Profile For Rob

Rob's Info

  • Location:
    Jessieville, AR

  • Driving Status:
    Considering A Career

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  • Joined Us:
    4 months, 1 week ago

Rob's Bio

After ten years of retirement I’ve decided I looked at my river and caught enough fish for now. As an unrepentant wanderer I’ve decided that the best parts of all I’ve done in life are the journeys that took me there. So for my last money maker what better endeavor than to be a professional truck driver? Here’s hoping some company looks at me and not my age.

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Posted:  2 months, 4 weeks ago

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Fork in the road and no GPS

Life’s a funny thing. After weeks of research and taking sample training and tests to prep for a career in driving a truck I get a phone call from an old friend. “Hey! What’s going on in your world?” My old friend asked. Told him all about how I was tired of catching fish out of the river in my back yard and was ready to drive the country! That’s when he fessed up. We worked together for years with a company that does borehole investigation for mining and environmental work. He had been promoted and was calling me to see if I was interested in coming back to fill a slot. He didn’t exactly lay a horses head in my bed, but made a sweet enough offer that, after a week of internal debate, I gladly said yes. So instead of running the roads and securing loads I’ll be running the roads and inserting probes, into the ground I mean.

So I wanted to say thank you to TT and all the awesome people here. In all the searching when I started this journey I never saw a more professional or helpful outlet to get new drivers headed in the right direction. You’re all a very kind and thoughtful bunch. If somewhere down the road things don’t work out I’ll know exactly where to head. Safe travels to all.

Rob, AKA by my old company and friend: Robzilla 😂 Guess I’ll keep that if I ever get back to trucking.

Posted:  3 months ago

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Do owners get drug tested?

Nope, no debate here. You toke CBD you roll the dice. 😵‍💫 My anxiety meds have 4 legs and fur 😁

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Smoking CBD for anxiety or any other ailment is not illegal. The 2018 farm act made hemp a legal agricultural product. You need to insure that wherever you purchase your CBD hemp is a reputable dispensary and not cousin Tom’s backyard flower shop. CBD hemp growers are restricted to a .04% maximum THC content. Testing looks for the active psychoactive compound THC. Have this discussion with your physician and do some research in the DOT website for verification.

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Howdy, Rob!

Entirely 'possible and probable.' HOWEVER, the FMCSA and the DOT have a ZERO tolerance level for ANY trace amounts. It may not be the 'prescriber, but the provider' ... aka: the end line (or ground zero?) vendor. Is it worth YOUR CDL? Not in my house. How CAN one Ensure that the CBD is, in fact, at or below, the 0.04% legality?

I've done a LOT of research on this, personally . . . even though my driver doesn't seek this for treatment. DaveW. has done an article on this; based partially on:

CBD and Trucking

Best to all; I'm not into debates...just the industry/profession!!

~ Anne ~

Posted:  3 months ago

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Do owners get drug tested?

Smoking CBD for anxiety or any other ailment is not illegal. The 2018 farm act made hemp a legal agricultural product. You need to insure that wherever you purchase your CBD hemp is a reputable dispensary and not cousin Tom’s backyard flower shop. CBD hemp growers are restricted to a .04% maximum THC content. Testing looks for the active psychoactive compound THC. Have this discussion with your physician and do some research in the DOT website for verification.

Posted:  3 months, 2 weeks ago

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How long

Hi Tammy,

I had many of the same questions. I found out that by researching the companies info listed here on TT that offer training programs I could narrow it down to those I was most interested in. From there I went to the specific company websites. There, each company outlines in fairly good detail the manner and amount of training. Good luck!

Posted:  3 months, 2 weeks ago

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Paid training by Maverick Trucking company overview here in TT

Heck no Anne! That’s why I am here. Looks like family in this house and I’m happy to get advice and leads. I’m in for the long haul😁

Thanks, Rob

Hay, Rob ~

I know I'm sticking my nose in kind of a 'nunya' place, but . .have you looked into Knight? Davy (and Stephen and Bush Country) have 'fresh' diaries in that section, relative...to flatbedding.

Also, Davy's diary is 'almost' complete, and amazing!! (He's Top Gun & Solo now, yet still adds to it, for us 'wannabes!' )

Grand Finale' ~ Our humble yet most astute mod & vet of TT pulls dedicated for Knight, as well. Old School, of course!

(Sorry, O/S . . . had to!!)

Wish you well, whichever road you take . . . safe travels!

