Profile For Chris M.

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    Houston, TX

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    Rookie Solo Driver

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    1 year, 7 months ago

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Posted:  4 months, 3 weeks ago

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Off to ROEHL I go!!!

Well on 06/10/20 I reached my 1st year as a flatbed truck driver with Roehl and man what a ride it has been, and loving every minute of it. First few months was rough, scary, and stressful to be on my own with an 80k pound truck (haha). but over time I found my groove and stress has been way down and I've grown more confident in driving this big rig. Not a bad confident but a good one where I always respect the road and conditions on it and always driving safe and being alert. Just about done with my contract and might be looking to go flatbed local soon. Been to almost every state in the lower 48 besides Maine and for some reason Wyoming lol. I just miss home too much and being out for almost 2 months at a time and only home for 5 or 6 days is starting to get old, but I'm afraid when I go local I'm going to miss the open road lol, but we shall see. Hope everyone is doing well and being safe, take care ladies and gentlemen!

Posted:  7 months, 3 weeks ago

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Roehl Flatbed

I don't know about Atlanta so I couldn't tell you, but Roehl does very well with training us. they take care of their trucks and everything my recruiter told me was accurate. I'm averaging around 2500-3000 miles a week but I bust my but strapping/chaining and getting my tarps on. I hit 3,056 miles last week. I didn't bring my own vehicle, I got a ride with my roommate who happened to bring his car. The training for strapping/chaining was like 1 or 2 days but you get a whole month to learn that when you go out with your trainer over the road. Hope to see you out here soon.

Posted:  7 months, 4 weeks ago

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Off to ROEHL I go!!!

Update: it's been 10 months since I started this flatbed trucking journey. I can say I love this career choice of the hard work and long driving. Believe it or not I actually lost weight and gained muscle doing flatbed, been eating healthy and do my pushups and weights I got in the truck. I got a mini fridge with freezer, microwave, and a George Foreman grill to grill chicken and steaks. I did my first Oversize load at the beginning of this March and boy was that something else. Went from Killeen, TX to Riverside, CA (12'6" wide, 14'5" tall and can't remember the length but there was over hang lol) so far so good and enjoying it. Safe Travels All!

Posted:  8 months ago

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Off to ROEHL I go!!!

Hey Mikolobado, sorry for the late response. As far as campus goes, I don't know. I went to Marshfield and it's all Manual which is good and don't worry if you have never driven one, they will help you and if you need extra practice they will work with you. To ease your mind most people don't and do just fine. If you have any other questions, I'll try and get back to you as fast as I can.

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Hey Josh, I haven't been back to the doctor since June and I should really go back and get it checked. But I haven't had no problems, but still gotta go. But if you can hold it for like 2 or 3 hrs you should be good. We gotta do safety checks every 150 miles which it around that. And you can take use it then. Not too bad

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Chris M,

I have read all your articles from the beginning to this very last page. I just want to start my application with Roehl and want to know which of the campuses is better Marshfield or Appleton. I will be driving down since it is 5-7 hours from Indianapolis. And what challenges should i be expecting as i have never driven a truck or manual car before?

Posted:  8 months ago

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Roehl Flatbed

I'm still at Roehl Flatbed and love it. I posted my journey in the fourm. If you hot any questions let me know.

Greetings all, anyone working at Roehl flatbed? I’m looking at them, they seem to have been in business a long time. Just looking for an opinion or two. Thanks, Alan.

Posted:  8 months, 3 weeks ago

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Off to ROEHL I go!!!

Hey Josh, I haven't been back to the doctor since June and I should really go back and get it checked. But I haven't had no problems, but still gotta go. But if you can hold it for like 2 or 3 hrs you should be good. We gotta do safety checks every 150 miles which it around that. And you can take use it then. Not too bad

Posted:  9 months, 3 weeks ago

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Roehl GYCDL Training

Congratulations!! Hopefully I'll see you around Gary sometime!

Posted:  11 months, 3 weeks ago

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Off to ROEHL I go!!!

Sorry I haven't been on in a while been busy. Brandon Kitts - it doesn't have all 3 weeks on the check, it's just your first $500 for week 1. Rob T. - things are going great and I love it so far, as family goes I have no wife or kids so it's easy but hard on my mom. Cowboy - Good luck sir and I hope to see you on the road soon

Posted:  1 year, 2 months ago

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Off to ROEHL I go!!!

Sorry for the late reply.. as Old School said it's not hard at all. But being a flatbedder is a totally different breed, it's alot of physical work and having to deal with weather changes. Lumber tarps can weigh up too 100lbs but I love the physical aspect of the job and getting dirty (it's not for everyone) so far I'm loving it. Best of luck to ya.

