7/4 7/3 Program

Discussion in 'Roehl' started by BJG, Mar 6, 2013.

  1. BJG

    BJG Bobtail Member

    Dec 29, 2012
    Hey all!

    I'm a recent CDL school grad and Roehl is on my short list. The more I look into the 7/4 7/3 home time program the more I think it may be the way to go. Are any of you on it? Is it as consistent as they make it sound?

    Other thoughts?

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  3. TexasPhoenix

    TexasPhoenix Medium Load Member

    Jul 16, 2009
    Might be slip seating between 2 trucks with 2 other drivers. As a rule it is 3 drivers between 2 trucks. You will reduce your earning potential by only being out 7 days. If your financial picture allows you to basically not work every 3rd week then it might be a good one. By not having your own solo truck you will be hauling your gear in an out every week. Not every driver has good on board house keeping. May be living with 2 pigs and end up doing all the work keeping things clean. I have done the 7/7. At the time it is what I needed but it was part time work.
  4. Nemo90

    Nemo90 Bobtail Member

    Mar 5, 2013
    Tupelo, MS
    Yeah, the only real downside is not making as much money as you could. BUT, if you don't have kids, or too many bills like most truck drivers, you should still make enough money to be relatively comfortable. The 7/4-7/3 is a slip seat, so unless you live close to a terminal you could spend a good hunk a month on travel between home and the terminal to go back out.
  5. Moriarti

    Moriarti Medium Load Member

    Jan 15, 2007
    NW Indiana
    I did 7/3-7/4 for three years, out of Gary. there were plenty of times when 7 days out, became 8. But, that's mainly because on that last load, something took too long, and you just ran out of time to do it in 7. *once* I got jammed up and ended up out for 12 or 13 days. I think it's great for anyone it's available to. However, just so you understand, as a recent graduate, your training, last I knew, would *not* be on a 7/3-7/4 schedule. that's just something for you to look forward to, after training.
  6. technoroom

    technoroom Heavy Load Member

    Nov 8, 2012
    That matches what I've been told as well (I got my CDL at Roehl's RDTC school and am currently out with my Phase 2 trainer). Prior to doing any of the hometime fleet schedules, they have you run 4-6 weeks on the national fleet schedule which is typically 11 out / 3 home. This is for two reasons: first, the hometime fleet does a lot of "just-in-time" loads which are on fairly tight schedules and they want to make sure your trip planning and time management skills are compatible with that schedule. Second, sometimes there's a wait for a slot to open up in the rotation at the terminal/yard you're going to be based out of.
  7. Bayle

    Bayle Road Train Member

    Aug 30, 2007
    Cottage Grove, MN
    You know technoroom, I've been meaning to mention this and always forget. Every time I see your avatar, then look at your age, I keep thinking its going to say like 22, or even 32. I just don't associate Terence and Philip with 52. Not a dig, you like what you like, just funny I guess. Then again I forget how long South Park has been around too.
  8. technoroom

    technoroom Heavy Load Member

    Nov 8, 2012
    I love South Park; started watching it in earnest only recently, once all the seasons became available on Netflix streaming. Previously I'd seen only one or two episodes occasionally. I'd wondered how many people would get the Terrence reference...I thought it was cute that "T" could also stand for technoroom. :)

    And as my family can attest, I'm really still just a big kid.
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