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    Des Moines, IA

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    Preparing For School

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Stickers's Bio

27 years old, Iowa Native, and Army Vet. Served in Iraq in a Combat Logistics Unit (Truck Company).

Have worked as a trailer mechanic in the trucking industry for 1 major flatbed carrier and for a two other small companies. I am also a Welder as that was my Primary M.O.S. in the Army and have worked in that field on and off for about 8 years. I Also have my Diploma in Motorcycle and small engine repair.

I will be attending truck driving school Summer of 2016 and am planning on going OTR for my first 1-2 years or more. I will be the 2nd generation Truck Driver in my family. My plan is to go flatbed.

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Posted:  1 year, 1 month ago

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So I got a important question regarding training with the different transmissions and such..

Right Kurt I would be doing it twice. I thought that might be unlikely but if I do switch in 6 months to a year then like you said I would just need some hours behind the wheel of a manual as I have used manual trucks before. I had a trailer just not fully loaded. One thing I do know is that when you are going down a hill, with a manual tranny you had better make sure that it is in like 8th or 9th if you are headed down a steep grade or 3rd or 4th if it is super steep. I'm talking in 10 speed manual tranny type. 18 speed I may have to go look for a class on it or maybe get my Dad to train me a little cause I know that he has driven those from what I remember. I am leaning more to the Kenworths or the Peteebilts here in the future 6-12 months out, just because I know I have heard of their reliability. I eventually want to haul heavy equipment or flatbed so the extra gears may be of use and at the same time if I find a 12 or 15 speed then might go with that but I think they are rare. Thanks Kurt for the advice.

It is my personal belief that anyone coming into the industry should either learn and test on a manual to obtain a CDL or take the first opportunity to learn how to drive a manual when they get it. I am a little bias because my truck driving school taught me using 10 speeds and later a 13. I then worked for a O/O who had all 10 speeds and one super 10. I think it is important because although many fleets/companies are going to all automatics the change is not industry wide. For someone who is thinking of possibly changing companies in the future this could be a hinderance.

I can tell you right now that the two most common transmissions on the road are automatics and 10 speeds. You are onto something about having extra gears for heavy haul applications. using a 13 or an 18 speed is beneficial for pulling up big hills when you are heavy. You are not constantly hunting for a gear that is too slow or not enough RPM. You have the ability to "split" gears and maximize your engines RPMS.

easiest thing to remember about driving a 10 speed is that whatever gear you want to be in or need to be in you should add the numbers of your current speed or speed you should be at and your sum will be the gear you need to be in. Example: I am travelling at 25 MPH and I lost my gear so I am coasting in neutral. If I add 2+5 that equals 7. So at 25 MPH I should be in 7th gear.....get your RPMS to 1000 and put er in the hole! You would be surprised how well that works.

Also, if you are going down a steep grade, you should be one gear lower than what you climbed it in. And if you happen to find yourself at the crest of Monteagle, TN they have big sign telling you what gear you should use according to your gross. :)

All of this info aside I will say there has been times (5pm on a Friday in Chicago or Houston) I wish to all that is holy I had an automatic. And I am no super trucker by any means, I still grind gears and drop some colorful language in the process every now and then. I also float the gears and only use the clutch when I am stopping and starting, sometimes when I don't have enough rpms built up I give it a tap to pull it out of gear too. This is all stuff I picked up on my own after school however.

If you are interested in relocating to Iowa and pulling a refer to Texas and back every week my company has expressed interest in putting someone in either a Pete 587 or KW T660 with 13 speeds and cummins engines. They are willing to give refresher courses to guys who don't have a lot of experience with manuals so long as we can insure you.

Posted:  1 year, 4 months ago

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I need help with a short girl problem

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Problem I see is that you are training for stick. You could drive an automatic, of course, but would you want to? If you hate automatics, then you will be unhappy driving what your wife was trained to drive, if she got an automatic-only limitation on her license.

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Is there a company that would hire just with the auto endorsement ?

Posted:  1 year, 4 months ago

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I have so much to learn. I know I could Google but would rather it hear it from one of you guys....

