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Discussion in 'Trucking Schools and CDL Training Forum' started by Adelmo, Nov 15, 2019.

  1. Adelmo

    Adelmo Bobtail Member

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    I have obtained my CDL Class A permit and am about to register (in December) either to Roadmasters or Tampa Trucking Schools (I'm in Tampa). Ideally, I would love to link unto with one of these "recruiters" they advertise about in order to have my tuition paid for. I am a bit nervous over this decision. I have shared this being a complete career change for me... Anyway, I just wanted to keep you guys updated to my journey...any feedback would be welcomed for I don't have to go on other than what I read here from you..
     
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    Chinatown Road Train Member

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  3. Vic Firth

    Vic Firth Road Train Member

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    Cypress truck lines might be an option
     
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    jammer910Z Road Train Member

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    I just gave this "advice" on another thread, so I'll share it with you for my 2c and then I'm watching COPS.

    If you aren't proficient ALREADY with backing trailers... Do yourself a huge favor and get or borrow an 8-10ft trailer and practice backing that thing with a car/pickup til you MASTER IT.

    You will have a much easier time in training and when you're placed with a road trainer.
    That's where most get to panicking.
    That... and shifting a manual tranny.

    Get ahead of the game.
    It's like going to Basic Training in peak physical condition.

    Trust me.
     
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  5. FlaSwampRat

    FlaSwampRat Road Train Member

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    Tampa truck driving school has some garbage trucks (not that it matters I guess because you are just learning the basics in them) and are all auto from what I hear. Roadmaster has brand new Werner trucks they use so I'm guessing also auto but at least they are new. I've never seen a Tampa truck driving school truck out on the road so I don't know how much time you would get behind the wheel but almost every day I see a Roadmaster truck getting off 75 on to 60 in Brandon when I'm on my way to work so I know they are at least getting guys out on the road a lil bit. I would not want the auto restriction if you can avoid it, while it seems that most trucks are auto you don't want to limit yourself from maybe getting that perfect job you want that requires you to drive a 10 speed. Do you live in Tampa and if so what area? There might be a few other options in the area for CDL training.
     
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  6. Hazmat Cat

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    Roadmaster is expensive. There are cheaper and better alternatives.
     
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  7. Adelmo

    Adelmo Bobtail Member

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    I live an area named Town & Country. It's only a 10-15 minute drive to the schools I mentioned
     
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  8. Adelmo

    Adelmo Bobtail Member

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    Thank you all for your input
     
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    FlaSwampRat Road Train Member

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    15 minutes ain't gonna happen if you have to go during any rush hour times. Not to be negative but speaking from experience, I used to live in Westley shores apartments on W Hillsborough @ the veterans and it's more like a 45 minute drive most of the time (we have a building on Sabal Blvd that I would work out of sometimes across the street and a few buildings down from Tampa truck driving school). Call XPO and see what they can do for you if you are looking for close to home. They hire a lot of dock to driver guys from what I hear, start you out in the yard parking trailers.
     
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  10. snowmantrucking101

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    1.5 year contract $8,000 dollar price tag on their "school"
     
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