Big Decision Time

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Bobcat_Bob's Comment
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Since I have started driving I have joked about moving to Tucson Az to get away from the snow and now A linehaul opportunity with OD in Tucson has opened up. So the big question is do I apply for and take this opportunity if they offer it? I really do not see a reason they would not want me usually they turn you down for discipline or attendance issues of which I have neither.

I called the terminal there yesterday to see where they run and they said most of their runs are a 650 mile round trip to El Paso Tx or a double turn to Phoenix which would be like 530 miles. They also do a meets with LA drivers out west and from a terminal in Nevada up north.

I have been very happy with my terminal and the people here, the only reason I am considering leaving for better weather and cheaper cost of living. It definitely would be a change going back to the bottom of the seniority list, and with a new terminal opening up near my current one I will probably move up a few spots as some people here are going to transfer so they can be closer to home.

Not sure what to do, it was easy to say I would do it, now that there is a chance I'm stuck.

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.

Linehaul:

Linehaul drivers will normally run loads from terminal to terminal for LTL (Less than Truckload) companies.

LTL (Less Than Truckload) carriers will have Linehaul drivers and P&D drivers. The P&D drivers will deliver loads locally from the terminal and pick up loads returning them to the terminal. Linehaul drivers will then run truckloads from terminal to terminal.
Banks's Comment
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You can always gain seniority, if you're able to make this move I say go for it. Winter sucks and having to be outside in the winter sucks even more. If your family is good with it shoot your shot. If I've learned anything from this site, it's that you have to be willing to roll the dice on yourself.

icecold24k's Comment
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Honestly I do not see anything wrong with this. You are in good standing with your company and it will be a move within the same company so I think it would be okay. The weather and cost of living would be a lot better and if it is something that really suits your needs, and you really want to do it then I say go for it. Just do you research on moving and know 100% this is what you want to do.

Turtle's Comment
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Certainly a big decision. Only you know what's most important in your life. If you don't have deep roots holding you where you are, there's nothing stopping you. Don't fall for the color of the grass though, it could change when you get there.

Good luck!

RealDiehl's Comment
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See what what happens when you are a dependable, safe driver? You get rewarded with options and burdened with tough decisions.

Seriously, go through the pros and cons to help you figure out what is best. It's a big decision. Good luck, BB.

Bird-one's Comment
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If I'm not mistaken your dad lives out there right, and still works for OD? Heck I'd take it on the weather alone.

PackRat's Comment
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In a heartbeat!good-luck.gif

Bobcat_Bob's Comment
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Seriously, go through the pros and cons to help you figure out what is best. It's a big decision.

I plan on doing that tomorrow when I off.

Thanks!

If I'm not mistaken your dad lives out there right, and still works for OD?

Close, my sister lives in Phoenix which is about 2 hours from Tucson, my dad was in Chicago until about 2 months when they decided they didn't need him anymore. Which is another reason I am leaning towards going.

Rob T.'s Comment
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I'm not familiar with what your family situation is (spouse and kids) but my wife and I had left MN for FL as we were tired of the weather and always heard about how great it was. When we had kids our outlook quickly changed. Before having our first child we loved not feeling obligated to see family because it's a holiday. All of a sudden we hated not having family around. We had my mother in law only a couple miles from us but it just felt different. A big eye opener was when my son was 6 months old we needed to go to Green Bay WI for my brother in laws wedding. It took over a day and a half driving. Sure we could have flown but we decided to drive so we could see family in MN and check out some sites on the way home, plus it was cheaper. We ended up leaving FL for Iowa so we still were on our own but within a few hours we can see most of our family. To me that's important due to my parents getting up there in age. 6 months ago I got a call saying that grandma had a stroke and was in the hospital. I was able to get up there and visit with her after only a few hour drive. A couple days later she decided she didnt want treatment and I got a call from my dad telling me she'll be gone before morning. I was going to call into work and go up there but she wasnt going to make it that long so I was told stay home. In this case 250 miles was still too far away.

Is it worth not moving away from where you grew up due to the fear of something happening to a loved one? Do you want your kids to not have their aunts/uncles etc around while growing up, possibly feeling left out (I witnessed it with classmates growing up, but kids these days are so SAWFT smile.gif ) to be honest we also missed the 4 seasons the midwest brings, although I question myself when its snowing hard or -20. As far as something happening to a family member, you also can't live your life for others. Life is too short to be unhappy. the brightside is you will always have a place at OD by continuing what you're doing. You may move down there and love it, or you may decide you miss "home" and want to go back. You're the only one who can decide that, just thought I'd share my first hand experience. Dont let your place on the seniority board be the determining factor. People could retire, quit or be fired pretty quickly and all of a sudden you find yourself in a much different position.

Dm:

Dispatcher, Fleet Manager, Driver Manager

The primary person a driver communicates with at his/her company. A dispatcher can play many roles, depending on the company's structure. Dispatchers may assign freight, file requests for home time, relay messages between the driver and management, inform customer service of any delays, change appointment times, and report information to the load planners.

HOS:

Hours Of Service

HOS refers to the logbook hours of service regulations.

OWI:

Operating While Intoxicated

Bobcat_Bob's Comment
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Thanks Rob sorry about your grandmother.

Luckily for me I have no kids or wife/girlfriend and my parents are only 55 so hopefully I have at least 10 years before I have to worry about their health. In fact with my sister being in Phoenix I was hoping to convince them to move out there since 2 out of 3 children will be there.

Dm:

Dispatcher, Fleet Manager, Driver Manager

The primary person a driver communicates with at his/her company. A dispatcher can play many roles, depending on the company's structure. Dispatchers may assign freight, file requests for home time, relay messages between the driver and management, inform customer service of any delays, change appointment times, and report information to the load planners.
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