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    FL

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    Experienced Driver

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    4 years, 8 months ago

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Posted:  1 day, 4 hours ago

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Pleasant Suprises

Congratulations on your well-earned recognition!

Posted:  3 days, 5 hours ago

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Alternating home time

I alternated with Schneider. I live in Florida. Took hometime in Carlisle, PA to be at my Son’s wedding. Took hometime in Columbus, OH (about once a quarter) to visit with friends and once took it in Syracuse, NY to visit an old friend.

This flexibility is a definite advantage the large carriers have over smaller ones.

Posted:  5 days, 14 hours ago

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How do people survive

If I understand correctly, you’re making $1,000-$1,250/week before taxes, before insurance, before setting aside for retirement? And you think trucking pay is bad?

I’ve been netting your gross earnings (if $200-$250 daily is accurate) for quite some time. Many others here are making way more than me.

Look, if you’re satisfied doing what you’re doing, stay with it. If you just wanna hit the open road, take a vacation and drive. If you wanna be a truck driver, make the commitment and give it your all.

Posted:  1 week, 1 day ago

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New to the game.

I started with Schneider and was treated VERY well. I had a great DBL (Schneider’s version of a driver manager) and I never felt like just a number.

I only left Schneider after a couple of years, for a company that gives me the same (sometimes more) miles (read; pay) while getting home more. This company requires experience.

When you limit your choices, you limit your potential income.

Set your priorities first. Then look for the best candidates (I.e. companies) to serve those priorities.

Good luck!

Posted:  1 month, 3 weeks ago

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Seven Years Ago The Adventure Began

Congratulations! You’ve got wisdom! That’s knowledge AND experience.

Congrats!

Posted:  1 month, 3 weeks ago

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Schneider - Harley Davidson Loads

They also have a dedicated AMG (Mercedes Benz) out of Alabama to northern Indiana. Elkhart or South Bend I think. I did that once (as a relay like you did) and wanted to get on it, but they said I had to live within 100 miles of the Alabama location.

While I drove for Schneider, I met a few of the H-D dedicated drivers and they all liked the gig.

Congratulations!

Posted:  2 months, 2 weeks ago

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A minor setback, not truckin related.

Our ‘05 Sequoia has just over 150k miles. It’s paid for. Yes we spent about $4k over the past two years to do brakes, axles, valve cover gaskets, transmission service, tires, new headlights and radiator.

We’ve been offered $8k for it and won’t get rid of it. It can potentially run for another 150,000-200,000 miles.

We could upgrade to add a backup camera for less than many people pay for one car payment.

My point is, look at what’s out there on the used market. You might be surprised at how much nicer (and more practical), than new, you can afford.

Good luck.

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Posted:  2 months, 2 weeks ago

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A minor setback, not truckin related.

I’m with Big Scott. If your payments were gonna be, say $400/month, saving for 18 months gives you $7,200. Plus a good quality used car will cost less (usually) in insurance. Especially if you pay cash.

Posted:  3 months ago

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Question for Schneider drivers

They’ll probably check by when you get to Orientation. I was on 10mg/day of Lysinopryl for bp. Within six months of starting, I’d lost 40lbs and bp was good enough for a two year card.

Good luck!

Posted:  3 months ago

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Career Change to truck driving

Keith P., welcome and congratulations on the success you’ve had in the oilfield work. Also, THANKS for your service.

After you’ve gotten some driving experience, you might look into Robert Bearden Inc (RBI). I started with Schneider, now with RBI and plan to stay here. We’re a Southeast Regional company and run a lot of freight in Florida.

Good luck with Crete and your new adventure! Welcome aboard!

Posted:  3 months, 1 week ago

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Bankin miles seems like a blur

Congratulations!

Posted:  3 months, 1 week ago

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Need advice

Congratulations on this!!! Take the win and don't worry about the one-time hit. You'll come out better in the long run.

