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Jeramy H.'s Comment
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Thanks!

Yesterday they introduced the 90 degree docking maneuver to us and we had a couple of hours to practice that. Tough one with the small area you have to work. Will be practicing that on the range or getting "on the road" time all week next week.

I am really enjoying everything so far! I definitely enjoy this far more than sitting in my old cubicle staring at computer screens all day.

I drove home for the weekend. Good to see the family. I live about 6 hours away from Newport Arkansas where the CDL school is, not too bad of a drive.

I hope this info is helpful. If anyone has any questions just let me know. You all enjoy your weekend!

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.
Cody S.'s Comment
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Been really looking at maverick and roehl are my main two that i am looking at have read your thread and was just wantong to know if you think it js worth waiting for training from maverick or go somewhere j can get in quicker

Jeramy H.'s Comment
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I chose to wait. For me I really liked the "home most weekends" and the higher starting pay ($.52 a mile for flatbed). But my circumstances allowed me to wait. Might be different for others. I can say thay I am completely happy with Maverick so far.

Been really looking at maverick and roehl are my main two that i am looking at have read your thread and was just wantong to know if you think it js worth waiting for training from maverick or go somewhere j can get in quicker

HOS:

Hours Of Service

HOS refers to the logbook hours of service regulations.
Jeramy H.'s Comment
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Today was the start of week 2 in CDL school at Arkansas State University (ASUN). Today I got to go out on the road for the morning. I am doing better shifying, but still need work on the downshifting. All Maverick trucks are automatic, so hopefully I dont lose these skills I am learning. My afternoon had me on the range practicing the 90 degree alley dock. Tough maneuver, but I am getting better. We will be practicing that move the rest of the week if we are not out on the road.

All is going well! I went home this past weekend, and hope for Labor day off for a few days home this coming weekend. But if not, thats trucking.

I hope this info is helping those that may be considering Maverick. Any questions just let me know.

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.
Jeramy H.'s Comment
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Its FRIDAY!! Another productive week almost in the rear view mirror. This week we practiced that 90 degree alley dock, pretrip, and had some time out on the road. I feel good about the alley dock and pretrip. The road time is very cool, but I need to work on smoothing out my shifting. These things shift very differently than a car. Hitting the throttle while trying to slow down and downshift just does not come natural, but I am getting better. I hope to have some road time today to get more practice on that.

Last night we got a nice surprise. One of the recruiters came out and took all 20 of us in school to dinner. Newport Arkansas is a small town, but El Puente here has some real good Mexican food.

Maverick continues to deliver on their promises, and even a few pleasant surprises.

I am heading home for the weekend after class today. We are having class on Monday, so I will be coming back down here Sunday afternoon. All good, I am sure the extra practice won't hurt anything at all.

You all have a great weekend!

Wolverine's Comment
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Enjoying the updates Jeramy. My recruiter called earlier this week informed me I should be ready to go around the end of September.

BTW did you get your orientation pay yet? or do they hold that till after CDL school?

Enjoy your weekend!

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.
Jeramy H.'s Comment
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We should see our first paycheck one week after school.

Great to hear the info is helpful. I am learning a ton and really enjoying everything so far.

Enjoying the updates Jeramy. My recruiter called earlier this week informed me I should be ready to go around the end of September.

BTW did you get your orientation pay yet? or do they hold that till after CDL school?

Enjoy your weekend!

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.
andhe78's Comment
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I’m curious, are you training with a van trailer or a spread axle?

Jeramy H.'s Comment
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We have both at the school (Aeksnsas State University Newport). We are using 48 foot boxes with the tandems together and slid all the way back, and 2 flatbed trailers with split axels. Surprised me on how much longer it takes the split axles to turn. Good to have some variety.

I’m curious, are you training with a van trailer or a spread axle?

Tandems:

Tandem Axles

A set of axles spaced close together, legally defined as more than 40 and less than 96 inches apart by the USDOT. Drivers tend to refer to the tandem axles on their trailer as just "tandems". You might hear a driver say, "I'm 400 pounds overweight on my tandems", referring to his trailer tandems, not his tractor tandems. Tractor tandems are generally just referred to as "drives" which is short for "drive axles".

Tandem:

Tandem Axles

A set of axles spaced close together, legally defined as more than 40 and less than 96 inches apart by the USDOT. Drivers tend to refer to the tandem axles on their trailer as just "tandems". You might hear a driver say, "I'm 400 pounds overweight on my tandems", referring to his trailer tandems, not his tractor tandems. Tractor tandems are generally just referred to as "drives" which is short for "drive axles".

Jeramy H.'s Comment
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Been practicing the 90 degree dock and offset back and getting road time all this week. I am feeling comfortable with all of the maneuvers. Been practicing the pretrip hard as well, and feeling confident. They asked me if I will be ready to test on Monday, and I said yes, so sounds like that is the plan.

I am still learning a ton and enjoying everything so far. Ready to get this CDL and move on to the next phase which will be load securement training since I am going flatbed. That starts next Thursday and will go 7 straight days. After that I have to go through orientation again since I missed a couple of days the first time with a family emergency. After that I go home for a week to transfer my CDL to my home state. Then 21 days out with a trainer. If all of that goes well I will get my truck after that.

I get my official job offer next Thursday after I graduate CDL school. I will get paid 600 a week while in training, and get reimbursed about 200 since I drove my personal vehicle instead of taking the greyhound. That 200 is the cost of a bus ticket. Once I get my truck I will be paid 52 cents a mile plus 2 cents for an intruductory performance bonus. That can go up to 6 cents based on the performance of the previous quarter. I get bumped to 54 cents a mile (plus up to 6 cpm of performance bonus) after 6 months.

Hope this helps someone out there, if you have any questions just ask.

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.

CPM:

Cents Per Mile

Drivers are often paid by the mile and it's given in cents per mile, or cpm.

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