Should I Or Shouldnt I?

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Jack F.'s Comment
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Got my cdl permit and im thinking of going with TMC Trucking they really seem like a good company ive done a lot of research on them any thoughts?

CDL:

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.
G-Town's Comment
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Welcome Jack. TMC is a very good company. However we always recommend applying to more than one company.

Here are a couple of very good primer links for you to review:

Truck Driver's Career Guide

Becoming A Truck Driver: The Raw Truth About Truck Driving

These will also help:

Paid CDL Training Programs

Apply For Paid CDL Training

Good luck!

CDL:

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.
Splitter's Comment
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You shouldn’t ask a rhetorical question. Only you can answer that question with the information provided. How much is home time important to you? What division of trucking are you interested in? Isn’t TMC flatbed only? Ultimately nobody but you can decide where to go for training. Ask specific questions & you’ll get specific answers.

G-Town's Comment
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You shouldn’t ask a rhetorical question. Only you can answer that question with the information provided. How much is home time important to you? What division of trucking are you interested in? Isn’t TMC flatbed only? Ultimately nobody but you can decide where to go for training. Ask specific questions & you’ll get specific answers.

How is asking for "our thoughts" rhetorical?

True only the OP can make the right decision and his alone to decide, however he wasn't asking us to make the decision for him...only our thoughts.

Old School's Comment
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Hello Jack, and welcome aboard!

TMC is a great flat-bed operation, and oftentimes they are able to get you home on the weekends if you live in the right parts of the country. They also have some interesting dedicated work they do for some boat manufacturers.

Success at trucking is mostly about how you approach the career rather than the company's name on the door of your truck. There's a lot of commitment required to get this career rolling. Here's a link to a TMC training diary by one of our members. It was done a few years back, but it is still very much relevant, and full of valuable information that you'll be interested in.

Steve's TMC Training Diary

Check that out and see if it doesn't help you make your decision.

Also, here is something that will be helpful in understanding what kind of approach you want to take as you jump into a career that is mostly misunderstood by the many new entry level drivers that try to make a go of it each year. Read it and feel free to comment or ask more questions if it raises them in your mind.

What It Takes To Be A Successful Truck Driver

Rob T.'s Comment
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Old school says :

TMC is a great flat-bed operation, and often times they are able to get you home on the weekends if you live in the right parts of the country. They also have some interesting dedicated work they do for some boat manufacturers

They also run a ton of oversized loads of John Deere equipment from their production facility in Ankeny Iowa (just north of Des Moines). I report daily to a yard not far from where TMC students tend to take their lunch breaks (Kum & Go convenience store) and I've talked to quite a few students while they've been there and all talked very highly of the training program. I also see them all across the Des Moines metro dealing with a variety of traffic conditions and some pretty tight turns. Seems like a very top notch school.

icecold24k's Comment
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I have to agree with everyone else here. TMC is an excellent company. When I was on the flatbed side with Prime I talked with several of their drivers at different shippers and receivers and they were all pretty happy. They run top notch equipment and have a really good training program for securement an other things. I also know most TMC trucks I see have freakishly good tarp jobs.

Shipper:

The customer who is shipping the freight. This is where the driver will pick up a load and then deliver it to the receiver or consignee.

Jason R.'s Comment
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I will say I am from Iowa and TMC would be a great starter company to get the experience and knowledge of flatbed operations. They keep their equipment in tip top shape and have never seen a bad tarp job. Their trucks are governed at around 62 but even if you are governed at 68-70 most likely by the time a faster truck by 5-6mph more gets through the check in you would be pulling in to do the same. I work for a company out of Iowa now, and I would say TMC is not a bad option if you wanna the experience

Jason R.'s Comment
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My phone acts goofy with typos because of very limited internet signal. Sorry everyone I am definitely not one for grammatical errors, just my phone gets glitchy sometimes.

I will say I am from Iowa and TMC would be a great starter company to get the experience and knowledge of flatbed operations. They keep their equipment in tip top shape and have never seen a bad tarp job. Their trucks are governed at around 62 but even if you are governed at 68-70 most likely by the time a faster truck by 5-6mph more gets through the check in you would be pulling in to do the same. I work for a company out of Iowa now, and I would say TMC is not a bad option if you wanna the experience

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