Watkins & Shepard - The Adventure Begins October 8th

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

  1. BigRedBigRig

    BigRedBigRig Light Load Member

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    Yesterday was a really bad day.

    I had only about 30 miles to drive to my shipper for my noon appointment. I got loaded and everything was fine, but I had another incident. Not good. I'm not going to go into detail, but suffice it to say: it was my fault and totally preventable. I just didn't see the other truck. I have been told that if anything else happens, I will be let go. Honestly, I can't blame them. I'm not turning out to be such a great truck driver. I'm trying hard, but it just isn't going well.

    Then I had a DOT inspection later in the day at a scale in California. And my load routing looked weird (there was a much more efficient way to get where I was going), but it's been mentioned to me several times lately that I have a lot of off-route miles and unscheduled fuel stops, so I followed the load routing. Any time I've missed a fuel stop or had to make one that wasn't in my routing (either due to a faulty fuel gauge or more commonly, not being sent my load routing or fuel routing until I was several hundred miles into my trip and had already passed the fuel stop), I've always called in and talked to the guy in the main office who handles all the fuel issues. That's what I was told to do. Apparently I need to be writing on the envelope that it's an out-of-route stop. So I've racked up quite a few fuel stop violations.

    Anyway, those three things combined to make me late on this load. I was supposed to deliver at 10am, but there's no way I could get there. The shipper closes at 2, but they open again at 9pm so that is when they made my new delivery appointment for. On the bright side, it gives me plenty of time to get there.
     
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  3. sherlock510

    sherlock510 Road Train Member

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    ####, that sucks to hear.

    It sounded like you were getting the hang of it (you probably are), but any type of accident or incident is crucial when driving a truck. Nobody is perfect, but we sure have to drive like it :biggrin_2557:

    Hopefully everything straightens out for the better, good luck.
     
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  4. American-Trucker

    American-Trucker Road Train Member

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    aside from the fuse issue, thats pretty normal of a wabasto heater, the glow plugs ware out, so to get them to fire up you have to turn it on and wait for the error then shut it off, then turn it back on over and over until it starts working. Mine did the same thing all the time.



    American Trucker
     
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  5. BigRedBigRig

    BigRedBigRig Light Load Member

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    I feel like almost every trailer has some glaring mechanical issue that I have to report to maintenance. It's ridiculous. I really hate that the drivers who used the trailers before me couldn't be bothered to report the issue. It's really pissing me off.
     
  6. Vega$Trucker

    Vega$Trucker Bobtail Member

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    Call me, I'm a w/s driver, I think I had ur problem too. 702 439 7257, I'm gunna shut down soon call quik LOL. My name is Josh
     
  7. BigRedBigRig

    BigRedBigRig Light Load Member

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    I picked up another load in Modesto (after dropping my empty at the terminal and reporting it for maintenance and grabbing another empty) and drove down to L.A. I stopped in the late afternoon so that I could get up around 2am and arrive at my delivery at 6am (and not worry about where the heck to park overnight in the city). It was snowing just north of L.A. Totally not expecting that.

    Delivered on-time and then dropped my empty at the terminal and headed to the driver's lounge to do some much-needed laundry.

    I got a load out yesterday. It's going to Tennessee, which is in the general area of home. Still very much hoping to get home for Christmas. I was told that if you worked Thanksgiving, you were promised hometime at Christmas. That is apparently total crap. I did put in for a few days off at Christmas (at the beginning of November). Very much hoping to get there.

    I had to put chains on for the first time today. In Arizona. Totally not expecting that either. Was delayed about five hours by heavy snow and several wrecks ahead of me. So I spent my afternoon eating Gummi Bears in my truck with my rust-stained Oompa-Loompah hands, which I'm sure was somewhat less than sanitary. Baby wipes were no match for rust. They did eventually get traffic moving, but very few trucks bothered with chains (even though there were so many trucks either in the ditch or on the road, just spinning their tires and going nowhere). So every few hundred feet, another truck would get stuck or slide off the road and the traffic back-up would begin anew. There were signs coming up the mountain warning that chains and/or 4x4 were highly recommended. There weren't any places to pull off and chain up though. It was really hard to find a place to take the chains off once I got to a place where the road had been plowed and no new snow was falling. Any rest area or truck stop was full to the brim and the shoulders hadn't been plowed, and weren't generally wide enough for a truck anyway.

    About the time I finally was able to get out of the mountains and find a truck stop (the first few were way overcrowded with people waiting out the storm), they closed the road. After I'd parked, but before I'd turned of the engine, we got a qualcomm message telling us that I-40 East in Arizona through the mountains was closed because of weather and a wreck. I'm surprised it took them that long to close the road.

    About an hour before I stopped, I got this warning: headlight low beam right short circuit. It wasn't dark at that point, so I figured I'd check it as soon as I'd stopped. I have no idea whether that's a fuse or a bulb issue or what. I looked at the fuse panel, but I don't see anything labeled as headlights. There's no one in the shop on Saturday nights, but there should be somebody there in the morning that I can ask. I know absolutely nothing about headlights and I'm not driving it this way because the last thing I need (or can afford) is a ticket. And knowing my luck, the other headlight would decide to throw in with the first one. Mutiny!

    And so here I sit. I could do a lot worse than a truck stop with hot showers, food and wifi. I could literally be stuck in a ditch somewhere. Very glad I'm not. It's snowing here and in New Mexico. I think I'm channeling the White Witch of Narnia. Winter seems to follow me wherever I go. Always winter and never Christmas. Sorry, folks!

    I got to watch the news while I was eating dinner. The school shooting in Connecticut is just horrific. My heart goes out to them.
     
  8. lonedragon

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    Dang bigredbigrig. Sounds like luck hasn't been on your side. Im 3 hours away from LA to pick up my truck and hoping to get a load or empty to Modesto so i can take 2 days off to get my truck setup. I hope the shop went throigh it after the last driver. I just left Missoula MT and don't want to be stuck in LA
     
  9. Vega$Trucker

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    Love ur novels about trucking haha
     
  10. Shiftin

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    If you are to continue to truck get a few things for spares. Low beam bulb (H-11), trailer 4" round light, 3157A bulb, 194 bulb, blue and red seals (I carry 3 of each), extra bungees for chains (21"), two boards 2x6 by 2 feet long for putting under the inside tires to lift the outside tires enough to put the chains around. Also spare wiper blades. I could go on with all the tricks of the trade. I can post more if needed or if you have questions.
     
  11. 3031

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    For a delivery in Commerce (not sure if that was your destination or not), you can park overnight at the terminal in La Mirada.
     
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