Old Dominion

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Phillip 's Comment
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My uncle has a dedicated account to California with Old Dominion and he wants me to come and team with him. Should I make the move from Maverick to Old Dominion? I've heard they make great money

Chris L.'s Comment
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For me I would stay with Maverick, nothing against Old Dominion I just don't like Cali traffic and don't like team driving. It's a personal preference choice here. Plus I'm assuming your in their flatbed division, and flatbedding is fun!

You can make good money at either company, you just have to pick the job that works for you.

Jared McClure's Comment
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My uncle has a dedicated account to California with them and he wants me to come and team with him. Should I make the move from Maverick to Old Dominion? I've heard they make great money

Best sign evar. leaving-california.jpg

6 string rhythm's Comment
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I'm a linehaul driver for OD. I"m assuming your uncle runs out of the Morristown, TN terminal? I noticed you're in TN.

Either way, here's the deal. For Old Dominion, most teams are running to CA from the east coast, and back again. All teaming is linehaul, and all linehaul drivers have 'dedicated accounts.' 'Dedicated' is more of a truckload terminology. In truckload, you're dedicated if you're servicing the same customer accounts on regular routes. In LTL (as opposed to truckload) lInehaul is all 'dedicated,' so to speak, because you're always going to your company's terminals. Now, you can have set routes on a schedule as a team driver, whereas you might always go from your home terminal to a destination terminal, for example from Morristown, TN to Rialto, CA, with perhaps a few destinations in between if need be. A 'wild' driver would always go to different terminals, but most team drivers are not wild, i.e. they are always starting and ending at the same terminals.

Running solo vs team is two different animals. Driving OTR for a truckload company, like Maverick, is a totally different animal than being a linehaul driver for an LTL company, like Old Dominion. You're pretty much always going to make more $ at an LTL company, versus a truckload company - that's just the nature of the beast. But, as some drivers pointed out, $ isn't always the most important thing - that's a personal preference. I can tell you that a team driver for OD on average will run 6k miles a week, at between .65-.68 cpm. Do the math. The drivers split the truck miles down the middle, regardless of who drove what miles. You'll gross over 100k easily. I have friends that team for OD and routinely rake in that sort of cash. They are also running 6 days at a time, sleeping in the cab when they're not driving, and taking 1-2 days off after their 6 days out. They run HARD. Most team drivers do - truckload or LTL. As a team driver for OD, you won't get a tractor with all the bells and whistles, but you'll make bank. Plus, you'll have around 6 paid holidays a year (including your birthday), a heck of a bennie and 401k package, and up to 4 weeks paid vacation ( 1 week after 1 year service, 2 weeks after 2 years). You'll run every week, and be home for 1-2 days. Most stay home for 2 days.

Obviously, I think OD is the greatest trucking company in the world. You have to decide what's most important to you. You wanna maximize your income while you're out there? OD is a no-brainer. Seriously, it's a fantastic company to work for. The type of company that drivers stay at for their entire career, I know I intend to.

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.

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

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.

Linehaul:

Linehaul drivers will normally run loads from terminal to terminal for LTL (Less than Truckload) companies.

LTL (Less Than Truckload) carriers will have Linehaul drivers and P&D drivers. The P&D drivers will deliver loads locally from the terminal and pick up loads returning them to the terminal. Linehaul drivers will then run truckloads from terminal to terminal.

CPM:

Cents Per Mile

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

6 string rhythm's Comment
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Phillip, here are some other things to consider. OD has a no-rehire policy. If you think you might wanna run across the country solo, in your 'own' assigned truck with all the bells and whistles, living out of truck stops and going to different places across the country, being away for weeks at at a time, then get it out of your system first before going to OD. Just keep in mind that some drivers would kill for an opportunity at OD. Larger terminals are usually hiring for team positions, but that's not always the case. You don't wanna squander an opportunity if you think teaming for OD might interest you.

