Profile For Moe

Moe's Info

  • Location:
    Portland, OR

  • Driving Status:
    In CDL School

  • Social Link:
    Moe On The Web

  • Joined Us:
    2 years ago

Moe's Bio

In CDL school determined to get my CDL. I play World of Warcraft and love to shoot guns and cook. If any of those appeal to you let me know we can chat about it, Moe#1522 is my blizzard games id.

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Posted:  2 hours, 16 minutes ago

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Upgrade from a class B to a class A

On this site we recommend company paid and sponsored CDL training as the way to go. Since your company wants you to do this, tell them to pay for you to attend a CDL A school and cover tuition costs.

The school I attended had local food service gigs that would do that for the drivers they trained up.

Hey TT. The tree service i work for informed me this week that they want me to upgrade my CDL from a B to an A so i van drive the log truck and haul our 10,000 lb+ equipment trailers. I live is michigan so what would be the best way to go about upgrading to my class A? Is school required or could I pass the test and get in my required training at our shop/mulch yard and pass the road test to get up to a class A? Thanks in advance!

Posted:  1 day ago

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If I go out of state to Company sponsored will my OR CDL permit be accepted

Guys I have good news, the 5 strikes your out for 1 year rule is specific to Oregon state only! Soon as I get my hazmat and doubles/triples on my permit I am going to continue with SWIFT et al and see what happens.

Looks like I'm not out of this yet!

I am gettting the same idea too Rob. Now the only caviaet spin to this is the SWIFT/Idaho training is $6750 on top of the 3700 I already owe in loans to the private school.

Financially this is an Aye Carumba. I need to approach this with prudence, I am not knocking anyone or any company , but it def deserves some thought on my part. What if like my most recent foray into the game I fall flat on my face and the universe has aligned that trucking isn’t for me, I am out $10 grand almost, I want to stress that I own my choice for going to the private school, I really screwed up there.

Still need to approach with thought. The good news is from what I understand that after 1 year SWIFT will basically absorb the difference of the cost. That is really cool! I am just concerned if my backing woes follow me there then...yowsers......

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My understanding from reading the OR CDL manual is that you can attend out of state training and transfer your CDL back to OR without retesting. They just will not allow you to test for 1 year at the DMV in OR.

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Posted:  1 day, 1 hour ago

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If I go out of state to Company sponsored will my OR CDL permit be accepted

I am gettting the same idea too Rob. Now the only caviaet spin to this is the SWIFT/Idaho training is $6750 on top of the 3700 I already owe in loans to the private school.

Financially this is an Aye Carumba. I need to approach this with prudence, I am not knocking anyone or any company , but it def deserves some thought on my part. What if like my most recent foray into the game I fall flat on my face and the universe has aligned that trucking isn’t for me, I am out $10 grand almost, I want to stress that I own my choice for going to the private school, I really screwed up there.

Still need to approach with thought. The good news is from what I understand that after 1 year SWIFT will basically absorb the difference of the cost. That is really cool! I am just concerned if my backing woes follow me there then...yowsers......

My understanding from reading the OR CDL manual is that you can attend out of state training and transfer your CDL back to OR without retesting. They just will not allow you to test for 1 year at the DMV in OR.

Posted:  1 day, 1 hour ago

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If I go out of state to Company sponsored will my OR CDL permit be accepted

That is what I am doing right now, on hold with OR DMV

Same with Prime. I had to get my AZ CDL permit first and then I tested in Salt Lake. I have to go back to AZ to get my actual CDL though but they upload it to a database called CSTIMS (I think, lol). Currently on a detour through Springfield, Missouri because I had to take my physical again and have them download the data and connect to my CPAP machine.

In regard to your waiting period, yeah idk about that. Let us know if you find any solution! I wonder if the waiting period is exclusive to Oregon testing you. For example if you tested and passed in another state, I wonder if Oregon would then issue you a CDL. I would contact the Oregon DMV to find that out.

