So Dissapointed

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JakeBreak's Comment
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Well im into my 2nd or 3rd week here and i kinda got some really crappy news, ever since ive atarted everyone from the recruiter, to the instructors at school to my temp fleet manager said id be running all 48 states. Now i just got assigned my permanent fleet manager and she said in her 20 some yrs experience that they dont have reefer drivers going to all 48. Its going to be mostly northern midwest and northeast. It totally threw my whole plan out of whack. I was hoping to get to run the country for a yr or 2 then go do a regional job and stay closer to home. Other than that i really cant complain about anything so far, its all been expected from reading all the posts here, like the 7 hours i wasted waiting at a shipper and reciever 1 day. And ive been getting plenty of miles, ive been back from hometime for 6 days now and im about 4 hrs from hitting my 70 and ive been averaging an hour to an hour n a half on duty not driving. So i dont know not much to complain about it was just some really hard news to take. I just wish i woulda known before i got hired, even tho i really like the smaller company type atmosphere i probably woulda sign on with a mega for the first year just to get to see out west. I know rationally im focusing on something that really isnt that big of a deal, but at the same time its one of the reasons i got into trucking. So anyway thanks for letting me vent a little, no one at home really understands it, they all think its great that im gonna be closer to home and while i do like that i just wonder what all im missing out there.

Shipper:

The customer who is shipping the freight. This is where the driver will pick up a load and then deliver it to the receiver or consignee.

Regional:

Regional Route

Usually refers to a driver hauling freight within one particular region of the country. You might be in the "Southeast Regional Division" or "Midwest Regional". Regional route drivers often get home on the weekends which is one of the main appeals for this type of route.

Fleet Manager:

Dispatcher, Fleet Manager, Driver Manager

The primary person a driver communicates with at his/her company. A dispatcher can play many roles, depending on the company's structure. Dispatchers may assign freight, file requests for home time, relay messages between the driver and management, inform customer service of any delays, change appointment times, and report information to the load planners.

Reefer:

A refrigerated trailer.

Bird 's Comment
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I would be upset as well especially with you saying that everybody told you that you would be going all over. Id say the about the only reason I'd go otr is to see the country. Not sure how big the deference is between reefer and otr but maybe look into that or see if you have any other options? But like you said on the other hand sounds like you are getting solid paychecks.

OTR:

Over The Road

OTR driving normally means you'll be hauling freight to various customers throughout your company's hauling region. It often entails being gone from home for two to three weeks at a time.

Reefer:

A refrigerated trailer.

Brett Aquila's Comment
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Yeah that's a bummer. But before you know it you'll be able to land a gig that gets you out West a lot and then you can get your closer to home thing after that.

Will they allow you to take home time out West? That might be one option. Ask them if they'll let you put in for home time out in California.

But that's just a bummer.

JakeBreak's Comment
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Yeah that's a bummer. But before you know it you'll be able to land a gig that gets you out West a lot and then you can get your closer to home thing after that.

Will they allow you to take home time out West? That might be one option. Ask them if they'll let you put in for home time out in California.

But that's just a bummer.

Unfortunatly the family thing prevents me from taking hometime out west. I havent totally decided what im going to do yet. I know im going to stay here for the first year just to get my experience. I really have to think about it because i dont want to be that guy who has a different job every year and my otr time is kind of limited by the wife, so i will have to think about it and see if i can find a good balance. At least i have a good paying job finally and once i get all the stuff i need out here and can stop spending money itll work itself out. Like you guys keep saying the trucking industry is always changing, maybe they will pick up some good accounts out west and need people for that.

OTR:

Over The Road

OTR driving normally means you'll be hauling freight to various customers throughout your company's hauling region. It often entails being gone from home for two to three weeks at a time.

Gary J.'s Comment
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Hey JakeBreak, glad to hear your getting the miles and besides the territory, you seem to be doing ok. I missed you up in Marshfield that week I arrived. I have since graduated and now waiting for a trainer. See you around sometime.

JakeBreak's Comment
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Hey JakeBreak, glad to hear your getting the miles and besides the territory, you seem to be doing ok. I missed you up in Marshfield that week I arrived. I have since graduated and now waiting for a trainer. See you around sometime.

Congrats on the graduating. Which fleet did you go with?

Gary J.'s Comment
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Flatbed National, out 11-14 days home 3. I'll probably stay out longer.

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