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Posted:  4 years, 10 months ago

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Frustrations with Werner Enterprises, I'm finished with them

Just a quick note to say Thank you to Old School for the links at the beginning of this thread and to Brett for the podcasts, great info. Only thing I will say is boot camp is only 3 months but point well taken

Posted:  4 years, 10 months ago

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Game: Rookie Unrealistic Expectations

We used to have what we're called bookstores so I went to a used book store and bought a case of books. I would trade them in every so often when I finished a bunch of them.

That's a great point, despite the internet and tablets, I still like to read an actual book. Remember seeing the used book section at the library when I took my kids, $0.50 per book, may have to pick up a few. I typically read one a day or two days so maybe a crate is a good idea but once I'm done training.

Posted:  4 years, 10 months ago

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Moving To Knight Soon

Kinda surprised at the almost knee jerk reaction to my post, did you read it?

First, mydecision was not made on recruiter in the slightest but based on AUTO trans for CRE, then; Stated Brett was right Do your own research If you like the co and have a bad recruiter talk to another recruiter And LASTLY If you run into same issues with MULTIPLE recruiters there MIGHT be an internal issue with management, this may or may not be company wide but can be an indicator based on previous experience(and as a former recruiter) And yes, you need to consider if the recruiter is internal or external

Your knowledge on trucking I highly respect but dont pick one line from a post that is only a recommendation and base your response soley on that and someones lack of experience in this industry. That person may have considerable experience in other companies and with corporations as a whole.

Posted:  4 years, 10 months ago

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Moving To Knight Soon

Great point Brett, can see how people would do that. I passed on CRE due to the automatics in training but the first interaction most people will have will be with a recruiter. If they are defensive or pushy, overly salesy I am pretty turned off unless the company has something I really want I'm usually done. If you've done your due diligence you should know before you speak to a recruiter whether or not a company is of interest to you and hopefully the recruiter can fill in the remaining blanks in a reasonably honest fashion, if not talk to a different recruiter. If you run into the same issue with a different recruiter you may be running into an issue with how the company operates and treats employees and the type of pressure exerted on them to reach targets.

Posted:  4 years, 10 months ago

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Truck stops

All good to know, imagine it gets expensive if you aren't getting the credits. I tend to shower daily at a minimum unless I'm in the woods, then a jump in the creek suffices.

Posted:  4 years, 10 months ago

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Terminal Sheep Dogs

Dont give up, im sure im not the only greenhorn open to learning something new.

Posted:  4 years, 10 months ago

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Moving To Knight Soon

Im headed for Knight the 31st as well but for CDL training. Considered CRE but only train on automatics and dont want a restriction on my license right off. Liked the fact that they offered my a 6 month contract rather than 9-10 to cover the schooling though. Looked seriously at CRST roo, they offer me a flat rate of 38cpm when i start driving with a trainer as a veteran (timer served equalled 1 yr otr for them) which i though was pretty good. Recruiter at CRE was meh, so so kinda defensive when i mentioned Roehl paying during training but CRST recruiter was straight forward and agood guy as is the Knight recruiter, straight forward and good gal, however first one seemed brand new and like a deer in the headlights, actually had me expecting a call back (she stated) but never got back to me, had to call in again after submitting full app.

Posted:  4 years, 10 months ago

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Truck stops

Ok, so whats the deal on showers? Included with fill ups or seperate cost? Average cost?

Posted:  4 years, 10 months ago

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How do you do dishes on the road

Huh!. How bout that. My wife just asked me this and i didnt have an answer, now ive got a few. Looking forward tomgetting on the road.

Posted:  4 years, 10 months ago

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New Article From Old School About Buying Or Leasing A Truck

Hey rainy, forgot to mention it but dont sweat it. It takes more than that to offend me.

Posted:  4 years, 10 months ago

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Knight vs. CRST CDL training/driving for

Wasnt aware of that. Thanks for the info.

Regrettably had to push starting back another week but told the recruiter 31st and reefer. Looking forward to starting.

Posted:  4 years, 10 months ago

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Knight vs. CRST CDL training/driving for

Good to know, I'm 220 at about 6' but my necks gonna be close. The rest sounds pretty straight forward.

As far as Reefer vs dry van, I'm pretty flexible. I like to know what my options are if my family struggles with me being gone too long. Two teens at home keep life interesting and regional would be preferable over local, I hate LA driving enough as it is but it's good to know it's an option if necessary. OTR is my preference but running up and down the western 11 sounds pretty good too. Beautiful areas.

Silly as it sounds I do like that reefers trucks have fridges in them already and understand Reeder drivers can run dry van loads if necessary but not the other way around and around Holidays reefers keep moving more than dry. Sounds like I'm going with reefer

Posted:  4 years, 10 months ago

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New Article From Old School About Buying Or Leasing A Truck

Thanks again, i am reading as i go and studying as well among dealing with family and getting ready to leave. I will complete the article not to worry. I understand shipers pay a percentage, seems to be in the low to mid 70s from what ive seen. And yes, im a greenborn i will agree.

1.75 per mile seems rough, my buddy with his hotshots hits that and upwards of 2.00/mile, and id imagine with considerably less cost on the trucks as well. Another reason hotshots are on the future potential list. Either way, im looking forward to driving, as much as id like to buck the info regarding leasing or ownership im no fool and greatly appreciate the truth spoken here. Its the reason i keep coming back here.

