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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 or just get a house and a 4WD/AWD vehicle somewhere 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. As of February 15, 2019, I have been officially certified at our highest level a driver can go: Senior 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, or I may just buy a house and 4WD vehicle somewhere. I can’t make up my mind on how I want to handle that aspect of my life.

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Posted:  1 day ago

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I saw a Turtle!

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Dang old school! I've seen you've been in Pella Iowa a couple times over the last couple weeks. I'm out there delivering today and seen a Sapa flatbed and thought it's my lucky day! Nope. You're 1000 miles away. =(

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Yes sir! I've been "on the move." We do have a new customer who is warehousing a lot of materials at a distribution center in Pella, IA. So, you'll be seeing a few SAPA trucks in your area. I'm not sure how often I'll be there but I definitely got the call a few times during that polar vortex.

Please let me know if you are ever up around the Cedar Rapids area. Hopefully I will be on hometime then and we can chill while ya do a reset. If so then I will buy ya dinner at 16th AV Grill. That’s some of the best food in Cedar Rapids.

Posted:  1 day, 1 hour ago

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MAJOR Changes with me but definitely for the better.....:

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Harrisburg is as far west as DC 7030’s territory goes.

I’ve only gotten one backhaul routed to Bedford Pa. (PATP & I-99)... however it was years ago during a pre-Christmas blitz week.

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Harrisburg is only 20 miles from Carlisle. 😀

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Yes, I understand, but unfortunately it’s 20 miles in the wrong direction.

Ahh I see. If only I had a 3rd vehicle I could keep at the Carlisle yard. That way if I got into town I could meet ya somewhere around Harrisburg that was on or around your route. 😀

Posted:  1 day, 2 hours ago

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MAJOR Changes with me but definitely for the better.....:

Harrisburg is as far west as DC 7030’s territory goes.

I’ve only gotten one backhaul routed to Bedford Pa. (PATP & I-99)... however it was years ago during a pre-Christmas blitz week.

Harrisburg is only 20 miles from Carlisle. 😀

Posted:  1 day, 2 hours ago

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MAJOR Changes with me but definitely for the better.....:

You did all the work, now it’s paying-off for you. I wish you nothing but the best.

You let me know if ever in the area of I-81 in PA from I-80 junction south to I-78. Most of what I do routes me north to 80 or south to 78, occasionally PA-61.

Be well.

Do you ever get close to Carlisle PA? Or possibly Mifflinville, PA? We have a terminal in Carlisle and the Loves in Mifflinville is a frequent fuel stop for us if we have a load goin east to NJ or back west out of NJ.

Posted:  1 day, 2 hours ago

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MM that is fantastic! Congratulations!

Safe travels.

Thanks so much, G-Town. As you remember from my diary I probably wouldn’t have made it through NADTA if your words hadn’t knocked some sense into me. I still owe ya. If only CRST did WalMart loads. 😀

Posted:  1 day, 2 hours ago

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MAJOR Changes with me but definitely for the better.....:

Now let’s give this a try and see if it works or not:

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Ok this should serve as proof. Brett if ya want the original I still can email it to ya if ya want. 😀😜

Posted:  1 day, 2 hours ago

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MAJOR Changes with me but definitely for the better.....:

Congratulations. That is an awesome accomplishment. You have worked so hard to get there. I am very happy for you. And wish you more success.

As far as editing your certificate, take a pic of it with your phone and use the editor on your phone. You should be able to black out what you want to hide. That's what I do.

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Cool. I didn’t know that. Thanks Big Scott I appreciate it. 😀

Posted:  1 day, 2 hours ago

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I am still planning on coming to CRST in Cedar Rapids in May. Here is my email: douglasculver@yahoo.com Thanks. This is really exciting.

Just sent ya an email. 😜

Posted:  1 day, 3 hours ago

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Total congratulations is in order. Awesome. I know you're going to accomplish great things.

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Are you still committed to CRST and are you goin to be goin to NADTA in Cedar Rapids? If so post your email here if you feel comfortable doin so and I will email you my real first and last name along with my DMs name and my Driver ID. That way maybe you can request me as your Lead Driver.

I do prefer to keep that info private from here though. Only Brett knows my real name because I emailed him my resume before I started with CRST.

BTW Brett, I would love to post my certification certificate on here however it contains my real name and the real names of the company President and the Safety supervisor of the Lead Driver program on it also and I know for sure just like me they want to keep their names private. Would I be able to email you the certificate and could you resend me a picture of it with those names blacked out on it? Do you have a Photo Shop program to do that with because I surely don’t unfortunately.

Posted:  1 day, 3 hours ago

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Yahooooo I upgraded to solo status

Well I upgraded today to solo staus. I have a new mattress and will get a new Qualcomm display tomorrow. None of the buttons work. So who ever had this tractor before really screwed it up.

Anyway enough whining. I will pick up a fridge tomorrow or the next day at Wallyworld. I think Old School said they were like $200.00 for the one with the separate freezer. It will fit under one of the cabinets. Next month I will pickup a microwave that will fit above the fridge.

It sure is going to be weird living in my closet alone. No more snoring or coughing or Vaping in the truck. Will I be able to sleep tonight? Hope so. Still need to find chains at either one of the other terminals or buy from one of the truck stops.

Well off to find something to eat at the driver's lounge.

Legendary congratulations to ya Raptor. We currently have a load goin to your hometown so if ya end up gettin a load goin that way maybe we can meet up somewhere that trucks can easily park at dependin on the time. Anyway keep workin hard and before ya know it you will become a Mentor with Swift. 😀

Posted:  1 day, 3 hours ago

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Congratulations! We all knew you had it in you!

