Profile For Hammer

Hammer's Info

  • Location:
    RI

  • Driving Status:
    Rookie Solo Driver

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  • Joined Us:
    1 year, 11 months ago

Hammer's Bio

Retired Navy Officer

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Posted:  1 year, 3 months ago

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Another Topic Just For Fun - What was your last load? How much did it weigh? How many miles?

43,286 lbs of Red Bull for 279 miles. Neither the shipper nor consignee offered samples, though.

Posted:  1 year, 6 months ago

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Working on the "Roehl" Road

Going dry van in NE region. I've read your posts Tracey and have been glad to see you're so happy with Roehl. Made me think I've made the right choice. Thanks!

Posted:  1 year, 6 months ago

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Launched....again

Tim, guess I won't bump into you in Conley -- bummer. Congratulations and good luck.good-luck.gif

Posted:  1 year, 6 months ago

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Working on the "Roehl" Road

Flying to Conley GA tomorrow morning to start orientation with Roehl Transport. This journey has been a whirlwind -- the High Road Training Program was instrumental in prepping me to get my CLP in OCT, completed private schooling and got my CDL in DEC, (both "one and done"), and now it gets real. I haven't strictly followed all of the advice from this awesome website (e.g. attended private truck school, only applied to one company) but I have very thoroughly read through all of it. I'm extremely grateful to Brett for maintaining the site and all of the moderators and other contributors -- my wife? Not so much ... she thinks I spend too much time on the sitesmile.gif .

I'm thinking about describing the orientation for Roehl in the Training Diaries section as time permits, but we'll see how it goes.

Tim F: I'm planning to look you up when I get there (we're from the same neck of the woods).

Thanks all!

Posted:  1 year, 7 months ago

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2 Year On Time Delivery Award

Congratulations Rainy! Happy for you and glad that good things still happen to people that apply themselves. I've learned so much from you and the other regular contributors (e.g. Brett, Old School, G-Town, Errol, Big Scott, Unholychaos, gladhand, and others). I've only been visiting this site for a short time, but in that short time you all have helped me decide to jump in, get a CLP in one try, start and complete private school, and get my CDL on first attempt. Because of you all and this site, I know that I still have tons to learn. While I don't yet comprehend the subtleties and nuances of how to be a top tier driver, I know through all of you sharing your experiences what to look for and work on.

Starting with Roehl January 29th in Conley, GA. Congrats again and thanks.

Posted:  1 year, 8 months ago

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Giant Leap!!!

Good luck, Robert! I'm right behind you ... got my CDL last week and am starting with Roehl on Jan 29. I opted for the Atlanta GA location considering the time of year.

Posted:  1 year, 8 months ago

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Lesson to be learned

In addition to visually checking before driving away, perhaps it might be a good idea to set the trailer parking brake, tug a bit, and shut down with the trailer under tension. That way it would be more difficult for someone to pull the coupling release arm?

Posted:  1 year, 9 months ago

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Roehl OTR doesn't travel all 48 states?

Ya, you're probably right. The kind of things I was wondering about seem to me like stupid questions, but I've been told "there's no such thing as stupid questions! (Just stupid people)".

So, here goes: Did Roehl provide you with a new truck or a "gently used" one? Where do you park when on home time? Which home time package did you take? Are you assigned to their NE Regional Route? Are they getting you home as often as you wanted and on time? How do you have your truck set up with regards to cooking equipment and cooler/refrigeration for your food? Does the company provide inverters? How do you like it so far?

I guess I should have directed these questions toward the recruiter (Cheryl, who is very professional), but I didn't think of these until afterwards. The main reason I settled on Roehl was their safety record (if I'm reading the FMCSA safety website correctly). Hoping to get a little inside scoop on their training program as well. I'm tentatively planning to attend training at their Conley, GA terminal. Thanks!

Posted:  1 year, 9 months ago

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Roehl OTR doesn't travel all 48 states?

I'd share the map I have if I could figure out how. I've been solo for Roehl for almost 6 months. I'm from RI, my classmate was from TX. We both ended up mostly running Midwest. I've crossed the Mississippi three times and not by much. Lots of PA. Through IN past Chicago up into WI. Through Canada a few times from ME to MI.

Hey, Matt H! I'm also from RI and plan to drive for Roehl Transport upon graduating from NETTTS. One more week of school and then the road test whenever RI DMV works through their backlog (apparently, there's a 1-2 month delay). If you're amenable and if possible, I would like to speak with you offline about your job. Thanks!

Posted:  1 year, 10 months ago

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Racers, pacers, and pacemakers

Fellas, I hope that none of you carry any anger away from this thread -- you guys are terrific mentors to people like me, and I feel like I'm listening to new friends bicker. While this thread may seem obnoxious and frustrating because through some minor miscommunication, you may actually be saying the same thing, the entire discussion was helpful and illustrative for me -- sincerely, thanks.

I've actually seen similar situations regarding slow trucks passing slower trucks on ascending hills, etc. I've been driving cars for almost 40 years, and thanks to a long career in the military where most of my schools were on one coast and duty stations on the other coast, I've driven cross country 13 times. Hearing your perspectives and differing philosophies has been valuable to a newbie like me who just completed his first week of CDL school (just got my CLP on Friday, yay!)

It was also very cool to learn that the left travel lane is named after me.

Thanks again -- I enjoy the dialogue on this site.

Posted:  1 year, 11 months ago

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OTR: Paying your dues to land a regional gig?

Thanks guys. Appreciate your help. Be safe!

Posted:  1 year, 11 months ago

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OTR: Paying your dues to land a regional gig?

I am seriously considering a career change to truck driving. After spending several hours on this awesome website, I think I know the answer to my question, but would greatly value insight from those who know. Specifically, I'm wondering if all new drivers are assigned OTR routes before they can break into the regional routes?

I realize that the answer to this will depend a great deal on the individual company, but was wondering if this is a safe assumption? Reading many job postings from my local area, a year or more experience seems to be a common requirement for a regional job.

BACKGROUND: After 26+ years in the Navy and five more years with another government agency, I've had enough time away from home. But both kids are out of the house now and we can use the money, so it seems like a good time to pursue my childhood dream and drive a truck. I told my wife that for the first year or so, I might not be home more than a couple of days every two weeks or so -- she's supportive so far (we've been through worse). But I think a regional job is what I would be truly happy with.

Appreciate your insight. Thanks.

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