Profile For Whip-Stock

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  • Location:
    Greenbrier, AR

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    Rookie Solo Driver

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    3 years, 2 months ago

Whip-Stock's Bio

Previously offshore supervisor international sector. Due to current market conditions led me to truck driving career. While the salary is much much less the challenge of the career led me to try truck driving. At the time of this brief stage "about me", I am in C-1 driving academy in which I will mention later in a private forum.

. Graduated C-1 on 13 Aug 15 and due to some personal issues to settle, plans will be to begin (hopefully with Schneider) near last of September.

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Posted:  3 days, 10 hours ago

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Medical Insurance

This thread maybe discussed somewhere else but have not located as of yet. While this website offers a wealth of information for new truckers obtaining their CDL., are they aware of the cost of medical insurance ?? Not so bad for single person but for married the costs can be phenomenal compared to the salary. Granted truckers are in high demand but the “trucking” companies do not seem to offer a lot of help in this area.. Unless (as me with Tyson) you are working for a large company with a trucking division such as Tyson, Walmart etc.... Any other members can offer comments ???

Posted:  4 months, 4 weeks ago

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Hiring Competition / Costs of medical insurance

I don’t quite understand why some of the replies are stating that like have to have employers permission to be on spouses insurance plan. Employers have no say in what medical plan you use. It’s your budget and your livelihood.

Jeremy, it is not up to your trucking company - if your wife's employer allows you to remain on her plan, then you can remain on her plan.

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Jeremy, you'll have to ask your recruiter. Currently, I work for a DoD contractor and my wife is a nurse at a local hospital. While there is no federal law stating we must have separate insurance plans, it is up to each employer to determine how they want to handle it.

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Yes, sir! I already sent him a message. Waiting to see what he says. It would be nice to save a few bucks, but whatever will be, will be. I was just curious in general, as if there might be some sort of industry standard or something. But your words cleared that up for me. So, now we'll just see what the company says. Thanks for the insight!

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Posted:  4 months, 4 weeks ago

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Hiring Competition / Costs of medical insurance

Which is my exact reason for Tyson. Since they are not solely a trucking company they can offer cheaper rates. When I read on here how much some of these guys are paying for single coverage.....Wow.... WalMart would be the same with the amount of employees they have.. Just not specifically a trucking company.. If the cpm makes ones eyes light up and / or the thought of driving that new rig, have a look what’s coming out of pocket bcs at the end of the day, it’s why we’re out here.

Yes, sir. As far as I know it's all team driving. And I plan to contribute in the diary section here. Seems like the least I can do, try to share some info for the next newbie same as people have shared for me!

About 10 days or so until I head over there to Iowa. Then it's sort of a waiting game. If I pass the physical, then I have to pass their records department, etc., and if I pass that, then I have to pass the Driving exam, etc., etc.

I'm blessed to get the opportunity. And I'm already giving 110% to every effort, so what will be, will be. (And hopefully what will be is a long, detailed training diary!!!)

Posted:  4 months, 4 weeks ago

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Hiring Competition / Costs of medical insurance

After the downturn of the oil drilling industry I was thrusted into the trucking industry and was not an easy changeover. Switching careers at 61 y/o was definitely no easy task. Not just in salary but the challenge from management to driving was rough. What I found really surprising was the cost of medical insurance for myself and Wife. We’re talking to the tune of hugging $200.00 per week... So now after hearing how companies are trying to woo experienced drivers I’m still hearing thru the truckstop grapevine that drivers are still paying ridiculous rates. For me, I drive for Tyson who is not primarily a trucking company but a food service company with a trucking division. Ur their medical insurance for double coverage runs nearly 75% less expensive so when searching for prospective company do consider the cost of medical coverage if you are going to cover additional dependents...

Posted:  9 months, 1 week ago

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10 / 14 vs split sleeper berth

I now drive for Tyson who as most know are mostly reefers. Several pros and cons against reefers but first to note that many with Tyson love the split sleeper berth over the 10 / 14 mode. Very confusing for me at this point. Would like some input on this issue from some of the more experienced drivers. Which do you prefer and why ? As for the reefer vs dry van ? I have done both and have found that due to appointment times, and loading/unloading times can eat up weekly driving hours quickly so many times difficult to get 3 k miles per week.

