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Blake 's Comment
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Thanks for the info Patrick! I will look into Schneider. I'm in Texas right now, but plan on retiring in Georgia. I was hoping to land with a company that allows the truck to come home with me that I don't share with anyone else.

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Both of those happen with Wolding. You can ask anyone here I love working for Wolding. Yes their pay is meh. But the intangibles more than make up for it.

Did they pay for your schooling and you hired on with them for a year or did you pay for schooling yourself?

HOS:

Hours Of Service

HOS refers to the logbook hours of service regulations.
Patrick C.'s Comment
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I used my GI Bill and got paid for school, lol. I am also using the G.I. Bill to do a year long apprentice program. Wolding is also paying me back what Uncle Sam spent on my school. Wins all the way around.

I am sure over the next few years Household 6 will issue more FRAGOs about your plans after retirement. As Household 7 your job is just to put her plans into action, lol.

Blake 's Comment
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Ain't that the truth! So spoke with Troops to Transportation Program today. Turns out I do have some GI Bill options to still use. So that will pay for my course. Wolding isn't on the associated carrier list for this Army program. The only company on the list that the truck goes home with you is Werner. They told me Schneider also but I called Schneider and recruiter stated on certain drivers get to take trucks home. Otherwise you park it at their nearest location they tell you.

Blake 's Comment
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Been looking at Wolding Patrick. Since we plan on staying and residing in Texas, looking at their hiring map the closest region for me would be Southeast. Going to give the recruiting team a call to see what they would offer me living in Texas with the closest drop site being in Alabama.

Patrick C.'s Comment
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With Wolding you take your truck home. Just have to have a secure location to park it and have permission to park it. TBH, being outside their normal hiring area, idk if you would get a chance at regional. I know people have taken loads to Texas, but it isn't a regular thing. More than likely you would have to do OTR from Texas. Now if you decided to move farther east to say GA or AL I could definitely give ya some ideas where you might want to look, so you can maximize your chances of being home. Even if it is just stopping in for a 10hr

Regional:

Regional Route

Usually refers to a driver hauling freight within one particular region of the country. You might be in the "Southeast Regional Division" or "Midwest Regional". Regional route drivers often get home on the weekends which is one of the main appeals for this type of route.

OTR:

Over The Road

OTR driving normally means you'll be hauling freight to various customers throughout your company's hauling region. It often entails being gone from home for two to three weeks at a time.

Patrick C.'s Comment
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Just as an example, I live in Clarksville, TN (good ol' Ft. Campbell, Ky area). Although it is not on the map we use BestOne in the industrial park as a drop lot. Where I park my truck really depends. If I am picking up in the industrial complex area I will park at BestOne. Saves me drive time. I live 30 mins away on the other side of town. If I am passing thru with a load, I park at the WalMart near my house. If I end up bobtail and not sure about the next load (rarely happens) I will park at my house.

Btw there are a LOT of places we use a drop lots that are NOT on any map.

Bobtail:

"Bobtailing" means you are driving a tractor without a trailer attached.

Blake 's Comment
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Parking won't be a problem. House with 2 acres I've got more than enough room. To include a full surveillance system (I own my own security company). We'll be between Killeen and Austin TX area. I really want a Regional or dedicated. If I do otr , I would like it to be 7 days out then home time ya know.

Regional:

Regional Route

Usually refers to a driver hauling freight within one particular region of the country. You might be in the "Southeast Regional Division" or "Midwest Regional". Regional route drivers often get home on the weekends which is one of the main appeals for this type of route.

OTR:

Over The Road

OTR driving normally means you'll be hauling freight to various customers throughout your company's hauling region. It often entails being gone from home for two to three weeks at a time.

Patrick C.'s Comment
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TBH, I don't see something like what you want being available with Wolding. It never hurts to Ask, but your kinda outside their normal freight lanes.

Blake 's Comment
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Yeah that's what I noticed also. I think the closest company to me that will have what I'm looking for is Werner. They have two terminals here, reginal/dedicated routes and take home truck.

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.

Dedicated Route:

A driver or carrier who transports cargo between regular, prescribed routes. Normally it means a driver will be dedicated to working for one particular customer like Walmart or Home Depot and they will only haul freight for that customer. You'll often hear drivers say something like, "I'm on the Walmart dedicated account."

Patrick C.'s Comment
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You still have 2 years before you retire. A lot can happen in 2 years.

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