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    6 years, 7 months ago

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Posted:  6 years, 2 months ago

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Trying to decide on a company.

Oh and I forgot to ask. Do we get to take the truck home? My family at the time only has one vehicle and my wife will need it for work. And do you have any clue how long we will have to drive with a trainer? At least a rough estimate?

Depends on taking the truck home. IF you live within a certain radius of an OC or a drop lot, SNI requires you to park the truck there on your home time, it is either 50 or 100 miles(not sure which) as I live 10 minutes from the Columbus OC so I just park my truck there. Your DBL will be able to let you know.

Time with a trainer is very short at SNI, usually about a week. They may keep you longer if they feel you need it, or YOU can request to stay with them longer if you feel you need to. I was with a trainer for 2 weeks, but I had a second student in the truck and we shared driving time because my trainer was on a dedicated and went home every night, so we really only got one weeks worth of driving in.

Posted:  6 years, 2 months ago

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Trying to decide on a company.

SNI has lots all over. That is another thing I like about them, if the truck stop is full there is usually an SNI lot somewhere close.(usually) They even give you a nice little book of all the lots in all the lower 48, and you can plug a code into your navigo and it will take you right to it.

Posted:  6 years, 2 months ago

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Trying to decide on a company.

Actually I'm from Tennessee. Not sure what there is around here as far as dispatch. I believe they do have an OC in Lebanon TN. about a half hour from me.

We have a "drop lot" in Lebanon. It isn't really an OC. Paved lot with a building, and yes, they do have some dispatchers there. Your dispatcher will either be from there, or from Atlanta or Charlotte, my experience is the small operating centers like Lebanon and Columbus don't have team dispatchers.

Posted:  6 years, 2 months ago

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Trying to decide on a company.

LOL disregard, if you aren't from Ohio, I thought that was you I saw from Ohio but your profile doesn't say, my bad LMAO

Posted:  6 years, 2 months ago

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Trying to decide on a company.

That's all great stuff to know and I really appreciate it. I suppose we could get by without a microwave and could get a 12V fridge. Do the 12V fridges cool pretty well? All in all SNI sounds like a really good company. I have heard a lot of good things. I'm sure EVERY company has bad points and I do know that the first year will be the worst for us but I really want to choose a company that actually cares about their drivers and doesn't just consider them a number. Their safety is what first attracted me to them. I am big on that and it's super important to me. Thank you for the info. I appreciate it a lot.

The 12 volt fridges work just a good as a regular fridge, they are like a small dorm fridge.

I see you are from OH, and if you are teaming, there are many team dedicated accounts around Columbus if you live near there. Ask them about the Honda account, out and back, home every week, great miles. Very hard to get on it tho, as once people get on it, they tend to stay. Just FYI, if you are from around Columbus, your home operating center will be in Columbus, but your dispatcher will be from Indianapolis, Columbus doesn't have any team dispatchers(unless they are dedicated).

Posted:  6 years, 2 months ago

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Good bye, y'all

Good luck to you snowman.

You guys are right about the stupid stuff, 2 days ago I was dropping an mt trailer in a gravel lot. Once I got into the spot I felt my truck sink, yep, it got stuck with the steers sunk below the concrete in front. I dreaded the call to my company.

BUT, the yard dog saved the day, he saw me and came over with a chain and pulled me out. Told me the lot is crap and it happens all the time, not to sweat it, he gets his yard dog truck stuck there all the time. He saved me some headaches that is for sure.

Posted:  6 years, 2 months ago

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Trying to decide on a company.

What I would like to know is if it's a good company to work for. Also can you have an inverter for a fridge and microwave or do they not allow inverters? Also, do they have pretty decent tractors as far as being well maintained?

I enjoy working here. If I didn't I wouldn't be here anymore. I have two years experience and could get a job almost anywhere. Don't get me wrong, they aren't PERFECT(I don't know of a perfect company), they do have their faults, but all in all they are a good company.

