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Posted:  9 months, 2 weeks ago

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LTL Trucking - My linehaul job

Hey 6 string!

I received a conditional offer of employment for line haul with OD yesterday and can't tell you how much I appreciate the time and effort you put into your LTL thread.

6 string do you have tips as to how I can get my sleep schedule swapped from days to nights? I'm no stranger to a grave yard shift, did it for 5 years at a previous office job, but currently work a 6 am - 4 pm pd gig with a different employer. Im still at least 3 if not 4 weeks out from starting LH training, and would love to make the adjustment as easy as possible.

Thanks again sir! Bret

Hi Bret. Glad the thread helped.

There's really no easy way about getting acclimated to nights. If you've worked nights before, you probably already have an idea of how to sleep during the day, and what not to do during your night shift. We're diurnal beings - some just tolerate night shift better than others. For me it wasn't as much the work week that gave me trouble, but rather flipping my schedule on the weekends for the family - that's rough. I try to stay daylight now. I run out of a terminal that has daylight runs and I have enough seniority to stay days.

Posted:  11 months, 1 week ago

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Chemical Tanker lifestyle vs reefer lifestyle

Thanks for the input, however I'm not looking for easier and I'm not looking to not live out of a truck. In fact, I specifically DO want to live in the truck.

I'm just looking for insight into the tank driver lifestyle, particularly from those who've done both OTR tanker and OTR reefer.

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If want it easier with better pay and to not live out of a truck, why don't you do LTL? You're in a major east coast city - there are plenty of opportunities. Try looking into P&D with an LTL outfit. There are a ton of options for you if you want better pay with less hassle.

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I assumed you didn't want the typical OTR or regional lifestyle based on your comments, since a lot of your listed things you dislike can be typical of said lifestyle. It seemed to me you wanted it easier and more streamlined. I suggested P&D because it's daylight, you're in and out of customers, and you're not really doing any kind of labor. Of course, if you wanna live out of a truck, then home daily wouldn't be for you.

Also, being in the northeast, a decent amount of chemical tankers run around Jersey City, and that's about as urban jungle as it gets.

Posted:  11 months, 1 week ago

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Chemical Tanker lifestyle vs reefer lifestyle

If want it easier with better pay and to not live out of a truck, why don't you do LTL? You're in a major east coast city - there are plenty of opportunities. Try looking into P&D with an LTL outfit. There are a ton of options for you if you want better pay with less hassle.

Posted:  11 months, 3 weeks ago

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Looking to get into the field as a new driver

Glad my posts helped. Always a blessing to pay it forward

Posted:  11 months, 4 weeks ago

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Looking to get into the field as a new driver

I went to DCS. I hired on with Old Dominion as a linehaul driver when I graduated. 3+ years now and no regrets. I'm home every day. Average linehaul with OD is 65-85k a year while being home everyday with a real weekend off at home. If you wanna maximize your time at home and your earnings, it's really tough to beat LTL.

LTL Trucking: My linehaul job

The Local Thread

Posted:  1 year, 1 month ago

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Best Quote I've Seen: No.... It's not a game.

When you take charge of the information feed, then you have taken charge of your career, and any dispatcher that I have ever worked with wishes that he could teach all his drivers how to do these types of things.

Taken from: Dispatch wants me to take a 34 hr reset in a loading dock?!

Posted:  1 year, 1 month ago

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Dispatch wants me to take a 34 hr reset in a loading dock?!

Litigation?

Yeah. You know. DOT is "litigatin' on you" when ya gotta abide by their rules. It's the same thing as saying someone is "hatin' on you," or being a "hater." DOT is a "litigator."

I love it when people say "hating ON you" instead of just 'hate.' These people are very clever.

Posted:  1 year, 1 month ago

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What is a day off?

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I don't know many employees that get paid between $70-100k a year and put in only banker's hours.

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You think putting in 55 hours a week is banker's hours? Even in Manhattan they don't have bankers that work that hard. You're putting in almost as much time as most guys driving OTR or regional.

Steak Eater, that will vary from company to company and division to division. Most companies that get you home on weekends will tell you to expect a 36 - 48 hour average time off. Most of the time you won't be on a set schedule of any sort so this will vary quite a bit. You might get home Friday night and be off until Monday morning, you might get home Saturday morning and be off until Sunday night.

