Off To ROEHL I Go!!!

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Doug C.'s Comment
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Best of luck to you

Craig L.'s Comment
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Well, I made it to Wisconsin and met 2 other people on the way here. I flew and the bus ride would've taken 30 hours. Got settled in my hotel room and relaxing for the rest of the night. First day starts tomorrow. I'll keep y'all posted.

Great! Bet you are excited! You met two other ppl at the hotel or what?

PackRat's Comment
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Good luck, Chris. Keep your mind on the prize, be a sponge for all the new knowledge they’re going to lay on you, and don’t get frustrated into making dumb mistakes.

Chris M.'s Comment
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I met the 2 people at Wisconsin airport. I'm just going to sum up each day without going into great detail just the main points.

Day 1: Nothing but paper work, went and did the physical capacity test https://youtu.be/6LdnRs0hlOk Had our pictures taken for our ID badge. Gave us a driver training book to study and take test. We have about 2 weeks to complete it. They do feed you breakfast (which is really nothing, but it is something and I still appreciate it) and lunch which is actually good. You get to pick out of salads, sandwiches and wraps. You get either chips or fruit cup with it. You gotta pay for your own drinks. What they didn't tell me was...your only ride from the hotel to the training facility is the first Monday only and from there on out you have to find a ride there. I was surprised bc they never told me that, good thing my roommate drove his car so I gave him 40 bucks for gas for the rest of the month for driving me there, it's about 3.5 miles from the hotel. So keep that in mind.

Day 2: finish some more paper work or correct some that you messed up on the first day lol. Went through their program called " The ROEHL Way" which is all about values and safety of the company. That took until lunch time. Then after lunch we split up into 2 groups, one group went with a trainer and went over pre-trip and the second group went and learned how to shift on the simulator which was fun... I drive a manual but it is a little bit different on the rig. I had to get use to double clutching and how they wanted us to down shift was kinda weird... they had us let go of the gas and wait until the rpms got to 800 then clutch in, neutral, gas bomb, clutch in and down shift.....yeah something I gotta get use too and learn, and quickly forget my manual truck at home haha. But other than that that is it so far. I'll keep yall posted.

Double Clutch:

To engage and then disengage the clutch twice for every gear change.

When double clutching you will push in the clutch, take the gearshift out of gear, release the clutch, press the clutch in again, shift the gearshift into the next gear, then release the clutch.

This is done on standard transmissions which do not have synchronizers in them, like those found in almost all Class A trucks.

Double Clutching:

To engage and then disengage the clutch twice for every gear change.

When double clutching you will push in the clutch, take the gearshift out of gear, release the clutch, press the clutch in again, shift the gearshift into the next gear, then release the clutch.

This is done on standard transmissions which do not have synchronizers in them, like those found in almost all Class A trucks.

DWI:

Driving While Intoxicated

Chris M.'s Comment
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Correction.... not "gas bomb" but "gas bump." Lol

Army 's Comment
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Chris M

Sounds like you are starting off well. Good that your roomie has a car, that's for sure.

Enjoy Training.

Chris M.'s Comment
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Day 3: Got our ID badge in today. Split into 2 groups again. 1 doing pre-trip and the other doing more simulator training. After lunch we got our trainers 4 students to 1 trainer. We learned to actually drive the big rig which was alot of fun, we got about 15 mins each. At the end of the day we went over pre/post trip again.

Craig L.'s Comment
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Day 3: Got our ID badge in today. Split into 2 groups again. 1 doing pre-trip and the other doing more simulator training. After lunch we got our trainers 4 students to 1 trainer. We learned to actually drive the big rig which was alot of fun, we got about 15 mins each. At the end of the day we went over pre/post trip again.

Sounds cool. At least they are teaching you double clutching. Not sure I get that whole concept.

Double Clutch:

To engage and then disengage the clutch twice for every gear change.

When double clutching you will push in the clutch, take the gearshift out of gear, release the clutch, press the clutch in again, shift the gearshift into the next gear, then release the clutch.

This is done on standard transmissions which do not have synchronizers in them, like those found in almost all Class A trucks.

Double Clutching:

To engage and then disengage the clutch twice for every gear change.

When double clutching you will push in the clutch, take the gearshift out of gear, release the clutch, press the clutch in again, shift the gearshift into the next gear, then release the clutch.

This is done on standard transmissions which do not have synchronizers in them, like those found in almost all Class A trucks.

Craig L.'s Comment
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It also no fun probably having to find your own ride. At least you were able to get ahold of a ride. Good thing that guy drove.

Chris M.'s Comment
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Yeah good thing he did have a car or I would have to wake up early and walk 4 miles to train and 4 miles back (not a bad thing). But I gotta do what I gotta do to make it work!!

Day 4: Hooked up a trailer and was going around the track learning how to to right turns. I got the shifting down!! The trainer was really impressed with me and told everybody to watch me bc I got it down perfectly (made me feel good) we all got an overview how we did and pointed to me and said I did great. So that helped my confidence and made me feel better. Now I can't wait to start this backing I'm nervous but just gotta keep calm and do what they tell me to do. So basically that was we did.

Day 5: So today the did left turns all day today and learned how to pull in between 2 trailers like at a truck stop. That's just about it. My roommate is having a hard time shifting and I'm trying to help him. First 2 days he was having trouble with pre-trip so I've been helping him on that and today he got it down, and thanked me for helping him. I told him everything I know about shifting/rpms/speed but I can't shift it for him. I kinda feel bad bc he is trying so hard, I told him to practice in the chair at the hotel room. I told him I know it may look dumb but it will help you how to double clutch , I hope he gets it down bc we are going into week 2 and me and the 2 other guys that are with us will most likely go do some real driving on the roads while my roommate stays behind and learns a little bit more. Hopefully he will get it!

Double Clutch:

To engage and then disengage the clutch twice for every gear change.

When double clutching you will push in the clutch, take the gearshift out of gear, release the clutch, press the clutch in again, shift the gearshift into the next gear, then release the clutch.

This is done on standard transmissions which do not have synchronizers in them, like those found in almost all Class A trucks.

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