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    LAS VEGAS, NV

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    Rookie Solo Driver

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  • Joined Us:
    8 months, 3 weeks ago

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Long time casino worker looking for a career change, 53 years old, 4 dogs and 2 cats, 1 son (grown), and 1 husband

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Posted:  1 week, 5 days ago

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Who is only testing urine in 2021?

As of mid April, Wilson only does urine. Might have changed since then, but I doubt it. That being said, I had been prescribed opiate pain meds for years, but just decided to wait the 3 months, even though I had current prescriptions. Better safe than a questionable drug test IMHO

Posted:  1 week, 5 days ago

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Managing expectations after getting out of truck driving school. Are my expectations realistic?

I am looking at trucking school. My needs after training, is a job that offers the following nighttime hours. 11 pm and 11am. Ok with up to 3 days on road, home daily is preferred and in the Las Vegas tri state region. This all being just right out of school…. Am I setting myself up for disappointment? Thanks for your time..

Hi Beverly, fellow Las Vegas resident here, lived there since 1981. So I looked into local jobs before I went OTR. If you can find something LTL, that might be perfect. But many local jobs (such as Brady, food delivery, etc) require you not only to unload, but go into some really tight, near impossible docks. Go downtown sometime and cruise through the alleys and see if you think you can park a truck there...I know people do it, but how I honestly don't know. Also go down to the strip and try to find the receiving areas of the larger resorts. After I saw a few, I knew that local work wasn't for me. Ever probably. One thing you might look into is construction...They have big trucks and seem to work at night mostly. One of my neighbors does it, drives a belly dump with a pup and works nights. I honestly couldn't even tell you where to begin researching, but I'd try Las Vegas Paving as a start. Good luck in your search!

Posted:  3 weeks ago

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Wilson Logistics - Missoula MT

Pics for Anne!!!

This is my truck :) It's like a lot of other trucks. But it's mine for the time being 0928875001633297656.jpg

Passenger area, trying to keep it clear since I'll be picking up my pug next month and that will be her area 0916206001633297783.jpg

My coffee/tea area, or as I like to call it, my kitchen 0187324001633297878.jpg

My bathroom! That camp toilet is the best purchase I made for the truck. It usually has a bag in it, and you buy a powder that gels everything up so it doesn't leak. BEST THING EVER! 0269182001633297988.jpg

The right pillows will make your bunk into a very comfortable lounge area. This is my living room. 0521388001633298152.jpg

And the right foldable desk will make it into a nice office area (or in my case internet play area lol) 0077785001633298239.jpg

Sorry it took me so long girl!

Posted:  3 weeks ago

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Wilson Logistics - Missoula MT

Time for another update!

When your dispatch asked you to retrieve a load from an impound lot, be prepared to wait for emails on company letterhead, comchecks for fees and general bureaucratic BS. Also, the trailer will be in a spot so tight, you can't imagine how they got it there...or how you will get it out. The heavy rescue tow truck was in the way and the guy who drives it wasn't there. Fun times. I had to pull up and 90 the trailer behind me without hitting 2 trailers or the tow truck. Of course EVERYONE who works there had to come watch. I heard one guy say (in Spanish which he didn't know I understand lol) She'll never get it out, girls can't drive. I did a perfect 90, didn't hit anything and poked my head out the window and said "Not bad for a girl!" He was embarrassed lol I need to hire him to come say that to me every time I back!

Got that load delivered and I was told to grab another load at the yard. I get back to the yard and the other driver was disconnected, but still under the trailer. Curtains pulled. Ugh. I called my dispatch and then took a nap (it was barely 6am). Woke up around 9, the guy had moved...grabbed the load, went to scale it out and it was over by 700 lbs. Had to take it back 100ish miles to have it reworked...of course not in the direction that I was going lol It was recyclables, they took a bale off. Took me 2 hours to get my load balanced (but I did learn to slide a 5th wheel, so that was good). Funny thing, I got it all balanced (as much as possible anyway), after 6 trips across the scale, sliding every thing I could slide, barely legal...A trucker watched me do this for the whole time and when I stopped to take a break and eat, he sent his wife over to see if I was having issues and needed help. Nice thought but you watched me struggle with it for 2 hours first!?!?

