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Posted:  1 month ago

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Nice News

I know that this is a really old post, but if this is what you need to go through to get onboard with Stevens Transport, then no thanks.

So here's the situation... I fill out an application with Stevens. I call stevens and it goes to voicemail. I leave a message and I receive a message to where I immediately return the call, but again goes to voicemail.

I receive emails from Stevens stating that I have been approved, whatever that means. I try calling again and again, but this time I'm put on hold for nearly an hour listening to an endless computerized musical tribute to a robotic dance theme.

I have never (ever) had this issue with any other company where my call seemed so unimportant. All other companies has someone who picks up the phone and answers all my questions.

If I were to come onboard with Stevens, is this the way I would be treated as a driver? Let's say I have a mechanical breakdown and I need to get ahold of someone, or something went wrong with a shipment, dispatch, driver manager or some othef issue... not a comfortable feeling or a very welcoming atmosphere or first impression.

Posted:  1 month, 1 week ago

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Is there really a trucker shortage?

Can they reach the pedals?

I know it’s true Short truckers are in high demand

Posted:  1 month, 1 week ago

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CFI and cameras

Called a recruiter today. He said I would start out at .38 per mile once I'm on my own. I got an offer to start out at .44 once I'm on my own.

At CFI pay has gone up over the past few years.

I don't remember where students start at. By the end of one year you should be at the start below. These could go up again.

Also, they will send you to school on their dime.

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Posted:  1 month, 1 week ago

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CFI and cameras

But then again, starting pay for new drivers is pretty sad. Even the detention pay is very low. When I got off the truck w/shaffer back in 2009 I was making .44 per mile. I can start now as a new driver for the same .44 and work my way up from there.

After 10 years with CFI you're making .51 per mile?

Posted:  1 month, 1 week ago

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CFI and cameras

Maybe I'll give them another call. I hear good things about them, just don't like a camera on me... perhaps I'm just camera shy. I'm going to CDL school in a couple of weeks and will be looking. Things I'm looking for is no touch freight and coast to coast runs.

How long is driver training? I drove for shaffer for 4 years but that was 12 years ago and I never renewed my CDL which is why I'm going back to school.

Posted:  1 month, 1 week ago

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CFI and cameras

I can see the reason for the forward facing cameras, however they don't activate until there's an involvement into the accident which is already in progress. It doesn't show what lead up to the accident which means by the time you have already made a hard brake, you're already on the person's bumper, I think that would still be debatable.

I would have to (and I do now) install my own dash cam which is on all the time. Not only dash cam but also cams that mount to the side mirrors. I knkw why the driver facing cameras are installed, or I realize the company's reasoning behind it, but it would still be a no for me.

After all, how many drivers quit because of these "driver facing cameras" which lead up to the company removing them. It's just not something I would ever agree with. I will never trust a camera lens pointing at my face whether it's on or not.

Posted:  1 month, 1 week ago

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CFI and cameras

That's the one and only reason I won't go with CFI.

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The forward camera is triggered by unsafe driving. For example, speeding, following to close hard breaks. The driver facing is only in use if they activate it, done so in writing. They both always have power to them. At night with the front curtain closed the camera is blocked.

When triggered all files go to a computer at Smart Drive first. The computer throws most out. Then is the parameters CFI set are met, a human looks at it. If they still feel it meets CFI's parameters then it gets sent to CFI. Minor things they will call you, coach you and assign you some videos to watch.

Drive safe and they are a non issue. They also only have about 20 seconds of storage.

Posted:  1 month, 1 week ago

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My experience with Wilson Logistics training program

I used to drive for Shaffer back in 2004. I had to go out with a trainer for 8 weeks. This guy had some serious anger issues to the point that I had no choice but to call safety and tell them what was going on. One time as I was coming back from getting the bills from the shipper, he revved the engine and came up on me like he wanted to run me over because he thought I was taking too long when it was actually the shipper who was holding up the process.

A couple of times as we were in heavy traffic, he would hang out the passanger side window yelling at other drivers on the road to get out of the way. He smelled like garlic and the whole cab smelled like garlic. It's been 12 years now since I've been on the road and I never renewed my CDL. So now I have to go back and get my CDL all over again and will be going through a refresher course.

I have watched the forums and see where Stevens and Wilson have some irate drivers. Are these companies that desperate for trainers where that allow their drivers to act like gorillas? I see with some of these companies you only need one year experience with them to be a trainer... really? That's pitiful to say the least.

Point is, it seems that the only reason these guys sign up to be trainers is for the money ONLY. It's unecceptable behavior and if these guys can't hack doing their job professionally then these companies should not allow them to be training. While being trained with this goof-ball from Shaffer, yeah, I had to wear thick skin and for the most part I didn't let it get to me until he started acted like a psychopath.

Posted:  1 month, 3 weeks ago

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Where to get a Mini refrigerator?

Are you sure you don't mean "Dometic"? I haven't seen any "Domestic" mini fridges.

They make a domestic that will fit like a slide out drawer in a Cascadia but those are about $700. Mine is literally a portable that sits in the floor in the sleeper. If I tossed out a storage tote in the open space under the passenger side cabinet, it would probably slide in there. I'm sure it would also fit in that cabinet, sitting on its end, but that's where the wiring& cables all are located for my satellite TV receiver and dome. I used to make that larger cabinet available for trainees, but a couple careless ones nearly ripped out my wiring lol so I store non perishable items there. I chose not to pay more for the built in model as I've been told when our 2017s come in, I'll get one and if I don't get a Freightliner, I'd be screwed. Also when I'm on home time, I cut the power to my truck and the portable, I can just unplug and take home without having to empty it there and attempt to clean it-- just do that at home instead. I can also use this in my car. It can be set to use as a cooler or a freezer and due to my love of cooking (in my truck) I keep mine in freezer mode to carry my frozen meats and veggies to last me 2 weeks of dinners.

I used to mount my fridge on the upper bunk like that too when I tried those. At that time I teamed with my sweetie and we didn't stop often so they didn't tend to last long.

Posted:  1 month, 4 weeks ago

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CFI and cameras

Spoke with a driver recruiter today and she stated that they DO NOT use inward, driver facing cameras. It would be nice to hear from someone who is with them currently to see if there's any truth to this.

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Does CFI have cameras in the truck? Driver facing or otherwise? Maybe Big Scott can chime in on this. I don’t mind them. I just heard today CFI has them now!

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Yes CFI does indeed have both cameras now in their trucks. I drove for them and they are currently installing them into all their trucks on a daily basis and when trucks are at the main terminal in Joplin. The front facing one does get triggered when an event happens and the driver facing one only is turned on for a specific reason and the company says that they tell the driver when it would be turned on. Hope this helps.

Posted:  1 month, 4 weeks ago

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CFI training through Trainco Trucking School

I just spoke with a CFI recruiter. I asked her if they have driver facing cameras. She insisted that they DO NOT have driver facing cameras, only outward facing cameras.

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