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Posted:  4 weeks, 1 day ago

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Roehl Transport GYCDL Training - Phase 1 start date: 2021-07-06

I am a Flatbedder... and sometimes the tarping can be a pain... and sometimes, certain driving situations can be extremely stressful... however.... I have never had any negative thoughts about having chosen this profession. I am actually enjoying this, and I am actually having fun.... every day.

This may change in the future... but for the time being, I am holding on to this and making the best of it all.

And so, as I wrap up Phase 3.... and starting tomorrow morning, I will be heading up to the terminal in Gary, IN to do my ‘Winter Training’... as the Phoenix terminal does not provide this training.... cannot imagine why.... lol.

Much thanks goes to Roehl... and much thanks goes to Trucking Truth.... for helping me all along the way with my journey.

All has been good. All ‘is’ good. Very good.

G....

Posted:  4 weeks, 1 day ago

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Roehl Transport GYCDL Training - Phase 1 start date: 2021-07-06

I have mostly bounced back and forth between northern California and Utah.... and somewhat in Nevada... and lately, I have been going in and out of L.A. a lot. Ugh... can’t say I like doing L.A. continuously... but... it is part of the job at this point.

All has been good very well... from my perspective. My Fleet Training Manager states I am doing extremely well. I have no reason to doubt him. He has also been excellent to work with......

All in all... I am enjoying my new career... and I am enjoying the lifestyle as a trucker. I feel well prepared by Roehl’s training. I was not expecting it to be easy.... and.... it has not been easy. The L.A. metro area has had me in few extremely stressful situations, yet, I have powered through. And I will never forget the number 1 rule.... do not hit anything.

My favorite trip thus far: picked up 4 aluminum coils in Vernon, CA (L.A. area) and delivered to the Coors Industrial Park in Golden, CO. Man, I love the Rockies!! Makes me seriously think about moving back to Colorado.

Dillon, CO.... before heading up that long hill to the Eisenhower Tunnel. 0529723001632434161.jpg

One of my recent loads.... picking up near Long Beach... ugh L.A. area.... again!! And... I had to tarp it!! 0101676001632434263.jpg

Posted:  4 weeks, 1 day ago

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Roehl Transport GYCDL Training - Phase 1 start date: 2021-07-06

Wow... its been a few weeks since I have last posted.

I started Phase 3 with Roehl after my last post...... and have been on the run ever since.

My first solo load in Phase 3 was a load of plastic sewer pipes... a relay load from the Roehl terminal in Phoenix to two different stops in the Sacramento area. I was nervous as *%*@ going out on my own... but shortly after leaving the terminal, the nerves died down and I think my previous training took over. It actually felt somewhat natural... well... as natural as it could possibly feel that early in my solo career.

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Posted:  4 weeks, 1 day ago

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Inverter Troubles.

I have the same problem.... it seems after every time I start driving... my inverter faults.... I have to reset it every time I stop for the night.

I do the same as Mikey B. and Grumpy old man.... I push the reset button which is next to the yellow l.e.d.

If anyone has any ideas on how I can resolve this continuous problem.... Also... I will be talking to maintenance soon.

I am adding a pic from the internet... and I put in an arrow as to the exact location of the reset button.

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Posted:  4 weeks, 1 day ago

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Roehl Refer vs Van

I am currently finishing up Phase 3 of training.

I found the Phase 1 training and the my instructors in Marshfield to be great. My driver/trainer for Phase 2 was excellent. My time in Phase 3 has been challenging yet fun and I am really happy.

I am a Flatbedder based out of the Phoenix terminal. I was assigned a 2021 Freightliner with 150,000+ miles. I installed a mini-fridge and a microwave. There is a swinging arm mount for a TV... however, I doubt that I will install one. Wifi in the truck? Hmmm. No. If you know something I don't... please let me know. LOL.

Good luck. YMMV... but.... I think Roehl is an excellent choice... only based on my experience.

Posted:  1 month, 4 weeks ago

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Roehl Transport GYCDL Training - Phase 1 start date: 2021-07-06

2021-08-24

Update...

Last Saturday, I finished up my Phase 2 training with Roehl.

