Anyone Know Of Mega Carriers That Still Have Manuel Trans Trucks?

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TwoSides11's Comment
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Howdy TT peeps. Just wondering if anyone knows of any mega carriers that still use manuel transmission trucks. I know they are going extinct but there has to be some companies out there that still have them. Right? Somewhere hidden in the deep.

I say mega carriers because I'm an inexperienced driver looking for a starter company. I have looked on this websites company reviews and it lists some companies that do but most of them either don't take inexperienced drivers or have since stop using them. The Vets will probably tell me how annoying it is in traffic and the wear and tear it has on your knees but I would really like to start my career in one if at all possible.

Thanks and stay safe drivers!

Big Scott (CFI's biggest 's Comment
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Not only have most carriers switched to autos most schools have only autos.

If you start on autos and then get a job with manuals, you will be able to easily test out in a manual after a year or so of driving.

Hope that helps.

Old School's Comment
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I don't know of any. That's not to say there aren't any. There may be a few out there, but I am not familiar with them.

I wouldn't count on finding a job with that stipulation. For whatever reason, some of the LTL companies are sticking with manual transmissions for now. You might look into that if it is a serious interest of yours.

The thing about trying to start on a manual is that you are going to really limit your options down to a very few companies, and I can't even figure out who they might be. It is very easy to get focused on all the wrong things as a rookie driver. I would put that desire to start with a manual on the back burner. Focus on pursuing a job that hauls the type of freight you are interested in. You have an interest in flatbed, so that is where I would be looking. Don't get hung up on what kind of transmission they are using. There are some really solid flatbed options out here for rookies. I recommend you start applying to as many of them as you like and see who bites.


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
PackRat's Comment
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We do, but these are scarce, like maybe 10% of the tractors. I requested one for my next truck because I don't like the way our autos are set up.

Steve L.'s Comment
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As much as Iā€™m glad I learned, and started, with a 10-spd, I loved the way Schneider had the autos set up on Cascadias. Using the manual mode and jakes was so easy.

And Atlanta is always a reminder that auto IS much better. šŸ˜Ž

Mikey B.'s Comment
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I'd say your best bet would be a flatbed company, they seem to run manual more than van and reefer. Might also check with fleets that run older equipment as many of them buy the larger fleets used trucks and may still have a selection of manual trannys.


A refrigerated trailer.

TwoSides11's Comment
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Thanks for the response guys. I appreciate it. Old School, I'm not pressed on only driving a manuel truck. It just would be nice to start out in one but I will definitely not turn down a company because they only have autos. Well I kinda did when I chose TMC, they claimed to have manuel trucks but when I got there it was about 20 of them lined up ready to get shipped out.

Hopefully when I'm done with running regional routes for a mega carrier I can find a local company that still has manuel trucks.

Thanks again for the response, this site is extremely helpful and I'm glad I came across it. Stay safe out there!


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.


Hours Of Service

HOS refers to the logbook hours of service regulations.
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