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Scott O.'s Comment
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Truck stops have microwaves that's how I heat my food up

WhiskeyTango's Comment
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Thank you guyjax for the advice. I realize I can't get everything at once and I won't even be able to buy anything until about 2 months after training...I'm not familiar with the truck driver lifestyle which is why I'm asking these questions, rather excited to get started which is why I'm doin all this research.

I suppose my best bet would be to just get a cooler first and prepare meals on my days off for the week or get simple things to put together like sandwiches yogurt and chips. Tv can wait because I'm sure I'll burn up a lot of my clock in first few months backing and planning out my trips etc and most likely be ready for the day to end once my 14hrs are up.

How often do you guys use GPS, I hear a lot about rand McNally trucking gps, I have no idea what the difference is between the different models (besides price) and if it's worth it or not to get the newest model. Or should I spend my first few months usin the atlas..hmm. Oh, and is a laptop a necessary tool to invest into for this career or should I do everything on paper and on atlas as far as trip planing and looking for rest stops/truck stops goes.

DWI:

Driving While Intoxicated

guyjax(Guy Hodges)'s Comment
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I use the Rand McNally 730. Love it. I have tried the Garmin models but none have the functionality of the Rand McNally that I have become accustomed to. I use it daily.

WhiskeyTango's Comment
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I use the Rand McNally 730. Love it. I have tried the Garmin models but none have the functionality of the Rand McNally that I have become accustomed to. I use it daily.

Awesome! Added it to my list, BTW, these 12v tv's seem pretty pricey compared to regular 110 tv's. Maybe it's just the website I'm using..Anyways, I'm gonna start studying more for the pre-trip and reviewing what I studied for my permit. Just tryin to put my list together while I got all this "free time" (got 3 days till orientation!) I'm just glad I'm finally out of factories and can start making some real money. I was astounded when I learned you can go to a CDL school and come out making triple what I can get at factories/warehouses!

Do you have any advice on what I should be studying/learning these 3 days or should I just enjoy my time off

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.
guyjax(Guy Hodges)'s Comment
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Is a good place to start if you do not have your cdl/permit yet

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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.
WhiskeyTango's Comment
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Is a good place to start if you do not have your cdl/permit yet

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Thanks man, I actually already passed the written exam for my permit. The program I'm going into is all hands on, 1 week of backing/learning to shift, go OTR for 1 week with an instructor, 1 week city driving with an instructor, then go home to take the driving exam, go OTR 4-6 weeks with a trainer then go solo.

I just wanted to know if there's anything specific I should spend my time studying before Ieave because they say it's all hands on once I finish orientation. I asked my recruiter the same question, she just sent me a packing list 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.

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.

guyjax(Guy Hodges)'s Comment
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Just remember to pack very light. One bag. You will be in a trainers truck. Most of the storage on the truck will taken up with their stuff.

WhiskeyTango's Comment
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Just remember to pack very light. One bag. You will be in a trainers truck. Most of the storage on the truck will taken up with their stuff.

I can make that work. Well I appreciate all the advice you and everybody else has given me. I'll be back if I have anymore questions.

Sam C.'s Comment
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Steaming Netflix? Lol your data flow will kill you very fast.

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Chris L.'s Comment
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