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Freightshaker185's Comment
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Hi folks, So I am looking for a new company to drive for, And was wanting some advice. I got my cdl 2 years ago through a company I will not name. I worked with them for two months before moving on due to them basically not giving me the dedicated route I was hired for and trying to force me to make a move I did not want to make.

Since then I have been doing class b local trucking( offer I couldn’t refuse) lol. I Have not had any mishaps or accidents and my job does not want me to leave. But I’m not making the money I could be and I paid quite a bit for my class a, i also loved the time I was on the road.

Anyway I’m a little nervous about getting back into class a after a couple years in a straight truck but I passed my cdl 1st shot and was very comfortable driving I trained during winter in some Terrible road conditions. Now that’s my background here’s my question:

I’m looking for a good company to work for to get some class a experience and have 4 kids and wife so I’m looking for A schedule that’s 5 on 2 off. Also a company that will stand by what they say.

Also any other advice that you can give would be amazing

CDL:

Commercial Driver's License (CDL)

A CDL is required to drive any of the following vehicles:

  • Any combination of vehicles with a gross combined weight rating (GCWR) of 26,001 or more pounds, providing the gross vehicle weight rating (GVWR) of the vehicle being towed is in excess of 10,000 pounds.
  • Any single vehicle with a GVWR of 26,001 or more pounds, or any such vehicle towing another not in excess of 10,000 pounds.
  • Any vehicle, regardless of size, designed to transport 16 or more persons, including the driver.
  • Any vehicle required by federal regulations to be placarded while transporting hazardous materials.

Dedicated Route:

A driver or carrier who transports cargo between regular, prescribed routes. Normally it means a driver will be dedicated to working for one particular customer like Walmart or Home Depot and they will only haul freight for that customer. You'll often hear drivers say something like, "I'm on the Walmart dedicated account."

Truckin Along With Kearse's Comment
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That is going to depend on where you live and if they have a route near you. I would guess that most are going to make you go through a refresher course or complete retraining.

Try Roehl

PJ's Comment
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Welcome, I will be very very honest with you. Your expecations are not really compatable with class A right now.

You have a cdl and virtually no experience with it. No company is going to count the straight truck class B work as experience.

At a bare minimum you will have to do a refresher course. Very possible a company may require you to go through the full course. Companies all have their own standard on that.

Large companies I’m sure would love to have you and that is where you will probably have to go to start out. Smaller companies won’t be able to insure you because of lack of experience. That said:

Fitting a 5/2 work week straight out of the gate probably won’t happen either. You already know if the wheels aren’t turning the truck is not making any money.

Like Kearsey said depending where you live you may be able to get onto a regional or intermodel gig. Will that money be worth it to you?? Only you can answer that. Another point is customers come and go all the time for various reasons. If you were to get something that fit, nothing guarantees it will be there after that current contract is up.

After you get a year or two of safe reliable experience under your belt many more things can and will open up for you.

Good luck in your search

CDL:

Commercial Driver's License (CDL)

A CDL is required to drive any of the following vehicles:

  • Any combination of vehicles with a gross combined weight rating (GCWR) of 26,001 or more pounds, providing the gross vehicle weight rating (GVWR) of the vehicle being towed is in excess of 10,000 pounds.
  • Any single vehicle with a GVWR of 26,001 or more pounds, or any such vehicle towing another not in excess of 10,000 pounds.
  • Any vehicle, regardless of size, designed to transport 16 or more persons, including the driver.
  • Any vehicle required by federal regulations to be placarded while transporting hazardous materials.

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.

Freightshaker185's Comment
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I was looking into Tmc, Us Xpress, Schneider. Any advice on which would be a better company to drive for I like to work out and be physical so I thought tmc but I live about 10 miles from a Schneider Walmart dedicated dc which is what I’d be driving. I’m looking for a company to drive the next 10-15 years with. My ultimate goal is to get my own truck but I have a lot to learn so it’s more of a long term goal.

Susan D. 's Comment
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Idk but I wouldn't expect even a mega carrier to put you on a walmart dedicated with no experience. 2 months experience 2 years ago will require retraining.

I wish you luck.

Leeva804's Comment
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Idk but I wouldn't expect even a mega carrier to put you on a walmart dedicated with no experience. 2 months experience 2 years ago will require retraining.

I wish you luck.

He absolutely can get hired onto Walmart dedicated with U.S Express home everyday and off two days a week. I was hired on with no experience. Hell, I couldn’t even back that good but I sure got good fast practicing in the yard everyday.

If you read this OP do it if you have a goal of making 60+ thousand this year and want to be home everyday. I’ve been on the account now five months work 12-14 hour days and I love it.

Truckin Along With Kearse's Comment
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Leeva.... It depends on where you live. Walmart dedicated in MS is much easier for new drivers than one in Maine. Therefore companies have different lengths of experience required... Including tight roads and backing as well as winter weather. Also veteran drivers will want the great routes

Freightshaker185's Comment
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I understood that I’d require a refresher course. I didn’t have any experience and went class b.That’s not a problem and not the question. Actually I talked to Schneider and they said after a 2 week refresher I could drive Walmart dedicated. Talked to Tmc and I’d have a 2 week course in Iowa. Talked to us Xpress and they didn’t have much to offer in my area.

So between Schneider and Tmc is what I’ve narrowed the search to.

What do you all think about each and what’s some pros/cons of flatbed.

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