Heavily Considering Trucking For Career

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Anne A. (momcat)'s Comment
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Hello and here is more homework....

I have a bunch of blog articles I have written over the years that tried to answer questions and discuss topics.... Especially about realities on the road.

I also have a Youtube channel where I donate all proceeds through the end of the year to Meals on Wheels. Just watching helps and i have all sorts of topics for newbies... Including company vs local school.

Rainy aka Kearsey's. Blog

🤦🏻‍♂️ more homework, oof.

Jokes aside, thank you for the reply, I will be sure to check into what you have supplied me. Ill be busy for another month on just research it seems haha

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Jokes (or non?) aside . . . leave it to us 'females' to 'feed your head!' Rainy's stuff is awesome, btw. I'm sub'd to her Y/T channel, but for some reasons don't get notifications as of late. Her blogs are awesome, as well!

(More questions, HAHAHAHA~!!)

We got ya, Canaan.

Stay busy with the above; and don't be shy....ask questions!

Stay well, until next time!

~ Anne ~

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Canaan's Comment
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If I can get lucky, maverick transport sounds like a good fit for me, when im ready im going to reach out to them and see if they are hiring in my area and get life rolling!

Bobcat_Bob's Comment
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Many moons ago I researched basically every company that offered training after awhile I got confused as too who did what so I made myself a spreadsheet to keep track. Then I narrowed it down to 5 choices, and settled on Roehl unfortunately I didn't get past the physical endurance test with them so I had to come up with plan B so make sure to have a few options just incase.

Canaan's Comment
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Many moons ago I researched basically every company that offered training after awhile I got confused as too who did what so I made myself a spreadsheet to keep track. Then I narrowed it down to 5 choices, and settled on Roehl unfortunately I didn't get past the physical endurance test with them so I had to come up with plan B so make sure to have a few options just incase.

Will do! Plan b is prime. Plan c is swift

Thanks for the reply! -Canaan

Truckin Along With Kearse's Comment
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Many moons ago I researched basically every company that offered training after awhile I got confused as too who did what so I made myself a spreadsheet to keep track. .

Don did this and life caused him to leave in 3 months when his mother got ill.

Someone else did this and got to CRST and couldnt pass the physical. Total waste of time in my opinion.

Canaan's Comment
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Many moons ago I researched basically every company that offered training after awhile I got confused as too who did what so I made myself a spreadsheet to keep track. .

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Don did this and life caused him to leave in 3 months when his mother got ill.

Someone else did this and got to CRST and couldnt pass the physical. Total waste of time in my opinion.

Thank you for your input kearsey, you guys are all great here with the help and info!

-Canaan

andhe78's Comment
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If I can get lucky, maverick transport sounds like a good fit for me, when im ready im going to reach out to them and see if they are hiring in my area and get life rolling!

I can highly recommend Maverick, spent my first two years driving there. Only reason I left was because I had the opportunity to be home daily. If I ever wanted to go back otr , they’re the only company I’d call. But like every trucking job, you get out of it what you put into it.

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.

Rob T.'s Comment
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Love that new profile pic Bobcat. I got a good laugh today at some guys expense. He was running his mouth how Prime must've changed their trailers to my companies because I was going so slow through a construction zone. After a bit I told him drive his own truck. Of course Mr supertrucker tells me he has more miles going backwards than I do forward. I told him he should learn to back, straight line shouldn't take 30 minutes. That shut him up but it got others riled up and made for an....interesting...rest of the drive smile.gif

Anne A. (momcat)'s Comment
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Many moons ago I researched basically every company that offered training after awhile I got confused as too who did what so I made myself a spreadsheet to keep track. .

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Don did this and life caused him to leave in 3 months when his mother got ill.

Someone else did this and got to CRST and couldnt pass the physical. Total waste of time in my opinion.

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Beg to differ a bit, Rainy. That 3 months that Don DID get in with CFI, non barring his mom getting ill, was the lil' nugget he needed to land that job where he is now, home daily/off weekends/nearby yard. At the time, FAB wanted minimum 4 to 6 months (yet usually 'advertise' for a year or more experience,) and they took a chance on him...and he's doing well, from the latest newsletter~!! We used to chat often when he was 'new' there; he doesn't need us anymore; "...done gone and went and gotta name for his own self, LoL! "

^^^ He's gotten Employee of the Month award more than MY guy, haha! embarrassed.gif

Best wishes again, Canaan. Glad andhe78 stopped in, as well~!! Flatbed fascinates me; wish I'd had the desire to drive 30 years ago; might've done it myself! ;)

IMHO, the spreadsheet isn't a 'bad' idea..I actually did that for my man when he went OTR in '03. Ended up with USX, just like Brett ... ! <<< They've changed a LOT since then, so I hear .. though. After USX, teaming doubles (not w/me!) FX/LH ... that lasted a year, which was too long for him! He tried to get in to Estes MANY times afterward, just never worked out for him. Bobcat Bob and Banks and of course, Daniel B. are our LTL legends .. currently! Not everyone (rarely anyone?!?) gets into LTL with no experience...yet location and 'people in the know' sure DOES play a factor.

Just keep us in the loop, good sir. Get all the endorsements you can! You never know when an opportunity arises, and one may be needed, or preferential !

~ Anne ~

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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.

Doubles:

Refers to pulling two trailers at the same time, otherwise known as "pups" or "pup trailers" because they're only about 28 feet long. However there are some states that allow doubles that are each 48 feet in length.

Bobcat_Bob's Comment
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Love that new profile pic Bobcat

Thanks! I didnt even answer him, it was less than a mile he can deal with it.

That shut him up but it got others riled up and made for an....interesting...rest of the drive

Now that is funny, when you can get everyone else to turn against him shuts them up real fast.

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