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    Quote Originally Posted by ziggystyles View Post
    How do you get hired on with Wal Mart?

    get on tere waiting list, 2 miles long, and have at least 2 years safe drivingexp at least, the more the better and with the least amount of companies as posible.


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    Crude Oil hauling?

    Quote Originally Posted by Brickman View Post
    Good for you. I know a lot of van drivers really complain about how much they sit.


    One thing for me is that van hauling is not challenging. I like the challenge of platform freight, securing it so that it does not shift or damage in transit. OD freight is even more fun.
    In over 3 yrs of flatbed I never had a freight claim for any thing.

    Now I haul crude and am home every night, but still miss flatbed.
    You mind filling me in on the crude oil thing? There is a little of that around here where I live now, and I'm seriously considering it. How many days a week do you work? About how much do you make? Do you like it? How many miles per day? How long are the days? Do they have benefits? Thanks for any and all help you could provide. I have hauled gravel up those oil well roads several time, but haven't ran into any of the crude drivers yet to talk to them. From what I hear, they are usually in too much of a hurry to talk anyway! I'm also considering delivering fuel locally for an independent.

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    Quote Originally Posted by danc694u View Post
    Back to the original question... we appear to have gotten waaaaay off base LOL

    I've seen recruitment ads for Smith stating up to .75 a mile. I'm sure there is a catch to it though.
    Yeah, we did get a little off course, huh? Just that if you look at the Driver's parking area at a Wallyworld DC, you won't see many jalopies there.

    That pay that Smith advertises is for short hauls only- you know, 150 miles or less, might even be 100 miles or less.

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    So may factors involved in "who pays the most"

    1st is mileage pay, of course.

    then, you factor in average miles per week, stop pay, does the company do alot of muliple stop loads, insurance cost, local pay, detention pay, reimbursments, and minor things like satellite radio in the truck.

    It all adds up.

    A company can pay 50 cents per mile, but if their insurance is high, and you only get an average of 1900 miles per week, then it is worthless.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ripcord View Post
    You mind filling me in on the crude oil thing?

    Taylor Propane out of Winsboro TX. Working for one of their lease operators. They don't hire directly. (I don't think so any way) They maybe able to direct you to a operator in your area.

    There is a little of that around here where I live now, and I'm seriously considering it. How many days a week do you work?

    5 on 2 off. But that depends on the lease operator. One guy around here does 4 on 2 off with his guys.

    About how much do you make?

    $60 a load, 3 loads a day.

    Do you like it?

    Its OK, as with every job they have their good points. And bad points. I'm home every night, ..... nice. I'm driving a 08 W9.... nice
    But I miss the challenge of flat bed freight, securement and OD freight challenge your mind.

    How many miles per day? How long are the days?

    Miles isn't the issue, its the hours. How ever long it takes to make your load quota. I've put in as much as 14 hrs, but keep in mind I'm still new to the job and learning the area and short cuts. Keep an open mind, and your mouth shut. By that don't come across as a know it all, but ask questions and thank the guys that have been around longer for their advice.

    Do they have benefits?

    Blue Cross Blue Shield medical. 100% paid on me. Family is extra. Any thing more is provided by the lease operator you work for. Mine gives 1 week of paid vacation after a yr.

    Thanks for any and all help you could provide. I have hauled gravel up those oil well roads several time, but haven't ran into any of the crude drivers yet to talk to them. From what I hear, they are usually in too much of a hurry to talk anyway! I'm also considering delivering fuel locally for an independent.


    There maybe other companies in your area. Water hauling is also another possibility. Or Haliburton if they are in your area.





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    Brickman, thanks for being such a good sport about answering my questions. That is exactly the kind of information people need when they post an inquiry on here. I also agree with everything you said about helping newer drivers. No way I would have lasted even this long if people hadn't helped me out. I return the favor when possible. I spent the whole day today in Texarkana, TX riding around, stopping practically wherever I saw two trucks parked to ask about employment.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ripcord View Post
    Brickman, thanks for being such a good sport about answering my questions. That is exactly the kind of information people need when they post an inquiry on here. I also agree with everything you said about helping newer drivers. No way I would have lasted even this long if people hadn't helped me out. I return the favor when possible. I spent the whole day today in Texarkana, TX riding around, stopping practically wherever I saw two trucks parked to ask about employment.



    Glad to help.
    That could well be a good way to find a great small company to work for.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Eskimo6804 View Post
    Average W2 last year at the company I work for was $71,905.65 for solo company drivers, and $133,276.96 for company teams.
    YEAH!!! But YOU won't hire any of us slugs.....!!

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    I don't know what the average rate out on the road is but I make an honest $.48 a mile all miles driven, and I'm a salary paid driver, all I have to run in a week to make my salary is 1718 miles, yet I seem to turn between 2800 to 3100 a week. Theres no math wizard needed here its an average of $1200 to $1400 a week. I have a family of 4 kids and my wife on my insurance (BCBS) with dental and vision included is $70 a week. By the way I haul heavy equipment for a living and whenever I do an oversized load I make more, and I do OS at least 1 to 2 times a week and it bumps my pay up a bit more. I'm not getting rich but I sure don't complain about what I make for what work I have to do, and NO TARPS. (YEA)

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    Quote Originally Posted by Steve & Lo View Post
    YEAH!!! But YOU won't hire any of us slugs.....!!
    First; I wouldn't call anyone on this board a "slug". Maybe a few other choice nouns with a few choice adjectives preceding, but not a "slug"...lol

    Second; I can't/won't break this website's TOS by advertising in any way, so therefor, you will not see the name of my company or my credentials listed in public here.

    Third; I only hire on average one driver a year or so, and those that I hire are usually based on a recommendation of one of my current employees. I kind of see this as paying my respect to my guys for the loyalty that they have shown me.

    My point wasn't to talk us up, but instead to point out that there are good companies and good jobs out there. The problem is that sometimes they are very very elusive and if you do find them, quite hard to qualify for.

    For example; Another company in my area whom I know quite well(I'm on the church board with the owner, and I'm in the same multi-company drug test consortium.)has twice the number of trucks that we do, with half the turnover. His drivers make a little more than mine do and they have GREAT benefits(The company X-mas party is a seven day all expense paid carribean cruise for all employees and their spouses done the week between X-mas and New Year's...). The driver's in this company work very hard and are the utmost proffessionals as they provide "white glove" service to some very lucrative customer's.

    Anyhow guys/gals; keep looking for that dream job as you may just find it. Look beyond the masses of mega-companies that advertise all over the web and turn over a few rocks. You never know what you might find under them. A previous post in this thread was the best idea I have seen yet on this board in regards to seeking employment. Go to the front door of trucking companies and talk to them in person.

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