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Posted:  6 months, 3 weeks ago

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A new career

Thank you Packrat, that is what I was curious about.

I remember seeing some truck stops have safe harbor parking, where you could park your truck and it would be guarded by the truck stop for a fee. Would you take advantage of that if you had 2 days or just stay with the load? I didn't see how much the fees where.

Posted:  6 months, 3 weeks ago

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CDL Apprenticeship Training: Wilson Logistics vs. Veriha Trucking?!

I would be interested in information on Wilson too. I was looking at Jim Palmer Trucking, which I understand they own now, and I was impressed with the APUs on each truck.

Posted:  7 months ago

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A new career

Do you typically find you need all 10 hours of driving each day to deliver a load or are there times you have to stop early to avoid arriving too early at the destination?

I know things do vary from trip to trip.

Posted:  7 months ago

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A new career

One more question and I'm sorry if I ask it awkwardly.

I know truckers have hours of service laws about how much you can drive and then you have to rest. I know there's no hard and set rule, but do you find with loads you typically have enough time that you are able to have some time off duty before you have to go to bed, or is it off duty and jump into bed because you've been allocated just enough time to deliver it and stay within the law?

Posted:  7 months, 3 weeks ago

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A new career

Have a follow up question on this.

I found out my local community College does weekend classes so I could keep my day job while getting my CDL.

I was at a national park and I saw a semi without a trailer at the park visiting the sites. Im guessing it was his day off and he decided to see the park. If you are a company driver, who pays for the fuel for that?

Or is that only something owner operators can do?

Posted:  10 months, 4 weeks ago

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A new career

Over the New Year's holiday, I had the opportunity to help my friend move to Florida by driving her stuff down to Florida. I really enjoyed it and after having been questioning my job, I'm wondering if it's time for a change. I know one time for fun isn't representative of a career, but I want to learn to more if it might be a good fit.

I'm 34, single, no kids, no pets, I do own a home though. I've always liked traveling and driving, so in that sense, the OTR role appeals to me, esp if I could get some work driving between the South and the west. I think I would be pretty comfortable with the downtime aspects as well. I also don't mind working weekends. While the OTR role does appeal to me, I'm not really interested in team driving, although I do know and accept that it's part of the training process to operate with someone.

Couple things I'm curious about if expectations are unrealistic.

I know there are hours of service rules that require rests and resets. Is it possible to set it up so you could take these while away from home and thus be able to do some sightseeing while on my rest days?

Since it sounds like owner-operator isn't an option to start, (and I've seen videos about how bad lease-own is) how much can you customize your truck from a company, in terms of things like adding a tv, microwave, or even one of those small chemical toilets?

Doing some reading, it looks like it's possible to be able to shower at least once every two days while. This is something that's important to me.

It's a big decision, but it's something that has been on my mind since January.

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