Well, after going home from orientation I was looking forward to some relaxation with the family. We were told that when we left orientation, we should be getting a call from our trainer over the weekend to set up a place and time to meet to move on to the next portion of our training. They also warned us that if we did not receive a call this weekend, not to panic, they have a lot of students right now and not enough trainers. Well, as my luck would have it, I would not have to wait! My trainer called the next day, introduced himself, and basically answered all my questions before I had a chance to ask them, so I was relieved. I was to meet him the next day about an hour from where I live in the afternoon and we would go from there.
The next day, I packed my things and headed out for training. I met my trainer "Bob" near where he parks his truck. I also met, again, my room mate from orientation. It seems the company gave Bob two people to train, my room mate and myself, and I was wondering how that was going to work with there being only two bunks! Bob quickly explained that he was on a dedicated account that got him home every night, so the other student and myself would sleep in the truck every night. We would trade off on the driving duties and we would be with him for two weeks, but we'd get to go home on the weekend if we wanted to.
We quickly got to his truck, jumped in, and bobtailed to where his pick up was, which happened to be 45 minutes in the direction from where I just came, right down the road from my house! Needless to say I was a little miffed. I could have met him there, but what is done is done. The other student drove the truck bobtail to the pick up, we got our papers, coupled up, and I was told to drive back. So I drove the load back to where we just came from, and shut it down for the night. Bob explained that his account had three stops with exact drop-off times, so we had to shut it down to get our 10 hour break in so that we could get up and do our pre-trip inspection at 2:30 am and be on the road by 3:30 to make our first appointment time at 6:00 am.
Now, I have never slept in a truck, so I did not know what to expect. Honestly I didn't think it was bad, certainly not worse than some places I slept when I was in the army. I only had one beef, which was more of an annoyance. It was hot outside, and our company does not have APUs in their trucks, so the only way to get AC was to idle the truck. An APU is an auxiliary power unit. It's a small engine which provides heat & A/C when the main engine is turned off. Well, Bob explained that he did not want us idling the truck, because it went against his fuel bonus. If it got to be unbearably hot, he would understand if we wanted to idle the truck, but requested that we please let him know if we were going to. Well, it got hot, real hot, so we idled the truck for about 30 minutes to cool it off and then shut it down. I did not get a great night's sleep, but it could have been worse.
Time for our first load delivery......keep looking for new updates to see how it went!