Coca Cola/ Pepsi Type Jobs

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C T.'s Comment
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Hey guys. Today while out on my road training, my instructor advised I look into these type jobs for local experience. After a conversation about my kiddo on the way, he said I could try and get my foot in the door that way and work my way up. I know the money won't be otr level to start but I would be around for this 1st year at least. I make about 30k cooking, which I hate. Any info or advice appreciated.

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.

Old School's Comment
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CT, back in the day this was the way that almost everyone got their CDL. They went to work for a beverage company. It would usually start out as a warehouse type job, and then they would move you to being a helper on a truck. Finally they would teach you how to drive the truck and then they would let you use their truck to go take your drive test for your CDL. This is usually a job that requires a strong back! It is actually pretty tough slinging drinks all day. But, yeah you could start out this way. It will never be considered as experience if you try to go from that to OTR. You will be required to take a refresher course if you decide to go OTR , but if your goal in all this is to be home for your wife and baby, then yes, it will accomplish that.

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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.

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.

C T.'s Comment
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We're considering it for that reason, home time. It may not be a typical 9 to 5 but missing that 1st year has been bugging me lately. She understands the whole otr deal as do I, but this is just another option. Also, would driving one of these side loader beverage trucks not count as tractor trailer experience? Any idea what these guys make to start?

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.

James R.'s Comment
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I've talked to a few guys working this job while they were working and what I heard was a really convoluted pay scheme that basically amounted to minimum wage but lots of hours at that wage. I can't remember the exact numbers, something about pay per drop and case of drinks and so on but he confirmed it was basically minimum wage by time.

C T.'s Comment
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Well if hope they made at 15 per hr at minimum, which isn't much but still a decent upgrade for me anyway. I've seen the whole truckers pay made to look like minimum wage before. Interesting stuff expect minimum wage people would never get those hours.

HOS:

Hours Of Service

HOS refers to the logbook hours of service regulations.
Errol V.'s Comment
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C.T., beverage delivery isn't OTR by any stretch. Yes, it's a semi-truck trailer, but similarity ends there. The trailer is shorter than 53', and you get the joy of pulling into gas stations, between the cars. Then you may be the merchandiser, so you'll get a daily workout tossing & stacking 12 packs.

(I know one beer distributor in Anaheim, CA where the staff has their own on-tap bar for after work. Free!)

But it might keep food on the table for your all important first year together. You'll still need the refresher course if you decide to come back to the big boys.

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.

C T.'s Comment
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Yes Errol the dilemma for us is be gone and make more or be home and make less. I have 5.5 weeks to decide.

Errol V.'s Comment
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Yes Errol the dilemma for us is be gone and make more or be home and make less. I have 5.5 weeks to decide.

When you find a C-store with a beverage delivery, stop in. (Let the driver finish his work!)

Stevo Reno's Comment
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Pepsi or Coke truck drivers make a good wage. I worked @ Pepsi in the early 90's as a mechanic in Carson, Calif. The forklift loaders even were paid pretty good from what i remember. The store delivery guys "might" be more commission based, by the route and up-sales. Set up people that do the displays, get crap pay lol, like minimum wage even now.

C T.'s Comment
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I actually see a mountain due guy every day at mapco around lunch time, didn't want to bother him but I need some info. As you said its all about providing and putting food on the table for year 1.

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