Profile For Trish S.

Trish S.'s Info

  • Location:
    St. Johns, AZ

  • Driving Status:
    Preparing For School

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  • Joined Us:
    4 years, 7 months ago

Trish S.'s Bio

Seriously considering this career! Just left being "farmer's wife" for six years at an off-the-grid farm in Arizona. Before that, I did office work, restaurant work, and was a copy editor. I love travel, and when I was little I was always jealous of my brother's Tonka trucks. I think I'd love this job. I really appreciate all the help on this site (studying High Road now!) and looking forward to getting to know you all.

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Posted:  4 years, 5 months ago

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Physical

I was just at the Arizona DMV this morning and the guy told me to make a shrinked copy of it and laminate it (he said, use clear contact, shelf paper, it's cheaper).

Posted:  4 years, 5 months ago

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Failed my test Wednesday and passed today!

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Andrea, Jolie and all the other amazing ladies out there - you ROCK!!!! I am so excited for you! Thank you for helping me know I can do it, too! You're my heroes!

I am going to postpone school till after the holidays (got some work coming in, make some money so I won't have to sleep in the back of my truck during driving school) ... but will be going to take the permit test tomorrow morning! Wish me luck!

Be safe out there, everybody!

Posted:  4 years, 6 months ago

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Physical requirements of trucking

Thanks guys, I appreciate all the info and encouragement. I know it's going to be great, I was just getting caught up in other people's drama for a minute. I'm so excited about this!

Deb, I'm learning so much about my friends and myself in this. Wow - how much fear people have and how they let it control them. Not only in big life decisions, but just spending a lot of energy worrying about things that don't need to be worried about. Crazy.

Anyway, thanks everybody! I'm looking at getting my CDL permit next week and starting school 11/3. I'll keep you posted.

Posted:  4 years, 6 months ago

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Physical requirements of trucking

We don't see each other much anyway ... she's in NC and I'm in AZ. I think all my friends are just, like, what the heck, when I tell them I want to be a trucker, because it's totally out of the blue. I'm overeducated (2 bachelors degrees + a masters in fine arts) and up till six years ago had nice predictable jobs, like waiting tables or office work. When I went to live on a farm my friends & family thought that was adventurous and cool, but now that I want to be a trucker ... honestly I don't know what they really think. Whatever. Fortunately of all people my mother has been the best! I think she's jealous.

Posted:  4 years, 6 months ago

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Physical requirements of trucking

Oh, and mountain girl? That kingpin thing? Makes me want to get in a truck, like, RIGHT NOW.

Awesome.

Posted:  4 years, 6 months ago

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Physical requirements of trucking

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I love you guys! Honest. I think I've said this before but ever since I came here to TT half the reason I want to be a trucker is to hang out with you cool awesome people. (And to drive a truck that's bigger than my brother's.)

I have to defend my friend though, she is super cool and you would love her, she just doesn't know, um, beans, about trucking. She says she knows a lot of truckers but they must be local delivery types.

Yay! Full speed ahead!

Posted:  4 years, 6 months ago

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Physical requirements of trucking

So I was talking with a girlfriend about trucking and she tells me I'll probably not like it because it takes a lot of lifting, operating pallet jacks, lift gates, etc. I just left a farm where I handled 50 lb. feed sacks - right at the edge of my strength. I don't mind physical work but if it's too much for me, she might be right that I'd be unhappy. Could you guys & ladies who are already driving please tell me what's the reality? Would I be getting in over my head?

I've been so excited about trucking but want to go in with eyes open. I was set up to start school two weeks ago but postponed so I could take time to be sure this is the right way to go. Thanks.

Posted:  4 years, 6 months ago

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😱 They called! I go Oct 23 @ 9:45 for my CDL A test.

You could try packing oregano or powdered cloves around the tooth - they are natural antibiotics and should help.

Posted:  4 years, 6 months ago

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Stevens, Knight, Stevens, Knight

Maybe someone can correct me, but I don't see the urgency of getting endorsements unless the company requires it. Surely we can get them later? Knight doesn't require any, and I have my hands full studying the main stuff.

