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Jody B.'s Comment
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Hey guys, hope all is well. I’m down to Millis and Melton as far as deciding who to start with. I’m married with three kids and of course home time is important, but know the first year is on me to prove myself. Just looking for maybe something that would push one over the other. I believe everyone has their place, so not necessarily looking at the best company but best for me. Thanks for all you guys do for us rookies and beginners.

Old School's Comment
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Jody, not only do you have two different companies you're trying to decide between, but those are two very different jobs. You really need to determine which of those jobs appeals to you, because they are vastly different from each other.

One is flat-bed while the other is dry van with a lot of heavy beer loads. Are you wanting the challenges that flat bed offers? Do you enjoy working outdoors with your hands? That's the type of stuff you need to settle. Once you've established that your choice will be made.

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.

HOS:

Hours Of Service

HOS refers to the logbook hours of service regulations.
Daniel B.'s Comment
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Jody, not only do you have two different companies you're trying to decide between, but those are two very different jobs. You really need to determine which of those jobs appeals to you, because they are vastly different from each other.

One is flat-bed while the other is dry van with a lot of heavy beer loads. Are you wanting the challenges that flat bed offers? Do you enjoy working outdoors in the freezing cold, wrestling an 80lb tarp with frozen fingers and being covered in rain? If so, you're crazy! But you'll fit right in! That's the type of stuff you need to settle. Once you've established that your choice will be made.

Fix't that for you my friend!

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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.

HOS:

Hours Of Service

HOS refers to the logbook hours of service regulations.
OC's Comment
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Jody Make a top five priority list and see which company will fit your needs best.

Mine was 1 hometime 2 pay 3 type of freight 4 rider policy 5 size of company

Splitter's Comment
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Jody, not only do you have two different companies you're trying to decide between, but those are two very different jobs. You really need to determine which of those jobs appeals to you, because they are vastly different from each other.

One is flat-bed while the other is dry van with a lot of heavy beer loads. Are you wanting the challenges that flat bed offers? Do you enjoy working outdoors in the freezing cold, wrestling an 80lb tarp with frozen fingers and being covered in rain? If so, you're crazy! But you'll fit right in! <rofl-1.gif /strong>That's the type of stuff you need to settle. Once you've established that your choice will be made.

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Fix't that for you my friend!

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rofl-2.gif That was hysterical!

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.

HOS:

Hours Of Service

HOS refers to the logbook hours of service regulations.
andhe78's Comment
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Melton would not be my first flatbed choice if hometime is important.

Jody B.'s Comment
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Thanks guys. My brother works for Melton and loves it. He is 16 years younger than myself and sure his **** and vinegar is a little stronger. Millis is around 45 min from home in Cartersville so that makes them that much more attractive. Appreciate the comments and no wrestling that tarp in the cold is not my cup of tea! I’m a bad man in the heat, but a punk in the cold!lol Thanks again guys!!

Jody B.'s Comment
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OC, who ended up best for you if you don’t mind me asking? I’m sure you have all heard the Toby Keith song, I’m not as good as I once was. I would still be hell in the first round, but that second would be rough! Lol

OC's Comment
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McElroy fit the best for my needs/wants.

Old School's Comment
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Millis is around 45 min from home in Cartersville so that makes them that much more attractive.

Jody, what's your thought process on this?

Unless you're doing a local delivery job there's usually little to no benefit to living near a company's terminal. The two trucking companies I've worked for were headquartered well over 1,000 miles from my home, several states away. Their hiring area should be all that concerns you as far as your home's location. These companies establish their hiring area based on the areas where they haul freight. If they haul freight to South Dakota, then they are willing to hire people from that area. This allows them to get you home with a load of freight that goes near your town. It doesn't matter that their headquarters is in Florida, or California.

I would not consider terminal location as anything remotely important when determining where to get my trucking career started.

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.

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