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Bo Danville's Comment
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Hello everyone, I've been accepted to WilTrans CDL School. I will begin my training mid-December and I am really looking forward to becoming a trucker and learning the ropes. I want to chronicle my journey in the forum but before I do that I need some advice from the community about beginning trucking school: 1. If anyone has attended WilTrans training in particular I would love to hear about your experience and what I should expect from WilTrans training (even if you didn't attend WilTrans training please share your experience and help this rookie out). 2. Since I am beginning my training in the winter, what are some essential things I am going to need? I don't want to take up too much room on my trainer's truck but I also want to be prepared. I figure I will be away from home at least 3 months after beginning my training. Lastly, I have taken almost a year in making my decision regarding becoming a CDL Class A driver. I want to thank Trucking Truth and the TT's community for all the invaluable resources, diaries, study materials, trucking company reviews, etc that are found on this website. My choice was narrowed down to Millis Transfer and WilTrans, I was approved by both. I made the decision to run with WilTrans and feel very confident about their trucking company. Happy Thanksgiving to you all!!!!!

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.
Rob T.'s Comment
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Its from 2 years ago, but have you read This diary. Unfortunately i dont think we have any current wil trans drivers here. Hopefully some experienced drivers will chime in soon with helpful advice.

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.

Wil-Trans:

Darrel Wilson bought his first tractor in 1980 at age 20, but, being too young to meet OTR age requirements, he leased the truck out and hired a driver.

Through growth and acquisition, Wil-Trans now employs over 200 drivers, and has a long-standing partnership with Prime, Inc. to haul their refrigerated freight. The family of businesses also includes Jim Palmer Trucking and O & S Trucking.

Big Scott (CFI Driver/Tra's Comment
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If you have been lurking here for over a year, you should know how to find our Training Diaries section. Reading through them will help. Also, Wil-Trans/Jim Palmer pull Prime freight and use their training model. Also, the place to chronicle your training is our Training Diaries section. Good luck.

Wil-Trans:

Darrel Wilson bought his first tractor in 1980 at age 20, but, being too young to meet OTR age requirements, he leased the truck out and hired a driver.

Through growth and acquisition, Wil-Trans now employs over 200 drivers, and has a long-standing partnership with Prime, Inc. to haul their refrigerated freight. The family of businesses also includes Jim Palmer Trucking and O & S Trucking.

Bo Danville's Comment
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I've read what diaries are available for WilTrans. I thought maybe there were some current WilTrans drivers in the community that could give their insight. It's all good though, I'm prepared for this journey. Other than studying, I just need to get my winter gear game together, I'm sure I'll see some really cold parts of the US.

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