Profile For Freightdog (Shaun)

Freightdog (Shaun)'s Info

  • Location:
    Wilmington, NC

  • Driving Status:
    Rookie Solo Driver

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  • Joined Us:
    6 years, 7 months ago

Freightdog (Shaun)'s Bio

Drove briefly for "Pumpkin" before being recalled to my flying job. Looking forward to returning to the road someday after I meet some goals that I've set for myself professionally and financially.

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Posted:  4 years, 2 months ago

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What did you do before becoming a truck driver?

I was an airline pilot for 14 years, having flown for regional airlines for 10 years and the rest at a DHL contractor flying both the Boeing 777 international and 737 domestic. Around 2009 or 2010 I realized that I was burning out on that career and that my heart just wasn't in it anymore so I began researching options to get out, which landed me here at Truckingtruth.com. Around the same time, I got the job at the cargo outfit and decided that flying the 777 international was something that I had to do (sort of a "bucket list" thing) so I put trucking on the backburner.

In 2013, I was laid off from the airline position which gave me the perfect excuse to go to CDL school and give it a try. I attended the 4 week program at Future Truckers of America in Asheboro, NC and completed the High Road course here on TT and earned my CDL (A) with tanker, doubles and triples, and HAZMAT endorsements and went to work for Schneider National in their Van Division until being recalled to the 737 domestic at the airline after 7 months. Long story short, 8 months into the new assignment I realized that I absolutely hated it and jumped ship for a local trucking company.

I've been here since September of last year and thoroughly enjoy what I'm doing and the people I work with. I have been primarily running regional container routes from our local port in a seven state southeast operating area after completing a 30 day training period in the local division since I had a limited amount of previous experience at Schneider.

I drive a 2014 Mack Pinnacle with a "coffin sleeper" and spend 3 or 4 nights a week in my truck and am at home the other 3 or 4 nights. My schedule is fairly consistent, running the same routes to the same customers with the occasional day trip thrown in once in a while for variety. From a job satisfaction standpoint, I couldn't be happier. I love the independent nature of the work and "running my own show". Income-wise it has been a bit of a struggle, given the enormity of the student loan debt that I'm still carrying from college and earning my pilot certificates. This may ultimately push me back to flying--at least until I pay that off and put some savings in the bank--but I'm doing my best to hold out at least until the one year mark with this company before I pull the plug. That will open up a few more opportunities driving-wise since I'll have over a year of experience but I won't be so far gone from flying that I won't be able to go back should that become necessary.

It's been an interesting journey so far and I enjoy hitting the road each week. Looking forward to seeing what happens next!

Posted:  4 years, 10 months ago

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Daniel B. Bike Rides

Great pictures, Daniel! Keep 'em coming!

Posted:  4 years, 10 months ago

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Well Im driving....

After school..... After company orientation..... 3 weeks out with a driver trainer.....

Ive been driving for Conway Truckload... so far .. so good.....

lots of miles and keeps me moving

Woo Hoo!

Posted:  4 years, 10 months ago

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Day 1 at Prime done!

Thank you thank you !

Congrats, happy birthday, and best of luck with the rest of the training!

Posted:  4 years, 10 months ago

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Back to trucking!

Congrats Freightdog!

Thank you!

Posted:  4 years, 10 months ago

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Back to trucking!

That, or I'm just entering an early midlife crisis...the verdict is still out on that one! :-)

Hey, I had my first mid-life crisis at the age of 29 so it very well could be!!! smile.gif Congrats on making the move to what makes you happy....life is much too short to be miserable!!!!

This is my first at age 36, but not gonna lie it's pretty cool! Maybe I'll have midlife crises more often! ;-)

Posted:  4 years, 10 months ago

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Back to trucking!

Freightdog ...gie!

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Congratulations on your smooth landing ...into a better job situation. Yay! There's nothing that says you can't keep your pilot's license and fly for fun on your free time, either. Sounds like you're going to have the best of all worlds, now!

