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Posted:  4 months, 1 week ago

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Crap Companies

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I wouldn't go that far myself PackRat, but I do respect your right to have an opinion. Myself, I learned most of my pre-training knowledge on trailer control and backing maneuver setups off YouTube. In the end this probably hurt me a bit as my trainers just assumed I knew how to back so they never showed me those problem childs that can ruin your day. So my own personal opinion is to steer clear or channels like this one and instead find channels that seek to educate you instead of waste your time filling your head with negativity.

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Matthew you basically confirmed the relevance of PackRat’s suggestion (in bold).

You tube videos are not vetted for truth, accuracy or quality of information. As a total novice how could you tell good from no good.

I agree with PackRat.

Well you can get a good start in that by ignoring vidoes where the uploader does not talk at all. Secondly you find videos where they guide you step by step, this shows interest in actual training. And considering none of my trainers provided even one step, I wonder where I would have got the information from otherwise? Don't get me wrong by playing around with the trailer you gain better perception skills and understanding of how to maneuver the trailer, I would never knock getting a heads up on that process. For instance students could completely ignore this site using that same excuse you gave me. How would a novice know the information on this side is good or just people attempting to look smart? It I sup to the individual to vet the information coming at them for accuracy

Posted:  4 months, 1 week ago

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Crap Companies

I wouldn't go that far myself PackRat, but I do respect your right to have an opinion. Myself, I learned most of my pre-training knowledge on trailer control and backing maneuver setups off YouTube. In the end this probably hurt me a bit as my trainers just assumed I knew how to back so they never showed me those problem childs that can ruin your day. So my own personal opinion is to steer clear or channels like this one and instead find channels that seek to educate you instead of waste your time filling your head with negativity.

Posted:  4 months, 1 week ago

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Crap Companies

I was purusing through YouTube and I saw a gentlemen who makes videos called "Cramp Companies" or something like that. I mean this guy was naming: Swift, US Xpress, PAM, Schneider, Western Express, USA Truck, etc. You name it, this guy has a myriad of videos talking about how terrible these companies are.

How would he know that? There's no way you worked for all these companies.

As a someone who isnt even technically a rookie yet I thought it was very toxic to be making things like this. And unfortunately alot of ppl in the comments were thanking this man for "warning" them.

Why do you think our news channels focus on negativity now days? They know where the ratings are and it's not in proper well meaning education of ones audience, its in outrageing people, this guy understands that so hes doing the same on youtube. At least you understand that hes just making money and don't try to take what he says seriously.

Posted:  4 months, 2 weeks ago

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Wilson Logistics

Yea Wilson logistics put in a couple no-fly rules recently, you just happened to nail one of them. These rules are one and done for us. Seatbelt violation, cell phone violation, or excess speed(80 mph or up in a truck) and you're done. The reason being is these violations hit your CSA score HARD. And Wilson logistics works hard to protect their score.

Bummer about you having already put in your 2 weeks bud.

Posted:  4 months, 3 weeks ago

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Detention Stamps

I get the automated message every load, they must really like me. Also here at my company we aren't even issued the stamp, even though I haul Prime trailers everywhere I go. Guessing our FMs aren't fined though since we're sub contracted to haul prime fright for prime.

Posted:  4 months, 3 weeks 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).

Yea, this right here basically. Youre first week is in class for truck handling,then you will go out with a trainer for about 2 weeks before coming back to work on backing and then test for your cdl. By law you can not upgrade from permit to cdl for atleast 14 days so companies put you I, a truck with a trainer and use those 2 weeks to get youe feet wet. Main goal in that 2 weeks is to master your pre trip and be comfortable enough behind the wheel to pass the road test portion of cdl. Although the good trainers will also prep you for the backing portion as well. When you do go to test for your cdl make sure you get enough backing practice, be a squeeky wheel here if you have to. Dont just take the test knowing you're not ready as this is you're futire you're talking about.

Posted:  4 months, 3 weeks ago

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It's Official, July 29th with Wilson

You should be able to get clp the day you show up, its not their job to study for you. Your weeks training is learning how to handle a truck before they send you out with a trainer to get more experience in handling a truck. I'm noy trying to be rude here, I just want to clear up your misconception on who is responsible for the permit training. That being said if you use this site and a study app on your phone you should have 0 problems passing the permit test on the first try.

Posted:  5 months ago

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Winner of Rainy's "No Defeat, No Surrender Award" is....

Way to go Donna, keep up the hard work!

