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    Albuquerque , NM

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    Experienced Driver

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    2 years, 8 months ago

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Posted:  2 weeks, 2 days ago

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Mclane?

So the gig is every other nite out? Not a bad deal. Something like that is the closest I personally would come to doing local. But, that is me.

Yeah. Albuquerque is 446 miles from Aurora. So one night at a hotel or a truck (not sure if they run sleepers for shuttle), then back home the next.

Posted:  2 weeks, 2 days ago

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Mclane?

Thanks everyone. It looks like they need shuttle drivers mainly because most of the guys dont want to spend a night in Aurora. Kind of like p&d spots at a LTL are hard to come by because those guys are home every night. Regardless thought I would give it a shot. I enjoy working with Swift and doing walmart, but I would like to be home even more. Kind of why i switched in the first place, but nonetheless I will let everyone know how it goes.

Posted:  2 weeks, 4 days ago

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Mclane?

Not sure if anyone on here has had experience with them, but thought i would ask. I just applied for a shuttle job with them. Ill be taking empty trailers from Albuquerque drop yard and bringing back loaded ones from Aurora for the local guys in Albuquerque to deliver. Sounds like a good gig and is what i have been looking for. Hoping they take me, but my past may hurt me. Doesnt hurt to try.

Posted:  1 month ago

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CDL Permit Holders Getting All Endorsements?

Get all of them right away. I have an opporunity at an LTL company doing linehaul, but it has been delayed due to me not having the endorsements. Should of listened to the advice. Live and learn.

Posted:  1 month, 1 week ago

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Averitt vs. Old Dominion

At OD, you can move from P&D to linehaul but there is no firm timeline. It could be years. I have thought about risking a chat with the terminal manger at OD, who seems accessible and reasonable, about my anxiety over P&D and my desire for a linehaul position instead. Worst case, he says it's P&D or nothing and I have a nice shuttle job at AE waiting for me.

Yes I'm from Milwaukee. The south side near the airport is busting with LTLs. I've considered all of them and have applied at a few. They all interviewed me and conditionally offered me jobs. I can't imagine there being a better time to be job hunting as a rookie driver.

I see, over here in Albuquerque the main positions being advertised are linehaul. It doesn't hurt to ask. Like I said you can always do it later on.

Posted:  1 month, 1 week ago

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Averitt vs. Old Dominion

Do what works for you. You can always run with Averitt and then eventually go to a company that pulls doubles. Also did you talk to the people at old dominion to see if you could be put on Linehaul?

Saw your from Milwaukee? There should be quite a bit of opportunity with linehaul.

Posted:  1 month, 1 week ago

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I done did it.

Way to go man! You're awesome! Nice shower selfie btw haha--is that a Love's?

Its the petro in Amarillo haha, good eye.

Posted:  1 month, 1 week ago

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I done did it.

2 years. Wow.. time really does fly by. Just the other day i was another eager rookie asking basic questions and fearing the unknown. Went from only being to 4 states in 21 years of my life, to 43 of the 48.

The experiences alone will follow me for a long time. Got debt free in a year, saved for another year, and now I got myself a place to lay my head and a car to drive without having to wait for another check to come in.

OTR was good well it lasted, but now i am enjoying the normalcy of a dedicated account and hopefully in a few more months will be pulling a wiggle wagon. That was the plan when i first went to Phoenix to get my CDL.

Thanks to everyone for being my trucker support group and setting me straight when things got tough. Its been full of many ups and downs, but i am glad i stuck it out. Here is to another year!

Posted:  1 month, 1 week ago

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Game

Oil

Posted:  1 month, 1 week ago

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Need help from the swifties

I was in the same situation as you, not with a dedicated mentor, but my mentor didnt teach trip planning to me.

First and foremost get a truckers atlas to match the routes swift gives you to make sure you can take them.

The main macros you will use are 1 for arrival at shipper, 2 for loaded call, 3 and 4 if you have a load that has more than one stop, 5 and 6 for arival at final and empty call, 8 for home time, 9 to accept, counter, or reject a load, 10 to message planner to ask for load, 11 for when you get fuel, 22 when you are running late, and 34 to update pta/eta.