Worth noting: When I worked there they did everything in their power to get you home, but occasionally (very rarely) things would happen. Sometimes you would get home on the weekend, but not long enough for a 34 (i.e. get home Saturday afternoon and have to leave Sunday afternoon). Sometimes you would just have to a run a weekend. Also, sometimes you might WANT to run a weekend here or there to make extra money. So while typically you won't have to worry about it, still know it because it will come up from time to time.

Does TMC allow you to recap from your previous week if you choose to stay out? Or if you cannot be home long enough to take a 34?

Posted:  1 year, 4 months ago

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Truck customizing questions

Ive noticed some KWs on the roads have some snorkal looking attachments to their air intakes. Are they useful? What is their purpose? Do they create a massive blindspot?

I also wanted to know your opinions on the top 3 absolutely rediculous modification you have seen or heard about. I know truck mods are quite diverse and can range from subtle to "HEY IM HERE!" from over a mile away.

The snorkels you are talking about do serve a purpose depending on their height. Typically, a snorkel that is raised above the cab is to eliminate excess road dust getting kicked into the air intake. This is especially useful if your truck runs a lot of dirt roads and or runs in convoys with other trucks that can send up big clouds of dust. They probably do create a blind spot depending on the truck it is installed on but much like driving a long hood Pete..... You might not see as well as a sloped nose Freightliner but you get used to it. I have never personally seen a snorkel affixed to KW's side mounted air cleaners but if it only sits on top of the stock air cleaners then it most likely just for looks and only serves as a cowl. You do however see a lot of snorkels on the Aussie road trains as they have to tackle hundreds of miles of thick, red, dusty roads. And you do see them in Military applications as well.

This isn't my picture but I seen a lot of these armored International tractors running around Iraq when i was there in 2008. They were used by civilian contractors hauling oil out of the fields in the southern parts of the country. Notice the air cleaners on them, they actually have a "pre-filter" called a cyclone that has a spinning apparatus that rotates even when they are shut off to spin out sand before they can clog up the filters. armored International truck used by the military in Iraq

As for top 3 ridiculous mods? I guess it really is all to opinion. One driver might say he or she cannot live without something on their truck while another driver may think it is totally ridiculous. However......

1. The mega huge, metal CB antennas that have the coil in them. I am told they can handle up to 2000 watts of power.....good luck getting your truck/radio to make that.

2. Those big ARI 140" + sleepers. I get that they are probably super awesome to live in especially for those guys who are on the road for 6 weeks at a time but whenever I see them I can't help but think that you cannot haul ANYTHING over 20k LBS and I assume the drivers who have them do little to no backing. Makes for a comfortable but useless tractor IMO.

3. Some of ultra flashy, custom paint, drop visor, drop bumper show queen trucks I have seen in person and online. Some of them are so over the top with so many custom "one off" parts on them that I can't help but laugh when the owners claim they put down 2000+ miles a week in them with a reefer on it. I've pulled reefer loads out of paved lots that would completely tare off some of those low slung bumpers and and side steps with neon lights attached. There is no way I would run a rig with parts that cannot be readily replaced out on the road. And I also believe a working truck can still be a sexy piece of machinery without staying up all night worrying about who is trying to back into the spot next to you.

Posted:  1 year, 4 months ago

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So I am Wondering What Your Favorite Truck is and Why?!

My favorite truck to drive is the one I use every day, 2016 Cascadia 113 w/52" sleeper. This example is one of about 8 non-smoking trucks the slip-seat crew uses on the Walmart account. The SMURFs are not much to look at, however they’re really great to drive. For the type of work I do, requiring numerous backs (at times 8 per day) and tight quarter maneuvering, it's the perfect setup maximizing driver performance. The shorter wheelbase and tighter turning radius enable quick work of the myriad of complex backing situations faced on the WM account. It's also lighter than the condo sleepers, allowing for a heavier 46k+ payload that typically occurs on backhauls of milk, soft drinks, water or other beverages. Would not trade it for anything,...it's a money maker and that's what really counts.

