Are National Companies Receptive To Relocation Requests?

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Jeffrey B.'s Comment
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Hi all,

New member, first post. About to pull the trigger on a mid-life career change. Getting lots of great info from this site, as well from a flatbed driving family member.

My personal situation will have me in Chicago area for perhaps another 1-2 years, then the goal is to escape/relocate to a second home in Idaho we already own, where I keep driving. I see 2 paths to that ultimate destination.

1. Connect with Roehl (or similar) to earn CDL , and cover mileage obligation while in IL 1-2 years. Pull up stakes, head west, start over in Idaho (Jim Palmer or similar).

2. Join national company in the first place that has an in house "earn your CDL" option (Schneider Mature Worker program?), operating in IL and ID, and request transfer to western route in 1-2 years.

If I go with option 2, generally speaking how open are the big national outfits to working with a relocation request? Not looking for financial help on the move, just company blessing and a job waiting at the other end.

Any other options I should consider that get me started in IL and settling in ID? I would be 30 mile from Canada at the ID location. Canadian options I should be thinking about?

Thanks in advance for your feedback.


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.
Dennis B.'s Comment
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I have spoken with three individuals from Schneider (whom I am prehired by), a call center girl, my recruiter and a DBL; all have assured me that my desire to "park the truck in different cities every month" will not be a problem. I also asked if relocation to another home city is an option within my first year. Again they stated that so long as you stay within your first job assignment for the first year (OTR, Intermodal , Jet-Set, etc...), relocation will nevee be an issue.

However that does perhaps lead to the possibility that your driving position might not be available in the zip code you would be moving to... just my theory and hasn't been brought up yet in any conversation.


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.


Transporting freight using two or more transportation modes. An example would be freight that is moved by truck from the shipper's dock to the rail yard, then placed on a train to the next rail yard, and finally returned to a truck for delivery to the receiving customer.

In trucking when you hear someone refer to an intermodal job they're normally talking about hauling shipping containers to and from the shipyards and railyards.


What Exactly Is A Pre-Hire Letter?

Pre-hire letters are acceptance letters from trucking companies to students, or even potential students, to verify placement. The trucking companies are saying in writing that the student, or potential student, appears to meet the company's minimum hiring requirements and is welcome to attend their orientation at the company’s expense once he or she graduates from truck driving school and has their CDL in hand.

We have an excellent article that will help you Understand The Pre-Hire Process.

A Pre-Hire Letter Is Not A Guarantee Of Employment

The people that receive a pre-hire letter are people who meet the company's minimum hiring requirements, but it is not an employment contract. It is an invitation to orientation, and the orientation itself is a prerequisite to employment.

During the orientation you will get a physical, drug screen, and background check done. These and other qualifications must be met before someone in orientation is officially hired.

Old School's Comment
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Jeffrey, if you are with one of the major carriers who runs the lower 48 states I don't think you will have any problems. I've never lived anywhere near the trucking companies that have employed me, in fact what has been considered my home terminals have usually been three or four states away, and something like a thousand miles from my home. They don't really care where you live as long as you live in an area where they are hauling freight. As long as you have developed a good working relationship with your company, and have proven to be an effective professional driver you should have no problems making a relocation move. Most of these companies will do whatever they can to keep a good driver in their trucks, even if that driver decides to move to another area.


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.

Jeffrey B.'s Comment
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Thank you both. Much appreciated.

Big Scott's Comment
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Ditto what Old School said. To add a bit. As long as you have a safe place to leave your truck while on home time (ie a truck stop), most will let you take home time anywhere. I live in Charlotte NC and most of my family is in Long Island NY. I can go to either place.

The important things are, do you want dry van , reefer , tanker or flatbed. What is most important for you in a company. Have you seen this? Company-Sponsored Training Programs There are companies not in there who will train you. I'm with CFI and was trained by them. I am very happy with them. Rainy and others are very happy with Prime. And we have people here who love Swift, Knight, Millis, Rohel and Schneider to name a few.

Good luck and we are here to help.

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.

Company-sponsored Training:

A Company-Sponsored Training Program is a school that is owned and operated by a trucking company.

The schooling often requires little or no money up front. Instead of paying up-front tuition you will sign an agreement to work for the company for a specified amount of time after graduation, usually around a year, at a slightly lower rate of pay in order to pay for the training.

If you choose to quit working for the company before your year is up, they will normally require you to pay back a prorated amount of money for the schooling. The amount you pay back will be comparable to what you would have paid if you went to an independently owned school.

Company-sponsored training can be an excellent way to get your career underway if you can't afford the tuition up front for private schooling.


A refrigerated trailer.

Patrick C.'s Comment
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And I will be the lone voice for Wolding. Did I mention our trucks are blue, lol.

Cornelius A.'s Comment
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Don Wolding is a nice gentleman .... spoke with him earlier this week

And I will be the lone voice for Wolding. Did I mention our trucks are blue, lol.

Jeffrey B.'s Comment
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Again thanks. Have pulled the trigger and applied with Roehl.

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