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Posted:  4 years, 6 months ago

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Cat Scales and when to use them?

One thing that gets me is how do I know when to use a Cat scale? I know the GVWR is 80,000 lbs which means no more than 40,000 on the drive axle and 40,000 on the tandem trailer axle... Right?

Depending on what the cat scale shows will also let me know if I need to adjust the sliding tandems correct?

Posted:  4 years, 6 months ago

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Independant contractor

To be honest I'm looking for more info myself. My father in law owns his own truck but, has hired onto a company that hauls loads for Schneider, JB Hunt and one other I forget the name of... From what I see most of his loads are within 250-400 miles and he's shown (before he accepts the load) what he'd get paid for that load. From the few times that I've gone with him his loads average between $800-$1300. He has to handle his own taxes, fuel, tolls, repairs etc... but, to my thinking at 6 days a week he's averaging close to 6k a week before expenses. That puts him at $312,000 a year (before expenses).

I can't wait to see what he clears at years end

Posted:  4 years, 6 months ago

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Independant contractor

What's the difference between an O/O and an independent contractor?

I think (but, I'm not sure) that O/O are truckers that not only own their own trucks but, also bid on what loads they want to take. Where as, an independent contractor is someone who owns their own truck but, hires onto a company and hauls their loads for a higher cpm than what a company driver would get.

Any info?

Posted:  4 years, 6 months ago

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Road Atlas and GPS brands

Guy, Is that the one with the 7" screen? I'm debating between that one, the Garmin Dezl 760, and the Truckers Tablet TT2. To be honest I'm leaning more towards the Rand McNally one because it has that seperate e-log devise that it's compatible with in the event that paper logs have to go.

Posted:  4 years, 6 months ago

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Tanker

The tanker endorsement is to drive a tanker type of trailer. There are 2 types of tanker trailers that I know of baffled and smooth bore.

Baffled means that there are bulwarks seperating the tank into section with holes in the bulwark to help control the amount of surge when starting or stopping. Smooth bore is a tanker that doesn't have the bulwarks these are mostly used for dairy as you they are easier to clean and sterilize between each use.

Posted:  4 years, 6 months ago

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Jacksonville Fl. noob.....

I got very lucky myself and managed to get a local job right out of school. Most of my runs are within 300 miles of my home so I can get home nightly. However, It took my Father in law (who is an Owner Operator) giving me an intro to the company he's tied to that got me this gig.

Posted:  4 years, 7 months ago

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Your opinion on CPM vs.% of each load.

Any thoughts?

Posted:  4 years, 7 months ago

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Your opinion on CPM vs.% of each load.

So I've gotten a offer to drive from my Father in law. He has a friend who owns 7 trucks and He's offered to take me on once my father in law has trained me. So I guess it's a bonus that I'll know my trainer on the road. However, I'm confused as to whether or not how I'm going to be paid is better or worse than the average. This gentleman whose offered to hire me has told me that he'll pay me 39% of each load I take. I can work whenever I want and take a day off whenever I want. The loads I'd be taking are all within 400 miles of my home so most often I'll be home nightly which is great since I have a newborn at home.

For example I went this weekend with my Father in law on a 2 trips. First was a pick up at the JB Hunt yard in Chicago dropping off at Brownsburg, IN. then grabbing an empty and heading to Danville, KY. where we drop and hook and head back to Chicago. My father in law as an O/O got 850$ for the Brownsburg trip and another 1150$ for the Danville trip. That would have gotten me 331.50 for Brownsburg and 448 for Danville 779$ in a 24 hour period sounds great but, I'm pretty sure I'd have to pocket some of that for taxes at the end of the year I think it's 20%... The math gets confusing for me.

Anyway... Any opinion on CPM vs. Percent of Load?

Posted:  4 years, 7 months ago

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Hi there

They don't test for diabetes. It's just saying that if you have it it can't be the insulin injector type. If it's controlled by medication it's ok.

Posted:  4 years, 7 months ago

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Hi there

Need to have 20/40 correctable vision in each eye as well as both combined. Vision correction devices such as glasses or contacts are allowed. Ability to distinguish color is necessary. Needs to be able to perceive a forced whisper at a distance of at least 5 feet. Maximum allowable blood pressure is 160/100. Use of prescription medication to achieve this threshold is permitted. An applicant can have diabetes which is controlled through diet or medication. Diabetes which is controlled though insulin injections is not premitted Blood sugar may not be higher than 200. Use of schedule 1 drugs is strictly disallowed

Some companies once you're hired with them will also do a physical standards test. Normally making sure you can lift weighted boxes, Climb over and around the trailer/load and they'll also test you for sleep apnea

Posted:  4 years, 9 months ago

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Hazmat endorsement.

For Indiana You can take the test anytime you want but, they don't put it on the permit. They wait until you pass the CDL Exam and earn the actual license and then they'll add any endorsements you've qualified for at that time.

