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Posted:  20 hours, 34 minutes ago

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New truck :)

Pretty new truck, congrats and hope she does you well during the break in process.

Posted:  20 hours, 41 minutes ago

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Jim Palmer Wilson Logistics training Montana

Congrats Kelly, glad to see you made it through training. Look forward to seeing your truck out on the road.

Posted:  1 day, 21 hours ago

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Office to Trucking

I have heard of people never going OTR and still getting a job local, you might be able to land a local job if you are persistent enough. Also, as Army said, you kinda let the whole training go stale on you waiting so long, that might shoot you in the foot. It's not impossible to overcome though, just need to get off the fence and start walking good sir. :)

Posted:  2 days, 23 hours ago

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OTC meds causing false positives on drug tests?

I have read research where Melatonin can cause false positives also.

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I take 10 mg melatonin if I can’t sleep. Though I have found driving 10 hours eliminates that issue for me. :)

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Your body produces Melatonin naturally, I find it hard to believe that it would throw up a false positive given it's a naturally produced chemical in your body. Be careful about letting people blow smoke up your tail pipe via the internet. However, I agree with others stated here, talk with your potential company. Let them know what you do take, and make sure when you go in for the **** test that you let THEM know as well. This should prevent you from having any false positives.

Posted:  2 days, 23 hours ago

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Jim Palmer Wilson Logistics training Montana

Trying trying to get some information or a female perspective from Jim Palmer. I have wanted to go to the school since they opened. What I'm trying to find out is the requirements. I have a really squeaky clean record both criminal and driving. I have all my paperwork ready. I am really ready to take my permit test again. (Did this once before at another company). Going back three years I only had one small employment gap. And that was because we were moving out of state. I am 46 married with no kids. And I am so ready to do this! Any direction I should go should I just call them.

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Day 3 04/03/2019

Van picked us up at 7am. This morning. So funny to arrive at 7:10 and still be sitting here an hour later... but it'll only be 20 minutes more. Haha. Ok, more time to review pretrip.

We signed our CDL school contract. Simply put, the cost is $3500 and at no time will $ be deducted from your pay. At 6 months $1750 is forgiven. At 12 months the remaining $1750 is forgiven. So stick around for a year and no cost to you. Even if you were to leave after 6 months, you'll only pay 1/2. Really very fair and one of the best agreements out there in my opinion, and a more than fair price for training when compared to others.

Overall so far, I am impressed. I like the small feel making it more personalized, you are you and not a number. Everyone is very friendly and encouraging.

The Wilson's (Father and son) we are told are very approachable and we are encouraged to stop in and say hi if they are here as they like to know there drivers.

More later as the day progresses.

About 1pm Darwin took us out for a pre-trip run through then into the truck to pull forward and straight back, then out to a 45 degree angle to back. Also had a student pull out to show the angle you'll want to take a picture of in your mind for the 90 degree back. I did all right as he helped me and wow, what a thrill! Oh yeah, the 2 students that had to still pass their permit test did it. We are still a group of 5.

And that concluded our day. Tomorrow out on the roads driving Cheers!

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Give them a call, or ask some questions here. I am not sure exactly what you are looking for with "From a female perspective." I can tell you however that I see women go through our training here at Wil-Trans all the time with no issues. That doesn't necessarily make the company right for you, you need to do the research to make sure that the company you go to meets your own personal criteria. However I will say this, these guys do try and sort out bad picks, given that you are married they will want to talk with your husband as well to make sure he will be able to handle being separated from you for long periods of time. Remember you will be gone for a minimum of 30 days before you can return home and see your husband so they will want to make sure that BOTH of you are ok with this and ready to deal with it. OTR trucking is hard on relationships, I hope you keep that in mind in your journey. I am not trying to scare you away, I just want to make sure you're aware of everything here. Anyhow, feel free to ask away on questions you may have, I'll be happy to do my best to answer. However I haven't been to Jim Palmers terminal, nor did I go through their training, I went to Wil-Trans' terminal and training course so there may be some questions specific to Jim Palmer I can't answer.

Posted:  5 days, 22 hours ago

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Jim Palmer Wilson Logistics training Montana

Awesome, glad to see you're still around and still enjoying the job. Also very glad to see you're taking the right attitude. Stuff happens in this industry, you just have to roll with it and keep doing the best you can.

Posted:  5 days, 22 hours ago

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Birthday Today

Happy Birthday fellow trucker! dancing-banana.gifdancing.gif

Posted:  6 days, 17 hours ago

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Stinky Trailers

I'm curious, what did you end up using to get rid of the odor?

Posted:  6 days, 17 hours ago

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Pilot in Lamar Colorado

Sounds like I found my new 34 spot. dancing-banana.gif

Posted:  6 days, 17 hours ago

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Prime "upgrade freeze"

Companies like Prime and my own company order a set number of trucks each week. This is not a freeze, its just basic supply and demand. They know averaging out over the year about how many they need per week and they bring in that many. You just so happen to be in a peak period where the demand is higher than average. Sit tight and youll get your due. Although, I have to agree with Packrat. Leaseing is bad, but feel free to learn that for yourself, I wont try and talk you out of it.

Posted:  1 week, 1 day ago

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Stinky Trailers

Come to think of it, I think it was coffee grounds I heard too. Sorry about that.

