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Big Scott (CFI Driver/Trainer and biggest fan) '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. 9-21-18 Still driving OTR with CFI. On 11-15-18 I became a trainer with CFI.

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Posted:  10 hours, 39 minutes ago

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Helpful Equipment For Truckers

My stop fits in the holes no fastening or on fastening to do.

What I made was cheaper than buying a hitch pin. I checked it out. The very first one I made was with black pipe. Second use it was cut in two.

Posted:  10 hours, 44 minutes ago

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Trip plan question

You're welcome. Our trucks are governed at 65. Trip planning at 50 MPH gives you padding. You probably have at least one fuel stop on your route. When possible I fuel and take my 30 minute break at the same spot, only one stop. Remember, it takes about 11 hours to drive 10 hours. Good luck.

Posted:  12 hours, 14 minutes ago

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Trip plan question

This is the route I would take.

0584636001553377159.jpg This is 646 miles, City to City. Using your 650 miles trip planned at 50 MPH, makes it a 13 hour trip. Start driving 06:00 Sunday. Drive 10 hours and stop about 16:00. Now you have 3 hours to go. Do your 10 hour break and roll at 02:00 arrive 3/25 05:00. That works.

Posted:  16 hours, 41 minutes ago

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Helpful Equipment For Truckers

My tandem stops cost less than $10.

0425135001553361271.jpg0534474001553361322.jpg Bungee cords and velcro come in handy for many things.

Posted:  17 hours, 6 minutes ago

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Prepass question

Batteries, that's exactly what mine does when it's hungry.

Posted:  17 hours, 23 minutes ago

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Want to know why there are bad trailers out there?

Haven't had many tire issues on the road. However, CFI will do what it takes to keep us rolling. If that means sending someone to replace a tire, it's a quick phone call and short wait and I'm rolling again.

Posted:  20 hours, 31 minutes ago

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Flatbed Variety

Saw two trucks carrying these at a Pilot in Oklahoma. Not sure what they are used for, however two guys were trying to measure the hight.


Posted:  20 hours, 40 minutes ago

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Tandem release pins

We do not have pneumatic release pins. Our older trailers have the wrist breaking bars. You have to lift the bar to release the pins. If you grab it with your hands and pull up and the pins release, your forearms will slam into the bottom edge of the trailer and at best leave a bruise. When these are stuck a 4 foot piece of pipe will sometimes help. If that doesn't work, 2 long bungee hooked to the trailer support beams and under the bar will keep tension on the bar. Then a good hard rock back and forth should release the pins. Our newer trailers have a round bar that you pull out and lock into place. Once it's out and locked, if the pins are locked, a good hard rock back and forth should release those pins. No beating required.

Posted:  1 day, 14 hours ago

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Moving while out of hours?

Check with your logs department. By law you can.

Posted:  1 day, 18 hours ago

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Help Me Find The Best Stories From Our Training Diaries

Old School's was awesome I hope you find it so I can save. How he dealt with his trainer and the end was awesome and it showed me I could handle any trainer using his attitude.

Posted:  3 days, 4 hours ago

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Axle weight question

Our trucks are rated for 13K on the steers. I am regularly a little over 12K on the steers. Never had a problem. We usually get a bypass at scales.

Posted:  3 days, 4 hours ago

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35-year trucker Joe Bartlette got a seatbelt ticket — until this video got it thrown out!

Here is a working Working link to the video.

This is the type of system CFI is putting in all of their trucks. These systems are saving companies millions and helping drivers CYA.

Posted:  4 days ago

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Game: How Do You Motivate Yourself?

When it's cold out, warm and cozy under the covers, I just crank the heat from my bunk controls. Once it's warm enough, it's up and at'em. Every day is hard for me to get motivated, it's the money that calls my name.

Posted:  4 days, 10 hours ago

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Great to hear. I'm busy training.

Posted:  4 days, 14 hours ago

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CFI Training - Truck Dynasty, Springfield, MO

He's most likely out with his trainer.

Posted:  4 days, 15 hours ago

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Testing out to go solo

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Posted:  4 days, 15 hours ago

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Hey Kim, Glad you are well. This is a tough decision. I don't know what or who is at home that you miss. If you decide to persue trucking you should mentally prepare to be on the road for that one year minimum. Then you could start looking for local home daily work.

You do need to learn how to manage your truck and find parking. Rainy is an expert at it.

Teaming is not for everyone, I know I couldn't do it. If you don't want to stay with refer, you could try CFI. You don't lose the home time days you build up and can take as many days off as you want. I almost never get stuck at a shipper or receiver and when I do, I can usually stay there. CFI reimburses us for parking. I reserve a lot.

Posted:  4 days, 17 hours ago

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Are you driving fatigued?

Here is an interesting article about it.

How to Prevent Truck Driver Fatigue

While fatigue and hours of service are frequently used in the same sentence, there’s often just a very tenuous connection between the two. Drivers and fleets work hard to comply with the rules, but are they actually doing anything to address driver fatigue? It’s being tired that puts truck drivers at risk, not running 10 minutes past the deadline for their 30-minute break. ....

Preventing Truck Driver Fatigue

Posted:  4 days, 21 hours ago

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Possible New Favorite Racing Series!

Here is a working link, Big Rig Racing

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