Roehl/TMC/Maverick

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Tooswoll 's Comment
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I’ve been approved for hire from all 3. I personally find positives and flaws in all 3, but would like an outside and experienced opinions.

andhe78's Comment
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What are your positives and flaws with Maverick?

Verminator's Comment
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Today is my last day in Roehl’s GYCDL program. I passed my CDL exam on Wednesday.

My experience here has been very positive. All staff and instructors are friendly, helpful, and patient.

I’m looking forward to my Phase 2 training starting next week.

As far as training goes, I can heartily recommend Roehl.

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.
PJ's Comment
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I’m guessing your going flatbed by the companies you listed. They all are good companies. All companies have flaws, just like drivers. They are just different. You need to look at what is important to you. IE: Honetime options, rider policy, pay, etc. All 3 of those run great equip, may be spec’d a little different.

I would have as a priority what is their freight volume in your area. Makes a big difference getting you home.

TMC is strictly flatbed

Maverick is flatbed and glass division. They sold off their refeer division

Roehl has flatbed, refeer, and dry van.

I went through Roehl in the dry van fleet 7 years ago. I had a great experience with them.

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.

HOS:

Hours Of Service

HOS refers to the logbook hours of service regulations.
Tooswoll 's Comment
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What are your positives and flaws with Maverick?

My positives for them would be, great reputation, I live just outside of Little Rock so they’re very close, good starting pay, and even though I know “home on weekends” probably won’t mean a full weekend it’s still a good amount of home time.

My negatives for them, not paid during cdl school, which isn’t a major issue. The biggest issue I have seems to be the recruiter, I’ve tried calling to ask questions and I talk to someone different every time. They’ve never sent an email, so I can’t email questions, and the only two calls I’ve received were to go over my application and then to tell me I’ve been approved for orientation then call when there’s an open date. The little bit of information I did get from one of their recruiters told me that school would be deducted from my pay, but I read online that it’s not deducted if you stay two years

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.

EPU:

Electric Auxiliary Power Units

Electric APUs have started gaining acceptance. These electric APUs use battery packs instead of the diesel engine on traditional APUs as a source of power. The APU's battery pack is charged when the truck is in motion. When the truck is idle, the stored energy in the battery pack is then used to power an air conditioner, heater, and other devices

Tooswoll 's Comment
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With Roehl I’ve been offered a national flatbed position. 11-14 days out 3 home which seems good to me. Roehl has seemed great and so many seem to enjoy working for them. Their only small downfall is a little less starting pay. I’m very curious to see how I handle the change of yard driver to full size tractor with split tandems.

I’m guessing your going flatbed by the companies you listed. They all are good companies. All companies have flaws, just like drivers. They are just different. You need to look at what is important to you. IE: Honetime options, rider policy, pay, etc. All 3 of those run great equip, may be spec’d a little different.

I would have as a priority what is their freight volume in your area. Makes a big difference getting you home.

TMC is strictly flatbed

Maverick is flatbed and glass division. They sold off their refeer division

Roehl has flatbed, refeer, and dry van.

I went through Roehl in the dry van fleet 7 years ago. I had a great experience with them.

Tandems:

Tandem Axles

A set of axles spaced close together, legally defined as more than 40 and less than 96 inches apart by the USDOT. Drivers tend to refer to the tandem axles on their trailer as just "tandems". You might hear a driver say, "I'm 400 pounds overweight on my tandems", referring to his trailer tandems, not his tractor tandems. Tractor tandems are generally just referred to as "drives" which is short for "drive axles".

Tandem:

Tandem Axles

A set of axles spaced close together, legally defined as more than 40 and less than 96 inches apart by the USDOT. Drivers tend to refer to the tandem axles on their trailer as just "tandems". You might hear a driver say, "I'm 400 pounds overweight on my tandems", referring to his trailer tandems, not his tractor tandems. Tractor tandems are generally just referred to as "drives" which is short for "drive axles".

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.

HOS:

Hours Of Service

HOS refers to the logbook hours of service regulations.
Tooswoll 's Comment
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Congrats! Will you go home or go straight into phase 2?

Today is my last day in Roehl’s GYCDL program. I passed my CDL exam on Wednesday.

My experience here has been very positive. All staff and instructors are friendly, helpful, and patient.

I’m looking forward to my Phase 2 training starting next week.

As far as training goes, I can heartily recommend Roehl.

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.
Verminator's Comment
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Thanks!

I'm home now. Went to the BMV and got my temporary class A license this morning.

I'm scheduled to roll out with a trainer for Phase 2 next Thursday 9/24.

We were advised after Phase 1 that we could take up to six days at home prior to starting Phase 2.

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Congrats! Will you go home or go straight into phase 2?

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Bmv:

Department of Motor Vehicles, Bureau of Motor Vehicles

The state agency that handles everything related to your driver's licences, including testing, issuance, transfers, and revocation.

Cowboy's Comment
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I waited almost three weeks to get a driver/trainer for phase 2 with Roehl. Waited another 14 days to get my own truck assigned to me after phase 2. Be prepared to wait longer than expected. Congrats on getting your CDL.

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.
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