Paid CDL Colorado

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Todd W.'s Comment
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Well my original plan to go to a truck driving school isn't going as planned. So I figure the next option is to apply for company paid training. I'm in Colorado so I need a company that hires out of CO. I've read good things about Jim Palmer and CFI but not sure about any others. I'd ideally like to stay with the same company long term and not jump ship after the year contract is up. Which leads to my next point, I want to relocate out of Colorado to someplace more affordable. I have been looking into Tennessee so ideally I would like to find a company that hires out of both states. And lastly, like everyone else money right out of the box is important. I don't want to fall behind on bills especially child support. So any ideas about companies that pay the best to someone in need of a CDL would be helpful. I don't mind the work and getting the miles I just want to be compensated fairly.

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.
Keith A.'s Comment
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Knight has a terminal in Denver, we've got a good crew here currently, but I'm unsure as to what you might find in the southeast. Heartland Express might be another one, I'm not sure. Schneider, Swift as well. But I'm only really familiar with Knight and whoever I most commonly see in the area.

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.

Rainy D.'s Comment
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Prime has a yard in denver and we run all 48 states. getting home in either state is no problem. it has reefer tanker and flatbed and some dedicated routes. if you drive the lightweiight trucks you get an extra 5cpm for less living space. you also earn vacation time faster. there is a dedicated route from MI to TN but you must be in a lightweight.

swift and just about any other mega carrier will be the same as far as hiring areas and career.opportunity.

Dedicated Route:

A driver or carrier who transports cargo between regular, prescribed routes. Normally it means a driver will be dedicated to working for one particular customer like Walmart or Home Depot and they will only haul freight for that customer. You'll often hear drivers say something like, "I'm on the Walmart dedicated account."

CPM:

Cents Per Mile

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

Reefer:

A refrigerated trailer.

Turtle's Comment
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Prime has a yard in denver

And that yard is only 1.5 miles away from Smokin Dave's BBQ! Possibly the best I've ever had, and only a short off-duty bobtail away. Just sayin

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Bobtail:

"Bobtailing" means you are driving a tractor without a trailer attached.

Brett Aquila's Comment
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You can have a look at our Truck Driving Jobs to see which companies hire out of different areas. Just punch in a zip code and do a search.

Todd W.'s Comment
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Thanks for the information everyone. I'll look into all those companies. I need to look into rider and pet policies as that might be a future option. Do most megas have APUs in their trucks?

HOS:

Hours Of Service

HOS refers to the logbook hours of service regulations.

APU:

Auxiliary Power Unit

On tractor trailers, and APU is a small diesel engine that powers a heat and air conditioning unit while charging the truck's main batteries at the same time. This allows the driver to remain comfortable in the cab and have access to electric power without running the main truck engine.

Having an APU helps save money in fuel costs and saves wear and tear on the main engine, though they tend to be expensive to install and maintain. Therefore only a very small percentage of the trucks on the road today come equipped with an APU.

APUs:

Auxiliary Power Unit

On tractor trailers, and APU is a small diesel engine that powers a heat and air conditioning unit while charging the truck's main batteries at the same time. This allows the driver to remain comfortable in the cab and have access to electric power without running the main truck engine.

Having an APU helps save money in fuel costs and saves wear and tear on the main engine, though they tend to be expensive to install and maintain. Therefore only a very small percentage of the trucks on the road today come equipped with an APU.

G-Town's Comment
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Do most megas have APUs in their trucks?

Some do, most do not. Not a critical component required on an OTR tractor.

Keep in mind during the colder months all sleeper trucks have auxiliary bunk heaters that will keep you warm in freezing temps. In the summer, it's okay to idle and run the AC if the temp is above 78'f. Many trucks have something called opti-idle which operates in conjunction with a thermostat. If the temp is set at say 76, the truck will auto-start and run the AC until the correct temp is reached.

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.

APU:

Auxiliary Power Unit

On tractor trailers, and APU is a small diesel engine that powers a heat and air conditioning unit while charging the truck's main batteries at the same time. This allows the driver to remain comfortable in the cab and have access to electric power without running the main truck engine.

Having an APU helps save money in fuel costs and saves wear and tear on the main engine, though they tend to be expensive to install and maintain. Therefore only a very small percentage of the trucks on the road today come equipped with an APU.

APUs:

Auxiliary Power Unit

On tractor trailers, and APU is a small diesel engine that powers a heat and air conditioning unit while charging the truck's main batteries at the same time. This allows the driver to remain comfortable in the cab and have access to electric power without running the main truck engine.

Having an APU helps save money in fuel costs and saves wear and tear on the main engine, though they tend to be expensive to install and maintain. Therefore only a very small percentage of the trucks on the road today come equipped with an APU.

Big Scott's Comment
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CFI's school is now 3 weeks long. CFI pays for your travel, food and housing during this time. You have to get your permit and medical before attending school. After school, you go to orientation where you are paid $100.00 cash. Then you go out with your trainer for at least 7500 miles, about 3 weeks. During this time you are paid 26 CPM. Once you upgrade you will start at 35 CPM and at the end of one year you will be at 41 CPM (120,000 miles) at 125,000 miles you are at 42 CPM. With a pet in your truck you are always allowed to idle. The pet deposit will be $500.00. They have a rider policy, I don't know the minimum age. We have a Terminal in West Memphis, Arkansas. Hope this helps.

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.

CPM:

Cents Per Mile

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

Todd W.'s Comment
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It there already a page somewhere that covers specifics that new drivers should be sure to ask or verify before picking a company? Perhaps some things more experienced drivers learned the hard way and wished they knew before they went with a certain company. For example, get promises from the recruiter in writing if that really matters.

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