Who pays the bills?

Discussion in 'Questions From New Drivers' started by rollnrock, Jun 25, 2008.

  1. james henry

    james henry Bobtail Member

    May 14, 2008
    clinton,north carolina
    Probably will take showers at the truck stop when you get fuel.Advice,get drver reward cards at the truck stops you stop at and fuel and you will build up points to redeem in the stores and usually get a free shower if you puchase more than 50 gallons of fuel, so try that and i hope that helps.But please make sure you get the shower no matter what.
    MAJIK Lady Thanks this.
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  3. rollnrock

    rollnrock Light Load Member

    Jun 24, 2008
    Casa Grande
    Thanks aftershock. My research for the most part comes from posts here. I plan on talking with an OTR driver here at a local Love's gas station soon. But up to now this lifestyle of being a OTR driver sounds good to me. I enjoy driving and w/o having kids or a house I can rome around and bank as much green as possible!

    One other thing. I saw a news report about gas thefts while truckers were sleeping/showering etc. Has anyone been victim of it or is it not that wide spread yet?
  4. AfterShock

    AfterShock Road Train Member

    Sep 19, 2007
    Inland Empire, California
    YeAH buddy!
    I kinda liked Flyin' J coffee, when it was fresh.
    Filled up a 48 or 64 ounce, insulated J mug for free with fuel OR,
    with a purchase of the mug, got free life-time refills just for THAT.
    Coffee or soda.
    And I was good for the next 100 miles.
    Or the next Flying J.
    Whichever came first. :biggrin_25523:

    And the LAST thang I wanted to miss
    out on the highway, was the
    Next Rest Area
    150 Miles

    sign. :pottytrain5::coffee2::pottytrain4:

    You're welcome!
    Uhhhh, do you mean "fuel" station/truck stop?
    Although I had a house with roots, it was occupied in my absence, and not by a wife, girlfriend and/or children, I know the feeling you've described -- and I'm here to tell you, with your attitude I think you CAN enjoy it.
    And even excel.

    We rarely worry about "gas" theft, ---
    because we run on fuel.
    And YeS, slipping and calling fuel "gas", might cause a few chuckles.
    It's "diesel" or "fuel" or a combination of the two. :biggrin_25525:

    But to answer your question,
    Fuel theft is becoming more common these daze.
    But if you park at the better, more secure areas, it's not something you need to worry about --- especially if you're a company driver. All you have to do is report it as SOON as you notice, and the company has to pay for the loss.
    But that might affect a driver's potential bonus for mileage.
    All depends.
  5. thestoryteller

    thestoryteller Medium Load Member

    Mar 18, 2008
    Kern County, California
    Maybe he was referring to the restaurant? :biggrin_25525:
  6. latanea

    latanea Road Train Member

    Sep 21, 2007
    cincinnati (sharonville)
    I miss the hot bar at the williams truck stops...

    some chicken and dumplins - some corn and a bisquit for 4 bucks...

    now the old williams are big pilots

    and now instead of the hot bar they have subways or mcdonalds...

    man - speaking of "way back" you remember the independant "phillips 76" truckstops back WAYYYY BACK???

    dirt cheap food - no frills and no wimps.
  7. slodsm

    slodsm Light Load Member

    Jan 19, 2008
    Tyler TX

    LOL, it's all gas to me, be it diesel, dinosaur, or synthetic race gas, alcohol, nitromethane, or even nitrous oxide, it's all called gas chuckles or not :). The company don't pay me more to be a conformist lol, only to get the freight there on time, legally, and with no random 4 wheelers on my grill :yes2557:.

    But on a serious note, I was robbed at the flying J one night in Denver on May 5th. I had run hard as hell the day before to get a load to my old terminal there on time and had a restart coming over the weekend. Filled up and showered for free at the Pilot and then rolled over to the J for the pizza, washing machines, and internet to kill time the next day. Fell asleep like a log shortly after and slept right through some jerk popping off my passenger side cap and almost emptying that thing.
  8. Lurchgs

    Lurchgs Road Train Member

    Feb 13, 2008
    Denver, CO
    happened to my trainer the week he first picked me up, too. In .. Idaho, I think it was.

    Company was not pleased.

    But, I note, they've not put locking caps on yet.
  9. AfterShock

    AfterShock Road Train Member

    Sep 19, 2007
    Inland Empire, California
    I don't know if it's so much a "conformist" thang or closer to acceptance.
    For instance, a non-conformist might prefer to call a hammer a "mallet". But they're not the same thing.
    In the Big truck truckin' industry, things have names to help curb a problem.

    If someone pumped gasoline into a diesel's tanks --- BOOM!

    He/She TOLD me to put "gas" in it.

    Y'all can be as non-conformist as y'all want to. You have that right.
    Just keep in mind that has it's responsibilities, just the same.
    And there may be side effects, like attention being drawn to you.
    If you can handle the spotlight, that approach might work for you.

    That IS serious! :biggrin_25511:
    Man-0-Man --- I know THAT feelin'!

    My co-driver and I were treated to a motel room for the night across the street from the T/A in Mesquite, Texas.
    We were bobtail and had just re-fueled before parking in the motel parking lot.
    We lost an easy 75 gallons that night -- and my fuel bonus for the month suffered.
    I hate being ripped off! :biggrin_25510:

    Ya reckon the companies have fuel theft insurance?

    Their taxes are based partly on fleet fuel mileage averages. Too many thefts could cost them big bucks in additional taxes.
    And I think the thefts will only escalate.

    Imagine the potential outcome if the drivers
    start carrying 9m/m (Craftsman) cap lock keys.
    The fight for world oil in it's rawest form.
    We'll be fightin' each other.

    I hear only the strong will survive.
    But I also hear the meek shall inherit the Earth.
    Is that an oxymoron?
    Or Prophesy? :biggrin_25525:
  10. Moses

    Moses Light Load Member

    The way I heard it was:

    The meek shall inherit the earth.... when everyone else is through with it.
  11. james henry

    james henry Bobtail Member

    May 14, 2008
    clinton,north carolina
    And it shall come about sooner than we think:biggrin_25515:
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