Off To ROEHL I Go!!!

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Army 's Comment
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Chris M

Sounds like a great week. Enjoy

Chris

Craig L.'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!

Did they teach you double clutching and shifting in the class? Are there any rules to help you remember the shifting techniques?

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.

Chris M.'s Comment
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Craig L. We were learning how to shift on the simulator on day 2 and they explained everything on how to double clutch. I know how to drive a standard already, all my cars/trucks have been standards. I just had to get use the the double clutching which isn't bad at all, it was the down shifting that was kinda weird but not too bad either, I got it down also. The only thing as for rules are the gear recovery method they had for us to remember what gear we need to be in in case we miss a gear, which is.....

1-4th gear is all under 15 mph.

Add the mph together to get what gear you should be in

15 mph: 1+5 = 6 (6th gear) 25 mph: 2+5 = 7 (7th gear) 35 mph: 3+5 = 8 (8th gear) 45 mph: 4+5 = 9 (9th gear) Above 45 mph: (10th gear)

Also the hard walls and soft walls will really help in finding the gears too.

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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Craig L. We were learning how to shift on the simulator on day 2 and they explained everything on how to double clutch. I know how to drive a standard already, all my cars/trucks have been standards. I just had to get use the the double clutching which isn't bad at all, it was the down shifting that was kinda weird but not too bad either, I got it down also. The only thing as for rules are the gear recovery method they had for us to remember what gear we need to be in in case we miss a gear, which is.....

1-4th gear is all under 15 mph.

Add the mph together to get what gear you should be in

15 mph: 1+5 = 6 (6th gear) 25 mph: 2+5 = 7 (7th gear) 35 mph: 3+5 = 8 (8th gear) 45 mph: 4+5 = 9 (9th gear) Above 45 mph: (10th gear)

Also the hard walls and soft walls will really help in finding the gears too.

Nice that is a pretty easy method to remember for a 10 speed. I have seen some 6 speed trucks too, did they give you a method for that as well?

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.

SirTriv's Comment
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Congrats on starting your schooling. I've started the initial process myself. But I was wondering since there are not real recent posts about it, I see that they provided you breakfast and lunch. Are you on your own for dinner? How about weekends? I'm just trying to prepare myself money-wise so I know what my family needs and what's left for me.

Thanks..

Chris M.'s Comment
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SirTriv, congrats on starting the process. Each company is different on what they provide, this site had great information on different companies and what thay provide, it's up to you on what you're looking for. As for Roehl, you have to find and pay for your own way to training. They pay for hotel, breakfast, and lunch you're on your own for dinner and meals on the weekends if you have any more questions about Roehl I will be glad to help you.

Chris M.'s Comment
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Day 6: did some classroom work on trip planning and on Saturdays it is half day so we got out at 11:30 CST.

Day 7: Sunday - OFF

Day 8: We practiced our straight, offset, and 90 backing all day today.

Chris M.'s Comment
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So it looks like we're just going to be doing the same this this week....backing and driving on the road. Next Friday some of us are going to test early, and my trainer is 100% positive I'm one of them. I'll just start posting one post for the whole week.

Rob T.'s Comment
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Sounds like things are going well. Keep up the good work!

Andy D.'s Comment
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As many have said before, a few people may post but a ton of us are watching and rooting for you.

Us newbies and prospective truckers appreciate all the info

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