Couple questions from a newbie in south Florida

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  1. BubbRubb

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    Howdy y’all, I have decided to dip my toe in to pool of trucking, always thought about it and I’m finally ready for a swim.

    I don’t have my cdl yet. I’m currently in south Florida and wondering what my next step should be. I have contacted a couple companies who’ve said they don’t hire out of south Florida for training. I’d like to get in the industry fairly soon with a decent company but it seems I’m limited in Florida.

    I also have the opportunity to go to Sheridan technical school for a 9 week cdl school.

    Should I stay in Florida for the tech school route and try to get a job after or move to a state that will allow me to get on with a carrier through their school?

    FWIW I don’t use drugs, no dui, no tickets for 8 years, no law issues, been a diesel mechanic for 12 years, and have worked in ports and airports with no issues.... maybe that’ll increase my hire ability.

    Thanks everyone!
     
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  2. G13Tomcat

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    ^^^ O/P, he's our resident guru, on all things trucking/schooling/employment, btw. I know nothing about Florida trucking; sorry.
     
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  4. BubbRubb

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    No sweat! Thanks for the reply!
     
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    There's also @FlaSwampRat who delivers for Coca Cola (I think?) in Florida. He may be along to help shortly, also.

    I know J.R. Schugel hauls out of Floriday(a buddy of ours on here used to haul for them, you could look up his posts.. W.R. Futch or something...he went to Pinellas Career Tech Center I think; it's been awhile.) Just not a lot of freight out of Florida, but you could check with Schugel.
     
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  6. BubbRubb

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    Will look into them! Thanks, much appreciated!
     
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  7. Vic Firth

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    I believe Stevens Transport hires out of Florida
     
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  8. x1Heavy

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    Also you will find that in trucking you can live anywhere you like as long your CDL and so on is tied to the states residence somewhere in some nice state out away from Florida.

    One year we were up in Indiana As a company yard etc. And all I did was chain and cable from Jaxville FLA to Houston Texas, reloaded pipe straight east. 3 inchers. Easy strap. A tiny amount of chain because we had very good dunnage etc.

    We ran that for almost 6 months back home in the spring of the followig back and forth and back and forth Dispatch calls were 2 minutes. Unit Number Empty a few hours later unit number loaded for FLA, im gone. Bye.

    A couple of days later the process of opposite trip. No stress essentially. Just alot of rain and learning how to eat cajun food. Some of which was pretty good. found the spouse liked certain others. We got into more of that later on when she rolled with me then.

    The money took care of itself. Almost automatic, ##### KA-CHIUNG! (Now the censoring. that's interesting. Wonder which letter I subsitute for next.)
     
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  9. BubbRubb

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    So your saying, get my cdl, get out of fla and swap my license to that state?
     
  10. BubbRubb

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    Thanks! I’ll check them out, I’ve seen them running quite a bit!
     
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