Profile For Bill A. Parking Lot

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    Estacada, OR

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    6 years ago

Bill A. Parking Lot's Bio

2+ yrs exp. reefers, flats, vans, Parking lot

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Posted:  5 years, 10 months ago

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Weigh Master shot by pickup truck driver in Estacada Oregon

A Weigh Master was pulling a O'Malley's truck over for a license plate issue and the driver shot him. I was on my way to my truck to go to work and turned off OR212 onto Amisigger headed for Troutdale and as soon as I rounded the corner I saw a male body lying in the middle of the road. A unmarked police car, or possibly the scale masers car, was present as was a late model Mustang and two pickup trucks. I thought it was some one at the bus stop that was hit by a car. Turns out I had come up to the sight of the shooting 7 min. after it happened.

The below link is the news story and photographs of the shooter. He is still loose and considered armed and dangerous. He was last seen in a silver Mercedes with WA plates. His plate number and photos are in the story. Please take a look and keep an eye out for him or the car and notify authorities if you spot him.

He is survived by a wife and child as well as other local family members.

http://www.oregonlive.com/clackamascounty/index.ssf/2014/02/deputies_spot_truck_tied_to_re.html

Posted:  5 years, 10 months ago

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What can i expect in trucking school and what can i expect on the road????????

my name is josh and im looking to start a career in trucking i will be attending in march 2014 and im trying to learn as much as possible before schooling begins what can i expect in school and what can i expect on the road how is the lifestyle??? i just want to see everyone's opinion about life as a trucker any feedback would be great.

Josh,

I haul cars and have trained two new drivers to do the same for our company. One drive who had experience, but not with hauling cars and one who just graduated from trucking school. The guy who went to school is still riding with me and not ready to go one his own, but he has a great attitude and works hard. Both critical traits for this kind of work. When he started training it was clear that he lacked practical experience with some very basic skills. My advice to you is to remember that you need to suck in as much information and experience as you can while in school. It's very expensive and if you do the minimum required you will get out of it the minimum required. They will get you your CDL, but it's up to you to pull from it anything more that you want. Make sure you learn some critical basics like down shifting/catching gears, how to properly ride your Jake-Break, testing your connection to the fifth-wheel, and how to identify and inspect things that make safe operations possible. Learn logs inside out and be familiar with how log book violations effect your record and how they tie in with the FMCSA. My trainee could only drive a 10 speed and I had to give him some instruction on using a 13 speed. He also needed training on down shift and being able to pull through the scales smoothly. He knew nothing about what to expect when getting a red light at the scales, getting his logs inspected, and/or getting a truck inspected. Although it's no big deal if your checking your gear like you should, it can be nerve racking the first time some one who can pull you off the road is digging through your log book and asking you questions about the truck. Most of these guys have been good guys from my experience. Good luck Josh.

Posted:  5 years, 11 months ago

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Im new and I have been given 26c per mile

Yep, you are doing good for being in training. Also, your pay being attached to miles means don't get labeled as a complainer. Seek advice on this site where you are safe before making anyone at work angry with you. If you finish training and some one tells your dispatcher you are a "problem child" they can make you or break you. No one needs to eat crap, but keep the skids greased with you co-workers and dispatch if you want good miles. Also remember others have been around longer and had more time to work on good relationships with dispatch. Do what they do if they get the miles you want. Spend your energy making sure you are rolling as much as possible and stay positive. Pay will go up or down and is directly proportional to your attitude!

Posted:  5 years, 11 months ago

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A visit to Love's Truck Stop!

Decided to drop by the Love's truck stop this afternoon, just to get a 'feel' and see what they're like.. There were 7 lanes at the fuel island, and trucks were backed 5-6 deep waiting to fuel. All the drivers looked to be around my age, some older, some younger-but the ONE thing it seems they ALL had in common is that they were a bit 'rotund' if you know what I mean. shocked.png There was a McDonald's there, so that probably explains a lot...

There were a few places for rigs to park (I've been hearing that most truck stops have NO parking) BUT this was in the afternoon-probably couldn't BUY a spot at night. Not QUITE as noisy as I thought, but it still won't be easy sleeping..Those big diesels have a ground shaking growl. Checked out the showers and found them sparkling clean, (they smelled like Clorox) with plenty of room to shower, shave, change clothes, etc. and an attendant wiping everything down. NICE!!! (I heard that it was nasty at these places).

