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Old 11-17-11, 11:52 AM   #1
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Long Haul Trucker

Not buying one.

Getting a job as one. Anyone ever done this?
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Old 11-17-11, 12:14 PM   #2
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Believe Tom Stormcrowe has many a mile under his seat and there are a couple of more, I think.
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Old 11-17-11, 02:45 PM   #3
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Regional or cross-country?

A biking buddy was a machinist for many years before switching to trucking. First by choice, now out of necessity. He had a rude awakening to how patient he needed to be....driving something that big with an ocean of ignoramuses all around him. Regional isn't so tough. At least you get home most weekends.

He takes a bike with him for the times when he's in a reasonably bike-friendly area.
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Old 11-17-11, 03:56 PM   #4
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I tried it. For 24 hours. Some of us just aren't cut out for it. When people tell you it's a lifestyle, they're not exaggerating.
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Old 11-17-11, 03:58 PM   #5
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You lost me at not buying one.
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Old 11-17-11, 04:21 PM   #6
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I'd rather have a job as a Moonlander.
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Old 11-17-11, 04:44 PM   #7
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I drove for Schneider for a little over a year.

Best piece of advice I can give you is to buy a folding bike. I bought a Dahon Boardwalk. Folded it just fit under my bunk. Came in really handy when I was stuck somewhere for truck service or I'd run out of hours. But the hours are really long and it cut into my riding, family life and social life. So I drove locally for a while after that.

Did get to see a lot of things that were pretty cool. And some things that were just unbelievably stupid.

A couple of other things I'd recommend is a CB radio and a laptop with an aircard.
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Old 11-17-11, 09:36 PM   #8
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Why the hell would I want to buy one? No Motor, did you even look at my sig?

You all can see I'm kind of a misanthrope anyway. And I worked as a tugboat deckhand for years and years, working 12 hours a day for 28 on and 28 off. So I know my way around a Diesel engine and am very familiar with the concept of inertia. And I'm a hell of a good driver.


But at 44 years old, I just can't sling the rigging the way I used to on deck, and the back injuries I've sustained over the years make me less-than-desireable to hire these days. Crying shame, too, because with about 200 more working days, I'll have enough accumulated sea-time to sit for my 600-ton master's papers, and a whole lot more endorsements (I already am a tankerman, a lifeboatman, an able-bodied seaman, HAZMAT cert, and some time in working sail). It'd be nice but let me tell you about Mother Mother Ocean: That hag tried to kill me! So I am taking my oar inland and when I get to where the first person asks me what I'm carrying, I'm going to call that Fiddler's Green and plant some roots. Just not too deep. I like to travel.

I just literally do not know a damn thing about the industry. What to avoid, what to notice as a good thing, what kind of training I'll need-- all of that. I've got an appointment tomorrow for a brief sit-down with the CEO of a transfer corp in the town I grew up in (I went to school with one of her kids) and hopefully she'll clue me in on some of this. I just don't want to be a total ****** when I walk through the door.

I am used to stupid. I worked with Kentuckians for just years on end.
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I would PM Tom Stormcrowe with questions about this.
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Old 11-18-11, 09:07 AM   #11
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I would PM Tom Stormcrowe with questions about this.
or DanBurkhart. He hangs out in the 50+ forum.
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