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    Chattanooga, TN

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    Experienced Driver

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    3 years, 8 months ago

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Posted:  3 days, 8 hours ago

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Companies with Best Trucks

When I hear somebody say "best and latest trucks with high tech stuff" I can't help but feel like you've done no research at all. Honestly, that shouldn't be your priority. You should be looking for a company that fits all your needs as far as home time, freight type, where you'll run, pay etc. If you don't have your cdl and you go the company sponsored route, you'll probably end up at a company with decent equipment either way. It'd be a good idea to do some research on trucking and how everything works so you know what to expect. There's plenty of information right here on TT. Someone will probably pop in and post some links for you to check out.

Posted:  5 days, 5 hours ago

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How Many Times Do You ACTUALLY UNLOAD YOURSELF?

About 4 hours a night Monday through Friday lol

Posted:  1 week, 3 days ago

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Shhhh!!!! Be Quiet!

Lol its not swift. I don't see too many swift trailers there.

Posted:  1 week, 4 days ago

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Shhhh!!!! Be Quiet!

At the hub we get all kinds of carriers in there. We load up a lot of the "mega" carrier's freight. I must say, US express has by far the nicest trailers out there. These things seem to be fresh off the assembly line. I won't name the worst because it seems rude, but those guys trailers appear to be decades old and falling apart.

Posted:  2 weeks, 3 days ago

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Change in the making...JB HUNT

It was odd for me when I made the switch from flatbed. Not knowing what's in the box and how it's secured bothered me. Also the whole tandem sliding thing. But I'll say this, when it's pouring down or ice cold out I'm glad I switched over lol.

Posted:  4 weeks ago

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Diversity of Equipment

If I'm not mistaken, prime has reefer, flatbed and tanker. Probably worth a look.

Posted:  1 month ago

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Are Drop And Hooks Really Any Better Than Live Loads? - article by Rainy

That was a great article. You could probably get on indeed or Craigslist right now and see postings saying "85% drop and hook" or something similar. It really is a bait tactic to lure drivers in. Here at fedex, on the line haul side, all we do is drop and hook. I don't deal with customers, shippers, receivers, appointment times, parking or traffic mostly. Sounds like a dream, but there are still delays that happen. As she mentioned, you have crap trailers that need repair, overweight trailers occasionally, no accurate location etc. You really never know what you're getting into until you get into it.

Posted:  1 month ago

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Interesting day with coils

Anytime I had this happen I called dispatch immediately to let them know. That way I'm covered from any bs from the customer. They'd make a note of it and that was it. Always stay in contact with dispatch anytime something like that happens to stay out of trouble.

Posted:  1 month, 1 week ago

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Coil almost killed me

The Gerdau in ft smith is one of the fastest/best Gerdaus I've been to. They're fast and it's an easy load. Takes 20 minutes to finish up and it's usually a decent run. Having the terminal there was very convenient.

Posted:  1 month, 1 week ago

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Coil almost killed me

Glad you're ok. Falling off the deck can really mess you up if you land wrong. I'm glad I don't have to deal with all that any more. Granted I'd go back to Maverick in a heartbeat, but it's all drop and hook now. I would have secured and tarped differently as well. But as you said, you don't do them often so it's all good.

Posted:  1 month, 2 weeks ago

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The World Is My Dock

With jobsites and odd places, it's best to get in contact with the shipper/receiver. Even better if you can talk to the person who I'll actually be doing the loading/unloading. Occasionally however, I would end up delivering to the Amish who didn't really use phones. That was always stressful. One of my last deliveries with Maverick went to some guys house in the sticks in Ohio. There were chickens and pigs on my tarp while I tried to fold it. Barefoot kids and abandoned vehicles, the whole nine.

Posted:  1 month, 3 weeks ago

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TMC. New truck color?

Yea probably lease/ OO. I've seen maroon and blue ones before.

Posted:  1 month, 3 weeks ago

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Transflo Mobile

You can download the app to your phone and use your company info to register. Then you can use your camera flash and focus to get a clear pic. As mentioned before, you can also bypass the message and see if it's legible. I never had a problem.

Posted:  1 month, 3 weeks ago

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11000 lbs one piece

I know I'm late to the thread, but I had to sign in to comment. There's no way I'd leave a customer with a load like this. This is a blatant attempt by the customer to save money by shipping via dry van instead of a flatbed. We recently had a FedEx set roll over because there were some heavy shipments secured with those tiny straps. They're only rated for 1000 or so pounds. Sometimes like that probably needs to be chained down to prevent momentum in any direction. I'm worried about those tie downs on there. Might as well have bungees on there. Obviously it's not your fault but it's definitely not safe. I'd send these pics to safety and get their opinions on it for future pickups. I'd also say be as careful as possible on your trip and pretend like you're driving a food grade tanker on ice. Try to prevent that thing from moving at all. Be safe

Posted:  2 months ago

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Not my day

We've been having issues with our dock workers over loading pups lately. I've now got into the habit of scaling before I even hook to save some time. Of course there's instances where your rear trailer is in a door still, but the lead is usually the problem. The dock guys and the supervisors are in such a rush they don't realize the trailer is 22k or more and continue to load it up. Very frustrating.

Posted:  2 months ago

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I need help - not getting enough miles

Hey neek, I'm a little late to the thread but signed in to add to this. There are several reasons why you and andhe are having different experiences. For one, if I'm not mistaken he has more experience. Over time, you learn different techniques to get better at the game. I believe andhe is still with maverick? When I left, I had it down to a science almost. I knew the shippers and receivers, which ones allowed early delivery/drop offs, which ones allowed parking over night etc. These are things than can help you be more efficient. But even if you do everything right, you can only do so much with what they give you. I don't know how your company works, but maverick has tons of customers all over the place. I had several 3k plus miles as a regional driver. I'm sure your company wants you to run miles, but it's possible the freight they're running and how they're running it is profitable for them. That's all that matters to them at the end of the day. The best thing you can do, and you already got on it, is to communicate. Maybe even talk to more experienced drivers at the company for some insight.

Also, where are you located? Florida maybe? That may be a factor if that's where the company is based.

Posted:  3 months ago

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Best Fleets to Drive for 2018 in Commercial Carrier Journal

Ive said it once and I'll say it again, Maverick is a great company to work for. They've been on that list for several years in a row. They're not perfect, but were great to me and my family.

Posted:  3 months ago

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Georgia CDL holders with TWIC card & Hazmat

Got mine done up in Chattanooga somewhere, don't remember the exact location

Posted:  3 months ago

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Maverick vs. TMC

Tyler, I work for FedEx freight doing linehaul. Much easier work with a higher pay potential in the future.

Posted:  3 months ago

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Maverick vs. TMC

Sorry for late reply, but you can't really go wrong with either company. Do you want a black truck or a maroon truck? I was with maverick for over 2 years, and I would definitely recommend them. Of course I'm biased since I never worked for tmc but they're a reputable company as well. As far as pay, you'll do well with either company. Percentage can be great as long as the rates are decent but you have no control over that aspect. I like to know that I'll be paid as long as my wheels are turning. I was in the mid 60s cpm when I left and was very happy with the pay. Yes we had epus and fridges installed which was nice. I don't ever plan on going back to otr but maverick is the only place I'd consider if I had to go back out.

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