Just An Update On What I Am Up To.

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Don's Comment
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Thought I would give an update on what I am doing since I haven't posted for a few days. I was to start with West Side Transport as soon as I sent them a copy of my cdl school certificate. Well, since I (still) have not received it from CFI yet, I could not start with EST. I took a job with FAB Express based out of Lemont, IL, hauling corrugated boxes for International Paper and/or Packagong Corp. of America. I run a day cab picking up loads from Int. Paper in Wooster, OH and runni g to businesses in Ohio or surrounding states in a 200 mile radius. Basically a local dedicated job. So far it is great. I am home every night and the entire weekend. Great accessorial pay makes up for the shorter miles. I am driving a Mack automatic. With the home situation, this is an ideal situation for the time being.

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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.

Day Cab:

A tractor which does not have a sleeper berth attached to it. Normally used for local routes where drivers go home every night.

OOS:

When a violation by either a driver or company is confirmed, an out-of-service order removes either the driver or the vehicle from the roadway until the violation is corrected.

Bobcat_Bob's Comment
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When I was with West Side i delivered boxes to a plant in Cleveland, I was there 4 times and saw the same FAB guy 3 of them, he tried to recruit me as I live a few miles from their HQ but I didnt see it as a good fit right out of school.

Congrats on the new gig and be safe out there!

G-Town's Comment
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Wow, look at all that Armor All...!

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Anne A. (G13MomCat)'s Comment
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KUDOS for sure, Don. dancing-banana.gifdancing-banana.gifdancing-banana.gif

Mr. Curmudgeon's Comment
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Congrats, Don! Sounds like a good gig, home pillow every night is a blessing.

Daniel (Turtle)'s Comment
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Congrats on the new job.. Hope it works well for you..

Big Scott's Comment
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Congratulations great to hear. Things happen for a reason. Looks like you landed a great gig. Keep up the great work.

Don's Comment
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If CFI had sent my diploma, I would be training and driving for West Side. FAB didn't require it and I could not wait any longer. It seems to be a great gig and I feel very fortunate to have been given the opportunity. Not to get all 'Dahlai Lama' and all, butI've always believed 'things happen in life occur for a reason. Some fine folks advised me of the opening at FAB Express. The drivers park their tractor at whatever factory we are assigned out of. In my case, International Paper in Wooster, OH. The one caveat about my new job is I am learning how to back into some really interesting docks. I mean really interesting. I am up to the challenge......I think? Haha. By the way, the nice looking truck in the picture is not the actual truck I drive; it's a "stock" photo. We do drive Mack autos though. They have push buttons for gear selection and single axle drives.

Congratulations great to hear. Things happen for a reason. Looks like you landed a great gig. Keep up the great work.

OOS:

When a violation by either a driver or company is confirmed, an out-of-service order removes either the driver or the vehicle from the roadway until the violation is corrected.

Don's Comment
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Bobcat, I wasn't sure either about the "fit" due to my Iack of experience. So far, so good (knocking on wood).I assume you live in or near Lemont?

When I was with West Side i delivered boxes to a plant in Cleveland, I was there 4 times and saw the same FAB guy 3 of them, he tried to recruit me as I live a few miles from their HQ but I didnt see it as a good fit right out of school.

Congrats on the new gig and be safe out there!

Susan D. 's Comment
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Congratulations! Some of those IP docks are quite fun and at least you're in a daycab so it should be a little easier. Once you've been to a particular location, you'll catch on and get the hang of their crazy docking situations.

There's one in Ohio . For the life of me, location escapes me at the moment, but you have to drive behind the plant into this residential "neighborhood" of teeny teeny houses.. pull past them and their cars, etc.. pull into a dirt alley, back up, turn back on the one lane street (with all the cars) and blindside into their dock. It's just nasty. Can't sight side it because a screwed up concrete wall and no room to back in and miss it. It's the place of backing nightmares. It makes the one at Belleville IL with the double blindside back into their dock seem very easy because there's actually room to do it.

Anywho, best of luck and congrats on the local gig.

HOS:

Hours Of Service

HOS refers to the logbook hours of service regulations.
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