TONS of goodies for your rig too! DC converters, powered coolers, even dash cameras. Jackets, knives, Blu-tooth headsets (gotta get me one of them) and LOTS of CB and GPS stuff.Toys, TVs,just about anything I would need...(uh-oh..there goes my paychecks)...embarrassed.gif

I watched the drivers for a while, no one seemed to be overly tired, they all seemed pretty alert, fairly friendly. They all opened the hoods and did lots of checks...Those engines are HUGE!!!!

Picked up a bunch of those free min-magazines, just to browse through.. All in all, it was quite an experience. I was wishing I was one of them, walking back to my big ol' rig, getting ready to head out...SOON ENOUGH!!! Can't wait to meet some of y'all!! (I'll be the skinny one) rofl-3.gif

Yep, lots of big fellas out on the road. Even if you haul boxes or reefers you can make a few simple choices that help you keep in shape. I'm 52, 6' tall and about 170 lbs and want to stay just about where I am, but I haul cars now and loading/unloading is a workout big time. Prior to that I only went to truck stops when I needed things you can only buy at truck stops. I'd keep a cooler or have a frige in the cab and kept lots of healthy food nearby. In AZ I'd park at road side pull overs and hike in the desert a bit. In NV you can find places along two lane highways for your 10 hour break where you can find some fire wood, pull out the cooler and a small folding chair and enjoy the clear sky. Be creative and find different places to stop. Gets you away from the fumes, keeps you a bit more active, and lets you get into the sights that lots of us wanted to see when we got started. You can always find a Walmart you can pull a truck into to re-load the cooler. I will say, once or twice a week I like to get a big fat T-bone, eggs, hash browns and toast for breakfast. Usually not at a major brand truck stop. I go to less crowded mom-n-pop centers. Lots of parking, not a mad house, and better food. Cee Gee's exit 57 I-5 in Oregon, Dive on west side of I-5 in Oregon at exit 99, a couple of diners in Austin NV while running the back roads to Vegas, etc.

Posted:  5 years, 11 months ago

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First Week of car hauling, FYI

Welcome Bill !!! You are our very FIRST parking lot !!!!! I've heard such horror stories about hauling cars...So I'm glad you came here, so we can get it from someone who knows !!!! Fell free to post about your experiences and the learning curve...

Although this company is a solid one, they did put me solo a bit too fast. With the holidays and all I think they were short handed and sent me out with only three days training. Understand though that I'm also a heavy equipment operator and learned the hydraulic system rather fast. My issue was that I put two Toyota Vans, 2013's, too close. One facing forward on the top over my drive's and one backed on at the front top position of the trailer. (Loading cars/vans/trucks/suvs is like doing puzzles to make height, length, and weight.) These things are long and I already knew I was not going to get as many on as they wanted. Two vans were close to each other making my turn radius very tight but felt I could just be extra cautious. Well, my first drop had a detour about 1 mile from the lot and it included a jack knife turn. Long story short I put a basket ball size dent in one van, busted three tail light lens covers between the two vans, and shattered the rear window of one van. Called my boss right away to let him know so he could start damage control with the client and he just said, "Look Bill, we stuck you in the truck with only 3 days training. We told you you would get from two weeks up to two months! Don't even worry about it!" When I got back he teamed me up for a day with a guy who's been hauling cars for 15 years and was picking up full size trucks. Long and tall! This guy made loading look easy! I learned a ton of good stuff from him and expect to be dispatched out this AM with a full load. Then the boss gave me a cool, stainless steel company coffee cup. (Already got a jacket worth about $150 bucks and lined sweat shirt worth about $50) Feel very lucky to have found these guys!

Posted:  5 years, 11 months ago

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First Week of car hauling, FYI

That's interesting, Bill. I did have an arbitrary question, though. I had heard that car haulers have to join the Teamsters Union. Did you have to join?

I think that's for the big fellas. This Co. only has 5 trucks on the road and wants to grow to 15 and stay at that size. No mention of union.

