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Posted:  3 years, 9 months ago

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Flatbed companies hiring east of 95?

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I will call them all tomorrow, but I don't think Maverick does since they have a hiring map that is all west of 95. Gypsum Express hires out of somewhere in South Carolina but their recording said "the Carolines". I haven't looked up Decker or ATS yet.

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You can also try McElroy, their map looks like it stops at 95, but it never hurts to ask. Sometimes, a company may make an exception, if they know they can get you home, and you are close enough to where their freight moves.

Is a move west of 95 possible in the future? if so, that can make a difference, also.

good luck, and stay safe

I drive for McElroy and they will i hire someone from jacksonville nc. I know this cause one of the guys from class during training was from jacksonville nc. Now just letting you know you will be running the northest a lot and thank god you carolina_boys get those runs and not us tennessee boys. We mainly run KY IN IL TN AL MS GA NC OH MI. But heard that most of the guys over there run up there like VA WV MD OH PA NH NY NC SC GA. Now if you want to haul any coils McElroy is not the company for you, none of the carolina boys haul coils hell them boys aint even got chains or binders.

Posted:  4 years ago

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Tennessee troopers take to truck to nab texters

Dude no **** i got behind that thing on 24 westbound right inside nasvhille beside the stadium last week. I got on the cb and tried to talk them but no answer, was kinda bummed out but i didnt know it was for catching people texting i thought it was a way to teach kids how to drive around and be aware of CMVs.

Posted:  4 years ago

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McElroy Truck Lines

I am glad to see that this thread is thriving. When I first posted it there was not much to find about McElroy. I think it is a great company that has really grown recently. Please keep the updates coming! Thanks!!!

yea holy crap i had no idea this thread has over a 100 post it really has taken off.

Posted:  4 years ago

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McElroy Truck Lines

Man i am extremely sorry about your father. I am glad they routed you in for that and you got to be with him.

Thats cool that you got a 2015 but sucks you had to pay for it with truck problems and good that mcelroy is working out for you. I am loving it getting ok miles not the most but enough to pay the bills. I had a couple of truck issues but they fixed themso its all good now.

Wow did docrob tell you what i did? That was most definitely the truckers walk of shame so embarassing.

Posted:  4 years, 1 month ago

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Experience question

Thanks guys for the replys i started with mcelroy on may 8th training was 7 weeks long and i have been solo for like 6 or 7 weeks and i know that i am supposed to stay at my 1st job for a year but there is a sweet job offer local after 9 months of experience with Ryder plus not mention my girlfriend is making it hell for me with me being gone during the week. So i was trying to a get a time period of when to apply for the job. By the way its a home daily flatbed job those are rare in my neck of the woods.

Posted:  4 years, 1 month ago

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Experience question

Does experience start as soon as you get hired or as soon as you go solo? If it is only when you go solo how will other companies know? Just like how will dot know how long it took for you actually unstrap, fold traps, and get unloaded?

Posted:  4 years, 1 month ago

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May or Prime Trucking to Start Out

My buddy drives for may and loves it they install everything for you like a mounted tv, fridge, and microwave all you do is ask and they do it. Now about pay not sure but he says he does good cause he is getting around 3000 a week, but he is gone 3 to 4 weeks at a time with 4 to 6 days of hometime. He goes out west a lot so its easier to get miles out there than the east. He says the hardest part of his job is sliding tandems and his 5th wheel. Hope that helps.

Posted:  4 years, 1 month ago

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Pros & cons of the different types of trailers?

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I generally prefer a somewhat active life style (one of the things I enjoyed about Americorps, yeah the work was hard at times but it was overall a good experience). I did call center work for 5 years and hated it, it was easy but mentally stressful.

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Honestly, for anyone who enjoys physical activity, I think flatbed is a good bet. And the fact that you hated a job where you did nothing but sit and talk all day makes me think flatbed is an even better bet. And I'm not saying that to try and recruit you to my "side," I just think you might find it more rewarding and satisfying.

The analogy was simply meant to show that flatbedders are like all-american heroes and everyone else is evil ;)

Hot damn aint that the truth! I also aint trying to get you come to our side but i was in your shoes and i choose flatbed. I am so glad i did yea it sucks sometimes like untraping or tarping in the rain and fight with your tarps for a hour or more cause the wind is blowing them around but its so enjoyable when you get the load there safely and dry. Like i hauled my first single coil this week it was only 44000 but when they took it off and you saw you trailer bow back up it didnt matter that i waited five hours at the shipper, took it the wrong place, had it tarp it twice, and was covered in sweat it felt simply AMAZING! Not to mention if you cant tell on here but a lot of the flatbedders stick together and help each other out with folding tarps or telling a rookie where to throw his straps at and much more. Thats just my two cents

oh and i know it sounded like i was complaining a lot and i did but after it came off my trailer i totally forgot it about.

