Mega Carriers Who To Go With

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Johnny G.'s Comment
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Since last Friday I’ve been sending out resumes to these mega carriers that offer CDL instead of actually typing out their forms. All the big ones I sent out the recruiters called me and I’ve gotten denied only by swift because I got a ticket last May going to the Grand Canyon for failure to stop at a stop sign.

From watching YouTube many people have said to pick a company that has a terminal that’s close to home. That leaves me with CR England & CRST.

Can anyone shed any light on these two companies. Pay isn’t one of my big issues because any industry as the new guy you get smoked on pay. I’m more looking for what I will learn and experience, how are the instructors / mentors?, and if I get my CDL are we able to choose the mentors? For example can I get someone with 5-10 year experience and a military vet. How are the trucks? How often can I drive? Will they teach you everything like chaining up tires, maintenance, etc…Will they send me to downtown LA or NYC as a rookie (don’t really want to go into downtown driving a monster as a rookie with barely any experience)

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.

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.

OOS:

When a violation by either a driver or company is confirmed, an out-of-service order removes either the driver or the vehicle from the roadway until the violation is corrected.

PackRat's Comment
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Why does one need a terminal close by? Totally irrelevant when choosing a company.

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.

OOS:

When a violation by either a driver or company is confirmed, an out-of-service order removes either the driver or the vehicle from the roadway until the violation is corrected.

Johnny G.'s Comment
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Why does one need a terminal close by? Totally irrelevant when choosing a company.

From what I saw on YouTube it’s so you don’t have to drive 2-4 hours home.

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.

OOS:

When a violation by either a driver or company is confirmed, an out-of-service order removes either the driver or the vehicle from the roadway until the violation is corrected.

PackRat's Comment
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Why does one need a terminal close by? Totally irrelevant when choosing a company.

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From what I saw on YouTube it’s so you don’t have to drive 2-4 hours home.

Never had to do that. Research for places you can park close to a home. Again, it's a non-issue. Honest answers here. YT not so much.

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.

OOS:

When a violation by either a driver or company is confirmed, an out-of-service order removes either the driver or the vehicle from the roadway until the violation is corrected.

Klutch's Comment
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My home park location is 450 miles from the terminal I technically work out of. For time at home they will send you with a load as close to home as they can and from there you head to your park location. That’s why your being told you don’t need to be near a terminal.

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Why does one need a terminal close by? Totally irrelevant when choosing a company.

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From what I saw on YouTube it’s so you don’t have to drive 2-4 hours home.

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.

OOS:

When a violation by either a driver or company is confirmed, an out-of-service order removes either the driver or the vehicle from the roadway until the violation is corrected.

Big Scott (CFI's biggest 's Comment
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You don't need a terminal close to home, just a place to park. CFI will train you. They send you home with an empty trailer so you have it when you come back out. People park at truck stops, home, and other creative places. We have terminals and drop lots all over the country.

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.

Johnny G.'s Comment
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Ok sounds great. So who would you guys choose now CRST, CR England, Schneider, Prime, XPO, Wilson

OOS:

When a violation by either a driver or company is confirmed, an out-of-service order removes either the driver or the vehicle from the roadway until the violation is corrected.

Ryan B.'s Comment
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Since last Friday I’ve been sending out resumes to these mega carriers that offer CDL instead of actually typing out their forms. All the big ones I sent out the recruiters called me and I’ve gotten denied only by swift because I got a ticket last May going to the Grand Canyon for failure to stop at a stop sign.

From watching YouTube many people have said to pick a company that has a terminal that’s close to home. That leaves me with CR England & CRST.

Can anyone shed any light on these two companies. Pay isn’t one of my big issues because any industry as the new guy you get smoked on pay. I’m more looking for what I will learn and experience, how are the instructors / mentors?, and if I get my CDL are we able to choose the mentors? For example can I get someone with 5-10 year experience and a military vet. How are the trucks? How often can I drive? Will they teach you everything like chaining up tires, maintenance, etc…Will they send me to downtown LA or NYC as a rookie (don’t really want to go into downtown driving a monster as a rookie with barely any experience)

Either of those would provide you with the training needed and guarantee that you have a job after training. CR England and CRST focus on team driving, so you want to keep that in mind. Those are not your only two options, based on what you are seeking.

CFI has a drop yard in Fontana, CA. They are a solid company with excellent training.

Schneider National has several locations in CA. This is another company with excellent training.

May Trucking has a terminal in Fontana, CA and will pay for school through Roadmasters.

Werner has a terminal in Fontana, CA and will pay for school through Roadmasters.

Roehl Transport has a Las Vegas terminal and also has excellent training.

Knight Transportation has a Fontana, CA terminal and excellent training.

Lots of options beyond just those two you mentioned.

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.

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.

HOS:

Hours Of Service

HOS refers to the logbook hours of service regulations.

OOS:

When a violation by either a driver or company is confirmed, an out-of-service order removes either the driver or the vehicle from the roadway until the violation is corrected.

Ryan B.'s Comment
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Ok sounds great. So who would you guys choose now CRST, CR England, Schneider, Prime, XPO, Wilson

Apply at all the companies suggested and see who is willing to bring you on. Once you have that list, figure out what it is that is important to you and which company fits that which is important the best. You can only go wrong, if you choose a company that is not meeting something that you consider to be important. Only you know what those things are.

HOS:

Hours Of Service

HOS refers to the logbook hours of service regulations.

OOS:

When a violation by either a driver or company is confirmed, an out-of-service order removes either the driver or the vehicle from the roadway until the violation is corrected.

G-Town's Comment
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I would choose the same company I did 10 years ago; Swift. Otherwise, Prime would be my backup option.

Ok sounds great. So who would you guys choose now CRST, CR England, Schneider, Prime, XPO, Wilson

OOS:

When a violation by either a driver or company is confirmed, an out-of-service order removes either the driver or the vehicle from the roadway until the violation is corrected.

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