Intro And A Few Newbie Questions

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Truckin Along With Kearse's Comment
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Getting home won't be a problem with either Wilson or Prime. And terminal location rarely matters when OTR.

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.

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.

Ikfi T.'s Comment
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It is my pleasure to welcome you as a newbie as well. The only thing I want to say to you is that best wishes for the future of your training and truck.

Ryan B.'s Comment
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Welcome to TT. I share similar thoughts to BK's. When I read through your initial post, I thought, "this feller just has trucking stamped all over him." I am not trying to pre-ordain you, but you really seem to have a good perspective, realistic expectation, and you did your homework before posting and asking questions without knowing up from down.

As far as Prime and Wilson...

Yes. Really can't go wrong with either, especially since they are sort of associated with one another (not sure of the dynamic). Best wishes to you in your trucking venture.

Oh, Semper Fi, Devil Dog.

OWI:

Operating While Intoxicated

Etch's Comment
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Thanks for the welcome and advice so far! I spoke with a recruiter from Wilson and liked what I heard. I’ve read all the horror stories of how recruiters “lied” to people and I had to laugh. Kept thinking that some of these people should try talking to a military recruiter! Lol. You wanna see someone who can put a shiny spin on anything- they’re the professionals! Lol. Of course they’re going to make trucking sound glamorous and righteous and all rainbows. That’s their jon]b. I don’t know if they have quotas like a military recruiter, but I’m sure it doesn’t look good if they have low numbers. It’s on the individual to do the research and find out what the other side of the coin looks like. I’ve been using the Driver Pulse app for a lot of this. I’m still waiting to hear back from Millis and Prime. I see I’ve been assigned a recruiter from each of these. Maybe Kearsey can put in a good word for me with Prime ( my recruiter there is Cheyenne)? Lol just kidding…..unless you think that would help. On that note, is it ok for me to call them directly or wait until they contact me? My plan is to begin training somewhere beginning of December. That gives me some time to get my permit as well as get my affairs in order here. Once at school I want to stay out as long as I can to get all my training miles knocked out. I’ve been reading some of the diaries people have been posting and there’s one that had me concerned. She went to Wilson and was doing a good job of posting very detailed updates. The concerning part is when she talked about her trainer having home time during her training and she would end up sitting in a hotel for a week. If I’m not mistaken, this happened to her a couple times during her first 30k. Right now I’m preparing myself like I did for a deployment. I don’t plan on being home for 4-5 months once I leave for training. That part doesn’t bother me. What concerns me is the possibility of a chunk of that time being in a non-productive status sitting around waiting to get back on the road.

Ryan B.'s Comment
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Thanks for the welcome and advice so far! I spoke with a recruiter from Wilson and liked what I heard. I’ve read all the horror stories of how recruiters “lied” to people and I had to laugh. Kept thinking that some of these people should try talking to a military recruiter! Lol. You wanna see someone who can put a shiny spin on anything- they’re the professionals! Lol. Of course they’re going to make trucking sound glamorous and righteous and all rainbows. That’s their jon]b. I don’t know if they have quotas like a military recruiter, but I’m sure it doesn’t look good if they have low numbers. It’s on the individual to do the research and find out what the other side of the coin looks like. I’ve been using the Driver Pulse app for a lot of this. I’m still waiting to hear back from Millis and Prime. I see I’ve been assigned a recruiter from each of these. Maybe Kearsey can put in a good word for me with Prime ( my recruiter there is Cheyenne)? Lol just kidding…..unless you think that would help. On that note, is it ok for me to call them directly or wait until they contact me? My plan is to begin training somewhere beginning of December. That gives me some time to get my permit as well as get my affairs in order here. Once at school I want to stay out as long as I can to get all my training miles knocked out. I’ve been reading some of the diaries people have been posting and there’s one that had me concerned. She went to Wilson and was doing a good job of posting very detailed updates. The concerning part is when she talked about her trainer having home time during her training and she would end up sitting in a hotel for a week. If I’m not mistaken, this happened to her a couple times during her first 30k. Right now I’m preparing myself like I did for a deployment. I don’t plan on being home for 4-5 months once I leave for training. That part doesn’t bother me. What concerns me is the possibility of a chunk of that time being in a non-productive status sitting around waiting to get back on the road.

