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Ralph D.'s Comment
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How's it going? My name is Ralph, I've been lurking since around August soaking in all this wonderful site has to offer and have finally decided to come out of the shadows lol.

I fall under the category of "love to drive/roadtrip everywhere" and "sick of working a retail job". I have gone back and forth for years about getting my CDL and going OTR and finally decided the time is right. I'm hoping to go with a company sponsored training program and am shooting for October of this year.

Over the years I have had the misfortune of finding some of the other trucking sites and I think that's what continued to turn me off. When I found TT I had the same thought, "oh great this guy is trying to sell me a book and wants me to pay for his site". Then I realized "the book is free? And so is everything else?? Awesome!" So a BIG HUGE thank you to Brett and all the mods/regulars in the forum dishing out the truth!

I have now read the book a couple times, listened through the podcasts (Brett, you should do audiobooks!), read through most of the training material, and stumbled my way through the High Road (I gotta remember to be signed in haha).

Old School, I love the sage wisdom and even got sidetracked reading through a couple years of your other blog.

G-Town, Thank you for the no nonsense yet always factual replies and posts.

Rainy, Your "don't care" attitude is always hilarious! I mean that in the best way :)

Everyone else, A BIG BIG thank you for everything you add to the forums here. It is VERY appriciated!

Ok, I think I've been wordy enough. Back to your regularly scheduled posts :)

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.

Company Sponsored Training:

A Company-Sponsored Training Program is a school that is owned and operated by a trucking company.

The schooling often requires little or no money up front. Instead of paying up-front tuition you will sign an agreement to work for the company for a specified amount of time after graduation, usually around a year, at a slightly lower rate of pay in order to pay for the training.

If you choose to quit working for the company before your year is up, they will normally require you to pay back a prorated amount of money for the schooling. The amount you pay back will be comparable to what you would have paid if you went to an independently owned school.

Company-sponsored training can be an excellent way to get your career underway if you can't afford the tuition up front for private schooling.

Army 's Comment
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Ralph

Welcome. I am like you, soaking in all that this site has to offer. I plan to be in school late fall as well. Wrapping up my current obligation. I find the diary's are the "almost" best reads. I look forward to your input and such as you start out on the journey.

Regards Retired Army (Almost)

Old School's Comment
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Welcome aboard Ralph!

Man, we are glad to hear from you! One of the very best ways to learn in here is to join in the conversations. Don't be afraid to ask questions. We get no pleasure in flaming rookie wannabes, in fact our motivation and satisfaction are both found in our desire to help people sort through the confusing disheartening mixed messages found in most trucking forums.

We're glad you've been lurking, but really glad you've introduced yourself now.

Again, welcome aboard!

Truckin Along With Kearse's Comment
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Hi! normally i might be offended...but "i dont care" lol

i hope it comes across that i care very much. i just dont care for BS excuses. i did this at 40 so any guy younger than me has no excuse.

the victim card of "my mommy was mean to me. .my friends in 2nd grade picked on me.." is crao. do or dont. if you dont, you have only yourself to blame.

Ralph D.'s Comment
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Rainy, I guess I was referring more to your stories of Just setting the brakes on impatient drivers while backing and smiling and waving as they go by.

I hope I'm not misremembering.

And thanks for the welcome guys!

Truckin Along With Kearse's Comment
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Rainy, I guess I was referring more to your stories of Just setting the brakes on impatient drivers while backing and smiling and waving as they go by.

I hope I'm not misremembering.

And thanks for the welcome guys!

oh yeah OK!!! in those cases.screw em i just dont care. lol

HOS:

Hours Of Service

HOS refers to the logbook hours of service regulations.
Jeremy C.'s Comment
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How's it going? My name is Ralph, I've been lurking since around August soaking in all this wonderful site has to offer and have finally decided to come out of the shadows lol.

Hey brother, from one newbie (and lurker) to another... Well, to quote the Talking Heads, "This Must Be The Place." smile.gif

Between the High Road CDL Training Program, the great folks here, and all of the other information and opportunities, this website is damn near a college experience. I hope you, too, get (or have gotten) all of the knowledge and insight I've found here. A few weeks ago I was terrifically anxious about all of the knowledge required to even consider trucking as a career, much less seek out training. Now, I feel more confident than ever that I'm well-prepared to go get trained and actually succeed at this.

Best of luck to ya!

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.
Turtle's Comment
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Hey Ralph, glad to see you come out of the rain and join the party. We welcome all newcomers here. Just wipe your feet, check your attitude at the door, and don't let the cat out. Rainy will NOT be happy about that!

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G-Town's Comment
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Welcome to the forum Ralph.

That "Book"? If you had a chance to read it, tell us what you think.

Lots of great information here. The blog section is an incredible library of "All Things Trucking".

Hopefully this is the first of many posts by you. Good luck.

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