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    Denham Springs, LA

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    In CDL School

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    2 years, 10 months ago

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I am 39 years old. I served six years as an aircraft mechanic in the Air Force and really enjoy wrenching on things. Ask me about my motorcycle project! I've a beautiful family: a wife and three amazing kids which are my reason for wanting to follow this path. Roehl seems to have a good rep for home time. I'm hoping to be home every two weeks. I'm looking forward to this. I hope I see some of you on the road!

WISH ME LUCK!

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Posted:  1 week, 1 day ago

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I'm going off to Roehl 'cause I need to train!

It appears that if I somehow receive my CDL through other means, Roehl will reevaluate my job offer as "experienced" and send me out with an otr trainer. I have a month to figure this out.

However, I won't lie to you guys. I'm very disheartened. I made poor decisions during my tests that caused me to fail. I got nervous and made bad choices. Normally, I'd chalk it up to inexperience and a nervous disposition and carry on. But as we are talking about a 40 ton rolling death machine, I feel it necessary to rethink.

It appears as though I will owe Roehl the full cost of tuition if I don't get a CDL I the next few weeks. The issue is that Roehl operates in a loophole wherein they are considered on-the-job training, not as a school. This means that I have not attended the classes necessary to test for my CDL.

Posted:  1 week, 1 day ago

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I'm going off to Roehl 'cause I need to train!

Hello everyone, and welcome to today's episode. Sorry for the long wait, but I'm safely home in Louisiana again. What a long, strange trip it was.

I guess the important things first, eh? i'm sure you're all wondering how my test went. Well...

I failed it.

:(

i hit a curb. auto-fail. no third test. I started the drive home immediately after the test and drove straight through. I'm really upset about it, too. I just made DUMB mistakes. Something about that test got in my head and just festered and grew into panic. it's like I couldn't slow my brain down enough to think rationally.

Brain: "Hey, that's a yellow light, I should STOP." Body: "WTFE, I'm pushing the go juice and driving like I don't know what a trailer is." Brain: "That's a really bad plan." Body: "WHEEEEEEEEEEeeeeeeeeeee.....!!!!!!"

Really.

I don't know where to go from here or what my options really ARE, but I can't look at my two driving tests and say confidently that I should keep trying. I've really let myself down.

This whole experience has been MUCH more difficult than I imagined. I'm happy to take any advice from y'all. I really hadn't planned on failure like this.

have a great monday.

Posted:  1 week, 4 days ago

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Trucker reportedly forced to alter log book before crash awarded $80 million!

Ok, I might be showing my newness, but how do you falsify that on the federally required eld? Paper logs, sure, but ELDs are a different animal, yeah? Also, I hope the other driver (the guy he hit) gets the whole thing.

The lawyer for this idiotic (modern american worker) "driver" should win an award for pulling the wool over SO MANY EYES!!! 80 million for being a spinless idiot who was unwilling to do the right thing and nearly killed someone.

Posted:  1 week, 5 days ago

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I'm going off to Roehl 'cause I need to train!

Today I got to spend about 6 hours driving. I also did some back ups. WOOOOOOOOooooooooorst offset ever! ev. er. Really. Oh well.

I'm driving first thing in the morning. 7:30/8:00... I've packed up my things and loaded my truck for the ride home. After testing, I'll be on my way home.

My wife is expecting me on Saturday night, I'm hoping to be home before she wakes up. smile.gif

I won't lie to you guys. I know I can do this. I know I have the skill set. I'm just a very nervous human by nature. Important tests are the devil. It's why I failed last time. I'm just hoping I can keep my cool for ONE FREAKIN' HOUR!!!

Send me some prayers tomorrow morning, folks. I can never have too many of those.

Thanks for tuning in today, y'all. I'll post up tomorrow morning.

Posted:  2 weeks ago

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I'm going off to Roehl 'cause I need to train!

I just had my BEST 90° backup yet! Not up to experienced driver standards, to be sure, but for me it was quite exciting. Everything came together perfectly. WOO!!!

Also, I did a pretty decent drive. I had one left turn in a traffic-laden intersection that was sub-standard. I won't say too much of my shortcomings, but I should have been more patient. All in all, a good drive. My shifting is much improved. I think I'm confident enough to test. I just need to practice until then.

In other exciting news, I met up with EllieMae at lunch. It was a pleasure, and I got to do my usual talking too much. Lol.

Enjoy your day. Tomorrow will be another day, so make good memories and set up for a great tomorrow!

Posted:  2 weeks ago

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Leaving For School On Midnight May 4th

Glad to hear you're safe and sound, Doug. The training is tough mentally, especially the first week. Keep with it! You've been hanging out and planning this for a while. You got it, bud!

Posted:  2 weeks, 1 day ago

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I'm going off to Roehl 'cause I need to train!

Today's drive was much improved. My downshifting was better. I need to improve my 7th and 8th gear "spacial recognition". I'm just not used to how close together they are. It IS coming together, though.

I think that if I drove for the test the way I drove today, I would pass. Continue learning, practicing, and perfecting the techniques I know. Get used to the shift points and patterns. Worry less, drive more.

EllieMae, you have a great set of instructors. I know this because they're the same ones I had. Those three will teach you all you need to know and have you prepared for testing. Concentrate on the book first. Get it done and out of the way as quickly as possible. Try the apple grape salad.

That's today's update. I hope y'all had a great weekend and enjoy today. I know it's Monday, but that's ok: we can get through it together!

Posted:  2 weeks, 5 days ago

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I'm going off to Roehl 'cause I need to train!

