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    Chattanooga, TN

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    2 years, 10 months ago

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Posted:  1 week, 4 days ago

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Rain

Better than snow and ice

Posted:  1 week, 4 days ago

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Stuck between prime or maverick

Where do you live exactly? I can get a better idea of what we have in the area

Posted:  1 week, 4 days ago

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Stuck between prime or maverick

I had my cdl before I joined maverick so I'm not too sure on the details. I believe that you will go to a local college and get your cdl there, which maverick sponsors. You'll be asked to stay for a certain period of time no matter which company you go with. Both companies pay quite well and have good equipment. I went with maverick because of the home time. You say you live in KY, depending on where you live you could have really good home time. The closer to Cincinnati or Louisville the better. You will see more of the country with prime and get more miles for otr. If you do regional with maverick you'll likely stay east of I 35.

Posted:  1 month, 1 week ago

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Speaking of guaranteed pay (Maverick)

They haven't given out the details yet, but we'd probably have to be available all 5 days (Monday through Friday), be on time, not hit stuff etc. I'm curious how they will factor in bonuses and tenure. I have over 2 years but I'm not topped out yet. The guarantee is only there to provide a safety net if they can't get things done on their end. If someone is lazy and is ok with 1000 a week then have at it. I'm sure there will be rules however.

Posted:  1 month, 1 week ago

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Instructor announced 1st Time EVER Newbie Hiring @ UPS & J.B. Hunt!

My uncle is a ups feeder driver. He does line haul pulling doubles on a 600+ mile round trip Monday through friday. He is at the top of the pay scale there. He grosses over 100k a year and yes with team driving he could get near those numbers you posted as I've seen his pay stubs. With that being said, he's also been there since before I was born and I'm 28. So I wouldn't say the instructors were entirely lying but definitely not telling you everything about those jobs. I think that unions can be a good thing in the trucking industry, and I'd gladly work there if I could.

Posted:  1 month, 1 week ago

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Working For Maverick

I know I'm super late to this post, been on home time. Anyway I just wanted to ask what point you're trying to make? I remember the other post you made and how you made the switch. You seem to be defensive about people's replies. Are you saying that tcd is better than flatbed overall? Tcd is better for you? You can make more money doing tcd? Whatever your point is, the fact is you can make decent money with this company. Yes we just got a raise on the flatbed side but I'm sure tcd will get one as well if they haven't yet. If you're making more money and you're happier what's the issue?

Posted:  1 month, 2 weeks ago

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Pay Increase Announced

I glanced over it but yes I think you're right. either way it's good news for everyone. Competition is only going to continue and we will all benefit in some way.

Posted:  1 month, 2 weeks ago

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Maverick flatbed glass division it is.....

I'd wait at least 6 months before going forward to be safe. Failing a drug test is a big deal, even if it was due to medical reasons. Like andhe said, we don't have a lot of flatbed stuff up there but there is a glass plant in Geneva we run glass for. You are correct though, glass does not offer the best home time unless you land a dedicated gig.

PS. this post is 2 years old, might be time to make a new thread lol

Posted:  1 month, 2 weeks ago

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Pay Increase Announced

How exactly does the sliding scale work?

Posted:  1 month, 2 weeks ago

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Pay Increase Announced

Staying out the way you guys do I'm sure you're doing pretty good

Posted:  1 month, 2 weeks ago

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Pay Increase Announced

Whoa, I literally signed in to post the same thing. We got a fleet message today that Maverick otr and regional drivers in glass, flatbed and tcd I believe will get a .05 cpm increase. So now the base pay will be .52-.59 cpm base pay. That doesn't include the up to .06 cpm bonus which is very easy to get. They also announced a minimum guarantee between 1000-1200 a week depending on tenure I think. The message was a little confusing but it looks like the carriers are competing for drivers which is good for us.

Posted:  2 months ago

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I've been accepted to Maverick! Any other Mavericks with opinions?

