Profile For Dave D.

Dave D.'s Info

  • Location:
    Nashua, NH

  • Driving Status:
    Company Driver In Training

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  • Joined Us:
    6 years, 2 months ago

Dave D.'s Bio

Where do I start? I was a pipeliner before I undertook this quest for my CDL "A". I had a hiccup in career plans and needed to find a career where I didn't have to start at minimum wage or chained to a desk/office strangling myself with a phone cord. I finished the 160hr program at New England Tractor Trailer Training School North Andover Mass campus. I was issued my Temp Paper CDL-A 10-28-13 I'm hoping that the folks at Roehl can get me processed so I can attend their Nov 4th Phase 1 orientation. Another grad from NETTTS is attending same orientation with me. should know for sure if my medical stuff clears by weds the 30th of Oct. I've talked to a ROEHL driver who just happened to be at the school on my last day with his truck, he just finished phase 3 portion of his training and was heading out to pick up his first solo load in Alabama. I picked his brain with a few questions I forgot to ask the recruiter at the schools job fair. And I still feel good about my decision only time will tell. For me getting into a truck and getting full pay and not Training pay(i.e. $300-600/wk) Roehl had the shortest time from orientation to 1st seat worked out to be the shortest with me, along with their decent CSA score, hometime plus option, performance pay and the .02/mile raises @ 3 and 6 months..etc.etc.etc

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Posted:  5 years, 8 months ago

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Been away for a while, busy truckin

Hey gang, sorry I've been incommunicado, my data plan on my phone wasn't all its cracked up to be and well Truck stop Wifi is spotty at best and downright junk almost all the rest of the time. Enough wining, i've been running since I left for Roehl Transport Phase 1 orientation on Nov 4th, made it through their phases 2 and 3 got issued a 2011 Volvo 630 series I believe not too beat up but the most magical thing about it was its Tri-pac APU, I was the envy of the fleet, nearly the entire fleet is Int'l ProStar +'s with the battery bank apu with an auto start feature. And now I am in one as well 2013, its like the only Pewter Colored Roehl Truck that is not Lease Op. Averaging 2700/ wk up til the weather recently so I'm liking it. Roehls not bad, its not easy, but they give you all the tools and its up to you how to use them in the most efficient manner for yourself. I said i have been out since Nov, I have and it was my choice, they have an awesome array of hometime fleets but be careful, if its a dedicated account and its also a hometime fleet servicing it your mileage isn't going to be very much, so make sure there are other ways to make money on the account. I need more self discipline and need to work out more, the weather here in the midwest this winter hasn't been too conducive to inspiring my participation.

Posted:  5 years, 11 months ago

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Start with Roehl on Monday

Hey Scooby sounds like your doing great. You get to Marshfield let me know. Tammy, David and I are all 3 here. If time and schedules permit would be nice to meet you in person. Be safe

Well I am deep into Phase 2 of ROEHL Training here in Gary, Indiana and I get to spend 2 days driving local loads in and out of Chicago to polish skills for testing out and getting assigned a truck, its been tough no doubt, with the emphasis on how much responsibility we as truck drivers we have. Roehl promotes the "driven to protect others" mantra and my instructor has beat it into my skull to the point I sometimes felt I was trying too hard to be "protective" and not being "productive" Anyways, as an aside and a nugget for thought, I have come to discover Roehl is becomming way more involved with Intermodal and I'm not sure just how I feel about it being that putting trailers on a train takes trucks off the road. I'm not complaining just wondering about those dominos.....

Posted:  5 years, 11 months ago

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Beginning Company Sponsored Training with Roehl

Their training program is intense, isn't it??? That's something that everyone seems to agree on for sure. But that will surely make it challenging.

Not only is it a matter of economics to get the drivers out on the road making money as soon as possible, but they're trying to see who is really dedicated to learning this stuff and becoming a great driver. They'll throw everything at you as quickly as they can and either you get it or you get knocked on your *ss by it.

Have you guys had many students get sent home or drop out of the program?

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Tomorrow morning first thing is another pretrip, hookup, review of right turns, and then if our drug test results come in tomorrow afternoon we hit the streets.

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On to the streets!!! rofl-3.gif

I am in their Phase 1 orientation same time as PJ is going thru school and we lost 2 guys to sleep apnea Issues.

Posted:  5 years, 11 months ago

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Trucker Tracker In Beta - Try It Out!

LOL Driver Dot ... hey High 5 on the creative name I like it. Oh yeah and Brett I'll wave in your general direction as I pass Attica about 5:30-6:00pm tomorrow on the NY Thruway on my way to Roehl.

