Choose Trucking Company Per Your Location

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Buck C.'s Comment
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I am researching trucking companies. I live in Mobile, AL which is not out in the sticks. Being a port town I thought lots of companies would be located near here. When looking at a lot of companies they hire for there coverage which could be 48 state etc. But then when you consider most do hot have a terminal within 200 miles of Mobile how do you handle home time. It may be a silly question but trying to be prepared.

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.

Dan F.'s Comment
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Most companies allow you to take your truck home with you. You then get a load when you are ready to come back out.

I am researching trucking companies. I live in Mobile, AL which is not out in the sticks. Being a port town I thought lots of companies would be located near here. When looking at a lot of companies they hire for there coverage which could be 48 state etc. But then when you consider most do hot have a terminal within 200 miles of Mobile how do you handle home time. It may be a silly question but trying to be prepared.

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.

PJ's Comment
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Agree with Dan. As long as they have good freight going in and out of mobile you will be fine. Kimberly Clark has a big plant there so box van companies would be worth looking at. I’m sure there are many more, that is the only one I am familiar with that is very big.

Big Scott (CFI's biggest 's Comment
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CFI sends you home with your truck and trailer. You can park at at your home if possible, truck stop or some other place you can find.

Training with them is FREE.

PackRat's Comment
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Training with them is FREE.

Really? No contract obligation?

Truckin Along With Kearse's Comment
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Training with them is FREE.

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Really? No contract obligation?

Yes there is a one year contract obligation, but CFI like Prime takes no money from you unless you quit. Unlike other companies that take weekly payments for a portion or reimburse after a time.

Carrier U.'s Comment
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It depends on what exactly are you looking for. But with these above replies, it looks like a choosing a truck company as per our convenience is a better option always.

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.

Truckin Along With Kearse's Comment
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It depends on what exactly are you looking for. But with these above replies, it looks like a choosing a truck company as per our convenience is a better option always.

I am not exactly sure what you mean by this. He was looking at OTR companies when stating "all 48 states" and mentioned home time. That usually implies a regional or OTR. Not local. OTR doesnt really matter where the terminal is. I live in NJ and am dispatched out of MO. My closest terminal is 150 miles away. I drop my trailer and park at a truck stop close to home. I have also rented a space in a gated storage facility at times. No need for a terminal

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.

Regional:

Regional Route

Usually refers to a driver hauling freight within one particular region of the country. You might be in the "Southeast Regional Division" or "Midwest Regional". Regional route drivers often get home on the weekends which is one of the main appeals for this type of route.

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.

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.

Steve L.'s Comment
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Buck C; I live about an hour east of you. I started with Schneider and had no problems with home time.

Here’s how it worked; I gave them the day I wanted to be home, they routed me into the area, had me drop my empty trailer at a shipper or a trailer shop (near the Grand Bay exit 4, I-10) and I could take the truck home. When I came out of the house, they routed me to a location to pickup an empty and on to next load assignment.

My “terminal” was Lebanon, TN, which I hardly ever saw.

Mostly they got me home, then got me load assignments back into the heavy freight lanes and it worked well.

Also, their numerous operating centers (which probably many national companies have) around the country, meant I could take home time in other areas to visit family and friends.

I hope this helps.

Shipper:

The customer who is shipping the freight. This is where the driver will pick up a load and then deliver it to the receiver or consignee.

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.

Just Mitch's Comment
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That all depends on how you define home time. I’ve taken home time in Vegas, Atlanta, and probably 12 other places

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