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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. 9-21-18 Still driving OTR with CFI. On 11-15-18 I became a trainer with CFI.

In July of 2019 I was denied a new medical card due to high blood sugar. After several months of hard work, I got everything back to normal. Then due to CCP Virus, the non driving job I was working at closed down. This forced me back to where I wanted to be. I contacted CFI and on May 28th 2020, I will be back in a truck.

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Posted:  13 hours, 39 minutes ago

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Advice for a GPS.

I have RM 540 and Garmin Deal 580. Together they make one good GPS. Rand Mcnally has the worst suction cups, they fall down all the time. I also have Garmin and RM dash cams.

The Gamin is more intuitive and is my lead GPS.

Posted:  3 days, 5 hours ago

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One on One CDL Training School in Arizona

There are companies that offer Paid CDL Training Programs, many are listed there.

For these you would have to train away from home. This should not be a problem as you will need a minimum of one year OTR before getting any kind of local jobs.

Posted:  6 days, 1 hour ago

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Look what I got.

I am 100% happy with this truck. The cruise control works better, it shifts smoother, maybe due to it being a 12 speed instead of 10, it seems to be faster off the line. I now have radar to show me how fast the person in front of me is going. The speed limit is shown on the dash and if you go 5 miles over a red and blue lite flashes above it. I guess there's a cop in my dash. The jakes work great. It does a good job keeping me under control going down hill.

I am taking this load to VA outside Roanoke. A load of Yesterday's News. Then I'm preplans on a load from Roanoke to Laredo.

Posted:  6 days, 1 hour ago

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Terminated - unsafe performance - Difficulty Finding New Employer

Like Rob T. said, there seems to be a bit more to the story. It will be important for you to get your details perfectly straight as you speak with other companies. If this was your first incident, CFI might give you a chance. Wherever you go, if they offer you additional time with a trainer, jump at it. Best of luck.

Posted:  6 days, 21 hours ago

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Look what I got.

Surprised they didn't go for, what I considered to be, the "more livable layout" for a full-timer OTR. While the storage of that layout wouldn't be sufficient for a team - for a solo (using the top bunk for a storage area too), it's a cool layout.

I saw some of these (and some other offerings) when I went up to MATS a couple of years ago.

Rick

CFI has plenty of happy teams with the same trucks. Company drives get what they get. At the end of the day all I want to do is sleep.

I am loving this truck so far. I now have radar in addition to the adaptive cruise control. This is a 12 speed automatic and shifts smoother than my previous trucks. The load I'm picking up should be heavy, so we'll see how it does.

Posted:  6 days, 23 hours ago

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Picking a school.

The list here Paid CDL Training Programs is not every company that offers paid training and many of those listed have changed the way they do things.

For example CFI, who I trained with and drive for. They just raised the pay students get once they upgrade.

Posted:  1 week ago

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Suggestions for Warm Winter Coats during CDL Training?

Layers, good gloves. Something to break the wind. Sometimes you can get good stuff at a place like Goodwill. You may need something that comes off easy if it's warm in the truck.

Posted:  1 week ago

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Look what I got.

^^^^^ Oh, WOW ~!!!

I LOVE it, so far! What say you ? Looks cozy as heck, Big Scott . . . I want one!

Come to CFI we have plenty.

Posted:  1 week, 1 day ago

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Look what I got.

Here are some interior pics before I got it set up.

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Posted:  1 week, 2 days ago

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Look what I got.

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11-17-20 Moving starts tonight.

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GRRRRR... right ?!?!?

Let the FUN BEGIN~!!! Happy MOVING, Big Scott~!!!

ps: Does the interior 'really' look like Rick's pix? You could take a pic or 2 for us too, ya know~!!! Loving the red, way better than the white personally.

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No, but I'll take some later.

Posted:  1 week, 2 days ago

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Look what I got.

11-17-20 Moving starts tonight.

Posted:  1 week, 5 days ago

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Look what I got.

Thanks everyone. I hope to be back in Joplin by Tuesday. I don't have the hours to get back sooner.

Posted:  1 week, 5 days ago

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Look what I got.

A brand new truck. I will be moving in soon. I'm stacked on some loads right now.

Starting mileage.

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Posted:  2 weeks ago

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In CDL school getting really discouraged, is it time to call it quits?

First off, don't quit. We have all had these problems. Many of us passed out CDL test on the third try. Ask for help and relax. You can do this.

For others wanting to get into trucking, this is a perfect example of why we support and recommend Paid CDL Training Programs.

Why pay and drive every day for what you can get for free? With these programs the company has a vested interest in your success.

Posted:  2 weeks, 1 day ago

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Hows the freight?

Run run run. Seems like there is more freight than drivers.

Posted:  2 weeks, 1 day ago

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Weak Bladders - Tips and Suggestions?

Most guys use pee bottles. Some dispose of full ones discreetly, inconsiderate ones don't. Some of us wash and reuse the same ones. Since I have never termed, I can't help much there. Communication is key.

You can always pull into a rest area or truck stop.

I only sip water during the day to lessen the need to stop.

Hope that helps.

Posted:  2 weeks, 3 days ago

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Trucking School vs Paid CLD Training: Survivor stats?

I started my career and still with CFI. My training did not cost me a penny. Simple stay the year. Money I paid for DOT physical, permit test, CDL and Hazmat background check were all reimbursed. When they renew, they get reimbursed.

Every Paid CDL Training Program is a little different. However, work the contract and it's free.

Because the company has a vested interest in your success, they will put more effort into you and more quickly forgive those minor accidents.

It takes them a couple of years to make back the money they invest in students.

Why pay thousands of dollars out of pocket for what you can get for free?

Posted:  2 weeks, 5 days ago

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Trouble

For information, every DOT physical is brand new and has nothing to do with your last one. If you take one this morning and pass, then another this afternoon and don't pass. The most recent one is what counts. It is very important to fill them out the same. This is a federal legal document, any missing or falsified info will be problems.

Posted:  2 weeks, 6 days ago

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CFI just gave every driver a raise

I try to check in often. I limit my replies to those I think can help. I have been getting plenty of miles. Many 600 mile days have been needed on my loads.

Posted:  3 weeks ago

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CFI just gave every driver a raise

As of 11/8/2020 Students while with their trainer/finisher go from 26 to 29 CPM. Upon upgrade they go to 35 CPM. At 60,000 miles they go to 42 CPM. Then it a while at that. At 125,000 miles it goes to 43 CPM.

Everyone else gets a 1 CPM boost.

They have also recently raised Hazmat, layover, Finisher and boarder crossing pay.

Training is free, time with finisher is dispatched solo, trainer in passenger seat while you drive. We have plenty of miles for you as well.

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