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Gayle C.'s Comment
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Hubby now has his Class A CDL permit, looking to earn his CDL. Our goal would be to ultimately be at a place where I could ride along with him. Our kids are grown now. Any advice on companies that would be great to start out with? Any and all information is helpful

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.
IDMtnGal 's Comment
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How long ago did he get his CDL? I take it he went to a school that's not associated with companies.

Use the link below which sends out apps to quite a few companies with our one and done app. Then go through all the responses that he gets to see who would fit the best. Regardless of what you see on other websites about the mega companies being horrible, all those companies are good. He will just have to knuckle down and apply himself over the next year, because that's what it takes at a minimum to become a bit proficient.

One and Done

Laura

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.

HOS:

Hours Of Service

HOS refers to the logbook hours of service regulations.
Gayle C.'s Comment
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Right now the CDL permit is what he has, and he would be starting in a program most likely that would get him his CDL-job. We have been doing a lot of reading in the many forums and there is SO much information. Hard to know really which program would be the best fit—if our goal is looking for something in which I could then “retire” from healthcare to ride with him once he might be able to have a passenger. Is that something that is even feasible to assume can happen? Are there couples out there that have done this? What was your experience? If home time is not an issue because your spouse is with you, what does life look like on the road? How often do you go on “vacation” type trips?

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.
Big Scott (CFI's biggest 's Comment
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CFI will let you ride with him as soon as he upgrades to his own truck

Christina G.'s Comment
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My husband is currently with Prime. He got his CDL through them and is currently in the TnT phase of training. Once he upgrades to his own truck I will be leaving my full-time job in healthcare to also go with him. So far he likes the company, and looks to stay with them for a while. Our kids are grown as well, so this is a choice we've made together. Good luck in your journey :)

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.

TNT:

Trainer-N-Trainee

Prime Inc has their own CDL training program and it's divided into two phases - PSD and TNT.

The PSD (Prime Student Driver) phase is where you'll get your permit and then go on the road for 10,000 miles with a trainer. When you come back you'll get your CDL license and enter the TNT phase.

The TNT phase is the second phase of training where you'll go on the road with an experienced driver for 30,000 miles of team driving. You'll receive 14¢ per mile ($700 per week guaranteed) during this phase. Once you're finished with TNT training you will be assigned a truck to run solo.

Bruce K.'s Comment
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I have met at least two married couples where only the husband drives and the wife is the co-pilot, so to speak. They were "team" drivers with just one driver. As far as I could tell, it was a great relationship. But I imagine that there are couples who did that and it didn't work out over time. You and your husband are experienced in life and should be able to adapt.

Gayle C.'s Comment
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Christina G.—How Awesome that that you are beginning the same journey! It is such a huge change for both of us-hence all the questions. My husband has been a mechanic pretty much our entire marriage with the exception of his Navy years. And for me, the thought of doing life together now as we travel is exciting/scary. It is good to hear that there are others doing this very thing. What if any, options are out there for making income while being a “co pilot”? For those who have done it?

HOS:

Hours Of Service

HOS refers to the logbook hours of service regulations.
Bruce K.'s Comment
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Christina G.—How Awesome that that you are beginning the same journey! It is such a huge change for both of us-hence all the questions. My husband has been a mechanic pretty much our entire marriage with the exception of his Navy years. And for me, the thought of doing life together now as we travel is exciting/scary. It is good to hear that there are others doing this very thing. What if any, options are out there for making income while being a “co pilot”? For those who have done it?

Do you knit? Always a market in the winter for warm hats and mittens.good-luck.gif I guess you could run some sort of online business with free delivery to customers on your route.

HOS:

Hours Of Service

HOS refers to the logbook hours of service regulations.
Anne A. (G13Momcat)'s Comment
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Christina G.—How Awesome that that you are beginning the same journey! It is such a huge change for both of us-hence all the questions. My husband has been a mechanic pretty much our entire marriage with the exception of his Navy years. And for me, the thought of doing life together now as we travel is exciting/scary. It is good to hear that there are others doing this very thing. What if any, options are out there for making income while being a “co pilot”? For those who have done it?

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Do you knit? Always a market in the winter for warm hats and mittens.good-luck.gif I guess you could run some sort of online business with free delivery to customers on your route.

Hay Bruce ~

Remember Patrick C. (Croff) aka: LDRSHP ?? The H.O.W. guy.. back w/them!

His wife, Tonya makes jewelry of some sort, and has been riding with Patrick / H.O. Wolding, for a while, now (when not home ... w/the grandbabies!)

Yep, he's still driving!!

~ Anne ~

HOS:

Hours Of Service

HOS refers to the logbook hours of service regulations.
Bruce K.'s Comment
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Write a book, like Kersey has.

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