Profile For Ron Wells

Ron Wells's Info

  • Location:
    Seattle, WA

  • Driving Status:
    Rookie Solo Driver

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  • Joined Us:
    2 years, 2 months ago

Ron Wells's Bio

Hi there my fellow Truckers. New Trucker ready to take on the trucking world. Former medical Interpreter, realtor and laborer. I am passionate about container hauling locally under 100 miles radius and also looking to do dump truck driving in my future..

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Posted:  2 years, 1 month ago

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Would you work for this company?

Thanks I appreciate it . I would say most of the advice I got on here was really good. Strange how people I personally know gave some strange/bad advice. I will move on and do my best. Big lesson for me these last few weeks.

Posted:  2 years, 1 month ago

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Would you work for this company?

Old school I appreciate your advice. I also took advice from people that I know personally and they may have led me in the wrong direction. I am moving on I am no longer doing anything from the company. I am going to court because they need to right their wrongs with me personally. I am moving on :) Thanks for your advice earlier Old School

Posted:  2 years, 1 month ago

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Would you work for this company?

You are driving heavy hauls... so you are an experienced driver. WHY would you risk your CDL for this company?

any one DOT violation was b3 enough for me to quit if not repaired.

Not very experienced but I did have a permit for 100k gross and mostly just heavy containers that shippers would over load. Worst offenders are recycling plants. I remember these guys loading a container for India they took about 40 minutes trying to shut the container with a forklift. After they finally closed the container they forgot to put in a piece of paper so they opened one door to put it in.

Posted:  2 years, 1 month ago

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Would you work for this company?

Hey guys thank you for the advice. I do like to keep my profile sort of private and hope you guys respect that. However I am not playing any games. I am also taking my company to small claims court now So obviously I am done with their BS. Lets not get to political about my avatar I believe in fairness and justice I believe Soros is decent. But I know this is a trucking forum and I appreciate your input . Thank you all for the advice!!!

Posted:  2 years, 1 month ago

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Would you work for this company?

I get it. But what would you do if you discovered these things ? Would you quit the day you found this out?

Posted:  2 years, 1 month ago

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Would you work for this company?

So I am working for a company that has 6 trucks . They used to have 11 but in 11 inspections they had 6 OOS. The truck they gave me the RPM doesn't work and the Speedometer is stuck at 70mph and starts there and when I give it gas it runs into the fuel needle. Also the secondary air tank gauge doesn't work also. The company has a conditional rating which means I rarely ever get to bypass a weigh station plus we haul heavy we have permits for up to 100,000 gross. We don't go out of state much so we still use paper logbooks. Also I was going to take a load to Oregon today and saw that the trailer didn't have registration and my dispatcher didn't get me a permit to enter Oregon. My question is what would you do if you worked for a company like this?

Posted:  2 years, 2 months ago

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Broke a glad hand right off!?

I was in a tight yard and sort of Jack knifed while backing. So after I get done I see the glad hand and the glad hand on the trailer is sheared off. Literally if you take a glad hand and cut it in half. Do you guys know what caused this? Is my fifth wheel to far back? Did I jackknife to hard? What is going on the hose is intact so how could the force shear a steel glad hand?

Posted:  2 years, 2 months ago

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Question of which job I should take!?

Hi Guys sorry about the misunderstanding. I signed a W4 form . However the question still remains . How much will a mega pay me to go OTr per day. I have a family to feed

Posted:  2 years, 2 months ago

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Question of which job I should take!?

Boy, they suckered you in for an awful experience come tax time! You're going to be sorry and broke!

Here's a fact for you: since you are operating their equipment, they cannot consider you an independent contractor, thus what your new, awesome place to work is already breaking the law.

Run the other way now.

Actually I signed a w4 So I will be an employee.

Posted:  2 years, 2 months ago

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Question of which job I should take!?

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Going to a mega would have been my last resort

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Can you give a reasonable argument for that. It makes no sense being that you have zero experience. Don't give us all the nonsense you've heard from drivers you know. Make a decent argument for your comment. I can't fathom how a total newbie thinks he has some sort of insight into this greatly misunderstood industry. Please... help us out here.

Hi , thanks for the input. I don't really have an argument. I would go to a mega last because I personally don't know of many people who went the mega route. Most guys I personally know around here in Seattle started with a smaller company. One of the few guys that did go to a mega was my Trainer in CDL school and he said he was happier at the company that the owner of the school also owns. The owner of the school I have met also and he offered me a chance to become a car hauler. I think my way of thinking is because Seattle has thousands of trucking companies.

