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    Bobtail Member vikingman's Avatar
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    Shine up the CDL / after 7 years not driving

    Greetings Everyone.

    I drove van for Roehl about a year, seven years ago, right out of CDL school. I was driving though Ohio one day and decided that OTR was not what I wanted to do the rest of my life, turned in my time, and drove the truck back to the terminal after completing my dispatch(s). I worked various non-trucking jobs over the past 7 years. Now I am thinking about "shining up my CDL" and getting that 2 years of recent experience often specified for local or 7/7 type jobs.

    I am asking about advice on whether I should look at a 1-2 year hitch at a trainer company or try to find a smaller OTR company that would hire anyway. Or anything else you can suggest. If I have to go out with a trainer again, I'm thinking I might as well go flatbed this time. That is a piece of advice from an experienced trucker that I should have taken the last time I went out.

    You might be wondering why I would want to go back OTR when I left once before. Let's just say that I am looking at it as a temporary solution right now. I also have no illusions about the job, have lower debt, am more laid back, and have learned a lot on this forum that my trainer never taught me. No longer do I suffer from any "romantic illusions" about OTR trucking that afflicted me the first time around (noob's disease). I would think about it as a two year tour of duty. No knock on Roehl here, I think they are one of the better companies to start at. One could do a lot worse.

    When I talk to truckers, it seems to me that everything has gotten worse in the last seven years. Agree?

    Should I look around for a local O/O who wants a few loads hauled now and then?

    Thanks


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    Road Train Member fortycalglock's Avatar
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    Well you don't know diddly according to the training companies. However, if you've kept up your CDL this whole time, go get a current DOT physical and start shopping smaller companies or owner operators. Driver beware always applies, but that "seasoned CDL" should allow you to be hired by a smaller outfit or couple truck O/O. Another option that pays really well would be to go run the oilfields in the Dakotas and you're already used to that dang cold windy weather.

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    Bobtail Member vikingman's Avatar
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    Thanks forty

    Thanks.

    I have kept up my CDL and have a current medical card. The only thing I let slide was my hazmat, cause I did not want to pay for the new requirements if I was not driving at the time.

    I would prefer to drive for a smaller outfit (no qualcomm) anyway.

    I just talked a friend who's been talking to companies about a welding job in the North Dakato fields. The rumor is they have a lot more oil there than they first thought, and the boom (drilling, fracking) should last another 5 or 10 years anyway.

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