Posted:  1 day, 1 hour ago

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If I go out of state to Company sponsored will my OR CDL permit be accepted

Yea , I know that mine is unique. Just ha e to keep plugging away at things. Thank you for your input and what you can do.

Generally speaking, Moe, The CDL skills test you take is good in any other state. Your residence: Oregon. School and skills test in Idaho. You take the test and get a report. The Idaho DOT also sends the test results to Oregon. You still have to physically get back to Oregon to get your actual CDL license. Swift will make that happen one way or another.

As for your particular license situation and how to solve it, we can't help you much.

Posted:  1 day, 2 hours ago

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If I go out of state to Company sponsored will my OR CDL permit be accepted

Well, I called SWIFT recruiting and over all it was a positive conversation and very professional. They would accept my OR CDL Permit and test me in Idaho, however they would issue an Oregon Class A CDL which I am not eligible for for 1 year due to the snafus many of you know about and have followed me on. I am still searching other options with carriers.

Posted:  1 day, 2 hours ago

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If I go out of state to Company sponsored will my OR CDL permit be accepted

As anyone been in that position, I am getting my hazmat endorsement on the permit tomorrow to have it and be done. Turns out I would have to wait until January next year to retest for CDL A m but I could go B and upgrade next year.

Thanks

Posted:  1 week, 1 day ago

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My regular class c is only 12 days old

Do you happen to know if you drive an Amazon provided van or do you have to use your own?

Amazon Prime has many, many contractors delivering their packages, door-to-door...no CDL required to operate a step-van.

Might be a good place to start.

Posted:  1 week, 1 day ago

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My regular class c is only 12 days old

Agreed. If this is your first DL EVER, it's going to be hard for you to get CDL A training. Even most private schools , which you pay for will want at minimum your class C to be no less than one year old.

Speaking of private schooling, dont do that. Go to a company paid CDL training. There are lots of resources on this website about that and explains the difference between the two.

You can read my diary under the CDL training diaries to see the utter fiasco that was my private training experience. Use the wisdom of your elders.

3 things

1) Keep your DL record free and clear for at minimum 1 year. No speeding, reckless driving, and for Christ sake man - absolutely positively 100 percent NO DUIs. You get a DUI you can basically kiss that CDL A goodbye for at minimum 5 years as most commerical insurances wont even consider you thus allowing you to drive for most carriers. If you imbibe every now and then be smart - UBER, LYFFT, or go to store and bring it back home.

2) Find a job and keep it - warehouse work, parts store, heck even a call center if you must, be productive. Do something it looks better for you.

3) Stay on this web site , research and listen and when it comes time, go to a Company paid and sponsored CDL training. If I had taken this point more seriously, I wouldn't be in the position I am today. Read Moes CDL diary under the CDL diary page.

Best of luck

Moe

Hi Matthew.

Is this your first license ever? If so, the best thing you can do for your future in trucking is keep it sparkling clean. Protect it as if it was your commercial license already, in essence it is a huge step in the process.

Also, stay employed at all costs, and if you're not or self employed or caring for someone, maintain lots of documents and contact information. Trucking companies want to know you have been working or staying busy one way or another and not out of the country, climbing the corporate ladder of Al Qaeda.

As always, study hard here with the high road training program and keep asking all your questions in the general forum.

Welcome!

Posted:  1 week, 1 day ago

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Celadon

I'm sure itll get picked up at some point, but the when is for the bankruptcy courts, lawyers and those above our pay grades to to decide.

I was reading about that company, seemed like a great company that got mismanaged all to hell by a small handful of greedy or at the least inept executives.

Couple of em are going to jail for decades due to various charge brought by the SEC. Security and Exchang Commisson , the entity that regulates the integrity of publically trades companies within the United States. That entity dont mess around none either.

I wouldn't have wanted to been either of those guys , getting arrested right before Christmas in front of their families , having to take bread out of your kids' mouths to pay bail ......yea.

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Posted:  1 week, 2 days ago

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Seeking solo otr

Okay, but the popcorn and taco emotes???

