Female And Pet Friendly Trucking Companies?

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Sanj's Comment
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I am a 49 yr old, looking to make a huge career change and trying to do as much research as possible before making this jump. I am looking for any advice on companies that are good for women drivers and have good pet programs. It is just me and my little dog (Min Pin), Kelley. I understand I will be away in company training after getting my CDL training here in Nashville. I have arrangement for her during that time but I am seeking the shortest quality road time in training. Again, it's just me and her. We are a road warrior team! :-)

I am drawn to a few companies and wondered if anyone had any input on them: Con-Way Truckload, Prime, Trans Am, USA and US Express. There is a pull for me to Con-Way but I cannot find enough info on them.

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.
Phox's Comment
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From the research I have done for myself I can tell you USA truck does NOT allow pets Prime does though, think I have read they want like a $1000 deposit, but that it's refundable.

I have been trying to do my research and trying to look for pet friendly companies because I plan to give up my apartment and put stuff in storage till I save up enough for a house. no point in paying $700+ for an apartment that you'll only spend 3-4 days a month in. I refuse to give up my cat though. I know she won't like trucking at first (she hates car rides) but I think she'll get over it in time.

See Also: List Of Trucking Companies That Allow Pets

Sanj's Comment
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Thanks! I am actually doing the same. Dropping the apartment after company training and settled into my own truck. I have done lots of research on so many companies but finding that as quickly as I mark one off the list, they change a policy that draws me back to checking them out. It is crazy how much this industry has changed since the time my Brother-in-law drove!

Beverly P.'s Comment
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Thanks! I am actually doing the same. Dropping the apartment after company training and settled into my own truck. I have done lots of research on so many companies but finding that as quickly as I mark one off the list, they change a policy that draws me back to checking them out. It is crazy how much this industry has changed since the time my Brother-in-law drove!

ladies...save up money because I did the same as you are. Last October 2014 I gave up my appt And truck and Prime gave me a bad trainer. I was out on the road with for 5 weeks. Nice guy but not the greatest trainer..I was on the last maneuver and the time ran out. X2 I went thru the backing dot test and failed. My trainer would not work with me on the road. Today as I speak I took off 2 months and trying to finish a school and it sucks..the lack of training they give u.ok so here I am 1 yr later no place to live trying to get my cdl.. GET U R PERMIT FIRST.

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.

DOT:

Department Of Transportation

A department of the federal executive branch responsible for the national highways and for railroad and airline safety. It also manages Amtrak, the national railroad system, and the Coast Guard.

State and Federal DOT Officers are responsible for commercial vehicle enforcement. "The truck police" you could call them.

Sanj's Comment
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Thanks! I am actually doing the same. Dropping the apartment after company training and settled into my own truck. I have done lots of research on so many companies but finding that as quickly as I mark one off the list, they change a policy that draws me back to checking them out. It is crazy how much this industry has changed since the time my Brother-in-law drove!

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ladies...save up money because I did the same as you are. Last October 2014 I gave up my appt And truck and Prime gave me a bad trainer. I was out on the road with for 5 weeks. Nice guy but not the greatest trainer..I was on the last maneuver and the time ran out. X2 I went thru the backing dot test and failed. My trainer would not work with me on the road. Today as I speak I took off 2 months and trying to finish a school and it sucks..the lack of training they give u.ok so here I am 1 yr later no place to live trying to get my cdl.. GET U R PERMIT FIRST.

How is it going now? I am enrolled in CDL school at a tech college. I am going to continue to work during my schooling. I will drop my job when I get my CDL and ready to a company. I have been in constant contact with a recruiter at Con-Way Truckload, which is now officially XPO Logistics. I hope I will get on board with someone right away. If not, I guess I will be in the same boat you were.

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.

DOT:

Department Of Transportation

A department of the federal executive branch responsible for the national highways and for railroad and airline safety. It also manages Amtrak, the national railroad system, and the Coast Guard.

State and Federal DOT Officers are responsible for commercial vehicle enforcement. "The truck police" you could call them.

Deb R.'s Comment
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H.O.Wolding treats women well, and allows pets (refundable deposit). I have been happy with them. They also make great efforts to get you home when need be.

Truckin Along With Kearse's Comment
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Im at Prime and i love it. I started in Sept, and still going through training. my apt lease is not up until March 1st. By then I will have my own truck and will bring my cat along. Prime does allow pets for a $1000 deposit which they will advance and take out of future pays... if you are a lease op it does not cost at all. As far as female frinedly... i have been treated great by most if not all the men

Hrynn's Comment
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Roehl allows pets for $650.

$400 of that is a deposit; $250 is a truck cleaning fee for if you leave the company or switch trucks

Curt Morehouse's Comment
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W N Morehouse out of Omaha, NE is very pet and woman friendly! We currently have 11 female drivers out of 82 total, and at least half of our drivers have a pet in the truck. There is a $150 non refundable pet deposit which we use to detail the truck if you leave or change trucks, but we don't charge you again if you change trucks. morehousetruckline.com

Lynn B.'s Comment
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TLD is a good company. They are based in Knoxville, but the Crossville Terminal is better. I have a good female trainer. I went through the company sponsored school (very good). I know they allow pets and have never heard about a deposit (I am sure my trainer would have mentioned it).

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.

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