Start school next week, want to go flatbed

Discussion in 'Questions From New Drivers' started by CorkyBreh, Nov 26, 2022.

  1. CorkyBreh

    CorkyBreh Bobtail Member

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    Hello everyone, I start school next week to get my CDL (not a sponsorship) and I'm looking to get into flatbed after I graduate and have a few questions on which company to go with and if any company offers all of the things below (I am in Ohio):

    Regional,
    Allow Rider,
    APU and Inverter

    Not a big list but mainly I concern myself with being able to have an APU because I will be bringing my gaming PC with me and it has an RTX 3090 in it, an APU with a beefy inverter would be nice to have so I can game in my downtime. If anyone has a company that would fit this criteria please let me know.
     
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    Terlingua Medium Load Member

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    I believe most of the larger fleets that hire new drivers have stopped spec'ing diesel APUs on the trucks. They either rely on opti-idle, which auto-starts and stops the engine when the batteries get too low and for cooling/heating, or a combination of opti-idle with a battery powered EPU. 1200-1500 watts seems pretty standard for the inverter rating. I haven't had a truck with opti-idle yet, but I would think it should keep the batteries up as long as the inverter is large enough to handle the load. My current truck has a diesel APU, but only because it's one of the older ones in the fleet. They're getting to be more rare as the older trucks are cycled out.
     
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    @CorkyBreh --

    After you finish 14-hour days of tarping, strapping, chaining, fighting traffic....and all the other things you'll have to learn & do as a newbie while (seemingly) being fed from a firehose--you will probably be too tired to fool with PC gaming. :rolleyes:

    Good flatbed starting options include (but aren't necessarily limited to):

    Driver Jobs - Great Industry pay for CDL-A Flatbed Drivers | Jordan Carriers Driver Recruiting

    Hiring Map | Maverick (maverickusa.com)

    Both hire in your area.

    --Lual
     
  6. CorkyBreh

    CorkyBreh Bobtail Member

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    Well can't get much worse than it already is for me mentally lol. I currently work as a Juvenile Corrections Officer and have been working 16 hour shifts 5 days a week for the past 4 months and get about an hour a day to game so that little bit of extra time I have while trucking will be a god send ;)
     
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    @CorkyBreh --

    You won't really need that PC anymore for gaming, after you finish CDL school.

    You will be "gaming" every time you get behind the wheel. :D

    Your new ( :eek: super-duper, full-sized) "monitor" will be your windshield, and side windows/mirrors.

    Your "joystick" and other PC controls will now be a steering wheel, floor petals, instruments, ELD, etc.

    Your gaming "score" will now be your paycheck, with any earned bonuses--and also the results from any citations, accidents, DOT inspections, etc. More bonus points--if you don't hit anything--ever!!! :cool: Still even more bonus points (later) if you're not a job-hopper...:oops:

    Just think: you'll have the opportunity to "game" like this...for up to 11 hours a day, EVERY DAY.

    Why bother to go virtual--when you already have up to 11 hours per day of the real thing (and get paid for it)? :)

    How incredibly cool will that be? ;) :p

    --Lual
     
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    CorkyBreh Bobtail Member

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    I absolutely love this :D I’m getting into trucking for maybe 2 years tops, buying a mobile home with cash and getting out lol. No house payment ftw.
     
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