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    WI

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Live in Wisconsin with my wife and two children. Enjoy racing cars, hunting and camping.

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Posted:  5 months ago

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Any Nussbaum experience in here?

There facility in Bloomington IL looks to be incredibly nice and their fleet seems to be quite nice as well. They do like aerodynamics in their trucks and seem to have many gadgets on the trucks to improve fuel mileage.

I did speak with a recruiter early in 2020 and he was straightforward. Christian based company. It didn’t work out for me me as I was a resident of WI and in order to attend the community college they use, I would have had to transfer my residency.

Posted:  6 months ago

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Any advice on backing in to tight spots

I re-read my post and should have clarified what I said about using GOAL’s and Pull-Ups. I wasn’t referring to you, but just stating that in general. Sorry about that.

Posted:  6 months ago

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Any advice on backing in to tight spots

Yes I am aware that you upgraded, but felt my approach may be of some assistance to you.

Posted:  6 months ago

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Any advice on backing in to tight spots

Zach I can just share my limited experience with you and it is definitely limited and recent. I just obtained my CDL a week and a half ago. What I found to be beneficial was watching a few YouTube videos and then putting that particular technique into practice. I found the one that seemed to work the best for me and then I continued to practice that particular technique. If I went and tried something else, that is when I started to mess up. I would go back to what worked for me. In the 1 1/2 weeks of driving with my trainer and mentor, I have had some really tight spots to back into. Here is what I focus on. 1. Prior to backing, I look at what I have to work with and try to start with the best set-up. I run my plan through my head before I ever start the approach. 2. I back up slowly. 3. I get out and look. 4. If need be I do multiple pull-ups. (Once you have your CDL you can do as many pull-ups and GOALS as you wish).

I’ve really focused as well on forgetting about the, “OMG I’m holding some up. OMG someone is watching me and saying look at this rookie back up.” Who cares. They don’t know me and I don’t know them. Also, they were a rookie once as well. I’m ok with playing the rookie card for as long as I can. Anyway, hopefully this may be of assistance to you.

Posted:  6 months, 1 week ago

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Roehl GYCDL Journey begins 1/25/2021

Good luck on your journey. Thanks for your service as well. I managed to last 14 years and L.E. and it was time to get out. Left in 2016. Just started my trucking career a couple weeks ago and really enjoy it. Not far from Roehl in fact. Looking forward to reading about your journey.

Posted:  6 months, 2 weeks ago

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What the actual hell did I get myself in to

Old School posted this 1 day and 6 hours ago. Did you do what he suggested?

“ Zach, I think you've got to get this straightened out quickly. Communicate with your DM first. If that gets nowhere then step it up a little higher. Stand your ground but be calm and professional. You want to be a solo driver. Make that clear, and make it clear that it needs to start today.”

Posted:  6 months, 2 weeks ago

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My Journey - J. Bauer Trucking

Day 7 - Well what a day it turned out to be. CDL in hand with no restrictions. Total nerve racking, but pushed through it while staying focused. Kept the positive can do attitude and I did it.

Pre-Trip nailed it. Even received a complement on my thoroughness and verbiage. 46 points out of 47 on the Pre-Trip. I’ll take it. Straight-Line and Off-Set left also nailed it. Now the 90 degree Alley Dock. Lets just say I passed it. It definitely wasn’t pretty. I’ll just leave it there. Road Test went real well. Shifting was my concern, but I was only marked once for a pretty bad shift. DON’T FORGET TO CHECK YOUR DRIVERS SIDE MIRROR AFTER COMPLETING A RIGHT TURN. As the certifier pointed out, everyone is so concerned about not clipping the trailer on the curb they forget to check their drivers side mirror.

Turned out to be a great day and I really feel I accomplished my initial goal of obtaining my CDL. Now let the real learning begin. Heading out 6a to drop and hook paper at the mill. My trainer will be with me and showing me the process as we go. My plan is to stay focused, stay safe and continue to learn. Thanks to all who provided me encouragement along the journey and I hope I was able to share a bit about J. Bauer Trucking. I am really happy I choose them to start my trucking career.