Got that load delivered, went to our yard and spent 2 hours cleaning out that trailer. 17 bags of trash. 17. And oh joy, I get a local run I have to pick up at 3am. 100 some odd miles away. I go get that load after about 4 hours of sleep and drag it back up to the store it's going to. Well I try. There are no truck routes that I can find. Every road says NO TRUCKS. Or 15 ton weight limit. I got lost. I finally made my way back to a truck stop and called my dispatch for help...his reply was "we send trucks there all the time, you'll just have to find it". I won't lie, I cried, I was sooo tired and frustrated. I called the receiver, they didn't know either. I asked truckers, they didn't know. Finally I just went. After I delivered, a different guy was there and told me how to get out. The road was still marked as local delivery only, but it didn't have a weight limit...but my GPS kept saying it was no trucks anyway. That was a fun day. Took the returns back to the DC, found a rest area, called my dispatch and told them I needed to sleep and slept. The next load went okay...but the one after....

Got my next load delivered at 7am. The load after didn't pick up until 6pm. It was a drop and hook. I was in an area with very limited truck parking. I had 5 1/2 hours on my 14 and 9 1/2 on my 70 and wasn't getting any time back for a day and a half. They wanted me to go 650 miles in that 9 hours... nope. I called my dispatch and he said I DID have time. So I tried to figure it out. Then I just decided to pick up the load and run with it. But of course, now I can't sleep, trying to figure out how I was going to get this load there in my time frame. They wanted it delivered at 730am in 2 days. I called dispatch and asked since I could only drive 9 hours anyway if I could pick up the load in the morning. I explained that I could drive 5 hours, spend 10 hours on the side of the freeway (because it would be midnight in an area with little parking), then drive 4 more, and then park until I got time back...24 hours or so. OR I could rest, be safe to drive and drive my full 9 tomorrow. It didn't matter, the load wouldn't get there when they wanted it delivered anyway unless they repowered it. Dispatch said go ahead and sleep, it's a drop and hook and I'll get the appointment changed. Ok, off to bed I go. When I wake up around 4am, I change to on duty for my pretrip, and a pretty....rude, I guess, message from another dispatch arrives about why I didn't pick up my load, why am I in the sleeper so long, etc... I guess the other dispatch didn't put it in my notes. So I grab the phone and call MY dispatcher. He apologized and said he'd talk to the person who sent it. I sent a very long and pointed message back on the Qualcomm too, just so it would be there for the record. And my dispatcher changed the appointment time so it was all good.

Delivered that load, grabbed a loaded trailer. Realized the mudflaps were torn off and laying on the ground. And one of the tires was showing cords. Wait, 2 tires. No, make that 3! Dragged that trailer to the yard to be repaired. It took them 3 1/2 hours. They wanted this load 750 miles away by Friday morning (this was Wednesday evening by now). Not happening. But I'll get it as close as I can... with my limited recap hours (though by this time I was getting back decent recaps). I drove until about 1 1/2 hours before my time was up and started looking for parking. None to be had. I broke my clock by 12 mins. That was a call with compliance.

Fortunately my dispatch reset the appointment, I am now 30 miles away and on a 40ish hour break. All that and I still don't want to quit!

Posted:  3 weeks, 1 day ago

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How Hard Is It To Get A CDL?

I was a waitress, then a dealer and a lot boss. 33 years in the casino industry, 22 at my previous job, nice salary, excellent benefits and vacation, the whole package. I quit to become a truck driver. I am happy with my decision thus far.

Getting the CDL was hard for me. I had never driven anything with a trailer, rarely backed my car, had very little mechanical knowledge. I still got it.. I chose to go through a company sponsored program and it has worked out for me. I’ve been solo for a couple months.

