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Scott V.'s Comment
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Was offered cdl training with Schneider, 80 a day for 5 week school ..in house at their Dallas terminal , will be local intermodal and start training on the 18th Yrc called today for interview which is oct 7 for their driving academy.... Any recommendations from you guys with experience?

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.

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.

Intermodal:

Transporting freight using two or more transportation modes. An example would be freight that is moved by truck from the shipper's dock to the rail yard, then placed on a train to the next rail yard, and finally returned to a truck for delivery to the receiving customer.

In trucking when you hear someone refer to an intermodal job they're normally talking about hauling shipping containers to and from the shipyards and railyards.

Bruce K.'s Comment
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Was offered cdl training with Schneider, 80 a day for 5 week school ..in house at their Dallas terminal , will be local intermodal and start training on the 18th Yrc called today for interview which is oct 7 for their driving academy.... Any recommendations from you guys with experience?

Scott, I'm with Schneider out of the Green Bay Operating Center. I can't compare different companies, but I believe you can't go wrong with Schneider. They have been good to me. Great training, great facilities, great equipment.

Go Packers!

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.

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.

Intermodal:

Transporting freight using two or more transportation modes. An example would be freight that is moved by truck from the shipper's dock to the rail yard, then placed on a train to the next rail yard, and finally returned to a truck for delivery to the receiving customer.

In trucking when you hear someone refer to an intermodal job they're normally talking about hauling shipping containers to and from the shipyards and railyards.

Banks's Comment
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I'm not a fan of intermodal. A lot of sitting and waiting and the chassis's are usually trashed.

YRC is a tough one too. They don't pay as much as other LTL companies and their equipment isn't great, but they're working on rebranding and I've seen a lot of new trucks on the road. From what I hear, their healthcare is top notch and free for you and your dependants.

You also want to know what YRC is looking for. Do they want a linehaul driver or a P/D driver? P/D may be a little more difficult, but with the right instruction and starting you out small you'd be fine.

Personally, I'd go with any LTL company over dedicated intermodal.

LTL:

Less Than Truckload

Refers to carriers that make a lot of smaller pickups and deliveries for multiple customers as opposed to hauling one big load of freight for one customer. This type of hauling is normally done by companies with terminals scattered throughout the country where freight is sorted before being moved on to its destination.

LTL carriers include:

  • FedEx Freight
  • Con-way
  • YRC Freight
  • UPS
  • Old Dominion
  • Estes
  • Yellow-Roadway
  • ABF Freight
  • R+L Carrier

Linehaul:

Linehaul drivers will normally run loads from terminal to terminal for LTL (Less than Truckload) companies.

LTL (Less Than Truckload) carriers will have Linehaul drivers and P&D drivers. The P&D drivers will deliver loads locally from the terminal and pick up loads returning them to the terminal. Linehaul drivers will then run truckloads from terminal to terminal.

Intermodal:

Transporting freight using two or more transportation modes. An example would be freight that is moved by truck from the shipper's dock to the rail yard, then placed on a train to the next rail yard, and finally returned to a truck for delivery to the receiving customer.

In trucking when you hear someone refer to an intermodal job they're normally talking about hauling shipping containers to and from the shipyards and railyards.

Rhino's Comment
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Gotten a lot of new trucks. Pete’s and volvos. Pay could be better but it’s not bad for the easy work I do.

I'm not a fan of intermodal. A lot of sitting and waiting and the chassis's are usually trashed.

YRC is a tough one too. They don't pay as much as other LTL companies and their equipment isn't great, but they're working on rebranding and I've seen a lot of new trucks on the road. From what I hear, their healthcare is top notch and free for you and your dependants.

You also want to know what YRC is looking for. Do they want a linehaul driver or a P/D driver? P/D may be a little more difficult, but with the right instruction and starting you out small you'd be fine.

Personally, I'd go with any LTL company over dedicated intermodal.

LTL:

Less Than Truckload

Refers to carriers that make a lot of smaller pickups and deliveries for multiple customers as opposed to hauling one big load of freight for one customer. This type of hauling is normally done by companies with terminals scattered throughout the country where freight is sorted before being moved on to its destination.

