Post #72 - Living large in 8 Ft² with Bob and Linda Caffee

Written by Linda Caffee,

 

Days away from home - 14            

Miles drove since leaving home – 5,619

Continuous Training

Every two years we have to attend classes to stay certified to carry the type of freight we haul. One day is hazmat training and the next day is business education.  Throughout each year, we also take online classes about different types of freight so that we can keep our certifications current. We look forward to these classes and networking with our fellow professionals, as the networking is invaluable as well as the tips and tricks that are shared. During the second day, we attend a business class and we learned new scams that are going around and about creative ways to keep our trucks and freight safe. One scary thought that was discussed was “First Caller Wins” and that is about being hit by another vehicle. It can be your word against theirs unless you have a dash cam that recorded the event. In one scenario a truck backed in next to another and clipped the mirror and scratched the side of their trailer. The mirror survived but the scratch was very clear. The truck that caused the scratch drove off and then called in and said a truck hit him and caused the damage. The driver of the truck that was sitting still and had no damage was being blamed for causing the incident. Now it is your word against theirs. What helps is having the ELD in the truck to show that you had not moved. Our next truck will have cameras on all four sides that will record in 24-hour increments. 

Out with the Old and in with the NEW

We are preparing our current truck to be sold as we receive pictures of our new truck and custom ARI sleeper being built. Our 2015 Cascadia has been a trooper and we will be sad to see her go. The Cascadia has almost 500,000 miles and a lifetime fuel mileage average of 12.24 MPG. When someone looks at that fuel mileage average it is telling in how the truck has been driven and maintained. Bob is very pro preventive maintenance and has done several short videos about how to take care of the truck.

The New Cascadia is now at ARI Legacy Sleepers waiting to have the sleeper put on the frame and then off to the paint shop. After all of this, the truck will go and have the freight box mounted and the liftgate. There is a lot to building an expedite truck and it all takes time for each component to be added. We are still hoping by the end of February we will have this truck sold and be moving into our next truck.

Hurt Dog

Somehow our German Shephard, Texas, hurt her ankle inside of the truck.

Texas soaking leg

She went out in the morning and was fine, got in the truck and was fine, and after we came back to the truck after talking to the shipper she was in pain. Her paw was fine but her front ankle would make her scream if you touched it. Now we all know that Texas is a wimp and screams if she gets a sticker in her foot so the scream of pain did not make us panic. What did scare us is that she could not put any weight on it, and then the swelling started. We were not in a situation where we could run and find a vet so we had to do the best we could. First was ice packs and Texas being Texas handled this just fine and laid on the bed with a pained expression her face. Even Squeaky the kitty was concerned and did not tease her like he is prone to do when she is least expecting it. Texas weighs in about 90 lbs. and lifting her out of the truck was not an easy task but that is what we had to do. Within 24 hours the pain had gone down and she was able to put a little weight on her leg but we continued to ice her ankle and to rub liniment on the joint. By the third day and we were finally unloading she was recovering and doing pretty good.

Texas wrapped leg

We were still babying her by not letting her jump at all and no ball playing the swelling was going down and she was able to walk without much of a limp. We were thrilled with her quick recovery and Squeaky is back to teasing her. Life is good again in the truck with our pets.

Two Lane Highways

Two Lane Road

This past two weeks I spent a lot of time driving on desolate two-lane highways.  What I enjoy is the desolation and a different type of driver. It seems as if when there is not a cell signal and very little traffic people become more courteous. Drivers give a friendly wave and move to the side so others can see to pass. I was enjoying my ride when a car came up behind me and since we were in a split speed limit state I was driving slower than they their posted speed limit. As I saw a pull off approaching I turned on my turn signal, slowed, and then pulled off to let them pass and then pulled back onto the road behind them. What a surprise when I saw them flash their tail lights at me in the same manner trucks do when thanking each other! What a relaxing drive as there was not the stress of the interstate as everyone jockeys for the best position at others expense so they can arrive first.

Always Interesting

We have been in Expediting for fourteen years, and as I reflect back and really think about all that has happened, we cannot help but feel blessed. The saying is very true the harder we work, the luckier we get.

Wishing you safe travels. Till next time,

       Bob & Linda.

See more from Bob and Linda at their Team Run Smart blog "On the Road with Bob and Linda Caffee"

Commercial Driver Expediter

Linda Caffee

About Linda Caffee

Bob and Linda started their driver careers after their children left home for college in 2000. Bob started as a driver for a large motor carrier with Linda as a rider. They decided to enter the Expedite industry as team drivers in 2005. Both, Bob and Linda have had their Class A licenses since the early 80's starting out driving in the oil field and hauling grain as fill in drivers where Bob worked as a diesel mechanic. Linda worked at the local country courthouse in data processing. Bob and Linda have become industry leaders by sharing their use of new technology and techniques to improve performance and living standards while on the road.

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