Glad I moved over to Poly Trucking

Discussion in 'Discuss Your Favorite Trucking Company Here' started by chemster, Jun 18, 2012.

  1. area28

    area28 Medium Load Member

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    The offer me the same selection
    of loads every time , it rarely varies
    .... I do think they have their favorites
     
  2. silverspur

    silverspur Light Load Member

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    This last time around, I was offered Oswego, Greenfield, Villa Rica, Houston, and then Findlay. I told my favorite dude I was looking for something like Plainfield, Hooksett, Taylor or Minersville etc. He said none were available that day Tuesday. "Were none available to me but maybe they were available to someone else?" I wondered silently to myself. I ended up taking Findlay, hoping for a good backhaul, and BH came through for me big time: 185 miles east to Youngstown, then to Mount Vernon Monday and a roll back to GP. Will end up being about 2700-2800. I have taken Findlay before and gotten a load to Minneapolis for Monday. Yuk. No paycheck that week.

    I had my truck in the shop for a PM. When fueling at GP, I lifted the hood on this truck that I have had for 2+ years. There were no leaks, nothing dripping on the ground, the coolant resevoir is fairly new and was full. I can't even remember the last time I had to add coolant or oil. Hardly ever. I got the truck back before I went on the Findlay load. Oil was sprayed all over the engine, the windshield, and all over the hood on the outside. It looked like someone had drenched it with a bucket of oil. And the coolant reservoir hardly had anything in it and I have had to add 1+ gallons a day to it. The engine has shut off several times while driving on freeway. I'm stuck in Ohio waiting for roadside right now.

    Can I be back to GP by Monday for another man sized paycheck next week? Hope springs eternal.
    Stay tuned.

     
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  3. majestyk

    majestyk Road Train Member

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    There was a definite learning curve out of the gate, which loads to choose, how much "flexibility" I could get away with in logging, etc. I have sometimes thought as well that some loads were being withheld when I only received 2-3 load options for 4-5 times in a row but then I would receive 10-20 several times in a row. Perhaps there is some limited favoritism involved but for the most part I think they just call folks in order as they really don't have any other reason not too unless you are a total screwup.

    I think my first and second year numbers about 134K and 132K miles or so but I went home a lot more as I was still married. And I lived in NC which I think also limited my miles a tad as I didn't run out west as often. About half of 2015 was spent doing the SLC gig out of PW so really can't compare miles for that time frame. Since returning back to OTR I have just ran my ### off as I don't have much of a reason to take a break so the miles just pile up and I have pretty much fine tuned as much as possible the ability to squeeze every last penny I can out of the system given its current set up.

    I have also changed into god knows how many loaners during my time here as I am not going to sit around waiting for a PM or other issues blocking be from making money. For the most part I have also been able to find a decent, clean loaner that has served the function until I could get back in my regular truck and I guess I have been really, really lucky on avoiding major breakdowns on the road. I have managed to duct tape together several issues and gotten back to the yard that perhaps would have waylaid others into a motel room for several days but for folks without a whole lot of mechanical knowledge can't hold that against them.

    Like you I have decent relationships with most of the office folks except one that seems to have some beef with me for something silly that happened a while ago and he can't let it go but for the most part I just try to do my job and keep my interactions with GP personnel to the minimum. Glad to hear others are knocking down some good miles as well.
     
  4. silverspur

    silverspur Light Load Member

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    Did some organizing on the chain box in GP today. The yellow box holds a 455 chain, I got at Northern Tools down on I-20 near Great Southwest Parkway . The thin gray box will hold a 275 chain. I got it at The Container Store at I-20 and Matlock.

    WARNING: Container store not recommended for people with OCD. Once inside, you'll never want to leave.

    Sprayed the chains with WD 40 and they come apart really ez. Will grab some socks from the shop when I get a chance. Always looking to hone the process for maximum efficiency.

    Thought for the day : Hone it then own it.

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  5. Frank Speak

    Frank Speak Heavy Load Member

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    Poly needs to get onboard with external hanger racks for chains. Makes it MUCH easier.
     
  6. silverspur

    silverspur Light Load Member

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    Takes less work for life to be easy, but some people just don't understand that concept.
     
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  7. area28

    area28 Medium Load Member

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    I tried socks. Don't care for them myself. They tear up too easy. I actually prefer cables. They hold up pretty well, not quite as good as chain, but much better than socks, and they're light and easy to put on.
     
  9. Bumper

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    Installing chains on tires....what a concept!
     
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  10. area28

    area28 Medium Load Member

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    Cables .... that’s a good idea
    I’ve heard the socks are like a
    one shot deal and then
    they’re wasted
     
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