1442588992.6513.jpg1442588993.5179.jpg Now for my favorite trucks to look at? A whole different kettle of fish. Quick back story, I joined the National Historic Truck Society about 20 years ago and became an avid photographer of restored trucks like the B-61 schoolbus sleeper Dragon posted earlier in this thread. Attending about a dozen and national meets has afforded me a photo collection with examples of just about every truck manufacturer in the last 75 years. So, yes I gravitate to the older stuff from the 50s, 60s, and 70s. I have had the pleasure to drive a few of these older beasts,…and without getting into details I am thankful for current technology specifically suspensions, transmissions, and yes air conditioning. But to me, there is nothing quite like the sound of a Detroit 12V92T-2 cycle diesel exhaust note resonating through twin-stacks…unmistakable.

So below is my favorite dump truck of all time. Dump configurations will always have a special place in my heart because at the ripe young age of 18, my first truck driving experience was in a dump truck, a single screw 1968 R-190 all-wheel drive with only a power assist on the steering. A workout. I then learned how to drive a 10-speed twin screw 1974 International Fleetstar 2070A, an original IHC truck before the re-org. The Robin Egg blue Pete is my ultimate dump truck…built in 1970, it’s a 359 wide nose dump & transfer box trailer combo. Owned by John Guss of Salt Lake City Utah I photographed this truck about 16 years ago when the ATHS had their National Meet at Valley Forge PA. I shot every truck that day, over 200. The photos do not do it justice. Many of the owners flatbed their prizes but John drove his from Utah with a following vehicle.

1482674354.033.jpg1482677924.6079.jpg More of my favorites to follow…enjoy.

G-Town,

I'm glad to know that you are not only a trucker but a truck enthusiast....AND A DETROIT FAN!!!

I honestly tell the other young guys that if they have never heard the roar of a 2 stroke Detroit then they must you tube some runners that have those power plants. Not to mention the old 2 strokers were the soundtrack of Rubber Ducks Mack and the Western Star Gobblin Truck in Maximum Overdrive.

I think it is really neat they allocated some set back axle tractors for your account, that says miles about how well your FM's listen to their drivers IMO. I only ever see them pulling tankers around but man, those things can damn near get at a 90 like a cab over! Running some of the grocery store accounts up here with a columbia that had its 5th wheel permanently stuck in the far hole made for some difficult backs. Had to throw the steers over the curb more times than I can count....Not all of us have daycabs!

I think someday I am going to buy and restore an old single axle tractor. Considering the massive startup cost and commitment to be an O/O I really just want the toy. Perhaps a W900A if I could find one but anything with a 2 stroke, big butterfly hood, and 5+4 twinstick ought to be a fun beast to take the misses out to dinner in HAHA!!

P.S. Ever make it to Walcott? I got made it there this last summer and got some really good pictures at the show and in the museum.

Posted:  1 year, 4 months ago

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First 6 months in trucking pictures and video

Thanks for the replies everyone. I have decided to move on from the O/O I was driving for but I with the OTR experience I have now the job market is a little more promising. I will be sure to keep everyone updated! Happy Holidays!

Posted:  1 year, 4 months ago

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So I am Wondering What Your Favorite Truck is and Why?!

I noticed gliders were mentioned, i thought glider kits were banned from cali? As well as older model trucks without emission systems?

I am not entirely sure but I think anything that does not meet the 2000-2007 emissions requirement cannot run in California. Most gliders are built with rebuilt engines pre dating this emission laws so they do not have to have DEF systems. S long story short, yes, they probably are banned. At least cannot be registered in the state. Just don't have one break down on you the wrong side Nevada.

Posted:  1 year, 4 months ago

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I need to decide between Prime, Schneider or Maverick

I'd say go be a tanker yanker. That way you get the endorsements and experience. I've been pulling a reefer since I started and there really isn't much to other than how to set the reefer to whatever you are carrying (basically push some buttons) and put fuel in it. Not much different than dry van as far loading, unloading, and driving characteristics.

Once you learn how to back one trailer you can do em all IMO. You can always revert back to pulling a box around if that opportunity arises. And I think Schneider has a lot of great dedicated tanker accounts that give good pay/bonuses.

