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    Anna, TX

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Posted:  3 months, 3 weeks ago

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Working on the "Roehl" Road

I currently work for Roehl. I like them - Every company has its fault but Roehl has yet to do me wrong. 2 weeks ago I went through the ice/snow storm that went through Indy. I shut down & called in telling them I thought the roads were to bad. NOTHING was said to me except "just let us know when you can safely drive, & we will reschedule your delivery" that was it. You going VAN, refer, or Flatbed?

Posted:  4 months, 3 weeks ago

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What If Question - OTR Hot or Cold

OK you can only pick one would you rather it be under 10 degrees or over 90?

I pick hot any day of the week!!

Posted:  4 months, 3 weeks ago

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Almost Embarrassed to Post Picture

Yes I drove this load (when I was driving VAN) 1050 miles. looks kinda bare back there huh. Only one small paper roll. It was a 2 part load - the first one was only 100 miles. That part had 12 paper rolls. Sad part I had a strong head winds for 2 days so my fuel millage wasn't all that great......

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Posted:  4 months, 3 weeks ago

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Starting with Swift

Got your info - I will call my recruiter in the AM I still have her contact info...

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Papa bear...keep in mind that Roehl has a couple of recruiters who deal only with the GYCDL program. The one I dealt with was Kim Calhoun. She was very professional and everything she said was correct. Maybe Brad passed you on to someone else.

Good luck. I start back with Roehl on 1/22 and am looking forward to seeing how things turnout.

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I still hope that my Recruiter maybe just took some vacation over Christmas, but still needing info and can’t get it is hard.

Posted:  4 months, 3 weeks ago

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Starting with Swift

PM me your contact info - I will call someone in the AM

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Do you want me to call someone to talk to you at Roehl?

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"My girlfriend is standing 100% behind me." That is enough right there!!! good luck. Sad about Roehl - I am with them now good company

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After great help her in the Forums, and no return Information trough Rhoel. I now decided I am gonna start my journey with Swift. Every Information to the training and just in General about Swift is appreciated. I have one big stone out of my way, today i got my 2 Year DOT Physical. Now im finishing my High Road Cdl training on her, and as soon as I feel comfortable I go to get my clp. Then the journey with Swift can go on.

My girlfriend is standing 100% behind me. The rest of my Family is trying to convince me that i would be better of with a second job to my full time job, just to get bills paid. So how i gonna handle the situation with them I dont know yet.

Thats all for now i really so far have just good experience with my Swift recruiter so i hope this continues.

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Yes sad about Roehl because that was the first company i was Interested there Program sounded good with training. But there's no way of getting in contact with my Recruiter, so that is just a bad Situation.

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That would be awesome. Because i would like to get things moving. Only Problem is that Brad seems to be a busy Recruiter, because i never reach him for anything.

Posted:  4 months, 3 weeks ago

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About to Start Training with Roehl

Dart - Tracy here - just checking in on you - how you doing?

Posted:  4 months, 3 weeks ago

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Starting with Swift

Do you want me to call someone to talk to you at Roehl?

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"My girlfriend is standing 100% behind me." That is enough right there!!! good luck. Sad about Roehl - I am with them now good company

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After great help her in the Forums, and no return Information trough Rhoel. I now decided I am gonna start my journey with Swift. Every Information to the training and just in General about Swift is appreciated. I have one big stone out of my way, today i got my 2 Year DOT Physical. Now im finishing my High Road Cdl training on her, and as soon as I feel comfortable I go to get my clp. Then the journey with Swift can go on.

My girlfriend is standing 100% behind me. The rest of my Family is trying to convince me that i would be better of with a second job to my full time job, just to get bills paid. So how i gonna handle the situation with them I dont know yet.

Thats all for now i really so far have just good experience with my Swift recruiter so i hope this continues.

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Yes sad about Roehl because that was the first company i was Interested there Program sounded good with training. But there's no way of getting in contact with my Recruiter, so that is just a bad Situation.

Posted:  4 months, 3 weeks ago

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Prime

I agree with G-Town - every company has a mile amount away from the terminal that you take the truck home. At Roehl that is 50 miles from a terminal you can take it home (with the trailer)

Posted:  4 months, 3 weeks ago

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Starting with Swift

"My girlfriend is standing 100% behind me." That is enough right there!!! good luck. Sad about Roehl - I am with them now good company

After great help her in the Forums, and no return Information trough Rhoel. I now decided I am gonna start my journey with Swift. Every Information to the training and just in General about Swift is appreciated. I have one big stone out of my way, today i got my 2 Year DOT Physical. Now im finishing my High Road Cdl training on her, and as soon as I feel comfortable I go to get my clp. Then the journey with Swift can go on.

