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Solo's Info

  • Location:
    Des Moines, IA

  • Driving Status:
    Rookie Solo Driver

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  • Joined Us:
    1 year, 1 month ago

Solo's Bio

40, Single, no kids, and ready to go OTR.

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Posted:  2 weeks ago

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TMC CDL (in-house) training day 1

I understand what it takes to turn those kinds of numbers. There's no luck involved.

I just don't want to see you burn yourself out.

Thank you.

I forgot to post over the weekend, but I hit my 9-months this past Friday and subsequently hit 100k miles (10k in my trainers truck + 90k in my truck) as I was rolling into Beloit for my 34. Not sure if that is avg, but I've been avg 3k miles PER YEAR for the better part of the last 10-12 years prior to driving, and now I do that in a week +/-. Almost 2k gallons of fuel for the month of October which is the highest for me as well. Christ, I'm glad I'm a Co. Driver.

Posted:  3 weeks, 3 days ago

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TMC CDL (in-house) training day 1

I post on 3 other sites where new drivers ask daily where they should start what people are making, etc.

Nobody else on either of these 3 sites will show numbers (ie their pay stubs), they'll just say they make $300,000+ year. I'll post my stubs and will then receive short sentences to disterations via pvt messages from non-drivers, drivers from other companies, and even drivers from within TMC expressing their displeasure in the money I make...that I must be either a recruiter, owner/operator, or "liar" and just as recently as a few days ago "you're just lucky".

Posted:  3 weeks, 4 days ago

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TMC CDL (in-house) training day 1

Oh, I'm burnt out and won't be able to sustain this...but last years top rookie made 80k gross, and I have no quit in me, so I'll knock out this first year and will best that 80k while not breaking a sweat but in full dehydration mode.

My current load of John Deere will gross my truck $3k on Monday and I'll still have the rest of the week to run.

Last week I did $5.4k to the truck off 3 loads.

I can't even BEGIN to express the amount of hate I've received with regards to the amount of money I'm making as a rookie driver, or just a company driver in general, but honestly...it's literally what keeps me going (The hate that is. The money is just cream on the top).

As for risk/reward, I still very much feel strongly about this. I will be moving on at the conclusion of my 1-year contract. Partially due to the former, but also to just how unhealthy of a lifestyle I can see this becoming if I don't stay on top of things. Though I've not run since January, people still ask me (as recently as this morning while watching the marathon in downtown Baltimore) "Do you run? You look like a runner" "Why yes I do" (Thank god I've not put weight on yet)

But burnt-out I am.

side note: We've lost 3 more drivers. 1 to a motorcycle crash they were in and the other 2 due to their GF/wife not being happy about them being gone all the time, so they each found local gigs. So of the 10, we're down to 3 remaining. 1 keeps saying he's quitting every-other-week, but he's making great money (more than TMC's claimed avg, but less than me) and each time he says he's going to this, that, or the other company...he ends up staying at TMC because he knows the money won't improve, if anything, it would decrease. 1 guy who I think stays OTR like me but has his wifes with him, so it seems to be working out for them perfectly, then me of course.

Anyway, my 9-months is coming up next week (contract amount goes down to $1k from the original 4k) and winter is nearly upon us again.

Posted:  2 months, 2 weeks ago

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TMC CDL (in-house) training day 1

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Posted:  2 months, 2 weeks ago

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TMC CDL (in-house) training day 1

I mispoke. My 6 months is this coming Sunday, but it was nice to wake-up to this weeks check this am:

The contract has lowered from the initial 4k now to 2k, and will decrease to 1k 10/25.

3 drivers from my class have already left due to not making the money they were expecting to make + not liking the OTR lifestyle Sun-Fri. You can make ok money IMHO, but not enough to justify the risk of the job by being home on weekends, but if you want to make good money (but still not worth the risk, again, IMHO), then you have to stay out OTR.

Having no wife/kids/bills really helps though.

