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Posted:  2 months ago

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CRST - Training Adventures in Cedar Rapids

Well, I haven't posted much lately because there hasn't been much to post.

The web is full of sob stories and soap operas, but I hate both, so I posted nothing.

My second trainer has been very safety conscious. He's not conscious or aware of much else, but he is adamant about safety. So, after the first week (when the honeymoon was over) I proceeded to put up with and deal with quite a bit.

My stress level has been very high and my paychecks very low. But things have always been safe, so I STFU and dealt with everything else.

And now my time with CRST is done. After a week of unsatisfactory dialogue with my manager, I gave notice of my resignation today.

My second trainer and I did not get along at all (no secret to my manager) but I thought he at least had more moral standing (and thought the company did, too) than he does. But somehow he was able to create a very interesting (and untenable) post-training situation for me. And against all logic and clear evidence, the company has both embraced and endorsed his efforts.

I'm at a complete loss as to how he still has a job, much less why the company works so hard to overlook the many things that have taken place in lieu of actually addressing those things. Perhaps if you don't investigate it then is doesn't actually exist?

For whatever reason, things are what they are. And what troubles me most is that I dealt with six weeks (supposed to be four) of training for what has amounted to no good reason. Had I known how things would end I would have never put up with the things I have put up with for that amount of time. But hope sometimes leads us to endure what we otherwise could or would not. And I had very much hoped to work for this company for a long while.

Whatever my experience was, it was subjective (so don't project my experience into your future, your experience will most likely be much better) and it is now over.

For the record, CRST has all the same potential to be as great or bad of a company as any other. Honestly, in my opinion, they have the potential to offer more than many other companies that I've learned about. Just because things didn't work out for me doesn't mean anything. My experience seems like it was pretty unique.

I am not done with trucking, just done with CRST. I don't know what's next or how I will find it, but I'm already looking around. I can't imagine doing anything else as a job.

I owe this community here at TT more than I can ever repay. I will always remain grateful for that.

This training diary is finished.

Posted:  2 months, 2 weeks ago

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Schneider trucks cooking/food storing help!!!

I use a Dometic personal size portable freezer for my perishable food storage needs. I managed to snag mine on sale about 18? Months ago and absolutely love it. They're not cheap, but worth every penny. I can run this on fridge mode OR freezer mode (not both at same time). Mine runs on 12 volt, uses very little power, and is very very quiet. If I'm opting for lots of fresh fruits and salads, sliced deli meats and cheeses, fridge mode is great. When I am stocking shrimp, fish, various meats, frozen veggies, I set it to freezer mode. It will freeze completely thawed items solid in about 45 mins. Yes, I could keep ice cream if I wanted. They run between $550-600 but are built to withstand the vibration and abuse of travel. Mine is the personal size (18 liter capacity) and one of dometics smaller units. It weighs 26 lbs empty lol. .I have an Aroma 3 in 1 cooker (steamer/Crock-Pot/pressure cooker), a small household electric contact grill, a microwave, and a portable propane grill i keep in my side box. I can cook virtually anything in my truck.

Hmmmm.... New ideas for my ever-growing wish list. ๐Ÿ˜€

Posted:  2 months, 2 weeks ago

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Heaviest Weight You've Hauled...?

This is as close as I can get it.

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Holy cow! Talk about tipping the scales!

Yes, sir, that's cutting it pretty close. One decent cup of coffee and you're going over the limit. ๐Ÿ˜†

Posted:  2 months, 2 weeks ago

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Schneider - Diesel Driving Academy

That's pretty awesome news, Jamie! Very nice choice on your company to train with. Look forward to seeing some updates here. ๐Ÿ˜€

My visits may be intermittent because I just finished training and I'm about to get set loose with my buddy/co-driver, so I'm going to have my hands a little full being that we're basically out on our own now.

