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Ya know...when you talk about doing whatever it takes to get into trucking, I guess I'm a poster child for it. I worked a job for the government that paid 70-80k a year, full benefits etc,etc. I owned a small hobby ranch, bred quarter horses and Rotties. But in the fall of 1996, I tossed it all in a bucket....sold the ranchette, all the equipment, the horses, the dogs, quit my job, put what I wanted to keep in a 28 ft trailer, went to a 4 day cdl school, and bought a used 379 peterbuilt, and reefer trailer. And off down the road I went. It was tough, I had to learn otr on the fly. I'd driven alot of truck in Oregon, so that wasn't the issue. But I found out every state had their own weird exit ramps, scale houses, truckstops, etc. I wasn't a good person to be around for the first 6 months. I can safely say that I wouldn't have made it with ANY trainer, period. We had to roll, we had truck payments and trailer payments to make. I thank God everyday, that TSB was man enough to put up with this raging redhead, cuz during that time, I didn't even like myself. But the basic premise of this is....I gave it ALL up on a dream, an adventure, a total life change. And looking back, it was really rough, but I wouldn't change much of it. I was burnt out at my fancy job, I didn't fit in with the politically correct co workers..And at an age when I was looking at a comfortable retirement, and a settled lifestyle. I took a roll of the dice. So don't ever sell yourself short. If you want it, you CAN make it happen. May take a little time...but sometimes thats all you have....


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.


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.


A refrigerated trailer.

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