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Posted:  5 years, 7 months ago

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LTL Trucking - My linehaul job

LTL all the way

Posted:  5 years, 7 months ago

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You Know You Want To Be A Trucker When.....

Ur 8 days out of the slam, tired of standing in the bread line, ain't got no kin close by, and an actor by the name of ronald reagan just became president. a rolling stone gathers no moss, time to hit the road!

Posted:  5 years, 7 months ago

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Home time versus Days Out

I can confirm what the one driver said about Werner - in my conversations with them, you can bank your time beyond 5 days... has nothing to do with just running teams. now i just dont' know if it would be a hassle to actually get it or not beyond a certain number like 5-6 without pulling some teeth

Posted:  5 years, 7 months ago

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Running With The Big Dogs

Well done driver

Posted:  5 years, 7 months ago

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Driving for Schneider vs. ABF, US Express

To the OP, see if there are other LTL (less than truckload) opportunities where you live. If you have ABF, chances are you have others nearby. Some LTL companies don't require you to work the dock and will hire drivers from the street. Not every LTL outfit will make you wait by the phone or be on the extraboard. Know the questions to ask to make sure you won't be on extraboard or having to wait by the phone for work. Estes, OD, Con-Way hires students. Each terminal can be different, even the same company. It all depends on what you want out of trucking. I don't see LTL really talked about on this forum. Lots of OTR. To each their own. EAch has their place. Generally speaking, you'll make more and be home more often with LTL. Top pay usually only takes a few years to reach. If you don't wanna sling freight everyday with P&D, check out linehaul. 65-80K pretty common once you reach top pay running linehaul, and you'll be home daily with two days off. REally depends on the company and where you live. Just tossing this out there to all the young drivers. nothing wrong w/ OTR, but that's not your only option if you're in the right place. you'll have to have hazmat and doubles/triples to pull those wiggle wagons.

Posted:  5 years, 7 months ago

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Hired at Con-Way ... Everything was great!

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Well, congratulations on getting started right away with LTL!!! You are in a fortunate position. Lots of drivers have to wait in order to get a LTL gig. Not knocking OTR, but you'll likely make more money at your LTL gig w/ Conway in the long term. I see too many young drivers thinking thry have to do OTR first, totally not the case. Depends on your area. Lots of guys grind out OTR jobs waiting for something in LTL to open up.

Depending if you have steady work in the beginning, you should make more your first year in LTL than you would've going OTR - and you'll be home more. This forum focuses a lot on OTR or truckload companies and helping new drivers out. Now that you're part of the LTL sector, check out this forum dedicated to LTL. You'll meet a lot of great drivers, and there's a sub-forum just for Conway. www.truckingboards.com

Best luck to you. Hang in there and get your seniority! Don't turn down any loads or work.

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We're the only forum anyone needs to be visiting.

you've been drinking too much of that kool-aid kid.

Posted:  5 years, 7 months ago

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Hired at Con-Way ... Everything was great!

Well, congratulations on getting started right away with LTL!!! You are in a fortunate position. Lots of drivers have to wait in order to get a LTL gig. Not knocking OTR, but you'll likely make more money at your LTL gig w/ Conway in the long term. I see too many young drivers thinking thry have to do OTR first, totally not the case. Depends on your area. Lots of guys grind out OTR jobs waiting for something in LTL to open up.

Depending if you have steady work in the beginning, you should make more your first year in LTL than you would've going OTR - and you'll be home more. This forum focuses a lot on OTR or truckload companies and helping new drivers out. Now that you're part of the LTL sector, check out this forum dedicated to LTL. You'll meet a lot of great drivers, and there's a sub-forum just for Conway. www.truckingboards.com

Best luck to you. Hang in there and get your seniority! Don't turn down any loads or work.

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Hired at Con-Way ... Everything was great!

Good for you! truckload or LTL part of Conway?

Posted:  5 years, 7 months ago

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Interview with Con-Way, Hot Dang!

Are you applying for a LTL gig or a truckload position? two different animals. wish you the best.

Posted:  5 years, 7 months ago

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Interview with Con-Way, Hot Dang!

When you're on the extraboard you lack seniority and typically are on call. you are a fill in. you are also the first to be laid off. some LTL companies like YRC (the new Yellow) use an extraboard and you have to be near your phone to get the call to work, anytime. once you gain seniority you can bid on different schedules etc. it's different for each company. some drivers are on the extraboard for a year or more. not sure how Conway operates with an extraboard, the truckload part of Conway is different and I don't think uses an extraboard.

Posted:  5 years, 7 months ago

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Interview with Con-Way, Hot Dang!

Best of luck with your job search and interviews. Food for thought with Conway. Make sure you ask if you will be required to work the dock, and if you will be on any sort of extraboard or on call for work. Not every LTL company has extraboards where you're not guaranteed work or have to be on call, but some do. If you just want to drive, make sure dock work isn't part of the gig. Good to know the questions to ask so you're not surprised, better to know up front.

Posted:  5 years, 7 months ago

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New gig linehaul

Hey Sober-J, It's a major player in the LTL game. I don't have to do any dock work, and should get my seniority up in no time at all to bid for a schedule that will get me home daily. I dont' mind the bag runs, beats sleeping in a truck at a truck stop. I'll be put up in a hotel room. Pulling mostly double sets.

Posted:  5 years, 7 months ago

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New gig linehaul

Hey drivers. Wanted to say hello. Got a new gig coming up soon after I pass road test and drug test. Bag run with a LTL company. Regional linehaul in the NE. Home twice a week for my girls. Any linehaul drivers here?

Posted:  5 years, 7 months ago

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Nagging question -- why?

So, why did he fail? What did he do that caused the failures? You explained the circumstances, but didn't say what he actually did to fail. Usually a student has to make sure they don't forget the range selector button, or square up and take a turn wide enough, or check for traffic in both directions at an intersection while making a turn. A lot of people don't pass the first time. Hopefully your boyfriend knows what he has to focus on in order to pass the road skills test.

Posted:  5 years, 8 months ago

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Kansas has been insane lately!

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That's a wall cloud, your lucky you didn't get swept away in a tornadoe!!!

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Eh, it really wasn't that bad. Does give me another story to tell though!

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Beautiful, but potentially deadly. Hope now you're more aware of the potential danger.

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Very aware. But where can you go? It's Kansas, completely flat land. There's no place to duck and certainly wasn't any truck stops around. The only option was to push through, sometimes that's the safest thing.

Yep, that's a tough position! Just wanted to be sure you are aware of the danger my friend. By the way, I've enjoyed reading your posts. You've put a lot of time and detail into some of them.

Posted:  5 years, 8 months ago

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Kansas has been insane lately!

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That's a wall cloud, your lucky you didn't get swept away in a tornadoe!!!

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Eh, it really wasn't that bad. Does give me another story to tell though!

Beautiful, but potentially deadly. Hope now you're more aware of the potential danger.

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