R.e. West

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Blade S.'s Comment
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Hello all, I just recently came across a company in middle Tennessee called r.e. West. They are a small family owned company who's main customer is a.o. West in Ashland City hauling water heaters. Didn't see many post about them and just wanted to give an update to anyone that might find this useful. They offer paid CDL training with no contract. They will only do the CDL training for people that are Tennessee residents. It is two weeks to get CDL and three weeks with a trainer. Seems like they have pretty good equipment. Late model cascadia's with APU. The starting pay for their dry van is 0.32 a mile which is a little on the lowe side but keep in mind they pay for your CDL and passport and you don't have a contract with them. They are very friendly and the recruiters are very honest. They do have a heavy haul/ flatbed division as well. If you have any questions please feel free to reach out.

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.

Dry Van:

A trailer or truck that that requires no special attention, such as refrigeration, that hauls regular palletted, boxed, or floor-loaded freight. The most common type of trailer in trucking.

APU:

Auxiliary Power Unit

On tractor trailers, and APU is a small diesel engine that powers a heat and air conditioning unit while charging the truck's main batteries at the same time. This allows the driver to remain comfortable in the cab and have access to electric power without running the main truck engine.

Having an APU helps save money in fuel costs and saves wear and tear on the main engine, though they tend to be expensive to install and maintain. Therefore only a very small percentage of the trucks on the road today come equipped with an APU.

Patrick C.'s Comment
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I can help add info about R.E. West if anybody wants to know anything.

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