Profile For Diesel Only

Diesel Only's Info

  • Location:
    North Forth Myers, FL

  • Driving Status:
    Rookie Solo Driver

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  • Joined Us:
    3 years, 6 months ago

Diesel Only's Bio

My name is Mike I'm your average 26 year old with dreams and ambitions. I have a beautiful family as well, they're truly a blessing! I love to drive and very good at it so I decided to make it my career to support my family.

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Posted:  3 years, 5 months ago

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Start out with a trainer Monday!

Thanks!! I will do! Backing with a spread tandem trailer is a bit tricky but more the reason to use caution! I can imagine flat bed won't be backing much but never say never
Thanks again!

-Mike

Posted:  3 years, 5 months ago

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Finally a decision

We had a driver come from Melton to CypressTL. He said his trainer was real cool, he still texts him ever so often. The reason he gave me for leaving them though was the home time(he was out 2 or 3 weeks I believe). Cypress has weekly home time so that's why he said he switched. If you can hang with the two weeks out you should be in good shape.
good luck out there!!
Drive safe!

-Mike

Posted:  3 years, 5 months ago

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Start out with a trainer Monday!

Passed the road test now they have me set up with a trainer on a local route till they can find me a trainer in my region to train me! I'm pretty excited! Just wanted to put it out there. I've read a lot of stuff on here and followed a lot of instructions thanks for providing the info to help me along!
Drive safe!

-Mike

Posted:  3 years, 5 months ago

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Upshifting after quick stop in traffic

Thanks! Im in sleeper berth for the rest of tonight but tomorrow ill try yout advice and let you know how do


by the way both of the maneuvers Do not require the clutch! Don't touch that clutch and you'll be fine! Good luck out there! Enjoy the rest of sleeper berth!

Posted:  3 years, 5 months ago

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Upshifting after quick stop in traffic

Depending on the weight of whatever your pulling - 2nd or 3rd. 4th or 5th. To get back in gear there are a few ways I know how to get it back. Either give a quick rev and slide it in as you rev. Or place the shifter right in front of the gear chosen and slowly rev up the motor just enough so that its lightly touching the gears, you'll feel it kinda slowing down(the gear grinding) & then viola! It'll almost suck it into gear.

Hope this helps!!

Drive safe!

-Mike

Posted:  3 years, 6 months ago

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Kind of frustrating!

CTC - Cypress Training Center

from what I have heard they will charge you around 3,700-4,000 for the cost of schooling..(3-4 weeks I think) In which you will pay throughout the time you are working for them over the next year. You may pay remaining balance to leave earlier from what I've collected aswell.

keep in mind they are regional.. They will get you home time weekly!! Your spouse may ride along after 6 months and full coverage insurance.

Posted:  3 years, 6 months ago

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Kind of frustrating!

Might I add

first week is orientation which is reimbursed. Room & board compensated($20 daily for meals, you stay at a hotel 15 mins away from home terminal). Shuttle arrives daily at 0730 every morning heading towards home terminal, 1700 shuttle back to hotel. Don't be late - he will leave you!

in that week includes:
safety videos
safe load securement procedures
a road test
more videos
tour of the yard
your week is ended with hands-in load securement+tarping

Posted:  3 years, 6 months ago

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Kind of frustrating!

This company is "Cypress truck lines" they require at least 6 months in a truck... They "train" in flat bed trucking, seeing as they are a flatbed company. I just thought maybe the "training" would also include the 10-spd training.

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seeing as I learned on an automatic and worked in an automatic... I didn't think the 10-spd would be such a big deal.. I was wrong !!!

Posted:  3 years, 6 months ago

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2000 mile week

Nice! I guess "scratch your back, you scratch mine!" Is applied to trucking aswell then haha
good luck and drive safe out there!

Posted:  3 years, 6 months ago

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Kind of frustrating!

Thanks!

Maybe this is just a test of patience for what may come on the road ahead!! Haha

Posted:  3 years, 6 months ago

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Kind of frustrating!

This isn't a company bashing post or a black-list to anything.

Decided to join a company hiring drivers with at least 6 months experience in a CMV. Cool I've got at least 8 at my last job, better pay and other non relevant subjects of matter.. Talked on the phone with a recruiter, liked the info I was given and pursued. I was told paid orientation plus training.. Great! I had no "straight 10" exp, I told the recruiter before I went any further they said and I quote "they'll go over all that with you" so me thinking I will be payed for "training" I thought that was for the manual trans too.. Just found out the days they are teaching me to shift I am not paid...

I was already looking at a large pay cut taking the "training" pay.. Now not getting paid at all! Woah!!

I'm getting better by the day(started shifting training Monday). My instructor told me today I've got a good rythem but I'm lacking a "smooth shift" I think I'm doing good enough to begin the "paid" portion of my training... But then again I'm no pro!!! So what I think and what is true may be two totally different things... It's just frustrating when I'm not being paid(I know it's only Tuesday! I only started on Monday with NO EXP with a 10-spd)

now to be fair this "class" or refresher im taking most people have to pay for, as in schooling course(3 or 4 week course) but I only require shifting help.

bottom line here is that I'm kind of frustrated and just wanted to rant a bit here...its way to late to back out now(cost of reimbursement for dot drug screening and all that fancy stuff is a pretty penny!!). With all considered it does kind of put a fire under my bum to hurry me up!! Haha! Lesson here is to be very specific when asking your recruiter questions.. Example:
me: "do y'all pay for training on manual transmissions?"

recruiter: "sorry no we do not, only the time your out on the road with a trainer is the only time your compensated."


thanks for reading y'all & be safe!!

