Going Local

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Rico's Comment
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Well, it appears that I am going to go local sooner than I thought. The last two weeks have brought some changes to my life I wasn't expecting. My father passed away last week, and something I won't discuss publicly happened to one of my daughters. We are going to move into my father's house, give our house to our son, and get our daughters out of the environment they're in. I go back out OTR on Monday, but only until the end of this month, the middle of next month at the latest. There's a company interested in hiring me that hauls fuel and coal. I can start out at the terminal close to where I live now and transfer to the one that's where my dad's house is in the Spring.

Do any of you know much about hauling coal or fuel? I know that pulling a tanker is a different kind of driving than a van, with the surge and all. I'm kinda looking forward to pulling a shorter trailer with a day cab , but I've heard that coal mine roads can be really rough. Other than that, I really don't know what either is like, so any information y'all could provide would be appreciated.

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.

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.

Day Cab:

A tractor which does not have a sleeper berth attached to it. Normally used for local routes where drivers go home every night.

mountain girl's Comment
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So sorry about your Dad ..and your daughter too. Way to stay close to your family and be 'da man. I don't have any experience in your new area of hauling but I just wanted to pipe in and send out my moral support.

God Speed.

-mountain girl

Bart's Comment
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Ditto what mg said. Condolences on your Dad. I have a 14 yo daughter so I feel your pain. Best of luck on local.

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