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    Quote Originally Posted by 17fan View Post
    Never thought of doing this. I'm in Murphysboro (extreme Southern Illinois). Got my CDL last month and have been out with a trainer with a national OTR company, and I'm already beginning to feel that the OTR lifestyle is just not for me. This grain hauling sounds like an interesting alternative. Cn anyone suggest companies in my area that might be willing to give a newbie a chance??
    You can try SIMX over in Campbell Hill. They might put you on.

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    job hunting

    fellow driver-

    what company do you work for, im in southern ill and looking for a great job. just laid off- need work

    thanks Z

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    any one know any grain hauling jobs but i aint got no experence. if u have any place u know it would help me out thanks.

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    Quote Originally Posted by peterbilt2012 View Post
    any one know any grain hauling jobs but i aint got no experence. if u have any place u know it would help me out thanks.
    Google William P Severns, he is out of Petersburg, il and he's hiring.

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    Another new guy here...I'm not sure if I want to go OTR yet, I would like to try grain hauling so I can get into the industry and sleep in my bed every night. Any grain haulers hiring around the Peoria, IL area?

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    im from moweaqua ill considering on gettin my cdl myself and want to do the grain haulin gig for awhile, since i grew up on a hog/grain farm opp. i know what its like to haul grain and what not. can anyone help me? plan on gettin my permit this week. i want to get my exp do this and not with a trainer for x amount of months can anyone help me find a company?

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    Quote Originally Posted by TopFlights View Post
    This post isn't about one company in particulary,but about all the companys of the GHOIA(grain haulers of illinois association/Midwest truckers association)
    One of the greatest isssues about these companys is there not so strict insurance polices on the experiance of driving as a beginner.These companys will hire you to drive if you possess a class a c.d.l with little or no experiance of drive time behind the wheel.They will have another driver ride with you while you drive for one day so they can see that you can indeed handle the truck in traffic situations.Sound dangerous ? My opinion is absolutley not.You have to start driving for your own experiance once you are granted that c.d.l at some point in time,All a trainer is going to do is teach you about there company polices, logging ,paperwork, and diffrent traffic obsticales you may come across or that he has experianced in his time.All a trainer can do is point in a direction you need to turn your wheel while backing, hes not going to be in that mirrior all the time,it's something you the individual have to physically do over and over again to be able to do it yourself.

    The profession of driving the truck is the same , but the professions are diffrently challenged with diffrent scenarios.
    Grain haulers use 38'-53' dump,hopper,tanker air ride trailers with gauges in the cab {etc-scale-o-matic}.We do not have to slide tandems to adjust weight ,we will load 24 1/2 ton and be a 79800-80000 lbs everytime we load one shot one kill.The dump trailers will raise 75 feet in the air and if not level slighly the truck will flip over in a second.Most grain in illinois will be loaded from diffrent grain elevators or huge bins at farms and taken to Cargill inc. or A-D-M and then processed for human or ethenol products -Bio diesel ,fuel etc etc. Dumped into huge pits that are convatorbelted and loaded into barges on the mississippi.Grain being of (corn,soybeans,milo,wheat,oats and purina products.)We also haul lots of diffrent fertalizers(pot-ash,dap,map,nitrogen,urea)

    We average 10-12 hours a day and (ARE) paid overtime and recieve holiday pay,home everynight and are off on weekends with full benifits.

    I recived my c.d.l from a mill in st.louis over the summer and went to start my trucking carrear at stevens transport, dallas texas,i completed there orentation and immediatley knew that i was lied to and would be under paid with no life and married to the truck,so i decided to quit and maybe decided to drive a straight truck locally and put trailer truckin on the back burner because of inexperiance reasons, then i learned of these companys here and now have a job iam passionate about and love all while getting experiance driving an eighteen wheeler for another higher paying local driving jobin the future.

    Don't believe that there aren't companys out there locally that won't hire you because you have no driving experiance! It's like finding a needle in a hay stack , but with patience and devotion everybody can land a local home everynight good paying driving job.

    Good luck to all of you ~

    TopFlights
    So tell me how something 40' long can go more than 40' high...

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    Quote Originally Posted by Gambi80 View Post
    So tell me how something 40' long can go more than 40' high...
    Political math

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