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Johnny G.'s Bio

Retired VFX nerd that wants to be a trucker

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Posted:  1 month ago

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Mega carriers who to go with

Ok sounds great. So who would you guys choose now CRST, CR England, Schneider, Prime, XPO, Wilson

Posted:  1 month ago

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Mega carriers who to go with

Why does one need a terminal close by? Totally irrelevant when choosing a company.

From what I saw on YouTube it’s so you don’t have to drive 2-4 hours home.

Posted:  1 month ago

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Mega carriers who to go with

Since last Friday I’ve been sending out resumes to these mega carriers that offer CDL instead of actually typing out their forms. All the big ones I sent out the recruiters called me and I’ve gotten denied only by swift because I got a ticket last May going to the Grand Canyon for failure to stop at a stop sign.

From watching YouTube many people have said to pick a company that has a terminal that’s close to home. That leaves me with CR England & CRST.

Can anyone shed any light on these two companies. Pay isn’t one of my big issues because any industry as the new guy you get smoked on pay. I’m more looking for what I will learn and experience, how are the instructors / mentors?, and if I get my CDL are we able to choose the mentors? For example can I get someone with 5-10 year experience and a military vet. How are the trucks? How often can I drive? Will they teach you everything like chaining up tires, maintenance, etc…Will they send me to downtown LA or NYC as a rookie (don’t really want to go into downtown driving a monster as a rookie with barely any experience)

Posted:  1 month ago

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Thanks to the High Road, I am a permitholder!

On Thursday morning, I went to get my DOT medical exam, and got my two-year card. That was exciting in and of itself, and I decided immediately after to go the DMV to see if I could take the written for my CLP or had to make an appointment. I was able to do it right then and there. I did the three standard tests (Gen Knowledge, Air Brakes, Combination Vehicles) and the Tankers endorsement, as that's the only truck-driving-related one Illinois allows on the permit.

I've read on here that the High Road program is the only thing you need to study to pass the permit, and I can attest to that! This is all very exciting for me, feels more real now! In a few weeks I will start the application process using the link here and any other companies I might like if they're not included on it.

My heartfelt thanks to Brett for making this amazing site, to all the knowledgeable contributors here, and for creating the HRTP that allowed me to confidently breeze through the written!

Congrats. I got mine on Friday. The TT high road quizzes made the tests a breeze.

Posted:  1 month ago

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CDL Permit test

Congrats on the permit Johnny!

Thank you

Posted:  1 month ago

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CDL Permit test

I got my CDL Permit today with all the endorsements except hazmat. I started to apply the mega carriers. (Swift, Schneider, CRST, Knight, CR England). I also went to that link Mrs Anne put where you can apply to a bunch of companies. From that list I got a email from TT saying I only qualify with CRST.

Swift contacted me 30 minutes right after. The recruiter told me to try again in November because I got a ticket in May.

Any other carriers I can try where they teach me to drive and get a CDL and then I can drive for that company? I live in Fontana, CA. Swift was actually my first choice because I know they have a training center here and a terminal but I’ll go to any just to get my foot in the door.

Posted:  1 month, 1 week ago

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Johnny, I am also in the preparation stages and no expert, but I think it might be state-specific. I was hoping to get all the endorsements before heading off for company sponsored training but according to the Illinois DMV website, the only endorsements they allow on the CLP is Tanker (N), Passenger (P), and Schoolbus (S). I'd recommend checking the CA DMV site.

Not sure if this link will work, but just to show what I'm going off of...

https://www.ilsos.gov/departments/drivers/drivers_license/CDL/cdl.html#:~:text=Tanker%20(N)%2C%20Passenger%20(,temporary%20CLP%20will%20be%20issued.

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Wishing you luck as well, Sandman! Your state is one of those with some 'oddities' as well as Cali; BobcatBob has some great posts on the IL facts. Johnny, I've reached out to a few of our 'Cali' guys on TT... just to clarify y'all.

Best to ya both! (Sandman, UPDATE as it goes; it's sure been a long time runnin, for you!)

~ Anne ~

This helps, too: Steps to getting your CDLP and more; FMCSA.

Thanks Mrs. Anne, I think I’m ready to go take the CDL Permit test next week. Doing the DOT physical tomorrow. Read the DMV manual from front to back 3x already and now taking all those quizzes you posted on TT.

Posted:  1 month, 1 week ago

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CDL Permit test

Johnny, I am also in the preparation stages and no expert, but I think it might be state-specific. I was hoping to get all the endorsements before heading off for company sponsored training but according to the Illinois DMV website, the only endorsements they allow on the CLP is Tanker (N), Passenger (P), and Schoolbus (S). I'd recommend checking the CA DMV site.

