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Posted:  7 years, 5 months ago

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Maverick vs TMC

So I'm assuming nobody's in the mood to reply....

Posted:  7 years, 5 months ago

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Passed my CDL Permit test....now off to Roehl

Do me a favor and let me know what your experience is with them. I have about 4 1/2 months of class left before I get my CDL but Roehl is definitely one I've been looking at.

Posted:  7 years, 5 months ago

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Getting the jitters

You could always join the military and be an 88M. You'd get to see the world, and drive a whole bunch of vehicles, all while making new bills, ruining your credit AND probably getting a divorce or two. Yeah, good times....

Posted:  7 years, 5 months ago

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Truck-Sized Hole In The Wall After Failed U-Turn Attempt

I didn't fail to notice that was a KB Hunt truck that did it. Way to show that wall who's boss. Now where's that like button at?

Posted:  7 years, 5 months ago

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Maverick vs TMC

Maverick glass division or TMC. Roehl is still an option too, but I'd prefer to keep my own truck instead of swapping into somebody else's mess. Any employees of either company feel free to offer your opinions. I have a pre hire with TMC already, but the Maverick recruiter that came by our class the other day made a strong case for the glass division...and the pay didn't sound too shabby.

Posted:  7 years, 5 months ago

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Helpful advice?

Errol my apologies. It's hard to grasp the tone of a reply on a phone screen. Joe , I understand the math you're using, but let's not forget how much diesel is wasted idling all night long, and that most companies as well as states have a no idling policy. That's why I'm looking at the companies I listed. Companies that have my wants (and extras, like pre-installed APU, fridges and even TV. Let's not forget the greatest gift, XM radio, because no drive is complete without some *****in tunes).

Like I said, I just wanted any insight on the companies I listed and some other positively reviewed companies to look into. Let me again state, I am NOT expecting a handout from these companies, and I know I will have to prove myself and earn my place. Like I've also said, I am looking at the companies I've listed because they have most of my wants, I just want to know if there's others that match my description and which one is the best from anyone's personal experiences or knowledge.

Posted:  7 years, 5 months ago

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Errol V. I don't think my desires are too far fetched. Wanting to drive a good vehicle isn't asking for anything unreasonable. The part about the trailers came up because there were numerous reviews from prior employees for some of the companies I listed as not wanting to work for that reported having to hunt for trailers that were driveable. Even the instructor in the school I'm at who did this for 30 years says beware the big companies. Logistically speaking, a company with 10000 trucks and 20000 trailers is going to have a harder time maintaining their stuff then a company who has a fleet of 2500 trucks and 5000 trailers. Also, it's less expensive to "deck out" a smaller fleet than a large one, and being as idling laws are stringent, and the sun isn't getting any cooler, an APU is more cost effective and driver friendly. Being as my truck in essence becomes my home and office, I want to make sure I'm as comfortable as possible. As far as me "hanging out at truck stops," I don't know what would give you that idea. I love driving. I regularly take 12+ hour road trips and drive cross country non-stop for giggles and ****s. Why, you ask? Because I'm restless since I got out the military, and my only respite comes from sitting behind the wheel and rowing my own gears. As far as sitting being a waste of my time, it is. I'm not making money if the truck isn't moving and deliveries aren't being delivered. Detention pay for most companies doesn't kick in until an obscene amount of time has passed, and 20 bucks here and there doesn't pay bills. 40k isnt too unrealistic with the GI Bill coming into play with the apprenticeship program offered by some companies, like TMC and Roehl. That's tax free dollars weekly, for two years. That adds yp on top of my regular paycheck.

Joe. Thanks for the insight, and I couldn't agree more. I hate people. Hence the reason I want to work alone behind the wheel, as soon as possible. Military comradery does not exist in a civilian perspective, and that type of bond is missed by me. Wish they covered that in ACAP. Hey, you might be better off working alone would have been a great heads up. In the few side jobs I've had since I got out, the utter lack of discipline and laziness in coworkers made my DV kick into overdrive. S it too much to ask for people to pull their own weight and follow directions? Or to do their own job without me having to come behind them and fix everything?

Posted:  7 years, 5 months ago

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Wasn't trying to come off as a know it all. Trust me on that, I know very little, that's why I asked. All I have is my training in the military (and the discipline, and experience from driving large vehivles-any I could get licensed on, including a bus license for up to 72 passengers). I'm just trying to get insight on the companies that most competent people found fair and were paid decently at, and which companies to avoid for reasons such as messed up paychecks, and charging you for random stuff like door ties,etc. Also, I just want to find the companies that are known for giving good mileage (3000ish a week) so I can get my experience and drive. Plus, it's always nice to know which companies are notorious for bad routing, no APU, bad downtime, etc.

Posted:  7 years, 5 months ago

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Alright, here goes. I've been doing my research, checking into possible companies before i finish CDL schooling. I have a current pre-hire by TMC, although for some reason I was unable to attent their company school in Iowa (the whole reason I applied to them-"free" CDL training. Instead I'm stuck at a 6 month long school in Baltimore that I'm paying for out of my GI Bill with no chance of payback by TMC). I've singled out Werner, Swift and Stevens Transport as places I definitely don't want to work for. I'm still keeping TMC in play, just because there's more good then bad for reviews on the company so far.

So, what do I want? OTR. Don't give a ****e what I'm pulling, as long as the company I choose has well maintained, newer equipment (hopefully an APU), and good trailers, whatever type it may be. I don't plan on seeing the fam much, and would prefer to be out as much as possible (and being paid for it somewhat adequately-I want to make at least 40k after taxes my first year (possible to make more with apprenticeship program utilizing GI Bill)), I definitely want to be able to drive as much as possible and as far as possible (hence OTR) with as little stopping in between (i.e. not multiple stops on way to final destination as one would encounter with local) with as little sitting around and waiting on loads as possible (i.e. a company who's not going to waste my time, as I don't plan on wasting theirs). I hope I can recieve some valuable feedback, and that I'm not expecting too much for starting out.

Companies I currently have pre-hires from include TMC, with US Express in the works (applied for Team Max). I am also looking at Roehl, as they were recommended as one of the top companies for Veterans and recently separated members.

To sum this up, I WANT to be gone at least 3 to 4 weeks at atime, could give two ****es less about guaranteed home time, and even less about benefits-I have TriCare Prime from an active duty spouse that will be transferred to the Veteran program once she finishes her final enlistment at some point next year. I want recommendations on companies that pay decent and give the miles (or loads for percentage pay) that you need and/or want to survive, without leasing or being an owner/operator (not doing that until at least 5 to 7 years in when I figure out the industry enough and have the needed expertise). Any insight on my listed choices or other companies would be much appreciated. Thanks much, drive safe.

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