Posted:  4 years, 6 months ago

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Stevens, Knight, Stevens, Knight

Thanks PJ, it's really good to hear about how these "facts" translate into real life. I'm leaning toward dry van based on a thread of Old School and Daniel (I think it was) ... different ways to run based on the flexibility on delivering loads. Don't think I would enjoy flatbed because of the tarping ... I can wrangle a feed sack but those tarps are heavy.

There's intangibles too ... oddly enough although the facts are on Knight's side, my gut is saying Stevens ... but that is probably based just on more or less rapport with the recruiters. And if Stevens is in line for a buyout, I'd rather steer clear, I've been through those, too much drama.

Posted:  4 years, 6 months ago

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Keeping Fruit and Vegies fresh

Don't know if this will help in your situation, but when I go on road trips (I'm not a trucker YET!) I make smoothies in advance and freeze them in plastic cups or juice bottles, then keep them in a cooler with lots of ice. They will stay good as long as they don't thaw out too much.

Posted:  4 years, 6 months ago

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Stevens, Knight, Stevens, Knight

Let's try that again.

SCHOOL: Both are 3 weeks.

STEVENS Keenesburg, CO / Don't need CDL permit / Bring $400 to cover fees & tests ($175), housing ($90) and food / 3 yrs obligation to pay back $4200 / Training pay is zero

KNIGHT Phoenix, AZ / 1st wk is 4 days, orientation / Need CDL permit so out of pocket $25+ for permit + approx $100 for DOT / Have to pay for meals (all weeks) plus lodgings (weeks 2 & 3 - they will cover week 1) / They will take out $50/wk till $2900 ($27/wk) is repaid (slightly >1 yr) / Training pay $400/week paid on Thurs, 1 wk behind i.e. immediate hire! / Note: 1st week is orientation M-W full time + a meeting on Friday

OTR TRAINING:

STEVENS Duration 8 weeks, with 3 days in Dallas after school and 4 days in Dallas after 5 wks in truck / Training pay $350/wk / Students/truck 1

KNIGHT Duration 4 weeks / Training pay $400/week / Students/truck 1, no team driving / Trainers are scheduled in advance so if I request fem and/or nonsmoker there should not be any delay

SOLO:

STEVENS Starting pay 26 cpm / Pay increases: 6-9 mo: 28 cpm / 9-12 mo: 29 cpm / 1 yr: 30 cpm / 2 yrs: 31 cpm / Benefits Medical, dental, vision, life, 401k disability, 401k, prescription / Vacation 1 week after 1 yr, 2 weeks after 3 yrs / Forced dispatch and forced NYC / Regional opport. unsure, haven't asked / Hometime 1 day per week out / Drop & hook 60%

KNIGHT Starting pay 28 cpm first 90 days / Pay increase to 35 cpm after 90 days / Benefits Medical, dental, vision, life, 401k / Vacation 1 week after 1 yr, 2 weeks after 3 yrs / No forced dispatch or forced NYC / Regional opportunities "many" / Hometime "variety" / Drop & hook 70%

All info is from recruiters or current company brochures EXCEPT I haven't verified the Stevens 3-yr school repayment deal - that particular info is from this site.

Posted:  4 years, 6 months ago

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Stevens, Knight, Stevens, Knight

Here's the info I've gathered about Knight and Stevens:

SCHOOL: STEVENS KNIGHT Location Keenesburg, CO Phoenix, AZ Duration 3 weeks 3 weeks (1st wk is 4 days, orientation) Need CDL permit? no yes, so out of pocket $25+ for permit + approx $100 for DOT Expenses Bring $400 to cover Have to pay for meals (all weeks) fees & tests ($175), plus lodgings (weeks 2 & 3 - they housing ($90), and food will cover week 1) Obligation 3 yrs to pay back $4200 They will take out $50/wk till $2900 ($27/wk) is repaid (slightly >1 yr) Training pay zero $400/week paid on Thurs, 1 wk behind i.e. immediate hire! Note: 1st week is orientation M-W full time + a meeting on Friday

