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    Martinsburg, WV

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    2 years, 8 months ago

Harry the hat's Bio

38 year old, looking to make driving my career. Former Navy devil doc and Army Guard medic, have an extensive resume of jack of all trades. Huge Star Wars fan, and 501st member for the West Virginia area. Live about an hour west of DC, off of the I-81 corridor.

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Posted:  7 months, 1 week ago

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McElroy Truck Lines

I think McElroy knows the price of drivers is starting to climb.

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Posted:  8 months, 2 weeks ago

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Headed to McElroy Truck Lines!

Welcome to MTL!

Posted:  8 months, 2 weeks ago

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Day cab switching to sleeper

Made about 49k last year doing dedicated day cab home daily. Want to make more of course, but when the company has overfilled the driver pool, with the winter upon us, there's not much I can do to get more miles. My company has sleepers too, but was looking around to see what else is out there. Only have this flatbed experience. Wife and I have talked, she's ok with me overnighting a few times a week ( she's been with me through the army and national guard days so she knows how to deal). Is it worth it though? Should I just suck it up, or is doing a regional sleeper job better? One I was looking at was Cardinal-Greatwide doing the Sysco distribution it if Front Royal, va. Home weekends and at least two nights a week.

I know, I'm rambling, just looking for some insight.

Posted:  9 months ago

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Cardinal

Where are you looking for Cardinal? I was looking at them too.

Posted:  9 months ago

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Can’t fix stupid

Parrot, up at pleasant Hill NC we had one guy go get high with someone he met at the Sadler Bros restaurant, next to our hotel in emporia. For some reason, he wasn't in class next day. Lol.

Posted:  9 months, 1 week ago

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McElroy Truck Lines

Just wanted to say I'm still here with McElroy, almost two years. Still day cab out of Hagerstown MD. I have to say that this company has been good so far. Just had a newborn, the insurance wasn't too bad, and they didn't rush me or the family to come back to work. Only thing I wish was they would pay more, as we are in the show part of the Lowe's season. I have looked on the other side of the fence, but I have to jump jobs for greener pastures when it's just good fertilizer they are feeding you lol.

Posted:  1 year, 8 months ago

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Flatbed Questions

I'm a flatbedder that cane from the same thing as you, office work. I was getting soft and large. Been doing this for almost a year, and a have finally getting back in shape. Now, if you search the forums for the mcelroy truck lines thread, you'll see that I've posted on there. It can be some hard work. I pulled tarps and straps of in blowing snow and 40mph winds at 4am off I-80 in central Pennsylvania Mountains. Driving in the snow in my rookie season, even though I'm no stranger to the northeast and is weather. I love it though. I get the info on my qualcomm, secure my pre-tarped load at Lowe's, head out to the store, unload and head back for another load or go home for the day. No politics, no people looking over your shoulder, just some good hard work, sense of accomplishment, and money in your pocket. I was 250lbs last March. I'm now 220, with much more muscle and allot less fat. Lol.

Posted:  2 years ago

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McElroy Truck Lines

Hey Alan I can honestly tell you that I've had a really good time so far. I've been with the company since June 24th I've been on my own since the first week of August. I'm a local day cab driver out of Hagerstown doing the dedicated runs for Lowe's. My sleep schedule of course had to change due to the fact that I need to be at the yard anywhere between midnight and 3 in the morning in order to be at the store I need to go to at a certain delivery time usually between 5 a.m. and 7 a.m. . I can honestly say that I am getting more home time with my wife and son then when I did a nine-to-five job. I would only be home and awake from 6 to 10 every night. That's only 4 hours two if you count my son goes to sleep at 8 o'clock. Now I'm usually home anywhere between 10 a.m. and 1 p.m. I get to pick up my son off the bus and actually hang out with everybody until about 6 o'clock at the latest. Tonight I'm going to be real lucky I get to stay up a little bit later until about 7:30 because I have such a short run tomorrow. Now as far as everything is been going for work I've been browsing around 900 week and about 1200 to 1500 miles. Again I'm very new to this and I'm also a day cab driver home every night so this will differ for guys and girls that are over the road. I've been through a lot of training through many different companies and two stints in the military and this is by far one of the best. They're not just training and number they're actually training you as a person. The entire time we did all these tests whether they were on paper or practical in a truck they wanted to make sure that we didn't do the proper thing but that we understood it and knew why we needed to do this something. Is most of the training stuff is still fresh in my memory if anybody wants to hit me up please feel free to private message me or just write on here.

