Profile For Dan E.

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    Daniels, WV

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    Preparing For School

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    2 years, 10 months ago

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Posted:  2 years, 6 months ago

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I did it!!!!!

Well, being from wv I want dancing hillbillies once I graduate :)

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I wish there were a "like" feature for posts like this.

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We use dancin' hillbillies, dogs and bananas for our "like" button around here!!

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Posted:  2 years, 6 months ago

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I did it!!!!!

I wish there were a "like" feature for posts like this.

Awesome job Johnny. Haven't posted in your training thread but have been reading it and pulling for you all the way. I don't know **** about trucking but Something tells me your perseverance will come in handy down the road. i bet many people that passed it on the first try never wanted it like you did. Be safe and keep posting please.

I don't believe it says anywhere on your license, "Class A CDL in 'x' tries". Great job. Congrats!

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Posted:  2 years, 6 months ago

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New career

Hi Richard I am also from WV (Beckley area) and am considering accepting an invitation for company sponsored training with TMC. If flatbed interests you and the thought of being home most weekends take a look at them. You should get some good feedback on this board for all your questions. Good luck!

Posted:  2 years, 6 months ago

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I have just applied for TMC, nervous but excited!! All I can do is pray that I get into this awesome company!

TMC is also my first choice. I am approved to start company sponsored training on 2/20 but sadly I think I am going to have to withdraw for now. My blood pressure at times is still a little too high and the risk of quitting a paying job only to be sent home with nothing is a little too much risk for me right now. I hope once I get my blood pressure consistently in check and have my medical card and permit that they will still approve my application. Please let us know how things go for you and I wish you the best of luck.

Posted:  2 years, 7 months ago

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Looking to go with Roehl or TMC - Couple of questions about the hiring process.

I keep seeing a theme of TMC passing on people. What's up with that?

Crunch time and decisions to make.

I got my CLP on Wednesday - I already had a USDOT Med Card and I used the High Road materials to study. So - check that off the list.

TMC passed on me based on the driving record for now.

Maverick - Approved and on the waitlist for orientation. I initially chose Regional Flatbed, but because their focus is Temp Controlled - I offered to go that route if it gets me to orientation sooner and my foot in the door. Nothing says I can't switch fleets later on down the road. Maverick definitely pays the best for rookie drivers. The orientation being one big interview still makes me nervous to leave a job for no guarantee. But high risk, high reward. Should know by the 16th if I get to go orientation at the end of January.

Roehl - Interview went well and was invited to start the hiring process. They offered me Midwest Regional right away. Though I'm concerned if they'll honor that or still have me running further and longer, but just at a lower CPM. Submitted my medical questionnaire and received a call back to schedule physical and drug test. The nearest facility is 60 miles and is out of the forms. So - there will be a delay in getting it scheduled.

Witte Bros - Interview went well and was invited to their training. They're waiving their $500 admin fee for January, but I think I'm pushing it out to February to give myself time to see where things go with Maverick, but they're a viable option. They're a regional compan that runs a lot of LTL. So there's a lot of stops and unloading. The rate is a little lower than most at .26 CPM at 0-3 mos, .28 at 3-6 mos, and .31 at 6. But they also have progressive stop pay that adds up. $12.50/1st stop, $22.50/2nd stop, $32.50/3rd stop and each stop after. Recruiter (grain of salt required) says the average rookie makes the equivalent of .45 - .49 CPM and they're averaging 23-2700 miles. Trucks are 15-17 Petes and Freightliners with Fridge and Microwave provided - which would keep some expense down.

Down to these three. Now I have to decide, commit, and don't look back.

Posted:  2 years, 7 months ago

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Merry Christmas from a non-trucker

Awesome post. I also wish all of you hardworking individuals a very merry Christmas! I hope you are home for the weekend but if not, know that I for one appreciate what you do and wish you a happy holiday!

Merry Christmas everyone!

I've been lurking on this site for a few months now. I've gotten a great appreciation for the hard, honest work that you all do. I am also no longer frustrated when I get "stuck" in traffic behind a big rig.

I hope you are all able to spend the holidays with somebody that you care about. If you find yourself working, I hope you are safe and warm.

Thank you for everything you do!

Happy Holidays! Colin K.

Posted:  2 years, 7 months ago

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My start date for TMC CDL training is 2/20/17

Merry Christmas to you Pete. I will be doing a training diary once I get to school so you will have an up to date report on what to expect. Good luck to you also brother.

Good luck Dan, It'll be a while before I get to start my school (Mar. 27), but I'm rooting for you. Be sure to spend time on The High Road Training Program; I'm working through it, and am certain I'll have no problems with the written tests because of it. Merry Christmas!

