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Posted:  2 years, 2 months ago

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Hours, food service.

Only having driven a 48 isnt much different than a 53, just have to remember you have 5 extra feet back there. During a road test what they're looking for is you can safely operate the vehicle and are proficient enough at backing that you're not going to damage their equipment. I only drove a 53' while in school, went to PFG and drove only a 28' for a year and a half and got a job driving a 53' delivering to grocery stores. It was a alot different in my case but the concepts were all the same I just needed more space. Some guys love foodservice work and others don't. You guys are a special breed that stick with it. To me the wear on the body wasn't worth the compensation I was getting.

Out of curiosity why don't you want to drive all day? Personally I enjoy getting out of the truck quite a bit to move around and socialize (while unloading), helps me feel more alert.

I'm worried about long term damage to my body also, maybe for other reasons. I know eat right and walk and what not but that looks difficult living in a truck. I've also driven 4 hour stretches here and in the dark it is difficult to stay up. I can't imagine 11 hours. I doubt that I would want to jog or lift weights after 11 hours of already working either. I have no kids or girlfriends or any reason I have to be home so I can't use that as an excuse. That P&D looks pretty nice though, the OD guy mentioned 55 hour weeks so I could probably handle driving that. I've heard people talk though about getting worked 70 then getting a day off to reset and doing it again.

I'd do it for a year just for experience but I doubt anyone would hire me if I said that. Time off is really my bottom line. 3 weeks or 4 would be great. I would drive 70's if it meant a month off. If were not getting side tracked what does normal time off look like? I've accepted my situation is normal for food service so consider that resolved.

Posted:  2 years, 2 months ago

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Hours, food service.

Where do you live? LTL compaines for P&D work might be a good fit for you. At Old Dominion you generally would not work more than 50 to 55 hours in a week. most LTL would have you working about the same amount of hours as I understand it.

I'm in Ohio. Dayton. I know we've got Dayton Freight. I might ask them. While I've got some attention is 2 years about enough experience to bail? And will only driving a 48' trailer matter? Do I load and unload P&D? My ultimate goal is to make decent money, not get obese, and also not work 70, reset and do it again till I die.

Posted:  2 years, 2 months ago

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Hours, food service.

Well shoot that settles that. I'm lucky by your standards. Thanks guys. I'll just keep driving this truck here I suppose.

Posted:  2 years, 2 months ago

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Hours, food service.

Hey guys,

I've just been reading this forum for like 2 years it's been useful. I need help or to vent. I work food service and the job is burning me out. I've done this about the entire 2 years I have been driving, the same company. It goes up and down. Maybe it's just down but when I get a route done in 12 hours, they just add more work until it is impossible.

No one ever says anything about running over the clock. I ask them all the time to remove the added work from the routes and they will not. They have scheduled me backhauls 3 hours from base after 12 hours of work. I did this route for months once a week until they had us bid and I got out of there. My new route was doable in 13 hours but I feel like someone just wanted to squeeze that last hour and added additional stops. I work four 14-hour days (sometimes, usually, one turns into 16.) Nobody is telling me I have to work that long but they are also refusing to fix it and just send me out week after week and if I say it takes 16 they tell me you're only allowed to work 14. If I refuse to go they ask me if I want to quit. The icing is that after four 14's every week, once or twice a month they tell me I am on call for a potential 5th 14-hour shift. We get no holidays and 1 week a year off.

There you have my story. I would like to get fired to collect that juicy unemployment. I would also just like to work 50 hours a week doing food service. I really distrust our government and our regulating agencies so I don't want to complain and honestly, I don't think I have a complaint because nobody is forcing me to do anything. I have tried bringing back the extra stops, they just whine about it and there they are again next week and I miss out on some money leaving them. Any advice? Are all the foodservice jobs like this? I am looking for other work but I insist on food service or a pepsi truck or something where I don't drive all day. Thank you

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