Profile For Hitch

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    3 years, 2 months ago

Hitch's Bio

Married and just starting out for a new way of life in trucking. My wife helped me with a "handle" so it looks like I'm going to be known as Hitch.

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Posted:  3 years, 2 months ago

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Hello fellas,

This is Firecracker. I'm Hikingcole's (who has decided to change his handle to Hitch) wife. I just wanted to say thanks for all the information and advice we've found on this site. He was all set to go with Swift but because of this site, we learned about APU's, HHG miles and so much more. Although I drove a big rig back in the day, there were things I didn't know. When I drove, it was actual miles and I never heard of APU's. When H was making the arrangements with the recruiter to head out for orientation, he asked about APU's and what type of miles they pay. The recruiter said they do not allow APU's and use HHG rather than practical miles. He said they allow the drivers to "idle sometimes."

While H was reluctant to sign a contract for fear of not being successful at this new career and being indebted to Roehl, we discussed things and we both agree that their agreement/contract is certainly understandable with all they put into training their new drivers and the chance they take on them. From what we've learned about Roehl (even with a few negative comments from former drivers), we think they are a very reputable company and provide top notch training. It stands to reason they will keep their drivers rolling because if the drivers are sitting still, Roehl is not making money.

Anyway, he signed the contract and is starting his orientation with them Monday, August 15. It's going to be a very difficult time for us as a married couple having to be apart, but we are ready for the challenge and look forward to my husband having a career in trucking that he can be proud of.

I just wanted to say THANK YOU for starting this website and for all the wonderful information we have both found here. This has been the best forum we found for honest, insightful information. We will be keeping in touch and let you know how it goes.

THANKS AGAIN! Firecracker.

Posted:  3 years, 2 months ago

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Roehl Transport's New Training Contract Is it fair?

Somewhere along the line I read where you talked about the job you were in for quite some time. I would think that experience in itself would have taught you to READ THE CONTRACT BEFORE YOU SIGN IT. I read the contract in its entirety and felt it was reasonable. Many companies I've researched do not require a contract or commitment nor did those who do require a commitment hold a gun to my head and make me sign. The decision to sign or move on to another company was up to me and my wife. That being said, why didn't you read the contract since you have so much business savvy?

Hitch

Posted:  3 years, 2 months ago

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Roehl Transport's New Training Contract Is it fair?

I can't stress this enough.....be humble, especially in the beginning. You don't know how difficult this job or lifestyle is until you've lived it. Just trust us when we tell you that. We're saying it for your own good. If you want things to go smoothly you need to get along well with people, listen and learn, be tolerant, and be humble.

My wife has warned me about the many miles on the road, the night driving, the hypnotic effect of the "zipper," having to use a bucket (portable toilet) in the truck lined with multiple trash bags, not allowing yourself to start hallucinating from exhaustion before pulling off to sleep and so on. She told me the great things about trucking but then brought me back to reality with the bad things. The difficulty in parking in places you'd think no tractor trailer can fit, feeling so isolated when you're running through TX for hours and hours with no one else on the road. Yeah, she painted a pretty picture and then splattered it with black paint trying to help me have a realistic view. She said that I may not get the home time "promised" because sometimes they simply cannot get you home on Wednesday for those three days and to not blow a gasket when that happens. She stressed the importance of being flexible with scheduling even when we have plans because stuff happens.

I think it's going to be a GOOD thing to have such an understanding wife from the things she's told me and the things I've been reading. I know I have a lot to learn in the industry and I'm finding myself feeling quite thankful that there are companies out there willing to take a chance on someone who's never driven a rig and putting me behind the wheel of their $200,000.00 truck filled with who know how much inventory (expense wise). I'd think that asking for something in return from a driver is certainly reasonable. I just want to be able to eat, sleep and use the bathroom occasionally and have safe equipment and become a safe driver. I hope I can make it in this new career because I plan to retire as truck driver in about 20 years.

Posted:  3 years, 2 months ago

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Roehl Transport's New Training Contract Is it fair?

So don't go to orientation.

You have other options.

I was reluctant to sign the contract also but decided Roehl was the best fit for me of all the companies I talked too. So 75,000 miles seems fair since another company will want to see at least a year of driving anyways.

I go solo Monday and very happy with my choice.

So Nate, I saw your post that you had just started with Roehl when you posted on here six months ago. How are you liking it now, six months later? Are you getting the miles and income you expected when you signed on with them?

Hitch

Posted:  3 years, 2 months ago

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Hikingcole is looking for dedication:

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I live in Kentucky, right off I-75 half way down the state, near Lexington. Can brand new drivers get dedicated routes?

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The general rule is school ➡ orientation ➡ OTR. My mentor tried to get me into a Swift dedicated account, but it was no dice.

