Need Some Help Making A Decision About Western Express Or Freymiller.

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Jason M.'s Comment
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Both have pros and cons. The biggest ones being that Western Express has western regional and Freymiller has APUs on all their trucks. I have been told by both that home time is every 2 weeks. How is the weather from the midwest and east of that? I don't remember it being too bad when I was with Prime but it was nice to drive Western 11 with Pride Transport because it was good to know I was only a day or 2 away from family and the weather was good. I haven't really found much on Freymiller, but I hear Western Express is a solid company. I just can't decide which is more important, western regional or APU. Anybody have opinions on this and could help me out a bit?

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.

APU:

Auxiliary Power Unit

On tractor trailers, and APU is a small diesel engine that powers a heat and air conditioning unit while charging the truck's main batteries at the same time. This allows the driver to remain comfortable in the cab and have access to electric power without running the main truck engine.

Having an APU helps save money in fuel costs and saves wear and tear on the main engine, though they tend to be expensive to install and maintain. Therefore only a very small percentage of the trucks on the road today come equipped with an APU.

APUs:

Auxiliary Power Unit

On tractor trailers, and APU is a small diesel engine that powers a heat and air conditioning unit while charging the truck's main batteries at the same time. This allows the driver to remain comfortable in the cab and have access to electric power without running the main truck engine.

Having an APU helps save money in fuel costs and saves wear and tear on the main engine, though they tend to be expensive to install and maintain. Therefore only a very small percentage of the trucks on the road today come equipped with an APU.

Truckin Along With Kearse's Comment
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We have Western xpress drivers on this board, and from what is stated, yeah, good solid company.

Being an east coast/Midwest driver I can tell you it doesn't get as cold as WY/UT lol I was just stuck there for days. But it certainly gets hot with 100% humidity. I have the APU and can't idle my truck.

If both companies get you home every two weeks, does it matter if you are driving western regional? Or do you just prefer those states?

It will come down to a matter of preference. But you mentioned Prime and Pride Transport. Now you are looking into another company. You like the APU at Prime...but the regional at PT...so why did you leave those? Job hopping won't look good.

I'm kinda curious why you want to leave your current company.

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.

HOS:

Hours Of Service

HOS refers to the logbook hours of service regulations.

APU:

Auxiliary Power Unit

On tractor trailers, and APU is a small diesel engine that powers a heat and air conditioning unit while charging the truck's main batteries at the same time. This allows the driver to remain comfortable in the cab and have access to electric power without running the main truck engine.

Having an APU helps save money in fuel costs and saves wear and tear on the main engine, though they tend to be expensive to install and maintain. Therefore only a very small percentage of the trucks on the road today come equipped with an APU.

Jason M.'s Comment
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I was with Prime last year for 5 months but then had a medical problem that kept me from driving. So I had to resign there. Went to Pride in January and then had an accident in a parking lot. I started to think trucking wasn't for me so I left them in March. I regret leaving them, and want to go back to trucking. So that's why I am looking into these companies.

Truckin Along With Kearse's Comment
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If you were happy there then did you try going back there? Prime would probably take you too.

I can understand the uncertainty of whether this is for you. I felt like that all through training which is why I hated it so badly. Being solo was so much different, and I can be control freak hahah.

I'm just concerned someone will look at you with a "wow...three companies in x amount of time...he wont stuck around".

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