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Bucket's Comment
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Errol I've read a lot of your post and really appreciate the great info. I'm planning to pay for my training because several companies I'm still considering only reimburse at a monthly rate. The few I've contacted and several web sites that are company sponsored for solo are otr out three or more with a couple days home time. I may end up with that being my only choice. My research shows I need three to six months experience otr. Back to my original question is I'm finding positions at present approximately five hundred that aren't hiring in my zip or need three months to a year experience. To put a positive on my complaints, my hopes are once I'm in school I can find a company that has my desired position. Even if it isn't available until I've proved competency.

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.

Errol V.'s Comment
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I'm planning to pay for my training because several companies I'm still considering only reimburse at a monthly rate.

No one will give you a bonus, or pay off your tuition right up front, they're afraid you might run off! That's the one year +/- they ask from you.

[I want to] find a company that has my desired position. Even if it isn't available until I've proved competency.

I missed what your desired position is. Which is ....?

Bucket's Comment
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Errol I wish for solo, home time weekly (or every other week) no touch freight, dry van , and pay that isn't based on fuel, and a truck that will do at least 60 mph. Is that too much? That is after being with company long enough to prove my self!.

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.
Errol V.'s Comment
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Bucket, that's exactly email I had as OTR with Swift. Two weeks out, two/three days home. The only fuel thing is the company prefers you don't idle. Trucks are governed at 62, though the newer automatics can go a bit faster.

All dry van , the closest I got to freight was to stick in a cargo lock on the beer or paper rolls.

And that's not unique to Swift.

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.

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.
Susan D. 's Comment
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My home terminal is in Iowa, and I live in Kentucky. With most companies it really doesn't matter as long as you live in their hiring area and they can reasonably accommodate your home time.

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.

Bucket's Comment
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Well that's my dilemma, Errol I haven't eliminated Swift. Thay offer to pay half and let me pay my half in 13 months. Only have reefer otr 1 day home for 7 out min 3 week. Might change and I could take a regional after six months, if one is available. Freymiller offer same otr with more pay per mile. No pay for tuition. Schneider has dedicated regional for team. Offer sign on bonus and tuition for qualified. I get a lot of what is your zip and I'll see if were hiring in your area. Then we don't have anything now but when you get to school, or have your cdl check back. I need to live close to Dallas, Oklahoma City, Tulsa, within fifty miles of Muskogee. I may be checking during a slow time or otr may be where the positions are for my location. Plus plenty of flat bed! Been awhile since Prime and don't remember other than the LW truck. I believe temp control.

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.

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.

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.

Errol V.'s Comment
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(Finger sliding on a smartphone keyboard plus auto "spell-change" sure changes washer you write!)

I go to the GP plant in Muskogee every few weeks - was there Friday. Don't forget many terminals are over in Fort Smith.

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.

Joe W. ( aka hharleywood)'s Comment
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My home terminal is in Iowa, and I live in Kentucky. With most companies it really doesn't matter as long as you live in their hiring area and they can reasonably accommodate your home time.

Hi sue, how do you like west side? They keep sending me emails and I like what I see so far. What is their home time.options? I also live in Kentucky. ( And you're right, the BBQ here sucks, unless I smoke my own....lol)

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.

Joe W. ( aka hharleywood)'s Comment
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Well that's my dilemma, Errol I haven't eliminated Swift. Thay offer to pay half and let me pay my half in 13 months. Only have reefer otr 1 day home for 7 out min 3 week. Might change and I could take a regional after six months, if one is available. Freymiller offer same otr with more pay per mile. No pay for tuition. Schneider has dedicated regional for team. Offer sign on bonus and tuition for qualified. I get a lot of what is your zip and I'll see if were hiring in your area. Then we don't have anything now but when you get to school, or have your cdl check back. I need to live close to Dallas, Oklahoma City, Tulsa, within fifty miles of Muskogee. I may be checking during a slow time or otr may be where the positions are for my location. Plus plenty of flat bed! Been awhile since Prime and don't remember other than the LW truck. I believe temp control.

I get the same thing. "Call me when you get in school." But everything I see on this site says to contact them before you go. They want you to be in school with an approximate graduation date, which you really can and can't provide before school due to acceptance to the school. I am working with the school now on getting in, have a target start date, but not a definite start date. So, the graduation date is iffy at best right now.

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.

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.

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.

Bucket's Comment
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My original concern was location. I'm that little dot in the middle of a triangle Amarillo, OkC, and Dallas. I'm roughly 250 miles from each. Errol, I think that GP job in Muskogee is what I'm wishing for. It ask for someone within 50 miles and I'm about 300. Around eastern Oklahoma and western Arkansas do have lots available. Along interstate 40 from Memphis to Oklahoma City. I haven't and will not give up, I'll find something. This site and a big thanks to Brent for all the help and knowledge I've acquired. When I get to school I think more doors will open. I'm probably three months from getting my cdl. A lot can happen between now and June. And Sue, I've also read your post! A big congratulates on your success.

Stay safe!

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.

DOT:

Department Of Transportation

A department of the federal executive branch responsible for the national highways and for railroad and airline safety. It also manages Amtrak, the national railroad system, and the Coast Guard.

State and Federal DOT Officers are responsible for commercial vehicle enforcement. "The truck police" you could call them.

Interstate:

Commercial trade, business, movement of goods or money, or transportation from one state to another, regulated by the Federal Department Of Transportation (DOT).

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