Profile For Don The Kiwi

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    Rookie Solo Driver

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    3 years, 9 months ago

Don The Kiwi's Bio

Howdy Folks from New Zealand

Still in my 1st year of trucking (it's in the blood) made the change after 23yrs of Dairy Farming.

Currently driving a 2000 Volvo FH12 460 12spd manual Cattle Truck n Trailer

Looking to take on the challenge of Truckin' in the U.S.A

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Posted:  2 years, 8 months ago

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Henderson Trucking Academy

good-luck.gif Thanks for sharing I'm looking at Henderson

Posted:  3 years, 7 months ago

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Trucktographer's dad

Congratz

Looking forward to the next updates

Posted:  3 years, 7 months ago

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Trucktographer's dad

Just gonna tag this onto his thread.

I'm signed up for the Swift Mentor Class this Thursday. This way, once he gets his CDL I can take him on my truck for his 200+ hours behind the wheel as a trainee.

Should be fun.

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Way to cool and too much fun ;-)

Posted:  3 years, 9 months ago

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Swift Orientation, Memphis, TN

Congrats Errol on passing.

Look forward to how your orientation goes.

Posted:  3 years, 9 months ago

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Swift Orientation, Memphis, TN

Congrats Errol on passing.

Look forward to how your orientation goes.

Posted:  3 years, 9 months ago

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My Millis Transfer Training in Burleson, Texas.

Wow that's amazing there only two of you on the course, I think you may have made History( I haven't seen a truck school course with a small class - in the year I've been looking at schools) but for sure the best way to learn - Congrats on passing and getting out on the Road.

Posted:  3 years, 9 months ago

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Beginning my truck driving career

Yeah, I think everybody forgets that flipper switch at least once or a few times when first learning to shift confused.gif

LOL indeed I know I have -there is just so much going on at times.

Hrynn- Really awesome you are posting your adventure - Awesome you were driving on the first day by yourself

One of my ex employers told me one day after a major stuff up ( to me it was & I was pretty upset with myself ) was " Don you're not the first person to do it and you're not the last person" I was surprised by the comment ( he's a lovely old man) but it helped me to keep it in perspective - Life's a journey enjoy the ride.

Cheers Don

Posted:  3 years, 9 months ago

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Trucktographer's dad

Good to hear Boys Pretty cool that you can team up and run together

Posted:  3 years, 9 months ago

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Posting Prime Week 1 Orientation

They do a roll call to see who is there ( don't miss any roll calls ). Missing roll call is like being late for a delivery.

Great tip Thanks for sharing

Wow what a marathon bus ride

Look forward to your new posts

Don

Posted:  3 years, 9 months ago

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Hi Guys Maybe I'm crazy But I like the Challenge of Driving in the US & Canada But I'm from New Zealand

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Hey Don, most truck stops here in the states seem like a United Nations meeting . . . I'm not sure about the legalities of it (in fact, I'm like Sgt Schultz: "I KNOW NUTTINGG" - you might have to be an American baby-boomer to get that reference). . . anyhow, most any company seems like they will hire anyone who is legal and your country of origin is not very important . . . I hear all sorts of languages being spoken (just not Auzzi or Kiwi - youz guyz DO speak English of sorts, right?) rofl-3.gif

So come on over, do what it takes to get legal and join the fraternity (and sorority) . . . you'll find the West much more to your liking, I'll venture to guess (and not just because I'm a western man - but it does help) . . . Good Luck,

Jopa

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Thanks Jopa

I got a bit of stuff to organise many around living costs while training/ residency (I think the Company can help with this from what I've seen from other kiwi's who made it) - March is the month I have in mind at the moment. I'm lucky enough to have some trucker friends in the US (fb/yt) that I hope to catch up with Truckin' is firmly in the blood

Cheers

Don

Posted:  3 years, 9 months ago

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Hi Guys Maybe I'm crazy But I like the Challenge of Driving in the US & Canada But I'm from New Zealand

Howdy Folks

I'm currently driving a cattle truck and trailer here in New Zealand still in my first year of driving after Dairy Farming for the last 23 years.

The class 5 Driver's License allows me to drive any Heavy Goods Vehicle here in N.Z or Austrailia and is equal to the CDLA.

Most of the research I've done shows that I'd need to show residency of state to got a CDL A. I'm not sure which state would be suitable, I was thinking of Arizona as it has some of the bigger companies there.

As for Companies I'm considering Knight/Werner/Melton/Swift but open to more experienced thoughts.

Any coments are appreciated

Cheers

Don

Maybe I should have asked if anyone knows if as a Foreign Friendly Driver are there any companies who would/do hire Foreign Workers ?

Posted:  3 years, 9 months ago

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Hi Guys Maybe I'm crazy But I like the Challenge of Driving in the US & Canada But I'm from New Zealand

Howdy Folks

I'm currently driving a cattle truck and trailer here in New Zealand still in my first year of driving after Dairy Farming for the last 23 years.

The class 5 Driver's License allows me to drive any Heavy Goods Vehicle here in N.Z or Austrailia and is equal to the CDLA.

Most of the research I've done shows that I'd need to show residency of state to got a CDL A. I'm not sure which state would be suitable, I was thinking of Arizona as it has some of the bigger companies there.

As for Companies I'm considering Knight/Werner/Melton/Swift but open to more experienced thoughts.

Any coments are appreciated

Cheers

Don

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