Lil'Red Ridinghood's Journey Into The Forest Of Trucking

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Anne A. (G13Momcat)'s Comment
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Lil'RedRidingHood, have you checked Roehl? It is a good company to start. One of many, of course, but I think it is the only company that puts students into its own hotel (in Marshfield, WI), which has a heated outdoor pool and a sauna!

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Andrey, thanks so much! I will add Roehl to my list of companies to research. Appreciate it! thank-you-2.gif

Hotel with a sauna sounds heavenly.

Lil'Red

ps: on the above, make SURE you TYPE under the 'final' "span & blockquote" dealio. I can't post it, or it will muck it up, haha!

Also, another little known training company, should you not find a home with the ones here, is Witte Bros. I may have mentioned them. Smaller(ish) but very personalized training. Pride Transport, another. Much info on here; Vikki M. almost went w/Pride; Kerry looked into Witte, as did another member.

IMHO, however.......just what I 'know' here about you and for you, you're a 'prime' candidate, for . . . PRIME! :)

With your 'wherewithal' etc . . . I could see you being another Kearsey, Tiffany Hanna, etc... Prime is one of the best companies, to their lady truckers. Frequent hotels & saunas has Rainy / Kearsey seen!!!!

Best again!

~ Anne ~

pps: Have you yet to apply on here? Any leads? If so . . . I missed it, and I apologize.

Lil'RedRidingHood's Comment
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Hay Nina!!

Here's how: Use 'quote' instead of 'start new reply,' when replying to somebody else's thread. They will be notified of your response. For instance, say you find a thread by a guy named "PackRat" that you REALLY like, and want more info from him, regarding such... Go to his original post, and click 'quote.' Don't just start new reply, although that works, as well... for the O/P anyway.

Even though others may have replied, "QUOTE" his original post in the thread, and .. he will get an alert!

You can actually ALSO do this, to 'responders' to any post. Just 'quote' the poster of the post (in anyone's thread) . . . and they will be notified. The 'quote' feature is your friend!!

Kinda like I did here, for you~!!!

Hope that helps, m'lady!!!

~ Anne ~

ps: It doesn't hurt learning a lil' HTML, so you can 'checkmark' stuff like the mods... it's do'able! Colors won't work; I tried.

Hi Anne, thanks a bunch! Appreciate it. 😊 "Cheating" with the quote function, I like it.

Thankfully I do know HTML, CSS, JS & such... Good to know this forum takes full HTML. HTML4--I'm guessing.

Lil'RedRidingHood's Comment
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ps: on the above, make SURE you TYPE under the 'final' "span & blockquote" dealio. I can't post it, or it will muck it up, haha!

Also, another little known training company, should you not find a home with the ones here, is Witte Bros. I may have mentioned them. Smaller(ish) but very personalized training. Pride Transport, another. Much info on here; Vikki M. almost went w/Pride; Kerry looked into Witte, as did another member.

IMHO, however.......just what I 'know' here about you and for you, you're a 'prime' candidate, for . . . PRIME! :)

With your 'wherewithal' etc . . . I could see you being another Kearsey, Tiffany Hanna, etc... Prime is one of the best companies, to their lady truckers. Frequent hotels & saunas has Rainy / Kearsey seen!!!!

Best again!

~ Anne ~

pps: Have you yet to apply on here? Any leads? If so . . . I missed it, and I apologize.

I just read about Pride elsewhere, thanks Anne! Good to know it is yet another good place. Thanks also for the Witte Bros mention. I have yet to apply, I am still gathering docs and getting my ducks in a row. I'm delayed a bit with some of it, as I am out in the boonies and my pickup is in for major repairs. I want to gather the Tax returns, SSA employment record, written references from old employers ( will be older than 3 years but it cannot hurt), create a master application (for my own convenience, I have one but it is oooooold), gather other docs (TWIC replacement is on its way); and so forth.

I'm not rushing right now; as I need to see the doc and the occupational health folks (DOT) first, to make sure I get my proper clearance. The one thing I am not slowing down is the High Road. CPL once you get it is good for 6 months anyway, and that should be about 3 months longer than I need.

Then it is time to do the master app on here and talk to the top of my wishlist directly. Yes, Prime does look really awesome. I hope I fit their hiring criteria. That gap is my one and only black spot.

Thanks a bunch again friend, you are so cool! thank-you-2.gif

DOT:

Department Of Transportation

A department of the federal executive branch responsible for the national highways and for railroad and airline safety. It also manages Amtrak, the national railroad system, and the Coast Guard.

State and Federal DOT Officers are responsible for commercial vehicle enforcement. "The truck police" you could call them.

TWIC:

Transportation Worker Identification Credential

Truck drivers who regularly pick up from or deliver to the shipping ports will often be required to carry a TWIC card.