However, That Being Said, a company can put you where they need you. Don't get your hopes up. Start asking after 3 months.

Sounds like almost everyone agrees with the things my wife has told me. She also said OTR would be best fresh out of the gate. She thought six months before even trying for dedicated.

I'm scheduled to leave home on Sunday and start my orientation with Swift on Monday. I was going to go with Roehl but they said they didn't receive my W-2's that I e-mailed. Then they said they didn't receive the contract that I electronically signed. Then they needed two non-related references to verify my employment status since January of this year (because UK Healthcare charges a fee of $35.00 for employment verification), then... then... then... I got a little tired of the constant hoops they wanted me to jump through just to get started. Even after I sent them the references and phone numbers, the recruiter's assistant e-mailed and asked which should she contact and can she do it through e-mail rather than calling and so on.

Since I was on the fence between Roehl and Swift, that made my decision for me. With Swift, the recruiter tells me what he needs, I send it and that is that. There hasn't been all of the back and forth.

Wish me luck guys and gals. Our new life begins Monday morning. My wife thinks I'm going to love being on the road and she knows me pretty good. I'm looking forward to finding out what that life is all about. She said she loved it but wanted to be a nurse so she came off the big road and got another degree and has loved nursing ever since. She also said in six months if this is too hard on our relationship and I'm doing well with trucking, she will walk away from her career and join me. I think I lucked out when this woman agreed to be my wife.

Posted:  3 years, 2 months ago

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BTW. You aren't going to make much money with home time every two weeks. You also will not score many points with your DM or company expecting that. You had better plan to run hard 3-5 weeks at a stretch, for at LEAST your first year. Good Luck!

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Interesting you say that. I drive for Roehl on a dedicated account. I go home for my reset weekly, I stay out for two weeks SOMETIMES...they work with me...but my first year in the account(also my rookie year driving) I made 50k....now half way through this year I'm on pace to make 55 to 60 ....so I'm not sure what you mean by not making much money going home every two weeks. Hikingcole...I think your making a great decision going with Roehl. You don't say where you live and you don't say what division...van , reefer,,,flatbed. I say that because they have several dedicated accounts both in the Midwest and east coast. I run for the Kraft dedicated out of Winchester va. Good luck!!

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I live in Kentucky, right off I-75 half way down the state, near Lexington. Can brand new drivers get dedicated routes?

I forgot to mention, I was advised not to go with flatbed by the instructor where I got my CDL because of my age, 55, stating that it would be hard on the joints and stuff. My wife says refer or van would be a great option for me so I'm open to either.

Posted:  3 years, 2 months ago

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You will get made fun of more at Swift, but that is another topic all together. rofl-3.gif

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Why do Swift drivers get made fun of?

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Big companies make large easy targets.

Then again, how did Swift get so big? By doing all the right things and taking care of all those drivers.

My wife said Schneider and JBHunt get made fun of but she didn't know about Swift.

Does anyone know what Roehl and Swift are governed at? My wife thinks governing is a good thing. Guess being new, I have to agree. lol

H

Posted:  3 years, 2 months ago

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BTW. You aren't going to make much money with home time every two weeks. You also will not score many points with your DM or company expecting that. You had better plan to run hard 3-5 weeks at a stretch, for at LEAST your first year. Good Luck!

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Interesting you say that. I drive for Roehl on a dedicated account. I go home for my reset weekly, I stay out for two weeks SOMETIMES...they work with me...but my first year in the account(also my rookie year driving) I made 50k....now half way through this year I'm on pace to make 55 to 60 ....so I'm not sure what you mean by not making much money going home every two weeks. Hikingcole...I think your making a great decision going with Roehl. You don't say where you live and you don't say what division...van , reefer,,,flatbed. I say that because they have several dedicated accounts both in the Midwest and east coast. I run for the Kraft dedicated out of Winchester va. Good luck!!

I live in Kentucky, right off I-75 half way down the state, near Lexington. Can brand new drivers get dedicated routes?

Posted:  3 years, 2 months ago

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You will get made fun of more at Swift, but that is another topic all together. rofl-3.gif

Why do Swift drivers get made fun of?

Posted:  3 years, 2 months ago

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Prime would train you seperately then have you team together. She can request a female trainer.... but honestly what if she is a lesbian? Same could happen. Prime however will NOT put up with sexual Harassment and the men here know it...which actually scares them cause they are afraid of false allegations.

She's making more.money aND I could see her point... but of you ate paying for a residence for her to work.... versus not paying for a residence for her to drive..it might work out better. However you cannot expect her to give up her career or dreams so you can pursue yours.

good luck

I think she can handle herself pretty well with a female. And you're right, I can ask her to come with me but I can't push her into giving up something she worked so hard at and loves just to drive with me. She said we can try it this way for six months and see where we are, if I still want to be on the road and if she can handle me being away from her.

