Honest CRST experience

Discussion in 'CRST' started by John Dewart, Jan 2, 2016.

  1. John Dewart

    John Dewart Medium Load Member

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    The guy I was teamed with did much better because he started at a higher rate because he was military. I do not know specifics but I'm pretty sure he started at 33cpm and went up to 39 at the end of contract. The dude I'm with now (my bro) sucks at saving money and managing it so he blows through all his money. Plus they know I'm jumping in July so I think there lowering our miles a bit. Just a hunch no proof
     
  2. John Dewart

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    That's something I definitely recommend because it saves you money. It seems dumb but your just racking up a debt without getting payed, if you do it before hand you owe them significantly less and it's much quicker. It'll cut a week off your training time. Make sure you get a med card as well.
     
  3. John Dewart

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    The way I saw it was, go to school for 6 months, pay 16k for it, and have 6 months downtime, and then Have to start at a starter company anyway, or just suck it up. I mean first year at another starter is gonna be what 45k? So 45k-16k for school and 12k for normal bills is... 45k-12k-16k=17k for a year of work. Where I made almost 40k in less than a year. I'll take it. Seems like a better deal, not only that but I walk away with a year experience. Which if you could put a value on it is probably worth like 10k. Not to bad.

    Most people fail for two reasons:
    1) is definitely accountability, I'd say 90% of the ######## that go there think there the best thing since sliced bread, have never worked more than 30hrs a week and are entitled to everything. Also known as Bernie sanders supporters lol, just kidding. No I'm not

    2) theyre lazy as hell. They're too busy trying to be cool with all the other idiots. They make up a million and one excuses on why they failed a test when in reality they're just too dumb or didn't study enough. Most people fail PTI. And backing. Driving these things down a highway in Iowa is not very hard.

    A lot of the teachers focus on the people trying to learn, and then the other half of people there don't pass because there on there phone or cracking jokes in the back of the class all the excuses come. It's funny I asked a recruiter how many people you guys bring in and how many pas and she said right around 22-26%. Which is right for sure. Get your med card though seriously. If you don't get it, and you bus up there only to find out your ineligible, your not gonna be a happy camper.
     
  4. jgarciajr40

    jgarciajr40 Light Load Member

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    Oh, I have no medical problems other than maybe being 20lbs overweight. My DOT med card shouldn't be an issue. I'll see what my local doctor offices charge for a visit. I assume it'll be more than what CRST chargers ($50).

    I'm by no means lazy. The only reason I want to leave my current job is I don't enjoy what I do, who I do it with, and how much it pays. I'm only 22, and though my job pays more than what most people my age earn I simply don't enjoy it.

    I have savings to help supplement my CRST starting pay if it's truly trash, but if I don't make 400-600 a week my work ethic isn't the variable - it would be something else whether that be a lack of miles or something else.

    0.25cpm x 2500 = $625. Assuming the truck runs 5000 miles in a week since the mileage is split.
    Does that sound obtainable normally?
     
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  5. John Dewart

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    Yes 5000 miles is a pretty doable amount. Make sure you communicate also. It's important, give them an ETA every 12hrs and when your about 2-4hrs out. It'll get you another load. They will start stacking the loads on ya once you prove your reliability and that's where you make the most money. I've had weeks were I did 2500 miles and weeks north of 7500. There are a lot of variables but it's a lot better from July to late December. I don't even go home for that period. $$$$
     
  6. BUMBACLADWAR

    BUMBACLADWAR Road Train Member

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    Copy...This must be the new and improved CRST. I did every run (on time) that they ever offered or asked me if I wanted back in 1999. 22cents a mile Net $238 for 32 days out.
     
  7. jgarciajr40

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    Oh, if that's the case. Than I wouldn't have any financial issues. I have little liabilities $500-$600 a week I should be fine.

    Hey, do you have an suggestions to save money on food? I was thinking of maybe buying YETI cooler. One of those coolers to put lunch meats, and various other food to help save on my food bill.
     
  8. Chinatown

    Chinatown Road Train Member

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    @1278PA - this is CRST thread; it's a good one to read.
     
    John Dewart Thanks this.
  9. John Dewart

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    17 years is a long time lol. It depends on your Manager too. Some of em hold grudges. I've heard of many people Turning down loads to LA and NJ and then they wonder why they sit.

    It's so circumstantial that it's really hard to say. You could've had a ####ty manager, or whatever the case may be. I took a little extra time to try and get to know everyone that makes me money, and for the most part I got it pretty good. They'll call me and crack jokes and I'll do the same.
     
  10. John Dewart

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    they have refrigerators in the trucks, not very large, but decent. If you don't like lunch meat your gonna learn to, or b come a thousand pounds overweight eating all the truck stop food lol. I gained 15 pounds since last year. Not happy lol but I'm leaving in July and I'm gonna take a little time off to lose it.

    The only other suggestion I have is pick your battles. Your Dm makes EVERYTHING happen. If your good with them your fine. Now I'm not saying tell everyone off that irritates you, but if you got a good DM and a good relationship with the night time guys you'll be fine. I have managers emailing me funny memes and photos all the time. We crack jokes and have fun.
     
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