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    Nashville, TN

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    3 years, 11 months ago

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Posted:  10 months, 3 weeks ago

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Night vs Day Driving

I like to stick to the daylight as much as possible. One of the great perks of this profession is seeing the country. No can do at night. I am a visual person, so I start shutting down when there is nothing to look at... very dangerous for me.

Posted:  10 months, 3 weeks ago

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Companies that will train me if I obtain cdl permit on my own?

Have you given Roehl a shout? Big presence in that area and big base in Gary, IN... not too far. They have done good by me.

Posted:  1 year, 2 months ago

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Ryder Logistics

Anyone have any info on driving for Ryder?

Posted:  2 years, 5 months ago

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People care about truckers

Awesome !

Posted:  2 years, 5 months ago

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A question about Roehl?

Bad Dog. Now that I know you had prior driving experience I will tell you when I went to orientation at Conley, Ga. Atlanta terminal. There was a guy that was about 63 about 3 years older than me and he had prior experience but had not drove in 30 years and they had him stay at the facility and do his drug tests and physical and sent him out on local runs for about 3 days with a local driver to get familiar with the paperwork and then he did his test drive and backing exercise and then he was issued his own new truck and on his way back home with a load his truck to stock it up the way he wants it and started solo. If there is ever any unsafe driving conditions they want you to park in a safe place and call your fleet manager and let them know. Their main concern is that you are parked in a safe place first. They never bully or force their drivers. Excellent human resource and support team all the way. I was extremely shocked to see cameras in my truck because, it is not company policy and is not in but a few trucks. At no time was I made aware of this throughout my entire process and I stood my ground and let them know quickly that I signed no agreement or acknowledgement about being made aware that I could end up with a truck with cameras. Evidently the driver whom was assigned the truck before me was a very troubled driver so they installed them in his truck. The message board verified that. So I stood my ground and I will be getting another truck. Hang in there and stand up for yourself! They are a great company! Good luck Phillip M. Also with Roehl.

What type of cameras are you talking about and what do they look like? I have a lane departure system in my truck and it's simply a forward facing camera that observes lane markings and speed limit signs. Quite amazing really and has actually helped me center the truck better in my lane.

I agree that Roehl is a great company to start out with.

Posted:  2 years, 8 months ago

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CoPilot Users

If there are any copilot users out there, what device are you running the software on? I have a laptop, but I think that would be a pain to keep set up in the truck. (Although it would be convenient to have a fully featured PC ready at all times. ) ... I was thinking maybe a tablet would be the way to go. My iPhone 6 would be too small, I think. Both the tablet and the laptop would require some mounting hardware, so I'm not sure which way to go.

thanx

Posted:  3 years, 1 month ago

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Iceless Coolers and 12V Coffee Makers

Thanks for all the ideas, guys...

Posted:  3 years, 1 month ago

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Per Diem Tax Deduction

If you take the per diem tax allowance claim, do you have to itemize the rest of your return also? ... or can you just add it to the standard deduction, per like a 1040EZ situation.

Anyone take this deduction?

Posted:  3 years, 1 month ago

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Iceless Coolers and 12V Coffee Makers

Thanks for the tips....

Posted:  3 years, 1 month ago

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Iceless Coolers and 12V Coffee Makers

I'm in the market for an iceless cooler and a small wattage coffee maker to save some $$$ clams on the road.

Any recommendations ? ... or better yet, makers / models to avoid?

thanks in advance for any help....

ps ... I have a very small inverter, so I need to keep things at the 12V level for now...

grazie

Posted:  3 years, 2 months ago

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GPS Comparison - Garmin Dezi 770 vs RM TND 730

I have never owned a gps prior to trucking, so the RM730 is my first unit ever. Lots of things about it that I like a lot, I find it to be very user-friendly. It has saved my backside many times already. HOWEVER, the downloaded update has made for some crazy directions, I often have to tell GPS Lady that she's been smokin' crack and figure things out on my own.

I'm afraid RM really dropped the ball on this latest software OS / maps update. It killed my 720. Huge threads online about it. That's why I'm inquiring about the Dezi...

I'll most likely just wait until they clear the code up at RM ... I hope someone was fired over this. They need a new head of SW development.

Posted:  3 years, 2 months ago

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Not gonna lie... What The F%*K did I get into?

We all went through this, man. Just stay focused and cool. Take your time. You must stay calm so your mind can record how the movements of the steering wheel affect the rear tandem movement. The second you lose your cool and get hot and flustered the lesson is over. You may as well walk away for 15 and let another student in.

Evaluation is when the instructors find out who needs more help and who can go on to the next maneuver. Then they will pull aside the slower learners and tell you why you're being kept back.

I had never backed anything in my life prior to CDL school so I was a slow learner. Second to last in my class starting out. By the end, I was second from the top. I stayed cool and kept at it. This lesson will carry through to your first paying load and beyond.

A hot headed trucker is a menace...

