Profile For Nighttrain03

Nighttrain03's Info

  • Location:
    Dover, DE

  • Driving Status:
    Rookie Solo Driver

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  • Joined Us:
    9 years, 6 months ago

Nighttrain03's Bio

Active duty Air Force, retired officially on 1 Dec 2013. 2 kids, Michael (18), & Elizabeth (16). Been to all four corners of this big blue marble as Mom (24Yrs) & Dad (22Yrs) were active duty Air Force as well. I have a great sense of pride in serving my country & want to continue to do so, thought trucking would be a great way to do it. Always wanted to be a trucker ever since I was a kid. Now that I have the opportunity to do it I am going to take full advantage of it.

Take care & see ya out there!!

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Posted:  7 years, 10 months ago

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Starting out/ needing advice

It's up to you how you want to do it. I'll presume that you don't have you're CDL yet? If not, and if you pursue the company training route; be mindful that if they provide the training you'll most likely be required provide some time in return to them. A lot of companies also provide tuition reimbursement. Do your research and decide for yourselves what is best. If you decide to do the local college route, be aware that it could take up to 2 - 3 months with them. Either way is a viable option, just be mindful of the plusses and the negatives of each. Once you get out on the road, you'll be travelling the country and getting paid to do it. it's an awesome feeling to get in your truck and just cruise down the highway to your location. Good luck in whichever avenue you decide to take.good-luck.gifgood-luck.gifgood-luck-2.gifgood-luck-2.gifgood-luck-2.gifgood-luck-2.gif

Posted:  7 years, 10 months ago

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What GPS unit should I used or its the most helpfull?

Hi I have a debate with myself about wich unit to buy,but not thinking about going to crazy,somebody if offering me the cobra 5550 pro,waiting for you advices,thanks.

It's up to you what you wanna use, Garmin; Rand McNally; Cobra whatever. Just remember that a GPS is a tool to help you out, it's not a be all end all to navigating to your pick up or delivery location. I have a Rand McNally 520 (paid $299 with $50 mail in rebate, common at most truck stops), it's mostly accurate but yet there are certain roads that it doesn't recognize as legal roads to drive down, it tells you that it's not feasible or compatible to drive your truck down that particular road. You'll be able to tell if the road is conducive or not. Bottom line is use your best judgment. If you feel like it's not a good road to go down, then it probably isn't. If so, continue until you can find a suitable place to turn around. Just my opinion, I've been in some tricky situations that I don't care to do again. Take care Targe

Posted:  9 years, 2 months ago

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Private messaging

Brett,

Sent you a test PM message.

Hope it works good-luck-2.gif

Again, thanks for all you do.thank-you.gif

Lata

Posted:  9 years, 2 months ago

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OTR Driving & Maintaining a Relationship

Ryan,

Being separated from someone you care about/love is always hard no matter for how long, but at the end of the day you push through & you do what you can & make the best of it. I can tell you it's the same for me, I hate being away from my fiancee & kids as well, but I have a job to do & the time I spend with my kids & significant other when I return from this deployment would be all worth it when I get home to see them.

Hope it all works out for ya.good-luck-2.gif

PS. Where do you work at here on LNK?confused.gif

Lata Bro

Posted:  9 years, 3 months ago

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Got tired of phone calls

Great idea, I can see how this would come in handy.

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Posted:  9 years, 3 months ago

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Sage Schools in Lebanon PA

Brett,

I plan on goin to the school in Lebanon, PA & as many as I can go to when I get home. I also plan on goin to truck stops & rest areas as well. I can't right now as I am deployed to Afghanistan. I'm retiring from the Air Force in Nov 2013, the next 7-8 mths are gonna pretty hectic for me. But I'm ready, Bring It. lol I'm psyched, amped & ready to get my CDL & devour some pavement/miles (figuratively speaking, of course). dancing-dog.gif

As far as the license goes, I'll go to the DMV in De & find out what I need to do when I get home.

Thx for the input Brett, you rock!thank-you.gif

Posted:  9 years, 3 months ago

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Sage Schools in Lebanon PA

What Branch Nighttrain?

