Good Dry Van Company Reccomendations

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Billy Bob's Comment
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I am currently a flatbed driver with 8 months experience and will likely stay til the 1 year mark at least but I am seriously considering switching to dry van because I'm sick of throwing tarps (90% of loads are tarped). I'd consider staying flatbed if I can find a company 25% tarp or less. Wondering if anyone had any recommendations for a dry van company with good pay (currently 48cpm and 51 in 4 months, dont want to take a big pay cut) , new trucks, prefer APU , pet friendly (cat), and run all 48 states or most at least, I love driving out west but need them to hire out of South Florida. Also a truck faster than 65 would be nice but I wont hold my breath on that one! Any advice is appreciated, I want to hear from drivers because I dont trust the recruiters. I've heard the horror stories of them lying just to get you there and last thing I want to do is quit to go to a bad company so please share your experiences as a driver, thanks!

Dry Van:

A trailer or truck that that requires no special attention, such as refrigeration, that hauls regular palletted, boxed, or floor-loaded freight. The most common type of trailer in trucking.

CPM:

Cents Per Mile

Drivers are often paid by the mile and it's given in cents per mile, or cpm.

OWI:

Operating While Intoxicated

APU:

Auxiliary Power Unit

On tractor trailers, and APU is a small diesel engine that powers a heat and air conditioning unit while charging the truck's main batteries at the same time. This allows the driver to remain comfortable in the cab and have access to electric power without running the main truck engine.

Having an APU helps save money in fuel costs and saves wear and tear on the main engine, though they tend to be expensive to install and maintain. Therefore only a very small percentage of the trucks on the road today come equipped with an APU.

Wild-Bill's Comment
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I’m sure there are a ton of good van companies out there. Swift, Prime, Roehl all come to mind. Use the application on this sight and you’ll have plenty of opportunities. The companies will be what you make of them. We have drivers from about every company out there on this site and they’ll all tell you how great their company is.

Roehl has a decent van fleet. I think the top end pay is .525CPM. It looks like we hire from Northern Florida. The van drivers are mostly drop and hook and they keep them moving. I have a friend in van division and he loves it. Also, refer pays a bit more (top end is .585 CPM). But refer is mostly east of I-35 for us. So, if you want to see the west, might not be for you.

If you decide to go that route please let me know so I can pick up a recruiting bonus (not sure if that’s allowed here)

CPM:

Cents Per Mile

Drivers are often paid by the mile and it's given in cents per mile, or cpm.

Drop And Hook:

Drop and hook means the driver will drop one trailer and hook to another one.

In order to speed up the pickup and delivery process a driver may be instructed to drop their empty trailer and hook to one that is already loaded, or drop their loaded trailer and hook to one that is already empty. That way the driver will not have to wait for a trailer to be loaded or unloaded.

PackRat's Comment
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If you decide to go that route please let me know so I can pick up a recruiting bonus (not sure if that’s allowed here)

We do not reccomend that on here.

Recommending a total stranger....what if the person is a complete waste? Company sees who their driver recruiter/referral was, so that could put you in a bad position.

It's the same as a trainer that is only doing it for the extra money.

Papa Pig's Comment
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Most of the big companies are good but you do need to know what you will and won’t do. Personally I didn’t want to team drive after I got off the trainers truck and some of the companies will make you team for a few months for “extra safety” I think us express and covenant do this. Doesn’t mean the company is bad but wasn’t something I wanted to do. Maybe different for you. What kind of freight do you want to haul? How often do you want to be home?

Papa Pig's Comment
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Never mind I just reread Your post and saw you were experienced.

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