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    Huntington, NY

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    Considering A Career

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Seabee-J's Bio

Navy Reservist Equipment Operator /PT Transit driver. Class B CDL w PSNWM endorsements , studying for the Hazmat . Currently training for Private Pilot liscence . Avid traveler .

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Posted:  4 weeks ago

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From The Corporate Environment To Trucking

I think the biggest challenge for some of the corporate people going into this type of work would be the humility . I know that you are at the mercy of shippers receivers and pretty much everyone else to get your job done and that will affect your performance. I certainly dont come from a corporate environment but mid to high level workers are used to having a lot of weight so going to this type of industry were it is substantially reduced would be a huge culture shock , I'd think .

Posted:  4 weeks, 1 day ago

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Good youtube trucking channel

At first it seemed like a decent channel but after looking at some of the videos its just a guy talking about what he hates about trucking and "It don't pay like it used to" videos

Yea after more viewing I have that feeling as well. It's too bad I do like quite a few of the earlier videos and did find them informative, oh well .

Posted:  1 month, 1 week ago

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Why do student truckers take Greyhound to school?

Wow , harsh judgment on the Hound . I've ridden with them quite a few times and had good experiences and most people on there were not dregs . I even consider driving for them from time to time .

Posted:  1 month, 1 week ago

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Good youtube trucking channel

Cool stuff , Thanks Big Scott . I love getting all the info I can from the industry .

Posted:  1 month, 1 week ago

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HELP TO RENT A TRUCK FOR CLASS A CDL ROAD TEST IN JACKSONVILLE FLORIDA.

This thread brings up a good question I had . If you went and got your class A for other reasons like a job requirement, i.e neighbor of mine works for highway dept and simply runs dump trailers and low boys transporting Equipment. If you decide to apply to the carriers will they accept you into their training program? If you have the practical skill but need the training in the trucking industry ie HOS/Qualcomm and the rest , would you be an eligible candidate? I know you'd need the 160 hr cert for a position but would that company trading program take you on in a situation like that?

Posted:  1 month, 1 week ago

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Good youtube trucking channel

And to NEVER be a lease operator. undefinedshocked.png

Posted:  1 month, 1 week ago

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Good youtube trucking channel

Hey , I didnt see all the vids on the companies and such, more on the practical driving skills and things to do as a rookie driver and learning the ropes and such . I didnt get through everything but I try to take the good out of what I did see , on a practical level .

Posted:  1 month, 1 week ago

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Good youtube trucking channel

rofl-2.gifrofl-2.gif I know , can you believe it ! , and I wonder where everyone gets all their poor misconceptions.

Posted:  1 month, 1 week ago

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Good youtube trucking channel

Smart Trucking , I came across this channel the other day and found it really informative and well done . The host is a longtime vet and shares a lot of useful information. There are SO many negative Bravo Sierra channels/misinformation out there so finding one I feel is good was difficult but I definitely think its worth checking out .

Posted:  1 month, 1 week ago

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Maverick vs. TMC

Hello Tyler , Where in Korea ? I'm a reservist myself in the Navy ( Seabees ) and spent some time there and am heading back there this year . Anyway welcome aboard 👍!

Posted:  1 month, 2 weeks ago

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Wind & Carelessness

This is a great thread, learned something new . I'd think that the wind would be a much greater factor for the van/reefers than the flatbedders and tankers due to the height and structure of the trailers , correct me if I'm wrong on this though . I remember about a year ago a guy got blown off the 301 bridge in MD right into the Chesapeake and was standing on his trailer for rescue . Wind is no joke .

Posted:  1 month, 2 weeks ago

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Driving Jobs other than OTR

This is an exceptional story but figured it might show another avenue. I knew someone who started at a concrete company as a B dump driver/laborer and was able to get trained when he got his A permit on jobs with the trailers and wound up with a local job operating 30' quadruple axle sandboxes yep 26 wheels . I see these run around my area regularly. Again this is an exception and not necessarily traditional driving but thought it noteworthy . OTR is definitely the tried and true method and the folks here have that experience but again depends on what your plan is for your CDL . As a caveat though if you start local and decide to go OTR your experience may not count even if it's Class A .

Posted:  1 month, 2 weeks ago

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My rant!

Yes , Those can be ridiculous especially as there is no training or knowledge required to operate one . If you have a D license all you have to do is get an R endorsement where all you do is take a brief road test in the vehicle and consists of only basic driving , no skills/Inspection needed . Most seem to think it's like driving their car and can be downright scary as most dont drive them often enough .

Posted:  1 month, 2 weeks ago

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Driving Jobs other than OTR

Well there are other options but it depends on what your looking for . Do you want an A or B cdl . If you truly want a local job there are many B aka straight job delivery opportunities out there . They require ALOT of physical activity and run long days but they are there . You can also look into transit/bus positions as well though pay isn't as great but hours are not bad and again its local . Greyhound is always looking for A/B drivers though this is a bit more like OTR but you stay in hotels and have to bid on routes depending on seniority . Transit buses that articulate require a class A but are mostly city jobs. If you look into paving construction or highway depts they have many jobs that need cdl drivers but you'll be doing more than driving so be forewarned . I'm aware of Schnider having a "Final Mile" department which requires a B class cdl but this is a local job where you'll operate a straight truck . You could also look into becoming a tow operator if you get any class cdl . If you get an A you could get into heavy wrecking and salvage . If you get your H X and N endorsements try your hand at residential fuel delivery . I just want to make it know these all will require more than just driving but are many options in which you can apply a cdl without needing that OTR experience which may not be an option or desire for some. I hope it helps .

Posted:  1 month, 2 weeks ago

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HRTP Suggestion , W endorsement

Anytime , Glad to give the info hope it helps out some folks 👍.

Posted:  1 month, 2 weeks ago

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Applying with a suspension on record

Generally most companies want to see a clean license for 3 to 5 years usually a minor infraction won't hurt you too much . This is a fairly common practice with most of the transit and bus companies I've come across, I'm sure the big carriers are similar.

Posted:  1 month, 2 weeks ago

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Looking to upgrade to a class a cdl

If you're upgrading you'll have to do the whole test driving , inspection , skills and static break test . It's a whole new classification of vehicle so yes everything is required .

Posted:  1 month, 2 weeks ago

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HRTP Suggestion , W endorsement

Hey there TT buddies . I just wanted to put out possibly adding a W endorsement section for Tow Truck to the great program we have if there's an interest out there . I just added it to my class B and figured that there would be some A drivers who would like to add it if and when they would like to do something local/different ie Heavy Wrecking , for which you would need a Class A with a W . You can study the MV-14 NYS tow truck supplement . I do not know if other states require this endorsement but would love to know . I figured the way HR is structured it would be a good addition . I'm hoping Brett sees this . Anyways I'd really value input from you A guys n gals .

Posted:  1 month, 2 weeks ago

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Metal Coil endorsement

Thanks guys !👍

Posted:  1 month, 3 weeks ago

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Metal Coil endorsement

I just wanted to give a follow up on this test . I just passed it and now have the M endorsement! It's only a 20 question test and thanks to THRTP I passed without too much difficulty . You must read the questions carefully though as it's the most "wordy" of the exams . I only came across 2 questions I didnt see here in THRTP .

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