Ryan,

I'm a civil engineer in the AF, I'm with an engineering unit based out of Kandahar (777 EPBS) but I forwarded to Camp Dwyer in Oct 12 & now I'm @ Leatherneck. Been here since 1 Feb.

Posted:  9 years, 3 months ago

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Sage Schools in Lebanon PA

2 part question:

I. Has anyone attended the Sage School in Lebanon Pa? I'm gettin a good vibe after talking to the recruiter about it.(Although I'm not stateside at the moment, deployed to Afghanistan) The recruiter was very helpful, friendly & courteous. She answered all my questions without delay within 24 hrs if not sooner,(via email, phone is hit or miss, sometimes.) Any input about Sage would be appreciated. (good, bad, or indifferent).

II. If I go to a school that is in a different state that I'm a resident of, will I have to transfer my details to that state, or can I keep my current drivers license and go to the DMV in the state I live in (with proof that I passed the CDL test) and have it added to my license?

Once again thanks for all you do confused.gif

Posted:  9 years, 3 months ago

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Why did you become a truck driver?

Cakewalk was probably.not the best word to use lol, deploying is different. I know being on the road mostly alone is probably hard at times, can't compare apples and oranges. I like the idea of being alone on the road but at the same time I know that some days will be lonely. Sounds easy now I suppose but I'm sure that sometimes its no simple task.

Congrats on retirement Nighttrain03, that's a huge success.

Jason, you're right about deploying & being away from home for 2 - 3 wks at a time. Not much of a comparison, true story about the apples & oranges. Just doesn't work. lol

The idea of being on the road with just you & the hum of that CAT/Cummins (whatever it may be) motor in front of ya & the scenery just seems to put it all into perspective. I can't wait til its my turn. Definitely lookin forward to it. :)

Thx about the retirement, been lookin forward to it for a bit now. Kinda bitter sweet tho, hate to leave the military lifestyle, but yet at the same time ready to punch out. :)

Also, thank you for your service as well. OORAH

We don't have a catchy phrase in the USAF other than "Airpower", seems to work for us tho.smile.gif

BTW, I'm deployed right now & I'm at Camp LNK with an Engineering detachment. This place has changed quite a bit from the last time I was here.(Aug 2010) Was here for 3 weeks then went back to good ol Kandahar.

Later

Posted:  9 years, 3 months ago

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Your Newest CDL Graduate!

dancing.gif Congrats, See ya out there

Posted:  9 years, 3 months ago

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First visit to the new forum

Great job on the new forum Brett, I appreciate all the hard work & the plethora of knowledge that you have provided.

Thanks again

Posted:  9 years, 3 months ago

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First visit to the new forum and brief update

All the best Old School, hope everything works out for you.

Posted:  9 years, 3 months ago

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Why did you become a truck driver?

I have always been fascinated with the truck driving lifestyle since I was a kid. I would have to say the moment that made me want to become a truck driver was back in June of 1986, I was living in SoCal, (Mom & Dad were military) they received orders to Germany and when we left Cali we drove cross country from Lompoc to Sandy Lake, PA & Toms River, NJ to visit with family before we went to Germany. I remember after about the 2nd or 3rd day of travelling, I was sittin in the front seat of the van we had, (an 82 Dodge Ram 250 w/the bubble windows in the back), :) having some me & dad time, as we were travelling down I-80, dad would point out every truck that he saw either passin us or going in the other direction. As he did this, I would think to myself "I wonder where that one is going & what are they carrying". Over the course of the next 5 days of being "on the road" and seeing the trucks all day & throughout the night as well, I realized that this is what I wanted to do.

I myself ended joining the military in 1992 as well, I will be retiring in Nov of this year. I'm not an actual driver yet, but I wil1 be after I retire.

Like Jason C. said about being deployed for 7-8 mths at a time, 1-3 weeks away from home is a "cakewalk", it still sucks, but is better that being away from home, family & friends for up to a year (in some cases) & in a foreign country no less. But a few weeks is definitely alot more manageable.

I'm excited about getting started with the next phase of my life, I can't wait to get out on the road & start seeing this great country of ours, meeting people & enjoying the freedom of the open road. Also, I love to travel, so it's a win - win for me.

See ya out there

Stay Safe

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