Profile For Adrian N.

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  • Location:
    Rio Rancho, NM

  • Driving Status:
    Experienced Driver

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  • Joined Us:
    2 months ago

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Posted:  4 weeks, 1 day ago

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My first week with Danny Herman Trucking

So last Sunday August 12th started my journey with Danny Herman Trucking. I went and picked up a really nice rental car Sunday morning that they got for me to go down to El Paso and start the 3 day orientation Monday am. Got to my hotel and checked in and arranged to have a shuttle take me to the terminal Monday morning. Room was not the greatest but it would do. At least I didn't have a room mate.

Woke up in the morning and took the shuttle to terminal to start orientation. It was me and 3 other people. One guy was fresh out of truck driving school and actually deaf. I had alot of respect for him attempting to get into trucking. Danny Herman was the only company that would take him on. They have a trainer who's mom is deaf so he's fluent in sign language. He sat in the class with him to interpret for him and later to go out with him and train him. So the first day was spent filling out a lot of paperwork, going and getting a physical if you needed one, drug test, and road test. I was a little worried about road test but it was incredibly easy! Basically just drove around the block. We tested in a standard and one guy couldn't drive a stick to save his life! We drove back to the yard and took out an automatic truck for him to retake his test which he was then able to pass.

The next 2 days were really long and boring. Watched some videos and had video conferences with a bunch of different people in the corporate office. Really dry boring stuff but I got through it and by Wednesday afternoon I was officially an employee. Since I had to go out with a trainer for 2 weeks I was told to go back to my hotel and come back Thursday morning and my trainer would come by the terminal and pick me up. The other 2 got assigned trucks and were waiting to be dispatched. The deaf guy left right away with his trainer to start his 6 weeks of training.

Thursday morning I show up early enough to do some laundry and wait to meet my trainer. He shows up. We sit and talk for awhile and get to know each other for a bit. Seems like a really nice guy, and I think we'll get along just fine. We then load all my stuff up and hit the road for Calexico, California to deliver a load of Kenworth parts. He drives for a couple of hours then let's me take over. He sees that I know what I'm doing and goes to bed telling me to wake him up when we get to Calexico. It went good. I hooked up my iPod and kept the volume down so I don't wake him and down the road we go. Before we get to our destination we get a pre-plan for our next load. Deadhead to a Toyota plant in Ontario, California and pick up a load going to Laredo, TX. So we dropped our trailer in Calexico, pick up an empty and we're off to Ontario, then on to Laredo.

At Laredo we get a load of water heaters headed for Detroit. The plumbing warehouses dock in Detroit was something else! We had to get our truck into this little parking lot with low hanging wires everywhere and then back up to this dock that was down an incline and inside this dark warehouse. Barely enough room above and to the sides to fit the truck! A seriously tight squeeze! It takes several hours to get unloaded and meanwhile we don't have a pre-plan for our next load. We get empty then dead head through Detroit to the nearest truck stop to hang out and wait for our next load. We wait, and wait and nothing comes over the Qualcomm. We call our DM about getting us a load and he says sorry that freight is slow out of Michigan right now. That he'll get us layover pay for the day and get us a load asap.

We finally get a load. It just doesn't pick up until the next day in the afternoon. We are deadheading to Lafayette, Indiana, getting loaded and heading back down to Laredo TX. Laredo again! Joy! The good news is well be camping out in this truck stop and I'll finally be able to get some real sleep! Driving teams is incredibly difficult for me. It's almost impossible for me to sleep in a moving bouncing truck! I'm relieved that tonight we'll be still and I can finally get some decent sleep! Tomorrow the adventure continues.

It's been a challenging, difficult and sleep deprived first week. I will be so glad when this refresher is over, I get my own truck and get some home time! I miss my home and my family terribly. Most nights when I talk to my wife she starts crying because she misses me so much! I need to make this work so I can support her while she finishes nursing school. A year from now she'll be done and I'll have the much needed recent experience I need to find a good paying local job. I just hope my marriage survives this difficult time apart! I love trucking but it sure is hard on relationships! I wish I would have done this when I was younger and still single! I will write about my second week when I have time. Until then be safe and keep the shiny side up!

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Posted:  1 month, 1 week ago

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DHT Orientation Monday!

I realize that. I will just have to really watch watch what I say around other employees. Try not to swear too much. I spent years in a Catholic school as a kid being raised by agnostics. I'm good at fitting in and keeping my personal beliefs to myself. As long as they treat me good and I make a decent living I'll be happy there.

That is awesome. Good luck! You will do great. Looking forward to to reading your experience.

You probably already know this, but they are owned by a very Christian family, and it shows on their equipment. I have yet to run into a DHT driver that doesn't represent their values.

Posted:  1 month, 1 week ago

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DHT Orientation Monday!

Well today is my last day at my current job, and Sunday night I'm heading down to El Paso to start orientation Monday morning with Danny Herman Trucking! They rented me a car that I will pick up Sunday morning to come down there, and I have a hotel room reserved for the 3 days. After 3 days in orientation I will be going out 2 weeks with a trainer as a refresher since I haven't been OTR since 2002. I am excited, and really nervous to start this next chapter of my life. Hopefully my marriage will survive being with me being absent for long periods of time, and I will start making the kind of money I need to support my family. From all I've read, and from a few drivers I talked to it sounds like it doesn't get any better than Danny Herman. I feel very fortunate to be given the chance to work for what sounds like such a top notch company. I plan on writing about my experiences, and will post updates on my journey in this forum.

