Profile For ZB

ZB's Info

  • Location:
    FL

  • Driving Status:
    Rookie Solo Driver

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  • Joined Us:
    7 months ago

ZB's Bio

CFI-OTR

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Posted:  2 weeks, 2 days ago

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A CFI update 2021

Great news Scott and congratulations, you are real CFI ambassador, this is not just saying, I know it and you know it. You have helped me in so many situations already, before orientation, during the orientation and when I started solo. It's amazing how much passion you bring in and how you're always available to help out anyone and anytime. Greatest Respect Scott !!!

Posted:  1 month ago

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So, this happened

I am happy for you my friend! Congratulations! 👍🏻

Posted:  2 months, 2 weeks ago

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CFI or Heyl or Paper Transport as my first job...

Thanks Scott very much for all the great info and tips. I am very excited about this new opportunity and the new lifestyle. You all are awesome people to learn from.

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Any updates / choices on a company, ZB ??

~ Anne ~

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Spoke with him. He will be joining us.

I think he will be very successful in this industry if he likes it.

Posted:  2 months, 2 weeks ago

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CFI or Heyl or Paper Transport as my first job...

Hey Anne. Thanks for checking on me. The choice has been made: CFI. Leaving sunny FL by plane on 2-28-21 for Joplin, MO. My orientation starts 3-1-21. Hope you all are safe in this bad weather.

Any updates / choices on a company, ZB ??

~ Anne ~

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Posted:  2 months, 4 weeks ago

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CFI or Heyl or Paper Transport as my first job...

Great info and very helpful Big Scott and Kearsey. Thanks so much to all of you my fellow truckers !!!

Posted:  2 months, 4 weeks ago

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CFI or Heyl or Paper Transport as my first job...

Scott, Just done that too. I know everyone is busy but hopefully she gets back to me soon. I am wondering which one of these 3 offers best employee benefits. Health insurance one of the most important. There's companies whose HI is useless, everything basically goes on you until you meet either very high deductible or max out of pocket. I have heard Paper Transport health insurance is very bad, known nothing about CFI or Heyl and of course employer won't tell you in advance until you start working for them, so any info is very much appreciated. Thanks.

Anyone please and thanks so much.

Emailing them is best.

Posted:  2 months, 4 weeks ago

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CFI or Heyl or Paper Transport as my first job...

Thanks Big Scott. I am big fan of CFI as well. Riding with Dave on YouTube has inspired me. Just completed everything but for some reason recruiter doesn't answer the phone anymore nor she calls me back. I've left two voicemails within the week and still waiting for her to get back to me.

CFI has a yard in Orlando if that's not to far for you. We haul dry van and now have a refer division called CFI Temperature Controlled.

If you change your mind and CFI is currently hiring from your area, come get paid to see the country.

Whatever way you go, be safe and successful.

Posted:  2 months, 4 weeks ago

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CFI or Heyl or Paper Transport as my first job...

I am actually fine with constant noise. The fastest way for me to actually fall asleep is by watching TV.

Posted:  2 months, 4 weeks ago

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CFI or Heyl or Paper Transport as my first job...

All 3 according to recruiters are actively hiring in my area. I am right on the I-10 corridor. Thanks.

Another big thing for possible employers is your location---Florida. Lots of freight goes in, but not much product is produced down there. If you're south of the I-10 corridor, or south of Tampa/Daytona you may encounter some difficulties being hired.

Posted:  2 months, 4 weeks ago

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CFI or Heyl or Paper Transport as my first job...

Dave, I know you have many years of experience with reefers. If I decide to go with Heyl my biggest concern is noise they make. How bad is it in the night when you try to get some sleep?

Posted:  2 months, 4 weeks ago

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CFI or Heyl or Paper Transport as my first job...

Great. Good to know Dave. Heyl is then the company that fit my needs and desire too. Another big plus with Heyl is their Zephyrhills terminal which is aprox. 1 hour drive from my home. CFI let their drivers take their trucks home but because I live in Pinellas county and there really is no place to park, maybe just one but I will have to pay for that and it often has no available spots.

Ah - with that tidbit I can help a little more and probably others could chime in as well. Typically the 48 state companies do not run a particular driver in 48 states, especially not if you'll be solo. Most freight is regional and most of the majors will want to put you in a region that works for your hometime desires.

There are exceptions so this is something you can ask your recruiter about.

