Profile For Chris M.

Chris M.'s Info

  • Location:
    Houston, TX

  • Driving Status:
    In CDL School

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  • Joined Us:
    1 month, 2 weeks ago

Chris M.'s Bio

My name is Chris I am 33 years old From Houston, TX and looking into Trucking.

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Posted:  1 day, 17 hours ago

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Off to ROEHL I go!!!

Yeah good thing he did have a car or I would have to wake up early and walk 4 miles to train and 4 miles back (not a bad thing). But I gotta do what I gotta do to make it work!!

Day 4: Hooked up a trailer and was going around the track learning how to to right turns. I got the shifting down!! The trainer was really impressed with me and told everybody to watch me bc I got it down perfectly (made me feel good) we all got an overview how we did and pointed to me and said I did great. So that helped my confidence and made me feel better. Now I can't wait to start this backing I'm nervous but just gotta keep calm and do what they tell me to do. So basically that was we did.

Day 5: So today the did left turns all day today and learned how to pull in between 2 trailers like at a truck stop. That's just about it. My roommate is having a hard time shifting and I'm trying to help him. First 2 days he was having trouble with pre-trip so I've been helping him on that and today he got it down, and thanked me for helping him. I told him everything I know about shifting/rpms/speed but I can't shift it for him. I kinda feel bad bc he is trying so hard, I told him to practice in the chair at the hotel room. I told him I know it may look dumb but it will help you how to double clutch, I hope he gets it down bc we are going into week 2 and me and the 2 other guys that are with us will most likely go do some real driving on the roads while my roommate stays behind and learns a little bit more. Hopefully he will get it!

Posted:  3 days, 17 hours ago

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Off to ROEHL I go!!!

Day 3: Got our ID badge in today. Split into 2 groups again. 1 doing pre-trip and the other doing more simulator training. After lunch we got our trainers 4 students to 1 trainer. We learned to actually drive the big rig which was alot of fun, we got about 15 mins each. At the end of the day we went over pre/post trip again.

Posted:  4 days, 16 hours ago

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Off to ROEHL I go!!!

Correction.... not "gas bomb" but "gas bump." Lol

Posted:  4 days, 16 hours ago

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Off to ROEHL I go!!!

I met the 2 people at Wisconsin airport. I'm just going to sum up each day without going into great detail just the main points.

Day 1: Nothing but paper work, went and did the physical capacity test https://youtu.be/6LdnRs0hlOk Had our pictures taken for our ID badge. Gave us a driver training book to study and take test. We have about 2 weeks to complete it. They do feed you breakfast (which is really nothing, but it is something and I still appreciate it) and lunch which is actually good. You get to pick out of salads, sandwiches and wraps. You get either chips or fruit cup with it. You gotta pay for your own drinks. What they didn't tell me was...your only ride from the hotel to the training facility is the first Monday only and from there on out you have to find a ride there. I was surprised bc they never told me that, good thing my roommate drove his car so I gave him 40 bucks for gas for the rest of the month for driving me there, it's about 3.5 miles from the hotel. So keep that in mind.

Day 2: finish some more paper work or correct some that you messed up on the first day lol. Went through their program called " The ROEHL Way" which is all about values and safety of the company. That took until lunch time. Then after lunch we split up into 2 groups, one group went with a trainer and went over pre-trip and the second group went and learned how to shift on the simulator which was fun... I drive a manual but it is a little bit different on the rig. I had to get use to double clutching and how they wanted us to down shift was kinda weird... they had us let go of the gas and wait until the rpms got to 800 then clutch in, neutral, gas bomb, clutch in and down shift.....yeah something I gotta get use too and learn, and quickly forget my manual truck at home haha. But other than that that is it so far. I'll keep yall posted.

Posted:  6 days, 21 hours ago

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Off to ROEHL I go!!!

Well, I made it to Wisconsin and met 2 other people on the way here. I flew and the bus ride would've taken 30 hours. Got settled in my hotel room and relaxing for the rest of the night. First day starts tomorrow. I'll keep y'all posted.

Posted:  1 week, 5 days ago

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What do you guys think about Roehl ?

Hey burt, welcome. I start my training with Roehl June 10th, in my opinion they seem like a great company to start out with, I'm doing Flatbed training. As Brice has said, Research, research, research. They also have great articles here on how to pick a company. Best of luck to ya!!!!

Posted:  1 week, 5 days ago

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Off to ROEHL I go!!!

So I just got back from my doctors and he has given me two choices. 1. Remove my gallbladder (which he recommends) 2. Check back in 3 months from now and do more blood test to see if my liver enzymes are still high and do an ultrasound to make sure my polyp hasn't grown more. I went with number 2, so I can startvmy journey in the trucking business and hopefully it is the right choice. I dont have any symptoms.... my stomach don't hurt, I dont have any weird pains. But that's what I chose and off the roehl I go this sunday.

Posted:  1 week, 6 days ago

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Does Roehl Charge Tuition If You Fail Your CDL Exam?

Thanks for all your opinions. It's not a contract thing I'm worried about I plan on doing at least 2 years with roehl with flatbed otr (gotta put in my time). It's just the overthinking that's killing me about what if I fail (I mean I'm not scared to fail, we all fail and that's what makes us succeed) would I rather be 3.5k in debt or 7k? That is my only concern. But I can't think like that and just going to go for it and give it my all.