Friday night, we (my trainer and I) ran out of time and stayed at a truck stop a bit west of the Phoenix area. Saturday morning... we dropped off our last load together... and then landed at the Roehl Terminal on the west side of Phoenix. I said a long farewell to my trainer... he was exceptional in every way that I can think of and I will truly miss training/working with him. As such, not all is lost as we have also become friends and I will remain in contact with him.

After a small wait, I met with the main instructor/trainer from the Phoenix Terminal.... I then obtained the keys to my truck (well, not my truck until I pass my testing), and proceeded to step through all the requirements of my Phase 2 testing. All went well... and.... I passed without any issues. Needless to say... I felt immense relief.... and I felt a wee bit of happiness.

My driver/trainer was suggesting.... and the individual giving me the test is highly recommending when the time is appropriate.... that I also become a driver/trainer for Roehl. LOL... I said absolutely not..... well, not for now... who knows what the future will bring. I told them both.... I need to focus on myself.... and focus on the areas where I need improvement... time will tell.... but, I see me staying solo for the remainder of my driving career.

The truck I tested in is officially now my truck. It is nice but has a few issues.... the previous driver was a smoker, so the maintenance team is trying to help out with that issue. Additionally, there are a few maintenance issues... and the maintenance team is also working on those items. Everyone in the maintenance group at the Phoenix Terminal... from the head of the department... to the guys in the shop... have been extremely nice to me and very helpful.

And so.... my solo journey begins tomorrow... the beginning of Phase 3 training for Roehl. I bought and prepared a few items.... and delivered those items plus some clothing to my truck today.... to my truck which is still in the maintenance bay.... all should be ready by tomorrow. I am nervous, anxious, and excited to start my solo life in a truck. Did I mention that I was nervous? Regardless.... I believe I will do well.... I will do everything in my power to do well. I believe I am ready.

And... for a little more info on my Phase 2 training... I already mentioned my trainer was exceptional. I also feel that my time training during Phase 2 was a wonderful experience and I am feeling blessed for all that took place. We never made it the Midwest, however, we did get to the Dallas area... but that was the farthest east we went. We were in the L.A. area a few different times and we were back in the Phoenix area a few different times. We also were up in the Bay area of CA one time.... one load but with three individual customers, thus, three individual drops. We then picked up a load in Sacramento.... and that load had 6 individual customers (6 drops).... one in eastern Nevada... and the remaining 5 in southern Utah. Strapping... unstrapping... strapping... unstrapping in the rain.... strapping in the rain... unstrapping. Fun stuff... at least this load did not have tarps.

And thus... the states we hit on our journeys... AZ, CA, NV, UT, and TX. Wow... what a great time I had.

And now... onto Phase 3. I am excited!!

All... is so very good!!

G....

Posted:  1 month, 4 weeks ago

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Roehl Transport GYCDL Training - Phase 1 start date: 2021-07-06

It sounds like you are really doing a great job! Enjoy those resets. You've deserved a break!

That photo from Hurtado BBQ looks so good it makes me hungry!

Thank you, Old School......

Posted:  2 months, 1 week ago

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Roehl Transport GYCDL Training - Phase 1 start date: 2021-07-06

2021-08-15

And... another week of Phase 2 completed.

Multiple runs.... with multiple loads... pipes... steel coils crosswise... steel conduit... misc stuff being tansported. Strapping.... chaining... strapping some more.... and tarping....and putting on the miles!! Good Stuff!! I continue to have a great time and enjoy this every single day.

We are on another 34 hour reset. Relaxing and unwinding until we startup again early on Monday. Can't wait to get going again. Wish I had the motivation to write more here... but... its just nice to sit back, watch a little Netflix... and relax.

Working on my solo loads so that I can finish up Phase 2 and test out.... and then.... getting ready for Phase 3.

All is good!!

Posted:  2 months, 2 weeks ago

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Roehl Transport GYCDL Training - Phase 1 start date: 2021-07-06

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South of Moab, UT

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Hurtado BBQ

Posted:  2 months, 2 weeks ago

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Roehl Transport GYCDL Training - Phase 1 start date: 2021-07-06

The Conley yard, and maintenance facilities are pretty cramped on too little a section of real estate. My favorite terminal always was the facility in Gary, IN.