I have only experienced tanker surge once hauling totes of pesticide inside my van...holy cow!

Posted:  1 year, 4 months ago

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First 6 months in trucking pictures and video

Have had a lot of experiences in my last 6 months so here are some of my pictures! I made a youtube video too, enjoy!

Squeezing an empty trailer into a spot at the packing plant in my first tractor.bright blue semi-truck tractor trailer backed into tight spot inches awaybright blue semi-truck tractor trailer backed into tight spot inches away

Pete 379 loaner truck I used for a week.black Peterbilt 379 at fuel island

view from the Pete waiting to get loaded by grain cart. truck driver's view out the windshield of Peterbilt 379

Combine fire this harvest season.....it was supposed to load me when I got there :( farm combine on fire in wheat field

My black Freightliner that I upgraded to.black freightliner and red Volvo bobtail sitting in parking lot

Picking up at a pumpkin patch right before Halloween 2016semi-truck picking up pumpkins at a pumpkin patch for Halloween

VERY tight dock north of St.Louis grabbing a back haul of eggs to take home.semi-truck picking up a load of eggs

Just came over Monteagle, TN and snapped this pic before bedtime at the fireworks shop before heading through Chattanooga the next morning. And no I didn't beat rush hour lol. picture of a fireworks store at night in Tennessee

My last fill up before heading home last week. I had just sat North of St. Louis for several hours on HWY 61 due to glare ice/ freezing drizzle. I decided to take a 10 hour break rather than drive all the way back to central Iowa and got this picture the next morning. The whole lot as well as my entire tractor was sheet of ice. black Freightliner filling up at fuel island after ice storm

And my super trucker selfie! young truck drivers selfie in the cab of his truck

And here is the YouTube link for the video!

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=v8iGWs-UQuI

Merry Christmas everyone!

Posted:  1 year, 4 months ago

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So I am Wondering What Your Favorite Truck is and Why?!

Stickers...the black Freightshaker is a sweet looking ride. I gotta agree, the "go lime" Pete is a serious head turner. Most of my upper body and outerware wardrobe is that color...LOL

Thanks for sharing the great photos.

Thank you sir!

Posted:  1 year, 4 months ago

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So I am Wondering What Your Favorite Truck is and Why?!

I have always wanted to know what SEMI truck you truck drivers like the most and the reason behind it. I know there are a lot of opinions out there so let's see what truck gets the most likes! Let the opinions come in!

Also if you want go ahead and add the year and model of the truck you like in the discription! Thanks.

If I may..............

My most favorite truck I driven so far was the one I asked to be assigned to., It is an 07 Columbia, 14L Detroit. Loved the power of this thing! The short sleeper made it nice for backing and the only thing it can't pass is the truck stop. black freightliner and red Volvo bobtail sitting in parking lot

And I have to give this old Pete an honorable mention, drove it for a week while the Freightliner was in the shop. This thing had a super 10 transmission and straight pipes and man was it LOUD! Made for a fun a trip! I have to say this is most INTERESTING truck I have driven, nice smooth ride too! black Peterbilt 379 fueling up at fuel island

And If I were to win the lottery or come into some kind of money I would definitely buy my own truck in cash! And if I were to do so I would have to pick up one of these beautiful, slime green 389's from Fitzgerald Gliders. You can get them with the big bull hauler pipes and my beloved Detroit 60! slime green 389 semi truck from Fitzgerald Gliders

Posted:  1 year, 4 months ago

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'Violent' criminal history and getting hired as a truck driver?

Hey Seadragon and everyone else!

So it has been 6 months since I last got on the forum here and I did Indeed find employment! Posting the results of my job search considering my criminal history has been something I have been meaning to do here for quite some time.

Anyways, I graduated truck driving school July of this year. After speaking to several of the large companies and getting turned down I went back to what I have always known and that was to post my resume on Craigslist. My CL ad was found and I was picked up by an O/O in August who owns about 4 trucks and runs them through various brokerage services. I got one day of "training" and was turned loose with my assigned tractor. Since August I have run all over my home state of Iowa, The Midwest, Texas, and Georgia. I have been pulling a 53' refer hauling groceries and frozen pork mostly as well as a grain hopper this last fall. I have plenty of pictures that I will probably post later.

