ROEHL, TMC, AND NEW TO THE GIG!

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Trucker41's Comment
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The company I work for is based in Wisconsin. Just down the road from Marshfield in Amherst. smile.gif

.... That wouldn’t be H.O. Wolding, would it? I’ve heard they are a very good Wisconsin based company. What type of freight do you haul there?

John P.'s Comment
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Good luck an be safe

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Thanks for the reply, Brett. I guess I should have elaborated a little more.

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Yeah, I guess so!

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That explanation offered a whole lot more than just "the recruiter bad talked other companies and Roehl has a family atmosphere". I'm glad to hear it. We look forward to following along as you go through your rookie year.

OWI:

Operating While Intoxicated

Patrick C.'s Comment
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The company I work for is based in Wisconsin. Just down the road from Marshfield in Amherst. smile.gif

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.... That wouldn’t be H.O. Wolding, would it? I’ve heard they are a very good Wisconsin based company. What type of freight do you haul there?

It is H. O Wolding. I love the company I work for. We haul dry van. There are a few reefers, but they are mostly for the teams that do California runs. We haul mainly paper products. But we haul sugar and furniture often as well. I have hauled paper products, sugar, scrap, taco stuff, green beans, menard products, furniture, all kinds of stuff.

The only thing is Wolding doesn't have a CDL program. But they do reimburse tuition at $200 a month. They will even pay it directly to your loaning institution. You can start out as regional out the gate, but mileage can be a little blah doing regional. A lot of short runs. To get the longer runs you need to stay out at least 2 weeks. Wolding does an excellent job about working with you on how you run. I have a tried various different times out and home. Wolding pretty much lets you tailor how you want to run. They understand that there isn't a one shoe fits all when it comes to time out and home.

It is an all Freightliner fleet. They are finishing up getting rid the last of the mid roof trucks. They are staying with 72" RR Sleepers. All the trucks have lubecore auto lubrication system and pre-oilers. We have the best CSA score of any Wisconsin based company. (There are a lot of them. Schneider, Roehl, Millis, Karl's Transport, PTI, etc...). We have been at the top the entire time I have worked for them. Did I mention our trucks are blue? Even though the fleet consists of between 300-350 trucks; it feels like a much smaller company.

Shameless plug done...... for now.

Drive Safe and God Speed.

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.

Regional:

Regional Route

Usually refers to a driver hauling freight within one particular region of the country. You might be in the "Southeast Regional Division" or "Midwest Regional". Regional route drivers often get home on the weekends which is one of the main appeals for this type of route.

CSA:

Compliance, Safety, Accountability (CSA)

The CSA is a Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) initiative to improve large truck and bus safety and ultimately reduce crashes, injuries, and fatalities that are related to commercial motor vehicle

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.

Reefer:

A refrigerated trailer.

Susan D. 's Comment
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Low Regional miles? I don't know what that is. In my first year driving Midwest Regional I drove just over 158000 miles in my first year of trucking. My head is still spinning on how a 120k mile commitment equates to 15 months. Y'all are scaring me and I'll hush now lol.

Trucker41 you'll do awesome and Roehl is a fine company. Any questions please ask and you have plenty of people here cheering you on and ready to answer.

Regional:

Regional Route

Usually refers to a driver hauling freight within one particular region of the country. You might be in the "Southeast Regional Division" or "Midwest Regional". Regional route drivers often get home on the weekends which is one of the main appeals for this type of route.

Patrick C.'s Comment
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Wolding delivers to a lot food DCs. McLane, PFG, GFS, RFS, US Foods, etc... when one of those kills an entire day more or less. It hurts your miles. Regional at Wolding expect to average 2400 miles a week. By staying out 2 weeks I avg 2800 a week.

I should state SE Regional. That is the only true regional route I have run at Wolding. SE stinks because at least once a week your in Atlanta. Between delivering to a food DC and being in Atlanta that day is completely shot. I have no clue about the miles in their Midwest regional.

Regional:

Regional Route

Usually refers to a driver hauling freight within one particular region of the country. You might be in the "Southeast Regional Division" or "Midwest Regional". Regional route drivers often get home on the weekends which is one of the main appeals for this type of route.

HOS:

Hours Of Service

HOS refers to the logbook hours of service regulations.
Trucker41's Comment
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Good luck an be safe

Thank you, John P.

Trucker41's Comment
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We have been at the top the entire time I have worked for them. Did I mention our trucks are blue? Even though the fleet consists of between 300-350 trucks; it feels like a much smaller company.

Shameless plug done...... for now.

Shameless plug, indeed! LOL! Hey man, there's nothing wrong with being proud of what you do and where you work.

Trucker41's Comment
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Low Regional miles? I don't know what that is. In my first year driving Midwest Regional I drove just over 158000 miles in my first year of trucking. My head is still spinning on how a 120k mile commitment equates to 15 months. Y'all are scaring me and I'll hush now lol.

Trucker41 you'll do awesome and Roehl is a fine company. Any questions please ask and you have plenty of people here cheering you on and ready to answer.

Thank you, Susan D. The "cheering on" does help. Especially when it's something so different than what I've done before. I have to admit, though. I can't help but smile when I think about what's in my windshield view now.

The 15 months = 120,000 miles isn't completely an accurate thing. It depends on a lot of factors: Really, the only goal and timeframe commitment is 120,000 miles whether you complete that in 8 months, 1 year, or 15 months...any timeframe really. They just use that 15 month thing to give Newbies a basic idea, I think. For example, they have different hometime options. I'll be out 14 days and home for 3 at a time. Or, I can stay out as long as I want. But, if I switched to a hometime option of 7 days out/7 days home, obviously I'll accrue miles at a slower rate that way. And of course, I don't really know how many miles per week I'll really get yet. Hopefully a bunch. But, that remains to be seen until I'm on the road Solo. Really it boils down to however long it takes to complete 120,000 miles, whether its a short timeframe or a long one.

Being new to this, I think it's hard for some new drivers to understand what timeframe 120,000 miles can equate to. So they throw a hypothetical time period on there to give it some rationalization. The contract though, says nothing about 15 months. It's just when you complete 120,000 miles.

Regional:

Regional Route

Usually refers to a driver hauling freight within one particular region of the country. You might be in the "Southeast Regional Division" or "Midwest Regional". Regional route drivers often get home on the weekends which is one of the main appeals for this type of route.

Dm:

Dispatcher, Fleet Manager, Driver Manager

The primary person a driver communicates with at his/her company. A dispatcher can play many roles, depending on the company's structure. Dispatchers may assign freight, file requests for home time, relay messages between the driver and management, inform customer service of any delays, change appointment times, and report information to the load planners.
Trucker41's Comment
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Happy Halloween, everyone!!!

T-Minus 5 days to the first day of Orientation and CDL training at Roehl! This weekend is going to be crazy. Army Reserve Combat Medic drill at Fort McCoy - Friday, Saturday, and Sunday. Then drive straight from there to check into the hotel in Marshfield for Roehl training beginning Monday morning. Whew!

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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.
Brett Aquila's Comment
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T-Minus 5 days to the first day of Orientation and CDL training at Roehl!

But it's been 6 days since you've used our High Road Training Program!

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Study study!

There's a ton of information to know just to get your CDL permit, and that's the easy part. You're going to need to learn the logbook rules and learn proper weight distribution also.

The more you can learn now the easier life will be once you get there.

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.

Logbook:

A written or electronic record of a driver's duty status which must be maintained at all times. The driver records the amount of time spent driving, on-duty not driving, in the sleeper berth, or off duty. The enforcement of the Hours Of Service Rules (HOS) are based upon the entries put in a driver's logbook.

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