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Casey R.'s Comment
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Just got kicked out of Schneider bulk for not being able to walk the plank😭

Can anyone recommend a decent reefer/dryvan company I know most places don’t hire in my area just south of Tampa.

Hoping to do OTR for a few months at a time if that would help at all thanks.

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.

Dryvan:

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.

Jeremy C.'s Comment
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Just got kicked out of Schneider bulk for not being able to walk the plank😭

Can anyone recommend a decent reefer/dryvan company I know most places don’t hire in my area just south of Tampa.

Hoping to do OTR for a few months at a time if that would help at all thanks.

Hey Casey, welcome to Trucking Truth!

I'm not even driving yet, and I'm new here myself. But I'm pretty sure if you want the best advice and help available, you may want to expound on your circumstances a little bit. Maybe explain what happened, why, etc. The more information these folks have to work with, the better they can offer advice and information.

I will tell ya up front, some folks can be pretty blunt and direct with their responses here. But if you're honest with 'em (and don't spend a lot of time bashing the company, rather just focus on yourself, your circumstances, and what you'd like to move on to) there are some folks around here that will try really hard to help ya out. They don't tolerate any BS, but they don't offer any, either. Real good, genuine people here.

Best of luck to ya!

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.

Dryvan:

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.

G-Town's Comment
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Welcome to the forum Casey.

Swift has a terminal in Ocala FL.

They also are the primary transportation partner to Walmart at the WinterHaven distribution center. This is a Dedicated Account delivering dry and perishable groceries to Walmart Super Centers and Sam's Club.

This link will help with your search/research:

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And to speed-up the application process:

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Good luck!

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.

Old School's Comment
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Knight has a terminal in Lakeland - that is fairly close to you. I've happily been with them a good while now. They actually do a good bit of business in Florida.

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.

Susan D. 's Comment
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Liquid tankers usually isn't appropriate and well beyond the skill level of an inexperienced driver anyway, so consider they did you a favor by sending you home. I agree with the others.. try Knight, Swift, etc. Good luck to you. You've got some options with some fine companies.

Steve L.'s Comment
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Uhhh...I thought Schneider National was a great “dry van” company to work for. If walking the plank were the only issue, they sure wasted an opportunity by not offering you dry van.

My current company, RBI, only hires experienced drivers, but if you can get two years under your belt, we do lots of loads into and out of Florida.

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.
Patrick C.'s Comment
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Just got kicked out of Schneider bulk for not being able to walk the plank😭

Can anyone recommend a decent reefer/dryvan company I know most places don’t hire in my area just south of Tampa.

Hoping to do OTR for a few months at a time if that would help at all thanks.

If you are willing to stay out, give H.O. Wolding a call. I know they technically don't hire in the southern half, but we do have freight going there. I have been to Tampa and Miami plenty. Actually sitting in Miami now.

What do you consider 'Just South' of Tampa anyways? If it is any further south of Sarasota, I would probably have to say no dice. The furthest south on the western side of Florida I have been is Sarasota. On the Eastern side is Miami.

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.

Dryvan:

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.

Casey R.'s Comment
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Thanks for the replies need to do a bit more research it seems. By “walk the plank” I meant I couldn’t walk across the top of the tankers.

Definitely gonna check the Swift/Knight out while waiting for my flight home.

Casey R.'s Comment
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Patrick I live in Sarasota exactly something to look into. The plan currently is to live out of the truck for multiple months.

G-Town's Comment
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Casey, I gotta agree with Steve's point here, why not try and continue working with Schneider?

Dry van is the predominant Pumpkin. Call your recruiter, exhaust other options with them.

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.
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