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    Strait Truck OTR custom sleeper jobs?

    I've only been driving for about 8 months now, and I was actually recently terminated from Schneider National due to three small incidents in such a small time period. I was only introduced to the OTR 53' Dry van portion of the trucking world, and there are a lot of different things out there that I know very VERY little about. This is an attempt to learn a little bit about a small portion of the trucking world. And what I'm curious about are Strait trucks with sleepers. Perfect example:



    http://media.photobucket.com/image/r...tmore_02-1.jpg

    This one looks like it has a custom sleeper. I'm not sure where to begin, so I'll just start shooting Custom cabs in my mind are an O/O thing only, so how does this particular situation work? Is the trailer portion removable on these strait trucks and so you can still be an O/O? If that's the case, I'm assuming it's the same deal, that you can either be a company driver or O/O?

    Are these strait trucks only used for time sensitive/expedited services and/or team operations only? I'm not crazy about the idea of team driving unless it's with someone I know, but I'm definitely interested in driving one of these Strait trucks. They're so much smaller and easier to maneuver, and I've always been VERY interested in having a custom sleeper, but the idea of driving an even longer vehicle was not very appealing.

    what companies run these types of trucks and how difficult, or rather, would it even be possible for someone with 8 months of driving experience to be hired on with a company and put into one of these trucks?

    Any additional information that one might think is helpful is more than welcome! Thank you all!

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    those are O/O's with the big sleepers. The type of trucking they do is called expiditeing. You can get a company job doing it, but it wont be anything like that, it'll be a regular Sleeper OTR truck with a streched frame and a box like that fedex on bolted on the back.

    A Majority of expiditers are O/O's.



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    This info is worth exactly what it costs you.

    As far as I know, every straight truck with a sleeper is an expedited team operated truck.

    Were I able to afford one however I would try to lease to a Hot Shot operation on my own. Because where I live is too far from possible pick ups so I would live in the truck in the city somewhere during the week!

    And by owning the thing my incidents with PAM would not be so bothersome to me getting another job!

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    Check out the hotshot and expediting forum here . Expedite trucks are not mostly owner/operator . Many are owned by fleet owners and operated by independent contractor drivers . All are not teams but teams are preferred . Expedite used to be mostly time sensitive before the economy tanked but now the rates have dropped considerably and much of it is really just LTL .
    The main carriers are FedEx Custom Critical and Panther . They will put you in contact with fleet owners . Look for a free magazine in truckstops called "Expedite Now ".
    Some people drive the cargo vans . No CDL needed and no logging but rates are low and you sit a lot because the industry has a surplus of vans.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Soundfx4 View Post
    I've only been driving for about 8 months now, and I was actually recently terminated from Schneider National due to three small incidents in such a small time period. I was only introduced to the OTR 53' Dry van portion of the trucking world, and there are a lot of different things out there that I know very VERY little about. This is an attempt to learn a little bit about a small portion of the trucking world. And what I'm curious about are Strait trucks with sleepers. Perfect example:

    http://media.photobucket.com/image/r...tmore_02-1.jpg

    This one looks like it has a custom sleeper. I'm not sure where to begin, so I'll just start shooting Custom cabs in my mind are an O/O thing only, so how does this particular situation work? Is the trailer portion removable on these strait trucks and so you can still be an O/O? If that's the case, I'm assuming it's the same deal, that you can either be a company driver or O/O?

    Are these strait trucks only used for time sensitive/expedited services and/or team operations only? I'm not crazy about the idea of team driving unless it's with someone I know, but I'm definitely interested in driving one of these Strait trucks. They're so much smaller and easier to maneuver, and I've always been VERY interested in having a custom sleeper, but the idea of driving an even longer vehicle was not very appealing.

    what companies run these types of trucks and how difficult, or rather, would it even be possible for someone with 8 months of driving experience to be hired on with a company and put into one of these trucks?

    Any additional information that one might think is helpful is more than welcome! Thank you all!
    Those are expedited trucks and yes you can do OTR in them,you would have to apply to expedited companies like Panther,Fedex CC,Tri-state etc.If your a driver you be driving as a 1099 contract I.C.Pay is a little more and your paid by the % not by the mile.Most of those trucks are own by fleet owners but it can be a fleet owner of 1 truck or 20 trucks.As for pay its either 40/60 or 60/40,if you get 40%,the truck owner pays fuel and tolls,if you are paid 60% then you pay fuel and tolls but you keep 100% fsc.Also another thing,you will have to be out at lease 21 or more days,a lot of expedited companies highly prefer you to be out up to 70% per month or 21 days but it may or may not be required,all depends on the company.And one more thing,it mostly a team operations but there are solo drivers in expedited,its that most owners prefer teams over solo.

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    not trying to resurrect a dead thread; I just wanted to thank you all for the information! I'm actually driving solo for Panther now at a rate of 58/42 with 100% FSC. I'm liking it so far, but am actually about to start another thread inspired by some problems I've run across :P Thanks again everyone, and sorry for being so inactive >.<