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Christy R.'s Comment
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First of all, a HUGE thank you for all of the helpful info here! Although I'm going cross - eyed and my sponge is wringing wet from trying to absorb every tip, I am more excited than ever to start! Before I found this site, I was ready to give up trying to become a driver due to negative reviews and blogs in other Google reachable locations. One of the main horrifying comments I found were by broke newbies claiming to be stranded and starving. After finding all of you, I've decided to reach into my inner frugal, semi - prepper self and prepare before I leave home! I dug out my handy little canister stove and am hunting for my SHTF (**** hit the fan) recipes and ideas I've used (or at least saved for future use) and if there's any interest, I will be happy to share. I've done everything from "just add water" recipes to making a hill billy clothes washer from a 5 gallon bucket and toilet plunger. If there's no interest, we can just let this thread fall to the bottom of the forum :)

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Lady, you're FUNNY! Maybe I should coordinate with you on what school to go to, and then ask you to be my partner in the event of forced teaming! You sound like my kind of woman, all about business and able to improvise on a dime, and a sense of humor to take the edge off.

Christy R.'s Comment
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Lady, you're FUNNY! Maybe I should coordinate with you on what school to go to, and then ask you to be my partner in the event of forced teaming! You sound like my kind of woman, all about business and able to improvise on a dime, and a sense of humor to take the edge off.

I would LOVE to partner up with a reliable person!! I'm still researching schools, but I'm looking into CRST in Cedar Rapids, Ia. It doesn't have the greatest reviews, but I've yet to find one that does. The Pro's for me so far are: *Semi close to home *10 month contract, compared to the year some others require *Team driving could be a plus for safety and learning reasons Cons: *Low starting rate split with co-driver *Quoted from the Getting Started with CRST packet, FAQ's, question 19, page 14: "CRST cannot promise that a female recruit will train with a female lead driver. Every female student should expect that she will train with a male lead driver for 28 days." I can forward this to you if you don't have it. Lckygrl74@gmail.com :)

Todd M.'s Comment
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Call a Roehl recruiter. Don't read the review things have changed. They pay you, feed you, house you, you in exchange drive 120 k miles for them.

Christy R.'s Comment
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Call a Roehl recruiter. Don't read the review things have changed. They pay you, feed you, house you, you in exchange drive 120 k miles for them.

Awesome! Thanks! Are you with Roehl?

Donnie AZ's Comment
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Call a Roehl recruiter. Don't read the review things have changed. They pay you, feed you, house you, you in exchange drive 120 k miles for them.

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Awesome! Thanks! Are you with Roehl?

I am starting with Roehl Transport out of their Arizona terminal and have had a great experience so far with them. Recruiter is very helpful and has answered even some of my dumb questions and is always there to help. But as Todd M. said, they pay your transport to the nearest facility, pay for your lodging while at training, and pay you while you're learning how to drive. 120k miles sounds like a lot, but if they can be consistent with the miles and pay I was offered and plan to work, it's about a year contract. I have started a Training Diary in that section of the forums if you're interested in keeping up with my progress. I start on July 27th and will be updating everyday.

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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.

Christy R.'s Comment
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Call a Roehl recruiter. Don't read the review things have changed. They pay you, feed you, house you, you in exchange drive 120 k miles for them.

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Awesome! Thanks! Are you with Roehl?

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I am starting with Roehl Transport out of their Arizona terminal and have had a great experience so far with them. Recruiter is very helpful and has answered even some of my dumb questions and is always there to help. But as Todd M. said, they pay your transport to the nearest facility, pay for your lodging while at training, and pay you while you're learning how to drive. 120k miles sounds like a lot, but if they can be consistent with the miles and pay I was offered and plan to work, it's about a year contract. I have started a Training Diary in that section of the forums if you're interested in keeping up with my progress. I start on July 27th and will be updating everyday.

Thank you, Donnie! I'll go find your diary! Best wishes!

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.

Renae S. (Angel)'s Comment
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Lady, you're FUNNY! Maybe I should coordinate with you on what school to go to, and then ask you to be my partner in the event of forced teaming! You sound like my kind of woman, all about business and able to improvise on a dime, and a sense of humor to take the edge off.

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I would LOVE to partner up with a reliable person!! I'm still researching schools, but I'm looking into CRST in Cedar Rapids, Ia. It doesn't have the greatest reviews, but I've yet to find one that does. The Pro's for me so far are: *Semi close to home *10 month contract, compared to the year some others require *Team driving could be a plus for safety and learning reasons Cons: *Low starting rate split with co-driver *Quoted from the Getting Started with CRST packet, FAQ's, question 19, page 14: "CRST cannot promise that a female recruit will train with a female lead driver. Every female student should expect that she will train with a male lead driver for 28 days." I can forward this to you if you don't have it. Lckygrl74@gmail.com :)

I totally agree with Debra! A sense of humor, boy scout preparedness, and brighter than Santa's workshop the day before Christmas! I'm heading for CR England this weekend. Team driving is required as soon as you get hired, lasting 6 months or so. It begins with your trainer for a month, and moves on to your teammate for 5 months. I'm looking at the safety issues of trying to be a rookie during winter driving. Being "stuck" in a truck with a stranger for 1/2 a year doesn't sound bad at all when I look at it that way.

I hope HE/SHE can cook. Not the end of the world either way, but restaurants and fast food swallow money faster than a robin with his first worm of the day.

Good luck finding what you're looking for!

Renae (Angel)

Christy R.'s Comment
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Thanks, Renae! Best wishes to you also. How's this for frugal? (Hope I got the right link from photo bucket for this!) Battery powered lamp, small, but $1 at the Dollar Tree Ultra light back packing canister stove, less than $5 on Amazon Butane fuel, free from a friend who hikes a lot

Christy R.'s Comment
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Thanks, Renae! Best wishes to you also. How's this for frugal? (Hope I got the right link from photo bucket for this!) Battery powered lamp, small, but $1 at the Dollar Tree Ultra light back packing canister stove, less than $5 on Amazon Butane fuel, free from a friend who hikes a lot

http://i394.photobucket.com/albums/pp30/lckygrl74/Mobile%20Uploads/20150716_212209_zpsgkwvtme6.jpg

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