Profile For Sam

Sam's Info

  • Location:
    Easley, SC

  • Driving Status:
    Rookie Solo Driver

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  • Joined Us:
    5 years, 7 months ago

Sam's Bio

I'm 48 , got married at the age of 18 , had 3 kids , now that the kids are out of the nest, I wanna fulfill my life long dream , traveling this beautiful country in a big rig.

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Posted:  5 years ago

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Headed to deBOER !

Sorry for not replying on the process of orientation or the training, I wasnt around a PC at all, but I have some great news.I am now a rookie solo driver now .I got home today after been gone for 4 weeks

The orientation was for 3 days. On Friday I was put with a trainer that had me doing things I wasn't conformable with like going around Dallas TX and Houston TX in rush hr . wanted me to stay up with the traffic and 2 times I had to put brakes on really hard not to ram someone. so after 5 days with him we ended up back at our terminal and I told my driving manager I wasn't conferrable with this guy so he put me with this other trainer. This trainer helped me allot . He let me drive the way I like to drive , On heavy traffic I like to stay back a little and when I see traffic stopping I have plenty of time to stop. Not one time did I have to put my breaks on to keep from ramming anyone.I am a defense driver and I think this is the reason Iv never had a accident in my 32 yrs of driving .Training was supposed to be for 21 days and I upgraded 18 days in I mostly had to work on my backing and still need practice but I have the process down.

My 2nd trainer was good for me as training me for what I needed to learn but he wasn't the cleanest of them and couldn't make it to the bathroom most times but he has a medical issue. I was determent to put up with it so I could hurry and get in my own truck. needless to say I didn't have a great experience with my trainers but I got thou it alive and know more than I did. because Of my experience I think I will work toward being a trainer so I could help students have a good experience instead of A nightmare

Ill be more professional like Danial ......I would have loved him being my trainer I wanna be like Daniel lol I think I could have put up with his shakes he makes , maybe it would have helped me loose weight and make me eat right lol

Got my first load on 4-16 at Cedar Hill Tx to be delivered to Spartainburg SC. Did it in 1.5 days with no hitches at all. Home for Easter weekend and leaving out on Monday for 4 week tour of this beautiful country

During my 18 days of training Iv been in 85 dg whether in Lorado Tx and the next day being in Blinker Wisconsin and Minnesota with a layer of ice and 6 in of snow. Iv been in almost half the states on the right side of the map . now Im ready for the left side

Posted:  5 years ago

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Headed to deBOER !

At 4 pm today Ill be on a bus going to Dallas TX for orientation with deBoer Transportation. Arriving in Dallas at 12:45 Sunday. Orientation will start Monday at 7:30 am. I will post as much as I am able to.

Posted:  5 years ago

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Need help making a BIG decision !

How God answers prayers, First off I wanna tell you some info, My instructor is 3rd party examiner also I had allot of people praying for me at 10:30 am

I was doing allie docking pretty good until 2 days before I'm to test . I was to test on 3/12 , at 10:30 am, on the 10th and 11th I couldn't get it in the box at all , The morning of the test we arrived at the training pad with it raining, I did some allie docking that morning and was still terrible at it, So the instructor to me to run the road course.I ran the course and working on my timing with holding the RPMS at 1400 so I wouldn't grind while shifting, Got back to the pad at 9:45, did a few more allie docking and still with no success.At 10 am i asked the instructor if I could use the restroom and study the pre trip. While I was using the restroom she made a call to see if the weather was going to clear,(we didnt wanna be on the wet ground doing the pre trip ) it was going to clear around 11 am so she postponed my test till 11:30, Now remember I have allot of people praying for me at 10:30, At 1030 my instructor told me to practice docking, for the next 45 min I put the trailer in the box 5 out of 6 times. At 11:30 I started my test and on the pre trip i made 102, out of 107 , on the stopline I lost 1 point, on the straight line I lost 2 points , on the serpentine I lost 0 points , on the allie docking I put it right in the middle of the box and only lost 2 points from crossing the 2 lines in the square ( the way this box is set up most will hit these 2 lines) 5 points out of 14 , During my driving test I only grind gears 3 times ( during downshifting I don't rev hard enough for it to go right into 7th, something i need to work on ) and hit the lines 2 times, 2 points for not checking traffic in my mirrors (intersections i looked ) Thats 7 points out of 25 , I scored higher than anyone in my class. The reason I'm writing this is I told God if he helped me pass this test I would give him all the glory He knew I needed a few more try's and he gave them to me GLORY TO GOD

Posted:  5 years ago

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Need help making a BIG decision !

