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  • Location:
    Concord, NH

  • Driving Status:
    Considering A Career

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  • Joined Us:
    1 year, 4 months ago

Army 's Bio

Starting my second career, after I finish my military one, soon...can't wait.

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Posted:  4 days, 19 hours ago

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Advice Please

Tonsils being removed is a 30 day recovery? I remember mine as a kid, and a couple of days for a sore throat and then after that was pretty much healed.

Posted:  1 week, 2 days ago

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Last day

Awesome. It is wise to never burn a bridge.

Posted:  1 week, 2 days ago

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Thinking of Packrat...

Congrats!!

Posted:  1 week, 2 days ago

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Electric book

I am confused, you want an electronic copy of what book?

Posted:  1 week, 3 days ago

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It's Official, July 29th with Wilson

If you are going to Wil-Trans you get your permit week 1, then go out for 10K (3-4 weeks) miles with a trainer, then go back to springfield to test for your CDL...then go back out for an additional 30K miles. (give or take miles).

Posted:  1 week, 3 days ago

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Hills brothers

If I see anything with CBD in it, I steer clear. Funny thing, yesterday at a convenience store, I see what looks like mini tubes of honey...or something like that, that contain CBD oil. When you remove it from the stores carton, it has no identifiable markings on it. VERY concerning....looks like a normal honey and yes I agree with Rick, could definitely cause you to pop hot.

Posted:  1 week, 3 days ago

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FedEx Freight Driver Apprentice

Congrats!!

Posted:  1 week, 3 days ago

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Delivering to Grocery Stores

Great updates as usual!!

Posted:  1 week, 3 days ago

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How do people survive

Well I read this a couple of times before I decided to respond. I guess there are a couple of ways to do it. Take what you make now, subtract what you think you will make during training and set that aside to offset the difference. Second, is get a better attitude about the training process. Many of people have managed to do it and I am sure they didn’t have a big bank roll to fall back on.

Back in 2000 I took a huge pay cut to join the army. A E3 with a family didn’t make crap, but I managed. If you truly want to be a driver then figure it out. But you seem to have a negative attitude even before you get started.

Posted:  1 week, 4 days ago

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Researching who to train/drive with

You will get more replies if you toss this in the general questions. But with that being said, (I don't drive, just lerk) many will remind you how demanding local food delivery is. Between backing and unloading all the food on your own, it will be tough. Rob T, I believe has a long diary on this. Nothing like unloading 100k's lbs of food weekly, on a dolly.

Also not sure where you are, but certain companies hire in certain areas. You didn't mention Swift, Prime, Jim Palmer, Wil-Trans, CFI....many successful drivers here that will give you advice about there company. The Paid CDL programs seem to be the best option. Most pay a training pay, then then when you upgrade to solo, you start getting per mile. Not all companies have such a large gap with no income.

They will also say pick the company on the freight you want to haul, Flat Bed, Reefer, Dry Van....etc. My son in his first few weeks with Wil-Trans dragging Prime trailers around the country and enjoys it so far. His biggest issue right now is managing to sleep with he can and drive when he must. Don't believe all the negative reviews online.

Good Luck....There are a ton of diaries.

Chris

Posted:  1 week, 4 days ago

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Retired Engineer wants to get into OTR Trucking, but having no success.

If you haven't already, I'd suggest you try talking with Wiltrans. They have one of the better ab initio programs, like to hire people running second/third careers, and are generally willing to work with you for unusual circumstances.

The pay isn't industry leading, but it isn't bad, and you can always put in a year with them and move on, if that's a concern.

(Full disclosure: I went through the Jim Palmer and initio program.)

My son drives for Wil-Trans and they treat him well and he wouldn't consider it a starter company. What is a "ab initio program"?

Posted:  1 week, 4 days ago

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Trainer's behavior

My son finished training, but his trainer took 3 home time visits. It added to the length of training. I would say bite the bullet and finish with the trainer you have. Better than sitting waiting for another. Remember the evil you know is better than the evil you don’t know.

Posted:  1 week, 4 days ago

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Swift Refrigerated

Good Luck!!

Posted:  1 week, 4 days ago

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Retired Engineer wants to get into OTR Trucking, but having no success.

Richard, you must be about 2 hrs from me... work and live in Concord NH.

Posted:  1 week, 4 days ago

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Actual Annual Lease Op Numbers

PJ, thanks for sharing. There has been so many discussions about real numbers.

Posted:  1 week, 5 days ago

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Eye Candy

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I have been waiting to get some photos from my external hard drive. Well, I have some deployment ones on it, and thought I would share this. Looks pretty bad ass.

Posted:  1 week, 5 days ago

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Thinking of Packrat...

I didn’t think so, but I thought I would ask since others might wonder too. I hope tomorrow goes well.

Posted:  1 week, 5 days ago

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Thinking of Packrat...

Ok, so no road training since tour a cdl holder? Just curious really.

Posted:  1 week, 5 days ago

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Thinking of Packrat...

Packrat

What do they require before you get on the road solo?

Posted:  2 weeks ago

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Looking to go back OTR

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