Profile For Johnny 3

Johnny 3's Info

  • Location:
    Ankeny, IA

  • Driving Status:
    Rookie Solo Driver

  • Social Link:
    Johnny 3 On The Web

  • Joined Us:
    1 year, 8 months ago

Johnny 3's Bio

I'm a 37 year old man who is married & has 3 kids (all boys, 8 yr old twins & a 4 year old) . I worked in insurance call centers for 8 years & had been burn't out on it for most of those years...I have a bachelor degree in business but I concluded that I don't have the passion for office politics that I needed in order to advance any on this path with that skill set....I researched various options to provide for my family in a different manner for some time. Once the idea of trucking crossed my mind, I did my research, discussed it with my family & made up my mind once I realized it was a plausible opportunity. I finished cdl school in January & got my cdl 2/1/2017. I started my new career at Melton Truck Lines o beginning with orientation on 2/13/2017 & was issued my own truck on 3/14/2017 after 8 days of orientation & 3 weeks out with the road trainer. My adventure has begun!

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Posted:  1 year ago

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Verification for Melton

I work for Melton & went through their orientation 4 months ago.. I can tell you 1st hand..everything Brett & Old school said is pretty dead on..

Their orientation is a vetting process & some people will get weeded out for various reasons...14 of the 22 in my orientation got to become drivers for Melton.

You should be fine if you are honest with them, haven't done drugs & can show that you have had a little bit of practice driving a semi.

They also do both kinds of drug tests hair & urine...and they have an interrogation process where they will have different personnel ask you the same questions about various things in different ways...sometimes they will do it in an informal manner to catch you off guard...They are looking for inconsistencies & will send you home if they catch you in a lie...even a seemingly trivial one....I saw a couple people in my orientation sent home as a result of this. They are real big on honesty.

Posted:  1 year ago

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Failed CDL Test 2nd Time

It took me 4 tries to pass the backing test for my cdl...that wasn't even 5 months ago yet... now i am out here everyday sometimes backing into places much harder than the cones at tbe d.o.t. If your instructor isn't much help ...there are some helpful videos on youtube if you look for them...just take the initiative to study outside of class if possible & practice practice practice every chance you get...you'll get there eventually & this will be a memory.

Posted:  1 year ago

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Unreasonable request?

I appreciate everyones' responses.

I do have a mini fridge that i keep some perishables in so I don't want to completely shut off the battery if I can avoid it.

I suppose this is also why it is a good idea to not let it sit too long without starting it.

I have been home for up to 5 days before & let it sit without any issues but I guess there could be at some point.

I suppose I will somewhat try to follow this request & do something else with the stuff I keep in that fridge if my home plans have me away from the truck more than a couple days.

Posted:  1 year ago

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Unreasonable request?

Hello all,

It has been a minute since I've contributed to thw message board but do read it from time to time still.

My new life as a trucker has taken away some of my frequent web surfing tendencies.

Anyhow, I got assigned a new driver manager about 3 weeks ago & just came home for hometime the 1st time since this has happened.

He sent me a list of hometime expectations which included me going back to my truck every day to start it. I am home for 4 days.

To me..I don't see the benefit & My plans when I'm at home aren't always conpatible with this & the closest place to park my truck is 11 miles away too.

I'm not getting paid for my personal gas or mileage for doing this & it can throw a wrench in what I may have planned while I am here as well.

I want some other opinions on this.. Is there an actual reason it should be started EVERY day when I am only here for 4? Will they notice if I don't? Am I wrong for thinking my hometime is my free time & shouldn't have to involve anything trucking related?

Thank you in advance.

Posted:  1 year, 1 month ago

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Random Funny Stuff

ı am from not too far away from there. What is even funnier is that the only bar in this town sells t shirts that say "I <3 Cumming" on the front.

I cracked up yesterday at an exit sign for Cumming, IA. I bet that place is orgasmic! Funny thing is, the population is only like 300 people. I wonder how the town got the name?!

Posted:  1 year, 3 months ago

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Movin on up!

Thank you everybody for your support. I've hit the ground running & have already done about 1700 miles solo in my 1st 4 days. This includes a day where I only did 186 because I spent the bulk of my clock loading & unloading at 2 different places. Tarping takes me a loooonng time by myself. I've got some downtime right now because my current load doesn't take weekend shipments & I'm already within a very short drive of it :) The place I parked at tonight also has free wifi so I figured it would be a good time to take advantage of the opportunity to update my profile. Thanks again!

Posted:  1 year, 3 months ago

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Movin on up!

Hello everybody!

I just wanted to share my excitement with all of you.

I have just finished Melton's training program (orientation and road trainer). After 3 weeks on the road with my trainer, he felt I was ready to go solo & informed the training manager who coordinated it so that his next load ran us by a terminal. I got to drive us there today :) Before giving him his wheel back & unloading my stuff off of his truck.

I haven't been on here much conversing lately because I was kept super busy & used the little free time I had to rest when possible.

It wasn't long before I got my 1st solo task (driving a vanload of orientation prospects to the same hotel I got to check into tonight).

I still don't have my truck yet but should be getting it issued in the next couple days..I will put a new photo up once time permits after this happens.

Everything has gone by so fast since I made the leap to get into this lifestyle.

From being a new cdl student who knew little about semis to getting my license a few weeks ago to today being branded as capable of flying solo all within the last 3 months.