Sam, I just thought of something. You are about to celebrate 30 years of being a husband and father. What a success story! Do you have any idea how rare that is? And starting out at 18 besides. That means you know how to serve your spouse and be of service to others. That is THE key to success. I had two failed marriages by the time I was 35. I never knew anything about being a husband or father until I became a Christian in my forties. You, sir, have a VERY impressive record of success. I am confident you will continue to be successful because you know the secret. I would say, "Good Luck" but I know luck had nothing to do with your past successes and will have no part in your future successes. You already have the keys in your hands. Hats off to you.

Stephen E. Birch

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Yes Jopa , I have been a christian sense I was kid , Wife and I believe in marriage (not saying we have had a perfect marriage or christian life) but I think this is why we have lasted this long.Thank you sir for your kind words and most of all for the motivation, encouragement, and confidence you are giving me.Not only to you but to everyone that has helped me out on this journey. (I would name everyone but I don't wanna leave some one out so Ill say EVERYONE ,THANK YOU)

@Ken , Sir I will post as much as i can , Ill be on the road without a PC, but I will post during my home time, A laptop is on the top of my list as soon as I am making some good money.I haven't worked in 2 yrs and wife lost her job a few months ago so money is low here , Its going to be a struggle for me at first but i know that God has brought me this far and he will take me to the finish line .which reminds me I wanna share something with everyone , ill post in in the next box

Posted:  5 years ago

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Need help making a BIG decision !

Sam, Ooooo, getting close! Any butterflies? Hell I got 'em for you . . . I'm supposed to head to Springfield, MO on the 28th heading for Prime and it still doesn't seem real. There really is an opportunity here in truck driving that exists no where else in the whole job market. KInda like the military: do I wanna be an Airman, Sailor, Soldier, Marine or a Coastie . . . does one pick Swift, Central, Stevens, Prime or any of dozens of companies . . . and they pick up the tab, too! What a world. Well, good luck Sam and since you are approaching your 30th wedding anaversary (and unless you got married REAL young) you, like me (62) are no spring chicken . . . another fact that goes against the grain . . . I mean, who would have thought? I think you would agree that the fact and spirit of this website has been and is a real positive influence in many lives . . . what a rare treasure as much of the internet is nothing but intrusive garbage . . . so congratulations to you and God speed . . .

Stephen E. Birch

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Thank you Jopa, yeah I'm only 48 , got married when i was 18, raised 3 kids and now going for the dream job Iv had my whole life, This is a great site , it helped me get to where i am today and will help me (us ) in the future, We have somewhere to go to ask questions when we are a rocky driver out on the road and need some help, I have meet some great people on here and hope to Cross their paths 1 day

Posted:  5 years ago

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Thank you guys for your commits,it was very helpful, I have chose deBoer Transportation,I leave on 3-22-14 for orientation ( the only down side to this is my 30th wedding anniversary is on the 24 lol Here is some incite on the orientation for deBoer

Congratulations: SAMUEL CROWE your application has been approved and you have been scheduled for orientation. Please review the information below for travel and orientation arrangement

Orientation location: Cedar Hill, TX – Holiday Inn Express 1007 N. Hwy 67., Cedar Hill, TX 75104 Orientation date: Monday March 24, 2014 Travel Method: Greyhound bus (give greyhound both the confirmation and PTO number in order to receive your ticket. Greyhound allows one bag under 50lbs. We do not pay for extra bags if you choose to bring those. You are leaving Saturday March 22, 2014 Traveling by bus to Dallas, TX: Call COWBOY CAB 214-428-0202 Give the cab driver deBoer’s acct# for pick up from Greyhound. Taxi will travel to the Holiday Inn Express – Cedar Hill 1007 N. Hwy 67 Cedar Hill, TX At 7:30am the following morning, arrive downstairs in the designated conference room to meet up with the Orientation instructor for further direction. Orientation last 3 days, once complete you will be assigned your trainer and you will depart.

