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Posted:  1 year, 10 months ago

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2 truck driving job offers from TransAm and May Trucking?

I read every post on this thread not realizing it was from 8mo ago. I want to know what happened!!! Is this guy still around? What happened with his time at Trans Am?

Yes I am still around. I drove for Trans Am for 4 months. I was offered a local driving job in January driving flatbed for a lumber company. I'm making more money than I did with Trans Am. Plus I'm home everynight and off on weekends. I enjoyed my time with Trans Am but have 5 kids between the ages of 6-12. My youngest asked me to quit so he could spend more time with me. So I did!

While at Trans Am I was gone 4-5 weeks at a time and only home 2-3 days at a time. I talked to my kids everynight and they lived getting post cards from all the different places I went. But spending time with them was much more important to me.

If anyone has questions bout Trans Am I will do my best to answer them.

Posted:  2 years, 1 month ago

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Trucking Company Reviews Up to Date?

I am looking through the reviews and notice that some are wrong. Specially Trans Am. I drive for them for 4 months before I took a local job where I'm home every night. Been thinking about going back out OTR but not with Trans Am.

Posted:  2 years, 6 months ago

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Whatever happened to ChickieMonster?!?

Thanks for the update.

My 6 month solo anniversary is coming up in 10 days. 10 DAYS!! It doesn't feel like it's been that long at all.

I'll be honest. I've been putting out some feelers as far as a potential move to another company. Nothing set in stone of course, but I have a couple of options that look pretty promising.

Don't get me wrong. I don't have anything against TransAm. I get good miles every week, I have an awesome dispatcher and I get home on time, every time. It's going to take a heck of a good offer to get me to leave all of that. To start over from the bottom is a daunting task, so it's going to have to be a really good step up.

So, no decisions have been made yet. But I'll keep y'all updated!

Hey Chickie, I'm curious as to who you have for a DM. I'm doing pretty good with my "Business Manager" at Trans Am so far but after 10 weeks I go into the Driver Manager stage. I'd like to know which ones are better than others if possible. I did 2875 miles last week even after sitting in Holcomb, KS for 32 hours waiting on Tyson to have my load ready! Running everything out west so far. Would really like to make it to the east someday! Preferably a run to Upstate N.Y. so I can stop and say Hi to family and grand babies. Let me know bout dispatcher if ya will I'd greatly appreciate it

Posted:  2 years, 7 months ago

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2 truck driving job offers from TransAm and May Trucking?

Btw... I forgot whether you had a CDL or needed to go through the testing.. but do you need to sign a year contract for the training?

I already have my CDL Rainy. I had a B for 20 yrs and now have my A as of August 5th. I appreciate your posts it does Give me some insight as to what is ahead and the best part of your post is that you're not treating me like some imbecile like others have in this forum. I take in everything that's said here but when I'm judged and belittled I get defensive.

Posted:  2 years, 7 months ago

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2 truck driving job offers from TransAm and May Trucking?

Chickie,

They are flying me to Dallas instead of Kansas where you went. I'll be starting out at the Rockwall Terminal. They are putting me up at a Best Western. Thanks for mentioning the 90 day thing. I wasn't told about that.

Posted:  2 years, 7 months ago

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2 truck driving job offers from TransAm and May Trucking?

Change your attitude BEFORE you leave. You will go far if you go into this being humble.

Chickie,

After reading your posts concerning your trading experience I have changed my attitude and stated that in a previous post.

Unfortunately for those here that keep throwing my statements back at me, it doesn't matter that I've stated that or anything else because all they are is where I said something that I should've put in writing differently than I did to begin with. I'm not usually an a-hole about things like this but when something is continuously thrown in my face that I've already recanted and said it came out wrong I get quite defensive and quite the attitude toward those specific people. Do you understand where I'm coming from?

It's called drop it and move on. I made a mistake and realize that so leave it alone. Know what I mean?

Posted:  2 years, 7 months ago

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2 truck driving job offers from TransAm and May Trucking?

