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Old 11-03-2018, 04:57 PM
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Default CDL, who has one! A or B.

Just curious, I have had the A since they first came out, Chauffers for 2 years prior to that.
currently with the same company for the past 27 years.
Yeah I know not that bright but what else would I do
I drive SoFla from Melbourne to top of keys but mainly Treasure Coast, I operate 20ft roll back wrecker and sleeper and daycab tractors.
I'm 55 now and should have enough saved, invested to retire somewhat at 65.
Part time after that to keep me busy,
Roll on America!
Backing at the ramp is my best skill, my docking ability sucks, but, I enjoy all aspects of boating, especially grinding fiberglass
God bless all,
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Old 11-03-2018, 05:08 PM
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I have a B that I pretty much never use, but I am scared to get rid of it because I do not have access to a truck to take the test if I needed to get it back

it is kind of a pain in the A now with the required DOT physical, but they have changed the laws again apparently so now you can get a "P" (private) restriction on it and then only drive on private property and keep the CDL without taking the physical every two years

at this point I figure F it it kind of makes me go get a physical every two years even though the DOT physical is pretty much a joke and you have to be on your death bed to not pass it so I will probably just keep getting one and not worry about getting a "P" restriction

the other part that is a pain in the ass is the restriction on not being able to take defensive driving or anything other than layering up to get rid of a ticket even if in a private non-CDL vehicle

everyone wonders why there is a shortage of drivers, but they make it a giant pain in the ass to have a CDL and really nothing they are doing actually improves safety for actually driving a CDL vehicle

you can claim the physicals help, but they are a joke you pretty much have to either be losing a foot in the doctors office to diabetes or stroking out from high BP to fail one and how are people safer on the road because someone with a CDL gets a ticket or two in a passenger vehicle.....I can see not being able to get rid of them while in a CDL vehicle, but the "transitive" aspect that passenger vehicle driving = how you drive your CDL vehicle is kind of BS

not to mention the fact that there are still a massive amount of shitty drivers and shit bags in general driving a truck and pretty much like everything "government" it seems as they restrict things more it just ends up with the opposite of what they were trying to prevent thus more piles of shit piling into more shitty trucks and smashing into more shit
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Old 11-03-2018, 05:12 PM
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class B here
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Old 11-03-2018, 05:20 PM
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I had a Florida A for many years then gave it up because I don't need it any more. I was told by DMV that I could get it reinstated by just passing a physical and submitting paperwork.
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Old 11-03-2018, 05:21 PM
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A here
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Old 11-03-2018, 05:21 PM
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Even though I don't, or have ever, drive for a living, I have a Class A and not only maintain my physicals but also include myself in a driver random drug testing pool so I am road ready at any time.
I'm also prone to cargo shorts and flip flops but if ever called up to the ranks.. I got a huge belt buckle and cowboy hat with the brim bent down front and rear so I can go from 0 to over the road in nothing flat
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Old 11-03-2018, 05:39 PM
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I’ve had a class A since 1997. Been in transportation one way or another my entire adult life. Drove trucks otr, taught at a performance driving school, owned my own trucking safety consultation business, owned a small fleet of otr trucks, worked in highway safety research, and now I’ve moved on to flying airplanes. Can also ride a unicycle and drive a train (not licensed, but was given the opportunity to learn while delivering every day to a train repair yard).
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You guys rock! I sometimes feel like while driving that I'm in my own little island so my boat when running is my fiberglass island, simple, I know!
I still like driving commercially but no longer love it, I dread traffic but put up with it as it's inevitable!
Being in SoFla I deliver storage containers to multiple marinas and see the most awesome boats and yachts to just make me think, Man, did I screw up or what!
I see so many quads and quint outboards that triples don't even get my attention
My boating fantasies take place several times a month, when I go to American Custom yachts, my boss knows I'll be gone awhile
I just roll with it!
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Old 11-03-2018, 05:52 PM
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Originally Posted by bluewaterposer View Post
You guys rock! I sometimes feel like while driving that I'm in my own little island so my boat when running is my fiberglass island, simple, I know!
I still like driving commercially but no longer love it, I dread traffic but put up with it as it's inevitable!
Being in SoFla I deliver storage containers to multiple marinas and see the most awesome boats and yachts to just make me think, Man, did I screw up or what!
I see so many quads and quint outboards that triples don't even get my attention
My boating fantasies take place several times a month, when I go to American Custom yachts, my boss knows I'll be gone awhile
I just roll with it!
More stories later!
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Old 11-03-2018, 05:54 PM
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I have a class a cdl for 10 years.started out delivering sod in town, now I drive a wrecker towing semi trucks most of the time periodically operate crane or move equipment with lowboy or landoll
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Old 11-03-2018, 06:17 PM
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Working for utility have a restricted A which means truck trailer combo no 5th wheel.longest pole I’ve towed is 90 ft. The longer ones are usually delivered to job site
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I got my license in 1982 while in the Army , honest truth no bull I had a non driving MOS and the motor pool Sargent says to me " see that Deuce and a half over there go get and bring it over here" (approximate 100 ft of straight line drive) so I did and I got my license .... Got out of the Army and got the NY class II and then upped it to Class I , obviously its now a Class A but I've pretty much been driving ever since and I still love being on the road but only as a Class B driver with plenty of hours but I'm home every night without fail
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Old 11-03-2018, 06:35 PM
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Class A for me. Started out moving drilling rigs in the early 90’s. I still keep my physicals current so it does not revert back to a class C, even though I don’t drive them anymore.
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Originally Posted by bluewaterposer View Post
You guys rock! I sometimes feel like while driving that I'm in my own little island so my boat when running is my fiberglass island, simple, I know!
I still like driving commercially but no longer love it, I dread traffic but put up with it as it's inevitable!
Being in SoFla I deliver storage containers to multiple marinas and see the most awesome boats and yachts to just make me think, Man, did I screw up or what!
I see so many quads and quint outboards that triples don't even get my attention
My boating fantasies take place several times a month, when I go to American Custom yachts, my boss knows I'll be gone awhile
I just roll with it!
More stories later!
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Often I think I'm an odd duck cause I just love being on the road , everything about driving the truck appeals to me the closest negative I can come up with is snowy winter driving when the wipers are freezing up and your fellow truckers pass you at ridiculous speeds in white out conditions .
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Old 11-03-2018, 06:44 PM
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Great job, I figured that any one dumb enough to drive a truck is dumb enough to own a boat
Maybe it's like being a captain
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Old 11-03-2018, 07:00 PM
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Class b here. Odd industry. Helps a bud/employer out. I get to gaff a lot more and he relax's more after 2 heart attacks before 55. (the color of light, how scattered the rays, photography)

