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    norfolk, VA

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    Company Driver In Training

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    5 years, 6 months ago

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7 year Navy vet racing fan and potential truck driver

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Posted:  5 years, 1 month ago

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Checking in from melton orientation

Hey guys. its been a while but i finally got a little bit of free time that i don't want to spend sleeping lol. the bus ride out to Tulsa was horrible. Monday was nothing more than some paperwork, physicals, drug tests, and road tests. Today, Tuesday, was all an introduction to load securment. The bus ride out here to Tulsa was horrible and i barley made it in time to get some decent sleep before orientation on Monday. Orientation is 8 days and either next Monday or next Tuesday i will head out on the road with a trainer for 3 weeks. also Josh the guy who teaches load securement and safety director had a "come to Jesus" talk with the class today before we went back to the hotel about if after today if we feel flatbed is not for us then we need to go now. No one has left yet and usually by now a few do. But then again we have a small class of 7. we were supposed to have 8 but one person did not show up. either Wednesday or Thursday the drug tests come back and on Thursday we are officially hired if nothing bad comes back on everyone's drug tests.

Posted:  5 years, 1 month ago

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IM SURE THIS QUESTION HAS BEEN ASKED A 1000 TIMES

Not on the road yet but its not to bad so far. as soon as i go solo i am thinking of doing video logging on youtube.

Posted:  5 years, 1 month ago

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IM SURE THIS QUESTION HAS BEEN ASKED A 1000 TIMES

Also i am doing flatbed. i get CPM but almost went with TMC that does percentage. IDK about other companies that do percentage but i know at TMC the avg takehome for a rookie is about 800-1000. the only reason i didnt know with them and went with melton is my fiencee and i are in a pickle and cant afford two months of training pay at TMC where as we only have to deal with training pay for 1 month at melton.

Posted:  5 years, 1 month ago

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IM SURE THIS QUESTION HAS BEEN ASKED A 1000 TIMES

Keith, that is just a part of trucking. miles are never the same week to week. plus the really low payed weeks are usually hometime and or a broken down truck.

Posted:  5 years, 1 month ago

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Its been a while.

Congrats no chin!! I passed today to. Feels good smile.gif

awsome who are you going with?

Posted:  5 years, 1 month ago

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Its been a while.

Hey guys sorry for not being on here in a while but ive been really busy with stuff at home and CDL school. Well i had my DMV road test today and did really well. Missed only one item on the pretrip, did great on the backing, and the road test went perfect all the way till the end. Before turning to go back into the test yard i was trying to downshift into 5th and i stupidly forgot to preselect the low range. Both myself and the tester were laughing our butts off because i did so well on the road and screwed up getting back into the yard. She didnt even count it. Anyway thanks guys and i will be leaving out this saturday for orientation at Melton in Oklahoma.

Posted:  5 years, 2 months ago

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ATI

Ok well Phase 1 of ATI CDL school is almost over. we have our final exam on thursday morning. Shouldnt be a problem. Next Tuesday we start actually driving rather than just classroom stuff and pretrip. Got my Permit about 2 weeks into the class and both the training here and the way Rick the classroom instructor teaches you its pretty easy test at the DMV with the exception of the random curvball question as in a reworded or trick question. I did find out today that i am not the youngest in the class as i thought but the female in the class is just 21. everyone else besides her and i are in their 30's, 40's, or 50's although that 30 is getting closer and closer for me. anyway next week couldnt have come any sooner as the classroom stuff was driving me nuts.

Posted:  5 years, 2 months ago

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Can't decide!

Im going with TMC got one month of school left and i cant wait to start. love their pay and hometime

Posted:  5 years, 3 months ago

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ATI

Well two weeks of an 8 week course of school is done and as far as i can figure im top of the class based on test scores. got my permit. next two weeks is trip planning exercises, learning hours of service, and pre trip inspections. Then its on to backing for a week and a half and the rest is on the road driving. Almost all of my class is hell bent on being local only and not even concidering regional and going nose up to OTR. i think myself and maby 3 others out of a class of 13 want otr and only myself and one other are wanting Flatbed.

Posted:  5 years, 3 months ago

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ATI

OK so day 1 is in the books. Basic first day of school and orientation stuff and we went through the introduction part of the Virginia CDL handbook. Oh BTW the trucks they use at ati are three KW T2000 that are kinda ragged out and two brand new Volvos. I still cant tell the Volvo models apart yet. Almost every other american truck i can but the volvos all look basically the same to me.