It's always terrific to see how well things go when we focus on the issue, not emotion and we give it time to settle before having the conversation. Please keep this experience tucked in your mental files in case you need it in the future.

Have a great rest of the week!

Posted:  3 months, 1 week ago

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Need advice

I don’t know about you, but I’m doing this job for the pay FIRST. If I can’t make the $, I’m talking to dispatch. If they’re gonna leave me dedicated to a customer that can’t keep up, I’d explain it and ask my employer what I can do to get back to $900-$1k/week.

Temporary setbacks are one thing and maybe the customer didn’t realize they were getting a highly motivated, enthusiastic driver who can deliver on time. But will you be satisfied if you don’t discuss it with your team?

I hope this helps.

Posted:  3 months, 2 weeks ago

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Man’s world

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This is one thing that disgusts me. I’ve seen drivers pull in, stop at the truck stop entrance and pee between the truck and trailer EVEN THOUGH there were plenty of parking spots. A few weeks back I saw (as I was driving down the interstate) a driver standing on his catwalk peeing AT THE REST AREA. To damn lazy to walk to the restroom.

Drivers wonder why places won’t let us park overnight and scum like these are why.

😡

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Hold up! He was to lazy to talk to the bathroom but not lazy enough to climb on his catwalk to pee? WTF. rofl-1.gif

Yes! I don’t know if he got the urge while checking his air lines or what. But it was in full view of the interstate and where state troopers usually target big trucks for inspections.

Posted:  3 months, 2 weeks ago

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Man’s world

This is one thing that disgusts me. I’ve seen drivers pull in, stop at the truck stop entrance and pee between the truck and trailer EVEN THOUGH there were plenty of parking spots. A few weeks back I saw (as I was driving down the interstate) a driver standing on his catwalk peeing AT THE REST AREA. To damn lazy to walk to the restroom.

Drivers wonder why places won’t let us park overnight and scum like these are why.

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Posted:  3 months, 2 weeks ago

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Big Island, VA. GP facility.

Been there many a time. I think it’s funny to go to a big island so far inland. Kind of like Beech Island, SC near Augusta, GA.

Posted:  3 months, 3 weeks ago

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New Truck

Congratulations!!!!

Posted:  3 months, 4 weeks ago

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Regrets

Kim, you might try Schneider. They had dedicated out of Washington Courthouse, OH that delivers to Walmart stores in WV. Also they used to (not sure if they still do) have a Target dedicated out of Stuart’s Draft, VA (near Charlottesville).

On the other hand; if you can afford it and your current pay will support it, maybe get yourself a small camper and start taking weekend trips. The weather is just about here for that.

Good luck.

Posted:  4 months ago

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Wasted Day

Your DBL needs to step up and be your advocate with the planners. But you may need to remind your DBL this is a job and losing miles means losing pay.

Unless you’re on a dedicated/salary rate, your DBL should be able to get the planners to back you up with some better miles for the trouble you had.

Hang in there.

Posted:  4 months, 1 week ago

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Worries regarding acquiring a cdl

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no team driving with a trainer

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You never went out with a trainer? You got your CDL at private school and immediately went solo?

Well if they’d just put everyone through the HRTP they’d save themselves a LOT of trouble. 😊

But seriously, I didn’t say I didn’t go out with a trainer.

I went OTR with, what Schneider calls, a Training Engineer (TE) for six days. Other than the four hour “demonstration” drive he did, the rest of the week he was in the passenger seat or outside supervising the backing.

We ran only one 8/11/14 clock each day. When my clock was up, that was it. I spent each night in a hotel room, on the company’s dime.

I really appreciate y’all making me feel so special. I don’t consider myself better than anyone else. But maybe...uh oh! Might not be able to get my head out of the sleeper in the morning. 😆

Okay. I’m very fortunate, Blessed, whatever you wanna call it. But it started here. And I’m glad you put this website out here...and free.

I hope your week is challenging AND rewarding!

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