Since I have been driving I have actually received two other job offers by other O/Os / small fleet owners. And I did actually speak to a recruiter at Trans Am but I was hired before I could make it all the way through the application process with them.

Now, for anyone else reading this who is looking for a truck driving job I have to give my own personal disclaimer, I was not totally thrown to the wolves as soon as a I started. Upon my interview with the O/O and stated in my resume I DO have experience driving tractor-trailers in city traffic and other environments via the Military which was a concern for the owner. And on a few of my first runs I was in constant contact over the phone with the owner asking specifics about handling bills, truck maintenance, etc. So I may have not gone out with a trainer for several weeks but my limited prior experience and my resources were still there. And yes, I was given a driving test. Luckily, his trucks were the same model of Freightliner w/10 spd that I trained on in school with the exception of a long hood Pete 379 with a super 10 that I used a for couple days while my tractor was getting repaired.

To sum up what I have learned as far as finding a job in this industry with a criminal record is to have a solid resume and put out there where potential employers can find it. Have full disclosure on your criminal history when you are contacted as to not waste your time or anyone else's. And being able to provide a solid, professional interview over the phone and in person is a pro as well.

There is many other forums and job boards around the internet that have want ads by Owner Operators who are looking for drivers for their trucks. Since they are not a huge conglomerate with corporate policies in place they tend to be more lenient with criminal history and from what I found it is usually what they are personally comfortable with and the requirements of their insurance carrier that will be the main factors in hiring you. This is of course if they are not currently leasing their trucks through one of the aforementioned companies. Better to find an O/O who has their own authority and gets freight through a brokerage service, has their own trailers, and or brokers their own freight.

Oddly enough as I write this I am currently unemployed however I am not to worried about it. I decided that the particular gentleman I was driving for was not going to work out for me. Since I started with him I have had several mechanical/ maintenance issues with his equipment ranging from being stranded on the side of the road to minor safety violations. Because of this I made the decision early this week that I am going to move on. I was asked to take a load out Monday with an exhaust leak, no wipers, and some lights out after I reported the issues and my truck had sat in the yard all weekend to get fixed. I figured throwing in the towel now was better than risking my safety, others safety, the attention from the DOT, and just the general headache of worn equipment. From what I understand this happens at big fleets too and the guy I was driving for gave me a great opportunity and told me I have job there if I ever want to come back. So I do not want to publicly blast him to much, just wish more attention was given to his trucks. I had a pretty good interview this week with a local alcohol distributor and the pay matches what I was making OTR not to mention being home every night. I also still have multiple contacts to get back into trucking OTR if need be. I should be getting more info after the holiday so I will see how everything plays out. I have 6 months of experience now so that seems to be a highlight for some local gigs I have talked with.

- Sorry for the long update, I hope this helps with anyone who is looking for a driving job with a criminal history.

-Stickers.

Posted:  1 year, 11 months ago

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Past Underage Consumption and Trucking?

After reading this i contacted company i plan on going with about dismissed charges cause i didnt disclose them. Why would u have to disclose something that you're not guilty of. Just absurd in my opinion. Anyway they told me they didnt need that information just guilty convictions.

On your application you need to put what you were convicted of of course unless they ask otherwise. I have seen some applications (not in trucking) that asked for you to list any time you were arrested. Every place is different. Rainy D. had commented on another thread that Prime had given her a big fuss when she got hired due to a BS domestic charge that was supposed to be expunged but Prime said it was a "complaint" and just had some kind of issue with it.

I assume with the high turnover rate of the trucking industry these companies are looking at your history to see how many run ins with the law you have had regardless if the charges stuck or not. If you have had a a lot time interacting with cops and judges most people will start to question your integrity.

Remember, these companies are looking at your to drive $200,000 + worth of their equipment and their customers freight unsupervised through the United States. If you have had a history being arrested for (charged with) theft you are probably not the best candidate for the job in their eyes regardless of what was proven in court (convicted of).

That is just how the cookie crumbles unfortunately.

