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Posted:  2 years, 1 month ago

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Thanks

I will be glad to! Like I say, I won’t start training until May, but I’ll be glad to help. I will say this, I like the idea of a smaller company.

Posted:  2 years, 1 month ago

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Thanks

Will do Brett! Thanks again

Posted:  2 years, 1 month ago

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Thanks

Thanks for all the info I have received on here. I will start training with Millis Transport in May. Look forward to learning a new career!

Posted:  2 years, 2 months ago

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Roehl

Thanks Tim!

Posted:  2 years, 2 months ago

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Roehl

Hey guys, acquired my CDL learners permit yesterday. I have a question about Roehl if anyone can help. Can a new driver choose the 7 on 7 off or is this just for the more experienced drivers? I know money would not be as good but not my concern at this point. Thanks

Posted:  2 years, 2 months ago

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On the home stretch of deciding...

Well put G-Town and yes Pj I see we can’t have our cake and eat it too, at least not early in a trucking career.

Posted:  2 years, 2 months ago

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Interesting. Before I was told different by you guys I was thinking terminals was important but I see your point now. Learning a little more everyday!

Posted:  2 years, 2 months ago

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On the home stretch of deciding...

Brett, Old School, or anyone else who would like to reply. Why do some say if you live in Midwest or the Northeast that you will make more money? Any truth to that? I know it doesn’t go along with the previous discussion, but didn’t want to litter up the board with a new topic that I’m sure you all have probably answered one time or another.

Posted:  2 years, 2 months ago

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On the home stretch of deciding...

No, the recruiter didn’t know me, so the idea I took it personal or the red carpet was laid out has nothing to do with the situation. I understand that trucking is a different business, but is still a business. I owned my own business for 20 years and was successful, but will not ever try and entertain the though that there isn’t much more to learn. A recruiter is a recruiter in my book. To have the idea that any company should fall short when dealing with a potential hire, new client, or even a random phone call is just not good business sense. Does a person throw a dollar bill away because he or she has two fives? That dollar may turn an extremely profitable investment. I understand your point of prove yourself and certainly agree, but a person who is representing any company as the first contact should be personable and thorough at the least. This is not because I deserve it but their employer should expect to be represented in a professional manner. I’m willing to give you the total benefit of the doubt when it comes to trucking, but will have to refer back to my experiences when it comes to management whether trucking or cake baking. I only pointed out my brothers situation as an example. Probably as you say, this is very unusual, but as unusual as it is it happened. I have no reason to fault Schneider and I call a spade a spade brother or no brother. They just didn’t fit what he was hoping for as best I can tell. I have read through articles on this site and they have been very informative. I agree I probably should have read more before asking questions that I could have found out answers on my own, but sometimes you want a different perspective. Not that the articles are not well written and well thought out, but because there are apples and oranges. I do agree with staying on to honor any contract unless there is some major reason not to. I’m sure if I started trucking today in 10 years I would still have questions. My purpose for starting this post was to gain all the info possible good and bad. I enjoy the conversations whether agree or disagree. I also feel this site is very informative and hope to continue learning as I go from many of the sites followers. Probably should have made the post title, Asking Questions instead of what it is.lol Everyone has an informed opinion. I’m sure there are those that read this and think this guy knows nothing and others who will say maybe he knows a little more than he is giving credit for. I’ll leave that to readers and thanks again for the responses! JB

Posted:  2 years, 2 months ago

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Thank you PJ and yea the situation sounds similar. I guess that answer is what I’m looking for. The idea that one company would require tarping and maybe one wouldn’t.

Just bending the ears of those on here in the know brother. I’ve heard those that have said they would never pull tankers and because of roll over and others that say reefers are too much trouble... Looking back I maybe should have been a little more specific as Brett pointed out. Two of my Dad’s friends drive for Landstar and swear by it, but I’ve read on here that it would be an unlikely success for most to consider owner/operator ventures.

I don’t feel any are right or wrong, some of us are square pegs and some round per say... Thanks again for the comments. Yes I’m in N GA now, moved up from South Ga (Dodge) about 2 years ago.

Posted:  2 years, 2 months ago

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Brett, I’ll try to clarify. I have no problem with heat. I’ve carried concrete, dug holes, and everything in between since the age of 14. I compare my physical health to what I used to do. For instance I played all sports, competitive weight lifting, etc. So by comparing my physical health today with that 10 years ago, I’m not in the same shape. I have a lot of wear and tear.

