TMC Boat Division Or Specialized/John Deere???

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Trucker41's Comment
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Hi everyone,

I haven’t been on here for a long while, but I have a decision to make and need help.

I’ve been with TMC for about a year and a half. I love it here. Now, I’m looking for a challenge and more money within the Company. Either in the Boat Division or the Specialized Division. I have a perfect safety record and have been approved to join either one. But, I don’t know enough to decide between the two.

My question is this: What are the pros and cons of each division an which can I make the most money in?

Obviously, drivers on either division WITHIN TMC, I’d love to hear from you. Thanks.

Rob D.'s Comment
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Trucker41,

Having looked at your bio and comment history, I am intrigued about whether you had any regrets going from the corporate world to trucking. I am in a similar situation where I am planning to make a huge career change, but still have doubts now and then.

Also, you last post prior to this thread said you were headed to Roehl on December 4, 2017. How have you been at TMC for a year and half if you started with Roehl almost two years ago?

Trucker41's Comment
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Hi Rob, here you go:

Regrets? Not really. I am a what you see is what you get kind of person. Work hard, play hard. I love my family and I hate fakeness. You see a lot of this in the corporate world. I was sick of it. Now that I’ve been a Flatbedder for almost two years, it fits me. I like the physicality of the job. You work your ass off. I don’t mind the driving either. Being away from the kids has been hard, but I’m home almost every weekend right now. The money is fine. I’m pulling about $70K a year. It’s good.

Starting at Roehl: Yes, I did begin at Roehl through their Get Your CDL program. The training was ok, but I wasn’t impressed with the company once I was in. After completing my CDL, they hadn’t lined me up with a trainer for over 30 days. So I told them if they couldn’t get me in a truck with a trainer soon, I wouldn’t be able to stay. A whole month with no income was not going to work. They couldn’t line it up and I jumped ship and went to TMC. I had my doubts about this company, but I love it. They say what they mean and do what they say. You work hard and you are compensated well.

So, I’m not looking to leave but take the next step with the company. Specialized or Boats Division.

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