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Posted:  3 months ago

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Boredom on the Road

I'm just at the beginning of CDL training. Once I hit the road , ( be several months) I plan to write. ( Wrote a history of my life, growing up with 11 siblings. Formatted, the manuscript, and gave a copy to each of my sister's. For Christmas) they loved it.) Childhood memories are suppose to be good, " aren't they". Also, I'm going to do something for all you truckers! I in my former life was a chef. I'm thing on a " Keep on Trucking " cookbook. I'm thinking on a format of a rotating Dailey menu. To give diet variance. What everyone think?

Posted:  3 months, 1 week ago

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I have a prehire for next month

Yes good reasoning. Didn't think about certificate or the 160. Plan is to stay at whatever employer I'm with for 5 to 7 years, than permently retire. The cost is not a consideration ( staying beyond year) course provided they have me. As I'm already retired, with a ok income, I can build on my value to my company and know I will be in the top tier. I plan to go solo, take anything they have as far as miles, pay my dues and move on. In that company. As far as my current employer, Course not meaning to brag on myself, they have a great employee in myself.. Never late In 7 years, never called in, They can call me in ( and very often do) I pretty much run the place, from stocking, warehouse, receiving customer service. Plus handle thousands , don't drink or smoke, perfect driving record for 38 years. I'm sure, they want me to stay with them, as they know what my value to them in trucking will be. However, the certificate, and proper training means more to me. Thanks for a new prospective.

Posted:  3 months, 1 week ago

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I have a prehire for next month

I'm suppose to be on my way to CDL company sponsored training next month. My present employer owns a trucking company, 80 trucks. It was suggested I train otr with his company. I have driven previously but many years ago. (drove 5 years/ have cdl permit in hand) I will be paid as a team driver from day one. I will gain experience as a driver, get CDL, if I choose to leave I owe O $. Or I can stay as either a team driver or solo. Appreciate any opinions.

Posted:  3 months, 2 weeks ago

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Budgeting

How much should I have available, be it in cash or credit when driving with a mentor.? As a solo driver, not Counting toys. Just expenses. On average how much should I carry or expect to spend in average week? What expenses should I expect, other than food, occasional clothing, boots, gloves ect.

Posted:  3 months, 2 weeks ago

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Credit

I hate to ask this personal problem, but If I file bankruptcy, will this hinder my opportunities, of getting hired?

Posted:  3 months, 3 weeks ago

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I'm packing to go

Question. I'm attending company sponsored training, in February. My current lease expires June 1st 2019. I no doubt that I'll successfully complete trainings. I'm considering not renewing lease placing everything in storage, as everyone knows, home time is sporadic at best. I'm thinking , being time home is sporadic, makes no sense to spend $1400.00 monthly when we live in a rolling home anyway.! As I plan running hard for 7 years before retiring. (I've retired 5 years ago from another profession). I can bank pay in total into my retirement account, as I receive adequate funds now. I am a widow, children grown and out on their own, even grandson purchase first home and plans to marry next Christmas. So I would appreciate opinion about putting. everything in storage temporarily. I'm thinking on doing this as a safeguard, slight possibility trucking will not work out as hoped for. I'm thinking in 6 months begin with train, being solo, I can see where my home terminal is located decide to Eighter rent another home or dispose of everything, as I'm not going to pay storage for a extended amount of time. (300$ each month) As far as home time, bunking with daughters and grandkids is a option as well as hotels. ( My kids would argue, with that idea) I'll save In excess of $75,000, on rent, utilities ect., by not renewing lease, on a home I may visit a few days every few months. Between, the savings on home and associated expenses, not paying storage, banking paychecks in total, my retirement would be very substantial. Sorry for a long post. Would appreciate opinions. ( Just to mention, I'm not concerned with the lifestyle of trucking, I previously was a trucker for 5 years, chasing the white lines. I left the industry, to attend to personal family issues, than after losing our first son, my first daughter was put in my arms! No way I could leave them again.) Now it's time to move on. Would appreciate your thoughts. Thanks.

Posted:  4 months, 3 weeks ago

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Expunged Records - Should I Report This?

Thanks for all the insight. I've received various reply s, you can read them here. I even talked with the firm who will perform my background check. Of course I did not share my name. I was told that if the record indeed was expundge, as long it is no longer on judicial case sites at the court house records, no it will not be of any interest pertaining to the report. In other words the only information that will be collected and reported, is the info supplied by the court themselves. I talked to recruiter, basically said, if the records expundge, don't mention them. However, I'll carry docs with me, just to be prepared. Thanks everyone.