Posted:  5 years, 11 months ago

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First Week of car hauling, FYI

Dude that is so cool! Kind of seems like a puzzle to have to determine what goes on the top and what goes on the bottom.

How does the trailer feel around turns? Does it feel top heavy? Does it feel like it constantly wants to tip over?

What quality cars are you hauling? Junk cars? Accident cars? New cars? New Audi's? Or a mix?

Feels like a frickin boat on many turns! One place in Washington state where 205 N. merges with 5 N is under construction and it feels like a earthquake is goin on under the truck. Sharper 60MPH turns tell you right off that you are running top heavy, but all in all it's not as bad as I expected. I've been hauling lots of rental car returns from Oregon up to a auction house near Seattle. No junker cars yet.

Posted:  5 years, 11 months ago

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First Week of car hauling, FYI

Just finished my first week and a half of hauling cars. In summary; big bucks, HARD work, learned a lot and still a lot to learn. Did I say HARD WORK!! Hard part for me is loading upper and lower levels in a way that makes both height and length. Never been shy of physical labor so I like that part. Girlfriend will like the bulk that will come! The actual driving is like break time compared to loading/unloading. All in all I like it better than any driving job I've done so far, but it does take a different kind of person to do it. Truck feels like a ocean liner on the interstate. Lots of time spent climbing around on trailer as if it were a big set of monkey bars. Hard to keep clean. If anyone wants to know more let me know and I'll try to respond soon. Not much free time in this gig.

Posted:  5 years, 11 months ago

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Failed Urine Test !!!

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I MAY be called in to whizz in a cup. I just tell them when I ate my last muffin

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Ya know, some smaller companies that know you well might let that slide, but I think it would be incredibly rare nowadays to get a second opportunity like that. If you worked for one of the major companies and failed a test, telling them you ate poppy seeds and would like a re-test is going to get you laughed out of the building.

Yes. It will come across as if you think you have a way to beat the test and can keep using. No judgement being made, but it this industry if you land a good job and refuse to give up a particular kind of muffin to keep it without ongoing hassles, if I were the boss I'd feel you must not want to drive for me very much and let the first test stand. Companies want people who care about their job more than they care about a muffin.

Posted:  5 years, 11 months ago

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Supervisor told me to falsify my HOS 8 hr break

Appreciate all the advice. I believe I'll just let it go.

Smart move Keven. I'm not saying they are right, but please know this; a BUTT TON of smaller companies operate this way. I got my CDL old school, permit-train with a company-CDL, no formal school. Due to insurance costs I was only able to drive for less than honest companies for two years. (Now I say to new-bees to suck it up and go to a school.) My hopes of "helping them" get in line were quickly squashed! Then it was a matter of keeping MY record clean for 2 years so I could move on. These guys are usually desperate and want drivers to break laws because they are near going out of business. They can not run the business end of things even if they were good truckers at one time in the past. As others said, you already documented what he wanted. Just the fact that you are leaving will resolve your problems. You are paid to drive a truck and that is enough responsibility for most people. I don't think you need the hassle of trying to be a cop, lawyer, and FMCSA enforcement officer without anyone paying you to do so. Being a cop of any kind is not your job. In many ways the rules set for the "masses" suck and even make driving more dangerous, and yet they need systems to at least try to keep the roads safe. They, (the government) have strung a very long and complicated web to keep the public safe, grow and create jobs/job security withing their departments, and keep politicians looking as if they are actually earning what we pay them. I'd say any person smart enough to keep out of that mix and just drive the truck from point A to point B in a safe manner is a smart cookie. Support safe and reasonable practices and laws by researching organizations you like. I'm a member of Truth in Trucking and OOIDA for that reason. They continue to stand up for us in ways that keep us alive and earning a better wage every day and are professionals. They are paid to stand up for us and know how to do so better than we do. In a perfect world your employer will have no choice but to conform to necessary laws, not be shut down, and become a respectable provider of jobs in this incredible country we live in. I'd say leave it alone and contribute to organizations you feel will represent you in a solid and professional way. Don't go away mad, just go away educated!

Posted:  5 years, 12 months ago

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Any car haulers with advice? Would like your words of wisdom!

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I've read that maintaining weight distribution between tandems and drive tires is tricky and a constant battle as you load and unload different vehicles, not to mention the high center of gravity .