Posted:  5 years, 1 month ago

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Need help making a BIG decision !

Nobody can answer that question for you. We each make the decision of where to start our trucking careersarrow-10x10.png for very different reasons. You need to make a pro and con list for each company. Look at each company's CSA rating. Decide what is most important to you. Things like pay, what part of the country you will be driving, hometime, etc. There are a lot of other companies you did not list. The opportunity is limitless. It really is.... what is important to you.

Yeah , I have my list of pros and cons but wanting people that knows the company's to respond about their dealings with the company , I know there are allot more company's out there but the list I provided are the ones that pre hired me

Posted:  5 years, 1 month ago

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Need help making a BIG decision !

I obtained my CDL class A licences last week, I am 48 yr old with no kids at home, I want to be OTR for 3 to 5 yrs for the adventure,I have no problem being OTR for 4 or more weeks.I have applied with several Trucking company's and I have a few that is waiting for my answer.

The company's are : Swift Transport, de Boer, Arnold Transportation, USA Truck, H.O. Wolding.

Iv done my research on all the company's and I know what the pay rate and all is. What I'm asking from everyone is to help me make a decision with which company would be great for me starting out in, To me , Not asking no one to bash them just give me some pros and cons.

Also who would be the best at training me on safety and how to do all the aspects it takes to run a truck on a day to day bases.

Looking forward on seeing reply's from a few of the guys and gals that I have great respect for as Truck Drivers and the person you are .You guys may not know me to well, but I have been on this forum allot and feel as if I know you. That's why your opinion will mean alot to me

Thank you everyone.

Posted:  5 years, 1 month ago

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Shifting at Railroads

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You want to get that long truck off the tracks as soon as possible, By not changing the gears you have a better chance of not stalling on the tracks, you will be in a gear to get you off the tracks asap

Hey all. I am studying for my CDL, using trucckingtruth.com's program of course, and I understand you are not allowed to shift gears while driving over railway tracks. What I don't understand is why? Forgive my ignorance, however, I am one of those people that needs to know why something is the way it is.

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You want to get that long truck off the tracks as soon as possible, By not changing the gears you have a better chance of not stalling on the tracks, you will be in a gear to get you off the tracks asap

Posted:  5 years, 1 month ago

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Shifting at Railroads

You want to get that long truck off the tracks as soon as possible, By not changing the gears you have a better chance of not stalling on the tracks, you will be in a gear to get you off the tracks asap

Hey all. I am studying for my CDL, using trucckingtruth.com's program of course, and I understand you are not allowed to shift gears while driving over railway tracks. What I don't understand is why? Forgive my ignorance, however, I am one of those people that needs to know why something is the way it is.

Posted:  5 years, 1 month ago

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I did it

Hi everyone I passed my CDL test today , I went to Tri County Tec , in Anderson SC , It Is a great school to go to. The instructor is a 3rd party examiner also, and is great at what she does. I would have done a day to day diary but I didn't have much time and I am not a great writer. Now I just have to choose a company to go to work with. Thanx for all the help I have got here

Posted:  5 years, 3 months ago

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Need Help , Urgent

Sam, go through our list of Company-Sponsored Training Programs. Those companies all offer the type of training you're talking about.

Whether or not you'll need to transfer your permit will depend on the program you go with and the state they're in. I don't know if all states accept permits from other states or not.

yes Brett Im in the Company-Sponsored Training Programs right now looking , Iv been trying to not rush and make a harsh discussion but now I have no choice , The road I had layed down for myself has disappeared out from under me

Posted:  5 years, 3 months ago

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Need Help , Urgent

Prime, Swift, Roehl all have schools that start weekly. Call them! I think Prime is the best option if you have no money. They will pay your way there. Pay for lodging and food while in class part. Then once you get on a truck with a TNT, you will make $600 a week. Roehl, you will have to pay for your lodging.

Yes I was just on Prime website ,Prime has always been my top 3, I just wasn't familiar with their schooling,I already have my cdl permit in South Carolina my question is would I have to get one for Missouri .

