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    4 years, 5 months ago

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Posted:  3 years, 2 months ago

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Pre trip at Celedon

Our CDL instructor gave us this easy to remember descriptor. If it contains liquid, you say it is not cracked, damaged or leaking. If it does not, you say it is not cracked, damaged or loose...both use the acronym C.D.L.!! That made it much easier to concentrate on what I was describing rather than how I was describing it.

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Posted:  3 years, 2 months ago

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Interesting Statistics

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Posted:  3 years, 4 months ago

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40 Hour Refresher Course

Here's a link to the Western Express refresher program. They have a program for both drivers that haven't used their CDL at all and ones who have had a break in service.

http://www.drivewithwestern.com/driving-jobs/refresher-course/not-driven/

Posted:  3 years, 5 months ago

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Jerks at truck stops

Psh, be nice to them after what they've done? Not a chance. In my country they would hang them by the balls.

(Said in a thick Russian accent)

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Be honest...so how many of you quietly repeated this out loud in a Russian accent after reading it? I'll admit I did! Funny stuff, Daniel! rofl-3.gif

Posted:  3 years, 5 months ago

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Apollo Transfer Company

I'm not familiar with that company but I certainly don't think you should be making career decisions based upon not taking a refresher course. Pick the company you want to be with doing the job you want to do. If they require a week or so of training, so be it. Don't sweat it. You'll be a lot better off in the long run.

And I agree with those guys above....I don't think just moving tractors is going to count as experience to a lot of companies.

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They pay the driver $.96/mile and then costs are deducted from that

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And what the heck does that mean? Costs of what? Fuel? Hotel rooms? Are they technically making you an independent contractor?

I think you're better off with a refresher course or contact one of the Company-Sponsored Training Programs. They'll get you on the road as quickly as possible. They won't want you sitting around a backing range when you can be out there hauling freight instead. So they'll give you whatever training they feel you need and send you out there.

You hit the nail on the head, Brett. I would be an independent contractor and any costs incurred come off that $0.96 per mile. They do break down approximate costs and you average about $0.26/mile take home. It's not the extra week or so that the refresher course would take, it's the extra cost. The school that I went to for my CDL wants a couple grand for a refresher. I just thought this opportunity might be a way to get some experience while earning a paycheck. I'm not getting a warm fuzzy from feedback here nor from what I've read online about the company itself so I will continue my search.

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Posted:  3 years, 5 months ago

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Apollo Transfer Company

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Don't you think companies will still want you to have training/experience hauling trailers?

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This is a very good point. Companies really want the experience hauling freight. I do know with moving the trucks. You are responsible for every little thing. I would suggest videotaping the pre trip and post trip. It has to be the same way you got it, when you deliver it.

I like the idea of pictures/videotaping. Always good to CYA.

Does anyone have any information about or experience with the company itself?

Posted:  3 years, 5 months ago

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Apollo Transfer Company

Bumping this up hoping someone can throw me a bone before I make the leap and sign on with them.

Posted:  3 years, 5 months ago

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Apollo Transfer Company

This company delivers bobtails (new, used and repairs). They pay the driver $.96/mile and then costs are deducted from that. I got my CDL in January 2013 and never utilized it so I'm not considered a "recent graduate" anymore, therefore companies I've contacted want me to go through a refresher course. Apollo doesn't require it because it's just tractors. I figure if I do this for a few months, I can get the wheel time I need to get other companies to drop the refresher requirement. In my research I can't find anything positive so I'm turning to you all for some input/advice. I know I can get solid information from everyone here that I can't get anywhere else.

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Posted:  3 years, 5 months ago

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Lower back soreness

This may provide a little help. I have had the same problem driving military trucks.

https://www.thehealthytrucker.net/truck-drivers-back-pain/

Posted:  3 years, 6 months ago

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HALLIBURTON operator assitant Cement just got hired have questions??

HALLIBURTON artsesia Man camp and meals for Operator assitant CEMENT,,what can i get free? i was offer man camp,,,but was not told of pier dem or meals at camp,DO i get uniform also can i get my safety boots by miself ,,,also what uniforms i get

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Posted:  3 years, 6 months ago

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Veterans Day

Just want to say happy Veterans Day. Thank you to those who have served. And to you Truckerssalutetotruckers_zps867eea67.png

Thank you!!

Posted:  3 years, 7 months ago

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Military Veteran Options?

There are some companies (Schneider & Roehl participate) that offer an apprenticeship program for veterans in which you earn a monthly educational pay check from the VA in addition to your company pay. Here are the links if you want to check them out.

http://www.roehl.jobs/drivers/roehl-honor-program

http://schneiderjobs.com/company-drivers/military/apprenticeship-program

Posted:  3 years, 7 months ago

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Military Veteran Options?

Hey Ken! I am in year nine in the National Guard and used my G.I. Bill to pay for all of my CDL school. If it doesn't cover the entire cost, ask the school to adjust the tuition to match your G.I. Bill. That's what mine did and I ended up with nothing out of pocket. I took my class while laid off but got called back before hitting the road. It's nice to have the CDL in case it happens again. Best of luck to you! good-luck.gif

Posted:  3 years, 9 months ago

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NFL Fantasy

Sign me up and (looks around and whispers) Go Lions. good-luck.gif

Posted:  3 years, 9 months ago

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13'6" v.s. 11'10"

I grew up in Dexter and know that bridge well. Long way to back out and usually a line of cars since it's marked as a narrow bridge (about a 2.5 car width). It's clearly marked. Looks like he rolled the dice and lost. wtf-2.gif

Posted:  3 years, 10 months ago

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Driving personal vehicle...my car

Ahhh, I see now. I figured there was some piece of the puzzle that my inexperience was missing. Education is a good thing! thank-you.gif

Posted:  3 years, 10 months ago

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Driving personal vehicle...my car

I'm going to play devil's advocate here. Driving to work to start your day driving a truck shouldn't be considered work any more than me driving to my factory job is. I'm not considered as working during nor am I being compensated for said drive to work. I know DOT rules are a different beast altogether but IMHO, when one is driving to work, they're on their own time. I'm certainly no subject matter expert so if I'm way off base, feel free to ring the bell and call school into session. good-luck-2.gif

Posted:  3 years, 10 months ago

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[Video] Truck Driver Busts Cop On His Cellphone, Speeding

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Throughout the interaction, the officer kept his professional demeanor

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Off topic to Scotty D: Dude, you drove a Hemmet? That is SO bad-ass.

-mountain girl

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Posted:  3 years, 10 months ago

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[Video] Truck Driver Busts Cop On His Cellphone, Speeding

I have the utmost respect for both professional truck drivers and members of law enforcement. That being said, while the truck driver may have been correct, he was a bit of a d-bag (can I say that here?). Throughout the interaction, the officer kept his professional demeanor in spite of the trucker "poking the bear" so to speak (pun intended). rofl-3.gif

Posted:  3 years, 11 months ago

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Pedestrian Killed by Tractor Trailer

Last year there was a man who committed suicide here in the Cincinnati area by jumping in front of a tractor trailer. People do really stupid things sometimes.....

http://www.mlive.com/news/ann-arbor/index.ssf/2014/06/police_man_hit_by_semi_on_i-94.html#incart_river_default

Same thing just happened in our neck of the woods this past weekend. Unfortunate for both victim's family and driver.

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