The biggest change is lifestyle. I love camping and traveling, but realize it’s like living in a tiny house with no bathroom. Your friends at home will still love you, but cannot comprehend what you do every day. In my case, I have family at home and they don’t comprehend it really either. It’s still been worth it to me.

My main advice is to do A LOT of research on the lifestyle. Watch YouTube. Read blogs. Decide if you really want it. Because if you don’t, it will be the hardest thing you’ve done. All this coming from my few months experience lol

Posted:  1 month ago

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Old School

I had a detached retina in 2009. Yours sounds more extensive than mine, but there is hope. It took me about a year to get any kind of normal vision back in that eye. I still have large floaters in there, and my vision is pretty bad in that eye...but with glasses I can pass a DOT vision test obviously. Give it time to heal, it takes forever, or so it feels!

Posted:  1 month ago

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Lost my medical card. :(

I have had T2 diabetes for 10 years. When I was diagnosed, my A1c was 13.1. Yeah. I did a ton of research and ended up going on a ketogenic diet. In 6 months with no meds, I was down to 6.1. I maintained that for 8 years and then "fell off the wagon". This time I was 8.4. Back on keto, added metformin and in 3 months was back to 5.8. If the vegan thing doesn't work for you, try keto. I did the vegan thing, but the carbs were just too much for my body. I wish you the best with your issues!

Posted:  1 month ago

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Wilson Logistics - Missoula MT

Overdue for another update! I haven't had much to say, things have been going relatively smoothly. I've been on hometime for almost a week, and will head back out on Tuesday. I do have a few "trucker" stories though lol And of course I have learned a few new things.

Lessons learned: 1. If you are not extremely comfortable with back country roads, you may not want to follow your GPS. I was going from Twin Falls ID (where my GPS tried to take my 14' trailer under a 13'9" bridge *sigh) to Bakersfield, CA. It took me down a few state routes that I happened to know from my hiking days. Good road, fun drive. But if you are a city dweller or not used to desert driving, it would have been a bit scary. There were very few places to pull over if needed. No cell service, so my next major purchase will be a CB. Not that it would have helped, I think I saw maybe 20 cars and 4 trucks that whole day. It was awesome actually!

2. A great phone case is a must. I dropped mine, cracked the screen and shattered the back. My new phone should be here tomorrow and I bought a bulletproof case...well maybe not bulletproof but extremely protective. Just a note, Iphones do not like to be dropped on asphalt from the height of a truck...just sayin'

3. Speaking of bulletproof, I don't think trucks are. I went to pick up a load in Stockton. It wasn't ready (even though it was supposed to be), but I was tired and they allowed parking on the street. No big deal. I went out and parked in front of a couple of old motorhomes that had obviously been there a while. As I was eating my dinner, I watched many newer, expensive cars come and go. I am not naive, I knew they were breaking bad back there...but it didn't concern me, so I went to bed. I later woke up to police radios squawking. I figured they were going to make me move (the whole road was marked no parking, but everyone was ignoring the signs). I got up, opened my curtains and there were 3 cops taking cover in front of my truck, guns out! One of the cops motioned me to go back in the sleeper...I know trucks are tough, but if there was a gunfight I wanted to be as low as possible. I grabbed my bedding and my pillow and laid down on the floor. Funny thing, even with all that commotion, I went right back to sleep lmao! I guess they were arresting someone from those motorhomes. I was just happy they didn't make me move or give me a parking ticket lol

4. When you get a gut feeling to slow down, do it. Once it was the most magnificent elk I have ever seen standing in the middle of the road. Since it was the crack of dawn in the middle of Wyoming, I was the only one out on the road. I stopped and that elk and I had a stare down for about 30 seconds. I thought he might charge the truck for a minute. Another time, it was a moose cow, but she meandered off relatively quickly. But the very best one...I was driving down highway 97, speed limit 55. I would never speed (...yeah right lol). There were 4 trucks behind me that were trying to push me down the hill. I came upon a sign that said all CMVs must stop for inspection. Turned the corner and there was a CHP with his little scooter board and step ladder. I pulled over and all you could hear was jake brakes and squealing brakes as the other trucks tried to stop. Once they got over (sort of), the officer walked all the way back to me and said since I stopped first he would usually inspect me and let the others go. Then he stated that since they were a**holes (his words exactly lol), I could go on and that they would be there a while. Ironic thing, about 20 miles later, I had a blow out on my trailer. As I waited about 4 hours for roadside service, only one of those trucks passed me.

