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    OH

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    Experienced Driver

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    5 years, 7 months ago

Jerry's Bio

27 and married. Looking forward to the open road.

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Posted:  4 years, 1 month ago

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Any opinions on Knight Transportation

I talked with Knight a few times over the last few days. I am in the process of finishing up the paperwork to get started with them next Monday. However, I have been to a site recently called the Ripoff Report and they do say lots of really bad things about Knight Transportation. However, in these 34 reports, I am wondering, how accurate they are.

this is just my personal experience, but anyone who has been 'released' via various methods from a company are the first ones to badmouth said company. you'll find your best information from people who are currently with the company as well as by using multiple sources of information.

Posted:  4 years, 5 months ago

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Need the truth on Celadon Quality driving school . any truth will help guide and build my confidence.

The way I was explained on how miles are calculated is that PC Miler decides the shortest practical truck route, calculates those miles, then they assign you fuel stops at locations that are in their best interest. The miles you are paid are from post office to post office via shortest practical truck route. This is practical miles. If you want hub miles (aka all the miles the truck turns), you'll need to find a company that offers that. No bigger companies that I have researched pay hub miles. The smaller ones that DO pay hub miles pay at a lower rate than the practical mile companies.

If your hub miles are 100 or more over what you are paid and you followed the route given to you, contact your DM who will make an adjustment based on the miles you drove minus 100 minus the assignment's miles. Example: I am assigned a load that pays 1200 but I drove 1440. They'll subtract 100 miles from the 1440, and subtract the assignment's miles (1200) leaving a result of 140, which is what they'll submit for you to get paid.

I hate it. I disagree with it. In all fairness if I am forced to detour because of emergency construction or whatever else (like the 50 mile detour in denver a couple weeks ago because of some bike race) I want to be paid, but to be frank, the company's policy on it doesn't care.

Posted:  4 years, 9 months ago

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So, I listen to Sirius Channel 128...

It's a trucker's radio channel, interesting stuff. Late night, there's a program that's on that pairs two random drivers live on the air and they have a conversation. It's designed to pass the time at night.

One night, a couple guys started a conversation...

Guy 1: So what are ya haulin tonight? Guy 2: Ass. Guy 1: Huh? Guy 2: Did ya hear me? Guy 1: I dont think so. I asked what you were haulin. Guy 2. I said ass. I'm hauling ass. Guy 1: Oh. Guy 2: You dont know what that means? Guy 1: No I guess I dont.

I laughed for fifteen minutes at that.

Posted:  4 years, 9 months ago

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Fifth wheel sliding

I learned how to slide the fifth wheel from a Prime driver. Met another Prime driver today who is in a KW T680, a truck I'm about to get in mid-May. Both of them very cool guys. Today's Prime driver was a flatbedder, and the one who explained how to move the fifth wheel was a dry van driver.

I've heard stories about how guys have sat there and watched a new driver snap his driveshaft in half because he didn't drop his gear before trying to slide the fifth wheel. Spooked me, because my codriver was doing exactly what the other driver who snapped his driveshaft did. I personally have always slid the fifth wheel the proper way and when I am done I even pull the release arm and pull forward a couple feet then turn the suspension dump switch off and hook to the trailer just so I know its done right and I don't have to worry about hooking up wrong.

Posted:  4 years, 9 months ago

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Pardon my venting on CDL applications......

I'm just assuming here, Minnie, but here goes.

I applied to Roehl months ago. They emailed me telling me my credit score wasnt good enough for them and I ended up taking a hard inquiry on my credit - something I've been trying to fix for two years now.

As far as being female, I know Celadon hires women and they have woman trainers, so you shouldn't have a problem with that. There's mixed reviews about their school though, I went through it but they've changed things in the few months that I've been out here on the road. I do know that the students just got a brand new 2.5 million dollar building they get to stay in while they're in school - something that wasn't even offered to existing drivers until after the building was opened and still not openly offered to us. When it boils down to it though, I have to admit that as a whole I am happy here because they don't fail to get me home on the days I ask for and the money is pretty good.