Basically everybody does those macros even on dedicated. Other ones i use/used are 7 for payroll to make sure my check is right, 30 for load offers (company drivers can use this macro dont let the terminal rats tell you otherwise), 31 to accept one of those load offerings, 40 when you need to pay a lumper fee (make sure to get some comchecks). I am leaving some out but most of the others you usually wont use or rarely use.

Ill give you a more in depth trip plan in a little bit. Im on my phone so its hard to type that up. Email me at jensendevan@gmail.com. Ill give you my number thru it so you call or text me when you need help. These first few months will break you, you just have yo push through. If i made it anyone can. Good luck!

Posted:  1 month, 2 weeks ago

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Swift Drivers

Should be this week. Checked my check history and the last bonus was paid the week after the end of the quarter. So a nice fat check should hit the bank this week! 😁😁😁

Posted:  1 month, 3 weeks ago

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Swift in Waco, Ga or C.R. England

Not sure but i believe Cr England still force team driving and they are one of the lowest paying companies. If i were you, i would look at more companies. I applied to 3 and Swift ended up being the one that took me.

Regardless of what people say, trucking is what you make of it. If you like blaming everyone for your problems, you will have a hard time, but if you take responsibility for yourself and communicate with your team, you will do well.

Posted:  1 month, 3 weeks ago

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Back to the books

Nice going Devan. The tests for the endorsements are super easy if you use the High Road to study. The hardest one is the HazMat, and even that one isn't bad at all.

Definitely, the high road helped me ace the permit test, so i know it will be super helpful with the endorsements as well. Should have listened in the first place and got them, but oh well, live and learn.

Posted:  1 month, 3 weeks ago

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Back to the books

Now i am regretting that i didnt get my endorsements when i first got my cdl permit, but nonetheless I am back on the high road training program to get my endorsements. I continually see job opportunities with Saia and Old Dominion in Albuquerque that I am finally getting serious about getting the endorsements.

When i started driving I knew i wanted to get into linehaul and may have a chance finally. I will keep you guys updated on my journey to pulling wiggle wagons.

Posted:  2 months ago

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Set up !

You correct it with experience. A lot of us in the beginning turn too much, heck even after 2 years i overturn sometime. Nothing to lose sleep over. All i can say is to dont get overconfident, if you are not sure, get out and look!

Posted:  2 months ago

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Change

Well i been on the fleet for a week now. Took a pay cut from .42 a mile to .355 a mile. Also i dont get paid for the first stop and it is $10 a stop now instead of $15.

I knew this was going to be the case being dedicated pay is a bit lower. Considering that you will never get less than 2500 miles and will see 3000+ a week if you can run the clocks right and stay in the driver seat.

Still don't have a place to live so i am staying in my truck until i do. It is perfect because they are giving me an extra day off tomorrow so i can get a car and a few other days next week to get the paperwork done for an apartment. Keeps me making money as i take care of my living situation. Doesnt get better than that.

Posted:  2 months, 1 week ago

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How long did they last in trucking?

Will be at 2 years next month. Did OTR for 1 year and 11 months, just switched to running Walmart dedicated at the dc in Los Lunas, NM. Crazy to see how fast time flies. Seems like just the other day I was about to quit at CDL school because i was scared of shifting. Glad i kept at it, trucking has helped me a lot.

Posted:  2 months, 2 weeks ago

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Change

Thanks for the kind words everyone. Love what this community has done for help. Helped me grow as a person and see life in a more positive way.

Posted:  2 months, 2 weeks ago

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Change

Interesting how things work out. The past few months I havent been enjoying OTR at all. I would get loads going to all the places i like and i had no desire inside to do it. After this last hometime I wasnt wanting to go back out and I got a load from the Walmart DC in Los lunas.

Been running surge for a while and decided that i am ready for some normalcy in my life again. So i finally decided to hang up my OTR keys and either do this walmart account or do shuttle with the Albuquerque terminal. All i have left now is to talk to my dm to let him know what i am planning and to find a place to live in Albuquerque.

I waited a good long while before acting and i am glad i did. It is easy to make emotional decisions on a bad day, but on a great day i was still wanting change.

I am looking forward to this next part of my career and hope to find a niche that works real well with future plans of mine.

Posted:  2 months, 2 weeks ago

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Thinking about where I want to live or take hometime.

I finally narrowed down my choices. After being all around this country i am still a southwesterner at heart. I am looking at Albuquerque, Phoenix, and now even Lubbock. Not much help haha, but good luck with your search.

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