Movin On Up!

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Johnny 3's Comment
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Hello everybody!

I just wanted to share my excitement with all of you.

I have just finished Melton's training program (orientation and road trainer). After 3 weeks on the road with my trainer, he felt I was ready to go solo & informed the training manager who coordinated it so that his next load ran us by a terminal. I got to drive us there today :) Before giving him his wheel back & unloading my stuff off of his truck.

I haven't been on here much conversing lately because I was kept super busy & used the little free time I had to rest when possible.

It wasn't long before I got my 1st solo task (driving a vanload of orientation prospects to the same hotel I got to check into tonight).

I still don't have my truck yet but should be getting it issued in the next couple days..I will put a new photo up once time permits after this happens.

Everything has gone by so fast since I made the leap to get into this lifestyle.

From being a new cdl student who knew little about semis to getting my license a few weeks ago to today being branded as capable of flying solo all within the last 3 months.

I know that I will have trying & stressful moments from time to time doing this but I am excited for this chapter!

I want to thank G-town, Old School & anyone else who has provided me insight up to this point. I'm sure I will be back for more :)


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.


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.

Old School's Comment
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Congratulations Johnny! dancing-banana.gifdancing-banana.gifdancing-banana.gifdancing-banana.gif

Tractor Man's Comment
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HERE'S JOHNNY!!! Nice job, feels great to accomplish so much in so little time doesn't it. Congratulations!


G-Town's Comment
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Way to go Johnny!!! Congratulations!

Truckin Along With Kearse's Comment
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Sarvertron's Comment
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So refreshing to read these threads congratulations. Looking forward to my first assigned truck in the future.

Again CONGRATS and happy truckin

Johnny 3's Comment
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Thank you everybody for your support. I've hit the ground running & have already done about 1700 miles solo in my 1st 4 days. This includes a day where I only did 186 because I spent the bulk of my clock loading & unloading at 2 different places. Tarping takes me a loooonng time by myself. I've got some downtime right now because my current load doesn't take weekend shipments & I'm already within a very short drive of it :) The place I parked at tonight also has free wifi so I figured it would be a good time to take advantage of the opportunity to update my profile. Thanks again!

G-Town's Comment
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Great to hear Johnny!!! Good for you Driver.

Terminal Rat ( aka...J's Comment
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Congratulations Johnny!


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