But even if I dont leave comments, I try to keep up with stuff when I can. Also, make sure to update regularly, as you never know who else is just lurking and reading posts without even introducing themselves - so you never know just how many people you might be helping just by sharing! ๐Ÿ‘

Safe travels to Little Rock and best of luck while getting started!!!

Posted:  2 months, 2 weeks ago

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CRST - Training Adventures in Cedar Rapids

Jeremy

Awesome. I actually think you both being new drivers is not necessarily a bad thing. I would imagine it will be easier to wake up your co-driver in the middle of his break if you need assistance as he might be a little more understanding that a experienced one. It is nice to hear that things are going well for you. Best of luck and safe travels.

Chris

Thanks much, Chris! And thank you for the open-ended questions. My diary has been going untouched lately (for good reason) but your questions have allowed me to focus on some (much needed) positive content.

I really liked your attitude about ever thing, and your dedication to learning and improving during your down time. I noticed from reading these, a lot of people seem to goof off during this time, rather then using any extra time they have to study or improve on something they don't understand or having trouble with. Like I mentioned in another thread, I really hope you keep updating us whenever possible; as I like reading the progress everyone makes. I'm glad I found these forums, a lot of useful and helpful information, along with friendly members.

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Thank you, Jamie! I haven't seen your other post yet, as this is my first stop today for reading. But the intention of the diary section is for exactly what you described above. So, hopefully we'll be seeing your diary soon! ๐Ÿ‘

Posted:  2 months, 2 weeks ago

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Tips For A Better Sitting Posture

I definitely need to give this a closer look. I find after about 8 hours or so that I'm getting sore in spots that were never bothered before. Like my tailbone, of all places!?!?

Gimme about 8 hours and I start squirming and shifting around trying to get comfy or at least take some pressure off, but haven't found a remedy yet.

Maybe if I change the way I'm sitting to begin with I can prevent some of these annoyances.

Posted:  2 months, 2 weeks ago

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CRST - Training Adventures in Cedar Rapids

Yes, sir. We did meet at the school. Our conversation just started one day and I don't think its ended yet. He met my wife and I met his - we both received approval from the bosses, though they did seem a little concerned that we talk and act so much alike.

We share many of the same values and beliefs, and since we first discussed teaming up we always seem to have the same ideas and opinions about almost everything.

So, it seems like a really good fit. The down side, of course, is that we are both fairly new to this career and lifestyle. We probably would have benefited most if we had chosen experienced people to team up with.

However, the way we look at it now, it's a very similar situation to someone doing 30 days of training and then going solo - with the exception that (due to varied training experiences) we may be able to teach each other a thing or two.

That's how things stand at the moment. But we're both pragmatists, so we both realize full and well that the truth won't come out until we've spent a few weeks in that truck together. Once we've gone through some of the interesting things that new drivers are fated to go through, and dealt with each other while stressed out, etc. That's when the truth will be apparent if we will make good co-drivers together.

But, we're both optimistic and eager to find out! ๐Ÿ˜Ž

Posted:  2 months, 2 weeks ago

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DOT Drug Testing: Urinalysis or Hair Follicle?

Does anyone know of a good company near Chico, CA. I'm looking for a company that can pay for my cdl training

Greetings, Matthew, and welcome to the forum! ๐Ÿ˜€

I would suggest starting a new post (with this question) out in the General Discussion area. That way your question will be seen by more people than just those who read this single topic.

There are plenty of great options to get your CDL paid for (I went that route myself) but I won't answer the question here because it covers a different topic than what's posted here in this thread.

Start a new topic in the Genetal Discussion area and all kinds of help and info will be posted there for ya! ๐Ÿ‘

Posted:  2 months, 2 weeks ago

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A Summary of My 1st Year in Trucking And Why I Returned - article by MillionMiler24

Well, when I look back and wonder where it all went wrong, I guess it will be these words...

I am going to start a topic on here that will summarize my experience at CRST trucking school in Cedar Rapids, IA. This way if a new driver wants to consider them for their initial training or in my case, retraining, then they can have a first hand account of what to expect. NOW it is FINALLY time to start paying yall back for the help yall have given me. I just hope my CRST diary will do that for yall.

