Profile For Sam IV

Sam IV's Info

  • Location:
    Washington Court House, OH

  • Driving Status:
    Experienced Driver

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  • Joined Us:
    4 years, 5 months ago

Sam IV's Bio

Local flatbed driver for McElroy truck lines. Been here working since July 2017

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Posted:  3 years, 4 months ago

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Home Run INC orientation

Hello, I am a graduate from a local college. So I have no experience driving cmv's. I started orientation on may 23rd and ended on may 26th( so orientation was four days long). So first day we filled out paperwork. Then started a long quest on video watching. Mostly three days of video's. We went to local shipper (lowes) and watch their operations. Did a road test on the third day. The fourth day we did more paperwork and going over rules of company. They have $500 orientation and sign on bonus. Stay on bonus and also referral bonus ($3200). This is a flatbed company and a very small town feel company. As of right now I love the decision I made coming here. In 6 months I am able to transfer to local board. I will try to update on my progress with company and trainer. Happy hauling everbody.

Posted:  3 years, 4 months ago

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Newbie and CB Radio

Hello, fellows I am starting with a trainer monday. I will be with him for a month minimum. After that I will be assigned my truck. Well I need a cb radio to communicate with shippers. What would be a great starter one for me. Would like to have one with weather channel. Thanks again everybody.

SAM IV

Posted:  3 years, 5 months ago

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Home Run INC

Hello, I am starting Home Run trucking on Monday May 23rd. I haven't seen any info on this company out of Xenia Ohio. So I am going to give updates on how my experience is with Home Run. U can't wait to start with them. My terminal is only 30 Mile's from my house. Where I live is going to have loads so I might get 10 hour break at home and off every weekend. Thanks for reading and I hope you will enjoy my posts about training experiences.

Thanks, Sam

Posted:  3 years, 5 months ago

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CDL Holder Now

Hello, Truckers I decided to attend Southern State Community College Truck Driving Academy. After four long weeks of working weekend and attending school during the week I finally got my CDL. I passed the Pre-trip and skill test on first try. I failed my road test because I hit a curb on a tight turn on off ramp and had curbs on both sides. On the second try I passed with only 6 points. I am very happy with my results and ready for my new career. Glad to get out of warehousing work. I have a interview with Home Run INC tomorrow. Its a flatbed company and only 30 minutes from my house. I really enjoyed the school I went to and the instructors were awesome.

Thanks, Sam Wilson

Posted:  3 years, 6 months ago

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Stay on bonus?

Hello, I am wondering what's your opinion on stay on bonus. I am looking at Maverick and Home Run trucking. Home run offers stay on bonus, WOULD THIS be a red flag saying they can't keep employees or a bad company to work for. If anybody know about home run feel free to inform me thanks.

Posted:  3 years, 7 months ago

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CDL School Bound

Hello truckers, I been debating between company sponsored training and trucking school. I really wanting flatbed vs other ones. So after a month of deciding, I am attending a community college here locally (25 miles). I was going to attending Millis school, but I really want to do flatbed so I am not sitting in truck all the time. After schooling I am looking at Maverick, TMC, McElroy Truck Lines, or Western Express. I will be attending Southern State Community College in Wilmington Ohio. 160 hours of training. I was wondering if anybody on here went to SSCC truck driving academy. I start March 21st in a four weeks accelerated program so hopefully I will be driving by May. Today I go to DOT physical and drug testing. It's only two weeks from Monday I can't wait. Thanks truckers for listening/reading hoping to share my experiences with SSCC on here. Thanks, Sam the 4th

Posted:  3 years, 8 months ago

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Cost of living at trucking school

Hello, everybody I am trying to get my finances in order so I can attend trucking school. I will be attending Millis Training institute first part of April in the Ohio location. So my question is, How much living expenses do I need for the whole training. I won't need it on the weekends only weekdays. I live 1 1/2 hours from the school. Going to stay at motel during the week to save on gas. Has anybody went to the Millis in Ohio? Did you like it or not.

Thanks Everybody, Sam IV

Posted:  3 years, 8 months ago

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Questions about regional

Sam IV, usually most regional jobs are also considered as OTR. If you are moving in and out of four or five states on a regional job it will be considered as OTR experience.

Thanks I just wanted to clerfy that.

Posted:  3 years, 8 months ago

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Pepsi

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Please keep us updated if you could. I am in school currently and considering Pepsi or Coke. I understand the pay isn't too much to start however. Do you know what you'll be making?

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Hello everybody, I had my first interview with Pepsi on Tuesday. I think it went well and after the information they gave me I am going to Millis in the first part of April. It is a Union and the starting fee is $125 plus 10% of your wages, $45,000 to $55000 per year. The position I went for was Relief driver full time. Well in the job description it says they will take cdl permit but when I went to interview they are only hiring for cdl holders no cdl permits. I only have a cdl permit. For the relief driver position, you would have 5 different job functions. The start time for the 5 different jobs is between 2 am to 6:30 am. They ask me what I want at Pepsi and I told them I want to became a regular driver(not relief) eventually. They kind of chuckled and said you will be waiting a while because everybody has 10 years or more getting into that kind of jobs.

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Forgot to mention that also....PEPSI IS A UNION JOB. Good luck getting promotions. My friend worked there and all the old guys were in positions with no intention on leaving. 45K-55K a year is a lie trust me. You'll barely see 2K every two weeks.

I wouldn't mind the work because I do it everyday at my Walmart warehouse. But the whole thing sounds fishy I don't know how people work for this company.