~ Anne ~

Posted:  3 months, 2 weeks ago

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Parking problems

Cargo van? Length? Using cones? Too many variables but maybe this will help.. Pull forward till your rear guard is even with the front cones. You should be 2ish feet away from cones on passenger side. Turn wheel about 3/4 to one full turn to the right and begin a slow backing maneuver. Watching drivers side mirror while glancing at passenger mirror, when halfway past the front come you should be seeing the outside rear cone in the drivers side mirror. Now counter cut to the left till your left rear guard is aimed just inside of the rear outside cone. At this point is where drivers cut too much or not enough. Watch you right front clearance while keeping your left rear guard just inside the rear outside cone. I’m confused why no one there is working with you on this?

Posted:  3 months, 2 weeks ago

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Paid training by Maverick Trucking company overview here in TT

That’s great to hear CT ! Appreciate it.

Had my cdl before I got there but stayed for 2.5 years. Great training and top notch equipment. Highly recommend.

Posted:  3 months, 2 weeks ago

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Paid training by Maverick Trucking company overview here in TT

Flatbeds? It’s starting to look that way OS. I’m taking my time to square some personal business away and eat all the great online training I can. November is when I pull the trigger. Doing my research. For now Maverick looks top of the list for me as it’s nearby and I see a lot of professionalism in their training. Also on the list is Millis, Roehl, WilTrans and Prime. It’s tough wading through driver reviews though. Trying to sort sour grapes from plain whine (see what I did there?😁) is not easy.

Having been in the energy exploration business for 15 years, I am well aware of the rigors and demands of long periods away from home, schedule changes and the need to remain flexible while maintaining safety practices and a professional demeanor. I’ve carried a class “C” hazmat and worked under DOT, NRC, MSHA and OSCEA guidelines and regulations. I believe I’ll be a top rate employee and positive addition to any company I come aboard with. Hope to get lucky and find my “forever home”😂 first try. All suggestions are greatly appreciated.

Thanks Rob!

Yeah, it is a real challenge trying to keep up with all the changes needed.

Have you settled where you want to start yet? Are we going to be welcoming you to the world of flatbedding?

Posted:  3 months, 2 weeks ago

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Paid training by Maverick Trucking company overview here in TT

As I was reviewing all the great information on trucking companies paying for training that TT has done I noted a discrepancy in Maverick Trucking out of Little Rock. It states the $3000 training fee is taken out at $500/mo then fully reimbursed once the two year contract is fulfilled. I realize there is no way to keep up with all the changes coming daily. So for those interested in Maverick, as I am, here is the current fee structure:

Maverick’s CDL Training program consists of signing a tuition loan agreement of $8,000. This will cover your tuition, housing, meals, tablet and additional equipment while in the program. When repaying Maverick for the loan, you will be responsible for paying $40 a week for 85 weeks. After this, you would have paid Maverick back a total of $3,400. At this point, you have paid in all you will be required to pay. Maverick will continue to forgive $40/week through 115 weeks. Keep in mind, this contract is for 115 weeks or 27 months. Should your employment with Maverick end before you complete your contract, you will owe Maverick the remaining balance.

Posted:  4 months, 1 week ago

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Game: Guess the State

I’m in Arkansas and I wouldn’t have guessed that. I don’t see the couch and recliner.

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Arkansas?

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Yep.

Posted:  4 months, 1 week ago

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Need help with not stalling truck

Releasing the clutch before coming off the brake is perfect if you want to stall. Unless they’re making you start in 4 for some reason drop to 3. Unless you’re facing an uphill there’s no need to release the clutch while holding brake. Clutch in, foot comes off brake and moves to fuel pedal while releasing clutch, when clutch starts to engage start to bring up RPMs and fully release clutch. Hope this helps

So I’m in CDL school and having an issue with stalling the truck when pulling off from a stop. We always start in 4th. I release the clutch until I feel friction, release brake pedal, then continue releasing the clutch slowly, but I somehow still stall. Is it necessary to release the clutch first, then release brake, then continue to release the clutch? Or when taking off, can I just release the brake pedal first, then slowly release the clutch? Will that still stall the truck? I wonder if I’m not coming off the clutch slow enough? I just get nervous because I don’t want to impede traffic coming off the clutch so slowly lol. Any advice would be greatly appreciated. Thanks everyone.

Posted:  4 months, 1 week ago

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Oldest new driver ever or bust with no work record?

Thank you Laura! Filling out the one and done form on TT IS the plan. I’m sure all companies have good and bad points. My job is get into the one that accepts my app and suits me best. Appreciate the input. I can’t tell you how excited I am over this whole new life change. What a great forum this is!

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Old School that swept away some cob webs and is much appreciated! Thank you for taking the time to detail out those thoughts. It makes total sense. I'm in, I'll be selecting a company next month after some research. I realize promoting one company over another depends on some variables like drivers needs, family, etc. But I am flying solo and love the long road. Suggestions?

