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Became homeless in 2016 and looking to get back into trucking to get myself out of this situation. I figured this site is by far the best route to get myself out of this situation and back into making some good money so I can buy me a RV and live the Van/RV life and have a better life where I can finally be alone. As of June 9th 2017, I have been accepted to restart my CDL training with CRST Expedited Trucking out of what is now going to be my new hometown of Cedar Rapids, IA (at least for BARE MINIMUM 1 year). As of June 30th, 2017 I have now REACQUIRED my Class A Iowa CDL through NADTA (North American Driver Training Academy) and CRST. Also as of 01/04/2018, I have now been approved through CRST's Safety Department to become a Lead Driver which is our version of a trainer. I have now as of 04:00PM CST on January 12, 2018 been officially certified as a Lead Driver. I thank everyone here at this site for their support that they have given me to restart my journey. I have prayed to God and he has answered my prayers. Maybe when I save up enough cash, I would like to live what's called the Van Life when I retire and travel the country. I am considering purchasing an RV or a Van that has been converted into a RV to do this. Its tough with livin costs risin all over the country, plus I have trouble makin up my mind on where I want to live.

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Posted:  2 days, 20 hours ago

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CRST Exit Oppurtunities???

Hi All,

If I end up at CRST, how easy is it to get on with a company where I can become solo OTR? I really don't want to team, however, I'm willing to stick it out for the ten month contract as my options are limited.

Stick it out for your FULL 1ST YEAR and then ask your DM if you can switch to the Dedicated services division. They should have a few dedicated solo routes you could do. Ask a CRST recruiter if you are unsure.

Posted:  2 days, 20 hours ago

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New Podcast - Episode 21: This Driver Let One Tiny Problem Spiral Into A Career Changing Ordeal

Oh, I forgot to mention. If you guys get a minute, would you do me a huge favor and give us a (5 star!) rating on iTunes and Google Play? It will only take a moment and it's super critical if we want others to find our podcast on either platform. Also, subscribe to our podcast on those networks for the same reason.

Just click on the images below and it'll take you there. Thanks!

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I got ya taken care of Brett on iTunes since I am Apple to the core. It may take a little bit for my review to post on there but I rated ya 5 stars and gave y’all a good review. I sure hope it helps to attract more drivers here.

Posted:  5 days ago

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Game: What was your very first post on TT?

Posted:  6 days, 18 hours ago

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News Article: Friday Short Haul -- C.R. England announces pay raises, eCommerce impact on trucking, TCA announces best fleets

In this Friday's Short Haul we report on C.R. England's driver pay raises, the effect that eCommerce has on the trucking industry, and announce TCA's Best Fleets to Drive For.

Friday Short Haul -- C.R. England announces pay raises, eCommerce impact on trucking, TCA announces best fleets

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Great article but where is CRST on that list? Also when Big Scott sees this post he will probably wonder why CFI isn’t on that list. I LOVE my company and are FIERCELY loyal to them.

Anyway Dave glad to have ya on here and I look forward to readin some more of your stuff.

Also Turtle, I am with ya when I say I also miss Anchorman and Rickipedia. I hope they are doin ok. Brett or other Moderators have y’all heard from them?

Posted:  1 week, 1 day ago

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CDL Training With CRST Has Has Been Granted

Million24, stay in touch when you can. If you every get in this neck of the woods let me know and I'll but you lunch r something. My email is listed on my profile. See you around.Stay safe out on the ol' road.

Will do. 😀

Posted:  1 week, 2 days ago

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CDL Training With CRST Has Has Been Granted

Ok I saw in your profile not too far from St Cloud. Cool. I am considering Movin to the twin cities area as soon as I can come into a ton of money to do so.

Posted:  1 week, 2 days ago

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CDL Training With CRST Has Has Been Granted

My application to train with CRST was accepted this afternoon. I will start in May, in Cedar Rapids, Iowa. I will be able to take the permit test and DOT physical here in Minnesota before I start school. I am thankful for this opportunity and will do my best to pass everything and learn all that I can. I applied through the form here at Trucking Truth and want to thank Brett for making it available. I'm using the High Road Program to help be ready for the permit test. I am also thankful for everybody here that is always ready to take some time with us new people. In just about any new field it is hard to get a foot I the door, let alone some experienced person/people who will give the time of day, to an unstart. I'm very excited but also a bit scared. Thanks again and again to everybody who's here to help and encourage.

Where in Minnesota are ya from?

Posted:  1 week, 2 days ago

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CDL Training With CRST Has Has Been Granted

Hey Millionmiler24, first let me say thanks for taking time to respond to my post. Then let me say that I read Brett's book sometime ago and have worked extensively on the High Road Study program, and still working on it. Also, I read the Trucking Career Guide. Everything helped to cement the idea that I'm on the right track with trucking. Then last but not least, I read your diary last week. In fact your experience with CRST helped solidify my decision to go there. Your writing was interesting and from a humble heart and someone who is a committed, hard working man.