Posted:  2 months ago

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Danny Herman Trucking

I'm trying to get her to realize that accomplishing great things sometimes requires sacrifices. That my being gone is the only way I know to fully support her and the kids. I'm doing everything I can to help her accomplish her goals.That a year will fly by. She'll be an RN in a year making good money and I'll be able to make decent money as well and we can finally live the life we've always wanted instead of constantly struggeling. I have until August 13th when I go to orientation to convince her that this is the best way to accomplish our long term goals. I really do love trucking and the road but I really love her too. I sure hope she doesn't make me choose between my 2 loves!

Posted:  2 months ago

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Danny Herman Trucking

Thank you all for the input. Can anyone offer advice or maybe direct me to articles to read on how to keep a marriage going with being gone so much? I love my wife dearly and worry we might grow apart when I hit the road. She's already crying at just the thought if me not being by her side every night. I try to tell her that it's just a year until she finishes school and it will be hard but to sacrafice a year to have the rest if our lives be financially secure is a small price to pay. I want our 50's to be the best years of our lives! Any advice? I adore my wife but I also live trucking. Is it possible to have both?

Posted:  2 months ago

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Danny Herman Trucking

I'm new to this forum so I need to ask. Is there a way to edit your posts? I was reading what I wrote and see a bunch if errors I'd like to correct but can figure out how to.

Posted:  2 months ago

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Danny Herman Trucking

Pretty much everything I've read has been positive too. That's unusual for a trucking company! Mainly seems when it comes to trucking companies you mainly hear a lot of bad! I just thought I'd post here and see what people have to say. You can never have too much information about such an important decision. I'm excited but scared too. I have 3 great people depending on me to make this work. I would hate to quit my current job only to get sent home during orientation for some unforseen reason. That's my biggest fear! To be jobless with a family to take care of! Danny Herman seems like a great place to work and I'm hoping for the best! I'm pretty impressed that are going to rent me a car to get down down to El Paso and for the 3 days I'll be in orientation. Most stick you Greyhound.

I have spoken with a few of their drivers. They seem to really like it. I have only heard good things about them. Good luck!

Posted:  2 months ago

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Danny Herman Trucking

Well my story is I started driving in 2001. I did a year and a half OTR with Swift and then 6 months with CFI. My wife at that time wanted me to be home more so I found a local job driving a concrete mixer. Did that for 6 years. Then did local p&d work with class b trucks until 2016 when I got a job driving a city bus and did that for almost 2 years. I realized recently just how much I missed driving big rigs and decided to get back into trucking. It was hard finding a trucking job because the last time I drove a big rig was back in 2003 but I finally found an outfit that would give me a chance. I've been happy at my current job. I drive in NM, AZ, and TX and except for 1 night a week I'm home every night. It feels so good to be driving a big rig again!I don't get paid much an hour but I get lots of overtime. My wife is finishing up her first semester of nursing school and working. It's been really hard for her trying to work and go to school. It's been really hard on her so I want to find a job where I can support the family and let her focus on school. I've been trying to find a local gig that pays more, and there's lots of them but they all want a year of recent experience. My experience from 2001-2003 no longer counts. All those years of driving class b vehicles don't count. I've been at my current job 3 months driving class A vehicles so it like I only have 3 months experience. I thought about working the oilfields and had a lot of job offers but I'm afraid I would be miserable and wouldn't last long. I've really got bit by the trucking bug again with my current job and love driving. I figured I would go OTR again and hopefully make enough to be the sole provider for my family. I was accepted by Danny Herman and after a 2 week refresher with a trainer I'll be on my own. They really seemed to have the most to offer considering I'm now considered a rookie again. I have heard a lot of good things about them and look forward to working for them. It will be hard being away from my wife and kids but if it enables my wife to get through nursing school our lives will be so much better in the long run! Plus if I spend the next year with Danny it will greatly improve my trucking career. I'll be able to get one of these high paying local gigs like with Old Dominion. Sorry this was such a long winded reply!

Adrian, welcome to our forum!

Your tag line says you're an experienced driver. I'm just curious why you're leaving your current company. Who are you working for now? What's the motivation to move elsewhere?

Posted:  2 months ago

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Danny Herman Trucking

I am all set to go to Danny Hermans orientation August 13th. I'm really hoping to earn enough to take care of my 2 kids, and enough so my wife won't have to work so she can just concentrate on getting through the next year of nursing school. I'm hoping I'm making the right choice by going with them? It will be a great sacrifice to be away from home so much but it's one I'm willing to make it it creates a better future for my family. Everything I've read in DHT has been mainly positive. They seem like they will be a great company! I've seen their trucks and they are really nice! I'm just trying to get all the information I can on the company. Anyone here work for them or use to? Anyone hear anything about them? I'd appreciate any information you have to offer. Than you.

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