Paid Training, OTR With Wife Onboard

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TC H.'s Comment
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Hey everyone. I'm looking forward to a career in trucking, and I'm interested in your opinions on a good company to start with. I need paid CDL training with no up-front costs. I plan on going a year with the first company to pay off training. Dry or refrigerated OTR. My wife wants to come along (not as a team), and we're empty nesters, so we don't need to get back home very often (once a month?). I'm hoping a company will let us do that right after training, and I understand that some extra insurance might be needed. We live in Riverside, CA. Any recommendations? CRE is obvious, and I wouldn't be leasing. Please let me know!

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.

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.

tripletdad's Comment
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I went through my cdl training at millis. Good training, but i know they didn't allow passengers for 30 or 60 days after I went solo.

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.
Stevo Reno's Comment
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Since wifey wants to ride along, why not train too and run as a team=double the paychecks lol You're in Riverside, so NOT pimping them or nothing, BUT CRST is right there nearby. They train both separately, and the contract is only 10 months long. I went thru them, and stayed in the dorms, since I had no $$$ and it was handy staying there....Couldn't be driving up and down the Cajon Pass daily, so it was perfect. I had my CDL in 10 days... They took like $40 a week for couple months, repaying the dorm etc costs, 3 months I think it was, and done.....

I left after 2 years, don't know starting mileage pay now, maybe $0.35+ in 1 year, will probably get bumped up to $0.60 per mile.....Just an idea tossing out there, since 2 paychecks is better than 1 lol

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.
Anne A. (G13Momcat)'s Comment
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Hey everyone. I'm looking forward to a career in trucking, and I'm interested in your opinions on a good company to start with. I need paid CDL training with no up-front costs. I plan on going a year with the first company to pay off training. Dry or refrigerated OTR. My wife wants to come along (not as a team), and we're empty nesters, so we don't need to get back home very often (once a month?). I'm hoping a company will let us do that right after training, and I understand that some extra insurance might be needed. We live in Riverside, CA. Any recommendations? CRE is obvious, and I wouldn't be leasing. Please let me know!

TC H, welcome to Trucking Truth!

Pianoman, who started with Swift many years ago, was allowed to train his gf at System Transport. They are a flatbed company; but maybe he'll chime in. You can look for his thread(s.)

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Wish y'all the BEST!~

~ Anne ~

(ps: Whatever happened to TCB ?!?!? Miss that guy!~)

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.

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.

PackRat's Comment
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The larger carriers are always looking for husband and wife teams to drive. If you can survive being cooped up essentially 24/7 in an 6' X 8' box with a spouse, your marriage is beyond solid.

If she has no driving interest though, most companies will allow her to be riding with you. Several members on here have a spouse, etc. that shares the truck travels.

TC H.'s Comment
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Thanks for the replies and help! My wife definitely does NOT want to drive, but she's literally with me for the long haul. I'm checking out those companies, and I submitted the recruiter form for paid CDL training. There seems to be a staggering number of companies and options, so I really appreciate your help.

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.

BMI:

Body mass index (BMI)

BMI is a formula that uses weight and height to estimate body fat. For most people, BMI provides a reasonable estimate of body fat. The BMI's biggest weakness is that it doesn't consider individual factors such as bone or muscle mass. BMI may:

  • Underestimate body fat for older adults or other people with low muscle mass
  • Overestimate body fat for people who are very muscular and physically fit

It's quite common, especially for men, to fall into the "overweight" category if you happen to be stronger than average. If you're pretty strong but in good shape then pay no attention.

HOS:

Hours Of Service

HOS refers to the logbook hours of service regulations.
Anne A. (G13Momcat)'s Comment
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Thanks for the replies and help! My wife definitely does NOT want to drive, but she's literally with me for the long haul. I'm checking out those companies, and I submitted the recruiter form for paid CDL training. There seems to be a staggering number of companies and options, so I really appreciate your help.

Howdy again, TC to the H !!

Look up old threads from Chickie Monster, on here. She started with Trans Am (not recommended, LoL!) and is now driving for (last I heard!) for Cal Ark. She stopped posting on TT when she got her 'twitter' channel started. (Ashley Loucks, it's not a secret!)

Her husband is disabled; and he's been with her since the get go, along with their pet.

Chickie Monster's threads!

Best wishes, for sure!

~ Anne ~

ps: I rode on & off w/ MY guy...for many years! Got my permit twice; never took the 'quantum' leap. Kids. ETC!

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.

BMI:

Body mass index (BMI)

BMI is a formula that uses weight and height to estimate body fat. For most people, BMI provides a reasonable estimate of body fat. The BMI's biggest weakness is that it doesn't consider individual factors such as bone or muscle mass. BMI may:

  • Underestimate body fat for older adults or other people with low muscle mass
  • Overestimate body fat for people who are very muscular and physically fit

It's quite common, especially for men, to fall into the "overweight" category if you happen to be stronger than average. If you're pretty strong but in good shape then pay no attention.

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.
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