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Posted:  5 years, 3 months ago

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Rand McNally Intelliroute TND 720 LM and Qaullcom directions.

I heard somewhere that it was possible to enter the quallcom route plan directly into the gps. Anyone have any insight on this ?

Posted:  5 years, 3 months ago

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Changed The Login System To Keep You Logged In

Nope !. I still have to logon each time using google chrome.

Posted:  5 years, 3 months ago

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So many Swifties

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I'll go on a limb here and say most people aren't very thorough with their online researching. If prime is the topic of the month then students will end up being swayed that way. I went with central because they had the least complaints online haha.

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I went with Central because they had the shortest training program. I didnt want to spend anymore than 4 weeks with a trainer. shocked.png

I could barely stand ten days with a trainer. Hygiene wasn't his thing.

Posted:  5 years, 3 months ago

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Where to set the tandems ?

Okay, I'm slowly figuring this thing out. I'm also questioning the money I spent on my schooling since they didn't go over this at all. All they mentioned was the holes and what direction to move them. Anyway, my manual showed me how to access the air suspension display but how am I suppose to know what the numbers mean ? I'm assuming the higher the psi the more weight on my drives. How do I know when I'm over ? I'm in a Volvo if that helps.

Posted:  5 years, 3 months ago

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Where to set the tandems ?

Sorry guys, I'm not sure what you mean by the 40" inch mark ? On the trailer we have ABCD markings with the notches in between. Clearly my trainer has failed me. Am I to understand that I could still get a fine if I'm under 80k and my weight isn't properly distributed ?

Posted:  5 years, 3 months ago

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Scanning software on an Ipad ?

Has anyone ever used the scanning app on an ipad to send in your BOL's ?

Posted:  5 years, 3 months ago

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Where to set the tandems ?

I'm totally new to the job and I was wondering if there were some kind of formula to go by as to where the tandems should be placed based on the weight until a guy has time to get on a scale ?

Posted:  5 years, 4 months ago

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Trucker GPS Vs Smart Phone Apps

Anyone have any opinions on either ? There are a few options that make the GPS appealing like showing the closet truck stop but is it worth the $350 ? Can you get the same info with a smart phone app ? I'm new to the industry and I'm trying to save $ where I can. I don't mind spending the money if it will make life on the road a little less stressful but saving money also lessens ones stress. Any input will be appreciated.

Thanks and Happy Thanksgiving.

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Posted:  5 years, 4 months ago

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Calming My Nerves (in school)

I knew that I would get a ton of good advice coming here. Per usual, I was freaking my self out for no reason. Me and my truck mates made it downtown and back several times without any major malfunction. Some things I did well and others not so great but I felt that I got better overall. Today was a day of learning, things that I think will make me a better driver. Tonight, I'm putting away the books and videos and heading to the gym to unload my stress. Thanks to everyone for their very helpful responses.

Posted:  5 years, 4 months ago

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Calming My Nerves (in school)

I'm currently in my second week of driver training in Roehl's Driver Trainer School and my nerves are getting the best of me because I'm still struggling with my shifting. Today we are suppose to head downtown which means heavier traffic, more stoplights, tighter more precise turns, lane changes in traffic. These things wouldn't bother me if I had my shifting skills mastered. How can I be alert to all the things that I need to, to be a safe driver when I'm worried about my shifting ? I consider myself a reasonably smart guy and I have always been able to pick up new things pretty quickly so it's really rocking my confidence that I'm still struggling with my shifting. Granted, I haven't logged more than 8 full hours behind the wheel yet, but others to seem to be picking it up faster than me. I really think I have what it takes to be a good safe driver, I think I'd be a good employee, I'm not at all opposed to working hard. All of this hinges on me getting better at my shifting. We test next Monday and with three people in a truck I will be lucky to log another ten hours or drive time. We still have to practice our backing skills during that time. I'm a bit concerned.

Posted:  5 years, 5 months ago

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Trucking Blog, from school to the road and more

I'm also doing a daily diary of my new adventure into the trucking industry. Today is day five attending Roehl's Driver Training School here in Marshfield Wi. I'm doing it just to share with my family mostly. It helps me feel connected to them when I'm away from home. I won't be making my entries public because I'm a terrible writer. However, I do enjoy reading about the adventures of others going through school.

