Which Mega Carrier Is Better For Regional/dedicated Loads?

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Rick L.'s Comment
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I have been doing a lot of research on a lot of different aspects of each company. Some have better insurance, some pay for you to get trained and some dont etc. Went to a truckstop nearby yest. And talked to a few drivers.

One thing that does seem hard to find out is which are more OTR and which have more regional/dedicated routes?

One prime driver I talked to said he doesnt get home often with prime but he did with Schneider but he thinks Prime is better. Does anyone have any insight on this aspect?

My wife and I are very close but I would prefer to go with a company that has a better chance of getting me home weekly, etc vs. OTR

Thanks!

RIck

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."

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.

Rick L.'s Comment
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Forgot to mention, I am in the Kansas City area.

Rick

Banks's Comment
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Like your other questions, the answer to this is subjective. One driver can be extremely happy at a company and another can absolutely hate it.

If you're concerned about home time, roehl offers a number of home time options, but they make it clear that the more you're home the less you'll make.

Because of this, they don't offer your standard 1 year contract. It's a contract based on how many miles you've run and it may take longer than a year.

Brett Aquila's Comment
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The best home time opportunities will come from dry van and flatbed companies. They commonly offer regional runs where you stay within a certain region of the country and get home on weekends.

Refrigerated and tanker companies have far fewer opportunities to be home on weekends. You may find more home time opportunities for tankers, especially local ones that haul dairy or gasoline, but there aren't many refrigerated opportunities that can get you home on weekends. Tanker jobs often aren't available for first-year drivers, and we always recommend against pulling a tanker your rookie year anyhow.

I would look at dry van and flatbed companies for better home time opportunities.

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.

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.
Rick L.'s Comment
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Thx guys. Just doing research on companies at this point. I am not asking which is the “best” company. I was asking which one might have weekly home time in the KC area.

I plan on doing company paid training

Rick

Delco Dave's Comment
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Walmart contracts some of the major carriers for their regional routes. They run 5 to 5-1/2 days then home for a reset. Checkinto what company is helping out the Walmart fleet In your area if you have a distribution center relatively close to you. I know for sure Swift runs out of the one closest to me in PA, J B Hunt may help out as well

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.

Bruce K.'s Comment
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The best home time opportunities will come from dry van and flatbed companies. They commonly offer regional runs where you stay within a certain region of the country and get home on weekends.

Refrigerated and tanker companies have far fewer opportunities to be home on weekends. You may find more home time opportunities for tankers, especially local ones that haul dairy or gasoline, but there aren't many refrigerated opportunities that can get you home on weekends. Tanker jobs often aren't available for first-year drivers, and we always recommend against pulling a tanker your rookie year anyhow.

I would look at dry van and flatbed companies for better home time opportunities.

Completely agree with Brett's advice based on my recent experience. I have two offers from big companies once I can get my Fed Med card and upgrade to class A. Both carriers offer almost identical pay, benefits, equipment and home time options. The parity is due, me thinks, to every carrier trying to attract drivers. If company "A" offers something they think will attract drivers, companies "B through Z" will know about it and then the pressure is on to match company "A" I applied to company "A" and shortly thereafter company "B" had a recruiter call me with a better offer. How does one company know what another company is doing? I'm totally baffled, but I think you can go with any of the Mega carriers and not get a offer much different from company "A" I drove for Schneider before, and I believe that the only difference between then and now is home time and the rate per mile has increased. These companies have realized that home time, especially weekends, are a critical issue to drivers. Therefore, they have adapted.

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.

Baffle:

A partition or separator within a liquid tank, used to inhibit the flow of fluids within the tank. During acceleration, turning, and braking, a large liquid-filled tank may produce unexpected forces on the vehicle due to the inertia of liquids.

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.
Tim F.'s Comment
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I can only speak from my experience with Roehl on the east coast.

I went to their CDL school based out of Marshfield WI and got my license through them.

I was looking for something similar…home weekends.

I ran the Kraft Dedicated right out of school. East Coast…Maine to Florida.

I was set up to be home on weekends for my reset. A few times I stayed out for two week or 3 weeks trips but that was to book extra time off.

I know in KC they’d have something available. If you go to Roehljobs on the internet and put in your zip code …it’ll show you what’s available.

Good luck

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.
Anne A. (G13Momcat)'s Comment
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I can only speak from my experience with Roehl on the east coast.

I went to their CDL school based out of Marshfield WI and got my license through them.

I was looking for something similar…home weekends.

I ran the Kraft Dedicated right out of school. East Coast…Maine to Florida.

I was set up to be home on weekends for my reset. A few times I stayed out for two week or 3 weeks trips but that was to book extra time off.

I know in KC they’d have something available. If you go to Roehljobs on the internet and put in your zip code …it’ll show you what’s available.

Good luck

There's a ton of info right on this forum, re: Roehl ; as well ~

Roehl Links and Information

Hope this helps!

~ Anne ~

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.
Rick L.'s Comment
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Thanks for all the help guys. I believe Knight is based out of KC too. Looks like I have more options than I realized. I thought it would be a neat experience to do over the road for a few months or so but then I would want to get home at least every weekend if possible.

Rick

Over The Road:

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.

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