Posted:  6 months, 2 weeks ago

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My Journey - J. Bauer Trucking

Day 6 - A short weekend at home, but a good one as I was able to see the family and dogs. Also, was able to watch my 10 year old play in his two basketball games prior to heading back up north.

Started the day out hooking up a trailer and hitting the road from about 8:30a to 1:30p. Got a stink eye from a lady as I didn’t get thru an intersection fast enough for her liking. Oh well she doesn’t know me and she will hopefully get over it. Shifting is getting better except for one particular area of the route that I had a monkey on my back. Couldn’t for the life of me correctly shift after coming out of the left hand or right turn onto a slight incline. Not a hill or steep grade, but a stinking slight incline. So embarrassing. Over and over I tried and would screw it up. Mental block for sure. It was only until I started in 4th gear, shifted to 5th prior to making my turn. Bingo. Finally success and kicked the monkey out of the truck. Lol.

Headed back to the yard and worked a couple hours on backing. Straight-Line and Off-Set Left no real issues. 90 degree Alley a few hiccups, but most of the time I can get it corrected with an extra pull-up, which only counts as 1 point. Prefer not to add a point, but if that is what it takes it’s not a huge deal.

I’m feeling real good about the Pre-Trip. Just have to remember my BBC, not bent broken or cracked and my ABC, no abrasions bulges or cuts. Also, just need to remind myself of the slack adjusters and push-rods. For some stupid reason I forget to mention these two items.

Overall a very productive day.

Posted:  6 months, 2 weeks ago

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Roehl GYCDL training

Awesome and congratulations. Great job.

Posted:  6 months, 2 weeks ago

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My Journey - J. Bauer Trucking

Day 5 - Started out doing a full Pre-Trip for my trainer and he said I would have passed for the CDL test. Missed a few items, which he went over with me after I competed the exercise.

Next he had me do his route he uses for his tests he does. Well let’s just say things went down the tubes. Shifting was atrocious. Tried to make a shift on a pretty steep hill and had to put the 4 ways on and come to a stop while obstructing traffic. I’m sure the people behind were having some choice words for me. Stress level 9.5, which totally took my focus. It was so frustrating. I made it back to the yard without hitting anyone or anything, so I guess it could have been worse.

Back at the yard, I took a breather and cleared my head. Thought about all the mistakes I made and what I needed to do to correct them.

Next item on the agenda was to complete a trailer inspection, in-can and brake check. Did a good job on that with only one missed item, the trailer door ties. Man I wish I could paint those things bright orange.

Guess what I had to do next? Yep another mock road test. Nervous as can be, I took a deep breath and told myself I can do this. Focus Focus Focus. Almost a night and day run from the previous disaster. Confidence built up a bit. Made it back to the yard and my trainer took me to much for a pretty decent bacon cheeseburger at a downtown tavern.

Heading back to the yard and did a front of truck, in cab and brake check. Trainer was scoring my performance and stated I passed. You can probably guess what was next. Yep another mock road test. Knowing this was going to be my last driving for the week, I really wanted to nail it. A few grinds, but even better the second round. Trainer advised my performance would have been a pass. Great way to end the day and week.

It is crazy to think of what I have experienced in one week. From never sitting in a semi-tractor to driving one with a 53’ trailer attached while also using a 10-speed manual transmission. Overall the this week has been extremely productive and I look forward to getting back on Monday. I was able to head home for the weekend. I arrived safely home and the kids and 3 dogs were happy to see me and here about my week. Have a great weekend everyone and we will pick up next week.

Posted:  6 months, 2 weeks ago

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My Journey - J. Bauer Trucking

Thank you Anne A. Much appreciated.

Forgot to mention I was issued a login for our ELD’s, PeopleNet, and we talked about basic functions of the system.

Posted:  6 months, 2 weeks ago

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My Journey - J. Bauer Trucking

Thanks Rob T.

