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Ken P.'s Comment
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Finished a 10 yr career in military and transitioned into trucking. Been OTR 14 months spending 5_6 weeks away and 3 days home. Anyone know of a company in central Oklahoma that can get me home nightly or close thereby? Any info would be appreciated but with deployment and OTR I feel the wife and kids have paid their dues with me being away all the time

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.

David's Comment
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Finished a 10 yr career in military and transitioned into trucking. Been OTR 14 months spending 5_6 weeks away and 3 days home. Anyone know of a company in central Oklahoma that can get me home nightly or close thereby? Any info would be appreciated but with deployment and OTR I feel the wife and kids have paid their dues with me being away all the time

Do you have hazmat? Dbl or triples?

Check out fed ex, old Dom, Saia or ups. Those would be decent local jobs.

Also look at Craigslist. I found this post on there for you. Might be worth looking into.

Jockey/shuttle

HAZMAT:

Hazardous Materials

Explosive, flammable, poisonous or otherwise potentially dangerous cargo. Large amounts of especially hazardous cargo are required to be placarded under HAZMAT regulations

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.

HOS:

Hours Of Service

HOS refers to the logbook hours of service regulations.
Ken P.'s Comment
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Thanks I'll look into that

David's Comment
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No Problem.

Nate_K's Comment
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Call Roehl.

I do not know if they are hiring out of Oklahoma but worth find out.

I chose them for the exact same reasons as you. I spent more than enough time away from home during deployments and field time.

Roehl has the best home time options I have found. 7 on 4 off, 7 on 3 off; 7 on 7 off; 14 on 7 off. I chose the 7/4 7/3 option. With your military service you "might" qualify for the apprenticeship program and get some tax free money each month for the first 2 years of employment. Not sure if since you already been driving you would still qualify.

Otherwise check with Schneider. I see they offer some flexible home time options as well.

HOS:

Hours Of Service

HOS refers to the logbook hours of service regulations.
Errol V.'s Comment
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Finished a 10 yr career in military and transitioned into trucking. Been OTR 14 months spending 5_6 weeks away and 3 days home. Anyone know of a company in central Oklahoma that can get me home nightly or close thereby? Any info would be appreciated but with deployment and OTR I feel the wife and kids have paid their dues with me being away all the time

What company are you driving for now? Many larger companies have several differing operations. Knight advertises "hometime to fit your needs". I drive for Swift, and in less than a year I've been OTR (3 weeks out, 3 days at home), Shuttle (home every day) and dedicated (these depend on the dedicated company. I have a 34 hour break purposely routed for me to be home on weekends.)

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.

Ken P.'s Comment
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Drive for prime right now. But I'm looking to be home daily. Prime isn't really set up for that. They have dedicated and regional but that still requires being gone for multiple days. I'm just done being a part time father/husband. Appreciate the correspondence from everyone. I'll keep checking around

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.

RebelliousVamp 's Comment
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Call Roehl.

I do not know if they are hiring out of Oklahoma but worth find out.

I chose them for the exact same reasons as you. I spent more than enough time away from home during deployments and field time.

Roehl has the best home time options I have found. 7 on 4 off, 7 on 3 off; 7 on 7 off; 14 on 7 off. I chose the 7/4 7/3 option. With your military service you "might" qualify for the apprenticeship program and get some tax free money each month for the first 2 years of employment. Not sure if since you already been driving you would still qualify.

Otherwise check with Schneider. I see they offer some flexible home time options as well.

With that home time option, do you get to keep the same truck? Or you have to take all your stuff out because you might end up with a different truck going back on the road?

HOS:

Hours Of Service

HOS refers to the logbook hours of service regulations.
G-Town's Comment
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Call Roehl.

I do not know if they are hiring out of Oklahoma but worth find out.

I chose them for the exact same reasons as you. I spent more than enough time away from home during deployments and field time.

Roehl has the best home time options I have found. 7 on 4 off, 7 on 3 off; 7 on 7 off; 14 on 7 off. I chose the 7/4 7/3 option. With your military service you "might" qualify for the apprenticeship program and get some tax free money each month for the first 2 years of employment. Not sure if since you already been driving you would still qualify.

Otherwise check with Schneider. I see they offer some flexible home time options as well.

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With that home time option, do you get to keep the same truck? Or you have to take all your stuff out because you might end up with a different truck going back on the road?

In a reasonably good economy it's highly unlikely a road worthy truck will sit for 7 days. This is probably a slip-seating arrangement.

HOS:

Hours Of Service

HOS refers to the logbook hours of service regulations.
6 string rhythm's Comment
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I'll second David's suggestion. Look for LTL companies in your area. If you have some nearby, you're in luck. For LTL, you'll have to work out of a base terminal , unlike the truckload companies. LTL companies will have P&D and linehaul opportunities, or yard jockey positions. You'll usually get paid more than truckload companies, and depending on the gig, will get home daily if not a few times a week. David asked about your endorsements since LTL's will frequently require hazmat , doubles / triples and tank endorsements.

I'm a linehaul driver for Old Dominion and get home every night with two days off a week. It's been fantastic for my family. David gave you some good companies to look for. I'd suggest you go to their websites and see if they have terminals nearby your residence. You can add ABF to David's list.

If you don't know about LTL or linehaul and P&D, here's my thread about the LTL world and my linehaul job.

LTL Trucking: My Linehaul Job

HAZMAT:

Hazardous Materials

Explosive, flammable, poisonous or otherwise potentially dangerous cargo. Large amounts of especially hazardous cargo are required to be placarded under HAZMAT regulations

Terminal:

A facility where trucking companies operate out of, or their "home base" if you will. A lot of major companies have multiple terminals around the country which usually consist of the main office building, a drop lot for trailers, and sometimes a repair shop and wash facilities.

LTL:

Less Than Truckload

Refers to carriers that make a lot of smaller pickups and deliveries for multiple customers as opposed to hauling one big load of freight for one customer. This type of hauling is normally done by companies with terminals scattered throughout the country where freight is sorted before being moved on to its destination.

LTL carriers include:

  • FedEx Freight
  • Con-way
  • YRC Freight
  • UPS
  • Old Dominion
  • Estes
  • Yellow-Roadway
  • ABF Freight
  • R+L Carrier

P&D:

Pickup & Delivery

Local drivers that stay around their area, usually within 100 mile radius of a terminal, picking up and delivering loads.

LTL (Less Than Truckload) carriers for instance will have Linehaul drivers and P&D drivers. The P&D drivers will deliver loads locally from the terminal and pick up loads returning to the terminal. Linehaul drivers will then run truckloads from terminal to terminal.

Linehaul:

Linehaul drivers will normally run loads from terminal to terminal for LTL (Less than Truckload) companies.

LTL (Less Than Truckload) carriers will have Linehaul drivers and P&D drivers. The P&D drivers will deliver loads locally from the terminal and pick up loads returning them to the terminal. Linehaul drivers will then run truckloads from terminal to terminal.

Doubles:

Refers to pulling two trailers at the same time, otherwise known as "pups" or "pup trailers" because they're only about 28 feet long. However there are some states that allow doubles that are each 48 feet in length.

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