Not sure if this link will work, but just to show what I'm going off of...

https://www.ilsos.gov/departments/drivers/drivers_license/CDL/cdl.html#:~:text=Tanker%20(N)%2C%20Passenger%20(,temporary%20CLP%20will%20be%20issued.

That’s what I was thinking of getting all the endorsements but didn’t want to study if the DMV or the trucking academy/company didn’t have certain trucks.

Posted:  1 month, 1 week ago

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CDL Permit test

For the CDL permit do I need to know all the endorsements as well such as tankers, buses, doubles & triples? I know they test you on general knowledge, air brakes, and combination.

Thanks in advance.

Posted:  1 month, 2 weeks ago

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Want to become a trucker

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As a U.S. citizen weren't you required to file income taxes for many of those years. Those records can be used to verify where you were and what you were doing.

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I forgot about filing for taxes. I got all years except 2019. Hopefully that’ll help when I do apply.

Also what do you guys suggest on when I should start applying? Now or after I take the test and get my permit?

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Johnny;

Considering this: Steps to obtaining a CDL, per FMCSA rules~

Many would agree, after. You'll need your DOT Medical Card before your CDLP; and be sure if you DON'T go company paid training, that your chosen school meets the new(er) ELDT rules and training criteria, of 02/07/22. CDL permits get stale, yet so do job applications. It's a type of 'dance' you need to coordinate. Pre hire letters are illustrated below; might be of help understanding the process, also.

The ELDT I mentioned above, ensures that a company (which they DO) or a school, which needs to be accredited, comply with the following:

Entry Level Driver Training criteria~

Wish you the best, Johnny! Listen to some of Brett's podcasts, as you have time.

Very sound advice, within this thread! good-luck.gif

~ Anne ~

ps: Folks that want my podcasts, usually just call me, hahaha! rofl-3.gif

Thanks Mrs. Anne, I’ll go get my permit first. Already read through the DMV CDL manual past halfway. Once I read it from end to end 2x then I should be ready.

I just listened to Brett’s podcast the past hour. It’s great information and I’ll be binge listening to all his stuff.

Posted:  1 month, 2 weeks ago

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Want to become a trucker

Welcome here Johnny, thee best place really to get the real deal on trucking. No fluff here, just the honest truth what this industry offers, and the best way to get into it !! TT is a vast wealth of knowledge and experience.... I had prior stints of unemployment or self employed, when I started at 60, in 2019. Drove 3 years til I retired this past March, and moved to the Philippines to enjoy part 2 of life here. lol

I did get 2 letters stating my lack of recent 3 year jobs, 1 from my best bud of 55 years, and 1 from an old boss, I've known over 20+ years on his company letter head. Didn't even get em "notarized", and really didn't need to. I started out with CRST (they didn't verify letters), since they had dorm rooms etc at the Riverside, Cali terminal. Where we were bussed daily to the off site school, ASD. Easy peasy, within 10 days, I had my CDL, did the team driving thing for 22 months, took a 5 month break. Then got a solo job at Legends, for 4 months, until retiring. churning out 3000+ miles a week @ $0.59 cpm

So, yep no age descrimination in trucking that's for sure. Even had heard back when, a guy in his 70's got into driving truck lol

Ok, off to see if it rains today ughhh a gloomy day, and yep ! It's rained a LOT since I got here July 9th hahaha...Some wicked storms and hardest downpours ever experienced in my life !

That’s awesome. Letters and direct phone numbers I can get easily. Even if they wanted zoom calls in their offices would be easy for me to setup.

How do you like the Philippines? Where are you at over there? If you’re In Manila or Cebu let me know. I know some great people there that can hook you up with cheap prices for whatever you’re looking to do. I used to go Cebu for vacations a lot. Manila my buddy has a couple junkets at the Okada Casino

Posted:  1 month, 2 weeks ago

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As a U.S. citizen weren't you required to file income taxes for many of those years. Those records can be used to verify where you were and what you were doing.

I forgot about filing for taxes. I got all years except 2019. Hopefully that’ll help when I do apply.

Also what do you guys suggest on when I should start applying? Now or after I take the test and get my permit?

Posted:  1 month, 2 weeks ago

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Johnny

I think that paid training from a company would definitely be your best option. That way you can get pre checked out in the employment history and have an answer before you spend thousands of dollars on a school. Good luck!

