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Retired military considering a new/second career as a truck driver.

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Posted:  6 days, 2 hours ago

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Which company would offer regular home time?

I don't have experience with any company as I'm not a truck driver yet but have done some research. Have you looked into G&P Trucking out of SC? They seem to have pretty good home-time and run mainly in the southeast. Give them a shot.

Posted:  6 days, 3 hours ago

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Diesel fuel odor

Honestly there's no good tricks to get that smell out of your clothes. I used to use coke instead of laundry detergent. Use enough water to get the clothes wet/covered then pour coke all over it and wash! If you choose not to use coke then you have to wash it multiple times and don't mix it with other clothes. Also after you wash your fuel soaked clothes, be sure to run a few rinse cycles on your washing machine with no clothes in it prior to washing other clothes to ensure it doesn't contaminate them! I also used to air dry them separately by hanging up the clothes vs putting them in my dryer. I worked with fuels for 24 years in the military and it's no fun to be drenched in it then come home and try to clean your clothes. Best of luck

Posted:  1 week, 2 days ago

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Kenworth T680 Automatic in Manual Mode

I've heard and read that trucks with DT12 transmissions (and maybe others) have a creep mode that suppose to improve your low speed maneuverability especially in reverse. I don't know if yours does or not but it maybe worth looking into.

Posted:  2 weeks, 2 days ago

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Magnum Logistics out of North Dakota

Some of the things that actually influence potential drivers are the specific company policies like: Pet policy, rider policy, length of training, proximity to company locations, etc. I don't think there is another company (correct me if I'm wrong) that has a more thorough training program than Prime.

Bruce,

Yes, exactly! That's why I was asking if anyone knew of Magnum. I have a list of questions to ask these carriers and this particular company doesn't seem to have too much info on their site. Some companies are more appealing than others based on the policies. Thank you for the response.

Lou

Posted:  2 weeks, 4 days ago

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Magnum Logistics out of North Dakota

OD/Bruce,

Thank you for your input, I appreciate it. I understand not to get caught up in all the drama about good and bad companies etc... Truth be told any company can be good if one has a positive attitude and is willing to put in the work and be productive as all of you have said on this forum. I completely agree with that. I'm currently just putting together a list of companies I think I may be a good fit for. I also have a list of questions I'll be asking once I'm back in the US and start calling around.

Yes, I've heard the lies about these large (mega) carriers and really I don't buy it. Swift is a perfect example of a large company that seems to continue to have a bad reputation however, their site is well organized showing a lot of information and honestly the company seems to provide a wide range opportunity from CDL training to earning a degree! My point with all of this is that I understand there's a lot of negativity out here but I want to hear and learn from those who are succeeding no matter what company they are with and this forum provides that.

As for Magnum, it was a company I came across and from my very limited research and they seem like a company I may enjoy so I figured I would ask. I do have some specific items I would like in the company I choose such as a military apprenticeship program.

I appreciate all of you on this forum taking time out of your busy schedule to help people like me who are looking to get into this industry and those who have just started or have limited experience.

Oh and Prime is definitely on my list!

Old School thank you for the link, I will listen to the podcast!

Thanks, Lou

Posted:  2 weeks, 4 days ago

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Magnum Logistics out of North Dakota

What are you doing in Japan?

I was military, retired about a year ago and got a contractor position here. My wife is a current government employee working on one of the military installations here however, she just accepted an offer (promotion for her) back to the states starting in mid July so it's time to move. We are heading to Missouri which seems like a great place to get started with my second career as a truck driver!

Posted:  2 weeks, 5 days ago

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Magnum Logistics out of North Dakota

Thanks Bobcat, yes they seem like a good company and they do hire new CDL holders fresh out of school which is a bonus. I just don't know what their hiring area is and starting pay, detention pay etc... Their site doesn't break those numbers down. I have them on my list of companies to contact once I'm back in the states (currently living in japan and moving back next month).

Appreciate your input.

Lou

Posted:  2 weeks, 5 days ago

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Pay from companies?

I don’t know G-town, I’m just out of rookie status in a similar flatbed outfit, running the same way solo does, and am slated for high 90’s this year (and that’s with several weeks at home.) Not unusual for my division, and actually low compared to a couple of our other divisions. Here’s my last two weeks:

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Quick question, are you regional or OTR? I'm just curious because Maverick is one of the companies that I'm very interested in. I assume you do flatbed and not glass due to your tarp pay. Do glass drivers make about the same?

Posted:  2 weeks, 5 days ago

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Magnum Logistics out of North Dakota

Hello everyone,

Has anyone heard of Magnum Logistics? They run reefers and seem like a good company. I'd appreciate any information from anyone who is currently driving for them or has driven for them. Thank you

Posted:  1 month ago

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Maverick sells TCD to KLLM

I just heard about this yesterday. For you all who were thinking about going to Maverick TCD, Maverick Transportation has sold their TCD (reefer division) to KLLM. Here's the link to one of the websites talking about it, there are several more sites out there as well.

Maverick TCD Sold

Lou

Posted:  1 month, 1 week ago

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ATS? Good company or Not?

As others have said on this forum, you shouldn't base your decision to go with a company on the recruiter. Some are good some are bad but it shouldn't reflect on the company itself. If you are interested in the company and feel it will be a good fit for you then continue to contact them or contact the other recruiter you may have the number to. I wish you the very best.