Posted:  5 years, 11 months ago

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Class A State Residency Requirements

Just be careful you don't just up and try to set up residency in another state without doing research first, for example.. I moved from Colorado to New Hampshire, BEFORE I could test for my CDL permit I first needed to have my Plastic New Hampshire License(which can take up to 60 days here as they only have 1 place in the whole state that makes them) which I applied for AFTER I started going thru a 160hr course @ a CDL school. I needed my permit before I could move from classroom to the yard and practice backing and shifting. I begged and got the state to grant me a waiver but I don't think they will always do that. It took 53 days to get my plastic license I had it for 2 weeks and just turned it in Monday to get my Paper temporary CDL-A license oh and I cannot even test for my endorsements until I have that Plastic License in hand so another 50+ days and I start ROEHL Orientation Monday 7am sharp in Marshfield, Wisconsin. I guess the moral of the story is don't just think its as easy as filling out a piece of paper and changing states. If your going to change residency I'd call the state Licensing division and get all the info before your standing at the DMV counter wondering why they make things so difficult like I did.

Posted:  5 years, 11 months ago

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Why are you a current/former trucker?

I drove team with my husband for from 1-97 to last 6-2012, and 1-2013 we sold our truck. It was a great experience, and I wouldn't trade those years...as hard as they were being an O/ O..for anything. Looking back, I wish we had opted for driving team for a company..we would still have all our savings !! But thats life...Why have I stepped out of trucks ?? After a new hip, and a new knee, crawling in and out of a truck, up and down off of flatbed loads, and sitting for 11 hours a day has gotten painful. So I have chosen to take my hard won experience and bestow it on the new breed of truckers who come here. I hope I can help to bring about a group of truckers who take pride in their job, their truck, and their lifestyle.

Thank you for being there Starcar, its very comforting to know we have a rock like you and ALL the other Moderators here to ask for help when needed.

Posted:  5 years, 11 months ago

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New Truck Driver Career Decisions

Well ya'll it's official now. I'm on the road to school. 1100 miles from home, but I took a detour adding an additional 500 miles so I could visit with my big sis in Hot Springs Ar. She had a CDL for years and drove just about everything with 10 wheels or more. I'll spend the night here, mostly cause she's an awesome cook and continue in the morning to Marshfield.dancing-dog.gif

Keep it between the lines, be safe.

Posted:  5 years, 11 months ago

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Coming to a stop tips.

So I've been been out driving a couple of times and as I'm only taking weekend classes I have alot of time to criticize what I do wrong. Mostly according to my teachers. I go "too deep" on the clutch when shifting and I coast to long. AGH! I feel like whenever I'm coming to a stop I'm about to stall the truck.

It's easy enough to stop going to deep on the clutch by just shifting my seat back a bit more but, I suppose my question is how can you come to a complete stop while in gear without excessive coasting?

For example I'll be in 8th gear coming up to a red light. I take my foot off the fuel pedal ( leaving the truck in gear ) and slowly depress the brake pedal. But, before I can get to the red light the truck is down to about 500 rpm and feels like it's lugging and wants to stall so I push the clutch in and coast the rest of the way up... Is it just suppose to feel that way?

you can get around most of the "lugging" by down shifting to 5th gear you should be able to get it down to about 5mph of less before it'll stall on you, you just need to get to the light in a lower gear, that should fix it for you.

Posted:  5 years, 11 months ago

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New Truck Driver Career Decisions

Hey PJ I guess I'll be seeing you in Marshfield, I just got the official word today get on a bus Sat@6:30am and be there in Marshfield sometime around noon on Sunday to start Phase 1 Orientation on Monday. I'm still waiting for my official Itinerary so I can make arrangements as far as packing and stuff. Love to meet ya and put a face to the name. and dont worry I'll pass along all the info I can about orientations demands. See ya soon Dave D.

Posted:  5 years, 12 months ago

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I need a job

I am in CR England's school right now and am very worried. I'm being held in motel when I should be finishing up my last 1,000 miles of what they call "phase one" but I can't go home because that's considered abandonment and I would be disqualified . I'm broke and searching for employment. The closest I've come is 3mo's or completion of course. If they never let me out of here, which is what some are saying has happened to them, no one will hire me if they say I haven't completed my program or I need more training. >

Being held in a motel? are they wanting you to wait for a slot in their training? Have you gotten any of your 1000 hrs? did you pass their course and awaiting additional training? Take a deep breath organize your thoughts. The Best way to market yourself is to be honest in your dealings with recruiters and trucking companies from your first contact. If you find yourself in an unreasonable situation which is what I believe you are trying to say then let them know the whole situation. You've been able to post your question here so you have the opportunity to apply at ALL companies that fit what YOU are looking for. Sorry if thats a vague answer but its the best I got for now.

Posted:  5 years, 12 months ago

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New Truck Driver Career Decisions

Dave I sure hope I didn't steal your seat. That would suck. Kim didn't say why she just asked if I could be there Monday. I sure hope your there Monday morning. Be great to have 1/3 the class from here. Dave I'm going to the 3 week cdl course in Marshfield. I'm thinking you already have your CDL and are going to phase 1 orientation. Those are done on site.

Ahhh well its all good I picked up my License today from DMV though its a paper temp until they can get my plastic one and yes I'm going into Phase 1 orientation in Appleton providing my med stuff clears. Yay you didn't take my seat lol.

Posted:  5 years, 12 months ago

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New Truck Driver Career Decisions

I've been with Roehl since April, and went through their RDTC. It's a great school. You guys will love the training you get there. I think Roehl is a fantastic starter company. I'm on the van national fleet and making pretty solid money. Good luck!