5. 1 blowout and 1 flat (both on my trailers) in 6 days. Learned that once roadside is set up, it's a great time to get a nap. The second guy was awesome, he fixed the tire without waking me up :D

I had put in for hometime about 3 weeks before...seems like they forgot. I called to give them a gentle reminder that since I live in suburbia, I have no place to park a truck and asked if they had any ideas. That seemed to remind them, and I have to say their commitment to get me home was top notch. They deadheaded me 350 miles to drop my trailer in our nearest yard and then sent me home bobtail another 250 miles. I don't think they'll forget again lol I put my truck in the shop to get the radar replaced, transferred my CDL back to Nevada and did a bunch of other errands. I'll come home again around Halloween to get one of my dogs and take some hometime that doesn't have as many errands!

Yes Anne, I'll get pics once I get a trailer back on her...and she gets a bath...and the inside is set back up since I stripped everything to get it washed and organized!

Posted:  1 month, 3 weeks ago

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Is my wife being discriminated against?

I read this thread 3 times. I have to chime in, though I’m usually quiet. I want to make 2 things clear, one I do not work for Prime, and two, I am a straight middle aged woman. I have a lot of training experience in my old profession and a couple of college degrees. In personnel management and business management. I have traveled to Singapore and China to train people, plus many in the United States. And yes, I chose to become a trucker.

I was the only female in my training class. I was expected to do everything everyone else did, even if they were 20 years younger and male. I was treated exactly the same as everyone else. Except my trainer didn’t pick me up for 2 weeks. And that didn’t work out. And then a second trainer picked me up. And that didn’t work out. Finally a third trainer did. I just completed my solo week and am now a full fledged trucker lol. But I was 3 weeks behind all the guys in my class. I was called stupid and much worse by my first 2 trainers. It seriously bordered on abusive behavior with the second one. But I NEVER EVER thought that the mishandling of my training )and the lack of management wanting to hear about it) was discrimination. IMHO a lot has to do with the kind of people that are attracted to trucking in the first place. Most are loners, maybe a bit odd, usually introverted. They do not go through a lot of training on how to speak to people or even how to teach. Some are good at that and some aren’t. So Ashley, don’t take it personally. Most of these folks are doing the best they can with the tools they have. Just get through it.

The other part I NEED to comment on is the 2 parents at home thing. Optimal, yes. Possible? Not always. As a mother who raised a fantastic special needs child all on her own, while working full time, I have to totally disagree with that statement. My son is now 32. I did a great job without any father in the picture. So if it works for you and your family, don’t sweat it. The kids will be fine.

Posted:  1 month, 3 weeks ago

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Wilson Logistics - Missoula MT

Following your exciting adventure! I take the written and my DOT physical Tuesday and hopefully will be on a bus to Springfield to start with Wilson next weekend. I'm excited!

Which truck did you get and how old is it?

I have a 2019 Freightliner. She and I are learning to get along lmao

Posted:  1 month, 4 weeks ago

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Wilson Logistics - Missoula MT

Solo week days 3, 4, 5

Denver taught me some lessons. My first delivery went smoothly, easy straight back. Dispatch then sent me to the yard to pick up a trailer going to a Sams Club DC. No problem. Backed in my empty after a few tries and hooked up to the new trailer. Wreck on the freeway so I was 1/2 an hour late. I called and they said no big deal just try to be there within the hour. Arrived and received a beeper for when they had a door for me. 2 hours. Got the door and had to unhook and said beeper will go off when you’re empty. That was another 2 hours. So I split my clock so I could get my load and get out of town.

