Dry Van Midwest Regional?

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Jeramy H.'s Comment
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Curious if anyone knows of any companies that offer a dry van Midwest regional. Home every weekend or every other weekend for at least a 34 hour reset.

I will need CDL training. I do have my Missouri permit and medical.

I live in Pleasant Hill Missouri, about 30 miles South of Kansas City.

I greatly appreciate it! You all stay safe out there.

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.

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.

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.
Jeremy C.'s Comment
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Time for some research, brother...

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OOS:

When a violation by either a driver or company is confirmed, an out-of-service order removes either the driver or the vehicle from the roadway until the violation is corrected.

Cold War Surplus's Comment
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Oh, the promised land - a local/regional driving job with good pay and no OTR experience requirement.

Sadly, you've actually got TWO issues. First, you're looking for a company that offers a path to earning your CDL without you having to pay up-front. There are several companies that offer this but they all want a term of OTR driving in exchange for that training. Smaller regional carriers don't usually offer training. Your best bet is to find a large OTR carrier that offers training and has dedicated, regional routes in your area.

Secondly, finding your dream job won't be as hard AFTER you have your 1 year of OTR out of the way. You live in the heart of freight country. A quick peek at the Schneider (picked randomly could be Prime, Swift or a dozen others) job site shows regional opportunities with hometime every other weekend and a dedicated JCPenny run with weekends off (must live within 100 miles of Lenexa, KS). I'd suggest talking to a recruiter and asking how many months of driving OTR you would have to put in before you could transition to a dedicated regional run.

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.

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.

Larry B. 's Comment
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Curious if anyone knows of any companies that offer a dry van Midwest regional. Home every weekend or every other weekend for at least a 34 hour reset.

I will need CDL training. I do have my Missouri permit and medical.

I live in Pleasant Hill Missouri, about 30 miles South of Kansas City.

I greatly appreciate it! You all stay safe out there.

Hey Jeremy I'm not far from you in warrensburg. There are several companies that hire new drivers for Midwest regional.

My top two choices so far are Schneider National, and Transland down in Springfield. Westside transport in Iowa also hired new drivers for Midwest regional I think. If you're interested in flatbed, Maverick and TMC are the way to go in our area. There are at least two TMC drivers here in warrensburg that I see parked every weekend.

No need to go OTR any more if you don't want to.

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.

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.

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.
Larry B. 's Comment
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Hey Jeremy I reread your post and realized you are looking for companies that offer CDL schools. The companies I mentioned require you to attend a school on your own but they will reimburse you for a year commitment. There are several schools in our area if you could swing it. State fair community college in Sedalia has A 160 hour CDL school for about $3500. That's the best price I've found so far.

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.
Jeramy H.'s Comment
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Thank you all very much for the information! I read through several of the articles that Jeremy posted and did find that Schneider has exactly what I'm asking about here. I sent in my application last night to them.

I have been approved to drive for Maverick on the flatbed side. That is my #1 choice, and I am in line for their CDL school. Their waiting list is a month or two is all they can tell me. I'm looking to get started sooner than that.

What started all of this dry van research for me - and please let me know if I am on the right track or not with this line of thinking. I read a post on here that a large majority (most companies posting 90% or better) of dry van freight is drop and hook. I really like that as my thought is that I will be spending more time driving versus waiting for a live load/unload. So even though the cpm may be a couple of cents less, I'll get more miles because of this. Is that a correct way of looking at this?

Again, I appreciate the reply's and all of the information!

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.

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.

CPM:

Cents Per Mile

Drivers are often paid by the mile and it's given in cents per mile, or cpm.

Drop And Hook:

Drop and hook means the driver will drop one trailer and hook to another one.

In order to speed up the pickup and delivery process a driver may be instructed to drop their empty trailer and hook to one that is already loaded, or drop their loaded trailer and hook to one that is already empty. That way the driver will not have to wait for a trailer to be loaded or unloaded.

G-Town's Comment
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What started all of this dry van research for me - and please let me know if I am on the right track or not with this line of thinking. I read a post on here that a large majority (most companies posting 90% or better) of dry van freight is drop and hook. I really like that as my thought is that I will be spending more time driving versus waiting for a live load/unload. So even though the cpm may be a couple of cents less, I'll get more miles because of this. Is that a correct way of looking at this?

90% drop & hook for TL Carriers?

There are no gaurantees, all depends on the freight in their system, shipper/receiver policies, and in many cases how busy they happen to be at that given moment. 60-65% is a more realistic expectation.

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.

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.

CPM:

Cents Per Mile

Drivers are often paid by the mile and it's given in cents per mile, or cpm.

Drop And Hook:

Drop and hook means the driver will drop one trailer and hook to another one.

In order to speed up the pickup and delivery process a driver may be instructed to drop their empty trailer and hook to one that is already loaded, or drop their loaded trailer and hook to one that is already empty. That way the driver will not have to wait for a trailer to be loaded or unloaded.

∆_Danielsahn_∆'s Comment
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This is my company...

Don Hummer Trucking

Good luck in your search.

Big Scott (CFI Driver and's Comment
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CFI is headquarter in Joplin and we have a KC yard. As far as I know we have a Midwest regional , but I don't know how difficult it is to get on it. Good luck.

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.

Steve F.'s Comment
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I did that with Schneider. They paid for school. Just had to drive for them for year. 8 months down. Overall happy so far. Issues I have will be same with most companies. Hard to control how long it takes to get loaded on live load. So far between 10 minutes and 18 hours. The 18 hour was because of accident at shipper and they apologize a lot for it. **** happens. With Schneider I really have no complaints. Been happy so far. Have no plans to go elsewhere. If anything maybe owner operator.

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.

Owner Operator:

An owner-operator is a driver who either owns or leases the truck they are driving. A self-employed driver.

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