Comments By Kip Brown (aka Six)

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Posted:  6 years, 5 months ago

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Been away for a while, busy truckin

I think I saw a Pewter Colored Roehl Truck on I-80 a few weeks back.. haha

I go back and forth to Chicago once a week and see a lot of Roehl drivers heading East.

Six

Posted:  6 years, 5 months ago

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Ahhh snake in a truck!!! Lol

I'll have my snake in the truck. To bad my gf can't ride along. 34 hour resets would be more interesting. har har..

Posted:  6 years, 5 months ago

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Orientation Finally

I'm excited and nervous at the same time. One thing that bothers me is I hear US Xpress team drives when you're out for the 4 weeks with the trainer.. so while you're drive the trainer is sleeping. Not fond of that idea. Can any US Xpress drivers confirm this?

Six

Posted:  6 years, 5 months ago

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Orientation Finally

Best of luck to ya! But I hate to hear we have to wait a month to hear how it's going. We need updates sooner. Can ya make it happen? We believe in ya!

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I'll have my smart phone so I'm sure I'll have time to give you updates.

Posted:  6 years, 5 months ago

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Orientation Finally

Go show 'em how its done, Kip !!!!! We are all here rootin' for ya.... Stay safe...

I don't know about all that. How about I just do my best. :D

Posted:  6 years, 5 months ago

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Orientation Finally

I start orientation with US Xpress on Wednesday the 26th at their Springfield Ohio terminal. I'll be gone for a month so I'll give you an update once I return.

Six

Posted:  6 years, 5 months ago

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Moving.. CDL Question

I'll be living in Mokena. I've heard how bad IL is in general. The state likes to make money any way they can. I'll just keep my address at my sisters place and worry about it later this summer.

Six

Posted:  6 years, 5 months ago

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Moving.. CDL Question

I called the Illinois Secretary of State. They confirmed new state law says to transfer your CDL from another state you have to re-test EVERYTHING. Written exams, road test, PTI, and maneuvers. What a crock of S*it.

Six

Posted:  6 years, 5 months ago

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Moving.. CDL Question

Not married anymore. I'll be at my GF home so all utilities are in her name. I can change it over eventually I guess.

Posted:  6 years, 5 months ago

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Moving.. CDL Question

Well, Six....it probably isn't kosher...but I don't see why they want you to retest...do they mean the whole thing ?? drive test and everything ??

Yes, road test, maneuvers, PTI. That is my understanding.

Six

Posted:  6 years, 5 months ago

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Moving.. CDL Question

I currently hold my CDL in Ohio and plan to move soon to Mokena, Illinois. Most states let you transfer your CDL with a fee, of course. In order to transfer your CDL from another state to Illinois you have to re-test the whole thing. My question is if I keep my address in Ohio, how would they know I really moved to Illinois? Couldn't I just keep up my Ohio CDL and be "sleeping" in Illinois, if you catch my drift?

Six

Posted:  6 years, 5 months ago

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Standard min. hours of behind the wheel training for c.o.e. accredite driving schools?

Minimum is Ohio is 130 hours of school 10 hours on the road driving time.

Six

Posted:  6 years, 5 months ago

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All Star Banquet

Great job!

Posted:  6 years, 5 months ago

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Studying for CDL but need advice on endorsements

I think besides endorsements getting your TWIC is a good idea. I paid $136.00 for it. It will give you security clearance to enter all US Ports and make you more marketable. I also think getting your passport card is a good idea.

Six

Posted:  6 years, 5 months ago

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My Truck Driving Mentors

Brett, I like the idea of having a communication option: phone call or email. And I've noticed you avoid phone calls since you never call me! Haha!

Interested in other folks' ideas!

I pick Daniel. I'd love to have a someone to call while starting out solo when I get in a tight situation.

Six

Posted:  6 years, 5 months ago

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Thanks Trucking Truth

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Hey, that's awesome Six! Congrats!!!!