Posted:  1 year, 11 months ago

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Past Underage Consumption and Trucking?

Okay guys I have a question. I already have my CDL through a private school and already have a couple offers on the table but the main company I want to work for is Melton Truck Lines. When I was 20, I got into a little bit of trouble. I was arrested and charged with an Underage Consumption, but after a few months of court it was dismissed and I was to pay court costs. I've been upfront with everything. Even though it was dismissed I knew it would be better to tell them. The other companies had no problem with it, but the Melton recruiter said that she would have to send it to their attorneys to look at it. My question is do any of you think this would disqualify me or should I be okay since it was dismissed? I've done my research and Melton is definitely the company I want to work for and I like everything they have to offer. I'm 24 now just so you know.

So far in my hunt for my future employer Melton was the one that I was on the phone with for the least amount of time due to my criminal record. Everyone I have talked to seemed to want to work with my record to a degree but Melton wanted nothing to do with it. Their website states that that you cannot have a misdemeanor or felony within the last 6 years. the gal I talked to made it sound like they were not interested in ANY criminal background in the last 6 years.

If you want to know exactly how your criminal record looks I would get the certified copy of it from your county DPS office. That arrest you have shows up on it regardless if the charges stuck, trust me on that. It will also say what you were charged with AND convicted with.

I was interested In driving for Melton or Keim TS so I could go rollerskatin in one of those blue KW's but after coming here and talking with everyone as well as looking at all the company reviews I realized that I could obtain my goals elsewhere. At this point I am really leaning towards Maverick and their U.S. Flatbed Div as everyone who has anything to say about them has been genuinely happy there. They also factor you criminal history with your work history to make their decision on you too, nothing is an automatic DQ.

best of luck!

Posted:  1 year, 11 months ago

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Curiousity of the normal

The human body needs a place that is cool, dark, and quiet to get adequate rest. Ambient background noise can make you want to sleep as well i.e. the drone of your motor going down the highway. Having the optimum sleeping conditions even if you are well rested can make anyone nod off ( I always fall asleep on planes for the same reasons).

I always keep my eyes moving around, listen to something on the stereo that is not a constant rhythm (sorry classic rock), and crack to window every now and then to change the temp of the cab / inside of the car.

And like is has already been said, just pulling over to check your lights, do a walk around, or just walking across the rest area parking lot can do wonders.

This doesn't just apply to trucking but anyone marathon driving. I think have seen more youth group/ church vans in the ditch than tractor trailers because of dosing off.

Posted:  1 year, 11 months ago

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'Violent' criminal history and getting hired as a truck driver?

Stickers I have a little more time to thoroughly respond to your post.

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Stickers has a basic request for his future trainers hygiene:

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Comments like that are starting to make me think you are trying to chase me away.

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Not sure why you are starting to think that, but to reiterate, totally false. I am trying to give you information that is relevant to addressing your concern. What I wrote in response to your point about "stinky trainers" was the truth, offering a solution for handling it, and if you read my words it's obvious (at least to me and Errol) that not only do I understand but I agree with you. At no time did I imply that your concern was invalid, unfounded, or in "poor taste".

No one in any of the companies that most of this forum membership work for or have worked for, would expect a trainee be subjected to a foul and dirty trainer. In fact all of the companies I know of want all of their drivers to project a professional appearance and demeanor that includes basic hygiene. Bottom line if your trainer smells like the cat house at the zoo, avoid tossing your cookies and request a replacement.

Your concern although valid, IMO should not be a deterrent from pursuing trucking as a career.

It won't be a deterrent and thank for clearing that up, sorry for the assumption.

I and I think we all have heard/ read the horror stories about bad trainers. It honestly is the biggest concern I have at the moment all though I do not focus highly on it as it is only small chapter in my future career. I like to think most people who have a genuine problem with their trainer is something it is more of personal indifference that stems from having to live in someone else's space for the first in their (trainee) life.

I am not a woman and I am a smoker so I anticipate being able to get a in a training truck at the first opportunity made available I hope.

Posted:  1 year, 11 months ago

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'Violent' criminal history and getting hired as a truck driver?

