Big Money In The Desert

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Pete B.'s Comment
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I’ll nutshell this as much as I can. The experience and the support I’ve gleaned from this site has been immeasurable, but it’s time to leap from the nest. I overheard some guys talking at the truck stop, and confirmed what I heard with some other guys at one of my terminals; that ‘the big money’ can be made overseas. I’ve been excepted by a contractor in the Middle East, so will be departing in a few weeks for the riches that apparently await. I’ve been told that it’s almost like driving down the sandy road, holding a bucket out the window to catch the cash as it falls from the sky. There seems to be an actual driver shortage over there, so the workload and subsequent pay will be high. I figure I’ll work for 2 to 3 years over there, then come back over here, buy 2 to 3 trucks, hire a few drivers, and manage that business from home. Ya’ll take it easy, thanks for putting up with me.

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.

RealDiehl's Comment
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That sounds a little vague. Is that on purpose? I mean, is it a privacy issue? Otherwise I'd like to hear more about what you'll be doing. It sounds interesting. I don't think I'd want to go to that part of the world but, it would be cool to learn about another aspect of trucking.

∆_Danielsahn_∆'s Comment
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Happy April 1st dayshocked.pngsmile.gif

I’ll nutshell this as much as I can. The experience and the support I’ve gleaned from this site has been immeasurable, but it’s time to leap from the nest. I overheard some guys talking at the truck stop, and confirmed what I heard with some other guys at one of my terminals; that ‘the big money’ can be made overseas. I’ve been excepted by a contractor in the Middle East, so will be departing in a few weeks for the riches that apparently await. I’ve been told that it’s almost like driving down the sandy road, holding a bucket out the window to catch the cash as it falls from the sky. There seems to be an actual driver shortage over there, so the workload and subsequent pay will be high. I figure I’ll work for 2 to 3 years over there, then come back over here, buy 2 to 3 trucks, hire a few drivers, and manage that business from home. Ya’ll take it easy, thanks for putting up with me.

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.

LDRSHIP's Comment
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Make sure to buy a flak vest before you go. Also keep your eye out for IEDs.

Bobcat_Bob's Comment
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I totally believed this for a minute, as my dad was recruited to run a shop in Bagdad. The money was like twice what he was making at the time but he understandably passed.

TWIC:

Transportation Worker Identification Credential

Truck drivers who regularly pick up from or deliver to the shipping ports will often be required to carry a TWIC card.

Your TWIC is a tamper-resistant biometric card which acts as both your identification in secure areas, as well as an indicator of you having passed the necessary security clearance. TWIC cards are valid for five years. The issuance of TWIC cards is overseen by the Transportation Security Administration and the Department of Homeland Security.

Bruce K.'s Comment
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Really? If this is an April Fools day joke, and that is what to expect today, I'll just check in again tomorrow.

Army 's Comment
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Yeah if this is true, be careful. If I can I will upload a picture of a Up-Armored Semi that I took when they were supporting us.

Marc Lee's Comment
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I recall hearing Haliburton got paid by the "run" (not to be confused with "the load"). Contractors (drivers) were killed driving empty tankers up and down dangerous highways.

Yeah... thanks but I'll pass!

Junkyard Dog's Comment
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I recall hearing Haliburton got paid by the "run" (not to be confused with "the load"). Contractors (drivers) were killed driving empty tankers up and down dangerous highways.

Yeah... thanks but I'll pass!

A guy went to high school with worked for Halliburton driving trucks in the Middle East. He was making almost a quarter mil a year. Every few months they would fly him and his family anywhere he wanted for vacation. But like Marc said, it is very dangerous work. He did it for a couple years ended up costing him his marriage.

PackRat's Comment
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Best place to go is Australia where there is a driver shortage.

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