Posted:  2 months, 3 weeks ago

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Actual Annual Lease Op Numbers

Rainy, I totally agree with you and thank you.

Posted:  2 months, 3 weeks ago

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Actual Annual Lease Op Numbers

Rainy thank you for the example you provided about your friend. I understand there is risks with becoming a lease operator or owner operator, purchasing a used truck versus a new one, high insurance costs and high loan rates plus more. Some have better results than others, I understand that as well. It is a risk that could end up badly or can be rewarding.

Old School, If a driver does their research and knows what it will cost to run his/her own truck and still feels like they can profit then why not do it? That's all I'm trying to say here. To me it's not about a one truck operation outperforming a huge operation. It's what makes that driver happy, successful (in their view of success), enjoying life whether as a company driver or an O/O. To some there's more to it than just the money.

I'm not trying to ruffle any feathers here. I know the majority of people on here lean towards company driver and that's perfectly fine, it's their choice. I just don't understand why so many people are so against O/O, not all lease and/or owner ops fail at the business. Some may bring home the same, more or less than a company driver but in the end if they're happy, content, successful in their eyes (as Rainy stated, success is different to many people) then that's a win.

I've been researching the trucking industry for some time now as I'm extremely interested in it. I cannot go into it now due to my current location but have every intention of doing so once I return to the US. I will start as a company driver because I feel that is the best route for me for the various reasons so many on here have stated. Will I look into O/O at some point, maybe after a year or more in the industry. It's not all about the money for me though so there's that. Success to me is doing something I truly love doing and not going broke doing it.

Thank you all for listening and giving examples and advise. I appreciate it.

Posted:  2 months, 3 weeks ago

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Actual Annual Lease Op Numbers

I'm just curious, are these numbers specific to Prime Lease Ops? I do agree that leasing is not the best idea for both a new driver or even a veteran one. A $4K a month truck payment is just insane to be honest. However, I don't understand why one shouldn't become an O/O by purchasing a truck new or used. If you do your research and know your numbers than I think it can be very profitable. I'm not suggesting to go out and purchase a truck as a new driver. As Rainy pointed out, a new driver needs to learn the industry, manager his/her truck, create a rapport with their dispatcher, etc... first but after a year or more I think it's very possible to be an O/O and be successful at it.

Posted:  2 months, 3 weeks ago

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Prime' s employment verification/background...being sent home

And yes, I was completely honest. No, I have nothing to hide. I provided 3 years of history, everything included. Which again was a pain to get verified. So if for some reason if that were to switch to say 10 or even 5 years work history once I'm there, I'm likely screwed. People in the thread are telling me I need a SS card. My recruiter specifically told me all I needed was my birth certificate. I was an Accounting major, so I'm all about attention to detail..its how I'm wired.

I know I'm new here and all but honestly don't get so stressed out over this. Word of advise if I may, NEVER take just the minimum required documents. If you have a SS card then take it regardless of the what recruiter says. Take a passport, driver's license, 10-year history, references, TWIC card if you have it, everything and anything that will help you. It's always better to be safe than sorry.

You have a lot of people on here who have numerous years of experience as recruiters, drivers, trainers etc... that are telling you what you need and should bring. I really don't understand your issue, truthfully I don't get it.

I wish you the very best and don't stress over it!

Posted:  2 months, 3 weeks ago

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Prime' s employment verification/background...being sent home

Hi Rainy and thank you for welcome and the quick response. I understand it's always a good idea to bring whatever documentation one has and I completely understand what you have been saying. I was just curious about my birth certificate. My naturalization paperwork does have a government seal on it so I think that would suffice along with other documents.

As for driving in the US for one year, I have a current US state driver's license and have had one since I started driving way back in.....! Do you where I can find more information on that? I'm living in Japan but am a US citizen paying US taxes etc... My situation is a bit different than most I suppose. My wife works for the US government and is here on orders so I am here as a dependent, if any of that makes sense. I'm trying not to get into a lot of military jargon. Basically, I'm not a Japanese citizen and would not be allowed to stay or work here if it wasn't for her employment status with the US government. Either way, my point is I never went without a state driver's license and I have nearly 30 years of driving history.

Thanks again!

Posted:  2 months, 3 weeks ago

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Prime' s employment verification/background...being sent home

Hello Everyone, I'm new to forum and have been reading this thread as well as many others for some time now. I'm a retired military service member and currently living in Japan.

You need your social security card, your birth certificate with a state raised seal (many bring the hospital one and get sent home), paper from your bank for direct deposit, and any medical records (blood pressure, sleep apnea, medication and OTC list etc). Show up without these, and the hoops begin.

Rainy, quick question if I may. You stated to bring your birth certificate with a state raised seal along with other documentation. What if I don't have one since I was born outside the US? Do you happen to know if a naturalization document will work along with my original birth certificate from another country or are they specifically looking for a US certificate? I would assume that would suffice but then again we all know what they say about assuming.

To be clear, I do not have a CDL nor am I enrolled in school for one much less applied to a trucking company but I am very interested in the industry and plan to do so once I'm back in the US.

Thank you for your time and understanding. My apologies for talking off topic here.

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