Pam Transport

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Bryan Q.'s Comment
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Anybody here drives for Pam ? I'm trying to find a company paid CDL around my area in Nc. I think Pam has one in Raleigh !? Anybody have experience with them ?

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.
Big Scott's Comment
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Why do you need one in NC? Millis has a training facility in Eden NC. However, training or having a terminal near home is not needed to get hired. I live in Charlotte and was trained by and drive for CFI. My CDL training was in Missouri and I drive the lower 48. I'm currently in Nebraska and I'm preplanned for a load over 1000 miles long to Texas. Here is our starter pack.

Here is info on Company-Sponsored Training Programs. I hope that 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.

Company-sponsored Training:

A Company-Sponsored Training Program is a school that is owned and operated by a trucking company.

The schooling often requires little or no money up front. Instead of paying up-front tuition you will sign an agreement to work for the company for a specified amount of time after graduation, usually around a year, at a slightly lower rate of pay in order to pay for the training.

If you choose to quit working for the company before your year is up, they will normally require you to pay back a prorated amount of money for the schooling. The amount you pay back will be comparable to what you would have paid if you went to an independently owned school.

Company-sponsored training can be an excellent way to get your career underway if you can't afford the tuition up front for private schooling.

Bryan Q.'s Comment
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The reason for is since I'm still living with mom and pops. I need something closer I guess when I have home time and have to arrive at a terminal. It wouldn't really make much since to have the closet terminal in Atlanta. And It's a near 8 hr drive home. Don't get me wrong I want to be in this career to be otr and see the country. But when it comes to hometime. I don't want to be 8hrs away. Unless I can take the truck home. I mean correct me if I'm worng as I'm still new to this

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.

C T.'s Comment
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If you got room you can park in front of your house. Most drivers park at a truck stop nearby and get a ride or drive home. Also, have you considered flatbed? Everyone should consider flatbed.

Old School's Comment
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I mean correct me if I'm wrong as I'm still new to this

Bryan, terminal location is really not something that I would ever consider when looking for a trucking job. I've never had my terminal even close to me, in fact they are usually three or four states away and sometimes in excess of 1,000 miles away from my home. An over the road driver typically is allowed to take his truck to his hometown when he is ready for his home time. If you have room you can park it at your house, or maybe a nearby truck stop. Some folks get permission from their local Wal-Mart to park in their parking lot, or maybe some other large retailer or lumber yard, etc.

What you want to look for is companies that list your state as being in their "hiring area." That simply means that they have sufficient freight that they are hauling to that state so they can find a load for you that is going that direction when it is time for you to go home for a well deserved break from the road. It is a really simple formula, but one that most folks new to the industry don't understand.

I live in Texas, but my terminal that I am connected with, or dispatched out of, is in Gulfport, Mississippi. When I go home I take my truck home.

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.

Over The Road:

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.

Bryan Q.'s Comment
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Thanks for that old school!

And CT I am considering doing flatbed or dry van. :)

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.
C T.'s Comment
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If you're considering flatbed and you're in NC, definitely look into Maverick. We run the area frequently.

Bryan Q.'s Comment
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CT does maverick do paid schooling and training ? I looked at the website I was kind of confused on the student program

C T.'s Comment
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You're paid once you've obtained your class A. They have a sponsored program to get your class a via a school in little Rock I believe. Downside is there's usually a waiting list and they are particular when hiring. When I was in training it was 550 a week, may have gone up since then.

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