-mountain girl

Thanks, Mountain Girl! I've been saying prayers for you and and am absolutely sure that good things are coming your way as well!

Posted:  4 years, 10 months ago

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Back to trucking!

Hey that's great Freightdog! Congrats on landing that job.

I'm the type that always wants my life moving forward. I've switched careers numerous times in order to learn new things or live a lifestyle that will allow me to do different things. For me, trucking was an amazing lifestyle for a lot of years but I always wanted to have a nice homestead with my own crops and animals way out in the country. Hard to do that when you're on the road.

So best of luck and keep us posted!

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Thanks, Brett! I'd be lying if I said I wasn't a bit terrified. I'm the guy that had my life mapped out by the age of 12, so to be throwing that plan out the window is....um, intimidating...but exciting as well. Everyone I've met at the new company has been just fantastic so far. I think that I'm going to fit in just fine. Just need to keep my head down, work hard, and the rest should fall into place.

Posted:  4 years, 10 months ago

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Back to trucking!

It's been awhile since I've checked in here. I've been lurking a lot, but just haven't taken the time to chime in.

After much deliberation and an insane amount of luck, I've decided to return to trucking. I was looking at OTR opportunities when just by happenstance I stumbled across an opportunity with a local company here in my area, sort of a friend of a friend type connection that panned out. I'll be running local and will be at home every night and off weekends. I'm definitely grateful for the opportunity, given my low (4 months) of solo experience wouldn't normally even put me in the running with this particular company. It's been a difficult decision to make concerning leaving my flying career, but overall it comes down to being home and having a "real life", the ability to pursue advancement within the company and try new things, and acknowledging when I look in the mirror that I haven't been happy in my flying career for a number of years and that it's time for a change. I'm learning that happiness and feeling grounded in my home life are much more important priorities for me as I grow older than perceived prestige or lifetime earnings potential.

That, or I'm just entering an early midlife crisis...the verdict is still out on that one! :-)

So I'm excited to get back at it and carve out a new life for myself here at home. I'll drop in and let y'all know how it's going.

Take care and drive safely...

Posted:  4 years, 10 months ago

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Who? Me?

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Rolling Thunder, I know you know this, but that is really a great opportunity for you. It's one of those deals where people talk about "being at the right place at the right time" kind of deals.

Congratulations Man! Really excited for you and proud of you!

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Thanks Old School! This past year has been insane. I would never have seen myself here two years ago. I will be taking full advantage of this opportunity and continue to better myself every day.

Congratulations! That truly is pretty awesome. Be sure to keep us updated as time allows!

Posted:  4 years, 11 months ago

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Good news

Congratulations and best of luck!

Posted:  4 years, 11 months ago

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Daniel B. Bike Rides

Http://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Abandoned_Pennsylvania_Turnpike

So apparently I don't know how to properly copy and paste a link using my phone...

Anyway, found myself YouTube exploring tonight and came across a video about abandoned sections of the Pennsylvania Turnpike that are now used by bikers, runners, and hikers for recreation. It made me think about this thread since it would be a perfect opportunity for a driver to get out and get some recreation like you do (I know you don't run back east too often, but maybe somebody else that runs this area a lot could take advantage). The one video was a group of bikers that started out in Breezewood at Lincoln Highway/US30 and rode a 13 mile section that was closed and bypassed in 1968 and includes two tunnels (Rays Hill Tunnel was the name of one of them). I thought it was pretty cool how they could actually explore the abandoned tunnel and take a closer look at the inner mechanical workings. Stuff like that appeals to my nerdy nature , what can I say... :-)

Anyway just thought I'd throw it out there for anyone who might want to explore a bit. Breezewood, being the busy little intersection town that it is has truck parking so this is definitely doable for somebody who is so inclined...

Posted:  4 years, 11 months ago

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Just makin' it through the day ...cuz today wasn't so great ...

