The misadventures of a rookie tanker yanker

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  1. Mortarmaggot

    Mortarmaggot Heavy Load Member

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    Rolled up 502 miles of the ole money belt yesterday. Made it to the Beckley service plaza and took my 10.

    Made it 322 miles to my unload a little over a half hour ago. Waiting on the CofA before I air off the White Oil.

    The Greer terminal sent me a tank wash to write and drop at their location. Not sure what they have for me but, but I am hoping for an 800 mile jaunt up to Webster NY.

    Since Wednesday I've done 1,244 loaded miles and 55 empty. I'll do another 37 empty going to Greer. Depending on what they have for me, and my remaining clock, I hope to get a couple of hundred more loaded miles in today.

    At this moment I've got 6:53 on the 14 and 5:05 of drive time. They need to get a move on with CofA or I might just chill in Greer.

    That wouldn't be a bad thing. Always a place to park, a shower, and I can bobtail to a restaurant. Might even be able to leave out around 0300 in the morning to get away from being a solar powered trucker. Lol
     
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  3. Mortarmaggot

    Mortarmaggot Heavy Load Member

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    FYI, white oil unloads quickly. Half out in 30 minutes. No unload delay pay for me.


    Called Greer and got my next gig. Lay up there tonight, drag an empty in the morning and switch it up for a loaded headed to Webster NY with a Monday morning offload.
     
  4. Mortarmaggot

    Mortarmaggot Heavy Load Member

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    Since I don't start until 0900 tomorrow, all that time can't go to waste. Off duty drove to the Blue Beacon and am sitting in line to get my big ugly washed. Will eat a Baconater at the Wendy's after topping off the tank at the Pilot. Will use the shower and get myself right before heading over to sleep at the terminal.

    Yes, for those who didn't do the math, I am going to collect 3 hours of dispatch delay pay before I get under the empty in the morning. 1600 to 0900 is 17 hours. Company gets 14 and I get 3. Trip is 848 loaded miles.
     
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  5. ncdriver1

    ncdriver1 Road Train Member

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    Have you done that one yet? It's super easy, customer offload. You pull into a big heated garage and open the dome lid, they hook up and pump off. Takes about 45 minutes. Just be careful dropping the empty in Easley, that drop lot can get tight. Also you don't need to scale it so just drive around the scale there at the gate.
     
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  6. Mortarmaggot

    Mortarmaggot Heavy Load Member

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    Hadn't done that one yet, but your brief is about what I was briefed. Was told they'd yard dog the loaded trailer out at Easley since there doing some construction or something. I'm open to either or.
     
  7. Cbp

    Cbp Bobtail Member

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    Hey man, pretty interesting thread.

    Those Webster loads were my bread and butter when I worked at Superior. No one else wanted them. Be safe out there.
     
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  8. nicknack

    nicknack Light Load Member

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    Mortarmaggot is there a reason why you don't deal with your home terminal once out in the system, is it the same for regional drivers was looking into possibly the Karns City terminal once I get all required endorsements?
     
  9. lagging

    lagging Medium Load Member

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    In the system you become a driver to your inbound terminal. So leaving karns city they will dispatch you then deliver near Cincinnati they will provide the next dispatch after delivery until either your home date or your terminal begs for you back
     
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  10. Mortarmaggot

    Mortarmaggot Heavy Load Member

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    Exactly what Lagging said. In the past 25 days I've spoken to the Wilmington dispatch three times. Called to let them know when I would be ready to go out again after returning from a 15 day run.. Called to see what loads they had, and in person the day I left on this trip.

    BTW, I like our dispatch and the folks at my terminal. It just so happens that I'm a system driver and that's how it works.

    If your regional, you'll deal with them a lot more. I think it's Nick at the Karns City one. The gal who answers the phone seems to be in a good mood, even though she's been sick with bronchitis for a month. That terminal is my second least favorite I've been to so far, just because of the location and roads. I dislike our Charlotte terminal the most.
     
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  11. wsyrob

    wsyrob Trucker Forum STAFF Staff Member

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    Another thing to add. Your home terminal also becomes your advocate should you have a conflict with another terminal. Once in Feb 2008 during the recession I delivered load north of NYC. Inbound terminal was Springfield. After a delivery I got a tank wash back to High Point. I hit 95 south and about 30 minutes down the road get a call from High Point telling me to stop and wait for them to call me. He said he knows Springfield has loads. 10 minutes later I get tank washed to Springfield. Wound up with a Florida run they were holding for one of their domiciled drivers.

    The last system run I did my wife's father went into the hospital shortly after she was diagnosed with breast cancer. I was in Charleston SC loading something that went to the Volvo plant Off I-81 near Roanoke Va. They offered to let me drop it on the yard but I figured that close to home it would just be a few extra hours and told them I would deliver it then head to the house. During the delivery I get lit up with messages to pick up a load in Karns City. I called them and they didn't like it too much when told I was going home and what they could do with that load. Get a call from High Point after that asking what happened. A few weeks later one of the older dedicated guys retired so they put me on that so I could be home more for doctor appointments.
     
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