My girlfriend is standing 100% behind me. The rest of my Family is trying to convince me that i would be better of with a second job to my full time job, just to get bills paid. So how i gonna handle the situation with them I dont know yet.

Thats all for now i really so far have just good experience with my Swift recruiter so i hope this continues.

Posted:  4 months, 3 weeks ago

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Prime

Roehl would not hire me right out as a flatbed driver because of the area I live. So I went van & was told 30 days after I am out of my training status I could switch - So that is what I did - with Roehl the second training there is no OTR training all local witch is nice as yo see more loads is a shorter time. Roehl also pays you during all training... Any questions please ask

Posted:  4 months, 3 weeks ago

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My First Flatbed Load

PJ - What do you haul if I can ask

Looks good. Never think your over securing a load. No such thing in my opinion. Do what you are comfortable with. I am very lucky and never have to tarp. I also haul the same product all the time and that makes my life pretty easy. I will never complain.

Posted:  4 months, 4 weeks ago

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Cooking on the road.

I used the 12v luchbox oven to bake these chicken thighs (in oven bags) & bake the potatoes for mashed potatoes - BTW this was my Thanksgiving meal on the road...

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Posted:  4 months, 4 weeks ago

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My First Flatbed Load

Yes LOTS of tucking was done for that. Really didn't like that part but...... Did that one forst so the steel tarps went quick... :)

You don't have any canvas or half tarps I'm assuming? I don't know the size of your tarps but our lumber tarps are 8ft drops. That would be a nightmare for such a low profile load.

Posted:  4 months, 4 weeks ago

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My First Flatbed Load

You got it about the tarp - I was about 10 feet short with the 2 steel's & 2 feet short with the lumber & one steel tarp...

Hey welcome to the flatbed side. It's really not too bad once you "get it". I wouldn't really say these loads are hard, but definitely dangerous for a 1st load. I noticed they loaded you terribly but not much you can do sometimes. They tell us not to have any gaps between the bundles so you'd only need one or two bulkheads. Also, I was wondering why you needed a lumber tarp? We're your 2 steel tarps not long enough?

Posted:  4 months, 4 weeks ago

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My First Flatbed Load

Matt

That is the nice thing at Roehl - if you try it & do not like it - just go back to Van......

I see now. The stacks of dunnage chained down in between. I've never noticed anything like that before. I haul dry van. Also for Roehl. In my previous career as an Ironworker I unloaded many trailers of structural steel, rebar, precast, etc. I might try flatbed with Roehl someday.

Posted:  4 months, 4 weeks ago

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My First Flatbed Load

I have been driving Van for Roehl for 3-4 months now (on my own after all training.) And wanted to try flatbed, and if I hated it I can alway go back to Van - that was one of the reasons I went with Roehl from the beginning. This is a load that I found out later is a harder one as all the metal rods are cover in grease so they slide all over. Took 4 bulkheads, 17 straps, 2 steel tarps & 1 lumber tarp. I guess if I was going to get one from he beginning might as well be a harder one. I drove it from Chicago to Dallas. Really no shifting to much, but I felt a LOT better with all the bulkheads in place. Only hard thing was a sleet storm from St. Louis to Mt Vernin, 20-25 MPH. Now for my Christmas off time & head back out ion the 1st. I will post more on here if you guys want me to.....

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Posted:  9 months, 3 weeks ago

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About to Start Training with Roehl

I was there (in my first week) Dark ROCKED IT!!!! In all honestly everyone I talked to said that the cones were to narrow compared what they are suppose to be - he should have passed the first time. But all is good now!!! Nice meeting you Dart & glad for TT to we "kinda" knew each other before I got there.....

Posted:  10 months ago

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Roehl Transport Training & Job

Thanks

Congrats Tracy!!!

I'm at the Grand Prairie terminal for the GYCDL program now. I started July 3rd and am scheduled to take my skills tests on Friday in Canton. The instructors here are good guys and good teachers, and they'll work with you as long as you listen and can show improvement (and don't do anything like have alcohol in the hotel room).

If you want to see what the day to day here in Grand Prairie is like, check out my diary on here.

