*Almost* have one year otr, looking to make a move to regional?

Discussion in 'Tanker, Bulk and Dump Trucking Forum' started by MYSTYKRACER, Nov 26, 2020.

  1. Ruckie

    Ruckie Road Train Member

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    Avoid qc like a plague right now the retention is as bad as it gets and the whole camera situation is making it impossible
     
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  3. MYSTYKRACER

    MYSTYKRACER Medium Load Member

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    Thanks for the heads up! I tend to think the driver facing camera thing is on an unavoidable creep across the entire industry but I've heard a lot of other generally not good things about QC which is why they were last on my list.
     
  4. Tanksmuch

    Tanksmuch Light Load Member

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    Who are you currently working for? I drove Groendyke last year and took a lot of stuff out of Houston up north and then Chicago back to Houston.
     
  5. MYSTYKRACER

    MYSTYKRACER Medium Load Member

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    I started w/ Superior Carriers and they've been acquired by Heniff this year. I'm not impressed w/ Heniff frankly and I'll just leave it at that for now.

    I've run loads from Houston to Chicago, Cincinnati, Milwaukee and other points in the Great Lakes region that were pretty descent but that was during the three "good" seasons. I even went to northern PA and NJ a couple of times out of Houston and our terminals in Florida and NC but I honestly have no desire to go to those places in the winter which I know will eventually happen if I stick w/ OTR system driving. Another reason to try and get something local / regional closer to Houston.

    I'll give Groendyke a look. What was the pay and home time like w/ that company?
     
  6. Tanksmuch

    Tanksmuch Light Load Member

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    I worked out of Little Rock and it was local/regional for the most part, but I'd jump on the Houston to Chicago runs when offered because it would net pretty good money and there was always a run back. I think it was something like 42 cents empty and maybe 56-58 cents loaded, $18-$20 to drop and $18-$20 to load... good gosh, I can't remember. (I've heard that they will negotiate some, I didn't try) But I do remember that pay is different depending on the terminal you're based out of and I'd imagine Houston is higher. Little Rock had a lot of local 200-300 miles round-trip runs. I averaged sleeping in my truck probably 3 nights a week, I was home 3-4 nights a week. With mostly local runs I grossed close to $2,000 every 2 weeks and regional (including Houston/Chicago) I grossed $2700-$3000 every 2 weeks. They need drivers now and they may be open to staying local/regional. BTW, they switched to centralized dispatch and that was not good... dispatchers in Enid had no clue what was going on in the Little Rock world... I had at least 3 different dispatchers in 12 months. I think Houston may be a dispatch hub, not sure. Any way, I left because I only wanted to drive 1 year, I told them that in the beginning and that's what I did. One very good thing, they have built a lot of new, super nice terminals.
     
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  7. Just passing by

    Just passing by Road Train Member

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    I haven't pulled one of their loads for quite a while but PeroxyChem has a small fleet out of Pasadena (?). They only haul hydrogen peroxide in different purity levels. We used to get some of their surplus loads. All the PeroxyChem drivers I have ever talked to seemed pretty happy. Just a suggestion. Good luck!
     
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  8. ttypewe4jim

    ttypewe4jim Light Load Member

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    I'll second this I work for the same outfit as you from jersey racer, when I first came on board I basically #### near only hauled peroxide. I was always told by people who worked for peroxychem if you can get a job direct with them its a great living. I fully understand what you mean about this merger trust me.
     
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  9. MYSTYKRACER

    MYSTYKRACER Medium Load Member

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    Yeah, I noticed that other thread has pretty much gone silent which I'm thinking means folks have given up even complaining.
     
  10. Farva

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    Don't be afraid to apply to places even after just 1 year exp. Where I work now advertised they required 5 years and/or 550k miles (winter driving specifically)...I applied did 3 interviews, and was hired. Now that I've been here all year, I know why they want 5 years of winter driving. Tankers on ice is a GD joke....
     
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