Profile For Tim F.

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  • Location:
    Coxsackie , NY

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    Experienced Driver

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    7 years ago

Tim F.'s Bio

Hometown is about 30 miles south of Albany NY. 50 year old who searched for and found a new career in trucking. Divorced and have one son.

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Posted:  1 month, 3 weeks ago

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Starting at central transport In pennsylvania

I worked for Central Transport for a couple years.

I’ve seen them towing newer trailers and better equipment.

I left for really two reasons:!

It was a cross dock operation which meant I had to load and unload pallets before and after my shift. I couldn’t handle being on a forklift in the -1…0…1 degree weather.

As a city driver, I got fed up with the freight being consistently damaged once it got to the back of my truck. Some of the guys in the dock didn’t care enough . As long as it got on the trailer …didn’t matter how.

When I worked there (4 years ago) they still hadn’t offered a direct deposit. They tried it once and it got all messed up. They seem to be one step behind the other carriers in terms of technology.

Good luck!

Posted:  2 months ago

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Phillips Respironics CPAP Machine Recall: URGENT

It’s accurate. There is a recall. I stopped using mine for a month or two. However, with a 90 day requirement I had to start using it again.

For anyone wondering…Philips used a material that is a known carcinogen to provide vibration dampening. The concern is that the material becomes fractured and gets into the airstream of your device.

They have a solution but are waiting for US regulators to approve…which may be a while.

Good luck

Posted:  2 months ago

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Phillips Respironics CPAP Machine Recall: URGENT

Yeah…I stopped using my CPAP in July and started getting drowsy.

Back on it as of earlier this week. I’ll risk it. Seems like a stretch for anything to happen.

Philips has a resolution, but with regulations it could be some time to approve in US.

Remember all CPAP users, you need 90 days compliance to recertification of medical cards.

Good luck

Posted:  2 months, 1 week ago

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Which Mega Carrier is better for regional/dedicated loads?

I can only speak from my experience with Roehl on the east coast.

I went to their CDL school based out of Marshfield WI and got my license through them.

I was looking for something similar…home weekends.

I ran the Kraft Dedicated right out of school. East Coast…Maine to Florida.

I was set up to be home on weekends for my reset. A few times I stayed out for two week or 3 weeks trips but that was to book extra time off.

I know in KC they’d have something available. If you go to Roehljobs on the internet and put in your zip code …it’ll show you what’s available.

Good luck

Posted:  6 months, 1 week ago

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Local driving is so good!

Nice job Andrey. Land Air is a great outfit to get on with.

For those of you outside of the Northeast. Land Air runs the whole NE. A lot of their freight is regional then interlining with other LTL lines.

When I was with Central Transport we sent quite a bit to them both to deliver and pickup for us.

This is a great opportunity for Andrey to get going on local.

Well done!

Posted:  6 months, 2 weeks ago

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Should I bother going to a paid CDL school VS company sponsored training?

Jay,

The school is going to teach you enough information to pass the CDL A road test ...as is a company sponsored school.

Your further training will occur at the start of tour new job. Companies have different training programs. That’s where you learn the particulars of being a professional truck driver.

I went to Roehls CDL school. I didn’t sweat the year commitment to save me 6-7 Grand. I figure it was a great deal. Which it was.

If I were you?, I’d do company sponsored/paid and have a job waiting for me once you successfully complete the program

Good luck

Posted:  6 months, 2 weeks ago

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Left prime

It appears that by Johns own description, he did not stick.

On to the next wannabe

Posted:  6 months, 3 weeks ago

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Roehl training: phase 3 (solo)

I’m going to take a shot in the dark here.

Roehl doesn’t have a great deal of activity in the NE region. They have some dedicated freight heading into the northeast and some paper that comes out of Maine.

When I ran for the Kraft fleet a few time I dead head 400 miles back to Winchester VA for my next load OR I’d pick up a brokered load.

Roehl could have seen this as an opportunity to reduce the driver count in the NE and Andrey provided the means unfortunately.

There some other trucking companies that have been advertising heavy for drivers. Pottles out of Maine. Cowan has the contract for the BJs in Uxbridge Ma. And are advertising for OTR.

Andrey...just remember...you didn’t have an accident. You had an incident in a parking lot that was deemed preventable. Most good companies will discern the difference. Also, next time you are in that situation, complete the back before stopping.

Good luck!

Posted:  6 months, 3 weeks ago

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Roehl's qualification day

Decided to go with Roehl. Got my DOT health card and CDL permit. Not sure if my recruiter understands past a certain point. It was only a 6th month card due to BMI. Recruiter says there is no new dot health exam or physical exam during the whole process. Safety will contact me close to the expiration to make sure I'm ready. Is that correct? anyone know or have experience with Roehl?

