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Tyler Durden's Comment
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Just wanted to stop by and say hello and wish everyone a Happy and safe Fourth of July. Don't get to check in here much anymore. Was doing OTR with Maverick but left and started with New Penn driving line haul. Glad I did. Enjoying driving and seeing the northeast for now until winter kicks in. Then may not like it as much haha. Stay safe out there people

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.

Line Haul:

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.
Errol V.'s Comment
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Good to hear from you, Tyler. Maybe you could stop in and join the TT hot tub once in a while. The newbies need to hear from road experienced drivers.

C T.'s Comment
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May I ask what happened with maverick? I love the company so far.

Tyler Durden's Comment
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Good to hear from you, Tyler. Maybe you could stop in and join the TT hot tub once in a while. The newbies need to hear from road experienced drivers.

Will do my best. It's the least I could do as this site was extremely beneficial

Tyler Durden's Comment
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May I ask what happened with maverick? I love the company so far.

For me I had a fight with FM. I was told I would get home time and he didn't want to give it to me. That was right after getting into my own truck. Since then there have been multiple complaints about him. (I've kept in contact with my recruiter thus how I know)

Also the opportunity with New Penn came and I took it. Averaging about 2500 miles a week. Only give up 15 minutes detention instead of 2 hours. Insurance is paid for me and family.

Do have union dues but that's only like 48 a month. So far so good

Fm:

Dispatcher, Fleet Manager, Driver Manager

The primary person a driver communicates with at his/her company. A dispatcher can play many roles, depending on the company's structure. Dispatchers may assign freight, file requests for home time, relay messages between the driver and management, inform customer service of any delays, change appointment times, and report information to the load planners.
6 string rhythm's Comment
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Congrats man! I know you originally wanted something local to begin with. Welcome to the linehaul brotherhood. I hope you enjoy it! It doesn't get much easier than running linehaul, and the pay is nothing to complain about. Do you have your own schedule or will you need to wait to get a run?

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.
Tyler Durden's Comment
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Congrats man! I know you originally wanted something local to begin with. Welcome to the linehaul brotherhood. I hope you enjoy it! It doesn't get much easier than running linehaul, and the pay is nothing to complain about. Do you have your own schedule or will you need to wait to get a run?

Right now I'm on the call board working my way up on seniority. You know how that is. Last week I ran 6 days. 3 overnights but they put you in decent hotels. Depending on where you stay you could be in hotel for 10-14 hours before heading back out.

Worst place I go to is Maspeth NY.

Liking line haul. All no touch and if I have to do a drop and hook they pay me extra for it. No doubles either as they don't do doubles.

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.

Line Haul:

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.

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.

6 string rhythm's Comment
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Yep, I was on the call board / extra board for about 4 months until I was able to bid on my first schedule - Jersey City!

I forgot New Penn doesn't run doubles. Where's the New Penn terminal near us? We should chat sometime.

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.

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.

Tyler Durden's Comment
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Yep, I was on the call board / extra board for about 4 months until I was able to bid on my first schedule - Jersey City!

I forgot New Penn doesn't run doubles. Where's the New Penn terminal near us? We should chat sometime.

Running out of Camp Hill. My current bid is extra road position which is a on call bid. So far I been going out every night. They have another that is fast turn metro. That is generally only NY, NJ, PA and MD. I prefer the longer runs which thankfully I been getting. Mainly been going to New England area.

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.

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.

Dee B.'s Comment
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Hey Tyler, I'm still in trucking school but have also been looking into LTL and thinking that New Penn might be the easiest one to get my foot in the door into. I live in Delaware, but will relocating to Philadelphia before school is out. Any info you can give me on the company? What's the environment like? The starting pay? I plan on also applying to every other ltl trucking company within my reach, just not sure when's the best time to contact them. Any advice for a newbie would be greatly appreciated. I wouldve pmed you, but I've only been lurking on this site for the past few months and honestly don't even know how lol.

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
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