LTL Trucking - My Linehaul Job

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Justin G.'s Comment
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Thanks man I'm going to reaS through everything again. One more silly question, do these companies take say a driver who did one year flatbed prior? I'm not driving yet I'm just asking hypotheticall y how that would work. Thanks again!

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Thanks man I'm going to reaS through everything again. One more silly question, do these companies take say a driver who did one year flatbed prior? I'm not driving yet I'm just asking hypotheticall y how that would work. Thanks again!

I can't really give you an answer to that. It all depends on the company, their hiring requirements, their hiring needs at the time you apply, etc... Even different terminals within the same company will have different hiring needs. You'll need to find LTLs in your area and call around.

I'll say this though, I was hired right out of trucking school - no experience. Location is often more important than experience. If you live in an area that has a solid LTL presence, your opportunities will increase.

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.

LTL:

Less Than Truckload

Refers to carriers that make a lot of smaller pickups and deliveries for multiple customers as opposed to hauling one big load of freight for one customer. This type of hauling is normally done by companies with terminals scattered throughout the country where freight is sorted before being moved on to its destination.

LTL carriers include:

  • FedEx Freight
  • Con-way
  • YRC Freight
  • UPS
  • Old Dominion
  • Estes
  • Yellow-Roadway
  • ABF Freight
  • R+L Carrier
Boomshaker E.'s Comment
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6 string rhythm: that's a lot of info to absorb. Thanks again brother for posting it.

Boomshaker E.'s Comment
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6 string rhythm: If I am doing a google search, what would be some of the key words I should be searching for on the internet but also for the PA area? Thank you again.

6 string rhythm's Comment
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6 string rhythm: If I am doing a google search, what would be some of the key words I should be searching for on the internet but also for the PA area? Thank you again.

Well, I'd put together a list of LTL companies and simply go to their respective websites and do a search for their terminals. I provide a starting list of LTLs somewhere in the thread. Find the terminals near Philly and you're good to go. Keep in mind you'll be working out of the terminal , so it should be within a reasonable driving distance for you.

Being in Philly, you're surrounded by lots of options. Some LTLs have terminals in NJ for their Philly location, e.g. in Camden area. LTLs that I know are near you include Old Dominion and NEMF. Also look into UPSF, Fed Ex Freight, Ward Trucking, Conway-Freight (now XPO), Estes, ABF, and YRC.

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.

LTL:

Less Than Truckload

Refers to carriers that make a lot of smaller pickups and deliveries for multiple customers as opposed to hauling one big load of freight for one customer. This type of hauling is normally done by companies with terminals scattered throughout the country where freight is sorted before being moved on to its destination.

LTL carriers include:

  • FedEx Freight
  • Con-way
  • YRC Freight
  • UPS
  • Old Dominion
  • Estes
  • Yellow-Roadway
  • ABF Freight
  • R+L Carrier
Boomshaker E.'s Comment
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6 string: you beat me to it here before I sent the PM. lol Thank you

Chris H.'s Comment
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Great thread 6, I just read the whole thing, whew.shocked.png I have LTL out the kazoo around here. Doesn't really fit with my long term plans though.

LTL:

Less Than Truckload

Refers to carriers that make a lot of smaller pickups and deliveries for multiple customers as opposed to hauling one big load of freight for one customer. This type of hauling is normally done by companies with terminals scattered throughout the country where freight is sorted before being moved on to its destination.

LTL carriers include:

  • FedEx Freight
  • Con-way
  • YRC Freight
  • UPS
  • Old Dominion
  • Estes
  • Yellow-Roadway
  • ABF Freight
  • R+L Carrier
6 string rhythm's Comment
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Great thread 6, I just read the whole thing, whew.shocked.png I have LTL out the kazoo around here. Doesn't really fit with my long term plans though.

My wife would probably want to give you award for reading the whole thing - I'm sooooo long-winded. smile.gif

LTL:

Less Than Truckload

Refers to carriers that make a lot of smaller pickups and deliveries for multiple customers as opposed to hauling one big load of freight for one customer. This type of hauling is normally done by companies with terminals scattered throughout the country where freight is sorted before being moved on to its destination.

LTL carriers include:

  • FedEx Freight
  • Con-way
  • YRC Freight
  • UPS
  • Old Dominion
  • Estes
  • Yellow-Roadway
  • ABF Freight
  • R+L Carrier
6 string rhythm's Comment
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after working for Sage schools in Caldwell Id. for 5 yrs .and Success for 1 yrs .) I have "NEVER " seen a LTL / freight Co. reimburse for tuition .

I've been receiving my tuition reimbursement from Old Dominion. $500 at a time.

LTL:

Less Than Truckload

Refers to carriers that make a lot of smaller pickups and deliveries for multiple customers as opposed to hauling one big load of freight for one customer. This type of hauling is normally done by companies with terminals scattered throughout the country where freight is sorted before being moved on to its destination.

LTL carriers include:

  • FedEx Freight
  • Con-way
  • YRC Freight
  • UPS
  • Old Dominion
  • Estes
  • Yellow-Roadway
  • ABF Freight
  • R+L Carrier
6 string rhythm's Comment
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Time to update the thread. Most importantly because I realize I never added what I made my first year. I took my weekly gross from the first week of August 2014 up to this past August 2015.

$60, 638.19

Keep in mind that is on the low side for first year linehaul drivers at my terminal. A lot of new drivers at our terminal pull down at least $70,000.00 their first year. The majority of last winter I was only turning 360 mile nights since I needed to stay close to home for family reasons. I missed about a week's worth of work for cancelled runs due to weather. I also missed two full weeks of work for family reasons. Those 360 mile runs from late December 2014 up to around February 2015 really dinged my earning potential. Typically I like to shoot for 500 mile days, or at least a 2500 mile average for the week, which is usually attainable. We have a lot of 530+ mile runs at our terminal.

I'm still running wild (extraboard) this recent bid because I'm choosing to stay on daylight hours. I'll probably see a daytime schedule this coming summer bid. I almost had one this winter bid. I have plenty of night schedules to choose from now, but I'm staying daylight for a couple of reasons.

I will probably hit at least $75,000 for my second year - at least I'm on pace for it.

Then of course there are all the "intangibles," like being off work for the holidays, which is why I'm able to type this now. I also have off Sundays and Mondays now, which is awesome for spending time with the family.

I love being a linehaul driver for OD.

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.

Linehaul:

Linehaul drivers will normally run loads from terminal to terminal for LTL (Less than Truckload) companies.

LTL (Less Than Truckload) carriers will have Linehaul drivers and P&D drivers. The P&D drivers will deliver loads locally from the terminal and pick up loads returning them to the terminal. Linehaul drivers will then run truckloads from terminal to terminal.

HOS:

Hours Of Service

HOS refers to the logbook hours of service regulations.

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.

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