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#4622264 - 01/02/18 09:39 PM Late stage career change..got a Class A CDL...
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Registered: 04/24/07
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Loc: WI.
...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.
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#4622267 - 01/02/18 09:43 PM Re: Late stage career change..got a Class A CDL... [Re: dblshock]
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Registered: 12/28/16
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Loc: VA
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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#4622279 - 01/02/18 09:50 PM Re: Late stage career change..got a Class A CDL... [Re: dblshock]
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Sales/Account manager, no security though.
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#4622281 - 01/02/18 09:54 PM Re: Late stage career change..got a Class A CDL... [Re: dblshock]
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Registered: 12/31/16
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Loc: Waco, TX
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.
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#4622282 - 01/02/18 09:54 PM Re: Late stage career change..got a Class A CDL... [Re: dblshock]
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was wonderful mastering yard maneuvers in Escanaba, MI late November- December...Whoa.
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#4622284 - 01/02/18 09:57 PM Re: Late stage career change..got a Class A CDL... [Re: dblshock]
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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.
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#4622287 - 01/02/18 10:02 PM Re: Late stage career change..got a Class A CDL... [Re: dblshock]
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#4622291 - 01/02/18 10:08 PM Re: Late stage career change..got a Class A CDL... [Re: dblshock]
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Registered: 04/24/07
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here it is a hair above freezing


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#4622297 - 01/02/18 10:15 PM Re: Late stage career change..got a Class A CDL... [Re: dblshock]
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Registered: 04/24/07
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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.
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#4622298 - 01/02/18 10:17 PM Re: Late stage career change..got a Class A CDL... [Re: dblshock]
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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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#4622300 - 01/02/18 10:18 PM Re: Late stage career change..got a Class A CDL... [Re: dblshock]
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the attractive part of CDL for me was I can live and work where ever I like...that has merit.
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#4622302 - 01/02/18 10:20 PM Re: Late stage career change..got a Class A CDL... [Re: CT8]
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Registered: 04/24/07
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Loc: WI.
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.
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#4622306 - 01/02/18 10:28 PM Re: Late stage career change..got a Class A CDL... [Re: dblshock]
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Registered: 06/05/03
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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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#4622308 - 01/02/18 10:34 PM Re: Late stage career change..got a Class A CDL... [Re: dblshock]
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Registered: 11/18/17
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Loc: South Carolina
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.


Edited by eyeofthetiger (01/02/18 10:36 PM)
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#4622320 - 01/02/18 10:51 PM Re: Late stage career change..got a Class A CDL... [Re: eyeofthetiger]
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Driving is brutal.
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