Well, this visitor's time with us was short but you guys gave our community a ton of fantastic information. Great job, as always. You guys are awesome. Not only will your information helps tons of people get their careers off to a great start but our friend "Concept" has demonstrated exactly why they say attitude is everything and why so many people fail in their attempt at this career.

On with our mission!

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Posted:  1 week, 2 days ago

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Seeking solo otr

Holy Moly, we really DO need a popcorn emote for the drama I just thumbed through OP, I wish you the best of luck in anything you do, with that level of arrogance , ego and pride, Karma is just waiting around the corner.wtf.gifshocked.pnggood-luck.gif

Posted:  1 week, 2 days ago

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Getting my Tank and HME endorsements this week

Decided to do that since I have time now and get them out of the way. Day by day.

Posted:  1 week, 2 days ago

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Trainer unsafe practices

As a former bill collector, it makes for funny reading.....lol

Yeah, this sounds awfully suspicious. You voluntarily got off the truck in California and drove yourself home to Delaware?

Come on. I give that about a 1 in 1,000 chance of being the real story.

There are a million different ways you could have handled the situation you describe. What you're saying makes no sense. You're so worried about the money you'll make trying to support your family but you decided to quit your job, pay for a rental car, and drive home 2,500 miles?

I don't think so.

However, this is interesting from your past:

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[I have] a 15 year old felony for burglary CRST sent it up for review I was approved . Problem is I have a lot more on my record all most recent being 9 years old . Receiving stolen property, dui , criminal trespass doesn’t look to good I didn’t disclose everything just the most serious reason being it’s a lot of little charges. Again my record is clear for 9 years I had a drug problem when I was younger . I operated my own business for the last 7 years I’m a changed man that is why it is so embarrassing to bring all this up . My question is when he sends this back up for review is it going to be bad that I didn’t include it all ?

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I'll tell you what might have happened. He failed to disclose his entire background and when the company finally dug it all up they kicked him off the truck. Now he's trying to save face by telling everyone it was a bad trainer at a bad company.

Whatever happened, it wasn't what he says happened. If we can't get the truth I'll just delete this story. After all, this isn't truckingfiction.com

Posted:  1 week, 2 days ago

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Moe's CDL training diary

I would be open to that. I am currently searching local options as well. In the next couple of days I am going to start calling different companies and get a feel for things.

After my most recent experience, I have had to work on myself and get ME straight (mainly my thinking on things). I am not allowing myself TOO much time though.

Gotta start earning soon. The school experience took alot out of me, I'm remiss to try again. But cant succeed if we dont try.

Stay safe out there Pack.

Moe, are you going to be open to going to company training with a major carrier, then afterwards, going OTR?

Posted:  1 week, 3 days ago

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Snow in the Cascades today be careful please

Not to sound dramatic, but PNW is predicted to get one helluva cold and snow front this week. I know you seasoned drivers know when to shut it down.

I can tell you from my 20 years experience living out here, that its gonna be a bit o snow especially up higher elevations. I've learned how to read things and feel out the weather from my time here.

Be safe please if any of you are out here, hit me up if you need something or someone to talk to.

Moe

Posted:  1 week, 4 days ago

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Moe's CDL training diary

Thank you, I am struggling to beleive I can get out there right now. That 90 throws ke for a loop each time and I cant seem to get past it. Its like everything else is great but there is just this 1 thing.

Now i am not even sure if I can go company paid. Feel like I made a mistake and not alot of grace that inspires a person to keep going.

Idk

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I also wanted to add, that no matter what. Y'all have my permission to point newbies to the forum toward my diary if it will help someone. Let the wisdom I have gained help someone make better more informed choices to have better success than I did.

Thanks.

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Moe,

I have still been following; just haven't known what to say. I'm so sorry you've had to go through what you have, on the heels of what life had already thrown at you.

IMHO, the strength you will have gained through these ups and downs and perils, will just make you a stronger person when you DO get out there. Rob T. 's response was spot on; not more I can add.