This is what I’m definitely looking into. I’ve been looking into Swift and Knight Transportation just because they got a terminal in Fontana, Ca only 10 miles away from my house. But I’ll go to anyone that’s willing to accept me. The pay isn’t much of an issue for me since I really don’t have any bills except utilities and cell phone, everything is paid off, wife lives in Asia hopping around Taiwan, China, & Hong Kong, and no kids.

My plan for now is hope I get accepted into a company and drive OTR for a company for 2 years then I’ll do a self audit to see if Trucking is for me. If it is then I’d love to go buy a truck and box trailer and have it repainted to look like Optimus Prime.

Funny thing is one of the my main reason to get into trucking besides thinking it’s cool is to just see the country. When I was doing VFX I got the chance to travel all over Asia, Europe, and Australia. Only realized I never got to go all over the country I once helped protect.

Posted:  1 month, 2 weeks ago

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Hi Laura, that’s awesome to hear how companies like us older people. I’m mainly just looking for experience and to really hit the road.

Since I was a kid I’ve always thought truckers and trucking is so cool. I mean who doesn’t want to drive Optimus Prime everyday?

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Welcome to Trucking Truth, Johnny G. !!

Optimus Prime; that's funny! Apply for the REAL Prime here: Apply For Paid CDL Training

As the above posters have mentioned, if you can get credible letters (preferably notarized) regarding anything stateside, that's a huge step in the right direction. Ha! You don't EVEN compete w/ some of us 50 plus'ers on here; I just posted a meme the other day (its in my photo gallery!) that 60 is the new 40. Without calling 'discrimination,' many companies will often choose the 'mature breed' over the gen x/y/z .. etc.(or so it seems, because indeed that would BE discrimination!) LoL..... StevoReno can add to that; I'll see if I can get him to join the thread, from the Phillipines.

Indeed, thank you for your service! That's a HUGE plus, for many (if not all) trucking/training companies. We've MANY vets on Trucking Truth, that's for sure! PapaPig has some REALLY good reads, as to how HE got into the industry; if you can search 'comments by members' on the previous page of blue tabs.

Irony abides, as usual. The owner/creator of this site, actually went from trucking (beginning in his teens?) and 15 years in, went into his OWN iT world of programming and web creation; ergo, this site!

I'm better at PodCasts than writing, but have none to attach; Brett on the other hand does, right on this site....check some out!

Some of the BEST links (and Brett's book) can be found here:

Best wishes; this group is here to help!~

~ Anne ~

ps: Re; Prime videos >>>Truckin' Along w/Kearsey!

Thanks Mrs Anne! Again thanks again for the reassurance that I’m not too old lol.

Glad to hear the trucking industry welcomes vets. Crazy thing is when I was in VFX world every interview except my first, I never disclosed my time in the military because we’re nothing but stupid people that couldn’t get into college to them.

I’ll definitely listen to your podcasts if you let me know where. I’ll binge listen to all of it while I study, cook, etc.

As for getting letters notarized I’ve been calling some of my big previous clients to help. Most of them have been telling me I can even give whichever company their private number and company emails to talk to them direct.

Great to know this forum helps out aspiring truckers

Thank you

Johnny

Posted:  1 month, 2 weeks ago

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Great to hear I’m not too old for trucking. Been watching too much YouTube and been seeing guys 21 years old starting. Roger that on the podcasts, I’ll listen to those as I study the DMV manual to get my permit.

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Actually companies like us older people. I got my chauffeur's license back in 88 (37 yrs old) after doing 14 yrs active duty in the Air Force....stable and good work ethic. Drove to 93 and couldn't get it upgraded to a CDL. So I was 63 when I got my CDL in 2014. Last month I turned 71 and in 2021 I ran 139,000 mi. Even being off 5 weeks in between jobs this year, I'm on track to run over 125,000 mi unless I sell some acreage and I slow down in winter....don't want to give the government all my money in taxes.😁

Study our High Road CDL material. It's very thorough and honestly, it's all you need to study to pass your CDL.

High Road CDL Training Program

Laura

Hi Laura, that’s awesome to hear how companies like us older people. I’m mainly just looking for experience and to really hit the road.

Since I was a kid I’ve always thought truckers and trucking is so cool. I mean who doesn’t want to drive Optimus Prime everyday?

Posted:  1 month, 2 weeks ago

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Hi Johnny G,

IDK what effects your work hx may have on you but your work hx is unique. What was your DD214 disposition?

JG - you're not even close to being too old to get into trucking. I'm in my mid-50s, and I just started trucking this year. I think someone else here on TT started this year too, and he is over 60 years old.