Larry...Roehl typically sends your to their preferred doctor for the physical. Bus this what happened here.

They use a third person association to review physicals and advise their safety department. If this is what was done then you should be all set.

As others have said, they are probably giving you the 6 months for the sleep study. I have mild sleep apnea and adjusted quickly to the machine. I now actually miss it when I skip a night of use.

Good luck. I got my license through Roehl in 2014. Great people and a great company.

Posted:  6 months, 3 weeks ago

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FINALLY GOING. TOOK THE STEP.

It's been a long time. I'm leaving the 15th for CFI. Everything is set. The High Road Training was excellent. I have permit and physical. Thank you Brett and all the experienced drivers for the articles.

Isn’t one of their finishers on here...lol. A guy named Big Scott..aka...CFIs biggest fan.

Good luck in your new step. I got my CDL A in 2014 and the only regret is not doing it sooner.

Posted:  7 months ago

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Bad experience or am I the problem?

Ok..new forum rule

No more Red Bull before posting

😉

Posted:  8 months, 1 week ago

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Should I keep my CDL?

The only thing you really need to do is take a medical exam every year or two. So , yes, I’d keep it.

You may find something comes your way in the near future. These are money makers and you should do anything you can to keep it as a class A CDL license.

Good luck Zach! Keep the license current.

Posted:  8 months, 1 week ago

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Any Federal Law for Right on Red?

I’ve noticed there are a few right hand turn lanes that are marked separately with yield signs. In other words, if you were go straight through the light it’s a red light with stop signs. However, if you are turning right, there is a yield sign. Usually it is a fully committed turning lane, with an island separating it from other lanes....if this makes sense.

I believe in this case it is legal to go ahead and “yield” into traffic.

Otherwise, I agree with others. If it’s a red light,!with a stop sign...there is no yielding...only stopping when making a right hand turn.

Posted:  8 months, 1 week ago

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I really really really hate team driving

Self induced drama. Pretty sure any co-driver you get won’t be good enough.

There’s always something to complain about in trucking. The successful drivers learn to focus on the big picture and let the little stuff roll.

If I were you I’d focus more on yourself, than judging others.

Good luck

Posted:  8 months, 1 week ago

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Vaccine Eligibility for Truckers

I looked into this also. While we are listed as “essential” workers under the transportation category, we are not considered “high exposure” transportation workers. Therefor...we (you) wait.

NYS now says I qualify for the vaccine on 2/15/21 based in my age and two co-morbidities. They also say that there won’t be enough vaccine available to give everyone for a couple months.

Keep trucking Eugene!!

Posted:  8 months, 2 weeks ago

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CDL School (Should I bother?)

Wait. If you won the case on the four charges, why are you on probation? Did your attorney make a deal?

My guess is that’s the deal breaker right there. No company will touch you until the probation is complete. Also, companies will go on a case by base basis. Assault and battery on a police officer is not a good reflection on yourself.

I would apply to

Apply For Paid CDL Training

And see what you get back

Do not spend money to get your cdl...it’s likely you are not eligible for hire to a lot of companies

Good luck

Posted:  9 months ago

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Need Advice on Companies, and CDL Training

If I were you, I would be looking at changing careers, too. I read your bio, and see you're in the mining industry. This new administration is most likely to put that part of the economy to bed very soon.

I’m afraid the new administration is going to put a lot of industry to bed, not just mining.

Posted:  9 months, 1 week ago

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3 Choices

I ran Delaware all the time for Roehl. We covered a Kraft plant down in Dover...as well as a logistics warehouse down in Hurlock, MD

I went through Roehls CDL school in October 2014. Went from school right in their Kraft Dedicated account out of Winchester Va.

All three would be great companies with which to start your career. A lot depends on what you are looking for to start your career.

One of the things Roehl offered was attractive hometime. On the dedicated account I was home weekly for my reset. If I needed extra days, I would stay out a weekend and earn the day.

Good luck moving forward.

Tim

Posted:  9 months, 2 weeks ago

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2020 closes with probably one of the most bizarre truck crash lawsuits ever

He who represents himself has a fool for a client...lol.

Posted:  10 months, 2 weeks ago

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Past Employment and Getting on with a Paid CDL Company

I was in the same situation as you way back in 2014. Unemployed for 1–1/2 years and applied to Prime. They rejected me too. I signed on with Roehl and have been driving since.

Use the following link here to fill out applications to various companies who will provide A CDL school in exchange for working for a predetermined timeframe...usually a year. In Roehl’s case it was mileage based 120k....which took about a year.

Here’s the link:Paid CDL Training ProgramsApply For Paid CDL Training

I’d apply to every company and see what happens. Pay no attention to internet reviews. I’m sure someone will approve him.

You can give Roehl a call, although right now they do not show hiring for their school out if NOLA.

Good Luck and don’t give up!

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