Posted:  4 years, 9 months ago

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Truckers Texting

4 wheelers. thats what i get for typing in the dark ...

I see 1-2 out of every 5 3 wheelers in the hammer lane flying by me not even paying attention to where they're going because facebook is more important to them than keeping control of their car going 70+, VERY aggravating. Kinda makes one want to blow their air horn just to get their attention OFF of the phone...

Posted:  4 years, 9 months ago

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Truckers Texting

I see 1-2 out of every 5 3 wheelers in the hammer lane flying by me not even paying attention to where they're going because facebook is more important to them than keeping control of their car going 70+, VERY aggravating. Kinda makes one want to blow their air horn just to get their attention OFF of the phone...

Posted:  4 years, 10 months ago

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The restaurant in TA/Petro that offers second plate

I'm a hungry guy sometimes and was wondering what the name of the restaurant is that's inside these stations that offers a second plate free if the first one didn't fill you up. I know its only select locations and I'm pretty sure only from one restaurant but maybe someone with more wisdom on the road can tell me? Thanks.

Posted:  4 years, 10 months ago

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Driving for Celadon

I'm currently with Western Express but am considering a new start. One of the companies that I'm looking into is Celadon,

I'd like to know if the drivers with this company are happy and/or the around? Because if the turn around is low, that speaks for itself,,, right? lol

I wanna know if this company has a lot of freight? Do you sit a lot, is there good mileage, hometime, and benefits, is the equipment reliable and how the drivers are treated

Personal experience only, ymmv. Solo was not good for me, I only average 1500 miles a week and was ran regional at an OTR rate. Was not pleased.

Team driving on the other hand comes with a couple perks, such as brand new KW T680s they're getting next month that are for all teams, and I do know they put fridges and inverters in the team trucks. They offer a bonus check once a month for all miles driven once you pass the threshold of 17k miles, and the bonus is for all miles you complete that month. The pay is better, there seems to be much more freight for teams and we found ourselves rarely sitting unless we went into canada, because the customs process is AWESOME. They make a good effort to get you home on time, and you earn 1 day off for every 7 you stay out. benefits, well, my best recommendation would be to call a recruiter. They don't match 401k investments at all, I do know that. The healthcare I was offered priced at 3x what I'm paying for the same coverage. That's about all I have for ya though because in all honesty the benefits don't pique my interest one bit. Again, your experience may/will vary.

Posted:  4 years, 10 months ago

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Internet solutions for OTR

I've been told that paying for t/s wifi access is tax deductible, it's an expense you take on as a driver.

I have Sprint. I have a piece of crap phone that hid that fact until I came over the road and realized that it truly is junk. Reason I feel this way is that no matter where I am, I drop calls and can have full signal and 4G internet yet I drop calls and can't access internet. When I DO have a good connection on 4G it is REALLY fast and it's unlimited, and I've never been throttled and I burn over 50GB/mo. With a decent phone I may be happier, but right now I want to run this thing over. lol.

Posted:  4 years, 10 months ago

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FFE or CELEDON

I have been with Celadon OTR since November and went thru their school and stuff, and have been both solo and team driver with them. I can answer questions you may have.

Posted:  4 years, 10 months ago

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Need the truth on Celadon Quality driving school . any truth will help guide and build my confidence.

Well, if your recruiter is telling you that it's 240,000 team miles then go with that. This is the best answer regarding your question of "why cant they get it right the first time?"

they are having some issues at getting their new training program off the ground. Let's just call it growing pains - they will get past these problems and will eventually get all the kinks worked out, but it does seem they have bitten off more than they knew how to chew for the moment.

i'll gladly answer any more questions you have.

Posted:  4 years, 10 months ago

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Need the truth on Celadon Quality driving school . any truth will help guide and build my confidence.

I will gladly answer your questions the best I can, just please let me know what you want to know and if I don't have an accurate answer I will do my best to get one for ya.

Posted:  4 years, 10 months ago

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Need the truth on Celadon Quality driving school . any truth will help guide and build my confidence.

