Ryan Remy--answering Your Question About Swift Denver

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Pianoman's Comment
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Welcome to the forum, Ryan. I wasn't sure if you'd see my answer in the other thread so I just started a new one.

I actually just left Swift last week, but I really enjoyed working for them. They have lots of opportunities in Denver. They always have OTR if you just want to do that, but there are also quite a few other options in Denver. Last time I checked they had Miller Coors (home every 2-3 weeks), Home Depot flatbed (local), Home Depot dry van (either local or home 1-2 times per week), and Lowe's (flatbed and local I think). They had a couple other accounts they lost but they may have acquired others to take their place. They also have local positions driving daycabs delivering freight from the terminal to various local customers, and they use a hostler in the terminal so I'm sure that position is open as well from time to time. They usually have shuttle positions available as well--you take a trailer about 200-250 miles down the road to a meeting place, swap trailers with another driver, and return to the terminal to finish out your day.

I was on the Miller Coors account for a while and I can tell you it's one of Swift's best accounts. There was always tons of freight and mostly drop and hook with flexible appointment times, so it was easy to rack up really good miles each week (think 3000-3500). It also usually gets you through Denver at least once a week, so you can spend a night at home here or there without officially taking home time.

There's also a Target dedicated account in Pueblo, CO. I was on that one for the last 8-9 months and loved it. There are three potential positions on that account:

- long haul--drive a condo and deliver to stores in Salt Lake or have your own dedicated store in Montana or somewhere else. Home every 2-3 days with weekly resets most likely. Paid mileage.

- local "dedicated"--drive a daycab (a few of them drive condos) and deliver to local stores in Colorado and one in Cheyenne. Home every night and paid a daily salary. I'm pretty sure Luanne has a couple drivers that live in Denver and she allows them to park their trucks there so they don't have to commute to Pueblo every day.

- local, yard hostler. This is what I did. I worked the yard on a set schedule each week and did local deliveries on my days off. I was paid hourly and made a decent paycheck each week.

I'm sure there are other opportunities I'm not aware of. If you live in Denver, Swift is a pretty solid choice.

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.

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.

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.

Drop And Hook:

Drop and hook means the driver will drop one trailer and hook to another one.

In order to speed up the pickup and delivery process a driver may be instructed to drop their empty trailer and hook to one that is already loaded, or drop their loaded trailer and hook to one that is already empty. That way the driver will not have to wait for a trailer to be loaded or unloaded.

HOS:

Hours Of Service

HOS refers to the logbook hours of service regulations.
Ryan Remy's Comment
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Awesome! Thank you, I finally saw this.

Pianoman's Comment
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Awesome! Thank you, I finally saw this.

No problem, I completely forgot about this thread.

Ryan Remy's Comment
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It's funny, if it was not for this site and all you guys from Swift, I would have never considered them, but if you look at what the opportunities are with Swift, especially in Denver, it looks like a perfect fit for me. THANKS AGAIN!

Pianoman's Comment
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It's funny, if it was not for this site and all you guys from Swift, I would have never considered them, but if you look at what the opportunities are with Swift, especially in Denver, it looks like a perfect fit for me. THANKS AGAIN!

Of course! There are alot of opinions on the internet but it's important to make your decisions based on facts. Swift sounds like it might be a great choice for you based on your preferences, while it may not be a great choice for someone else.

Just a heads up, the Miller Coors option is probably the best paying option I mentioned although you may not be able to get on it right away. Home Depot flatbed might be the next best paying--I met a driver who said he was bringing home $1000 a week after taxes. Local probably pays the least, but the tradeoff is that you get to sleep in your own bed.

Anyways, best of luck with whatever you decide. Keep us posted man and let us know if you have anymore questions!

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