Be sure to watch all of the podcasts here in TT. These will answer almost any question about trucking, especially what it will take to become a truck driver and life on the road. Listen closely to the amount of "time" you must put into trucking. The time commitment to trucking is enormous, and it took me a while to get used to it. If you decide you're ready to be a professional truck driver, apply anywhere that offers company-paid training and job placement.

BTW - TT is highly populated with well-educated drivers and former drivers who have decades of truck driving experience. They're a treasure trove of information. We even have some non-drivers in here who know more about some of the drivers out there. You may hear from one or two of them - Mrs Anne? Anyway, I've found them to be extremely helpful to me and others on just about any topic you can think of. They are direct and honest - sometimes their approach to helping is misread as mean-spirited by inquisitive aspiring drivers. That's not what they're doing, they just want people to know what to expect - just like the military did for us!

Anyway, good luck on your quest.

Thanks Bill. I agree my work history is unique. Having been a webmaster and vfx artist/supervisor is a little different than other careers. When companies came to me for websites, my designs were our references and what computer language and drawing software I knew. Then when I owned a studio regardless if it was a movie, tv show, or commercial everyone only cared about our show reel. If selected then I’d go to a interview and that lasts anywhere from 2 hours to 3 days where it’s with their in-house artists or tech guys and talk about their projects, software, storyline, etc. In fact I never even talked to anyone in HR in my past 20 years and I got to work on commercials and movies for Mazda, Heineken, Warner Bros, Disney, LG, Budweiser, etc.

Great to hear I’m not too old for trucking. Been watching too much YouTube and been seeing guys 21 years old starting. Roger that on the podcasts, I’ll listen to those as I study the DMV manual to get my permit.

I’m happy to hear when people are direct and honest. I’ll definitely go read Mrs Anne’s posts.

Thank you for your service.

Posted:  1 month, 2 weeks ago

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You only have to worry about the past 3 years. So work on that by getting notarized statements that show where you worked in that time frame. Once you become a driver, if you change companies, then you need to have 10 years. So you will need to choose your beginning company wisely. Having 10 years worth of notarized statements won't hurt you at all, but you will need to make sure you don't have any gaps in your time frame.

As for your age, if you have been lurking on here, you would know that you are a youngster! The average age of experienced truck drivers is 57. Most people that come here wanting to get into driving have one retirement and sometimes to retirements from other companies before they get into driving.

So, is that warrant still out there or has it been totally removed? It needs to be gone before you can get hired.

Laura

Thanks Laura I’ll try to figure out how to get these notorized statements.

As for the warrants I have no idea because when I went to the police station, the cops laughed and said California just wants to prevent people from getting guns so they leave everything in their records to prevent people from owning a firearm. After I spent $300 on different websites to scan myself and nothing showed up. Then I hired a lawyer to go look and erase that and he ended handing my money back and said he couldn’t find anything.

Posted:  1 month, 2 weeks ago

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Apply everywhere you choose, but the no work history and being in communist China for a decade could be a large obstacle.

Since I know they actually can’t dig into my work history especially from when I was in China, would a list of references of my past clients count? Most of my clients when I had my studio were mainly American companies and American expats that did business in China.

Posted:  1 month, 2 weeks ago

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Hi Everyone,

I’ve been lurking on here for a few weeks now and got some questions.

1. I’m about to become 46 years old. Am I too old to pursue this career?

2. Work history - the only documented work history I really have is when I was in the Marines from 94-98. After the Marines I went to college but dropped out my 2nd year and was doing freelance web design and 3D Visual Effects until 2009. Then in 2010-2019 I moved to China and opened up my own visual effects studio in Shanghai. I do have a show reel of work I’ve done. Beginning of 2020 I moved back to the states right before Covid hit luckily and basically been doing nothing except trading stocks. Will this be a problem if I go to trucking academy/company?

3. Criminal History - I was arrested 25 years ago when I was 19. I was selling a turbo and got passed a forged check. Deposited it in my bank and a few days later when I went to go get some cash out, the bank called the cops and I got arrested. My Gunnery Sgt had to bail me out and I got the ass chewing of my life. After I went to court I got exonerated. 2 years ago I wanted to buy a rifle but got denied because of this because they said I had a warrant. Went straight to the police station and the cops laughed and said if they wanted me they would have grabbed me each time I flew into or took off from LAX or SFO airports and told me not to worry about it. I did end up getting my rifle and a Glock. Will this also affect me going to one of these trucking academies/companies?

Anyways I’ve always thought trucking is such a cool job but had promised my parents I’d become a doctor, lawyer, engineer, or computer guy. After 20 years of being in front of a computer I think it’s very similar. Long hours, crazy deadlines, and solitude.

Thanks in Advance,

Johnny

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