Roehl National And Getting Home In South TN

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Avvatar's Comment
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Hey DBL, I cant speak for direct experience with Roehl, but I will tell you that i'll be attending their training in Georgia around the 8th of April. I made that decision ( like yourself) on their reputation for caring about their driver's home time. I have spoken to people who drive for them and have driven in the past. they seem to be very serious about safety and family.

I have a 6 year old girl, a 4 year old girl, and a 2 year old boy. Like you, I don't want to walk out for a month at a time. it simply wouldn't be worth it to me.

Good luck in what you decide. Perhaps I'll see you in Georgia!



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Dieselbloodline's Comment
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Hey Eli, thanks for your reply! U wont see me in Georgia they got me scheduled for Gary, IN the same time u start in Georgia good luck to u brother! Those kids of yours will think their daddy is one heck of man to pull up in that big truck and be telling all their friends at school how their daddy keeps the world moving, be safe and good luck, u got it man!


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Bruce K.'s Comment
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David, I kinda lost track of your original question in my last reply. I am confident that you can depend on Roehl to honor their arrangement with you. All the big companies are good about this from what I know and hear. If this is a BIG issue for you, and I know it is, just communicate that early to your recruiter and company. Make sure the issue and promises are crystal clear between you two parties. Good luck I'm sure you will do well.

Dieselbloodline's Comment
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You know Eli, my daddy was a trucker before he passed on, not only a trucker but one heck of a man and he raised me and my sister like a lot of fathers out there raise their youngins to be some good down home, help anyone in need, give the shirt off our backs type of people and we have lived up to that on more than one occasion and I do my best to raise mine that way so they always remember who they r and where they came from. He even did a huge part in raisin my 6yr old up until she was right past 2yrs when he died. She is smart as a whip in school and its bc of him, I remember right before she turned 2 he had flash cards out talking her through them and she would take those flash cards to him wanting to keep learning. Its always been a dream of mine to drive a truck since I was knee watching him do it and being raised around it, it was the only dream I can remember and it's like I the pedigree in me and I got the drive, the fire in me but theres just something that is screwing with me, a little devil on my shoulder, idk something that makes me double guess myself


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Dieselbloodline's Comment
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Thanks Bruce K. that is it just the home time I been communicating with my recruiter for about 2 months now "just bc when I first called to check on it I made her aware I wouldn't be ready til late March early April" and she said that's what they shoot for is 11to14out with 3home give or take a few days at times so what u just said is good that they stick by what they say pretty much, and it's like I told her i dont mind set backs on home time its understandable. Just so many people and their horror stories get the best of a man. Just didnt know if they use that advertisement of 11/14 and 3 to hook u and then screw u in miles and stuff bc u wont run 4weeks at a time all the time. Thanks, just really want/need a real true career for these kids so I can give them what they need to succeed. Thanks again for your time.

Dieselbloodline's Comment
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But yeah Bruce K. that was pretty much my original question was gettin me home like they say they will 11to14out with 3home after 14 or a few days after. Not staying out for 4 weeks. It just seems like everyone with Roehl stays in midwest just didnt know if me living in southern tn would keep me out longer trying to get home after 14 out.

Tractor Man's Comment
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Dieselblood, just be aware, the more hometime you take, the less money you will make. The schedule you mentioned could result in 70-90 unpaid days off in a year. At $200 per day, that is $14,000- 18,000 you are leaving on the table. Just wanted to make you aware. As the saying goes in this Business. Keep the left door closed and the wheels rolling! Good luck!


Dieselbloodline's Comment
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Yes sir thanks Tractor Man that is alot to consider, that's what I told myself in the beginning is I could do it for my kids future but as it draws closer I keep asking myself will they understand one day

PJ's Comment
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DBL I started with Roehl 5 yrs or so ago. They are good people to work for. The flatbed stuff is pretty much centered out of Gary. I have friends who did flatbed with them. I always got home close on time. When you go out put in a hometime request for 12 days later. Depending on how the freight runs you will be home somewhere in the 11-14 day window unless something weird happens. As I said before they have alot of freight for flatbeds between the midwest and southeast.

G-Town's Comment
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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.

Roehl is a very good company with very good training. To imply you are settling is perhaps short sighted. Waiting until August may or may not produce additional offers. There are no guarantees.

What’s “inside you”; your heart and desire is far more relevant and important to your success than the company name stenciled on your cab door. Good drivers; safe and efficient operators can be successful and happy at most any company. Just a quick glance at the companies a few of the moderators drive for; Swift (me), Knight (Old School), Prime (Rainy), Prime Flatbed (Turtle), Susan (West Side), and Leardership (H.O. Wolding) should prove the theory. Most every major carrier is represented by a successful driver in this forum.

You have an offer from an excellent company willing to take a chance on you and invest in your future. Not too shabby...

Once you commit to them, focus 100% of your energy on being a professional student, learning everything you can about truck driving, never looking back.

Good luck!


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