Posted:  1 year, 1 month ago

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Reefer or Dry Van

No, for a fact it's $200 per week. I couldn't believe it myself. On the other side we fill out PTA's (projected time of availability) when we depart a shipper so by the time you put in an MT call you should be assigned another load by this time and as now , I'm "waiting". I try to manage my time so I don't have to do recaps but if have to wait for another load or assigned loads where the customer is not open on weekends then what ???? Recap no good for this day. Loosing more time. It is a small company and I'm considering to make the change and take my chances. My time goes in tomorrow. Also, whrn I run. - I run hard. Carry my lunch on the road with me and only stop for 1/2 hour break or toilet. I don't stop to have a meal until my 10 hours is up. Advice now ???

Posted:  1 year, 1 month ago

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Reefer or Dry Van

What I'm getting at is, I've never drove reefer so do any of the members think it's a good idea to make the change from dry van to reefer knowing the difference in pay and cost of the innsurance?

Posted:  1 year, 1 month ago

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Reefer or Dry Van

Been with this company (Dry van) a little over a year now and the cpm is to .48 but their mileage has been short to mediocre w avg. of 2300 miles per week. Their insurance is running $200 per week.

Reefer company I'm thinking of is offering start pay of . 43 cpm w/ $32.00 per week foe insurance.

Any comments will be welcomed

Posted:  1 year, 2 months ago

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What parts of the county do you prefer to run?

Definitely not South of Orlando, FL. Parking sucks and if you do find a place, then you have to pay to park. Not trucker friendly.

Posted:  1 year, 2 months ago

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Managing 70 hr clock

What's best, managing the 70 hr clock where you can run off good recaps or go ahead and eat the 34 hours.. I sometimes argue the point with dispatchers. Hate sitting around for 34 hours,,, , Thoughts welcomed....

Posted:  1 year, 2 months ago

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Large Companies vs Smaller Companies

I noticed in on of the discussions about new drivers and work ethics. I believe it was one of the moderators that said they preferred a larger company over a smaller one because of the equipment provided is newer and consiquently in better shape. I've worked for both and at "this time" I prefer the smaller bcs they actually are paying better. Cpm = .48 (is performances based of course) and the average mileage in 2800 per wk. The 1st company I worked for is large and now trying to sue me for $6000 for 12 days of driver training whên I had already had paid out of pocket for getting the CDL through C1 training school. I'm driving a 2014 model Pete at th moment and hasn't let me down just yet. They Lao allow you to use your judgement in your routes and where you fill up with fuel. I'm only a 2 year Driver coming out of the oilfield but so far I've been ith this smaller company for a little over a year now.

Posted:  1 year, 2 months ago

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Contracts

2 companies in the 1st year and only one company in second year and still going strong with them, Not a clerical bcs I was called on this and the collection agy, knew my ss# and found my new mobile #.

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I began my trucking career with Roehl on 6 October 2015. I drove for them for nearly 6 months before my son and I teamed together with Covenant which lasted an additional 6 months b4 hiring on with Empire in which I have been there for the past year. Just now I received a phone call from a debt collector saying I owed them aprox. $2500.00 for formal training. Understand I paid for my CDL out of pocket... I asked them to produce a contract with my signature. They did produce the contract but the signature looked nothing like my signature. They now have reported this to a credit agency and now have damaged my otherwise impeccable credit rating.... I need some advice for which way to go from here. All replies welcome...

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Three different employers... during your first year in the industry... it's not surprising you can't remember/wasn't able to keep track of everything.

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I began my trucking career with Roehl on 6 October 2015. I drove for them for nearly 6 months before my son and I teamed together with Covenant which lasted an additional 6 months b4 hiring on with Empire in which I have been there for the past year. Just now I received a phone call from a debt collector saying I owed them aprox. $2500.00 for formal training. Understand I paid for my CDL out of pocket... I asked them to produce a contract with my signature. They did produce the contract but the signature looked nothing like my signature. They now have reported this to a credit agency and now have damaged my otherwise impeccable credit rating.... I need some advice for which way to go from here. All replies welcome...

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Three different employers... during your first year in the industry... it's not surprising you can't remember/wasn't able to keep track of everything.

