Another Driver With A New Gig

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RealDiehl's Comment
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I decided to part ways with Cowan after only 9 months. There are many reasons. The biggest ones have to do with not getting home on a consistent basis and not for as much time as I was told I'd be home. "2 days home during the week" was more often only one day and a "full 48 hours every weekend" turned out to be more like 40 hours. The pay was great! The personnel were pleasant. If I didn't have other options I would have stuck it out with Cowan. There are worse jobs in this industry I'm sure.

I just ran my first load with Barr-Nunn. They are a smallish company based in Granger, IA, operating around 500+ tractors, mainly in the Eastern part of the country. They operate autonomously under the Swift/Knight umbrella of trucking companies.

What I find most interesting is the way they pay some of their drivers. In my area-and for the region I work in (Northeast)-they offer Shift+Load pay. Meaning, I get a flat rate of $260 for each day I'm on duty, plus $90 for every load I deliver. Yesterday I drove a total of a little over 260 miles for one load. Today I'm looking at around 350 miles for the load I'm currently planned on.

When driving OTR it's all about getting more miles...longer loads. Now I'm hoping for short loads. The miles don't matter.

I'm running Northeast regional with weekends at home. Barr-Nunn also offers local routes, home daily with weekends off. That pays $200 per shift plus $90 per load. They also have OTR positions. Not sure what the CPM is for that. I'm not trying recruit here. Just providing info in case people want to explore different options.

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.

CPM:

Cents Per Mile

Drivers are often paid by the mile and it's given in cents per mile, or cpm.

PackRat's Comment
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Enjoy your newest gig, RD.

BK's Comment
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RD, sounds good. I’ve seen Barr-Nunn trucks on the road many times. Interesting pay structure, I hope it works out well for you. Let us know what it’s like driving for the new company.

Old School's Comment
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Congratulations on your new gig!

We haven't heard from our old friend Ernie in a long time, but he once drove for Barr-Nunn. I think his relationship with them was short lived, but I do remember him working there at one time. He worked for an Owner/Operator for a little bit also, but in the end I think he returned to Prime and kind of settled in there.

Anne A. (and sometimes To's Comment
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Congratulations on your new gig!

We haven't heard from our old friend Ernie in a long time, but he once drove for Barr-Nunn. I think his relationship with them was short lived, but I do remember him working there at one time. He worked for an Owner/Operator for a little bit also, but in the end I think he returned to Prime and kind of settled in there.

Yeah, where DID he go ??

Last I / we heard, he was an L/O for Prime . . . correct?

We've seen TONS of Barr Nunn rigs around here, through the years; sounds awesome!

~ Anne ~

Banks's Comment
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Congrats on the new gig. Hope it works out the way you why it to. What kind of rig ya got?

RealDiehl's Comment
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I appreciate the kind words and well-wishes from y'all!

We haven't heard from our old friend Ernie in a long time, but he once drove for Barr-Nunn.

I did search for Barr-Nunn and I saw some older posts. Nothing recent. I assume Ernie's posts were the ones showing a picture of a Prime trailer.

What kind of rig ya got?

My favorite! A Cascadia (2021). It is nice to get out of a lightweight International and back into a full-sized Cascadia.

The load management app is unlike anything I've used before. Every company I've been with uses the same style app as Prime. It seems very cumbersome right now. It will take some getting used to.

The company is very picky when it comes to logging. I've already received two msgs about improper logging. Once when I sent a Vehicle Inspection Report while off duty. Apparently they want those sent while on duty. And once for using yard move for a drop and hook. I was asked to use yard move only while driving around the yard and to go on-duty when the truck is not in motion. Maybe I've developed a bad habit. In the past I'd always used on-duty/yard move to cover any on-duty functions at a shipper/receiver🤷

Shipper:

The customer who is shipping the freight. This is where the driver will pick up a load and then deliver it to the receiver or consignee.

Drop And Hook:

Drop and hook means the driver will drop one trailer and hook to another one.

In order to speed up the pickup and delivery process a driver may be instructed to drop their empty trailer and hook to one that is already loaded, or drop their loaded trailer and hook to one that is already empty. That way the driver will not have to wait for a trailer to be loaded or unloaded.

HOS:

Hours Of Service

HOS refers to the logbook hours of service regulations.

OWI:

Operating While Intoxicated

George B.'s Comment
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I have read reviews that Barr-Nunn is very strict on safety and proper logging etc. One of the best pay structures in the industry also according to reviews. Best of luck and keep us posted.

Anne A. (and sometimes To's Comment
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I appreciate the kind words and well-wishes from y'all!

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We haven't heard from our old friend Ernie in a long time, but he once drove for Barr-Nunn.

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I did search for Barr-Nunn and I saw some older posts. Nothing recent. I assume Ernie's posts were the ones showing a picture of a Prime trailer.

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What kind of rig ya got?

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My favorite! A Cascadia (2021). It is nice to get out of a lightweight International and back into a full-sized Cascadia.

The load management app is unlike anything I've used before. Every company I've been with uses the same style app as Prime. It seems very cumbersome right now. It will take some getting used to.

The company is very picky when it comes to logging. I've already received two msgs about improper logging. Once when I sent a Vehicle Inspection Report while off duty. Apparently they want those sent while on duty. And once for using yard move for a drop and hook. I was asked to use yard move only while driving around the yard and to go on-duty when the truck is not in motion. Maybe I've developed a bad habit. In the past I'd always used on-duty/yard move to cover any on-duty functions at a shipper/receiver🤷

I have read reviews that Barr-Nunn is very strict on safety and proper logging etc. One of the best pay structures in the industry also according to reviews. Best of luck and keep us posted.

Tritto, w/George and the others, RD !

We know you'll Git'R'Done ! dancing-dog.gif good-luck.gif dancing-dog.gif

Always do, good sir! Hope you'll update here...or even do a diary ?!?!? I don't recall anyone on TT (besides Ernie/Salty) having driven for them; don't know anyone personally (or affiliated) either. Sure sounds awesome, though!

Best to ya, man;

~ Anne & Tom ~

Shipper:

The customer who is shipping the freight. This is where the driver will pick up a load and then deliver it to the receiver or consignee.

Drop And Hook:

Drop and hook means the driver will drop one trailer and hook to another one.

In order to speed up the pickup and delivery process a driver may be instructed to drop their empty trailer and hook to one that is already loaded, or drop their loaded trailer and hook to one that is already empty. That way the driver will not have to wait for a trailer to be loaded or unloaded.

HOS:

Hours Of Service

HOS refers to the logbook hours of service regulations.

OWI:

Operating While Intoxicated

Stevo Reno's Comment
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Yes Sir sounds like a good deal to me.Hope the best for ya Real, you got this,,just a lil adjusting to new company. Many safe drives for ya and make them pesos lol

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