Day 4 - Hooked up a trailer and headed out on the road from 8:30pm to 2:00pm. Drove the first 50+ miles heading west on a Highway 29 and then the remaining 100+|- miles driving township roads. Really focusing on my shifting, proper stop location, turns, lane usage and all the other of required skills needed to be a safe driver. Overall my shifting was much better than the previous days. Still some hiccups, AKA grinds or missed shifts. I’m recognizing this usually takes place when I rush it. Also when I’m concerned about holding traffic up.

Made it back to the yard and continued to work on my backing. Really feeling good in this area, but I will not become overconfident in this area. I took a bit of a break from my backing as my trainer, Bruce, was performing a CDL Class A test at the yard. I was able to watch, from a distance, the driver, seemed like a real young guy, perform his backing skills section. He was driving a manual transmission with a lowboy trailer. He did well and ended up passing the his test. It was great to be able to watch someone work through the maneuvers.

I finished the day with a few more backing maneuvers and then dropped the trailer and parked the truck for the night. As it was starting to snow and we are not sure what the weather will bring, if we get a considerable amount of snow, I will be working more on the Pre-Trip and some maneuvers in the yard. If the snow doesn’t come, we will hit the roads again and work on all the above. Overall probably the best day of the week so far. Hopefully I can continue to improve. FOCUS FOCUS FOCUS

Posted:  6 months, 3 weeks ago

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Roehl GYCDL training

How did the shifting go for you today? Good luck on your test Friday.

Posted:  6 months, 3 weeks ago

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My Journey - J. Bauer Trucking

Day 3 - wow just wow. Started the day out with driving the yard and practicing my shifting. I have back up a bit. Due to my frustration of the previous days shifting, I watched several shifting videos last evening and wanted to focus on why I had learned. “One Two, One Two.” I also worked on my left foot and right had coordination. Verbally talking out loud as I shifted. “One Two. one Two. I put into practice what the videos and what my trainer has been telling me from day one. Spent 30 minutes in the yard without a trailer.

Next up, hooked up a trailer and my trainer saying, “lets hit the roads”. Now the nerves starting to build, I took a deep breath and said, lets do this. My shifting was night and day. Add to that I was driving the roads. My mind working in deep concentration and my trainer saying, just relax. Sure, I can do that. Yeah right. 9a to 1:30p running the monster around city and county roads. Holy crap things are coming together. Confidence building. A few grinds and missed gears towards the end. I can say with the amount of focus, my mind drains me mentally and physically.

From 3p to 5:30p I worked by self on shifting and backing in the yard. I have cones set up for all the backing maneuvers, which is awesome. My trainer has been very complimentary regarding my backing ability.

Overall the day was very productive and my confidence built up a bit. Still need to stayed focused.

Posted:  6 months, 3 weeks ago

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My Journey - J. Bauer Trucking

Day 2 - Started off doing some shifting in the lot and then hooked onto a 53' trailer. Went thru coupling first and then worked on turns while attached to the trailer. Instructor asked if I wanted to practice the backing skills for the CDL test. I was happy to attempt them as I could get my mind off the shifting struggles I continue to deal with. Straight-Line Back and Offset Left went pretty good. Took a couple attempts on the 90 degree Alley Dock. Man that one is pretty difficult. Initial set-up is key to getting that trailer in the box. Built my confidence back up on the backing skills.

Next we talked about the procedures for dropping the trailer and proceeded to drop the trailer. My confidence was short-lived as we proceeded to take the tractor out on the backroads and focus on some upshifting and downshifting. Downshifting -FFF (Frustrating Frustrating Frustrating). However, I did make it back to the lot without hitting anything.

As the day was coming to an end, I decided to stay after, hook a trailer up and do so more practicing. Focused on the backing and shifting for an hour and a half by myself. My shifting improved and seems to do so when my trainer isn't in the truck. Figures. My mind was telling me I had enough for day 2 so I did a straight back and dropped the trailer and then parked the truck for the evening. Let my instructor know I was leaving for the day. He proceeded to advise that I was progressing well. I guess I am just being hard on myself. Going to stay positive though and try to make tomorrow a better day.