I know that I will have trying & stressful moments from time to time doing this but I am excited for this chapter!

I want to thank G-town, Old School & anyone else who has provided me insight up to this point. I'm sure I will be back for more :)

Posted:  1 year, 3 months ago

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Best Flatbed companies for a new student

I want to throw in another vote for Melton...went through their orientation a couple weeks ago & am on the road with a trainer as we speak...They have very decent pay & benefits for a company that will take on new drivers & their training is very thorough.

Posted:  1 year, 4 months ago

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Melton Truck lines orientation Feb 2017

I don't feel so bad knowing that.

That was about where I was at on my 1st couple of practices & i thought that wad just extraordinarily slow. I'll get more practice tomorrow. I'm already hooked up with my road trainer & we are picking up a tarp load 1st thing in the morning.

My first few tarp loads took me 2-3 hours. I got faster each time and of course some loads are easier than others to tarp. After a while I got pretty fast. I would see if I could finish before the other drivers beside me for fun.

You'll find out that flatbed drivers will often help fold your tarps. I had a tanker driver help me fold my tarps once, I said "that's the first time a driver helped me who wasn't a flatbed driver." He told me he used to do flatbed.

Melton sounds like a great company, good luck out there!

Posted:  1 year, 4 months ago

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Melton Truck lines orientation Feb 2017

Hello all.. I didnt have the time or energy to do a detailed day by day diary like i did with my cdl school but I will provide an update as tomorrow is the end of orientation. Here are some highlights of what I witnessed & learned over the last 8 days.

1. Melton cares more about quality than quantity. My orientation group started with 22. 14 of us are left. 3 went home for refusal to drug test or testing positive, 1 had something on his background that he thought wouldn't come up, 1 was sent home because he couldn't grasp how to do a correct log book even after some help, 1 habitually slept in class & instructors decided he wasn't going to work out, 1 decided that flatbedding wasn't for them after day 1 of load securement practice & another couldn't pass the 30 second balance test. 4 of those left have to redo Melton's driving test tomorrow (im good :) )so we may lose a couple more on the last day.

2. You have to really want to do flatbedding to work for Melton. They take load securement very seriously & melton standards are more rigorous than the d.o.t's.....this equals a lot of work....i don't blame them though especially after the gruesome videos we were subjected to showing different results from failed load securement & failure to follow safety procedures during this as well...We got to see stuff that was a lot more graphic than i was expecting.

3. Tarping sucks way more than I had imagined..but I still want to master it...i am just hopeful that it will become less & less of a mountain of a task the more i do it.

I will hopefully be assigned to a road trainer within the next day or 2 ,i have no idea where i will be a couple days from now...that is a feeling i will have to start getting used to but it's exciting!

Posted:  1 year, 4 months ago

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Asking to much?

Hi Matt,I just got my cdl recently as well through a community college training program. Im actually traveling at the moment to go work for an otr company.

Anyhow,one idea that pops to mind is Fedex...They came to my school to recruit new drivers...If you happen to be in an area close to one of their terminals, this may be an option...

They may also want you to start out as a dockworker for their dock to driver program but it sounded like the turn around time to working as a driver was short if you already have your cdl, at least according to the recruiter that visited my class.

I also know in my area, there are some beverage distributors & towing companies that will hire new cdl holders too.

I hope this helps, good luck!

Posted:  1 year, 4 months ago

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Exciting news for me, I have accepted a contingent job offer from my #1 choice!

Best of luck to you Victor!

I passed the pre trip on my 1st try but studied my tail off too. The backing skills test was my biggest obstacle. That took me a few tries...I have my cdl now though :) next challenge is when I get to learn about load securement for flatbedding next week :)

I can understand the excitement! I am that excited that on Tuesday the 14th I will be taking my CDL test. I am studying like religion, My pretrip!

I wish you the best of luck and have a great time working for them!

Posted:  1 year, 4 months ago

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Exciting news for me, I have accepted a contingent job offer from my #1 choice!

I just got my bus ticket & got my hotel itinerary.. 4 a.m this Sunday, I will be heading to the greyhound station for a 13 hour bus journey with 3 stops en route to Tulsa for Melton orientation starting Monday...I can't wait :)..will soak in my time with family until then.

Posted:  1 year, 4 months ago

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I did it!!!!!

Thank you Penny :)

& best of luck to you too!

Posted:  1 year, 4 months ago

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DMACC (Des Moines Area Community College) December 5 2016-January 20 2017

Thank you for all of your encouragement Tim😊

Congrats sir!!!!

Posted:  1 year, 4 months ago

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I did it!!!!!

Thank goodness for that in my case😅

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

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Posted:  1 year, 4 months ago

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I did it!!!!!

I appreciate everyone on here who takes the time to congratulate me too!

Posted:  1 year, 4 months ago

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I did it!!!!!

3 months ago...I had never pulled a trailer of any kind or driven a manual transmission ....but I managed to get through school & now have a class A to show for it...Everything I accomplished seemed like a big obstacle until I pulled it off...If it is something you really want to to do ..go for it & be prepared to use all of your effort to learn what you need to & you will do it :) I will continue posting on the general thread on occasion when I have something relevant.

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.

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

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Posted:  1 year, 4 months ago

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I did it!!!!!

I got my class A today!! 😁took me moee tries than i care to admit but matters little now

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