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I began my trucking career with Roehl on 6 October 2015. I drove for them for nearly 6 months before my son and I teamed together with Covenant which lasted an additional 6 months b4 hiring on with Empire in which I have been there for the past year. Just now I received a phone call from a debt collector saying I owed them aprox. $2500.00 for formal training. Understand I paid for my CDL out of pocket... I asked them to produce a contract with my signature. They did produce the contract but the signature looked nothing like my signature. They now have reported this to a credit agency and now have damaged my otherwise impeccable credit rating.... I need some advice for which way to go from here. All replies welcome...

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Three different employers... during your first year in the industry... it's not surprising you can't remember/wasn't able to keep track of everything.

Posted:  1 year, 2 months ago

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Contracts

Being as frustrated as I was, I've already contacted a disputing agency. As everyone knows, no one wants this issue while OTR...

Yeah, I figure its probably a clerical error. My brother and I have social security numbers that are only two digits different. The USPS mixed up one of our debts and billed him for my charge!! He wasn't happy.

I could see how if they use account numbers or such that things happen.

Call C1 and ask if they have a copy of the receipt. Tell them you need it for tax purposes.

The tuition reimbursement is all I can think of. You were probably to get reimbursed if you stayed X amount of time. If you got the reimbursement but then quit, perhaps that is the issue.

I fight even my legit bills lol. If they don't answer the credit bureau it gets eliminated.

Also, don't deal with the collection agency. Contact Roehl. They sold the debt so they already got paid and won't care. They'll probably explained what happened.

Posted:  1 year, 2 months ago

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Contracts

I paid C1 Training $3000.00 in advance for training for the CDL before hiring on with Roehl. I rode with trainer for 12 days before going solo with Roehl.

But who did you pay for the CDL? A private school or Roehl?

What does the contract say. (I know you said you didn't sogb it, but I'm curious).

Usually contracts are for the permit portion, not the paid on the job training portion.

Posted:  1 year, 2 months ago

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Contracts

I don't have a paid in full receipt bcs it had been so long and I know I never thought I had to pay for formal training. If there was a contract, I don't remember but certainly this is not my signatures doesn't look like it...

Write a letter to the credit bureau disputing the claim. Send them a copy of the receipt for the amount you paid. Detail the dates you attended. Explain you think the contract was misapplied to you as the signature does not match and you never signed it.

Creditors have a certain number of days to respond to the dispute if you have the paid in full receipt even if the contract says you owe, it should be worked out.

Good luck.

Posted:  1 year, 2 months ago

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Contracts

Yes, I did have 12 days OTR training with Roehl... They are calling it safety and knowledge training. I carried a rating of 830 until this happened and needless to say I'm furious. Not sure why they waited so long to tart this....

WHO is saying you owe them $$?

Roehl or Covenant?

You did a private school that you paid for out of pocket?

Did you do a period of "training" at either Roehl or Covenant?

I suspect you had to do some kind of training at Roehl (at the least, as a "recent graduate"), but with 6 months, Cov probably hired you as an "experienced driver". Typically - "recent grad" training, doesn't incur any charges or contractual obligation, if you already hold a Class A CDL.

Your signature looking "shady", is an entirely other issue - but I'll wait to see WHO thinks you owe them $$, before commenting further.

Rick

Posted:  1 year, 2 months ago

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Contracts

I began my trucking career with Roehl on 6 October 2015. I drove for them for nearly 6 months before my son and I teamed together with Covenant which lasted an additional 6 months b4 hiring on with Empire in which I have been there for the past year. Just now I received a phone call from a debt collector saying I owed them aprox. $2500.00 for formal training. Understand I paid for my CDL out of pocket... I asked them to produce a contract with my signature. They did produce the contract but the signature looked nothing like my signature. They now have reported this to a credit agency and now have damaged my otherwise impeccable credit rating.... I need some advice for which way to go from here. All replies welcome...

Posted:  2 years, 9 months ago

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Roehl Transport

Not sure about he grooming part but I have yet to be late for any load but I have been dry van since starting w/ Roehl. I started my orentation in Grand Prarie but trained for OTR in Gary bcs Grand Prarie didn't have a OTR trainer available..... Just being aware that not a lot to be made in short hops especially since they involve traveling thru Chicago most of the time....

Posted:  2 years, 9 months ago

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Roehl Transport

Posted:  2 years, 9 months ago

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Roehl Transport

Going well is ok but I signed up for OTR but seem to be only performing short hops between Wisconsin and Chicago with points in between. Not exactly what I would call OTR.

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