Another Rookie Jumping In Head First

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Scott M.'s Comment
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I love this forum and all thats attached. Been browsing the topics and learning alot. I'm a Disabled Veteran and looking forward to starting this new chapter in my life. I would like to thank everyone that has posted and contributed such valuable information. I'll finish my CDL Training the third week of September and looking at Companies in or near Ohio. I'm not paying much attention to all the whiners but would love any advice or info from other Veterans. (May be a rookie but I have been surrounded by truck drivers my e tire life so I'm not totally ignorant of the industry) Thank you again and please stay safe. God Bless

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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Welcome to Trucking Truth!!

There are a fair amount of us Veterans here on the site. The guys will be along later and will give you some info. I just got home with 14 minutes left on my 70 hrs and I deliver 1.5 miles from the house when my 10 hrs are up....so I'm hitting the sack.

Have you thought about what kind of freight you want to haul?

Laura

Scott M.'s Comment
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Welcome to Trucking Truth!!

There are a fair amount of us Veterans here on the site. The guys will be along later and will give you some info. I just got home with 14 minutes left on my 70 hrs and I deliver 1.5 miles from the house when my 10 hrs are up....so I'm hitting the sack.

Have you thought about what kind of freight you want to haul?

Laura

Thank you Laura for your reply. Get some rest.

I would like to OTR doing either Dry Van or Flatbed. I am aware of the work involved with Flat Bed and think that would be a good idea so I can stay active and in somewhat good condition. Just not really sure about the percentage pay. Talked with a Recruiter from Valley Transportation yesterday and I plan to go check out their facilities and equipment soon. I'm also reaching out to a couple of their drivers. They are very Veteran friendly have alot of Vets that drive for them.

OTR:

Over The Road

OTR driving normally means you'll be hauling freight to various customers throughout your company's hauling region. It often entails being gone from home for two to three weeks at a time.

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.
Anne A. (G13Momcat)'s Comment
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Welcome to Trucking Truth!!

There are a fair amount of us Veterans here on the site. The guys will be along later and will give you some info. I just got home with 14 minutes left on my 70 hrs and I deliver 1.5 miles from the house when my 10 hrs are up....so I'm hitting the sack.

Have you thought about what kind of freight you want to haul?

Laura

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Thank you Laura for your reply. Get some rest.

I would like to OTR doing either Dry Van or Flatbed. I am aware of the work involved with Flat Bed and think that would be a good idea so I can stay active and in somewhat good condition. Just not really sure about the percentage pay. Talked with a Recruiter from Valley Transportation yesterday and I plan to go check out their facilities and equipment soon. I'm also reaching out to a couple of their drivers. They are very Veteran friendly have alot of Vets that drive for them.

Howdy, Scott!

Just want to chime in; my late ex husband drove for Valley Transportation here in Ashland, Ohio. They were more than fair to him, excellent company IMHO. Top notch equipment & facility; low turnover. Home time was great, as well.

My 'new/now' husband of 20 years drives for FAB Express here in Ohio, as does Don ... on this site, as well. Go, Buckeyes!

Best wishes!

~ Anne ~

OTR:

Over The Road

OTR driving normally means you'll be hauling freight to various customers throughout your company's hauling region. It often entails being gone from home for two to three weeks at a time.

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.
Scott M.'s Comment
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Welcome to Trucking Truth!!

There are a fair amount of us Veterans here on the site. The guys will be along later and will give you some info. I just got home with 14 minutes left on my 70 hrs and I deliver 1.5 miles from the house when my 10 hrs are up....so I'm hitting the sack.

Have you thought about what kind of freight you want to haul?

Laura

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Thank you Laura for your reply. Get some rest.

I would like to OTR doing either Dry Van or Flatbed. I am aware of the work involved with Flat Bed and think that would be a good idea so I can stay active and in somewhat good condition. Just not really sure about the percentage pay. Talked with a Recruiter from Valley Transportation yesterday and I plan to go check out their facilities and equipment soon. I'm also reaching out to a couple of their drivers. They are very Veteran friendly have alot of Vets that drive for them.

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Howdy, Scott!

