Best (?) LTL Carrier For Linehaul

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Bobcat_Bob's Comment
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With linehaul the more seniority you gain the longer your days become as you can bid on longer runs. You do not have to bid on the longer run and can chose a shorter one if you want, we have a driver or two who do that.

At OD only P&D does since they are out in public with customers, they keep us linehaul drivers locked up, as not to scare the public. As long as what you where is not offensive it should be fine.

No LTL company allows pets that I know of but several OTR companies do but there are some restrictions including breed and weight.

As far as equipment at least with OD they do a pretty good job if it gets reported it gets repaired. I have driven a truck with 17 miles and one with 850,000 my current assigned truck is a 18 with 342k.

With linehaul something to consider is most of the runs depart after 9 pm. So you may have to work night for awhile or even forever if your location doesn't have anything else. But you will get 2 days off a week

LTL:

Less Than Truckload

Refers to carriers that make a lot of smaller pickups and deliveries for multiple customers as opposed to hauling one big load of freight for one customer. This type of hauling is normally done by companies with terminals scattered throughout the country where freight is sorted before being moved on to its destination.

LTL carriers include:

  • FedEx Freight
  • Con-way
  • YRC Freight
  • UPS
  • Old Dominion
  • Estes
  • Yellow-Roadway
  • ABF Freight
  • R+L Carrier

OTR:

Over The Road

OTR driving normally means you'll be hauling freight to various customers throughout your company's hauling region. It often entails being gone from home for two to three weeks at a time.

P&D:

Pickup & Delivery

Local drivers that stay around their area, usually within 100 mile radius of a terminal, picking up and delivering loads.

LTL (Less Than Truckload) carriers for instance will have Linehaul drivers and P&D drivers. The P&D drivers will deliver loads locally from the terminal and pick up loads returning to the terminal. Linehaul drivers will then run truckloads from terminal to terminal.

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.

HOS:

Hours Of Service

HOS refers to the logbook hours of service regulations.
Joseph I.'s Comment
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Unless you are looking to buy stock in the company I would not get to carried away with the profit and loss statements, they are just numbers that can be made to look however someone wants them to look.

Banks's Comment
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Unless you are looking to buy stock in the company I would not get to carried away with the profit and loss statements, they are just numbers that can be made to look however someone wants them to look.

I'm not talking about minor losses. I'm talking about selling off assets and bankruptcy losses. It's not something I'm comfortable with. Word is they're waiting to get back in the black to slap a for sale sign on it.

Roger P.'s Comment
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At OD only P&D does since they are out in public with customers, they keep us linehaul drivers locked up, as not to scare the public. As long as what you where is not offensive it should be fine.

Opinions vary, but all my naked lady tattoos are covered by my pants.

With linehaul something to consider is most of the runs depart after 9 pm. So you may have to work night for awhile or even forever if your location doesn't have anything else. But you will get 2 days off a week

The main thing here is that I basically consider any work day a bit of a wash, because I know long hours are part of the deal. Something where I'm doing 4x14 would honestly be ideal for me. I've seen some around, not necessarily line haul , but out there. The main appeal of linehaul for me is that I'm home most of the time, get regular days off and it seems to pay well, in part because the industry is historically unionized.

I'm not looking to do this until August of next year, because I'd like to hit the road with the family for another year, living out of the RV and winding down my business.

OD sounds like a good company based on what has been said here and what I have read / watched other places , so I'm wondering about the relative merits of dock-to-driver programs versus the traditional long haul / OTR training route. I'm not terribly bothered by more active work. I like driving but the whole "sitting on your rear every day for a year" part of the OTR route isn't my favorite thing.

OTR:

Over The Road

OTR driving normally means you'll be hauling freight to various customers throughout your company's hauling region. It often entails being gone from home for two to three weeks at a time.

P&D:

Pickup & Delivery

Local drivers that stay around their area, usually within 100 mile radius of a terminal, picking up and delivering loads.

LTL (Less Than Truckload) carriers for instance will have Linehaul drivers and P&D drivers. The P&D drivers will deliver loads locally from the terminal and pick up loads returning to the terminal. Linehaul drivers will then run truckloads from terminal to terminal.