Expect your home time to average 36 - 48 hours on the weekends.

You missed my point. I said BANKER'S HOURS, not my hours. I don't know many people that work BANKER'S HOURS ( 9-5 ) and get paid 100k.

Why would I call 55 hours a week banker's hours? That's my whole point.

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Posted:  1 year, 1 month ago

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Starting out as a new driver in LTL/linehaul

One more thing. You'll need your hazmat, doubles / triples, and tank endorsements if you wanna go linehaul. Use the resources here to study and you'll ace the exams.

Posted:  1 year, 1 month ago

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Starting out as a new driver in LTL/linehaul

Well, you gotta work with your location. Ward is a good outfit, just small. Fed Ex Freight is a top notch LTL. I don't know much about XPO. I don't know anything about Penske - I thought they just rented trucks? I think Old Dominion's closest terminal to your location would be Scranton.

I wouldn't look into Fed Ex Ground. Those fleets are run by owner / operators and you'll be a 1099 employee. Go with Fed Ex Freight over Fed Ex Ground.

Posted:  1 year, 1 month ago

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Starting out as a new driver in LTL/linehaul

Welcome.

Your odds are very good. Are you in the Harrisburg / York / Carlisle area? If so, you will have many options.

I went into LTL linehaul with Old Dominion right out of trucking school. Had I known OD has a program where they take prospective drivers off the street and train them for their CDL, I probably would've gone right to OD without getting my CDL first. But, I went to a really good private school in York and I don't regret that decision. The school cost me 5k, and with how good OD pays, I had it paid off in a matter of a few months - plus OD gives tuition reimbursement.

If you are indeed in the HBG / York / Carlisle area, I'd highly recommend Fed Ex Freight, Old Dominion, or SAIA. I'm not sure if SAIA has their own schooling or not. I'm not basing this suggestion from personal bias, but if I had to choose between Fed Ex Freight or OD, I'd choose OD. There are reasons for that. The terminal in Harrisburg brings tremendous opportunity for linehaul (e.g. daylight linehaul in only a couple years and the ability to gain seniority at a good clip due to continued expansion), and they do hire P&D frequently.

You've got Estes in York. Fed Ex Freight, OD, and Saia in the greater Harrisburg area. I wouldn't bother with UPSF, ABF, YRC, NEMF, or Central Transport. Ward is a smaller outfit that has a terminal in Camp Hill. XPO (formerly Conway-Freight) is out of York, but somewhat of a mystery to me since they changed hands.

The union shops like UPSF, ABF, and YRC will keep you by the phone to start out. You've got a long, uphill road to get a bid run as linehaul driver at those places, and when it's slow, prepare for not working at all. Not sure how their P&D operates. Simply put, OD, Fed Ex Freight, and SAIA will offer much better opportunity for you as a new driver.

One thing to consider with SAIA is that they are just now moving into the northeast with their freight lanes. The current "Harrisburg" terminal is in Mount Joy (Lancaster), and they have plans to expand to Middletown (Harrisburg) with a larger terminal. Now would be a prime time to get your foot in the door with an LTL that is a major player. You'd gain 'instant' seniority since they plan on doing a lot of hiring over the next few years. True, seniority doesn't count in P&D, but at SAIA you can take your hire date and apply that seniority if you'd choose to switch to linehaul from P&D. Apparently, you can seamlessly switch from P&D to linehaul. Most LTLs run separate boards for linehaul and P&D, so if you switch, you lose your seniority.

Hope all this helps. Let me know if you have any questions. There's a Fed Ex Freight driver on here who will chime in, hopefully. There are a few of us LTL drivers here. I try to represent LTL whenever I can. Going linehaual was what I always wanted to do. I love being home every day, and I make enough money that my wife can stay home with the kids. It's the best trucking job I could ever ask for. Here's a thread I started specifically about LTL.

LTL Trucking - My Linehaul Job

Posted:  1 year, 1 month ago

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HO scale trucks and trailers - hey G-Town!

Email sent.

Posted:  1 year, 1 month ago

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HO scale trucks and trailers - hey G-Town!

