Profile For Phillip M.

Phillip M.'s Info

  • Location:
    Springtown , TX

  • Driving Status:
    Experienced Driver

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  • Joined Us:
    3 years, 11 months ago

Phillip M.'s Bio

I worked as a Distribution Center Manager for 25 years, and with the same company for a total of 39 years. The company filed for bankruptcy and as part of the process product distribution was outsourced to a 3PL and we were laid off. At that point I decided I didn't want to manage people anymore and that driving a truck would be a good alternative. So here I am.

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Posted:  3 years, 6 months ago

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About to graduate CDL training in Miami, Heading to Roehl

You won't regret choosing Roehl. I went through orientation during the week of New Years at the Conley GA terminal. I've been solo since Jan 15th and haven't had any problems. Best of luck.

Posted:  3 years, 9 months ago

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Roehl longevity bonus?

I just finished my orientation/phase 1 training with Roehl. I started last Monday at the Conley Ga terminal. They flew me from Texas to Atlanta, I'll be running TX regional out of Grand Prairie after I finish my 2 weeks with a driver trainer. I have been pleased with the training and treatment I've received so far. I should be out with my trainer by Wednesday.

Posted:  3 years, 9 months ago

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Any roehl drivers recommend a fleet?

I am finishing my last day of phase 1 training with Roehl. It's been a good experience so far. When I got finish with my trainer I'll be running TX regional. I've been pleased with my choice of Roehl so far.

Posted:  3 years, 9 months ago

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Starting with Roehl, Orientation & Training

I was scheduled to fly from DFW to ATL this morning to get started with Roehl at the Conley GA terminal tomorrow. This first thing I did this morning was check the flight status, CANCELLED! There were several severe storms in the area overnight. I called Roehl and she jumped on it, got me booked on Southwest tonight instead of American's idea of waiting until tomorrow to reschedule. Since I'll be getting in so late, she even booked a single room tonight and tomorrow night so I can get some rest. Further confirmation in my mind that I made the right choice.

Posted:  3 years, 9 months ago

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A question about Roehl?

Thanks for the great info. I'm packed and ready to go! I just hope my flight isn't cancelled tomorrow, thunderstorms and heavy rain is on the way.

Posted:  3 years, 9 months ago

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A question about Roehl?

Blessed 58, thanks for the information. I'm flying to Atlanta tomorrow to begin orientation with Roehl. You've set my mind at ease that I've made the right decision. Thank you.

Bad Bob, I'm right there with you at 56 and starting a new chapter.

Posted:  3 years, 9 months ago

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School recommendation in DFW area? Or any other schools in other areas with exceptional training?

I attended the Weatherford College Truck Driving Academy located in Mineral Wells, it's a 4 week 160 hour course. The first week is all classroom study for the permit test at the DPS that we took on Thursday. The following 3 weeks were spent in the trucks. There were 3 instructors and in my class each had 3 students. I was very satisfied, passed all my written tests on the first try (with help from the CDL practice app from TruckingTruth ) and only had 1 deduction on my driving test. Their contact number is 800-951-3399.

Posted:  3 years, 9 months ago

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Roehl Transport

I signed up for Texas regional out of Grand Prairie.

Posted:  3 years, 9 months ago

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Roehl Transport

Glad to hear it's going well. I'm flying from DFW to Atlanta on Sunday to begin Roehl phase 1.

Posted:  3 years, 9 months ago

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Christmas Eve permit test

That's awesome! Now comes the fun part, behind the wheel.

Posted:  3 years, 9 months ago

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Roehl Company Sponsored Training

I pLan on doing that. I just got off the phone with my recruiter and everything is good to go.

Posted:  3 years, 9 months ago

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Roehl Company Sponsored Training

That's encouraging. I'll be headed to Atlanta for orientation / training next week and will be running Texas regional out of the Grand Prairie TX terminal. I finished school Nov 20, I'm ready to get started.

Posted:  3 years, 10 months ago

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Roehl Refrigerated

An APU is a small diesel generator to run AC etc without having to run the truck engine. An EPU does the same thing but is an extra set of batteries. With an EPU the engine has an auto stop/start function to recharge the batteries if they get too low. My understanding is that Roehl has EPUs.

Posted:  3 years, 10 months ago

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Roehl Refrigerated

I'm going to try Texas regional to start with, home every week end for the 34 hour reset. I considered the slip seat options but I'd rather have my own truck.

Posted:  3 years, 10 months ago

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Roehl Refrigerated

I was originally scheduled for orientation in Grand Prairie TX but they didn't have enough starting locally so it's off to Atlanta. How do you like your truck?

Posted:  3 years, 10 months ago

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Roehl Refrigerated

That's encouraging news. I'm scheduled for Roehl orientation Dec 28th in Atlanta.

Posted:  3 years, 10 months ago

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Hello and thank you

Even though this is my first post, I've been using the site for a couple of months. My first exposure was with the CDL practice app, which helped me pass all of my written tests on the first try! I encouraged all my classmates to use it as well. I finished school the end of November and I'm excited to get started with my new career as a driver at the age of 56. I worked for the same company for 39 years but was laid off in July when our Distribution Center was closed and outsourced to a 3PL. At that time I decided it was time for something new, I'm tired of managing people. My Grandfather was an Owner Operator when I was a kid and I loved traveling with him in the Mack and Freightliner cabovers he had. I remember sitting in the driver's seat for hours "practicing". Enough rambling, I want to thank everyone on the forum for all the information you've passed along, it's all been very helpful. After too many applications and discussions with recruiters to remember, as well as research on the forum, I've decided to go with Roehl Transport. My orientation begins Dec 28th in Atlanta, GA. Once the training is complete I'll be running Texas regional out of the Grand Prairie, TX terminal with home time every weekend. Once again, thanks for all the great info.

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