My trainer thinks there is a chance we may be headed there to Gary.... will find out more tomorrow morning. Four or five of my classmates were there yesterday with their trainers... I don't know how they managed that... maybe the stars and the moon aligned properly. They all had dinner together... pretty cool... with I could have been there.... but, back to the real world... lol.

Posted:  2 months, 2 weeks ago

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Roehl Transport GYCDL Training - Phase 1 start date: 2021-07-06

2021-08-08

Another quick update.

I thought about starting another thread.... calling it Phase 2.... nahhhh..... will stay with this one.

Phase 2 essentially started back when I did my two days with the local driver out of Roehl's Phoenix Terminal. I started with my official driver/trainer exactly one week ago from today.

I continue to feel blessed... my current trainer has been excellent... he is several years younger than me... but he has been an excellent instructor and we have many likes and dislikes in common. I honestly feel that it could not have been a better matching. My understanding.... he feels very happy to have me as a student also. We get along extremely well... and we work together, extremely well!!

We are flatbedders... I don't need to get into any specifics... most of our loads have been light so far... some small... some not so small... but, 'relatively' light. I have done plenty of strapping... some tarping... and plenty of driving. Have not had the chance at using chains... or carrying a heavy load yet... but, that will come. We started in Phoenix... swung over to LA... down to Yuma... back to Phoenix... up to Salt Lake City... down through the Utah hills/mountains east of Spanish Fork (beautiful down that way)... and then down through Albuquerque into the Dallas area.

My trainers 70 hour clock ended a bit earlier than mine... thus... I drove the full 609 miles yesterday into the Roehl Terminal in the Dallas area. He timed us, almost perfectly.... maybe to close.... lol. As we parked in the terminal last evening.... I had 12 minutes left on my 70 hour clock.... lol!

The Roehl Terminal in Dallas is a bit smaller than the one in Phoenix. We knew it did not have a washer/dryer... but.... but we did not know that the courtesy car provided for drivers, would not be available to us as the there are no employees here on the weekend to provide us with the key... this is unlike other Roehl Terminals..... grrrrr!! Parking here last evening... somewhat of a disaster. The yard is packed with trailers, tractors... and tractor-trailer combinations. Ugh... what a pain. Today... it has cleared up a bit... waiting to see what tonight looks like.

Our saving grace.... today we Uber'd to Hurtado's BBQ about 4 miles away.... awesome BBQ. Other than that... chillin' in the truck and relaxing.

I have had an awesome week. I continue to be happy with my choice to go with Roehl... I am extremely happy with all my trainers.,,, and I am very happy doing what I am doing. I suspect this lifestyle works for me... at least for now.

We are waking early tomorrow to drop our load.... and await a new load.... and then on to a new destination. Damn... this is fun!!

All is good!!

Posted:  2 months, 3 weeks ago

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On Board with Knight Transportation, Squire School started 03/22/21

Davy.... I have been a silent observer of your diary. Always a pleasure to read all that you share... thank you for making the effort to do this.

I had hoped to do the same as you with my diary... but... didn't quite make it.... lol.

By the way... I lived in Aurora for about 10 years.... many moons ago. Man, I miss Colorado.... love that state!!

Carry on, good sir!! Hope all is well with you.

Posted:  2 months, 3 weeks ago

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Roehl Transport GYCDL Training - Phase 1 start date: 2021-07-06

That's great to read you won't be flying cross country to find the trainer.

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That is true... however... I was looking forward to seeing the Roehl terminal in Conley. But... I will make it there eventually. My roommate from Phase 1 is flying down to Conley (Atlanta) tomorrow. He is going reefer... and meets his trainer on Tuesday.

Posted:  2 months, 3 weeks ago

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Roehl Transport--Get your cdl program

Hello guys.

I am a driver for Roehl Transport. I went through their GYCDL program back in December of 2019. I've done about everything with them from reefer, dry van, flatbed, stepdeck, and curtainside. I've been a lease operator with them since October 2020 and I would say overall it's a decent company.

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Just some advice I thought I'd share with you as it's something that's very important but not gone over with in training. I struggled my first couple months solo and wanted to quit so bad. But then I got the hand of how dispatching works and it's not so bad now. Once you get issued a truck, you will able to join "The Original Roehl Driver's Club" on Facebook if you'd like and introduce yourself. Lots of good people there including quite a few million milers here at Roehl.

