Trucking Companies In Montana. Regional Or Dedicated

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Jon H.'s Comment
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Besides Jim Palmer/Wilson Logistics, who are some good companies to work for in Montana. I'm a new driver. CDL A, doubles/triples, tankers, and Hazmat endorsements. I'm looking for a regional or dedicated job that has me home each week. Ideally, I'd like to be home a couple full days each week but I'm flexible if the company is. Need me to stay out a couple or few weeks? No problem. Am I going to want to get a longer stretch or two at home to make up for that? You bet. There may be times where I have something important planned, but I'm big on communication. The company would know at least a month in advance for situations like that.

Money? I like money! I'd much rather feel well-supported and not spend as much time worrying about whether my company is going to hold up their end of the bargain than concentrating on my job though. It's a balance. As a new driver, I'm planning to focus on, well, planning, attention to detail, and safety before anything else. The speed and efficiency will come in time. I'm sure companies that hire new drivers are conscious of this, but I'm assuming some better than others. Do I have a good attitude, treat others well, and show that I'm willing to earn a good reputation? You betcha.

I'm interested in dry van , tanker and refer mainly. Hazmat possibly. I'm not really into the flatbed thing. You flatbed guys work way too hard.

Anyone got any leads for me?

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.

HAZMAT:

Hazardous Materials

Explosive, flammable, poisonous or otherwise potentially dangerous cargo. Large amounts of especially hazardous cargo are required to be placarded under HAZMAT regulations

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.

Doubles:

Refers to pulling two trailers at the same time, otherwise known as "pups" or "pup trailers" because they're only about 28 feet long. However there are some states that allow doubles that are each 48 feet in length.

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.

EPU:

Electric Auxiliary Power Units

Electric APUs have started gaining acceptance. These electric APUs use battery packs instead of the diesel engine on traditional APUs as a source of power. The APU's battery pack is charged when the truck is in motion. When the truck is idle, the stored energy in the battery pack is then used to power an air conditioner, heater, and other devices

Dustan J.'s Comment
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I live in Montana. What part are you in? I know a place that does agricultural doubles , goes to Canada and are really good folks. You would have to live within roughly 60 miles of the shop though.

Doubles:

Refers to pulling two trailers at the same time, otherwise known as "pups" or "pup trailers" because they're only about 28 feet long. However there are some states that allow doubles that are each 48 feet in length.

Army 's Comment
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Dustin

I grew up in Great Falls. Been a few years since I have been back. Nice to see a hometown driver on here.

Chris

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