Is It Normal To Wait A While For A Trainer?

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Zach 's Comment
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I made it, been driving since early yesterday

Old School's Comment
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Congratulations Zach!

Hang in there. This could be the toughest time you'll go through. Just remember it comes to an end. Once you are ready to go solo you can run things just how you like.

PackRat's Comment
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I made it, been driving since early yesterday


Truckin Along With Kearse's Comment
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Old School, I start orientation on Monday and this information is super helpful. I’m willing to bet that although I’ll be receiving tons of useful information, learning how to change a tail light in a trailer may not be part of it.

Other than knowing how to change the oil and a flat tire on a 4-wheeler, I’m not particularly handy when it comes to automotive DIY fixes, and don’t even know what fixes I would benefit from knowing.

How would I take initiative to learn simple “productivity hacks” such as this? Is there a resource of basic how-to videos? What kind of tools should I need to buy? Where on YouTube should I look for instructions? Thanks so much!


Eugene .. what terminal are you going to ????

re: Videos ... there are many! ScottieD67 has a LOT of YT/DIY vids .. from when he was a trainer for Swift, and then an L/O for JCT (John Christner.)

Our own Kearsey has a YT channel, as well .. but most will show her driving into the shop before attempting a quick fix, haha!! ;)


I was thinking that myself. Free room and pay.. Im not asking for a truck 😂

Prime gives classes for mechanics and maintenance stuff. They probably allow Wilson to attend since they pull our trailer and use our terminals. They have classes on thr phone apps too.

I wouldnt wait 4 weeks. I tell my FM to get me into the terminal then tell our Road Assist dept I am taking it to a dealer and they send a reference number. When my last truck took a week...i flipped out on the truck assignment manager who demanded the shop manager send the truck to a dealer immediately. When it happened again a few months later, I turned that truck in and got a new one.


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.


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.


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Jammer a's Comment
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Congratulation backin! Pre trip qaulcom time management and get smoother What lane are you an trainer runninhg

I made it, been driving since early yesterday

G-Town's Comment
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I had to wait for two weeks. I asked for a non-smoking trainer with a manual transmission truck. I got the non-smoker but his truck had an automatic transmission.

Very, very few of the major carriers have any trucks equipped with manual transmissions. Last time I drove a 10 speed stick was 3 years ago...

It’s how it is now.

PackRat's Comment
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How are you doing, Zach?

Jammer a's Comment
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Hey Zach do you know Joel??? If so call him if he was your old driller and get my number from him and not rorhet Joel g your picture looks really familiar lol If you ever worked rig 150

I made it, been driving since early yesterday

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