Profile For Bilbo

Bilbo's Info

  • Location:
    The mountains of east, TN

  • Driving Status:
    Considering A Career

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  • Joined Us:
    5 years ago

Bilbo's Bio

A newbie trying to find his way from east Tennessee.

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Posted:  4 years, 4 months ago

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Surgery question

I have surgery tommorrow to repair a hernia so I can begin school in July. I'm sure I will be given pain pills for the pain. I am going to try not to take them but if the pain is too much and I do have to take them how does that work with an upcoming drug test? Would I have to keep my prescription fron my doc or have him sign off on something? All comments are greatly appreciated.

Posted:  4 years, 5 months ago

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An addition to short profile info?

I think that would be awesome!

Posted:  4 years, 5 months ago

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Medical Question

I have hernia surgery scheduled the last week of this month. The last week of July I plan on attending a local truck driving school or possibly trying to get on with prime and go through their school. My question is will I still be able to get my dot medical card with having a sugury that recent? I just want to make sure this doesn't cause any problems. The hernia itself isn't causing me problems I just know I wouldn't be able to pass my physical.

Posted:  4 years, 6 months ago

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Trouble finding a trucking school that will take me because of misdemeanor charges can anyone help?

I would definitely take old scools advice and try a private school. I know the schools in my hometown do 100 percent fiancing and have a 100 percent job placement rate with companies that offer tution reimbursement. You can see how many pre-hires you can get before you even start school! I too have a misdemeanor on my record (drug paraphernalia) that will be expunged in August. I have wanted to get into the industry for awhile now but this also has always been a big problem for me. Is there anyone else that cold help Ron out?

Posted:  4 years, 11 months ago

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Is a close terminal important?

Werner allows me to take my truck and trailer home with me or allows me to bobtail if there are no empty trailers available.

If I could bobtail then I know I could park it at the house. That would be the best for me. Thanks guy!

Posted:  4 years, 11 months ago

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Is a close terminal important?

Companies normally will let you take the truck home if you live more than 50 miles from any terminal or drop yard. That number can vary, but they understand that nobody wants to drive for a living and then spend 1/3 of their home time commuting back and forth to the terminal.

That would be so perfect! It will definitely be a question I ask the recruiter. Thanks Brett!

Posted:  4 years, 11 months ago

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Is a close terminal important?

Yeah I could almost park it at the old home place. There is a mom and pops gas station down the road a bit and there's always trucks parked there for a few days then they are gone. I assume I would be pulling an empty trailer?

Posted:  4 years, 11 months ago

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Is a close terminal important?

Werner has several drop yards in Tennessee. The main one is in West Memphis Ark. Basically Memphis. There is one in Nashville. Now both of these are drop yards and not terminals. But driver Park their trucks there while on hometime.

I'm exactly 3 hours away from Nashville. I don't guess that would be too bad considering you wouldn't come home but a few times a month. Thanks Guy.

Posted:  4 years, 11 months ago

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Is a close terminal important?

Thanks for the reply guys. There was an ad in the local newspaper about them and that's why I really looked into it. At first I just overlooked it because there wasn't a terminal in state but if they are hiring in Tennessee then surely they wouldn't make you drive so far. Does anyone know the drop yards for Werner in Tennessee? I'm going to call a recruiter soon but I would like to get my ducks in a row first.

Posted:  4 years, 11 months ago

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Pre Hire Question

Great question I was thinking the same thing.

Posted:  4 years, 11 months ago

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Is a close terminal important?

I'm still looking into all my different options with the different trucking companies and I'm just curious how important is it to pick a company with a terminal close by? I am really looking into Werner Enterprises but they don't have a terminal here in Tennessee. When I would get my 2-3 days of home time I really wouldn't like to drive any more than 3 to 4 hours to get back home. I'm new to trucking so any advice helps but is it a deal breaker if there is no terminal close by? You guys have helped me a lot so far so thanks to the people that take the time to reply. thank-you.gif

Posted:  4 years, 12 months ago

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How many companies does it take?

