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    CA

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    Preparing For School

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    7 years, 6 months ago

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Posted:  7 years, 2 months ago

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At a crossroad

Yeah, People like you shouldn't drive truck!

You don't know if you can afford the low pay. You have a short temper with those who train you. You have health issues. Most importantly, you're scared to drive!!

That's a no brainer if I ever saw one...wtf.gif

Posted:  7 years, 2 months ago

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Old School

Now the current, very skewed, trend of thinking (thanks to sites like The Truckers Report) is that there are good companies and bad companies out there to work for and as long as you make a good choice in who you are going to work for then you will get lots of miles, easily obtainable bonuses, and be living on easy street cashing fat paychecks and smoking big fancy cigars while you are cruising down the road in a brand new Peterbilt with leather seats and all the amenities.

That's awesome!!rofl-3.gif

Posted:  7 years, 2 months ago

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Question about career choice

I have a question for truckers. I have been laid off the last 6 months. Today I was offered a job in my career field (information technology) starting at 58K.. These past 6 months I have been researching trucking and have always wanted to do it. These 6 months have me drained financially and first year trucking wages aren't that great from what my research has told me.

If any of you were in my shoes would you take a job in your field or take the risk and go trucking?

Had you said somewhere in there that you "really, really want to drive truck because of the challenges it provides, the places you get to travel to and being your own boss on the road", but you didn't...

To me, that speaks volumes! Maybe you should consider your tech field.

Posted:  7 years, 2 months ago

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Questions about TV's

... I use a 17' LED TV. It was more than big enough to watch comfortably and fit just right on the flat spot he was referring to and it had a strap so my TV didnt bounce around when it got bumpy.

I just gotta ask, what feeds your TV signal? Do you have satellite? Truck stop cable feeds? Wifi? Just curious about the signal you use and where or how it is achieved.

Posted:  7 years, 3 months ago

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Stressed out!!

No I've always wanted to drive but I have the opportunity to do either so I think in all college might be the better option but trucking is more interesting to me

That was my point, you stand before a fork in the road... Which is more important? Opportunity? or what you really want to do? Trucking is a "lifestyle", the other stuff you mentioned are just jobs that pay better except the teaching one. Which will bring you happiness? I know a lot of educated career types who really hate their jobs...

Posted:  7 years, 3 months ago

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Stressed out!!

OK guys basically I'm in a jam. Ive always wanted to drive a truck but I have the opportunity to go to college and I'm thinking about pharmacy, teaching or engineering. If you guys were me what would you do?

I'd agree with the others, but did you "always wanted to" be either a pharmacist, a teacher or an engineer?

Posted:  7 years, 3 months ago

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The Adventures of Daniel B.

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Hey Daniel, It's not that bad a color? Look at the bright side, I bet it'll be easy to spot at a truck stop!rofl-3.gif

Are you a flatbed driver for Prime now?

Posted:  7 years, 3 months ago

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The Adventures of Daniel B.

Not to mention a .13cpm raise.

Hey Daniel, I'm glad to hear things are going great with Prime. (Definitely my first choice to pursue), did you opt for the smaller truck?

Posted:  7 years, 3 months ago

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Man Trapped Under Truck Survives for Nearly 8 Hours in Cold

This is one lucky Hombre!!

Man trapped

Posted:  7 years, 3 months ago

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Exact First Year Income. Week by Week!

10/08

Before Taxes: 34,907.03

After Taxes: 32,226.26

Hey Daniel, thanks for the great info, but I'm kinda worried for you... Wow, only 8 percent taxes? How many kids do you have?shocked.png

Posted:  7 years, 3 months ago

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The day was going so well, until.....

Thanks Starcar for that, I guess my real question is what happens to your cdl if you get pulled over knowing you have an equipment violation in an attempt to fix it? Is it just a warning? Is it a "fix it" ticket or being a commercial vehicle, are you in real trouble?

It seems extreme to just shut down for hours if not days if it wasn't as serious as a "short" and was something that could be fixed if you'd just drive a couple miles down the road to buy the part don't you think?