Posted:  4 years, 2 months ago

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I have a CB question.

I cant help you but others might if you say what make, model and year your truck is just saying.

Posted:  4 years, 2 months ago

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McElroy Truck Lines

Cuba was fine...Everybody was helpful, serious about the job as should be but they also try to make it fun...Bruce Moore is your main instructor, great guy with a lot of knowledge and stories...Shawn does the simulator and CBT's (computer based training) and we had another driver trainer that was helping out named Terry Edwards, another good guy...Again they are serious about the job but also willing to poke fun and make it enjoyable...Got my first load assignment today so spending the night in Philadelphia............Mississippi not PA and head home tomorrow for weekend and deliver in Frisco TX Monday morning....when you go to Cuba if you drive your truck or they have yours there assigned already then be sure to take some cleaning supplies and you can clean the inside of your truck that week.....Road test with Bruce, you'll write directions off Qualcomm and then use them to follow your route. Basically just don't hit anything, he knows you'll prob grind some gears but just keep control of your rig and trailer. If you miss a turn he'll tell you, just don't freak out, find a good turn around spot to pull in and turn around. If it's a tight right turn use a button hook. You'll do 2-3 trip plans, simple short hand with mileage and show a fuel stop. On the backing skills just take your time, get out and look...as many times as you need, pull up if you need to..looking and pulling up are free...just be in control of your trailer...The S back is kinda tight and the serpentine is 3 cones...I stopped and looked 4-5 times just to make sure my trailer was setting up right and they'd rather you do that then pull a bumper off.

yea bruce and shawn a great guys congrats on being solo, but about terry edwards not sure you got to know him to well cause we all call him meathead and thats what he goes by. Did you see his picture on the training wall with a mullet its the best he said he is going to grow it back out.

oh good point about the s curve that thing was tough sorry i have not been on here to tell you about it, its tough on the road mainly cause of ajusting to lifestyle when your with the trainer its kinda of like having a good cushion but being solo its hard having to find the consignee while doing your scans and setting up for those tight corners. I know its looks like i am just whining and complaing but i am trying to just telling its gets very exhausting out there. The funny thing is my instructor told me i would be but didnt believe him oh i do now so all i can say is get your rest at home and during the week.

Posted:  4 years, 2 months ago

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McElroy Truck Lines

Well if your asking for us to tell you choose a company for you well sorry i cant do that cause i am not in your shoes or position, but i can tell you someone told me when i was in your position: he said pick what company suits you and your family best not what other people say or they want you to choose.

as for pay well you know we get paid .46 cents per mile so it depends on your miles if you run hard they will give you the miles if your kinda slow they wont throw alot at you it just depends on you. I hopefully will get 2000 miles this week which i say is good for my first week.

as for where we run it depends where you live, i live in middle tennessee so i mainly run the I 65 corridor through kentucky tennessee, and alabama also hwy 45 through mississippi but will branch out also but not a whole lot.

Posted:  4 years, 2 months ago

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McElroy Truck Lines

Wow its really good to see everyone is doin good and being safe out there sorry squid about your luck. Parrot your going to love bruce for final week are you going this week? Like you already got a truck number?

Sorry i know its been awhile but been busy and been using up all my time talking to family guys for class and dealling with some personal things here at home. But anyways i am solo now thanks to my great school, trainer, instructors, squid, and everyone else on here holy crap. i gotta leave out tommorrow to make my first drop. What a real eye opener it is when its just you in the truck it really brings you back down to earth. I was cloud nine cause of making it this far but soon had a reality check when i had to make some tight turns by myself like the setup by getting in the other lane also by being so worried about my trailer i over revved the engine. So all i can say is good luck to any rookies lord knows we need it.

Posted:  4 years, 3 months ago

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McElroy Truck Lines

Completed first 2 weeks and got to talk to my trainer today...He seems to be a pretty good guy...Start out with our first load Sunday @ 4

hey how is it going out there? It has gotten a lot better for me. Do you got a good trainer? I hope so my trainer has been great for me and telling me horror stories about other trainers but its really only been two of the trainers and one does not work with us anymore.

