Profile For James Skattebo-Rhoades

James Skattebo-Rhoades's Info

  • Location:
    Boise, ID

  • Driving Status:
    Considering A Career

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  • Joined Us:
    7 years, 6 months ago

James Skattebo-Rhoades's Bio

27 year old Gave up my CDL and that was a mistake looking to get it back and see the country.

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Posted:  2 years, 4 months ago

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Mistake

It was my approach to it last time. Know that I am living with my now husband I feel better. Before I was homesick when I got on the grey dog. But having a laptop and being able to facetime and call I know I won't hit the cycle again. I am looking at company sponsored just because I don't have the money to put up for school at this time.

Posted:  2 years, 4 months ago

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Mistake

Hi All, It has been awhile since I have been here and even posted. I had my CDL from a private school in which was paid for by a grant from the state. I attempted to go on the road a couple of times, only to come back home because things didn't feel right. I gave my CDL up in October 2016, and now feel that I want to go back and do this. Is my best approach to try and go to a Company Sponsored Training? I did get a misdemeanor traffic ticket for something out of my control, in which i paid a fine, and I hope this won't hinder me. Please give me any and all advice you can.

Thanks James

Posted:  4 years, 10 months ago

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Official date

I have my official date to start with Centeral/Swift. I go to Lewiston on Dec. 30 for orientation and then with a mentor. Anyone know what their road test is like?

Posted:  4 years, 10 months ago

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Got accepted to Prime.

It is always hard on moms if there kids are young and leave home. Most moms have the perceptive that truck driving isn't what you should be doing. But hey your an adult, its your choice good-luck.gifgood-luck.gif

Posted:  4 years, 10 months ago

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Stuck...

Where along I-90 U stuck. What state?

Posted:  4 years, 10 months ago

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Mixed opinions

Thanks everyone for your input. I appreciate it all/

Posted:  4 years, 10 months ago

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Mixed opinions

Thanks for the input Ricky and Brett. I am looking forward to actually going through with it this time. My moms brother in law drives regional day cab for Winco Foods, and was telling me it would be best to get out now as you are able to get training on the winter roads. So freight might get slow, but hopefully not enough to where you sit for a week without making miles. I will be going into Central so it might not be a problem

Posted:  4 years, 10 months ago

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Which CDL manual do I study if I'm going to Prime

I say U just need to do trucking truth training. It's the CDL manual in a better format. Everything ur going to see on a test is covered in the TT High Road program.

Posted:  4 years, 10 months ago

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Mixed opinions

So I have had a few people tell me that now is not the time to go on the road for training? Isn't now the best time that way you have expirence with winter roads? I'm going to central/swift and my recruiter time me that U send your drop macro and then u pretty much have ur next load right away. Any swift/central guys wanna assure me of that? My one friend is concerned that there is no freight to move in winter months. Let me know what ur opinions are

Posted:  4 years, 10 months ago

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CB Radio

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*scratches head* I thought trucks came with those already?

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Nope. Have to provide your own.

Is the wiring at least there, or do you have to take it to a company terminal and have it installed?

Posted:  4 years, 10 months ago

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Packing up for school

Have a blast Ben. If you don't understand what they are asking you, clarify. Make sure you understand everything they tell you. When you get in and out of the trucks, always use both hands. Step out backwards. I saw a guy here at a local truck stop break his ankle cause he jumped out and hit a patch of ice. Didn't look to pretty.

Posted:  4 years, 10 months ago

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Gift Ideas

Ok fellow truckers. As I am getting ready to go over the road after the first of the year, I am starting to ask for gifts that I need/ will use on the road. What types of things should I get? I have a few things already like maglite, satellite radio, truckers atlas. I need some ideas. Thanks guys and gals

Posted:  4 years, 10 months ago

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11% Grade - Made Me Pucker!

Did you check to make sure that there were no brown spots in your drawers after? Lol only kidding. That doesn't sound like it was fun. Maybe it would have been better in the daylight for you. Things always look different in day then they do at night. It's interesting how your perception can change so quickly

Posted:  4 years, 10 months ago

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SWIFT

So I completed my first two weeks of training and now I will have two weeks at home before going back for my 3rd week of training.. Is this normal for most company training programs? 2 weeks on and 2 weeks off then a week on and then my dmv cdl test?

Old school

I think he might be learning still to get his CDL. He mentions that when he comes back he will then test for his CDL. But Definitely agree about calling and finding out why this is happening.

Posted:  4 years, 10 months ago

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SWIFT

I have never heard of a company training program do that. Maybe its because of Thanksgiving? I have no idea, but maybe someone that went through Swift can give you a better idea?

Posted:  4 years, 10 months ago

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Have CDL, no experience

Ok drivers. I am starting to get a wish list together on Amazon to see if I can get any family/Friends to get me stuff for the holidays. I am wondering what types of things I would need. Right now I have the 2015 Edition MC Atlas, Satellite Radio, bluetooth, road pro oven. I am just trying to get some ideas, so I can share my list soon.

Thanks

Posted:  4 years, 10 months ago

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Prime Inc. 5 year work history. Only got 3

They are required to gather the information by the government. Just tell them the periods of what was going on, unemployed, homeless. If your still worried call your recruiter on Monday.

Posted:  4 years, 10 months ago

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Time sensitive! Breaking the news to the Family that I'm becoming a truck driver!

Sean,

I am glad you have decided to get on that bus anyways. You make your own decisions. As far as your blood pressure, go to a store that has the machine to take it for you. 140/90 is ideal to get your two year card. If its higher, you might get a three month card, get your blood pressure down then issued a one year card. The morning you do have your DOT physical, don't drink any caffeine. Heck don't drink any the night before, that way you don't have any issues. Keep us posted!!

Posted:  4 years, 10 months ago

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Time sensitive! Breaking the news to the Family that I'm becoming a truck driver!

Sean.,

Sorry to hear about the negative support from your dad. Your dad doesn't wanna see you get into debt. That's great, so don't lease or become a O/O until you have experience. Companies will try to shove it in your face down your throat and tell you that you can make all this money. Maybe you can, but they you have to pay for fuel, truck repairs, permits. You can't be all that successful in your own truck until you have been out for a few years. (others will correct me if I am wrong) Those that your dad says are "in debt" are because they didn't come here for advice before. So, stay as a company driver. You will still get miles, and you can still run hard. You have faith in yourself, and you will succeed out there. Like you said, just find the pair you lost, or grow news ones. Don't mean that in a bad way. Trucking is a great industry. Freight needs to be moved, and it needs drivers to do so. I am going out in just about a month to make the journey across America. If they say, well you should lease, I will politely decline saying, I am too new and I am not going to be in debt. Hope my little rant does some good, and if the veteran drivers want to add anything I know they will. We all care about each other on this forum., and don't want to see anyone fail.

Posted:  4 years, 10 months ago

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Time sensitive! Breaking the news to the Family that I'm becoming a truck driver!

Thank you all for your replies, I found them supportive and encouraging; especially Carter's because he is a father. I can honestly say that I respect my father more than anyone I know and value his opinion. That being said, the conversation did not go well. In fact it was worse case scenario. I was prepared for his reaction, but I have to say I feel discouraged. #LifeDecisions

What did he say that's made you feel discouraged? What did he tell you that was worst case scenario?

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