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Posted:  3 months, 3 weeks ago

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Trucking gadgets, GPS , Telephone headset, Music ???

Dennis R.

Soloed in a J3 many years ago. Wife and I landed on N CAL beaches for picnics, etc., while the tide was out. Great fun. Like you, I have an A&P and other certificates, enjoy flying and working on light airplanes. The years of flying the DC 8 and DC 10 airplanes were the best years of my life. And like you, I am looking at otr trucking as a third or fourth LOL career. Right now downsizing and relocating to the Rockies are our immediate objectives.

Good luck down the road...

Hello Pete ,

I just love the J3, It is a 1947 all redone , no electrics , hand prop and 65 HP of screaming power lol I bought a house on a grass strip and had a 48x60 hangar built. I got my IA and am planning on doing annuals for friends around the airport and other close by airports. That is why I am looking for a lot of home time. I have worked on airplanes for 25 years so just looking for something different and have always been interested in driving. If the right job comes up I will take it but you never know. Can always pick up extra $$$ working in my hangar. I am also building a Sonex aircraft from blueprints, side by side tail dragger, aerobatic top speed 200 mph :) I have been working on sub assembly's and sending them back to Indiana and will assemble when I get home. As soon as I figure out how to post other pictures I will load some . DC 8 & DC 10 great airplanes , but I never flew them. Are you driving now ?

Posted:  3 months, 3 weeks ago

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Air Venture Oshkosh (WI) Travel Alert!

Air Venture Oshkosh officially began Monday. It is the World's largest General Aviation gathering and it makes Wittman "Regional" airport the World's busiest for about 10 days.

If you are traveling Interstate 41 expect delays, backups, clueless tourists on their phones and surfing the internet, motorhomes (some rented by novices), lots of service vehicles and much much more! Not sure but guessing some construction and/or lane closures too because what fun would a major tourist event be without some construction and lane closures?!?

Oh yes... rigorous speed enforcement is par for the course in that entire stretch, pretty much from Fond du Lac to Green Bay or so!

Be safe!

I have been to Air Venture at Oshkosh and had a great time. If you are into airplanes like me it is a great way to see such a variety. Also traffic is crazy , on the ground and in the air :)

Posted:  3 months, 3 weeks ago

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Trucking gadgets, GPS , Telephone headset, Music ???

Dennis, I found it interesting that you are a pilot. When I think about flying compared to truck driving, the old saying comes to mind: "Hours and hours of boredom punctuated by moments of complete panic"

Sounds like you have thought this through and have a good plan. You should do very well at driving.

Thanks Bruce , I have always had a great interest in airplanes and I have been working on them for 25 years as a licensed mechanic and also can do the yearly inspections (annual ) on other pilots airplanes. I just figured out how to post a picture but don't know how to post other pics like some do. You wouldn't get bored with me , I like to do stalls and spins and low and slow :)

Took a guy for a ride once and he asked me how often do these things crash , I said just once lol

Good looking dog there :)

Posted:  3 months, 3 weeks ago

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Trucking gadgets, GPS , Telephone headset, Music ???

Dennis can you show a prospective employer 12 consecutive months of current US driving experience?

They might want to see this as a minimum if you’ve been living overseas for a long period of time.

I don't know for sure ??? I have kept my Indiana drivers license up to date and visit there every year. But I have been working here in South Korea for 14 years. I have a house and hangar in Indiana and I work on airplanes for a living and my Airframe and Powerplant license, and Inspection Authorization is all with my Indiana address. I am also a pilot with my address in Indiana. I never really thought about proof of driving in the states. I have a Korean drivers license, we have a home in the Philippines and have a Philippine drivers license, I have a international drivers license , all I need now is a fishing license :)

I have been chatting with a recruiter from Carter Express and she told me they work with Sage driving school in Muncie , IN

School is around $4700 and Carter will pay me back $50 per week up to $5000

Training with Carter Express is 6 weeks , 1st week $350...… Next 5 weeks $400 If I quit before 1 year I have to pay $1000 for training.

Then when I go solo it is $0.375 per mile which seems low from what I see but they have nice equipment , no touch freight, running car.

Anderson , IN Romulus, MI Vandalia, OH Laredo, TX Andersonville , TN

They say home every weekend and some through the week, Laredo be gone around 4 days , no biggie as long as I get home for the weekend.

They have around 800 trucks and a lot of cookouts and stuff like that.

They also have a drawing every 90 days with all the drivers who stay safe and give away a Harley :)

There is a guy that worked for them name is Craig Ryan and he has some video's posted on YouTube while working there and seemed like he liked it a lot. He is a retired school teacher.

So far this seems like the best deal at this time with no experience. The school is 60 miles from my house so no big deal driving that for 4 weeks.

Carter Express is 49 miles from my house again no big deal just going to add some driving time to my already long day. But if I am off weekends and home a night or two through the week I can live with that.

Was looking at some of your pics, I think Swift would be okay if I got a dedicated route from the start and a lot of home time.

I have been gone 14 years so I need home time lol

Posted:  3 months, 3 weeks ago

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Trucking gadgets, GPS , Telephone headset, Music ???

