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Posted:  3 months, 2 weeks ago

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O/O Company Advice

Buying the truck should have been the very last thing you sign after everything else is read and signed. Going to plan b before stepping foot into the truck is a pretty bad sign.

What's your long term game plan? Giving a one year commitment to a company that you undoubtedly like doesn't sound like a deal breaker to me.

Also, why is that clause in there? I'm assuming they have contracted freight. I'm assuming they're not just using brokers.

How do you sign on with a company without owning a truck first? Never thought that was possible but I guess I could be wrong. I don't have a problem driving for them for a year either. My problem is that certain clause because they strictly use load boards and do not have any contracted freight! Also the fact that no other O/O driving for them has had any type of contract. This is telling me that for reasons unknown to me or the dispatcher(who also disagrees with contract) the owner does not want me to continue hauling for them. Which brings me back to my original reason for this post! Not to be put down for the choice I made but instead to gain advice as to a good company to sign on as a O/O.

Posted:  3 months, 2 weeks ago

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O/O Company Advice

Why wouldn't it be? A driver is limited to how many miles they can run in a week, correct? Which in turn limits their income being paid per mile. Tell me its not possible to make the same amount of money on percentage and having to run less miles, use less fuel, less wear n tear on truck, etc. So yea its makes sense to me that you are better off being paid percentage rather than by the mile.

Posted:  3 months, 2 weeks ago

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O/O Company Advice

Once again, I had a plan that was in full force until the owner sprung the contract on me. He has other O/O that are running for him and never had to sign a contract! So did I think he would make me sign one after running as a company driver for 2 yrs for him? NO, I didn't expect that at all and niether did the dispatcher or other O/O's.

I've been searching for another company to sign on with and my purpose of posting here was with the thoughts that some of you "old school" drivers would offer some insight on which companies pay percentage instead of limiting my income by running for pay per miles! A simple request. But so far all I've been told is I'm a fool and don't know what I'm doing! Great help! I'm sure all your plans in life have never fell apart and forced you to resort to a Plan B?

Posted:  3 months, 2 weeks ago

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O/O Company Advice

Wow Old School! So I went back OTR after running local for 2 months! Been with the same company ever since. If you read my post correctly, I stated I was signing on with company I'm currently at until I received a copy of the O/O contract stating if I leave within 1 yr then I cannot contact any brokers, shippers, receivers, etc for 4 yrs. Guess you missed that part, huh? So Yes I had a plan but now that plan has changed as they often do. I see nothing has changed here in this forum and those that say they'll offer advice or help others still down drivers for the choices they make.

Posted:  3 months, 3 weeks ago

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O/O Company Advice

Ive bought my own truck and looking for some insight on which companies are better and pay percentage. Looking to pull reefer preferably but dry van is an option too. Original plan was to sign on where I've been a company driver for 2 yrs but once I seen the contract its not going to happen. Company put a 4yr non compete clause in contract stating if I terminate contract I could be held legally responsible if I use any shipper or broker that as been used during my contract agreementšŸ˜±

Posted:  2 years, 3 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, 6 months 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, 11 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:  3 years 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:  3 years 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:  3 years 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:  3 years 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:  3 years 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:  3 years 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:  3 years 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:  3 years 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:  3 years 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:  3 years 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:  3 years 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:  3 years 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.

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