Sounds like you managed through the day in the best way you could and will be just fine, MG. I like to call days like that--particularly in a training environment--"cooperate to graduate". That is, I keep a stiff upper lip, a good attitude, and just get through it knowing that it is only temporary. Sounds like that's what you did as well, so kudos!

Posted:  4 years, 11 months ago

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Daniel B. Bike Rides

Have you been able to ride anymore recently? Those pictures from Colorado were freaking amazing!

Posted:  4 years, 11 months ago

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Just hauled the most important load of my career!

Crazy story, dude! Thanks for taking the time to share it...

Posted:  4 years, 11 months ago

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Driver Pay in the News

I thought this was a pretty decent article about the correlation between driver shortages and compensation.

http://mobile.nytimes.com/2014/08/10/upshot/the-trucking-industry-needs-more-drivers-it-should-try-paying-more.html?_r=1&referrer=

Posted:  4 years, 11 months ago

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Ok, thinking about changing careers to trucking. Need advice please.

After some you tubing and internet research, I'm thinking Schneider but go to Sage or Lake Cumberland for school. Do you have any advice? Does Schneider give you the regular miles when you go solo?

I drove solo with Schneider National for 4 months before being recalled to the job I'd been laid off from. I was averaging 2300-2500 miles a week. I'd say that's pretty typical for most of the large carriers, especially just out of the gate as a rookie. I was at the point where I was starting to be assigned some longer runs and was developing a rapport with my DBL and getting more miles when I got the recall to my previous/primary career so I don't think consistent miles are a problem over there from what I saw. Best of luck!

Posted:  4 years, 11 months ago

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Life as an oil rig driver!

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Best of luck to you Max! You can add one more to the list of people starting next week. I am headed to Ellenwood Ga tomorrow to hopefully begin a great career with Roehl. :)good-luck.gif

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O man! Congrats. I was so close to working for Roehl until this came along. but trust me if this dosnt work out my application will be into Roehl the next day.

Man, that's awesome...congrats! Looking forward to reading your updates as you're able to post them.

Posted:  4 years, 12 months ago

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Becoming a successful trucker.

Well the solitude is one of the attractive aspects for me. I've just always been the only child loner type. And this thing about working off the clock, i don't really understand how that kindof stuff works. I'd love more info. As far as "working free" goes, i really could care less. I've approached this with the understanding that i'll be working pretty much all day every day for weekly earnings as opposed to getting paid for every minute of work done like hourly jobs.

Also while i've got this thread open, how feasible is it to stay on the road nonstop. I have literally no interest in coming back to a home point, if anything i'd rather take off days in random cities i've never been in.

It's very feasible, if that's what you want to do. You can literally put your stuff in storage, change your permanent address to a relatives place, and stay out on the road for as long as you want to.

Just be sure to take some time to yourself out there. It is pretty easy to get in the habit of 'go, go, go' all the time and start feeling kind of rundown. Get out of the truck everyday and get in a walk and get the blood flowing, take some downtime for a few days if you get somewhere that looks interesting, and take in some sights. You've got to take care of "you" while you're out there, in addition to taking care of the load and equipment.

Good luck with your new adventure!

Shaun

Posted:  5 years ago

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What I do for fun

No-no, HM, you are out, Man. Out the door! Hahaaa!

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Freightdog! Where ya been, Dude? Sea-air-land ... a regular shipping SEAL/madman.

-mountain girl

I'm still around, just lurking mostly. I've been flying domestic cargo hub turns, which is a Monday through Friday fly all night/sleep all day kind of deal, so not too much down time during the week.

Talked to a buddy of mine from CDL school the other day. He's over at Old Dominion doing line haul team driving. Very, very interested in what he had to say. Going to try and talk to my local terminal manager over there once I get back home in mid August and see if I can get a foot in the door. Don't know if it will do any good with only three months solo experience under my belt, but I'm sure not going to tell myself 'no'. I'll knock on the door and see what they have to say...

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