McElroy Truck Lines

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RedBeard's Comment
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I have been solo for one month with them and I love it so far. Of course there have been those rough days where you sit and they load or unload slower than molasses in winter. I have gone through 2 trucks and I'm on my third one now, not very common. Some of the dedicated will pay .44 however most of what you do will earn your min pay and you will just get the empty miles back. I have been running mostly Nashville dedicated and that will really test your abilities as a driver due to some of the job sites you will deliver to. I had to have a forklift swing my trailer for me because there was literally no possible way to get out. It's a great company it really is. Good luck to you and see you on the road.

well thats good to hear really good to hear about them, as usual with most trucking companies that hire students you hear a lot of bad and good things about a company on the internet but with Mcelroy i hear good things from people who are actually working with them and not just people who have got fired from them or just quit cause they didnt like them. So i live near nashville are you running dedicated just out of texas or from texas to nashville? How was training and did you get paired up with a trainer close to you?

HOS:

Hours Of Service

HOS refers to the logbook hours of service regulations.
Reformed Squid's Comment
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My trainer lived in Athens so it was about 100 miles for me to drive so not bad. Anything over 200 miles they reimburse you for and if it's over another mileage they will offer you a hotel there. My week usually starts with a load I had taken home Friday from Nashville, Ar. And deliver to Houston Austin or like this morning I'm going to frisco tx. Then I will either shoot back or if I can deliver early I can grab an extra load working my way back to Nashville. I have only pulled 2 lowes loads but I have grabbed some Steele and a couple lumber loads after dropping one of these dedicated loads. I forgot to mention the lower paid dedicated stuff is for the guys who are home every night and they are pulling 2-3 loads a day that are min pay of $85 and they get the empty back. The training was a much more detailed version of driving school we're really big on smith system here. Depending on your trainer you will get some phenomenal experience and knowledge so far from the tx trainers there is only 1 I have heard anything bad about and the few times I met him I was not impressed.

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My trainer lived in Athens so it was about 100 miles for me to drive so not bad. Anything over 200 miles they reimburse you for and if it's over another mileage they will offer you a hotel there. My week usually starts with a load I had taken home Friday from Nashville, Ar. And deliver to Houston Austin or like this morning I'm going to frisco tx. Then I will either shoot back or if I can deliver early I can grab an extra load working my way back to Nashville. I have only pulled 2 lowes loads but I have grabbed some Steele and a couple lumber loads after dropping one of these dedicated loads. I forgot to mention the lower paid dedicated stuff is for the guys who are home every night and they are pulling 2-3 loads a day that are min pay of $85 and they get the empty back. The training was a much more detailed version of driving school we're really big on smith system here. Depending on your trainer you will get some phenomenal experience and knowledge so far from the tx trainers there is only 1 I have heard anything bad about and the few times I met him I was not impressed.

thanks for the info it really helps. So i heard there is not a lot of turnover there well compared to the trucking industry as a whole, is that true?

Reformed Squid's Comment
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This company has great retention most of the drivers I have come across have 5+ years and the rest have 2+ I've only come across a few other rookies so far. Are you looking at coming to work here?

RedBeard's Comment
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This company has great retention most of the drivers I have come across have 5+ years and the rest have 2+ I've only come across a few other rookies so far. Are you looking at coming to work here?

Not looking i am i going start orientation on monday ill be getting down to cuba alabama sunday and really hoping to get the same room that one of my classmates is staying in he started his orientation this monday. I am just asking you a ton of questions cause you are driving for them and know whats really going on. Thanks a lot for answering them i really do think i made a good choice on my first and maybe only trucking company but who knows what the future will bring. So do you know if there are a lot trainers in middle tennessee around the nashville area and can you really park at any lowes if the truck stop is full?

Reformed Squid's Comment
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I know they have some up there I just haven't really met any of them. Also the dedicated I have been running is Nashville, Ar. For the most part you can park at any lowes, also walmart allows overnight parking Home Depot. 90% of the time though you will park at the destination. I do a lot of job sites so it's hit or miss like the place I'm headed there is a lowes around the corner about 3 miles away so I will park there creep in, in the morning to avoid starting my clock until after I am unloaded. I do that a lot when I can't park at the site so I try to get as close as possible.

Parrothead66's Comment
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My trainer lived in Athens so it was about 100 miles for me to drive so not bad. Anything over 200 miles they reimburse you for and if it's over another mileage they will offer you a hotel there. My week usually starts with a load I had taken home Friday from Nashville, Ar. And deliver to Houston Austin or like this morning I'm going to frisco tx. Then I will either shoot back or if I can deliver early I can grab an extra load working my way back to Nashville. I have only pulled 2 lowes loads but I have grabbed some Steele and a couple lumber loads after dropping one of these dedicated loads. I forgot to mention the lower paid dedicated stuff is for the guys who are home every night and they are pulling 2-3 loads a day that are min pay of $85 and they get the empty back. The training was a much more detailed version of driving school we're really big on smith system here. Depending on your trainer you will get some phenomenal experience and knowledge so far from the tx trainers there is only 1 I have heard anything bad about and the few times I met him I was not impressed.

Can you PM me his name so I can keep an eye out....I start orientation May 18th in Ennis.....Also do they have you dbl clutch on shifting or just your most comfortable way....Oh and how about the trainers, they give you a good heads up on what you need to bring with you when on their ride...can you use power units or do they let you idle oh and inverters for laptop etc....Yeah i know just a couple questions huh...sorry can't help myself

RedBeard's Comment
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Hey welcome to the site Parrothead66 and dont worry about asking to many questions i am pretty sure i have asked so many they stop reading my post but still have ask some. So Reformed Squid i know your on dedicated routes and not sure if it applies to you or to the regional guys is it true that 70% of the loads are pre tarpped i think it would really be around 50% but just wondering. Oh and do you know about how many miles some of the regional guys get i know the guys your way will get more due to straight and flat roads nothing like the southeast kentucky and the vriginias like ill be running.

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.

Reformed Squid's Comment
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I will text you his name parrot, and to be honest in 5 weeks I have only had to actually climb up and tarp 2 loads. The rest were pre tarp'd. Now with that said they just cover the loads and use anywhere from 6 to 10 bungees to hold the tarps on you still have a lot to do afterwards but saves you a lot of time and it's safer. I can really only speak for me and what I have done on my own and what I did with my trainer. I finished training with about 7200 miles and so far I have done anywhere from 1800 to 2200 on average this week is going to be an exceptional week for me because I was able to get 2 extra loads in I'm looking at roughly 2500 miles this week. Hey red beard I sent you a pm also.

RedBeard's Comment
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That still sounds good about the tarps and miles which is pretty much what recruiter said i didnt get the pm but that is nothing new i get emails from brett and emails about notifications but not pms. Mcelroy sounds but i am a little worried i had a classmate get sent home cause he failed the road test. Me and him were pretty equals in driving i think he was actually better than me but i cant let it get to me i just hope i get passed it.

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