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Big Scott's Comment
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5-26-17 CFI Driver in training Day 2: Last night I was so wired with excitement that I didn't go to sleep early enough. So, I was sooo tired all day. Had to be at CFI by 08:00 to sign in. We had to go to a safey meeting at 09:00 then a People Net class at 10:00. When that was over I had lunch. Then I got together with my trainer. We got his new People Net up and running and got both of us signed into it. Then we went to the practice area and he ran me through the obstacle course a couple of times and we did some backing. Tonight is my last night in my hotel. In the morning I'll check out and head over to the terminal. I don't know if I ever mentioned, but CFI has a shuttle that runs all day between the terminal , hotels, Walmart and restaurants in the area. Once at the terminal, I'll be moving into his truck and he will put us on the load board. Hopefully we will get a load tomorrow. I do have a small challenge, he has no cooler and now fridge. With my current very limited funds I will have to figure something out. Today, I also got to hook up to a trailer, slide the tandems and drop the trailer when we finished practicing. I also drove bobtail for the first time. That was strange. That's about all for now.

Bobtail:

"Bobtailing" means you are driving a tractor without a trailer attached.

Terminal:

A facility where trucking companies operate out of, or their "home base" if you will. A lot of major companies have multiple terminals around the country which usually consist of the main office building, a drop lot for trailers, and sometimes a repair shop and wash facilities.

Tandems:

Tandem Axles

A set of axles spaced close together, legally defined as more than 40 and less than 96 inches apart by the USDOT. Drivers tend to refer to the tandem axles on their trailer as just "tandems". You might hear a driver say, "I'm 400 pounds overweight on my tandems", referring to his trailer tandems, not his tractor tandems. Tractor tandems are generally just referred to as "drives" which is short for "drive axles".

Tandem:

Tandem Axles

A set of axles spaced close together, legally defined as more than 40 and less than 96 inches apart by the USDOT. Drivers tend to refer to the tandem axles on their trailer as just "tandems". You might hear a driver say, "I'm 400 pounds overweight on my tandems", referring to his trailer tandems, not his tractor tandems. Tractor tandems are generally just referred to as "drives" which is short for "drive axles".

Big Scott's Comment
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5-27-17 Moved into trainer's truck. It's a T-680 auto shift. Due to the holiday weekend we'll probably be here in Joplin until Monday. Last night my hives were so bad, I went to the ER and was up almost all night. I'm exhausted right now. We will most likely do some practacing on the yard today. That's about all for now.

Old School's Comment
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Big Scott, I wish I could tell you what to do for your hives. Hopefully when things settle down and you're in your own truck whatever is causing it will ease up.

When on a trainer's truck with no cooler you can get a loaf of bread, some crackers, and a big jar of peanut butter or maybe some canned meats like tuna. That's fairly cheap and will at least keep you from starving to death.

You're doing a great job, keep hanging in there!

Traffic Jam's Comment
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Big Sott, I echo that! Peanut butter n jelly unless u r allergic to it. And then there is the tuna, and other canned meats. It's all temporary. Keep in mind your larger foal. Daily progression towards predetermined worthwhile goals equals success. Each day/shift you complete with your trainer you are a success!!!!! Congrats you Ole CFL driver!

-Traffic Jam

Big Scott's Comment
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Thanks Old School. I'm in the truck and all cleared up. I think it was something in the hotel. I went to Walmart got a cooler, bread, PB&J and a few other things. We are planning our first trip. Will probably be heading out Monday morning. Looking forward to it. We did more practicing today. Also, Old School, someone gave you my number and I would love to chat with you.

Big Scott's Comment
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Big Sott, I echo that! Peanut butter n jelly unless u r allergic to it. And then there is the tuna, and other canned meats. It's all temporary. Keep in mind your larger foal. Daily progression towards predetermined worthwhile goals equals success. Each day/shift you complete with your trainer you are a success!!!!! Congrats you Ole CFL driver!

-Traffic Jam

Thanks. I am a very happy man right now. I get to drive this very nice KW T-680. We just got the new People Net installed and are having fun learning it. I'm excited to be heading out soon.

Lance B.'s Comment
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Big Scott...thank you for mentioning CFI here on TT. I almost threw the towel in regarding a CDL sponsored school that would take me in. Your information regarding CFI has been spot on. I have a ways to go but I'm right behind you. Off to Joplin June 27. I'll see you at the terminal. Coffee on me. Be well.

Lance

CDL:

Commercial Driver's License (CDL)

A CDL is required to drive any of the following vehicles:

  • Any combination of vehicles with a gross combined weight rating (GCWR) of 26,001 or more pounds, providing the gross vehicle weight rating (GVWR) of the vehicle being towed is in excess of 10,000 pounds.
  • Any single vehicle with a GVWR of 26,001 or more pounds, or any such vehicle towing another not in excess of 10,000 pounds.
  • Any vehicle, regardless of size, designed to transport 16 or more persons, including the driver.
  • Any vehicle required by federal regulations to be placarded while transporting hazardous materials.

Terminal:

A facility where trucking companies operate out of, or their "home base" if you will. A lot of major companies have multiple terminals around the country which usually consist of the main office building, a drop lot for trailers, and sometimes a repair shop and wash facilities.

Traffic Jam's Comment
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Hey Lance, can I get in on the coffee too??

Traffic Jam

Big Scott's Comment
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5-28-17 Sunday: Slept in the truck for the first time last night. It wasn't bad. The only bad thing is when you have to go in the middle of the night, it's a long walk. I now know the importance of the pee bottle. I guess I have some new skills to learn. We have our first load. It's two stops and the first is due Tuesday morning. We will either head out late tonight or early tomorrow morning. Had a nice shower at the terminal last night and this morning, I'm doing laundry. I'm going to try to get to Walmart today as well. At some point we will do our trip planning and maybe some more practice. Because we got this load assigned, I will get a very small paycheck next week. Every little bit helps. That's about all for now.

Terminal:

A facility where trucking companies operate out of, or their "home base" if you will. A lot of major companies have multiple terminals around the country which usually consist of the main office building, a drop lot for trailers, and sometimes a repair shop and wash facilities.

OtrEscapeArtist's Comment
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I had a "heavy" vehicle run over a pee bottle while in Iraq that had been roasting in the sun at 115 degrees for a days.... The thing exploded and coveted me in a wave if urine...

I now see these pee bottles littering truck stops...

I shall discontinue further comment as it may offend some...I digress!

P.S. Have fun in the cool truck man!!

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