Roehl Refer Vs Van

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Chicken Little's Comment
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I'm seriousy kicking the tires on the GYCDL with Roehl. Passed my CFL Saturday morning. (Never even studied, jst went and took it. I do know some about trucking. Enough to pass the CFL at least.) I just got off the phone with the recruiter and they are looking for national van, flatbed and refer in my neck of the woods. At this point I'm not interested in throwing tarps and straps out in the heat and the cold. So it's between van and refer. She explained to me the advantage over refer is since it is consistant, in the fact that food always runs no matter the season or economy. Made sense to me. MY only concern I've read that docking refers can be a little trickier. I mean, I have no doubt I can do it. Just curious if that is true. Also, from old threads I saw Roehl did not allow TV's, refrigerators, microwaves, etc... Now from some of the newer threads I've seen, it appears they do? And do their cabs have wifi for Netflix and such or do I need to rely on my cell phone plan for that? Thanks in advance.

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.

OWI:

Operating While Intoxicated

PackRat's Comment
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Why limit yourself to only one company?

Chicken Little's Comment
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Why limit yourself to only one company?

Of all the research I've done, Roehl seems like the best fit for me.

Andrew J.'s Comment
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So I was a roehl reefer driver for 2 years. Been gone a year now just cause I need to be home with family. With reefer you will spend more time waiting in a dock than van. Your lanes will be a lot of Wisconsin to the northeast with a lot of Pennsylvania loads and back. You’ll get to know all the exits on the Ohio turnpike we’ll. But if you stay out 3 weeks minimum at a time and run the loads safely and make appointments on time you can make good money. I averaged 2300 to 3200 miles a week while out 7 days. You most likely be on recap hours since the runs do tend to be shorter and you spend more time sitting on a dock loading and unloading. With van you might get more miles and take a 34 hour reset but your cpm is less so the money will be about the same. My thought is reefer is less driving so you do less work for the same pay. Good luck and you can always change if you don’t like the choice.

CPM:

Cents Per Mile

Drivers are often paid by the mile and it's given in cents per mile, or cpm.

Reefer:

A refrigerated trailer.

Chicken Little's Comment
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After a long talk with my dad who was OTR for 25 years and has pulled almost everthing and talking with my cousin who's done it for probably as long and has pulled everything, I've decided to go flatbed based on their advice. If all goes to plan, I'll be at Roehl on the 25th to begin training.

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.

penn99's Comment
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I am currently finishing up Phase 3 of training.

I found the Phase 1 training and the my instructors in Marshfield to be great. My driver/trainer for Phase 2 was excellent. My time in Phase 3 has been challenging yet fun and I am really happy.

I am a Flatbedder based out of the Phoenix terminal. I was assigned a 2021 Freightliner with 150,000+ miles. I installed a mini-fridge and a microwave. There is a swinging arm mount for a TV... however, I doubt that I will install one. Wifi in the truck? Hmmm. No. If you know something I don't... please let me know. LOL.

Good luck. YMMV... but.... I think Roehl is an excellent choice... only based on my experience.

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.

Chicken Little's Comment
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I am currently finishing up Phase 3 of training.

I found the Phase 1 training and the my instructors in Marshfield to be great. My driver/trainer for Phase 2 was excellent. My time in Phase 3 has been challenging yet fun and I am really happy.

I am a Flatbedder based out of the Phoenix terminal. I was assigned a 2021 Freightliner with 150,000+ miles. I installed a mini-fridge and a microwave. There is a swinging arm mount for a TV... however, I doubt that I will install one. Wifi in the truck? Hmmm. No. If you know something I don't... please let me know. LOL.

Good luck. YMMV... but.... I think Roehl is an excellent choice... only based on my experience.

Thanks man! I'm looking forward to it. Wishing you all the best,

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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