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.

Line Haul:

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.

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.

Banks's Comment
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What appeals to you it's what appealed to me about linehaul. It's why I started here.

The 4*14 is a possibility, depending on the workload.

If you're willing to do p&d , you'll get to days a lot faster. At FedEx P&D has start times ranging from 6 am to 10 am. They usually work 10-12 hour days and FedEx pays overtime after 8 hours a day.

P&D:

Pickup & Delivery

Local drivers that stay around their area, usually within 100 mile radius of a terminal, picking up and delivering loads.

LTL (Less Than Truckload) carriers for instance will have Linehaul drivers and P&D drivers. The P&D drivers will deliver loads locally from the terminal and pick up loads returning to the terminal. Linehaul drivers will then run truckloads from terminal to terminal.

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.
Roger P.'s Comment
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If you're willing to do p&d , you'll get to days a lot faster. At FedEx P&D has start times ranging from 6 am to 10 am. They usually work 10-12 hour days and FedEx pays overtime after 8 hours a day.

I'm not opposed to P&D, but linehaul sounds way better. Just sit down, drive for a long way, drop your trailer, turn around and come back. Simple. The "boring" aspect of it appeals to me.

P&D:

Pickup & Delivery

Local drivers that stay around their area, usually within 100 mile radius of a terminal, picking up and delivering loads.

LTL (Less Than Truckload) carriers for instance will have Linehaul drivers and P&D drivers. The P&D drivers will deliver loads locally from the terminal and pick up loads returning to the terminal. Linehaul drivers will then run truckloads from terminal to terminal.

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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I'm not opposed to P&D , but linehaul sounds way better. Just sit down, drive for a long way, drop your trailer, turn around and come back. Simple. The "boring" aspect of it appeals to me.

That's the same thing that appeals to me. I've already decided to stay on the dock until I can get a linehaul spot. I'm also not opossed to moving, so transferring into a linehaul spot is also something I'd be willing to do.

P&D:

Pickup & Delivery

Local drivers that stay around their area, usually within 100 mile radius of a terminal, picking up and delivering loads.

LTL (Less Than Truckload) carriers for instance will have Linehaul drivers and P&D drivers. The P&D drivers will deliver loads locally from the terminal and pick up loads returning to the terminal. Linehaul drivers will then run truckloads from terminal to terminal.

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.
Auggie69's Comment
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If you're willing to do p&d , you'll get to days a lot faster. At FedEx P&D has start times ranging from 6 am to 10 am. They usually work 10-12 hour days and FedEx pays overtime after 8 hours a day.

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I'm not opposed to P&D, but linehaul sounds way better. Just sit down, drive for a long way, drop your trailer, turn around and come back. Simple. The "boring" aspect of it appeals to me.

Yeah, but union or non-union you'd end up working the dock a lot while you're on the bottom of the extra-board. At least it's not much more than an 8hr shift but you won't be driving anywhere.

You want a daytime job? Do P&D. You want a daytime job in linehaul? Work 10-20 years working the dock and running nights and THEN you'll earn you way to a daytime slot.

P&D:

Pickup & Delivery

Local drivers that stay around their area, usually within 100 mile radius of a terminal, picking up and delivering loads.

LTL (Less Than Truckload) carriers for instance will have Linehaul drivers and P&D drivers. The P&D drivers will deliver loads locally from the terminal and pick up loads returning to the terminal. Linehaul drivers will then run truckloads from terminal to terminal.

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.
Roger P.'s Comment
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Do you lose all seniority if you transfer?

Banks's Comment
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Do you lose all seniority if you transfer?

If you transfer to another terminal you lose seniority in the job class you transferred to. For example if I transfer to another facility I go to the bottom of the bids, it can be linehaul or p/d. But you keep company seniority. That means you keep your pay rate and you have seniority when it comes to layoffs and vacations.

As an example, let's say you get hired at Colorado springs as a linehaul driver and I decided to transfer there next year, you would have seniority over me regarding bids and volunteering. Now you and I both want the first week of July off, I would get it over you because I have company seniority. In the event of layoffs, you would get laid off before me because I have company seniority. I would also get paid more because my pay rate would transfer 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.

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.
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