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Posted:  3 years, 3 months ago

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How to Land the Best Truck Driving Jobs

Ryan, you keep acting like the victim you will always be the victim. Do you know how many industries treat their employees the exact same way? ALL of them.

Are you going to be one of those guys that whine about not getting paid to fuel the truck? I have only been driving for about 5 years and I cannot tell you how many free hours I have put in over my life to get a job done. It takes me less that 15 minutes to fuel and leave and that includes going inside to get the receipt and a drink.

I have spent whole life working with the mindset that if I make the company more money they can afford to pay me more. It works. Only twice in my life have I actually had to go out and look for a job. The first one I ever got and again when I left the Telecom industry. Employers come asking me not the other way around.

Posted:  3 years, 3 months ago

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It is really wierd having a legal load. 1490917235.7598.jpg

Posted:  3 years, 3 months ago

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I would post pics to this thread but I haven't done anything kewl in a while. Did have a backing practice moment last week but I don't know how to post it properly.

Post them up. You may think they are boring but others may not. I think mine are boring but then I have done lots of concrete.

Posted:  3 years, 3 months ago

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WOOOOW!! What is that? Is it part of a wind mill?

Probably a light pole or power pole base. Wind towers are MUCH larger.

Posted:  3 years, 3 months ago

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Last load. 9'9" wide 29,000 pounds. Was told it was 8'6". It was on the slab portion. 1490567656.1302.jpg

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That is just a fantastic picture. The surrounding scenery, is beautiful. The clouds are awesome, and that looks like a fun load.

That was hours before the snow hit monument, Colorado. I was thinking n Wyoming by that time

Posted:  3 years, 3 months ago

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Last load. 9'9" wide 29,000 pounds. Was told it was 8'6". It was on the slab portion. 1490567656.1302.jpg

Posted:  3 years, 3 months ago

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Glad nothing real bad happened when the tire blew, that has got to be a heart rush! Looks like a solid load! LOL.

It should be, it's concretesmile.gif

Posted:  3 years, 3 months ago

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What amenities do OTR trucks with large carriers have?

The company that I drove for gave me a truck with a wind shield.smile.gif

Posted:  3 years, 3 months ago

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I did it!

dancing-dog.gifdancing-banana.gifdancing-dog.gifdancing-banana.gifdancing-dog.gifdancing.gifdancing.gifdancing.gif Congrats. If you work on what you owe your dad with the same intensity it will be gone in no time.

Posted:  3 years, 3 months ago

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Read Only Mode Last Night But Now We're Good To Go

But now I forgot what I was going to type and I can't blame the computer.

Posted:  3 years, 3 months ago

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Set yourself apart from the pack

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Between the aging of the invoices before they are paid and recouping start-up costs it only leaves about $500 a load to cover misc expenses.

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my former employer lost this haul

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Knowing all of the expenses, bad luck, and major changes that happen to any business owner I always have a minor heart attack when I hear people say, "I'm gonna save my money and then pay cash for a truck. That way I won't be in debt and I'll have a better chance at success."

Oh my god! You're going to burn through all of your cash before you even start your business??? How are you going to remain in business through the hard times? Because there will be hard times. There is for everyone.

I've mentioned that one time I went to a business seminar and the speaker said, "In business, cash is king. When you're out of cash, you're out of business. So do all you can to hang onto your cash. Use other people's money to fund the operations if at all possible." That always stuck with me. Knowing how to use debt properly can often be the difference between having a longstanding, successful business or a short but painful lesson followed by a long rebuilding process.

Hang onto your cash!

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The good news is that the pay from two more loads will bring me even.

The reason I mentioned this at all is like you hearing the cash for a truck thing but nothing in reserve.

Did anyone catch the fact that I have not had a paycheck in three months?

Here are some things to think about if you are thinking you want your own truck.

1. Start-up costs over $5,000 for licensing, insurance etc. Now if you have a new truck expect that to be much higher.

2. Fuel. This is another big outlay of cash. Right now I run about$1200-1400 a week.

3. Permits. $25 just about every time I go through Wyoming for oversized loads. Out of 14 loads 3 have been legal sized.

4. Invoice aging. This is the time it takes for you to get paid. Normal is 30 days. But it could be later and there is NOTHING you can do about it.

Now that you are finally starting to get some money coming in you have a truck and insurance payment due. So those first few loads need to make those payments.

You also have to recover your expenses and rebuild your cushion.

