Roehl Drivers-Some Questions

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Johnny B's Comment
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First post here for me. I start training with Roehl on 11/2 and then off to their Midwest region refrigerated fleet. Just looking for some general info on what I'll need after training for the road. Aside from being something of a gearhead I'm also kind of a tech nerd. I like paper maps so I'll have a Rand McNally with me. I know the trucks have a QualComm installed. Is navigation built into that? Is it any good or are you folks supplementing with a GPS or GPS software on a tablet? Any particular apps/software you find useful on the road? How is the equipment for Roehls? Trucks well maintained, etc? I did a fair bit of research before I committed to Roehl and I'm thinking I made a good choice. I expect to work hard for what I get and I'm happy to do it. Always have been. Thanks for any info.

Qualcomm:

Omnitracs (a.k.a. Qualcomm) is a satellite-based messaging system with built-in GPS capabilities built by Qualcomm. It has a small computer screen and keyboard and is tied into the truck’s computer. It allows trucking companies to track where the driver is at, monitor the truck, and send and receive messages with the driver – similar to email.
Brett Aquila's Comment
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We have an excellent List Of Items To Bring To CDL School, Training, and OTR so check that out.

In the beginning you'll be on the road with a trainer anyhow so you won't need much - several changes of clothing, your tech devices, your personal hygiene stuff, and a few other basics. But all of the big things you're going to need once you go solo like tools, a CB radio, a refrigerator, and a television can all wait until you're finished with training.

Try to pack only one or two duffel bags for training. It's not uncommon to sleep with your belongings on your bed because your trainer has all of the cabinets filled with his personal stuff.

CDL:

Commercial Driver's License (CDL)

A CDL is required to drive any of the following vehicles:

  • Any combination of vehicles with a gross combined weight rating (GCWR) of 26,001 or more pounds, providing the gross vehicle weight rating (GVWR) of the vehicle being towed is in excess of 10,000 pounds.
  • Any single vehicle with a GVWR of 26,001 or more pounds, or any such vehicle towing another not in excess of 10,000 pounds.
  • Any vehicle, regardless of size, designed to transport 16 or more persons, including the driver.
  • Any vehicle required by federal regulations to be placarded while transporting hazardous materials.

OTR:

Over The Road

OTR driving normally means you'll be hauling freight to various customers throughout your company's hauling region. It often entails being gone from home for two to three weeks at a time.

Brad P.'s Comment
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Johnny I start Roehl on 11/9 in Appleton Where are you going to for training?

Johnny B's Comment
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Brad, I'll be in Marshfield. What group will you be in after training?

Johnny B's Comment
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Brett, Thanks for the info and the site. I had been thinking of becoming a trucker for several years and had pictured doing it a bit further down the road but circumstances have decided "now" is the time. Like they say..."Man makes plans and God laughs". Found this site and it has been an invaluable tool for me. Tons of great info and the High Road Training Materials are awesome! Thanks again.

CDL:

Commercial Driver's License (CDL)

A CDL is required to drive any of the following vehicles:

  • Any combination of vehicles with a gross combined weight rating (GCWR) of 26,001 or more pounds, providing the gross vehicle weight rating (GVWR) of the vehicle being towed is in excess of 10,000 pounds.
  • Any single vehicle with a GVWR of 26,001 or more pounds, or any such vehicle towing another not in excess of 10,000 pounds.
  • Any vehicle, regardless of size, designed to transport 16 or more persons, including the driver.
  • Any vehicle required by federal regulations to be placarded while transporting hazardous materials.
Brad P.'s Comment
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Johnny. I'll be in Midwest Dry Van. I hope to get on the dedicated Kraft after a few mos. of Midwest Dry.

Dry Van:

A trailer or truck that that requires no special attention, such as refrigeration, that hauls regular palletted, boxed, or floor-loaded freight. The most common type of trailer in trucking.
PJ's Comment
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Guys welcome and your choice to go to Roehl is a fine one. I started there, but been gone quite some time. Still have friends there. Equip is well above average. There are pro's and cons to every company, but in my opinion to start out you will be fine there.

Brad P.'s Comment
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Guys welcome and your choice to go to Roehl is a fine one. I started there, but been gone quite some time. Still have friends there. Equip is well above average. There are pro's and cons to every company, but in my opinion to start out you will be fine there.

PJ

I read your thread on while you were going through training. Thanks for writing about your time at Roehl

JakeBreak's Comment
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Roehl doesnt use qualcomm anymore they are switching all thier trucks over to drivertech units. Same concept but its a windows based pc. They also have a gps built in its copilot truck. You can get the same app for a smartphone fuel and routing builds the route and sends it to you on there. Brett is right as usual lol i would say 2 bags for training any more than that and it just gets in the way. The trucks are nice mine is kind of older but im reallly happy with it. If i ever have a problem i just take it to the shop and it gets fixed real quick. As far as smartphone apps i use truckerpath the roehl app the cat scale apps and trucker tools. Truckerpath and trucker tools are to find places for breaks, cat scale app to find the closest scales and the roehl app to file paperwork and check my messages when im not in the truck.

Qualcomm:

Omnitracs (a.k.a. Qualcomm) is a satellite-based messaging system with built-in GPS capabilities built by Qualcomm. It has a small computer screen and keyboard and is tied into the truck’s computer. It allows trucking companies to track where the driver is at, monitor the truck, and send and receive messages with the driver – similar to email.

CAT Scale:

A network of over 1,500 certified truck scales across the U.S. and Canada found primarily at truck stops. CAT scales are by far the most trustworthy scales out there.

In fact, CAT Scale offers an unconditional Guarantee:

“If you get an overweight fine from the state after our scale showed your legal, we will immediately check our scale. If our scale is wrong, we will reimburse you for the fine. If our scale is correct, a representative of CAT Scale Company will appear in court with the driver as a witness”

Susan D. 's Comment
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Do you have slip seating with Roehl? I was interested in them until the recruiter told me in my area they do slip seating so I never bothered to apply with them.

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