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    North East, PA

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Posted:  10 hours, 1 minute ago

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Hello all! Newbie from New Jersey :)

Freight's apprentice program is great. I went through it about 2 and a half years ago and I learned a lot.

If you have any questions, don't hesitate to ask.

Posted:  10 hours, 57 minutes ago

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Hello all! Newbie from New Jersey :)

My condolences on the passing of your husband.

You should be good to land something with your time at FedEx Ground and evidence that you were a stay at home mom and a caregiver.

If you're full-time at ground, I believe your company seniority follows you to FedEx freight, meaning the amount of PTO you get and layoffs (almost unheard of at freight) should they happen.

If you're part-time or working for a contractor you'd be starting from scratch like anyone else. Good luck.

Posted:  12 hours, 58 minutes ago

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Take the Risk or Not?

I was in a similar situation, in that I couldn't and still can't be away from home for days or weeks at a time. That's why I applied for a FedEx freight driver apprentice position. From the beginning, they were understanding to my situation and they walked me through the FMLA process when I qualified for it. Before I qualified for FMLA, they were willing to schedule time off that I needed.

I'm not the only one or a special case. A lot of my coworkers are taking care of their parents, have kids with special needs and one that I know of is homeschooling his kids.

I make up lost income by running on Saturday and/or Sunday. I'm glad I didn't wait for when I was able to go OTR. I'd still be waiting if I did.

Posted:  2 days, 13 hours ago

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Glad hand problem

Okay, this is very embarrassing for me to relate. But I started this thread and I want to fess up, even though I feel like the biggest dummy in history.

As Bobcat Bob’s dad observed, I had the air lines reversed. I think I had a major senior episode. And as G Town said, the next time this happens I will know exactly what to do. And that will be to check myself into a nursing home. Sorry for the false alarm and thanks for all the advice.

At least you're honest. Others, wouldn't be. I've had plenty of times where I don't remember which line goes on which side because the color has worn off (multimodal chassis's), so I look at another trailer for reference. Now, I use politics. Blue left, red right. It's crazy, but it works.

Posted:  3 days ago

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Prime Job Gap

Like Bruce said, you can start working to establish a work history. Like Kearsey said, getting a CDL in school would be wasteful.

Prime and TMC are probably the 2 most selective companies that offer training. Your best bet is to cast the widest net you can and see what you can get.

Apply For Paid CDL Training is a good start. Outside of those, there's also CFI, I think Werner has a deal with road master (not sure about the specifics), boyd and I'm sure I'm missing some. Apply everywhere and see what happens.

Posted:  3 days ago

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Being a trucker in Europe for non-European Trucker?

Burn sauce

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He can lecture if wants to. The constitution grants him that right. It's the beautiful thing about this country and what makes it special.

Posted:  3 days, 6 hours ago

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Glad hand problem

Bruce can't catch a break

Posted:  6 days, 3 hours ago

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Do truckers bathe

Yeah man, I see a water hose somewheres out yonder, I pulls over, and grab it, take me a quickee bath right then ,,'n',, thar lol

Me too and I'm home daily

Posted:  6 days, 7 hours ago

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Advice On Where To Begin

If you're looking to do local, FedEx freight is hiring driver apprentices in Santa Clara, CA. Old Dominion also hires new drivers and I believe they do training in CA, but I don't have much info on that.

You'll be in good hands going to prime or Western Express. We have a lot of representatives from Prime here that can offer more information on that. We also have drivers they have had experience we Western Express, if you have questions.

As for option 3, stay away from that. First, intermodal work sucks. Second, working for a small company and/or for a friend is not how you want to start this career. There is no support and they can't afford any hits if something goes wrong. You want a company that has experience in training new drivers and understands that there will be some bumps along the way.

Posted:  6 days, 8 hours ago

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Running Doubles

So, you're saying there's a chance

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Posted:  6 days, 9 hours ago

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Running Doubles

Echoing what other non-double-pulling drivers have posted, this is a great thread for new knowledge.

Interested in jumping in a daycab?

Posted:  6 days, 13 hours ago

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Running Doubles

I’m no longer working in the frigid temps I had while running Walmart.

No need to brag

Posted:  1 week ago

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Developing preferences for warm weather

1000%.... I'll take the shutdown every time they offer it.

It's common. Last year it snowed for 2 weeks straight in February. We must've had at least 3 or 4 feet by the time it was done. One of my buddies made a meme about it. I had no where to put it when I shoveled.

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Posted:  1 week ago

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Developing preferences for warm weather

Yeah, but was that the high or the low temp? Personally if it's not any lower than -10, I'm okay with the weather. I would rather be cold than hot.

3 is the warmest it's going to be today, feels like -10. It'll go lower as the day goes on and tomorrow the snow fun begins. 12-15 inches, but it's usually more due to elevation.

Posted:  1 week ago

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Knight a good company??

I could be mistaking the user name, but I think it's Doctor Who that's going through or recently went through Old Dominion's training program. Haven't seen him in a while, maybe he'll pop up.

P/D is a tough gig, but it helps being familiar with the area. You just have to be extra vigilant and keep your frustration in check.

Posted:  1 week ago

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Developing preferences for warm weather

We're running Monday's linehaul today to stay ahead of the snow storm on its way. I was supposed to run a meet at Fredericksburg, VA. Got cancelled due to lack of freight and I'm not complaining.

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I'm going to take the day to update my overnight bag (for just in case) and watch movies with the family.

Posted:  1 week, 1 day ago

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Better Schools If Price and Length No Issue

Are you looking to land a local job in Mexico or are you going to move to the states?

Posted:  1 week, 2 days ago

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Need help losing hope

See, we know our stuff here.

Did you leave Pam on good terms? Would they be willing to take you back? Have you tried contacting them? Did you pay them back for your schooling? If not, that can also hurt you.

I agree with Old School. Jump on indeed and Craigslist and start hitting apply over and over. That's really your only option at this point.

Posted:  1 week, 2 days ago

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Need help losing hope

You're in a tough spot. Less than a year experience and a roll over.

How did you get your CDL? How many companies have you worked for? I ask because you have less than a year experience, but JB hunt usually requires 3 months experience. Where are you located? That also plays a factor.

The only advice we can give is be honest and apply everywhere. Have you tried dutch maid, CR England or Trans Am?

Posted:  1 week, 2 days ago

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Truck Broke Down - After Treatment Problems

My car is in the shop because I hit a deer. Going on 5 weeks for a hood, a bumper cover, 2 headlights, a grille and radiator support.

Back in August, it took a week to change the axles and brakes smh.

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