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Damon L.'s Comment
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Which do you perfer people that have driven both and why?

6 string rhythm's Comment
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Doubles. Better pay, less work, no shippers / receivers. Go linehaul my friend. Let's shake things up a bit.

Shipper:

The customer who is shipping the freight. This is where the driver will pick up a load and then deliver it to the receiver or consignee.

Linehaul:

Linehaul drivers will normally run loads from terminal to terminal for LTL (Less than Truckload) companies.

LTL (Less Than Truckload) carriers will have Linehaul drivers and P&D drivers. The P&D drivers will deliver loads locally from the terminal and pick up loads returning them to the terminal. Linehaul drivers will then run truckloads from terminal to terminal.

Doubles:

Refers to pulling two trailers at the same time, otherwise known as "pups" or "pup trailers" because they're only about 28 feet long. However there are some states that allow doubles that are each 48 feet in length.

C T.'s Comment
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Line haul is my next step I think now that I have experience. I'm flatbed now. Line haul guys make all the dam money lol

Line Haul:

Linehaul drivers will normally run loads from terminal to terminal for LTL (Less than Truckload) companies.

LTL (Less Than Truckload) carriers will have Linehaul drivers and P&D drivers. The P&D drivers will deliver loads locally from the terminal and pick up loads returning them to the terminal. Linehaul drivers will then run truckloads from terminal to terminal.
6 string rhythm's Comment
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Line haul is my next step I think now that I have experience. I'm flatbed now. Line haul guys make all the dam money lol

You deserve it!

Line Haul:

Linehaul drivers will normally run loads from terminal to terminal for LTL (Less than Truckload) companies.

LTL (Less Than Truckload) carriers will have Linehaul drivers and P&D drivers. The P&D drivers will deliver loads locally from the terminal and pick up loads returning them to the terminal. Linehaul drivers will then run truckloads from terminal to terminal.
Blue Heron's Comment
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Hey 6 String, I was just reading an old post of yours. You got hired off the street to do linehaul. Are you still doing that? I'm a girl, I also live in PA and I am going first of June to check into a trucking school. I have been reading up like crazy, talking to drivers that come into my receiving office and absorbing as much as possible including taking practice CDL tests online so when I get the money to go to school I can jump right in. I am also really intersted in Old Dominion. I like their drivers the best out of all the guys I talk to every day.

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.

Linehaul:

Linehaul drivers will normally run loads from terminal to terminal for LTL (Less than Truckload) companies.

LTL (Less Than Truckload) carriers will have Linehaul drivers and P&D drivers. The P&D drivers will deliver loads locally from the terminal and pick up loads returning them to the terminal. Linehaul drivers will then run truckloads from terminal to terminal.
6 string rhythm's Comment
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Hey 6 String, I was just reading an old post of yours. You got hired off the street to do linehaul. Are you still doing that? I'm a girl, I also live in PA and I am going first of June to check into a trucking school. I have been reading up like crazy, talking to drivers that come into my receiving office and absorbing as much as possible including taking practice CDL tests online so when I get the money to go to school I can jump right in. I am also really intersted in Old Dominion. I like their drivers the best out of all the guys I talk to every day.

I'll respond tomorrow for 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.

Linehaul:

Linehaul drivers will normally run loads from terminal to terminal for LTL (Less than Truckload) companies.

LTL (Less Than Truckload) carriers will have Linehaul drivers and P&D drivers. The P&D drivers will deliver loads locally from the terminal and pick up loads returning them to the terminal. Linehaul drivers will then run truckloads from terminal to terminal.
6 string rhythm's Comment
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RP,

Yes, I'm still a linehaul driver - probably will be till I retire. I love it. Hoping to retire with OD. We have a terminal near Eighty Four. Old Dominion also has a driver school where you can be paid to earn your CDL. You should inquire about that. Not sure if PIT sends drivers to HAR (our Carlisle terminal) for the CDL school or not.

I went to a private CDL school and spent 5k. Wish I would've known about the OD school. But we get paid so well that I had my schooling paid off within a few months after working at OD, all while my wife retired and became a stay-at-home-mom with our kids.

If you can get in with the PIT terminal at Eighty Four, you'd have it made. Most runs are Penna Turnpike (about as gravy as it gets), or west on 70. I've actually thought about transferring to the PIT terminal, but I'm too established at HAR with seniority.

Check out these links, and ask me any questions you'd like about OD. It's a fantastic company.

Damon, sorry to hijack your thread. You should check out OD too since you also inquired about local trucking. smile.gif LTL Trucking: My linehaul job

The Local Thread

I love paying it forward. I hope the info helps.

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.

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.

LTL:

Less Than Truckload

Refers to carriers that make a lot of smaller pickups and deliveries for multiple customers as opposed to hauling one big load of freight for one customer. This type of hauling is normally done by companies with terminals scattered throughout the country where freight is sorted before being moved on to its destination.

LTL carriers include:

  • FedEx Freight
  • Con-way
  • YRC Freight
  • UPS
  • Old Dominion
  • Estes
  • Yellow-Roadway
  • ABF Freight
  • R+L Carrier

Linehaul:

Linehaul drivers will normally run loads from terminal to terminal for LTL (Less than Truckload) companies.

LTL (Less Than Truckload) carriers will have Linehaul drivers and P&D drivers. The P&D drivers will deliver loads locally from the terminal and pick up loads returning them to the terminal. Linehaul drivers will then run truckloads from terminal to terminal.
Damon L.'s Comment
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No worries I'm soaking up all the information I can lol

RP,

Yes, I'm still a linehaul driver - probably will be till I retire. I love it. Hoping to retire with OD. We have a terminal near Eighty Four. Old Dominion also has a driver school where you can be paid to earn your CDL. You should inquire about that. Not sure if PIT sends drivers to HAR (our Carlisle terminal) for the CDL school or not.

I went to a private CDL school and spent 5k. Wish I would've known about the OD school. But we get paid so well that I had my schooling paid off within a few months after working at OD, all while my wife retired and became a stay-at-home-mom with our kids.

If you can get in with the PIT terminal at Eighty Four, you'd have it made. Most runs are Penna Turnpike (about as gravy as it gets), or west on 70. I've actually thought about transferring to the PIT terminal, but I'm too established at HAR with seniority.

Check out these links, and ask me any questions you'd like about OD. It's a fantastic company.

Damon, sorry to hijack your thread. You should check out OD too since you also inquired about local trucking. smile.gif LTL Trucking: My linehaul job

The Local Thread

I love paying it forward. I hope the info helps.

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.

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.

LTL:

Less Than Truckload

Refers to carriers that make a lot of smaller pickups and deliveries for multiple customers as opposed to hauling one big load of freight for one customer. This type of hauling is normally done by companies with terminals scattered throughout the country where freight is sorted before being moved on to its destination.

LTL carriers include:

  • FedEx Freight
  • Con-way
  • YRC Freight
  • UPS
  • Old Dominion
  • Estes
  • Yellow-Roadway
  • ABF Freight
  • R+L Carrier

Linehaul:

Linehaul drivers will normally run loads from terminal to terminal for LTL (Less than Truckload) companies.

LTL (Less Than Truckload) carriers will have Linehaul drivers and P&D drivers. The P&D drivers will deliver loads locally from the terminal and pick up loads returning them to the terminal. Linehaul drivers will then run truckloads from terminal to terminal.
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