Going With Wilson Logistics

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Sparky's Comment
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So after much research and thinking I decided to go with Wilson. I was focused on a company with a good pet policy that allowed cats. I liked their pay, their insurance, deadhead/detention and layover policies as well. Not a fan of their home time policy but they do the western 10 and since I live in California I won't be too far from home. I don't like the idea of being with a trainer for three first 30k miles but I guess that much is better for me in the end.

I've heard plenty good things about Wilson so I'm pretty confident I'll enjoy my time. I have until the 29th and I've been studying my brakes, general knowledge, and combination (they told me to study those 3 sections).

I'll be studying until then and I'll be writing down my experience here as the diary. I'm looking forward to this adventure.

Deadhead:

To drive with an empty trailer. After delivering your load you will deadhead to a shipper to pick up your next load.

HOS:

Hours Of Service

HOS refers to the logbook hours of service regulations.
Old School's Comment
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You've got time to work your way through our High Road CDL Training Program.

It was a game changer for the beginning of my trucking career. You'll be glad you did it.

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.
Sparky's Comment
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I'm sure I'll be very glad. I'm doing this for a change in a career, and also more of a pay. I want to be more financially stable and though I hear a lot of people complaining about money in trucking, it's a lot more than what I'm currently bringing. But like I said, I just want a change in life mostly.

You've got time to work your way through our High Road CDL Training Program.

It was a game changer for the beginning of my trucking career. You'll be glad you did it.

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.
Rob T.'s Comment
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What field are you leaving to start driving? There are going to be a few times you're going to want to throw in the towel while training and your first year so please dont be afraid of asking for help or advice. I look forward to reading your diary if you have the time for it.

Sparky's Comment
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I work in a warehouse right now. It only nets me about 20k a year, if that. I'm tired of it though, I want to see the world.

What field are you leaving to start driving? There are going to be a few times you're going to want to throw in the towel while training and your first year so please dont be afraid of asking for help or advice. I look forward to reading your diary if you have the time for it.

Army 's Comment
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My son just got his first dispatch yesterday after all training and solo week with Wil-Trans. He has had a very positive experience and is happy.

Wil-Trans:

Darrel Wilson bought his first tractor in 1980 at age 20, but, being too young to meet OTR age requirements, he leased the truck out and hired a driver.

Through growth and acquisition, Wil-Trans now employs over 200 drivers, and has a long-standing partnership with Prime, Inc. to haul their refrigerated freight. The family of businesses also includes Jim Palmer Trucking and O & S Trucking.

Sparky's Comment
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That's great news. Did it take him 3 months for training? They told me 30k miles with a trainer (so about a 3 months I think).

My son just got his first dispatch yesterday after all training and solo week with Wil-Trans. He has had a very positive experience and is happy.

Wil-Trans:

Darrel Wilson bought his first tractor in 1980 at age 20, but, being too young to meet OTR age requirements, he leased the truck out and hired a driver.

Through growth and acquisition, Wil-Trans now employs over 200 drivers, and has a long-standing partnership with Prime, Inc. to haul their refrigerated freight. The family of businesses also includes Jim Palmer Trucking and O & S Trucking.

Army 's Comment
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Actually it took him a bit longer because he scraped a trailer at a TA and got 10k more training miles. He wasn’t upset, he was expecting the additional miles. He did not GOAL, and I believe he found the addition training a positive experience. Plus, it was a preventable.

Sparky's Comment
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Ah okay, I see. What is GOAL? I always see it mentioned. So overall it was a good experience? Wilson doesn't have forced dispatch do they?

Actually it took him a bit longer because he scraped a trailer at a TA and got 10k more training miles. He wasn’t upset, he was expecting the additional miles. He did not GOAL, and I believe he found the addition training a positive experience. Plus, it was a preventable.

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