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Big Scott (CFI Driver/Tra's Comment
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And thank you everyone who has spoken up for me. I did leave out that when you are out with your trainer it is for at least 7500 miles. Once you hit the 7500 they will highlight you back to Joplin. While, with your trainer you are dispatched as a solo truck, you do all the driving.

Forrest B.'s Comment
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I drove for CFI in 2006-2007 and thinking about starting back with them in April-May 2019.. they are an excellent company and really take care of their drivers. After ten years off the road they are my first choice. I also drove for Transport America

I never had a problem with hometime or getting paid. I really like that they pay you for the load before you deliver it

Andrea's Comment
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Congratulations! Thank you for sharing that info with me. I wish you and your husband all the best!good-luck.gif

Andrea, my husband and I are almost done with the three week training at Crowder College Transport through CFI. He tested out yesterday, I hope to test out Tuesday. The instructors at Crowder are great. Very fast paced, but doable. My husband had his class B, and years of backing experience. I, on the other hand, had no backing experience. At the end of two weeks, I have had several high scoring road drives, and my backing skills are coming along nicely. I still dread the parallel, but can get it done with a mid eighties score. The apartments are nice, but it is a long walk across campus to the classrooms and cafeteria. Also, very windy in Neosho, and cold right now, so layers, heavy coat, and gloves are very necessary. Overall, we are very pleased with our experience so far, and hope to be in Joplin at CFI for orientation late next week. Gotta run, back to studying pretrip lol Good Luck!!!!

Andrea's Comment
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Thank you for clarifying that Rainy. That’s my plan. I appreciate your input. BTW, you crack me up with your “Jacuzzi suites” Is this really a thing or do you get a hotel on your reset that has a jacuzzi in the room? You just find one online in your area? Also are terminal spas really a thing too? I gotta keep up with my pampering OTR lol!!smile.gif

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No, it's not a sign. CFI is an excellent company and we have drivers here that are very happy with them. I don't believe they offer a Paid CDL Training Program so we don't have them listed in that section.

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Yes they do. They pay for transportation and hotel and put you in either Truck Dynasty or Crowder for school. Then you go through orientation and out with a "finisher" for 7800 miles or so with your CDL, but the truck is run solo.

You make no Payments for the schooling as long as you stay a year. You must go to MO with your permit. Although the starting pay seems low compared to reefer , after that first year, you get a nice bump in pay.

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.

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.

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.

Reefer:

A refrigerated trailer.

Andrea's Comment
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Thanks Raptor! I appreciate that!thank-you.gif

Welcome Andrea! Glad to have you become part of the TT Family.

Andrea's Comment
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Thank you so much for all of that info! I really appreciate it! thank-you.gif

Read my posts for the CFI company review.

CFI does have Paid CDL Training. They pay for your transportation, food and housing while in school, 3 weeks at Crowder and 4 weeks at Truck Dynasty. You have to get your DOT medical and permit before being approved for their school. However, they will reimburse you for that with your first load. They will reimburse the cost for your CDL, hazmat background check, hazmat and tanker endorsements.

Our fleet is all 2016 and newer KW T680's with company supplied satellite radio. The trucks have inverters, a mount for a TV as well as a coax connection for the antenna. There is a spot for a small microwave as well as for a KW refrigerator.

We have a pet and rider policy. We run all 48 states and into Canada. We have terminals and drop yards around the country. CFI is a dry van company with a fair number of drop hooks and no touch freight. They have some dedicated and regional runs. They have solo and team drivers. They also have programs for people who bring their own truck to CFI.

With CFI you earn one day of home time for every seven days out, however, you don't lose these days. You can take as many days as you want and keep your truck. The companies is very concerned about safety. They have health, vision, dental, life, short and long term disability insurance options. They also have a 401(k) plan. I am not the only one who loves CFI, it is what I hear most among other drivers. We love how we are treated here.

I try to answer and respond to everyone on here who has questions about CFI. CFI does not offer a referral bonus for bringing in students. They only have one for bringing in experienced drivers.

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.

HAZMAT:

Hazardous Materials

Explosive, flammable, poisonous or otherwise potentially dangerous cargo. Large amounts of especially hazardous cargo are required to be placarded under HAZMAT regulations

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.

Regional:

Regional Route

Usually refers to a driver hauling freight within one particular region of the country. You might be in the "Southeast Regional Division" or "Midwest Regional". Regional route drivers often get home on the weekends which is one of the main appeals for this type of route.

DOT:

Department Of Transportation

A department of the federal executive branch responsible for the national highways and for railroad and airline safety. It also manages Amtrak, the national railroad system, and the Coast Guard.

State and Federal DOT Officers are responsible for commercial vehicle enforcement. "The truck police" you could call them.