Then I Was asked to drop the trailer I had and switch out for another at a trailer repair place. No problem. It was down a narrow side road with cars parked on both sides. There was no way I could get into that yard. I pulled around to find a place to plant and call dispatch, the repair company, whoever I needed. Lo and behold, on the side of that street was the trailer I needed. No kingpin lock. No glad hand lock. I called dispatch to find out if I should drop the trailer I had in the same spot or what…the business was closed by this point. He said he’d call back. I waited an hour and called him…he’d gone home and hadn’t told anyone my predicament. The new dispatch told me to take my old trailer back to the yard and bobtail back for the new trailer. Ok. I did that and had 3 hours left in my clock. Enough to do a drop and hook and hopefully get out of town.

I get halfway to the shipper and receive a message that my load has been voided. I turn around and drive back to the yard. 8 times back and forth through Denver traffic and construction. Fun times. I back into the last spot at the yard and message dispatch where I am and to let me know what to do… he calls and says he accidentally sent the void! By now I have an hour and a half on my clock, which I’ve already split. I tell him I can’t get there until tomorrow. I was done. Off to bed to start early and get out of Denver.

Wake up at 5 am. Off to the races. Got dressed, grabbed my phone and trotted across the yard to use the restroom. Know what I forgot? My truck keys. Locked in the truck of course. That was an $85 call to popalock. I then drive up to get my load. She’s a heavy beast. 45k. I weighed out TWICE at the shipper and they told me I was all good. Off we go!

Got to Wyoming and they were pulling every truck into the scales. Had to stop on the scales and two guys came out with measuring tapes. Every truck. Then Every truck then pulled around, parked and went inside. My turn. I was 2500 over on my trailer tires. Supposedly. I went inside and EVERY trucker was paying $40 for axle overweight fees. Very friendly. You just need a $40 overweight permit and slide your tandems all the way back. Probably be easier if they just charged a $40 toll but okay. I did as asked. I then took my truck to the truck stop and used the cat scale to get everything right. Tight truck stop. Tandems all the way back. It wasn’t fun.

Spent the night in Sheridan and the next morning I got pulled into THAT port of entry. They didn’t weigh me but I had to take in my paperwork. Wtf Wyoming!

Made it to our yard in Missoula, spending the night and delivering in the morning. Where I’ll be reloaded and sent BACK. I guess Denver hasn’t taught me all I need to know yet!

Posted:  2 months ago

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Wilson Logistics - Missoula MT

Don't forget to text me if you need a WM parking location in CO, WY, MT, NM, ID, or SD. I may know of a few.

Thank you! Ended up going to one near the receiver. Did some shopping and used the bathroom. Much relief! From what I read on truckerpath they kick everyone out at midnight so I’ll probably go back to the street parking around 10 and get some sleep

Posted:  2 months ago

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Wilson Logistics - Missoula MT

There are a whole lot of Walmarts around the Denver area where you could park. These all have restrooms, too.

Oh didn’t think of them! Thank you!

Posted:  2 months ago

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Wilson Logistics - Missoula MT

Day 2 solo was uneventful. Drove about 500 miles and shut down early so I could get into Denver without too much hassle. I did see something interesting. Truck pulls into the rest area I was in…. Lady driver, man riding shotgun. I didn’t think much of it until a girl about 3 years old got out. That’s cool…and then a boy about 5…and another girl about 13…and a big pit bull! And I thought it was crowded with 2 people! 5 and a dog boggles my mind.

Woke up at 1 am. Left when I legal at 3 am. Got into Denver around noon. All the truck stops are full. At noon.!!? Don’t these people have jobs?!?! Anyway the receiver allows street parking overnight. No big deal. Kind of. No bathroom. And I need a shower. To top it all off, I broke my top denture this morning. My delivery is at 7am. They won’t take me early. I tried. 18 hours parked on this street.

