Profile For Andrea

Andrea's Info

  • Location:
    FL

  • Driving Status:
    Considering A Career

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  • Joined Us:
    2 years, 7 months ago

Andrea's Bio

I am in the beginning stages of considering a career as a truck driver.

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Posted:  2 years, 6 months ago

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No CFI reviews?

What’s the name of that truck stop? That woodwork is beautiful!!! How do you know what truck stops are decent? Is there an app for that? I would love to be friends and communicate with you off the forum. What is the best way? If that’s okay with you?

This is a truck stop in MN that has a fabulous restaurant, bakery, and sandwich shops. they make their own breads and salad dressings etc.

Now my mom.says "can you swing by that place with the great horseradish?" as if i can just run to MN anytime i want. She even told.me "Tell Matt your 80 yr old mother really wants it". yeah, she talks about my FM as if she knows him lol.

You gotta find things OTR to entertain you. it keeps you motivated and from burn out.

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Posted:  2 years, 6 months ago

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No CFI reviews?

What’s the name of the Hotel a prime owns? Is that where the pictures are taken? Ahhhhh waxing OTR! Perfect plan!

My company is the only one i know of with spas for massages and facials. The Swifties used to tease newbies to find the steam showers in their terminal which was a mean joke, but we have one in the spa. lol

And yes, I find hotels with truck parking...i keep them on my Google Maps. anytime i just need to unwind i get a room. Prime owns an upscale hotel in springfield we get discounts to. its open to the public tho. Best rooms in Springfield, and i have stayed at almost every hotel here lol Ill take a jacuzzi suite anytime i can find one and have time.

Also, European Wax Center is nation wide. You can prepay for discounted packages that never expire, then keep up with waxing OTR. Its soooo much easier to wax legs, pits, etc than trying to shave OTR. But that is my opinion. a quick Uber and YANk! I no longer feel like a Sasquatch.

I even have a couple Raquel Welch wigs on the truck so i can easily look "girlie". You can't tell they arent real!!! shhhh!

i just hijakced the thread into a ladies pampering lesson lol

The second pic is taken from the top of spiral stairs at the second floor of the suite. It has a fireplace, living room and kitchen on the first floor with a powder room and a huge bed, overflow tub, shower, and commode bidet on the second floor.

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I have to take pics cause my mom doesnt believe we can be normal in trucking lol. When i showed her the video of the terminal she was like "everythings sooooo clean! but wheres the trucks" lol

thats the spa below. i get excited cause the prices are half what they are back home lol Seriously, a hot stone massage for $60???? But we can home time anywhere, so i have stayed in many places around the country. And my boyfriend chases me, so naturally we spend the night in good quality hotels and better restaurants. ;)

It all just breaks up the hustle.and bustle and relieves stress.

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CFI sometimes uses La Quinta in Joplin, so my butt would be there when the truck is down, and id go find a spa and good restaurant lol No matter wherr I am, i can always find a mall lol

Posted:  2 years, 6 months ago

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No CFI reviews?

Thank you so much for all of that info! I really appreciate it! thank-you.gif

Read my posts for the CFI company review.

CFI does have Paid CDL Training. They pay for your transportation, food and housing while in school, 3 weeks at Crowder and 4 weeks at Truck Dynasty. You have to get your DOT medical and permit before being approved for their school. However, they will reimburse you for that with your first load. They will reimburse the cost for your CDL, hazmat background check, hazmat and tanker endorsements.

Our fleet is all 2016 and newer KW T680's with company supplied satellite radio. The trucks have inverters, a mount for a TV as well as a coax connection for the antenna. There is a spot for a small microwave as well as for a KW refrigerator.

We have a pet and rider policy. We run all 48 states and into Canada. We have terminals and drop yards around the country. CFI is a dry van company with a fair number of drop hooks and no touch freight. They have some dedicated and regional runs. They have solo and team drivers. They also have programs for people who bring their own truck to CFI.