That's about all I can offer !

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I was reading about weights on line. Had not considered the high center of gravity, good point. They seem to be willing to put up two two months training into new drivers though. Thanks for your input. If anyone wants to know how things go I'll post from time to time, but don't want to ramble if other drivers are not interested. Going to jump into it with 110% and see how it pans out.

Well, I start Monday hauling cars. The money "sounds" good, starting at 23%, we will see. They felt I should only need a week or so of training based on my experience, but I made it clear that I would not go solo if I did not feel safe/capable. They seemed to be fine with that and said they would rather take 3-8 weeks if that was what was needed. ($2500/month training pay) If any one cares I'll keep positing about hauling cars, the pay difference, hours worked, etc. These people have three more new trucks coming, are in line with Oregon DOT, and look to be a solid company.

Posted:  6 years ago

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Trucking Queries from an Outsider (Part II)

Hi, everybody

Thanks again to the kind folks who answered my previous truck driving questions. I really appreciate it. I've got a few more questions today and could really some explanation if somebody wouldn't mind.

For company drivers, what is the complete procedure that drivers typically undergo before embarking on each trip? From what I've seen on television shows, workers measure freight for length, width, etc., but are there other important steps/precautionary measures companies employ to prepare a truck before its journey? Also, are there typically fuel pumps at the companies where drivers work where one can fill his/her tank, or do people simply rely on roadside stations when they need to fill up?

Also, how often during a delivery do truck drivers have to pull into weigh stations? Is it just a one-time thing per trip or do drivers have to stop as they enter a different state or something?

Again, pardon my ignorance of this subject area. I'd be utterly grateful for any insight someone could provide.

As for trip preparation, duties vary depending on truck and trailer type. All drivers will inspect the rig and trailer for safety and reliability. You can go to any truck stop and buy a inspection log book which lists all the things they check on, and more experienced drivers will know the equipment they operate well enough to know if they have to check additional items. Dry van's are often locked or have a seal on them to ensure know one has tampered with food products, so a driver can't check for load shift, etc. That's not to say that I have not broken a seal if I hear a strange bang or boom. I also note the time and location of such events to ensure the receiver that it was me and not some form of tampering. They still have the right to refuse the load, but I feel the driver has a right to know what is going on with it as well. Only happened to me once. When hauling a flatbed trailer I will inspect the usual; tires, brakes, lights, etc. but also look for any loose items on the deck left by the loader and often find cups, bottles, and junk like that mostly on hot days. Even if its a plastic bottle with a little water in it and can't hurt a car behind you it could still scare the s**t out of someone and make them swerve and ... We also check all straps ensuring they are snug, in good condition and that their are enough for the weight being carried. Straps will be checked often through the trip to ensure they didn't loosen up as freight settles. If a driver fails to notice improper load placement the load can shift causing straps to become very loose and dangerous. The list goes on and gets even longer for car haulers, low-boys, reefers, and other equipment. Truckers have far more responsibility than the average person would ever consider, and if people knew the care and concern we put into these tasks they would respect the average trucker far more than they do now. I could go on and on to answer this question, but ya only get so much for free. LOL.

Can't tell you about all companies, but due to the costs related to installing and maintaining fuel tanks, regulatory requirements, possible additional employees and more it seems most companies fuel at truck stops. Larger companies negotiate deals for reduced prices based on volume purchased, etc.

Scales are a crap shoot. Much like a random drug test as best as I can tell. More often than not you will come across scales shortly after crossing a state line. (Port of entry) These are the scales that are often open 24/7. Many of them will used cameras to record your license plate number, some have "weigh in motion" scales so they know about what you weigh about 1/2 mile before you get to the scale, and some have a overhead camera recording the driver as he goes over the weigh in motion scale. The official can see if you look over-tired, tell if you are potentially overweight, get a plate number for use in case you don't pull in when required, etc. Often you will get a bypass signal prior to the scale exit, or a bypass on the exit ramp, take a designated 35 mph lane, and can get right back on the road without using the slow lane to be weighed. If you haul for a carrier with a bad safety score they will see that since they enter your DOT number and this can affect how often you get pulled in for inspections or to have driver log books reviewed. Many companies with good track record use electronic communications when approaching the scales and are bypassed and you can google that for more info. I've run from Portland OR. to Nogales AZ. and back without going over a scale, then from Portland to Seattle and back and get weighed 4 times. Volume of freight traffic will determine high traffic freight "lanes" and these will generally have more scales.

