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Asian Princess's Comment
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Ive been soaking in tons of threads from this website and learning so much. Really thankful I live in an era where information is so readily available!! Thank you to all of you who take the time to reply, give advice, share information and just plain encourage.

So..... My husband and I married three years ago. He is about to retire from his Teamster job of 27 years and I thought wouldnt it be grand if we team drove together??!!?? He was dubious and rather non committal, and probably thought I was just having one of my hair brained ideas. Well, when I graduated from CDL school, he took me and the idea a whole lot more seriously!!

We are three months from his official retirement. I have been applying like crazy to dozens of companies and speaking with more recruiters then I can count. This process alone has been an eye opening experience..... kind of reminds me of the Army recruiters back in the day!

Anyway, we have narrowed the field down to Covenant and Werner......and now its a matter of one of us convincing the other as to which we should go with!! I'll ulitmatetly support whatever he decides because at the end of the day, I trust him to make the right choice for us.

If you have any advice, tips or additional information regarding either of these companies feel free to post, ( Ive read through every thread I could find on both on here previously) thank you in advance!

CDL:

Commercial Driver's License (CDL)

A CDL is required to drive any of the following vehicles:

  • Any combination of vehicles with a gross combined weight rating (GCWR) of 26,001 or more pounds, providing the gross vehicle weight rating (GVWR) of the vehicle being towed is in excess of 10,000 pounds.
  • Any single vehicle with a GVWR of 26,001 or more pounds, or any such vehicle towing another not in excess of 10,000 pounds.
  • Any vehicle, regardless of size, designed to transport 16 or more persons, including the driver.
  • Any vehicle required by federal regulations to be placarded while transporting hazardous materials.
Brett Aquila's Comment
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Welcome aboard!

The choice really comes down to your own personal preferences for things like equipment and home time. Running team is rather similar regardless of the company you work for. You're going to get a ton of miles and you'll be hauling most freight coast to coast.

Dry van will have more drop and hook loads which is good and you'll deal with fewer grocery warehouses which is also good because they can be kinda miserable.

Refrigerated freight will mean more live loads and unloads at grocery warehouses but the miles throughout the year will likely be more consistent than with dry van because you'll hauling food products much of the time. Dry van companies see more ups and downs due to holidays and economic cycles.

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.

Drop And Hook:

Drop and hook means the driver will drop one trailer and hook to another one.

In order to speed up the pickup and delivery process a driver may be instructed to drop their empty trailer and hook to one that is already loaded, or drop their loaded trailer and hook to one that is already empty. That way the driver will not have to wait for a trailer to be loaded or unloaded.

Asian Princess's Comment
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Thank you Brett, it's kind of a toss up right now, but regardless personally it doesn't matter to me.... I'm in it for the experience, chance to see parts of our great nation I've never been to before and opportunity to bond with my husband .... Though from some of the couples postings it appears the big question is who will survive and where will the body be disposed!!!

I want to thank you personally for this site. It has been a wealth of information and as time goes on I hope we can make our own contributions. I'm into social media and have done lots of blogging in the past, so be prepared! The High road training program is AWESOME!! Even though I graduated in July and have my license I haven't driven and was worried I'd forgotten everything I learned. I took a slew of the quizzes and was greatly pleased to discover that I'd retained most of the book knowledge!!

I feel very fortunate that my husband has over 27 years driving experience and that if we can work it out as we want, he will be my trainer.... The trainer horror stories has me freaked out as they say!! I'll post updates as we go along!

∆_Danielsahn_∆'s Comment
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If you want to watch a really good husband and wife Team driving vlog, I would check out Lovin Truckin. They drive for XPO/Conway

Will be looking forward to reading about your adventures.

Stay safe

Asian Princess's Comment
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If you want to watch a really good husband and wife Team driving vlog, I would check out Lovin Truckin. They drive for XPO/Conway

Will be looking forward to reading about your adventures.

Stay safe

Thank you for that link!! I love watching vlogs!! I see and pick up so much that the vlogger doesn't even realize is helpful... Like the blanket over the bunk area, to block out light. You guys are great!! Thank you!

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