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As of right now I am going to Pleasant Hill, NC on August 1st to start my orientation with McElroy. I might graduate sooner from trucking school and if I do then I might try to move it up to July 25th. Super excited but nervous as hell at the same time.

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Do you have an update on how things are at McElroy?

Posted:  2 years, 2 months ago

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McElroy Truck Lines

Well, I'm home now from the two weeks training. Will start my 4 weeks with the trainer here at the hagerstown Lowe's terminal. It wasn't as bad as I thought. Very laid back, informative, fun. I excelled in some areas like map routing information. We left with the full class of 7 we stated with.

Posted:  2 years, 3 months ago

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McElroy Truck Lines

So yesterday was paperwork all day, pee test, hair test (I now have a bald right leg), and handing out manual and fmcsr book. Today was physicals and agility test. Took forever, but we all had questions that Brent the trainer never really answered. We've heard people get sent home for physicals, but what about the agility? I completed all tasks, though my heart rate was up. I think I did good, but a few others were definitely scared. Anyone know?

Posted:  2 years, 3 months ago

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McElroy Truck Lines

I'm going to make you jealous. The traffic actually helped me on the way down here so looks like I might be the last one here. The other guy that was supposed to show up hasn't shown up yet so I might actually have a room all to myself. The long ride home to my nerves a little bit too and after reading everything on all 22 pages so far on my phone I think I'm ready. Wish me luck and I'll try to keep us all updated. Remember my stuff is only for daily out of Hagerstown so I can't really tell you much about the over-the-road stuff

Posted:  2 years, 3 months ago

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McElroy Truck Lines

On my way to pleasant Hill nc for orientation today. Butterfly stomach is to say the least

Posted:  2 years, 4 months ago

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McElroy Truck Lines

I test out June 1st, and then a short time later will be heading to pleasant Hill nc for orientation. I'll be local out of Hagerstown.

Posted:  2 years, 5 months ago

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McElroy Truck Lines

Thanks for the update Mike. I talked with their recruiter, Cindy today and she was very helpful. I'm still in school, you can see my thread for Cdscdltraining.com in the diaries, but I'm really hoping to land a local job with them.

Posted:  2 years, 5 months ago

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The Schneider Diaries

I didn’t change careers to get rich, I changed careers because I was miserable, and a part of me died every morning I sat down at my computer. I’m not saying that I don’t want to work. I’m saying that I don’t want to kill myself chasing big money.

It's like we are one in the same! Thanks for this great thread!

Posted:  2 years, 5 months ago

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CDS tractor trailer training winchester

Sorry its been a while. I'll catch ya up. Home someone other than me is reading this.

Day 5 We had a weekend off for Easter, school was shut down. Came back to the class room for days 5 and 6, to find we have a different teacher. Went over some more stuff like railroad crossings, etc. Lots of book time.

Day 6 Another day in class. More videos and books.

Day 7 Yard day. Did an extensive overview of the pretrip outside again, tested each other with the instructors watching but quiet. They pointed out what we missed, how to say it, etc. I get the feeling its more on what we need to say to the testers more than anything, but the instructors do go over a bit more to get you to understand what and why you are checking it. We also worked on straight and offset backing. Some are getting there, others aren't, but the feedback is positve.

Day 8 Yard again. More pretrip, inside cab and brake tests. Learned a great deal, and same as the day before, tested each other and with instructors. Started parallel backing and aced that! My backing procedures are getting better, but I get a lil frustrated when I don't make it. End of day, told we need to have our permits next yard day to do road driving, or we can just stay home.