Marine, take the initiative. That never hurts. Seriously though, calling after a day or two is a good idea. They will know that you are sincere.

As for the concerns about training dead time, just be up front with whoever is your point of contact in the training office at your chosen company that you would like to keep rolling, if your trainer goes home for more than a couple of days. If they have a trainer available, they can put you with that person and make it a permanent switch or just until initial trainer returns from home time. The key here is to communicate up front so that they know that you prefer not to sit around with extended dead time.

HOS:

Hours Of Service

HOS refers to the logbook hours of service regulations.
Anne A. (and sometimes To's Comment
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It is my pleasure to welcome you as a newbie as well. The only thing I want to say to you is that best wishes for the future of your training and truck.

Welcome to YOU as well, Ikfi ! Is that an anagram? Kinda cool ~!

Where do YOU hail from???? A driver yet, or an aspiring? We've got the HRTP, its the best...!

Share something about YOU here on TT, also; like what if the T' means Todd? Random, I know.

Let us know how we can help you, if any; see ya soon!

~ Anne & Tom ~

ps: Great advice again, Ryan. What brand of Wheaties are you eating today ?!? LoL ...

pps: Etch; watch some of Kearsey's videos: Truckin' Along w/Kearsey! Should help you with MANY of your questions! I still think you're TMC material, though!

Etch's Comment
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I did look at TMC and would have loved to apply there- but I’m not in their hiring area.

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It is my pleasure to welcome you as a newbie as well. The only thing I want to say to you is that best wishes for the future of your training and truck.

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Welcome to YOU as well, Ikfi ! Is that an anagram? Kinda cool ~!

Where do YOU hail from???? A driver yet, or an aspiring? We've got the HRTP, its the best...!

Share something about YOU here on TT, also; like what if the T' means Todd? Random, I know.

Let us know how we can help you, if any; see ya soon!

~ Anne & Tom ~

ps: Great advice again, Ryan. What brand of Wheaties are you eating today ?!? LoL ...

pps: Etch; watch some of Kearsey's videos: Truckin' Along w/Kearsey! Should help you with MANY of your questions! I still think you're TMC material, though!

Ryan B.'s Comment
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I did look at TMC and would have loved to apply there- but I’m not in their hiring area.

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It is my pleasure to welcome you as a newbie as well. The only thing I want to say to you is that best wishes for the future of your training and truck.

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Welcome to YOU as well, Ikfi ! Is that an anagram? Kinda cool ~!

Where do YOU hail from???? A driver yet, or an aspiring? We've got the HRTP, its the best...!

Share something about YOU here on TT, also; like what if the T' means Todd? Random, I know.

Let us know how we can help you, if any; see ya soon!

~ Anne & Tom ~

ps: Great advice again, Ryan. What brand of Wheaties are you eating today ?!? LoL ...

pps: Etch; watch some of Kearsey's videos: Truckin' Along w/Kearsey! Should help you with MANY of your questions! I still think you're TMC material, though!

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That's odd. They have a training facility in Columbia, SC.

Etch's Comment
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Yeah, it’s probably just a thing of only hiring in areas they are short

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I did look at TMC and would have loved to apply there- but I’m not in their hiring area.

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It is my pleasure to welcome you as a newbie as well. The only thing I want to say to you is that best wishes for the future of your training and truck.

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Welcome to YOU as well, Ikfi ! Is that an anagram? Kinda cool ~!

Where do YOU hail from???? A driver yet, or an aspiring? We've got the HRTP, its the best...!

Share something about YOU here on TT, also; like what if the T' means Todd? Random, I know.

Let us know how we can help you, if any; see ya soon!

~ Anne & Tom ~

ps: Great advice again, Ryan. What brand of Wheaties are you eating today ?!? LoL ...

pps: Etch; watch some of Kearsey's videos: Truckin' Along w/Kearsey! Should help you with MANY of your questions! I still think you're TMC material, though!

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That's odd. They have a training facility in Columbia, SC.

Wile E.'s Comment
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Welcome aboard! As you're finding out, this site is a fantastic resource!

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