Posted:  4 years, 9 months ago

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Updating a resume to add my CDL A. Not quite sure what to put on it

When I submit a resume to a recruiter. Should I just put on there that I went to such and such trucking school completing the 160 hour course, Attained my CDL A on (date issued) and have TX for endorsements with a current medical certificate?

Should I put my DL# on the resume? Attach a copy of my current MVR? or wait for the recruiter to call and ask?

Posted:  4 years, 9 months ago

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Thyroid Meds

Oh and here's a link to the fmcsa's website about medications

http://nrcme.fmcsa.dot.gov/mehandbook/med4_ep.aspx

and another to truck meds

http://www.truckmed.com/medications.htm

Posted:  4 years, 9 months ago

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Thyroid Meds

I take levothyroxine (synthoroid) for hypothyroidism and I got my cdl no problem. When you go for your medical physical just make sure to write down all medication you currently take, the dosage, the doctor's name that prescribed the meds and if possible the date of diagnosis for said illness.

Posted:  4 years, 10 months ago

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Walmart's New Truck looks AMAZING!

Walmart Advanced Vehicle Experience Concept Truck

The Walmart Advanced Vehicle Experience concept truck is the latest in the Walmart fleet efficiency program. The one-of-a-kind prototype offers a whole package of firsts. The tractor has very advanced aerodynamics and is powered by a prototype advanced turbine-powered, range-extending series hybrid powertrain. The trailer is made almost exclusively with carbon fiber, saving around 4,000 pounds which can then be used to carry more freight.

Posted:  4 years, 10 months ago

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Walmart's New Truck looks AMAZING!

http://news.walmart.com/videos/youtube/introducing-the-wave-concept-truck-ittgxqzqtaa

I know it's only a concept tractor but, It really does look sweet.

Posted:  4 years, 11 months ago

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Some Questions on Taking the CDL Test

I'll try to answer as best I can.

1) During my test ( I tested in Indiana ) I did not have to stop for train tracks. The tester instead asked me if I intended to get a hazmat endorsement and if so what steps I would take at a railroad crossing. As a side note never race a train. If you can see a train coming stop and wait even if you "think" you can make it across safely.

2) Not too sure about this one. I can imagine that there is plenty of straight truck driving that requires a class B. I currently work in Chicago and see paper shredding trucks, bank/armored trucks. There's probably even more in construction you can do with a CDL B.

2.5) Double Clutching isn't that difficult so why not get all the endorsements you can get?

3) You will be able to ask questions to some extent. What will happen is the tester will explain what you need to do before you begin and then ask if you have any questions for that section. He'll do it step by step. For example, For your pre-trip inspection he'll say something like "I want you to walk around the vehicle starting on the passenger side engine and explain to me what you're looking for and why." Be confident, don't mumble and don't make it sound like you're unsure and you'll do fine.

3a) For Indiana at least. The service and Spring brake tests were the last things I tested during the In-cab pre-trip. and once that was done he said ok. now perform your 4-point air brake test. Check your CDL Handbook for your state. I know Illinois has a 7 step air brake test because they include the service and spring brake portion to that.

3b) Do it exactly as your CDL Handbook tells you to. learn it in that order and you won't miss anything.

3c) For the pre-trip you should only be inspecting what's on the vehicle. For example I tested on a vehicle that didn't have a sliding 5th wheel so I didn't have to mention what I would look for if it did. If however he asks you a specific question. Be prepared to answer him.

Posted:  4 years, 11 months ago

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Work History Question

I'll try to make this a quick question. I got my class A at the beginning of February. Unfortunatly I can't start driving full time until after my wife gives birth because we can't lose the insurance I have at my current job. I currently plan on driving full time near the beginning of June. However, I know that sitting on a licence is a bad idea and most companies will require some drive time experience. My wife's Uncle is an owner operator and he's agreed to let me do some local runs on the weekends. Since I'm not actually going to be employed by him will that make a difference? Is there something I can show any future potential companies to show I've had some drive time? or do I just use him as a reference?

Posted:  5 years ago

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DOT Drug Testing: Urinalysis or Hair Follicle?

Hmm. I've shaved my head (clippers with no guard) for almost 16 years ever since I joined the Marine Corp. My wife makes me shave my chest and I manscape keeping everything nice and trim. I still have arm and leg hair but, none of that is 1.5 inches long. Not that I'm worried about failing a hair test because I haven't used anything since I was a teenager but, The inability to even take the test counts as a failure... ugh guess I need to let my hair grow out.

Posted:  5 years ago

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HAZMAT Endorsement and TWIC Card

So I'm looking into getting both a Hazmat endorsement and a TWIC Card however, I'm not real sure where to start.

Do I need to apply on the TSA's website, then get my fingerprints and finally take the test at the BMV? Who do I end up paying the $86.50 fee to?

As for the TWIC Card is that a whole seperate fingerprinting or can it be done at the same time as the HAZMAT?

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