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Ryan B.'s Comment
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History of Barr-Nunn company, includes how company got it's name. (Significance of the name, if any, not identified.):

Article about Barr-Nunn Transportation history

RealDiehl's Comment
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Good research, Ryan. That is more than I knew. Surprised they didn't mention the merger with Swift/Knight which happened in 2013 or 2015 I believe.

Here is the origin of the company name:

Our founder needed to come up with a name for the company for tax purposes. At the time there was another start up company/LLC that had been partially paid for under the name, Barr-Nunn. The founder simply paid the remaining fee and kept the name that someone else came up with originally. So it was pure chance. No significance to the name whatsoever. Maybe it had some sort of significance to the originator of the name. Who knows?

I've not run into Delco Dave yet, Anne. Neither literally nor figuratively.

Nothing to really update. The company has gotten me home to start my weekends before Noon on Friday without fail so far. I guess that is noteworthy since a lot of companies fail to get their drivers home at their requested times for one reason or another. I'm still driving fairly short loads which is fine with me since I get paid the same no matter the miles. Today I have a 130 mile deadhead for a preloaded trailer that delivers 21 miles away from pick up. It doesn't get any easier than that!

Deadhead:

To drive with an empty trailer. After delivering your load you will deadhead to a shipper to pick up your next load.

Moot Account 's Comment
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Sounds great man!

Im starting my career trying out car hauling. I spent some time talking to car haulers that dropped off vehicles at my previous work place and they all love it.

Everyone that's responded to my posts here advises against it, but Im going to try it out. They train you and then start you off with a 4 car hauler instead of one of the big boys. I think its gonna be a great experience, whether I decide to stay or not. But Im still doing research and looking for options incase it doesn't work out. This was a good read.

Thanks man.

RealDiehl's Comment
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Good luck to you. I'm not one to try and rain on a person's parade, but I have to agree that starting out in the industry and learning the most basic skills of driving a truck, and managing your clock, and being safe are difficult enough without having to worry about securing high value cargo like cars. The basics by themselves can seem overwhelming at times to new drivers.

It would be a shame if you began your career and soon after decided to give up on it because you made it too difficult for yourself. Most people who get their CDL do just that bc it is a lot harder than they anticipated. Maybe starting with a 4-car hauler will make things easier on you. I don't know. I've never even tried flatbedding let alone hauling cars.

No matter what you decide, never be too proud to ask for advice and take the time to think things through before making a decision. A hasty choice made at the beginning of a career could derail any plans for the future before they even get off the ground.

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.
Anne A. (and sometimes To's Comment
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Good luck to you. I'm not one to try and rain on a person's parade, but I have to agree that starting out in the industry and learning the most basic skills of driving a truck, and managing your clock, and being safe are difficult enough without having to worry about securing high value cargo like cars. The basics by themselves can seem overwhelming at times to new drivers.

It would be a shame if you began your career and soon after decided to give up on it because you made it too difficult for yourself. Most people who get their CDL do just that bc it is a lot harder than they anticipated. Maybe starting with a 4-car hauler will make things easier on you. I don't know. I've never even tried flatbedding let alone hauling cars.

No matter what you decide, never be too proud to ask for advice and take the time to think things through before making a decision. A hasty choice made at the beginning of a career could derail any plans for the future before they even get off the ground.

RD;

I think he left us (and changed his name) after the psilocybin fiasco. Oh, well. Even Tom has no desire to get into hauling cars, let alone semis.

Speaking of Tom . . . as you see, we are on the hunt (sadly & scarily) for the first time in YEARS. I am again, looking into Barr Nunn. The pay is pretty awesome, for his experience; the home time not his 1st choice.

Could you update, how things are going? I was looking for your email, but found none. :(

Just whenever, please & thanks, man.

~ Anne (& Tom ) ~

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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.
RealDiehl's Comment
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Hi, Anne!

Wish there was something noteworthy to write about. I also wish I had some insight into the types of driving jobs and schedules available in your area with Barr-Nunn. I really only know what my position entails. It's super easy. Almost too easy so far as mileage and time spent on duty every week. I mean, I probably average 8 hr days if I tallied all the hrs for all the days I've worked. Some of the places I have to go are pretty challenging to get to and some offer pretty difficult backing situations.

I think you mentioned a possible position out of Columbus, OH to Dayton, NJ. You also included Newark Airport. I didn't see anything about the airport in the job description. There are several places in Dayton I've been to at least a couple times with BN: Lasership, Wayfair, and Home Depot. It is not a difficult area to navigate and it is not very far off the turnpike. More importantly it is South of where traffic gets to be really ****ty in NJ. Even the travel plaza right near Dayton is newly renovated, expanded, and super nice (Molly Pitcher Service Area). That's a 500+ mile trip from Columbus though. Not home daily I'd assume.

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Anne A. (and sometimes To's Comment
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Hi, Anne!

Wish there was something noteworthy to write about. I also wish I had some insight into the types of driving jobs and schedules available in your area with Barr-Nunn. I really only know what my position entails. It's super easy. Almost too easy so far as mileage and time spent on duty every week. I mean, I probably average 8 hr days if I tallied all the hrs for all the days I've worked. Some of the places I have to go are pretty challenging to get to and some offer pretty difficult backing situations.

I think you mentioned a possible position out of Columbus, OH to Dayton, NJ. You also included Newark Airport. I didn't see anything about the s in the job description. There are several places in Dayton I've been to at least a couple times with BN: Lasership, Wayfair, and Home Depot. It is not a difficult area to navigate and it is not very far off the turnpike. More importantly it is South of where traffic gets to be really ****ty in NJ. Even the travel plaza right near Dayton is newly renovated, expanded, and super nice (Molly Pitcher Service Area). That's a 500+ mile trip from Columbus though. Not home daily I'd assume.

realdiehl99@gmail

Hey, RD;

Thank you SO much! The Columbus job is called a "weekend driver" position, being off Monday & Tuesday; which would actually work fine for us. The option of staying at the house through the week, when possible/routed through, is interesting but obviously not guaranteed. When we ask more about the acutal 'route(s)' that will be a question, for sure. Do you do a lot of Home Depot, would you say? The pay and benefits are VERY attractive; however. Much better than the option(s) that FAB is leaving us with. Don's buyout (WST) isn't too bad, but it's not good....yet it's better than what Tom's buyout group (Truck One) is offering. We really just don't want to settle for less, as most with 20 years driving ~ wouldn't. Yourself, even ... went 'up' ~ wouldn't you say?

Tom and I will definitely email you this weekend, if that's okay. Thank you very much! The 'EASY' part ... is what's attractive to him, haha! He's very familiar with the places you mention above, and doesn't bristle about backing situations, so ... with more research and our submittal of a formal app, I'm thinking it's a good chance we'll apply!

You sound really pleased overall; that counts much! Here's the one: Regional/North Weekend Route. The .cpm or 'Shift/Load' pay is a bit confusing. Does your route have that as well?

Thanks again, I'll bug ya more later; sorry.gif

~ Anne ~ thank-you-2.gif

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.

BMI:

Body mass index (BMI)

BMI is a formula that uses weight and height to estimate body fat. For most people, BMI provides a reasonable estimate of body fat. The BMI's biggest weakness is that it doesn't consider individual factors such as bone or muscle mass. BMI may:

  • Underestimate body fat for older adults or other people with low muscle mass
  • Overestimate body fat for people who are very muscular and physically fit

It's quite common, especially for men, to fall into the "overweight" category if you happen to be stronger than average. If you're pretty strong but in good shape then pay no attention.

CPM:

Cents Per Mile

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

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