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Old School's Comment
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Hey Bklyn Dreams, It is great to hear from you again!

Hey guys I met Bklyn Dreams when he was at Knight. I know he had some troubles and frustration there. It was the same for PackRat. Both of them felt it was in their best interest to move on. It happens. I left a company that I was doing very well at. It was because I saw a greater opportunity available for me. We do what works best for us. We don't all have the same experiences at these places, and there are a lot of reasons for that. We deal with different driver managers, and we have different shop personnel, we even have differing expectations and experience levels with that particular company culture.

Bklyn Drieams is a stand-up guy who has no problems being assertive. He speaks his mind and tells you his experience. Unfortunately things didn't work out all that well for him at Knight. He moved on. I was really glad to see him in here just because it tells me he's still out here doing the job of a professional trucker, and it's just good to hear from one of our old friends every now and then.

Driver Manager:

Dispatcher, Fleet Manager, Driver Manager

The primary person a driver communicates with at his/her company. A dispatcher can play many roles, depending on the company's structure. Dispatchers may assign freight, file requests for home time, relay messages between the driver and management, inform customer service of any delays, change appointment times, and report information to the load planners.
Kerry L.'s Comment
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Hey Bklyn Dreams, It is great to hear from you again!

Hey guys I met Bklyn Dreams when he was at Knight. I know he had some troubles and frustration there. It was the same for PackRat. Both of them felt it was in their best interest to move on. It happens. I left a company that I was doing very well at. It was because I saw a greater opportunity available for me. We do what works best for us. We don't all have the same experiences at these places, and there are a lot of reasons for that. We deal with different driver managers, and we have different shop personnel, we even have differing expectations and experience levels with that particular company culture.

Bklyn Drieams is a stand-up guy who has no problems being assertive. He speaks his mind and tells you his experience. Unfortunately things didn't work out all that well for him at Knight. He moved on. I was really glad to see him in here just because it tells me he's still out here doing the job of a professional trucker, and it's just good to hear from one of our old friends every now and then.

Very much appreciate reading your perspective on this subject. Sometimes things appear to be one thing, but being provided another point of view, we are able to see a bigger picture with better clarity.

Driver Manager:

Dispatcher, Fleet Manager, Driver Manager

The primary person a driver communicates with at his/her company. A dispatcher can play many roles, depending on the company's structure. Dispatchers may assign freight, file requests for home time, relay messages between the driver and management, inform customer service of any delays, change appointment times, and report information to the load planners.
Davy A.'s Comment
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I was actually set to go to prime prior to knight. Definitely, my apologies if it seems that I was being combative or adversarial with you. The point was as Kerry pointed out, that many times, we see a company get bashed, when in all reality, it's our own performance that dictates our success. I have every bit of confidence that I would have found the same satisfaction with Prime.

Their safety department was unable to work with my speeding tickets, totally understandable. If they had been able to, I would most likely have been there. The point that I was trying to make is that most of the companies are similar in concept, what really matters is how we as the employees approach our work and relationships.

I've been out of my truck for over a month, in loaners, had to clean a few of them myself, I just think it's part of the job, my DM and terminal have done everything they can, as the truck is down in Dallas. It's finally getting resolved, but it took a lot of me being the polite but squeaky wheel.

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Apology accepted. If you'd like to meet for a steak dinner on me, just send a note to reynrod108@gmail.com. I can get routed to Dallas next time you're going to be there. Just because I didn't explain every situation in depth, doesn't mean I didn't question why things were done a certain way.

I'm sorry for your truck troubles. I live in my truck so I can only imagine how difficult that must be. Good luck with the repairs & your future success.

Not to hijack Donna's thread anymore, but I'll be in Dallas next week, the saga of my DEF sensor continues, trying to get authorization for me to bring the part down myself. I'll hit you up. I'm green still, and have much to learn. This community rocks.

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.