Of course, I'm joking! Those words helped get me to CRST. And then your diary helped me prepare for it. And finally, your kindness and your advice helped me get through the end - and hooked up with the best DM in the industry!

Though I tried diligently to follow in your footsteps, my diary has went cold during training because... Well, my experiences should not be documented there right now beyond what they are because I don't want my subjective experienced between two "interesting" trainers to reflect on the company as a whole. Notably because, other than my training experience, the company has treated me (a nobody, who has yet to do anything of value for them) has treated me totally like a rock star!

You're one of the most humble, kind, generous, and professional drivers I have ever met from our company. And I hope to be able to emulate that after my one-year mark has come and gone.

Your story is an inspirational one and proof that anyone can bounce back from anything. Never did you say, "Poor me" or "Somebody do it for me!" Instead, you pursued a way out of that hole you stumbled into, you fought and clawed to climb out of it. And then when you were on your feet again, your first instinct was to become a trainer so you could start giving back to others what was given to you.

TOTALLY FREAKIN AWESOME!!!

I don't think I have the stones to be a trainer because, well, let's face it... That's just some dangerous $#!+ and I just don't have it.
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You're an inspiration, brother!

May your days be long,
and your paychecks be much,
and if your fortune is questioned,
tell 'em it's thanks to the CRST gold rush!

Safe travels, brother!
-
Cattle die,
kinsmen die,
the self dies,
but the renown for the one who gets good fame dies never.

Hรกvamรกl, 77

Posted:  2 months, 2 weeks ago

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CRST - Training Adventures in Cedar Rapids

Jeremy

Since you are bored sitting in the truck, watching flies mate..lol....

How do you like CRST and the concept of team driving? I know you don't completely have the grasp of team driving since you are with your trainer, just overall, in general....

To me, seems like a whole lot of men, in a confined space, crap galore, and all that....

Safe Travels Man.

Well, Chris, it all started when I was a small child and my father refused to take me to the circus... Wait! Wrong question! Okay, hang on...

Team driving.

Well, first the company question... CRST is a huge company. And as such, it sometimes runs as a huge company. The right hand and the left hand don't always know what the other is doing. In other words, some times (administratively) things or information can move slow or even turn out with contradicting results. But the company as a whole has a surprisingly great structure, and if you can stand team driving, there is some awesome potential here. Also, there's the potential for more autonomy than I've read/heard about at some other companies. (I don't want to start listing things just because I hope not to start a contest with anyone else from another company.) But I personally see some serious potential here.

They take care of their drivers and they take care of their equipment.

As for team driving, that is an acquired thing. But its not as crowded as it may seem at first.

First off, you will most often be in the drivers seat (up front by yourself) or in the rack sleeping (in back by yourself.) And with the very thick (canvas, burlap, leather, whatever) curtain pulled closed, you are basically in an isolated, soundproof, climate-controlled zone - by yourself.

Second, you usually aren't going to have a lot of belongings on the truck simply because you don't need them. I'm sure there are people who have tons of crap, but most people I've talked to so far usually end up keeping more cleaning supplies on their truck than personal belongings. Ya just don't need a lot to do this job, and no matter how ya start out, it seems that for almost everyone doing this, sooner or later, your life becomes all about the job - whether due to financial motivation, a sense of duty, or just lacking interest in much else. It really is a lifestyle. (Also, in a Freightliner Cascadia, there is so much damn room! They look deceptively small from the outside.)

Now, who you team with also has a lot to do with how the experience will be (obviously.) But it seems that when even just a few things click between two people, those few things can be just enough to make everything else bearable. I've met teams who are just waiting for one to commit a felonious act against the other one. And I've met teams you would never guess could make it with each other, yet they run hard, safe, and make boatloads of money every week!

