Don't know if I'm considered a trucker...

Discussion in 'Questions From New Drivers' started by Christoph006, Nov 15, 2014.

  1. Christoph006

    Christoph006 Bobtail Member

    Nov 15, 2014
    Louisville, KY
    But I drive a single axle big box armored truck although a CDL is not required. Does that count? I drive OTR I guess since we go out of state every day. I see the dump trucks everyday on the interstates and keep thinking about doing that as a career. It looks like in KY where I live you only need a Class B CDL to operate dump trucks. It says it's a written test then I would have to get a Class B truck to take the driving part of the test. Any advice on what route I should take with that? Is the pay worth it for a dump truck career in trucking? How are the benefits in the trucking business?
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  3. rubberducky68

    rubberducky68 Road Train Member

    Sep 9, 2010
    Jefferson GA
    If you have ever p.i.s.s.e.d in a bottle and left in the parking lot for someone else to pick might be a trucker
    If you weigh 300 pounds and have to wear sweat pants because that's the only thing comfortable on your might be a trucker
    If you dump your ashtray full of cigarette butts out your window onto the truck stop parking lot for everyone to step might be a trucker
    If you tie up the fuel pumps without regard for anyone else while you go in an take a dump and grab something to might be a trucker

    Do you fit the profile?! :biggrin_2559:
  4. Scott101

    Scott101 Medium Load Member

    Nov 30, 2008
    Driving has been a good career for me.

    My suggestion would be to go all the way and get the Class A. The added effort and expense will pay back huge over the life of your career compared to a Class B. --Assuming you stick with driving.
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  5. snowwy

    snowwy Road Train Member

    Jul 6, 2009
    i don't see how you could only need a class B to drive a dump truck. isn't there a weight thing for each class?
    the dump trucks around here will haul at least 52,000 pounds. up to 67,000 pounds, depending on how many lift axles are added.

    go for the A. and be done with it.
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  6. 6daysontheroad

    6daysontheroad Medium Load Member

    Dec 15, 2012
    North of the Rio Grande
    In addition I respectfully submit the following.
    Do you carry a big leather wallet with a chain hooked to it?
    Do you wear cowboy hat and boots?
    When sitting in a truck stop with other drivers can you consistently top their stories no matter how outrageous or unbelievable?
    If so then you certainly have what it takes. :biggrin_25514:
  7. 12 ga


    Oct 21, 2013
    Central Michigan
    Straight truck only requires a class B regardless of weight. If equipped with air brakes, most are, then an air brake endorsement is required.
  8. pattyj

    pattyj Road Train Member

    Jul 19, 2008
    Sioux City,ia
    There are companies that will help you get your class b because they need the drivers.A landscaping company here helps ppl get there class A and B license.They furnish the trk to take the test.I imagine companies in your area will do the same thing.
  9. MachoCyclone

    MachoCyclone Road Train Member

    Jun 13, 2012

    Guess I am not a real truck driver then. I don't piss in bottles, weigh 300 pounds, I don't wear sweat pants, I don't smoke, I don't park in the fuel island except to get fuel.

    I refuse to eat inside a truck stop and be bombarded with stories so full of #### you can smell it coming out of their mouths. I also don't have a wallet with a chain on it. I don't wear a cowboy hate, but I do wear a Freightliner ball cap and I do wear steel toe boots.
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  10. Jabber1990

    Jabber1990 Road Train Member

    Jan 10, 2013
    Jackson, MO
    I do none of those, so I guess i'm not a trucker

    oh well, I HAVE been called a "steering wheel holder" more than once on this site
  11. goodlion

    goodlion Bobtail Member

    Nov 10, 2010
    This is too funny not to follow.
    I dunno, Im a sweatpants trucker.

    I don't do the fashion trend of shorts and sandals in a snowstorm.
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