And so the adventure gets into second gear....

Discussion in 'Flatbed Trucking Forum' started by SamuraiTater, Oct 20, 2017.

  1. SamuraiTater

    SamuraiTater Light Load Member

    Aug 11, 2017
    Managed to get a CDL in quick time (3 weeks) and land a job subsequently with Senn Freight in Newberry, SC. I don't even know what moved me to give them a call at the last minute. There isn't much in Newberry. Hell, you have to be a South Carolinian to have even heard of it. How could a podunk little town like Newberry have a carrier with the far reaching freight lanes I'm after ? I'm still stunned that I ran across them. So glad I called.

    Today was my last day in my old job of 8 years. Cleared out of my storage unit, shipped all my test equipment back to corporate, turned in my company van, credit card, gas card, etc. Monday starts a week of orientation and securement training. Then it'll be 4-6 weeks in a trainer's truck.

    I don't feel crazy at all for doing this. It just feels right. The only part I have any trepidation about is the thought of driving in San Diego, Los Angeles and San Francisco before I have adequate experience. I know I'll be going there sooner or later.
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  3. Bakerman

    Bakerman Road Train Member

    Jan 27, 2013
    Phoenix, AZ
    So, they are a flatbed co?
  4. SamuraiTater

    SamuraiTater Light Load Member

    Aug 11, 2017
    Yes. Irregular freight all over the lower 48.
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  6. Jumbo

    Jumbo Road Train Member

    Sep 4, 2009
    Appleton, Wisconsin
    So what you are telling the class is that you didn't just sign up with the first mega carrier who responded to your mass email application? You have already gained knowledge.
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  7. SamuraiTater

    SamuraiTater Light Load Member

    Aug 11, 2017
    I thought I was about to have no other choice. I was about to do what I had to do in order to get started and that was sign on with a mega for a year or so. I had several of them knocking at my door. I kind of liked various companies for various reasons, but none of them provided everything that's important to me.

    Maverick has freight lanes that might let me run out west a good bit, but they're exclusively automatic transmissions.

    McElroy seems like they may be not quite as big, more of a family atmosphere and has 10-speeds. But they're dedicated around the southeast / mid-atlantic region.

    TMC says they run all 48. What they mean is they have trucks that run in all 48. They ain't letting ME run all 48. But they do have very good securement training and competitive pay for rookies.

    I was about to suck it up and go with TMC for a place to jump in the pool. Other truckers would snicker at the fake stack but at least you could look cool on the road to everyone else who didn't know better. ;)

    Honestly, hauling the same loads week after week with them would get boring to me, especially if I had to run the same routes repeatedly.

    The trucks at Senn aren't new. They're a little broke in. They don't have APU's, but that's okay. They don't have cameras either. :)

    Most importantly, I'll get to haul a wide variety of stuff a wide variety of places. Something tells me there'll be some good experience and training in that.
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  8. whoopNride

    whoopNride Road Train Member

    Jan 13, 2008
    I see them quite a bit in the Southeast, I always thought they were just a small regional outfit. I have never seen them pulling a spread axle trailer, only sliding tandems. I pulled a sliding tandem flat for several years. I like them for tire wear, but they can be a pain to get legal hauling heavy loads on a flat.

    Good Luck with your new journey!!
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  9. SamuraiTater

    SamuraiTater Light Load Member

    Aug 11, 2017
    So there I was, dinner tonight with the wife. It's the weekend between the big switch and of course she has to express her veiled reservations. She seriously asks how I'm going to deal with the monotony of driving all day. She thinks that would get old quick.

    I tell her my job doing diagnostic inspections on surgical equipment got real old a long ###### time ago. It's the same show every day. I don't want to do it anymore. .....No, really. I don't. Even if I had all new accounts to go into, I'm just tired of it. I need to go new places. I need to go far away. I need to do something that pushes me out of my comfort zone and challenges me. I need something that commands my attention, lets me know I'm alive today and kicking ###.

    Her response is precisely why I kept my desire to drive a truck to myself for so long. It seems everyone has their own pre-conceived notions and lots of people think it would be about the worst thing they could do for a career. I get it. It ain't for everyone. ....But I ain't everyone. I'm sure I'm geared for this. And in my experiences, life doesn't even begin until you get a little outside your comfort zone.

    Hell, before I enlisted in the navy I had every intention of going Marine recon. I wanted to be the point man in a Marine recon unit. How crazy is that ? ....And if not for a smart ### navy recruiter who talked me into some other ideas over a couple pitchers of beer, I'm sure I'd of done just that.

    My older sister asked me yesterday if I was scared. I told her I ain't skeered. If I was skeered, I'd of just stayed at the same old job.

    Tell you what.... When I'm gone this is what they better put on my epitaph : "There comes a time in every man's life - And I've had plenty of' em."
  10. Gunner75

    Gunner75 Road Train Member

    Mar 17, 2014
    Jackson Center Ohio
    Your want to escape the everyday mundane stuff is what lead me to hey my cdl. I was a field service tech doing satellite telecom installations for my state lottery. Did that job for 7 years and after 3 years I was tired of the same stupid ####. Company car, cell phone, fuel card, dispatched from my home, all that Not even clearing 37k a year. I started with tmc July of 2014, and haven't looked back. 3 years later I stated getting tired of the same old #### hauling bricks and sticks, found an oversize company come calling me 4 months ago. I ain't been happier. I'm home more now hauling oversize, making more than I have in past driving jobs, and im having fun doing so.
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  11. Zeviander

    Zeviander Road Train Member

    Jan 23, 2015
    Winnipeg, MB, CA
    I could very easily request a brand new ditch sniffer at my company (Pete 579) with the rolling apartment and automatic, but I choose to drive the '07 379 with the 48" bunk because it's got gobs of power, is comfortable to drive (doesn't rattle and squeak), pulls up the hills like it's got somewhere to be and looks absolutely stunning rolling down the road.

    I've never understood the mentality that new trucks are better just because they are new. I've driven most of the trucks in our fleet and mine is by far in the top-3 in terms of quality.

    You do what you need to do to succeed AND have some fun while doing it. Those older, "broken in" trucks are going to have less problems (because all the issues have been ironed out already by others) keeping you going longer, and likely be more solidly made.

    Good luck and welcome to the skateboard life.
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