Profile For Darren R. (Aka snapper)

Darren R. (Aka snapper)'s Info

  • Location:
    Waynesville , OH

  • Driving Status:
    Company Driver In Training

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  • Joined Us:
    5 years, 10 months ago

Darren R. (Aka snapper)'s Bio

I've had my cdl for 3 years but only have local driving experience and no otr experience.

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Posted:  5 years, 9 months ago

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J Rayl transport

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Are there any kind of strings attached to the guaranteed pay?

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Any situation where there is guaranteed pay means they expect you to earn your keep, and they have a plan to keep you busy. Slackers will be cut loose if they expect to be making all the money but not putting in the effort.

I certainly understand that and want to get as many miles as possible so I earn my keep. Thanks Sue D. And Old School

Posted:  5 years, 9 months ago

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J Rayl transport

Are there any kind of strings attached to the guaranteed pay?

Posted:  5 years, 9 months ago

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J Rayl transport

I started looking into j Rayl transport out of ohio and they don't look bad. They offer guaranteed weekly pay and home weekends for everyone. If you want to stay out you can otherwise your home on weekends. Has anyone heard of this company or perhaps drives for them I would appreciate some insight.

Posted:  5 years, 9 months ago

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Crete carrier and shaffer trucking

Thanks for the info Florida buckeye. If you get a chance let us know how things go for you in training.

Posted:  5 years, 9 months ago

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Floating gears

Thanks it did.

Posted:  5 years, 9 months ago

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Floating gears

This is to you experienced drivers out there. I will be double clutching when I road test of course but for you veterans, do company's let you float gears when you road test or do they prefer you dbl clutch as well?

Posted:  5 years, 9 months ago

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Crete carrier and shaffer trucking

They are in here as well: Trucking Company Reviews

Considering your experience, if you progress quickly they may reduce your training.

Good luck.

I was hoping maybe if I did progress well they possibly would shorten it bit either way the extra experience could only help. Thanks a lot for all your help.

Posted:  5 years, 9 months ago

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Crete carrier and shaffer trucking

Would crete carrier and shaffer be a good company for someone not brand new to trucking just alittle inexperienced? If anyone who is or has worked for them could fill me in alittle bit that would be great. I have talked to shaffer and they would hire me but I'll be with a trainer for 8 weeks. I don't mind that but the training pay for the 8 weeks will hurt.

Posted:  5 years, 10 months ago

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Part-time to full-time trucker?

Darren, that is actually a tough question to answer. Most companies will want a good solid year of recent over the road experience.

It may very well depend on your location, and how many LTL opportunities there are available to you. If there is a strong demand for those types of drivers in your locale you could possibly land a job fairly easily.

As a general rule, transitioning into a full time position for a person in your situation will probably require a refresher course in most cases. Many of the Major Carriers would be glad to have you after completing a refresher, and some of them offer it as a means to get started with them.

I appreciate the help. The school I went to actually offers a free refresher for life so I plan on doing that as well. Your years of experience along with a lot of other drivers on this site is exactly why I joined, thanks so much.

Posted:  5 years, 10 months ago

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Part-time to full-time trucker?

I had written up some information about what companies are very likely to look for. I just deleted it all and will leave you with this instead, as I believe it is much more valuable information for your situation.

Get out there and spend your free time applying. Don't sit around thinking about it or posing "what if" hypotheticals. The only people who can tell you for sure if you are qualified and hirable are the companies that can give you the job you want. Go ask them.

Thanks for responding so quickly. Yeah, I'll have to get a hold of some companies.

Posted:  5 years, 10 months ago

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Part-time to full-time trucker?

I have had my cdl since 2013 and have only drove probably about 1 year total during that time. I work for the state of ohio and only get to drive on rare occasions. I have pulled coal buckets hauling grain, flatbeds hauling hay, hopper trailers hauling grain and a detach trailer hauling tractors and dozers. My department is closing and I might have to rely on my cdl to get another job and was looking at Ltl companies to be home more and wondered if I had enough experience to get one of those jobs. I have my class a and tanker endorsement but I plan on getting my haz mats and double and triple endorsements soon. I would appreciate any advice anyone has for me.

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