You can only have a "plug in" inverter, IE: one that will plug into a 12v outlet, less than 280 watts(I think that is the rule). You cannot have one hardwired into the truck. It will not power a microwave, or really anything that uses heat. It will power a small fridge, although I just bought a fridge that plugs into a 12 volt and use an inverter for my laptop.

SNI just purchased over 3,000 brand new tractors, and they are buying new ones every year. Most of the fleet, at least 70% as far as I can tell are now in 2010 or newer trucks. Being that you are teaming, I would almost guarantee you a newer truck. As far as maintenance, they are top notch. I have never had a problem getting anything fixed that needed it. Doesn't matter if it is my 3 month PM or an emergency repair, anything I ask them to fix gets fixed. One thing, if you go work for SNI you will learn real quick, is they are very very safety oriented, and it shows through their maintenance.

Posted:  6 years, 2 months ago

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Trying to decide on a company.

If you want to know anything about SNI, just ask, have been here two years.

I don't know much about USX.

Posted:  6 years, 2 months ago

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Sliding Tandems

I always try to balance the weight as much as possible like others have mentioned but I have one exception. In the winter, if I know the roads are a bit crappy, I will put more weight on my drive tires.

Posted:  6 years, 2 months ago

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One thing just doesn't ever get easy

Wow, my wife kicks me out the door Monday mornings LOL, says, have a good week, see ya Friday LMAO.

It helps that she knows I will be back every weekend, but after almost 20 years of marriage and the first 10 being deployed in the military all the time, one week is nothing to her.

Not much you can do about it, it is what it is, just look forward to the next time you come home.

Posted:  6 years, 2 months ago

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Company trucks

My first truck(two years ago) was a 2006 Freightliner Century with 900k on it. It was clean when I got it and had a brand new mattress in it, but that will vary by company.

My next truck was a brand new 2012 Cascadia that I had to rip the plastic off the seats and off the rolled up mattress under the bunk.

Posted:  6 years, 2 months ago

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What's up? Long time....

Hey Jakecatt, I see you're driving for Schneider. I'm giving them serious thought since I received a pre-hire from them. Just wish they had a company sponsored training program. Paying out of pocket for school will be difficult for me but I really wanna drive a flatbed in the western region and they offer that. How long have you been with them? Have they been good about getting you home when you've requested? What division are you in (reefer, dry, flatbed)? Any advice for someone like me? Thanks in advance and good luck in your position!

Andy, I have been with Schneider for a little over two years. If you want to know what it was like when I was a new driver with them, you can go and read my blogs on this site, I have a few and detailed all of my experiences there, just search for them.

SNI did away with their company sponsored training program during the recession, so that is the one downfall with them, you have to get your CDL first. I thought long and hard about that, but ultimately decided to pay for it out of pocket myself. SNI does have tuition reimbursement, so make sure you ask about it!!!!

I will say SNI is VERY good about getting you home. When I was OTR(the first year) I was always home within 48 hours of my requested home time. Now that I am regional my home time is every weekend. For the last year there were only 2 weekends I did not make it back by Friday night. Neither was the fault of SNI, one because a shipper had a production breakdown and the other was because I had a break down LOL.

I drive dry van(we don't have a lot of refeers, only on dedicated accounts).

The only advise I can give you is the same advice anyone on this board that is experienced will give you. Keep a good attitude, work you butt off and it can be a great place to work. I really believe SNI is one of the better companies for new drivers to start at, unfortunately, because they no longer have their own school, it is not an option for some new drivers.

If you have any other questions just feel free to ask!!!

PS: Heard a rumor that SNI is opening a brand new operating center in AZ and hiring a ton of new drivers for that area as they have really increased their freight there.

Posted:  6 years, 2 months ago

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What's up? Long time....

Glad to have you back Jakecatt!!

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who woulda thought you could have bad cookies in your cpu?????

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This forum is actually very light on resources. What browser are you using? Internet Exploder? If you're not using Google Chrome, you should be. That's the way to go.

