CRST Truth Please

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Jim S.'s Comment
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I am seriously looking into signing up with CRST's driver training program. However, like anything else, I try to do my homework before making commitments to buy or try something. I found this link and would like some feedback from anybody who has gone thru the CRST training program. Please tell me how much truth there is to this:

http://www.ripoffreport.com/r/CRST-Van-Expedited/Cedar-Rapids-Iowa-52406/CRST-Van-Expedited-The-fastest-way-to-squander-your-savings-Cedar-Rapids-Iowa-1096592

Jim S.'s Comment
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Update: Found more complaints: http://www.ripoffreport.com/reports/directory/crst-van-expedited

I do realize you cannot make "everyone" happy and there will always be somebody to complain and most of these complaints are a year or more older. So somebody who has gone thru the experience this year would be great. Not sure how many responses ill get since everyone is probably on the road and driving.

G-Town's Comment
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Jim,...complaints abound for all of the major trucking companies. It's typical for a person who wasn't successful to blame their failures on their employer, never taking any responsibility for their own demise. Don't put much stock in any of it.

There is a lot of archived information on CRST. Click this link to review: CRST Archives and Review

Sounds ike your heart is set on CRST,...in case you are still on the fence, there are a myriad of other options: Trucking Company Reviews

Good luck.

Rainy 's Comment
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I thought... and thw others can confirm or debunk me ... that CRST is a strictly team company. If you want to go solo rather than team you might want to ponder that.

Jim S.'s Comment
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You are absolutely correct, and i do realize there are some that are simply going to be butt hurt because for one reason or another they failed.

My heart is not set on CRST and Team driving seems like it would have both perks and downfalls. I will certainly look at the CRST archives. Two reasons I am looking at CRST is the fact they have a training program that pays while you learn, and they have a location in Dallas Texas which is my home state.

Jim,...complaints abound for all of the major trucking companies. It's typical for a person who wasn't successful to blame their failures on their employer, never taking any responsibility for their own demise. Don't put much stock in any of it.

There is a lot of archived information on CRST. Click this link to review: CRST Archives and Review

Sounds ike your heart is set on CRST,...in case you are still on the fence, there are a myriad of other options: Trucking Company Reviews

Good luck.

Jim S.'s Comment
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Currently I am studying the CDL test right here on TT and I must say it is a very comprehensive way to study. Thanks to TT for that :)

I am 50 years old, live in Deep East Texas, have a house to finish paying off a wife who is older than me and currently having health issues. My basic needs are to make enough money (while learning) to keep the lights on and mortgage paid and both our bellies in food for at least a year until other options with my new Driving career open up.

I am open to any and all suggestions, opinions and opportunities so please feel free to give them

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.
Sambo's Comment
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If you live in Dallas, might I suggest knight? I don't know if I'm allowed to plug my own company, but, I've been with them for a little over 2 weeks, am currently on the road with my trainer.

While I've not been here long enough to know the ins and outs of the company, I can say that from my own personal experience, they have been top notch in how they treat their employees. Everything here is like a big family, and you are not just a number.

Even when I went to a terminal that was not my own (tulare, ca.), they were very polite and helpful.

Obviously do your research and pick one that fits your needs, but I thought I'd give a little plug for my company. I'm sure all of them have bad points, but so far, knight seems pretty good.

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.

Sambo's Comment
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Oh, I think knight also has a driver training program, but it's in Phoenix, AZ.

Call a recruiter and see what all is involved.

Rainy 's Comment
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I want I prime aND love it. They have training in springfield mo.... but keep in mind training is OTR so it doesn't really matter where the facility is.. you won't be there but a couple days. Prime pays 700 GROSS per week for training.. and they have lots of runs in TX...I have gotten lost in Dallas plenty of times ... we Yankees don't have service roads hahaha took some getting used to.

The company has team and solo when you finish training and from experience even when problems do arise they get solved quickly. Good luck

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.

Farmerbob1's Comment
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Stevens Transport has it's main yard in Dallas (Mesquite), TX. (You probably know that, but just in case...)

All students go through the Stevens 'Dallas' yard. Nearly all ongoing training and routine truck maintenance is done at the Dallas yard. It's very centralized. You won't be sent to another state for anything but making money on the road.

TransAm has a training facility in the Dallas area as well, but not sure what else might be there, or how centralized they are.

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