Great info, Christopher. Thank you for sharing.

July 28 -- Starting Phase 3.

Thanks, Christopher P. That's very helpful. Yesterday, I finished Phase 2 and passed the Driver Safety Exam (DSE). The DSE was no joke. I was under the impression that the driving test was simply a formality, but in my experience, the exam included several potential fail points, including a king pin hookup that looked OK, but was not completely closed, even though it looked closed. Some of the turns were tricky. My DSE test did allow for the use of a GPS navigation device, which I otherwise would rely upon heavily, so I was not comfortable relying solely upon street signs. I came into the test thinking that backing into a parking space would be the most difficult part of the test, but I managed to do that with only one pullup. The driving and pre-trip inspection were actually more difficult than the backing because they were designed to test drivers with unusual conditions.

The 19 days of driving in Phase 2 was an intensive learning experience, not only as to the fundamentals of driving and parking a truck and trailer, but also the details of entering and receiving information in the digital tracking system. Interacting with people at shipping and receiving was a little intimidating, at times, because some people are simply rude, or angry, or tired, or otherwise not eager to interact with drivers.

But I got through it, and now I am waiting on my truck so that I can begin Phase 3.

Also great info, David. And also... thank you for sharing.

I am now starting Phase 2 with Roehl... I am excited to get going tomorrow... but was not fully aware of what you described regarding DSE. Good stuff to know!!

Posted:  2 months, 3 weeks ago

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Roehl Transport GYCDL Training - Phase 1 start date: 2021-07-06

2021-07-31

And... another quick update....

Friday (yesterday).... for the 3 individuals from my original class who retested yesterday.... 2 of the 3 passed their retest. The 3rd individual unfortunately did not pass... and that person is going back to their home state to obtain the CDL.

Final tally for my training group: 12 people started Roehl Phase 1 training.... 12 people completed Roehl's Phase 1 training... and 11 people obtained their CDL via Roehl's Phase 1 training.

One item I don't think that I have mentioned previously.... all CDL exams are performed at the Roehl terminal/yard... as Roehl now has state (WI) certified people who are able to perform the exams.

As for me... onto Phase 2:

Roehl has a terminal in Phoenix.... and... I was given the opportunity to work a few days until such time as I can connect with my new driver/trainer for Phase 2. As such... I worked this past Thursday and Friday running local loads with one of Roehl's local drivers. He was excellent... super nice guy... and just an all around good guy to be working with for only a few days. Much the same as with my Phase 1 training group, I seemed to have connected well with him and I truly appreciate the short two days that I had working with him.

And.... as is with everyday life.... things change!! I am no longer going to GA. I will now meetup with a new and different driver/trainer on Sunday (tomorrow) at 11am.

I talked with this new driver/trainer last evening for about 20 minutes. He is coming into Phoenix today from Vegas and we will officially connect up tomorrow. From my initial chat... he sounds like a great guy.... I am excited and look forward to working/training with him for the next 3 weeks.

To close things out for today...... a few extra thoughts....

I truly feeling blessed... I have had nothing but terrific experiences thus far.... and looking back, I have now cemented in my mind that I have made the right decision to go with Roehl for my training... for my new career... and for my future!! Additionally.... I am extremely thankful that Roehl chose me... and allowed me to take this journey with them.

Every trainee.... trainer... employee... etc.... that I have met on this journey.... has proudly talked about... and exemplified Roehl's company culture and safety culture. And for me.... I see it... I feel it... and everyday, I have and will continue to live it.

Thus far, I am extremely satisfied.... I am happy... Roehl is good... life is good!!

All is truly good.

And... as some in todays world would say.... YMMV..... or, Your Mileage May Vary..... LOL.

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Posted:  2 months, 3 weeks ago

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Roehl Transport GYCDL Training - Phase 1 start date: 2021-07-06

Penn99,

Woohooo~~~!!!!! Onward and upward, good sir! (Picture looks great, also!)

I'm enjoying following along; and look forward to your 'trainer' updates. Enjoy the home time now~lol!

Congrats, & howdy to the Missus ~!

~ Anne ~

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Hi back at you Anne.... Always nice to hear kind words from you. Hope all is good with you and your family.

