Melton Truck Lines

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TorqueSide's Comment
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Does anyone here have any experience with this company? I heard mostly great things about them but some things I can't get a definite answer to.

Do they haul hazmat? What types of sleepers do they have? Are flatbeds they flatbed only? Rider and pet policy? Are their delivery schedules really too tight?

HAZMAT:

Hazardous Materials

Explosive, flammable, poisonous or otherwise potentially dangerous cargo. Large amounts of especially hazardous cargo are required to be placarded under HAZMAT regulations

Ernie S. (AKA Old Salty D's Comment
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Does anyone here have any experience with this company? I heard mostly great things about them but some things I can't get a definite answer to.

Do they haul hazmat? What types of sleepers do they have? Are flatbeds they flatbed only? Rider and pet policy? Are their delivery schedules really too tight?

I have a nephew that drives for Melton. When I talked to him recently, he had nothing but good things to say about them.

To the best of my knowledge they do not haul hazmat. They have KW T660/T680 tractors with mid-roof sleepers (no upper bunk). They have 53' flatbed trailers (no step-decks). They do have rider policy (my niece rode with him for about a month last year), no idea about pet policy. Delivery schedules do not from listening to him talk seem to be really tight (reminds me of the same thing when I was with Prime on the flatbed side). So if that is the case (Prime that is), most of the scheduled stops are (at least 95%) during the day during the week.

The company pays for all your equipment except the bungies (and they are really dirt cheap if you get through a terminal).

I will try reaching out to him this week to see if I can get some answers for you about the things I am not sure of for you (since I have nothing but time on my hands for the near future).

Ernie

HAZMAT:

Hazardous Materials

Explosive, flammable, poisonous or otherwise potentially dangerous cargo. Large amounts of especially hazardous cargo are required to be placarded under HAZMAT regulations

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.

TorqueSide's Comment
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Does anyone here have any experience with this company? I heard mostly great things about them but some things I can't get a definite answer to.

Do they haul hazmat? What types of sleepers do they have? Are flatbeds they flatbed only? Rider and pet policy? Are their delivery schedules really too tight?

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I have a nephew that drives for Melton. When I talked to him recently, he had nothing but good things to say about them.

To the best of my knowledge they do not haul hazmat. They have KW T660/T680 tractors with mid-roof sleepers (no upper bunk). They have 53' flatbed trailers (no step-decks). They do have rider policy (my niece rode with him for about a month last year), no idea about pet policy. Delivery schedules do not from listening to him talk seem to be really tight (reminds me of the same thing when I was with Prime on the flatbed side). So if that is the case (Prime that is), most of the scheduled stops are (at least 95%) during the day during the week.

The company pays for all your equipment except the bungies (and they are really dirt cheap if you get through a terminal).

I will try reaching out to him this week to see if I can get some answers for you about the things I am not sure of for you (since I have nothing but time on my hands for the near future).

Ernie

Thanks Ernie, I really appreciate it!

HAZMAT:

Hazardous Materials

Explosive, flammable, poisonous or otherwise potentially dangerous cargo. Large amounts of especially hazardous cargo are required to be placarded under HAZMAT regulations

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.

Ernie S. (AKA Old Salty D's Comment
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Ok, talked to my nephew and here is the scoop on your other question about pets.

50lb limit, $750 deposit refundable depending on damage when turning in your truck.

Ernie

Rich K.'s Comment
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Tonegone I drive for Melton currently. They are a great company with a VERY supportive staff. I have felt nothing but positive things from everyone connected with Melton. Even the other drivers are very helpful and we feel as though we are a brotherhood. To correct a few points we drive kenworth t660 and 680's. They all have double bunks. There are a few freightliners with auto trans but all the rest are 10 speeds. The equipment is well maintained. The delivery schedules are based on 50 mph legal road plans and more often than not you can easily deliver early which allows you to make more money. If you are a hard worker this is a GREAT company. We have 48&53 ft flatbeds. We do haul Hazmat if you are endorsed and get 6 cpm for it. Also 6cpm for Canada runs and 8 cpm extra for oversize loads. Melton pays for showers if you don't have one on a rewards card(rare).

