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    IN

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    Considering A Career

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    2 years, 11 months ago

Conservative's Bio

Hobbies are cars and military tech.

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Posted:  2 months, 4 weeks ago

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Cb alternative

Yeah, I've tried some of the zello groups and was not impressed. But hey, everyone has their own preferences. I just thought I'd let you all know about it in case you'd like to check it out.

Posted:  3 months ago

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Cb alternative

Sorry, I guess I didn't clarify. I understand the necessity of the regular Cb. CB talk will not give weather and traffic updates, but if you want to talk to a lot of people from all over the world and the US , you can do that. Its not meant to replace the Cb. It is a moderated push to talk app. They try to keep it clean and drama free and do not tolerate abusive or harrassing language. There are multiple groups or rooms to talk in. There is also a channel side where you can hold conversation without being heard by the rest of the users. It's a great app with friendly people. I came to the app because as a security guard in a building by myself, I got tired of listening to music and other things to keep awake. I needed to be able to engage in conversation. So I just figured I'd tell you about it in case you ever get bored like me and want to talk without threats , drama, and other nonsense.

Posted:  3 months ago

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Cb alternative

Hey, don't know if I'm allowed to do this, but I'd like to recommend Midland Cb talk. I have heard and read about how there is a lot of trash that comes on a regular Cb to the point that a lot of drivers don't listen to the regular Cb unless there is a traffic jam. If your looking for a place to have a civil and friendly conversation with drivers and regular people, this app is great. They don't allow all the drama and abuse that other talk apps have. If you wanna come over, my handle on there is Crocodile. Come on over and talk!

Posted:  3 months, 1 week ago

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I recommend Trucking Truth

Hi and what ever hapoened with thw neurological exam???? that was you wasnt it? what came of it?

That's what I still have to get. We moved and I switched doctors. So I have to set it up with him. But I see him next month.

Posted:  3 months, 1 week ago

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I recommend Trucking Truth

It's funny, but over the last two weeks I have told two people who were looking into a trucking career or company switch to try consulting Trucking Truth. As soon as I hear anyone talk about trucking or which company or school to go with, I refer them to here. It's automatic . Thanks for being a source that I can refer my friends to. As an update, I will be trying to set up to get a medical test to see if they would qualify me to be a driver. Also, i have found the midland cb talk app and have talked to a few drivers on there for a different perspective on trucking. I realize now that I was being irrational in some previous posts. Guess I'm so used to a 8, 10, or 12 hour shift and being paid by the hour, it was hard to get my mind around anything different than that. But trucking has always been a dream of mine and I really believe I would hate myself if I woke up in my 90's and had never given it a try. Hey if an 80 something year old guy can do it, why can't I? I say that because I met someone who was and did.

Posted:  7 months, 2 weeks ago

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Equipment

If my company gave me a choice between freightliner, or international. I will take the international in a heartbeat. Ours has the Cummins x15. The ride is so much smoother. My company won't buy freightliners, either. I personally don't care if the international eventually becomes a money pit, because I don't have to pay for it. It is a great, smooth ride, and a very comfy home away from home. I hated every day that I was in the freightliner.

Great point! I'm glad I won't have to pay the maintenance cost on whatever truck I end up with, but the I really would rather be driving than sitting waiting for repairs. I know it's a part of the game though.

Posted:  7 months, 2 weeks ago

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Equipment

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Im 6ft 320 lbs . I have heard that freightliners have a taller cab that's easier to stand up in. Also, though a company might maintain their equipment, if one model is more prone to breakdowns, that means the driver might be spending more time at the shop to have a maintained truck. But I have no experience and probably won't be able to pick which one I get so it's mostly a hypothetical question.

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A company wont let that company driver sit long. having to.pay the driver breakdown pay plus losing money on the freight...it makes no business sense. once the truck demonstrates too many issues, the driver is switched to a new truck. so you are truly over thinking this.

For lease ops, its different and jist one more problem and risk of leasing.

Ok thanks. I typically do over think things.

Posted:  7 months, 2 weeks ago

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Equipment

Im 6ft 320 lbs . I have heard that freightliners have a taller cab that's easier to stand up in. Also, though a company might maintain their equipment, if one model is more prone to breakdowns, that means the driver might be spending more time at the shop to have a maintained truck. But I have no experience and probably won't be able to pick which one I get so it's mostly a hypothetical question.

Posted:  7 months, 2 weeks ago

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Equipment

Just out of curiosity, I would like to know what make and model of semi is the best in terms of comfort, controls, durability, and longevity. I was wandering around YouTube and heard a guy claim that freightliners breakdown more often than Pete's or is because their built with less sturdy construction . Not trying to start WW3 just wanting a general consensus. When I was working the truck gate, the Pete's and kws and occasionally a Volvo would catch my eye as an impressive looking truck but I'm not going for looks. The two companies I'm considering use Pete's, freightliners, and internationals.