So you're going to insult me because I'm quoting you directly? I guess even you can't stand hearing the garbage that's coming out of your mouth. Imagine how we feel.

I've said it over and over and over again that I should've worded it differently. Just don't see why you keep ignoring that part of all my posts. Seems kinda childish to me that you would keep doing throwing it back at me after I've stated I was wrong over and over and over. That's something my children do to each other and I thought this forum was for adults

Posted:  2 years, 7 months ago

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2 truck driving job offers from TransAm and May Trucking?

I've never seen anyone completely contradict themselves or deny saying things the way you do. Man are you gonna be in for a rough experience in this industry I'm afraid. I already hate it for all involved.

Like said Brett the Trucking God....you keep throwing things back in my face! I've stated over and over I should've worded it differently but that doesn't matter to you the all knowing almighty trucker.

After reading her post about her training I have a different view of things and what's to come....if that matters to you!

Posted:  2 years, 7 months ago

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2 truck driving job offers from TransAm and May Trucking?

You are coming into this with the attitude that the COMPANY owes you something.

NOT TRUE!!

That is the furthest thing from the truth

YOU owe the company. They are buying you a plane ticket to come to their facility. They are putting you up in a nice hotel. They are feeding you for several days. Training you. Putting you in very expensive equipment and trusting you with it.

Guess what. They don't owe you ANYTHING! From the time you walk in the door, you are in debt to them and you better be prepared to work your a$$ off to pay it back. And that means taking your licks and biting your tongue when things don't go your way. Because they won't.

You will get home. It may not be right away after training but you will get home. Just submit your hometime request as soon as you get your truck and they will try to route you home ASAP.

Chickie, Not once did I say anyone owed me anything and I know they owe me nothing. I did just finish reading your thread about your training.

Now we all know everyone is different and the things that you went through aren't gonna necessarily be the same for everyone else. Each experience will be different. I appreciate your input and warnings on how to go about it though. Thank you

Posted:  2 years, 7 months ago

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2 truck driving job offers from TransAm and May Trucking?

If your gonna leave because your not happy then why even start? I can guarantee you that in the first 3 months your going to come across a whole slew of things that aren't going to make you happy. But that's just part of the job. Between waiting for loads or having to do a few weeks of short runs to 4 wheelers doing stupid stuff there's no end to the amount of annoyances you have to deal with.

Jake,

So now if I understand you correctly, if I'm not happy I'm supposed to stay unhappy instead of looking for something that would make me happy? I know there will be rough times and willing to work through them. I give up trying to explain to every one my intentions on this situation cause I've worded things the wrong way and it's coming back to bite me I everyone's responses

Posted:  2 years, 7 months ago

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2 truck driving job offers from TransAm and May Trucking?

By the way, I have a young family so I understand how you feel.

I appreciate that. I have 5 children from 5-12 yrs old tha depend on me. Thats why I put my all into whatever it is I do to benefit them in the end.

Posted:  2 years, 7 months ago

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2 truck driving job offers from TransAm and May Trucking?

What they're trying to say, I believe, is that you can't go to a company ready to leave the 1st time something unfavorable happens. Whether you meant it or not with that post being quoted, that's what's concerning. Rookies make the mistake of leaving before they've proven themselves and learned how to get things done in their favor at a company.

I do understand that CT. I really do but they seem to think otherwise since it keeps being thrown back at me the way I worded my statements.

Posted:  2 years, 7 months ago

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2 truck driving job offers from TransAm and May Trucking?

