Central Refrigerated Truck Stop II

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  1. Panhandle flash

    Panhandle flash Road Train Member

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    Looked inside a prostar, not impressed. Haven't seen the inside of a lonestar yet. Did read an article, about how nice it was supposed to be. Talks all about the ride and how quiet and blah blah blah. Thats all nice but.... I live in my trk for 4 to 6 weeks at a time, I want room, storage, and comfort!!!!! JMHO of course.
     
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  3. Lady K

    Lady K Road Train Member

    We have the Cascadia... Tall and room up front, but would love to not have the upper bunk and just have cupboards... But it was better for us (team) than the Pete... Momma likes a roomy house ;)
     
  4. 1badz28

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    i have seen the inside of a lone star exactly the same as the prostar from what i seen with the exception of leather seats and a little more chrome on the dash. the one i saw also had hardwood floors but the driver said he added that.
     
  5. trucker916

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    Hello from sacramento ca im curently training for TDA. Were about second week in the yard and were doing pre trip and skills.. alley dock parallel parking and straight backing. and behind the wheel driving. Its been a fast pace. but were all learning. willl be going to fontana in about a week from now.. we have been training on 8 speed and 10 speed truck on and off with 53" trailer and I think 42" Its fun but im still grinding gears here and there.
     
  6. About Time

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    Congratulations and good luck in Fontana. You'll have nicer equipment to test out in and a better yard to do your skills. I hated those pot holes in Sacramento. Fontana lot is smooth and alot larger. Also the streets aren't as tight when you do your drive test. Get past the long bus ride to Fontana and its uphill from there.
     
  7. Brownyjr36

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    Just curious, what is the rider policy at Central? Have not seen much on crs website.
     
  8. celticwolf

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    tten or older, Dm permissionn and yu paying $126.00 a year for insurance for your rider.
     
  9. Metal Image

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    From my experience out with trainers for CR England and CRST, which was pretty much the same. If you don't get with a trainer on a dedicated run, or O/O, you might be spending a lot of time in truck stops waiting for loads. Also a lot of trainers don't like it when you bring too much stuff. So I good idea is to travel light. Also if you don't want to spend a lot of money at Subway, you'll need about a backpack full of munchies (light travel food) because there's not alot of opportunities to go food shopping. If your going the Subway route you'll need about $150.00 but you can get away with less for food and misc.

    Though your trainer should have enough points for team-shower, you'll want to have a little $$$ to make sure (showers are normally about $10.00).

    Also you might have to pay the tolls if there on your shift, but you can most likely get advance cash from the company to cover it, if the trainer doesn't give you the money for it.

    A lot a new drivers spend too much money on truck-stop trinckets, especially when they been there waiting for a load for more than a few hours. Yes, sometimes you can get stuck at truck stops for several days, especially in FL where I have come to name the roach-motel because, (trucks check in but they never check out). It's not always that bad, but you can spend a few days there from time to time. Just don't get caught up in the hoopla of truck stop bargins and trinkets.

    Beyond that, it's pretty much easy sailing.
     
  10. 1badz28

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    for the life of me i do not know why you guys get stuck in or claim to be stuck in florida. i have worked for central and i always got a flower or corn load out as a preset before my initall delivery or i was deadheaded out back to georgia . the co im with now always deadheads out. the myth of being stuck in florida is a bunch of bs if you ask me. if you wanna work they WILL get you out.
     
  11. Metal Image

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    There are many kinds of trainers as there are personalities.

    However, the best things to remember, regardless on how much you know or don't know are:

    It doesn't matter what it reads on the trainning time line document and how many hours your suposed to do this or that. It may say that the trainer needs to be up in the cab with you for so many days. However, if you drive well for an hour or so, the trainer will most likely give you a few instructions and head off into the sleeper.

    In my experience, most trainers will end up sticking you with most of the night driving, but not all of them.

    If you get into a truck with O/O that runs hard, you'll get few opportunities to practice your backing skills, so make the most of the chances you do get.

    A lot if not most trainers will tell you that it doesn't matter what you learned in truck driving school and to forget most of it because it doesn't work on the road. You could be the best at backing skills in school, but not of that matters in real world situations.

    One of the worst things studients do, according to the trainers I have had, is to argue with the trainers sighting that they were taught something different in school. Pretty much; the best thing to do is to go with the trainers instruction.

    Lastly, a lot of trainers will be a lot more understanding and patient with you when you put in the miles then if you didn't. A personal example was with my first trainer. I was driving about 300 to 350 miles per day, he couldn't stop complaining and harshly ridiculing me when ever I made even a small mistake. When I started putting in 500 miles per day, but making some of the same mistakes, his whole tone changed. Suddenly he couldn't have been more helpfull, supportive and forgiving. And now I was one of the best studients he ever had and he would be happy to be my co-driver if he wasn't locked in as a trainer.
     
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