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    KY

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    7 years, 11 months ago

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Posted:  5 years, 10 months ago

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Pay in lieu of benefits

Where I work (Millis Transfer) you get .01cpm for not using their health insurance. I am on my wife's health insurance through her work.

Posted:  7 years, 9 months ago

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Central Refrigerated- Am I getting told wrong?

The Roehl drivers with pets are lease operators. They can have them , but company drivers cant .

Ah, Gotcha! Thanks PJ! That is something I forgot to consider!

I read about your training at Roehl but how did it go after you finished training? After the first few months? I love Roehl just because I am biased....My wife and her family are from that area and seem to be lots of local jobs there...

Posted:  7 years, 9 months ago

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Central Refrigerated- Am I getting told wrong?

Pets are no longer allowed for new hires with central. The ones that have pets were grandfathered in under the old central policy from before the merger

That makes sense I guess. That is probably the same thing with Roehl.... They had been trucking for 10+ years... Man, That stinks!

Thank You!

Posted:  7 years, 9 months ago

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Central Refrigerated- Am I getting told wrong?

I am set to begin with Central Refrigerated in a couple weeks and the recruiter keeps telling me no pets are allowed however, I have seen and been told by some of their drivers that pets are allowed and have seen them with pets. Same goes for Roehl Transportation? Roehl told me no pets but I saw drivers with pets? How do they know if their drivers have pets? and can they get away with it?

Posted:  7 years, 9 months ago

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Pets and Trucking?

Thanks everyone!

Posted:  7 years, 9 months ago

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Stable Employment History

I wanted to work for prime and go through their school but unfortunately they rejected me due to my employment/unemployment history. I have worked mostly through temp agencies and fire departments since leaving the army as well as moved around a lot since then. When they checked the system to check my job history along with my application it showed 10-12 additional jobs however those additional jobs were through one temp agency...I listed the temp agency and not the jobs individually because I was never hired on. Unfortunately, instead of the temp agency showing in the system it was all of the jobs I worked as a temp through that showed up.

Posted:  7 years, 9 months ago

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Pets and Trucking?

So I have a dog who is pretty close to a service dog....he went through but is not fixed yet....I have PTSD so he is kind of therapeutic for me...anyways my question is what trucking companies allow pets? The only one I know of is knight. Roehl and central refrigerated both told me that they do not allow pets....I can't think of any others though! Can anyone help me out?

Posted:  7 years, 10 months ago

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$230 a week? Is that possible?

That's not so bad. During my research, I came across people who complained that they only made $50 a week. Lol.

Either they suck at their job or are exaggerating haha. You can make more than that delivering pizzas!

Posted:  7 years, 10 months ago

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Companies That Offer Dock Work While Training

Tester

I think Conway does. POSSIBLY, Fedex but I do not know for sure.

Posted:  7 years, 10 months ago

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Team driving for celadon again, anybody know anywhere better for rooks?

.18 or .15 a mile I know aint great even if I get paid for miles driven by team mate. Anybody know a better way, I'll do the team thing, if i have to I gotta bust in somehow and start making a living for the family. And I know I gotta pay my dues.... just trying to sort it out. Thought of trying to get out from it after six months or so at 120000 truck miles but that's at .15 a mile team. But i reckon after having some drive time under my belt I ought to do better with another company. Please any advise is greatly appreciated.

I assume you already have your CDL, however, I do not. I know CRST starts contract new student drivers at .22. It is higher for experienced drivers( I think .28 or something like that). If you want to do the team thing I hear they are the way to go!

Posted:  7 years, 10 months ago

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LTL Trucking - My linehaul job

I've got some more useful ideas for the thread until I can document my actual job experience. I've already covered some basic concepts of LTL trucking, viz. the two basic jobs (linehaul and P&D), their schedules and job descriptions, and important information like extraboard / flexboard and how that relates to seniority. I'm now going to provide a list of LTL companies for anybody interested in employment, including direct links to their websites. And yes, my company is included in this list ;)

LTL Trucking Company List

ABF Freight

PItt Ohio

YRC Freight

Old Dominion Freight Line

Conway-Freight

NEMF (New England Motor Freight)

New Penn

Holland

UPSF (UPS Freight)

Fed Ex

SAIA

There are plenty more, but these are some major players. I'm sure I left some major players out. And while I think Trucking Truth is one of the best trucking forums on the world wide web, here is another forum that specializes just on LTL for drivers. Trucking Boards

Awesome thread! I have no trucking experience or even a CDL yet. I do know that eventually I want to drive for Fedex or UPSF though. Thanks for the insight!

Posted:  7 years, 10 months ago

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Any truck drivers from Kansas or at least midwest???

I am originally from Texas. But I was stationed at Fort Riley, KS for a few years....lol Kansas was one of the most boring places I have ever been. It's tied with Nebraska lol...if these wasn't any signs you wouldn't know you had left Nebraska....my brother is going to college in Crete,NE. Kansas was the first place I ever experienced a blizzard...lol

Posted:  7 years, 10 months ago

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Killing time

So I am killing time at the truck stop in Lebanon Junction, KY when I look up and see a car on fire....I just drove past that car on the way in here and it looked fine....being a firefighter I went to check on the people only to get to watch the local FD put it out....man I pass by here all the time....what's some of the crazy things y'all see on the road? I am killing time here at the truck stop until 5:30....lol and it's 11:30..come say hi if you pass through

Posted:  7 years, 10 months ago

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$230 a week? Is that possible?

