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Posted:  8 years, 11 months ago

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New experience for me.

I love that drive! I went from Vegas to Denver on I15/I70 a couple years ago. East of Denver I got off the interstate and took a state road all the way across Nebraska and then into Des Moines. I was amazed at the difference a couple hundred miles could make when it came to scenery, and I that's when I first got this bug to drive.

Utah is absolutely gorgeous--I can't believe I'd lived just down the road for so many years and had no idea. Never done it in the winter though, but I imagine I will eventually. I'm looking forward to it, and I'm also NOT looking forward to it, if that makes sense :)

Posted:  8 years, 11 months ago

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How does home time work?

Thanks Realist and Daniel. That's exciting!

Posted:  8 years, 11 months ago

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How does home time work?

I was wondering if I could fit a bike in the sleeper. So, it's doable? Or would it attach to the back of the truck somehow?

I plan to only get "home" to see family a couple/few times a year, which is about how often I see most of my family now. The rest of my home time I plan to take whenever and wherever I happen to be when I reach certain financial goals, or feel like I just need a break.

Following this thread, since I have similar curiosities. . . For instance, how much notice would I need to give? Say I've been out for 6 weeks (or 6 months, like the OP) and I'm assigned a load to say, Des Moines. I see the Iowa Cubs have a games that weekend, would it be out of line to ask to take home time right after that delivery, or will my dispatch need more notice than that? I understand every dispatcher/company may be different, just wondering if that sort of thing is done, or if it's frowned upon. I guess what I'm asking is, how far out does dispatch have me (at least tentatively) planned, so therefore, how much notice for home time should I give?

Posted:  9 years ago

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What's the best way to search for a specific company's routes?

Wow, that's a long ride! Cool.

That's good to know about Prime, since I'm not interested in Team driving. I need to go the company sponsored route, so I may just have to suck it up for the first year of I do end up at Prime. It's not a deal breaker.

I'm a little familiar with MVT just because I used to live down there. My aunts former husband drove for them years ago, but they've divorced and I have no idea how to get ahold of him to pick his brain. They do have a school nearby, but their website has very little information regarding tuition/financial aid, so I may just give them a call on Monday.

Thanks for your input! Hope you got/are getting some zzz's :)

Posted:  9 years ago

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Coming to Prime? some advice for you

Thanks Shantastic!

I was thinking I should get a physical before training and now I think I will, just in case, even if they're going to do their own.

If you find time, let us know how it's going. I love these training diaries! But, if you're too crazy busy feel free to ignore me :) I'm sure you have a ton going on. Best of luck!

Posted:  9 years ago

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What's the best way to search for a specific company's routes?

That should read "happy to take home time WHEREVER" not whenever. :)

Posted:  9 years ago

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What's the best way to search for a specific company's routes?

I'm not even sure exactly how to ask the question :)

I'm researching companies but having a hard time figuring out how to find out where they run more than the general "northeast" or "Midwest," etc.

I'm not going to keep a domicile while over the road, and I'm happy to take "home" time whenever, for the most part. However, I would like to get through Phoenix and Las Cruces, NM (both on I-10, which is handy) a couple times per year to see my nieces, and Albuquerque occasionally to check in on my Mom.

I keep googling everything I can think of, and have found tons of maps of general truck routes, but I'm not having much luck finding out which companies specifically route through I-10, I-17, I-25 and/or I-40 that far west.

Does anyone know of a resource like that, or is this a question for recruiters? If it helps, I'm leaning towards Prime (which seems to do a lot of west coast, but I'm not sure about southwest) or Roehl. I know Roehl has a Phoenix terminal, but I'm unclear if that's just for their flatbed division.

Any help is appreciated, as always. You guys are great!

Posted:  9 years ago

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What did you do before becoming a truck driver?

I've been tending bar for about a hundred and fifty years. Okay, not quite, but I just hit the 20 year mark in May.

Two years ago I took a road trip by myself that, all total, ended up being just over 5000 miles, through 13 states over about 3 1/2 weeks. I loved loved loved the solitude! I did stop and see friends and family when they were close, but for the most part I was just alone inside my own head. I guess socializing for a living has really made me a wannabe hermit. I don't leave my house or talk to anyone at all on my days off, if I can at all help it.

The only thing I really didn't like about the trip was unloading into a hotel room every night, just to turn around and re-load a few hours later. No worries there once I have a sleeper.

Since that trip I spent a year and a half dreaming of becoming a full time solo RVer, but I don't have the money to stop working completely. I'm completely burnt out behind the bar, so a few months ago I googled "jobs with 100% travel" and it hit me like a brick. Of course! The next day I stumbled onto TruckingTruth, read Brett's book in one sitting and have been lurking here ever since, and planning.

The more I think about getting into this industry the more I wonder what took me so long!

I'm planning on starting school as soon as my lease is up (two months) and going "homeless" OTR for at least a couple of years. Without the expenses of a household I figure I can pay off my debts fairly quickly and then start saving for the future, whatever it may bring.

So excited!

Thanks to everyone here for all you do, and great thread Errol!

Posted:  9 years ago

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Type of freight for more AM driving?

Thanks for the replies. I haven't completely ruled out flat bed work, but I worry I'm not strong enough to be throwing those heavy chains and tarps around. Something to think about though.

Ive applied to Prime and Roehl, so I'll have to ask the recruiters how that is in their particular companies. If I have to drive more at night at first that's fine, I'll happily pay my dues. Hopefully once I prove myself worthy and make friends with my dispatcher I can't work into more daytime work, whatever I end up pulling.

Thanks again!

Posted:  9 years ago

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The Life, Death, and Resurrection Of My Truck Driving Career

Wow. I'm so glad you're OK!

I'm still 2 months from starting school, but I know your story will stay with me for a long, long time. Thanks for sharing, and again, glad you're alive (and employed) still.

Goodness . . .

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