Preparing For A Trucking Career With Roehl

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Cowboy's Comment
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Monday, 17 Feb 2020

Well, I've been home 11 days now. My wife was notified that we had to vacate the home we've been renting for 5 years by 28 Feb, because the owner's selling it. So, I've spent this past week at home, securing an apartment for my wife, 17 yr old son, and myself. We got moved over the weekend and are getting settled in. All the while, I've been waiting on the call to meet my trainer for my Phase II training. Haven't heard anything yet. I've been told it's not abnormal to wait a week to a week and a half, but it's getting a little frustrating. I need to get on with Phase II for my 19 days so I can get my own truck and start making money. Of the four of us on my training truck, only one of us (the flatbedder) has been assigned a trainer and hit the road. The other three of us are still waiting.

Hope it happens soon. I'll get my last check from GYCDL this Thursday. The check after that will be based on what I work this week, which is nothing so far. Patiently waiting.

Be Safe!


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BigShow3915's Comment
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The way she made it sound during the conference call meeting she could have people in trucks by last Wednesday. The 2 others in my truck have been out since Friday. I talked to my trainer on Friday, he runs regional and was off yesterday. He lives about 90 mins from me and we are headed out 0600 tomorrow. Good luck


Regional Route

Usually refers to a driver hauling freight within one particular region of the country. You might be in the "Southeast Regional Division" or "Midwest Regional". Regional route drivers often get home on the weekends which is one of the main appeals for this type of route.

Cowboy's Comment
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I don't even have a trainer assigned to me for me to call. All I get from my FTM is "we're working on a plan to get you with a trainer. We'll call you when we have it figured out." Today is just lost income. ☹️ It doesn't make sense that people who finished after me and four others are already assigned trainers.

Good luck to you and stay safe!

Rob T.'s Comment
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Its frustrating but don't let it get to you too much. Theres a variety of reasons why others have gotten a trainer but you haven't. Did Roehl give you a questionnaire with preferences for a trainer? If they did it could be smoker/non smoker, male/female or even where you live. When I see a Roehl truck most of the time they're flatbed so it leads me to believe flatbed is what they haul most meaning more drivers and trainers. If a trainer is on a dedicated account they're more likely to pair a student that will also be doing that account than someone going OTR. There is a variety of reasons it works that way, best to just enjoy the time at home and keep in contact with the company. I understand for most people they cant afford to go long without a paycheck which adds to the stress and frustration.


Over The Road

OTR driving normally means you'll be hauling freight to various customers throughout your company's hauling region. It often entails being gone from home for two to three weeks at a time.

Rob. D.'s Comment
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Sorry to hear about your living/trainer woes.

Where did you end up? I lived several places in Warrensburg as a kid. 9th Street, Franklins, and Hickory Hills.

BTW, on my travels through upstate NY, I went through Warrensburg, NY.


Aubrey M.'s Comment
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I think roehl is just running short on trainers, but they will get you one.

You may see a manual at some point. My truck, 2nd truck, is an auto, but i just had a loaner last week that was a manual and also recovered a truck that is a manual. So they're still around and it still pays to have that knowledge or skill.

Anne A. (G13MomCat)'s Comment
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Any updates, Cowboy? I'm still following. Hope they finally got ya hooked up w/ a trainer. Let us know, and stay safe~!!good-luck-2.gifgood-luck-2.gif


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Cowboy's Comment
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Hooked up with trainer yesterday, 2/19. Went all around Chicago and drove 107 miles to Beaver Dam, WI, where I'm three hrs Into waiting for a live unload and then will go 207 miles to drop n hook in Menomonie, WI.

Anne A. (G13MomCat)'s Comment
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Hooked up with trainer yesterday, 2/19. Went all around Chicago and drove 107 miles to Beaver Dam, WI, where I'm three hrs Into waiting for a live unload and then will go 207 miles to drop n hook in Menomonie, WI.

Yay~!! Hope it's all going well for you, for sure. Looking forward to updates, re: trainer, truck, YOU, etc!! good-luck.gif

Best wishes, be safe~!

Anne :)

Tortuga 's Comment
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Hey Cowboy, just wondering how things are going for you now. I hope your'e out making those wheels turn again.


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