Is It Worth Doing H/w O/o?

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pacrattswife 's Comment
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Ok my husband is a solo driver, only 4 months with swift, and we will be doing teams starting next year. Hubby wants to do h/w o/o, not right away, a couple of years down the road, but is it worth doing it, or does it depend on who we work for? Really wanting to know how swift h/w teams are doing as well. Ty! :)

Errol V.'s Comment
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Ok my husband is a solo driver, only 4 months with swift, and we will be doing teams starting next year. Hubby wants to do h/w o/o, not right away, a couple of years down the road, but is it worth doing it, or does it depend on who we work for? Really wanting to know how swift h/w teams are doing as well. Ty! :)

You'll find out the official Trucking Truth position is that O-O is more trouble than it's worth. True, there's money to be made. But the short explanation is you end up a slave to your business.

H/W style might be better since you won't have to wait a month or two to see each other.

Cory B.'s Comment
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I would imagine a h/w o/o driving team wouldn't be as bad, since they could both pool their money into the same account. But maybe driving the truck that much just costs even more in maintaining it. I never read anything good about becoming an o/o (mostly from this site, and the owner of the school I'm going to), except on company sites selling the idea, or on YouTube from guys trying to defend their decision to do it.

pacrattswife 's Comment
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Ty both for ur responses, and we hope that teams company drivers (probly not doing o/o) will make us good enough money to save up buying a house, since we decided to live out of the truck to save, still haven't killed eachother yet, score one for us! We go to his parents for home time or mine. So if anyone has experience with company teams h/w or regular that would help as well. Do we need to get into a dedicated, or a company through swift, or will we get better loads if we became teams within swift? And I know alot of ppl say swift is horrible, but if u say it can u give me the reasoning behind it, cause we've done fine working with swift so far. Thnx again!

Scott M's Comment
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Pacratts- I think husband-wife team is a fantastic plan to save money if you can work it out. A smart, hard working solo company driver can make about $70,000/yr- I might be a little high. As a h/w team, I don't see any reason not to double that, and almost never shut truck off- one drives 11 while other is sleeping, then other drives 11, and repeats. I understand for reefer teams, companies love them- can get coast to coast real quick.

I haven't written about all the negatives and how to work it out. One h/w team said they run hard 2 weeks- 6000+miles/wk; then the 3rd week run like 3000 and take a few days off.

Good luck.

Reefer:

A refrigerated trailer.

Dave D. (Armyman)'s Comment
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I know one ex-husband/ex-wife team where one drives while one sleeps for eight hours, they break for two hours, then they switch. Basically, they won't take a thirty minute break, and they get their ten hour break in by stopping for two hours.

Dave

pacrattswife 's Comment
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Pacratts- I think husband-wife team is a fantastic plan to save money if you can work it out. A smart, hard working solo company driver can make about $70,000/yr- I might be a little high. As a h/w team, I don't see any reason not to double that, and almost never shut truck off- one drives 11 while other is sleeping, then other drives 11, and repeats. I understand for reefer teams, companies love them- can get coast to coast real quick.

I haven't written about all the negatives and how to work it out. One h/w team said they run hard 2 weeks- 6000+miles/wk; then the 3rd week run like 3000 and take a few days off.

Good luck.

That sounds really good, only have dry van experience currently, I've also heard produce is great money cause it's never slow throughout the year. Worried about swift just treating us like a number on a list, cause right now that's what we are. We were 70 yesterday and now 21 today.... hoping teams get treated different here

Dry Van:

A trailer or truck that that requires no special attention, such as refrigeration, that hauls regular palletted, boxed, or floor-loaded freight. The most common type of trailer in trucking.

Reefer:

A refrigerated trailer.

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