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If you follow that logic what good is the expungement? Since legally the event never happened you have no duty to disclose. Now is that the practical answer, no, it's the legal answer. It just torques me off that employers expect you to obey each and every one of their rules yet they make an end run around employment law. What's good for the goose should be good for the gander, but that's not the real world. The OP will have to make his own decision, I was just trying to provide food for thought.

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Look having only one mistake in my whole life and than being wrong about that..... The best advice is discuss it out with the recruiter, usually they will tell you the company's policy on expungement and the need to report or not. State laws differ greatly what is done in California would never happen in Alabama. So simply ask the recruiter and go from there.

Posted:  5 months ago

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Upgrading

I am a professional cook. Retired, I recently purchased my first convection cook top. It runs on 1500, inverter compliant. Micos are great, but lack in the ability of cooking a lot of non prepackaged, Staples. The countertop takes up only 12 inch footprint. You must have a stainless steel pan. You can cook anything, that you can on a conventional cooktop, The convection heats up in seconds compared to traditional. There's also a smaller micro, you can buy on line from Finger Hut, It has a cooktop on the top for frying, and a side coffee pot. Just mentioning for those who didn't know. The convection through is fantastic.

Thank you Ernie, Michael, and Mike. I am definitely planning on cooking on my truck, it’s cheaper and healthier. I wouldn’t have thought of a brush on the step either. Great idea!

Michael, good luck on your upgrade.

Posted:  5 months ago

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I took everyone's advice. I contacted my prospective employer, told them the whole embarrassing story. I was told, as long as it didn't appear on current case search, weather, guilty or not, I have nothing to worry about. They said unless brought up, don't mention it at all, as long as I was expundge which it was. I was welcome to attend their training course. However, you can bet, my documents will be traveling with me. I'm just afraid of being turned away after the fact

Posted:  5 months ago

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Expunged Records - Should I Report This?

Thanks for advice. I've contacted perspectives employer. Explained, about expunged records. Was told no As long as I had papers, shouldn't be a problem, but of course it be management call. I know it's gone off court records, but I found it in self background check site. Really unfair. Still paying for something that never happened. I contacted, said sit, they say they to will remove, if I send them a copy of expunged also. However, I found out, there are over 100 such sites. An impossible task Thanks again for listening.

Posted:  5 months ago

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Expunged Records - Should I Report This?

I would like to apply for paid CDL training. Have great history in all respects. Work, do not drink, perfect 38 year drive record. Have already have CDL learner's permit in hand with endorsement ( Hazmat) Medical Card. Several years past, I was charged with felony child, abuse and endangerment. It was proven, the charges where made up and the mother encouraged the child to lie. ( Family issues) The charges where dismissed, and all records expunged. I've checked, through the courts. They are gone. Praise the Lord! You have no idea, how hard it is to prove Innocents when a child is envoled. No such thing as innocent until proven! I could very easily been jailed for 15 years!. Thankfully, with the help and blessing of God Almighty, and a great attorney, and a child advocacy. The truth came out, but not before I lost my, home and car, and was $25,000 in debt to my attorney.Sorry to take so long to get to the point. With the background investigation, though these charges have been dismissed and the records expunged, I know they are, however, when I look at some background commercial sites, they still show. Will this matter, should I make the information available during the interview? I'm sure you can see why I'm reluctant. So, should I proceed or don't waste everyone's time and expense. Thanks

Posted:  5 months ago

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Making the most money out of your cdl

Hey Sarge! I to an a vet, Veitnam era. I will be attending Swift in a few months. Just saw your post. So your 62? Heck you could have been my little brother! I'll be 67 next month! Your right, don't take SS yet. If you do you'll be taxed one dollar for every three you make, on top of the normal payroll deductions. That means if you make just $30,000. , After various employee taxes deducted, when you file at end of the year, be prepared to pony up another 10k! Not fair but that's how it is. Unlike you, I did not chose a military career. Lost to many friends in VN, and a second trip scared me. I ended up as a sales director, traveled East to west, getting home few times a year, or stop on when I was in between ( duty stations). I'm like you, been active whole life, Great health with no issues. Have never drank, smoked or any drugs. Like yourself, I'm up for aast adventure. Wife gone, kids , grandkids grown, so why not? It did 6 years previously,reefer deliveries, but that was before CDL. I've not much to do other than a part time gig, so why not. The opportunity to maybe team with your son, is great! You and he will be a great asset to each other, versus solo, and the long hrs of a solitude existence. My prayers for you both Sarge, be safe, oh, and thank you for your service.