Posted:  1 week, 6 days ago

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Does Roehl Charge Tuition If You Fail Your CDL Exam?

Yeah I guess. But 7k is a bit too steep. My community college charges 3.5k for a 10 week class. That might be the better route.

Posted:  1 week, 6 days ago

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Does Roehl Charge Tuition If You Fail Your CDL Exam?

So I was reading a post from Avvatar that he went through Roehl Transport paid CDL training and didn't pass the driving portion and never received his CDL. From what I've been reading he will still have to pay the 7k, If that is true that is ridiculous! And have me second guessing going with roehl. I will have to call them and ask, and if that's the case I mind as well either go with another company or pay for my own schooling instead.

Posted:  1 week, 6 days ago

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Off to ROEHL I go!!!

Craig L. Correct, I see him tomorrow and hopefully everything goes well. Doug C. I appreciate it buddy. Means alot!

Posted:  2 weeks, 4 days ago

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Off to ROEHL I go!!!

Yeah, health is the most important thing and I agree PackRat, I will fight to keep my gallbladder if possible but if it turns out to be malignant, then it will have to go. But hopefully it doesn't come down to that. And If ROEHL wont work with me then I'll have to find a different company to start out with no problem. I will keep yall posted.

Posted:  2 weeks, 4 days ago

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Off to ROEHL I go!!!

Well, This sucks. So I went to my doctors to have my wellness exam a couple of weeks ago before my insurance from my old job was no good before I start with ROEHL, and my blood test came back with my liver enzymes higher than normal. Thursday I went to do an ultrasound on my stomach so they could look at my organs. Test came back and I had to see my Doctor today, and they told me everything came back fine Except my gallbladder. They found a 1.1 cm polyp (hopefully not cancerous) on it and want me to see a General Surgeon on June 3rd, and I leave for Wisconsin on June 9th to start my Training on June 10th. If they want to do surgery to remove my gallbladder that means I have to cancel my training and I dont know if they would reschedule my training or just drop me all together. but I will talk to my recruiter after I talk to my surgeon. and I just received my hard copy of my CLP today too, I'm kinda bummed out but I guess that's life. so we shall see

Posted:  3 weeks, 2 days ago

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Going to CDL School soon and nervous about backing a trailer!

Appreciate all of you and the tips. Yeah for my PC game I have a steering wheel. So far it is helping me backing up on the simulator but it's a totally different ball game in the real deal, hopefully all the tip and trick on videos and learning in the game with help. Again thanks for everything!

Posted:  3 weeks, 3 days ago

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Going to CDL School soon and nervous about backing a trailer!

So I guess with every new driver there is a fear of backing a long trailer..... I'll be starting school in a few weeks with ROEHL for flatbed and I'm Terrified of trying to back that big behemoth into a tight spot. Hopefully me playing a pc game called "American Truck Simulator" will help me in that area as i can see how the trailer moves without worrying I will mess something up haha... I will be watching videos on youtube as well. any suggestions?

Posted:  3 weeks, 3 days ago

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Off to ROEHL I go!!!

Hello everybody, I've been on here for the past couple of weeks studying the High Road CDL Training Program and it was fun. Went to go do my DOT Physical and my Urine/Hair follicle Drug tests on 5/16, They handed me my Medical Card after I was done and off I went to the DPS to take my CLP. I passed all 4 test the same day thanks to TT and the study guide (Texas has an extra test I had to take but was a breeze. "Texas Commercial Rules".) I Decided on ROEHL bc of their great training program I had been reading about on here and other places. I depart from my home town of Houston, TX to join them on the Flatbed Fleet!!! Got off the phone with my recruiter earlier today and everything is a GO. I booked my flight to Marshfield, WI on June 9th and start my Training on June 10th. I'm excited and nervous to start this new chapter and career in my life. I'm 33 with no wife but do have a girlfriend and I have no kids, so this should be a big learning experience for me.

Posted:  1 month, 1 week ago

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Wil-Trans it might be.

Ok good deal. Yeah keep me updated and good luck!

Posted:  1 month, 1 week ago

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Wil-Trans it might be.

Not yet, Talked to Casey today and he needs to run my Background and Employer info, and he said he should call me tomorrow and let me know whats going on and how far they got. You applied yet?

Posted:  1 month, 1 week ago

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Wil-Trans it might be.

Hello All, So I applied for Wil Trans and Casey got back with me and said everything looked good on my app. and if everything goes good, I'll be leaving to MO on May 17th. Hopefully everything comes back good. Anyone working for Wil Trans got any advice for me? thanks!

Posted:  1 month, 2 weeks ago

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New and ready to learn!

Thanks Everyone! I Got a few more questions. 1.) I wanna stay in shape as long as I can without gaining anymore weight. I was thinking about flatbed but to my understanding it's not recommended for a new guy like me bc of so much to learn all at once and was told to to dry van or reefer first to get experience driving the truck first for about a year or two. I totally understand... SAFETY FIRST! but I know it can be done. 2.) I wanna get my CLP before joining a company and i know some will train me to get my CLP, But i wanna be ahead and have it in hand before i get to the training. When I get my CLP will they take away my driver license? I know when I got my DLP they took away my ID bc I couldn't have both. is it the same with CLP?

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