Watkins & Shepard - The Adventure Begins October 8th

Discussion in 'Watkins & Shepard' started by BigRedBigRig, Oct 3, 2012.

  1. zmpart

    zmpart Light Load Member

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    Glad you made it out of texas....i am in amarillo now, one stop left of 19 to deliver tomorrow am...but she's got an empty team here in front of me and i have struggled to get out amarillo in the past as the only empty truck so will see what happens in the morning i guess, though i am not hopeful.

    may i ask what the name of the crappy customer down there was for my future trips? i have decent luck with most of these furniture places so far mostly and like to know when i am getting into it some where.

    good luck enjoy nm and az, ignore those pervie truckers and keep on rolling....safely!

    be well
     
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  3. lexmark

    lexmark Medium Load Member

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    I thought it was always go down the hill in the gear you went up and never shift? It depends on the grade?
     
  4. BigRedBigRig

    BigRedBigRig Light Load Member

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    That's what most schools and companies say. WS actually teaches you how to shift in mountains and it makes you much more confident. If you know how to shift on a steep grade, you won't panic if the truck pops out of gear or you have to slow/stop in an emergency.
     
  5. lexmark

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    I think that is brilliant. If the option for driving in mountains is available during school/company orientation/training, they should absolutely expose the new driver to those conditions while someone is in the truck to lend a helping hand.

    I'm sure not all new drivers are lucky enough to go through mountains while still with a trainer. Not too mention with a loaded trailer.
     
  6. Warpdrvr

    Warpdrvr Heavy Load Member

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    At WS all new drivers go thru mountain training. It's one of the best aspects of their training. I found I shifted coming down hills without even thinking about it. I did a line haul for a few months for WS and did a 26 mile grade up and down every day, 6 times a week. It becomes second nature...
     
  7. BigRedBigRig

    BigRedBigRig Light Load Member

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    This load had two stops, at our terminal in Phoenix, AZ and the terminal in Santa Fe Springs, CA.

    After I dropped the trailer in Santa Fe Springs, I drover over to our shop in La Mirada to have a few things on my truck looked at. I somehow have a talent for getting trucks with dodgy fuel gauges. I also asked them to replace the radio. Mine broke a week ago. A week of no music at all..... I started developing a Tom Hanks/Wilson the Volleyball relationship with the truck. Not healthy. At all.

    The new radio has an iPod input, which is awesome. I am loving it.

    There were two women at the driver's lounge that I had a lot of fun talking with. One rides with her husband and the other teams with hers. They were really fun. It's nice to get to know some of the other drivers.

    I spent the night in La Mirada and ran errands the next morning. So much easier to go shopping when you're not pulling a trailer. That afternoon, the dispatcher asked for help dropping empty trailers at various customers, so that's what I did. My next load wasn't ready yet and I had nothing better to do, so why not? I took a load early the next morning up around Yosemite National Park. It had stops in a couple of small towns, the last of which was at the top of a mountain and it was a ski resort town. I was wearing a long-sleeve tshirt, capri pants and loafers.... it was kinda funny to get out of my truck and see the looks on the faces of the people walking down the street all geared up for snowboarding. I was only going to be there long enough to drop off three pieces of furniture, so I thought it was pretty pointless to put on my winter gear. I don't mind the cold. The tiny little side street was really hard to maneuver into.... They wanted me to back up (about a meter away from the line of personal vehicles) to the door of their shop.... I parked on the other side of the street and said I'd happily dolly all the furniture into their building from there rather than risk hitting one of their cars. One of the guys who worked there had come out to direct me as I was backing so that I wouldn't hit anything as I turned the truck around (one block long dead-end street) so that I wouldn't hit anything, which was very nice of him.

    Left there and was told to drive back to the Santa Fe Springs terminal. It was a 6% grade for the first 8 miles down the mountain.... and it was windy as ####. Pulling an empty trailer down that road was like trying to fly a kite in a wind tunnel. I only had about three hours left on my clock for the day, so I drove as far as I could and then pulled into a rest stop for the night. I've still not made it back to the terminal. I had to find a truck stop with wifi so that I could make some bill payments online (that I can't do over the phone or through my phone's internet). I really need to get something worked out so that I can have internet in the truck.
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    Do any of you do the thing through Verizon where you can use your phone as a mobile hotspot? If so, how much data do you use? Do you stream video (I have Amazon Prime) or does that just eat up way too much data? I may have to get that set up when I'm home over Christmas.
     
  8. BigRedBigRig

    BigRedBigRig Light Load Member

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    I'm not going to put any specific info about the customer on the forum.
     
  9. lonedragon

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    Hello everyone, i'm on my way to W/S in Missoula, MT. I leave at 1:00p.m. and after reviewing the second list of things to bring i noticed that they want a copy of my DOT physical long form. I have my card that i carry at all times but I can not find my DOT physical long form. I even contacted the Dr. from the school and he said he would bring a copy today but due to road colser and bad weather he never made it down from Modesto, and i live in Fresno where i attened the school. I tried to contact Dawn right away but could only leave a message and she was unable to call me back. I did this twice with no luck. With the packing and last minute stuff before i leave i do not think i'll get it on a saturday. will this affect me at orientation? I will be calling them tomorrow as much as possible. to be sure but i thought i'd ask here before hand. I didn't think i really needed it so i don't even know if i kept it seeing how i got the DMV approved green card. Hope all goes well and i get to become a part of a great company. Thanks
     
  10. Warpdrvr

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    Maybe they can fax it to Missoula on the first day of orientation?
     
  11. lonedragon

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    I hope so. that would be a big help. I'd hate to show up just to get sent home over a stupid piece of paper. I had just figured when they did the DMV check that it would release that information to them.
     
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