Posted:  6 months, 3 weeks ago

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My Journey - J. Bauer Trucking

After a long year of researching and determining if a career change was going to become a reality, I can officially say my first day is in the books.

Approach - I spent many months researching companies and school options for obtaining my Class A CDL. One option was a somewhat local technical college that offered a 8 week course or 20 week, weekend course at approximately $3100. Something inside just didn’t personally feel right and therefore eliminated this option. This is where it become more difficult as I had a variety of paid training options through mega carriers. Wilson Logistics, Roehl, Prime and Millis Transfer. I actually had a seat reserved with the class that started today in Richfield, WI. Millis was very close to home and has a very reputation for its training program. My third option, J. Bauer Trucking, was a late addition to my search and the option I decided to proceed with. A few weeks ago I made the 3 1/2 drive here to meet with the training instructor and owner of the company and left feeling it was where I needed to start this journey.

Training Program - the program is one-on-one training with an dedicated company training instructor, Bruce, that is certified through the state of WI to do Class A certifications. He is a really laid back guy and has been in the trucking business since he was 18. You train on a 10-speed manual transmission. The program progresses as you progress. Once a trainee feels ready to test out, you travel to a nearby DMV location to test. Once you obtain your CDL, you then get partnered with the companies training mentor. You head out with the mentor and run the mentors route until you feel confident in your ability. Once you get your mentors blessing, you then are assigned your own truck. JBT runs an all Volvo fleet and has mechanics in house 24-7.

Day 1 - I’ll start by saying I’m exhausted. My level of focus throughout the day was physically draining. We started by looking over some Pre-Trip materials and materials regarding the CDL testing process. We then proceeded to the truck. Climb aboard, buckle up and let’s do this. LOL. Now the fun begins. Let’s drive a 10-speed manual transmission in a Volvo tractor. OMG. The biggest thing I was concerned about going into training was the manual transmission and I can say I feel the same way after today. I’m probably being to hard on myself, but man I really feel I didn’t do as good as I should have. We spent several hours in the lot learning the technique of double clutching. I would get in a rhythm and think, I got this, only to them feel like, WTH. A definite roller coaster today. Let’s hit the back country roads now. I can tell you I was sweating as I was so nervous. Shifting, especially downshifting was pathetic. I didn’t get frustrated and continued my best to focus. We made it back to the lot without killing anyone, hitting anything or breaking anything, so I guess that is a positive. We also did a Form A Pre-Trip, which I attempted and was told I did quite well for the first day. I had been working on some pre-trips prior to arriving for training and that definitely helped.

At 3:00pm my trainer had someone coming in to do a Class B certification. He allowed me to continue to work on my shifting in the lot. I am able to spend as much time as I want in the truck as long as I don’t leave the premise of course. I did about 45 minutes on my own which was extremely helpful, but I finally called it a day. I headed back to the motel and I am now just relaxing as best I can. Overall, a good day in my new journey. Hopefully my night of sleep won’t be riddled in shifting nightmares. LOL

Posted:  7 months ago

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Starting School Soon!

Glad to read your update. I start on the 11th and will be training on a manual transmission as well. The trainer prefers that we get our CDL without the restriction. A bit nervous myself with having to develop that skill. Good luck with your further training and I hope it becomes easier for you.

Posted:  7 months, 1 week ago

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Journey with Wilson Logistics - Springfield, MO

Good luck to you. Look forward to following your new journey.

Posted:  7 months, 1 week ago

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Roehl GYCDL training

Good luck you guys. You may not actually mind a mask when you are outside. Current weather is 12 degrees just north of Milwaukee. Actually 1 degree currently in Marshfield.

Posted:  7 months, 1 week ago

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Starting School Soon!

Good luck to you. Bring warm clothes. Measuring a balmy 12 degrees currently and I am 30 minutes due north of Milwaukee. Most likely a bit cooler in Marshfield.

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