Profile For GarthFader

GarthFader's Info

  • Location:
    WA

  • Driving Status:
    In CDL School

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  • Joined Us:
    5 months, 1 week ago

GarthFader's Bio

Actually testing out 1/25/22!

WA CDL Holder - :)

My girl will be in CDL school in April, and we’re making plans to transition into team trucking.

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Posted:  4 months, 3 weeks ago

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Lil'Red Ridinghood's journey into the forest of trucking

It'll be interesting to find out what other training companies tell you. I know for a fact that Prime requires you to have CDL before they train you in their 40,000 mile TNT program. From what I understand, training companies must be listed here: https://www.dol.wa.gov/driverslicense/cdlapprovedschools.html - regardless of what FMCSA says.

Posted:  5 months ago

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Where is a greenhorn to go first?

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Hello everyone!

I’m a brand new CDL holder looking for a place to land. My girl and I have plans to team OTR when she completes CDL school this summer. Our life is changing a bit and we want to try something new.

Trucking! Always wanted to do this since I was a kitty kid and now is the perfect chance. My girl is all on and I think it’ll be really fun to learn this business as a team. We’re used to being together 24-7 so no issues there. 🤣

We’ve been operating a pretty successful, and very stressful business for years and are pretty burned out… the last two years have solidified the fact we’re not going to continue. We’ll be transitioning out soon, as the business is now for sale. 🙌

Preliminary inquires: My original thought was to find a carrier that would train me, and then allow me to train her some months later after she completed their ‘in-house’ CDL program. Well, our state doesn’t recognize out of state training programs. So, she’ll be going to school here first like I did. Such is life.

She’s absolutely willing to be trained by some random dude for weeks (months) on end… and I don’t blame her.

Wilson sounded interested until they found out that I wouldn’t be coming within a 30 day window of completing ‘CDL School’. I asked if I could take a refresher to prove that I can actually operate the vehicle before their training… the answer was no; and suggested Swift… 🧐

Same household teams are in demand.. but sounds like we need a couple of years before we can write our own ticket, which is totally understandable. We’re willing to suck it up for a bit until that time comes.

Any of you guys have a suggestion as to where we could go? We’re based out of western Washington.

Thanks!

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Howdy, GarthFader, and welcome to Trucking Truth!!

Man, we've heard, that Washington (state) is one of the 'messiest' places obtaining out of state CDL's, as well as Alaska, and Illinois has some oddities, as well.

Do y'all know about this 'new' ... referendum, coming up? Don't know if it would help or hurt you, but ... read:

Entry Level Driver Training . . . mandates.

DANG ... that sucks about Wilson. HAVE YOU CHECKED INTO PRIME? Did you use our quick apply? Apply For Paid CDL Training

TFI (nka/fka) CFI ... might be an olive branch, as well. I'll see if I can't get Big Scott to reply, probably tomorrow.

Man, I see your conundrum. (And I raise it 50 ... LoL .. I'm going to be up against similar, myself...read my profile!)

Another 'possible...' CRE??? CR England is 'not' everyone's golden egg; but they SURE LOVE team entrants. As does, CRST. WA state is an interesting ideology with the obtaining of a CDL; I get that.

There's a 'few' ... possibilities, good sir. Other than that; move to Ohio (?!?!?) ! J/K ... !

Best wishes;

~ Anne & Tom ~

Apparently Washington’s CDL standards already adhere to the FEDs 2022 ELDT rules!?

But, now I see Kearsey saying that my state should be accepting out of state certificates after the new ELDT is in place. Blast! That was our plan from the get go but we were foiled by bad information?

Grrrr! We’ve already paid for school for her here… oh well, she’ll have fun in those old beater Volvo’s with barely functional clutch brakes!. 🤣 Her preference would have been to be pad trained in an auto for sure, Kearsey. Bummer.

Looks like I need to get back in the phone with a recruiter @ Prime.

Thanks for all the insight, guys! I’ll let you know what happens.

Posted:  5 months ago

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Where is a greenhorn to go first?

Hello everyone!

I’m a brand new CDL holder looking for a place to land. My girl and I have plans to team OTR when she completes CDL school this summer. Our life is changing a bit and we want to try something new.

Trucking! Always wanted to do this since I was a kitty kid and now is the perfect chance. My girl is all on and I think it’ll be really fun to learn this business as a team. We’re used to being together 24-7 so no issues there. 🤣

We’ve been operating a pretty successful, and very stressful business for years and are pretty burned out… the last two years have solidified the fact we’re not going to continue. We’ll be transitioning out soon, as the business is now for sale. 🙌

Preliminary inquires: My original thought was to find a carrier that would train me, and then allow me to train her some months later after she completed their ‘in-house’ CDL program. Well, our state doesn’t recognize out of state training programs. So, she’ll be going to school here first like I did. Such is life.

She’s absolutely willing to be trained by some random dude for weeks (months) on end… and I don’t blame her.

Wilson sounded interested until they found out that I wouldn’t be coming within a 30 day window of completing ‘CDL School’. I asked if I could take a refresher to prove that I can actually operate the vehicle before their training… the answer was no; and suggested Swift… 🧐

Same household teams are in demand.. but sounds like we need a couple of years before we can write our own ticket, which is totally understandable. We’re willing to suck it up for a bit until that time comes.

Any of you guys have a suggestion as to where we could go? We’re based out of western Washington.

Thanks!

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