McElroy Truck Lines

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Reformed Squid's Comment
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Cali is not in the recruiting area. There has been talk of expanding further west, nothing solid has been put out there though.

Justin G.'s Comment
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Alright cool thanks

rightlane's Comment
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Hey there everyone. Finally getting back to this post as I have a few questions for you McElroy drivers; -average weekly miles? I know there are a lot of variables to weekly miles, but did not know if McElroy had an average they used. -anyone know how much it is to add your spouse to the health care? Have looked through their website but did not find any info. I am guessing $60-80 a week. -is there a place for a fridge? I enjoy cooking and plan on cooking in my truck. -does McElroy install an electronics you might want or do you do this yourself? -cb's, are they all ready installed in your truck? -is there a referral bonus? -do I need steel toe shoes for orientation? Was thinking I would get a pair now to have time to break them in. -do you take advantage of parking at Lowes while on the road or on your hometime? -any performance bonus? -how often are raises given? Granted 46 cpm is really good just starting out.

Sorry for all the questions, was trying to get them all in one post. My application is in the review committee, so hoping I hear something back by next week.

A little bit about myself, I am another one of those dude's in his early 50's who is making a career change. Been self employed for while, been there done that, it was nice, just did not pay enough. My wife is in school. No kids other than the 4 legged variety. Very much looking forward to my new career choice. Just finished up week 3 of cdl school, one more week to go.

Thanks to all who have posted here! Very nice to be able to post questions and have "real life" drivers answer them. Unless you all are posers sitting in your Mom's basement! ha ha ha

Enjoy the day and stay safe out there.

Stella Blue (favorite Grateful Dead song) aka "rightlane" on the cb

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.

CPM:

Cents Per Mile

Drivers are often paid by the mile and it's given in cents per mile, or cpm.

HOS:

Hours Of Service

HOS refers to the logbook hours of service regulations.
Reformed Squid's Comment
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Hey right lane weekly mileage average is yes. Lol, you will run every week I have had some weeks where I only ran 1400, & I have had a couple above 2500. 2700 is my best week. To be completely honest with you 1900-2200 is the best I van offer. To add you spouse depends on the package but $75 a week is bout right. Don't need steel toe boots there is not a place for a fridge but some of us have the coolerators and they work fine. We don't have inventors so everything is 12V. But there are plenty of those plugs in these trucks. There is a referral bonus don't know what it is or how long you have to be with the company to get it. And we get raises annually with max out at 49 or 48 cpm.

CPM:

Cents Per Mile

Drivers are often paid by the mile and it's given in cents per mile, or cpm.

HOS:

Hours Of Service

HOS refers to the logbook hours of service regulations.
rightlane's Comment
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Hey right lane weekly mileage average is yes. Lol, you will run every week I have had some weeks where I only ran 1400, & I have had a couple above 2500. 2700 is my best week. To be completely honest with you 1900-2200 is the best I van offer. To add you spouse depends on the package but $75 a week is bout right. Don't need steel toe boots there is not a place for a fridge but some of us have the coolerators and they work fine. We don't have inventors so everything is 12V. But there are plenty of those plugs in these trucks. There is a referral bonus don't know what it is or how long you have to be with the company to get it. And we get raises annually with max out at 49 or 48 cpm.

Thanks Reformed Squid! Hope to hear about my app soon. I have a pre hire with Maverick and am hoping to hear word from McElroy soon so I can make a decision. Really like that McElroy gets you home each Friday and you can park at Lowes while out on the road or during home time. Thanks again and have a good weekend.

CPM:

Cents Per Mile

Drivers are often paid by the mile and it's given in cents per mile, or cpm.

Pre Hire:

What Exactly Is A Pre-Hire Letter?

Pre-hire letters are acceptance letters from trucking companies to students, or even potential students, to verify placement. The trucking companies are saying in writing that the student, or potential student, appears to meet the company's minimum hiring requirements and is welcome to attend their orientation at the company’s expense once he or she graduates from truck driving school and has their CDL in hand.

We have an excellent article that will help you Understand The Pre-Hire Process.

A Pre-Hire Letter Is Not A Guarantee Of Employment

The people that receive a pre-hire letter are people who meet the company's minimum hiring requirements, but it is not an employment contract. It is an invitation to orientation, and the orientation itself is a prerequisite to employment.

During the orientation you will get a physical, drug screen, and background check done. These and other qualifications must be met before someone in orientation is officially hired.

