TransForce Class A Or Class B??

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Shantiwa W.'s Comment
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Anne, The bus driving jobs just aren’t really going to cut it for my little family, here they only pay $16 for those positions and I can only bring my kids with me if my kids attend one of the schools in the district. They also won’t hire me unless I already have my passenger endorsement and I’d have to go do more training for that specific job and they won’t pay for that. The district I live in is probably one of the worst in Colorado Springs by far so it was a great idea but after chasing that idea out turned out not to be a very good fit. Thank you for the idea though! It was a great one!

HOS:

Hours Of Service

HOS refers to the logbook hours of service regulations.
Shantiwa W.'s Comment
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Yeah I’m in the springs, I’m definitely not up for the commute. Doing it for CDL school was bad enough

If I recall, your in the springs? I commuted between the springs and Denver, it about 2 hours real time, and then about 2 hours through Denver traffic to Henderson and that's on good weather days. It's worse in the winter. I'd rather drive in Dallas traffic than Denver, that's how bad it is.

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.
Shantiwa W.'s Comment
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Thank you for the pictures! I was getting really confused, that makes sense and the job requires delivery to grocery stores and restaurants so I’d have to figure that all out, I’m not sure if this job is really a good fit for me after everyone’s input. I don’t think I’d be able to physically do the job. They want is there but I don’t think I can actually do it. I’m super bummed out right now, I thought it would be a little easier for me to find the right job. I knew it would be hard for sure but I’m definitely feeling defeated

Most of the restaurants do not allow the pallet jack inside. Our route drivers use a rail gate or ramp to get the product on the ground with the electric pallet jack. Hand trucks are used to get product into the store or restaurant. There are ramps on the curbside doors as well.

Like I said, you’ll likely be handling every case. My suggestion? Follow one of their drivers around to see what their day entails.

Here is a pic of a rail gate...

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And a ramp...

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Shantiwa W.'s Comment
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Yes I’d be delivering to both 😬

Did they say Shantiwa where all you’d be delivering to? Grocery stores and Restaurants? Or just one of the two.

Anne A. (G13Momcat)'s Comment
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Anne, The bus driving jobs just aren’t really going to cut it for my little family, here they only pay $16 for those positions and I can only bring my kids with me if my kids attend one of the schools in the district. They also won’t hire me unless I already have my passenger endorsement and I’d have to go do more training for that specific job and they won’t pay for that. The district I live in is probably one of the worst in Colorado Springs by far so it was a great idea but after chasing that idea out turned out not to be a very good fit. Thank you for the idea though! It was a great one!

Well, DRAT !!

Here in Ohio, they'd PAY for you to get more schooling/endorsements, AND endow a hefty bonus upon you!! :(

I tried. (You could always move HERE, hahaha!)

Anyway, furtherance of thinking . . . have you looked at US Express? Both Brett AND Tom drove for them, back in the day. They've got so much more going on, with home daily, dedicated lanes, et al. I know they're a BIG presence here in Ohio, and in the Northeast; not sure out by you. Couldn't hurt to look into them, though. They were a good company when the 'guys' drove for'em, and since then, I'm sure ..improved! I'll keep thinking 'outside the box' for ya, m'lady.

Stay blessed, keep those kiddos happy!

~ Anne ~

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HOS:

Hours Of Service

HOS refers to the logbook hours of service regulations.
Anne A. (G13Momcat)'s Comment
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Ps: Just talked to Tom on his 30; he said check out BlackHawk; they have a huge presence out there. A buddy of ours up the road is an O/O that pulls for them; has for years. They ARE flatbed; however all no touch.

Another in the CO area .. from same person of reference, is Progress Rail. You'd haul rail parts/components on a flatbed, in a daycab.

Something(s) to look at!!!

~ Anne ~

G-Town's Comment
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Shantiwa you might consider construction (dump truck or concrete), home heating oil delivery, propane delivery, roll off, and trash/recycling pickup. All local jobs, class B.

Trevor W.'s Comment
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I started with JB Hunt on a dedicated route for Anheuser Busch. Great pay, home daily and they worked with my limited experience (only 3 months). Very thankful it came up, they may be worth looking up depending on the OPs location.

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Hey there!

I worked for Transforce for a bit. I was trying to put my Class A to use, but didn't have the experience required to take on those positions. I was placed on the assignment of delivering wine and spirits in a straight truck. It was HEAVY touch, and that was the main reason I got out of it (started getting nagging elbow pain).

Good company from my experience, but an even better opportunity opened up for me 😁😁😁

Good luck!

