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Posted:  2 months, 3 weeks ago

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Is it still worth it to become a diesel mechanic?

Is it still worth it given the cost of tools? Would a community college program be the best way to get trained? Is it an extremely hard job? I'm about 80 pounds overweight. Thanks.

Posted:  3 months, 3 weeks ago

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Best starting company for in state or regional jobs.

I am in Utah and I am wondering what companies around here offer training and then put you on an in state route, an out and back route, or a regional route. Basically, which company offers the most home time but also trains to get the cdl? Thanks guys.

Posted:  4 months, 2 weeks ago

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Whats the best starting company for someone in Utah?

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Posted:  4 months, 2 weeks ago

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Whats the best starting company for someone in Utah?

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Posted:  4 months, 2 weeks ago

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Whats the best starting company for someone in Utah?

I am 28 and I live in Utah. I want to go through company training to get the CDL. I have an 80ish pound labrador that I'd like to be able to take with me. What are the best companies for this? Thanks guys.

Posted:  5 months, 2 weeks ago

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Afraid to start driving again.

Thanks for the replies guys. My brother told me the other day that there are a few truck drivers where he works that made over 200k last year. That's VERY hard to believe.

Posted:  5 months, 3 weeks ago

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Afraid to start driving again.

Hi guys. My brother works for ups and said right now they're hiring drivers off the street. I obtained a cdl back in june of 2018 and I haven't used it since. My driving record was too bad back then but now it has cleared up. I dont know if ups or any company would even accept my cdl as valid. I am afraid of getting back into a big truck again. One thing I hated in training was all the shifting. I was pretty good at it but I'd much rather have an automatic. That way I can focus on driving and handling the rig rather than up shifting or down shifting at the right rpm. What do you guys think? What should I do?

Posted:  7 months, 1 week ago

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Slc area

Thank you

Jake it’s highly unlikely that any reputable company will hire you without at least first requiring you to complete going a refresher course and also a few weeks of road training.

Having a CDL without any Class A experience isn’t all that valuable. My suggestion is to research companies offering Paid CDL Training Programs.

Considering that you already have a CDL and assuming you satisfactorily pass a skills and road evaluation, they can fast-track you through the training process.

Your other questions? The vast majority of companies offering jobs as you described, will require experience. The reason? Tight schedules, close quarter maneuvering and lots of backing.

Although this is probably not what you wanted to hear, it represents the best path to take based on your experience.

Good luck.

Posted:  7 months, 1 week ago

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Slc area

I have a cdl that I haven't used since I got it in June 2018. I have been driving a small box truck since November 2018. Gvw 16000 so nowhere near enough to use my cdl. I am wondering what are the chances that a Utah company number 1, takes my cdl as valid, number 2, does short drives and back like 4 or 5 hours one way and then back and lastly 3, runs automatic transmissions. Thanks guys your a great help.

Posted:  7 months, 1 week ago

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Hotshot trucking

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RV transport is another thing I was looking at.

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Might want to look again. There is simply way too much competition out there to make RV transport a viable option.

One of my wife's family members tried it. Bought a brand new Chevy dually and hit the road toting RVs all over the country. 3 years later the truck is broken down, has 450k miles on it with practically no resale value, and still costs him $700 a month. He finally gave up and now drives a rig for Logistics One to get himself out of debt.

Thank you

Posted:  7 months, 1 week ago

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Hotshot trucking

Thanks you guys are very helpful. RV transport is another thing I was looking at. But that is probably a lot worse than hotshot would even be. I am also interested in new truck transport but I need more info on it and it needs to be consistent. Packrat made very good points about getting a used tractor for around 40k and it will last longer. Finally there is local stuff I am interested in. Maybe driving a dump truck or something. I applied for a job operating a passenger train where it said having a cdl is helpful. Thanks guys you're awesome.

Posted:  7 months, 1 week ago

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Hotshot trucking

Does anyone have knowledge or experience on this? I am in Utah. I have a 20k to 30k budget for a truck. Would diesel be the only option or is heavy duty gas fine? How do I get consistent work? Has anybody just used a business loan for all these expenses? Thanks

Posted:  7 months, 1 week ago

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Haven't used my.cdl since I received it almost 2 years ago. Need advice.

