Roehl GYCDL Training

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PackRat's Comment
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Yes, the one with the parrot. His last name is Babayev, and he's married to a Ukrainian girl named "Olga."

Don't forget the new addition that's on the way, too.

Andrey's Comment
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Thank you, Old School.

Andrey's Comment
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Day 3. After about an hour in class talking about right and left turns we went outside, did pre-trip, and spent the rest of the day driving in the yard. The yard is big enough for 8th speed. I learned a lot about new trucks today. It turned out, for example, that the 5th wheel is no longer greased, they have teflon inserts now :-) Also, there is no button for airbags to lower or raise the frame when you connect a trailer. So cool!

PackRat's Comment
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No airbag deflation option?

That's pretty uncool, like when you get a fully loaded trailer that's sitting in a mud hole about 2,347 cranks lower than you can hook up to. You'll see.

Andrey's Comment
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No airbag deflation option?

That's pretty uncool.

I think so too. The trainer said though that mud (I asked him about soft soil) is never the case at where they drop or hook.

Andrey's Comment
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Day 4. A quick class with videos about straight, 45 and 90 degree backing, then the whole day at the range making turns and backing. I really like the pace of this program! The test is scheduled for 1/12...

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I think so too. The trainer said though that mud (I asked him about soft soil) is never the case at where they drop or hook.

its not always mud or soft soil, though I find that hard to believe. Examples are other drivers leaving it too low or high to be a jerk, Different brand tractors have 5th wheels at different heights, where its dropped is sloped different than where you pick it up, or maybe the shag/yard driver drops it in a pothole. I never understood why some companies try to save money on their equipment at the possible expense of an injury to a driver. I had an instance probably a year to year 1/2 ago at Tyson in Rochelle Illinois where even dumping the air bags wasn't enough to raise it up. Where you drop the trailer is completely flat. A majority of the lot you pickup the loaded trailers is also flat. The trailer i needed sloped down slightly towards a drain, as did the approach to hook up. The trailer couldn't clear my tires and even dumping the airbags didn't solve the problem in this instance but usually it does. Instead I needed a shag driver to move it to flat ground but not every customer will have one.

Also, what did you find out about the masks/face coverings?

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I think so too. The trainer said though that mud (I asked him about soft soil) is never the case at where they drop or hook.

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Also, what did you find out about the masks/face coverings?

Yes, it makes much more sense to me to keep this option. As for the mask, overall I find Marshfield, WI a very mask-less (?) tolerant place. Lots of people are walking without masks. Roehl requires masks, although it is not really enforced. Especially with the 95% of training being done outside in small groups of 3-4 people. They do check our temperature daily though.

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No airbag deflation option?

That's pretty uncool.

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I think so too. The trainer said though that mud (I asked him about soft soil) is never the case at where they drop or hook.

HAHAHA! No muddy lots? That's hilarious.

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My above post was me, driving a Roehl truck several years ago, in Atlanta in August.

Dave W.'s Comment
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I've gotten my start date for 1/11 at the Georgia terminal. Keep me posted on your days and progress. Sounds like your doing well!

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.

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