Rough 1st trip solo

Discussion in 'Questions From New Drivers' started by KNGPIN, Sep 17, 2019.

  1. KNGPIN

    KNGPIN Bobtail Member

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    Call me stupid.
    1:30a.m- bobtailed from Cleveland to Macedonia to pick up a silvercote trailer headed to Weedville, PA. Couple the truck, tug test. All good. 2nd gear to pull up and shut doors. Bad idea. Trainer skipped the part about some trailers being locked to dock. Snag bumper. A lot of rain but pretty smooth night.

    Rest in Dubois, PA about 30 min from dropoff because load can't be delivered until 7:30. Front to back top to bottom 80lb bags of insulation. No problem, just quit 4 years of moving for Two Men and a Truck. Still in shape.

    Heading to backhaul in Franklin, PA. Hour and a half ride. 40min into ride dispatch has found a spot for me to get bumper wielded... Back in Weedville.

    Turn it around. 40 minutes back to steepest, skinniest gravel hill into some Lily's body shop. Probably there an hour.

    Headed back to Franklin. Load cancels. 2 hours left from my 14. Niy enough time to drive to a spot get loaded and find somewhere to shut it down I guess. Dispatch tells me to wrap it up.

    Back to Dubois pilot I go. Where I've been since 1:40 this afternoon. Got a load out of Warren, PA at 8a.m., about a hour and a half from here, to take back to Cleveland. Probably take off at 6.

    Hey, at least the Browns won.
     
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  2. NavigatorWife

    NavigatorWife Road Train Member

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    You win some, you lose some. Hope it gets better. Just be careful and don't forget chocks either.. Always have a 1st, 2nd and 3rd plan in mind, just in case. Finding parking is a major chore sometimes, and takes a lot of created spots. Just getting from point A to B is going to be a pain for the drivers. Remember PC moves if you can, esp off duty.

    Good luck. I am just an armchair from home helper for the husband. Know enough to get me into trouble. I did ride with him for a year several years ago before the truck parking got as bad as it is now.
     
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  3. x1Heavy

    x1Heavy Road Train Member

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    I am not calling you stupid.

    I have absolutely sunk a whole day and night thinking I am driving somewhere getting things done and still have not escaped say Johnstown PA. (A place where you have to climb three stiff ridges in and three stiff ridges back out after loading... but wait there is a few more local places to get more stuff at around town...) I like mountains. Love em. But those ridges up and over back and forth and back and forth got my goat that day.

    I hate surprises. Told to load there in one place but wait... go here get 4 pallets, go there get two more pallets go where now?

    Why didnt dispatch tell me all this #### up front? Story of my life, I cannot make proper decisions on what I don't know. And the fact that dispatch failed or deliberately withheld information like that from me implies I have no value there. And ultimately I moved on. *(That company went out of business so I don't have to explain this story to the next employer which is on surface a whiny sob story of a driver who is lazy and wont go get all the pickups to be full loaded...)

    Bottom line you are going to have loads like this now and then.Spend all day driving 50 miles in 9 hours worth of traffic.

    There is another place called Valley Forge. part of our history as a country, one of the darkest times ever. The four times I have been there with a big truck dealing with a load in the area she broke. Not just break but toss severe codes requiring roadservice from hell and a tow every time. Tow tow and tow and tow done.

    Every time since 1992 when dispatcher says you got a load to Valley Forge PA, I tell them right back even in 2001, no I do not.

    Why not?

    The four times I was there dealing with loads the truck has broken to where it needs a tow 4 times.

    Ive been there a total of 5 times in life. Once as a teen going through GW's Army camp in history and 4 times being towed out of there with a dead truck.

    Never again.
     
  4. 70’Nova

    70’Nova Light Load Member

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    I hate Pennsylvania. Old cities with tight streets. Overly crowded with people. And most of the people there are rude.
     
  5. FlaSwampRat

    FlaSwampRat Road Train Member

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    You sir are correct. I moved up there for work and Philadelphia is a ##### to drive in. Everyone sucks too. Best feeling I have ever had was when I had my pension where I needed it and the money saved up to leave and move back to Florida. Oh yeah, the weather sucks up there too lol
     
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  6. 70’Nova

    70’Nova Light Load Member

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    Lol that’s why they call it Filthadelphia.
     
  7. x1Heavy

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    I thought it was dopeadelphia...
     
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  8. FlaSwampRat

    FlaSwampRat Road Train Member

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    I thought it was killadelphia
     
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  9. x1Heavy

    x1Heavy Road Train Member

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    The one good thing about Philly.

    Street Food trucks. And Sub people who are very good for you. Toss a few extrys into a wrapped paper and foil knowing you might be somewhere in the morning with nothing around.

    I wonder how much fuel will it take to have 10 of those street food trucks in my area for a week...
     
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  10. lovesthedrive

    lovesthedrive Is here to help

    Wait until you accidentally side step the clutch trying to back to a dock. LOL Not one of my better moments.
     
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