Thanks for the input.

Posted:  3 years, 2 months ago

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I think the point was that when you go home you don't make money. For example.. I went home recently and although I usually clear $700 to $900 per week... I only cleared $85 cause of the way the loads worked out with the week days and payroll cut off. My load coming off hometime went onto the next week pay. So if I stay out 4 weeks I can expect to make close to $3600 clear. If I go home for 4 days in that same month then I might only clear $2800. That's a mortgage payment of a difference.

As far as sitting for days on end... that is determined by you and if you want to work hard. But keep in mind you don't have to kill yourself out here to make money. And you don't have to max your 70. At prime we are not encouraged to do 34 hour resets. If I only have 5 hours left on my clock that day.. my dispatcher will find a load where I drive a couple hours to get there then roll after midnight when I get more hours. If you drive 400 miles per day for 7 days you still are getting 2800 miles... and making good money. You don't need to drive 500 to 600 miles a day to make money. (Of course there are days where I do but there days I only drive 200 miles also).

My friend works for Superior as hazmat tanker and he is home every other weekend for two days at a time. Which means in one month he gets 4 days home the same as me, but 2 days off in a pay week affects him less than 4 days off in a pay week. But that company is not going to hire rookies give them great pay and that kind of schedule. His company works in a way that wherever he ends up.. the new terminal dispatches close to home. So say he is sent to chicago. The Chicago dispatcher automatically sends him back to NJ even if he doesn't go home that weekend. So just imagine only being 70 miles from home and not getting to go cause NJ then sends him back out for another week.

If your wife comes to team with you you can give up your apt and save a ton on bills while.making great money teaming. I don't have my apt anymore... so my overhead with car and insurance.. storage is like one week pay. ;) everything else is spending money and savings

I've talked to my wife about teaming but she's not wanting to give up her nursing career at this time. We only have one car pmt and it will be paid off in four months. We will be debt free by Christmas. She makes between $1800 and $3000/payday depending on her OT. She gets paid bi-weekly. She said she makes as much working three days a week as driving a truck and being gone from home and her grandchildren. She makes a good point there but it would be great if I could get her to come with me.

Are there any companies that let husband and wife train together before they go out in their own truck? She drove a truck in the 90's and had a male trainer who, she said, tried to get her to get a room with him among other things, during her two weeks of training OTR for Schneider out of London, KY. She's concerned about having a similar experience should she decide to go back on the road. And yes, she reported it but nothing came of it.

HC

Posted:  3 years, 2 months ago

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Thanks for all the information everyone. I gotta say, this is a pretty cool website with lots of great information.

Posted:  3 years, 2 months ago

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Getting home every two weeks is certainly possible with some companies. That said, you're not going to make the money doing that. I usually stay out 4 to 6 weeks between home times. Sometimes, I'll even stay out longer if I have a certain date I want to be home for do as to make certain I get there when I need to and have the money banked for it.

When you are headed home, you are being rooted too a specific area and sometimes have to wait a little longer for runs that head you in the right direction. When you are coming back from home time, it takes a bit to get back into the groove, especially if you live in an area where your company has little freight.

As your point about requiring 34 hour resets, no you don't need them if you manage your time in a way that allows you to run on recaps.

What's recaps?

Posted:  3 years, 2 months ago

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My cousin is home every weekend, (for a reset) pulling in between $700 & $900 new, each week. That is on par with people being out several weeks at a time. The whole "you get more money by being out for months," is innacurate at best. She busts her ass, but she gets her miles.

Have you looked into the Roehl Home Time Plus options? Or are you not in one of those areas?

You will not have to worry about a paycheck with either company, from what I see on here, and talking with other drivers.

You will get made fun of more at Swift, but that is another topic all together. rofl-3.gif

Who does your cousin work for and how long has she been trucking? I'm just starting out.

Posted:  3 years, 2 months ago

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" You need to learn now that it's not the company it is the driver. A lot of people are quick to complain about anything. How do you know if they reject a lot of loads, won't run certain areas, want to be home every week.

I am with Swift and people make the same complaints, yet I am doing real well. If you are willing to work you will do good no matter what the company is."

Devan,

I had those thoughts too; that people lie. I've been looking at several companies and trying hard to do the proper research. While a few of them look really good to me, the sliding pay scale they use scares me. I've narrowed my choices down to Roehl and Swift. They have both offered me a solo position. And of course, the cpm matters but my wife suggests a 2 cpm difference should not matter as much as the companies ability to keep me rolling and I agree with her.

My other issue is that the recruiter is telling me I will be out four weeks with a trainer with Swift (initially) but when they sent me the e-mail stated six weeks. Roehl recruiter 11-15 days with a trainer before I get my truck assigned and their e-mail confirmed the same as the recruiter.

