Following This Forum For A Little While...now I Have Joined The Conversation! Hoping To Start With Knight Or Wilson... Thoughts?

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Rustybone Rambler's Comment
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Good Day All! I have made the decision to drive a rig 'cross our beautiful country. Started researching how to get started and I now have my class A permit and have narrowed down my prospects for 2 companies:

Knight and Wilson.

Both companies tick off the boxes on my needs list like proximity to 'home' CDL training course, and I believe the pay shall do. Completely new to truck driving, and I have done some research/ homework on these guys, now I am hoping for some of your opinions on the subject..

Thank you for reading, and I welcome any and all responses. thank-you.gif

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.
Wile E.'s Comment
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I think you'll be good with either one. I know there are seasoned pros here with Knight, and maybe they'll chime in. I think maybe there are some here with Wilson as well.

IDMtnGal 's Comment
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Howdy!

You might not get selected by either company. Use our one and done application and send to many companies and see who responds.

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Rustybone Rambler's Comment
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Howdy!

You might not get selected by either company. Use our one and done application and send to many companies and see who responds.

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Good Afternoon IDMtnGal!

Thank you for the response, I feel I was not clear in my first post--I did not want to break any rules since I am new here. Still learning the etiquette. Anyhow-- I did that very thing.

-preliminary research -applied to using the suggested app among other platforms -got a number of offers -research round 2 -narrowed down to these companies -reaching out on this forum would be round 3 research before making my final decision of which Offer to accept.

I even researched that. Noticed that Gl*****door, Ind**D and similar do not seem to give you good solid information regarding the companies or the job. Qu**a and R*ddit-- seem to have a lot of ranters and folks who do not read anything before they ask questions, and not a very welcoming community at times can be harsh.

Well then so here I am. Asking you fine folks what your thoughts are on the subject.

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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.
Davy A.'s Comment
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If you can get in, either company will be a good choice. There are slight differences in their operations and pay structure but pretty slight. I don't know the specifics of Wilson as I work for knight. But there are a lot of accounts of both in our CDL diaries here on the site.

Much more than the company name on the door, what determines your success is you though. This is a performance based industry. That being said, I'd check out some of the links

Paid CDL Training ProgramsTruck Driver's Career Guide

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.

OOS:

When a violation by either a driver or company is confirmed, an out-of-service order removes either the driver or the vehicle from the roadway until the violation is corrected.

G-Town's Comment
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I’m bumping this...

Rustybone, Davy’s reply to your inquiry is spot-on. I urge you read (or reread) the links he included in his reply and come back with your insight and hopefully targeted/directed questions.

We maintain this premise at TT; it typically matters not about the name on the cab door, but the integrity, motivation, grit and commitment of the person occupying the first seat.

Good luck!

If you can get in, either company will be a good choice. There are slight differences in their operations and pay structure but pretty slight. I don't know the specifics of Wilson as I work for knight. But there are a lot of accounts of both in our CDL diaries here on the site.

Much more than the company name on the door, what determines your success is you though. This is a performance based industry. That being said, I'd check out some of the links

Paid CDL Training ProgramsTruck Driver's Career Guide

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.

OOS:

When a violation by either a driver or company is confirmed, an out-of-service order removes either the driver or the vehicle from the roadway until the violation is corrected.

Rustybone Rambler's Comment
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If you can get in, either company will be a good choice. There are slight differences in their operations and pay structure but pretty slight. I don't know the specifics of Wilson as I work for knight. But there are a lot of accounts of both in our CDL diaries here on the site.

Much more than the company name on the door, what determines your success is you though. This is a performance based industry. That being said, I'd check out some of the links

Paid CDL Training ProgramsTruck Driver's Career Guide

Good Morning and thank you for your response!

The reference materials here are just invaluable! I will be reading up on the ones I have not read. Thanks for those.

I think that maybe I have it in my mind that the company itself is important because I was with my last employer for 20 years. Though times seem to be changing with the new generations in the work force, I was kind of brought up that way, this was the model I had coming up from mentors and role models in my life.

Success is the only option for me at this point-- I think will have go with my gut on this one.

Thank you again for your great advice.

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.

OOS:

When a violation by either a driver or company is confirmed, an out-of-service order removes either the driver or the vehicle from the roadway until the violation is corrected.

Rustybone Rambler's Comment
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I’m bumping this...

Rustybone, Davy’s reply to your inquiry is spot-on. I urge you read (or reread) the links he included in his reply and come back with your insight and hopefully targeted/directed questions.

We maintain this premise at TT; it typically matters not about the name on the cab door, but the integrity, motivation, grit and commitment of the person occupying the first seat.

Good luck!

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If you can get in, either company will be a good choice. There are slight differences in their operations and pay structure but pretty slight. I don't know the specifics of Wilson as I work for knight. But there are a lot of accounts of both in our CDL diaries here on the site.

Much more than the company name on the door, what determines your success is you though. This is a performance based industry. That being said, I'd check out some of the links

Paid CDL Training ProgramsTruck Driver's Career Guide

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Good Morning G-Town,

I thank you so much for your advice! I will definitely be reading up on the materials that I have not read yet. There is some very good information in these links.

While I have researched both companies I actually do not have any targeted or specific questions. I guess I was just wanting the genuine opinion of current or past drivers of these two companies. This may not be an appropriate question for this platform, and I respect that.

I will have to go with my gut on this one.

Thank you so much again for your insight. thank-you-2.gif

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.

OOS:

When a violation by either a driver or company is confirmed, an out-of-service order removes either the driver or the vehicle from the roadway until the violation is corrected.

G-Town's Comment
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Rustybone Rambler wrote:

questions. I guess I was just wanting the genuine opinion of current or past drivers of these two companies. This may not be an appropriate question for this platform, and I respect that.

Perfectly good question. It’s just not always answered in the manner you are expecting. There are many, many success stories on this forum representing every company in this link and many not in the link:

Paid CDL Training Programs

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.
Jerry B.'s Comment
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Good morning, Rusty. I will be starting my training with Wilson on Monday (3/14). So far, I have nothing but praises to say about Wilson. Both my recruiter and processor are both awesome ladies. Before I chose Wilson, my choices were Knight and Wilson. Wilson stayed in contact through the entire process, checking in once or twice a week. With Knight, there was about a week and a half or so with no check in from my recruiter to see how things were going. I cannot make your decision for you, but I think I will be happy with Wilson. I wish you good luck with whatever company you choose.

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.

HOS:

Hours Of Service

HOS refers to the logbook hours of service regulations.

OOS:

When a violation by either a driver or company is confirmed, an out-of-service order removes either the driver or the vehicle from the roadway until the violation is corrected.

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