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Late stage career change..got a Class A CDL... #4622264
01/02/18 09:39 PM
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...looking forward to seeing the country..surprised at the persistent demand for this skill...wrote dbl/tpl, tanker, hazmat and passenger endorsements will do the TWIC and Canada/Mexico/port pass right away too...see where that takes me first year.


16 Civic Coupe Touring 38k
640:1 TCW-3 E091
Edge 0/40 XG7317
Firehawk Indy 500

06 4Runner SR5 146k
640:1 TCW-3
PP 5/30 XG3614
Falken Wildpeak AT3W
Re: Late stage career change..got a Class A CDL... [Re: dblshock] #4622267
01/02/18 09:43 PM
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Originally Posted By: dblshock
...looking forward to seeing the country..surprised at the persistent demand for this skill...wrote dbl/tpl, tanker, hazmat and passenger endorsements will do the TWIC and Canada/Mexico/port pass right away too...see where that takes me first year.


Awesome and congrats. Curious, which field did you switch from? smile


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2006 Acura TSX 180K/AT
Re: Late stage career change..got a Class A CDL... [Re: dblshock] #4622279
01/02/18 09:50 PM
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dblshock Offline OP
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Sales/Account manager, no security though.


16 Civic Coupe Touring 38k
640:1 TCW-3 E091
Edge 0/40 XG7317
Firehawk Indy 500

06 4Runner SR5 146k
640:1 TCW-3
PP 5/30 XG3614
Falken Wildpeak AT3W
Re: Late stage career change..got a Class A CDL... [Re: dblshock] #4622281
01/02/18 09:54 PM
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I *LOVED* driving semi-truck in the 90's!

Especially flatbed loads, I got to see the country and go to some really cool places!

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Not any more.

I have friends in the business, and they say the rules are (*almost* literally) a killer.


"The evidence demands a verdict".
(Re:VOA)"it's nearly impossible to actually know the particular additives that are in there at what concentrations."
Re: Late stage career change..got a Class A CDL... [Re: dblshock] #4622282
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dblshock Offline OP
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was wonderful mastering yard maneuvers in Escanaba, MI late November- December...Whoa.


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640:1 TCW-3 E091
Edge 0/40 XG7317
Firehawk Indy 500

06 4Runner SR5 146k
640:1 TCW-3
PP 5/30 XG3614
Falken Wildpeak AT3W
Re: Late stage career change..got a Class A CDL... [Re: dblshock] #4622284
01/02/18 09:57 PM
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dblshock Offline OP
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I'm new to this but it seems they regulate a ton of responsibility to the driver..i'd bet the pay will zoom with demand through the roof like it is.


16 Civic Coupe Touring 38k
640:1 TCW-3 E091
Edge 0/40 XG7317
Firehawk Indy 500

06 4Runner SR5 146k
640:1 TCW-3
PP 5/30 XG3614
Falken Wildpeak AT3W
Re: Late stage career change..got a Class A CDL... [Re: dblshock] #4622287
01/02/18 10:02 PM
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16 Civic Coupe Touring 38k
640:1 TCW-3 E091
Edge 0/40 XG7317
Firehawk Indy 500

06 4Runner SR5 146k
640:1 TCW-3
PP 5/30 XG3614
Falken Wildpeak AT3W
Re: Late stage career change..got a Class A CDL... [Re: dblshock] #4622291
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dblshock Offline OP
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here it is a hair above freezing




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640:1 TCW-3 E091
Edge 0/40 XG7317
Firehawk Indy 500

06 4Runner SR5 146k
640:1 TCW-3
PP 5/30 XG3614
Falken Wildpeak AT3W
Re: Late stage career change..got a Class A CDL... [Re: dblshock] #4622297
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dblshock Offline OP
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We had trained with 48' trailers in MI. but I'm from neighboring WI. where the exam is on 53' rigs.. but I aced the yard with 0 points, proud of myself for that..as well I should.


16 Civic Coupe Touring 38k
640:1 TCW-3 E091
Edge 0/40 XG7317
Firehawk Indy 500

06 4Runner SR5 146k
640:1 TCW-3
PP 5/30 XG3614
Falken Wildpeak AT3W
Re: Late stage career change..got a Class A CDL... [Re: dblshock] #4622298
01/02/18 10:17 PM
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Being on the road will learn you things. I ran coast to coast in the late 1970s and have great memories,,, be careful.


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2018 Ford F350 6.2
Re: Late stage career change..got a Class A CDL... [Re: dblshock] #4622300
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the attractive part of CDL for me was I can live and work where ever I like...that has merit.


16 Civic Coupe Touring 38k
640:1 TCW-3 E091
Edge 0/40 XG7317
Firehawk Indy 500

06 4Runner SR5 146k
640:1 TCW-3
PP 5/30 XG3614
Falken Wildpeak AT3W
Re: Late stage career change..got a Class A CDL... [Re: CT8] #4622302
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Originally Posted By: CT8
Being on the road will learn you things. I ran coast to coast in the late 1970s and have great memories,,, be careful.


I understand, yes sir.


16 Civic Coupe Touring 38k
640:1 TCW-3 E091
Edge 0/40 XG7317
Firehawk Indy 500

06 4Runner SR5 146k
640:1 TCW-3
PP 5/30 XG3614
Falken Wildpeak AT3W
Re: Late stage career change..got a Class A CDL... [Re: dblshock] #4622306
01/02/18 10:28 PM
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Deplorable in apple valley, ca
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I have had my cdl over 20 yrs. I lost money driving a company truck. I quit and went back to auto repair. I do ocasionally drive for the truss place across the street. I never got to see the neet places. I was there at night,delivering to the back door or a place where trucks are not allowed.


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Re: Late stage career change..got a Class A CDL... [Re: dblshock] #4622308
01/02/18 10:34 PM
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Good luck. I drove OTR for a few years. I ended up quitting because the company that advertises "home weekly" on the back of every trailer was keeping me out for 2-3 weeks at a time, with unpaid layovers and constant switching between day and night driving. Oh, and the driving into NYC was awful. Never again! I liked driving out west the best.
I recently tried to get back into it, but nobody will hire me because it's been over five years.

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Re: Late stage career change..got a Class A CDL... [Re: eyeofthetiger] #4622320
01/02/18 10:51 PM
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Driving is brutal.


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