With CFI you earn one day of home time for every seven days out, however, you don't lose these days. You can take as many days as you want and keep your truck. The companies is very concerned about safety. They have health, vision, dental, life, short and long term disability insurance options. They also have a 401(k) plan. I am not the only one who loves CFI, it is what I hear most among other drivers. We love how we are treated here.

I try to answer and respond to everyone on here who has questions about CFI. CFI does not offer a referral bonus for bringing in students. They only have one for bringing in experienced drivers.

Posted:  2 years, 6 months ago

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No CFI reviews?

Thanks Raptor! I appreciate that!thank-you.gif

Welcome Andrea! Glad to have you become part of the TT Family.

Posted:  2 years, 6 months ago

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No CFI reviews?

Thank you for clarifying that Rainy. That’s my plan. I appreciate your input. BTW, you crack me up with your “Jacuzzi suites” Is this really a thing or do you get a hotel on your reset that has a jacuzzi in the room? You just find one online in your area? Also are terminal spas really a thing too? I gotta keep up with my pampering OTR lol!!smile.gif

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No, it's not a sign. CFI is an excellent company and we have drivers here that are very happy with them. I don't believe they offer a Paid CDL Training Program so we don't have them listed in that section.

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Yes they do. They pay for transportation and hotel and put you in either Truck Dynasty or Crowder for school. Then you go through orientation and out with a "finisher" for 7800 miles or so with your CDL, but the truck is run solo.

You make no Payments for the schooling as long as you stay a year. You must go to MO with your permit. Although the starting pay seems low compared to reefer, after that first year, you get a nice bump in pay.

Posted:  2 years, 6 months ago

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No CFI reviews?

Congratulations! Thank you for sharing that info with me. I wish you and your husband all the best!good-luck.gif

Andrea, my husband and I are almost done with the three week training at Crowder College Transport through CFI. He tested out yesterday, I hope to test out Tuesday. The instructors at Crowder are great. Very fast paced, but doable. My husband had his class B, and years of backing experience. I, on the other hand, had no backing experience. At the end of two weeks, I have had several high scoring road drives, and my backing skills are coming along nicely. I still dread the parallel, but can get it done with a mid eighties score. The apartments are nice, but it is a long walk across campus to the classrooms and cafeteria. Also, very windy in Neosho, and cold right now, so layers, heavy coat, and gloves are very necessary. Overall, we are very pleased with our experience so far, and hope to be in Joplin at CFI for orientation late next week. Gotta run, back to studying pretrip lol Good Luck!!!!

Posted:  2 years, 6 months ago

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Hello: Intro. to trucking truth.

Thanks Big Scott! Now i'm YOUR biggest fan! loldancing.gif

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I'm looking at the first of the year. Mainly fearful of driving the big rig through mountains and winter storms. Also giving up comforts of home. Thanks for asking!

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Hey Andrea, When do you plan to make the jump. There is nothing to fear. CFI has excellent training and are very patient with their students. What are your fears?

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Once solo, you will start making your truck as homey as you want. Starting in January will allow you to do that winter driving with a trainer. Also, CFI has a team of fleet managers just for newbies. They are able to hold your hand more. Good luck.

Posted:  2 years, 6 months ago

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No CFI reviews?

Thanks everybody! I have been in touch with Big Scott. It really was just a question out of curiosity. CFI amd Pam cdl schools were the only ones that would extend me an offer. I applied to everyone on the Trucking truths Paid CDL school list that had a pet policy. So, I really didn't have much narrowing down to do since I only got two offers.. I have chosen to go to CFI. I just love the reviews of the schools and companies on this website, and wondered why they weren't on there? Lord help me If you ask for an opinion on Facebook. Talk about opening a can of worms and making your head swim! I have spent the past month taking the High Road CDL course and doing practice tests. If everything stays on course I will be going to Joplin, MO the first week of January!good-luck-2.gif

Posted:  2 years, 6 months ago

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No CFI reviews?

