Off To School!

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Jered F.'s Comment
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So guy, I want to thank all of you who have helped me out on here. I'm off to CR England in Utah, on Sunday. I will say the hardest thing is leaving my family for training. It's hard, but nothing worth doing is usually easy. We've had time apart before for other work before, so I know we can do it. Doesn't change how much it sucks though.

I ended up going back the next day and passed my combination endorsement. So that's all done. I have everything I need to go with, everything is packed up and ready to go a few days early. I've seen it mentioned on this forum to not give up on the study material on this site once you pass your permit, and I haven't. I've made it close to half way through the Logbook Training. I'm not sure how much of that I'll get done before Sunday, tomorrow is going to be busy. Hopefully I can finish the Logbook anyway, anything to make class easier. Only thing that worries me is shifting, and backing up. Other then that I don't think it's going to be too bad.

I leave late Sunday night, I believe it's about a 20 hour trip. Any advice prior to leaving?

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.

Logbook:

A written or electronic record of a driver's duty status which must be maintained at all times. The driver records the amount of time spent driving, on-duty not driving, in the sleeper berth, or off duty. The enforcement of the Hours Of Service Rules (HOS) are based upon the entries put in a driver's logbook.

Phoenix's Comment
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Congratulations!

I don't feel so lonely here on TT now; another CR England student yay!! Have to say I'm surprised you're heading out when you are though. Classes begin early Monday mornings!! Are you doing the company sponsored program to grey your CDL?

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.
Chris K.'s Comment
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Memorial day.

Phoenix's Comment
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rofl-3.gif Doh!

Jered F.'s Comment
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rofl-3.gif Doh!

Are you in class right now too? Same school?

Phoenix's Comment
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No, I'm in Santa Maria, CA., working on phase ll of training. SLC is my home terminal , though.

Terminal:

A facility where trucking companies operate out of, or their "home base" if you will. A lot of major companies have multiple terminals around the country which usually consist of the main office building, a drop lot for trailers, and sometimes a repair shop and wash facilities.

Diesel Only's Comment
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Good luck!

Phoenix's Comment
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To you as well, Mike!!

Mainiac73's Comment
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Hey I getting ready to ship out too. I'm leaving tomorrow morning at 0300 heading to prime school in Salt Lake City. Laying in bed nervously anticipating what may lay ahead. Will see if I actually sleep tonight...

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