Your TWIC is a tamper-resistant biometric card which acts as both your identification in secure areas, as well as an indicator of you having passed the necessary security clearance. TWIC cards are valid for five years. The issuance of TWIC cards is overseen by the Transportation Security Administration and the Department of Homeland Security.

OWI:

Operating While Intoxicated

Lil'RedRidingHood's Comment
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Before I'm off to bed.

The High Road Training. Holy COW this is so much better than the WA CDL guide. I have it open at the same time; and am going to need to get a book at the DMV... The up and down PDF scrolling is driving me mad.... Plus, the layout of the questions in the High Road training is so much better.

Also love that the questions from the previous sections keep being inserted. Repetition, repetition.

Question: Once I go through, can I take it again?

Thank you Brett! (And everyone else involved). 😊

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.

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.

DMV:

Department of Motor Vehicles, Bureau of Motor Vehicles

The state agency that handles everything related to your driver's licences, including testing, issuance, transfers, and revocation.

PackRat's Comment
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Yes, it can be repeatedly completed.

IDMtnGal 's Comment
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That's great Laura. :)

Laura, your friend, is he on this forum? I know we have a ton of Prime folks in here, but he's training NOW--so hearing from him would be awesome. In case he's worried about coming on here, pretty sure this is a safe place if a person don't spell perfectly or have the written vocabulary of Shakespeare.

All the best, drive safe Laura!

Lil'Red.

Nina,

When he was first out of a job on the cattle ranch in Wyoming and desperate for work, I suggested driving to him because he did do that in the past although it didn't end well. He was going to go back to C.R. England and I told him he had better options out there and so I gave him the link to sign up and articles to read. But he, being a newly married man with a automatic family and desperate to find a job, he was going to take the first thing available. He didn't sign up and I'm not sure if he used the link or not, but he got several offers for training. We talked about them and being that it was the week before Thanksgiving and he only got further response from Prime. I told him to go with them and gave him some more links to read and Kearsey's YouTube page.

I hear from him everyday and try to answer his questions. We have many people on this site with similar ideas when it comes to trucking, but we also have others that have different views. There is nothing wrong with that. However, at this point I want my friend to just get his information from his instructors at Prime. I've had to tell him stop listening to the other students and follow what his instructor says and if he doesn't understand, talk to them to get it correct. He can be easily confused by getting too many thoughts on one thing. Right now he's struggling with parallel parking. While I don't parallel park hardly at all, I can do it fairly easily...but it's one of those things I can't tell him how to do it and I would rather the instructors be there with him and walk him through the steps, which they are doing. Then it's just a matter of repetition.

So for now, I give him information from here, but I would rather he stay away... At least until he is done with school.

Laura

HOS:

Hours Of Service

HOS refers to the logbook hours of service regulations.
Anne A. (G13Momcat)'s Comment
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Thanks a bunch again friend, you are so cool! thank-you-2.gif

You ALSO, m'lady!! Thanks! :)

Also, Dave Wickenhauser, who did some articles/blogs for Brett on here, has a couple 'fiction' trucking related books published; available on Amazon. The kindle version is on Prime, as well, for 99 cents!

✔ Crimson Highway

✔ Road Test

✔ TBA!

Good reads; I bought the paperbacks.

~ Anne ~

ps: He's on TT as DaveW ; Here's his TT publications: DaveW 's publications on TT. . He's out of the country for a bit; hasn't posted recently due to.

Anne A. (G13Momcat)'s Comment
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Before I'm off to bed.

The High Road Training. Holy COW this is so much better than the WA CDL guide. I have it open at the same time; and am going to need to get a book at the DMV... The up and down PDF scrolling is driving me mad.... Plus, the layout of the questions in the High Road training is so much better.

Also love that the questions from the previous sections keep being inserted. Repetition, repetition.

Question: Once I go through, can I take it again?

Thank you Brett! (And everyone else involved). 😊

Haya Nina!

Hope you've finally gotten the HRTP under your belt (twice, haha!) and all is well. Miss hearing from you, m'lady!

Just me,

~ Anne ~

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.

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.

DMV:

Department of Motor Vehicles, Bureau of Motor Vehicles

The state agency that handles everything related to your driver's licences, including testing, issuance, transfers, and revocation.

TWIC:

Transportation Worker Identification Credential

Truck drivers who regularly pick up from or deliver to the shipping ports will often be required to carry a TWIC card.

Your TWIC is a tamper-resistant biometric card which acts as both your identification in secure areas, as well as an indicator of you having passed the necessary security clearance. TWIC cards are valid for five years. The issuance of TWIC cards is overseen by the Transportation Security Administration and the Department of Homeland Security.

Kandyman's Comment
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Hirshnach? Kllm? Stevens? Should have PNW options

Kandyman's Comment
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TWT out of Cheney takes cdl school grads.

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.
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