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        01-22-2013, 11:47 PM
      #11
    Green Broke
    Yeah, I planned to go in person, was going to look places up online and go visit and see what I could get.

    Nice picture..I was thinking of attempting to getting into repo, towing, or what your picture is of (I'm blankin on the name..not enough sleep lol). But if my mum can get me a job as long as I have the license..I'll do whatever they want me to, lol. It's kinda sad I can't tell if that's a truck or a car though..lmao.
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        01-22-2013, 11:53 PM
      #12
    Started
    I tow for a living, but recovery is my specialty. It's a ranger that rolled between a pole and a wrought iron fence. Took me 16mins to clear the road of the accident! Like I said before, CDL= endless job options.
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        01-22-2013, 11:53 PM
      #13
    Foal
    If your going to get your cdl, you'll be better off to get the class a. And while your taking the written tests, you might as will get all the endorsements, even if you don't think you will need them. It can make it easier getting hired. Also, if you end up out of work you may need one of the endorsements to get hired somewhere else. If all you can get to take the test is a class b truck, go ahead with that and when you get hired, still try to get the class a eventually.

    Sometimes it can be harder to get hired locally than otr. A lot of companies want 2 years otr experience. But it just depends on the company. Like mentioned above, talk with the teamsters. Your local may have an apprentice school that will train you and get you your cdl.

    When I was 18, I started driving for a union construction company. I did good in apprentice school and became good friends with one of the instructors. When I turned 21, we both bought trucks and hauled oversize loads otr. I did that for 2 years. Then drove for halliburton in iraq and and a buddy leased my truck from me while I was gone. There are a LOT of opportunities driving. One thing you may find tho, is you usually can't be too picky untill you have some experience
         
        01-23-2013, 12:35 PM
      #14
    Green Broke
    Wow..lol. I can't even imagine myself being in a wreck ;;

    Soo..my mum decided we're going to pay for me to go to a school. I habe a meeting friday morning to go visit All-State Career School. I'm going to be able to get all the endorsements (except hazmat coz I'm only 18) and they'll help me with job placement. If they fail woth the job placement my mum still has her connections and such.

    She said maybe later down the road I can get a couple water trucks and start my own company with the Marcellus Shale stuff.

    They have an advanced course that will take me 6 months (saturdays and sundays if I choose) and I should be able to get a job locally easily from what they said.

    Not for sure going, but I'm excited for the meeting. (:
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        01-23-2013, 12:50 PM
      #15
    Green Broke
    Good to have a plan-hope it works out for you. Would you go OTR when you are older? I knew a guy that had a local only job just running things between truck stations in So Cal. The water truck job sounds good. You might be able to get a side job driving a limo on occasion. And I bet the horse hauling companies are usually on the look-out for someone w/horse experience.
         
        01-23-2013, 12:55 PM
      #16
    Green Broke
    I was thinking do this locally now and look into the horse hauling. I should be able to haul that (class b) interstate.
    I was thinking I could offer horse hauling to shows/emergency as a side job as well.

    Apparently this school has a connection with the mounted police to haul their horses as well. I know they would want someone with horse experience, I can only imagine how expensive a trained police horse would cost.
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        01-23-2013, 07:50 PM
      #17
    Foal
    Otr wont be an option for ya till you're 21. If you're under 21, you can't cross state line in a commercial vehicle. There are local companies that will hire you tho. It'll be nice that the school will help
         
        01-23-2013, 09:52 PM
      #18
    Green Broke
    Thanks. (: Figured a class B commercial might have different age stipulations, but oh well. Two more years wont hurt me :p
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        01-23-2013, 10:05 PM
      #19
    Foal
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    Originally Posted by Iseul    
    Thanks. (: Figured a class B commercial might have different age stipulations, but oh well. Two more years wont hurt me :p
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    any experience is good experience for ya. If you get your cdl at 18 or 19, you'll have 2-3 years eperience by the time your 21, when most people are just starting.

    Even if you just drove a dump truck till you turn 21, it will help you out a lot. I was in the same situation at your age.

    Definitely do your research on the schools tho. Avoid the cdl mills. They will take your money and set you up to fail. Those 3-5 week programs teach you just enough to pass the test.

    Find a good school that will give you plenty of one on one training and make sure you learn as much as you can while you're there.
         
        01-24-2013, 01:17 AM
      #20
    Started
    I'm glad you chose a school, as much as I hate to say that. Coming from ground 0 and jumping in with both feet, it's probly best. Is still suggest getting hands on as much as you can.
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