The results are in: I have three classmates who will be retesting next week for various reasons. I have learned that I'll be testing next Friday in a Freightliner. I have been in an International for my entire training. Today I got to drive a Freightliner. I enjoyed it! A different beast, but not a bad experience. The shift pattern is more "tight" than the International. Also, the brakes seem easier to apply smoothly (to my amateur feeling, anyway...)

All in all I think it will be good.

Posted:  2 weeks, 6 days ago

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I'm going off to Roehl 'cause I need to train!

The rest of my classmates are testing. One has failed. She will be retesting on Tuesday. One of our instructors took a drop and hook out of Gary. I'm getting no drive time. Sadly, all this down time is really dragging my mood down. I try to keep positive, but dang...

Ah well, I hope all of you have a great day today and get some good loads. Drive safely out there: my family's on the roads today.

Posted:  2 weeks, 6 days ago

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Just finished Roehl GYCDL

Shun, You are AT Marshfield?!?!

Because I'm AT Marshfield.

Posted:  2 weeks, 6 days ago

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Leaving For School On Midnight May 4th

Congratulations, Doug! I know you've been planning this for a while. Good on you for following through. It's allot different than I thought. Enjoy your time and best of luck!

Posted:  3 weeks ago

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I'm going off to Roehl 'cause I need to train!

Here's the skinny on that from those in the know.

Appleton gets about 12 students weekly and is running short of instructors at the moment. They have a deal with the tech school to take the overflow.

Posted:  3 weeks ago

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I'm going off to Roehl 'cause I need to train!

The pre-trip in Wisconsin is quite simple. You'll get it. Roehl also has a location in Appleton, Wisconsin.

Posted:  3 weeks, 1 day ago

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I'm going off to Roehl 'cause I need to train!

It sounds like SUCH A LONG TIME!!! uuuuggghhhh!!! I'm thankful for the extra time to get myself together, but boy is it boring after class. Ah well.

Have a great night, everyone!!! Do something fun. Get some enjoyment out of life! Grab the proverbial bull by it's figurative horns.

Posted:  3 weeks, 1 day ago

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I'm going off to Roehl 'cause I need to train!

EllieMae, If you come to the Marshfield location on may 6th, look for the scrawny bald guy in the funny hat and yellow hoodie. Hoody? Hūdē. Hootie and the Blowfish? I dunno. But that's me.

Posted:  3 weeks, 2 days ago

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I'm going off to Roehl 'cause I need to train!

Thanks for the encouragement, Old School. I see it the way you do, this is simply a road bump to pass over.

As I was driving with Bob today, the clutch finally gave up. I couldn't get her out of seventh. While I was pulling to the side, Bob told me to put the clutch in because it was bogging down. I informed him that the clutch was into the firewall. We got the dang thing out of gear before it died then Bob looked to me and said, "let's switch up and I'll limp her back to the yard." Ok, Bob. You're the boss. He couldn't even get it in gear. I told him that maintenance had told us to try popping the clutch a few times with it in neutral. He did,it worked, and we got moving. He floated gears back to the yard. They're putting in a new clutch tonight. Whew! The next test might not be in the same truck, but it'll be nice to not worry about that for at least the next week.

Have a great night, guys and gals.

Posted:  3 weeks, 3 days ago

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I'm going off to Roehl 'cause I need to train!

Rob T., That's pretty well how I see it. I get two weeks to refine and hone my skills on the road. Then retest and nail it to the wall for my CDL. In 2 weeks, scores and such won't matter. Only that piece of paper that says I passed.

Posted:  3 weeks, 3 days ago

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I'm going off to Roehl 'cause I need to train!

How did your test go?

Well, I didn't pass. I nailed the full inspection and the backing, but apparently I cut off a car while making a left. Auto fail and a two week wait.

Luckily, I tested early. Because I tested early, I get to retest on may 10th. If I had tested next week with my classmates, I would have been dismissed. That decision came from two levels below Rick Roehl. Wow.

I'm going out with Bob again tomorrow. I'm so amazed at the level of commitment Roehl has shown me. They're paying for an extra week in the hotel, lunches, training and all that jazz. It makes me feel like they see something in me. It also makes me want to be loyal to the company. Seriously, I am so glad I chose Roehl.

I don't know what the future holds, but the only thing I need to do is redo my drive test to pass. I got it. Honestly, just having the OPPORTUNITY to test was an honor. Not many people have a story like mine, not many companies would keep me, but not many want this like I do.

I test again may 10th.

Posted:  3 weeks, 4 days ago

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I'm going off to Roehl 'cause I need to train!

Well everyone, I test today after lunch. My nerves are shot. I think I'm ready, but I'm so nervous!!! If you get the chance, throw a quick prayer my way. Next update will be the final.

Posted:  3 weeks, 5 days ago

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Questions for Roehl Drivers

I'm currently in my 3rd week of training with Roehl. My advice should be taken with a grain of salt.

I chose Roehl because it's not a gigantic super company that doesn't care, but it's big enough that the benefits are pretty good. Small class sizes and they really care about your success. The "mychoice" pay schedule is a nifty thing. Pay during training is a plus, but nothing to write home about.

Roehl has flatbed, dry van, reefer, and a small fleet of belly dumps.

According to the instructors here (all prior Roehl drivers) the miles are pretty steady between 22 and 26 hundred for dry van. Maybe low one week, maybe high the next.

Yep, you can stay out those 7 week stretches and make the home time, but why? Why not get routed home after 11-14 days out and take 3 days off? Seems allot mo betta to me. But to each his own.

Do your research and choose wisely, but from what I've seen, Roehl is a great company. *Shameless plug* check out my training diary in the CDL training section of the forums.

Best of luck!

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