Am I crazy for wanting in?

Discussion in 'Questions From New Drivers' started by MechE, Feb 10, 2022.

  1. Vic Firth

    Vic Firth Road Train Member

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    You might consider Danny Herman, they have longer runs and they don’t go to the East coast which is a good thing. If you have the money pay for the CDL school yourself so you’re not locked into a contract. Best of luck!
     
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  3. Wasted Thyme

    Wasted Thyme Road Train Member

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    You forgot Stevens LOL
     
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  4. OLDSKOOLERnWV

    OLDSKOOLERnWV Captain Redbeard

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    B4A9CEBD-DF12-424B-8943-DACB9411B9E0.png EC78304A-F666-4551-AB93-DD77CF53E0E2.png C0F6B80A-B23F-4BCD-A44E-C094294856E8.png 37912B6E-A588-45EC-B432-6B464B07AFB6.png 65C1169C-F25B-4680-B285-8C0E71F7B777.png You have a good attitude, that’s a big plus.

    You give any thought to what kind of trailer you’d like to pull? You prefer to not get any dirt on you? Or not mind getting down and dirty….

    I have my own authority and do my own thing, and to be honest I enjoy my lowboy more than my flat.

    As mentioned earlier get your license and spend some time with a company before you spend $$ on a truck then find you don’t like it.

    I’ve always enjoyed trucking myself. I bought this truck off the computer with a blown engine. Spent 18 months building it basically from the ground up. Had less than $20K in it when I was done. But I do 100% of my own mechanical work, paying some shop would make you want to hurt yourself lol.

    Best of luck to you young man, keep us in the loop if you do go trucking.

    Oh, I didn’t just jump in to trucking, I started back in the 80’s….
     
  5. pavrom

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    ...i would find a friend and ask to be inside the truck with him for a week or so ...see if you change your mind ...if you surely like it - get CDL and move on
     
  6. Brandt

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    I would look for more cross country runs like companies who average trip is 1,800 and up miles. I liked driving cross country that was the fun part of the job. The company or dispatcher basically control your days. They tell you when to pickup a load and when it deliverers. It's your job to to both on time.

    If you're loading and have 1800 miles to delivery they should give you 3 days to drive it at 600 miles a day. Since everyone is running electronic log books, parking is more of a problem at end of day. Lots of the TA and Petro truck stop restaurants closed. I stopped at Love's in PA the Subway was closed on the weekends now. So basically no food to eat at that Love's on the weekend. The roads seem to keep getting more bumpy.

    The shipping rates have been very high for 5 years. I would not be surprised if they drop back down again. If your looking to O/O. Just know the rates have been very hight for several years now.
     
  7. Chinatown

    Chinatown Road Train Member

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    Melton Truck Lines and Leonard's Express do long runs for sure.
    Seattle, WA to Miami, FL is one Leonard's does.
     
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  8. spindrift

    spindrift Road Train Member

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    San Jacinto Community College in Pasadena has a good CDL program.
     
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  9. Chinatown

    Chinatown Road Train Member

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    www.OOIDA.com is a business website for the owner-operator.
    Probably come in handy for couple yrs. down the road.
     
  10. Chinatown

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    I couldn't find it on their website; will you post the program?
     
  11. MechE

    MechE Bobtail Member

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    Cool pics man. What makes you like the lowboy more than the flat? Easier to control? (looks like wind might be blow it around less?)

    As to what I'd like to pull, I'm not sure. I definitely don't mind getting dirty, although I'm not sure I'd want to be riding around all day dirty. If what I'm looking to do is the long-haul over the road stuff, what are my choices really?

    Nice truck. I've (I think obviously) never worked on a semi before, but have done plenty of my own work on cars. My one and only car at the moment is a '93 Mustang 5.0 coupe that I've gone through. Rebuilt engine, trans, rear, mild old-man type build. I like older stuff. I've tried to see how viable it is to run a pre-smog semi for work if you've gone through it and rebuilt it all -- I'm probably being unrealistic but it sounds cool in a way. Appreciation for the way things used to be and all.

    Will definitely keep you guys in the loop as I figure this stuff out.
     
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