Posted:  1 week, 1 day ago

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Stinky Trailers

I was told to spread rice along the floor and run on high air for an hour. Then wash it out. The rice absorbs the odor. Ive not had this problem so I cant confirm the fix from experience.

Posted:  1 week, 4 days ago

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Road Dogs

I should also say, form routines. Take the dog out to pee, then give them water back in the truck. I feed my dog half her food I, the am, the other half at night around the same time every day. So I can expect her digestive cycle to produce piles twice a day near the feeding times. This helps to track when its time to get them outside to do their business, and the routine helps them learn when to take care of it. Also my pup pretty much jumps up out of her sleep whenever I set brakes, she knows this is when we het out and do our business outside.

Posted:  1 week, 4 days ago

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Road Dogs

A lot of times repeatedly negative behavior is a sign the dog isnt getting enough attention or interaction with you. If dogs arent getting their required attention they will seek it, even if they get negative attention its better than no attention. Id suggests trying to find more time to work with the dog. Teach him/her verbal commands is a good way to interact with your dog with good positive results. And in the case of potty issues take a few more pit stops with the pup and be very positive when they go outside. Treats and pets as and right after they finish doing their business works wonders. Remember dogs live in the moment, so you need to reward immediately for good behavior and discourage immediately when you see bad behavior. If you take too long you will reward/punish the wrong thing and confuse your dog.

Posted:  1 week, 5 days ago

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Companies that allow cats?

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Prime does. Rainy has her cat, Goofball, as her co-pilot for several years.

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OK, cats should be more suitable to truck life than dogs, due to their smaller size, inability to bark, and being able to poop and pee in a litter box. (If you like that by-product in your confined space.) So, if companies allow pets, I can't understand why they wouldn't allow cats. Maybe cats cause some sort of problem at CAT scales.

Just a little history about cats. The first tennis racquets were woven with cat gut. Look it up, it's true. They were called 'racquets' because it makes a lot of racket when you try to take the guts out of a cat.

I've had drivers say when they got their truck one of the cabinets reeked of cat ****. I'd imagine this is a decent reason to consider not allowing them on trucks, although really it's the owner not the cats fault. It is up to the owner to take care of their pets properly.

Posted:  1 week, 5 days ago

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Trapped!

Obviously timing plays a part as well in air horn use. I don't blow it at 2 in the morning, however 8 at night, sure. People are using it to alert other drivers before they hit something, what's one more toot?

Posted:  1 week, 5 days ago

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Prime "upgrade freeze"

Every company has Negative Nancys as the old name calling goes. Don't be that guy, or facilitate that type of behavior. A lot of times those guys are the future X employees at the company because they expect much and deliver little to earn it. Myself I have a pretty simple philosophy on work, always be a company man. By being a company man and making the company you work for profitable you secure your own pay check, so only a fool would behave differently. Company men don't talk bad about their employers, they get to work and make some money. If you reach a point where you can't be a company man for your employer, it's time to move on and find a new job. Don't sit there and stew about a job you dislike or a employer you can't perform for. You just make yourself miserable and generally end up getting fired with a bad reputation to go with it, that you then have to work through to get a new job.

Posted:  1 week, 5 days ago

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Trapped!

How often do you have to wake up unprofessional drivers just so you can get out? How do you approach it or do you just talk with the truck stop attendant?

Here is the situation I'm in and i am dreading the morning.

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If they just parked and I am leaving they get the air horn of "Wtf are you doing guy?" If I wake up and see something like that, I go beat on their sleeper and ask them to move when I am about ready to go. Generally as I am about to start my PTI so they have time to get rid of the sleepies and hopefully drive intelligently to a better parking spot.

Generally when people park like that they know they are likely to get woken up and asked to move. That doesn't mean some of them aren't rude when you wake em up, but only an idiot would park like that and NOT expect to get woken up before they're 10 was up.

Posted:  2 weeks, 1 day ago

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Free food at terminal

Got to my home terminal and I see multiple pallets 10 or so, of chef boyardees spaghetti and meatballs, take as much as we want. I got me six cases in my tractor, 12 cans per case.

Was told it came from one of our trailers that caught 🔥, have no idea how, but free food😁😁😁😁😁😁

2 weeks from now, he'll never touch another chef boyardees spaghetti and meatball can again.

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Posted:  2 weeks, 1 day ago

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Jim Palmer Wilson Logistics training Montana

Thank you for keeping up on posting periodically about your experiences with Wilson. Been seriously thinking about driving for them as they’re one of the only companies to hire 21 year olds and one of the only “mega carriers” (if you can even call it that) that has a terminal where I’m planning to move to (Yakima, Washington). From Maui, Hawaii. Did it seem like their hiring process was more selective? Saw an interview on their Facebook page where the head of recruiting said they were one of the harder companies to get into.

They are a bit more selective in recruiting, for instance if you have a wife and kids they will caution and perhaps even try and talk you out of trucking. The recruiters aren't looking to put anyone they can in a truck here, they try and match you with them before bringing you down. That said if you're young and single and have a clean record you should be just fine getting in the door. Just remember getting in the door is 1/10 the battle, like every other cdl offering company youre expected to do your die diligence. This is gast paced training so come ready to do battle every day and put in the effort to show a can do attitude. The training period is as with all these companies you're very extended interview process. If you don't get up on time for the shuttle etc you're shooting yourself in the foot right from the start.

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