G-Town, I looked at your pictures. Very cool stuff. Can you describe the process of building these models? This might be something fun to do with my son.

Posted:  1 year, 1 month ago

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What do you collect?

No I like trailers...trucks in general. I will use the photos at times as a visual guide to build HO scale trailers. There are a few in my photo gallery that I have built.

That's cool! I'll have to take a look. Any doubles rigs?

Posted:  1 year, 1 month ago

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What is a day off?

For anybody interested, I'll describe a day off for a local driver in LTL. Somebody's gotta represent LTL here!

I'm linehaul, and I work 5 days a week. I'm also daylight. On my current schedule, it takes about 10.5 hours for the run. I leave my house around 10:30 am and get home around 10:30 pm. So it's like a 12 hour day on average, including my commute to and from the terminal.

I get two days off a week. My weekend starts Saturday night and I don't go back to work till Tuesday morning. I'm on a Tues-Sat schedule.

Most P&D guys are working Mon-Fri, averaging about 50 hours a week, and have start times typically in the early morning and finish up around supper. They're off Saturdays and Sundays.

Most linehaul drivers work nights and are Mon-Fri. So, keep in mind that the morning of your first "day off," you're usually sleeping or taking some kind of a nap during the day in order to catch up on rest. Most guys will flip their sleep schedule to sleep at night on the weekend in order to be with their family / friends. Then they'll take a cat nap before going in to work on their first day. It varies how you approach it. It can be a chore, and it's certainly a lifestyle.

I enjoy working days, so I don't have to worry about losing a day off or 1/2 a day on my weekend to catch up on sleep, BUT during my week day I have limited time to do anything. Now, I do have more time than most linehaul drivers because of my schedule, but I'm still somewhat limited during my work week. It's definitely not 9-5, but I'm not paid like I'm 9-5 either! I don't know many employees that get paid between $70-100k a year and put in only banker's hours.

So there's a glimpse into a day off for a driver in LTL - linehaul or P&D.

Posted:  1 year, 1 month ago

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What do you collect?

Other than collecting numerous stories, a few moments of terror and lots of great memories; I take a lot of photographs.

Without too many exceptions (like during really bad weather) I have taken a photograph of every trailer I've been dispatched with since I started on the Walmart account. I haven't counted them in a while, but I have taken well over 1000 trailer photographs.

I will publish yesterday's because it was the very first air-slide and air-ride Walmart trailer I have ever run. A true oddity and definitely not a newer unit, circa 2010.

Is this a CYA thing, or do you really like trailers?

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Posted:  1 year, 2 months ago

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Entering Trucking After 6 yrs public transit

...I'd prefer to be home at least weekly but I know that may not be possible based on my experience.

Location is more important than experience in regard to opportunity. Some locations offer lots of local opportunities for those without traditional OTR experience. Other locations offer nothing in the way of local trucking. You might be able to be home daily. If local is what you're looking for, you've basically got LTL, food service, intermodal, construction, and fuel delivery.

Here's a thread that showcases types of local jobs.

The Local Thread

Figure out what kind of local work you wanna do, and go from there. If local is what you're striving for, or you're particularly interested in LTL or fuel delivery, you're gonna need certain endorsements. Tank, hazmat, and doubles / triples is required for most LTL gigs. And obviously tank will be required for fuel or food tanker jobs.

Posted:  1 year, 2 months ago

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Entering Trucking After 6 yrs public transit

Do you want to go local or OTR? If you've been around a while then I'm sure you understand the challenges of OTR with a family, especially a young family. You don't have your location listed so I can't offer any specific advice, because if you wanna go local, I'll need to see at least what state you're in to offer any specific advice for local opportunities. Of course if you wanna go OTR, it doesn't really matter where you live. What kind of trucking do you wanna do?

Posted:  1 year, 2 months ago

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Made it to 1 year: 130,000 safe miles

Congrats driver! That's a huge milestone and achievement.

Posted:  1 year, 2 months ago

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Should a new driver take a 1099 driving job?

I'll also chirp in here and say that a 1099 is not recommended for most drivers - especially new ones. It's sound advice to learn the business and start as a company driver in the trucking industry.

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