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C T.'s Comment
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Hey what's going on everyone. It's been a while since I've posted here but I have been lurking. Anybody remember me? Anyway, a lot has happened in the last month or so since I was an active member. I am no longer with Maverick Transportation. My situation at home changed and being over the road , even 5 days at a time was no longer doable for me. I have nothing bad to say about the company. I worked there for 2.5 years as my 1st driving job and they delivered on everything I had hoped for. I left about a month ago on good terms and was told I'd be more than welcome to return if I wanted to. I took my time and made sure I had a job lined up prior to leav. I ended up going with FedEx Freight. The ltl biz is an entire different world from flatbed. I now work the dock and pull doubles , which can be a challenge. I'll try to make a new thread for FedEx at some point or add to an existing ltl thread. If anybody wants any information on Maverick or FedEx let me know.

LTL:

Less Than Truckload

Refers to carriers that make a lot of smaller pickups and deliveries for multiple customers as opposed to hauling one big load of freight for one customer. This type of hauling is normally done by companies with terminals scattered throughout the country where freight is sorted before being moved on to its destination.

LTL carriers include:

  • FedEx Freight
  • Con-way
  • YRC Freight
  • UPS
  • Old Dominion
  • Estes
  • Yellow-Roadway
  • ABF Freight
  • R+L Carrier

Over The Road:

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.

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.

Bobcat_Bob's Comment
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Does Fedex make you work the dock? At Old Dominion linehaul drivers don't really work the dock with the exception of a few terminals.

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.

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.
Turtle's Comment
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Good to hear from you C.T.

Congratulations and good luck with the new gig. Don't be a stranger.

C T.'s Comment
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Thanks turtle, I'm still a skateboarder at heart lol. And bobcat yes, we work the dock plenty. It's mostly the lower guys such as myself on the line haul side. Drivers with bids or higher on the extra board may do an hour or so on the dock till their back haul is ready. I'm literally the last guy so I do more a good mix of shuttles and dock. Not sure about the city drivers.

Line Haul:

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.
andhe78's Comment
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Holy smokes, I somehow missed this until I saw on another thread that you’d left maverick. Good luck on the new job!

Grumpy Old Man's Comment
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Good luck

C T.'s Comment
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The hiring process for FedEx was a long one but worth the wait so far. Felt weird to leave Maverick since it was my first driving job. It's nice to get a break from tarping lol

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