Profile For Don

Don's Info

  • Location:
    Wooster, OH

  • Driving Status:
    Rookie Solo Driver

  • Social Link:
    Don On The Web

  • Joined Us:
    7 months ago

Don's Bio

Baby Trucker

If you would like to contact me, my mail to use is dongoho624@outlook.com

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Posted:  2 days, 11 hours ago

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Just an update on what I am up to.

Thank you Susan D., Harry H., Jamie, Big Scott, and everyone else for the best wishes.

Posted:  2 days, 21 hours ago

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Just an update on what I am up to.

Fortunately, I won't be seeing Chicago any time soon.dancing-banana.gif

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Bobcat, I wasn't sure either about the "fit" due to my Iack of experience. So far, so good (knocking on wood).I assume you live in or near Lemont

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I am about 15 minutes from their terminal, I see them in Chicago a lot, where there are a lot of unique docks and didnt want to risk it.

Posted:  3 days, 12 hours ago

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Just an update on what I am up to.

Bobcat, I wasn't sure either about the "fit" due to my Iack of experience. So far, so good (knocking on wood).I assume you live in or near Lemont?

When I was with West Side i delivered boxes to a plant in Cleveland, I was there 4 times and saw the same FAB guy 3 of them, he tried to recruit me as I live a few miles from their HQ but I didnt see it as a good fit right out of school.

Congrats on the new gig and be safe out there!

Posted:  3 days, 12 hours ago

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Just an update on what I am up to.

If CFI had sent my diploma, I would be training and driving for West Side. FAB didn't require it and I could not wait any longer. It seems to be a great gig and I feel very fortunate to have been given the opportunity. Not to get all 'Dahlai Lama' and all, butI've always believed 'things happen in life occur for a reason. Some fine folks advised me of the opening at FAB Express. The drivers park their tractor at whatever factory we are assigned out of. In my case, International Paper in Wooster, OH. The one caveat about my new job is I am learning how to back into some really interesting docks. I mean really interesting. I am up to the challenge......I think? Haha. By the way, the nice looking truck in the picture is not the actual truck I drive; it's a "stock" photo. We do drive Mack autos though. They have push buttons for gear selection and single axle drives.

Congratulations great to hear. Things happen for a reason. Looks like you landed a great gig. Keep up the great work.

Posted:  3 days, 18 hours ago

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Just an update on what I am up to.

Thought I would give an update on what I am doing since I haven't posted for a few days. I was to start with West Side Transport as soon as I sent them a copy of my cdl school certificate. Well, since I (still) have not received it from CFI yet, I could not start with EST. I took a job with FAB Express based out of Lemont, IL, hauling corrugated boxes for International Paper and/or Packagong Corp. of America. I run a day cab picking up loads from Int. Paper in Wooster, OH and runni g to businesses in Ohio or surrounding states in a 200 mile radius. Basically a local dedicated job. So far it is great. I am home every night and the entire weekend. Great accessorial pay makes up for the shorter miles. I am driving a Mack automatic. With the home situation, this is an ideal situation for the time being.

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Posted:  4 days, 10 hours ago

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Going to training with Swift in Columbus.

How has your training gone in the last week?

Posted:  1 week, 2 days ago

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I'm bored and homeless in Pittston PA

Glad your surgery was successful. No recovery time?

Posted:  1 week, 3 days ago

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I have 2 minor (personal) at fault accidents and 1 moving violation.

Someone struck you from behind that caused significant damage to their vehicle? Also. their rear ending you caused you to hit the vehicle in front of you? You thought it wise to shrug it off and trust some stranger in reporting the "facts". Oh boy

Posted:  1 week, 3 days ago

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Learned a valuable lesson today

Yep, that's what I do.

Some people wear one around their neck at all times.

Posted:  1 week, 6 days ago

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Hello, I need help finding cdl Training. [request from a very obnoxious dude]

Sometimes you feel like a nut, sometimes you don't!

Posted:  2 weeks, 3 days ago

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CFI company sponsored training through Truck Dynasty Driving Academy

Can concur with all the above. Now if CFI will only stop dragging their feet in sending my diploma. Cannot go to West Side Transport orientation without it.

I am bumping this. Since Don has quit CFI, I remain very happy to answer your questions. I still believe the training here is top notch. The company is honest. The equipment is well maintained. The dispatchers are excellent, even night and weekend. Pay has gone up. The miles are here. You can have a pet and rider. As long as you give at least 8 days notice, they can get you home by the date you request. You can take as many days as you want. You take your truck and a trailer home with you. That's some of the basics. Thanks.

Posted:  2 weeks, 4 days ago

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CFI at Crowder College

Larry:

Due to an acute family health issue, I resigned from CFI to stay much closer to my home area. I'll be starting with West Side Transport in a matter of days, as soon as CFI stops dragging their feet and sends my diploma to me. Paying my tuition balance was not an issue.

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Since I resigned from CFI and turned in my truck, I will not be posting in this thread any longer. If someone asks me a question about CFI's training, I'll gladly answer when I can. Most of my energy will be focused on getting up to date with WST and dealing with the family situation. My Sister will be coming to Ohio, so that will definitely be a huge help to me. Unless I hear differently from West Side Transport, I will be starting orientation on 9/10. It will be interesting to see how I do on a manual the first day and how quickly I can catch on. In the future, I may post about my daily 'goings-on' with WST.

