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Jeremy P.'s Comment
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What's the best flatbed company to start with out of Nj or pa

Old School's Comment
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Hello Jeremy, and welcome to the forum!

We don't usually give an answer quite in the way you framed your question. The truth is that there are a lot of great flat-bed companies out there that would be willing to hire someone from your area. We have a lot of great information here in our website that will help you determine which company best fits your needs. Check out some of the following information...

I think you will learn a lot just by doing some reading in those areas. If you are a new driver, or even just wanting to get started, you should hang around with us in our forum and join in with some more questions. You will get to hear from some very helpful experienced drivers who will not judge you or speak condescendingly to you. We are here to help newbies make a good start, not to slander trucking companies or the much loved career we've chosen to pursue.

Hey, if you will Click Here you will find a page where you can apply to multiple trucking companies with only filling out one application. Also if you scroll down that page a little you will find another option that allows you to enter your zip code and find out who is hiring from your area.

Jeremy, I'm a long time member here who has been flat-bedding for my entire career. I'll help you anyway I can, but I encourage you to check out those links I provided because you will learn a lot by spending a little time in here doing some reading on the wealth of information we have already in place.

Again, we welcome you, and hope you will continue to participate in our forum. You will benefit greatly from time spent here with the great bunch of drivers in here.

Oh, one more thing, If you are interested in flat bed work I know you are going to love reading through this classic thread on Flat Bed Variety. Enjoy!

HOS:

Hours Of Service

HOS refers to the logbook hours of service regulations.

OWI:

Operating While Intoxicated

OOS:

When a violation by either a driver or company is confirmed, an out-of-service order removes either the driver or the vehicle from the roadway until the violation is corrected.

Jeremy P.'s Comment
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Thanks for the information... I've been looking at keimts,Swift, Maverick and Western express to start new with but after looking at the all the reviews negativity about each company from other drivers I dont know where to start

Hello Jeremy, and welcome to the forum!

We don't usually give an answer quite in the way you framed your question. The truth is that there are a lot of great flat-bed companies out there that would be willing to hire someone from your area. We have a lot of great information here in our website that will help you determine which company best fits your needs. Check out some of the following information...

I think you will learn a lot just by doing some reading in those areas. If you are a new driver, or even just wanting to get started, you should hang around with us in our forum and join in with some more questions. You will get to hear from some very helpful experienced drivers who will not judge you or speak condescendingly to you. We are here to help newbies make a good start, not to slander trucking companies or the much loved career we've chosen to pursue.

Hey, if you will Click Here you will find a page where you can apply to multiple trucking companies with only filling out one application. Also if you scroll down that page a little you will find another option that allows you to enter your zip code and find out who is hiring from your area.

Jeremy, I'm a long time member here who has been flat-bedding for my entire career. I'll help you anyway I can, but I encourage you to check out those links I provided because you will learn a lot by spending a little time in here doing some reading on the wealth of information we have already in place.

Again, we welcome you, and hope you will continue to participate in our forum. You will benefit greatly from time spent here with the great bunch of drivers in here.

Oh, one more thing, If you are interested in flat bed work I know you are going to love reading through this classic thread on Flat Bed Variety. Enjoy!

HOS:

Hours Of Service

HOS refers to the logbook hours of service regulations.

OWI:

Operating While Intoxicated

OOS:

When a violation by either a driver or company is confirmed, an out-of-service order removes either the driver or the vehicle from the roadway until the violation is corrected.

ACO476's Comment
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Hey Jeremy. I know Swift flatbed will take you on right out of school, but if you want to transfer in from dry van or reefer , you'll need to stay in your original division for 6 months. If you do want to go that route (to FB straight out of school), make sure you get it in writing from your recruiter and take that with you to orientation. I unfortunately never worked flatbed, so I can only really speak to what I was told when I tried to transfer into it.

Best of luck to you on your flatbed career path.

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.

Old School's Comment
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Hey Jeremy, one of the things we teach people here is to quit reading reviews. They are worthless when looking into this career. 99% of them are written by truck driving failures who couldn't do the job, yet they are such cowards they lash out at their company, as if it were some fault of the company that kept them from succeeding. As a former business owner, I can tell you that no business makes their business strategy as one to set their employees up for failure. Every trucking company out here needs good reliable drivers. Those reviews are from the malcontents who had false expectations when they started.

That is precisely why I'm wanting you hang around with us for a while. We can help you avoid all the common pitfalls that cause new drivers to stumble and never really even get themselves out of the gate.

By the way I started with Western Express and was very successful there. What do you think of that? I'm almost sure that will be the first positive review you've seen on that company! Hopefully that gives you an idea of what I'm talking about.

I'm not pushing you toward Western, but if you will put Western Express in the search bar at the top of this page, you will find a lot of discussions with comments from me about the secrets to success at any trucking company. It would be a worthy afternoon spent doing just that. Trust me, you could spend a whole afternoon doing that - we have a lot of archived info in here.

HOS:

Hours Of Service

HOS refers to the logbook hours of service regulations.
Jeremy P.'s Comment
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I've been leaning towards Western sense I started looking at companies a few weeks ago just because they're out of Allentown PA thinking I'll get more Hometime for me since Its 2 1/2 hour drive from Jersey where I live... you tell me more about the company since you started there and work there...

I different note this is my situation I work for prime for four months I originally went there for flatbed but there was no trainers available at the time so they forced me into reefer where I was with two different trainers but instead of Really training me we ran team in the truck. so that kind of pushed me away from trucking for a while so now it's been about ten years I got Start for scratch Now

Hey Jeremy, one of the things we teach people here is to quit reading reviews. They are worthless when looking into this career. 99% of them are written by truck driving failures who couldn't do the job, yet they are such cowards they lash out at their company, as if it were some fault of the company that kept them from succeeding. As a former business owner, I can tell you that no business makes their business strategy as one to set their employees up for failure. Every trucking company out here needs good reliable drivers. Those reviews are from the malcontents who had false expectations when they started.

That is precisely why I'm wanting you hang around with us for a while. We can help you avoid all the common pitfalls that cause new drivers to stumble and never really even get themselves out of the gate.

By the way I started with Western Express and was very successful there. What do you think of that? I'm almost sure that will be the first positive review you've seen on that company! Hopefully that gives you an idea of what I'm talking about.

I'm not pushing you toward Western, but if you will put Western Express in the search bar at the top of this page, you will find a lot of discussions with comments from me about the secrets to success at any trucking company. It would be a worthy afternoon spent doing just that. Trust me, you could spend a whole afternoon doing that - we have a lot of archived info in here.

Reefer:

A refrigerated trailer.

HOS:

Hours Of Service

HOS refers to the logbook hours of service regulations.
G-Town's Comment
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Jeremy, terminal location in proximity to your residence doesn't usually factor into home time unless you are on a dedicated account domiciled at a customer's location.

For the purpose of clarity, Swift has a terminal in Jonestown PA, about an hour and ten minute drive from Allentown.

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.

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