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Here is our Training Materials:

TT Training Materials

This is our One and Done Handy Dandy Job Form

TT Jobs Form

The companies are all good but they don't have to take you and some won't, so don't restrict yourself to just one company. Talk with all of them to see who might be the best fit.

Laura

Posted:  4 months, 1 week ago

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Oldest new driver ever or bust with no work record?

Old School that swept away some cob webs and is much appreciated! Thank you for taking the time to detail out those thoughts. It makes total sense. I'm in, I'll be selecting a company next month after some research. I realize promoting one company over another depends on some variables like drivers needs, family, etc. But I am flying solo and love the long road. Suggestions?

Welcome aboard Rob!

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as I started research into this I got a little dizzy. CDL school? Company that trains you as long as you sign a long term contract? Old fart free schools? Then on one call I made I was told I needed a recent work history. Is this industry wide?

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First off let's talk about your age. 70 is not too old. We had a member in here who started his trucking career at 75. I started at 53. The day I got hired at my first trucking job there was another man there getting hired at 73! Yes, it is more than doable.

Now, let's talk about the stuff that is making your head spin.

There are all kinds of ways to get your CDL. There is one other thing you need if you plan on using that CDL to get a job. You will need a training certificate indicating 160 hours of training. This document is required by the FMCSA (Federal Motor Carriers Safety Administration) to be on file at any trucking company hiring rookie drivers. To get that training certificate you will have to attend a truck driving school. I went to a private truck driving school. I paid my own tuition because I thought I would get the best training that way and have my free reign of where I wanted to work. I was wrong on both accounts.

I now promote the Paid CDL Training Programs. They require a commitment from you to work for the company after they train you. It is not a long term commitment. One year is a very short time. You will barely be getting your feet wet in this career in that period of time. It gives them a chance to help you develop into a professional that contributes to their team, and it helps you to gain a little understanding of what it takes to make it out here in this career.

Imagine someone surprising you with a gift of making an investment in YOU. That’s exactly what happens in these company sponsored training programs. They take a look at you before they ever commit to putting you through their program. Most of them are fairly picky about who they select. They want to see safe driving records, and steady employment records. They want to make sure you are a responsible adult who takes care of their business. If they like what they see, they will offer to pay your way through their training program. They make an investment in you, hoping that you will prove to be a productive member of their team. They need help and are willing to pay to get you to the point where you can contribute meaningfully. Oftentimes they will even pay you a decent wage while you are training.

Have you heard the phrase “having skin in the game?” That’s what these trucking companies do. They put some skin in the game for your benefit. They don’t want to train you and then let you go. They don’t do this so they can collect the money you owe them. They are not in the loan business. They are in the trucking business. They need drivers, and they are willing to pay to get them set up for success.

Let’s assume you are struggling with some aspect of your training. They have every reason to spend a little more time on you to polish you off. They don’t want to lose what they have put into you. There is no question these programs are done in a rush. They need to get you out of the classroom and into a truck as quickly as possible. They are not going to waste too much time or money on a bad investment. If you are proving to make progress and seem committed to the effort, they will work with you and help you get to where you need to be.

A three year work history is industry wide and mandatory. Once again this comes down from the FMCSA. This is a post 9/11 regulation to make sure terrorists aren't attempting to do something crazy with our trucks like they did with our planes. For a person like yourself, you just need to prove that you have been retired for the last ten years. You could possibly do that with income tax records, and Social Security records. You can also have some friends (not family) provide some notarized letters indicating they know you have been retired and playing around at your house for the last three years. Anything like that can help you establish where you have been and what you have been doing for the last three years. That is what they really need to know. Work history helps them confirm where you've been and what you've been doing. That is what they need to establish.

Please, hang around with us and bring us all your questions. We can and will help you get this thing rolling. You are going to have more questions. We are happy to share our experience and direct you in the best way to get this new career underway.

Posted:  4 months, 1 week ago

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Truck Health Data Notification Technique Inquiry

I would think this is redundant as your trucks instrumentation gives you real time data. Owner/operator? Text alerts make the most sense to me as they will download quickest and with very weak signal whereas in a bad cell area emails may not arrive and calls may be difficult.

Posted:  4 months, 1 week ago

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Oldest new driver ever or bust with no work record?

So after 10 years of retirement watching my river flow by I’ve decided at the age of 70 to get out there. Crazy? Maybe, but my health is exceptional, I still wrestle 3 point tractor attachments. But as I started research into this I got a little dizzy. CDL school? Company that trains you as long as you sign a long term contract? Old fart free schools? Then on one call I made I was told I needed a recent work history. Is this industry wide? I don’t have a record of how many fish I’ve cleaned over the last 10 years but I could make one up😬 Suggestions?

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