HOS:

Hours Of Service

HOS refers to the logbook hours of service regulations.
Parrothead66's Comment
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Hey rightlane I can't give you any info on Mav other than the ones I've met seem to be ok dudes. I can tell u after 6 1/2 mono with MTL. that I'm plenty happy. You can always look up and if there's a few comp guys hanging around you're sure to get some help just as long as you are willing to return the favor sometime. Plus I like them RED trucks, especially this time of year

rightlane's Comment
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Hey rightlane I can't give you any info on Mav other than the ones I've met seem to be ok dudes. I can tell u after 6 1/2 mono with MTL. that I'm plenty happy. You can always look up and if there's a few comp guys hanging around you're sure to get some help just as long as you are willing to return the favor sometime. Plus I like them RED trucks, especially this time of year

Thanks Parrothead66! My app is in the review boards hands, hoping I hear something back this week about it. If I should get a pre hire I have decided to go with McElroy. I also like the red trucks, plus having a large % of loads pre-loaded/tarped, and getting home on Fridays. I have always been one to lend a hand when someone needed it. Thanks again to you, Reformed Squid and the others who have posted your experiences with McElroy and have answered my questions.

Pre Hire:

What Exactly Is A Pre-Hire Letter?

Pre-hire letters are acceptance letters from trucking companies to students, or even potential students, to verify placement. The trucking companies are saying in writing that the student, or potential student, appears to meet the company's minimum hiring requirements and is welcome to attend their orientation at the company’s expense once he or she graduates from truck driving school and has their CDL in hand.

We have an excellent article that will help you Understand The Pre-Hire Process.

A Pre-Hire Letter Is Not A Guarantee Of Employment

The people that receive a pre-hire letter are people who meet the company's minimum hiring requirements, but it is not an employment contract. It is an invitation to orientation, and the orientation itself is a prerequisite to employment.

During the orientation you will get a physical, drug screen, and background check done. These and other qualifications must be met before someone in orientation is officially hired.

Mike S.'s Comment
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Hey there everybody. Just wanted to add my 2cents about McElroy if I can. I am in Emporia VA now and just finished my first day of Orientation. So far all I can say is its very laud back and easy going. Brent is a great guy and who you will meet first in this location. Rooms at the best Western are really nice compared to alot I've been in and very clean for the most part. Microwave and Fridge. TV with cable. Continental breakfast in the morning. There is a fair amount of paper work to begin with and even some homework lol. Class is very small. Only 2 here today and that's including myself LOL. But I'm not complaining because I'm sure we will get lots of hands on and one on one training. If I can be any assistance to anyone looking at McElroy I'll try and answer questions also. Yall have a good night ! Got to be there at 7 in the morning.

Reformed Squid's Comment
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Welcome aboard, if you have any questions feel free to ask I am one of the trainers/ mentors and I will do my best to answer them.

Hey there everybody. Just wanted to add my 2cents about McElroy if I can. I am in Emporia VA now and just finished my first day of Orientation. So far all I can say is its very laud back and easy going. Brent is a great guy and who you will meet first in this location. Rooms at the best Western are really nice compared to alot I've been in and very clean for the most part. Microwave and Fridge. TV with cable. Continental breakfast in the morning. There is a fair amount of paper work to begin with and even some homework lol. Class is very small. Only 2 here today and that's including myself LOL. But I'm not complaining because I'm sure we will get lots of hands on and one on one training. If I can be any assistance to anyone looking at McElroy I'll try and answer questions also. Yall have a good night ! Got to be there at 7 in the morning.

Flathead's Comment
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Hey there everybody. Just wanted to add my 2cents about McElroy if I can. I am in Emporia VA now and just finished my first day of Orientation. So far all I can say is its very laud back and easy going. Brent is a great guy and who you will meet first in this location. Rooms at the best Western are really nice compared to alot I've been in and very clean for the most part. Microwave and Fridge. TV with cable. Continental breakfast in the morning. There is a fair amount of paper work to begin with and even some homework lol. Class is very small. Only 2 here today and that's including myself LOL. But I'm not complaining because I'm sure we will get lots of hands on and one on one training. If I can be any assistance to anyone looking at McElroy I'll try and answer questions also. Yall have a good night ! Got to be there at 7 in the morning.

How was orientation?

I'm heading to Pleasant Hill in a week. The drivers I've talked with are pretty happy with MTL. They both run dedicated routes. I'm pretty sure I'll be doing regional unless a dedicated opens up in my area.

Looking forward to learning and getting to work!

Dedicated Route:

A driver or carrier who transports cargo between regular, prescribed routes. Normally it means a driver will be dedicated to working for one particular customer like Walmart or Home Depot and they will only haul freight for that customer. You'll often hear drivers say something like, "I'm on the Walmart dedicated account."

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.

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