Nope, apologies for not being clear from the start.

Posted:  4 years, 10 months ago

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Need the truth on Celadon Quality driving school . any truth will help guide and build my confidence.

Celadon tries to offer their teams a couple more amenities compared to solo drivers. Before they decided to bring on 'too many' drivers and run out of trucks, especially 'team' trucks, teams were supposed to have a couple extras provided in their trucks such as a fridge and power inverter. We're actually getting a bunch of KW T680s, one of which I'll be receiving, that are set up specifically for teams. They don't give solo drivers the installed fridge and inverter - just one of many examples of how they favor teams here.

I suppose I should've just went with the 3x longer reply I was going to write out at first.

Posted:  4 years, 10 months ago

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Need the truth on Celadon Quality driving school . any truth will help guide and build my confidence.

You will go through schooling which I think they advertise as taking 6 weeks now instead of 3. Then, you'll attend a 3 day orientation. Then, you will wait to be assigned a trainer who will take you out on the road and train you for six weeks. You are supposed to return to the terminal in Indy every 2 weeks for a review on your progress.

Once you've done the 6 weeks and your trainer feels you're ready to be graduated, you'll return to Indy to do a road test just to prove that you can drive the truck. Then, you'll wait to be assigned a truck. You're expected to find your own teammate if you choose, but if I am not mistaken they can find you one. Yes, they "want" you to do all them miles team driving but if you go out and drive solo while waiting for a teammate, those miles will count as well.

Posted:  4 years, 10 months ago

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Need the truth on Celadon Quality driving school . any truth will help guide and build my confidence.

Hey there, I'm with Celadon right now. I did their contract option and I'll be honest with you, they are so confused with what they're doing. When I signed the contract, it was for 240,000 team miles. That means that in order to fulfill my contract, I have to team drive, and ALL miles the truck turns (actually meaning all miles that you get paid) applies toward your contract. So if you and your teammate are paid for 5792 loaded miles in one week, all 5792 miles count toward your agreement.

The problem began when I finished my training and was told that instead of being paid a set cents per mile for 240,000 miles, I'm now expected to drive for even less cents per mile but for only 120,000 team miles. I was going to be a **** and hold them to their original agreement because when it comes to someone holding a $7200 tuition repayment plan over my head, DONT MESS WITH IT. However, I made them reprint a contract with the lower miles and we signed it, so that kinda worked out.

I'm about 70000 miles through my contract. I can tell you the following piece of advice:

Don't expect to be assigned an actual team truck. You'll likely be given a truck that has no 'team amenities' aside from 2 bunks.

Posted:  4 years, 11 months ago

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Minimum wage and overtime. . . lol!

*insert keyboard-warrior everyone's wrong except for (not) me comment*

:) I really need to read thru everything in more depth when I have more time.

Posted:  4 years, 11 months ago

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I DON'T want to mess with CB Shops, so...

Any tips you could provide in tracing the current ground for my antennae for possible rerouting or regrounding? I'd gladly do that if I haven't toasted these finals yet... :/

Posted:  4 years, 11 months ago

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I DON'T want to mess with CB Shops, so...

I'm pretty good with tech and learning how to do whatever I need to do to make something work, work better, and when I'm mad I know how to make them never work again. That said, I'd like to know if anyone here has some strong knowledge about CB radios and maybe even the model of truck I am using, that could answer my questions:

My Setup: 2013 International Prostar Eagle Midland 9001z CB One Wilson 2000 CB Antenna, screwed into the built in factory antenna mount on driver's mirror One Black-covered antenna with a cap labeled DIESEL

1) Why do I hear my window motors (and God knows what other 'noise') thru my (built-in truck) CB speaker if I turn my squelch all the way down?

2) Some drivers echo pretty bad when they're talking, making me want to just shut the radio off. Is there anything I can do to fix it?

3) Aside from tuning the CB using the instructions I've found of being between 1-1.5 on the SWR meter, are there any other ways I can improve reception quality and broadcast distance?

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