Posted:  5 years, 3 months ago

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ATI

Ok well tomorrow morning i start CDL school at ATI in Virginia Beach. The school is 240 hours and takes two months. The first month is basically just studying for the permit tests and i believe some pretrip. The VA is paying for the school as the school is expensive compared to what is available in the area for CDL schooling but from what i have heard they are the best in the area. I will be doing a training diary while i am there but will play it by ear on how often i post by how eventful the day is.

Posted:  5 years, 3 months ago

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Drum roll, please!

Congrats!! would say i would be joining u soon but i got my prehire from TMC and will be going with them over melton but ill see ya on the roads lol

Posted:  5 years, 3 months ago

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When life throws you a curveball...

No Chin, Dude that sucks. I found in the last ten years of my service that people just dont want to do thier jobs at all. They work harder at getting out of work than just doing thier job in the first place. One thing you can do is call your congressman. You should not have to suffer for the stupidity of others. He/she will have a local office in town. Call or stop by. Tell them exactly what is going on. Its amazing what they can do with a simple phone call. Dont be shy tell them you are now in finacial straights because of an error on someone elses part. Good luck brother!

thats what Brad my TMC recruiter told me to do yesterday when he called to give me the good news. i think i will give them till the 15th of august and then ill call. meanwhile my fiencee's boss is giving us a loan to help us get through till the end of sept and im paying him back with my separation money. so at least now we can get by. but yeah it took GTMO 3 months to send me home when by Navy Instruction they have two weeks. So norfolk PSD aint the only ones at fault here with this. my fiencee says this may just be a blessing in disguise becuase she has been wanting to leave hampton roads as much as i have and the only reason i agreed to stay was her new job but now she has decided to leave it at the end of September and she will start getting her CNA certification in Henderson NC when we move.

Posted:  5 years, 3 months ago

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When life throws you a curveball...

Well one bit of good news just got my pre hire letter for TMC so looks like i will be going with TMC!!

Posted:  5 years, 3 months ago

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When life throws you a curveball...

Lol ty more like Poop creek with the paddle just out of reach lol

Posted:  5 years, 3 months ago

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When life throws you a curveball...

Ok so those of you that know me you know i got out of the navy on july 1st. the navy said it would be 30 days before i would get my separation pay. well some desk jocky got lazy and didnt submit my paperwork within 20 days of my separation and now they have to do a full audit on my service before i can get my separation pay witch is 8000 after taxes. the audit will take about 90 days. now me and my fiencee are completly screwed with finances because i wont get BAH for my schooling untill september even though my school starts next monday the 4th. so we still dont know how we will get through august but sept shouldnt be a problem. but now we dont have 2000 dollars to get a new apt here in norfolk and we cant stay in our current apt. so we will prob be leaving hampton roads at the end of sept for somwhere in central virginia or north carolina. im not worried about after september cuz of the money i will be making in trucking will sustain us but these next too months are going to be prob the hardest months ive seen both personally and financially since my ex wife left me 5 years ago. BTW for those that dont know me or my former post i am going to ATI in Va Beach and attending their CDL course that is 2 months long and 240 hours. I am also awaiting final word from TMC and Melton and will go with TMC over melton.

Posted:  5 years, 3 months ago

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TMC Orientation and Training

Im going to TMC at the end of sept. why were those particular people booted out?

Posted:  5 years, 3 months ago

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C B Radio

Either radio will work but just don't through it in a truck and go. Make sure you take it to a cb shop and have it peaked and tuned and for God sakes have the swr's set which matches the antenna to the truck. To high of an swr and it can blow the finals in your radio then it's just a paper weight which would cost almost as much to fix the radio as it would to just get a new one.

My taste in radios runs more towards the export/ham radio side which is quite a bit more expensive than what you can buy in a truck stop. They are ham radios that have been converted from 10 meter to 11 meter so they can talk on the 27 mhz band with all the normal cb's but keep their high powered output of power. The cobra 25 and 29 will get about 30 watts of power which is more than enough if your using it for just normal communications. I run a Galaxy 94 that does 130 watts. I like to be heard when I talk on the radio. And I like to talk long distance. Which are two totally separate things.

does that galaxy come converted or did u have to get someone to do it for u?

Posted:  5 years, 3 months ago

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Oh Oh, look what I got in the mail!

Daniel prime is one of the companies i'm looking at trying to get with after school....maybe you'll do me a favor and train me good-luck-2.gif

I'm particularly interested in how well you understand the mechanics behind fuel efficiency, and i want a trainer that is A+++ since i want to stay in this business for the long run.

daniel no longer trains.

Posted:  5 years, 3 months ago

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Do i need to get my DOT medical exam b4 i get my cdl permit?

Just about to say the same thing lol. attending ATI and i had to get both before i went to school because the school required it.

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