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DonInOz's Comment
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...thought I'd join and introduce myself. Retired USAF, currently living in Australia, long story. Thinking about returning to the USA next year. Driving truck is something that I've always wanted to try. I'm in my late fifties and not feeling tired enough to retire. My stateside home is in Colorqdo Springs, but the house is retned and since my daughter goes to CU and is interestd in continuing on to graduate school I thought I might rent or buy a place in Denver's northern suburbs to share with her. I guess that would make the likely companies for me to look at Navajo, Schneider, Hunt...I'm sure the must be others with operations out of the Denver area. Anyway, that's in the futture! In the meantime thanks all of you, moderators and members for all the great and honest information here! Especially you, Brett; I read every word of your online book and it was very helpful in giving a neophyte a good sense of the job and industry.

Don

Ernie S. (AKA Old Salty D's Comment
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As has already been pointed out here many times, you don't have to limit yourself to just companies that have a terminal in the Denver area. As long as you are within the companies hiring area you can be hired.

Just an FYI, Prime has a drop yard right across the street from the Navajo terminal.

Ernie

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.

DonInOz's Comment
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Ernie, thanks for the reply, clarification and additional info. So a company wil not limit its hiring to zip codes close to where it has a base of operations. But do I mis-understand that, if my homebase is close to one of the carrier's major bases of operations, it will improve opportunities within tht carrier? For more diversity of loads, possible experience in different divisions, etc? Am I simply over-thinking this? Thanx in advance and all the best...

Brett Aquila's Comment
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Welcome DonInOz!

Generally speaking it makes no difference where the company is located as long as they hire from the area you live. Now it's possible, for instance, that a company could have local positions available around certain terminals that they may not have elsewhere. It's also possible that a company may only hire from limited areas for certain fleets they have.

But in 15 years of driving I never worked for a company with a terminal or even a drop yard (an empty parking lot, basically) in my home state. It never made any difference.

Have a look through our truck driving jobs. Punch in your zip code and you'll see all the companies that hire from your area.

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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