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    Las Vegas, NV

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Posted:  4 years, 4 months ago

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Prime Orientation 13 April

Well its official I'm getting on the bus to springfield on saturday :)

I'll see you there on the 20th! Had to postpone my orientation a week later. I'm renting a car to get there...I can't see myself riding the dog for 12 hours when it's only a 5 and half hour drive from Des Moines IA.

Posted:  4 years, 4 months ago

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Prime Orientation 13 April

I'll be in Prime's orientation on the 13th also...but, I'm going to Pittston. Good luck everyone.

Goodluck to you too David!

Posted:  4 years, 4 months ago

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Prime Orientation 13 April

I'll be starting orientation on 4/13 too. Excited to get everything going. I've been studying every free second I have and I'm feeling pretty good about the permit test. Looking forward to getting out on the road and learning the trade. Have some areas of concern for the driving part, but I know my trainer will teach me what to do so I can pass the driving test.

Yea Doc I feel the same way...excited and concerned, but I'm positive the trainers will teach us what we need to know. You going to Springfield as well?

Posted:  4 years, 4 months ago

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Prime Orientation 13 April

I just filled out the application a little bit ago, can't wait to get the ball rolling. How long did it take you guys to hear back and get everything started? Also did they make you get your permit first or did you just too? I thought it said at the end of the 4 day orientation you test for your cdl. Thanks in advance and good luck.

Welcome Logan. I filled the online app and got a call the same day from the recruiter. She told me to study general knowledge, air brakes, combination and tanker to get my permit. I think getting your permit first before heading there would free up time to study up on other stuff. After orientation I believe you hop on a trainers truck and do 10k miles and then head back to Springfield to test out for the CDL. Hope that answers your questions. I should know by tomorrow of all the details.

Posted:  4 years, 4 months ago

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Prime Orientation 13 April

I'm considering starting driver trainer class starting on the 13th to become a psd trainer. I've been approved already. Just weighing the options of doing it. Might see you there.

Nice Terry. Just got a call from the recruiter, she'll send me an email of all the details of orientation tomorrow. Hope to see you there!

Posted:  4 years, 4 months ago

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Prime Orientation 13 April

I start orientation in Springfield on 4/13 too

Awesome to hear someone else is heading there same time as me on here!

Posted:  4 years, 4 months ago

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Prime Orientation 13 April

Forgot to add I'm heading to Springfield MO.

Posted:  4 years, 4 months ago

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Prime Orientation 13 April

Passed the Iowa CDL permit tests, got my 2 year medical card, and accepted to Prime orientation on 13 April. Excited to start the next journey in my life. Anybody else heading there?

Posted:  4 years, 6 months ago

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Automatic transmission question

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How but inverters? Since no APU's do the trucks have smart idle or whatever it's called?

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nope none of that you are allowed to use an inverter if it plugs into one of the 12v plugs in the truck. you can idle the truck if its below 30 or above 70

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Bummer! We have APUs and inverters in all trucks. Damn I got lucky.

Who you working for RT?

Posted:  4 years, 6 months ago

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Automatic transmission question

Thanks for the info Eckoh.

Posted:  4 years, 6 months ago

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Automatic transmission question

Thanks for the info Eckoh.

Posted:  4 years, 6 months ago

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Automatic transmission question

How but inverters? Since no APU's do the trucks have smart idle or whatever it's called?

Posted:  4 years, 6 months ago

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Automatic transmission question

Does swift have APU's and or inverters in their tractors now?

Posted:  4 years, 6 months ago

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Residency issues.

Thanks for the info Evanston. I appreciate the tip.

Posted:  4 years, 6 months ago

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Residency issues.

I don't know what to do! I live in San Diego and am planning on starting my CDL sponsored training someplace (tbd). I plan on selling my house soon and bank the funds. I want to just find a company I could hire on with. I have no experience with living in a truck but in my mind I just want to be on the road for a year or so. If forced I could get a hotel for a couple of days or so.

Will these big trucking companies hire you under the pretense you choose to move in the hiring area.?

My real goal was to move to Florida someday. But why rent an apartment or buy a house to stay only 5 days a month. Right now my am in a point I have no ties to anyplace and I don't need to go home.

There appears to be a few that would hire out of California but not many

I'm in the same boat as you Mark. I talked to Knight Transportation and explained that I was retiring from the military and plan to move from Vegas to Iowa...but just temporary. They told me I would not be in the hiring zone in Iowa, since they don't have much freight going that way for my hometime. I explained to the recruiter Iowa wouldn't be my permanent home and my wife was going to tag along with me. Since that was my plan, they wouldn't let me come to their Squire program...I won't have a permanent address after leaving the service and the recruiter told me once I get settled somewhere in their hiring area, to give them a call. I can understand they need a physical address for verification purposes.

EvanstonMark that's a good idea. I'll have to look into that. My goal was to do OTR for a few years and settle down in Colorado after we saved more money for a nice down payment for a house. Then look for some local gig in Denver/Aurora area.

Posted:  4 years, 6 months ago

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Stevens Transport

Decided which company sponsored program to attend and looks like Stevens. I was hoping for Knight but looks like after I retire from the military, they don't hire out of Iowa, which will be my "temporary" home state. I got pre-hired by Stevens, they just need a copy of my discharge paperwork. They sent me an email regarding information about the company/drivers. In it, it states they have the longest haul per load (1400-1500 mi) and could possible make 2800-3000 miles per week...at .26 cpm. The pay is low compared to other companies, but if the miles are there to run, then it almost evens out.

Was wondering if anybody here at TT is currently driving for them that can confirm the above numbers? Do they run 9-10 speeds, auto's? They do have nice trucks, from what I've seen on the roads here in Vegas and they also have APU's. My plan is to have the wife ride along once I go solo after the probation period.

I've been studying the high-road material here, and plan on getting my permit within the next few weeks. Thanks for any info you may have.

Posted:  4 years, 8 months ago

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[A Certain] Trucking School - An Honest Review

As Josh stated, Jason did get his cdl through the school. Also, in Jason's other 80000 pound thread I asked him how the school and instructors were...as my plan is to attend the school at the beginning of the year. From looks of it, its almost a copy and paste thread...to start a new thread to highlight that particular school. I hope all these posts haven't run Jason off, as with any thread made will be useful for me in the future.

Posted:  4 years, 8 months ago

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An 80,000 pound thank you!

Congrats Jason! How was AIT? I'm planning to attend that school at the beginning of the year. I'm sure I past you a few times as I always saw the AIT truck driving down Craig road, or near Nellis. How were the instructors?

Posted:  4 years, 9 months ago

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What Would You Do? Part 3

Since I'm a soon to be driver here's my thinking. I would run the 63 miles and get the trailer washed out. The recap from today and tomorrow will make up for lost time running to get the trailer washed out. Maybe I'm just a stickler to be honest.

Posted:  4 years, 9 months ago

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AIT Weekly Trucking School Update...

Jason, thanks for the update on AIT. I'm kinda new to TT, but I've been doing alot of studying also on here. I'm also planning to attend AIT in Vegas. Looking forward to hear your updates

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