To sum it all up, I am fat, toothless and smelly. Once I pee in my funnel/bottle contraption and poop in a trash bag (that’ll both be tonight I’m sure), my transformation to trucker will be complete!

Posted:  2 months ago

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Wilson Logistics - Missoula MT

Copy/pate from the general category. I actually thought I’d put it here lol

My first day solo

Ah so much fun. Y’all are in for some laughs! I was told to let dispatch know what empty I grabbed from the yard. I chose the trailer that I had tested out with. I parked it there. I sat in front of it for a 34…I hook up to it, let them know and then did my pretrip. Everything’s good. Get my assignment (deadhead to Lewiston, get a load, take it to Denver). Ok long deadhead but I’m good. Let’s go! Proceeded to put it in gear and can’t figure out why the trailer doesn’t want to go? And what the is that noise? Yep forgot to raise the landing gear. Good thing I only went a foot or so! Fixed that and off we go.

Did I mention it was raining? After I convinced myself I wouldn’t melt I figured it would be okay, but my new to me truck is as skittish as a cat that’s used up 8 lives. When you go up a hill, she likes to give you the alarm that you are following to closely. Too close to the road?? 8 of them going up Lewiston hill! She also likes to throw on the jake every time you approach a curve. The alarm that tells you something is on your blindside…well she turns it on for every tree and guard rail. Yeah she’s a cantankerous old biddy. Her good point is she doesn’t have a lane departure alert. But after 500 miles without it, she decided that it needs to be fixed. She’s older but gets the job done (kinda like me lol) Yes Anne I’ll take pics when it’s not raining and daylight lol

Don’t even get me started on my new GPS. She’s crazy. I’m an hour from our yard, have close to 2 hours of drive time, on a stretch of the 90 that’s pretty much deserted. She tells me there’s a 4 hour backup 2 miles ahead. There’s no exit so I just slow down, assuming there’s a pile up or a flipped truck or something. Nothing. There were 2 cops on the side of the road, but no debris, no flashy lights, nothing. Guess if she does that every time there’s a cop, it might come in handy lmao

Fun times. Let’s see what tomorrow brings!

Posted:  2 months ago

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My First Day Solo

Ah so much fun. Y’all are in for some laughs! I was told to let dispatch know what empty I grabbed from the yard. I chose the trailer that I had tested out with. I parked it there. I sat in front of it for a 34…I hook up to it, let them know and then did my pretrip. Everything’s good. Get my assignment (deadhead to Lewiston, get a load, take it to Denver). Ok long deadhead but I’m good. Let’s go! Proceeded to put it in gear and can’t figure out why the trailer doesn’t want to go? And what the is that noise? Yep forgot to raise the landing gear. Good thing I only went a foot or so! Fixed that and off we go.

Did I mention it was raining? After I convinced myself I wouldn’t melt I figured it would be okay, but my new to me truck is as skittish as a cat that’s used up 8 lives. When you go up a hill, she likes to give you the alarm that you are following to closely. Too close to the road?? 8 of them going up Lewiston hill! She also likes to throw on the jake every time you approach a curve. The alarm that tells you something is on your blindside…well she turns it on for every tree and guard rail. Yeah she’s a cantankerous old biddy. Her good point is she doesn’t have a lane departure alert. But after 500 miles without it, she decided that it needs to be fixed. She’s older but gets the job done (kinda like me lol) Yes Anne I’ll take pics when it’s not raining and daylight lol

Don’t even get me started on my new GPS. She’s crazy. I’m an hour from our yard, have close to 2 hours of drive time, on a stretch of the 90 that’s pretty much deserted. She tells me there’s a 4 hour backup 2 miles ahead. There’s no exit so I just slow down, assuming there’s a pile up or a flipped truck or something. Nothing. There were 2 cops on the side of the road, but no debris, no flashy lights, nothing. Guess if she does that every time there’s a cop, it might come in handy lmao

Fun times. Let’s see what tomorrow brings!