Also, I noticed you're not a driver yet, according to your profile. I went to private trucking school and then straight to OD. I was earning around $20 an hour IN TRAINING at OD. Of course now I'm cpm and not hourly, being a linehaul driver. While in training I was taking home (yes, netting, i.e. after taxes and deductions) over $1k a week. Depending on the terminal , you can join their new driver program, where they will PAY you to earn your CDL A with them. If you haven't joined a CDL A school yet, that is definitely something to consider. Had I known this, I would've taken this route and saved on $5k for private trucking school. Talk to your uncle, see if his terminal has that program where they take prospective drivers off the street and pay them while earning their CDL A. Most truckload companies will pay you a small amount for orientation, and then will start paying you in training. OD will pay you while you're in their school to get your CDL A. That's pretty much unheard of in the truckload sector of the industry, and if you go to a truckload company that does just happen to offer that, they won't be paying your $20 an hour.

I'm taking the time to explain all this to you because somebody did it for me when I was in your shoes. I also am seriously grateful to work for Old Dominion. So much that I recruit for free. smile.gif

Best wishes to you. Listen to your uncle.

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.

Linehaul:

Linehaul drivers will normally run loads from terminal to terminal for LTL (Less than Truckload) companies.

LTL (Less Than Truckload) carriers will have Linehaul drivers and P&D drivers. The P&D drivers will deliver loads locally from the terminal and pick up loads returning them to the terminal. Linehaul drivers will then run truckloads from terminal to terminal.

CPM:

Cents Per Mile

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

guyjax(Guy Hodges)'s Comment
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I looked on the OD website on their Careers list. Arkansas is just about the only state not listed. I guess you have to live near a terminal to work for OD.

But if I am wrong 6 String and they do allow drivers to run for them even if they live in a state with no service centers let me know and shoot me a recruiters number.

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.

Phillip 's Comment
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I live in Tennessee, and I've had my cdl for awhile I just haven't updated my profile yet lol

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.
Trucktographer's Comment
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It's too bad the Tampa, FL terminal doesn't hire teams. Oh well.

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.

Josh _.'s Comment
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I'm a linehaul driver for OD. I"m assuming your uncle runs out of the Morristown, TN terminal? I noticed you're in TN.

You're pretty much always going to make more $ at an LTL company, versus a truckload company - that's just the nature of the beast. But, as some drivers pointed out, $ isn't always the most important thing - that's a personal preference. I can tell you that a team driver for OD on average will run 6k miles a week, at between .65-.68 cpm. Do the math.

Do you have insight on "owner operator" at OD? OD Owner Operator ad. Ad mention "% OF REVENUE, CURRENTLY 72%", I also heard OD cap ceiling at $1.25: $1.25 Ceiling cap. Any knowledge about Owner op at OD and the 1.25 ceiling? Thanks anyhow...want to become owner op within 1yr: Roadrunner and OD looking good

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.

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

Owner Operator:

An owner-operator is a driver who either owns or leases the truck they are driving. A self-employed driver.

Linehaul:

Linehaul drivers will normally run loads from terminal to terminal for LTL (Less than Truckload) companies.

LTL (Less Than Truckload) carriers will have Linehaul drivers and P&D drivers. The P&D drivers will deliver loads locally from the terminal and pick up loads returning them to the terminal. Linehaul drivers will then run truckloads from terminal to terminal.

CPM:

Cents Per Mile

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

6 string rhythm's Comment
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I'm a linehaul driver for OD. I"m assuming your uncle runs out of the Morristown, TN terminal? I noticed you're in TN.

You're pretty much always going to make more $ at an LTL company, versus a truckload company - that's just the nature of the beast. But, as some drivers pointed out, $ isn't always the most important thing - that's a personal preference. I can tell you that a team driver for OD on average will run 6k miles a week, at between .65-.68 cpm. Do the math.

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Do you have insight on "owner operator" at OD? OD Owner Operator ad. Ad mention "% OF REVENUE, CURRENTLY 72%", I also heard OD cap ceiling at $1.25: $1.25 Ceiling cap. Any knowledge about Owner op at OD and the 1.25 ceiling? Thanks anyhow...want to become owner op within 1yr: Roadrunner and OD looking good

I don't know anything about O/O and OD.

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.

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

Owner Operator:

An owner-operator is a driver who either owns or leases the truck they are driving. A self-employed driver.

Linehaul:

Linehaul drivers will normally run loads from terminal to terminal for LTL (Less than Truckload) companies.

LTL (Less Than Truckload) carriers will have Linehaul drivers and P&D drivers. The P&D drivers will deliver loads locally from the terminal and pick up loads returning them to the terminal. Linehaul drivers will then run truckloads from terminal to terminal.

CPM:

Cents Per Mile

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

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