The advice of the veterans on here, is spot on, as always. PLEASE keep updates coming, and hoping the best for you in the wake of the perils.

Anne

Posted:  1 week, 4 days ago

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What would you do? (Icy roads)

WELLLLLLLL....... I am no CDL holder .... BUTTTTT.... my .02 cents would be park it wherever it is safe to do so. That's what I would do personally.........

If you found yourself in a situation where the roads suddenly became iced over, would you continue until you found a safe place (in this case 5-10 miles only doing 5-10 mph) or would you pull over immediately and park on the shoulder? The key is to avoid finding yourself in this situation, but even with how I was watching the forecast the sudden drop in temp wasnt expected. It was 35 degrees and rain and within a half hour it was 25 and everything was a skating rink.

Posted:  1 week, 5 days ago

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Dean of Mack's CDL Training Diary

Oregon will allow me to transfer a CDL from another state to here. So say I test with SWIFT in Utah and pass, I then can bring that CDL back here and all I would have to do is retake the written Class C test (dumb I know) plus get an OR hazmat.

Wilson Logisitics already denied me around end of December citing conflict of interest with my private school.

I was going to call Swifty next week and other carriers. God I hope I didnt slice my own throat, I am really kicking myself for taking the route I did.

The private school has pretty much cut me and a couple others loose not even any contacts for non CDL work or ideas. One instructor was kind enough to give me a contact at Swift.

Just use me as an example of what not to do (like my whole life has been)

Thank you sir, I appreciate your professionalism at least.

Moe

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if someone fails to get their CDL in their home state (me) are we still able to pursue company sponsored training options or do the trucking companies consider a failed private school attempt as being fired, unable to perform the tasks etc?

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Moe, it's pretty tough to get into a Company Sponsored program after bombing out. I guess you could just not mention what's already taken place, but I'm not sure that's the best approach. You've got a CDL permit, but I'm just not familiar with your state's laws. Will they allow you to transfer your new CDL from another state while not allowing you to test again for one year?

I'm all for you giving it a try, but I'd try to find out first if you're gonna hit a snag with the transfer of your freshly minted CDL from another state. I don't envy you trying to get a straight answer from the state about that, but I think you've got to make sure your ducks are in a row before trying that.

I'm sorry to not be very helpful. I'm just not familiar with the rules of your state.

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Posted:  1 week, 6 days ago

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Dean of Mack's CDL Training Diary

Old School.

From your experience, if someone fails to get their CDL in their home state (me) are we still able to pursue company sponsored training options or do the trucking companies consider a failed private school attempt as being fired, unable to perform the tasks etc?

I am trying to plot out my next steps etc.

Would you happen to know??

Dean, there's not a reason in the world you can't do well at this. You seem to have a good head on your shoulders. Having said that, an awful lot of people manage to let success at trucking elude them. Most of us can't wrap our minds around how this career really works, which is why I wanted to give you an alternative to an unnecessarily long school.

You've got a lot of misconceptions going already, and sometimes misconceptions can spiral down into a big deal. We will help you any way we can. We're really grateful for your efforts at this diary. Here's something you said that I just want to touch on briefly...

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Training with a mega carrier was on my list, but I don't want the pay back time commitment.

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Have you witnessed our friend Marc Lee's difficulties in getting his trucking career started? We kept encouraging him about the Sponsored programs. He was sure he had taken the best route. You're doing much like him. You're looking into companies close by, and you're thinking you're school has something special to offer.

There's this huge advantage people don't understand about these programs. Everyone says what you did. One year is like a single drop of water in trucking - it's nothing at all to concern yourself with. Without that commitment, very few survive their foray into trucking. What people don't understand is the company's commitment to them. That's the huge advantage.

Marc chose the same path as you. He accidentally slipped while getting in/out of the truck and the company had no commitment to keeping him on. He was let go and he's still floundering. It's sad, but we see it often. We try to teach people this stuff because it's important. There's no perfect way to get started in trucking, but we've witnessed a lot of efforts at it. We know the path with the best results. We always teach "best practices."

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