Posted:  3 years, 8 months ago

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Questions about regional

I had a question about regional driving. Does companies consider regional as Over the road? I was wondering because I was thinking about driving for Wal-mart after I get my three years expereice as Over the Road driver. This job that I want is dedicated routes. The warehouse is in the same town where I live.

Thanks , Sam IV

Posted:  3 years, 8 months ago

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Pepsi

Please keep us updated if you could. I am in school currently and considering Pepsi or Coke. I understand the pay isn't too much to start however. Do you know what you'll be making?

Hello everybody, I had my first interview with Pepsi on Tuesday. I think it went well and after the information they gave me I am going to Millis in the first part of April. It is a Union and the starting fee is $125 plus 10% of your wages, $45,000 to $55000 per year. The position I went for was Relief driver full time. Well in the job description it says they will take cdl permit but when I went to interview they are only hiring for cdl holders no cdl permits. I only have a cdl permit. For the relief driver position, you would have 5 different job functions. The start time for the 5 different jobs is between 2 am to 6:30 am. They ask me what I want at Pepsi and I told them I want to became a regular driver(not relief) eventually. They kind of chuckled and said you will be waiting a while because everybody has 10 years or more getting into that kind of jobs.

Posted:  3 years, 9 months ago

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Pepsi

Not to sound discouraging or anything - but.

Have friend who was a district manager for pepsi. Asked him about a driving job.

He told me - you see all those nice stacks of pepsi cases in the supermarkets - 12 feet high, all nice and arranged? GUESS WHO DOES THAT.

Pepsi (and many other distribution drivers) are the ones who unload and stock product in supermarkets (even the ones that drive tractor trailers). If you're driving a trailer with a liftgate - chances are - YOU are the guy who is unloading, and at multiple stops a day.

Now - if you're into this type of work, great.

My friend knew that I ain't the type to go in for this - and he had no OTR positions.

Not to say that, as an OTR driver, you won't have to drag pallets of your box and onto a dock once in awhile.

Therein lies the difference between OTR, and local/distro type of work.

Rick

I work at a Walmart warehouse now. It would almost the same work other than driving truck. I don't mind the work since I do it everyday at Walmart. This is my first option if not I got approved at Millis.

Posted:  3 years, 9 months ago

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Pepsi

Please keep us updated if you could. I am in school currently and considering Pepsi or Coke. I understand the pay isn't too much to start however. Do you know what you'll be making?

On the application it say 19.45 per hour.

Posted:  3 years, 9 months ago

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Pepsi

I just went to DMV to get permit and passed general knowledge and air brakes but failed combination. So next week will take and get my CDL A permit. I have a interview with Pepsi on February 2nd. Looking at going local but if not I still going to Millis in April. I already been accepted at Millis, waiting to get my three weeks vacation at current job to cash that out. So excited for either job.(always want to drive a semi just couldn't do it tell now.)

Posted:  3 years, 9 months ago

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What do you/will you miss the most?

My wife, twin girls-8, daughter-4, two dogs jack Russel and a basset hound. Home cooked meals and spending a lot of time with the family.

Posted:  3 years, 9 months ago

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Millis bound

Hello everybody, I been going back and forth between Prime and Millis. Happy to say I got accepted to both. Two day ago I put in application at Millis and contacted them the same day. Now I was waiting and waiting and today I finally called them and they said I am approved. I really want to work for Millis. So that last two days I am going crazy wondering if I would be accepted or not. Now that's over I need to figure a start date. Your application is good for 6 months. Looking at going at the end of April. Super excited now want to go now but have for my wife's start date at her new job at th local school. Millis school is only one hour from my house and their yard is too. I will give updates one I start their I haven't seen any Millis reviews from Ohio.

Posted:  3 years, 9 months ago

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Millis vs Prime

So I am down to Millis and Prime. Can anybody give me insights on both companies. I live in Ohio and Millis training is 68 miles from my house. Having a family I think I would like to be home while CDL training. I just wonder if Millis gets decent miles or should I stick with Prime. I heard Millis is a good starting company is that true.

Posted:  3 years, 9 months ago

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Prime

I did my application with Prime yesterday and today I found out I got approved. I am so excited and can't wait to start. Now waiting on a start date. Getting some prehires and Prime already came back. Looking at starting in middle of March. Want advice, will Prime accept my application again if I told them I couldn't make it until middle of March. Don't want to burn any bridges but my wife is starting school job and its contract and having three kids its the best job for me to start trucking career. But she want a couple of paycheck before I go. And how long would I be out until my first hometime when I start the student training program.

Can I get my CDL permit from my home state Ohio.

Posted:  3 years, 9 months ago

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Prime

I did my application with Prime yesterday and today I found out I got approved. I am so excited and can't wait to start. Now waiting on a start date. Getting some prehires and Prime already came back. Looking at starting in middle of March. Want advice, will Prime accept my application again if I told them I couldn't make it until middle of March. Don't want to burn any bridges but my wife is starting school job and its contract and having three kids its the best job for me to start trucking career. But she want a couple of paycheck before I go. And how long would I be out until my first hometime when I start the student training program.

Posted:  3 years, 10 months ago

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Wondering which company to pick

Sam IV, did you check out Truck Driver's Career Guide and maybe Brett's Book? These may help you decide.

Double check about Knight. They have cut way back on their CDL school locations. I almost choose Knight but my driving record wasn't perfect enough for them.

I checked with them back in June and they still had one in Indianapolis. After Christmas I am getting ahold of them.

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