Posted:  2 months, 3 weeks ago

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Roehl Transport GYCDL Training - Phase 1 start date: 2021-07-06

Just wanted to see this picture in a forum post.... to see how well it looks... or how well it 'doesn't' look... lol.

Time/location: early morning.... Hwy 54.... crossing the top most portion of Texas.

LOL.... did not hit 'GO' to add the photo on the previous submission... sorry about that.

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Posted:  2 months, 3 weeks ago

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Just wanted to see this picture in a forum post.... to see how well it looks... or how well it 'doesn't' look... lol.

Time/location: early morning.... Hwy 54.... crossing the top most portion of Texas.

Posted:  2 months, 3 weeks ago

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Roehl Transport GYCDL Training - Phase 1 start date: 2021-07-06

2021-07-27

Another quick update.

Last Friday:

The last 4 members of our group took their exam. Three passed... including my hotel roommate... and the last member from my training truck. One failed the exam.

Total for our group: 12 people started the training on week 1... and... 12 people finished the training on Week 3 (after half day of class on Saturday).

Of the 12 taking the exam... 9 passed and 3 failed... the 3 will extend their stay 1 week and retest (this week).

Last Saturday:

Half day of in-class training. We thanked those instructors who were onsite... and we said our farewells to our new family members. Our group bonded immensely well.... we met as strangers....we soon became friends.... and we departed as family.

I drove both of my training truck buddies to the airport in Wausau (Mosinee) and then I drove down to spend the afternoon/evening with my brother and his family.

Last Sunday and Monday:

Drive... drive... and drive some more to get back to the Phoenix area. Arrived home about 630pm on Monday evening.

Tuesday (today):

I went to the DMV this morning and finalized my CDL with the state of AZ. Hard copy of the CDL to be sent to me via mail with 7 to 14 days. Sent a copy of my temporary paper CDL to Roehl.

Chatted briefly with my Fleet Operations Manager and my Fleet Training Manager.

I will have two days off and then I will work locally for two days this week at the Roehl Terminal in Phoenix.

After another day or two off, I will then will fly to the Roehl Terminal in GA to meetup with my trainer/driver for flatbeds.

I have also sent an initial text message to both trainers... one at the Phoenix terminal and one who is my driver/trainer in GA. I briefly introduced myself and stated I am awaiting a chance to talk to both individuals before meeting up with each of them.

A few days off will feel really good and I can make up some time with my wife.

I still feel a wee bit happy... and, I am excited to move onto the next phase.... Phase 2.

All is good.

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Posted:  3 months ago

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Roehl Transport GYCDL Training - Phase 1 start date: 2021-07-06

2021-07-21

A quick update:

I went 'dark' here on TT after my last post. My apologies. I just wanted to focus and I disconnected from most things other than my time here with Roehl. As I will be closing out my 3rd and final week in the Phase 1 training on this coming Saturday... I hope to provide a better update once I return to the Phoenix area early next week.

Twelve of us started the class in week 1... and now as we close in on the end of week 3.... we still have 12 students. We are somewhat unique with the fact that we have had nobody leave/quit/dismissed from our class... as the classes for the few weeks before us, and the classes for the week following us, each have had multiple students leave/quit/dismissed.

As such.... I passed my CDL exam last Tuesday... and I am feeling a wee bit happy.

Myself... and one of my training truck partners were supposed to test on Monday... but we were delayed and tested on Tuesday. All four of the flatboarders in my class (including me) took the test... and all of us passed on Tuesday. As 'we' flatboarders have cargo securement training today and tomorrow (Thu and Fri).... we could not take the exam any later than Wednesday of this week.

And as it has gone this week: four of us tested on Tuesday.... four passed. Four of us tested on Wednesday... 2 passed... and 2 failed (currently being rescheduled for re-test). No-one tested today as the examiners were unavailable. And.... the final four of us will test tomorrow (Friday).

Friday... those who pass the exam will be in contact with our 'new' Fleet Training Managers... and we will learn more about our upcoming schedules and the specific information we need to get connected with our driver/trainers, etc.

Saturday... half day of class.... then we all go on our way back home... most of us preparing for Phase 2 of training with Roehl.

For now... two more days of class... and then onto going home for a bit... then onto Phase 2.

All is good.

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