Posted:  6 years ago

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NEED SOME WISDOM FROM THOSE WHO HAVE BEEN HERE

At 42, I have decided that truck driving is more likely to pay my bills than being a school custodian. (The first job that came along after an 1800 mile move) I would say that 95% of my employment history has been in male dominated fields, so that part does not bother me. I come from a family of truck drivers (both parents and both brothers) so I know the lifestyle, demands, disappointments, and rewards. WHERE IS THE BEST PLACE FOR CDL TRAINING? WHICH SCHOOLS SHOULD I AVOID? I LIVE A LITTLE WAYS FROM SPRINGFIELD, MO, AND I HAVE NO IDEA WHICH ONE IS BEST....

Are you in school yet? If so, hows it going. If not, do you still want help picking one?

Posted:  6 years ago

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Separation AND reunion can both be hard

Now I don't claim to understand you gals like a Dr. with a PHD in family psychology and with the new breed of men called "metrosexuals" I'm not even so sure I understand men any more! I do know a few basics I can pass on. First I know women are often stuck between a rock and a hard place. Many woman go to work every day and have taken on a new roll of being partial provider. You go to a work world of bottom line priorities and nurturing is not welcome in the work place in most cases. Yet after days, weeks, or months of being a worker bee as well as mom and holding down the fort at home your truck driving husband or boyfriend comes home and expects a certain amount of TLC. You've been in a mode of "git-er-done" and shifting gears to being spouse is very hard, and in many respects unfair. I may not have been driving my whole life, but I was in the Navy and spent 65-75 days at a time under water in a submarine. No calls home, no communication. Much like being on the road except a much higher divorce rate. We older guys come from a world where dad went off to work and mom took care of the home. We are often unprepared to deal with this modern world where the traditional rolls don't work and we never had an example of how to make it work. Our dads came home and de-stressed with sports, a man cave, or sitting behind a news paper. Wifes knew we guys understood and appreciated how critical their roll was and that if it were not for his wife he would not have a safe haven to decompress in. Men knew how to express gratitude for what his wife did and knew how critical it was to have a "safe haven" to come home to. Women did not need to go to a job where nurturing is not welcome. Women could place a priority on the full time, never ending, and very hard job of keeping a home a home. They would have friends to talk to or spend time with once in a while and they lived in a world were offering caring support was not only OK, but productive and necessary. Women use both parts of their brains at the same time so they can think and express themselves at the same time using both logic and feelings. Men use one side, logic, first. They often react at that point, and then review with the part that "feels". As they get more mature they learn to use the logic, then check in with the feelings, and then speak or react. New advances in science show this to be true. Non the less, you go into the work world and are forced to mimic how men think. How can you be expected to shift worlds back and forth? Men on the road don't get any practice and cant practice how to communicate with women because if he takes time to "check in" with his feelings about what he is experiencing rather that react with logic first he will run over that 6 year old kid that just darted out in front of his 79,000 pound rig. Now things are all mixed up. Women need to work because a one income household seems necessary just to make ends meet. Women are forced to disconnect with their nurturing side to compete in the work world and men have to accept the negative feelings they have about themselves for not being able to be the sole provider. No wonder the divorce rate is so high! We are all being shifted into new rolls that our parents didn't have to deal with, so we didn't see examples of how too live as we do. We saw examples of how to live like generations before us did. Times have changed faster than we could and todays men and women are playing catch-up. We need to catch up and figure it out so we can set the new example for our children. Any thoughts?

Posted:  6 years ago

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Any car haulers with advice? Would like your words of wisdom!

I've read that maintaining weight distribution between tandems and drive tires is tricky and a constant battle as you load and unload different vehicles, not to mention the high center of gravity .

That's about all I can offer !

I was reading about weights on line. Had not considered the high center of gravity, good point. They seem to be willing to put up two two months training into new drivers though. Thanks for your input. If anyone wants to know how things go I'll post from time to time, but don't want to ramble if other drivers are not interested. Going to jump into it with 110% and see how it pans out.