Posted:  10 months ago

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Roehl Transport Training & Job

I do not know why the info is all jumped together - looks OK before I submit it - sorry

Roehl’s pre-employment stuff I have done. The day after I applied I was contacted by Roehl & was asked a few real basic questions & she said she would call me a a couple days. Two days later she called me back & asked to schedule a phone interview. At that time I was way to busy on my farm asked if she could call me in 10-14 days to schedule, she said “No issues.” Two weeks later she called my & I apologized for making her wait & she said no issues she wanted all my stuff in a good way before I started with them if they offered me a job. That paid was nice of her saying that. Phone interview, just basic questions about me, my work history, & my future standard questions here real no surprise. At the end of the interview she told me that everything looked great & wanted me to get a physical for them before they offered anything. You can not use another DOT exam results. Here is a good tip for anyone going to Roehl, this will be a standard DOT physical with an added hair drug test. So I already have my CDL permit so I paid for one already, so if you are going to Roehl wait to take your tests ill you get the DOT physical in your have & save the $70.00. The scheduling of the physical was GREAT, I was called my a doctor of Physician assistant I do not remember about my health history. After that call, I was emailed a number to call to a local place that does the physicals & they scheduled my for a couple days ahead for an open appointment all day (that was nice!!) The physical was standard with the addition of the hair test, since I shave my head they took a big patch off my chest, no issues. I did have a hearing test & after I was tested she said “sorry, you did not need that. But you passed with flying colors” So I got a free hearing test!!! The day after the physical my rep called me & said they would like to offer me a job knowing that if I failed the hair test (takes 3-5 days) it would be rescinded. If I failed the drug test I would be the most surprised person involved here, so I knew I had a good offer. They asked me when I wanted to start training & they said they had an opening for July 17th – they start a class here in Dallas every 2 weeks. I said great thanks. That was around June 25th. The Rep calls me every week to check in & the first time she called me & asked if I could wait till the Juky 31 class, as I could get everything finished here on the farm, she looked & said no issues & logged me in for that start date. Even though I live in the Dallas area they are paying for my hotel room which is nice as the training in just over an hour away so I can stay there Mon-Fri & come home over the weekend or if I get off early one day. On Monday the 24th or Tuesday the 25th they will send me all the information I need for the training & hotel info. So until I get that - have a good one everyone!!

Posted:  10 months ago

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Roehl Transport Training & Job

Sorry abut the above - hopefully this is easier to read - looked fine before I hit send.....

Hello All I hope to keep this updated during my training at Riehl Transport, Get You CDL Program [GYCDL]). A little about my & why I picked Roehl. I am a late 40 year old Army Vet (not retired from the Army). I closed my computer store about 2 years ago & have been working on my small farm here in North Texas (North of Dallas). Trucking is something I always have wanted to do, when I got out of the Army I worked for Brinks Armored & worked in there over the road team, & loved it. That though was 20 years ago so I am a rookie & newbie to driving & all that was straight struck driving so…… Enough about me so why did I pick Roehl, I really did not have a preference on weather I went to school & paid for it or had a company pay for it, I was about the training & job. I applied at 8 different companies, 3 out right said no since I have been self employed for over a decade they said “sorry that is to long for us” So TMC, Raider, & Hogan I guess do not like self employed people. NONE of them would say what the time limit is for self employment. I could show my W-2’s from my taxes the last decade but they all said – no thank you. So about other companied why I did not go to them (maybe I will in the future). I have NO hard feelings on being told no, they have a business just like I did I really did not care one way or another but would like to have been told straight answers though. I called Knight Transport & talked to 3 different recruiters over a 2 month period while I go my farm & home in order to go to this profession. All 3 I called 3-4 different time & the best I could get was, I will call you back & training for Texas residents is hard on us. That is really all I got, sad I thought that could be a good fit for me. USA Express & US Transport NEVER got back to me on 3 attempts to talk to them, so I can not tell you anything about them. So it really came down to Schneider, Roehl, & McElroy. I wanted flatbed as I am a worker I thought that would be nice since I am coming from a job (my farm) where I am outside working 14-16 hours a day. McElroy would not give me an offer till I graduated, since I wanted an offer before & started any training that left Schneider & Roehl. I picked Roehl for a few reasons. 1 – They have a flatbed division I can transfer to if I want to (I am starting in Van) 2 – All the drivers I talked to really had nothing to bash them, everything they complained about was nit-picky or slandered “working for the man” issues. 3 – Training – EVERYONE I talked to about Roehl’s training said it was top notch & felt real comfortable after the training & OTR training. 4 – Pay – although not a real big issue pay is nice (as if you guys/gals did not know that) They pay was right there with others with pay raised after 4, 6, & 12 months. 5 – Terminal – where I live there is a local Roehl terminal (there is a lot here in Dallas) 6 – Tie here with Schneider – both the reps I talked to were Honest, Answered all my questions without BS’ing me, & kept me up to date on everything. That is why I picked Riehl – the next post will be everything I did before my training starts.

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