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Posted:  1 month, 2 weeks ago

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Advice on how to get the best training possible

Okay thanks Kearsey - thanks all. At this point it's a matter of getting the Hazmat, TWIC and Passport and then just waiting for the right time.

Peace

Posted:  1 month, 2 weeks ago

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Advice on how to get the best training possible

Okay, thanks guys - all good advice. I guess one last question which is - how long before a CDL A goes "stale"? If I sat on the license for 8 months to get my money in better order would that disqualify me from Prime?

Kearsey I'll be sure to look for your video about trainers.

Thanks

Posted:  1 month, 2 weeks ago

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Advice on how to get the best training possible

Hi Kearsey,

That wasn't intended to be a comment against Prime's training or Prime trainers. I'm trying to express a concern in my own training to get a class A CDL which is that I never hauled a 53 foot trailer. I trained with a good trucking school and enjoyed the experience but I learned to pull 32 foot trailers. So it's the same license but there's a big difference.

So what do you think? How many people have you trained? Any of them have a similar background as what I'm describing? Do you spend time with your trainees working on backing and alley docking? From your perspective do you think someone who never drove a 53 foot trailer could gain the skills necessary to succeed in 60000 team miles?

Prime is currently the company I am leaning toward. I would just have to get a Hazmat endorsement, a TWIC card and a passport and then hypothetically I would be ready to go. As I stated in my last post - financially it may be better if I keep the job I have now for a few more months until my car is paid off and maybe change my housing situation so that my monthly costs can be as low as possible.

Any thoughts and advice are appreciated. Its an exciting career prospect.

Posted:  1 month, 2 weeks ago

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Advice on how to get the best training possible

That's good advice about making sure to opt with an experienced trainer. From what I can gather from reading other threads there are great trainers and not so great trainers and landing a great trainer is crucial.

Anyways like I mentioned I'm just sort of exploring trucking as a potential career. I think for my personal situation I wouldn't be able to make it happen for another few months - using that time to minimize my monthly budget (cheaper housing maybe pay off car) and tie up any loose ends.

Posted:  1 month, 2 weeks ago

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Hi guys,

I've been using Trucking Truth for about a year now. I used the Highroad program to get a class B permit last October with interest in gaining entry into the Lineman/outdoor electrical industry. I met with some contractors and they put me on a wait list and recommended I get a class A CDL. So in February I upgraded my permit to a class A and started working with a local trucking school (here in Massachusetts) taking private lessons to get a class A CDL. While in training at the school I realized that getting a class A CDL would open more opportunities than just potential entry into the lineman field. I started researching trucking jobs and realized that the pay is pretty good and the idea of living out on the road has a sort of adventure appeal to me.

I've been reading a lot of diaries of people who went through various trucking schools. And enjoyed these play by play perspectives. So the point I'm at now is I'm interesting in putting myself through that "first year" that everyone talks about to get experience and just plunge into the field.

As of August 15th 2020 I have gained my class A CDL but I did it in a 32 foot trailer. So I have the license but the truth is I have zero experience pulling a 53 foot trailer. My question what company do you think I could join up with and get a maximum level of high quality training. I've looked into Prime but I'm concerned that if I go right into TNT that I wouldn't get the quality backing training that I believe I need to succeed. I'm single with no kids I can go OTR for 2 or 3 years to gain experience without it affecting really anyone but me.

Anyways I've been reading the forum for awhile and you guys seem like you enjoy helping prospective truckers so any advice you can give is appreciated.

In summary - what do you think is the best route for me to take with zero experience driving a 53 foot trailer?

Thanks

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