Profile For Bucket

Bucket's Info

  • Location:
    Altus, OK

  • Driving Status:
    Considering A Career

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  • Joined Us:
    3 years, 2 months ago

Bucket's Bio

Just an old retired coot that is thinking about getting into trucking. I'm 66 years young and don't want to just sit in front of the TV waiting to die. i'm a retired food safety inspector. I've really enjoyed reading some of the forums from some great sounding folks. I may or may not make it as a driver. I would like to be home every couple weeks, be able to take the wife on some trips, and wouldn't mind if a pet was allowed. I know first 12-18 months with no experience that might be difficult.

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Posted:  2 years, 5 months ago

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The end of my trucking career

Sorry to have left everyone waiting. I started with XPO. I believe they are a good starter company. I also think I should have been given another trainer. After three weeks and over seven thousand miles with a trainer I was told he wouldn't recommend I be upgraded. So basically fired. I was assigned a driver adviser. Never got a call from him or ever got to talk to him when I called. I didn't have any problems with my trainer. I just always felt rushed, sort of like driving miss Daisy. I wish to thank everyone for your concern.

Posted:  2 years, 5 months ago

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The end of my trucking career

My truck driving career just ended.

Posted:  2 years, 5 months ago

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Made the Grade on the Upgrade

Way to go Sam! Was in Memphis yesterday, now just south of St. Joseph. Congratulations and keep the wheels rolling.

Posted:  2 years, 5 months ago

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Driver in training

Started to Joplin two weeks today. Orientation Monday, drug test. Tuesday drive and backing test. Wednesday introduced to XPO polices. Thursday basically told we are hired and who our finisher (trainer) is. Went to safety meeting Friday. Met trainer Saturday. Sunday got on truck and trainer drove load to Mt. Vernon.Monday I started driving and backed into the dock for live unload. Then drove to next pickup. Took that load to Nebraska. Picked up in Omaha for Tuesday delivery. Tuesday morning woke up to leaky windshield. Spent Tuesday at truck shop. Wednesday delivered Tuesday's load in Cleveland. Thursday picked up HM in Pennsylvania for tomorrow in Corsicana Tx. Today for first week I have a bit over 2800 miles and close to twenty hour's left on my clock. No team diving. I've bumped all docks, dropped and coupled all drop and hook. Performed pre trip every morning, drove all but about 150 miles.

Posted:  2 years, 5 months ago

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DOT Drug Testing: Urinalysis or Hair Follicle?

XPO checks both.

Posted:  2 years, 6 months ago

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Orientation

Hi Sam, was wishing you would see and comment. Talked to finisher this afternoon. He is in Ft. Worth. Goes on board in the morning. He is highlighted to joplin. Expecting a call soon as he knows his pickup. Really think I've made the perfect choice by starting with XPO. A few amenitys in the truck would be great. Haven't had time to do much on here since I started school back in May. Going to a safety meeting tomorrow. Oh the finisher really sounded good several years experience and very knowledgeable.

Posted:  2 years, 6 months ago

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August Truck Shows

Wow! And I got to joplin on the fourteenth. Just missed it. But thats my luck, day late dollar short.

Posted:  2 years, 6 months ago

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Orientation

Second day of orientation at XPO. Performed driving and backing procedures. Two more days before I start my wait for a trainer. Called finisher at XPO.

Posted:  2 years, 6 months ago

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Fourth Time is a Charm

Yea!! I knew you would! Isn't that a great feeling when you park on the apron, knowing you did good, but still a bit nervious waiting. Which parallel did you get? You know Kathy that was in my class went to Crete. Her sister drives for Crete and they plan to team. Well good luck and let us know how after school training goes.

Posted:  2 years, 6 months ago

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(Newbie) I have chosen Roehl for my CDL School. Please chime in on my rationale

Jeff I'm going to Joplin for orientation. Where are they sending you? I start waiting for a trainer Friday the 20th. Might still be waiting Monday the 22!

Posted:  2 years, 6 months ago

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Has anybody ever heard of a company called Paul Transportation?

A flatbed company out of Tulsa. I had a recruiter visit our class. Sounded like a good company. I wasn't interested in flatbed. A student in the class before mine at graduation was headed to Milton. Instead he went with Paul. A couple students in my class went to orientation, I don't know if they are there.

Posted:  2 years, 6 months ago

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Maiden Voyage

Congratulation Sam, I'm starting orientation Monday in Joplin.

Posted:  2 years, 6 months ago

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Am I hired?

Not on the pay roll yet! But got several requirements out of the way. I believe I've picked the best company for me to start with. I would've liked better pay, but I didn't want to be out three to four weeks. Also didn't want to pull reefer or flatbed. Limited info for XPO and the 3 months experience is incorrect. They sponsor and hire new cdl holders right out of an approved school.

Posted:  2 years, 6 months ago

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(Newbie) I have chosen Roehl for my CDL School. Please chime in on my rationale

Jeff i just got my cdl. Failed first three times. I was contacted by XPO and was offered sponsorship. I had already committed to a start time. I'm starting orientation on Monday the 15th.

Posted:  2 years, 6 months ago

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Test out day!

Good luck, wish you the best.

Posted:  2 years, 6 months ago

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Back to the drawing board... XPO vs. CRST ... What are your thoughts?

I choose XPO. I based my choice on what the school instructors had to say.

Posted:  2 years, 6 months ago

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Am I hired?

Monday the 15 I start orientation for XPO Logistics. I'm a bit nervous mostly about being with a trainer. Four days in orientation then wait until an available trainer gets to Joplin. Pay isn't great, but I'm getting home time. I haven't found much info about XPO but the instructors agreed one of the better big companies. Since I don't have a contract that makes me feel a bit more comfortable. I do plan on staying at least one year. They reimburse tuition on a monthly payment. I'll try to post updates, and hope I'm getting all I'm promised.

Posted:  2 years, 6 months ago

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Failed CDL Skills Test For 3rd Time - What Now?

Monday you get to start practicing again. Don't spend aii your time on the 90. Odds are you won't get it. You'll pass the skills so get ready for the road.

Posted:  2 years, 7 months ago

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Trucking Candidate Rep's

Sam I'm talking to XPO. I have my CDL-A with HM, tanker, double, triples. I would like to hear about orientation. Also I'm told training isn't team? Sorry, didn't intend to hijack this!

Posted:  2 years, 7 months ago

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Finally!!!

I too finally got my CDL A last Wednesday. Took four tries, also had to wait the 30 days after third try. Therefore I know how happy you are. A big congregation! ! I'm also looking at XPO. Let us know how orientation goes. I was told thay have 7500 minimum, with no team training. I would like to know if that's true.

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