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Trainer James on trucking: ‘It’s a hard life’

| June 12, 2014

Trainer James

On a "vacation from hell" in Galveston, Texas, "I saw this truck parked at the beach," notes the YTTrucking Facebook page administrator, "and thought to myself, 'this is what it's all about.' Being able to drive and deliver to coastal locations and take 10 hours to check out the beach is the best."

On a “vacation from hell” in Galveston, Texas, “I saw this truck parked at the beach,” notes the YTTrucking Facebook page administrator, “and thought to myself, ‘this is what it’s all about.’ Being able to drive and deliver to coastal locations and take 10 hours to check out the beach is the best.”

The latest in‘s Tex Crowley’s Life of a Trucker video series is embedded below, another well-done short video featuring “Trainer James,” as he’s known on YouTube. James came to the work following the recession of recent years, which put a damper on his prior business. Enjoy the vid below, and find more from Crowley via this link.  

  • guest

    Hard Life….today it is an ignorant life and basically intolerable if you have half a brain…good for robot maybe……the GOOD is basically GONE from trucking… the guy is right it is ahard life…and basically a Waste Of Your Time….get a real job.

  • guest

    major stress today in trucking…if you want a heart attack…for Low Pay this is the job for you…Find a better career…trucking is a waste of your time…You will be away from home forever….and it goes downhill from there…everyday a battle with Cops and Dispatchers….lol……You can do MUCH better if searching for a career…I would NOT recommend this crappy industry to anyone for any reason……

  • guest

    That trainer dude looks overweight..BMI is probably too high to remain in trucking…need sleep machine too..

  • guest

    If you are FAT and driving truck today like this “trainer” who is also OLD…you will have a Heart Attack with toays STRESS. lol

  • ironage

    Life as a trucker isn’t bad at all for certain types of people. However, i’m not sure what the point of these Tex Crowley videos are. He takes these run of the mill drivers, who are no different than any of the other 4 million drivers out there..except for the fact that they post their lives on YouTube for some reason, and makes these slow-motion, overly-dramatic videos of their “life on the road.” And i think he charges them money to do it, LOL! I think a lot of these “YouTube truckers” take themselves WAY too seriously.

  • ironage

    Well, that’s four posts in a row for you, Mr. “Guest”.

    Judging from your statements…you tried trucking and failed at it and are now working at Burger King.

  • Big R Phillips

    Wow he’s depressing!

  • Matt Chase

    All to often the comments that are negative are from someone who could not stick it out long enough to gain experience and resume. We have to be diligent in our pursuit as professionals. Educate those who are ignorant of the importance of the trucking industry, and put these type of comments, such as guest made and blow them up as of no consequence. Because if he or she, and others that hate the industry were to have their way, well goodbye infrastructure, goodbye freedom, goodbye Guest.

  • Matt Chase

    Well I am a You Tuber, and Tex is doing a fine job. I am not sure about if he charges them, but so what. I have driven over 22 years, and have a You Tube account. Took a year off to train students at a private school, been writing and have had articles published. Ironically one was published entitled ‘Trucking and the You Tube Dilemma’. We are truckers who are giving back to something that has served us well. If Tex Crowley has a message that is not negative, I say keep on truckin’!

  • Tex

    For the record: Not one of these drivers paid me anything for these videos. If anything we split our lunch or they bought me a Dr. Pepper. I also drove out to these guys up to 100 miles one way on my own dime so they wouldn’t go out of route.

    Yes, these are YouTube truckers. I picked them since I know them and they knew they’d be close to my home-20. I am about to restart my 20 year trucking career in 2 weeks and I will be seeking out drivers to film whether they are online or not.

    As for the style of video I shoot, it is what it is. Not everyone is going to like it and that’s OK. Currently on YouTube the video has 90+ thumbs up and only one thumb down. Let the record speak for itself…



    I hauled citrus in Fla. and never went o.t.r. for the reasons you stated, but did get to miss out on alot of stuff anyway.Looks like your video was shot near old/abandoned grove land.


    who is the guess clown . ? Anything you’re eating,wearing ,all the comfort from your house ,your car,your F”N toilet ,is moved by trucker,At least those guy’s are doing the Job ,What are you doing ? one guy mention Burger King! or maybe someone sitting behind a desk ,waiting to go back home at 4.30Pm ,go to the gym,watching TV and complaining about everything!
    Looks like I made a new friend…..Dude!!!!!!!

  • Shadwell06

    well best of luck with your return Tex, it has been a long time now, hope the roads are kind enough for your return. don’t forget the saying put the hammer down and give it…. hmm maybe not that one!! keep the rubber down, and the shinny side up.

  • Matt Chase

    Well said Tex. Did not mean to speak for you.
    Glad you saw it and responded.

  • Kent Wilson

    I started truck driving in 2001. I was working in a welding shop for Catepillar. I built big buckets for open pit mining equipment. The company moved to Mexico so I was retrained. I always wanted to drive. So I decided to get paid for it. I guess I got lucky. I went to school that not only taught me to drive a truck but also taught me how to keep my money in my pocket. I was married, had no kids. It was a good job. I started out with a small company inTuscon Arizona that was actually “run” by Swift. I drove for 1 year. During that time I had my ups and downs. I was new to the industry so I let a lot of it “blow by me”. I was making $0.25 @mile. I got my year in and went to Central Refrigeration in Utah. Another (I found out) Swift company. But they were good for me. I learned alot from the drivers. Just by listening and watching. I stayed with them for 3 years. My final pay was $0.35 @ mile. I also recieved a few saftey awards. I then went to Martin (the blue bird). Had a pretty good jump in pay ($0.40 @ mile).
    We were living in Arizona and I was driving 11-western. I did good. 2005 I was in Ohio picking up a load going to Buffalo. I got a call from my mother-in-law—-my wife had died. Martin was very good at getting me home. I was off for 2 weeks. When I went back on the road I left Martin due to a misunderstanding. I went to work for R.L Henderson out of Illinois. It was actually the best job of all. I ran a relay between Arizona and California because their drivers didn’t like California. I could run OR if I wanted to and I got the same pay: $0.40 @ mile. I had to give it all up tho because the stress finally was getting to me. But in all the time I drove I learned one thing: Todays trucking IS NOT for a family man. Especially if you are a company driver. To many days away from home, to many birthdays missed, too many graduations etc.. The stress alone would make it real rough on a “family man” (Or woman). And now, with the new HOS it is even worse. I was talking with a Safeway store manager the other day and he even says that the new HOS is starting to hurt that company. They have to hire more drivers in order to keep their stores open. And there just isn’t that many available.

    I’m no longer a driver, but please, belive me, when I say: You people are just as important (If not more so) to this country as the Service Men and Women of our Military. With out you we would have nothing. Every time I see a truck on the highway, I make sure to give the driver a high five, whether he/she waves back is immaterial. I just make sure that they know I do appreciate what they do for me. I give them the respect that they deserve. I also know that they are human, just like me. They make mistakes now and then. I never judge, even if I know the entire story. You guys keep up the good work and if your ever around Brooks,Oregon I might be the one buying your next cup of coffee.

  • Denise

    You are awesome, Mr. Wilson! So sad to hear about your wife, but thank you for taking the time to get online and write a thank-you to us. I might just take you up on that cup of coffee someday!

  • Kent Wilson

    Denise: just email me when you arrive. I live about 5 minutes from the truck stop. If the timing is right I just might treat you to dinner at the Chalet. strives to maintain an open forum for reader opinions. Click here to read our comment policy.