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Posted:  3 months, 3 weeks ago

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Any recommendations on Roehl?

And it doesn't count if you have a student! LOL Ozark pays almost 600 a week for trainers, those guys are making hefty 6 figures. I'm not talking about those, gotta compare apples to apples guys.

Posted:  3 months, 3 weeks ago

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Any recommendations on Roehl?

I get it. You guys love the megas and think they are gods gift to the trucking industry. Not everyone shares your beliefs.

And my paycheck with Ozark was almost that big and I've been there 18 months! LOL

We get accessorial pay too.

Posted:  3 months, 3 weeks ago

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Physical Agility Tests as Part of Pre-hire Conditions

I did not have to take any sort of physical agility test for reefer at Prime. I have a friend who is doing Flatbed here, and he will be required to do one as part of his flatbed training.

I didn't have to do anything for Ozark. All we pull are dry van and container though.

Posted:  3 months, 3 weeks ago

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Any recommendations on Roehl?

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What did I say that was wrong??

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Well, almost everything.

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What kind of driver I am?? What does that mean?

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It means you are a know it all who thinks he has some kind of information we need. Unfortunately you are a very typical driver who doesn't really have a clue. It's plainly obvious by your biased remarks about greedy mega carriers being the cause of the industry's problems. You'll find we aren't convinced by the brainwashing you've been exposing yourself to.

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I thought this was the friendliest forum out there. Sure doesn't seem like it to me.

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We are definitely the friendliest out there. We tried our best with you on another thread, but being friendly does not mean we are going to let you bloviate a bunch of garbage that has no basis in reality. The large carriers are providing some of the greatest opportunities out here, especially for new drivers. We teach people how to make a great start in this career. You are dead set on teaching people about your limited perceptions about how this business works.

We're thrilled you are happy at Ozark, that's great. Your analysis of the industry is some of the same old drivel that drivers have been spouting for years. Unfortunately most of it is bogus. Try convincing somebody like me, who works for Knight making a little over 80,000 dollars a year, that their company sucks and pays their drivers way less than somebody like Ozark. That's going to be a difficult argument to make.

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A driver giving his personal interaction with a company driver is frowned upon.

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No it's certainly not frowned upon. We've all heard the malcontents like you spoke with. There's tens of thousands of them. Think about it. I've spoken with drivers who had nothing but venom to say about Ozark. You see, a lot depends on perspective, and right now yours is completely skewed in a way that's not acceptable here.

Every company out there has their distractors. These are the drivers who can never seem to grasp the concepts of success at this. They always blame the company. It's funny how these companies keep giving these new guys chances. The drivers blow it and then start blaming the company. It's a never ending cycle. That actually sounds pretty generous of the company to me.

In trucking you'll be required to prove yourself. Each of these big companies will give these new drivers that opportunity. What they do with it will determine their future in the industry. Many of them continue their whole career ranting about the megas. We don't suffer that nonsense.

And I don't doubt you talked to people ****ed off at Ozark. Unlike you I won't sit here and say my company is so wonderful. It is far from perfect. Far from it. I never recommended the company I drive for. I never said I was happy here. In fact I said I was applying to smaller companies. I simply said they pay better than the megas. I'm not here to recommend my company.

I don't believe you made 80k at Knight. Why? I turned down a job at Knight saying I would get 2500 miles a week at .36cpm. So don't try to pull that one on me. The only way you're making that at Knight is if you've sucked up and been there like 20 years. I want to see a W-2 because I'm calling bull on that.

The megas are a well known source of problems for this industry. Funny that pointed out that the salaries of drivers has been cut by 2/3 in the last 30 years. Can you refute that? Or just personally attack me? Can you refute anything I've posted? I don't just spout junk, I back up what I say with multiple links from 3rd party sources. Have you ever heard of supply and demand? The larger the supply the less the demand? Who is responsible for hiring hundreds of thousands of new drivers at low pay? Surely not mom and pop operations.

I'm not saying that megas are awful and they all need to die. I'm saying that its well known that with the oncoming of mega fleets we see a corresponding decrease in driver pay that is still a problem today.

https://www.thetruckersreport.com/34-of-fleets-wont-raise-driver-pay-and-other-hard-truths/

You can argue with me but you can't argue the ugly facts.