From what I've learned half of the states already have an idle law to limit your idle time, how much it's enforced I honestly doubt very much so. As far as APU's, I'm pretty sure we only have bunk heaters but they sure put out a ton of heat, maybe come summertime I'll wish I had a full apu but as for now not so much.

Yea I'm in an auto, and I gotta admit I love it haha. Before I drove this I was one of those guys who had the opinion that "if you ain't shifting your not a real trucker" Going through rush hour traffic with it was a piece of cake too.

The one thing I was worrying about was pulling power, now givin I havnt climbed the Rockies yet but the steep hills here in PA and NY I have climbed it had plenty of power, and that was fully loaded

Shoot I wouldn't care a bit to have an automatic haha. I hear those bunk heaters put out all the heat you need out. I think it would be the hot summer nights that would bother me. You can always cover up more but it's hard to cool down when it's 100 degrees out but I guess I will find out. Hopefully that automatic will hold up on them mountains. You will find out before I do. Haha

Posted:  4 years, 12 months ago

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How many companies does it take?

My top three were US Xpress, Scneider, and Roehl, all of which seemed nice. I went with US Xpress because their equipment seemed better off, better starting pay, friendlier recruiters, and the terminal is only a couple hrs from my place and the have a decent bit of freight going through my area. Plus I talked to a few guys who said their biggest complaint was that they were always driving haha so no sitting around waiting. They were a better fit for me coming right out of school, I mean I'm training in a 2015 cascadia, it doesn't get much better than that haha.

Who are you looking into and have you spoke to any recruiters yet?

I am looking into Crete, Shaffer, US express and Schneider. I have spoke to all 4 recruiters. Schneider seemed the most helpful and friendly. I just don't like the fact that they don't have apu and such a strict idle policy. I'm really leaning toward us express. I seem to hear nothing but good things about them. All 4 have terminals within an hour of my house. Are you in an automatic?

Posted:  4 years, 12 months ago

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How many companies does it take?

For me it was super quick. I went to an independent truck school, and got my CDL on oct 4th. I didn't get any prehires because I was thinking of working local so I took a couple days to figure out what I was gonna do. I Filled out applications on Wednesday the 8th to my top 3 choices. The next morning I received a call from all three, spent all day talking back and forth to the recruiters and was offered an orientation spot the following Monday the 13th. I've now finished my first week with my trainer.

Maybe my results were not normally the way it goes and some of the experienced guys can chime in but everything has been really quick. Good luck to ya and hopefully you can get on with your top pick.

Wow Travis that's awesome! I really hope mine goes that fast. I knew there was a shortage of drivers but I didn't know it would be that quick. I'm glad you got on with who you wanted. If you don't mind me asking who did you decide on?

Posted:  4 years, 12 months ago

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How many companies does it take?

Wow that is all good news. I was starting to worry I might have to drive for someone I didn't want to. Thank you all.

Posted:  4 years, 12 months ago

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How many companies does it take?

Wow that's crazy how fast it is! I hopefully won't have a problem getting on the four I want. Thanks bud.

Posted:  4 years, 12 months ago

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How many companies does it take?

Thanks Brett! I will definitely keep that in mind. Awesome web site by the way! dancing-banana.gif

Posted:  4 years, 12 months ago

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How many companies does it take?

I was just curious about how many companies you all applied for before you got hired? I know every one is going to have a different answer depending on a lot of different factors but I would just like to hear what you all have to say. I have done a lot of research and came up with a list of about 8 companies that I would consider driving for and out of those 8 they are 4 that I would be extremely happy with. I know you should get as many pre hires as possible but throw me some real life scenarios. Thank you all who take the time out to help.

Posted:  5 years ago

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My story

Wow Daniel this is one of the best posts on TT. You defiantly have inspired me and I'm sure many others.

Posted:  5 years ago

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How many pre-hires?

Thanks David. I have a list of about 6 companies I'm interested in. I guess I will have to find a bit more. When you say multiple do you mean 10+ or more like 20+ Thanks again for all the help.

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