Dry Van:

A trailer or truck that that requires no special attention, such as refrigeration, that hauls regular palletted, boxed, or floor-loaded freight. The most common type of trailer in trucking.
Rainy 's Comment
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My company is the only one i know of with spas for massages and facials. The Swifties used to tease newbies to find the steam showers in their terminal which was a mean joke, but we have one in the spa. lol

And yes, I find hotels with truck parking...i keep them on my Google Maps. anytime i just need to unwind i get a room. Prime owns an upscale hotel in springfield we get discounts to. its open to the public tho. Best rooms in Springfield, and i have stayed at almost every hotel here lol Ill take a jacuzzi suite anytime i can find one and have time.

Also, European Wax Center is nation wide. You can prepay for discounted packages that never expire, then keep up with waxing OTR. Its soooo much easier to wax legs, pits, etc than trying to shave OTR. But that is my opinion. a quick Uber and YANk! I no longer feel like a Sasquatch.

I even have a couple Raquel Welch wigs on the truck so i can easily look "girlie". You can't tell they arent real!!! shhhh!

i just hijakced the thread into a ladies pampering lesson lol

The second pic is taken from the top of spiral stairs at the second floor of the suite. It has a fireplace, living room and kitchen on the first floor with a powder room and a huge bed, overflow tub, shower, and commode bidet on the second floor.

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I have to take pics cause my mom doesnt believe we can be normal in trucking lol. When i showed her the video of the terminal she was like "everythings sooooo clean! but wheres the trucks" lol

thats the spa below. i get excited cause the prices are half what they are back home lol Seriously, a hot stone massage for $60???? But we can home time anywhere, so i have stayed in many places around the country. And my boyfriend chases me, so naturally we spend the night in good quality hotels and better restaurants. ;)

It all just breaks up the hustle.and bustle and relieves stress.

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CFI sometimes uses La Quinta in Joplin, so my butt would be there when the truck is down, and id go find a spa and good restaurant lol No matter wherr I am, i can always find a mall lol

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.

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.

Rainy 's Comment
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This is a truck stop in MN that has a fabulous restaurant, bakery, and sandwich shops. they make their own breads and salad dressings etc.

Now my mom.says "can you swing by that place with the great horseradish?" as if i can just run to MN anytime i want. She even told.me "Tell Matt your 80 yr old mother really wants it". yeah, she talks about my FM as if she knows him lol.

You gotta find things OTR to entertain you. it keeps you motivated and from burn out.

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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.

Fm:

Dispatcher, Fleet Manager, Driver Manager

The primary person a driver communicates with at his/her company. A dispatcher can play many roles, depending on the company's structure. Dispatchers may assign freight, file requests for home time, relay messages between the driver and management, inform customer service of any delays, change appointment times, and report information to the load planners.

DWI:

Driving While Intoxicated

Turtle's Comment
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You gotta find things OTR to entertain you. it keeps you motivated and from burn out.

That's part of the secret to success out here. Making and keeping it fun. We never hesitate to find the silver lining in an otherwise cloudy sky.

I wish I'd taken more pictures of the awesome places we've been. Truth is my wife does all the pics, and keeps a running portfolio on her FB page. I just drive the truck lol

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.

Andrea's Comment
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What’s the name of the Hotel a prime owns? Is that where the pictures are taken? Ahhhhh waxing OTR! Perfect plan!

My company is the only one i know of with spas for massages and facials. The Swifties used to tease newbies to find the steam showers in their terminal which was a mean joke, but we have one in the spa. lol

And yes, I find hotels with truck parking...i keep them on my Google Maps. anytime i just need to unwind i get a room. Prime owns an upscale hotel in springfield we get discounts to. its open to the public tho. Best rooms in Springfield, and i have stayed at almost every hotel here lol Ill take a jacuzzi suite anytime i can find one and have time.

Also, European Wax Center is nation wide. You can prepay for discounted packages that never expire, then keep up with waxing OTR. Its soooo much easier to wax legs, pits, etc than trying to shave OTR. But that is my opinion. a quick Uber and YANk! I no longer feel like a Sasquatch.

I even have a couple Raquel Welch wigs on the truck so i can easily look "girlie". You can't tell they arent real!!! shhhh!

i just hijakced the thread into a ladies pampering lesson lol

The second pic is taken from the top of spiral stairs at the second floor of the suite. It has a fireplace, living room and kitchen on the first floor with a powder room and a huge bed, overflow tub, shower, and commode bidet on the second floor.

0609415001544918019.jpg0608263001544918088.jpg

I have to take pics cause my mom doesnt believe we can be normal in trucking lol. When i showed her the video of the terminal she was like "everythings sooooo clean! but wheres the trucks" lol

thats the spa below. i get excited cause the prices are half what they are back home lol Seriously, a hot stone massage for $60???? But we can home time anywhere, so i have stayed in many places around the country. And my boyfriend chases me, so naturally we spend the night in good quality hotels and better restaurants. ;)

It all just breaks up the hustle.and bustle and relieves stress.

0093033001544918251.jpg0143014001544918298.jpg

CFI sometimes uses La Quinta in Joplin, so my butt would be there when the truck is down, and id go find a spa and good restaurant lol No matter wherr I am, i can always find a mall lol

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.

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.

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