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Bob S.'s Comment
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Howdy ! I registered a short while back, mostly so that I could read posts, and what I'm finding in doing so is information I can definitely use !! I haven't even started my actual training yet, but have been having loads of fun with TT's practice CDL exams !! I'm ranging between 75- and 88% on them, just from what little I've read in the manual. I also have about 50,000 miles worth of pulling a 38 foot gooseneck running' hotshot, so I have a little experience with "spacial awareness".

Don't know if that makes me a lurker or not...... but here I am !!dancing.gif

Would love to hear back from everyone and anyone about the best tips to help me get through "Boot Camp" !! LOL That's all I got for now. You all be safe out there, and maybe... just maybe, we'll hook up somewhere in the country this summer (2014) and share a cup of coffee somewhere !!!! Bob

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.

OOS:

When a violation by either a driver or company is confirmed, an out-of-service order removes either the driver or the vehicle from the roadway until the violation is corrected.

Anchorman's Comment
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Don't know if that makes me a lurker or not...... but here I am !!

Yes, you qualify as a lurker. You been sneakin around for a week lol. Im glad I could pull you out in the open. I been fishin for lurkers and caught 3 so far. Welcome and we are glad to have you! Ask any questions and always keep us posted. I recommend you start your own post with the "boot camp" question. I promise you will get lots of great answers.

Brett Aquila's Comment
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Welcome aboard Bob!

Now if you really want to learn that CDL Manual go through our High Road Training Program. It has the actual CDL manual built right in and a review system that recirculates questions from previous pages to help reinforce the materials a lot better. It's the same High Road Questions you're already using but you'll have the CDL manual with it, the review system, and the scoring system to keep track of everything. Get through that program and you'll really know your stuff!

As far as getting through "Boot Camp", that's what a lot of people use to describe Company-Sponsored Training . It's tough. We have several articles on that:

More Boot Camp Stories From My Time In Company-sponsored Training

The Boot Camp Known As Company-Sponsored Training

Do a search for "boot camp" in the search engine at the top of the page and you'll find a lot of articles like that.

Lastly, I consider our Truck Driver's Career Guide to be essential reading for anyone considering a career in trucking. It's loaded with mountains of important information.

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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.

Company-sponsored Training:

A Company-Sponsored Training Program is a school that is owned and operated by a trucking company.

The schooling often requires little or no money up front. Instead of paying up-front tuition you will sign an agreement to work for the company for a specified amount of time after graduation, usually around a year, at a slightly lower rate of pay in order to pay for the training.

If you choose to quit working for the company before your year is up, they will normally require you to pay back a prorated amount of money for the schooling. The amount you pay back will be comparable to what you would have paid if you went to an independently owned school.

Company-sponsored training can be an excellent way to get your career underway if you can't afford the tuition up front for private schooling.

Ray F. (aka. Mongo)'s Comment
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Hey some of that DFAC chow overseas wasn't too bad. Still never compared to what we had on Navy and Marine Corps bases though.

Starcar's Comment
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We kinda like the lurkers....they come here and look...then go to the "other" sites and look...and figure out that we are all about SUPPORTING the people who want to become truck drivers...BUT...we want them to become PROUD truck drivers...not just the run of the mill. We want professional drivers, who will help raise the bar for the trucking world, to slowly regain that "Knights of the Road...Highway Angels" designation that we had many years ago....Its gonna be hard, and slow...but we'll get er done...So come on Lurkers...we know you are gun shy of signing in because of the flaming you got on those other sites...we don't do that here...cuz if we do....Brett gets us !!embarrassed.gif

HOS:

Hours Of Service

HOS refers to the logbook hours of service regulations.
Doug H.'s Comment
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I haven't been lurking, just registered. I am on the verge of signing up with a company to go through their training and would like to learn more first. I stumbled on your site looking around for info. Thanks for the site, I'll be looking around and asking questions.

I decided to retire from drywall after 35 years, and the trucking industry seems to be pretty hot right now so here I go.

Anchorman's Comment
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Welcome aboard Doug! Make sure to check out all the links from Brett's reply above. Please feel free to start your own post, even if you have a whole list of questions! Introduce yourself and let us know what company you are going to be training with.

Doug H.'s Comment
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Thanks for the reply. I am considering training with Central Refrigerated Service. However, I know so little I feel I need to do a LOT of discovery on this before I decide. Once again, it's great I found this spot. I don't think I need to start a post, I'm just going to soak up some information. The one thing I would like to hear about is CRS and if anyone has any good or bad experiences with them. Maybe a PM if it's not kosher discussing such things in the forum.

Anchorman's Comment
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You may find this link helpful: My Central Refrigerated Trucking School Diary . It is by Daniel B. Im sure he would be more than happy to answer any questions you may have about Central as well. Send him a message if you want. He will reply as soon as he has a chance.

Anchorman's Comment
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Also check out The Adventures of Daniel B. if you have some spare reading time.

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