HAZMAT:

Hazardous Materials

Explosive, flammable, poisonous or otherwise potentially dangerous cargo. Large amounts of especially hazardous cargo are required to be placarded under HAZMAT regulations

CPM:

Cents Per Mile

Drivers are often paid by the mile and it's given in cents per mile, or cpm.

Snappy's Comment
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Hi! I just started with Melton about a month ago, and am very happy.

To clarify on the Hazmat , it is out there, but pretty rare. They were glad to hear that I had one.

HAZMAT:

Hazardous Materials

Explosive, flammable, poisonous or otherwise potentially dangerous cargo. Large amounts of especially hazardous cargo are required to be placarded under HAZMAT regulations

Ernie S. (AKA Old Salty D's Comment
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Rich,

I did not mean to be giving out wrong information, I was going on what I had seen and talking to my nephew.

I knew about the showers after talking to him. Was not aware of the Hazmat stuff (but I don't have or plan on getting it). So thanks for updating everyone on these items.

Ernie

HAZMAT:

Hazardous Materials

Explosive, flammable, poisonous or otherwise potentially dangerous cargo. Large amounts of especially hazardous cargo are required to be placarded under HAZMAT regulations

TorqueSide's Comment
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Tonegone I drive for Melton currently. They are a great company with a VERY supportive staff. I have felt nothing but positive things from everyone connected with Melton. Even the other drivers are very helpful and we feel as though we are a brotherhood. To correct a few points we drive kenworth t660 and 680's. They all have double bunks. There are a few freightliners with auto trans but all the rest are 10 speeds. The equipment is well maintained. The delivery schedules are based on 50 mph legal road plans and more often than not you can easily deliver early which allows you to make more money. If you are a hard worker this is a GREAT company. We have 48&53 ft flatbeds. We do haul Hazmat if you are endorsed and get 6 cpm for it. Also 6cpm for Canada runs and 8 cpm extra for oversize loads. Melton pays for showers if you don't have one on a rewards card(rare).

Thank you. You might've sealed the deal for me.

Snappy, good. Be sure to keep us updated on how it goes & any important changes between now and my potential employment. Would be appreciated.

And Ernie, we're only human. I still am appreciative of you going to the lengths you did to help a stranger answer a question. It's the thought! Don't sweat it!

HAZMAT:

Hazardous Materials

Explosive, flammable, poisonous or otherwise potentially dangerous cargo. Large amounts of especially hazardous cargo are required to be placarded under HAZMAT regulations

CPM:

Cents Per Mile

Drivers are often paid by the mile and it's given in cents per mile, or cpm.

Richard L.'s Comment
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I hate to drag up this old thread but I thought a reply might elicit a response from some of you knowledgeable Melton people.

Melton is my top non-LTL company right now but I have one question:

Assuming I have a brand new CDL , how long will it be until I can bring my wife and dog along?

Thanks, Richard L.

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.

LTL:

Less Than Truckload

Refers to carriers that make a lot of smaller pickups and deliveries for multiple customers as opposed to hauling one big load of freight for one customer. This type of hauling is normally done by companies with terminals scattered throughout the country where freight is sorted before being moved on to its destination.

LTL carriers include:

  • FedEx Freight
  • Con-way
  • YRC Freight
  • UPS
  • Old Dominion
  • Estes
  • Yellow-Roadway
  • ABF Freight
  • R+L Carrier
G-Town's Comment
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I hate to drag up this old thread but I thought a reply might elicit a response from some of you knowledgeable Melton people.

Melton is my top non-LTL company right now but I have one question:

Assuming I have a brand new CDL , how long will it be until I can bring my wife and dog along?

Thanks, Richard L.

Melton Truck Lines

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.

LTL:

Less Than Truckload

Refers to carriers that make a lot of smaller pickups and deliveries for multiple customers as opposed to hauling one big load of freight for one customer. This type of hauling is normally done by companies with terminals scattered throughout the country where freight is sorted before being moved on to its destination.

LTL carriers include:

  • FedEx Freight
  • Con-way
  • YRC Freight
  • UPS
  • Old Dominion
  • Estes
  • Yellow-Roadway
  • ABF Freight
  • R+L Carrier
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