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Posted:  6 years, 7 months ago

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Flatbed or Dry Van

Thanks again Brett. Well I have time to do more company research and that's what I'll do. When I get my affairs in order im going to fill out your application form and see who calls. I don't know why but at first prime seemed unappealing to me, now they seem great. Taking time to think about things gives you a different outlook. So whatever company I choose and if they accept will be good. Home time not going to be a problem. I plan on staying out running as long as they let me. I do have 3 kids but only one that's younger, but you know us Italians we have large supportive Familgia to help us out. She is very excited that im going to be Professional truck driver and even more excited to go out on the road with her dad in summer. Thanks for your help and support.

Posted:  6 years, 7 months ago

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Well after lots of thinking last night im actually now considering Prime. TMC still has my vote for Flatbed company but I got to thinking (I do that sometimes) TMC IS FLATBED ONLY!.. I'll be starting out in dead of winter and the chances of me getting injured will be greater doing flatbed. If that happens im done before I even started. So I thought about other companies that still have flatbed but also other freight and top of list is prime. The training and pay is better than most so im now looking at them. What you guys (or gals) think. Thanks.

Posted:  6 years, 7 months ago

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Ok so I thought long and hard about what company I want to start with and my top choice was TMC. Woke up today and now im thinking Prime. Why? First off TMC is Flatbed only and what if I don't like flatbed or get hurt, im screwed. So while I think TMC is a great company I think it's not the way to start as a total greenhorn. Now Prime on the other hand has all types of freight and I can try out different ones to see what I feel most comfortable with. Also prime pays the most while training otr. Now I a new question, What do I start with at prime? I'll be ready to go in couple months and it will be dead of winter, is that good or bad timing? Im use to driving in snow but not no 18 wheeler! So flatbed may have to go second in starting out, what do guys or gals think? Thanks for your help.

Posted:  6 years, 7 months ago

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Flatbed or Dry Van

I agree with you Old School, I would eventually move into heavy haul but that's only when I get enough experience. Jeffrey T, Thank you for your info.

Talked with TMC recruiter today to ask about the hiring States for company CDL training and it's yes for Buffalo NY 👍 So I told him I would definitely be applying in couple months. I have some affairs to get in order that's why couple months.

Posted:  6 years, 7 months ago

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Just noticed that TMC lists it's hiring areas and NY is not on there. But I just visited NTTS ( National Tractor Trailer Institute) and they hire from their graduates. Am I missing something? Or is it the TMC CDL Training program not accepting ANY.

Posted:  6 years, 7 months ago

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Patrick, Thanks for your humor 😁. What is SAPA? Im Noob to lots of trucking jargon so pardon my ignorance. Thanks.

Don't let old school fool ya. Knight don't have flatbeds. He works for SAPA. He just says he works for Knight to make everyone think he works for a big company. Just go up to a Knight terminal and ask the gate guard if they have flatbed drivers, lol. That is why they don't let Old School thru the gate.

Btw, I am just picking on old school. He does actually work for Knight. (Sort of)

Posted:  6 years, 7 months ago

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Old School, Thank you for your help, definitely appreciate it. I did consider a couple companies that do a mix and Roehl was my top choice if I go that route. Right on about the hiring area,. Roehl said I am out of their hiring area but I have a brother who lives in Buffalo which is about 30 min from Niagara Falls and they said I can use his address. Also since you mentioned the hiring area I plan on living out of my truck as much as possible and going home as little as possible. Can I take days off where I unload? And how long can I stay out running? Thank you for your help!

Vinnie, I was just about to respond to this, but Brett beat me to the draw. I completely agree with his comments. The driving part is no different. Flat-bedders tend to be the type who really enjoy physical labor, and/or doing the calculations that are required to understand if you are securing a load properly and safely. They also don't mind getting it done out in the elements.

I think it is wise to do dry van first and just get some driving experience first. I started straight into flat-bedding, and it can be done. Two companies that have really great flat-bed training are TMC and Melton. One option that can be considered is going to work for a company that has both dry van and flat-bed jobs available. Companies like Prime, Swift, and Roehl, or even Western Express. There are others also. It's just a thought that you might want to consider. Make sure that they offer flat-bed in your hiring area first though. Some of them may be limited on where they hire their flat-bed drivers from. I am on a dedicated flat-bed gig with Knight, but they are real specific about where they want their drivers to live in relation to their customers.

Posted:  6 years, 7 months ago

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Flatbed or Dry Van

Thanks for your help Brett. Funny you mentioned TMC, as that is my top choice for Flatbed. When I am ready I definitely will use your link to apply. I hear you about the stress part being that im new to truck driving. Well I'll take all this in consideration and make the right decision. Like you im a NY Italian and I love a challenge. Otherwise it will be boring! Thanks.

Here are some specific resources to help you out a bit:

The driving part of flatbed isn't any easier or more difficult that dry van or refrigerated. The knowledge and effort it takes to throw tarps, straps, and chains are what separates flatbed from the rest for sure.

I think it's a little less stressful starting out in dry van or refrigerated but there are plenty of flatbed companies that will train you right from day one. TMC Transportation Company Sponsored CDL Training is one flatbed program you can get started with straight off the street.

For those of you who don't know, you can apply for paid CDL training for TMC and six other companies right here on our website with one quick form.

Posted:  6 years, 7 months ago

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Big Scott, TY for your info. Im a western NYer so im use to working outside in snow so that's not an issue. I did research reefer but got alot of neg. Feedback about the delays you get when unloading and the noise. Maybe I got bad info. Let me know. Thanks.

There are companies who will train you and start you on flatbed. Are you willing to be out in all weather, rain, sun, snow, cold wind, etc.? Flatbed is alot of work. Tarps are heavy and need to folded, rolled and stored. There are articles and forum topics on this topic. Dry van is easy. You may have to climb in the trailer to sweep it out or put staps to secure the load. It is not physically demanding. Hope that helps. There are other kinds of driving as well, refer and tanker. Good luck.

Posted:  6 years, 7 months ago

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Flatbed or Dry Van

Hi TT Community, Just getting as much info as I can before starting my career in trucking. Im pretty much there but have one situation I keep coming back to. Flatbed or Van? Im 39 and in good shape, a little on the light side but pretty strong. I would like to be active as much as possible as a trucker. My question is, Just starting out should I do van and then move to Flatbed or just jump right into flatbed. I have min. Lowboy experience but nothing to even consider. I've watched lots of Youtube videos and learned some basics. My main concern would be the driving part of flatbed. Is it harder? Should I get DryVan drive exp. first. Advice, would be greatly appreciated. Thank you. BullDozer D.

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