Long Haul Company

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Ben P.'s Comment
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I have three and a half years, all safe miles. One speeding ticket 38/25, one overweight (tandems). Looking for suggestions for long haul company to drive for? I average 110,000 miles per year. The company I drive for only runs Midwest/ East. I’m tired of runs less than 500 miles. (Loaded/Empty)

Tandems:

Tandem Axles

A set of axles spaced close together, legally defined as more than 40 and less than 96 inches apart by the USDOT. Drivers tend to refer to the tandem axles on their trailer as just "tandems". You might hear a driver say, "I'm 400 pounds overweight on my tandems", referring to his trailer tandems, not his tractor tandems. Tractor tandems are generally just referred to as "drives" which is short for "drive axles".

Tandem:

Tandem Axles

A set of axles spaced close together, legally defined as more than 40 and less than 96 inches apart by the USDOT. Drivers tend to refer to the tandem axles on their trailer as just "tandems". You might hear a driver say, "I'm 400 pounds overweight on my tandems", referring to his trailer tandems, not his tractor tandems. Tractor tandems are generally just referred to as "drives" which is short for "drive axles".

Brett Aquila's Comment
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Welcome Ben.

If you're looking for longer runs and you want to see more of the country you'll want to pull a reefer . Here's an article I wrote talking about that:

Choosing A Truck Driving Job Part VI: Dry Van and Refrigerated Companies

Refrigerated carriers have the most coast to coast freight and longest average length of haul of any type of hauling.

You'll find some ideas in our truck driving jobs.

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.

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.

Calkansan's Comment
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I pulled reefer for 2 years. My average trip was E Washington to Bedford or Foggelsville, pa. PU and hop to west coast IE. Philly to cincy, cincy to SLC, SLC to Portland then rinse and repeat. My first run after I soloed was Portland to Savanah, Georgia. 2800 miles in 7 days. :) You want to see the country, pull reefer. Good luck.

Reefer:

A refrigerated trailer.

Patrick C.'s Comment
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I can tell you that you are definitely in H. O. Wolding's freight lanes. The only issue would be how often you want home. With home every weekend, nothing will change. If your willing to be out 2+ weeks there is a lot of freight with longer runs. However, longer means 600-1000 mile runs unless you stay out a month or more.

You would still end up with short runs near home time. Based on where you live it would be a scrap load heading towards Cherokee, AL. Most likely coming out of Atlanta area. Btw, one of our usual fuel stops is in Lincoln, AL.

TBH, if you did SE Regional (home every weekend) for Wolding, you would spend more time in Atlanta than you would care to. You would be running by your house often. Wave as you pass, lol.

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.

Big Scott's Comment
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CFI is always looking for drivers. We have all the miles you want and great home time. My two favorite things about them. Here is a link to the drive for CFI portion of their site.CFI

Ben P.'s Comment
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Thanks for the info guys.

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