Posted:  7 years, 3 months ago

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The day was going so well, until.....

well, here we are, almost 3 1/2 hours later, and no word from breakdown.... ugggh.... not sure if they realize that we could have made the delivery pretty close to on time or not. well the DM took us off the load, and we are still in limbo since we can't move, since some of our truck lights are out..... oh well, I guess its part of the hurry up and wait game....

This begs an interesting question.. On a non-commercial vehicle, normally you would just drive to the nearest auto parts store and buy some light bulbs, yes? Is driving a "big-rig" to the auto parts store going to be a bad thing to your cdl if you get pulled over?

Posted:  7 years, 5 months ago

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Unexspected struggles

I’m just the opposite! I’m looking forward to the trucking life! My wife and I have been together for 25 years now and we have a successful business taking care of the elderly. It’s been pretty much her deal as she likes to remind me, so after all this time considering this and that I finally discovered a passion for a life of trucking for which I’m going to pursue and I can’t wait. I am so ready to go see America for months at a time and get paid for it!! Who knows? Maybe the heart will grow fonder if you know what I mean…

Posted:  7 years, 5 months ago

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What are the blood preasure requirements to pass a DOT Physical

Keep in mind that driving truck is VERY STRESSFUL..."...

I'm sure this is going to be a "newb" of a question,, but how is trucking "VERY STRESSFUL"??

Posted:  7 years, 5 months ago

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Speed limits

Right now I am on a load from NJ to Los Angeles. It is 2800 miles. I will be there tomorrow night and my total driving time will be about 48 hours, I left Monday 0900 and will arrive Friday 1700. So right there is 2800 miles in 5 days, so it is possible. My average MPH has been around 58, but again... I am in the slow orange truck so other drivers. can do it faster I assume.

How much time were you allotted to get it there? Just curious...

Posted:  7 years, 5 months ago

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Some uncomfortable things to ask about and I feel odd asking but still dont know them

...You'll get a chance to do laundry "maybe" twice a month on average...

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Please notice Brett used the word "maybe"... So I'm guessing air fresheners are on board these rigs?

Posted:  7 years, 5 months ago

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Who has no or minimal out of pocket training?

Prime Inc. is for you... Here are some excerpts from them:

The tuition for Prime's CDL training program is very straight forward. This is truly a free CDL program provided you stay employed with them for one full year. There are no down payments and no payroll deductions. The cost of the program is about on par with other CDL schools, especially since lodging and transportation is provided.

During this first phase of training, students are given a cash advance of $200 per week. This cash advance can be used for any purpose - food expenses, paying bills at home, or anything else. The funds can be withdrawn from any ATM machine. The advance will be repaid (interest free) via payroll deduction once hired as a full time driver. If a student chooses not to use the cash advances, no repayment will be made.

Trainees earn a guaranteed weekly salary of $600 per week or 12cpm (combined miles between trainee and instructor), whichever is greater. Basically, if a truck runs less than 5,000 miles in a given week, the student will be paid the flat $600 guaranteed minimum. Anything over 5,000 miles will be paid at 12cpm. As an example, if a trainee/trainer drive 6,000 mile in a given week, the student would be paid $720.

Posted:  7 years, 5 months ago

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Satellite TV?

Hi everyone!!

So I’m thinking since I’m going to be living the life on the road as a truck driver, I’m going to want the creature comforts of home along with me. One among many I want on the road with me is 200 + channels of television entertainment. What kind of satellite dish antennas do you all use? What is the best way to mount it? And who’s the better provider for the road, Direct Tv or Dish Net?

Thanks,

Posted:  7 years, 5 months ago

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2 questions I am 58 great health Am I to old to start this career and read my other question below

Hey Ron!!

You're not too old!!

Check out Prime Inc. After your training with them you can take your wife as a passenger with you and as long as your cat doesn't weigh more than 30lbs, kitty can go too!!

Posted:  7 years, 5 months ago

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1 on 1 training with instuctor?

Hi Everyone!! … And thanks Brett for this great site!! When you’ve been training at a sponsored school, permit in hand and you’re ready to go out on the road with your 1 on 1 trainer, how does that even work? I’m a really easy going guy and everything, but I just can’t imagine being stuck weeks to months on end with some stranger (at first) 24 hours a day confined in a tiny little space the size of a full size bathroom!!

How do you keep from killing each other (eventually)? shocked.png

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