Unless those drivers are "Problem Drivers" whine and complain about everything. I never heard a of a driver from Roehl getting paid that low. There's more to the story than what they are saying.

I am willing to bet thats the case. I know a former flatbed driver for Roehl who only drove for them two years. He was making around $50-60K a year. He ran hard though and was good at his job. He left to take a job at home so he could be home more often.

Posted:  7 years, 10 months ago

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Having a rough time...

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my last job I made 750-1000 a week after taxes. Unfortunately,I was naive and I signed some stupid legal agreement that says I will not work for another competitor for at least 2 years...

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Now that's the wild card in this whole thing. Can you land a good paying job once that two years has passed? How long until that happens? Did that agreement cover doing subcontract work also or does that agreement only pertain to you being an employee of one of their competitors? You might have a loophole to work with. You might also speak with your former company about releasing you from that agreement because of your circumstances.

It included any form of HVAC work. I cannot even sell the stuff even though I only worked install/Maintenance. And unless I have schooling I probably will not find work. They trained their own guys. Thats the only way I got hired between that and my veteran status. I am not a mechanically inclined person. 90% of my job experience is medical, EMS, Military, or retail and food service.

Posted:  7 years, 10 months ago

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Having a rough time...

Thanks for all the replies!!! Unfortunately, I probably could not continue after the 2 year agreement just because it was my first job in that field. It was HVAC. I did alright in it but I just wasn't happy and I think it started to reflect on my work. As far as the job opportunity at 22K a year....well I would HAVE to get medical insurance due to my daughter having some medical issues and their medical insurance was around $800 a month. After medical thats around $12K a year before taxes....there is no way I can support my family on that. Unfortunately my options were either me, or me and my spouse, or my whole family. They would not just let me do my daughter or me and my daughter due to me being married. They also had little to no possibility of OT....on the plus side we are prepared and ready to get started. Just have to decide on a company. As far as a support system, our church is very supportive and we would have some child care. My parents will also be in the area till November. I am excited to get into this career. I feel like I can finally get somewhere financially and maybe save some for school. I am excited for what lies ahead and I hope to see you all on the road!

Posted:  7 years, 10 months ago

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$230 a week? Is that possible?

I do not have a CDL yet, nor do I drive for Roehl(Yet), but If they are averaging $230 week then they are doing something seriously wrong.....especially for Roehl. I have never heard anything bad about them. lol

Posted:  7 years, 10 months ago

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Having a rough time...

@ Guy: Exactly my issue...my last job I made 750-1000 a week after taxes. Unfortunately,I was naive and I signed some stupid legal agreement that says I will not work for another competitor for at least 2 years...

@ Starcar: Exactly, No offense to my wife, but I have been a FT dad, FT worker at atleast two jobs, and FT college student for nearly two years and it is rough...my wife has not had to work in almost 3 years and I am pretty much the one that has tried taking the stress off of her so she can finish school. Unfortunately, doing this has taken a toll on me and now I am stuck in a tough spot...I almost feel like a bad parent for saying I want to do trucking...

Posted:  7 years, 10 months ago

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Having a rough time...

@ Mad Hatter: That does make sense!

@ Josh E. : Yeah she only has one year of nursing school left and then we are moving back to Wisconsin. I want to do flatbed but I really just want the most miles. I like Central because you see more of the country, or so it seems. I was looking at those home time programs and while they are great I am worried I wont bring in enough to support my family. According to both companies my home time would be around 11-14 days out and 2-4 days at home..However, that is not anything but simple hearsay at this point..

Posted:  7 years, 10 months ago

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Having a rough time...

Hey guys, I have had such a horrible last few weeks....dealing with multiple deaths of close friends coupled with losing my job and then hearing about Roehl falling through.....I now have an opportunity to drive for Roehl and Central Refrigerated but I have also been offered a job making $22K a year to start and coming home to my wife and daughter every night...I would be making half of what I would if I went into trucking...Have you guys had to deal with this? I want to do trucking so bad and kind of always have. Something about those big trucks just amazes me as well as the amazing people that are in that field! I cannot decide if I should take a low paying job and sleep in my own bed every night and be off at 3:30 every day or sign up and jump into the game and get going with trucking. My wife does not work, unfortunately, and is a full time student..my daughter is 19 months old and is incredibly attached. It is a lot harder for me to jump into the field with a little one...it was just me and my wife when I was in the Army and honestly, it was just easier on us. Trucking and everything about trucking seems awesome to me, the good and bad, and it is so appealing...How did you guys handle it when faced with this decision? What would you do in my situation? My wife does not want me to go into trucking but she supports it. I am real scatterbrained because I was not expecting to even get a job offer after being out of work for over a month...I just figured I was going to get into trucking and I was getting my home life straight before I leave...now that its all straightened out I suddenly have a job offer...I need guidance or advice or opinions...I don't get offended. So be honest...I have asked my wife's opinion and she didn't help at all...I have not got anything other than "do what makes you happy"....honestly what makes me happy is paying the bills and bringing home enough money so that my wife does not have to worry about working while she is being a mom and going to nursing school...

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