"We" spend a lot of time on the forum discussing $$$ and paying lip service to the fact that driving is a "lifestyle". Maybe we ought to spend more time considering what lifestyle we are actually after rather than just $$$. I've never made a lot of money, but I've never been stone broke either. I joined the USAF at 21 and gave them 20 years, retiring as a MSgt (E7). Enlisted folks don't make a lot, but I/we raised a family and bought a home on that salary. I lived in tents, got sent off for a deployment with 24 hours notice right after getting "home" from a leave, I've spent several months in the Aleutians courtesy of the USAF and US Navy, I've lived in tents at several scenic locations, all due to deciding to "do something" besides stay in my hometown area and work at a safe job. Since "retiring" I've done IT for about 20 years and never really made much more than I was making in the USAF when considering all pay and benefits. One nice thing is that I don't sweat healthcare coverage - 20 years in the military will do it for ya! so, my salaries have never had to suck up huge insurance payouts.

Now, when I joined the USAF there was a little think called Vietnam going on. I was blessed to NOT be sent to that theater, but it certainly could have happened. So, I measured the risk and decided to go for it anyway. It paid off big time. When you are young you shouldn't sweat the "I don't know if I can" and need to try on "how do you fire this sucker up!". I keep seeing comments on here about how nervous, scared, etc. many are about school, testing, mountains, load securement.... Come on! Where's the sense of adventure?

I'm 62 years old. I'm getting ready to "retire" again and am actually old enough for early Social Security - I'm not taking it since I really want to "do" something else and would rather continue building my "benefit". So, it happens my eldest son just started driving for Swift. He was not so much nervous and anxious since he'd been laid off and out of work for a while. He zipped through the written stuff and got all his endorsements and HAZMAT before getting to Roadmaster. We're glad he came home to take this chance and regroup - starting a new career is never easy. As he and we are learning more about trucking I let him know I'd looked at driving back in 93 but didn't go that route due to family obligations. However, we got to talking at team driving and voila! a new plan for my "retirement".

At 62 my plan is to go to Swift school since I qualify for their veteran benefit and may be able to use the scholarship with no up front costs. Also, Sean is already with Swift and should road test tomorrow following several weeks with his mentor. The plan is to talk Swift into issuing him a "team" truck so he'll already be using "our" truck while I'm getting through school and training/orientation. I am so blessed to have a wife (35 years!) that will let me take off on a new adventure when most guys my age are looking to slow down and play golf! I know I don't have a lot of good healthy years left, but I'm sure going to make them count. For me, this is quality of life. I've been slowly losing my mind the last 15 years working in IT. Two jobs have not presented the promised promotion potential nor the satisfaction I got in the USAF. Yeah, I'll admit that lifers don't do verywell in the civilian work force...at least most of the guys/gals I know chaffed under the metrics rule regimen.

So, start looking at yourself and asking what you actually want. Stability, the house, new car, 8-5 with paid vaca? Please, go for it. But, do not expect to find that in trucking...

OK, off the soap box. I love this site and realize I'm older than most. But, I'm looking for the same thing most of you are - but I kinda know what I want...I need a little adventure before I head for Top of the World or the Villages!

Posted:  5 months, 1 week ago

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Out of retirement.

I'm a retired 66 years old sales director. Been retired for 5 years. I'm blessed with perfect health, have never drank, smoked or any drugs. I drove otc 5 years grandfathered in CDL 86? I'm deciding on weather or not to renew CDL, and hit the road again. My wife is gone, kids have own families. Even, grandsons getting married. I'm very active,most people I meet can't believe I'm a old man,lol. My plan is to except a opportunity, presented to me contingent upon, successful completion of retaking their driver training. I've, got no problem with that nor, the ability to perform. I'm just concerned, the offer to attend thier training, should I be?, Could it possibly be just a way to fill ranks of classes, knowing that I will not be offered employment, due to age, or should I not worry about it. Pass course, have CDL in pocket shop around and just reimburse cost of class to the academy. Opinions appreciated. Thanks Phil

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