Can a moderator or Brett tell me why there are no company reviews or cdl school reviews for CFI on here? Should I take that as a sign? I know that there are members posts about CFI but just looking for unbiased facts and cannot find anything on Trucking Truths menu. Thank you.

Posted:  2 years, 6 months ago

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Hello: Intro. to trucking truth.

I'm looking at the first of the year. Mainly fearful of driving the big rig through mountains and winter storms. Also giving up comforts of home. Thanks for asking!

Hey Andrea, When do you plan to make the jump. There is nothing to fear. CFI has excellent training and are very patient with their students. What are your fears?

Posted:  2 years, 6 months ago

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Hello: Intro. to trucking truth.

Thanks PacMan I appreciate the Encouraging words!thank-you-2.gif

Welcome Andrea.

I can assure you,as a new member, that there are some knowledgeable drivers on this site who will only stir you in the right direction. Any question that you have has already been asked, so pleased don't feel like your question may be dumb and let that feeling deter you from asking. There are too many people that wants you to succeed here.

Trucking is a great career to get into for all of the reason that you are looking for. It is a lot of work at times both physically and mentally. I implore you to make sure everyone is on board at home before you make your decision. The more knowledge that everyone has about the good and bad side of trucking the better. I don't mean to seem negative, but there has been so many times that potential drivers quit all because sacrifice that comes with trucking wasn't taken into account.

I pray that you enjoy your experience at CFI and that you receive everything you are looking for and more.

Posted:  2 years, 6 months ago

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CFI Ladies?

Hi! I was told in another forum that there is a Female trainer from CFI on here. If there are any ladies that drive or train for CFI, would love to chat. I am considering going to their school in MO. Don't know whether to go at the first of the year or wait until its a little warmer to start. Also just would like to network and find out the ins and outs of school and training then solo with hubby and dog if anyone wants to chime in. Hope everybody is having a wonderful and safe day!

Posted:  2 years, 6 months ago

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Hello: Intro. to trucking truth.

Bruce, your funny!! Thanks for all of your replies! I meant to put this post in general discussion and not "Diaries" but oh well. So nice to hear from you Rainy D. Do they have massages and spa stuff in the terminals????? And jacuzzi suites? or do you just go off site and get a Hotel suite and go to the spa? Rob T.: CFI told me I would do well on a run they cal SEC: Super Regional East Coast Earn 2 days off for every 14 days out Driver will remain in the hiring area per the map States: DC, DE, FL, GA, KY, MD, MS, NC, OH, PA, SC, TN, VA, WY This would work out great because our kids are in VA so we could probably see them more often than we do now! Stephanie-Thanks for your encouragement!! I wish you the best!

Posted:  2 years, 6 months ago

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Hello: Intro. to trucking truth.

Hello. My name is Andrea and I have been considering a career as a truck driver for a few months now. I have been a Nail Technician for 23 years and I need a REAL JOB, meaning a career with benefits that will enable me to have a secure life with healthcare and a little extra $ to have fun with my kids and husband and dog every now and then. Nails is seasonal, I live at the beach in FLorida by Anna maria Island, and its really unheard of to get any benefits in the beauty Industry. Ideally I would like to drive solo and bring my husband and dog with me. I have been offered to come aboard with CFI and Pam. I'm going to go with CFI if I can ever stop being so scared! Scared of leaving the florida sunshine and the beach to go to training in MO. I will freeze to death I think! I have had a troubled and traumatic past and I just think that making this leap will give me purpose and independence and a sense of achievement. Most of all i'm just SCARED about so many things: training in the cold, driving in the cold, being cold,getting out to pee in the cold. Oh yea! What do you do if you have to pee in the middle of the night and you are with your trainer? I'm also a very girlie girl and I have all the comforts of my little pink palace here at home, just the way I want them. It's scares me to death to leave all of that and miss the comforts of home. On the other hand though, I'm strong and tough and really don't see any other opportunities that offer what a career in trucking offer for my future, and be able to take my hubby and dog to boot!! I am looking forward to being a part of the Trucking Truth Family and I would appreciate any and all comments!

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