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    3 years, 10 months ago

Rob S.'s Bio

I want to get into trucking, but I also want to make money doing it. I've read too many negative things on the internet (ouch!), but also some positives. There are way too many trucks on the road for everyone to be making peanuts! There must be money in it, I'm just trying to figure out how to make a good living at it.

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Posted:  3 years, 6 months ago

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Trucking isn't for everyone.. but

Great post Daniel! Always like reading your posts as they are interesting without any BS. You are definitely an asset to TT and to trucking in general. Good luck at your new job and I wish you and your wife all the best life has to offer. God Bless.

Posted:  3 years, 6 months ago

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Recruiter said something dumb about Canada

Yes, what he said is complete BS. They won't even let you into the country if you have a criminal record. US and Canada border agents share that info. And no country can hold you for ransom for exiting, that it so stupid what that recruiter said.

Posted:  3 years, 6 months ago

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Maverick Transportation

That's awfully nice of you Tyler (did you now there is also Tyler Durden that posts on Zerohedge?)

Tyler Durden on ZeroHedge

Anyways, I digress, but I looked at the Glass Division of Maverick and the pay is quite decent at 50 - 54 cpm's starting.

Do they have a Canadian subsidiary? Or would they hire Canadian drivers?

Thanks for your input.

Posted:  3 years, 6 months ago

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Can experienced drivers negotiate vacation time?

I'm used to getting a minimum of two weeks paid vacay to start, then goes up to 3 at year 3 year, then 4 weeks at year 5 and finally 5 weeks at year 10. Some co's are even better than this, but this seems to be the norm.

In Europe you START with 5 weeks off! (paid) ... doesn't matter the job. So yeah, by that yardstick 1 weeks is cheap.

Posted:  3 years, 6 months ago

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Signs, Signs... Everywhere Signs!

I'll have a go at your truck sign ... the one on the right says "Truck Entrance" --- no problem there, now the sign on the left says "No Trucks" --- so this means no trucks on the left side of the street (just kidding) I think what they mean to say is that the street is a dead end, so don\t go down there with a truck as you will find it difficult to do a U-turn. Also, the truck entrance sign looks like was put there by the gas station owner as I guess many trucks saw the no truck sign and didn't go in.

But you are right OS, as a trucker it is much more important to pay attention to the signs.

Posted:  3 years, 6 months ago

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Two drivers in a small can

The 5 on 5 off rule seems pretty straightforward and workable. Will have to keep it in mind.

But just wondering, how does the 5 on 5 off rule give you the 10 hours off? Is this still feasible with current rules?

Posted:  3 years, 6 months ago

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We'd Like Some Suggestions For Our Job Listings

Maybe a section for new drivers vs. experienced ones.

Also, any chance of applying to Canadian companies? Or US companies that have Canadian operations?

Posted:  3 years, 6 months ago

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Can experienced drivers negotiate vacation time?

I would be fine and would actually understand that if I do take 1 or 2 months off during the slow times that my truck would be given to someone else. That's not really a problem for me. Yes, I still need to prove myself, but just wanted to know if it is possible. My point was that having only a week of paid time off per year is pretty lousy. I would expect treatment like that in China or Russia not the US. What's the point of working so hard if we can't enjoy it?

Anyways, it is what it is, I guess I value my free time more.

Posted:  3 years, 6 months ago

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Can experienced drivers negotiate vacation time?

1 week of vacation a year for 5 years is barbaric in my opinion. I was wondering if can you take off a month or two, unpaid of course, during the slow months like Jan or Feb? Maybe I'll ask this in a another thread.

Posted:  3 years, 6 months ago

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Considering a life changing career/lifestyle move, need advice!

I just want to make a comment on the "self-driving" trucks you mentioned. Please do not worry about a computer replacing a driving job. Look, even trains need conductors and those suckers run on dedicated tracks, so I always laugh at the worried Nancy's thinking a computer will replace a driver.

Also, you mentioned that if you had a regular 9-5 job you would go for without hesitation, but you have your own small business in a town of 4,000 that in your words has no future, and you are hesitating? Don't understand your logic. To me it seems that you have nothing to lose but a lot to gain.

Good luck in whatever avenue you pursue.

Posted:  3 years, 6 months ago

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Trade Fair At Humber College in Toronto This Coming Saturday (January 30, 2016)

Thanks for the info, Michael.

Are you quoting the cpm in CAD or USD?

Posted:  3 years, 6 months ago

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Hauling cars

Climbing in and out of the cars in all kinds of weather, making sure they are strapped down nice and tight. The harder part would be the proper distribution of weight and making sure you're not stacked too high. I think you need to be nimble and flexible. Those of a larger build would find it more challenging, I think.

I was/am thinking of hauling cars once I get a year or two OTR experience, as it seems pretty interesting and cool to me. Plus I hear the pay is not too shabby either.

Posted:  3 years, 6 months ago

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SUCCESS! (Or How I Took On The Establishment And Won)

Awesome news, glad it worked out so well in your favour without having to go "legal". Good luck on your next endeavour.

P.S. Love the word 'craptacular' :)

Posted:  3 years, 6 months ago

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Game Changing New Policy Here In The Forum

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Um, so, I guess I won't be posting my first year results that I spent last weekend putting into a spreadsheet one week at a time. I needed to do a little more number crunching to figure out what the exact difference would have been driving company, which is why I didn't post the draft I started.

I'll still be doing the analysis for my own benefit. Let me know if you want me to share the actual numbers with the forum, since that has been a frequent complaint about the forbidden topic for some time now.

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I would love to see it.

Yes, please feel free to post here, you've done all the hard work, would love to see your #'s. Thanks in advance.

Posted:  3 years, 6 months ago

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Game Changing New Policy Here In The Forum

So do you guys think it would be a smart idea for me to get into a lease right out of school? The companies sure seem to like it.

Just kidding! But I'm glad I found this site as I would have walked right into a lease like a lemming.

Thanks Brett!

Posted:  3 years, 6 months ago

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Oh well

Sounds like they were part of the "Doushe" franchise of dealerships. I still don't know why people get jobs in the service industry when they are not even personable. Anyways, I found that if you go in there with the attitude that you are ready to buy, and have a quote from "the competition" they are much more likely to be helpful. Can't find the keys! That's a good one. Honestly, they don't want to waste their time with tire kickers.

Posted:  3 years, 6 months ago

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GOT IT

Seems a little pricey though at almost $2,200 … good idea, awful price

Posted:  3 years, 6 months ago

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48,000 lb load of respect for flatbed drivers and more

Hats off to you Tyler for doing it! I wish you the best of luck in the future and hope that you get to spend the important moments with your family. God Bless.

Posted:  3 years, 7 months ago

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Prime Company Drivers Please Read

Daniel and Craig - Are you guys driving the lightweight trucks in order to make that pay?

I thin it is lightweight ... as per Daniel B. --- " I averaged 1k net per week when I was out on the road as a solo company driver in a LW truck."

Making $1,000 NET a week ain't bad ... and I hope by NET he means what he actually keeps after taxes and all other deductions.

Posted:  3 years, 7 months ago

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Not really safe trucking

Two wrongs don't make a right. Just 'cause someone else drives like a dooshe, that doesn't give you the right to do the same. Some one would be the wiser. Plus this guy likes to use his horn indiscriminately, he must have a small "disco stick"

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