Now let me solve the mystery. It's my choice to stat in May. My recruiter would let me start anytime. However, I have a situation here at home that requires me to wait. I help manage our apartment complex. My co-worker and close friend is having brain surgery on March 29, and I need to be here to cover maintance issues, and support him through his recovery. Also I'm going home to Arizona to visit my family since I might not have the opportunity to see them for awhile once I'm on the road. So that's why I'm starting in May. CRST has been great so far. Everytime I've called or texted my recruiter gets right back to me and is very personable. I probably will have some questions for you, no doubt, I will as time goes on. Just hope I don't become a pest. It was really cool hearing from you and thanks for the welcome. It's nice to be connected in this big ol' "18 Wheeler World" before every seeing the highway. This is a great place for anyone afflicted with White Line Fever!

I can totally understand the situation. It’s always good to have your affairs in order before ya head out on an adventure like this. You don’t have to worry about pesterin me, LOL. As I said I am here to help and more than glad to answer any questions you may have.

I forgot to say Million, that it would be great to team up with someone like you. Hope I will be that fortunate and blessed one day.

I definitely appreciate it. Do you know when you think you may be done with trainin? What day in May did you set or you just know sometime in May is when you want to start? The reason I ask is whenever you are done with your schooling, if I can somehow time it around my hometime toward the end of it that month then I could very well end up bein your Lead Driver. That will take great timin though. 😀

Posted:  1 week, 2 days ago

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CDL Training With CRST Has Has Been Granted

My application to train with CRST was accepted this afternoon. I will start in May, in Cedar Rapids, Iowa. I will be able to take the permit test and DOT physical here in Minnesota before I start school. I am thankful for this opportunity and will do my best to pass everything and learn all that I can. I applied through the form here at Trucking Truth and want to thank Brett for making it available. I'm using the High Road Program to help be ready for the permit test. I am also thankful for everybody here that is always ready to take some time with us new people. In just about any new field it is hard to get a foot I the door, let alone some experienced person/people who will give the time of day, to an unstart. I'm very excited but also a bit scared. Thanks again and again to everybody who's here to help and encourage.

This is a big mystery to me. Why if they accepted your application are they makin you wait til May to start? 2 minutes after I clicked Submit on my application my recruiter called me and I was on a bus two days later.

Anyway, welcome to TruckingTruth we are glad to have ya. Anyway if they are givin ya that much downtime then start here:

Especially make sure ya read Brett’s book. That will give ya the best insight into how this industry works and should give ya a great idea on what to expect out here.

Also make sure you read my diary on here about my trainin experience with CRST. It’s a bit dated but still a good diary:

My Trainin Diary

Anyway I am a Lead Driver with CRST and will be truly glad to answer any questions ya may have about CRST.

Posted:  2 weeks, 2 days ago

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Need a job

Your comment about their drivers are “just as bad as CR England’s?” What exactly do you base that inflammatory comment on? Both companies are highly successful and both companies employ thousands of safe and efficient drivers. Many of them active in this forum.

Not sure what first-hand experience you’ve had that qualifies you as an expert on evaluating the quality of any company’s drivers. Please share what you know...and what credentials you have supporting your opinion? All ears.

And for future reference? We don’t tolerate any member, bashing any company. Especially true for a person with zero experience.

Share your personal experience; not what you heard or read on the internet.

G-Town ya took the words out of my mouth here with this one. Dennis, CR England or Prime or ANY truckin company out there doesn’t make the bad drivers, it’s those particular drivers that chose to be that way or those particular drivers that as Brett would put it, couldn’t hack it as truck drivers. As G-Town stated CR England and Prime are VERY successful companies with lots of great drivers employed with them. They wouldn’t be the success they are today or have such wonderful Paid CDL Training Programs if that wasn’t the case. Also referring to your shortage of drivers comment: there isn’t a shortage of drivers in this industry. There is a shortage of Top Tier Drivers You might want to click that link and read Old School’s article because with all due respect, Dennis, you have this industry totally backwards and if you read the links me and G-Town have posted plus the links in this reply then you will have a greater understandin of how this industry works.

Posted:  2 weeks, 2 days ago

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Need a job

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For the school phase and training on the road portion, you are not going to be able to bring any pets. That's any potential employer.

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I understand this. I had actually prepared for them to be watched for 3 months with family.

Ate there any companies that will take 2 pets and pay for CDL training?

I found that PAM does but they dont hire out of Illinois for some reason and that's where I reside.

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The fact you reside in Illinois also could have something to do with it because out of state cdls aren’t transferable to Illinois without havin to retest all over again and maybe JP didn’t want to go through the hassle of that. My suggestion to you first would be to follow these links:

Then after that’s done Apply For Paid CDL Training to as many of the Paid CDL Training Programs that will take you with your record and will let you bring your pets along after you fully upgrade with them. Good luck to ya and I surely hope it works for ya. I would suggest CRST but they don’t allow pets.

Also forgot to mention that when you are Apply For Paid CDL Training to as many of the Paid CDL Training Programs that will take ya, make sure they have a school in Illinois so you won’t have to worry about them turnin ya down for that and you can then focus on your work history as mentioned previously.