Posted:  5 years, 3 months ago

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Need Help , Urgent

I started school last Nov , went thou the WIA program , on Dec 16 instructor went in for surgery (she new she was going to have the surgery but none of the students was aware of this till the first day of class ) she is out for 8 weeks , we are scheduled to return around Feb 10th

Here is my Delmar , as of right now no one in my house hold has a job or can find one , I am running out of time (if not already)

What I need to know what is a good company that has a school that I could enroll in.

I have 4 weeks of schooling ,with about 30 hrs plus of driving (also knowledge from TT ) so this will help me move right alone in the classses.

Posted:  5 years, 3 months ago

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The Adventures of Daniel B.

I will be finishing school at the end of February, Prime is top 3 on my list of company's I wanna work for .Think there is a chance you could train me .Iv read every word you have typed in this forum and I fell as if we already buddies.No it wont both me 1 pit that a 22 year old is training me at the age of 47 , I wont to learn from the best and I know you know what you are doing.

@Brett - I can't wait. I realize the difficulties but I'll be driving a LW truck until then. That alone will give me some stories to tell! smile.gif

@Old School - My wife tells me the same thing. But maybe she's just trying to make me feel good about myself. Who knows? Haha.

Oh ya, I love those 89,754 word essays you write smile.gif

I plan on trying to only train students from TT. They are usually a cut above the rest and much smarter than the average hunk coming into trucking. I don't want to be stuck with some guy for 3 months who couldn't take time to study the industry before he went to school. If everything goes well, Guy Decou will probably be my first student. He's been on the sidelines for well over a year now, itching to get Decou off the sidelines!

There's going to be a huge age difference with every student. I'm 22 and the average person I come across doubles my age. So it'll be interesting to see how it goes with a 22 year old trainer training a 45 year old.

Posted:  5 years, 4 months ago

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Downshifting

Thank you guys for all your help , yes heavy c , my instructor told us the same thing about adding up the numbers , I'm getting a habit of revving on the upshift now , go figure lol , yes brett you are making a lot of sense and i understand exactly what you are saying but i'm having a problem executing it , either i rev to low or to high , I think seat time is all i need

Thanx you guys

Posted:  5 years, 4 months ago

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Downshifting

Started CDL school 3 weeks ago,everyone warned me about double clutching ( got it down now ) but no one warned me about downshifting.I am getting better at it but not acing it yet .Not bragging but I am the head of the class between the 4 of us , did so well today the instructor MADE me get out of the truck and do a happy dance lol , but anyways can any of you great truck drivers give some advice on downshifting

Thanks for any help

Today we drove a 4 lane road , 14 miles 1 way , shift to 10th gear and downshift to 6th gear, then back up to 10 th and back down to 6th , for 14 miles

at 45 mph we would downshift to 9th ( clutch , out of gear , rev , clutch ,to 8th )

8th is 35 mph 7th is 25 mph 6th is 15 mph

now what has me confused when performing this is the rev , Ill use 7th for instance. if i go to change at 28 mph I have to rev high or if I go to change at 23 mph i have to rev low

Im getting there but any suggestion for me to get this faster would be much appreciated

Posted:  5 years, 4 months ago

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H.O. Wolding

Had a recruiter come to my school from H.O. Wolding.Looking for info if anyone on here drives for them or if you know about them.

Posted:  5 years, 5 months ago

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Sam's Truck Driving Jouney

I started school on Monday the 11th , Next wednesday we have recruiters from H.O. Wolding, Inc. to talk to us.Does anyone on Trucking Truth work for this company or do you know anything about this company , I wanna have a heads up when they come in.

In the next few days I will try to start a blog in CDL Training Diaries.

Tired but enjoying my jouney. lol

Posted:  5 years, 5 months ago

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Sam's Truck Driving Jouney

Hey Sam....CONGRATS on your success !!!! And I'll give you a little help with your spelling..atleast on the internet. If you use Google Chrome for your browser, when you misspell a word ANYWHERE, it will underline it in red, you right click on it, and there will be a list of "right" words..the top one is usually the correct one !!! So that will help some. Now get back to studying...we want to hear ya hollar when you get that CDL !!!

Thanx Star , After investigating this I found out it's not installed. I had to install it .

Now I have the confidence to wright a blog of my travels in school.

Question: I'm wondering if I will have home work , school is from 8 am till 5 pm and a 27 mile drive in heavy traffic at that time of day. it'll probably be 6 before i got home everyday,so not much downtime.

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