Posted:  2 years, 2 months ago

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Question of which job I should take!?

Did you check to see if they deduct taxes or will you be a 1099 employee?

No benefits for that amount per day is not what I would recommend to anyone.

No tax will be deducted.I will have to do my own taxes at the end of the year. Also after training is done I will be getting 200 min per day.

Posted:  2 years, 2 months ago

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Question of which job I should take!?

Welcome Ron!

Personally, I don't think well of either of those options. I don't like to see new drivers starting their careers as local drivers. We've seen so many people do this and a very high percentage of them end up crippling their trucking career prematurely. It's also not a great idea to start your trucking career at a small company.

Local driving in a big truck is a tough way to learn for a new driver. The maneuvers in a big city require adequate skills and experience. It can be done, but few do it without having a few incidents of property damage.

Let's say three months in and you ding somebody's car while making a tight right hand turn in an intersection. The small company can't take that hit on their insurance rates so you get canned. Now you are a new driver with an accident on their record. You are also considered to have no experience by the big OTR companies and you've been out of truck driving school for so long that they consider your license stale. Nobody will touch you at that point. Your career has been aborted.

I always recommend one year of OTR driving before going to a local CDL driving position.

Here's some additional resources for you to consider...

Why Small Trucking Companies Are Often A Disaster Waiting To Happen

Why You Should Not Start Your Driving Career At A Small Company

Yes I agree it tough riding around the city in a Semi. That is one of the drawbacks of the job. However the otr job I was offered was to be a car hauler. I just needed to learn on a hot shot for a few weeks. I would have been making close to 3 grand a week. I am not money hungry and I am looking for what makes sense to me. I need enough to get by and with experience I am sure I will find something right for me. I appreciate what you said and I think OTR would have been great to learn . But I had some connections to Local jobs and did not really consider doing OTR. It will be tough for sure for the first few weeks driving around in Good Old Seattle.

Posted:  2 years, 2 months ago

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Question of which job I should take!?

Yes I am guaranteed 175 for the first 3 months. If I do more work I get paid more. Yes i will be 1099 independent contractor. So no benefits.

Posted:  2 years, 2 months ago

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Question of which job I should take!?

Hey everyone thank you for the replies!!! I really appreciate everyones advice. I am leaning very hard to the local job the minimum I will make is 175 at first after a while I will be bumped up to 200 a day minimum and 250 a day is for the veterans at the company. I would be content to get to 225 after 6 months. However If I figure out how to be a good driver and the container business will be flourishing I don't doubt I could clear 200 much sooner. I took what Pacific P said to hart since winter is coming and I had an uncle doing Snoqualmie daily I know he had a few accidents over 20 years I believe he had 2 accidents on the pass since he did it Mon-Fri. I am feeling more comfortable making less but not dealing with the pass daily in winter. Going to a mega would have been my last resort , luckily I have quiet the drive and some connections to meet smaller companies with owners I can talk to. I do understand where mega's have a draw they have health insurance , retirement accounts and such. Again thanks to you all.

Posted:  2 years, 2 months ago

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Question of which job I should take!?

I am a new driver this will be my first job. I have 2 options I can make 175 dollars a day minimum doing local port containers in the seattle area I have driven with a trainer for a few days and think its pretty decent its mainly just going to ports and warehouses within 30 miles of seattle. My other job offer is making 275 dollars a day hauling apples (produce) from seattle port to yakima or vice versa. What job would you take and what job do you think I should take as a new driver. Some pros for each job the local one which pays 175 a day I will eventually get up to over 200 a day minimum . They do pay by drop , pick up ,live and what not but 175 is the minimum . I did it with my trainer and its pretty much waiting in lines at the port or at a warehouse waiting for an unload. Its not hard and a lot of sitting around and waiting. Pros from the Yakima job is that I only go to the port 2 times a day at most and that it pays better also the trucks are much nicer in my opinion. This job is a small company I believe they have 4 trucks but the equipment and trucks are very well taken care of they also have their own chassis so I can get into the port quicker. The downside is that I have to wake up at 3 am to go to yakima then go back to seattle to the port. The other lower paying job has regular hours sort of I would wake up at 6 am and work until 5 with trainer have been getting off around 2 or 3 pm. Guys I need your help , what is better? What would you do? Any advice or experience is welcome to be shared. Thank you

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