Posted:  5 years, 5 months ago

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Humbled by shifting.... :)

Bonarro, Check out this YouTube video on double clutching the best I've seen.

How To Double Clutch A Tractor Trailer This is an explanation about how to double clutch shift a tractor trailer

Thank You so much for that.

Posted:  5 years, 5 months ago

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Humbled by shifting.... :)

Yep, it just a phase we all have to endure. Once you are out there and floating for a while it will catch you in reverse. Get in you manual car and grind the gears because you want to float them. smile.gif

That's funny that you mentioned it. I got in my S-10 after class and forgot how to drive it. rofl-2.gif

Posted:  5 years, 5 months ago

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The highs, the lows, what a difference a day makes.

Congrats to both of you!!! Never a doubt!

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Posted:  5 years, 5 months ago

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The highs, the lows, what a difference a day makes.

Your in Dales' truck now....Hummm we have seen each other and didn't even realize it....I'm in Bob's truck finishing up. Tomorrow is graduation.....

Hey,I think we met this morning. I was with a woman from Dale's truck when you guys were warming up your rig. What a small world it is. If We don't see each other tomorrow I hope your new career turns out to be great for you. Who knows, maybe we will meet on the road some day. Congratulations on finishing up your training and getting out of this freaking cold and snow.

Best of Luck to you.

Posted:  5 years, 5 months ago

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The highs, the lows, what a difference a day makes.

Yesterday I was so stressed out over my poor shifting performance that it frayed my nerves. Today it all came together like turning on a switch. It was pretty funny at first, I actually didn't know how to act without hearing that grind grind grind when shifting gears. Now there were some set backs later in the day when we hit the city streets for the first time. We all regressed a little bit due to the stress of being on the road with other vehicles and people for the first time but we now know we have what it takes to get it done. We still need a lot more practice but it's really a relief knowing all we need is more time with our asses in the seat. I can't say enough about our instructor Dale at Roehl's Driver Training School. He has the patience and the skills to make a driver out of just about anyone.

Posted:  5 years, 5 months ago

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Humbled by shifting.... :)

Thank you all for your input, I can't express how much I appreciate it. I know I'm putting excess pressure on myself. I really need this to work out. Like many Americans,my previous career in a bad economy has left me hanging by a thread financially. I really need this driving career to work out. I'm going to do my best to digest all the input you guys were so kind to provide. Tomorrow is another day, another chance to do better. Thanks again to everyone.

Posted:  5 years, 5 months ago

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Humbled by shifting.... :)

Day two of driver training, first day (couple of hours) with my ass in the driver seat. I've driven a manual transmission all of my adult life so I thought I would have a leg up. I could not have been more wrong. The double shifting is kicking my ass. My instinct is to push the clutch all they way in like I've done for the last 20 years. The first part of the day was the worst. I bet the tractor is 5lbs lighter due to all the gears I ground by not being fast enough clutching. Now I know I'm not the only guy struggling, some are doing worse but some are getting it a lot sooner than me and it's really bringing me down. Shifting wasn't something I thought would be a huge roadblock but it has me questioning my decision to drive. Some times I'm smooth as silk getting it in the next gear, others it's like I have no clue what I'm doing. It's literally been a couple of hours of actual driving time but I'm still beating myself up for not having it mastered. My nerves are little frayed.

Posted:  5 years, 5 months ago

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Any danger of ruining a laptop charging it in a tractor ?

Congrats Patrick on coming on board. I just finished week 2. We tested and all passed our CDL exams today. If your coming in this Monday hit me up. I got another week here.

Congrats PJ, I'll be there Monday, or maybe even Sunday night, I'm not sure yet ? I'm only an 1 1/2 hrs away so I might wait until Mon morning to drive down. Best of luck with your final week.

Posted:  5 years, 5 months ago

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Any danger of ruining a laptop charging it in a tractor ?

Thank You Brett. Like I mentioned I'm just starting out and I'm very anxious/excited to get going. I guess I totally spaced on clarifying my question. I was really happy to see the link you provided about Roehl's Driver Training School. I felt much better after reading your assessment. I also have to say thanks for the High Road CDL training course. I positively crushed it when taking my written test. The guy at the DMV was totally impressed that I passed all three of my tests the first try and with such a high score. I told him all about your site. So thanks again, I couldn't have done it without you.

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