Posted:  4 years, 3 months ago

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Thinking about switching jobs, would trucking be a good fit?

Hello all!

I've been thinking about making a change, and I have thought about becoming a truck driver several times just never actually took the time to look into it. I've delivered pizzas for round about 5 years straight, and i have grown tired of having to rely on the kindness of strangers to make a living (being a tipped employee and whatnot). I'm not the type of person who wants to be in a warehouse or in a cubical, I have tried to work those jobs and they just were not for me.

I love to drive, no kids, and no girlfriend/wife to worry about. I prefer to be alone, so I'm fairly certain being in a truck by myself wouldn't be an issue. I'm a fairly laid back and patient person. The only issue that has me a little worried is the amount of sleep I would be getting but I'm sure I could get used to the erratic sleeping patterns.

I have had only one at fault accident and that was when I was 18 (I had just got my license not a week before) I am 27 now. I have had 2 to 4 tickets, I can not remember how many due to being so long ago, but they were for lights being out and no proof of current insurance, and from what i remember I got those tickets removed/thrown out by sending in pictures of the lights working and proof of insurance during the time of the ticket. I did get a camera intersection ticket for turning right on red (which was kind of strange) but was not required to pay it. I have not had any speeding, reckless driving tickets, nor any dui/dwi.

What do you all think? Do you think this lifestyle would be a good fit for me? any information, criticism, and help will be appreciated.

Sincerely, Alexander

I cant and wont tell you should or shouldnt do something but i can talk about the sleep question of yours. I was really worried about that also you know about a company making me team drive and trying sleep during the day in a moving truck or just trying to sleep during the day period would be hard for me so thats why i chose flatbed when i stop driving the truck stops same if my trainer is driving that day. I know there might van and reffer companies that do the same but the flatbeds used it as their selling points and its been truth. So if thats one of your hold backs i would start doin some research and look into companies that wont use you as a team driver.

Posted:  4 years, 3 months ago

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Hey guys! I drive for Maverick so if you have any questions I'll be glad to help

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I'm in the flatbed division that is regional. I'm home most weekends and they really practice what they preach. I guess my only complaint is that they have autos

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yea thats why i chose mcelroy over them was cause of the tranny. So are you solo or still training? Were do you mostly run at? Really wondering since your on that side of that state and in eastern time zone if they try and keep you in that time zone.

Posted:  4 years, 3 months ago

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McElroy Truck Lines

Started with 8 and after 2 drops + 1 for DOT physical & 1 for agility (heart rate) we are down to 4

yea they drop fast Mcelroy has high expections for its trainees and those who dont make it get cut we had started with 12 and only 7 went to trainers. The group after me started with 12 also and only 5 made it to 1st week but one did have to leave cause of the guard so he is coming back. Now i am hoping that all seven come back for final week plus the two boys from your neck of the woods and the two guys from north carolina.

Posted:  4 years, 3 months ago

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I hate when you're sitting in a dock with your windows down and a fly comes in.

Better than when you're at a dock with your fly down and a brisk wind blows in. I take it back. I actually enjoy that.

that is so funny and true! The sad part is this actually happen to me already cause i slept at the consignee woke up and put my pants on and forgot to zip them up and it was 50 degrees outside what a way to wake up.

Posted:  4 years, 3 months ago

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Random shower question

I hate truck stops so I try to spring for a hotel 2 nights a week. This covers showers 4 out of 7 days as you can shower both the day you check in and the day you check out. This works well in theory except that I'm flatbed and some times after loading or unloading a shower is necessary even if it isn't a hotel day.

after one week of training with mcelroy(flatbed) a shower right after i have tarped or a least helped tarped a load is needed, messing with wet, old, and dirty tarps really gets the arms black and sometime the face due to wiping sweat of my face

Posted:  4 years, 3 months ago

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McElroy Truck Lines

Thanks RedBeard..Hows it going out there....Almost got this first week knocked out..Got through the road and agility test, Smith System and hopefully we'll get to review coupling & uncoupling today..Get a chance to meet up with Squid the other day also, good dude who's willing to help as well as all the other folks I've meet this week...Be safe good luck

congrats dude uh as for me well..... my shifting really sucks and my trainer is getting a little ****ed but he is a good one and is hard on me but fair so hopefully it will get better.

Posted:  4 years, 3 months ago

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Hey guys! I drive for Maverick so if you have any questions I'll be glad to help

How long have you been with them and what fleet are you in? The one that tries to get you home every weekend or the one where you go to all 48?

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