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Posted:  3 months ago

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CFI at Crowder College

I'm Cajun, my family is from the Breaux Bridge/ St Martinville area, even though I was born and raised in New Orleans.

And Turtle is correct about Don's in Scott, especially if you are in a CMV. You can see Don's from I-10, it's on the frontage road. There also Billy's Boudin at that exit, which is also good.

And Don's has good jerky. Buy some and you can snack on it for the next couple of days.

Posted:  3 months, 2 weeks ago

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CFI at Crowder College

Don, congratulations.

And did they give you the option to remain in Joplin while waiting on a trainer?

Posted:  4 months, 1 week ago

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Please Update Your Avatar

LSU's Mike the Tiger in the snow this past December in Baton Rouge.

Posted:  4 months, 1 week ago

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CFI at Crowder College

Don, why were the 3 students sent home?

Posted:  5 months, 2 weeks ago

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Pray no bricks fall from the sky

That's great news Don. It seems like you wrangled with your decision of what company to go to. Best wishes for your success.

Posted:  5 months, 3 weeks ago

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CFI CDL Training

Gtown, I called Todd and read him what you responded to me. He said, like Schneider, he wasn't put on a hazmat load until his 6th or 7th month of driving.

And in general, he agrees with you and Brett 's reasoning about driving tanker right out of school. But, in his case, the company took a chance with him, provided the training in how to handle a tanker, had him drive dozens of loads with a very experienced local driver in Houston, and pull around an old tanker half filled with water in the vicinity of the terminal to get used to the surge when maneuvering.

He said the company hires very few rookies, but he knows of a few others that were hired since he has been there. I asked him why did he think he was hired,and he said that when they gave him a test drive before hiring him, the company guy complimented him on his driving skills for being a rookie. I asked him to join TT and post about his experience and he said that he doesn't do any social media, but he said he would think about it and maybe he would.

Gtown, I wasn't disagreeing with you and Brett, I was jjust conveying the experience of a friend who had success in going into tanker work as a rookie. Maybe he is the 1% that succeeded.

Peace and out.

Posted:  5 months, 3 weeks ago

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CFI CDL Training

Gtown, if you look in the 5th paragraph, I referred to him as a friend. I used acquaintance as a figure of speech.

And you will refrain from humiliating me? Come on man, we're having a discussion, I don't see the need to "humiliate" anybody. My opinion may be faulty and you disagree, but I would not try to "humiliate " you.

And the company that hired him is not Scheinder, who is known to hire rookies.

Posted:  5 months, 3 weeks ago

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CFI CDL Training

Jmart, I'm going to throw my inexperienced 2 cents into this discussion.

I can understand the reasoning that Brett and GTown are expressing, but I don't think that one size fits all in their precautions.

I have an acquaintance that graduated from a local CDL school that wanted to get into tanker work. But nobody would hire him without any experience. He went to the local terminal of a large tanker transport company, spoke to the terminal manager and the terminal manager had him fill out an application, brought him on a driving test, and eventually hired him without any driving experience. The company sent him to their headquarters in Houston and gave him extensive training in loading/ unloading tankers, safety, and driving a tanker.

The company guy that is in charge of training told him that if he can find the right candidate who is inexperienced, he likes to hire them because he can train them the correct and safe way to drive a tanker, before they start driving dry van and develop habits that may not be best when driving a tanker.

My friend has been with them for 3 or 4 years now, and even though he is OTR, he often gets home because he does a lot of out and back, as they have trailers that are dedicated for only one chemical

Living in SE Louisiana most probably helped him land a job like that right out of school because this area if a hot bed of tanker activity with all the chemical plants between New Orleans and Baton Rouge.

If you can find the right company and training, I say go for it and good luck.

Posted:  5 months, 3 weeks ago

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Has anyone heard from JMart?

I have a question about CFI and since it looks like the CFI regulars are following this thread, I'll ask it here instead of starting a new thread.

Does CFI complete a thorough background check before accepting a student to their school?

I'm thinking of applying and even though I don't think there are any disqualifications in my background, one never knows.

And, way to go Jmart, it seems like the other day you just completed school and got your CDL. Time just keeps moving on.

Posted:  6 months ago

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CFI School diary

Chuck, at Crowder, do they furnish free meals over the weekends?

How many students are in your class?

Do you recommend driving your own vehicle or taking the bus?

Good luck and keep us updated.

Posted:  6 months ago

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Advice Needed For Finding Work After Failed Drug Test

All these places won't take you now because of the failed drug test that Prime discovered?

What substance showed up on the failed drug test?

As for CR England, I know someone who went to their school about 10 years ago and drove for them for a few years. . He didn't really say anything negative about them. And now he is an independent owner operator, who seems to be doing pretty good.

Best of luck.

Posted:  6 months, 1 week ago

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CFI School diary

Good luck Chuck!

Posted:  6 months, 1 week ago

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Leave Tomorrow

Hey Chuck, good luck.

You taking the Greyhound or driving your vehicle?

Is CFI sending you to Crowder or Dynasty?

And please let us know how things progress.

Posted:  6 months, 1 week ago

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My pay as a rookie driver

Thanks for the answers Big Scott.

Could you tell me the the cents per mile rates from driving with trainer to 120,000 miles?

There are some rates Brett listed on the XPO school review, but I think those are outdated.

Posted:  6 months, 2 weeks ago

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My pay as a rookie driver

Scott, thanks a bunch for posting your pay stubs. Inquiring minds want to know these things.

So, that last pay stub you posted, you grossed $1200. That's for 2 weeks, right?

And your year to date gross was $25,000 for about 6 months work?

What to make sure I'm reading/ interpreting it correctly?

Thanks again for the great info.

Posted:  6 months, 3 weeks ago

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Starting school 3/16

They sending you to Crowder or Dynasty?

Posted:  7 months ago

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CFI CDL Training

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Jmart, which one is you?

Posted:  7 months ago

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Interview with a Trucker

I read Finn Murphy ' s book shortly after it was published. Interesting read, but I don't think I could hack the household goods gig.

Posted:  7 months, 1 week ago

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CFI CDL Training

Jmart, you drove your car down to Joplin to start school. Did they allow you to bring your car to the school?

How much money would you recommend bringing to cover food on weekends, laundry, and other incidentals?

Congratulations again.

And I hope you continue to keep us updated about orientation, training, etc.

Posted:  7 months, 1 week ago

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CFI CDL Training

Congratulations jmart!

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