It might be another meeting nth before I start to take a regular paycheck.

I don't want to encourage or discourage anyone from their dreams but you always have to wake up to reality.

Would I do it again? Heck yes, but I was expecting all of this.

I may even keep my pay low until I have $50,000 in the bank. I want to be able to fix anything on that truck and $50,000 can get everything from the motor to the rears rebuilt with a small oh crap cushion.

Posted:  3 years, 3 months ago

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I have to grab an empty or stack of empties and hightail it back. I am on paper logs. Run it all legal but my truck will cruise the speed limits.

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Honestly you are better man than me. If I was on paper I would be one lying, story telling SOB on my logs. We all know the bigger the lie on your logs, the bigger your paycheck. I guess it is good I am on e-logs.

So what is your opinion on the December cutoff for e-logs? Is your truck a '99 model or older?

It's not that I cannot do it and not get caught at the scales but there are guys that make that run in one day. Now we are talking roughly 800 miles one way with 250 of those miles being 65 mph.

If you do the math you need to average 72 mph. If you take out the 250 miles and 4 hours for the Montana portion of the trip that leaves you 7 hours to go 550 miles. This means you have to average 78 mph. Max in Colorado is 75 mph and you have to go through Denver. Then it is 75 mph from Buffalo to the Montana border. It is not possible without speeding. I have done 750 in one day but I started and ended in Wyoming and spent most of the day at 80 mph.

I am less worried about the scales than I am an audit. A good DOT office can catch it but more likely a an audit.

As far as the elog thing, my truck is a 1993 so I don't have to worry about it.

Posted:  3 years, 3 months ago

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Set yourself apart from the pack

Lol. I passed them going west on 90 around Hardin, MT. Me? I'm heading back down for another one. I bet they do not drop today.

Posted:  3 years, 3 months ago

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I have to grab an empty or stack of empties and hightail it back. I am on paper logs. Run it all legal but my truck will cruise the speed limits.

Being an owner operator is not all roses. Personally I have not seen a paycheck since December when my former employer lost this haul.

Between the aging of the invoices before they are paid and recouping start-up costs it only leaves about $500 a load to cover misc expenses. But the good thing is that within the next two loads the last $3,000 of fuel will be caught up and paid off.

It has been interesting so far. Some expected and some unexpected things have come up but nothing game stopper.

Posted:  3 years, 3 months ago

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Old school posted a thread about how competitive things are out here. Even more so since I bought my own truck but this also applies to company drivers.

This is another example of how you set yourself apart from the rest of the pack. You stay away from packs when driving and it is the same in the eyes of your dispatcher.

As a lot of you know, Denver is one of the worst places to find parking. Especially at night.

I was in Colorado Springs yesterday afternoon. Forecast was for blizzard conditions. My load was 9'9" wide. Because of this I am able to run at night.

After chaining I had an hour until curfew ended. Now I could have stayed and left today, but remember the blizzard that I mentioned earlier? It was due in at 1 am.

I had 3 hours left on my clock and it takes 2.5-3 hours to get to Cheyenne. I decided to go for it. I made it with one minute left on the clock.

Got up this morning and continued on. I found out about 9am that they had shut down I-25 in monument. I was in Billings by the time the others were able to get moving. That is 620 miles ahead of everyone else.

This also put me at 2500 miles in 4 days. I don't get paid by the mile but by the load. I will have 3200 miles in by the end of the day tomorrow. Take a 34 and do it again. Will actually gain me an extra load this month. Right now I am averaging around 650 miles a day.

Now I do not have set appointments but those little choices you make set you apart from the pack.

Posted:  3 years, 3 months ago

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That's Glendo, WY

Stupid autocorrect

Posted:  3 years, 3 months ago

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Current load. Will drop this one tomorrow. 1490108073.3505.jpg

Last load. 1490108062.2969.jpg

Lost a tire 10 miles south of Glendon, WY on the last load. Had the old tire off and strapped down before the tire Guy got there. This trailer even had the tire inflation system. 1490108039.6056.jpg1490107993.7834.jpg

Posted:  3 years, 3 months ago

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Private ski resort in Montana

Posted:  3 years, 3 months ago

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Missing prime driver (Update: found)

The qualcom is disabled.

Posted:  3 years, 3 months ago

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LOL thats hilarious! Where was that load going to? Another bridge?

Nope. These pieces are for condo's that at being built. 5500 pieces and 1800 loads totalb

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