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    Houston, TX

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    Rookie Solo Driver

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    3 months, 3 weeks ago

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Posted:  1 week, 3 days 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:  2 weeks, 3 days ago

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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 month, 1 week ago

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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 month, 1 week 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 month, 2 weeks 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 month, 2 weeks 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 month, 3 weeks 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 month, 3 weeks 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 month, 4 weeks 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:  2 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:  2 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.

Posted:  2 months ago

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Off to ROEHL I go!!!

Craig L. We were learning how to shift on the simulator on day 2 and they explained everything on how to double clutch. I know how to drive a standard already, all my cars/trucks have been standards. I just had to get use the the double clutching which isn't bad at all, it was the down shifting that was kinda weird but not too bad either, I got it down also. The only thing as for rules are the gear recovery method they had for us to remember what gear we need to be in in case we miss a gear, which is.....

1-4th gear is all under 15 mph.

Add the mph together to get what gear you should be in

15 mph: 1+5 = 6 (6th gear) 25 mph: 2+5 = 7 (7th gear) 35 mph: 3+5 = 8 (8th gear) 45 mph: 4+5 = 9 (9th gear) Above 45 mph: (10th gear)

Also the hard walls and soft walls will really help in finding the gears too.

Posted:  2 months 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:  2 months 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:  2 months, 1 week ago

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Off to ROEHL I go!!!

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

Posted:  2 months, 1 week ago

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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:  2 months, 1 week 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:  2 months, 2 weeks 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:  2 months, 2 weeks 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:  2 months, 2 weeks 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.

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