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Max E.'s Comment
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I finished truck driving school 2 weeks ago with southwest truck driver training here in Phoenix Arizona. Had decided to do flatbed with Roehl and decided that Roehl was the company for me. I like the fact they had multiple divisions and that i could switch between flatbed/dryvan/reefer with relative ease. So if i did flatbed didnt like it than i could switch to dryvan or a reefer to give that a shot without having to switch companies. I also liked that you could come home for a full week. with other companies they seemed to cap you off at 4 or 5 days hometime. i still planned on to stay out 6 weeks to 2 months at a time (they do have 7/7 and 14/7 options.) but when i come home i wanted a week off to make it worth it. like for example a lot of my friends are still in school so come spring break i could get that whole week off and go party with them down in Mexico. So they jumped out to me and i thought they were the comapny for me. Anyways i was set to go to orientation and everthing. Well in my down time i was looking around on the internet and searching for trucking jobs and had submitted a couple different applications to drive for the oil fields for "kicks and giggles and lets see if someone calls me back." Well this morning i woke up to a phone call from a company hauling sand in the oil fields in Williamsport PA. A longtime family friend is currently working for them and i told him i had applied.. so he may have pushed my application to the right man. Anyways long story short he said "When do you want to start?" To that i responded "Yesterday." to which he said "if you get here by Tuesday next week the job is yours." So plane ticket is booked and looks like im going to be driving for the oil rigs.

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.

Dryvan:

A trailer or truck that that requires no special attention, such as refrigeration, that hauls regular palletted, boxed, or floor-loaded freight. The most common type of trailer in trucking.

Reefer:

A refrigerated trailer.

Joanna 's Comment
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Congrats, Max! You just never know where you might end up. Good on you for sending out those apps :-)

HOS:

Hours Of Service

HOS refers to the logbook hours of service regulations.
David's Comment
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I finished truck driving school 2 weeks ago with southwest truck driver training here in Phoenix Arizona. Had decided to do flatbed with Roehl and decided that Roehl was the company for me. I like the fact they had multiple divisions and that i could switch between flatbed/dryvan/reefer with relative ease. So if i did flatbed didnt like it than i could switch to dryvan or a reefer to give that a shot without having to switch companies. I also liked that you could come home for a full week. with other companies they seemed to cap you off at 4 or 5 days hometime. i still planned on to stay out 6 weeks to 2 months at a time (they do have 7/7 and 14/7 options.) but when i come home i wanted a week off to make it worth it. like for example a lot of my friends are still in school so come spring break i could get that whole week off and go party with them down in Mexico. So they jumped out to me and i thought they were the comapny for me. Anyways i was set to go to orientation and everthing. Well in my down time i was looking around on the internet and searching for trucking jobs and had submitted a couple different applications to drive for the oil fields for "kicks and giggles and lets see if someone calls me back." Well this morning i woke up to a phone call from a company hauling sand in the oil fields in Williamsport PA. A longtime family friend is currently working for them and i told him i had applied.. so he may have pushed my application to the right man. Anyways long story short he said "When do you want to start?" To that i responded "Yesterday." to which he said "if you get here by Tuesday next week the job is yours." So plane ticket is booked and looks like im going to be driving for the oil rigs.

Congrats sir,

Ive got 2 uncles who do the oil rigs in TX. They've been doing it for 20+ yrs and still love it. Last i heard they make around 30-45hr for 10hr/5days a week.

good luck to you, hope it works out for the best.

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.

Dryvan:

A trailer or truck that that requires no special attention, such as refrigeration, that hauls regular palletted, boxed, or floor-loaded freight. The most common type of trailer in trucking.

Reefer:

A refrigerated trailer.

Max E.'s Comment
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Congrats sir,

Ive got 2 uncles who do the oil rigs in TX. They've been doing it for 20+ yrs and still love it. Last i heard they make around 30-45hr for 10hr/5days a week.

good luck to you, hope it works out for the best.

Thank you! Im lucky to get this opportunity right out of school. Although i would love the OTR lifestyle the money is to good to pass up. Ill still be living in the truck im just stayin in the general area of where the rigs are. I am also on the other side of the country of where i live. So ill get a small taste just not a true OTR driver i guess.

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.

Jay B.'s Comment
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I think after a year or so I might start trying local or oilfield driving. Unless I still love the OTR , then I will stay doing that. I really think I will enjoy the OTR but I might get homesick at times. Time will tell.

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.

Max E.'s Comment
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I think after a year or so I might start trying local or oilfield driving. Unless I still love the OTR , then I will stay doing that. I really think I will enjoy the OTR but I might get homesick at times. Time will tell.

For sure.. Im just at a point in my life when this is perfect. Im single with no kids so i have nothing to tie me down. so being gone 6-8 weeks at a time is awesome. Living in a truck is even better so i can just see the money build up without any bills. hahahaha

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.

Jolie R.'s Comment
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Congratulations Max, but darn, I wanted to hear how someone likes Roehl! smile.gif I have been talking with them and they seem like a solid organization. Best of luck to you and now you can let us know what driving for the oil fields is like!

Max E.'s Comment
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Congratulations Max, but darn, I wanted to hear how someone likes Roehl! smile.gif I have been talking with them and they seem like a solid organization. Best of luck to you and now you can let us know what driving for the oil fields is like!

I feel the same way. Trust me if PA dosnt work out my application will be back in at Roehl. When i called to let them know about the different opportunity they weren't mad and didnt try to convince me to stay they just sad "I hope it works out for you but if not give us a call." Seems like a good company and i had talked to several drivers who are currently working for them. They all had good things to say about Roehl. I just got an opportunity thats to good to pass up at this point in my life.

Cleft_Asunder's Comment
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Congrats. Are you saying you work for Rhoel? I like the schedule. 14/7 is my goal.

Max E.'s Comment
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Congrats. Are you saying you work for Rhoel? I like the schedule. 14/7 is my goal.

No i do not.. but i was slated to start for them until i had this opportunity in the oil fields come up. Seems like a good company to me though.

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