Hi Scott, I'm going for Reefer National Fleet myself I'm very anxious to learning all they can teach me and then using that knowledge to be a productive member of the fleet.

Posted:  5 years, 12 months ago

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Changed the font

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All of the i's and t's are bold font rest seems the same

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ugh.....this ain't lookin good. I was hopeful for this font but it's starting to look like it has too many issues. Bummer.

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I keep getting a recommended for you box in lower right corner, THAT , I do not like as it reopens everytime I switch screen from Reply to thread list

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That shows on every page. It should stay in the bottom right hand corner and out of the way.

I've never had the little box in corner before today, I'm using Mozilla Firefox so maybe its my stuff and not yours.

Posted:  5 years, 12 months ago

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New Truck Driver Career Decisions

Guys I'm so excited right now. I just got a call from my recruiter. She said she just got my physical back and everything was good, she just needed to finalize a start date. I told her I was free and open to whatever they had available. Her response was ok, well then be here Monday morning ready to go to work. I was stunned and said this Monday. She said yes, they have 1 seat open and it's mine. So I'll finish all the little stuff and hit the road Saturday for Wisconsin.

Hey thats awesome you going to the Appleton Yard? I have my ROEHL recruiter Kodie holding the last seat for me, I wonder if you got the seat she thought she had for me... I'm waiting for their MRO to approve my Cardio results and I should be there, if not there possibly Gary, Indiana. I learned from my recruiter that Gary Indiana is where they do Orientation for their Flatbed drivers normally, but they can probably get me in if they have to.

Posted:  5 years, 12 months ago

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Changed the font

All of the i's and t's are bold font rest seems the same, not complaining, just different also I keep getting a recommended for you box in lower right corner, THAT , I do not like as it reopens everytime I switch screen from Reply to thread list

Posted:  5 years, 12 months ago

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Tractor Amenities

Here is a link I use to get general info then I go exploring the listed Mfr websites directly to get more info/specs. Hope its useful to you.

http://www.my12voltstore.com/default.asp

Posted:  5 years, 12 months ago

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OTR - Sundays & Church

I got blown past Elk Mountain last January, does that count? rofl-1.gif

Posted:  5 years, 12 months ago

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BAM!!

dancing-banana.gif So I passed my Pre-trip, Backing exercises, AND Road Test!!!thank-you-2.gif Thank you to all you guys and your supportdancing-dog.gif So I'm minding my business and driving thru some unusually heavy Traffic in Hudson, NH and while sitting at a light I look into my rear view mirror and watch this green Subaru approaching my rear end far too fast, I see the driver look up, grip the steering wheel like a vice and go all bug-eyed as she realizes the same. I let up on my brake a bit cuz I have 12 ft to the car in front of me and maybe it'll be enough room for her to stop in time.....newp So she said she was at fault, the officer was there and acknowledged she said so. NH is not a no fault state (Thank GOD)but now I have a reportable accident on my pristine driving record, I need to tell my recruiter at Roehl about it, but what are the possible ramifications? other than that what a glorious day.dancing.gifthank-you.gifdancing.gifrofl-3.gif

Posted:  6 years ago

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DEER SEASON! Truck drivers, have you hit one yet?

Southern Colorado ...well most of Colorado has big mule deer as well as ELK now those will leave a mark a few moose but not usually near roadways. Twilight and just before dawn are when they are most active, I look outside marker posts for a pair of green dots myself not sure if I'm doing it right but its what I do. 160 from Walsenburg to Cortez the Elk are particularly active during the rut.

Posted:  6 years ago

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WE ARE ALMOST AT 100 PAGES HERE!

Ahhh Shucks, Brett...Its hard to make a crusty old Lady Trucker blush embarrassed.gif Being on TT has been more than "something to do". When I was on the road, I used to think there was no help for the trucking industry....And now I know there is !! Its not trying to change the industry, its all about CHANGING THE TRUCKERS going into the industry. And i'm proud to say, that I truly enjoy guiding and imparting any wisdom that I have gleaned from to the road to whomever is listening. With todays economy, Trucking has become a haven for older people who can't get a "regular" job..I know, they say that there isn't age discrimination...well let me tell you, its out there and alive and well in the job market. And for women who can't make a living waiting tables, or cashiering a WM..theres is another choice. And we have the privilege to help mold the new truckers going out on our highways, to make them a professional driver, not just a "trucker". I, like the other contributors here on TT take that job seriously...and we have fun doing it !!! SO truck on TT...we are here for the long haul.

I can only speak for myself, but I am REALLY glad Brett has managed to attract all of you "seasoned" drivers to this site. I appreciate the support, the behind the scenes, and first hand experiences of all of the moderators, new and old have comments that have been insighful, and encouraging, this type of forum simply isn't found in public forums anymore and I hope it always will continue to remain as such. Heck maybe one day I'll be able to add my 2 cents with someone else thinking the same way about me. I test for second time this Sat the 26th, I will not repeat past mistakes and God-willing I will be testing for my endorsements and getting my CDL in hand next week.

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