Apparently I'm supposed to do exactly what everyone here tells me to do or I'm gonna fail. Is that how this works? I've never said I was the smartest one in the room and do remember stating that Brett does know more than I do. I simply put out there my situation and my way of approaching it. In the end my children are my biggest concern and providing for them. Maybe some of you don't have children and maybe you do, I don't know. As far as mine, I need to provide for them. I've stated over and over that I will put 100% into this whether it's with Trans Am or any other company. But in the end if I'm not happy, I will look elsewhere. I understand things aren't gonna be all roses all the time. Nothing in life is. I've said before I should have worded some things differently and that's definitely apparently because those statements keep getting thrown back at me....even after saying I worded it wrong. I appreciate all the advice and criticism on here I really do. Guess the first thing I need to work on is my way of putting things into words to keep everyone from attacking me and my character and my integrity

Posted:  2 years, 7 months ago

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2 truck driving job offers from TransAm and May Trucking?

Old School,

Obviously you didn't read where I said I should have worded that differently! Y'all jus don't give up on reassuring yourselves that I'm gonna fail. That my friend is not an option for me. As I said before I will put 100% into this no matter what company I am with

Posted:  2 years, 7 months ago

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2 truck driving job offers from TransAm and May Trucking?

Honestly, at the end of the day you have to do what's best for your family. All we can do here is offer advice and answer questions you may have. But ultimately it's your career and your choice to listen or not. I was lucky enough to find this Web site on accident and it helped tremendously. I knew roughly what to expect going in and knew not to over react. There are no unicorn companies out there, but there should be one that can take care of the needs of you and your family. Best of luck to you.

Thank you CT!

That is my ultimate goal in pursuing this career, to provide for my children! I understand that with the right amount of effort I can make it work with any company. Now that I've learned from Chickie, an actual Trans Am driver, that I was given the wrong information concerning training I feel a bit relieved about the low training pay. Just gonna take me longer to get straight financially is all.

Posted:  2 years, 7 months ago

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2 truck driving job offers from TransAm and May Trucking?

I just want to point out that your willingness to find fault with Trans Am or anybody else that gives you a start will probably be stoked the most during the training period. There are no perfect trainers and it is a huge mistake to determine what the company is like based on your experience with the trainer. I had a terrible trainer, but a great start to my career at Western Express.

Your initiative and commitment are the things that weigh heavily in your success out here. That trainer is more a buffer between your rookie self and the thousands of things that can go wrong in a big rig. Don't expect them to teach you everything - you'll have plenty of time to learn all the little details on your own. Do trust their guidance to keep you from a disastrous event that ruins your career before you even get the training wheels off.

My willingness to find fault with Trans Am or anybody else that gives you a start? At no time did I say I would find fault with any company. I did say " one slip up and I'll look elsewhere" which I guess I should have worded differently. I'm sorry y'all took it to heart that I would be looking for a fault. The way I see it, if a person isn't happy doing something, no matter what it is, then that means its time to go somewhere else. I don't want to be one of those miserable drivers out there always complaining about tje company they work for. If I have a complaint then I'll try to work through it before jumping ship like y'all are thinking I'm gonna do. If the same complaint keeps coming up then its only right to graciously leave and find something else.

I don't expect the trainer to teach me everything but I will be asking a lot of questions in hopes that ill have a better experience with the trainer than some. It may work to my advantage and it may not. No hurt in trying to learn all I can.

Posted:  2 years, 7 months ago

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2 truck driving job offers from TransAm and May Trucking?

So as far as this thread goes? Contrary to my original suggestion, I think our friend should go to May. That is where his heart and head are. Regardless of my level of disagreement with his pretentious attitude, I don't want him to fail. He has already preprogrammed his failure at TransAm.

I do have a question though. For all of the support you (the OP) claim to have with your trucker family, why then did you ask for our advice?

Contrary to what everyone believes about me being preprogrammed to fail at Trans Am, that is far from the truth. I put 100% into whatever I do and will do this with Trans Am. Yes I do like what I was offered by May but as I stated before I turned it down because I had already said yes to Trans Am. I do have a conscience and would not feel right about myself if I were to change up like that. It's taken me a lot to get an offer due to my 2014 speeding tickets. I've had to jump through hoops to have a chance to prove myself and that's exactly what I'm gonna do "prove myself"!

