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Posted:  9 years, 8 months ago

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Cat Scales and when to use them?

One thing that gets me is how do I know when to use a Cat scale? I know the GVWR is 80,000 lbs which means no more than 40,000 on the drive axle and 40,000 on the tandem trailer axle... Right?

Depending on what the cat scale shows will also let me know if I need to adjust the sliding tandems correct?

Posted:  9 years, 8 months ago

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Independant contractor

To be honest I'm looking for more info myself. My father in law owns his own truck but, has hired onto a company that hauls loads for Schneider, JB Hunt and one other I forget the name of... From what I see most of his loads are within 250-400 miles and he's shown (before he accepts the load) what he'd get paid for that load. From the few times that I've gone with him his loads average between $800-$1300. He has to handle his own taxes, fuel, tolls, repairs etc... but, to my thinking at 6 days a week he's averaging close to 6k a week before expenses. That puts him at $312,000 a year (before expenses).

I can't wait to see what he clears at years end

Posted:  9 years, 8 months ago

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Independant contractor

What's the difference between an O/O and an independent contractor?

I think (but, I'm not sure) that O/O are truckers that not only own their own trucks but, also bid on what loads they want to take. Where as, an independent contractor is someone who owns their own truck but, hires onto a company and hauls their loads for a higher cpm than what a company driver would get.

Any info?

Posted:  9 years, 8 months ago

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Road Atlas and GPS brands

Guy, Is that the one with the 7" screen? I'm debating between that one, the Garmin Dezl 760, and the Truckers Tablet TT2. To be honest I'm leaning more towards the Rand McNally one because it has that seperate e-log devise that it's compatible with in the event that paper logs have to go.

Posted:  9 years, 8 months ago

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Tanker

The tanker endorsement is to drive a tanker type of trailer. There are 2 types of tanker trailers that I know of baffled and smooth bore.

Baffled means that there are bulwarks seperating the tank into section with holes in the bulwark to help control the amount of surge when starting or stopping. Smooth bore is a tanker that doesn't have the bulwarks these are mostly used for dairy as you they are easier to clean and sterilize between each use.

Posted:  9 years, 8 months ago

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Jacksonville Fl. noob.....

I got very lucky myself and managed to get a local job right out of school. Most of my runs are within 300 miles of my home so I can get home nightly. However, It took my Father in law (who is an Owner Operator) giving me an intro to the company he's tied to that got me this gig.

Posted:  9 years, 9 months ago

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Your opinion on CPM vs.% of each load.

Any thoughts?

Posted:  9 years, 9 months ago

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Your opinion on CPM vs.% of each load.

So I've gotten a offer to drive from my Father in law. He has a friend who owns 7 trucks and He's offered to take me on once my father in law has trained me. So I guess it's a bonus that I'll know my trainer on the road. However, I'm confused as to whether or not how I'm going to be paid is better or worse than the average. This gentleman whose offered to hire me has told me that he'll pay me 39% of each load I take. I can work whenever I want and take a day off whenever I want. The loads I'd be taking are all within 400 miles of my home so most often I'll be home nightly which is great since I have a newborn at home.

For example I went this weekend with my Father in law on a 2 trips. First was a pick up at the JB Hunt yard in Chicago dropping off at Brownsburg, IN. then grabbing an empty and heading to Danville, KY. where we drop and hook and head back to Chicago. My father in law as an O/O got 850$ for the Brownsburg trip and another 1150$ for the Danville trip. That would have gotten me 331.50 for Brownsburg and 448 for Danville 779$ in a 24 hour period sounds great but, I'm pretty sure I'd have to pocket some of that for taxes at the end of the year I think it's 20%... The math gets confusing for me.

Anyway... Any opinion on CPM vs. Percent of Load?

Posted:  9 years, 10 months ago

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Hi there

They don't test for diabetes. It's just saying that if you have it it can't be the insulin injector type. If it's controlled by medication it's ok.

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Hi there

Need to have 20/40 correctable vision in each eye as well as both combined. Vision correction devices such as glasses or contacts are allowed. Ability to distinguish color is necessary. Needs to be able to perceive a forced whisper at a distance of at least 5 feet. Maximum allowable blood pressure is 160/100. Use of prescription medication to achieve this threshold is permitted. An applicant can have diabetes which is controlled through diet or medication. Diabetes which is controlled though insulin injections is not premitted Blood sugar may not be higher than 200. Use of schedule 1 drugs is strictly disallowed

Some companies once you're hired with them will also do a physical standards test. Normally making sure you can lift weighted boxes, Climb over and around the trailer/load and they'll also test you for sleep apnea

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