Magnum Logistics Out Of North Dakota

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Lou's Comment
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Hello everyone,

Has anyone heard of Magnum Logistics? They run reefers and seem like a good company. I'd appreciate any information from anyone who is currently driving for them or has driven for them. Thank you

Reefer:

A refrigerated trailer.

Bobcat_Bob's Comment
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I have heard of them, I almost went with them right out of school in 2017 but went with West Side instead as they where a little bigger with 500 trucks compaired to Magnums 200.

As far as i know nobody here works for them but they seemed like a good company with what appears to be good equipment when I see them on the road.

Lou's Comment
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Thanks Bobcat, yes they seem like a good company and they do hire new CDL holders fresh out of school which is a bonus. I just don't know what their hiring area is and starting pay, detention pay etc... Their site doesn't break those numbers down. I have them on my list of companies to contact once I'm back in the states (currently living in japan and moving back next month).

Appreciate your input.

Lou

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.

HOS:

Hours Of Service

HOS refers to the logbook hours of service regulations.
PackRat's Comment
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What are you doing in Japan?

Lou's Comment
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What are you doing in Japan?

I was military, retired about a year ago and got a contractor position here. My wife is a current government employee working on one of the military installations here however, she just accepted an offer (promotion for her) back to the states starting in mid July so it's time to move. We are heading to Missouri which seems like a great place to get started with my second career as a truck driver!

Old School's Comment
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Thanks Bobcat, yes they seem like a good company and they do hire new CDL holders fresh out of school which is a bonus. I just don't know what their hiring area is and starting pay, detention pay etc... Their site doesn't break those numbers down.

Hey Lou, it's great having you in here!

I've never heard of Magnum, but that's not important. I just thought it odd that you chose a company that, although they hire newbies, is not a common starting point for most new drivers. It is a huge mistake to get all caught up in the good company/bad company drama that is seen by everyone doing research into a trucking career. After years of helping new drivers here at Trucking Truth I can't recall anyone starting at Magnum.

That just makes me curious if you're a victim of the slander and lies that are rampant online about the large trucking companies. These "first in class" companies willingly take on new drivers and help them not only make a great start to their careers, but are also great places to be employed over the long haul. You don't have to take my word for it - their long lists of multi-million mile drivers gives all the credence you need.

Just be careful about falling into the unproven theory that says, "life is better at small companies." Typically, that's not been proven in practice in the Transportation business. It's a bogus exercise in illogical conclusions. I encourage you to listen to this podcast. It's got some great information concerning this topic.

Are Major Companies Nothing More Than Starter Companies?

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.

HOS:

Hours Of Service

HOS refers to the logbook hours of service regulations.
Bruce K.'s Comment
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Lou, if you are moving to Missouri, Prime would seem to be a logical choice for you. Like Old School said, all the big carriers would be good for you, so don't agonize too much. Pick a major company and get one year in. Then you will be in a better position to make an informed decision as to whether you want to stay with your training company or move to another one.

Lou's Comment
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OD/Bruce,

Thank you for your input, I appreciate it. I understand not to get caught up in all the drama about good and bad companies etc... Truth be told any company can be good if one has a positive attitude and is willing to put in the work and be productive as all of you have said on this forum. I completely agree with that. I'm currently just putting together a list of companies I think I may be a good fit for. I also have a list of questions I'll be asking once I'm back in the US and start calling around.

Yes, I've heard the lies about these large (mega) carriers and really I don't buy it. Swift is a perfect example of a large company that seems to continue to have a bad reputation however, their site is well organized showing a lot of information and honestly the company seems to provide a wide range opportunity from CDL training to earning a degree! My point with all of this is that I understand there's a lot of negativity out here but I want to hear and learn from those who are succeeding no matter what company they are with and this forum provides that.

As for Magnum, it was a company I came across and from my very limited research and they seem like a company I may enjoy so I figured I would ask. I do have some specific items I would like in the company I choose such as a military apprenticeship program.

I appreciate all of you on this forum taking time out of your busy schedule to help people like me who are looking to get into this industry and those who have just started or have limited experience.

Oh and Prime is definitely on my list!

Old School thank you for the link, I will listen to the podcast!

Thanks, Lou

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.

HOS:

Hours Of Service

HOS refers to the logbook hours of service regulations.

OWI:

Operating While Intoxicated

OOS:

When a violation by either a driver or company is confirmed, an out-of-service order removes either the driver or the vehicle from the roadway until the violation is corrected.

EPU:

Electric Auxiliary Power Units

Electric APUs have started gaining acceptance. These electric APUs use battery packs instead of the diesel engine on traditional APUs as a source of power. The APU's battery pack is charged when the truck is in motion. When the truck is idle, the stored energy in the battery pack is then used to power an air conditioner, heater, and other devices

Bruce K.'s Comment
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Some of the things that actually influence potential drivers are the specific company policies like: Pet policy, rider policy, length of training, proximity to company locations, etc. I don't think there is another company (correct me if I'm wrong) that has a more thorough training program than Prime.

PackRat's Comment
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I don't think there is another company (correct me if I'm wrong) that has a more thorough training program than Prime.

I know of one: “The Appalachian Express”. It’s a one-truck operation out of the western mountains of Virginia. The owner’s handle is “PackRat”.

There are some drivers I’ve talked with that rode with a trainer for 90 days prior to ever getting the chance to drive under observation of the same trainer. Imagine that.

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