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Hey y’all, I just got done talking with TransForce and they’re willing to hire me! There’s two situations they’d hire me for. 1. Class B local box truck unloading for produce carriers, here in Colorado Springs where I live. $21 an hr 6am-6pm M-F Do this job until I can move up to Henderson area for their new graduate Class A position OR 2. Just take the job up in Henderson about a 1.5 hr drive for the class A new graduate position $33 hr touch freight for produce 4-6am start time and 10-14 hours a day M-F

My concerns are with finding a babysitter for my kids and the travel time before I can move up to that area. Also, what do y’all think about TransForce?

Thank you!!

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Hay Trevor W. and welcome to Trucking Truth!

I'm curious . . . what IS the better opportunity that turned up for you?!??! Maybe it could benefit Shantiwa !!!!

Shantiwa .... I agree with all the above guys on this one.. especially the COMMUTE time. Tom's is 35 to 40 min's one way; often he brings the t/t home. Saves US time, sleep, fuel, and his clock. That CDL with the A job? Um... I know you'd LOVE TO, but ... I wouldn't. Too many variables and unexptected with kids, being far away!

Ask the guys here; I'm still waiting for my youngest to 'age up' so I can drive, even though he is perfectly sufficient at home alone. It's a mom thing.

I hear ya!

Keep looking, girl. IDK about the box truck job .... so hopefully you'll heed the above, and await Rob T.s wisdom, m'lady.

No interest in buses, though?

Take care!

~ 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.

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."

HOS:

Hours Of Service

HOS refers to the logbook hours of service regulations.
Trevor W.'s Comment
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Nope...just me and a 2 wheel dolly. It was very demanding. I would come home pretty stiff and sore (but I could tell it was at least building up more noticeable muscle lol)

So no pallet jacks? I’m wondering if I’ll really be able to do this even just to have a job for now and get a better one once I have more experience. I’m tough, but I currently have busted up hip joints. Broken bones floating around in both hip joints. I really don’t know how I passed my DOT physical. God has really been involved in this whole process for sure

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Hey there!

I worked for Transforce for a bit. I was trying to put my Class A to use, but didn't have the experience required to take on those positions. I was placed on the assignment of delivering wine and spirits in a straight truck. It was HEAVY touch, and that was the main reason I got out of it (started getting nagging elbow pain).

Good company from my experience, but an even better opportunity opened up for me 😁😁😁

Good luck!

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Hey y’all, I just got done talking with TransForce and they’re willing to hire me! There’s two situations they’d hire me for. 1. Class B local box truck unloading for produce carriers, here in Colorado Springs where I live. $21 an hr 6am-6pm M-F Do this job until I can move up to Henderson area for their new graduate Class A position OR 2. Just take the job up in Henderson about a 1.5 hr drive for the class A new graduate position $33 hr touch freight for produce 4-6am start time and 10-14 hours a day M-F

My concerns are with finding a babysitter for my kids and the travel time before I can move up to that area. Also, what do y’all think about TransForce?

Thank you!!

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DOT:

Department Of Transportation

A department of the federal executive branch responsible for the national highways and for railroad and airline safety. It also manages Amtrak, the national railroad system, and the Coast Guard.

State and Federal DOT Officers are responsible for commercial vehicle enforcement. "The truck police" you could call them.

HOS:

Hours Of Service

HOS refers to the logbook hours of service regulations.
Anne A. (G13Momcat)'s Comment
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Shantiwa you might consider construction (dump truck or concrete), home heating oil delivery, propane delivery, roll off, and trash/recycling pickup. All local jobs, class B.

Indeed. Excellent advice, as always, G. I'd steer clear from some of 'our' h/h/o guys and the propane guys (In Ohio, anyway!) .. It's a craft/clique.. around here..LoL ! It sure could be better in Colorado.

Wouldn't Daniel B.'s diaries be a good read???? He was all over the place, God love him. Trainer for Prime (and more,) Fuel hauler, and now LTL just like YOU, G ! I'll try to link.... Daniel B.'s Trucking Life . . .

Vactor Roll Off (Class B) companies, here in Ohio, are paying $23.00/hour to START! (Then again, the plow guys are making $30/hr!) We are SO short of CDL 'state' drivers here, it's crazy. If Tom didn't have it so 'comfy' (without per diem this year, haha!) We'd look around.

King Brothers emails us 1x a week, and the money is actually great! So many more. K & B Transport keeps us in mind, as well !!

G'nite, y'all. Shantiwa; hope to hear back soon, ma'am!

~ Anne & Tom ~

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.

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

Per Diem:

Getting paid per diem means getting a portion of your salary paid to you without taxes taken out. It's technically classified as a meal and expense reimbursement.

Truck drivers and others who travel for a living get large tax deductions for meal expenses. The Government set up per diem pay as a way to reimburse some of the taxes you pay with each paycheck instead of making you wait until tax filing season.

Getting per diem pay means a driver will get a larger paycheck each week but a smaller tax return at tax time.

We have a ton of information on our wiki page on per diem pay

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