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Posted:  5 months, 3 weeks ago

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Drive Teams or Leave Current Company?

Remember with a team driver you will be splitting the miles. It will increase your pay some but probably not as much as you would like. I don't know how many miles you're running now or your cpm but a good team running 9.5 to 10 or so hours a shift should be able to top 7k miles a week when everything works well and you're getting the long loads.

Living with another person in a walk in closet is tough. I've been lucky for a while with a good trainer then a good first co-driver. My co moved on to greener pastures and now I'm high and dry.

Good luck to you whatever path you take, Stay safe.

Posted:  5 months, 3 weeks ago

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How bad will I screw myself?

For the most part CRST is mostly teams. However CRST does have solo driver's. My trainer and several other CRST driver's I spoke with all advise me that they had run solo when co driver's weren't available. The best thing talk to your DM and explain you're situation to them. I am going out with my trainer for about two weeks just to get a little more backing experience. Then I have to find a co driver. I have received several calls from people looking for co driver's all of them live in different states then mine including one on the east coast.

Joseph, Can you shorten that 2 weeks with your trainer down a little? I don't need much home time, I keep the truck neat and like to shower on a regular basis. I have a 2018 truck with 25,500 miles on it. The air is ice cold and the heat will run you out of there. Trucker GPS, microwave, living large.

Posted:  5 months, 3 weeks ago

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Test on Wednesday

Stay calm and focused. Vocalize on your road test, tell them whats going on every step of the way. oh, and don't hit anything ;)

Posted:  5 months, 3 weeks ago

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How bad will I screw myself?

P.S. Thanks for changing it so mods don't have to approve my posts.

Posted:  5 months, 3 weeks ago

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Feel like I just went through 3 days in one day

Sounds like you earned your pay today. ;) I've only run that stretch out west once so far and it was night so I did not get a chance to admire the views. Sounds like you didn't either with dust and fog. Better luck next trip.

Posted:  5 months, 3 weeks ago

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How bad will I screw myself?

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I do agree with Rainy and Big Scott you should be at least getting paid.

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He said he did get paid layover and then they sent him home for home time.

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i'm up to 10 days without a load now sitting on my but doing nothing

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There's something you're not telling us. I know you've been home for at least a few days but no one just sits indefinitely for no reason. I'm not sure what's going on, but get on the phone tomorrow and tell them to get you rolling. Freight is super strong right now, the demand for drivers is really strong, we're starting the runup to the holiday season, and you have their truck and it needs to be rolling.

So I'm not sure what the whole story is but I know we're not hearing it. Let us know what they say when you call in tomorrow to see if they can get you moving.

You're getting the entire story as it's played out to this point. Joseph L. pointed out that sometimes they will run us solo but since I have under 90 days on the road that's not an option for me. My DM did not even want to let me deadhead to the house but gave in after I sat for 4 days. Believe it or not I'm being as open and honest as possible because I'm looking for the best advice I can get. I've tried to be as professional as possible, I'm not slamming my company, they've done exactly what they said they would from day 1. I just want this solved and to get back on the road.

At this point I think my best option is to try and talk them into bringing me back to Cedar Rapids. I might luck out and catch a trainee just coming off the truck with a trainer and ready to roll. If not, at least I have the truck back in their hands. I don't know what else to do at this point.

Posted:  5 months, 3 weeks ago

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First week finished

Man, that sounds brutal. Glad you made it through and kept your job. I'll do my best to learn from your pain, I'm sure my company has a process just like that and I never want to see it.

Posted:  5 months, 3 weeks ago

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How bad will I screw myself?

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As far as the tuition goes and my contract, I'll pay it. I don't want to owe anyone anything. I hate not keeping my word on the 8 months but I do need a paycheck. They ran me great during training and when I had a co-driver at 7000+ miles a week for the truck. I have no hard feelings towards them I just can't afford to sit around.

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That makes no sense whatsoever. So you're going to fork out like $6,000 for the privilege of quitting your job and walking out on your contract because you can't afford to go without a paycheck?

If that's the kind of logic you're using to make decisions then I don't know if anyone can help you.

I guess that's fair enough criticism, and I do appreciate the advice that everyone has given me so far. But i'm up to 10 days without a load now sitting on my but doing nothing. How long should I wait before I cut my loses and look for other options? A month, two? I'm not going to starve or lose my house in that time frame but it will make things tight. Making money and paying my CRST bill is better than not making anything. Plus I just really like driving. This is the first time in a long time that I actually enjoy my job. I haven't spoken with my DM since Friday so maybe he'll have better options for me when he comes in tomorrow.

Posted:  5 months, 3 weeks ago

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How bad will I screw myself?

They paid layover while I was sitting at Love's and then finally let me deadhead home by myself. So I'm on hometime now and no pay.

As far as the tuition goes and my contract, I'll pay it. I don't want to owe anyone anything. I hate not keeping my word on the 8 months but I do need a paycheck. They ran me great during training and when I had a co-driver at 7000+ miles a week for the truck. I have no hard feelings towards them I just can't afford to sit around.

