White Oak Transportation (Bay Minette, AL)

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  1. VIDEODROME

    VIDEODROME Road Train Member

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    I get loads from IP in Bay Minette, AL. Many loads from them were running late when I first started, but they've been better this week.

    This week was a little weird learning a new customer site in Redwood, MS and I just hate driving the bumpy roads in west Mississippi. This is another International Paper location that receives scrap and we either bring back roll stock to Bay Minette or drive back empty. I did the run 2 times. The second time I took a different path in the facility that saved time. The first time the guard said go through further in the back and I wound up waiting for a train moving cars there.

    For what it's worth, I find dispatch to be laid back here. I was late returning from Redwood and the only dispatch they had the next day was 6am to Dothan. No way I could make that, but they said just do the best I can.
     
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    Your racist
     
  3. VIDEODROME

    VIDEODROME Road Train Member

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    Starting to run hard which would be okay except they do the schedule kind of weird and it's not consistent. I'm not sure if this is normal for many local driving jobs.

    I don't know what I'm doing the next day until about 3 to 4pm when my dispatcher sends me a text message. I could have delivery appointments from 6am to 12am about 4 to 5 hours away.

    I dunno maybe I just need to get used to it or adjust to it, but if the delivery times were more regular or I had more notice it would be easier.

    Also, I find the Alabama or Georgia deliveries for me are easier since it's a lot of I-10 and I-65. Everytime I go to Mississippi it's mostly on state routes.
     
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    Purplepete90 Bobtail Member

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    I've had weeks where i ran 3k miles in a day cab, all within five days. We get our dispatch the same way around 5pm threw text.
     
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    VIDEODROME Road Train Member

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    I'm not getting much more than 2k a week. I'm taking home close to $800 a week NET.

    For what it's worth, Bay Minette is a low cost of living area away from Mobile, so that kind of pay while being home everyday is okay.

    Otherwise, my schedule fluctuates a lot so I have mixed feelings on that. Some days I deliver close to noon while others I deliver 5am, 3am, or 1am. This might be easier to deal with if I had more notice, but I guess I need to just go to bed asap after work and wake up to whatever Text Message dispatch I get.

    Otherwise, I'm told I'm getting a newer truck in a week. I sure hope it has a better suspension for the awful Mississipp roads.
     
  6. VIDEODROME

    VIDEODROME Road Train Member

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    I guess at this point with the Virus advancing, I feel lucky to have this job even with my nitpicks. I'm glad my dispatcher is still keeping a laid back attitude during this Covid19 mess.

    Even though I'm home daily, I have a sleeper cab. I asked if I could move into the truck and idle to Socially Distance and it's no problem. I'm going ahead and living in the truck temporarily while I apartment shop online.

    I also helps they upgraded me to a 2018 Freightliner Cascadia with decent space and cabinets. My first truck was a Volvo with beatup cabinets.
     
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    VIDEODROME Road Train Member

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    Still concerned about the Virus and irritated that it's still business as usual at the customer locations.

    When I go to Dothan, AL I have to pass through the employee lunch room to get to the clerk to sign my bills for example. Most of the better customer sites at least I just talk to the security guard and I wish it was that way for all sites.

    Just venting I guess. This virus freaks me out.

    I'm also frustrated my schedule gets jerked around a lot more recently. I'm not sure if that's from erratic freight available or what.
     
  8. 88 Alpha

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    Were you in Dothan yesterday or the day before? I have been there the last 3 or 4 days (last night, it was after midnight before I got there). I'm reasonably certain I've seen a new model Cascadia in Jack and/or Dothan.
     
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