Profile For Rookmaster General

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    SC

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    Rookie Solo Driver

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    6 months, 3 weeks ago

Rookmaster General's Bio

New CDL graduate lookin to tear up the road and fill up the bank!

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Posted:  6 months ago

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Training Starts Monday At McElroy. I Need Advice!

Thanks to all for the advice so far and well wishes... Parrot head I'm actually headed to Pleasant Hill, NC... Thanks Curmudgeon I'll definitely do that.

Posted:  6 months ago

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Training Starts Monday At McElroy. I Need Advice!

You may also want to post this exact same request on the diary forum. Use the search bar in the upper left corner to find other McElroy threads.

Ok I'll do that too.

Posted:  6 months ago

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Training Starts Monday At McElroy. I Need Advice!

G Town how do I delete this post?

Posted:  6 months ago

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Training Starts Monday At McElroy. I Need Advice!

You might want to repost under a more specific subject, at the least include McElroy in the title.

Ok thanks

Posted:  6 months ago

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Training Starts Monday At McElroy. I Need Advice!

McElroy! I really wanna have a leg up and/or be as prepared as possible. Been a little less than 2 mos since I got my license (had to deal w/some family issues)....but I still feel pretty good about everything. Definitely ready to get started and start a new chapter of life. So please dump all the info, links, or whatever I need to know or study up on. Hopefully some McElroy ppl see this and drop some knowledge in here. Any and everything is appreciated. thank-you.gif

Posted:  6 months, 1 week ago

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Got it narrowed down to 2 companies.....I hope

Also heard that there's not a lot of miles given w/MTL.....how are the miles w/Mav? I'm looking to run as much as I can (within my rookie limitations lol)

Posted:  6 months, 1 week ago

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Got it narrowed down to 2 companies.....I hope

Thanks yall. Appreciate all the info.......@Turtle: Oh they're definitely hiring in my area. I honestly have a good feeling I wouldnt have a problem getting hired on after talking with a recruiter. Home time is 1 of the most important things to me. Mav said 90% wkends whereas MTL promises every Fri. Just wanna know how true that is. Mav has a higher pay scale but I'd forego the few cents difference to be home more wkends.

@PJ: Ok. Also good to know....Yeah I only plan on being OTR for a year to get the experience then go local anyway.

@CT: hmmmm. I do like maroon better lol....but seriously that's what I need to find out about Mcelroy. I've HEARD that their equipment is....not that good to say the least. But again I don't just run with everything I hear. I would love to hear from some drivers on THIS forum about who has the better equipment. Thanks for letting me know about Mav's equipment. And no I'm not by the coast. I'm more closer to the GA state line. Also do Mav trucks have dbl bunks or single sleepers? just wondering.

Posted:  6 months, 1 week ago

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Got it narrowed down to 2 companies.....I hope

Both are good companies. Maverick has one thing McElroy doesn’t. Different divisions.. I don’t know if that’s important too you or not, but something too consider. As far as parking at Lowe’s, I’m not sure what you are refering too. I park a tanker at them fairly often. I would be looking at which one can fit my needs the best, I.E. Getting me home for hometime, and their benift packages. Alot of folks foscus on pay and don’t pay much attention to benifits. That is huge!!! As far as company bashing goes, well it is normally disgruntled employee’s going on the internet doing the bashing. Those of us doing our jobs don’t have time for that. That’s why you see negative much more than positive. The ones complaing got terminated and have plenty of free time. Not to say there aren’t problems of some type in all companies, some just more than others. I only know of one large carrier that had real deep trouble because the CEO was crooked. That CEO resigned after alot of damage was done and that company is still 4 years later trying to rebuild its reputation. That is the extreme rare exception. Any experienced driver on here could walk into any carrier and be a star in very short order.

Yeah I did see that Maverick has different divisions. That's not a MAJOR factor as I'm looking to get into flatbedding. I don't mind physical, hard work....doesn't bother me @ all. I'm very driven and motivated....MTL has an account with Lowe's and drivers are allowed to park there for free....like I said that's just a perk not something that would keep me from choosing a better company. Hometime and benefits are definitely @ the top of the list.......and yeah I'm not shocked to hear that about the complainers. That's why I wanted to get the scoop on here because I know I'll get the facts and not a buncha bs....thanks for the response.

Posted:  6 months, 1 week ago

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Got it narrowed down to 2 companies.....I hope

Well I've narrowed it down to 2 companies. Got an app in with Mcelroy; just waiting to hear back from the recruiter. Also talked with a recruiter from Maverick but haven't done an official app yet. And I know NO company will have all 5 star reviews but I've seen more than my fair share of horror stories on Mcelroy (after my app). Well I come here for the truth. Are these horror stories mostly bs from disgruntled, lazy drivers or are there any truth to them? Is Maverick a better choice or are they pretty much the same as MTL? The tale of the tape is very similar with only a few differences. I do love how MTL drivers can park @ Lowe's seeing as how there's one 2 mins from my house but my main focus is choosing the better overall company. And of course @ the end of the day the decision is mine so I'm not looking for anybody to TELL me what to do; just trying to gather as much TRUTHFUL info as I can which is why I ask this forum.

Posted:  6 months, 2 weeks ago

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RECENTLY GOT MY CDL. TRYING TO DECIDE ON A COMPANY....HELP! LOL

You need to start now. Most companies will consider your CDL to be "stale" after just a few months of not using it. If that happens (and it will) you are severely limiting your options as to who will hire you. The only remedy for that is to go through school again. I know this to be true because I ran into this problem when I was getting started.

You will certainly appreciate having someone with you for your first foray into the challenges of winter weather.