Posted:  3 months, 3 weeks ago

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Any recommendations on Roehl?

High turnover at Swift as with all megas are a sign they aren't treating drivers well. Some turnover is normal, their level is unreal.

You've been at Swift for 6 years and making 70G? I'm in less than 2 years with Ozark and I almost made that. And I take a lot of hometime too. 14-4.

https://www.joc.com/trucking-logistics/labor/us-truck-driver-shortage-getting-worse-turnover-figures-show_20150401.html

All trucking companies have some turnover, but the fact that Swift is constantly begging for drivers shows they can't keep meat in the seat. I don't know if ya'll want the truth or candyland information. I've been a member of a much larger trucking forum for a long time and talked to many drivers. Swift is bottom of the barrel. JB Hunt is a close second with Prime on their tail. How do I know? Because I applied to all of them to see what they would offer me and have seen what they have to say on forums. It was trash pay. I told them to get lost. Swift's training is a joke. People with 3 months of experience training new drivers. Talking to old Swift and JB Hunt drivers confirms exactly what I suspected. Slow trucks, low pay and poor benefits. I don't need or want to go there to know this. I take the word of a few dozen old drivers. Like I don't have to jump off the roof of my house to know it will hurt. I'll take the advice of someone who has done it before.

There is nothing wrong with glass door. But even I'd stated that at those websites you get reviews from either favorite drivers who love the company or the ones who get treated like crap and hate it. But if the company is rated 2 out of 5 stars its usually not too good. 4 out of 5 is pretty good. And there are multiple websites where you can get reviews from actual real employees. Now you have to read as some of them are reviews of desk positions so you would ignore those as a driver.

Look you can take what I say with a grain of salt if you want but I'm working for the biggest company I'll ever work for and I've been looking at smaller companies lately. One had 5 trucks. That's what I like. Mom and pop jobs with unrestricted trucks. Not megas where you are a truck number. My first job offer was with a company with 1 truck LOL

Like I say, don't listen to me. Read reviews on websites of these companies. Make your own decision. All I'm doing is telling the OP of the personal conversation I had with a very ****ed off Roehl driver getting his truck repaired and what he said about the company. Not hearsay, his ACTUAL WORDS.

Posted:  3 months, 3 weeks ago

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Brandon... Please stop already with the nonsense. Your statement about how megas pay their drivers poorly is completely false, as are most of your statements..

I've provided proof from 3rd party sources that trucker pay is 1/3 what it was 30 years ago, adjusted for inflation. Use logic. Do you really think that bringing in massive numbers of inexperienced drivers is going to result in wage increases??

Posted:  3 months, 3 weeks ago

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Any recommendations on Roehl?

Brandon has opened up Pandora’s box...

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Remember the megas became megas because they don't pay their drivers well. Swift, JB Hunt, Knight and Prime and even Werner are examples of this.

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Really Brandon? Is that a fact?

Have you ever driven for Swift? Prime? Knight? JB Hunt? Werner?

Obviously not.

Glassdoor? No more reliable than the unchecked information provided by anyone willing to post it. Most of it is garbage; provided by a plethora of failed drivers venting and shirking any and all personal responsibility for their demise. No clue...

This site is called Trucking Truth. Please stick to it and share your experience, share opinions that can be supported by truth and facts, not heresay, conjecture or the consensus from the fraternal order of terminal rats.

Top performing drivers, like many of us on this forum, earn 70k and up working for the very companies you just trashed.

I celebrate my 6th anniversary with Swift next month. Please, by all means enlighten us on how they pay their drivers. How they treat their drivers? What they are really like to drive for. Enlighten us with your truth and vast experience... All ears.

That said; top performing drivers don’t unknowingly let their 70 run to zero like you just described in another thread and make light of their dispatcher’s surprise. That’s a service failure “Genius”. Your service failure. Well done!

I’ve never had one of them...maybe that’s why I am a favored driver. Performance is rewarded in this business, not ambivalence and ignorance.

Keep it real.

I don't consider direct information from a driver climbing out of a Roehl truck to be "heresay."

