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Posted:  7 years ago

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H...e...l...p...feeling small and pitiful.

Bob, Ignore that first question. I realize now how uninformed it must read. I would like to know, physically, how you and Patty are holding up. I have a lot of respect for what you are doing. With summer coming soon, I am in serious debate over which job to focus on. Should I keep my tenured teaching position or go for Schneider? I am so burned out at school. But the danger of driving makes me hesitate. I am slowly getting better at the backing maneuvers and don't feel so stupid anymore. My husband wants me to go to work with him at Armellini out of Palm City. Floral. Long-haul with deliveries. The company does put its drivers up in hotels if there is a lay-over for a reload. He's comfortable there. While the potential money with Schneider is attractive, the recruiter told us that because of our south Florida zip code we could only work in their "fly-to-drive" program. Fly out of West Palm, drive for at least 21 days, fly home, have 5 days off. Schneider will pay for one piece of baggage. Hmmm...having a different truck every month, not sure we would want to live so spartan. What to do? Just taking one day at a time. Drives 10 and 11 coming up next week. Wish me luck.

Sorry so long to reply but Patty and I have been running hard and internet inside the truck through phone is spotty. 1. Your stamina and endurance builds over time. took time to work out a schedule but after a month we have settled into one. Patty starts between 4_6am and goes to 2pm with two breaks of 1 hour and one of 30 minutes. then I drive 1.5 to 2 hours. Then if we need to push it she does 1_2 hours from 4_6pm. She then puts in 350 to 500 miles depending on the trip. We then have dinner from 6_7 and then I drive 7_10 or 11. I take a 2 hour nap and then go 1_3 am . If we put in350_400. miles each we don't have to do the last sections of our shifts. If we need to do 500 miles or more each then we add on those last parts. We plan in shopping/tourist stuff or a night out with the easier loads. For example my wife hit 5 different Indian gift shops along I40 one day. it was hour drive 30 minute stop etc. one afternoon. We had a lot I of time to deliver the load. So we are trying to find ways to make it fun. If we get another one like that we want to take 24 hours off and visit the Grand Canyon. So there is some limited freedom built into many but not all loads. 2. Patty has many of the same fears and sometimes she drives so slow or cautious it drives me nuts. So I just go sleep and she gets there. I have gotten decent at backing so I handle the hard stuff. She is getting better and she no longer wakes me up on the simpler maneuvers. I still sit with her up front if she has a mountain grade to go up or down but she did the last one by herself so her skill and confidence are coming along.

Posted:  7 years ago

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Starting orientation with Schneider National

I have been to the Houston OC which is a tanking center for Schneider but don't know much about the division.

Posted:  7 years, 1 month ago

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Monica we are having fun out here. Yes we face problems but I like the problem solving part of the job. Our first week our fuel gauge was bad so we ran out of fuel, a sensor went bad for the coolant so lost 4 hours of drive time, we got a load changed and had to do a recovery and Patty and I both ran 10 hours straight to finish the job, we had a misload and had to go back and get the load reloaded 16 inches closer to the front so the 38800 load was evenly spaced and we could pass the scales, we have been across a desert, snow fall in the mountains, learning to use the Jake break at 4 am one talking and one driving through the steps as we descended the steep slopes of the three sisters, from NE Pennsylvania to the mountains of Wyoming and Utah and now sitting outside LA etc. all in one week. Loved it and we will make close to 1500 our first week. Keep fighting and plugging away at it because America is a beautiful country and I have seen things I have never seen before.

. Sorry that was 78800.

Posted:  7 years, 1 month ago

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H...e...l...p...feeling small and pitiful.

Monica we are having fun out here. Yes we face problems but I like the problem solving part of the job. Our first week our fuel gauge was bad so we ran out of fuel, a sensor went bad for the coolant so lost 4 hours of drive time, we got a load changed and had to do a recovery and Patty and I both ran 10 hours straight to finish the job, we had a misload and had to go back and get the load reloaded 16 inches closer to the front so the 38800 load was evenly spaced and we could pass the scales, we have been across a desert, snow fall in the mountains, learning to use the Jake break at 4 am one talking and one driving through the steps as we descended the steep slopes of the three sisters, from NE Pennsylvania to the mountains of Wyoming and Utah and now sitting outside LA etc. all in one week. Loved it and we will make close to 1500 our first week. Keep fighting and plugging away at it because America is a beautiful country and I have seen things I have never seen before.

Posted:  7 years, 1 month ago

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H...e...l...p...feeling small and pitiful.

Patty and I each bought trucks at Love's and practiced the maneuvers over and over again. Every night we spent time getting them drilled into our heads. Eventually it began to sink in. Good luck.

Posted:  7 years, 1 month ago

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Starting orientation with Schneider National

Tennessee, Kentucky, Pennsylvania, next we go o California. America is such a beautiful country. Really enjoying this.

