Taking the plunge. My journey as an O/O.

Discussion in 'Ask An Owner Operator' started by Farmerbob1, Jan 7, 2019.

  1. Scooter Jones

    Scooter Jones Road Train Member

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    My bad. I thought you were shooting for 3500 miles a week average.

    3000 miles a week average (156,000 miles annually) is way easier to acheive ;-)
     
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  2. adayrider

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    Maybe for you.
    It would kill me
     
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  3. Scooter Jones

    Scooter Jones Road Train Member

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    Hey, man. For a young guy like Farmer Bob, that's a piece of cake. He said it, he LOVES to drive! Besides, he's gotta run those kind of miles, or else...
     
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  4. Scooter Jones

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    Btw, I'm at about 3500 miles this month and I feel like I need a few days off LOL
     
  5. Farmerbob1

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    True, but winter covers more area than construction, and is a little more difficult to avoid if you work over the winter.
     
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  6. Farmerbob1

    Farmerbob1 Road Train Member

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    So, Winter struck again today. How, do you ask?

    Well, I ended my day yesterday at my final in Topeka, KS. I connected to an empty and checked inside. Not clean enough for my next shipper.

    The next shipper was 12 miles away.

    The only reefer washout within 50 miles did not open until 0800. So, instant waste of three hours of my life, as I had been planning on starting my day at 0500.

    I Googled the facility, and it didnt have much of an entry lane, so I did not go park there to wait for them to open.

    I arrived at the site at 0815.

    There was a truck in the single bay, and two trucks outside. I squeezed myself into the shoulder of the road, barely out of the traffic lanes, and waited.

    And waited.

    And waited.

    Then I waited even longer.

    At that time I was about a quarter of the way through waiting, so I wont bore you with all my other waiting comments.

    3 hours later, the flatbed truck with a small dozer and small bobcat skid loader, both loaded with enormous clods of frozen clay, were clean.

    THEN I waited longer, as the cleaning team removed a few five-foot-wide shin-high piles of partially frozen clay from the bay. There were enough large, irregular rocks mixed in that they would not let me drive over them. I am glad they didnt let me, my luck has not been good this week.

    3.5 hours after I arrived, I entered the bay, and was washed out in 10 minutes.

    I ended up losing about 175 potential miles after waiting on the washout, dropping the empty, PTI on new trailer, chasing down the missing shipper, and fueling.

    Why is this Winter's fault?

    Frozen clay mud in heavy machinery treads is apparently more than a little difficult to remove. Half of the bay crew was using crowbars to break up clay because the pressure nozzles weren't doing squat.
     
  7. mitmaks

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    Sounds like shaffer/crete is shafting you but hopefully youll learn and leave that bottom of the barrel company asap.
     
  8. spyder7723

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    Frozen mud in tracks is a major problem. I've forgotten to clean the tracks a couple times. Ive seen guys build fires to thaw them out but i never trusted my luck for that and always dragged the kerosene torpedo heater out to the dozer.
     
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  9. Easy_Money_Trucker

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    You got a good deal on your tractor.
    Congratulations man.
    Also the pay is good too.
    I only make $1.07 + FSC ($0.19 this week) where I work..
    I believe you will do well.
     
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