Roehl GYCDL Training

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BigShow3915's Comment
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Hey everyone. My name is Andy. Im 40 and live in central Ohio. I've got a great wife of 5 years and 2 boys, 4 and 10. I've been an electrician for 21 yrs.....until yesterday lol. Have always had a fascination with big trucks. My dad being a lifelong truck driver probably had something to do with it. When I was young I remember when he owned his own truck and pulled a flatbed. Thought that was the coolest thing ever. So fast forward 35 yrs and being totally burnt out from the construction industry I am starting this Monday in the Roehl GYCDL program in Gary Indiana. And I will be in the flatbed division.

I want to thank everyone who posts in this forum. There is so much valuable information and I like the attitude that trucking is what you make of it and not all the company bashing that goes on in the other forums. Following all the great advice that's here I'm sure that I can be a success in this industry

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.

OWI:

Operating While Intoxicated

Rob T.'s Comment
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Awesome! A lot of new drivers starting at Roehl Lately, I look forward to seeing how your experience differs from the others that have recently went through. I'll be following along, good-luck.gif

OWI:

Operating While Intoxicated

Tim F.'s Comment
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Hey Andy,

Roehl is a great company. Family owned. I went through their GYCDL way back in 2014. Then it was 3 weeks (2-1/2) to test. I think they expanded it slightly since then.

Good luck moving forward!

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.
BigShow3915's Comment
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Thanks guys, I'm excited to get started.

Anne A. (G13MomCat)'s Comment
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Thanks guys, I'm excited to get started.

Best wishes to you, Andy; from a fellow Buckeye ~ !! Update your diary as you can, we are following, for sure.

good-luck.gif

Anne (and hubby/driver Tom) :)

OWI:

Operating While Intoxicated

BigShow3915's Comment
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Thank you Anne. Got into Gary about an hr ago. The roommate I have is starting his 2nd week so getting some good info of what to look forward to. Hopefully get a good night rest and start fresh early

SRJ's Comment
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Good luck to you. I will be following along.

OWI:

Operating While Intoxicated

BigShow3915's Comment
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Just finished my 2nd day. Most of the first day was paperwork and watching some videos and some power point stuff. We have 7 people in our class( one didnt show up) both trainers we have are really laid back and seem cool. 6 of us are flatbedders and 1 will be going into reefer. First half of the day today learning the Roehl way. I really get the sense roehl is completely committed to safety and treat their drivers well. After lunch we watched a pre trip video and then went to the 2 trucks we will be training on. Only 3 of us on my truck so I hope that means each of us will get a little more time each behind the wheel. Actually got to make some laps in the truck for the first time getting used to double clutching and shifting. All 3 of us seemed to pick it up pretty quick. All in all things are going good so far.

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.

Reefer:

A refrigerated trailer.

Brandon Kitts's Comment
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Hey man welcome to the Roehl Family! I will probably be in Gary next Monday picking up my truck. I'm finishing up my Phase 2 training. Actually finished my final solo load this morning, but they require 19 days of training which would put me done Friday. So I'm going to run a few more days with my trainer and let them pay me to get a little more first hand knowledge from a guy with 35 years of experience and over 5 million miles. This guy has forgotten more about trucking than I will ever know.

Who are your instructors?

BigShow3915's Comment
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Thanks Brandon. That's great news. Seems to really be alot of good people at Roehl. Our trainers are Norman and Lathan. Things are really starting to move along now. Spent the first half of today bobtailing around the lot. I really feel more comfortable with the truck. After a couple more runs on the simulator learning to make turns with a trailer we went out and got hooked up to one. We learned the rest of the pretrip for the trailer and the in cab portion. Tomorrow we will be more driving and possibly backing with the trailers.

Bobtail:

"Bobtailing" means you are driving a tractor without a trailer attached.

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