Posted:  1 year, 3 months ago

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Off to ROEHL I go!!!

Thanks guys!!! Inthe740 they gave me a 2017 International (manual) which I prefer. What was weird is that when I got done doing my otr training (phase 2) we have to take another driving test and they tested me on an automatic, I told the tester dont mind me if I'm stopping the floor trying to find the clutch and reaching for the shifter that isn't there lol. And I'm glad I could shed some light on roehl. I just got home and earned 5 days home since being out on the road and going to enjoy every bit of it. It feels so weird driving my truck now Haha it is also a manual and I'm double clutching it.... anyways can't wait to get back out and earn some more money.

Posted:  1 year, 4 months ago

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Off to ROEHL I go!!!

Update

Finished my OTR Training, passed my phase 2 test and got issued my own truck yesterday!!! Went through all of my equipment and now I'm ready to roll on my own! Thanks for the support guys.

Posted:  1 year, 4 months ago

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Off to ROEHL I go!!!

Update!!!!

So my last day of the GYCDL Program was friday 7/5/19 got home on Saturday then on Monday went to the dps to get my CDL, sent it in to Roehl and now they gave me a rental car today (7/9/19) and I'm heading to Dallas to meet with my Otr Trainer on Wednesday. Going to stay at a hotel they provided for me tonight. Got to talk with my trainer today and he seems cool. I'll keep yall posted.

Posted:  1 year, 4 months ago

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Off to ROEHL I go!!!

Hey Donna C. Yeah I had a budget, I had money saved. "It's always good to have your logs stacked for the winter" that's what my uncle always says. But all together I probably spent about $650 while I was there. That includes my plane ticket there ($250), plane ticket back ($320), food for the month ($80). They also pay you $500/week (first check will be on your 3rd week on Thursday) it may be less or more for you depending on where you're located. The training was great! If you have any more questions I'll be glad to help.

Posted:  1 year, 5 months ago

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Off to ROEHL I go!!!

My roommate is still having a difficult time shifting and driving the truck. He got mad bc our truck had to be worked on Thursday and we drove in a different truck which he didn't like a refused to get in and drive. He is constantly on his phone during training and not taking this serious, even when he is driving his own car he is on the phone. I have to tell him the light is green and to go, it's really annoying. I found another guy to ride with instead now. He packed all his thing Friday night and after school Saturday he left to his home town to handle something I guess, I asked him if he talked to roehl about it and he said he will call them monday..... I don't think that how it works but ok. And to be honest I dont think he should ever become truck driver bc he is always on that phone and not paying attention to anything, I just imagine him wrecking into a family in his rig while on his phone and I don't like that. Vision at all. Anyways, the rest of our class will be testing next week on Tuesday and Wednesday and then Thursday and Friday we do our load securement. After that we get to go home for a week or so to switch our CDL to our home state and enter phase 2 which is with our otr trainer. I already bought my plane ticket home for next Saturday and cant wait to be back home for a bit. And thanks for all the support!

Posted:  1 year, 5 months ago

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Off to ROEHL I go!!!

Took my test today and I passed!!!! One more week of training and that is for load securement

Posted:  1 year, 5 months ago

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Off to ROEHL I go!!!

Come to find out today only 2 people passed yesterday, me and another guy. They said we might be taking the real test this Friday. The pre-trip and the backing are going great.... just nervous about the real test! All we've been doing is driving around the town and backing the last couple of weeks. Just gotta stay focused and get at it.

Posted:  1 year, 5 months ago

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Off to ROEHL I go!!!

Today we did a pre-driving test with an examiner and 4 of the 12 people in my class passed, good thing I was one of them that passed. He just told us what we need to touch up on for the real driving test coming up soon. I just gotta focus on my mistakes and tune them, but so far so good just gotta keep going at it hard!

Posted:  1 year, 5 months ago

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Off to ROEHL I go!!!

So it looks like we're just going to be doing the same this this week....backing and driving on the road. Next Friday some of us are going to test early, and my trainer is 100% positive I'm one of them. I'll just start posting one post for the whole week.

Posted:  1 year, 5 months ago

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Off to ROEHL I go!!!

Day 6: did some classroom work on trip planning and on Saturdays it is half day so we got out at 11:30 CST.

Day 7: Sunday - OFF

Day 8: We practiced our straight, offset, and 90 backing all day today.

Posted:  1 year, 5 months ago

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Off to ROEHL I go!!!

SirTriv, congrats on starting the process. Each company is different on what they provide, this site had great information on different companies and what thay provide, it's up to you on what you're looking for. As for Roehl, you have to find and pay for your own way to training. They pay for hotel, breakfast, and lunch you're on your own for dinner and meals on the weekends if you have any more questions about Roehl I will be glad to help you.

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