LTL carriers include:

  • FedEx Freight
  • Con-way
  • YRC Freight
  • UPS
  • Old Dominion
  • Estes
  • Yellow-Roadway
  • ABF Freight
  • R+L Carrier

Linehaul:

Linehaul drivers will normally run loads from terminal to terminal for LTL (Less than Truckload) companies.

LTL (Less Than Truckload) carriers will have Linehaul drivers and P&D drivers. The P&D drivers will deliver loads locally from the terminal and pick up loads returning them to the terminal. Linehaul drivers will then run truckloads from terminal to terminal.

Intermodal:

Transporting freight using two or more transportation modes. An example would be freight that is moved by truck from the shipper's dock to the rail yard, then placed on a train to the next rail yard, and finally returned to a truck for delivery to the receiving customer.

In trucking when you hear someone refer to an intermodal job they're normally talking about hauling shipping containers to and from the shipyards and railyards.

Scott V.'s Comment
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Ok , thanks ! Good insight ... Ultimately my goal is get the Class A and endorsements and experience.... it’s really an adventure and acquiring a skill set that helps long term employability as I get older (48 now) I’ve got a good well paying job now and this will even be a pay cut at first but I still think it’s a good long term solution . Thanks again for the replies!’

Scott V.'s Comment
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Question!! I need to bring bedding as was told Going to be out 2 weeks with trainer ..curious what size sheets is that top bunk ? Schneider trucks

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Was offered cdl training with Schneider, 80 a day for 5 week school ..in house at their Dallas terminal , will be local intermodal and start training on the 18th Yrc called today for interview which is oct 7 for their driving academy.... Any recommendations from you guys with experience?

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Scott, I'm with Schneider out of the Green Bay Operating Center. I can't compare different companies, but I believe you can't go wrong with Schneider. They have been good to me. Great training, great facilities, great equipment.

Go Packers!

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.

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.

Intermodal:

Transporting freight using two or more transportation modes. An example would be freight that is moved by truck from the shipper's dock to the rail yard, then placed on a train to the next rail yard, and finally returned to a truck for delivery to the receiving customer.

In trucking when you hear someone refer to an intermodal job they're normally talking about hauling shipping containers to and from the shipyards and railyards.

Bruce K.'s Comment
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The mattresses in most trucks are about twin size. But don't go out and buy new sheets. A queen size sheet can be folded to fit. Might want to bring a sleeping bag and your two favorite pillows. A warm blanket may or may not be needed but bring one just in case. And if you have a favorite stuffed toy like a teddy bear, bring it also. Schneider allows stuffed animals to ride along but not real pets. Lol

Stevo Reno's Comment
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Lower bunk mattresses are XL Twin size*

Bobcat_Bob's Comment
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I agree with Banks, I'd go with YRC especially if it's linehaul. I'll give them some credit I see a lot of new trucks and trailers in their fleet.

Linehaul:

Linehaul drivers will normally run loads from terminal to terminal for LTL (Less than Truckload) companies.

LTL (Less Than Truckload) carriers will have Linehaul drivers and P&D drivers. The P&D drivers will deliver loads locally from the terminal and pick up loads returning them to the terminal. Linehaul drivers will then run truckloads from terminal to terminal.
Scott V.'s Comment
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Thanks !! Definitely appreciate the insight!! .... I may be jumping way ahead ! It’s just an interview with YRC , the Schneider program is a go with a start date . I’ll obviously keep plans with Schneider and will interview with YRC .... doubt yrc can/will pull trigger from day of interview on the 7th till my start date with Schneider on the 18th , but who knows .. thanks guys

I agree with Banks, I'd go with YRC especially if it's linehaul. I'll give them some credit I see a lot of new trucks and trailers in their fleet.

Linehaul:

Linehaul drivers will normally run loads from terminal to terminal for LTL (Less than Truckload) companies.

LTL (Less Than Truckload) carriers will have Linehaul drivers and P&D drivers. The P&D drivers will deliver loads locally from the terminal and pick up loads returning them to the terminal. Linehaul drivers will then run truckloads from terminal to terminal.
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