Posted:  6 years ago

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Any car haulers with advice? Would like your words of wisdom!

I've gotta tell ya - I don't really know the first thing about it other than talking to guys that have done it over the years. I never heard anything I thought would discourage me from doing it. Like any job it has its good and bad. The pay I've always heard was good. The bad was typical stuff like the ramps get slick in the winter, you have load and unload the cars yourself (I don't know if all companies require this or not), and little things like that.

I'd say see if you can speak in person with a few of their drivers. Maybe go to a terminal or a fuel stop they use and get a few opinions. I don't know of anyone here at TruckingTruth that mentioned hauling cars before so you might not find out a lot here. But talking to their drivers in person would surely be what I would set out to do if I was in your position. I'd want to find out all I could directly from the people doing it.

Yep, I plan to go to Jubitz in Portland to ask around. Thanks!

Posted:  6 years ago

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Retraining

Thanks guys trying to strat a new job worked construction for 35 years got laid off ben out of work over ayear.had to cash in stock for school and to pay bills.i hope being out ove work for solong wont hirt me.I had know truble in school . I used to pull trailers all over when i worked doing poured foundations and concrete .I have ben doing some side work just ot get out of the house.I live around the ALBANY NY area so weather plays hell with construction. The last co I worked for i was there for 7years no ins or benifits no retirement.SO i left at least you can drive in the rain,snow,cold,ect.

If I were you I'd also take advantage of the training resources on this site to brush up when you get back into the driving job hunt. Sure can't hurt.

Posted:  6 years ago

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Any car haulers with advice? Would like your words of wisdom!

Was about to pull the trigger with Knight Trucking and got a call from a local car hauler. Good company, sound financials, and been around for a while. Pay is crazy good for a driver only on the road for 2 1/2 years. (23%) I want to do this right, safe, and long term. Any advice would be GREATLY appreciated! Bill

Posted:  6 years ago

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Knight Trucking? Considering starting orientation in 6 days at Fairview Oregon, all set up but still not sure.

Oops ya better ask on that 10800 bud that should be in a month and even so ya should still make it.bc knight only require 2500 per truck a week.

Hey, thanks for confirming Knights good rep. Some one who eats truck stop food in mass would probably cry about the physical. I'm 52, don't "work out" except working hard for a living, and eat right and can run circles around most 30 somethings. Crazy Rebel is right too. I ran through NV lots going from OR to AZ and did the back roads, 70 MPH Legal! I ran night time for the most part. Had nothing to hide from the scale inspector, but why waste time stopping when I can run hard while they are closed and they were usually closed at night. A 600 mile day was common and easy to do. I'll bet if you and your DM set your goal to reach your miles and they can count on you from time to time helping in a pinch, you'll get miles you need without giving up too much HT. You sound smart and reasonable so you already know this I'll bet. I did not burn any bridges with Knight, but got a last second offer to haul cars for big bucks and good home time so I'm taking it. Still keeping in touch with my recruiter, he's a good guy, just in case.

Posted:  6 years ago

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Im trying to get into trucking but my crappy work history is blocking my applications to companies

No DUIs or OUWIL or any thing yeah im trying to get some pre hires to findout if going to school would be viable in Michigan there are michigan works offices that will pay for your trucking school but was hoping to get into a Company sponsored training program with Prime but they denied me because i was fired from my last job. your site is a great source of info keep it coming.

Hi,

I also want to encourage you to do the state paid training. Just my opinion but a company sponsored school will some how include a obligation to them. Minimum term of employment to pay them back or payback in lump sum if you move on, or other things. I looked into Knight Transport, and with TONS of great advice from this site learned they are a good outfit. If your situation dictates that you make money while training check out Knight using this web site. Great program and reasonable pay for a trainee. Keep using trucking truth for your info and be suspicious of any third party advice, (I got a buddy who...). Not going with Knight myself, last min. unique offer came in and I'm taking it, but keeping my relationship with the recruiter I was dealing with because he was a good guy and I can trust him. Success will be through hard work and knowing how bad you want something. If you want this, roll up your sleeves and get to work! You'll get it. Best of luck, Bill

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