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    is trucking good or not?

    Hello, I always wanted to learn and get a 18 wheeler job, but i always hear people complain and says trucking jobs suck and some say its good. from what i found on the internet is it pay 20k a year and up, and to me that sounds good, and it would be fun to do hours and days driving. the only thing i would hate about it is you cant shower everyday. With all the complaints i hear it make it difficult to make a choice on should i or not get a job driving 18 wheeler.


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    Heavy Load Member rjones56's Avatar
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    If you work cheap enough-you should be busy!!!lol.Seriously,I wouldn`t want to be just starting out now.As with any job you have to "pay your dues."On the other hand if you are already unemployed,go for it.

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    I would say now is not a good time to try and break into trucking.

    You can shower everyday. Work your fuel stops right you get them for free. You can always pay for one if you need. The people who say you can't are just not that motivated to stay clean. There are times you may not get to shower when you want, but I never go without a shower.

    You could expect to make $20K a year. But that's not good for what you have to do. Long hours, being treated like scum. But trucking is what you make of it. If you don't let everything bother you and you make it a good life it can be ok.

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    I guess with the not showering every day, I love my daily showers, but sometimes I am so tired I want to sleep more than I want to shower.

    Or secondly, I have a free shower at a TA, but there is only a Flying J, and I HATE to pay for a shower, when I had one expire the day before, and this is not my fuel stop. So I may go without that day, until I get to the next truckshop I can either get my free shower, or get fuel and get one for free.

    It adds up to pay for them every couple of days.

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    Medium Load Member Crotts Trucking's Avatar
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    Greatest job in the world.... Nuff Said.

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    Well, the first thing would be to stop referring to a truck as an "18-wheeler" because that's dumb redneck talk.

    Yes, trucking can be and is good moneywise.

    i will address this and other topics when there is more time.

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    Heavy Load Member chief's Avatar
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    if you drive OTR and you make $20,000 for the year, you're going to be working for about the equivalent of $4.50 an hour. if you think that's good money, then trucking might be just what you're looking for.

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    Quote Originally Posted by chief View Post
    if you drive OTR and you make $20,000 for the year, you're going to be working for about the equivalent of $4.50 an hour. if you think that's good money, then trucking might be just what you're looking for.
    LOL. Been a while, Cheif. I've missed you!!!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Crotts Trucking View Post
    Greatest job in the world.... Nuff Said.

    WOW! Don't hear that very often and I wish I heard it a bit more cuz it's where I'm going. Care to elaborate????

    Hank

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    Trucking is what you make of it .It can pay the bills and give you the opportunity to make some real money from just sittin all day seeing the country.
    All i can say is if youre un-employed now is a great time to hop to it.
    Big companys can put you thru school and give you a job,usually after a few months youll meet some great people and can possibly get a local run or get on a dedicated account that gets you home quite often........trucking is what you make of it ,but if yoou cant stand bein away from your family for 2/3 weeks at a time ,this aint for ya!

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