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Wait. What? You quit CFI? What happened? Didn't you go through their sponsored school? Won't you have to pay them back for the school now?

Posted:  3 weeks ago

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CFI at Crowder College

Since I resigned from CFI and turned in my truck, I will not be posting in this thread any longer. If someone asks me a question about CFI's training, I'll gladly answer when I can. Most of my energy will be focused on getting up to date with WST and dealing with the family situation. My Sister will be coming to Ohio, so that will definitely be a huge help to me. Unless I hear differently from West Side Transport, I will be starting orientation on 9/10. It will be interesting to see how I do on a manual the first day and how quickly I can catch on. In the future, I may post about my daily 'goings-on' with WST.

Posted:  3 weeks ago

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First week finished

Rob, as a new driver myself, I don't feel I have the "road cred" to tell you what you did wrong. I will only state that we are too new to "guestimate' and just go "onward hooaa....!" when backing or getting around something. I am not going to entrust any one else to "help" me when backing, nor when trying to get around any object, pole, building, truck, etc.. If I hit something by listening to their "you're good"s, it will be all on me. When/if the company comes a knockin', I won't be able to blame the guy "who told me I was fine". You experienced what listening to someone else who has no risk to his job involved when "helping" can cause. Believe me when I say I have gotten myself into (and out of) some 'situations' when missing or taking a wrong turn or going down the wrong street/road. G.O.A.L and figuring out how I m going to get myself out of a mess has been invaluable in my driving education, not to mention a sense of pride in that I did so without scraping, or hitting anything. Well, I have rubbed a trailer tire on a curb or two, haha. In the future, G.O.A.L before a manuever, not afterwards.

Posted:  3 weeks, 3 days ago

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Asking the universe for a your next load. Or am I bragging. :)

That braggadocio commonly exhibited by those from New York and Jersey.

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You re bragging. so stop it. i wanna go to laredo!!!

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im.jealous. yay for.u

Posted:  3 weeks, 3 days ago

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Sometimes things are real easy.

Somewhat related, but I have had quite a few loads with plenty (too much) time on them, that I cannot get dispatch to shake off. So, I run long and hard the first day, hoping that when I get to the consignee early, they will unload early. The majority of the time they will and have; a couple times I had to wait, even taking a 34. When I have had too much time, some have recommended to "take my time, enjoy the sites along the way", etc.. Darn, I wish I could do it (stop and see the sites, etc.), but for some reason I still feel like the Hare in the Tortoise and the Hare. I have to be moving.

Posted:  3 weeks, 3 days ago

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A Decision Made

I'm sure you'll stick around and let us know how things go for you at West Side, won't ya?

I need my daily fix of this forum, so I am not leaving. I'm sure I will post my goings on at West Side Transport.

Sorry to hear that Don. Leaving CFI on good terms keeps the door open for you. Best of luck and keep in touch.

I found out a long time ago to always leave an employer under great terms and never to burn bridges.

Posted:  3 weeks, 4 days ago

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A Decision Made

Rather than keep it to myself, I decided it best to go ahead and let the forum know that I put in my notice at CFI.

No, I have not forgotten everyone's recommendations on the importance of staying with your first company for at least one full year. Regrettably, and not going into detail regarding my family personal life, I am certain remaining at CFI was going to be near impossible.

My decision is not a negative reflection of CFI at all. From operations managers, to fleet supervisors and managers, to dispatchers at terminals (my, how word gets around) all have asked why I am leaving. I have explained that I haven't been treated 'poorly' or any other nonsense and my decision isn't based on any 'wrong' CFI may have committed. They definitely tried to get me to reconsider. I do want all to know I am not leaving CFI due to any of the tired or asinine 'reasons' we hear or read about when someone quits from a company, usually in a haste. Stating that, even If I were treated like a king and all was a perfect Wonderland at CFI, it wouldn't have any influence on my decision.

I thought about not driving for a few months, or as long as necessary, then restarting my driving career at a later time. I decided that wouldn't be the best option, especially for a new driver. My only currently living parent won't hear any of that, not to mention she doesn't want the guilt of 'knowing I stopped driving because of her'. That in itself, is something I absolutely wish to prevent.

So. I have been struggling with finding a solution where I can still drive, but be home as much as possible; more than CFI or any other long-haul OTR companies can offer.

West Side Transport has offered me both a Midwest Regional or a Flex Dedicated position where this will be (more) possible than what CFI is able to. With West Side, I will have the option to be home every entire weekend and possibly a 10 hour break through the week (Flex Dedicated), or every weekend (34 hour restart) in Midwest Regional. Since I am considered a new driver with less then 3 months solo experience, I will need to go out with a trainer again. I don't see this as a negative at all. It is a small price I will gladly pay, not to mention we can always learn from others how to become a better driver.

This is where I currently find myself and I appreciate being given the opportunity to let you know of my decision.

Posted:  3 weeks, 5 days ago

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Can a walmart manager make you move your truck

Walmart evidently has gotten tough on trucks parking at their stores, no doubt due to irresponsible drivers causing problems. I have used Wal-Mart 3 times to park without incident, but I definitely call ahead to a particular store and get the managers permission to buy some groceries and stay for my 10. If they say 'no' I call another store or plan for another day.

Posted:  4 weeks, 1 day ago

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On the subject of CB radios.......

I use the Cobra 29 NW LTD Classic. I find it almost useless, unless I am only a couple hundred yards away from who I wish to speak with. Could be due to the stock antennas used on a KW.

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