Roehl OTR Doesn't Travel All 48 States?

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Dave Reid's Comment
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I'm really enticed to go with Roehl Transport because of their pet policy and paid CDL training, but I've read that they basically only stay in one part of the country? Can anyone elaborate on this please?

Roehl runs mostly midwest, midsouth, and mideast. They do go everywhere a bit, but they don't allow new drivers to run the western mountains.

You'll find that many companies are licensed in 48 states but few of them go to all or most of them other than the huge nationals.

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.
Errol V.'s Comment
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Big T updates:

They just announced it today on Facebook. Non-aggressive, under 40 pounds, shots, and $300 fee.

That's what happens when I take 2 days off!
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Big Scott's Comment
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CFI has paid CDL training, pet policy ($500 deposit), rider policy, great home time policy, and we go to all 48 states and Canada. I am currently on a run from TN to Reno NV. I have not been everywhere yet, but I have seen the Pacific Ocean, Atlantic Ocean and Gulf of Mexico. This is my sixth month solo. I love it out here.

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.
Austin P.'s Comment
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They just announced it today on Facebook. Non-aggressive, under 40 pounds, shots, and $300 fee.

Wow that news came out just in time lol, that's awesome. I will definitely reconsider them now, thank you so much.

Austin P.'s Comment
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CFI has paid CDL training, pet policy ($500 deposit), rider policy, great home time policy, and we go to all 48 states and Canada. I am currently on a run from TN to Reno NV. I have not been everywhere yet, but I have seen the Pacific Ocean, Atlantic Ocean and Gulf of Mexico. This is my sixth month solo. I love it out here.

From reading their job listings, it seems like CFI is now only looking for experienced drivers. Is their paid CDL training uncommon, or am I just looking in the wrong places? Regardless, I will call them up for sure, thank you!

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.
Hammer's Comment
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I'd share the map I have if I could figure out how. I've been solo for Roehl for almost 6 months. I'm from RI, my classmate was from TX. We both ended up mostly running Midwest. I've crossed the Mississippi three times and not by much. Lots of PA. Through IN past Chicago up into WI. Through Canada a few times from ME to MI.

Hey, Matt H! I'm also from RI and plan to drive for Roehl Transport upon graduating from NETTTS. One more week of school and then the road test whenever RI DMV works through their backlog (apparently, there's a 1-2 month delay). If you're amenable and if possible, I would like to speak with you offline about your job. Thanks!

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.

DMV:

Department of Motor Vehicles, Bureau of Motor Vehicles

The state agency that handles everything related to your driver's licences, including testing, issuance, transfers, and revocation.

Matt H.'s Comment
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I'd share the map I have if I could figure out how. I've been solo for Roehl for almost 6 months. I'm from RI, my classmate was from TX. We both ended up mostly running Midwest. I've crossed the Mississippi three times and not by much. Lots of PA. Through IN past Chicago up into WI. Through Canada a few times from ME to MI.

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Hey, Matt H! I'm also from RI and plan to drive for Roehl upon graduating from NETTTS. One more week of school and then the road test whenever RI DMV works through their back log (apparently, there's a 1-2 month delay). If you're amenable and if possible, I would like to speak with you off line about your job. Thanks!

Of course. I'd be happy to. Email me your number? I'll be parked pretty early tomorrow I could call you then? If you prefer text/email just let me know.

mhowarth3@gmail.com

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.

DMV:

Department of Motor Vehicles, Bureau of Motor Vehicles

The state agency that handles everything related to your driver's licences, including testing, issuance, transfers, and revocation.

Brett Aquila's Comment
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If you're amenable and if possible, I would like to speak with you offline about your job

Sure would be nice if others could learn more about this stuff too, ya know? Kind of defeats the purpose of having a community forum if the valuable information that's shared is in private conversations, right?

Hammer's Comment
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Ya, you're probably right. The kind of things I was wondering about seem to me like stupid questions, but I've been told "there's no such thing as stupid questions! (Just stupid people)".

So, here goes: Did Roehl provide you with a new truck or a "gently used" one? Where do you park when on home time? Which home time package did you take? Are you assigned to their NE Regional Route? Are they getting you home as often as you wanted and on time? How do you have your truck set up with regards to cooking equipment and cooler/refrigeration for your food? Does the company provide inverters? How do you like it so far?

I guess I should have directed these questions toward the recruiter (Cheryl, who is very professional), but I didn't think of these until afterwards. The main reason I settled on Roehl was their safety record (if I'm reading the FMCSA safety website correctly). Hoping to get a little inside scoop on their training program as well. I'm tentatively planning to attend training at their Conley, GA terminal. Thanks!

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.

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

FMCSA:

Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration

The FMCSA was established within the Department of Transportation on January 1, 2000. Their primary mission is to prevent commercial motor vehicle-related fatalities and injuries.

What Does The FMCSA Do?

  • Commercial Drivers' Licenses
  • Data and Analysis
  • Regulatory Compliance and Enforcement
  • Research and Technology
  • Safety Assistance
  • Support and Information Sharing

Fm:

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.
Big Scott's Comment
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CFI has paid CDL training, pet policy ($500 deposit), rider policy, great home time policy, and we go to all 48 states and Canada. I am currently on a run from TN to Reno NV. I have not been everywhere yet, but I have seen the Pacific Ocean, Atlantic Ocean and Gulf of Mexico. This is my sixth month solo. I love it out here.

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From reading their job listings, it seems like CFI is now only looking for experienced drivers. Is their paid CDL training uncommon, or am I just looking in the wrong places? Regardless, I will call them up for sure, thank you!

Look on their website. Here is a link to the student area of their site. Check it out. I'm in California now for the first time in my life.

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.
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