Don't like where this thread is heading lol. I think what Kevin is trying to say is tcd is easier and worked better for him. Flatbed does have its pros and cons, and so does tcd. The biggest pro for me is the hometime and depending less on loaders and unloaders and more on my own efficency most times. If you don't want to or can't be home weekly, you can't go wrong with any of the divisions here. Not sure what Kevin meant by working 85-90 hrs a week, maybe he just meant long days. Also, when he said a few fellow students were on track for 34k, I assume it's what they had made so far this year or maybe they just started. I will say that Kevin probably didn't give flatbed enough time, but if he's still here and happy it's all good I guess.

Ps. If you try to break down the pay to an hourly rate it will never look good on paper.

Posted:  2 months, 1 week ago

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New OTR driver with low mileage loads

It would help if we knew the name of this company. There may be drivers here that know the ins and outs of what works there. If not, contact your fleet manager and have a RESPECTFUL word with them. You don't want bad blood between you and your fm. It's important to communicate or they will assume you are happy with how things are going.

Posted:  2 months, 1 week ago

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I've been accepted to Maverick! Any other Mavericks with opinions?

Sorry I'm late getting to this, I've been home all weekend and pretty busy. Anyway, I've been with Maverick for a little over 2 years now. The other guys covered most of your questions. But I will add a few things to what they said. As Kevin said, yes Tcd gets paid roughly the same as flatbed, however there are pros and cons to both. Since I'm in a regional division, I get more home time than glass and Tcd drivers. I'm typically home Fridays before noon. I live outside of Atlanta so there's always something to pickup or deliver. This is very important to your hometime, as they can only do what freight in your area will allow. Flatbed is more involved than tcd , but once you get the hang of it you can be in and out of a place in 30-45 min. No offense to Kevin, but it will take longer than a few months to become an efficient flatbed driver. I'm still trying to improve myself. I can't say much about glass but I've heard great things about it. I pay 115 or 120 something a week for my family for health insurance. That sounds high, but the deductibles are fair and most Drs accept United Healthcare. I feel like I'm forgetting something but feel free to ask any questions.

Posted:  2 months, 2 weeks ago

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My work update

I hate to hear you didn't stick with the flatbed brotherhood, but it's not for everyone. I'm still figuring things out myself here. It took over a year for me to really get a solid routine for each type of load to get efficient. I considered making the switch myself at one point, but the 2 week minimum out time is a no go for me. You played it smart and stayed with maverick so that's definitely a plus. Hope all is well and good luck.

Posted:  2 months, 3 weeks ago

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The Benefits Of Staying With Your Starter Company Beyond One Year - article by G-Town

I've read so many "reviews" of companies from disgruntled drivers online. They complain about every little thing that happens while they're there. Typically, an unhappy driver will only stay a few months then jump to another company and run into the same issues, blaming the megas or "starter" companies. I've been with maverick over 2 years now and have yet to find a better regional gig. It wasn't until after that 1st year that I really understood how the company worked and what I could do to be as productive as possible. I'd say it would be a challenge to learn the tendencies of your dispatcher, load planners, and even certain shippers and receivers in a few months. Besides, job hopping would look pretty bad on a resume.

Posted:  3 months, 1 week ago

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Descending steep downgrades in an automatic

We'll need some more information about your truck before we can really help you. what year and model do you have?

Posted:  3 months, 4 weeks ago

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Ran into an old friend that I've never met before.

Ha he's kidding, no smack talk. just good ol flatbed stuff. felt like I knew the guy already so pretty cool. maybe I'll catch up to old school one day

Posted:  3 months, 4 weeks ago

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Ran into an old friend that I've never met before.

Ha yea man had to make sure I was bothering the right guy. it was good seeing ya out there. other than my funky load and wait time it was a good day.

Posted:  4 months, 1 week ago

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Jerk cut me off then slammed on the brakes bringing me to a complete stop in the middle of rush hour traffic!

I don't belive Richard c is the driver in the video. It has been posted elsewhere before. Also it's unlikely someone would use this as their very 1st post here but who knows.

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