Pete

Posted:  2 years, 7 months ago

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My start date for TMC CDL training is 2/20/17

Yeah I know about the grass, thanks Turtle. I have high blood pressure and I must admit I thought you were doomed after your first physical. Congrats for getting that BP down and continuing your dream. My BP is what scares me the most about leaving a job with no guarantee I can make it in the trucking industry. Love reading your training diary so please keep at it.

I don't have any experience with TMC, but I've heard that you better NOT walk on the grass! That's all I know. Good luck!

Posted:  2 years, 7 months ago

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My start date for TMC CDL training is 2/20/17

I am excited but intimidated. I have little doubt that I will complete this successfully but I know it won't be easy. I will need you guys for encouragement at times and I would love if I could find another newb going into the program with me.

I am so excited about getting started because this is what I WILL be doing for the rest of my career. Failure is not an option. Merry Christmas all and I can't wait to join you on the roadway.

Posted:  2 years, 8 months ago

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HIGH WINDS in Colorado along I25

Newbie question. Are there company policies about driving in wind and as to when you should shut down or not shut down or is it driver's decision?

Posted:  2 years, 8 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....

I am going to try my luck with TMC as an inexperienced driver. Assuming I get thru training and get my own truck, what I understand is I can work 14 hours per day strapping, tarping, driving, and my weekends home make this 70 hour rule a non factor. Is that bad info or me misunderstanding the laws?

Posted:  2 years, 8 months ago

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Bring your own bag

Amen to this and an example as to why the Presidential election results were not so surprising to some of us. Thanks for the info on what it is like from a trucker point of view.

Yeah....Kalifornia is its own Communist dictatorship. Use whatever bathroom you want, smoke all of the weed you want. But........ Don't you dare to use water to grow crops that feed the WORLD, and whatever you do, never ever use a plastic bag. Oh....by the way..... you're going to buy $300.00 worth of groceries at my store......pay me a Quarter to use the cart........and bring your own germ infested petri dish canvas bags that have been incubating God knows what in the trunk of your car in the 100 degree heat for the past several weeks. The sooner it snaps off of the Continent and floats out to sea the better!

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Posted:  2 years, 8 months ago

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Is TMC selective or will they hire most anyone?

That doesn't make me feel good. Wow

So I might get down there and sent home?

Haha! They are selective!

They rejected me all three times I tried to get on with them.

Posted:  2 years, 8 months ago

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Is TMC selective or will they hire most anyone?

Just curious about the reputation of my new company and any opinions and or feedback about them from you experienced truckers would be much appreciated. Thanks.

Posted:  2 years, 8 months ago

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Hey to everyone!!!

Turtle how often to you get to see that good boy over your right shoulder? I love dogs and I have a feeling that he is a good one. What's his name?

Yes, welcome Sharron!

As someone who spent the better part of the last year reading and researching various trucking sites, I can honestly say TT is by far the best, most informative, honest, and unbiased trucking site out there.

You will find everyone to be extremely helpful. Painfully honest also, even when it may not be what you want to hear. Believe me when I say we all have your best interest at heart. Good luck!

Posted:  2 years, 8 months ago

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I completed step 1 and have an invitation to company sponsored training! YES!

Thanks old school. Being home every weekend is enough for me. I value your advice and respect the fact that you respond to us new guys. They had me convinced but would you still choose mileage if it is .26?

Posted:  2 years, 8 months ago

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I completed step 1 and have an invitation to company sponsored training! YES!

I just question are there no TMC drivers on this site, or is TMC bull****ting its newhires that 90% of their employees choose that pay option? I am leaving a 20 year career in telecommunications and am worried about making an early choice that I will regret later. Thanks for all of you that responded.

Dan, I think your getting the "crickets" response because percentage pay is mostly used by owner operators. This Web site is focused on me company drivers, who will probably paid on a mileage basis.

You could try OOIDA, the owner operator association.

Posted:  2 years, 8 months ago

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What's next ????

What about TMC? Not home daily but you can be home almost every weekend.

Posted:  2 years, 8 months ago

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I completed step 1 and have an invitation to company sponsored training! YES!

I am so excited.

My question is this, do any of you have experience with percentage pay vs mileage pay? Any comments would be appreciated.

Posted:  2 years, 8 months ago

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That I-80 video that was posted from Wyoming really shook me up.

In a third video from a different angle, the camera guy says "this road is solid ice. What were these truckers doing out here?"

Uh what was anyone doing out there car or truck? I'm parking in ice. Screw that

I questioned the same thing but I know that here in the mountains of WV you may be driving on wet roads and just as you top a mountain you instantly enter a winter wonderland. I don't know if that is what happened here but I know that it is possible especially considering the elevation in Wyoming. Thank God that more weren't killed.

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