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Brandon Kitts's Comment
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Conclusion of Roehl GYCDL Phase 2.

I spent the rest of my time with my Phase 2 trainer mainly functioning as a solo driver. He was only there as a resource. We hauled lumber, steel and Aluminum coils and other steel products. We ran hard and on recaps the whole time I was with him. On Sunday January 19th he dropped me off at the Gary terminal. I caught a ride over to the hotel and it was nice to be able to take a shower without slippers on for the first time in a month.

The next morning I rode the shuttle over to the terminal and did my test. After passing my test i was assigned a truck.

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You then spend the next couple hours checking your equipment and arranging it in the boxes.

On Tuesday morning I was given my first load from Indiana to Medicine Lodge Kansas.

Since then I've only been home for 3 days by my choice. I've ran hard and a little less than a month solo and I have about 11000 miles under my belt.

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.

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.

Bobcat_Bob's Comment
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Congratulations!

Now the real fun begins.

BigShow3915's Comment
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Very nice Brandon, seems like you're kicking a$$

Brandon Kitts's Comment
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I completed my Phase 3 training on 03/13/20. During this phase you are solo and have a training FM. They only have a few drivers on their board so they can help with any questions we may have while on the road.

During phase 3 I hauled a lot of steel. Lol. I was able to see a lot of the country. My last two loads was from Indiana to Portland Oregon and then back to Marshfield Wisconsin. During this 45 days I drove 16267 miles and hauled 1,123,082 lbs of freight.

Upon arriving back to Marshfield I was switched to the Curtainside Fleet. I had requested this early on but was told there was a 6 month wait. I was then told that I had impressed someone with how hard I run so I got moved. At Roehl this is one of the best National Fleets. You make almost as much as flatbed but dont have to tarp.

I enjoyed flatbed but my bad shoulder didnt enjoy the tarps.

Below is my new ride. Stopped at an Amish Kitchen on my way to Salt Lake City!

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Fm:

Dispatcher, Fleet Manager, Driver Manager

The primary person a driver communicates with at his/her company. A dispatcher can play many roles, depending on the company's structure. Dispatchers may assign freight, file requests for home time, relay messages between the driver and management, inform customer service of any delays, change appointment times, and report information to the load planners.
Rookie Doyenne's Comment
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Congrats on your completion of Phase 3 and early step up to the Curtainside Fleet, Brandon! May that good momentum keep bringing you forward.

I'm looking closely at your new truck - does it load/unload from the side?

James J.'s Comment
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Just wondering if running in a high wind area when empty,can you run with that thing open to cut down on wind presure.Or would the road wind just shred it while open .Thanks

Brandon Kitts's Comment
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Congrats on your completion of Phase 3 and early step up to the Curtainside Fleet, Brandon! May that good momentum keep bringing you forward.

I'm looking closely at your new truck - does it load/unload from the side?

Yes the sides slide back.

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Brandon Kitts's Comment
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Just wondering if running in a high wind area when empty,can you run with that thing open to cut down on wind presure.Or would the road wind just shred it while open .Thanks

No you have to have them closed. It's the same as an empty dry van. You just have to be careful and try not to run very far empty.

Dry Van:

A trailer or truck that that requires no special attention, such as refrigeration, that hauls regular palletted, boxed, or floor-loaded freight. The most common type of trailer in trucking.
Old School's Comment
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Congratulations Brandon!

That's really awesome that you're getting on that fleet. You're doing a great job. It's always really rewarding for us to see you new guys coming along so well. My hat is off to you! You're killing it!

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Andy Dufresne (a.k.a. Rob's Comment
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Congrats on your continued success.

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