I think more about the pivot point of the truck (real wheel, 20' box) than backing the boat in. With the boat, at this point, it's more instinct. As in, go slow, observe and think about what the hell you're doing.
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Old 11-03-2018, 07:42 PM
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Class A CDL hazmat, Tanker & double/triple. If I could talk the wife into N Dakota I could do $120-140k a year. But then the problem is..... you live in North Dakota...
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I've had a class A for 20 years. I started out hauling hay then horses. 15 horses in a trailer cross country and Canada was a good time. Every place we stopped people would come over and ask all kinds of questions. I enjoyed those years. I have not used it in 15 years but got the endorsement to avoid the physicals.
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I got my commercial license in 1974. Ms. didnt have different classes back then. It was good for anything from a taxi to tractor trailers. I owned my own truck for years hauling chickens west and produce back, it quit being fun in the mid eighties when you needed a log book in states other than Az. an d Ca. I've got 25 years in at Wal-Mart now and it's just a job anymore.
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Learned in a family friends ‘69 Pete 352 in 1972 and got my license at 18 in 1974. Wasted a couple yrs in college and bought a ‘70 CO4070 with a 238 in 1977. Got a hookup delivering control systems and related equipment for Combustion Engineering to nuclear pp’s all over the country. Upgraded to a ‘77 Pete 352 double sleeper in 1978 and 3 more new tractors after that until hanging it up in 1988. Made a lot of money, learned a lot and somehow managed to not piss it all away. Exactly as you said, things quit being fun after the mid 80’s when the effects of 1982 dereg really set in. At the peak from about ‘77 to ‘82 when a lot of nukes were still in construction and delivery deadlines had to be met, we would haul one way and deadhead back as another high paying load was waiting. Went to work for AT&T in ‘88 and retired about 2 yrs ago. Converted class101 to CDL-A in 1991 or so and kept it. Now I drive hauling aircraft parts ocassionally when my fishing buddies son needs a fill in driver.
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