What type of semi is this referred to as?

Discussion in 'Questions From New Drivers' started by Bluebruce, Aug 25, 2014.

  1. Bluebruce

    Bluebruce Bobtail Member

    Jul 18, 2014
    Hey truckers I'm interested in driving a semi like this to start and get my foot in the door for a local distributing company, and I just want to know what these are referred to as. Also, what are the chances of getting hired driving one of those to start,with no experience other than driving school with a class a right out of driving school. Clean record,no felonies,healthy,and drug free of course.Obviously backing is pretty much like a regular vehicle, but what would training be like? Thanks everyone

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  3. HeWhoMustNotBeNamed

    HeWhoMustNotBeNamed Crusty Pogosticker!!

    Jan 25, 2012
    Cartoon Network
    That's no Semi. That's a Straight Truck. "B" class CDL
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  4. gokiddogo

    gokiddogo Road Train Member

    Mar 5, 2012
    Ontario Canada
    I'd call it a 10 wheeler ...
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  5. Bluebruce

    Bluebruce Bobtail Member

    Jul 18, 2014
    Ah to be a rookie...:biggrin_2552: Thanks for the info!
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  6. notsonewb

    notsonewb Light Load Member

    Jul 29, 2014
    That I think is a kenworth t300, it falls into the medium duty category , and most likely requires a class B if it has air brakes or if it is rated to gross 26,001 or more , if you put a Trlr behind it , you would most likely require an Class A , regardless of the brake type, if you go to driving school you will most likely get class A but thay may offer a class B only course and you would be gtg.go to your local BMV and pick up a copy of CDL study guide it covers all this and some I forgot to mention .hope this helps.
  7. Skunk_Truck_2590

    Skunk_Truck_2590 Road Train Member

    Feb 16, 2007
    Stonewall, LA.
    I call them a pain in the ### because they tend to get in the way entirely WAY to much and a good portion of the time impede traffic.
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  8. MACK E-6

    MACK E-6 Moderator Staff Member

    Sep 19, 2005
    Baltimore, MD
    If you are hauling beverages you WILL earn every cent you make. Believe that. Those guys work hard. I personally think LTL guys have it easier, since unlike the distributors they aren't hauling their own product.
  9. Chinatown

    Chinatown Road Train Member

    Aug 28, 2011
    Henderson, NV & Orient
    You won't have any problem finding a Class-B job driving something like that. Beverage companies, soft drink, beer, etc. always needing drivers. Hard on the back.
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  10. double yellow

    double yellow Road Train Member

    Aug 28, 2011
    State of Jefferson
    "Semi" refers to the trailer -- as in semi-articulating trailer.

    That is a fancy way of saying a portion of the load is in front of the pivot point. On a typical 53' trailer, the kingpin (which is the pivot point) is 3' back from the front of the trailer. This is different from your typical ball & hitch automotive tow setup where the pivot point is at the ball -- in front of the load.

    The truck you posted is a "straight truck" or "box truck" & does not require a class A commercial license. It may not even require a class B (although with 3 axles it probably does). If you have a class A you could probably find a job without any additional training (at least driver training).
  11. browndawg

    browndawg Medium Load Member

    Dec 20, 2013
    Rock Island, IL
    I started out driving a straight truck, and then moved my way up to tractor trailers, no CDL school for me. Great way to start out, and Coke will probably hire you with no experience.
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