And yes, megas became big because they offer new drivers low paying jobs. That's well known. I'm keeping it very real.

https://www.thetruckersreport.com/trucking-companies-making-record-profits-arent-drivers/

They have low pay and a huge number of applicants. This keeps their profits sky high.

https://www.ccjdigital.com/carriers-revenues-profits-soar-in-2018-on-heels-of-tight-capacity-surging-rates/

Yet trucker pay is lagging, and adjusted for inflation, truckers are making 1/3 of what they did in 1980.

https://www.overdriveonline.com/trucker-pay-has-plummeted-in-the-last-30-years-analyst-stays/

The reasons are clear. These huge mega companies hiring all these greenhorns at very low pay. They aren't charging less to transport the freight so their profits are through the roof. It's supply and demand. The megas are the ones responsible for bringing huge numbers of new drivers into the trucking industry. With little or no experience they have to accept the wages they are offered which are bottom dollar. This brings average trucker salaries down by sheer volume.

Posted:  3 months, 3 weeks ago

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Any recommendations on Roehl?

Brandon, this nonsense of yours got approved for two reasons...

1) To show our members what kind of driver we're dealing with here.

2) To see if there's any way to help you out. I'm pretty sure you're already over the line, but I promise you some of the responses coming your way are gonna be quite different than you expected.

What did I say that was wrong?? I was honest about personally speaking with drivers for this company. What kind of driver I am?? What does that mean? I thought this was the friendliest forum out there. Sure doesn't seem like it to me. A driver giving his personal interaction with a company driver is frowned upon.

Um ok.

Posted:  3 months, 3 weeks ago

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Any recommendations on Roehl?

Warning From The Moderators: The garbage you're about to read from Brandon is the typical nonsense and negativity you'll find all over the web. None of it is true, which we're about to show you. We've kept it here because you're going to hear others talk like this and we want you to read our replies so you can understand why you should ignore this kind of garbage. In fact, we refer to these types as terminal rats and I've done a podcast about this here:

Episode 10: Terminal Rats Are Derailing Trucking Careers

We hope this helps clear up some of the negativity and where it comes from. Thanks, and brace yourself............

I've talked to drivers of Roehl and one had nothing good to say about them. I met him in a repair shop at a Loves in Jeffersonville OH. He said the trucks are slow, the pay is low and dispatchers are clueless. His truck was down for maintenance he said the 3rd time in a week.

Other than that I've never talked to a driver for Roehl who said anything positive about the company. Remember the megas became megas because they don't pay their drivers well. Swift, JB Hunt, Knight and Prime and even Werner are examples of this. Ozark starts their drivers almost a dime more than some megas but its taken them longer to grow because they actually pay their drivers. That guy also complained that Roehl didn't get him home on time and he missed his daughters high school graduation.

What you have to consider is that reviews of companies that are megas mostly come from either drivers who are their favorites and given all the best routes or drivers who have ****ed someone off and given crappy routes. Ozark has favortism issues for some older drivers but its apparently getting worked out. But I've heard many megas drivers complain about favorite drivers making mega bucks (no pun intended) and the new drivers barely squeaking by.

A recruiter is paid to tell you what you want to hear. You need to take what they say with a grain of salt and read real company reviews from places like glassdoor. I made the decision to go with Ozark after reading what glassdoor had to say, not what a recruiter told me. Turns out my recruiter was very honest. But not long ago I was talking to one who totally withheld the fact that they will take 500 dollars of my money and put it into an escrow account to use if I ever damage anything. We talked for 3 days and she never mentioned this. A review on a forum gave me a heads up on that. When I confronted her about it she said "yea but it's just 500 dollars" I said yea its just my money and I'm keeping it. Goodbye. I hung up on her.

Posted:  3 months, 3 weeks ago

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Split Reset Question.

Cool cool. As long as the OP got his answer. Yes I believe that lady was right, 9.5 hrs total.

Not sure if the OP knows but the DOT time on the qualcomm will always show the LOWER of the 4 times you have, 8, 11, 14 or 70. I realized this one morning after a nice night of sleep I wake up and I have 3 hours available. Turns out I was bumping my 70 and didn't realize it. A rude awakening for my dispatcher who had me preplanned to kingdom come.

