Looking For A Plan B Just In Case

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Joshua B.'s Comment
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Hi all, been lurking for quite a while and just registered a week or two ago. I was a truck driver about 5 years ago for a mega reefer hauler for about six months then was let go for the dumbest of reasons. I wont go into details of that right now, but I am on rehire with review status with them. Clean DAC , Clearinghouse and MVR. I have kept up with my CDL and just recently renewed my medical cert. I have been applying to so many companies it isn’t even funny but I am running into a problem with getting back on the road. 1. Is my lack of recent experience. Its 5 years old so very few companies will touch me without more recent OTR time. 2. The few that have said they would take me on and give me some refresher training either don’t allow pets, only one pet or no cats... I have two very well behaved cats that I rescued who are the only things I have and love. They are like my kids.

I have a friend who can watch them while I am going through my refresher training, but can’t keep them very long. I do have one company, who the recruiter swears will be fine with me having them with me when I go solo, but I have been lied to by a few, and I was able to call them up to ask another recruiter about it to make sure just to find out that it wasn’t ok. The company I am looking at is kinda small and has only one recruiter that I have been able to talk to so getting a second opinion is kinda hard. I am scheduled for orientation in about a week but I would like to see if any of y’all fine folks happen to know of any (decent) companies that will allow them to be with me for sure. A deposit is no problem for me, but I must be able to bring them with me when I go solo and not have to wait 90-120 days afterwards as I don’t have anyone to help take care of them for that long.

Just looking for a plan B in case this company doesn’t work out. I am planning on pretty much living in the truck for long periods of time once I get in. Thanks a bunch in advance!

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.

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.

MVR:

Motor Vehicle Record

An MVR is a report of your driving history, as reported from your state Department of Motor Vehicles. Information on this report may include Drivers License information, point history, violations, convictions, and license status on your driving record.

Reefer:

A refrigerated trailer.

DAC:

Drive-A-Check Report

A truck drivers DAC report will contain detailed information about their job history of the last 10 years as a CDL driver (as required by the DOT).

It may also contain your criminal history, drug test results, DOT infractions and accident history. The program is strictly voluntary from a company standpoint, but most of the medium-to-large carriers will participate.

Most trucking companies use DAC reports as part of their hiring and background check process. It is extremely important that drivers verify that the information contained in it is correct, and have it fixed if it's not.

Stevo Reno's Comment
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Good idea is post on your profile the state in which you live currently for more refined answers to your question lol

Hopefully, you will find a company that will let ya bring your "kids" along.....Cats are neater than dogs lol and take up less bed space too

PackRat's Comment
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You are in a sticky place, getting hired with no recent experience and having pets that you want to bring along solo. In the short term, which is the most important to you?

Joshua B.'s Comment
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Good idea is post on your profile the state in which you live currently for more refined answers to your question lol

Hopefully, you will find a company that will let ya bring your "kids" along.....Cats are neater than dogs lol and take up less bed space too

Hhhmmmm.. thought I did that last night. I will double check. I am in Mississippi.

Anne A. (and sometimes To's Comment
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Howdy, Joshua & welcome to Trucking Truth!!

Here are a few companies you can check into, that may have refresher courses (per se) and last I knew, accept pets:

  • May Trucking
  • Moeller Trucking
  • Boyd Bros.
  • Witte Bros.

Have you TRIED our app on here? We've got a few new(er) companies, (ie: MAST trucking) that may be what you want/need, as well.

Apply For Paid CDL Training

Apply For Truck Driving Jobs

I've got a few 'smaller' trucking companies up my sleeve, here & there; hubby's been driving for almost 22 years, LoL!

Best wishes, and welcome to the group!

~ 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.
Joshua B.'s Comment
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You are in a sticky place, getting hired with no recent experience and having pets that you want to bring along solo. In the short term, which is the most important to you?

That may be a setback, but I am confident there is someone out there who will take us on. I know people are trucking with pets while working for companies. I think my biggest hurdle will be the recent experience. I had quite a few call backs from companies that stated my cats would be ok but the experience is the issue. How can I get experience when the insurance companies won’t touch me. Lol. I will find a way. Thanks!

Pacific Pearl's Comment
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Many companies offer refresher training, they just don't advertise it. Here are a few that offer refresher training with pet policies you can live with:

Covenant Transport

Covenant wants to onboard the best drivers and part of its strategy to attract great employees is a pet policy that allows you to bring up to two pets that weigh a total of no more than 50 pounds. There is a $500 pet policy fee.

Navajo Express -

Navajo allows your pets to ride with you, assuming that it doesn’t compromise your safety while operating the vehicle

Paper Transport

No more than two pets are to ride at a time, a form will need to be filled out. Periodic truck inspections will be performed to ensure the equipment is not being abused. A kennel or comparable restraining device is required and all pets are required to be restrained while truck is in motion. Any and all customer restrictions and/or pet specific policies are to be adopted by PTI employees while on customer property.

Wilson Logistics

Friendly Pet Policy No Deposit No Size Restriction No Breed Restriction 2 Pets Allowed

George B.'s Comment
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Call Total Transportation of Miss not sure about refresher. They say 3 mos. recent exp but you never know. Also KLLM. Check into Freymiller, Continental Express, Ozark, and I may respond w a few others.

George B.'s Comment
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Usa Truck and National Carriers

Steve L.'s Comment
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A smaller company, that knows your situation, has no reason to lie to you. It doesn't benefit them. Therefore, I'd be inclined to think they're telling you the truth.

When I considered going to a smaller company, I asked for phone numbers of drivers I could talk to and they complied. I was able to get some perspective from other drivers.

I hope this helps.

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