So now need to decide on reefer or dry van, any thoughts? More money per mile on reefer but more potential to sit too.

Posted:  4 years, 10 months ago

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Knight vs. CRST CDL training/driving for

Good to know about the physical, anything special i should be concerned about?

Ok, another question...Knight, reefer or dry van? I know reefer earns a little more and potentially longer runs but the potential to sit more too.

Any thoughts?

Posted:  4 years, 10 months ago

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New Article From Old School About Buying Or Leasing A Truck

Boy am I confused. I guess time will straighten me out. I liked the idea of O/O due to another parent on my son's water polo team discussing it last year at one of the tournaments. He runs So Cal to AZ 3-4 times a week dedicated and nets $10k a month. Net, after taxes, maint, fuel, etc... And now owns his truck outright. I'm trying to find him to discuss details but don't remember which one is his son and haven't seen him over the summer season yet.

Also have a contact looking for aggregate trucks to run Corona to Vegas and back at $1500 per trip. Crunched numbers with my friend and depending on how you ran looks to be $300--$600 profit (after taxes and expenses) per trip x 3-5 trips per week.

Seems to me you would need a dedicated run to make O/O work consistently and be sure you got the miles you needed. Or work for someone like Acme or an O/O only company

Thoughts?

Posted:  4 years, 10 months ago

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Stevens, Knight, Stevens, Knight

Once again, thank you for your replies, especially Old School and G man. Don't worry about the late reply, I know you're all busy and appreciate any input I do receive. Hope the Dr appts go well.

Coming from the automotive industry, while I didn't drive Big Rigs, I did drive Porsches most recently, they handle just a little differently.

Changes in upper management have lead to major changes down hill which ultimately result in less pay and more hours worked, and often top performers are "rewarded" with paycuts. My biggest month in the car business was quickly followed with a change in the pay program which resulted in the top performers being required to do more for less with little affect on the lower performers. The philosophy from the industries I have come from seems to be why pay someone xxx amount when you can hire 3 people for the same amount and everyone is replaceable.

As to leasing, I will certainly read it and have to make my decision down the road. I see a lot of O/O here in So Cal but that doesn't mean they are making $. My parents owned 5 rigs at one point,lost it all good 20 years ago unfortunately.

My friend seems to be running pretty well with 3 Hotshots so that may be an option down the road as well. Just know being an employee especially In commiefornia makes it tough to get by. Who knows, being on the road may not feel so much like an employee. I do recall my dad complaining a lot about disbatchers at Roadway then YRC before being forced into early medical retirement and that doesn't bring positive thoughts to mind as an employee. He ran hard, provided well for us, showed us what a great work ethic was and I'm grateful.

Thanks again, just finished my physical for Knight, time to study

Posted:  4 years, 10 months ago

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Knight vs. CRST CDL training/driving for

Thank you everyone for your replies, I know I am asking for opinions and I need to make my decision but everyone on here seems to be very straightforward and helpful and I do value your opinion.

I am sitting here taking my physical while I write this, anticipating Knight come Monday but still need my CLP, which I will take today or tomorrow. Not too worried about not passing, If I do anything well it is test. Thanks for the tips and links, I've read quite a few diaries thus far too and plan to start my own next week.

Keep you posted, thanks again!

Posted:  4 years, 10 months ago

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Stevens, Knight, Stevens, Knight

Thanks Old School, was hoping you'd chime in. Appreciate the input. I'm considering Knight and CRST (gives me $500 bonus plus 38cpm as a veteran starting out driving with a trainer) compared to Knights $400 training pay plus 33-41cpm sliding scale for training but I have to pay back the tuition on my CDL class vs. 10 mo commitment to CRST to cover the cost.

Any concerns you have about the direction of the company merging with Swift? Understand Knight management will run the merged company but mergers always make me nervous especially when stockholders are involved and the put a lot of emphasis on shareholder benefit in the merger articles and none, from what I've read, on the employee interests. From my experience there tends to be a focus on improving shareholder value immediately which can often be in conflict with employee best interest as they are typically a company's greatest expense.

Any thoughts on either company, both seem like pretty good options from the facts, CRST runs teams obviously which I'm not sure about and Knight seems to have more options for local/regional work here in So Cal. Kind of torn to be honest, feel like flipping a coin. I guess for 10-12 months neither would be a bad choice from where I sit if I'm positive and willing to work, which I am. Any thoughts on lease purchase or going owner operator with either company? Pros/cons?

Again, thanks for your input or any advice you have and will be well appreciated.

Posted:  4 years, 10 months ago

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Knight vs. CRST CDL training/driving for

Thanks Rainy, can't see leaving before 10 months but you never know with some of the reviews I've read. They are all over the place so I try to take each of them with a grain of salt, much of life is what you make of it, I am hoping this is too.

Posted:  4 years, 10 months ago

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2 week CDL training Knight Transportation

Hey Roadpilot,

Knight is still paying the $400 for weeks 2-3 to defray the cost of lodging, however anyone coming from California Knight is required to offer to finance the cost of lodging taking your total tuition obligation from $3,000 to $3750 for the 3 weeks. Nice option if you are on a tight budget and you still get the $400/wk.

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