Yes, I take what my family has told me to heart concerning this industry but didn't think it would hurt to also have some "outside" thoughts on this situation.

With that said, maybe one day everyone here that thinks I will fail at this, just maybe we can meet and I will have proven that you're all wrong! I will put my heart and soul into this new career no matter what others may think.

Posted:  2 years, 7 months ago

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2 truck driving job offers from TransAm and May Trucking?

And I'd still like to see what you were talking about the 4 weeks of training. Please, prove me wrong. I would be so happy if they changed their training program. 11 days is not nearly enough training in my opinion.

Just a piece of advice, if I am right and your training is only 11 days, make your trainer let you do ALL THE BACKING!!!!! I didn't stand up to mine on that and I wish I had. I never bumped a dock in training and only did two backing maneuvers. The only thing training did for me was help me learn to drive in city traffic and take turns. We didn't cover trip planning, pre or post trips, paperwork, handling dispatch, backing, sliding tandems and balancing loads, or anything else. I've learned all of that stuff through TT, Twitter, Facebook and trial and error.

Chickie, I specifically asked the question to them "After my 4 weeks of training and I am issued my own truck will I be able to go home and get items that I may need on the road?" My post to you earlier is what I got for a response. I was told initially months ago by a recruiter about the 4 weeks. Being that you are an actual driver for Trans Am I believe you that it's not 4 weeks. I also agree that 11 days is not enough to learn everything and I was fine with the 4 weeks they said it would be. Just after that long I'd like to see my children for a few days at least.

I appreciate your advice on what to have the trainer teach me. I was under the understanding that the trainer is supposed to "train" you on what you'll be going through. Trip planning, pre or post trips, paperwork, handling dispatch, backing, sliding tandems and balancing loads are very important to do the job efficiently and should be taught to new drivers in my point of view. I'll be sure to ask about all this.

Posted:  2 years, 7 months ago

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2 truck driving job offers from TransAm and May Trucking?

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I just want to say first that I don't agree with your attitude. Not judging, I just don't agree. I wanted to walk away ALL THE TIME when I first started out. Search for Transam and you will find my orientation and training threads.

I know for a fact that you HAVE NOT read them or done your research. Because if you had you would know that you are dead wrong.

TransAms training is 3 days of orientation, 3 days on the driving range, and 11 days (give or take a few days) with a trainer. I only did 7 days, 11 is standard and you can request more time.

So no, they can't immediately turn around and send you home! Hometime is NEVER guaranteed, ever. Although, with the exception of one time which was a series of unfortunate events, I have always been home on time, usually early.

Speaking for the company I work for, go somewhere else. You haven't even been to orientation and you are already starting down the road of bad mouthing. You aren't quite there yet, but you are well on the way. One "wrong move" and trust me, they will come, and you will have nothing but bad to say about TransAm.

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Chickie,

I don't see how you say I'm already bad mouthing the company. I haven't said anything negative at all about them.

As far as Orientation and training, I guess I was lied too by the recruiter. I was told 5 days orientation and 4 weeks training. So please don't get upset with me if that's what I was told. I asked about hometime after my "4 weeks training" and was told that it depended on if a run was coming my way and I might be able to stop by my place gor a moment and grab a few things. Give me a few and I'll figure a way to copy the email I received stating just that and post it here!

Chickie, Here's the email I received from Trans Am:

Once you get assigned your truck you can talk with your dispatcher to see if they have any loads available to get you by your house to get more stuff in your truck really quick but we can’t promise that we would be able to do that. For you to take home time we do need an 8 day notice and there has to be prior approval for it.

I understand the prior approval, that's fine. I can deal with that. Just the way they put it didn't seem right to me.

Posted:  2 years, 7 months ago

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2 truck driving job offers from TransAm and May Trucking?

Are these the only companies you applied to? You should have more options.

CT, I have applied to many different companies and even went to Western Express for orientation just to find out the recruiter lied and got sent home due to speeding tickets I got in 2014. Because of those tickets I've been turned down by a few companies

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