Posted:  7 years, 1 month ago

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I passed Thursday and my wife passed on Friday. We have the keys to the truck and will take it on a spin tomorrow. We spent the afternoon getting it loaded up and checked out. We topped off all the fluids, oil, and fuel and are ready for our first load. We will find out in the morning what it will be. We ce!ebrated by going to an all you can eat lobster, shrimp, salmon, and ribs buffet Hope we can sleep tonight. I left the computer in the truck so we will post pics tomorrow.

Posted:  7 years, 1 month ago

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Been out of CDL school since end of Dec'14.Had to take care of things before getn on the road.Might go with Schneider tank.Scared that not driven in along time I've forgot a lot of stuff! Do you think they will work with me on relearning?

They are good with working with you. Patient and not pushy. I really like working here and so do many of the drivers. We have met many who have come in off the road and they are happy working here. You probably would have to take the same 3 week course I did.

Posted:  7 years, 1 month ago

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Well, passed the Qualcomm test. 2 hours start to finish. We were given the pick up and drop off locations. We had to do the entire route and paperwork from start to finish and enter it into the computer. Pretrip, pickup trailer, enter numbers, figure route, distance, total time, stops, fueling, breaks, total travel time day 1 and day 2, what time we pick up, what time we drop off, what time were ready for the next load. Fill in all the paperwork, send it to corporate, so we and the company gets paid. Enter all the numbers and charts into the Qualcomm and make sure they both agree. Can we do it from start to finish without screwing it up. Tomorrow the written tests and or final drive test. We pass, then go out and pick out a truck. Almost there.

Posted:  7 years, 1 month ago

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Week three begins with map reading and using the Qualcomm computer system. Horribly boring day as the trainer reads from the book the steep by step directions on how to use it. We got to play with it some on our training run but now we understand using it now. Those that had trainers that let us use it some are catching on faster than those who drove last week and didn't use it. We are all having fun talking about our trainers and their different styles and emphasis. There were some who got caught in last weeks storm and one even shut down. It is interesting that of the 20+ students who started in week one there are 11 left. There are 2 or 3 others still on the road and couple others that have to start over later for various reasons. There is also a smaller class for experienced drivers coming to Schneider. Most of them are people coming back from other companies. I guess the grass wasn't greener on the other side if the fence.

Posted:  7 years, 1 month ago

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Well we finished our 2nd week. We spent six days on the road. As team drivers we were allowed to go out together with one trainer. 3 people in a cab starting around 7-9 every morning and finishing 10-12 every night. Our trainer was a very experienced driver with years of on the road experience. He got the hotel room every night and we slept in the truck. One morning woke up at 6 am by a hailstorm. Like being in a tin can and someone beating on it. Toughest part of training is listening to someone tell all your mistakes and talking to you while its happening. Irritating at times but also part of the learning experience. Any disagreements we had were over points of view more than anything else. Yes I know I ground the gears, missed a turn, came to the intersection too fast, missed a sign, etc. etc. However, I came back a much better driver than when I left. Toughest part was going through Central Arkansas at night through very hilly, curvy, some semi-steep hills at night. 7,8,9,8,7,6,7,8,9,8,7 shifting gears for what seemed like hours. Made it using Jake brake, stab braking, gearing up and down.

I dont like truck stop food, horrible stuff, but we managed to hit a grocery store every two days to get some fruits and veggies in our diet. Will definitely have a cooler well stock with good food. Stale burritos, over cooked chicken and pizza slices left under heat lamp not my cup of tea. Best meal was a salad at McDonalds.

Neatest load we carried was we picked of 47,000 pounds of Charcoal from the Royal Oak plant in Arkansas. It took over an hour to load the truck so got to walk around the factory. Dirty, black and old was the place but cool to see how they made charcoal and bagged it. Saw a big flat truck loaded with timber come in and unload. Was showed how to use a company scale. Front wheels on first and weigh, then drive wheels, subtract front wheel total from overall total to get drive wheel weight. Then the whole truck on the scale and subtract the first two weights to get the tandem weight. Good to go.

Overall a good experience with some rough spots. My favorite shifting pattern is 10, 45MPH downshift to 9, 25 downshift to 7, 10 downshift to 5 and I am good to go for turns, lights, or stop signs. Got that down pretty good now. Much easier to use MPH rather than RPMs for gear management. After 11 days of classes and driving we have two days off and start our final week Monday.

Posted:  7 years, 1 month ago

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Finished 2 days of driving and training. if my wife and I pass our tests tomorrow we will go out with a trainer with a live load the next day. We have made friends with another couple that finished their 3 weeks of training. They got a brand new truck and its a beauty. It also is an automatic and they love it. I had a rough day. After nailing my alley docking they took us to the simulators. The first thing they tested us on was practicing keeping control of a truck when there was a blowout. I did well with that one. Then it was reacting to things pulling in front of your truck like deer, cars, pedestrians, etc. Then we practiced going up and down snow packed mountain roads. We all ended sliding off the cliff. Finally we tried driving on snowy streets trying to make deliveries. By then the simulator was making me sick and I had to quit. I was allowed to rest. In the afternoon I couldn't get the shifting rhythm on my first so after a break I had to go out again for a drive. The second time my shifting and control was back to standard so I can take my teat tomorrow.

