Profile For Jeffry T.

Jeffry T.'s Info

  • Location:
    Gary, IN

  • Driving Status:
    Experienced Driver

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  • Joined Us:
    5 years, 7 months ago

Jeffry T.'s Bio

Started with Roehl Transport in mid 2014 after spending 5 years as a contracted safety engineer at a local steel mill. I love my job and the challenges that it bring with it. I now work for G&F Trucking Leasing hauling steel and it is great.

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Posted:  2 weeks, 1 day ago

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From Oilfield to OTR. Questions and concerns.

I believe because you have no otr experience or recent otr experience most any company is going to want you to have the required 160 hours of training to satisfy the insurance companies. When I attended cdl school through the roehl driver training program there were 2 people from your circumstances in our class. While they already knew how to operate the tractor trailer they were both still able to learn new things. It's not all that bad anyway a one year commitment isn't a very long period anyway. In this industry you are still very green after a year and it is highly recommended that you stay with your first otr employer for at least that amount of time anyway.

Posted:  2 weeks, 2 days ago

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Hey Bobcat. OD questions.

P and C trucking requires 5 years of experience or at least they did when I was looking into there. They recently sold off alot of there equipment as well I dont think there trash hauling business is as large as it used to be.

Posted:  2 months ago

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What makes the best trucker? 

A patient person willing to learn and problem solve on the fly. A can do attitude, patience and attention to detail can get you a long way in this business or so has been my experience. You will encounter things that could make you angry or frazzled often bad drivers rude employees at shippers and consignees, bad weather, road construction etc all of these things can ruin your day or with the right attitude be one more thing you have successfully over come. I would also put the ability to leave your cellphone in the cupholder and out of your hands near the top of the list of importance.

Posted:  3 months ago

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Got Fired - Searching for a new job

In southwest Michigan area you have some options if you want to haul steel. There is Arlington metals in Sawyer MI they have a carrier who does all of there house work. Theres alco out of wayne Michigan but have a yard in porter in. James Burg Trucking out of warren mi. Steel Transport Gary in. G & F Trucking out of hammond in is where I've been working for almost 3 years now we run Michigan as our main lane but you have to have 2 years driving exp.

Posted:  3 months, 2 weeks ago

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Hard enforcement for ELD compliance now in effect

My truck is a 99 so I still get to use paper but I sometimes wish i had an eld the times changes and that after a long day can confuse me so quick.

Posted:  5 months, 3 weeks ago

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Bridge

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(Hey, Donna. Did you catch that the warning mentioned Tons and your scale ticket is in pounds?)

Your 44,000 pounds is 22 tons, so you're way under the new bridge limit. But praying never hurts. :-)

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Yeah, but if she’s anything like me, my truck & trailer are about 16.5 tons empty with fuel. So that would put it over the limit.

I saw one today, near Sturgis, MI (farm road) and the sign said 62T. 😳

That 62 tons in sturgis Michigan is because you can be plated for up to 160000 lbs alot of steel haulers will have 6 to 8 axle trailers or Michigan trains.

Posted:  11 months ago

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Curtained flatbed companies?

That is correct a covered wagon is made up of hard side boards and stakes that hold those in place as well hold the bows for one long trap that is the length of the trailer. You simply slide the tarp to one side and remove as many side boards to fit the product you are try to load.

Being that I'm a lowly box hauler, I have a flatbed question. With "covered wagons", is the securement process the same? It's just that the traditional tarping is eliminated?

Posted:  11 months ago

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Curtained flatbed companies?

Grizzly where are you located? The company I work for has only covered wagons and conestoga trailers but we only run indiana Michigan Illinois ohio and some Kentucky Wisconsin and st louis.

Posted:  1 year, 2 months ago

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80/94 Eastbound shutdown

Came through there shortly after this happened 2 jack knifed semis completely blocking east bound 80/94 at exit 2 with about a dozen other vehicles involved.