Ok, 2 more updates and I'll call this diary a wrap (9-month mark and 12-month mark)

Posted:  3 months ago

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TMC CDL (in-house) training day 1

So I've been in the truck now over 6 months and still out here killing it...but it's tiring. Maintaining 33% and $2k weeks is mentally exhausting if nothing else. It becomes a competitive game and every second wasted from detainment at a shipper or con can cost you 1-2k in truck rev, but I push on.

I hope people who are physically capable of doing flatbed start with TMC or Maverick, because nobody else (company OTR driver) is making this kind of money consistently that I've been able to find from a few forums.

https://imgur.com/a/7LI51D7

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That being said, I will be moving on once I hit my 1-year mark with TMC. I won't do another summer without an APU or continue OTR (which I don't intend to stop doing) w/o a pupper by my side...neither of which are available via TMC.

Posted:  5 months, 1 week ago

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Pay from companies?

Your killing it at TMC . Goona make over 100k this year. Probably the world record at tmc for a company driver. Congrats

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Have been Solo flatbedder for TMC for 4 months now and my lowest take home (after taxes) has been $1339.32 and my largest week (after taxes) has been $2202.49.

I'm staying in the $1500-$1600/wk after taxes range as an avg.

If you take my gross pay and just divide it by ALL miles (not including tarp and bounce pay), it works out to $.55/cpm

If you take my gross pay + tarp pay + bounce pay and divide it by dispatched miles, it jumps up to $.65/cpm

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Last years top rookie made 80k. That won't even be an issue for me at this rate.

Posted:  5 months, 1 week ago

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Average Rate in the Current Market

As a company driver, I'm seeing an avg of $1.93/pm

Our O/O's are seeing $2.41/pm

But so many variables to give you an accurate estimate for you.

Posted:  5 months, 1 week ago

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10 things I've learned in 4 years of trucking...

I guess I may be ahead of the curve. I had those hard lessons learned here in my first 4 months. Especially w/ that Navi-DON'T GO!

I run marathons for fun, so I have NO problem setting that brake and taking a walk. That's how I maintain my 160lb figure I tell people.

Posted:  5 months, 1 week ago

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Pay from companies?

Have been Solo flatbedder for TMC for 4 months now and my lowest take home (after taxes) has been $1339.32 and my largest week (after taxes) has been $2202.49.

I'm staying in the $1500-$1600/wk after taxes range as an avg.

If you take my gross pay and just divide it by ALL miles (not including tarp and bounce pay), it works out to $.55/cpm

If you take my gross pay + tarp pay + bounce pay and divide it by dispatched miles, it jumps up to $.65/cpm

Posted:  5 months, 1 week ago

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Now weight on bills

If my suspension gauge is over 70psi AND my trailer gauge is over 60psi, I'm hitting a scale.

These 2 metrics and 1/2 tank fuel put me right around 79k gross.

Posted:  5 months, 1 week ago

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Roadcheck 2019 in effect this week

Starting from this past Sunday heading from Iowa -> NE -> SD -> ND -> MN -> IA -> MO -> AR I've only seen 2 open Scales and was pre-pass on both.

Lets' see what the rest of the week brings.

Posted:  5 months, 1 week ago

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Best Mattress For OTR Driving

I bought a Sleeper Number Varicool topper, and it's MUCH better than the factory mattress. If I knew I was going to be in this truck for an extended period of time, I would go the route Rainy did and get a proper mattress and shoe horn it in the side door.

Posted:  5 months, 1 week ago

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OTR Flatbed

I'm too new to really provide you any insight. That being said, I do find myself getting faster with securing/breaking down each week. The key is to find a method to your securement (and breakdown) and fine tune it. Repeat it. Become more efficient at it. Don't keep going back and forth (each side of the truck). Work down one side and then the other. For tarps don't work all 4 corners. Work one end, fold it up the middle, then work the other end.