OTR TRAINING: Duration 8 weeks, with 3 days in Dallas 4 weeks after school and 4 days in Dallas after 5 wks in truck Training pay $350/wk $400/wk Students/truck 1 1, no team driving Trainers are scheduled in advance so if I request fem and/or nonsmoker there should not be any delay

SOLO Starting pay 26 cpm 28 cpm first 90 days Pay increases 6-9 mo: 28 cpm / 9-12 mo: 29 cpm 35 cpm after 90 days 1 yr: 30 cpm / 2 yrs: 31 cpm Benefits Med, dental, vision, life, Medical, dental, vision, life, 401k disability, 401k, prescription Vacation 1 week after 1 yr, 2 weeks after 3 yrs Same Forced dispatch/NYC both neither Regional opport. unsure "many" Hometime 1 day per week out "variety" Drop & hook 60% 70%

All info is from recruiters or current company brochures EXCEPT I haven't verified the Stevens 3-yr school repayment deal - that particular info is from this site.

For myself, none of these factors is a deal-breaker by itself, but when you add them all up, Knight looks a lot better. Note I haven't talked to any drivers yet.

For me, big factors are pay during training (I am dead broke!) and fact that Knight is in AZ ... kind of unique situation I'm in, but where I'll be spending most of my off days is way out in the boonies in AZ, country roads where I don't guess the company would like me to bobtail their rig, so I guess I'll park my 4x4 in the company yard while I'm working. Stevens' closest yard is SLC.

Posted:  4 years, 6 months ago

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Stevens, Knight, Stevens, Knight

I'm amazed by the people on this site. Thank you so much - you haven't made the decision for me, but gave me some great food for thought. Thanks for the information Daniel, Doug, mountain girl, AJ D., PJ. Old School: no problem. Good lessons, and I appreciate that you help keep this site honest.

I got interested in trucking originally for the adventure, money, and so I could tell my brother my truck is bigger than his. But now I'm really excited to be part of this world because the people are so cool (at least a lot of them) - people who are generous and care about each other and what's right. Thank you. I'll let you know what I decide. Stay safe.

Posted:  4 years, 6 months ago

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Stevens, Knight, Stevens, Knight

FYI for anybody else considering Knight or Stevens, a couple of things are now different from the info on this site:

Stevens has me training in Denver, not Dallas - I'm from Arizona. They are telling me to bring $400 to cover $175 for licensing and tests, $90 for housing and the rest to pay for my own food during training. There's supposed to be a kitchen in the lodgings.

Knight (Squire) is no longer paying for students' lodging in Phoenix. They have a setup with a local motel at $38 per night. I was liking Knight because they pay $300/week during training, but the lodging cost will cancel that out.

Posted:  4 years, 6 months ago

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The best company to work for new drivers

I appreciate knowing that. Did you train in Dallas or Denver or where?

Posted:  4 years, 6 months ago

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Stevens, Knight, Stevens, Knight

Awesome - something I hadn't considered. Thanks Daniel.

Posted:  4 years, 6 months ago

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Stevens, Knight, Stevens, Knight

So now I'm signed up with both Stevens and Knight (Squire) to start school in two weeks. I need to make a choice. I totally understand this is all up to me and it will be fine either way, but just wondering if anybody has comments on one or the other to help me choose. I've got the factual info from this site & the recruiters - more looking for whats-it-like-to-work-there comments. Anybody?

Posted:  4 years, 6 months ago

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New girl

Matt, congrats on making the decision! I'm not 100% on Stevens yet ... just talked to Knight as well so now I have a choice to make. Hopefully one way or the other I'll start school 10/13. Good luck, let us know how it goes!

Posted:  4 years, 6 months ago

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The best company to work for new drivers

Thank you. :-) Reading Brett's book really helped clarify the issues with logs & compliance. Looks like Stevens (I'll probably be going with them) has e-logs, so that simplifies things. Congrats on your successful first year!

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