Went to take my permit test at the DMV. Second time, as the first was on Good Friday, and I psyched myself out and panicked on some simple questions. Aced it, took a terrible picture, and ready to go this time out!

Day 9 More class, more videos. Day 10 You guessed it. Now, the class time isn't just that simple. They go by participation and test scores on who they will test out with the dmv first. You sit there, and play on your phone in class, or smoke a pack and a half at the burn barrel in the yard, then you might as well find something else to do.

Again, anyquestions, I'd be more than happy to tell ya about it.

Posted:  2 years, 6 months ago

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CDS tractor trailer training winchester

Day 4

Started on our pretrip on two trucks, split the group and worked together. Kind of more familiarizing and such. Lost another one, not sure, but keep on going ourselves. Pop quizzed us on pretrip individually, did alright. We then started learning the procedures for coupling and uncoupling. Watched, learned, then executed it one by one. We are a bunch of fast learners. On to some more straight backing in the opposite trucks we were on yesterday. Today is a freightliner Columbia w/53 ft van. After lunch, one of the instructors took a three of us to learn offsetting. I gotta let off the oversteer! But practice makes prefect.

Got my permit test card in the mail, so I'm going to take my test tomorrow. Feel very confident.

We'll be off for Easter weekend, so I have tons of time to study and start looking at companies.

Posted:  2 years, 6 months ago

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CDS tractor trailer training winchester

Day 3

First day in the field. This takes place on an empty lot in Front Royal Virginia. Trucks were a Volvo day cab with a flatbed, and a freightliner Columbia with a 53 ft van. We stated with introductions and sign in, three instructors, one who happens to be my next door neighbor's dad. Again, lots of experience and they share it all. Started with a pretrip intro, where the question bombs went off. We have a ton of info, but that never stops inquisitive minds. Following that, we stated getting familiar with the trucks, individually with the instructors. Then into straight line backing. Reverse and first, no throttle allowed. They start you off with a line if cones down the driver side, take a few turns then start moving in cones on the right side, few more, then close to the 12 ft width. We all did ok, a few of us a bit better or faster learning than some. Because of a freak nor'easter that came in, we had rain and snow, and the school shut us down around 230pm. All in all, good first field day. I believe we had one drop out so far too. I also have to say, I have read this line I am about to write numerous times here and it is law in my mind. Don't sit around, stabs by the fire barrel, and jibber jab the day away! !! I saw a few guys doing this, or on the phone. There's time for that later or at lunch, you're there to learn a new profession. If you're not in the truck, talk about the truck, ask the instructor that's free some questions, watch what the other people are doing while driving, practice your pretrip, etc. The list goes on.

Posted:  2 years, 6 months ago

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CDS tractor trailer training winchester

Day 2

Yesterday we covered the orientation of the class backing the vehicle basic controls of a truck. Today we covered a little bit more on backing shifting and coupling and uncoupling. We watched a few videos and asked questions of the instructor. It's great watching him get excited about some of the questions we have. Think of it like watching a kid talk about Christmas morning. Learned a lot about how each truck is the different animal altogether.

Again this is a weekend-only course so I won't have any updates until next Saturday night. We will be heading down to the yard at Front Royal Virginia for the Yard part of our class. You'll be getting to know the two Volvo day cab and I believe 2 Internationals. Hopefully myself and the others will have their permits soon so we can really get onto the road after getting acquainted with the trucks.

Posted:  2 years, 6 months ago

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CDS tractor trailer training winchester

A little PostScript you do not need a CDL permit to start the class. It is best that you get that and your DOT physical done first. I am a West Virginia resident so I need 2 sending stuff to the state capitol in order to get my test card to get my permit. From there I will have 3 tries, and a seven day wait period between failures. A bit about myself I'm 36 years old and looking to start a new career to support my family. I would have opted to go through the full-time classes but my wife is a stay-at-home mom at the time so we kind of need that money coming in. After being a lurker on this page for a very long time I am very excited to be doing this. I'm hoping to stay local semi Regional we like 2 or 3 days out per week at the most. If not I believe my wife will be killing me and you are all mine now Witnesses LOL

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