Starting Class Tomorrow, Anyone Else?

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RealDiehl's Comment
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May I introduce Daniel... my next victim. Meet Realdeihl... he escaped my grasp when my truck became possessed by the devil and needed a trip to the vatican for an exoricsm.

All of you need to be afraid, very afraid. lol

Don't let the playful banter about Rainy make you nervous, Daniel. The truth is - and I'm hoping I don't ruin her reputation - Rainy is a really nice, helpful, and knowledgeable person. Even so, I was planning to sleep with one eye open while in the close confines of her truck. Lol JK, Rainy

EPU:

Electric Auxiliary Power Units

Electric APUs have started gaining acceptance. These electric APUs use battery packs instead of the diesel engine on traditional APUs as a source of power. The APU's battery pack is charged when the truck is in motion. When the truck is idle, the stored energy in the battery pack is then used to power an air conditioner, heater, and other devices

Feanor K.'s Comment
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Goodluck Spaceman! Just remember that it is a stressful, trying time for everyone in school, and that it is perfectly normal to feel unready at nearly every stage (from your first drive to your CDL test to your first solo load), the key is to just push through and keep going until your mind finally has time to catch up.

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.
Spaceman Spiff's Comment
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Goodluck Spaceman! Just remember that it is a stressful, trying time for everyone in school, and that it is perfectly normal to feel unready at nearly every stage (from your first drive to your CDL test to your first solo load), the key is to just push through and keep going until your mind finally has time to catch up.

Agreed, the mental hurdles almost always worse. I will continue keeping my head down and push to the finish.

Strangely enough I met with and got an offer to train on a flatbedders truck today doing the western regional runs (non smoking too). Honestly thought I'd be on the local program. Pretty stoked for tomorrow to continue videos and finish paperwork.

Drive safe 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.

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.

Doug C.'s Comment
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Good luck to you Spaceman. I start my journey May 6 in Cedar Rapids with CRST.

Gerald W.'s Comment
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Quick update here in Springfield Typing this riding back to campus inn with permit (yay) in hand dot physical urine test and file review all done yesterday So far it's been a blast To anyone wondering the training provided on this site is awesome

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.

PlanB's Comment
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Good luck to you! I'm going to be spending the night at Primes Pittston, PA terminal tonight and picking up a load to Reno, NV tomorrow. Should be passing by SLC in a couple days. Sending good vibes your way...

Ah no kidding. I just looked at when you posted this and realised I was in Pittston at the same time.

Was omw from MA to VT but my reefer threw am alarm. Had to drag it back down to Pittston for repair before heading back up to VT for a Ben&Jerry's load.

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.

Reefer:

A refrigerated trailer.

RealDiehl's Comment
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Good luck to you! I'm going to be spending the night at Primes Pittston, PA terminal tonight and picking up a load to Reno, NV tomorrow. Should be passing by SLC in a couple days. Sending good vibes your way...

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Ah no kidding. I just looked at when you posted this and realised I was in Pittston at the same time.

Was omw from MA to VT but my reefer threw am alarm. Had to drag it back down to Pittston for repair before heading back up to VT for a Ben&Jerry's load.

I didn't even know you were there. My trainer and I stayed the night for a p/u next day in Allentown, PA. Our first 01, last week, was for Ben & Jerry's (90 was in Henderson, NV). 01 was good...no wait plus free pints of ice cream!!!

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.

Reefer:

A refrigerated trailer.

RealDiehl's Comment
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Quick update here in Springfield Typing this riding back to campus inn with permit (yay) in hand dot physical urine test and file review all done yesterday So far it's been a blast To anyone wondering the training provided on this site is awesome

Congratulations, Gerald!

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.

Gerald W.'s Comment
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Just finished CBT's

PlanB's Comment
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That's the load I'm on now. Picked up @ ben&jerrys in VT and going to Henderson NV.

Except I didn't get any free ice cream ....

Unfortunately this trailer I picked up also has problems. I just rolled into the Springfield terminal to get it repaired.

I didn't even know you were there. My trainer and I stayed the night for a p/u next day in Allentown, PA. Our first 01, last week, was for Ben & Jerry's (90 was in Henderson, NV). 01 was good...no wait plus free pints of ice cream!!!

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.

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