Most outfits that will run a solo driver cross-country will a) require experience, and b) will likely have largely specific routes.

The opportunities to bounce all around the lower 48 are few and far between. I don't know of any that are open to newbies but maybe someone else does.

Another thing: you're more likely to find some cross country stuff with a reefer outfit than you are with a dry van outfit.

Your most important thing now is to get yourself a year or three of safe driving under your belt. Then you'll be in a better position to find more opportunities.

I had similar desires as you do and found a way to do it by starting with a reefer company that did run me cross country through about 30 states I think and then transitioning to being an IC in a self-dispatch environment. I was fortunate to have the opportunity to truck through 48 states and DC doing that combination, but still, most of the freight was regional and in the self-dispatch environment I chose it was difficult to get from far west to far east and generally unprofitable to try, so I didn't. I had gotten plenty of opportunities to drive the west when I pulled the reefers - that was a CA to NJ type of thing with lots of other variety. In my dry van gig, I ran the eastern 37. It was all fun except the west in the winter....ugh.

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Thanks so much Dave for your input on Georgia Pacific dedicated. Looks like I am not ready for that. My preference is dry van OTR 48 states, I would like to see this beautiful country and not only southeast and that's why I put CFI on the top of my list. CFI is also the one that has overall best reviews from current and ex employees.

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If I've gotta pick from the three you offer I would go with CFI. They'll give you great support to start your career.

Nothing wrong with the rest but I would suggest that doing a dedicated thing for Georgia Pacific could be a tough way to start. I hauled a bunch of loads for them and I'm glad I had some time under my belt before I did so.

Now for a little unsolicited advice: it's a big world out there. You can likely thrive at most any company that hires new drivers. There are many training diaries and many company profiles etc. on this site. The company that works best for you is likely the one that can offer you the type of cargo you want to pull, the sort of home time arrangement you need, and can meet any other requirements specific to your needs.

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Posted:  2 months, 4 weeks ago

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CFI or Heyl or Paper Transport as my first job...

You are right PackRat. That's why I joined this forum. Those Indeed, Glass Door reviews can be very confusing and biased, full of bad energy. Experienced drivers are who I trust most.

Don't believe reviews that you see online from spots like "Indeed", "Glass Door", etc. The best reviews are truly by speaking with many, many actual drivers.

Posted:  2 months, 4 weeks ago

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CFI or Heyl or Paper Transport as my first job...

Thanks so much Dave for your input on Georgia Pacific dedicated. Looks like I am not ready for that. My preference is dry van OTR 48 states, I would like to see this beautiful country and not only southeast and that's why I put CFI on the top of my list. CFI is also the one that has overall best reviews from current and ex employees.

If I've gotta pick from the three you offer I would go with CFI. They'll give you great support to start your career.

Nothing wrong with the rest but I would suggest that doing a dedicated thing for Georgia Pacific could be a tough way to start. I hauled a bunch of loads for them and I'm glad I had some time under my belt before I did so.

Now for a little unsolicited advice: it's a big world out there. You can likely thrive at most any company that hires new drivers. There are many training diaries and many company profiles etc. on this site. The company that works best for you is likely the one that can offer you the type of cargo you want to pull, the sort of home time arrangement you need, and can meet any other requirements specific to your needs.

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My first post here. I love reading on this forum, looking for advice now. Got my Class A CDL, X, T and P endorsements, tomorrow is my last day at school, need to make big decision who to start career with. I have narrowed my selection to these three: CFI, Heyl (Zephyrhills, FL) and Paper Transport (PTI-Dedicated, Southeast, main customer Georgia Pacific). My main goal for the first year is to operate safe equipment, get trained properly and get fair treatment. I will think about money my second year. Your input will greatly be appreciated. Thanks so much.

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Posted:  2 months, 4 weeks ago

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CFI or Heyl or Paper Transport as my first job...

My first post here. I love reading on this forum, looking for advice now. Got my Class A CDL, X, T and P endorsements, tomorrow is my last day at school, need to make big decision who to start career with. I have narrowed my selection to these three: CFI, Heyl (Zephyrhills, FL) and Paper Transport (PTI-Dedicated, Southeast, main customer Georgia Pacific). My main goal for the first year is to operate safe equipment, get trained properly and get fair treatment. I will think about money my second year. Your input will greatly be appreciated. Thanks so much.

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