Posted:  5 months, 3 weeks ago

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Scheider Cascadia trucks

I have a 2018 Cascadia from CRST. I have to turn on the cruise control then hit a button on the temp control back in the sleeper. The truck will idle for a while then shut down for a while then start it'self back up (after a short warning tone) and idle for a while longer. It takes a little getting used to for sleeping.

Posted:  5 months, 3 weeks ago

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Companies That Hire with Automatic Restriction

CRST Melton Jordan

Posted:  5 months, 3 weeks ago

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How bad will I screw myself?

Thanks for the advice guys. It's what I expected but I needed to hear it anyway. Yes I'm sure CRST has a no compete clause but I can pay off the school if I need to. No, no solo runs, I've tried. They parked me at a loves for 4 days (350 miles from home) before they would even let me deadhead to the house. I'm just frustrated, I love my job and can't get out and do it. I know CRST has a bad rep but they've been fair and honest with me since day 1 and I hate to leave them but I need to get back to work.

Posted:  5 months, 3 weeks ago

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Hello, from Kuna, ID/Couple Questions

I'll answer what I can, I'm still new to all of this.

You get your CDL just like any other driver. Start out or move to flatbed at some point in time. The flatbed company will not run you on oversize or specialized loads at first but you can work up to it over time. These loads are going to pay more and will take more skill and planning so don't expect them until until you have some time in the seat.

Posted:  5 months, 3 weeks ago

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How bad will I screw myself?

I'll keep this as short as possible but I want to give you the full picture.

I'm currently a CRST driver with about 6 weeks OTR experience (yes weeks). I fully planned on staying here for a year (contract is 10 months) and then going flatbed and solo. Now I find myself in the situation where my co-driver has quit and I can't find a new one. My DM has sent me a list of names, I've called them all and no luck. Some have quit, some have codrivers now. I have a brand new Freightliner in my driveway collecting dust. I have not run a load in over a week.

I want to just jump ship but I know I should do my first year and finish my contract (but I need to be running and pay bills). I've put in an ap with Melton. I think I can get on there and be happy but I want somebody to give me a sanity check please.

Posted:  5 months, 3 weeks ago

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Living in the cab, what is that like?

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Dawn was mentioned a couple of times...and it must be said.. Dawn is great for scrubbing floors cause it gets the grease and also a few drops in the wiper fluid helps.

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Wiper fluid? Please explain...does Dawn help clear the bug splatter? Regular Wiper fluid just makes for a bad windshield.

Yes please explain this dawn in the wiper fluid thing. I'm a noob and I never knew a windshield could possibly collect this many bugs in such a short amount of time. It's not as bad in the day but I like driving at night when possible and must have a clean windshield. I've stopped and gone through the fuel lines when I didn't need fuel just for a windshield cleaning.

Posted:  5 months, 3 weeks ago

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Newbie observations after about 2 months in with CRST.

Thanks for the encouragement Susan, I do love to drive. I just want to get my first year over with and move on to solo (flatbed I think) driving. If I can find that "perfect" codriver I know the year and the miles will fly by.

Posted:  5 months, 3 weeks ago

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Newbie observations after about 2 months in with CRST.

I'm in Western NC.

Posted:  5 months, 3 weeks ago

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Newbie observations after about 2 months in with CRST.

I'm a brand new driver with CRST. I'm 48 years old and this is my 3rd career in life (Army>IT>Trucker).

First of all let me say that I'm enjoying this much more than I thought I would. I'm stuck at home right now (more on that later) and can't wait to get back on the road. There have been times in my life when I wanted to go to work but I really cant remember when, my Army days (some days) I guess. But with this I'm really enjoying the drive, love the challenge, I'm having a great time while i'm moving. I hit my first 700+ mile day and it felt like I just finished a marathon (yes I've run a marathon, never again).

My training was in Cedar Rapids, IA. If you're expecting 5 star accommodations you're going to be disappointed. The food provided sucks, bring extra money for food if you can. 3 people to a room, the rooms and other facilities are kept clean but your roommates could make or break your experience here. I lucked out and had a couple of very respectful roommates for my time in training. As far as the training goes I would have to say it's good for the scope of what you're there for. They're not training you to be a truck driver, they're training you to pass the 3 DOT tests to get your CDL.

They hooked me up with a Lead Driver as soon as I was hired and we took off the next day. I spent 3 weeks with him and he was a good trainer for the most part. He did have a tendency to disregard the details that came over the qualcom that I don't plan to repeat. But if I know enough to see that I can do better in this area I don't need training on it. My biggest stress was backing and he spent a lot of time working on it with me. It's still my biggest stress but getting better at it.

After my trainer I hooked up with my co driver. I met her in class (yes they put 2 noobs out on the road). It went well and we were running great until she had family issues back home and had to ditch me. I don't blame her, you have to make family first and she did make sure I was close enough to my home that CRST would let me deadhead to the house. That's where I sit now.

Currently I need a co driver. I have a brand new Freightliner sitting in my driveway just begging to run long miles. Any CRST drivers, or anyone who might want to join CRST and run long and hard please hit me up. If you want home time more than once a quarter I may not be right for you.

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