Posted:  3 months, 3 weeks ago

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Ask for new trainer, or suck it up?

I find it funny you call yourself "grumpy old man" yet you seem to be describing your trainer more than yourself.

Posted:  3 months, 3 weeks ago

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Split Reset Question.

You can only be on duty 8 hours before the truck won't move anymore. If I'm not right then the software in my omnitracks needs to be updated.

Sure you can go on duty as long as you want, but I'm assuming the goal is to move the truck. That would be where the 8 hours comes in.

Posted:  3 months, 3 weeks ago

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Split Reset Question.

Brandon, these conversations about split sleeper always get confusing. It's especially confusing when people try to help when they really don't understand the rules. Don't confuse "on duty" time with "drive time."

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You can only be on duty 8 hours between breaks.

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That's not a factual statement. You can be "on duty" for as long as you need to be, even in excess of the eight hours and the seventy hour clock. So you can get back more than eight hours.

Yes it is a factual statement. If you get on duty, 8 hrs later you aren't moving that truck until you take a 30.

My DOT clock resets to 8 hours after a 10 hour break. If I drive 4 hours then take 8 hrs in the sleeper, I get 7hrs back. If I drive for 1 hr and take 8hrs, I get 8 hrs on the DOT clock. Yea I get more drive time, but not flat. I still have to take another 30 to get it.

I guess I'm being too technical.

Posted:  3 months, 3 weeks ago

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Would it be wise?

Definitely go with a trainer. You might actually find out you hate the OTR life. I'm not worried about you driving I'm worried about you hating the lifestyle change that you'll be in for.

Posted:  3 months, 3 weeks ago

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Split Reset Question.

But you can't get back 9 hours. You can only be on duty 8 hours between breaks. The DOT clock will never say more than 8 hours. So if you do as the OP states he will get back 8 hours and have to take another 30 to get the rest of drive time.

At least I think so.

Posted:  3 months, 3 weeks ago

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Ask for new trainer, or suck it up?

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I would prepare now for that phone call on Monday by gathering as much accurate information as possible - direct quotes if possible, time of day and date also. When you can give them precise information like that they will be far more willing to believe you. Because there are definitely students who will exaggerate the problems or even be the cause of the problems but place blame on the trainer. We come across people like that in this forum from time to time, people who have never done anything wrong in their lives and everyone around them is an idiot and are clearly to blame for all of their problems.

So you want to make your case the way you would in court. Give them accurate facts and let them know you're simply looking for someone reasonable to work with.

Now if you really, really want to lock this in you should try to record some of his rants. It seems like he's ranting most of the time, so this shouldn't be too hard to do. Hearing about his behavior from you is only 10% as powerful as seeing it or hearing it for themselves.

In the NFL this past year there were a ton of cases where players were accused of domestic violence. Only two that I know of are out of football, and possibly permanently - the two who were caught doing it on camera. It's just so much more powerful and real when you see it or hear it. If you can even get one or two of his rants recorded on your phone it will change everything for you and might spare a bunch of students from enduring this guy in the future.

Even if you intend to stay with him I wouldn't tell the company everything is fine. I would let them know what's going on and how he's behaving, but that you're willing to endure it for a short time.

How long is your training period with this guy?

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Wow. I literally just sat down from digging out two voice activated digital voice recorders just for that purpose, and I planned to set my phone to record video next time he has me drive.

My original plan was to talk to training Monday morning and then him Tuesday morning before we hit the road. Maybe I will not say anything to him until after I record his rants.

I am with him for roughly 4 weeks, or until we mutually agree I am ready.

The post I made is directly from my notes, though I don’t have dates and times, as I started from memory Friday. I could put most of it to dates and times from the logs though.

Ok just be careful. If you cross through a state that is a 2 party state and you're recording him without his knowledge you can inadvertently be breaking the law.

Posted:  3 months, 3 weeks ago

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Pet Friendly Trucking Companies For New Drivers

Hello,

I know some of the pet-friendly trucking companies....but are they only pet-friendly for experienced drivers ?

Ozark is pet friendly for all drivers.

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