Roehl National And Getting Home In South TN

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Dieselbloodline's Comment
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I truly do appreciate everyone on here that does or does not apply, thanks to every for Honest opinions, my dad drove a truck when I was growing up ftom a baby til right after I got my drivers license at 16, but he has passed on to hauling clouds and angels around for the big man above that watches over all of us. Ever since I was a kid watching him in action pulling in, taking off, riding with him over the years, it's been the only dream I have ever had and my kids are everything in the world to me and I just cant see not seeing them every 2 or 3 weeks or around about it just for a day or two. I just cant see walking out the door and not seeing them girls for atleast 4 weeks each and everytime I walked out that door.

OWI:

Operating While Intoxicated

C T.'s Comment
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Hey no worries, there are plenty of flatbed companies out there. Here's a few that I can think of: Jordan Carriers. McElroy, TMC, Cypress, JLE, Montgomery, Gypsum Express, Keim, CT(comcar). There's more but I can't remember. There's also a million other companies that do dry van , reefer , whatever. Apply everywhere and see what you can qualify for.

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.

Reefer:

A refrigerated trailer.

Dieselbloodline's Comment
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Sorry still gettin use to this not being able to edit my post and typing on a forum, forgive the typos lol I meant I am thankful for all opions and a big thanks to everyone that does or does not Reply

Bruce K.'s Comment
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Hey man, no need to apologize for any typos, we're truck drivers, not English professors. In fact, many typos just add to the colorful nature of some posts.

I think that it's commendable that you don't want to be separated from your family for extended periods. You can definitely find a job to get you home at least every other weekend, if not every weekend. But it's not going to just drop in your lap. You have to go out there and find it. Not literally, but you have to make the phone calls and talk to the companies. Are you doing that?

Old School's Comment
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The key to getting treated right at any trucking company is to consistently prove your value to them. Great drivers get great treatment.

Check out this article from Rainy. She spells it out - this is how you make sure you get the home time you need. This is a give and take business. You keep them happy while you're out here on the road, and they will be more than happy to get you home.

Why Some Drivers Are Treated Better Than Others

Dieselbloodline's Comment
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Thanks Old School. I'll check out that article right now, thanks for your time, I know all of yall are busy

Dieselbloodline's Comment
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Hey CT. Yeah Roehl Transport accepted me but that's my question do they stick by their hometime they say 11to14 out with 3 days home? I understand the 14th day can turn into 15th, 16th, 17th, 18th day and that 3 days home can be just a day and a half but is their advertisement of 11to14out and 3home just what they "advertise" to hook u and then once your in expect u to run 3and 4 weeks at a time all the time, thanks for your replay man

Dieselbloodline's Comment
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Yes Sir Bruce K. that's what I did, made phone calls like crazy for over a month until I ran across Roehl Transport and they said my tickets were ok and accepted me into their program. Got my permit and DOT physical last week. But that's what I was wondering was do they stick by what they say, that with them 11to14out "give or take a few" before hometime of 3day "a day or two". Or do they just advertise that to hook u in and then expect u to run 3to4 weeks everytime before hometime, I dont care to run extra when needed but i dont want to leave home everytime knowing i got to stay that long everytime.

DOT:

Department Of Transportation

A department of the federal executive branch responsible for the national highways and for railroad and airline safety. It also manages Amtrak, the national railroad system, and the Coast Guard.

State and Federal DOT Officers are responsible for commercial vehicle enforcement. "The truck police" you could call them.

OWI:

Operating While Intoxicated

Rob T.'s Comment
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They have no reason to lie to you about home time. If they bring you in and have been dishonest they're not likely to retain you and have just wasted money on training you. They say they'll try to get you home. Sometimes freight is strange and it may end up being close to 28 days before they have freight going to your area. Other times you may have a load going by the house that allows you to swing in on the 5th day out for your 10 hour break. If you're that worried about it, wait to become a truck driver and let more time pass from your speeding. More companies will be interested if you show them you're responsible behind the wheel and protect your license. many flatbed companies get you home for atleast 34 hours nearly every weekend. The home time schedules are to give you a general idea of what the goal is, but as someone else said they wont bobtail you 450 miles to get home on time.

Bobtail:

"Bobtailing" means you are driving a tractor without a trailer attached.

Dieselbloodline's Comment
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Thanks Rob T. yes sir I agree and acknowledge that they wouldn't bobtail anyone 450 miles just to go home and I thank u for your comment, it never occurred to me what u said about, may have a load going by the house and let me take my 10 hour break there. But I did know that if they say 11to14 out that it'll always be the high end of the 14 side and am aware that it can turn into more, and that's ok. I guess what I was saying was with them saying 11to14 out is it usually more the high end of 14 or the low end of 28 for the majority? And maybe your right maybe I just need to wait til August and my license clears up. I called every company I ran across, that I could go through to get my cdl and go straight in to flatbed with, to find one that would accept me with my license like it is, guess I rushed and then settled. I was really shocked that I passed the permit test on the first time "this past friday" I ain't good studying out of a book. I did study like crazy this past couple of months when I could but when I sat down in front of that computer and started testing none of those questions looked like anything I remembered from the book or practice tests. I swear only about 10 of the questions out of all three tests combined I could remember knowing something about from studying. So yeah maybe I'm just jumping the gun and settling to quick since my license is messed up. Thanks man

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.

Bobtail:

"Bobtailing" means you are driving a tractor without a trailer attached.

HOS:

Hours Of Service

HOS refers to the logbook hours of service regulations.

OWI:

Operating While Intoxicated

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