Company Reviews Of CFI?

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Eric L.'s Comment
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There are reviews of many companies here but nothing on CFI. I did read @Big Scott diary of his cdl schooling and training, very informative.

Do they have speed governors, APUs and inverters? Can you install a refrigerator etc?

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.

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.

APUs:

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.

Big Scott's Comment
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We have inverters. You can put a refrigerator in. There is a spot for a small microwave and a TV mount. We have SiriusXM satellite radio provided by the company. They have a pet policy and rider policy. Our trucks are governed at 65, which is faster then some. Trucks are manual transmission. All KW T-680's. There are still a few Freightliners and Internationals in the fleet, but those will be retired soon. The fleet is also turning from white to red. What more would you like to know? Try putting CFI in the search bar on this page to see more.

HOS:

Hours Of Service

HOS refers to the logbook hours of service regulations.
Eric L.'s Comment
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Big Scott, do you get HHG miles or Practical?

Big Scott's Comment
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Big Scott, do you get HHG miles or Practical?

Not sure. However, most of my dispatched miles are very close to my actual miles. I find them usually +or- 10 miles. We get paid on dispatch. They will fix/adjust things if there is a major discrepancy. For example, when I was with my trainer, we had to scale a load and the scale was about 50 miles from the shipper. We couldn't get it legal and had to go back to the shipper to have it reworked. He spoke with his dispatcher and got us a dispatch for those miles so we could be paid for them. Don't expect to be compensated if you get lost and drive 25 miles in the wrong direction. I have found they will make things right. I am very happy with the miles I'm getting. We are growing and the loads are there. I'm currently on a 2386 mile load. I did not care about the 8 miles I drove to get it.

Shipper:

The customer who is shipping the freight. This is where the driver will pick up a load and then deliver it to the receiver or consignee.

Dispatcher:

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.

HOS:

Hours Of Service

HOS refers to the logbook hours of service regulations.

OWI:

Operating While Intoxicated

Eric L.'s Comment
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Thanks. I put an application in, waiting to hear from them. Figure the holiday may slow down responses.

Big Scott's Comment
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Thanks. I put an application in, waiting to hear from them. Figure the holiday may slow down responses.

If recruiting is as busy as dispatch right now, your process may take a bit longer. Be patient. On top of holidays and vacations, yesterday the Commdata system was down for half the day. Trucking is often a waiting game. I love it out here.

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