Team driving allows for what certain companies can honestly call Expedited shipping. Meaning we can get it there at least twice as fast as anyone else. Twice now in the last few weeks I've run between California and Maryland (that's coast-to-coast for anyone not well-versed in geography) and both trips were around four days or so. A single driver just can't (legally) come close to that.

And because we are able to make time-sensitive runs over great distances, obviously we get better mileage pay and longer-mileage runs than most other dry-van drivers.

As for having someone around all the time, that can have its advantages, too. An extra set of eyes to help with that terribly difficult trailer back-up at 3am in poor lighting. Or a fresh set of ears to help you work out a problem with paperwork or some other logistical issue. And many other things that can help you run and operate more efficiently.

I can see where people would shirk at the idea of teaming. But it's not quite as crowded as some think it is. And it depends more on mindset than space, I guess. If you want to run with a partner who thinks like you and cares little about anything beyond making lots of money... Or was a big appeal of this job the opportunity to (mostly) live and work alone?

For myself, I like running hard toward goals, I like narrow schedules and time-sensitive obligations. I'm no good in occupations that get the job done whenever it's done. Not to imply that solo-driving is any less pressured or regimented than teams. But we do by our nature often have more interesting schedules (in my opinion) than solo drivers.

So, I guess it comes down to goals and mindset. Team driving obviously isn't for everyone. But, then again, neither is trucking.

As for myself, its acceptable for now, and should be awesome soon when me and Shawn (my co-driver and my long lost brother from another mother, lol) finally get our truck.

Hope that sheds some light on things. I know it wasn't really a comprehensive answer, but I didn't want to offer a long response that nobody would read.

Thanks for your service to our great nation, Chris. Look forward to seeing ya out here on the roadways soon. Safe travels, brother!

Posted:  2 months, 2 weeks ago

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My dream has died

Everything for a reason, my man! Just because you're not driving for a company doesn't mean you cant find a way to get out and see the same sights we see - maybe even at a better pace, since we are often on such tight schedules.

Not to mention, there are many other things you're now free to do that most of us are not. I won't insult you with a suggestion list. But I will say that now that you've virtually been given the free time...

And not everything worth doing or seeing is dependent on income. This sounds like a great time to bust out that bucket list and see what you can go out and cross off that list. Or make a new list.

I have two college degrees, but I actually have a few more degrees and certs I've always wanted. And many other things that I never learned to any self-satisfactorily level (no certification of degree required.) I can mumble in a few different languages, but I really want to be fluent in at least two or three of those. There's things I want to accomplish and things I want to cook in the kitchen. I have a seriously long list!!!

My point is, this should only be one dream among many. Due to my age, or some other arbitrary circumstances, some of my dreams really are beyond reach. But just because I can't hit a few ports doesn't mean I'm gonna scuttle the whole damn ship. There's still a world full of stuff waiting on me (you, too!)

So, take this opportunity and run with it! Because that's just what it is. And by all means, hang around here, too. You've got a lot of life experience and who knows how much more knowledge... No telling who you might be able to help with what.

Regardless of all else, just make the most out of this opportunity!

Wishing ya all the best!

Posted:  2 months, 2 weeks ago

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Schneider trucks cooking/food storing help!!!

I'm not a Schneider driver, and you may want to check with them about this....

But I know the RoadPro portable stove works great, runs on 12v (lighter plug), and only costs about $30.

Example: https://www.amazon.com/RoadPro-12-Volt-Portable-Stove-Black/dp/B00030DLEE/

They sell them at most truck stops. But more importantly, they sell the little tin foil pans that go in to it at most truck stops and at Walmart.

Hope that suggestion helps!

Posted:  2 months, 2 weeks ago

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Can I hook invertor to factor installed cb mount on 2013 Freightliner ?

I'm no expert, not even well-versed in Freight-Shakers, yet. So, dont take safety advice from me by any means! I'm not recommending or endorsing this, just sharing what my trainer's setup looks like.