No matter how confident you are that you'll pass the exams and get that CDL it's still a massive relief when you actually do it. Because all that time you're studying and learning how to drive you have it in the back of your mind that your career will be done before it even gets started without that CDL. When you get it, it's like, "Oh Thank God!!!!"

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I actually had to re-take the driving test. The first time they told me to change from right to left lane. I looked and there was a vehicle in the left lane but I had plenty of room. I turned on my signal and started the lane change. The guy in the four wheeler gunned it and when the examiner looked in my mirror she said I didn't yield. I don't know what I could of done if this a hole floored it to try to get around me and closed the gap. That is an auto fail. Live and learn I guess. The second time I did great, the examiner said he would hire me..lol My only gripe is he dinged me for driving under the speed limit. I was doing 45 in a 55. I did this on purpose because of a lot of snow and ice. I thought driving for the road conditions was the smart option. I felt that empty trailer slide a few times and I wasn't a fan of that. I can't wait to get to work though.

Six

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Congrats Kip. Glad to have met you at school. I passed my test last Friday and I know what you mean about the ice and snow. During the emergency pull off, the trailer started to slide sideways on the ice. I heard the examiner didn't have anybody else do the pull off that day because of the icy conditions. Hope to be on the road soon.

It was nice to meet you too. Keep in touch!

PS. Nice pink truck Daniel. :P

Posted:  6 years, 5 months ago

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Going to USExpress???

I have a pre-hire from Roehl but just got offered a job with US Express. US Express offered a 3,000 signing bonus as well as tuition re-imbursement. The other thought is the Springfield terminal is only a 2 hour drive from my house and my home terminal for Roehl is in Gary IN. Roehl started off 4 cents more a mile though too.

Tough decision but I haven't heard much negative from U.S. Express. I do NOT like the idea of having an automatic though. I have a few weeks to think it over.

Six

Posted:  6 years, 6 months ago

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Thanks Trucking Truth

45 minimum speed in a 55mph zone should have been point free but it's not worth worrying about a couple points .

Which skills manuevers were required in your state before the road test ? I'm testing in NH Feb 22nd .... straight back and either offset left or offset right is a guarenteed. Third manuever is between parallel left or right and 90 degree alley back. Parallel in NH is the entire tractor in the box with the trailer . Other states I've heard that test parallel only require the trailer in the box.

It's the same in Ohio for the maneuvers. They still do the parallel park here. You do the straight line back, reverse lane change and either the ally dock or parallel park.. whichever the examiner decides to make you do.

Posted:  6 years, 6 months ago

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Thanks Trucking Truth

Hey, that's awesome Six! Congrats!!!!

No matter how confident you are that you'll pass the exams and get that CDL it's still a massive relief when you actually do it. Because all that time you're studying and learning how to drive you have it in the back of your mind that your career will be done before it even gets started without that CDL. When you get it, it's like, "Oh Thank God!!!!"

dancing-dog.gif

I actually had to re-take the driving test. The first time they told me to change from right to left lane. I looked and there was a vehicle in the left lane but I had plenty of room. I turned on my signal and started the lane change. The guy in the four wheeler gunned it and when the examiner looked in my mirror she said I didn't yield. I don't know what I could of done if this a hole floored it to try to get around me and closed the gap. That is an auto fail. Live and learn I guess. The second time I did great, the examiner said he would hire me..lol My only gripe is he dinged me for driving under the speed limit. I was doing 45 in a 55. I did this on purpose because of a lot of snow and ice. I thought driving for the road conditions was the smart option. I felt that empty trailer slide a few times and I wasn't a fan of that. I can't wait to get to work though.

Six

Posted:  6 years, 6 months ago

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Thanks Trucking Truth

Finally finished school and got my CDL today! I hope to start with Roehl Transport in the next few weeks. Now the real work begins.. I'm up for the challenge.

Thanks to this site and the valuable resources made available, as well as the forum where questions were answered honestly.

Kip (Six)

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