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It's funny because we've got another conversation going on right now where a person was trying to point out how "bad a company" CRST is. Of course we're doing our best to point out how they actually have zero experience with CRST, yet somehow they think they are an expert based on nonsense that they've gathered from the total failures who couldn't figure out how to succeed at trucking no matter where they started.

Millionmiler, you're a good solid driver. You'd do well wherever you want. We're all proud to call you our friend! Keep it up, and stay in touch.

Yes I am aware of that other post and if it’s ok with y’all I am goin to link him my diary and my posts on becomin a Lead along with this post and maybe if he reads that along with the starter pack we have linked him multiple times, Especially Brett’s book, then maybe he can get some understandin on how this industry works first and then how CRST does things if he wants to come on board.

Posted:  1 day, 3 hours ago

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Total congratulations is in order. Awesome. I know you're going to accomplish great things.

Are you still committed to CRST and are you goin to be goin to NADTA in Cedar Rapids? If so post your email here if you feel comfortable doin so and I will email you my real first and last name along with my DMs name and my Driver ID. That way maybe you can request me as your Lead Driver.

Posted:  1 day, 3 hours ago

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MAJOR Changes with me but definitely for the better.....:

Well y’all probably thought by the title of this post that I done and did somethin crazy or stupid. Far from that.

I am proud to report that as of February 15, 2019 I have completed the class for and have been certified as a Senior Lead Driver for CRST.

Let me break that down for how Legendary that is: CRST has a shortage of Top Tier Lead Drivers. We employ approximately 3500 drivers and approximately 600 of them are regular Lead Drivers. For those of y’all not understandin here: A Lead Driver is our version of a Trainer or Mentor at CRST. Of the 600 Drivers we have Certified as Lead Drivers only about 560 of them are actively trainin drivers.

As of the date of my certification to Senior Lead Driver we only have 38 Senior Lead Drivers in the whole company. That means that I am in the top 38 drivers in this entire company. That is so surreal to me I still can’t believe it.

A Senior Lead Driver is also entrusted with trainin our female students if a female Lead Driver can’t be found for them. They must have the greatest attitude, perform at their best at all times, be 100% safe and legal at all times, and above all don’t judge or disrespect their students.

When it comes to pay normal Lead Drivers get paid 0.10 cpm extra for every active student they have on the truck durin loads. Senior Lead Drivers add an additional 0.04 cpm for every active student on top of the Lead Driver Pay. So a Senior Lead Driver with an active student on their truck durin loads gets an additional 0.14 cpm on top of their base pay rate.

This is so incredible. If 18 mos ago y’all told me I would be that far up there and trainin drivers I would have laughed in yalls faces. I still can’t believe that I have made it to the pinnacle of drivers here.

To become a Lead Driver you must have an excellent safety record, be recommended by your driver manager, have 6 mos with CRST and a FULL Winter season must be included in that and also must have approval from safety.

To become a Senior Lead Driver you must be willin to train female students and have gotten great reviews from your previous students and have been certified as a Lead Driver for at least 6 months with CRST with a full Winter included in that time also and have another recommendation from Safety and your Driver Manager and also the Safety supervisor over the Lead Driver program has to personally pick you.

Anyway I am SO glad to be where I am at today and as far as I know I am the only Senior Lead Driver that is a member of this forum for CRST. Brett can confirm this for y’all for sure if y’all need to be sure.

My current student so far has been by far my best ever and we have gotten along super well. When I drop him off in Riverside CA for his upgrade that is definitely goin to be an emotional day for me because I am goin to miss him so much. He can back like a PRO now and yesterday during his shift he not only obliterated his mileage record like Yoda on Steroids but he broke MY all time record with an Uber LEGENDARY 709.7 miles driven in a single shift and didn’t trigger a single Lytx event and got to a rest area and parked safely and legally with 1 minute left on his 11 and NOT against his 8 or 14. If every student I get is like him I don’t think you will find a happier driver in this industry than me.

I want to thank everyone here at TruckingTruth for helpin me get started with this 22 months ago since I have been a member here. I love y’all so much and I owe y’all so much.

My God in heaven.......I.......I still can’t believe it.

Posted:  1 day, 4 hours ago

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Uh Oh, the lock broke... LoL moment

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sorry, but that is hysterical. Im too old, short and fat to be climbing around like that. I would have called the store.. "HELP!!! Im suing for emotional distress!" Or kicked the door til it fell off the hinges.

It reminds me of the time I ran into the mens room at Loves. Most of the womens restrooms are on the left in Loves and say "Changing stations". well.. the mens say it now too. I had to pee so badly I ran in and got in a stall. When i opened the door, men were standing at the urinals. Oh crap!!!

I waited in the stall for them to leave and these two guys kept talking and talking. After like 15 min, i peeked out and saw they were maintenance men fixing a sink.

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Of course I didnt have a jacket and had on a very Girlie top, no way to hide my long hair or "upper woman parts". I just casually walked out and they wished me a "Good night ma'am".

At least I still look womanly enough even as a trucker that while in a mens room, i am recognized as a woman.

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If you were in California, no one would have blinked an eye.

If you were in North Carolina you would have been arrested due to HB2.

Posted:  1 week 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.

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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:  1 week, 2 days ago

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Game: What was your very first post on TT?

Posted:  1 week, 4 days 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, 6 days 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:  2 weeks 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.

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