Roehl's Florida Fly & Drive Fleet

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Ralph G. ( Arejay )'s Comment
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Any Florida drivers with Roehl doing this? I'm curious how well this is working out for drivers that are participating.

Florida National Fleet Truck Driver

Are you a Florida-based truck driver seeking a better paying trucking job? In this unique fleet only open to CDL-A truck drivers based out of Florida, you'll operate for 21 days, mainly in the Midwest (in either our Dairyland Fleet, serving primary Wisconsin, eastern Minnesota and Northern Illinois customers, or our Midwest Fleet serving a few additional states (if you want to see more of Middle America!).

When you are driving, you'll be in many of the same lanes and for repeat customers. About 80% of your loads will be drop and hook freight. You'll then go home for seven days in a row.

Fly and Drive

This fleet is neat because, when you join it, you'll be flown to one of our three terminals in the Midwest. Then, you'll drive for three weeks. You will have a dedicated Fleet Manager and planner with seven days a week coverage to ensure all of your needs are taken care of as you pick up and deliver van and refrigerated freight (you'll earn 2 cents more per mile for any refrigerated loads you haul). After your tour, you'll be flown home for your week of home time. We will pay for your flights, baggage fees and transportation to and from the airport in the Midwest. All you have to do is get yourself to the airport in Florida.

Here is a link to the page... Florida National Fleet Truck Driver

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.

Fleet Manager:

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.

Drop And Hook:

Drop and hook means the driver will drop one trailer and hook to another one.

In order to speed up the pickup and delivery process a driver may be instructed to drop their empty trailer and hook to one that is already loaded, or drop their loaded trailer and hook to one that is already empty. That way the driver will not have to wait for a trailer to be loaded or unloaded.

Jolie R.'s Comment
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I work for Roehl and I have "met" a couple of Florida drivers in our Roehl driver group on Facebook. I think they like it well enough but I am fairly sure they slip seat. I am not positive, but most of the extended home time plans Roehl has involves slip seating.

Ralph G. ( Arejay )'s Comment
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I work for Roehl and I have "met" a couple of Florida drivers in our Roehl driver group on Facebook. I think they like it well enough but I am fairly sure they slip seat. I am not positive, but most of the extended home time plans Roehl has involves slip seating.

Thanks Jolie... how do you like working for Roehl?

This is a 21/7 fleet, so 7 days out of the truck, i can understand that there will be slip seating. I do wonder how flexible they are with the hometime? I'd be looking for something that is basically a day home for every day out... so it would be 3 weeks out and then 2 to 3 weeks at home. I don't care about slip seating and this job would not be my sole source of income, so that is not my primary concern either.

Ralph G. ( Arejay )'s Comment
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Oh, BOO... I see they don't allow pets. That is a huge negative in my book. :(

Kevin W.'s Comment
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Oh, BOO... I see they don't allow pets. That is a huge negative in my book. :(

Roehl has a video on their YouTube page announcing they will soon be changing their pet policy. It seems that they will allowing some pets in the near future. I found the video because I am interested in Roehl and I have considered taking my dog with me once I get some experience. My dog, Eliza, weighs right at the 60 pound weight limit that Roehl seems to be setting for dogs.

Of course this topic is regarding their Fly & Drive fleet, and I am not sure how that works with their new pet policies.

Roehl Transport - Pet Policy Update

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Operating While Intoxicated

Jeffry T.'s Comment
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Oh, BOO... I see they don't allow pets. That is a huge negative in my book. :(

They sent a qualcomm Message about 2 weeks ago announcing there pet policy they are introducing at the end of April it involves an application and a non refundable fee and only certain breeds of dogs and cats.

Qualcomm:

Omnitracs (a.k.a. Qualcomm) is a satellite-based messaging system with built-in GPS capabilities built by Qualcomm. It has a small computer screen and keyboard and is tied into the truck’s computer. It allows trucking companies to track where the driver is at, monitor the truck, and send and receive messages with the driver – similar to email.
Steve L.'s Comment
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I wonder why Florida only. And anywhere in Florida? I live in the panhandle & just about every flight goes through Atlanta or somewhere else. So would my part of Florida be excluded? What makes us Floridians special? I know; loaded question.

Ralph G. ( Arejay )'s Comment
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Kevin and Jeff, thanks for the updated info on the potential of a new pet policy! :) I find that very interesting and will watch closely to see how it pans out.

Ralph G. ( Arejay )'s Comment
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I wonder why Florida only. And anywhere in Florida? I live in the panhandle & just about every flight goes through Atlanta or somewhere else. So would my part of Florida be excluded? What makes us Floridians special? I know; loaded question.

The only thing I can think of is there is perhaps a large pool of applicants in Florida, but not enough freight... so they are solving a problem in the Midwest where they have lots of freight and not enough drivers. I don't know all the details, but that is my best guess. I think it sounds like a pretty cool option since I live in Tampa and am a transplant from the south Chicago suburbs. And I like to fly so that is not an issue either.

Ralph G. ( Arejay )'s Comment
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Oh, BOO... I see they don't allow pets. That is a huge negative in my book. :(

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Roehl has a video on their YouTube page announcing they will soon be changing their pet policy. It seems that they will allowing some pets in the near future. I found the video because I am interested in Roehl and I have considered taking my dog with me once I get some experience. My dog, Eliza, weighs right at the 60 pound weight limit that Roehl seems to be setting for dogs.

Of course this topic is regarding their Fly & Drive fleet, and I am not sure how that works with their new pet policies.

Roehl Transport - Pet Policy Update

Just checked out the video. i think it's very cool that they are doing this. Of course I now have more questions that may or may not be answered when the official policy gets rolled out. the decal system brings to mind one question.... how will this apply to drivers that slip seat on a routine basis? Obviously will have to wait for the official word :) Maybe it may be appropriate to give it's own thread if the interest is sufficient enough to warrant.

OWI:

Operating While Intoxicated

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