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    Road Train Member WitchingHour's Avatar
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    You're not stuck with the company - if you leave the company before the term ends, then you're obligated to pay them back (and often at a depreciated rate against the time you did spend with them). I keep seeing all of this "company schools get you by the balls" posts. No, they're not going to force you to stay.


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    Quote Originally Posted by WitchingHour View Post
    It might be good for say, someone who has experience, got out, and wants back in. Or someone who might have experience in an exempt vehicle type (e.g., farm trucks) but wants to upgrade to an actual CDL. Or maybe someone like a municipal worker or dump truck driver who knows already how to back a trailer, but needs to upgrade to an A in order to tow a tag behind their truck.
    So I won't dismiss the school completely.
    I'm just out solo for a few weeks now with Roehl, went through RDTC and trip with trainer and there is just ABSOLUTELY NO WAY that I would have been able to make it with one day training.

    I do know a former municipal worker who has a B license here in Michigan that if they wanted to get an A license might find this service useful.

    So five weeks of pretty intensive training at Roehl and I'm still learning and asking questions on a daily basis. One day for me is not cutting it.

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    I'm still a rookie.....the knowledge I have gained thru training and experience in the past 3 years has taught me that. There are so many times during the course of a week that I actually acknowledge in my own mind how little I know. That does not mean I'm not competent nor do I demonstrate the skills to be a safe driver, I do. I drive with my eyes and my mind wide open so I can take it all in and in the course of my day/week I'm made aware of things I don't know, by virtue of learning new things everyday.

    So CDL in one day? I guess it's possible. However, becoming a professional driver takes more than time, it's also a commitment that's made daily. I'm a professional driver, I'm not sure when I will stop being a rookie, but I have the commitment to get there!!

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    Capital CDL Training provides you with our easy to drive truck with automatic transmission and 30 foot flatbed trailer for your training and D.O.T. test. Class A or B CDL with air brakes, combination tractor trailer is available.

    This is copied and pasted right off of there website, so actually, they are helping you get your cdl but not actually teaching you how to drive the truck. I went to rdtc, three weeks of school, and then another 3 weeks on the road with a trainer. Chances are even if you get your cdl from them, you will still have to go through all of the training that anyone else would if you want to get hired by a carrier. No training on rules and regulations, no training on keeping
    accurate logs, and no training shifting. So yes, the training you get here will get you a cracker jack box cdl, but really you are just wasting your money.

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    Quote Originally Posted by goblue View Post
    So five weeks of pretty intensive training at Roehl and I'm still learning and asking questions on a daily basis. One day for me is not cutting it.
    Ten years full time, and still continuing on a casual/part-time basis, and I still learn stuff. The learning process doesn't end. You seem to have a pretty good attitude going into this, and I wish you the best.
    I agree, this is not the place for someone getting behind the wheel of a truck for the very first time. But, there are people who do need to upgrade and know enough about driving a truck that they don't need to go through the same school that a brand new driver needs to. And this school seems to fit that niche.

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    So yes, the training you get here will get you a cracker jack box cdl
    But also keep in mind that not everyone getting a Class A is going to be driving an 18 wheeler. For that matter, the power unit might not even be a Class 7 or Class 8 truck, and unsynchronized twin countershaft transmissions may never come into the equation for them. I worked for a C&D (Construction & Demolition) haulage and management company which ran a fleet of F650s, F750s, and would put an equipment trailer rated at 16k behind them, and that required a Class A CDL. A pickup and hotshot combination rated at over 26k with a trailer rated at over 10k requires a Class A. Dump trucks pulling tag trailers require a Class A. However, if you took a road test in a Class A Combination in which the trailer was attached to the power unit by a pintle and clevice, then you'd get a restriction prohibiting you from pulling trailers attached by fifth wheel (for commercial vehicles.. you could still pull a fifth wheel camper as an RV). So using the combination they have prevents one from getting that restriction.

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    I have never seen a fifth wheel restriction on a drivers licence, one of my brothers took his test in a spray tender truck, tank on the back, and a spray trailer coupled by a pintle hitch, and he was issued a class a cdl with no restrictions. However I do know that it varies by state.

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    OK, I looked it up, and you are correct, there is a fifth wheel restriction. I also did not know that there was an automatic transmission restriction. I have never heard of anyone getting either one of these put on there drivers licence.
    Restrictions:
    "L" On a full air brake vehicle, if a driver fails either the air brake component of the general knowledge test, or performs the skills test in a vehicle not equipped with air brakes, then the driver will have an "L" air brake restriction placed on their license.
    "Z" If the driver takes the test in a vehicle with an air over hydraulic brake system, then they will have a "Z" no full air brake restriction placed on their license. In either case the driver is not authorized to operate a CMV equipped with air brakes.
    "E" If the driver takes the Skills Test in a vehicle that has an automatic transmission, then an "E" no manual transmission restriction is placed on their license.
    "O" If the driver takes the Skills Test in a Class A vehicle that has a pintle hook or other non-fifth wheel connection, they will have an "O" restriction placed on their license restricting them from driving any Class A vehicle with a fifth wheel connection.
    "M" If a driver possesses a Class A CDL, but obtains his or her passenger or school bus endorsement in a Class B vehicle the State must place an "M" restriction indicating that the driver can only operate Class B and C passenger vehicle or school buses.
    "N" If a driver possesses a Class B CDL, but obtains his or her passenger or school bus endorsement in a Class C vehicle; the State must place an "N" restriction indicating that the driver can only operate Class C passenger vehicle or school buses

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    Only missing the "OMG" restriction, offered by the CRE schools....

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