Old Dominion

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Cwc's Comment
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I know Truckingtruth has a few OD drivers. Tell me about them. I've been at it for 6 year OTR and now I'm looking for a change. I still love the longer loads but ever since I bought a house I've been trying to find a way to be home more and still make good money.

The last 3-4 years in a tanker has been great. But I think it's about time to come off the road. Not right this second but soon. I still work for a great company and if and when I make a move I'll miss a few office and shop personnel.

But I don't wanna wear myself out to a point where I hate what I do. So a change seems like the thing to do. Never pulled doubles but it seems like cool change of pace.

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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They are a great company to work for, after a couple years you can make over 100k and still be home everyday. What would you like to know?

Cwc's Comment
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What does starting at the bottom of seniority look like? Is that more time on the dock or just working nights? Not really sure what to ask. I've never done LTL. Doing a more physical job is fairly appealing to me. Is it totally hourly or mileage also?

I'm kinda sold already I think, I know the money is good. Change is welcomed but still kinda nervous about any jump as I mentioned I do enjoy who I work for. How is scheduled time off? Like vacations? I pretty spoiled in that if I want a week off I just stay out. But I could see that being problematic with a structured schedule.

Again really just any info as to the change in routine from OTR to O.D.

Thanks again as I know this is pretty vague.

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.

Bobcat_Bob's Comment
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Unfortunately, it will all depend on what runs your home terminal has generally the bottom of the seniority list will get the worst runs which may mean dock work, shorter run, or more difficult than other runs. Generally any run over 100 miles is mileage and under is hourly.

At the start of the year they collect everyone's vacation sheet and grant it based on seniority the guys high up usually take July 4th weekend, memorial day, and then around Thanksgiving, Christmas and New Years so those weeks could be difficult to get off for awhile. You can ask for vacation anytime however if they have openings they will have no problems granting it.

The biggest change will be everything is on a schedule you leave your yard at a certain time make it to the next by a certain time. Rinse and repeat

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.

HOS:

Hours Of Service

HOS refers to the logbook hours of service regulations.
Anne A. (G13Momcat)'s Comment
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What does starting at the bottom of seniority look like? Is that more time on the dock or just working nights? Not really sure what to ask. I've never done LTL. Doing a more physical job is fairly appealing to me. Is it totally hourly or mileage also?

I'm kinda sold already I think, I know the money is good. Change is welcomed but still kinda nervous about any jump as I mentioned I do enjoy who I work for. How is scheduled time off? Like vacations? I pretty spoiled in that if I want a week off I just stay out. But I could see that being problematic with a structured schedule.

Again really just any info as to the change in routine from OTR to O.D.

Thanks again as I know this is pretty vague.

It's 'been awhile,' CwC ......

What's up? Did you get on with OD ?!? (Inquiring minds & all that, lol!)

~ Anne ~

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.

Cwc's Comment
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It's 'been awhile,' CwC ......

What's up? Did you get on with OD ?!? (Inquiring minds & all that, lol!)

~ Anne ~

Nope. I never finished the application and here is why.

I just got back on the road a couple of weeks ago. After nearly a month long vacation. And realized that probably wouldn't happen at OD. Not saying it wouldn't happen in several years time but for a new hire probably not.

I did mention I'm pretty spoiled to pulling a tanker. The downside is not being home daily. The upside is I can take off.. well a month in this case.

Eventually I'll make a move. But I'm not in a bad spot and need to move quickly.

Ownership is frowned on here but it was something I was giving serious thought to... until the last two years when everyone else did the same thing. Numbers show a large increase in private ownership. That's not a bandwagon I wanna jump on.

At this point I'm not really sure what I wanna do. I'm content where I am. But if I could be home more I would. Also if I could find an out and back run from SC to someplace west and back with time off in-between runs I'd do that also. So.... to be continued...

Anne A. (G13Momcat)'s Comment
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It's 'been awhile,' CwC ......

What's up? Did you get on with OD ?!? (Inquiring minds & all that, lol!)

~ Anne ~

Nope. I never finished the application and here is why.

I just got back on the road a couple of weeks ago. After nearly a month long vacation. And realized that probably wouldn't happen at OD. Not saying it wouldn't happen in several years time but for a new hire probably not.

I did mention I'm pretty spoiled to pulling a tanker. The downside is not being home daily. The upside is I can take off.. well a month in this case.

Eventually I'll make a move. But I'm not in a bad spot and need to move quickly.

Ownership is frowned on here but it was something I was giving serious thought to... until the last two years when everyone else did the same thing. Numbers show a large increase in private ownership. That's not a bandwagon I wanna jump on.

At this point I'm not really sure what I wanna do. I'm content where I am. But if I could be home more I would. Also if I could find an out and back run from SC to someplace west and back with time off in-between runs I'd do that also. So.... to be continued...

I hear ya man, I feel ya. Tom's still missing the 'tank world,' too. Kinda like them skateboarders; a breed all y'all's own.

As long as you are content, it's all that matters! Yeah, it'd be awhile to build up seniority at OD, I'd imagine.

Man, you should get in touch w/our resident 'moderator/tankeryanker/OO' on here, PJ !!! (email in his bio!)

Wish you well, and sure will wait for the 'to be continued' part, LoL!

~ Anne ~

ps: Playa Del Carmen rocks!

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