Approaching 2 Yrs...Looking For Local Work.

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TommyGun's Comment
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Hey guys, in January, my 2 years with Stevens will be complete, and I'll be looking to get home for a more local gig.

I'm looking for something that will get me home every night, or on the weekends. Also looking for more pay and decent benefits. I live in Central FL, south of Orlando.

I've worked OTR , been on loan to dedicated, and currently work the intermodal circuit in Chicago. All with reefer trailers, but I have my HAZMAT/Tanker endorsement as well.

I have a good reputation with my company, never refused a load, clean MVR , clean CSA score.

I don't regret my choice going with Stevens, but its time for this road dog to go home. This job has made me utterly thankful for the family I have, and I hope to start my own family one day.

You think I can find work? :)

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

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.

CSA:

Compliance, Safety, Accountability (CSA)

The CSA is a Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) initiative to improve large truck and bus safety and ultimately reduce crashes, injuries, and fatalities that are related to commercial motor vehicle

Intermodal:

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.

MVR:

Motor Vehicle Record

An MVR is a report of your driving history, as reported from your state Department of Motor Vehicles. Information on this report may include Drivers License information, point history, violations, convictions, and license status on your driving record.

Reefer:

A refrigerated trailer.

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

Steve L.'s Comment
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Robert Bearden Inc (RBI) does a lot of Florida freight and home every week. Great retirement (ESOP). Tell ‘em Steve in 574 sent ya.

Have you tried Publix or Winn Dixie? Winn Dixie might be under C&S wholesale. Also, Cheney Brothers (CBI) has a large operation in south Florida. All of these are refer operations.

I hope this helps.

Robert D. (Raptor)'s Comment
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TommyGun

Have you ever considered driving a fuel tanker? I don't know what companies are in Florida, but they have to have fuel drivers for the amount of population there. Now I know I'll probably get a lot of flack for endorsing this but you'll be home every night. Be in a day cab , so try your local fuel tanker companies to see if they are hiring. You have the endorsements, use them!

Day Cab:

A tractor which does not have a sleeper berth attached to it. Normally used for local routes where drivers go home every night.

Bobcat_Bob's Comment
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Do you have a Old Dominion near you? P&D starts at $25 and goes up after 6 month, 1 year and 2 years to around $30 a hour. Linehaul works mostly over night 5 days a week pay starts at .55 after a year I'm at .64 after 2 years you too out around 70 cpm. If you want family time P&D would be your best option.

Our benefits are pretty good as well.

P&D:

Pickup & Delivery

Local drivers that stay around their area, usually within 100 mile radius of a terminal, picking up and delivering loads.

LTL (Less Than Truckload) carriers for instance will have Linehaul drivers and P&D drivers. The P&D drivers will deliver loads locally from the terminal and pick up loads returning to the terminal. Linehaul drivers will then run truckloads from terminal to terminal.

Linehaul:

Linehaul drivers will normally run loads from terminal to terminal for LTL (Less than Truckload) companies.

LTL (Less Than Truckload) carriers will have Linehaul drivers and P&D drivers. The P&D drivers will deliver loads locally from the terminal and pick up loads returning them to the terminal. Linehaul drivers will then run truckloads from terminal to terminal.

CPM:

Cents Per Mile

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

Daniel (Turtle)'s Comment
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Check with DB Schenker they are a global company and I know they have at least 2 places in Florida.. They do yard spotting and localized trucking for Factory to warehousing..

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