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Discussion in 'Questions From New Drivers' started by Olderskool cdl, Jun 4, 2020.

  1. Olderskool cdl

    Olderskool cdl Bobtail Member

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    Ok people, just a little background on me and I could use some input.
    So I am close to 50 male, in decent health,so far, but just recently retreated on my own dime thru a dmv approved tester for my cdl class abc with tanker endorsement and passed. I have my med card,and all. Now I have been driving big trucks since I was 18, a 2050A fleetstar with 20 ton equip trailer, but back then and where I lived a cdl wasn't needed. But quit when I was 20. After that went to work for a agricultural company,and drove Ford L9000, and Freightliner semi with timpte grain trailer, that was from 93_ thru 08. Since then they went out of business so can't get hold of owners. I have run my own business all thru this time so no lack in employment ,That being said, so far I have tried putting in application to various local big and small trucking companies, and am being told I need atleast 6 months recent driving experience. I realize there are people who claim to have experience but have none,but in my case it is true for experience. Now even Swift wants me to drive for 200 hours and commit to contract to start driving, it is not what I wish to do. Anyone have any ideas of where to go for a job, I am located in Northern Wisconsin between Superior and Eau Claire. Any help will be appreciated.
     
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  3. Olderskool cdl

    Olderskool cdl Bobtail Member

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    Should be retested,not retreated.
     
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    Chinatown Road Train Member

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  5. Goldenfan

    Goldenfan Medium Load Member

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    Did you talk to Halvor in superior?
    Jeff foster is up there too.
    Windy Hill in Marshfield
    Bauer trucking
    Those are up in your area and are smaller companies. Maybe give them a call. I don't know anything about them but just suggesting.
     
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    VA CDL Holder Medium Load Member

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    What is the definition of "recent experience" in trucking?
     
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    I glide 47 Road Train Member

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    Last 3 years
     
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    Join the club. I've backed up more miles than these recruiters drove forward, over 3 million, ACCIDENT, TICKET FREE, but no driving in the last 10 years. To get a driving job, I was told the same as you. Well, they can cram it with walnuts, and when I moved to Colorado, I relinquished my CDL for ever. You may find an O/O or a small company that will put you on, but today's megas, it's all about insurance, and they just can't take a chance.
     
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    Oor Road Train Member

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    Couple companies out of that area, as goldenfan noted, couple that run in and out too.

    For experience, you're just going to have to suck it up and go out with a trainer for a couple of weeks.

    Won't kill you and you'll get some inside info on how things are run at that company, instead of having to figure it out from scratch.
     
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    MacFarlane Pheasants
    Janesville, WI
    Trains new drivers and helps some get their CDL.
    Pays $25.00 hr. while on the road while driving or sleeping.
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    MacFarlane Pheasants | America's Largest Pheasant Farm
    https://www.pheasant.com
    MacFarlane Pheasants, Inc has been in the game bird business since 1929 and has grown to be the largest pheasant producer in North America.
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