Heavy Hauling And Riggin

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Sonny B.'s Comment
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Flatbed OTR appeals to me.....so just sign up with a company that trains newbies? I got my CDL and did a stint with a company that wasn't all together truthful ... I checked with some companies and they want years of experience so any suggestions on companies and types of companies to get this experience from - Thanks in advance

Sonny Black

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.

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.

Rob T.'s Comment
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How long was your "stint" with another company? How do u feel they weren't truthful? When did you obtain your cdl and how long since u left the other company?

If flatbed appeals to you I'd check with TMC, McElroy or even prime. These companies, among others give people without a cdl a chance so Its worth trying them.

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.
Old School's Comment
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Nobody steps right into those type of jobs. They carry a tremendous amount of responsibility, including extra paperwork for permits and strict routing guidelines including different times of day you can operate in different states. The best route to your goal is to get on with a company doing regular flatbed loads and heavy haul loads.

Have you considered Anderson Trucking Service? They will help you learn the business of flatbed and oversize, and then help you transition into the big stuff as you prove your ability to handle it.

HOS:

Hours Of Service

HOS refers to the logbook hours of service regulations.
Michael S.'s Comment
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I did heavy haul for 4 years, had already been working flatbed prior when the company bought a heavy haul company. I think for the most part heavy haul companies want to see a few years flatbed experience prior. I'm starting over with prime flatbed after a 10 year hiatus from driving, not sure if they do much oversize stuff, but may think about getting back into it in the future, right now my focus is to just get going and have a successful first year with them. Good luck to you!

∆_Danielsahn_∆'s Comment
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Any of the Daseke companies are good ones to check out.

Sonny B.'s Comment
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I was willing to work and do what ever for the amount of money the recruiter said I'd be getting but it wasn't even close

Han Solo Cup (aka, Pablo)'s Comment
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How long was your "stint" with another company? How do u feel they weren't truthful? When did you obtain your cdl and how long since u left the other company?

According to his other thread:
- His "stint" was one whole delivery
- They were untruthful by allegedly underpaying him tons of money even though he only delivered one load
- And he just left his company recently

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.
Michael S.'s Comment
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I was willing to work and do what ever for the amount of money the recruiter said I'd be getting but it wasn't even close

How can you possibly evaluate the earnings off of one load?!?!?! In trucking there will be slow weeks and great weeks, you need to stick to it for way more than one load to know what you will be making!

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