Dash mount on a 2018 Cascadia... Uniden 880 and a PowerDrive 750W. Both have worked flawlessly for the five weeks I've been on this truck. And he claims it's been set this way for about a year.

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Again, not offering advice or endorsement here, just showing ya what one setup that I know about looks like.

Choose wisely...

Posted:  2 months, 2 weeks ago

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When Written Directions & GPS unit BOTH fail?

Chris, that must have been a Euro thing... I'm rarely ever lost. I dont always know where "here" is, but I usually know just where I'm at. ๐Ÿ˜

Though, admittedly some times that does require a clinical diagnosis!

Okay, okay... I've been staring out a truck window looking at a Pilot parking lot for a few hours. My next load doesn't pick-up until 3am and it's only about 18 miles away. And bad humor is a common side-effect of such boring activity!

Maybe I should I get out and take a walk... ๐Ÿ™„

Posted:  2 months, 2 weeks ago

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SO CLOSE!!!

My second time out...

I need to make a wide right turn. As I'm coming up to it, a car is headed up the street, coming on my right. I see them and try to slow down, hoping they'll just clear the intersection by the time I get there.

Nope!

So, as I'm rolling up I commit the cardinal sin of trying to wave them through as I'm approaching my turning point.

The yellow line is supposed to be me and the red line the car... But editing a photo on my phone just doesn't allow for great dimensions!

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And the turn I was supposed to make... (Again, sorry for horrible art work.)

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So, I tried to slow down and let them go and I tried to wave them through...

Still nothing. The car just sits there.

I end up going right up on the curb as I turn. Game over, try again later, please!

As I pass, I see the driver sitting there with a big ****-eatimg grin on his face. He gives me a mock salute as I pass him and then speeds off.

What I never mentioned in my training diary about any of this is that the local residents in Cedar Rapids all know who CRST is. And those that live nearby have a really big dislike of the company because of all the company drivers coming through at all hours and all of the student drivers who are out seven days a week.

And what I just experienced was a game some of the locals like to play with students. See, a few of them know what will make us fail a test. And while they don't seem to go out of their way to mess with us, they also don't pass up an opportunity, either.

What a feeling to have almost passed your road test and then get failed 50 feet from parking the truck because of some local yahoo!?!?

Not comparing your results with mine, just saying that I know what it feels like to get so close and then fail for that day.

A new day is coming, brother...
And it shall be yours!

Posted:  2 months, 2 weeks ago

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When Written Directions & GPS unit BOTH fail?

Honestly, certain things are a newbies right of passage. you must experience certain things yourself to learn from them...

Spoken like a true trainer! Hopefully there are not too many of these lessons. I am quite content to learn from others mistakes.

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Looking forward to the article!

Posted:  2 months, 2 weeks ago

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Heaviest Weight You've Hauled...?

I should have also said AND SLOW DOWN!

Obviously!
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I do tend to slow down in high winds.

Also, when passing other trucks on narrow roads (like 54 thru Kansas) I noticed that other guys were hugging that white line when we crossed each other. I started doing that as well and realized a very significant reduction in (blowback, reflection, windstream, draft, whatever it's called) as our trucks passed each other on the road.

If you got any more tips, keep 'em coming! Rookie CDL Jedi here is soaking up all the info I can get!

Posted:  2 months, 2 weeks ago

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SO CLOSE!!!

I know its little consolation, but just a few months back road trip took me three times...

The good news is, no matter how many times it takes ya, soon as you pass you'll have the same CDL as the rest of us!

After three times, I know just how much it sucks to not nail it in the first try.

Just keep your eyes on the prize, cause you've already overcame a lot to get this far, and there's only one thing left to conquer before you get the prize! ๐Ÿ‘

Posted:  2 months, 2 weeks ago

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When Written Directions & GPS unit BOTH fail?

Don't over think.

I'm not making light of your advice... But this seems to be a recurring piece of advice I get, lol.
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