In Search Of Quality Team Companies

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Pam In MN's Comment
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Ok so here's the deal. My husband has 1 year experience and I have zero - I'm planning on going to CDL school this spring. I've gone with him a few times for 8-10 days each time. I love being on the road with him. We'd like to team. Our home base is Minnesota as you could probably tell by my profile name. We've looked at some of the biggies because they take drivers w/o experience but hubby not too excited about going to a big company. He currently drives for an owner operator , speed limited @ 70, and gets paid 40cpm. He is worried about some of the biggies not getting us the miles and some of the issues they have (speed limiters, cameras, poorly maintained equipment, etc). I'm looking at USXpress because they will let him train me, but open to company trainers. Are there any big or small companies you experienced drivers can recommend for husband/wife teams who are willing to work and be out for several weeks at a time? Our kids are grown so we aren't concerned about home time as much. Please and thank you!!

CDL:

Commercial Driver's License (CDL)

A CDL is required to drive any of the following vehicles:

  • Any combination of vehicles with a gross combined weight rating (GCWR) of 26,001 or more pounds, providing the gross vehicle weight rating (GVWR) of the vehicle being towed is in excess of 10,000 pounds.
  • Any single vehicle with a GVWR of 26,001 or more pounds, or any such vehicle towing another not in excess of 10,000 pounds.
  • Any vehicle, regardless of size, designed to transport 16 or more persons, including the driver.
  • Any vehicle required by federal regulations to be placarded while transporting hazardous materials.

Owner Operator:

An owner-operator is a driver who either owns or leases the truck they are driving. A self-employed driver.

CPM:

Cents Per Mile

Drivers are often paid by the mile and it's given in cents per mile, or cpm.

Patrick C.'s Comment
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My company has several husband/wife teams. You will get trained separately from your husband, then you will be put together to team. The teams at my company tend to get the newer trucks. But with you being brand new to driving you probably won't get one off the factory floor. My company does Dry Van and some reefer. All of our trucks have auto oilers and automatic lube systems. Some trucks have APU/EPUs. Our trucks our governed at 63, but if you achieve and maintain a certain mpg you will get turned up to 65. I believe the fleet is very well maintained. If there are issues, they get them fixed right away. The older trucks, that are fixin to head to resale, are 2012 models. The entire fleet are Freightliners. I do not exactly know what teams get paid. Other than that I would be happy to answer any questions.

Btw, I drive for H.O. Wolding. They are based out of Amherst, WI. Fleet is around 350 trucks and they only have a single terminal.

Drive Safe and God Speed.

Terminal:

A facility where trucking companies operate out of, or their "home base" if you will. A lot of major companies have multiple terminals around the country which usually consist of the main office building, a drop lot for trailers, and sometimes a repair shop and wash facilities.

Dry Van:

A trailer or truck that that requires no special attention, such as refrigeration, that hauls regular palletted, boxed, or floor-loaded freight. The most common type of trailer in trucking.

Reefer:

A refrigerated trailer.

APU:

Auxiliary Power Unit

On tractor trailers, and APU is a small diesel engine that powers a heat and air conditioning unit while charging the truck's main batteries at the same time. This allows the driver to remain comfortable in the cab and have access to electric power without running the main truck engine.

Having an APU helps save money in fuel costs and saves wear and tear on the main engine, though they tend to be expensive to install and maintain. Therefore only a very small percentage of the trucks on the road today come equipped with an APU.

EPU:

Electric Auxiliary Power Units

Electric APUs have started gaining acceptance. These electric APUs use battery packs instead of the diesel engine on traditional APUs as a source of power. The APU's battery pack is charged when the truck is in motion. When the truck is idle, the stored energy in the battery pack is then used to power an air conditioner, heater, and other devices

Epus:

Electric Auxiliary Power Units

Electric APUs have started gaining acceptance. These electric APUs use battery packs instead of the diesel engine on traditional APUs as a source of power. The APU's battery pack is charged when the truck is in motion. When the truck is idle, the stored energy in the battery pack is then used to power an air conditioner, heater, and other devices

Pam In MN's Comment
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Thank you for the info!!

My company has several husband/wife teams. You will get trained separately from your husband, then you will be put together to team. The teams at my company tend to get the newer trucks. But with you being brand new to driving you probably won't get one off the factory floor. My company does Dry Van and some reefer. All of our trucks have auto oilers and automatic lube systems. Some trucks have APU/EPUs. Our trucks our governed at 63, but if you achieve and maintain a certain mpg you will get turned up to 65. I believe the fleet is very well maintained. If there are issues, they get them fixed right away. The older trucks, that are fixin to head to resale, are 2012 models. The entire fleet are Freightliners. I do not exactly know what teams get paid. Other than that I would be happy to answer any questions.

Btw, I drive for H.O. Wolding. They are based out of Amherst, WI. Fleet is around 350 trucks and they only have a single terminal.

Drive Safe and God Speed.

Terminal:

A facility where trucking companies operate out of, or their "home base" if you will. A lot of major companies have multiple terminals around the country which usually consist of the main office building, a drop lot for trailers, and sometimes a repair shop and wash facilities.

Dry Van:

A trailer or truck that that requires no special attention, such as refrigeration, that hauls regular palletted, boxed, or floor-loaded freight. The most common type of trailer in trucking.

Reefer:

A refrigerated trailer.

APU:

Auxiliary Power Unit

On tractor trailers, and APU is a small diesel engine that powers a heat and air conditioning unit while charging the truck's main batteries at the same time. This allows the driver to remain comfortable in the cab and have access to electric power without running the main truck engine.

Having an APU helps save money in fuel costs and saves wear and tear on the main engine, though they tend to be expensive to install and maintain. Therefore only a very small percentage of the trucks on the road today come equipped with an APU.

EPU:

Electric Auxiliary Power Units

Electric APUs have started gaining acceptance. These electric APUs use battery packs instead of the diesel engine on traditional APUs as a source of power. The APU's battery pack is charged when the truck is in motion. When the truck is idle, the stored energy in the battery pack is then used to power an air conditioner, heater, and other devices

Epus:

Electric Auxiliary Power Units

Electric APUs have started gaining acceptance. These electric APUs use battery packs instead of the diesel engine on traditional APUs as a source of power. The APU's battery pack is charged when the truck is in motion. When the truck is idle, the stored energy in the battery pack is then used to power an air conditioner, heater, and other devices

∆_Danielsahn_∆'s Comment
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US Express is a really good company for teams, as is Covenant. They both tend to put teams in the newer trucks, from what I have seen. Not sure if Covenant would let your husband train you, though. I know your husband might hate to hear this, but Swift has a "Train your spouse" program, or at least they used to.

If US Express will let your husband be your trainer, I would say go with them. You really can't go wrong with them, or Covenant, and yes, even Swift.

Good luck in your search, and stay safe.

Rainy D.'s Comment
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Prime has lots of hubby wife teams and if he comes first for three months he can then train you. As a spouse you would not have the year contract either.

I don't know drivers who complain about lack of miles. And we have lots of customers in MN.

Errol V.'s Comment
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Check with a Swift recruiter. There's some deal to train a spouse for free.

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