Posted:  2 weeks, 2 days ago

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Need a job

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For the school phase and training on the road portion, you are not going to be able to bring any pets. That's any potential employer.

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I understand this. I had actually prepared for them to be watched for 3 months with family.

Ate there any companies that will take 2 pets and pay for CDL training?

I found that PAM does but they dont hire out of Illinois for some reason and that's where I reside.

The fact you reside in Illinois also could have something to do with it because out of state cdls aren’t transferable to Illinois without havin to retest all over again and maybe JP didn’t want to go through the hassle of that. My suggestion to you first would be to follow these links:

Then after that’s done Apply For Paid CDL Training to as many of the Paid CDL Training Programs that will take you with your record and will let you bring your pets along after you fully upgrade with them. Good luck to ya and I surely hope it works for ya. I would suggest CRST but they don’t allow pets.

Posted:  2 weeks, 3 days ago

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Future Phoenix Oasis

Plenty of parking that's not to tight. Nice clean showers and bathrooms. A good mom and pop restaurant, not fast food. And that restaurant should be open 24/7/365.

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Posted:  2 weeks, 3 days ago

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What do you love about trucking

What do you love most about trucking

This forum for sure and just bein OTR and servin this wonderful country in a civilian sense. Bein a part of an industry that is heavily relied on with the potential to help so many.

Posted:  2 weeks, 6 days ago

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$650k in Lobster Tails Missing from Load

Thanks y’all I appreciate it. I should have known that. 😀

Posted:  2 weeks, 6 days ago

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$650k in Lobster Tails Missing from Load

Always look at the BOL. The load is our responsibility once we sign for it. If there is ever a question as to what exactly that means; ask us or ask your Driver Leader. And don’t arbitrarily break the seal, not the driver’s call unless asked to-do so specifically by a LEO.

If the BOL states a 40,000lb load...rule of thumb, it should be scaled. Even so, a brand new driver can easily tell the difference between a 40k lading and a near empty trailer.

I probably should know this but I don’t: G-Town what does LEO stand for?

Posted:  3 weeks, 1 day ago

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Finished Swift Orientation yesterday

Hopefully they will give ya G-Town or Errol as a mentor. Then you will truly know you are being trained or in your case retrained by the best. 😀

Posted:  3 weeks, 4 days ago

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Another long overdue update

Hello everyone! It has been a long time and I have truly missed this forum and all of the great people here. I wanted to drop in and see how everyone is doing and give an update on what is going on with me.

I completed 2 years with Prime Inc and do not have any regrets whatsoever. I did however leave and start a local job about 6 months ago. I loved my time at Prime and even worked out a 2 week notice and left on very good terms in case I have to return someday. I didn't want to burn any bridges. My fleet manager was sad to see me leave but he understood that I just wanted to be home more and return to a more normal lifestyle. Prime taught me a lot and I will forever be thankful for the opportunity they gave me and would highly recommend them to anyone in a heartbeat. If it ever happens that I need to ever return to being OTR I would not hesitate to go right back there.

Now about the new job. I had a friend help me get on here about 20 minutes from my home doing the livehaul for Tyson Foods. Basically we go out to the poultry farm and pick up loads of chicken and bring them to the plant for processing. I enjoy the job a lot and the group of people I work with. Everyone here has been amazing in teaching me and leading me on the correct safe way to do things. This job can be dangerous as we always run over gross weight usually between 84-90000 lbs and the loads are obviously very top heavy. There was a huge learning curve coming here but they have been amazing and super helpful to me. The pay is decent I did take a pay cut coming here but I knew that I would and I am okay with that as I am home everyday. The hours also aren't too bad some days we only work 6 hours some days we run out our 14 hour clock, but even on the short days the money is still good so I can't complain. We are paid by the load so obviously you want to hustle and run as many as you can. All in all it has been a great experience so far.

Anyway it feels great to be back here and I cannot thank this site enough for all the help and advice along the way. You guys are truly the best.

Ya started out as flatbed at Prime and then went to tanker, right? Did you ever do any reefer with Prime?

Posted:  3 weeks, 4 days ago

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Broke down in SLC UT. 😢

I saw your most recent post about your student upgradin which updated us.

Posted:  3 weeks, 5 days ago

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PA interstates shutdown

Yeah, my trainee and I delivered our load late last night in Mechanicsburg and came over to the Petro in Carlisle for our 10. I knew by the time we got close to our next shipper, the ban would be in effect and we'd have nowhere to park there, so just let my company know last night, we'll be hanging in Carlisle until it's all over. Reminded them this morning of the plan and they got our appointment times changed. The snow started here a little bit around 1pm. Not much going on and it's 5:30pm lol. I'm sure it would be nasty later tonight and worse where we're supposed to be loading.

If you go eat in the Iron Skillet in there, ask for a waitress named Brooklyn. She is by far one of the sweetest ladies I have ever met and she takes great care of everyone in there and also she’s the hardest workin lady there. She is working there to help pay for medical school.

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