Profile For Big Scott

Big Scott's Info

  • Location:
    Charlotte, NC

  • Driving Status:
    Experienced Driver

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  • Joined Us:
    5 years, 3 months ago

Big Scott's Bio

I dream of a career driving a truck. I spent almost eight years working for a company that builds machines. Unfortunately, I lost that job in the beginning of February (2017). I have been on unemployment. That runs out early May. After a couple of years of planning, when I lost my job, my wife had some health issues that prevented me from making the leap then. Now she is doing better and I have started applying to several companies. We are working hard to pay off debt and that is a slow process. I am here on TT because I find this to be the best site for current and truthful information on this industry. I was. accepted into CFI's company sponsored training and I'm currently in school for them. 6-26-17 Got my first truck with CFI today.

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Posted:  30 minutes ago

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Anyone know what this trailer is used for?

Took a while, but I found the Video.

Posted:  5 hours, 59 minutes ago

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Prospective trucker asks, "Isolation and loneliness. What is your experience?"

I am usually talking to friends and family when I'm driving. If I don't feel like talking or I'm driving while the rest of the world sleeps, I have satellite radio. CFI provides that for us, I now feel it's a necessity for any vehicle, I will drive for the long term. I also, have a very active mind and can spend hours working on stuff in my head. I never feel isolated and alone.

Posted:  6 hours, 8 minutes ago

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Maverick CDL Sponsorship Program

That auto restriction is becoming less important. Our Charlotte drop yard is a TCW terminal, in talking with someone there, their trucks are all auto. More and more companies are switching to them.

I don't have that restriction, however outside of school, I have only driven automatic. If I had to transition into a manual, there would be a huge learning curve. I would definitely want some training.

The safe driving experience is most important. Good luck.

Posted:  6 hours, 15 minutes ago

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Anyone know what this trailer is used for?

I think they carry wood chips and loose stuff like that. The back door opens and the floor pushes the contents out. It's a slow process. Saw a video once on YouTube.

Posted:  1 day, 13 hours ago

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Confirmed some info on CFI training.

9-21-18, I had a chance to stop by Truck Dynasty. There happened to be a CFI recruiter there meeting with four future CFI drivers. I had the opportunity to confirm a couple of things. CFI training at Truck Dynasty is still four weeks and three weeks at Crowder. Crowder has Sims and automatic transmission trucks. Truck Dynasty recently got a bunch of International ProStars with manual transmissions. I hope this info helps some.

Posted:  1 day, 20 hours ago

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CFI company sponsored training through Truck Dynasty Driving Academy

9-21-18 Today, I had a chance to stop by Truck Dynasty. There happened to be a CFI recruiter there meeting with four future CFI drivers. I had the opportunity to confirm a couple of things. CFI training at Truck Dynasty is still four weeks and three weeks at Crowder. Crowder has Sims and automatic transmission trucks. Truck Dynasty recently got a bunch of International ProStars with manual transmissions. I hope this info helps some.

Posted:  2 days, 11 hours ago

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OnGuard System

Get a good dash cam. They are the only evidence you have. There are many problems with these systems. At CFI they are aware of the problems and working hard with the manufacturer to solve them. They can tell on their end when it goes off by itself causing a hard breaking. They ignore them. These trucks report everything. They can couple that info with traffic and weather at the time of an incident.

Posted:  2 days, 21 hours ago

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Thinking of a Career change to Trucking

Welcome to TT. You are at the right place. Have you seen Brett's Book? Becoming A Truck Driver: The Raw Truth About Truck Driving Also reading through training diaries can be a huge help in learning what to inspect from training.

To get fired from this you have to be very unsafe, speeding tickets, accident involving personal injury, DUI, rolling the truck, etc. These things represent someone who is unsafe. Now, companies who train, expect new drivers to have minor accidents. Don't sweat those.

Prime is an excellent company with great training and many perks. I was trained by and drive for CFI. With them, you need to get your permit and medical before they get you into training. They provide all your transportation, food and housing during training. After school, you go back to Joplin for four days of orientation then out with your trainer for at least 7500 miles, about 3 weeks. You are dispatched as a solo truck, so you do all the driving while the trainer sits in the passenger seat.

Best of luck to you. We are here to help.

Posted:  3 days, 2 hours ago

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Mid 30's career change. Looking for some general advice.

I agree with the above. I was trained and drive for CFI. They require you to get your DOT medical card and CDL permit before attending their school. They provide transportation, food and housing during training. They require 12 months of driving to pay for your training. At the end of that year your training costs zero. That is a quick example of one company's paid training. Good luck.

Posted:  3 days, 3 hours ago

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Just an update on what I am up to.

Congratulations great to hear. Things happen for a reason. Looks like you landed a great gig. Keep up the great work.

Posted:  3 days, 8 hours ago

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Now that's a long bridge!

Didn't know they built it. Always wanted a load to Hawaii.

0346855001537452058.jpgLOL, they had to do that to make things work in the system on their end.

Posted:  3 days, 12 hours ago

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CFI at Crowder College

All is well.

Posted:  3 days, 22 hours ago

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17 freightliner cascadia evolution airline leak

Have you tried calling your company's road service department? They will tell you what to do.

Posted:  3 days, 22 hours ago

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Alcohol at dinner

Do not have that beer on your 10 hour or even 34 hour break. You risk your job and career. What if, during your break and staying at a hotel, then during this break there is an emergency requiring your truck to be moved? If anyone sees you having that one drink and calls your company, you're fired. It is also illegal to have any alcohol in your cab, including empty bottles. If you feel you can't have a meal without a beer, then trucking is not for you. By the way, we had someone post here one time that he was fired for having that drink while on his 34. Someone saw him and called his company.

Posted:  3 days, 22 hours ago

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What forum to use; cdl permit study questions

One, if you use the High Road CDL Training Program, you probably won't have to many questions. Two, we are here to help, and answer all kinds of questions daily. Three, many questions have been answered. You can find out by putting your questions in our search bar at the top of this page. Best of luck. You are in the right place to get all the answers you need.

Posted:  4 days, 10 hours ago

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Parallel Back--Advice needed

Slide your tandems full forward, follow the trainer’s instructions to the T and you’ll do it every time. Its not that hard.

In most school and testing you will not be sliding your tandems. All of the maneuvers can be done with the tandems set where the school has them. I believe that is usually at the California setting.

Posted:  5 days, 4 hours ago

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Hub seal leak pics?

I had a outside drive leak oil. It looked like spin art on the wheel.

Posted:  6 days, 16 hours ago

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Hardest part of trucking

Great news.

Posted:  1 week ago

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Hello, Y'all~! 5'year lurker..finally saying HIYA w/ a conundrum.

Sounds like you have a child at home that needs caring for. If he is 16, then during the next 2 years is a great amount of time to study and prepare for school. That's my $0.02.

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Oklahoma

You will get nowhere with fear. Make a decision and do it.

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