Dedicated Vs OTR Super Solo (married Drivers)

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lovebirds's Comment
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We just finished our first year of OTR driving and have decided to stick with this career. However, we did have one thing we want to change. Even though we are in the same 8 feet 24/7 we get very little time together. we spend around 2 hours up front when we change drivers and that time isn't quality time. We don't take home time either. So we have decided to either do Dedicated with weekends off or stay OTR but run Super Solo (8hr shifts then down for 8). What are your thoughts on these? We have done the math financially in case you wondered. Money isn't our main motivator though. OTR full blast good $$$ OTR Super Solo(no home time)$$ 10k less Dedicated with weekends off $ 20k less than OTR full blast.

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.

Susan D. 's Comment
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I completely understand because my sweetie and I never spent quality time together when we teamed except for home time. We're both solo once again and considering going to regional home weekly instead of OTR trying to find that balance.

I'll let you know when we get it figured out.

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.

lovebirds's Comment
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We sure will let you know when we decide. Its a tough choice. The dedicated we can stay with our current company. Not sure if our current company will even let us do the super solo. So that might make the choice for us.

Daniel B.'s Comment
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I applaud you.

I say with the utmost confidence, I am positive my wife would have ripped off my head off from my torso if we were to team drive for that long.

lovebirds's Comment
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We are used to tight quarters. We did the whole tiny house thing for a year to save up for some land. So far I'm leaning towards trying to go dedicated since it would be nice to sleep in our bed weekly. if we go super solo we would never go home.

Lush's Comment
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Did you ever find a "Super Solo" opportunity? We are considering a 2nd career as empty nesters and that is one of the options we want to explore. The other being, running as a normal team but resetting on the road with a hotel and rental car for "mini vacations". Just curious if you found any teams for your option?

Lush's Comment
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Did you ever find a "Super Solo" opportunity? We are considering a 2nd career as empty nesters and that is one of the options we want to explore. The other being, running as a normal team but resetting on the road with a hotel and rental car for "mini vacations". Just curious if you found any teams for your option?

Sorry I meant, any companies...

Errol V.'s Comment
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It is your choice to take home time or not. Why not block out that 3-4 day stop, and paint the town red in Myrtle Beach one month and Jackson Hole the next?

Lush's Comment
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It is your choice to take home time or not. Why not block out that 3-4 day stop, and paint the town red in Myrtle Beach one month and Jackson Hole the next?

That is pretty much our intent. The most likely feasible option too I imagine. We were just curious if he had found any opportunity with the option he was looking into.

Anne G.'s Comment
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This is old, I see. Nonetheless, hubby and I would also like to drive in a Super Solo shift setup. Anyone know if there is an answer to this? Which companies, if any, are amenable to that? Errol V has it right...

It is your choice to take home time or not. Why not block out that 3-4 day stop, and paint the town red in Myrtle Beach one month and Jackson Hole the next?

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