Swift said they pay X amount cpm but I read on here they pay sliding scale. Roehl wants a signed contract and if I don't drive 75K miles, I pay thousands back to them. If they don't give me the miles to support my family, I would have to move on. I would not be able to live on $300.00/week with bills at home and food on the road. Know what I mean? And I'm sure that $300.00/week would not be every week but that's just not enough to be away from home 24/7 for that little amount.

At this point, I just have to decide between the two companies and I'm absolutely right down the middle as to which way to go.

H.

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With Swift it should only take about 4 weeks to complete the training. I went through the training and it went by quick. Another thing is during training you will barely make anything, average of 350 a week after taxes during this time. Once you go solo you will average around 500 or more a week after taxes. You are in for a rough year, but if your wife is ready for the sacrifice you can make it work. Location is also key. If you live by a terminal you could drive locally for swift and be home every night. It starts off not that good but as you get better the money gets better.

I am in a different boat from you, I am single, 21 years old, no kids, and just responsible for college debt/cellphone so it is not as hard for me to get by. In fact I used to only make 350 every two weeks at my old job. So this money I make now is definitely improving my life. Good luck and be ready to make a lot of sacrifices.

Devan, my wife's a nurse. She makes double what I made at the job I left to go to CDL training. She has been covering all the expenses, birthdays, and extra things we wanted at home while I've been off. When I said I needed to be able to support the family, I meant that we want my income to cover the bills and she was going to bank her income for our future home. It is just me and her and our two babies (Yorkies) at home. We would always have her income to supplement but if I'm going to be on the road 24/7, I want the big wheels rolling on down the highway and not sitting still unless I'm holding her. Know what I mean? It has to be worth being away from my wife to make this job feasible for me. It sounds like it certainly can be, as long as I put in the effort to keep dispatch sending me for loads.

H

Posted:  3 years, 2 months ago

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"BTW. You aren't going to make much money with home time every two weeks. You also will not score many points with your DM or company expecting that. You had better plan to run hard 3-5 weeks at a stretch, for at LEAST your first year. Good Luck!"

Really? The companies have said home every other week. That's why we thought it was that way. It was my understanding you have to have "34-hr reset time" and we thought that's what the bi-weekly home time was about.

I'm also hoping my wife will come on the road with me after 6 months or so but not sure how the pay with teams go either. We'll look closer at that before it's an option.

H

Posted:  3 years, 2 months ago

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Tractor Man, Good point about not wanting that truck sitting still. Thanks for the input. I did find some of the things being said, very hard to believe. My wife actually found this site so I came here to see what's what.

H

Posted:  3 years, 2 months ago

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" You need to learn now that it's not the company it is the driver. A lot of people are quick to complain about anything. How do you know if they reject a lot of loads, won't run certain areas, want to be home every week.

I am with Swift and people make the same complaints, yet I am doing real well. If you are willing to work you will do good no matter what the company is."

Devan,

I had those thoughts too; that people lie. I've been looking at several companies and trying hard to do the proper research. While a few of them look really good to me, the sliding pay scale they use scares me. I've narrowed my choices down to Roehl and Swift. They have both offered me a solo position. And of course, the cpm matters but my wife suggests a 2 cpm difference should not matter as much as the companies ability to keep me rolling and I agree with her.

My other issue is that the recruiter is telling me I will be out four weeks with a trainer with Swift (initially) but when they sent me the e-mail stated six weeks. Roehl recruiter 11-15 days with a trainer before I get my truck assigned and their e-mail confirmed the same as the recruiter.

Swift said they pay X amount cpm but I read on here they pay sliding scale. Roehl wants a signed contract and if I don't drive 75K miles, I pay thousands back to them. If they don't give me the miles to support my family, I would have to move on. I would not be able to live on $300.00/week with bills at home and food on the road. Know what I mean? And I'm sure that $300.00/week would not be every week but that's just not enough to be away from home 24/7 for that little amount.

At this point, I just have to decide between the two companies and I'm absolutely right down the middle as to which way to go.

H.

Posted:  3 years, 2 months ago

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I've had my CDL for a few months and trying to decide on a company. I decided to go with Roehl but then read from three drivers they were not getting miles and paychecks as low as <$200.00 and as much as five days downtime while waiting on a load (and NOT waiting at home). I don't want to be sitting somewhere away from home for even a day when I have a wife at home I'd want to be with. I'm going into trucking to keep the wheels turning and have home time every other week.

Of course, I'd like the best-paying company available to me as a new driver but I also want one that can keep me rolling. Which company would you guys recommend for staying busy, well-maintained equipment, and just over-all experience?

Hikingcole

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