Posted:  7 years, 1 month ago

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Waiting for day 3 here at Schneider. Yesterday we got some truck time. These trucks are so much nicer than the ones we had at school . Much easier to drive and shift. They assigned two drivers to a trainer. My trainer been here for 26 years. We were taught skip shifting so we get to go 2,4,6,7…......going up and 9,7,5,4 on the way down. So much easier than trying to go up and down every gear. Sage trained us well. My wife and I clearly had more drive time than many of these other students. Some admitted they didn't even know how to double clutch. How they got a license I don't know. Another lady asked for another week of drving because she only got her 30 minutes every time they went out while at school. Any way looking forward to day 3.

Posted:  7 years, 1 month ago

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Tell Tim, Eric and the gang we said Hi. Its true about other schools with groups going out driving and getting limited driving time. One guy went to a school in South Orlando where he was the only student so he got to drive every day all day. He had a lot of driving time in. Lot of transfers from other companies, one lady was getting 20 cents a mile after the company school.

Posted:  7 years, 1 month ago

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Hi Bob and Patti, I was wondering how you were getting on. Please update as you continue your training with Schneider. My husband and I have applied to them, as well, but cannot start until June 5th (last day of public school for me, horray!!) I'll be reading with interest.

If you have small feet selection is very limited. My wife had to compromise to get a pair of boots that was close to fitting. Tell your recruiter so they can stock your shoe size in advance. They cost 35 bucks for the first pair and you get a free pair every year after that. Even though I bought a pair in advance I still wanted in the free pair program. So now I have two new pairs of boots. One instructor has 4 new pairs in his closet that he has never used. Been with the company 16 years. So he has gotten 15 pairs of new boots. They have low and medium height boots. I bought a high top boot before I came so I bought a low or regular kind of shoe. Black is the main color with laces and they have a brown loafer. the loafer was very hard to get on so I went black. The loafer is kind of ugly and the blacks have heavy tread. I called them snow tires but they won't slip. Tomorrow we start driving.

Posted:  7 years, 1 month ago

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My wife and I arrived Monday in West Memphis, Arkansas. We arrived at the Days Inn in our rental car. Schneider provided us with a vehicle and driver so we could return the car back to the airport and get back to the hotel. So we were off to a good start. The van leaves at 530am Tuesday morning for 700 start. The outside of the hotel and area is so so but the room is nice spacious and clean. Across from the hotel is a dog track and they have a nice all you can eat buffet. If you go to the Arkansas welcome center you can get buy one get one free meal tickets for the buffet So that brings the cost down. Monday was TexMex and Tuesday was TBone steak night. Ask them to cook it rare and it is pretty good. Tuesday we began doing paperwork, physicals, agility tests, new boots (don't buy in advance) cheaper and decent quality from them, free lunch, and we received our books and met our first week trainers. Schneider is definitely organized and prepared. They are laid back and somewhat no nonsense so that was good. Emphasis is always on safety, no trying to skirt DOT. See how Wednesday goes.

Posted:  7 years, 2 months ago

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Sage Truck Driving School Ft. Pierce, Florida

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Did Wayne and Dan pass yet? They started about a week after we did. Do you have Bill for a teacher?

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GO RETIRED TEACHERS GO.

I'm going to night school so I haven't met them. Most of my training has been with Scott and Lanny. I hope retired teachers make good truckers! My husband is a driver for Armellini and we want to team drive for Schneider out of their Dallas location. Let me know how your training with them goes.

OK will do.

Posted:  7 years, 2 months ago

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Sage Truck Driving School Ft. Pierce, Florida

I just missed meeting you and your wife by a few days. I am training at SAGE right now. I am teaching high school during the day and hope to be hired by Schneider so that I can attend their training the first day of summer vacation. Hearing your story from Tim and reading it here has keep my confidence up. Thanks so much for sharing it. I wish you both THE BEST. These late-in-life career changes are challenging, but exciting. I'm hoping to find peace-of-mind on the highways of America.

Sorry to have missed you. Did Wayne and Dan pass yet? They started about a week after we did. Do you have Bill for a teacher? Tell him Bob and Patty said Hi. We were happy with the training and teaching. Even with the one on one while on the road I still wish we had gotten more drive time. Anyway we start with Schneider on the 30th of March in Arkansas. So good luck to you. GO RETIRED TEACHERS GO.

Posted:  7 years, 3 months ago

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Starting orientation with Schneider National

Wow!!!!! I'm following this thread of information with undivided attention. I have my CDL class A permit and currently doing training with California career school to get my CDL license. my interest trucking company that I would love to work for is Schneider. I'm active duty in the Navy and due to separate next month(march15). I will be relocating to TX after I get my license. anyone have Idea about Schneider apprenticeship program? I will appreciate that.

My wife and I will be going to Schneider in Arkansas as team drivers. So we are interested in this thread.

Posted:  7 years, 3 months ago

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Sage Truck Driving School Ft. Pierce, Florida

My wife and I both picked our licenses on Tue and we added hazmat and tankers. We decided to go with Schneider and will go to Arkansas for training in late March. Our next stop California to see our new granddaughter.

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