Got My Experience OTR...love My New Job

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Junkyard Dog's Comment
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Got my CDL kind of late in life. Loved my first company, my trainer...mid sized company. Made good money...more importantly got the experience. 3 plus years before the girlfriend let me know this wasn't working for her. I totally get that. One application and the offers flooded in. Found my ideal fit in Kansas City. Doing Intermodel...just love it. Home nightly, weekends off. If I want to make more...I'll work Saturdays. And backing into tight spots is easier in a day cab.rofl-3.gif Really feel blessed with this new job. Newbies, get the experience...stay safe and the opportunities will be there for you.

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.

Day Cab:

A tractor which does not have a sleeper berth attached to it. Normally used for local routes where drivers go home every night.

IDMtnGal 's Comment
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Congratulations!!

My brother did intermodal with JB Hunt for 3 years out of Chicago and Cedar Rapids IA. Made good money. He was out for 5 or 6 days then off to reset his clock.

Enjoy your new job!

Laura

Intermodal:

Transporting freight using two or more transportation modes. An example would be freight that is moved by truck from the shipper's dock to the rail yard, then placed on a train to the next rail yard, and finally returned to a truck for delivery to the receiving customer.

In trucking when you hear someone refer to an intermodal job they're normally talking about hauling shipping containers to and from the shipyards and railyards.

RealDiehl's Comment
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Congratulations! Sounds wonderful, sir! Are you transporting several containers a day, making multiple trips? Or is it one long haul and back? Do you get paid hourly?

Bruce K.'s Comment
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Hey there Junkyard K9!

Sounds like you found a great situation for yourself, congratulations for being patient and steady until this came up. Great example for all the young drivers, like me. (lol)

Grumpy Old Man's Comment
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Congratulations

Got my CDL kind of late in life. Loved my first company, my trainer...mid sized company. Made good money...more importantly got the experience. 3 plus years before the girlfriend let me know this wasn't working for her. I totally get that. One application and the offers flooded in. Found my ideal fit in Kansas City. Doing Intermodel...just love it. Home nightly, weekends off. If I want to make more...I'll work Saturdays. And backing into tight spots is easier in a day cab.rofl-3.gif Really feel blessed with this new job. Newbies, get the experience...stay safe and the opportunities will be there for you.

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.

Day Cab:

A tractor which does not have a sleeper berth attached to it. Normally used for local routes where drivers go home every night.

Bobcat_Bob's Comment
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Congratulations and welcome to the darkside!

Junkyard Dog's Comment
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Congratulations! Sounds wonderful, sir! Are you transporting several containers a day, making multiple trips? Or is it one long haul and back? Do you get paid hourly?

I do whatever they need. One day was a run to St. Louis, usually stay within a 75 mile radius...also run chassis between rail yards. Paid hourly so if I'm sitting waiting to get unloaded/loaded I don't care. Only drawback is you miss a bunk sitting for hours.

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