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Dan Snyder's Comment
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Good day everyone,

First, I would like to thank everyone that has replied to various posts about getting into the industry. Each of you have a different and valuable persepective on things; and for any outsider like me, its very valuable information.

I will be shipping off to Wil-Trans Company CDL Training next Friday (10th). Aside from the basics, does anyone have some intel on things to bring. I know to keep it light, so I'm looking for must haves. I'm on of the few whose brain still does work, so I should be able to think and figure things out.

Again, thanks to all who comment.

D-

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.

HOS:

Hours Of Service

HOS refers to the logbook hours of service regulations.

Wil-Trans:

Darrel Wilson bought his first tractor in 1980 at age 20, but, being too young to meet OTR age requirements, he leased the truck out and hired a driver.

Through growth and acquisition, Wil-Trans now employs over 200 drivers, and has a long-standing partnership with Prime, Inc. to haul their refrigerated freight. The family of businesses also includes Jim Palmer Trucking and O & S Trucking.

Old School's Comment
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Click on this link for Items To Bring with you to training. Hopefully you'll find something helpful there.

Best of luck at Wil-Trans , you're in good hands over 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.

OTR:

Over The Road

OTR driving normally means you'll be hauling freight to various customers throughout your company's hauling region. It often entails being gone from home for two to three weeks at a time.

Wil-Trans:

Darrel Wilson bought his first tractor in 1980 at age 20, but, being too young to meet OTR age requirements, he leased the truck out and hired a driver.

Through growth and acquisition, Wil-Trans now employs over 200 drivers, and has a long-standing partnership with Prime, Inc. to haul their refrigerated freight. The family of businesses also includes Jim Palmer Trucking and O & S Trucking.

Jeramy H.'s Comment
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Congrats! I'm looking at going Jim Palmer on the 27th.

I believe Wil-Trans and Jim Palmer are owned by the same entity, so I'm assuming that school is very similar. Keep us posted, and if you learn any tips along the way let me know! :)

Good luck and be safe out there. If you are like me you are excited to get this adventure started!

Wil-Trans:

Darrel Wilson bought his first tractor in 1980 at age 20, but, being too young to meet OTR age requirements, he leased the truck out and hired a driver.

Through growth and acquisition, Wil-Trans now employs over 200 drivers, and has a long-standing partnership with Prime, Inc. to haul their refrigerated freight. The family of businesses also includes Jim Palmer Trucking and O & S Trucking.

Unholychaos's Comment
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The general rule is try to restrict yourself to one duffle. Depending on how long your training phase is and whether or not you'll be routed home, you'll be pretty much living with whatever you can fit in that one bag. I personally would suggest just the basics: enough sets of clean clothes for the time out (plan on showering every other day at minimum), toiletries, and some form of entertainment for down times.

G-Town's Comment
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Good luck Dan!

This link has got you "covered":

What to bring to school and training

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.

OTR:

Over The Road

OTR driving normally means you'll be hauling freight to various customers throughout your company's hauling region. It often entails being gone from home for two to three weeks at a time.

Dan Snyder's Comment
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Yes, they are sister companies.

Congrats! I'm looking at going Jim Palmer on the 27th.

I believe Wil-Trans and Jim Palmer are owned by the same entity, so I'm assuming that school is very similar. Keep us posted, and if you learn any tips along the way let me know! :)

Good luck and be safe out there. If you are like me you are excited to get this adventure started!

Wil-Trans:

Darrel Wilson bought his first tractor in 1980 at age 20, but, being too young to meet OTR age requirements, he leased the truck out and hired a driver.

Through growth and acquisition, Wil-Trans now employs over 200 drivers, and has a long-standing partnership with Prime, Inc. to haul their refrigerated freight. The family of businesses also includes Jim Palmer Trucking and O & S Trucking.

Dan Snyder's Comment
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This is becoming the tricky issue. What someone defines as a duffle bag. I've heard from gym bag size, up to a military knapsack cargo bag. By the time you have clothes, toiletries, and bedding stuff...That little ol' bag is gonna be busting at the seams. lol

The general rule is try to restrict yourself to one duffle. Depending on how long your training phase is and whether or not you'll be routed home, you'll be pretty much living with whatever you can fit in that one bag. I personally would suggest just the basics: enough sets of clean clothes for the time out (plan on showering every other day at minimum), toiletries, and some form of entertainment for down times.

G-Town's Comment
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Try not to fret too much over this, you'll likely have access to a laundry services at school and in training. It's storing it in the trainers truck that becomes problematic.

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