Posted:  1 year, 2 months ago

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Paid CDL near Gary Indiana

Swift also has a terminal not far from roehls terminal off of Cline ave by the Gary airport. I to live in northwest indiana but really that has very little to do with where you work in this business. You can live in indiana and work for a company in California just as easy.

Posted:  1 year, 5 months ago

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What has trucking given back to you?

Trucking has given me a lot of thing in many different facets of my life. For starters it gave me the ability to work by myself.

I work for a small family owned trucking company and by doing so I have gotten alot of folks whom I consider to be like my own family. I have also gained the knowledge of all that goes into finding freight and keeping everything going down the road as I work for a very transparent company.

Financially I have gained the ability to provide for my family without my wife having to work while our children are young. I am a steel hauler often loading several different pieces that differ in size shape and weight so over the last 4 years I have become proficient at solving these puzzles if you will and that is one of my favorite things about this job.

Posted:  1 year, 7 months ago

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Roehl training

Roehl has some really good instructors I got my cdl through them. If your instructor can't help you get they will move you around until they find someone who can.

Posted:  1 year, 11 months ago

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What is the point of a DSE??

I had to do this when I worked at roehl it's really no big deal man. You take one of there instructors on a short ride takes less then 30 mins then you do a single back and as long as you don't hit anything you move on to solo. It's just an added measure to ensure you can safely operate a cmv your time with a trainer is very short and there is a lot to be learned in that time. This added practice if you will if for yours and there benefit.

Posted:  2 years ago

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Question to recent Roehl CDL Graduates

I can not say with any amount of certainty if it is still this way. When I got my cdl through their school in Wisconsin I was also responsible for my transportation to and from that location. However after successfully completing the program we were given our comdata cards that had x amount of dollars deposited on it they said was mileage pay for our travel.

Posted:  2 years ago

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Flatbed newbie.

I believe TMC will give you the option to run cpm pay if you choose to do so. I have been on percentage for the last almost 3 years it's not really different. I have however talked to very many drivers with tmc and have heard way more complements on the company then complaints. They have a top notch securment class as well. I wish I would have started with them just for that class alone.

Posted:  2 years, 1 month ago

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Roehl Transport Great Lake Regional and National Flatbed getting "Scraps"?

Roehl Transport was founded as an all flatbed operation and got into reefer and van as they later expanded. I worked on there great lakes fleet for nearly a year and hauled any and everything you can imagine. As far as scraps what does it matter anyway you are paid by the mile not by the load. I enjoyed working there they have a very solid operation especially for someone new to the industry. If I were to ever be in the position to return to over the road I would go back there. My only complaint while I was there was my fleet manager was brand new to this industry like I was so anytime I had a problem it was always a headache because she only knew what the computer told her to say but by the time I left there she was much better.

Posted:  2 years, 1 month ago

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Roehl - Learned something cool about them.

Yes they do have a specialized division they also have a bridge division that hauls bridge beams all summer long then in the off season they do other specialized loads and regular flatbed work

Posted:  2 years, 2 months ago

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Twic for rider

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They should not need to have there own twic card if you have one you should be allowed to escort them. However each site has there own site specific rules.

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But they might have to pay the port charge. My local one is $10 for TWIC holders and $20 for non.

TWIC by its very name is "Transportation Worker Identification Credential"

Therefore, not an employee, then no credentials.

Yeah that would be a site specific rule like I was saying hauling steel go into several different ports and I was a security manager at a large steel mill when they rolled out the twic program and it encompasses much more then truck drivers there's just a lot of grey area that's why every port has different rules pertaining to this.

Posted:  2 years, 2 months ago

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Twic for rider

They should not need to have there own twic card if you have one you should be allowed to escort them. However each site has there own site specific rules.

Posted:  2 years, 2 months ago

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Paper Logs - Working for Two Carriers?

Just an FYI, the year of the truck is irrelevant. The ENGINE must be prior to 2000. You could buy a 1950's truck, but if you shove an engine built after 2000 in it, than you would be required to have an ELD in it. The date is the manufacture date on the id plate for the engine.

This is right I should have been more specific .My truck is equipped with a 1999 Detroit 60s series.

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