Posted:  3 years, 2 months ago

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GPS Comparison - Garmin Dezi 770 vs RM TND 730

Although I'm asking about the models listed in the subject, which are the newest incarnations, I actually own the RM 720 unit.

It is currently dead. The latest maps and OS update from the RM dock hopelessly corrupted the unit. On the bright side, one of their techs that has a strong presence at the TR forum, took pity on me for a lack of robust internet access and sent me the files I need on a couple of Micro SD chips. The action has me grateful, but wary about RM releasing such horrible code to the public. Really not even a beta release , in my book.

So I'm looking at other options. The Dezi appears to be the next most popular unit.

Any takers for some comments on either?

Posted:  3 years, 2 months ago

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Looking for work in Nashville, any suggestions?

Shined shoes not required at Averitt. They do have a policy stating that beards should be no more than a half inch, but, i have seen many drivers with more.

Averitt is a great place to drive and retire from. I am going on two years here snd have zero complaints.

The Thunder Rolls! ... hope all is well with you bra. :)

It clearly stated in the orientation material I received that shined shoes / boots were required. They even said they could be purchased through Averitt with a custom supplier. It's nice to no that they don't enforce it, however.

Uniforms are still in play , I would think.

Averitt, absolutely, is a great company. This was never in question. They are certainly not excluded from my future plans, being a local company.

I just didn't want the extra headache of keeping up with a uniform while learning to drive.

Posted:  3 years, 2 months ago

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Garmin Dash Cam 20

AJ D,

Drop down to TA on I65 at the Goose Creek bypass, I bought a 4 Sight dash cam pony for about $55. A great introductory dash cam, night time video is poor though.

Thanks for the advice, brother. :)

I just picked up a DB4 from DieselBoss. I just wanted a basic unit to loop record constantly.

I don't have the time right now to shop and compare. I know this cat supports the stuff he sells, so I was in with his base unit. I just want some documentation of a crash that a pray never happens.

Posted:  3 years, 2 months ago

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Looking for work in Nashville, any suggestions?

ah ok well thats good to know. So hey you know averitt is big in our state just wondering home come you didn't chose them? Are you doing flatbed or dry van with roehl?

I'm dry van with Roehl.

I had a pre-hire with Averitt. They were in my final 3 list. I just couldn't handle the uniform and shined black shoes bit. I can barely keep up with everything else... lol

Posted:  3 years, 2 months ago

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Video of Crazy Marten driver roadrage

Thanks, Daniel for the tip... I'll start looking around

Posted:  3 years, 2 months ago

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Garmin Dash Cam 20

Would you guys toss out some brands / models to look for and / or stay away from... I'm starting from scratch and I want to pick one up ...

grazie

Posted:  3 years, 2 months ago

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Video of Crazy Marten driver roadrage

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I went to Marten Transports website and sent a link to this page to every email link on the page. There were 6 email links I found. Hopefully it reaches the right person there. I went to their facebook page also, it wouldn't let me leave a link so I just wrote trucking truth online forum crazy marten driver road rage. I prefer not to make phone calls but if there is no response from someone there I might have to.

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I might beat you to it. That was downright stupid of that driver.

Folks, this is why a dash cam can save your career. It is the best insurance you can get and its under 100$! If Chris would have hit him on that brake check he would have no proof of the actions of the Marten driver.

Would you toss up some links to a couple of solid models. I have no experience in this hardware ... you're right... It's a good idea to have one...

Posted:  3 years, 2 months ago

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Looking for work in Nashville, any suggestions?

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So to all of the nashville guys and gals what trucking driving school did you go to? Did you like it and would you recommend anybody else going?

as for me i am going to tennessee college of applied technology or TCAT for short it was once called tennessee technology of applied science not sure when the name changed. I am going to the one in nashville i would have went to the one in shelbyville but the instuctor got deathly sick so they have temporarily suspened that program. Which sucks cause that one in shelbyville is so much closer, bigger, and more road trucks well that is my instructor at nashville tells me he really wants go there and open it back up.

I love the school though they teach us a lot well what they can in the time and all the recuriters tell me its a great school like how my school will train us with a fully loaded trailer well at least 30000 lbs. on it and how good previous students do at their companies. Not to mention the cost of the school its really and i mean really cheap compared to the other guys and i am not signing a contract to a company to pay for it.

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I went to TDI in Christiana. It was $4k, which is pretty steep. It's a whirl wind at 3 weeks , but they got the job done.

I have tuition reimbursement at Roehl, but it's still a lot of coin.

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wow that school was 4k for 3 weeks i know you found a job but did you have other companies say no because of that school?

mine was 1582 for 8 weeks but the state payed 666(that may be a bad sign but i hope not) for the hope scholarship. Anyways would you recommend it to any one and did you get to pick what company you went to?

They've been at the game a long time... since the 70's , I think.

All the companies know them and getting you a job is their specialty. Zero companies turned me down because of the school.

I, on the other hand, had to choose between seven pre-hires.

I paid the $ because I knew they would get me a job.

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