Brett, I use Firefox, could not get use to Chrome, but I think I have it figured out. Can you help me with one thing tho? Is there any way I can get the forum to leave me logged in so I don't have to log in everytime I come back?

Posted:  6 years, 2 months ago

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What's up? Long time....

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How is everyone? Been a long time....sorry I am not around much, seriously Brett, my CPU doesn't like this new forum!!!! BUT I think I got it fixed(who woulda thought you could have bad cookies in your cpu?????)

Anyways, thought I would let everyone know I am not dead, and still driving, and should be around more.

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Hey Jakecat! Great to see you returning. I've been gone awhile myself. Still driving, fortunately! In fact, I'm switching away from Swift again-hopefully for good this time! How ya been? Are you still with Schnieder?

Yes, I am still driving for Schneider. I was set to leave and join a more local company, but SNI offered me a 5 on 2 off Monday thru Friday home every weekend gig to get me to stay, so I stayed. I leave Monday around 8 AM and get home Friday around 8PM, have been home on time every weekend but twice in the last almost year.

Posted:  6 years, 2 months ago

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Not trucker friendly

It is completely the Store managements discretion to allow or not to allow trucks to park there.

After pulling many a WM load for our dedicated account, and getting a list from our dispatcher of which ones were ok to park at and which ones were not, I finally asked one of the managers about it.

He point blank told me, some managers will allow it, others will not, but usually for different reasons. Reasons he gave me for NOT allowing it:

1. Truckers are pigs and leave the lot filthy(biggest one) 2. SOME towns have a noise ordinance in affect. IF a truck is in the lot idling, and someone calls the cops, the STORE gets fined. 3. Some parking lots were NOT built for the weight of a big truck to be sitting on them for continues amounts of time. These are usually stores with a defined "truck entrance" that stays clear of the parking lot back to the docks. 4. Some managers, well, they are just jerks LOL

Posted:  6 years, 2 months ago

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Need info on trucking companies

When I was looking at companies WAAAAAAY back in the day, Brett always told me that the company I picked wouldn't be that big a decision as I thought it was. I thought the ole man was whack and out of his mind.

Once I chose a company, and learned the job, and became a driver, I realized he was right.

Posted:  6 years, 2 months ago

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What's the Difference?

I drive a dry van. I would NEVER flatbed....that is just my preference.

WHY? I weigh a buck fifty.....that is less than most tarps, and I don't see myself trying to tie down a tarp in January in Chicago, ain't gonna happen LOL

Posted:  6 years, 2 months ago

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What's up? Long time....

How is everyone? Been a long time....sorry I am not around much, seriously Brett, my CPU doesn't like this new forum!!!! BUT I think I got it fixed(who woulda thought you could have bad cookies in your cpu?????)

Anyways, thought I would let everyone know I am not dead, and still driving, and should be around more.

Posted:  6 years, 6 months ago

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Back with Swift after false start with another company

Gotta say, Brett is spot on, again.

When my company hired me, they demanded my Military medical records. I disclosed all of my medical problems(surgeries) when i filled out my app and talked to them. They still wanted to see my records. I have had two knee surgeries, a back surgery, and hernia surgery. They wanted to ensure it wasn't going to affect my job performance, which I can understand.

I had the VA send them my records. My doctor also sent them a letter stating the only limitation I had was lifting more than 150 pounds. Anything other than that I was good to go.

They are putting you in an 80,000 pound truck and taking full liability for you. If they put you in a truck, and you have an accident, and it is found out the accident was because of your medical condition, the company is going to lose a boat load of money. Can you blame them for wanting to know everything before they put you behind the wheel?

Posted:  6 years, 6 months ago

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I have my truck...@ Prime inc.

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after 4 min of running the check & stop engine lights comes on then truck turns off....

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Our trucks do that because the computer is set up that way.

The Company feels that if they don't have an "automatic" shut off, then we would let them idle all day..... We probably would

:-)

Bill

This, our trucks are set up the same way, they have an idle temperature gauge installed, after 4 minutes of idle, the truck shuts off.

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