New to trucking!!

Discussion in 'Transport America' started by hammiegl, Mar 15, 2008.

  1. jimnfor

    jimnfor Light Load Member

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    welcome to the forum and the industry. the key is patience and tolerance, have plenty of those in your back pocket and you'll be just fine.
    good luck
     
  2. hammiegl

    hammiegl Bobtail Member

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    Thanks Hoosier Hillbilly. I've just completed my first 8 days with my DI. I'm currently sitting at the Janesville, WI support center while my DI takes his weekend home time.

    Unfortunately, I had to wait 10 days before my DI could get to me for a pickup (but fortunately I was getting paid). Our first run out was from Columbus, IN to Loredo, TX. We got hung up in Dallas for a day (got a 34 hr reset in) and then back to Detroit. From there we did a drop in Columbus, over to WV, back to Chicago and ended up here in Janesville. We ran in rain pretty much the whole time except for South Texas.

    My DI is pretty demanding but understanding. I am making progress each day and the stress level seems to be subsiding somewhat the more I drive. I've definately learned alot in a very short period of time. Still having little issues with shifting but it is getting better. Also have a ways to go with complex backing situations.

    Our days have pretty much consisted of driving and sleeping which is great - not much sitting.

    Its actually nice to have a little down time and relax. We're sitting here under a load which we'll deliver on Monday. I'm looking forward to getting back out there and completing my training so I can test out and run on my own...
     
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  3. bengalman

    bengalman Bobtail Member

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    I was in class with you but i quit all we did was lie on our logs drive all night work 16 to 18 hour days my last day out started at 8.00 fri morn stoped 11.00 sat morn 27 hours no sleep they are a joke
     
  4. BigDaddyJollyRob

    BigDaddyJollyRob <strong>"El Oso"</strong>

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    Hey bengalman, what are you going to do now?
    I didnt go to millis, After I graduated school I started working as a fueler/yardman for greylawn foods for over a month. Its know landscaping time so I went back to work until I find a driving CDL A job. My boss has some Cdl B trucks. This week I tried out a recycling/redemption recover company to see if I liked the physical work. I liked It and now i"m just waiting to go out for whiz quiz next week they said. We'll see. I'll keep looking until I get the call.
    That job pays $170 a day m-f:biggrin_25519:
     
  5. Hoosier Hillbilly

    Hoosier Hillbilly Bobtail Member

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    I hope you are enjoing your time off. I like TAJA, there is alot of good restaurants that deliver there. The fuel desk has other menus that are not by the phone. I just came through there on Thursday, and will be heading to Laredo Monday. As far as the backing goes, don't get in a hurry, take your time and don't forget to get out and look. It will get easier, the more you do it. It just takes a little practice.
     
  6. bengalman

    bengalman Bobtail Member

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    for now im going back to my old job its not like its a bad job 22.00hr 4 weeks vac ive been there 10 years just thought i would try something else
     
  7. BigDaddyJollyRob

    BigDaddyJollyRob <strong>"El Oso"</strong>

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    Best of Luck,you could always find some local weekend work to keep you in a truck. If not best of luck and let us know how your doing from time to time.
     
  8. Bigray

    Bigray Road Train Member

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    trying something else is cool, but to leave a 22.oo hr job. guess you did'nt know how good you had it.

    this site warned me about the extensive hours that it would take to do the job, and it all has been true.
     
  9. bengalman

    bengalman Bobtail Member

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    I had to leave because of health but they are going to let me try again im on medication so I hope I can do it
     
  10. BigDaddyJollyRob

    BigDaddyJollyRob <strong>"El Oso"</strong>

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    Had to leave old job or new because of health? Best of Luck and take care of yourself.Rob
     
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