moments notice.
I would basically have to move everything from one truck to the other.
A CB is NOT one of them.
Most of us have this cell phone thingy that works much better.
You will learn what you need as you need it, and hopefully you will have the cash on hand and a place to find it - as you need it.
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