Posted:  2 months ago

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Newbie Here! Best advice for a woman thinking of jumping in...

I can honestly say that everyone at Wilson Missoula has been extremely easy to work with (except my first 2 trainers). It seems that they are definitely pulling for you to succeed. The only people that I know that didn’t make the cut quit themselves. That being said, you get 2 shots at your CLP, 2 shots at your CDL and learning the pretrip is totally on you. Those things can get you sent home

I went 3 weeks without pay. The first week was training in the yard and the second 2 was training before you get your CDL. The week after I began getting paid. The pay scale has changed so I am not sure what they pay for the first 10k miles (it was $600 a week when I started) but after that first 10k it’s $900 a week. Hope that helps!

Posted:  2 months ago

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Wilson Logistics - Missoula MT

And just like that, it’s over. In a good way. Today I tested out of training, got assigned my own truck and leave either Sunday or Monday for my solo week. Just need to concentrate on not hitting anything!

It’s been a marathon. 4 months. But I’m almost there!

Posted:  2 months, 2 weeks ago

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Wilson Logistics - Missoula MT

Time for a long overdue update. I came back from my hometime and got on a new trainer’s truck. This man is a dream. Instead of being borderline abusive, he actually explains what I’m doing wrong and how to fix it. Our personalities mesh well and I have learned a ton that my prior trainers either didn’t do or didn’t teach me. It was worth sticking it out, though I do hope I have an opportunity to review my trainers. I know some companies do that. But on to bigger, better and brighter things!

This truck keeps rolling. One of the many reasons I haven’t updated in so long! No time lol Drive, learn, eat, sleep. My backing has improved exponentially, though I still struggle some, but my trainer is convinced that I am almost ready to go solo. I’ve got almost all my miles in and am looking forward to it. This trainer has rebuilt the confidence that the others tore away.

So in a nutshell, things are going well. Better than expected. I’ll be in my own truck soon. Looking forward to it with anticipation and a little trepidation lol.

Posted:  3 months, 2 weeks ago

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Wilson Logistics - Missoula MT

I am getting a new trainer. The last one was a hothead with a very short fuse. I don't work well with that, I cannot learn anything when I am walking on egg shells trying not to make him mad. I did endure 2 weeks on his truck (3 if you count the week I spent in a hotel when he was on home time). He finally asked for me to be off his truck. He had no patience when it came to my backing difficulties...it was so bad that he was directing me into a spot and another trucker told him he was a real a**hole. That was when he decided I was off his truck. It was okay for me, I wanted off, but am too stubborn to contact anyone to get me moved. That being said, he taught me a lot more than his daughter did, and is probably a good trainer for people who can work under that kind of direction. I am not that person. When people start yelling or having temper tantrums (over anything, even if it isn't directed at me...yeah that happened too...), I walk away if I can, or I just ignore them. Neither works well in a training situation. Onward to the next and hopefully final trainer.

He dropped me off in Missoula at the hotel on a Friday, and on Monday I went to the yard. Got some backing practice in, which is a huge plus. I was supposed to go on home time that Friday for a week...so I asked if I could just fly home for my home time. I would pay, I haven't been home in almost 3 months. Too long for those with a family and pets, IMHO. It worked out since they didn't have a trainer for me. So the guys at the yard took me back to the hotel, I packed up my stuff and jumped on a plane home. I will fly back to Missoula next Monday. The instructor at the yard offered to help me more on my backing, so I will do that until my next trainer is ready to pick me up. (See you soon, Bear lmao) I have loved being at home, but am now ready to get back out there. I won't be gone this long again.

So where it stands right now, I received my CDL on May 13. Today is July 8, and I JUST got my first 10k in. Between home time and short runs, it has taken a while. Hoping that my next trainers truck keeps moving. I want to be out there in my own truck, even though I know I am not ready yet. I just keep my eye on the prize and keep on truckin' lol

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