Its Getting To Be Go Time!!

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Bud L.'s Comment
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Good Morning everyone from HOT and DRY N. Texas, (60 miles N of Dallas)!

I have been lurking for years here reading the advice and listening to the chatter! I am semi-retired and started out just working for some extra's and toys, (ie. Harley)! Those part time jobs turned full time with me going into management. Yup!! But.. it Kept me busy and out of trouble. It did give me the opportunity to pay off the bills, the kids are adults with family, and I have been adjusting to the single life for the past 5 years.

Long story short, life is peaceful and pretty good. But its missing excitement and I want to get out and about!

My interest in trucking has never wandered far away. So, I filled out the forms and now making the decision. Which brings me to the reason for this post.

I received interest and replies from all the normal guys, Stevens, CFI, Prime, Swift, plus a couple others. Roehl offered me a Granite City dedicated with my 34 being taken as home time. After research it seems Roehl is pretty legit, safety minded, and has a top notch training program.

So, my question to you guys is, what has been your experience with Roehl, pros and cons? What do you know about Roehl? Do you agree or disagree with Roehl and why?

It looks like my training class will be either 9/6 or 9/12.

Be safe and thanks in advance!!!!

HOS:

Hours Of Service

HOS refers to the logbook hours of service regulations.
PJ's Comment
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Welcome out of the shadows sir.. I started with Roehl many years ago. They have very good training. They are still family owned. They have some strict rules but really no more than anyone else. I enjoyed my time with them. I know they have grown since I left. They had a terminal in the Dallas area last I knew. Not sure where all the training is offered. I went through Marshfield, only training location they had at that time.

If I was looking for a job, I would not hesitate to go back.

Stay safe on that scooter. I love mine, a 17 Street Glide.

Best wishes to tou in starting your new journey.

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.

Thomas D.'s Comment
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I just graduated to Phase 3 (Solo driver), and I couldn't see me driving for anyone else right now. Any issues I might have, I know a resolution is only a phone call away.

Ryan B.'s Comment
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I see Roehl trucks all the time up in Ohio, Michigan, New York, New Jersey and the equipment always looks to be in good shape. I mention this because well-maintained equipment will enable you to keep running. It's something that is often not given consideration until it's a problem.

Thomas D.'s Comment
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When I went to pick up my truck, a 2022 Freighliner, it was abandoned at a drop yard in Bensalem, PA. The windshield had a starburst the size of a half dollar on the left side near the windshield post, the steer tires looked rough, and the paint was scratched on the lower left rear fairing. I picked up a load in NJ that went to Indiana. When I was making my drop operations called me asking if I still needed service, so they told me to bring it in to our terminal in Gary, IN. I pull in at 05:30 on a Sunday morning, my truck went straight into maintainence. By 11:30 am, new windshield, new steer tires, paint touched up, and trim on both door mirrors replaced. I don't know about all our terminals, but Gary and Marshfield, WI both have automatic drive thru truck washes. I hit them every time I'm in there.

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.

BK's Comment
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I know some things about Roehl. They are a great company for drivers who want to keep the wheels turning. I’ve never heard a single bad word about them. Go for it, you won’t regret it.

Anne A. (and sometimes To's Comment
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Good Morning everyone from HOT and DRY N. Texas, (60 miles N of Dallas)!

I have been lurking for years here reading the advice and listening to the chatter! I am semi-retired and started out just working for some extra's and toys, (ie. Harley)! Those part time jobs turned full time with me going into management. Yup!! But.. it Kept me busy and out of trouble. It did give me the opportunity to pay off the bills, the kids are adults with family, and I have been adjusting to the single life for the past 5 years.

Long story short, life is peaceful and pretty good. But its missing excitement and I want to get out and about!

My interest in trucking has never wandered far away. So, I filled out the forms and now making the decision. Which brings me to the reason for this post.

I received interest and replies from all the normal guys, Stevens, CFI, Prime, Swift, plus a couple others. Roehl offered me a Granite City dedicated with my 34 being taken as home time. After research it seems Roehl is pretty legit, safety minded, and has a top notch training program.

So, my question to you guys is, what has been your experience with Roehl, pros and cons? What do you know about Roehl? Do you agree or disagree with Roehl and why?

It looks like my training class will be either 9/6 or 9/12.

Be safe and thanks in advance!!!!

Wish you well, Bud L. !!

Did you ever utilize the links that Turtle sent you ... over a year ago? If not, you should! Great study material, and 'know what you are getting into' kind of goodies!

Wish you well, good sir. No better time than the present!

~ Anne ~

ps: Keep in mind, you must have a valid Medical Card before obtaining your CDLP.

Important FMCSA link, for the steps: Steps for Obtaining CDL, per the FMCSA Guidelines.

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.

CSA:

Compliance, Safety, Accountability (CSA)

The CSA is a Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) initiative to improve large truck and bus safety and ultimately reduce crashes, injuries, and fatalities that are related to commercial motor vehicle

FMCSA:

Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration

The FMCSA was established within the Department of Transportation on January 1, 2000. Their primary mission is to prevent commercial motor vehicle-related fatalities and injuries.

What Does The FMCSA Do?

  • Commercial Drivers' Licenses
  • Data and Analysis
  • Regulatory Compliance and Enforcement
  • Research and Technology
  • Safety Assistance
  • Support and Information Sharing

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.

Fm:

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.

HOS:

Hours Of Service

HOS refers to the logbook hours of service regulations.
Bud L.'s Comment
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Hey All, Thank you for your comments.

I haven't been on here except to use the practice test and other sites with practice test.

Today I did my physical hair follicle test, and received my DOT medical card, so things are moving along.

The one thing I have left is my CPL and I have a saved appt for the 30th, 2 hours away. That was the first opportunity. However, I read that showing up before DPS opens, one may be able to pick up a slot. Starting Monday that's my plan!

I would be nice to get er done!!!

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.

OWI:

Operating While Intoxicated

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