I've been OTR 4 months now and only 3 of my loads have been untarped...but I still feel I'm leaving a lot of time on the table w/ regards to my securing and breaking down, but I DO see time being shaved off, so I'm starting to finally be consistent and subsequently a bit more timely.

As for securing different types of loads...well, I'm probably not the best one to ask. TMC by default exceeds DOT requirements, and I exceed TMC requirements...it's just what makes me feel comfortable knowing that if something happens to the freight I'm hauling, then the trailer and tractor are going w/ the freight because it's not just falling off my deck due to poor securement. Does that come at a time cost? Sure does...but I've not had any loads shift, that's for sure.

As for backing? Ha...Ya, again...I'm too new. It's a struggle. Maybe one month I'll start to feel like I "get it", but the spread axles are just tricky to me. I GOAL A LOT and pray that with time, I get better.

I really believe it's all in the set-up and unfortunately, during my 5 weeks of OTR training, we didn't really practice backing. Did I back? Sure. A lot. But I just did what my trainer said to do vs me trying to figure it out. Time is money...trainers like money.

During my 3-weeks orientation, we just practiced the 3 types of backing maneuvers to pass DOT test, but didn't really explain how they would be applicable...and if anything, I've paralleled a HECK of a lot more than straight line back and off-set thus far... but should have REALLY spent time doing truck/rest stop backing maneuvers at both orientation and OTR training, since both of those are what cause the most preventable accidents for TMC per safety, but yet that's not their focus.

It's going to be a lot at first, but it does get better. People told me that ahead of me starting, and I didn't believe them but I am finally beginning to breath a bit more easily.

Posted:  5 months, 2 weeks ago

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I survived my 1st year otr

Grats! I for one would appreciate the year in review.

Posted:  5 months, 2 weeks ago

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Any homeless Truckers out there?

Be careful with UPS as "real addresses". I tried that route and was denied in TN. They do not accept UPS "Real Addresses" for the purpose of residency, so make sure you find out what your state approves of or not.

I've been homeless for nearly a year now and set up a legal residence via a mail forwarding service in Sioux Falls, SD and it has been perfect for my needs. I have a " Real ID compliant" DL/CDL from SD and my W2 from TMC shows my "legal address" and thus I do not pay state income tax, since SD doesn't have any.

Posted:  5 months, 2 weeks ago

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Living in the Truck

I feel guilty, but I left my moms a day early this weekend to get to my Tues am consignee.

I just couldn't get any sleep in that dark/cold, and for all intents and purposes COMFORTABLY soft bed. I just tossed and turned all night Friday and Sat.

Hit the NB 75 KY welcome center last night, and Slept my butt off! dang I had some catching up to do. Even fell BACK asleep for a few more hours after eating some cereal and having a cup of coffee. My truck just gives me the sleep I need.

Posted:  5 months, 2 weeks ago

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LOW FREIGHT---IS THIS TRUE?

TMC's FM's sent out a similar message as well.

I'm marked as a "Runner" and thankfully haven't been slowed down by anything real or perceived.

Posted:  5 months, 2 weeks ago

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TMC. New truck color?

O/O can have whatever color truck they want.

If the "TMC" says Operated by above it and is in a flat matt gold, then that's an O/O truck.

Company Trucks have that multi-colored "TMC" on the door and does not say "Operated by" on it.

Also, Peterbilt...for whatever reason, can't get us black 579's fast enough, so they are shipping us white ones to hold us over. I'm not sure of the logistics of that, but it came up in TMC's pvt fb page as we thought we were having white trucks put into circulation, and that was the answer we received. That goes for dedicated Day Cabs as well as Dedicated and linehaul Sleepers.

We simply asked "Why not just paint the white ones black and ship them", but I'm guessing it's just not that easy.

Posted:  5 months, 3 weeks ago

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From .48ยข/mile to a $1,600wk salary

I'm currently grossing 1800/wk as a company driver. I can't believe that there are O/O's making less.

That's criminal but reinforces where I'll be staying as it pertains to company vs O/O.

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