Just want to chime in; my late ex husband drove for Valley Transportation here in Ashland, Ohio. They were more than fair to him, excellent company IMHO. Top notch equipment & facility; low turnover. Home time was great, as well.

My 'new/now' husband of 20 years drives for FAB Express here in Ohio, as does Don ... on this site, as well. Go, Buckeyes!

Best wishes!

~ Anne ~

Thank you Anne...

I appreciate the information. The recruiter i spoke with drive almost three hours to our school to speak with us which really impressed me. Most recruiters I have spoken with over the phone were not nearly as Informative or willing to answer questions. It seems to be a very good company to drive for and the more I research the better it sounds. I am very sorry to hear of your late husband but I am glad you found someone to share your life with. I plan to come up and visit Ashland and the Valley terminal in the near future. Thank you again for your comment.

God Bless and Go Buckeyes!!

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.

OTR:

Over The Road

OTR driving normally means you'll be hauling freight to various customers throughout your company's hauling region. It often entails being gone from home for two to three weeks at a time.

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.
Anne A. (G13Momcat)'s Comment
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Welcome to Trucking Truth!!

There are a fair amount of us Veterans here on the site. The guys will be along later and will give you some info. I just got home with 14 minutes left on my 70 hrs and I deliver 1.5 miles from the house when my 10 hrs are up....so I'm hitting the sack.

Have you thought about what kind of freight you want to haul?

Laura

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Thank you Laura for your reply. Get some rest.

I would like to OTR doing either Dry Van or Flatbed. I am aware of the work involved with Flat Bed and think that would be a good idea so I can stay active and in somewhat good condition. Just not really sure about the percentage pay. Talked with a Recruiter from Valley Transportation yesterday and I plan to go check out their facilities and equipment soon. I'm also reaching out to a couple of their drivers. They are very Veteran friendly have alot of Vets that drive for them.

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Howdy, Scott!

Just want to chime in; my late ex husband drove for Valley Transportation here in Ashland, Ohio. They were more than fair to him, excellent company IMHO. Top notch equipment & facility; low turnover. Home time was great, as well.

My 'new/now' husband of 20 years drives for FAB Express here in Ohio, as does Don ... on this site, as well. Go, Buckeyes!

Best wishes!

~ Anne ~

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Thank you Anne...

I appreciate the information. The recruiter i spoke with drive almost three hours to our school to speak with us which really impressed me. Most recruiters I have spoken with over the phone were not nearly as Informative or willing to answer questions. It seems to be a very good company to drive for and the more I research the better it sounds. I am very sorry to hear of your late husband but I am glad you found someone to share your life with. I plan to come up and visit Ashland and the Valley terminal in the near future. Thank you again for your comment.

God Bless and Go Buckeyes!!

Howdy again, Scott M. !

You're very welcome, good sir. Valley IS STILL quite picky...so, blessings will be sent with you on that journey; they rarely advertise, and are on the 'upper esch' as I'd call it here... in Ohio. Thanks as well....for the condolences. Appreciated. When Bobby (late ex) took the job there, he came from LCT in Florida (Lester Coggins, now defunct.) They (Valley...) let me sit in with them, for the interview and/or transfer from his Florida company. Very top notch.

I wish you all the best.

When you DO get to visiting, shoot me (us) an email; anything's possible! Tom is the guy in my avatar, of course... LoL.

(Wanna hear some irony? They wouldn't accept Tom (my now guy) back in 2003 when he completed Roadmasters; go figure! Secret I've not shared, here .. ever~!) Oops.

Point being, if Valley accepts you . . . I'd definitely go for it. Flatbed, yes. Covered wagons / conestogas, yes.

Let me know if/ever/how I can help. It's what we do here, on Trucking Truth!!

~ Anne & Tom ~

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.

OTR:

Over The Road

OTR driving normally means you'll be hauling freight to various customers throughout your company's hauling region. It often entails being gone from home for two to three weeks at a time.

Covered Wagon:

A flatbed with specially fitted side plates and curved ribs supporting a tarp covering, commonly referred to as a "side kit". Named for the resemblance to horse-drawn covered wagons.

Dm:

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.

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.
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