Posted:  5 months ago

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Game: Have a Trucker Pet? Pics please

Matthew, funny how dogs can sleep while contorted into awkward positions. I think she might have sleep apnea. You should get a sleep study done on her. Then you can get her a CPUP machine.

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You think my company will help cover the costs of the test and machine?

Posted:  5 months ago

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Game: Have a Trucker Pet? Pics please

Heres my co-driver. Took this today while she was sleeping. Daisy is about 6 months old now and growing into her paws, really smart dog and excellent partner on the road.

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Posted:  5 months ago

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Howdy, Visual Aids, Reefers

There are some youtube truckers who make video tutorials. If you're a visual guy looking some of them up might help you in that regard. I do watch some from time to time myself, as well as actually watch people back at truck stops.

Posted:  5 months, 1 week ago

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This Was A Pain In The Booty

Well, I'm glad my FM doesn't hate me as much as yours seems to hate you. rofl-3.gif

Just kidding, he probably doesn't trust my backing yet. I dont blame him, us rookies are accidents on wheels. sorry.gif

Posted:  5 months, 2 weeks ago

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Any schools left that train on manual transmission?

If you had a class A wouldn't it be easier to rent a truck and take the test then to go through the training all over again? You may have to go through training with a company if they consider your training stale, but you could get the cdl out of the way if you already have a company in mind that is willing to hire you and send you off solo if you have a cdl.

If the company is going to require that you retrain, better to just go sign on with a company and get the cdl back through them rather then a private school as the company will usually provide you with a hotel and bus you to their terminal.

Posted:  5 months, 2 weeks ago

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Jim Palmer Wilson Logistics training Montana

278k miles on mine, well be together for a good bit before I get the opportunity to upgrade to something else. Good chance it'll be an autoshift when I do upgrade though, we're starting to get all the miles used up on the manuals and ship em out now.

Posted:  5 months, 2 weeks ago

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Why when I back.

I just pulled out from the dock about 6 feet to shut my doors. Was 15 feet away.

Did that the other day, in front of the dock guy who just told me to open doors and bump the dock. Well, I had to pull out past the trucks on both sides of me to swing doors. I pulled so far forward he started waving at me to stop. rofl-1.gif

Posted:  5 months, 2 weeks ago

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First Beer Load

If the shipper has a scale on site, you WILL scale in. That is determine how much they can put on. They will put as much as they can on. I’ve done Budweiser loads out of Colonial Heights, VA. Very heavy. You scale in so they can determine how much product they can ship

And if they are scaling you like this, make sure you come into their yard FULL of fuel. Otherwise they will load you up and you'll be hitting truck stops left and right on your trip so you don't risk an overweight ticket.

Posted:  5 months, 2 weeks ago

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Jim Palmer Wilson Logistics training Montana

It's a Freightliner Matthew. After living in the top bunk of a FL for the last 10 weeks with all my stuff around me, this thing feels palatial especially with the top bunk latched up against the back wall. Cheers, Kelly

You lucked out, what year is it? Also, guessing it's an autoshift? Yea, I remember upgrading to my own truck, its definitely roomier than just the top bunk for me. Still wish I had a freightliner for the better space. Or at least an ultraloft Pete

Posted:  5 months, 3 weeks ago

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Refer on steroids

I never had one that guzzled fuel like that. I've had a few that were really loud. One was a beast. It rumbled and vibrated like you wouldn't believe. When it kicked on while in the sleeper I swear I thought the vibrations were going to steadily bounce me onto the floor while I slept.

Good thing trucks come with a safety net for bottom bunk! rofl-3.gifrofl-3.gif

Posted:  5 months, 3 weeks ago

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Jim Palmer Wilson Logistics training Montana

My biggest gripe with the Peterbilt 579 is no storage. No place for a microwave in a 2016... That changed with the 2017 but you loose storage.

Now that I've almost gotten all the gremlins exterminated it's about time to turn it in. *sigh* Although, I'm looking forward to some of the creature comforts thw newer trucks have. Especially all the goodies on the 2019-2020 Freightliners.

Ugh, microwaves... The 2017 Pete I have, I had to wedge the smallest microwave you could buy into this hole and then put blocks under it before bunging it so I can open the door and use the darn thing. Whoever thought up that lets put the microwave spot inside a plastic area is a moron.

Posted:  5 months, 3 weeks ago

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Kenworth T680 Automatic in Manual Mode

I am thinking it was G-Town who mentioned you can also lock your differential to help with the buck. The creep mode is on freightliners for sure, not positive on Peterbilts and Internationals. They would be silly to not be working on it if they don't have it yet, it helps a lot with backing.

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