Jim Palmer Cdl Training

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Big Scott's Comment
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Awesome. Practice makes perfect. Thanks for the update.

Aaron Placencia's Comment
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We slept in since we I doesn't deliver till Tuesday. I drove 4 hours today. Slowly getting more drive time. I hit every downshift coming to the stop sign on an exit and can you say I was thrilled. May have been a little rough but still, it's getting better. We had this Mexican place for dinner and now we are just about to get some sleep. Idk how I'm doing but I'm trying to learn so much and I feel like I have been progressing and I hope it shows to my trainer. Anyways. We will be getting to our location tomorrow just to sit and wait till Tuesday. It'll be 6 hours but that's not so bad. Just a little update on what's going on. Nothing exciting besides passing and being passed by semis... Can I say they can be a little scary 😂 Ah well. Goodnight

Big Scott's Comment
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Glad to hear you are getting better. Good luck. Thanks for the update.

Aaron Placencia's Comment
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Today was a pretty laid back day. I drove four hours, did some mountain driving and had a 6% grade. Pretty interesting. But with getting the hang of downshifting I was able to get in the right gear and use my jake brake the whole time. I then had to deal with the wind, first time. Definitely had me on my toes, fighting to keep it in the lane and not hit trucks passing me or cars. Did well tho. The trucks at Jim Palmer come with a lane guidance or whatever if you cross over to much it will buzz through the speakers on that side of the truck. It's a little faulty because I make it go off more with imaginary lines apparently. But it's useful when it's working because I know I'm keeping it in my lane.

We arrived at the TA in troutdale Oregon around 6 and it's packed. We had the reserved parking but this place is so in organized it's crazy. We had country pride for dinner and I got 20% off because they put cheese on my burger. I didn't mind waiting for them to make it again and I wouldn't have been mad paying full price. It was pretty good.

We deliver tomorrow at 2 and are maybe 45 mins to an hour away. So we have plenty of time to sleep in. We are going to try and get to a Walmart to get some things and hopefully spend less money out on the road. That's my goal at least.

I'm hoping we head east with our next load. Maybe some flat land for once, I mean, driving through the mountains is a good thing, I'm getting experience regardless and learning to downshift when needed. Anyways I'm going to get some sleep. I'll check in with you all tomorrow. Goodnight

Big Scott's Comment
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You're getting some great experience. When do you take your CDL test?

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.
Aaron Placencia's Comment
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My scheduled date is August 16th. My trainer sent in my first evaluation and they called me today to see how I felt. Then they asked me when do they feel ill feel confident in passing the test, I said a week more working with shifting and all that Id be ready. So they may move me up a bit.

I also docked the trailer for the first time. Only did on pull up. I drove 3 hours today. We pick up our next load at 8 am. It's heading back to Salt Lake City... 😑 I guess I won't be seeing anything new yet. Haha

You're getting some great experience. When do you take your CDL test?

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.
Big Scott's Comment
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Great to hear. Keep up the good work. I had an experienced flat bed driver decide to blind side into our building rather than the easier site side. It took him at least 4 pull ups and a few GOALS. So, keep up the good work. Keep us posted. I look forward to your updates.

Keith D(guitarzan)'s Comment
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Fill it out now, they'll run the background check when you get to the 30 day mark but she'll stay in contact with you the whole time. She called me once a week to see how I was doing and I actually came out a week earlier. She made it work so. I'd say just apply now and see what happens.

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Aaron after filling out your application how long did it take for Jim Palmer to get back with you ? Also once they accepted you how long until they scheduled your (5 0r 6? person ) training class? I'm wondering because I've been stalking about the site for a couple of years and vacillating between Prime (whose already accepted me) and Jim Palmer. I've been biding my time taking care of some issues that kept me from trucking but now it looks as though I should be ready to take the plunge around the middle or end of September. I live in the Northwest so actually Jim Palmer may be a better fit for me than Prime. I just don't want to put my application in too early at Jim Palmer since they're a smaller company and have such a small class size. I want to be ready to pack up and go immediately when they have a class open up. Long story short- I'm trying to gauge my timing on when to fill out my digital employment application.

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Well I updated my ongoing digital Application last night I was up late doing it - about 3AM - Wow they called me back the next mornin 9:15 AM their time- 7:15AM my time. I was way groggy , didn't expect them to call me back that quick- wanted to know if I already had a CDL- Anyway said she'd turn in my app and see if I qualified (I don't now if that means they're doing a background ck already or not ) She said would take 24- 48hrs usually. In retrospect if I hadn't been half asleep I may have asked her a few pertinent questions like what her name was - she said she was in Springfield MO. -Just thought I'd keep you informed cause you're the only one on the site that's with Jim Palmer as far I can tell. I thought I'd just bounce some stuff off of you as it happens -if you don't mind. Thanks Aaron - be talking to you !

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.

HOS:

Hours Of Service

HOS refers to the logbook hours of service regulations.
Aaron Placencia's Comment
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Springfield, MO is wil-trans. They own Jim Palmer trucking. Idk how they do it, or how the people are but I'd try and go to Montana if you could. Everyone is super nice and are all about helping. It's laid back and it was enjoyable.

+1 (406) 829-6200 Missoula, MT

I'd call and ask for Alex, she is awesome and she even still texts me everyday to see how I'm doing. She'll take care of you. But if you want to go to Missouri then wil-trans will be your company.

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Fill it out now, they'll run the background check when you get to the 30 day mark but she'll stay in contact with you the whole time. She called me once a week to see how I was doing and I actually came out a week earlier. She made it work so. I'd say just apply now and see what happens.

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Aaron after filling out your application how long did it take for Jim Palmer to get back with you ? Also once they accepted you how long until they scheduled your (5 0r 6? person ) training class? I'm wondering because I've been stalking about the site for a couple of years and vacillating between Prime (whose already accepted me) and Jim Palmer. I've been biding my time taking care of some issues that kept me from trucking but now it looks as though I should be ready to take the plunge around the middle or end of September. I live in the Northwest so actually Jim Palmer may be a better fit for me than Prime. I just don't want to put my application in too early at Jim Palmer since they're a smaller company and have such a small class size. I want to be ready to pack up and go immediately when they have a class open up. Long story short- I'm trying to gauge my timing on when to fill out my digital employment application.

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Well I updated my ongoing digital Application last night I was up late doing it - about 3AM - Wow they called me back the next mornin 9:15 AM their time- 7:15AM my time. I was way groggy , didn't expect them to call me back that quick- wanted to know if I already had a CDL- Anyway said she'd turn in my app and see if I qualified (I don't now if that means they're doing a background ck already or not ) She said would take 24- 48hrs usually. In retrospect if I hadn't been half asleep I may have asked her a few pertinent questions like what her name was - she said she was in Springfield MO. -Just thought I'd keep you informed cause you're the only one on the site that's with Jim Palmer as far I can tell. I thought I'd just bounce some stuff off of you as it happens -if you don't mind. Thanks Aaron - be talking to you !

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.

HOS:

Hours Of Service

HOS refers to the logbook hours of service regulations.

Wil-Trans:

Darrel Wilson bought his first tractor in 1980 at age 20, but, being too young to meet OTR age requirements, he leased the truck out and hired a driver.

Through growth and acquisition, Wil-Trans now employs over 200 drivers, and has a long-standing partnership with Prime, Inc. to haul their refrigerated freight. The family of businesses also includes Jim Palmer Trucking and O & S Trucking.

Big Scott's Comment
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Hey Aaron, how's it going?

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