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    Road Train Member Thomas0810's Avatar
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    i usually average anywhere between 2700 -3000 on a good week.My average take home pay is around 625-650 a week.I stay out anywhere from 2 weeks on up and make the same money just depends on what is going on around the house how long i stay out.I come home on holidays because most of time you will get stuck on a load that doesnt deliver till after the holidays.Came home this weekend for labor day will be home sat,sun,mon go back out tues morning.Just payed off my school last week,get my next increase on the 21st next month,and my one weeks vacation next month.Gonna save vacation till christmas week and take it in conjunction with my home time so i can be home for christmas and new years this year.


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    Quote Originally Posted by Thomas0810 View Post
    good to know all that locdrjr i am approaching my one year this month currently still employed with usa.Looking for something to get me home every weekend will stay with them if i dont find anything decent.Did they mail you the overage pay or direct deposit it?


    Hi there Thomas i know you have talk with my hubby Panhandlerpat and when he made his year they mailed his check to the house he did get 2 diffent check because of how usa pay them back . we had heard thing like some did get theys and all, but he got all the money that was owed back to him . he is now as had 2 students and he still like usa good luck to u all

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    Road Train Member Thomas0810's Avatar
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    yeah i did receive a check in the mail friday for 615.00 guess will look for another one in the next coming weeks

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    Straight Road New Trucks and Terminals

    Quote Originally Posted by cjoe85 View Post
    The new Prostars have both APUs and 1500-watt inverters, but the 9400i's do not.
    Most of the newer prostars have APU's and inverters. There are a FEW (very few) 9400i's that have APU's and inverters as well. ALL of the new KW's have APU's and inverters. Note: unless it's a trainer truck, Prostar and/or KW = Autoshift

    Quote Originally Posted by cjoe85 View Post
    You'll more than likely start out with a 9400, but I have heard of new people getting a new Prostar.
    There are quite a few occasions where I've heard of new 'off the trainer truck' drivers being put into Prostars AND KWs. Though, the chances are better that you'll end up in one of the old 9400i's.

    Quote Originally Posted by cjoe85 View Post
    I've only been in Van Buren once since starting. I did all of my upgrade tests and everything at Vandalia, but I was able to meet my fleet manager while at Van Buren.
    I think all in all, I've been to Van Buren about 1/2 dozen times, Vandalia about the same, West Memphis about 9 or 10 times, Roanoke 4-5 times, Spartanburg 1 time, Bethel 3-4 times (No longer a 'terminal' any longer, basically little more than a drop yard), and Shreveport NEVER. It just depends on how the frieght runs you, and how your truck holds out.

    MAJOR NOTE: As you may not see a terminal for quite a while, whenever you're in the terminal, make sure you go to the shop and request the following items:

    1) Log Books
    2) Scan Sheets
    3) Expense Vouchers
    4) Load Seals
    5) Comdata checks (for paying lumpers, etc)

    If you can find a gallon jug or two, it's not a bad idea to get washer fluid, coolant, and oil as well. (You'll have to find 'approved' containers for each wherever you can)

    Even though you may think you already have plenty of these items, you never know when you or another of your fellow drivers may need something and you're (or they're) not able to get by a terminal.

    You wouldn't believe how many people think I'm NUMBER ONE!!!

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    I am new to all this, once you finish school, you go out with a trainer, what is like? do they drive and teach or do they make you drive and watch. after driving with them than what? How long are you away from home during training etc, I guess if I am starting now the holidays are out of the question? any insite
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    Straight Road What to expect

    Quote Originally Posted by mb64chvelle View Post
    I am new to all this, once you finish school, you go out with a trainer, what is like? do they drive and teach or do they make you drive and watch. after driving with them than what? How long are you away from home during training etc, I guess if I am starting now the holidays are out of the question? any insite
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    Once you're out with your trainer, if you get a good trainer at least, you'll be doing the driving for at least 1 to 2 weeks. After this time, you'll be driving teams (You drive your hours while trainer sleeps, Trainer drives his hours while you sleep). After training, you'll return to Van Buren, Shreveport (I think Shreveport), or Vandalia for upgrade testing. Once you've passed your testing, you'll probably go home for about 4 days then call back in to find out where to go to pickup your truck. Total training and testing generally runs about 5-8 weeks.

    As for 'Home for the Holidays', you're going into a career that doesn't really have holidays. You may be able to get lucky and request home time during a holiday, but that depends on how many others have already done so. Personally, I keep running -- that's the only to make money out here.

    Remember: Keep the wheels a turning, and the left door closed.


    Merry WHAT?

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    I'm also going to USA. Do they forgive small mistakes like being a little late? Do you have to follow their route or can I use a truckers Garmin? Do the trucks even have its own GPS?

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    Haven't driven for them in about a year and a half, but when I was there you drove your own route as long as your route was direct. You can't take the scenic route just for the heck of it. They will give you a suggested route on the qualcomm, but as long as you don't stray too far from it you're ok. Trucks did not have their own gps when I was there. Also, ALWAYS verify that your gps route doesn't take you on any roads that prohibit trucks or have low bridges. Even the so called "trucker gps units" are not 100% accurate. A lot of drivers have gotten in trouble by following their "trucker" gps. And never trust it for a hazmat load. As far as forgiving mistakes, no company forgives being late on a load. Even a couple minutes. A lot of times your loads are going to be JIT (just in time) freight. That means that if you are late, the factory shuts down. This also means that USA doesn't get paid for the load or has to take a heavily discounted rate. When you are planning your trip, stop for your break at the closest truck stop to the consignee. Leave in the morning early enough to get there an hour or two early. You never know if you are going to get lost or have to go through a long check in procedure.

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    Do you normally have enough time to get there?

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    You should have time to make the delivery on time. If not, let your dispatcher know so he can have you switch loads with another driver. Sometimes the delivery time they give you is not set in stone either. For example, sometimes the customer will request a delivery time between 7am and 5pm. They will give you a delivery time of 7am, even though you have until 5pm to deliver. So the best thing to do if you can't make the delivery when your load assignment message tells you, is to call or send a qualcomm message to your dispatcher and see if the load really needs to deliver at that time or if there is a window. Remember, good communication and a good working relationship with your dispatcher makes life a lot easier as a company driver.

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