Stickers has a basic request for his future trainers hygiene:

Comments like that are starting to make me think you are trying to chase me away.

Look, I was in the Army for 4 years to include an deployment in Iraq. When I was there I essentially lived inside of the cab of an armored HEMMTT wrecker with my truck commander, it was a space no bigger than the inside of full size pickup truck cab + radios and other equipment necessary for our mission. Also during my career I cannot recall a time I was no farther 5 feet from another person either working, eating, showering, or sleeping. Through all of that the only thing that could ever possibly irritate you during those times of close quarters with another human is if they emitted so kind of bodily smell. Lets not kid ourselves, even the most uninformed person could observe a Pilot parking lot and probably see 2-3 individuals who have poor or just a serious lack of hygiene skills. My only hope is to not be stuck with one of said individuals. I understand that I can call my company and tell them that I would like another trainer yes but I DEFINITELY DO NOT want to start my career with a reputation of complaining. If my future trainer is a complete slob and posses a risk to my health then I will make the call, you bet. More importantly if they are ineffective at training someone who is going to be piloting a 80,000 lbs missile down the highway then absolutely I will call and request someone else. Outside of those two parameters I can take the punches. I have had to deal with a lot of undesirable people in my life, some of them signed my paychecks and some of them were way above my pay grade, I refuse to be labeled as a complainer.

So with all that being said is really to difficult to imagine someone not wanting to be in the close confines of truck for 6 weeks with someone who smells due to poor hygiene? Or is it seen in poor taste to have that kind of standard in the trucking industry?

Posted:  1 year, 11 months ago

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Staffing Agency CDL Jobs?

Hey Stickers...I completely agree with OS. Based upon what I have read in your posts, I believe OTR is your initial preference, specifically flatbed. Fairly easy to land a local job once you have a year of OTR experience. That said, I don't know if anyone has forwarded the 3 Trinity links of TT. These are applicable to folks seriously considering this as a career:

I strongly believe the first two links help establish a base of knowledge necessary for setting reasonable expectations going forward. The High Road training program is a computer based program that is highly recommended for enabling a passing grade on the CDL Permit exams. Keep asking the questions,...that's what we are here for.

OH I AM ABSOLUTELY GOING OTR!!!

I was already aware (not trying to be a know it all) that local outfits much rather take folks coming off of OTR rather than anything else. I was just wondering why an OTR company would look at you as having little to no experience if you had been driving for a a local place 9-5 everyday?

I am single, I have no kids, I like to travel, and I like to drive....Pretty sure there is OTR job with my name on it. I am going to get some OTR experience in for at least a year or two and try to save up for a down payment on a house since I have no rent to speak of. Just a Harley Payment :)

Posted:  1 year, 11 months ago

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Staffing Agency CDL Jobs?

The insurance carriers, who are ultimately the ones who determine which drivers the trucking companies are allowed to hire, have determined that OTR driving should be the gold standard for going through the paces and learning how to handle this job in a safe manner.

II kind of figured as much, perhaps the insurance companies see it that you get more miles in a year being OTR than local?

Just a couple weeks ago I interviewed for a part time mechanic position at a small trucking company (10 trucks tops) while I am attending CDL school and the OWNER told me the school would be a waste of time because HE learned how to drive by just jumping in a truck and having someone tell him how to drive it...... That must have been back in the golden years.

I think he would have a pretty rude awakening if his business went belly up and had to go drive a truck for someone else tomorrow. Then again, I think is goal was to talk me out of driving so he could gain a mechanic full time....sorry dude, been there, done that :)

Posted:  1 year, 11 months ago

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'Violent' criminal history and getting hired as a truck driver?

and the last was so horrible I have to go for blood tests every 3 mos.

Care to elaborate on that??????

And as far as trainers go I am really hoping I get someone I simply "click" with so I can get the full extent of their knowledge. I know its a right of passage and everyone has to do it so I am not going to be the guy on here complaining about my trainer as it only lasts a few weeks. I also made it through basic when I was 17 so I figure couldn't be much worse than that.....As long as they clean and don't smell.

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