Posted:  7 months, 2 weeks ago

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I No Longer Want To Drive A Truck

Found Aaron P's training diary . On of 7 of 23 and it has been very insightful! Thanks for the suggestion! Makes me even more anxious to get started. Trying not to wish my life away in anticipation of January.

Posted:  7 months, 2 weeks ago

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I No Longer Want To Drive A Truck

Yes, read training diaries. You will see the struggles we all had. You will have some too. Best of luck. What company and division did you pick?

Wil Trans which is to my limited knowledge a reefer only company. The decision was between them and Roehl. But the only advantages roehl had were multiple types of freight and maybe more miles. I'd say 95% of the employee reviews were positive. And most of the negative reviews were very obviously drigruntlrd former iemployees. If anyone has had any experience with them please share. Wil Trans has some arrangement with prime which is funny to me cause I almost went with prime a while back and I'll potentially be pulling their trailers for about the same money. The only downside in Wil Trans is the two weeks without pay. Roehl pays from day 1 as I understand. But that's typical for me when starting a new job. Know more specifics in January. Can't wait!

Posted:  7 months, 2 weeks ago

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I No Longer Want To Drive A Truck

So now I've got my company and division picked. I'm working through the cdl prep course on here as well. Is there anything else that I can do or anything else I should research or study to prepare myself? Thanks!

Posted:  7 months, 3 weeks ago

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Roehl or Wil Trans

Glad to find this thread! Oddly enough, I to have decided that my decision is between roehl and jim palmer/Wil trans. Thanks again!

Posted:  7 months, 3 weeks ago

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I No Longer Want To Drive A Truck

Went back and read this thread. Trucking has always been a dream of mine even when I was riding a tricycle. If all goes as planned , I should be starting school in Jan or Feb of 2019 pending a medical exam that I need to complete my dot physical.

Posted:  7 months, 3 weeks ago

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Fit for trucking

Umm...that last part is definitely not true. Continuously running your engine doesn’t mean fuel efficiency. Right now, I’m surrounded by trucks continuously running their engines...all night. But I think I understand what you mean. Some call it; keeping the left door closed.

Btw; who cares what people think if you’re doing exercises in your cab? I’ve seen butt cracks, people changing clothes, exercising, and even Muslim prayers. Some carry dumbbells or exercise bands. Also, some companies have work-out rooms at their terminals you can use.

Ok thanks for the correction . I know nothing about diesel engines. Thanks for all the advice .

Posted:  7 months, 3 weeks ago

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Trucking Dog

I have a miniature poodle he doesn't like long trips in cars Was wondering if there would be a difference in ride in a big rig.

Posted:  7 months, 3 weeks ago

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Puppies/Dogs on the road questions

I love rescue dogs, it's like "they know" you rescued them. I don't believe in buying dogs there are too many puppy mills and overbred mothers out there...but I will not get on that subject...it makes my bp go up.

"Bail Money" ( in my profile pic) is a rescue. His size is going to be an issue I'm aware and I'm stressing because there was not enough research on size limits allowed on trucks. I'm stuck between a rock and hard place and trying to find some wiggle room. Hopefully there will be a happy ending to this story. We will see.

Jim palmer/Wil trans have no fees or size restrictions listed. Might wanna check just to be sure.

Posted:  7 months, 3 weeks ago

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Fit for trucking

Thanks for the link, it validated what my searches were telling me. 32 laps around 18 wheeler is a mile - who woulda thunk it! So I will be getting some quality persistence band and maybe a kettle ball once i get truckin in Jan or Feb of 2019.

Posted:  7 months, 3 weeks ago

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Fit for trucking

You can probably find some helpful information in our Wiki section. Try Following This Link and see what you come up with. You can also do a search in the search bar at the top of this page. It only searches our site and just the word "exercise" will give you a ton of things to look at. I'm sure you can narrow down the search by wording it more specifically.

Thanks! As to why it is not practical well your not always going to be near a fit club and stopping like that takes time away from your clock that a driver can't always afford. Also, if my company maps a route for me, they are not going to be happy if I break from route just to do pushups that I can do at my destination. Maybe I'm wrong but I look at it the same as I look at the drivers who stop at every truck stop and attraction. If you have extra time to burn great. But if you don't, the stops will cost you. This is why some truckers pee in bottles - to avoid the downtime. Also, the longer you continuously run your engine the more fuel efficient you'll be. Right?

Posted:  7 months, 3 weeks ago

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Fit for trucking

According to what I know about trucking, it is not logical or even practical to expect to be able to stop at a fitness club everyday or even to visit a fitness room at a truck stop. So aside from doing laps around the truck or risking people getting the wrong idea when I'm doing in cab exercises what are some ways i can exercise and keep fit while trucking? Any ideas are helpful. And yes I know that flatbedding is the most physically active driving profession, but I dont want to go flatbed. Thanks again!

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