Am I outta my mind?

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  1. TruckerPete24

    TruckerPete24 Light Load Member

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    Once a trucker always a trucker loll
     
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  3. Chinatown

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    Not all companies require 160 hrs. Call the companies you're interested in and ask if they will accept graduates from that school. Schneider Bulk probably will & this is an excellent tanker outfit.

    Tanker companies that hire new CDL grads:
    Schneider Bulk
    Groendyke Transport
    CTL Transportation
    SVTN
    Superior Carriers
    Trimac Transportation
    Tidewater Transit
    Bay&Bay
    A&R Logistics

    All these companies hire new CDL grads even though some websited may show "experience required."
     
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  4. sauteedog

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    I just retired from the military but have had a CDL for the past 20 years. I have decided on Maverick Trucking with the idea of doing tankers after the first year. Maverick does not require a 160 hr course and have an excellent training program from what I hear. I start orientation next week.
     
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  5. Chinatown

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    Did something similar; got the Ordinary Seaman Document because didn't have to test for it; just showed my DD-214 proving I had been in the Navy. Never did use it. Friend of mine was an Engineering Officer on a merchant ship and wanted me to work for him starting out as a wiper. Just never know sometimes; lots of decisions to make and only one lifetime with the clock ticking away.
     
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  6. RetiredUSN

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    I figured 20 years down in the engine rooms were enough. I had friends retire and go right over to MM or Military Sealift. 2 of them are assigned to the big (Roll on /Roll off) ships that are tied up on the next to the Monitor Merrimac bridge in Newport News off of I-664. If you ever come through that way......you can't miss em. They are petty huge.
     
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  7. thelushlarry

    thelushlarry Road Train Member

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    Yes I think you are outta your mind. You are not going to make that starting out in trucking and you are going to deal with a lot more people you hate.:biggrin_25520:
     
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  8. Chinatown

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    At one, time just a few years ago, I had planned to apply with Military Sealift Command for a ship ported in Singapore. The plan was to move my family there at my expense. Figured the wife would like it since they speak Mandarin and English there, but she changed her mind and refused to budge; just refuses to even vacation in Singapore. I love the place though. So, bought a home in Beijing instead and put the seamans document in a picture frame and hung it on the wall.
     
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  9. gpsman

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    Sounds like depression-related lack of ambition, or truck driving would be nearer the bottom of the list.

    Which is not to suggest I don't feel ya, but the only person who can correct stinkin' thinkin' is you. Your employer may have a program to let you speak with a therapist for "work-related stress" on their dime, but if you have to pay for it yourself I'd think it would be a wise investment.
     
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  10. Danvitt

    Danvitt Light Load Member

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    I'm too old school to do therapy. The only therapy session I would be willing to do is for my company to put me in ring with a few of my coworkers. Its the kind of company where you got people who run and whine to the boss every three seconds if they don't get their way. You can't confront them because your not supposed to hurt their feelings. Adult conversations are out, nowadays you need a mediator for everything.

    Not down on life, just fed up and need change of pace. I know there is lot wrong with trucking but I'm just pulled towards the peace of being alone and doing my own thing. At least if i hit the road, I'll be dealing with new ######## instead of the same old ones.
     
  11. TLeaHeart

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    yes you are out of your mind, but that is what it takes to be a truck driver. Must do what is beneficial for you, regardless of what nay sayers say...

    Just be ready for a learning curve and small paychecks to start.

    and keep in mind, you will not be working 40 hours in 5 days, but 70 hours in 8 days... well actually you will work more than that as a truck driver.
     
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