Decent Smartphone (Android or Iphone) - decent provider & data plan is going to cover most of your needs. Quality Bluetooth Headset - I like the Blueparrot (though some companies don't even allow voice calls when moving).

There's some stuff you might want for your truck (TV, microwave, etc.) but since you're not getting in for quite some time, and you'll be in someone elses truck for awhile during training - it's not something you should worry about.

Start boning up on the written tests - using the link to the High Road CDL Training Program that G-Town linked to above.

Best of luck - keep us posted...

Rick

Are the written test similar in all states , I will be in Indiana ?

Posted:  3 months, 3 weeks ago

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Trucking gadgets, GPS , Telephone headset, Music ???

Dennis most of the major carriers have Trucker GPS integrated with elogs and communications systems. Qualcomm/Navi-Go is one such system, one that I’ve used throughout my career at Swift.

My suggestion is to focus on those “gadgets” that enable efficiency and safety; first and foremost a reliable CB and antenna setup. A hard copy if the Rand McNally Trucker’s Atlas (essential) and possibly a backup GPS like Garmin. I’ve been driving for over 6 years and have only a CB. I use my phone GPS (Google) to supplement Navi-Go and that’s “ONLY” to see traffic flow on the Interstates & highways, when things are backing down or accidents.

Beyond that? Save your money until you are fairly sure this is something you can handle and want to do longer term. Few drivers make it past their first year; about 25%.

Not sure if you have read any of the content in these links...

...if not, no time like the present. As a point of reference, this is my second career; started school at 54, I’m 60 now. Many stories on here like mine. It can be done.

Good luck.

Great info G-town, I bought the trucker atlas a couple years ago when I was 62 and going to retire , but decided to stay working here in South Korea until 66 which will be in December. Been researching all the trucker websites and taking all the cdl test etc.....

Planning to be in the US mid-December and attend a school in Indiana and have checked with Carter Express and they seem like a good place to start. Still checking.

These trucking websites and YouTube have a lot of great info !!!!!!!!

Posted:  3 months, 3 weeks ago

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Trucking gadgets, GPS , Telephone headset, Music ???

Both the trucks I drove had lousy radios. I bought one of those little round (but big sound) JBL Bluetooth speakers. I put it in the compartment right above the drivers head in my Frightliner and the compartment acted like an acoustic enhancer. Then I used my phone and Pandora to play anything I wanted. Got into listening to podcasts and learned all sorts of neat stuff. It was like getting paid to go to school while driving. One driver on here (Dave?) uses an Alexa device to listen to music, ask questions, get information and probably to have meaningful conservations with Alexa. Lol.

G-Town mentioned the Trucker's Atlas. Get the deluxe, laminated one. Well worth the extra money, in my opinion.

I have a Bose blue tooth speaker , that might work out okay and I also bought a deluxe laminated Truckers atlas but that was a few years ago , probably need to upgrade. It would be nice to ask Alexa to play any song I want and it starts playing with some great sounding speakers :)

Maybe Dave will join in here :)

Posted:  3 months, 3 weeks ago

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Training blues

I am hoping to go to CDL school at the first of the year. I will be 66 and retiring from the job I have now. I would have to talk to the company if my trainer was that way. I am hoping for a non smoker trainer but suppose I could deal with a smoker but feel like I shouldn't have to.

I have been doing research and watching a lot of YouTube and see the best of both worlds lol. Some guys and gals take pride in their looks and keeping everything professional and then you have the others :(

I have lived out of the US in South Korea for 14 years but vacation in Indiana every summer. A few years ago I went to a local truck stop to observe people backing up , fueling and to just pick up some driving jobs books.

It was so sad to see some of the people at the buffet looking like they were homeless just because they are too lazy to shower and do laundry.

I have been talking with a company and I will have to be out with a trainer for maybe 6 weeks and I really hope all is well. I can put up with a few things and don't expect too much but I do expect to be with a common sense professional / trainer.

I am hoping to be able to have meals together and be able to ask questions etc.... If someone smells that bad I don't even want to be seen with them.

Posted:  3 months, 3 weeks ago

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Training blues

That trainer, and any driver, is the face of the company when dealing with the public. Doesn’t strike me as much of a good example if management knows he’s a dirtbag, yet they still allow him to train others?

That is what I was thinking.

Posted:  3 months, 3 weeks ago

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Trucking gadgets, GPS , Telephone headset, Music ???

I am going to get my CDL and think I have a job lined up so I am wondering what are some of the best and user friendly electronic gadgets you all are using. I sort of want to buy things ahead of time because I will work at my present job until I retire in December.

Do some companies provide GPS etc...… or other things.

Thanks

Posted:  3 months, 3 weeks ago

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Carter Express , looking for drivers with fresh info ?

I am thinking of getting my CDL and trying to get a job at Carter Express in Anderson , Indiana. They will reimburse for school or maybe even pay upfront. Have a 6 week training program. I have talked with the recruiter and seen some info on here but would like to hear from a driver if anyone has info.

Thanks

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