My next statement will probably be taken out of context, but is fact. Flatbed trucking doesn’t compare physically to what I’ve already been doing. My doctor informed me that it would be best to find a different line of work now instead of when I have to. The way I compare the two is my Dad drove flatbed and brother currently does so I know the physical demands it entails. Yes I despise the cold! The reason of my post being all over the place is to gather information. I may would rather work a more physical job as a flatbed driver for an honest company than a less physical job with higher pay for a less trustworthy group. Can’t agree with a happy driver being happy anywhere. He worked for Schneider for his first six months and hated it too the point of questioning his career decision. Since his change to Melton he loves it..

The purpose of comparing companies is to find that little extra. I spoke with one person at a company that could not talk because he was getting off early to go purchase a recreational vehicle. My side of the conversation started and ended with Hello my name is and I would like to ask about your trucking school. Now is this a deal breaker? No, but not my first go to either.

The answers and information I’ve received have been extremely helpful. One truckers opinion differentiated from another’s and I like different opinions. I just try to take it all in and make the best calculated decision possible. All trucking candidates are not the same and feel this holds true for trucking companies. My dad hated working for others and did best with his 5 trucks. He passed away 7 years back so not able to bend his ear. I ramble, that’s what I do, so hope it’s tolerated, whomever I choose will not have to question my work ethic or honesty, that I guarantee!

Posted:  2 years, 2 months ago

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Walking for exercise

Chris, maybe keep some notebook paper with you and let a couple of pieces go on a windy day. Chase them down and no one would think anymore about it. Send video if you decide to go that route!

Posted:  2 years, 2 months ago

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On the home stretch of deciding...

Thanks for the many responses! The hardest part will be leaving this 5 year old laying beside me! Even though every decision I make has them in mind and want to do what’s best it’s still hard. Sure you all have had to make similar decisions. Funny story, my mom and stepdad came to visit and on the way back to south ga my step dad said I sure do love that little fella. My mom said you know you have 8 more grandkids right? He said yep, but that one acts like he loves me back! I have 3 kids and the little fella loves his daddy! Lol. Cwc, was that an invite to Mexico? Just checking. You all stay safe out there and thanks again from this ol’ Georgia boy!

Posted:  2 years, 2 months ago

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Cecil, I actually looked in to CRST and spoke with a recruiter, the pay seemed low to me. Does 12 months experience actually open that many more doors? Guess companies want to make sure you stick with it and not tear up trucks?

Posted:  2 years, 2 months ago

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Thanks Old School, this shows my ignorance in the decision making process. I read that it is better for home time to be close to a terminal. I currently live on a mountain so no way to get the truck to my current residence. Not sure if that matters or not. Did see good reviews on Millis, but read Brett’s article on (reviews) and understand the bias each way. It can be overwhelming with the variety of choices.

Posted:  2 years, 2 months ago

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I need advice

Not a trucker, but hope to be soon. Just curious on why the Midwest. Would opportunities be more abundant? I moved to NGA from SGA and do see many low paying production jobs in the area. Good luck on your new adventure!

Posted:  2 years, 2 months ago

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OC, who ended up best for you if you don’t mind me asking? I’m sure you have all heard the Toby Keith song, I’m not as good as I once was. I would still be hell in the first round, but that second would be rough! Lol

Posted:  2 years, 2 months ago

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Thanks guys. My brother works for Melton and loves it. He is 16 years younger than myself and sure his **** and vinegar is a little stronger. Millis is around 45 min from home in Cartersville so that makes them that much more attractive. Appreciate the comments and no wrestling that tarp in the cold is not my cup of tea! I’m a bad man in the heat, but a punk in the cold!lol Thanks again guys!!

Posted:  2 years, 2 months ago

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Hey guys, hope all is well. I’m down to Millis and Melton as far as deciding who to start with. I’m married with three kids and of course home time is important, but know the first year is on me to prove myself. Just looking for maybe something that would push one over the other. I believe everyone has their place, so not necessarily looking at the best company but best for me. Thanks for all you guys do for us rookies and beginners.

Posted:  2 years, 2 months ago

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Soon to be a rookie driver.

Thanks for the info guys.

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