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    Chattanooga, TN

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    4 years ago

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Posted:  1 week, 2 days ago

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Turn on your CB!

Steve. I'm pretty sure that's fedex ground you're referring to. Fedex freight is topped out at 65. Our road drivers are assigned tractors. You can put your own cb in of course but a lot of guys don't have one. I dont have one because I'm so low on the seniority list I don't have a run and just shuttle trailers a few miles apart. No point to get one just yet.

Posted:  1 week, 5 days ago

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Tarp practices

Yea some aluminum plants don't want bungees on the coils but one or two strategically placed ones never hurt. Lord help you if you end up at Alcoa in TN. In my opinion bungees are just faster and more efficient. Thats just me. I kept mine in bundles of 20 and a few fives for tidy ups. As long as the stuff is dry and still on the trailer when you deliver then any method you choose will be fine.

Posted:  2 weeks ago

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Tarp practices

I'm no expert but I do have 2.5 years of experience. Only issue I could think of is the hassle of undoing all that rope when its time to unload. Maybe I'm not seeing it right. Is it all one piece of rope on each side?

Posted:  2 weeks, 2 days ago

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Saying goodbye to Prime.

Whoa didn't see MR Prime time leaving ever. Switching from flatbed to van should be an easy adjustment for you. You may miss flatbed for a little while but when its raining cats and dogs or freezing outside you'll be glad you made the switch. Seems all us flatbedders are coming over to the dark side. The day old school comes in and announces hes pulling vans will be the last straw lol. Glad to hear you get in with one of the best carriers around. Be safe brother

Posted:  1 month ago

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Flatbed Variety

My last Kone load went to a job site downtown atlanta. No directions, different addresses and the guy said we get trucks in here all the time. Great time

Posted:  1 month ago

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Friday Short Haul - Passenger car drivers, spotted lanternfly, women drivers

Interesting. Some of our DVIR pretrip slips have a little box that mentions lantern flies. I had no idea why until now.

Posted:  1 month ago

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Flatbed Variety

Elevator parts were always some of the worst loads to deal with. Always uneven so securement and tarpring is a pain. Then you end up going to a job site somewhere and those are always fun.

Posted:  2 months ago

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Community college as a means of getting my cdl?

HI Joel, welcome aboard. Sorry for late reply but I figured I'd give you my two cents as I was in a similar situation. A few years ago when I started, I wanted to get my cdl but wasn't sure of which option to take. Like you I considered private school, company sponsored and community college. I had called a few companies to see what the deal was with contracts and all but still wasn't sure. Eventually I found a community college about 30 minutes from my house. I applied and was quickly accepted. The the biggest advantage was not having to pay a dime for my training. I applied for financial aid and received a work grant from the state to attend school. It was an 8 week course, small class size of 8 students with plenty of trucks. I feel I got really lucky and blessed to have found the school. I was able to work my full time job while attending so i could transition the change easier. The best part is, recruiters from companies I was interested in all came in to do presentations. I ended up with Maverick transportation and loved it.

I'm not saying community college is the best route, I'm just saying it's a solid option. I wouldn't recommend private school however since it seems they'd just be after your money. I didn't attend one so I can't say for sure. As a final note, company sponsored is also a great option. You'll be guaranteed a job as long as you complete your training and will likely have nicer equipment.

Posted:  2 months, 2 weeks ago

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NYC? 5 stops by 2pm? Challenge accepted!

Well it sucks, but when you help out your dispatcher they're more willing to help you when ya need it.

Posted:  2 months, 2 weeks ago

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NYC? 5 stops by 2pm? Challenge accepted!

Yo you seemed like a nice guy when we met a while back. What did you do to deserve this lol

Posted:  2 months, 3 weeks ago

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Pam Transport

Just want to point out that unless you will be salaried (doubtful), they can't offer you 60k. It's probably a ballpark figure they came up with. In this industry you pay depends heavily on you and your ability to adapt to the new lifestyle. Don't go in expecting to be handed 60k in your 1st year. Also read into team driving and see if it's really something you want to do before you sign anything.

Posted:  2 months, 3 weeks ago

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Does this look properly secured?

It secure kinda, probably wanna have a strap close to each end. Then have one right over each piece of dunnage. Looks like you did that alrea. The front section looks good. Anytime you have lumber slide it's probably because there was not enough force on the dunnage. Different lumber types can take different amounts of force before you damage it. Ido always get it as tight as possible for everything

Posted:  4 months ago

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Switched To A Local Account

To add to what Brett said, there are jobs that get you home every night and pay 100k+. However that's after YEARS of climbing the seniority ladder. Also about 10-12hr shifts for 5 days. Anyway Im curious about this position Jamie has as well. I came across dozens of local flatbed gigs before coming to FedEx but the pay didn't compare to otr work.

Posted:  4 months, 1 week 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:  4 months, 1 week ago

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How Many Times Do You ACTUALLY UNLOAD YOURSELF?

About 4 hours a night Monday through Friday lol

Posted:  4 months, 2 weeks ago

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Shhhh!!!! Be Quiet!

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

Posted:  4 months, 2 weeks 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:  4 months, 3 weeks 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:  5 months ago

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Diversity of Equipment

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

Posted:  5 months, 1 week 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.

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