Thank you.

Paid CDL Training ProgramsApply For Paid CDL Training

Did this kind of backwards...but here’s your links.

Good luck

Posted:  7 months, 1 week ago

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Haven't used my.cdl since I received it almost 2 years ago. Need advice.

Hey guys I need opinions on what to do in my situation. I live in the salt lake city area and I recieved a CDL from the community college in June 2018. I then looked for a lot of trucking jobs and didn't have any luck. My record was bad. I had too many tickets in a short amount of time. Nothing reckless or alcohol related ever. The only company that accepted me for a driving job was Cintas in November 2018. I drive to grand junction and back to slc 4 times a week. It's a job where I dont even use my cdl because the truck I drive is a small box truck. 16000 gvw. Now, in February 2020 I haven't had a ticket since mid 2017. I am wondering if a company would even take my cdl seriously having not driven a commercial vehicle for that long. I have doubles and triples and tanker endorsements. I learned on a 13 speed and although I was good at it, I found it made me look at the tachometer too much and I'd end up not paying attention to the road and swerve out of my lane a little. So if theres one requirement I have for a company to drive for it's an automatic transmission. That way while I have very little experience, the only thing I have to worry about is controlling the rig. So what should I do? Thanks guys.

Posted:  12 months ago

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Automatics?

Which trucks have the best automatic transmissions? Which companies do their cdl training in automatic trucks?

Posted:  1 year ago

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Dont know what to do

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Posted:  1 year ago

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Dont know what to do

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Hi guys. I obtained a CDL last year in June. I had a bad driving record and many companies would not give me a chance. I now have 2 tickets in a 3 year period on my MVR. Never had a DUI. Cintas is the only company that accepted my record for a driving job. So for the last year I have driven a Cintas truck from salt lake city where I live, to grand junction Colorado and back 4 times a week. It's a 24 foot freightliner box truck with a 16000 gvw. So I haven't even been using my cdl. I got my cdl at salt lake community college. We learned on freightliner cascadia trucks with 13 speed transmissions.

I say all this because I dont know what to do now. I'd like to actually use my cdl and go to a local company and see if I can get a local or regional job. I dont know if they'll even look at my cdl as valid. I never really had much problem shifting but with mostly automatic transmissions on these large fleets now I dont think they'd care anyway.

What do you guys think I should do? I almost feel nervous thinking about getting back into the seat of a big rig again. Having to shift gears properly while handling the rig properly while obeying traffic laws etc. Which is why getting an auto would help. Thanks

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If you're interested in local, see if FedEx freight has any driver apprentice openings. They'll accept your CDL, but you'll have to complete the program to get an offer letter, but it's worth it in my opinion.

Thanks. I'll look into that. Since I have a cdl already does that mean I start on the dock or start in a truck?

Posted:  1 year ago

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Dont know what to do

Hi guys. I obtained a CDL last year in June. I had a bad driving record and many companies would not give me a chance. I now have 2 tickets in a 3 year period on my MVR. Never had a DUI. Cintas is the only company that accepted my record for a driving job. So for the last year I have driven a Cintas truck from salt lake city where I live, to grand junction Colorado and back 4 times a week. It's a 24 foot freightliner box truck with a 16000 gvw. So I haven't even been using my cdl. I got my cdl at salt lake community college. We learned on freightliner cascadia trucks with 13 speed transmissions.

I say all this because I dont know what to do now. I'd like to actually use my cdl and go to a local company and see if I can get a local or regional job. I dont know if they'll even look at my cdl as valid. I never really had much problem shifting but with mostly automatic transmissions on these large fleets now I dont think they'd care anyway.

What do you guys think I should do? I almost feel nervous thinking about getting back into the seat of a big rig again. Having to shift gears properly while handling the rig properly while obeying traffic laws etc. Which is why getting an auto would help. Thanks

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