Old School! I was hoping you would be 1 of the people to respond lol. I've seen you give out a lot of good info during times I've lurked.......Thanks for this answer. Very appreciated.

Posted:  6 months, 2 weeks ago

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RECENTLY GOT MY CDL. TRYING TO DECIDE ON A COMPANY....HELP! LOL

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Also what companies besides Schneider would allow you to choose between OTR and local? Like start OTR and switch to local if I needed to? I only ask because there's a possibility my son could be coming to live w/us in the future. IF that happens then being gone 5 days a week is a no go.

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Local work can be very challenging; close quarter maneuvering, numerous tight backing situations, urban congestion and multiple stops. Best to get a year of OTR experience (if you can) to hone the necessary skills.

Oh I'm definitely hitting the road 1st.

Posted:  6 months, 2 weeks ago

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RECENTLY GOT MY CDL. TRYING TO DECIDE ON A COMPANY....HELP! LOL

I personally think it is better to learn in winter, if you learn how to handle snow and ice, you can drive during warmer days with no problem.

This is my 2nd winter driving and I still wish i had been out with a trainer for it.

Right, right. Yeah I'm looking at companies now. Thanks for that.

Posted:  6 months, 2 weeks ago

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RECENTLY GOT MY CDL. TRYING TO DECIDE ON A COMPANY....HELP! LOL

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Another question....do yall think it's a better idea to wait until the weather breaks being a new driver? Of course u have to drive in it 1 day but I wonder what are yall's thoughts on starting OUT your career in snow, ice, etc. being that you have no experience.

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I want to learn in winter, so I know how when the time comes.

Yeah I was thinking that too. Just curious as to what the vets think.

Posted:  6 months, 2 weeks ago

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RECENTLY GOT MY CDL. TRYING TO DECIDE ON A COMPANY....HELP! LOL

Another question....do yall think it's a better idea to wait until the weather breaks being a new driver? Of course u have to drive in it 1 day but I wonder what are yall's thoughts on starting OUT your career in snow, ice, etc. being that you have no experience.

Posted:  6 months, 3 weeks ago

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RECENTLY GOT MY CDL. TRYING TO DECIDE ON A COMPANY....HELP! LOL

Also what companies besides Schneider would allow you to choose between OTR and local? Like start OTR and switch to local if I needed to? I only ask because there's a possibility my son could be coming to live w/us in the future. IF that happens then being gone 5 days a week is a no go.

Posted:  6 months, 3 weeks ago

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RECENTLY GOT MY CDL. TRYING TO DECIDE ON A COMPANY....HELP! LOL

Funny thing is I found this site by accident. But I'm glad I did. It's exactly what every new driver/recent graduate needs. People who have actually DONE it....for years. So I notice I keep seeing the same few companies repeatedly.....TMC, Prime, Melton, Maverick, and Mcelroy....again, the main things that are important to me are equipment, pay, benefits, and training. I also would like to know who has the better rider policy? Seems like those 5 are like an all-star team from what I'm reading lol. They're all great w/slight differences. So what are the pros and cons? I'll definitely be doing my due diligence by checking out these companies sites but there's nothing like hearing it from the horse's mouth. Again I appreciate the comments and whatever info that can be given. thank-you.gif

Posted:  6 months, 3 weeks ago

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RECENTLY GOT MY CDL. TRYING TO DECIDE ON A COMPANY....HELP! LOL

Yeah the own truck had me scratching my head. Some companies like CRST are team only but most you will be solo.

Prime has one of the longest training programs and at the highest pay. You will do 40,000 team miles which will take 8 to 10 weeks depending on hometime and miles run per week. If you and the trainer choose to stay on the trainers truck longer you can.

we have different divisions too so if flatbed isnt for you, you can switch to reefer. we do have tanker but i wouldnt try that until you have a year.

You need to get a job soon though because after 3 months your 160 hour certificate will get stale and you will need to do school all over again at a company!

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Oh the search starts now. I hope to start in January. Just had some things to take care of. Thanks for the info and the links

Posted:  6 months, 3 weeks ago

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RECENTLY GOT MY CDL. TRYING TO DECIDE ON A COMPANY....HELP! LOL

Don’t get too enamored over percentage pay. We had a member here that did percentage pay and did meticulous notes. He figured out the mileage pay and percentage pay pretty much equal out in the end. Imagine that, they are paying drivers the same. Some weeks he did better on percentage then he would of done on mileage other weeks worse. In the end it was pretty much even.

Interesting. I preciate that.

Posted:  6 months, 3 weeks ago

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RECENTLY GOT MY CDL. TRYING TO DECIDE ON A COMPANY....HELP! LOL

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annnnnnd the percentage pay. Which according to almost ALL of yall is the way to go

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Really? I’ve never gotten that impression here.

Getting your own truck is a selling point for you? You do realize most otr outfits will give you your own truck?

If you want to get home weekly with one of the major flatbed outfits (Tmc, Roehl, McElroy, etc.), you are going to have to see if they have a dedicated route in your area.

I really didnt because the few times I've seen somebody talking about TMC that's 1 of the main things they mention. How TMC gives you your own truck that stays with you. But I haven't seen it mentioned when other companies are talked about so I thought you may have to switch out trucks at the terminal on your reset.

Posted:  6 months, 3 weeks ago

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RECENTLY GOT MY CDL. TRYING TO DECIDE ON A COMPANY....HELP! LOL

@Raptor: Oh I definitely plan on going on the road @ 1st. I was just asking for future reference in case of life changes. and yeah I'm just getting the tanker endorsements now. I wanna get some experience before I go there. Thanks for the info about CEVA. I'll keep that for future reference if need be.

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