Dm:

Dispatcher, Fleet Manager, Driver Manager

The primary person a driver communicates with at his/her company. A dispatcher can play many roles, depending on the company's structure. Dispatchers may assign freight, file requests for home time, relay messages between the driver and management, inform customer service of any delays, change appointment times, and report information to the load planners.
Mountain Matt's Comment
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As a prospective, I appreciate the robust exchange of viewpoints and experiences that happen on these forums. I also appreciate the respectful tone that Bklyn Dreams, Davy, and everyone else in this thread has shown. The tone makes it an enjoyable forum; the robust exchanges make it informative. Thanks, everyone!

Bklyn Dreams's Comment
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Hey Bklyn Dreams, It is great to hear from you again!

Hey guys I met Bklyn Dreams when he was at Knight. I know he had some troubles and frustration there. It was the same for PackRat. Both of them felt it was in their best interest to move on. It happens. I left a company that I was doing very well at. It was because I saw a greater opportunity available for me. We do what works best for us. We don't all have the same experiences at these places, and there are a lot of reasons for that. We deal with different driver managers, and we have different shop personnel, we even have differing expectations and experience levels with that particular company culture.

Bklyn Drieams is a stand-up guy who has no problems being assertive. He speaks his mind and tells you his experience. Unfortunately things didn't work out all that well for him at Knight. He moved on. I was really glad to see him in here just because it tells me he's still out here doing the job of a professional trucker, and it's just good to hear from one of our old friends every now and then.

Howdy Old School! Truth be told, I'd be homeless if I weren't in the truck since I live in mine. Lol. Thank you for the kind words. You're input & guidance here have been invaluable to me & my success out here. Thank you for that.

Every time I leave a tip in the shower for the cleaner, I think of you & how you mentioned that it was something you did. I come the service industry & while thank yous are nice, cash pays the bills.

To be completely honest, had my FM contacted me sooner about that Publix dedicated, I'd have jumped at it. It only goes from FL to GA, which is exactly what I was looking for when I switched originally. But I had already changed my address just to go back to Prime & have been doing much better here. Prime wasn't hiring anyone from FL at that time so I used my brother's address in PA.

To bring it back to Donna's original thread, one thing I didn't mention was that Marten has dedicated opportunities that are available depending on the region. The drivers I spoke with on those accounts love it. They make great money with great home time too. I know they have some walmart, Michael's & a few others. But, again, it depends on where you live.

Since I brought up Roehl in my previous comment, I'll just clarify. I didn't take the truck I was assigned & went home cause it didn't have space for a fridge & the shop manager at my terminal refused to accommodate me by removing a cabinet. I stay out for months at a time. How am I supposed to eat?

That said, Roehl has 9 dedicated lanes that they run. Mostly in the Midwest & Northeast. Here's the Link

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.

Fm:

Dispatcher, Fleet Manager, Driver Manager

The primary person a driver communicates with at his/her company. A dispatcher can play many roles, depending on the company's structure. Dispatchers may assign freight, file requests for home time, relay messages between the driver and management, inform customer service of any delays, change appointment times, and report information to the load planners.

Driver Manager:

Dispatcher, Fleet Manager, Driver Manager

The primary person a driver communicates with at his/her company. A dispatcher can play many roles, depending on the company's structure. Dispatchers may assign freight, file requests for home time, relay messages between the driver and management, inform customer service of any delays, change appointment times, and report information to the load planners.

HOS:

Hours Of Service

HOS refers to the logbook hours of service regulations.
Bruce K.'s Comment
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I’d like that steak dinner. Lol

Bklyn Dreams's Comment
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I named Robert Bearden Industries in my original post, but it's Robert Bearden Inc. They're a southeast regional company.

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.

Anne A. (G13Momcat)'s Comment
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Tell me something good or bad . Knight , Marten, or Kllm, after talking and talking to these companies, I have decided down to three they have accepted my application and of course wanting an answer but I can’t decide? !?!?

Did you ever decide, Donna?

Has anyone else heard ?!?

Just curious.

~ Anne ~

PJ's Comment
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No haven’t heard but have been curious also. I hope all is well for her. We’re just about neighbors, lol.

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