- Mike

Posted:  3 years, 6 months ago

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Torn, and don't know what to do.

It does help, i was looking at cypress bc I dont have a cdl at the moment and they will train me local.

They do have a training class - CTC (cypress training center) you will work with a man named Rick. He's currently helping me with my shifting skills. Very insightful individual. Has a lot of great information to share. Listen to him carefully and don't talk back, he will test your patience but I can assure you he means well(he's got quite the humorous side aswell!). I'm not too sure the length of classes they have to offer.. Maybe call inquiring further information.
Drive Safe -Mike

Posted:  3 years, 6 months ago

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Torn, and don't know what to do.

Just went through orientation with cypress, now doing a "refresher" this week - considering I have no straight 10 exp.. The company seems pretty well run, very safe! Not As big as the "big boy company's" but not small enough to be considered a ma-n-pop company. They do say home time every weekend.. Offering competitive pay, there equipment is fair. Don't have much other then that though.. Hope this helps! Good luck and gratz on marriage!good-luck.gif

Posted:  3 years, 6 months ago

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Cypress Truck Lines/Sunbelt Trans.

Orientation finished off today 1700 went real swell the last week, some portions of orientation went by a bit too fast.(..considering Monday was a holiday) Over-all went real good! There is alot of real good guys willing to share there experiences & whatnot, always willing to help - no question is a stupid question. Very professional business, very safe style of how they preform there work(flatbedding is no joke!!!) from what I've seen they like to keep there trucks rolling(good!) orientation is payed, with meal and board to boot... Not too shabby!! They have pretty competitive pay considering I have low to no time experience with these majestic beasts of the open road.. REGIONAL TOO!! I've never done 'OTR' but starting regional for me is awesome! Seeing that I'd like to see my family every weekend, sweet!! There fleet looks great! The 'top performers' & seniorities get the brand new peterbilts and internationals.. But there used fleet isn't the worst! I don't have enough input for much more then what I have seen... But it looks great! Just wanted to help someone's decision in choosing a career at Cypress Truck Lines/Sunbelt Trans. Thanks for reading! -Diesel

Posted:  3 years, 6 months ago

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Calling all rookies.....

Thanks for old schools helpful reply to my thread - countless stories I have searched and red about what to expect(pros,cons) slot of very helpful and honest information I believe. More stories not to scare but to put the truth out and saying some of the worst things that have happened or may happen..(and the rewards!!)All that stuff really helps for someone like me - not in the trade but soon embarking.. So thank you everybody that contributes!!! Not to mention the backing maps provided by errol those are very fun to figure out! Very helpful and enjoyable guys keep up the grrreeeaatt work!! Thanks - Mike

Posted:  3 years, 6 months ago

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Introduction & Starting CDL School

Welcome! & good luck!! I'm going to start my career trucking aswell! I've read a lot of reviews about the company in joining - some good some bad.. But everyone is different, some people have good attitudes and bad ones too.. Different ways and ideals.. All in trying to get at is that you just need to try it for yourself! This forum helps a lot too with whatever pickle you may find yourself down the road so feel free to air it out on the forum! A lot of good people are here to help! Good luck on your new journey!! Hope all goes well for you!!

Posted:  3 years, 6 months ago

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Wanting to start trucking career

Hey Zachary & Welcome! Good luck with the job hunt! Cypress is stationed in Jacksonville aswell! That's where I'm going next week - I think they do training for you, I'm not too sure though. Cypress is currently hiring for regional drivers(southeastern states to be exact) ftom what I see on videos and even on the road there equipment looks nice newer models.. Don't have much feedback for them maybe after I work for them a little ill be able to supply more info.

Posted:  3 years, 6 months ago

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Starting my journey soon - any feedback??

I got my CDL A at a small school with my own dime - took a week vacation and 'got-er-don' ! Haha The bud idea was just something to try instead of regional/OTR - we have been thinking about this change for 3 years .. But this bud job is more about deliveries and not so much about driving.. The pay was good, but just not the field I foreseen myself in...

Thanks so much for the feedback old school!!! This helps me a great deal! I will try this out - maybe get a couple years and then shoot for a local/short haul position. The time away from family sounds hard I can't lie about that. Even though I'll only do a week out at a time and home weekends(so I was 'promised')but even a week out sounds kind of rough.. I will definitely be here on the forum on my downtime, thanks again so much for the feedback!!

Posted:  3 years, 6 months ago

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Off to School!

Good luck!

Posted:  3 years, 6 months ago

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Starting my journey soon - any feedback??

Working for a Budweiser dist. For about a year now... I'm thinking of shifting gears, the job is an honest one and hard work is your bible - No problem with that. But the road is calling my name... The best part of my day at my current job is jumping up in that truck seat and trucking to my next stop(which is unfortunately 10 mins max away haha) the company in my cross-hairs is "Cypress Truck Lines" they offer 'garuanteed home time' which will work perfect considering I have a young family waiting for me at home.. Along with some other perks(Flatbed exp. teaching me how to drive a 10 speed-yes my bud truck is an automatic unfortunately...) Does anybody have any tips/tricks of the trade or advice/information on cypress they'd like to share with me?

Thanks so much! Mike

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